Nokia invite for July 11th event confirms 41MP camera for its Lumia EOS smartphone
From GSM Arena:
Well the wait is almost over. The company just posted a second teaser for its July 11 event in New York, which says that there will be 41 million reasons to follow it. Get it? 41 million - the same as the number of pixels on the sensor of the upcoming WP8 smartphone.
Over the past few weeks we finally saw the first live pictures of the mysterious Nokia EOS device. Now that we also got to learn the resolution of its sensor, there are very few unknowns about it remaining.
LG confirms it will start mass producing flexible displays later this year
From Mobile Syrup:
An overseas report today surprisingly reveals that LG is heading into production of its flexible displays. LG spokesperson Frank Lee, who was once leading the Canadian communications arm of LG, stated “We have completed the development of our first flexible displays. We will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year.” The flexible display that will be used in mobile devices will be OLED (organic light-emitting diode) supporting ultra-high definition (UHD).
Unfortunately there’s no indication of specific details of the smartphone, only that it’ll be released “later this year” and that LG might be “selling the screens to other major mobile producers.”
PC Mobile launches postpaid service with 18 and 30 month contracts
From Mobile Syrup:
After a brief delay, PC Mobile has officially launched their “entry into the post-paid wireless market with simple and better voice and data monthly packages designed as an alternative to the national carriers.” As reported last week, PC Mobile’s offer to Canadians is to prevent the dreaded “bill shock” and give potential customers desired handsets, low-cost plans and “no activation fees or cancellation charges.” The CRTC will love that statement.
PC Mobile is available at “The Mobile Shop” within select Loblaw locations. Their postpaid model is built on 3 tiers of monthly rate plans – $35, $50 and $60/month.
For a full break down of the plans, available handsets and handset prices, go here.
HTC One mini name confirmed, device will feature 720p display
The company inadvertently confirmed the existence of the HTC One Mini’s name by posting its User Agent Profile to the HTC-owned Taiwanese domain htcmms.com.tw.
There’s not a lot of info to be gleaned from the pages in terms of the expected specs of the device, but it does confirm that it should arrive running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will have a 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) screen resolution. Judging from the page, we’d expect the model number of the HTC One Mini to be PO581. Similar information surfaced ahead of the release of the original HTC One, which can also be found on the sitewith its model number of PN071.
HTC Butterfly S officially unveiled
From Mobile Syrup:
Like its predecessor, the Butterfly S comes with a 5-inch 1080p display (in fact, it was the first handset to boast such a resolution) but is otherwise a huge upgrade, internally and externally. There’s a 1.9Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC (the HTC One runs at 1.7Ghz), 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage augmented by a microSD slot, an Ultrapixel camera on the back and a 2MP wide-angle front camera, a massive 3200mAh battery, all running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
TechCrunch: Instagram to introduce Vine-like video service June 20th
We’ve been working on getting more details on a press event that Facebook is having this week. Earlier, we wrote it could launch a news-reading app, but we have since heard more details that point to something else entirely. On June 20, a source says Facebook will unveil that Instagram, its popular photo-sharing app, will begin to let people also take and share short videos. Call it the Vine effect.
We are still looking for more information because we understand that Facebook has not wanted the details of June 20 to leak out — so this could be an intentional blind alley. But if the Instagram video report is true, you could say the event invite itself — sent by snail mail, coffee cup stain charmingly in one corner — is a red herring of its own.
Here is what iOS 7 will look like on the iPad
From Phone Arena:
It’s hard to argue at this point that Apple didn’t rush out iOS 7 in order to hit the Worldwide Developer Conference deadline. The software itself is pretty buggy, the design seems unfinished in many placed, and the biggest clue of all: there was no iOS 7 beta for the iPad. Well, we’re just getting the first leaked screenshots of iOS 7 on the iPad, and it looks just about how you’d expect.
The screenshots come from ApfelPage.de and show various parts of the OS like the settings, search, Safari, contacts, etc on the iPad. As you would expect, the UI looks a lot like what we’ve already seen on the iPhone, although some features (like the Control Center) look much better on the iPad, while others (search) don’t look like they’ve been optimized properly for the larger screen size.
Jay Z and Samsung team up to give away a million early copies of his new album to Galaxy device owners
From The Verge:
It’s been four years since Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 was released, but Hov is back next month, and this time with Samsung in tow. The new album is called Magna Carta Holy Grail, and Samsung has apparently inked a deal to give it away free to the first millionGalaxy S III, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note II users on July 4th at 12:01AM ET, 72 hours before the official retail release.
People will be able to download the album with a free app that’s coming to the Play store on June 24th, which promises an “unprecedented inside look into the album” with “personal stories and inspiration.” The description immediately conjures to mind his bookDecoded, which breaks down the lyrics and thoughts that went into the rapper’s biggest hits.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung reportedly paid $5 each for the million albums. The total value of the partnership between Jay Z and Samsung is said to be $20 million.
In case you were wondering, Myspace app for Android coming soon
The site is now a streaming music and radio service, but still promotes a heavy dosage of social networking goodness to go along with it. It’s an interesting concept, though nothing that hasn’t already been done in modular fashion. You can learn more about that here, if you want.
But we thought you should also know that there is an Android app coming for it soon.
Samsung releases ‘lifestyle’ video for its Galaxy S4 Zoom camera smartphone