Microsoft President Steven Sinofsky recently unveiled Windows 8 features in a video. We witnessed a completely revamped interface introducing the Windows Phone 7 Metro looks everywhere. Now that the future OS details are available theme developers are excited to port Windows 8 theme to the current Windows 7 OS. Here is the first major Windows 8 theme release in the form Rainmeter skin for Windows 7.
Omnimo 4 is a skin for Rainmeter, a desktop customization platform that features tools that can display various information on desktop. Ominimo brings forth the Windows 8 tablet UI along with immersive interface. Once after installing Omnimo 4 over Rainmeter pack you can select Windows Phone 7 or Windows 8 skin accordingly. For Omnimo 4 to work on Windows 7 you should have Rainmeter 2.0 or higher installed.
Steps to install Omnimo 4 Windows 8 Rainmeter skin on Windows 7:
1. Download and install Rainmeter. Skip if you already have it.
This year has seen companies launch the thinnest, biggest and powerful smartphones.
What a way to begin the new year! The year’s biggest electronics platform, Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 has finally come to end and it’s time to look at what made the news in the smartphone arena. While majors like Samsung, LG decided to wait for the upcoming Mobile World Congress next month to showcase their latest range of smartphones, other brands like Sony, Huawei, ZTE decided to set the mark this time with the thinnest, powerful and biggest variety of smartphone devices.
Sony Xperia Z
After a long lull, Sony has finally managed to showcase its anticipated Xperia Z smartphone at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 as promised. Sony claims that the smartphone will offer ‘ultimate viewing experience’, which clearly suggests that Xperia Z will offer real HD quality display. Xperia Z is Sony’s first entrant model in the big-screen smartphone category. The smartphone sports a 12.7-cm (5-inch) HD Reality Display that runs on Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 having a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels.
The device runs Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean OS and comes powered by a powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM. The smartphone comes with a 13 MP rear camera with single LED flash and a 2.2 MP front-facing shooter. The device supports connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, NFC and 4G. Xperia Z has an internal storage of 16 GB, which is further expandable. The Xperia Z is loaded with a 2,330 mAh battery, which should offer decent amount of back-up.
Huawei Ascend Mate
Huawei was given the distinction of launching world’s biggest display-based smartphone. The Huawei Ascend Mate comes with a gigantic 15.4-cm (6.1-inch) HD display and runs Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean OS.
Under the hood, Mate is powered by Huawei’s Hi-Silicon 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and we expect the RAM to be 2 GB. The big-screen smartphone comes with an 8 MP rear camera and should have a 2 MP front-facing camera atleast. The smartphone offers features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G, NFC. The Mate comes loaded with a 4,050 mAh battery.
Huawei Ascend D2
Huawei has introduced its 2013 flagship smartphone, Ascend D2. The Ascend D2 sports a 12.7-cm (5-inch) super retina LCD powered by a 3,000 mAh battery. Based on a K3V2 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, the Ascend D 2 runs on Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. Featuring a 13 MP rear and 1.3 MP front-facing camera. The smartphone’s display features IPS with a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080 at 443 PPI.
Mozilla’s Firefox X Smartphone
While Mozilla has not officially launched its Firefox OS-based smartphone but they did manage to showcase glimpse of its prototype. Mozilla has said that it is just two weeks from completion. The company is targeting the low-end smartphone market with the Firefox operating system. All Firefox smartphones will have a maximum of a single-core 800MHz processor at the launch. The user interface is similar to Android with the only exception that Firefox is totally HTML 5 based.Alcatel One Touch and ZTE, have been selected to make Firefox OS devices using Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm and these are expected to be available Q1 this year.
Consumer electronics brand, Vizio has also launched its Android-based smartphones at this year’s CES 2013. These two new smartphones run Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean OS. The first device sports a 12.7-cm (5-inch) screen with a 1920×1080 pixel resolution. This smartphone is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor with 2 GB RAM. It has a huge internal storage capacity of 32 GB and astonishingly, this can be expanded through a microSD slot. It has an 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front shooter for video calls.
The second one is the 11.9-cm (4.7-inch) Vizio model that runs Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean and is powered by a dual-core MediaTek chip. It has a 720×1080 pixel display, 16 GB internal storage capacity and 1 GB RAM. For camera, it has an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front shooter.
The smartphone is world’s first Clover Trail-running device, which is expected to hit markets in the next couple of months. So, what is Lenovo K900 all about? We find out. The smartphone comes with a Note 2-like 14-cm (5.5-inch) IPS display that has a resolution of 1080 pixels.
The smartphone runs Android 4.1.2 aka Jelly Bean OS and is powered by a powerful 2 GHz Atom Clover Trail processor and 2 GB RAM. Not only that, the K900 sports a 13 MP rear camera and expected 2 MP front facing shooter.
The smartphone has an internal storage capacity of 16 GB, as per the company. The K900 will surely feature Wi-Fi, 3G and even 4G, Bluetooth, USB, NFC, GPS and micro-USB.
Lenovo S720, P770, A800 and S890
Lenovo has launched another set of Android-based smartphones at CES 2013 dubbed as S720, P770, A800 and S890.
First up is the S890, which comes with a 12.7-cm (5-inch) screen, sports a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and runs on Google’s Android 4.2 aka Jelly bean operating system. It has an 8 MP rear camera and comes loaded with a 2,350 mAh battery.
