September proved to be a historic month in 2013 for mobility world as one of the most shocking and unexpected event of all time happened this month (Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia). Besides there are many other interesting and notable tid-bits of mobile-technology arena which I have compiled below for you –
Microsoft acquires the mobile-device and services divisions of Nokia
Microsoft shocked the world at the start of the month (2nd Sept.) by announcing that they have bought Nokia’s device and services for Euro 5.44 billion. This can easily be classified as one of the top 5 biggest news of mobile world of all time. This acquisition actually marks the culmination of a process which started with the Nokia-Microsoft partnership in 2011. This deal will also include Nokia patents and mapping services.
IFA 2013 – I have already written about highlights of this year’s IFA. In short many new Android devices were announced and showcased at IFA show in Berlin – Smasung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1, Acer Liquid S2, Xperia Z1 (Honami)
Meizu MX3 – Latest flagship of the Chinese company Meizu was announced on 2nd September. Specs of Meizu – Exynos 5 Octa chipset (quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex A15 and quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 plus 2GB RAM), 5.1 inches 1800×1080 pixels resolution screen, Android 4.2 JellyBean with Flyme 3 UI, 16/32/64/128 GB internal memory, 2400mAh battery.
Android 4.4 KitKat announced – Putting all rumors to rest (that the next Android version 5.0 will be called Key Lime Pie), Google officially announced the next version of Android as 4.4 KitKat. Further details are not available still but the major news is that Android KitKat will make it to smart watches, other gadgets and gaming consoles too.
WP8 GDR3 Update features leak in a video – Windows Phone’s widely anticipated next major update (variously named as GDR3 and Bittersweet Shimmer) made its first appearance in a YouTube video. This update is expected to roll out at the end of this year for most Lumia series of phones.
iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c announced – Apple revealed two iPhones for this year on 10th September. Some aptly called the “s” in 5s as short for “same” and “c” in 5c as short for “cheap”. However Apple detailed the new iPhone 5s as twice as fast as the last iPhone.
iPhone 5s specs – (only) 4 inches, Retina display with 640×1136 pixels resolution, a new A7 chipset dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone CPU and iOS 7 (based on 64 bit architecture), PowerVR G6430 quad-core GPU with OpenGL ES 3.0 support means even higher quality graphics (allowing for real-time effects such as depth of field, blur, full screen vignettes and lens flares). The main CPU there is also this M7 – the motion co-processor. It is meant to measure motion data from accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. Along with the new motion sensing API, iOS7 will enable development of new generation of sports and fitness apps, which can read and monitor your physical activity much more accurately. Besides, M7 is also expected to extend the battery life as such apps will only activate this specific processor instead of the power-hog main CPU. 8MP camera, Touch ID (a touch fingerprint sensor built into the Home button. Touch ID sensor is hidden behind a sapphire crystal lens then there is a metallic ring around, which is said to detect the presence of finger and activate the sensor without even pressing the button). Multiple fingerprints are supported on a single iPhone and Touch ID can be used to securely log on to many services and even make purchases from the App store, without entering your password.
iPhone 5c – It is the first affordable iPhone similar to the older iPhone 5 in specs sans the premium metallic finish. 4 inches Retina display with 640 x 1136 pixels resolution, A6 chipset (same as iPhone 5) running iOS 7, 8MP camera, 100Mbps LTE support, Bluetooth 4.0, thicker and heavier polycarbonate body
Blackberry Z30 announced – BB Z30 is the new flagship from the troubled Canadian company.
Z30 specs – 5 inches Super AMOLED 720p display, dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait/Adreno 320GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory with upto 64GB SD card support, BB 10.2 OS, 8MP camera, 2880mAh battery
LG Vu 3 – LG announced the third member of Vu series on 23rd September with following specs – Snapdragon 800 chipset, quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 CPU/Android 330, 5.2 inches 960×1280 pixels res. screen (4:3 aspect ratio), Android 4.2.2 JB
Oppo N1 unveiled – Oppo announced their latest Android flagship on 23rd September in China. Specs – 5.9 inches, 1080p IPS LCD display, touch sensitive area at the back (O-touch) for various controls, quad-core 1.7GHz Krait 300 CPU, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, Android 4.2, 3610mAh battery etc
iOS 7 update started to roll out for iPhone 4, 4S and 5, iPad 2/3/4/Mini and iPod 5th gen. on 18th September worldwide (OTA and via iTunes)
Android 4.3 JellyBean update rolls out for HTC One (26th September) – As promised HTC started rolling out Android 4.3 update to its current flagship HTC One all over the world. Thus One becomes one of the few phones (along with Google’s Nexus and other Google edition phones) currently running the latest version of Android OS.