Monday, July 29, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active available this week for P27,990

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Philippines

Samsung recently launched the dust and water-resistant Samsung Galaxy S4 Active in the Philippines.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active shares an almost identical specs with the original Galaxy S4, but adds protection for water and dust. It has an ingress protection (IP) rating of IP67, which means that it totally protected against dust and other fine particles and can go underwater at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.

The main difference that you will see between the S4 and the S4 Active is that the latter has a more masculine looks. Three physical buttons are positioned at the front to prevent accidental press under water, of which none of them are backlit. There’s a carbon fiber-like removable plastic battery cover on the back and visible circular blings on the corners.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Philippines

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Philippines

Samsung also swapped the Super AMOLED display for a TFT LCD one of the same 5-inch size. The 13 Megapixel camera on the S4 was replaced by an 8 Megapixel one. The temperature sensor was also omitted on the S4 Active, but that’s not a deal-breaker.

The rest of the internals stayed the same: it has the 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, LTE, and 16GB of internal storage. It also sports the IR blaster, NFC, and the same 2600mAh battery found on the S4.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Specifications and Features
5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with 1920x1080 resolution at 441 ppi
1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor
8 Megapixels autofocus camera with LED flash and aqua mode
2 Megapixels front-facing camera
Full 1080p HD video capture at 30fps
16GB mass memory, expandable by 64GB using microSD card slot
2,600mAh battery
Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Humidity sensor
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will be coming this week at retail stores for P27,990. It will be available in Urban Grey, Dive Blue, and Orange Flare.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Huawei Ascend P6 and Ascend Mate now available on Globe

Huawei Ascend P6

Globe has announced that it will be carrying Huawei’s two newest smartphones, the Ascend P6 and the Ascend Mate. The Huawei Ascend P6 and the Ascend Mate will be available for just P999 per month on Plan 499 with P500 monthly device payment or at Plan 999 with P200 monthly device payment.

At just 6.18mm, the Huawei Ascend P6 features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a sleek metallic body. It boasts of a 4.7-inch HD display, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 2000mAh battery. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Huawei Ascend Mate

The Huawei Ascend Mate, on the other hand, features a large 6.1-inch HD display, a 1.5 GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor and a 4050 mAh battery.

As an added treat, Globe will be giving away free tickets to Carly Rae Jepsen's concert in Manila. Those who sign up for Plan 999 and up will be getting two VIP or Patron tickets while Plan 499 and All-Unli Plan subscribers get two Lower or Upper Box seats. An Upper Box ticket will be also available to those who purchase the Ascend P6 or the Ascend Mate prepaid kit.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Nexus 7 announced: packs high-res display, 5MP camera, LTE and Android 4.3

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Philippines

In a somewhat small press event yesterday, Google has finally announced the newly refreshed Nexus 7.

The Nexus 7 (2013) now packs an even more high-res display than before, a whopping 1920x1200 IPS one. That makes for a pixel density of 323 ppi. The glass is of unknown variant of Corning Gorilla Glass. It is also thinner and narrower, which makes it even easier to hold with one hand.

The internals on the new Nexus 7 has been updated too. It is now being powered by the not-so-really-new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor ticking at 1.5GHz, the Adreno 320 GPU, and double the RAM, now at 2GB.

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Philippines Back

Another fairly nice additions is stereo surround speakers, which Google says is powered by Fraunhofer, and the 5 Megapixels rear-facing auto-focus camera. If you remember, the first Nexus 7 did not come with one. There’s also a new notification LED on the bottom part of the screen, which is a really nice touch.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Along with the new Nexus 7, Google also took the wraps off the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, which ships with the new tablet. It  It features support for Bluetooth Smart (LE) which allows developers to build apps that can take advantage of portable devices like smart watches. It also comes with an enhanced multi-user support and restricted profiles.

The new Android 4.3 update is now rolling out to the Nexus 10, Nexus 7, Nexus 4, and the Galaxy Nexus. The Google Play Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One will get it soon.

