iOS 8: How Apple is reducing and broadening the gap with Android simultaneously

iOS 8: How Apple is reducing and broadening the gap with Android simultaneously

At WWDC yesterday, Apple announced the eighth iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, which was covered on our sister site iPhoneHacks — check the announcement, the top features, and the additional goodies. Being an Android lover at heart, but an open-minded gadget fan too, I can’t help but look at this new version of Apple’s ecosystem with both fascination and criticism. The company that we saw yesterday took a big departure from the Apple of old, a sign of the strategy switch post-Jobs. So without further delay, let’s delve into the aspects that surprisingly bring iOS closer to Android and those where the rift is widening considerably.

Sony announces the ultra slim midranger, the Xperia T3

Sony announces the ultra slim midranger, the Xperia T3

Only yesterday did we come across Sony’s teaser which hinted at the arrival of the “next big thing”. And just under 24 hours from that teaser, the company has made the smartphone official. Unlike our speculations of it being the successor to the Xperia Z Ultra, this handset will be known as the Xperia T3 and is set to be a midrange smartphone sporting very capable hardware.

HTC One (E8) goes official: An M8 with a plastic enclosure

HTC One (E8) goes official: An M8 with a plastic enclosure

HTC has just made the One (E8) smartphone official with a very familiar specs sheet. This is essentially the same smartphone which was known as the One M8 Ace in the rumor mill, and it is said that the One (E8) will be initially available in China with other markets to follow suit subsequently.

Android 4.4.3: List of features and improvements

Android 4.4.3: List of features and improvements

On surface, the Android 4.4.3 update does not seem to include many new features or enhancements. However, once you start using your Nexus device after installing the update, you will realize that Google has made a lot of minor changes throughout the OS.

Below is a quick list of all the changes that Google has made with the Android 4.4.3 update and which are clearly visible on the Nexus.

Android 4.4.3 finally starts rolling out; Factory images already up for download

Android 4.4.3 finally starts rolling out; Factory images already up for download

After weeks of being on the verge of an imminent roll-out, Google has finally gone ahead and pulled the trigger on the Android 4.4.3 update. The OTA update has started rolling out for all the Nexus devices out there including the 2013 Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5.

Samsung’s first Tizen phone is here: A side strategy or complete takeover?

Samsung’s first Tizen phone is here: A side strategy or complete takeover?

Earlier today, Samsung launched its first Tizen smartphone, the Samsung Z (notice the lack of “Galaxy” in its title). Tizen, the in-house operating system developed by Samsung and Intel, has been long coming to the company’s successful smartphone division, after showing on its Gear smartwatches and some of its cameras. The first Tizen smartphone was rumored for 2013, but the Z almost took an entire additional year to make its way to the public. So what does that mean for Android’s biggest OEM? Is our beloved OS in trouble if Samsung puts all its weight behind Tizen? Let’s speculate.

LG G3 will not feature Qi wireless charging in the United States and Korea

LG G3 will not feature Qi wireless charging in the United States and Korea

When LG announced the G3 late last month, it stated that the device would be coming with Qi charging built-in as well. What the company, however, failed to mention was the fact that this feature will not be available on any of the G3 variants that would be sold in the United States and Korea.

Sony teases the arrival of the “next big thing”

Sony teases the arrival of the “next big thing”

Sony’s new tweet has just sparked off rumors of a potential Xperia Z Ultra successor arriving in the coming days. The tweet reads – “Shh… do you want to know a secret? Stay tuned for the next big thing this season.” Given that the main flagship i.e. the Xperia Z2 was announced merely a couple of months ago, it’s safe to assume that Sony is talking about the Z Ultra successor here.

ASUS Transformer Book V is a dual-booting Android/Windows notebook, tablet, and smartphone

ASUS Transformer Book V is a dual-booting Android/Windows notebook, tablet, and smartphone

Last week, ASUS teased the arrival of its new tablet, smartphone and laptop hybrid. Today, the device has gone official before the Computex event kicks off in Taiwan. Known as the Transformer Book V, this new notebook comes with a dual boot Windows + Android OS, with the ability to seamlessly switch between the two.

Samsung announces the unusually large Galaxy W phablet

Samsung announces the unusually large Galaxy W phablet

Samsung is known to stretch the definition of big with its smartphones and phablets. Its marketing has been so effective that even the biggest of the devices (such as the Galaxy Mega 6.3) have seen a widespread success in global markets. The company’s latest offering however, takes it a bit too far. Known as the Galaxy W, this phablet (or tabphone) packs a 7 inch display and is supposed to act as a standalone smartphone, complete with an earpiece grille and everything. But phones of this size are not new for Samsung — a couple of Galaxy Tab iterations have previously been launched with an earpiece grille.