Google: KitKat Is The Name For The Upcoming Android 4.4 Version

Android KitKatSundar Pichai, lead of Android at Google, after his lengthy trip around Asia for the company, has outed details on the next version of Android: dubbed KitKat. That’s right. Your phone OS will soon be the same exact name as a cheap chocolate candy.

Android 4.4 KitKat continues the tradition of having versions of the phone OS receive a name after a dessert: Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), and Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) — with Android 4.4 it is officially KitKat.

Other than that, not many details were mentioned on the new software release, leaving us to simply wonder, speculate, or leak as it were. Also, Android has reached the 1 billion device milestone.

An interesting side note is that Google actually has the blessing of Nestle to use the name, and without anything more than a licensing fee changing hands, but apparently it is an interesting experiment.

Via: Sundar Pichai (Google+)

Apple Confirms September 10th Event For New iPhones

appleinviteThe next set of iPhones, purportedly set to be a new high-end model made from the traditional glass and metal, a plastic budget version that comes in a variety of colors, and whatever else may or may not be real will be confirmed on September 10th. That’s when Apple’s press event in San Francisco is set to kick off, and press members are continually receiving their invites.

This should be a doozy week.

Microsoft Buys Nokia For Around $5 Billion, Will Produce Own Phones Not Called Nokias

DSC00827It’s a crazy ploy to triple Windows Phone market share by 2018, but Microsoft is willing and ready. By purchasing Nokia completely from Stephen Elop (who now is also a candidate for CEO of Microsoft), Microsoft will be able to produce its own phones, much like they did produce their own tablet (the Surface).

This was accomplished by paying Nokia a hefty 3.79 billion euros ($4.99 billion) for the business, and 1.65 billion euros ($2.18 billion) for its patent arsenal.

Furthermore, 32,000 people will transfer across Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in product manufacturing, so it’s a complete overhaul. Regulatory approval for both companies is expected in early 2014. And with that, the end of an era called Nokia smartphones, and the beginning — a crazy beginning –to Microsoft’s new business.

ViaNokia

Lenovo CEO Shares $3.25 Million Of His Bonus With All Employees (Again)

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While it will be divided into rather small amounts per person, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing shared $3.25 million of his $14.6 million salary to 10,000 workers in 20 countries. Lenovo grabbed a record $34 billion during its last fiscal year, along with an all-time high $653 million in profit.

So naturally, as Yaunqing had done before, he shared a portion of his bonus with the rest of the company. Keep in mind that once it is divided amongst the 10,000 employees, those in China are seeing a bonus that is 85% of the average local salary. It’s a nice thought.

ViaBloomberg

Acer Made A 6-inch Liquid S2 With 4k Video Recording

liquids2Talk about being ambitious: the 6-inch Liquid S2 with 4K recording capability, a full HD IPS display and a Snapdragon 800 processor. That’s Acer’s newest smartphone, which somehow has implemented a full 4K resolution camera for recording, and is the first phone of its kind to do so.

The back is adorned with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED ring flash along with a 2MP front shooter capable of 1080p video, the processor clocked at 2.2GHz per core, 2GB of RAM, and large 3,300 mAh battery, with 4G LTE of course. It will launch at the end of October in Europe alone.

Vodafone Reached A $130 Billion Deal To Sell Verizon Wireless To Verizon

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Thanks to a $130 billion deal between Vodafone and Verizon Communications, which have joint ownership of Verizon Wireless, the company will now be in sole ownership of the latter.

To put this into perspective: Vodafone’s stake of Verizon Wireless was so large, it was worth $130 billion, and now that Verizon is the sole owner of everything Verizon Wireless, the company is independent.

The terms of the deal still need to go through administrative boards at both companies, but as it stands the official announcement should be posted on Monday.

Via: WSJ

Sony Xperia Z Review: Water-Resistant Smartphone Or Not, You’re Beautiful

IMG_20130901_122415We are entering a new age of mobile technology while already being part of one, as obvious or secret as it may be. Some smartphone are excel in number of processing cores, screen resolution, cameras, battery life, software feature, or even what raw materials they’re made out of.

But the XPERIA Z, built by the folks of a little company called Sony (we kid, we kid) is going for a different approach: being water-resistant, while looking like a normal smartphone. It’s no easy feat, but it’s been done.

Utilizing the same software as the Xperia ZL I reviewed not too long ago, the Z is only really different in terms of its physical body — and that means everything.

Top Mobile Phones for Gamers

sony-xperia-Z-ultra-xlThe gaming bug has bitten every gaming generation, with the console the only difference. These devices have created a new social group, the gamers. Now there are so many consoles to choose from. But they have one flaw: you can’t put any of them in your pocket. Today’s high spec smartphones can handle visually stunning games.

Each phone has its own app market where gamers can pick and download their game of choice. Other game developers make the game software available from their own website, for example, this site www.casinojuggler.com. Now let’s check out the best and the latest phones for gamers, in reverse order.