Nexus 7 (2013) Specifications and Features
7-inch HD IPS display with 1920x1200 resolution (323 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass
5 Megapixels auto-focus camera
1.2 Megapixel front-facing
1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor
Adreno 320 GPU
4G LTE – 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Asia and Europe)
Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
3950mAh battery
Stereo surround speakers
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS

The new Nexus 7 (2013) comes in 16GB and 32GB models with Wi-Fi and LTE versions available. It’s currently selling in the US for $229 (16GB Wi-Fi) and $269 (32GB Wi-Fi), while the 32GB LTE model will follow soon for $349.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How to switch to stock Android app switcher on HTC Sense 5

Stock Android App Switcher HTC Sense 5

If you are using an HTC device on Sense 5, chances are you’ve already noticed that the stock HTC app switcher has a 9 apps limit. It’s not that of a big deal, but if you’re a power user, you’re most probably bothered by this.

It turns out that it only takes changing two lines of code in a file on the system folder to use the stock Android app switcher instead, which is much much better. So here’s what I did:

Open the default.xml file on system/customize/ACC directory and find these two lines using a text editor:

<item type="boolean" name="isHtcStyleRecentApp">true</item>
<item type="boolean" name="support_HtcStyleRecentApp">true</item>

Now you just need to change the true value to false. Save and reboot. Enjoy your stock Android app switcher!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

How to redeem your Globe Rewards at partner stores to get free items


When Globe unveiled their revamped loyalty rewards program last May, I got really excited to try it out mostly because they made it very easy for anyone to use and spend their points that they earned. Globe prepaid subscribers earn points for every top up they make while those who are on postpaid get points based on how much they are billed each month.

Last week, my brother asked me if I wanted to watch Despicable Me 2. And because those minions are so cute, I said yes, why not. I told him why don’t we try to use our Globe Rewards points and share his (and my lola’s) to me. Knowing that the cinemas will be probably packed with the crowd, I fired up my laptop and checked the schedule and seat availability for the said movie on, Ayala Malls Cinemas’ online website for ticket reservations. After seeing that only one cinema is allotted for the movie and that only one timeslot with few seats is available and not knowing if SureSeats accepts Globe Rewards, I immediately proceeded to reserve two.

We went to Trinoma a few hours early and lined up. I asked the teller if they accept Globe Rewards for SureSeats reservations and, lo and behold, they do! The teller presented me the instructions to pay for the tickets which is really easy. I made sure first that I already have enough points by texting BAL to 4438 before I paid.


For the actual payment, I simply texted <BUY> <NUMBER OF MERCHANT> <POINTS> and sent it to 4438, as shown in the above photo. I then got our tickets, yay! It’s easy as that. Take note that I don’t recommend saving the merchant’s phone number as it could change, who knows. I’ve also included the minimum points required that you should spend at a specific merchant below.

Minimum Points to Spend
Ayala Malls Cinemas - 100 points
Figaro Coffee Company - 50 points
Wendy's - 50 points
Enchanted Kingdom - 100 points
Rose Pharmacy - 50 points
Sunglass Hut - 300 points
Petron - 50 points

We left and roamed around the mall as we wait. We got ourselves some snacks at Wendy’s because we still had enough points.


That’s it. Redeeming your accumulated Globe Rewards points is that easy. What’s really cool is that one point is equivalent to 1 peso, you really get the most out of your points! You can also split the payment and add cash if your points are not enough (e.g. 150 points + P50 for a P200 movie ticket). My only gripe is that when texting the command, one could mistype the number of the merchant and send their points to someone else. They could give the merchants an NFC terminal of sort and pair them with an app on our smartphones with NFC or a physical card that is linked to our mobile numbers for those who don’t have such phones.

Globe Rewards is accepted by the following merchants: Ayala Malls Cinemas, Figaro Coffee, Wendy’s, Enchanted Kingdom, Rose Pharmacy, and Sunglass Hut. KFC and Petron will be added soon according to their website. For more info, just visit the Globe Rewards website.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Globe to allow porting of prepaid number to postpaid soon?

