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Hands on: Thuraya SatSleeve for Android

27 Mar
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Not many urbanites have use for a satellite phone since cities are often blanketed by cellphone signals.

Yet, if you decide to head for the occasional hike in the outback or perhaps get on a cruise ship, there’s now an easy way to keep in touch – by turning your regular Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 phone into a satellite phone.

The Thuraya SatSleeve, essentially a snap-on satellite phone that uses your smartphone’s screen for calls and SMSes, now supports Android as well, after it debuted as an iPhone add-on last year.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, Software, android, satellite phone sleeve, Thuraya,  

Unique-looking Misfit Wearables’ Shine costs S$169.90 in Singapore

10 Oct
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Yet another wearable gadget is hitting the shelves in Singapore, with the Misfit Shine activity monitor going on sale here this week for S$169.90.

Launched by former Apple and PepsiCo chief executive John Sculley here on Tuesday, it is different from the typical tracker through its unique pebble shape, which can be worn with a clasp, a sport band watch strap or necklace.

Tagged in: Singapore, Smart accessories, activity, android, iPhone, Shine, Singapore price and availability, tracker,  

Gartner: more smartphones sold now than “feature” phones

16 Aug
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GALAXY S 4 Product Image (11)

For the first time, more smartphones have ended up in the hands of users worldwide than simpler “feature” phones that lack the advanced Internet features, according to research firm Gartner.

Users bought more than 225 million smartphones in the second quarter this year, more than the 210 million “feature” phones sold, it said on Thursday.

While smartphone sales grew by 46.5 per cent over the same period last year, feature phones proved a lot less popular, with sales plummeting by 21 per cent.

Though not surprising, the figures paint a picture of a fast saturating market, with winners and losers quickly finding their new positions.

Tagged in: android, BlackBerry, Cellphones, iphone, Software, Windows Phone, android, Apple, Gartner, market share, samsung, smartphones,  

SingTel mobile users can soon pay for Android apps through telco

12 Aug
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Screenshot- Google Play Carrier billing

SingTel’s mobile phone customers can soon buy Android apps from Google’s Play store and pay via their monthly phone bills or prepaid account, after the telecom operator unveiled a direct billing deal with Google today.

This means smartphone users won’t need a credit card to buy apps, and can conveniently pay for them together with the rest of their phone charges. The arrangement applies to both prepaid and postpaid customers.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, Singapore, Software, android, direct billing, Google, Play Store, SingTel,  

Get your Google Maps 7.0 update for Android – it looks good

10 Jul


If you haven’t got your Google Maps updated on your Android phone or tablet automatically in the past few hours, try to get hold of the new app.

This is one major update – from 6.x to 7.0 – that brings along not just an improved, cleaner interface but also new features such as re-routing to avoid heavy traffic conditions.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, google, GPS/maps, Software, Tablet, android, Google Maps, navigation,  

Hands-on: Sony’s best Android tablet — Xperia Tablet Z

30 May
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Sony Xperia Tablet Z

Android tablets are a dime a dozen these days, and rarely do you come across one that makes you really excited at the prospect of picking it up.

The Xperia Tablet Z is definitely one of those rare ones.

Tagged in: Tablet, android, Jelly Bean, Sony, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z,  

HP launches entry-level HP Slate 7, looks to compete with Nexus 7

22 May
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Hp Slate 7 Front - with screen

HP has released an affordable, entry-level Android tablet, the HP Slate 7, which looks set to challenge Google’s Nexus 7 in the 7-inch tablet arena.

The most attractive thing about the HP Slate 7 might just be its price – at a mere S$249, the Slate 7 is S$100 cheaper than the Nexus 7 in Singapore. Pre-order it online at the HP online store and the HP Slate 7 costs only S$199 – that’s substantially cheaper than the Nexus 7, which is priced from S$349.

Tagged in: android, Singapore, Tablet, android, HP, Singapore price and availability, Slate 7,  

What to buy: Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One or Sony Xperia Z?

18 Apr

Guests at the launch of GALAXY S4 With LTE exploring the innovative features of the new GALAXY S4 With LTE

The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 is finally going on sale in Singapore on April 27. Without an operator contract, it will go for S$998, roughly the price of main rivals like the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z.

For many phone enthusiasts looking to buy the next big thing, the past couple of months have been spent comparing the features and usability of all three top-end smartphones.

Still can’t decide? Fret not. We have a quick guide to help you pick from the three most desirable phones out there. 

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, android, Galaxy S4, HTC One, samsung, Singapore price and availability, Sony, Xperia Z,  

IT Show 2013: ASUS unveils an all-in-one PC transformer

7 Mar
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ASUS Transformer AiO

It’s a PC. No, it’s a tablet. No, it’s both.

Not content to let Lenovo and Sony steal the show with humongous desk-bound tablets, ASUS has unveiled its own take on the “coffee table computer” – the ASUS Transformer AiO.

True to its transformer moniker, the computer runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.1, and has both an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and an Intel Core processor.

Tagged in: android, PCs, Tablet, all-in-one, android, asus, IT Show, PC, tablet, transformer, Windows 8,  

Gartner: mobile phone sales slow, but Samsung and Android stride forward

14 Feb
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Galaxy S III and SII

If there’s still any doubt that the two big phone makers – Apple and Samsung – are the ones making most of the money, the latest figures now show that they together gobbled up 52 per cent of global smartphone sales in the last three months of 2012, up from 46.4 per cent three months before.

Research firm Gartner also said earlier today that more than 207 .7 million smartphones were sold in Q4 2012, up 38.3 per cent from 12 months ago. This, unfortunately, did not lift the overall mobile phone market.

Including sales of so-called “feature phones”, there were fewer phones sold in the entire 2012, compared to a year ago. The 1.75 billion phones sold represented a 1.7 per cent fall from 2011, the first decline in three years.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, iphone, Windows Phone, android, Apple, Gartner, iOS, market share, samsung,