Globe Prepaid to Postpaid Number Porting

Every prepaid-phone-user-who-want-to-switch-to-postpaid’s problem ever: losing their much loved phone number especially if they’ve had it for years.

Well it seems like Globe will have a solution to that problem. On their official community forum, several Globe users are asking whether this number porting from prepaid to postpaid is possible. Of course they were answered with the usual no’s and all. But a Globe employee who goes by the name ‘MDGofGlobe’ posted something different — he said in one word, “soon…”

How soon is soon? Me thinks that this is related to Globe’s IT systems upgrade and that as soon as it’s done, they will be able to offer this new option to those who want to switch, and if so, will make them the first carrier in the country to do so.

Take note that this most probably does not include porting of numbers from other carriers like Smart and Sun.

So, whatcha think?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Confirmed: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to get Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update instead of 4.2.2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Update

Australian carrier Telstra has just confirmed that Samsung has decided to cancel the Android 4.2.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and go for a “newer version of Android” instead.

While no specific version has been revealed, the Galaxy Note 2 could instead get the upcoming Android 4.3 update, which is expected to be announced next week by Google. This possibility is not too far-fetched considering that there was already a leaked 4.3 ROM for the Galaxy S4, which implies that Samsung could already have an early copy of the 4.3 source from Google.

The carrier did not give any availability date though it could arrive on the end of July or on August.

Source: Telstra
Via: SamMobile

Samsung showcases SideSync, bridges the gap between ATIV and GALAXY

Samsung SideSync 2

You are busy working on a document on your laptop and suddenly, a text message arrives. What do you do? Of course you grab your phone, view the message and type your reply if needed. And then your focus is taken out from what you’re working on.

Now, imagine if you can just do all the things that you need to do on your phone right on your PC. In an intimate event recently, Samsung demonstrated SideSync, which does exactly just that. It has three main features namely Keyboard and Mouse Sharing, Phone Screen Sharing, and Automatic Backup.

Samsung SideSync Keyboard and Mouse Sharing

In the Keyboard and Mouse Sharing mode, users are able to make their phones an extension of their PC. You can use your phone using the mouse or track pad just by moving the mouse pointer to the phone screen. Aside from that, you can also take advantage of the full-fledged keyboard to send text messages and even highlight and copy texts from the phone to PC and vice-versa. Your phone basically becomes an ‘extension monitor’ in Keyboard and Mouse Sharing mode.

Samsung SideSync

The Phone Screen Sharing mode, on the other hand, mirrors your phone display on a window on your PC. Everything that’s taking place on your phone can now be seen and means that you can remotely control your phone from your PC.

Now let’s say you’re doing your work on your PC and need to send a quick text message, you don’t have to take your hands off the keyboard and interrupt your work anymore. You just switch from whatever window is active to the virtual phone on your PC and do it from there.

You can also copy files to the phone just by dragging a file to the the phone screen. Files are then automatically saved to a designated SideSync folder on the phone for easy retrieval. The data on your phone are automatically backed up on your PC every time you use SideSync.

For now, SideSync utilizes USB connection which means you will still have to have your phone and a cable beside you to use of all the features above, which kinds of defeats the purpose of the software. But don’t fret, Samsung said that they are already working on an update to make SideSync work with Wi-Fi connections.

SideSync is available for all Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets running on Android Jelly Bean and above. The PC software is exclusive to ATIV devices.

You can try SideSync for yourself by visiting any of the following Samsung Stores: SM Dasmariñas, SM Lanang, SM Bacoor, SM Gensan, SM North Annex, Ayala Mall Centrio CDO, SM Cebu, and Festival Mall.

Monday, July 15, 2013

HTC Butterfly S to come with LTE support after all (Bonus: Press photo of the dual-SIM version)

HTC Butterfly S LTE Philippines

The recently-announced HTC Butterfly S was initially reported to not have an LTE support, which was disappointing considering that it packs quite a punch.

That turns out not to be true at all. Jason Mackenzie, President of Global Sales at HTC, has confirmed this to us. In some Asian (and perhaps European) markets like Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore, the HTC Butterfly S will come with LTE with support for bands 1 (2100MHz), 3 (1800MHz), and 7 (2600MHz). Globe and Smart’s LTE networks operate on 1800MHz and 2100Mhz respectively.

Announced in June, the HTC Butterfly S sports a 5-inch 1080p Super LCD 3 screen, a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor (the HTC One has the same chip clocked at 1.7GHz), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with microSD support, the same UltraPixel camera, IR blaster, and a ginormous 3200mAh battery. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the HTC Sense 5.

With that in mind, I’m thinking that the HTC Butterfly easily beats most smartphones out there today in many aspects like battery. Now it’s time to pick one: the very stunning HTC One or the HTC Butterfly S with slightly better specs?

And, the bonus… Dual-SIM HTC Butterfly S for China. Looks like it’s set to be announced on July 18th. Perhaps along with the HTC One Mini?

Dual-SIM HTC Butterfly S Copy

Google Now starts taking searches in Filipino

Google Now Filipino

UPDATE: Voice Search only understands Filipino for now. An earlier version of this story stated that it recognizes Filipino and other local dialects. We’re sorry for the confusion.

A magic has taken place on your Android phone today without your knowledge, well, until now. Google Philippines has announced starting today, you can now do a voice search using Google Now in Filipino.

Google Philippines’ Gail Tan shared that they are “delighted to launch these new Search tools for the Filipino language today,” and that the development highlights their commitment in providing superb search experience to the locals.

To make voice search work with our language, Google has teamed up with volunteers from the University of the Philippines to collect voice samples from them and their family and build an acoustical and language models to help computers understand Filipino.

But no one (except for a few) speaks Filipino straight without mentioning any English words and not everyone in the country speaks Tagalog in one accent. Google knows it and that is why they made sure that the machines’ vocabulary will handle ‘taglish’ as well as those who speak in different accents (e.g. ‘mapote’ instead of ‘maputi’) without any problems by widening sample collection. The company says that while it isn’t perfect, it will continue to improve as more people use Voice Search.

I’ve tried it and it works pretty well. I can now talk to my phone (not that it’s a cool thing) without trying hard to do English with ‘murrican’ accent. Conyos would love it as well.

Voice Search in Filipino is available on Android 2.0 Éclair and newer devices. An update is coming soon to the Google app for iPhone and the Chrome browser for desktop too.

Google Now Filipino 2

Friday, July 12, 2013

Nokia finally announces the Lumia 1020, the first Windows Phone with a 41-megapixel camera

Nokia Lumia 1020

Building on the great innovation they came up with the 808 PureView, Finnish manufacturer Nokia has finally revealed the Lumia 1020, the first Windows Phone to pack a ginormous 41-megapixel camera.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 combines what Nokia had packed into their previous smartphones — a 41-megapixel backside-illuminated camera sensor with an optical image stabilization and a Xenon flash. The camera, which features the Zeiss optics (previously Carl Zeiss), sports six lenses and can take photos of up to 34 or 38-megapixels which depends on the aspect ratio.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Philippines

A new app called the Nokia Pro Camera brings a fresh user-interface that is easy to use which allows anyone to capture professional-looking photos without having to deal with dreading dials and buttons. It offers settings which photo enthusiasts will appreciate such as ISO, white balance, exposure, and shutter speed. It even has manual focus capability!

There is also a new feature called the Dual Capture (no, this is not what you are thinking) which takes advantage of the high megapixel count and takes two photos at once — one 34- or 38-megapixel photo which you can freely use later for editing, cropping, and more, and an oversampled 5-megapixel one for easy sharing and uploading.

34MP sample photo from Nokia Lumia 1020Click to view full-resolution 34MP photo

5MP sample photo from Nokia Lumia 1020Click to view full-resolution 5MP photo

Nokia also announced a new imaging software development kit (SDK), which is now available, that provides key image editing features of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to developers. In fact, Nokia has announced that many top imaging apps like Vine, Path, Flipboard, Oggl Pro by Hipstamatic, Vyclone, Yelp, CNN, Snapcam, Panagraph, and Foursquare will be using the SDK to offer great features to the users. And yes, those are coming to Windows Phone.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Grip Philippines

They also showcased the new Camera Grip accessory which adds an additional 1,020mAh of power, a tripod mount, and well, the grip which should let you easily hold the phone with one hand just like a normal camera.It’s going to be priced at $79 in the US.

Spec-wise, the Nokia Lumia 1020 sports a 4.5-inch AMOLED Gorilla Glass 3 display with a 1280x768 (WXGA) resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE, 2,000mAh battery, and 32GB of storage.

Nokia Lumia 1020 Specifications and Features
4.5-inch AMOLED display with WXGA (1280x768) resolution
Corning Gorilla® Glass 3
Super Sensitive touch
41-megapixels PureView camera (7712 x 5360) with optical image stabilization (OIS)
1.2MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens
Full 1080p HD video capture at 30fps
Xenon and LED flash
32GB mass memory
2000mAh battery
GSM / HSPA+ / LTE (Compatible with Smart and Globe)
1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 dual-core processor
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Windows Phone 8 OS

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will come first in the US exclusively to AT&T starting on July 26 for $299.99 on a two-year contract and is then expected to arrive in China and key European markets this quarter.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Viber inks partnership with Globe Telecom

Globe Telecom Viber Promos

Do you always avail of Globe’s GoUNLI 25 with unlimited calls and texts? Yes? Well, it just got better.

Globe Telecom and Viber announced yesterday an exclusive partnership to offer unlimited chat along with the usual unlimited calls and texts. Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe Telecom, said that “the partnership is in line with [their] strategy to explore more revenue streams beyond call and text services.”

Available at the same old price, GoUNLI25 lets people communicate with their friends thru calling and texting on the network. In addition, they can chat with anyone in the world and send fun and rich messages with stickers, photos, videos, and more. Viber also allows you to create group chats and talk with as many people as you like.

The new GoUNLI is also available in other variants with longer validity: 3-day for P67, 7-day for P150, and 30-day for P600. Those who just want Viber’s services can choose between Viber10 for 1 day or Viber30 for 5 days of unlimited chats, and Viber20 for 1 day of unlimited calls and chats. Registration is easy and is done thru *143#.

Globe Telecom GoUNLI Viber Promos

Talmon Marco, Viber CEO, who was present at the press briefing, said that with Globe’s innovative prepaid plans, Filipinos will now have a chance to experience Viber with their friends without the need to buy a data plan or look for a Wi-Fi connection.

Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe, with Talmon Marco, Viber CEO

Marco shared that the Philippines has around 6,000,000 Viber users, which accounts for 3% of the global user-base of the app. The app is available across many platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Windows, and Mac. The company is still looking further to expand to other platforms like Windows 8.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

HTC Butterfly receives Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update with Sense 5

HTC Butterfly Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Sense 5 Update

Owners of the HTC Butterfly should start seeing a pretty big update on their devices starting today as HTC has just started to roll out the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean along with the new Sense 5 user interface.

The update, which is a hefty 551.69MB download, is now available starting in Taiwan. It also brings HTC BlinkFeed, lock screen widgets, and the quick settings panel in the notification center, a really handy addition especially that Sense doesn’t have that for ages. It also adds the Video Highlights feature found on the HTC One, but Zoe was left out.

To get the update, simply go to Settings > About > Software updates on your device. Take note that you will have to download a small 1.39MB patch before you are able to get the full update. The full changelog is listed below.

HTC Butterfly Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Sense 5 Update

Full HTC Butterfly 2.28.709.2 Update Changelog
-Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5 update
-HTC BlinkFeed integration
-New lock screen style: Widget
-Show battery level in status bar
-Add sleep mode option in Power settings
-Quick settings panel: 12 default settings by new touch gesture
-AE/AF lock feature: Lock Exposure/Focus at viewfinder screen
-Video Highlights: 30 seconds show in 12 different themes
Music channel: Virtualization with live lyrics
Chinese dictionary update (for some models)

Apple celebrates 5th anniversary of the App Store with free top apps and games


The biggest application store on earth will have its 5th birthday tomorrow. And to compliment the celebration, Apple is offering the top ‘landmark’ apps and games in the App Store for free.

Let’s do a little bit of history first. The App Store opened in July 10, 2008 with an update to iTunes on Mac and Windows. It had 500 apps available on the launch day. Five years later, it now has a mind-boggling 900,000 apps accessible within your fingertips. It has been definitely a remarkable five years for the App Store.

Anyway, on to the free apps and games. The links are available below. Just open them right from your iOS devices or on iTunes if you’re on your Mac or PC.

Barefoot World Atlas
Learn about the world, its nations and its wonders through this dazzling interactive globe

Day One (Journal / Diary)
Record movements every day using photos, places and words with this intuitive journal

How to Cook Everything
Learn to cook more than 2,000 gourmet recipes using this robust kitchen companion

Help your photos stand out by adding custom captions, logos and stylish doodles

Traktor DJ for iPhone
Mix like a pro with a DJ app that puts industry-leading features right at your fingertips

An Apple Design Award winner, Badland is an incredible action game with stunning graphics

Infinity Blade II
With smart gameplay and gorgeous graphics, this action-packed epic absolutely shines

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
This elegant 8-bit adventure uses touch-based puzzles to deliver a poignant story

Tiny Wings
This endearing classic features charming style and thrilling momentum-based gameplay

Where's My Water?
A simple and challenging puzzle game that features intuitive controls and a lovable mascot

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Apple’s alleged budget iPhone appears in high-resolution photos and video

Apple Plastic Budget iPhone

What are you seeing above is Apple’s alleged budget plastic iPhone. News and rumors has been circulating around for a few months already and it looks like it is really happening.

A company called Techdy claims to have got hold of what seems to be a shell for the plastic iPhone. They even went further and fit a ‘display assembly into the new budget iPhone’s rear shell’. They note that the display fits just fine with the shell of the plastic iPhone.

“As can be seen from the images above, all the rumors about the low-cost plastic iPhone seem to be true. The budget iPhone will be made substantially from plastic (we can feel it’s actually polycarbonate material). It will have a 4” screen, like the iPhone 5, and interestingly, the budget iPhone actually has a shape that’s similar to Apple’s original iPod. When we hold the budget iPhone in our hands, the plastic chassis does not feel cheap at all. Unlike the plastic build quality of the Samsung Galaxy phones, the plastic material used on the budget iPhone feels more sturdy.”

Apple Plastic Budget iPhone 3

Apple Plastic Budget iPhone 2

The plastic iPhone has also appeared in leaked photos in the past few days and comes in several colors like red, green, yellow, blue, and white.

Apple Plastic Budget iPhone 6

Apple Plastic Budget iPhone 5

Apple Plastic Budget iPhone 4

Sources: (1) (2), Techdy

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Windows Phone is definitely going 1080p this year

Windows Phone 1080p

Windows Phone devices that were announced this year up until now bear the same characteristics — none of them had 1080p displays. Well, not for the rest of the year, at least.

References which point to 1080p resolution support for Windows Phone were discovered and posted to Twitter by former Nokia and Microsoft engineer Justin Angel in the recently-release Visual Studio 2013 Preview tool

Numerous publications on the web point to a GDR3 (General Distribution Release 3) update that is supposed to come this year to new and existing Windows Phone devices. The update is expected to bring the said 1080p resolution support as well as compatibility with quad-core processors and 5-inch devices or phablets, if you may.

Windows Phone currently only supports WVGA, WXGA, and 720p display resolutions and dual-core processors.

Via: The Verge