The next smartphone is S720. It has a comparatively smaller 11.4-cm (4.5-inch) screen, but has the same resolution. The main features are dual SIM support and a massive 2,000 mAh battery. It has an 8 MP camera.
The only detail available about P770 is that the smartphone comes loaded with a 3,500 mAh battery and it is meant for business users. It even comes with an anti-virus software pre-loaded.
Following P770, is the A800. This one is a dual core 1.2 GHz dual SIM smartphone, with a 11.4-cm (4.5-inch) display and runs Android 4.2 aka Jelly Bean. It sports a 2,000 mAh battery. And, last but not the least, Lenovo has launched the affordable A690. It has a single core 1 GHz processor, 10.1-cm (4-inch) 800 x 480 screen and runs Android 4.0 aka Ice cream sandwich OS. This smartphone also has a dual SIM support.
ZTE Grand S
The China-based telecom company, ZTE has unveiled its Grand S smartphone at this year’s CES. This phone is only 6.9-mm thick.
The smartphone, Grand S comes with a 12.7-cm (5-inch) full HD display and runs Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean OS. The smartphone is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM. The device comes with a 13 MP rear and 2 MP front-facing camera for video calls. It supports 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB, micro-USB etc. The device has an internal storage capacity of 16 GB, expandable up to 32 GB. The Grand S is loaded with a 1,780 mAh battery.
Kogan Agora Phablet
Kogan Agora, has unveiled its 12.7-inch (5-inch) display based smartphone aka phablet at this year’s CES. The phablet comes with a 12.7-cm (5-inch) display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution and runs Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The device is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and 512 RAM, which should suffice to run Android ICS. It sports a 5 MP rear camera with flash and a 0.3 MP front-facing camera for video calling.
The phablet has an internal storage of 4 GB, which is expandable up to 64 GB. The device interestingly supports Dual-SIM, which makes it the perfect device for users across all sections. The Kogan Agora phablet comes loaded with a 2,000 mAh battery.
Alcatel One Touch Smartphones
TCL Communication has launched its Alcatel One Touch range of Android-based smartphones. These are as follows.
One Touch Idol
One Touch Idol is based on a dual-core processor and sports a 11.9-cm (4.7-inch) IPS display along with an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera and is offered in premium brushed metallic finishes.
One Touch Idol Ultra
The One Touch Idol Ultra smartphone is the thinnest smartphone the company is offering and claims to break current market records at 6.45-mm thin. The smartphone features a 11.9-cm (4.7-inch) HD AMOLED display and is based on a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, along with an 8 megapixel camera that captures 1080p video, and runs Android Jelly Bean.
One Touch Scribe HD
The One Touch Scribe HD sports a massive 12.7-cm (5-inch) display along with the new MediaTek MT6589 quad-core chipset. Featuring an HD display, the smartphone supports 4G speeds and comes with an 8 megapixel camera plus 720p HD front camera, and operates on Android Jelly Bean.
India-based brands like Micromax, Lava, Karbonn can benefit from joining hands with the giant.
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Monday, January 28, 2013: Earlier this year when NVIDIA had showcased its Tegra 4 mobile processor, the whole world was expecting the company to share its plans to manufacture smartphones and tablets also. While the firm did not disclose any such intention to enter the consumer hardware business but recently, it has come to our notice that NVIDIA might actually go back on its word and produce some devices.
But here’s the catch. These devices will not carry NVIDIA’s name, as they will develop reference design and then act as contract manufacturers of affordable white label devices i.e. smartphone and tablet for someone else to sell under their own brands.
You must be aware that all the India-based brands, Micromax, Lava, Karbonn, Byond, Zync to name a few, majorly import their devices from vendors in China. And NVIDIA may be inclining towards doing the same. The fact that players like Qualcomm and Mediatek have garnered positive response, might have played its role in NVIDIA’s decision.
Windows Phone 8 arrived in style last year, when mobile manufacturers HTC, Nokia and Samsung provided the first wave of compatible devices, all looking sharp and geared to take on the existing competition, so we’ve placed two of these new handsets under the microscope to see how they stack up against each other and the wider competition.
Before we proceed, we know that the official names of these two handsets are the Windows Phone 8S by HTC and Windows Phone 8X by HTC respectively, but they’re just too much of a mouthful to repeat time and again. Anyway, on with the comparison.
HTC 8S VS HTC 8X: Design
In our opinion, there aren’t a pair of more attractive looking handsets in the market right now, of course beauty is subjective, but it’s hard to argue with the soft touch plastic bodies, vibrant colour palettes and sculpted ‘pillow’ design. In fact both handsets are said to be inspired by the very live tiles found on the OS they run, which explains the squared look head on.
The 8X features a larger, solid unibody construction in a single block colour, whilst the smaller 8S features a dipped paint area on the lower portion of the body, covering both the back and front. Not only does this contrasting colour help differentiate it from its more powerful sibling at distance, but it also indicates a removable portion on the lower half of the phone’s back where the user can not only slip in a microSIM card, but a microSD card too.
Some shared hardware elements can also be found in rear camera and loudspeaker placement, each adorned with the Beats logo to boot. We’re always happy to see a hardware shutter button as well, which enables quick launch of the camera from sleep. The 8X wins out with regards to optics as it also makes use of a front-facing camera, omitted from the 8S’s design.
Both handsets look gorgeous and feel great in the hand, so either option will serve you well in this respect. Should the more gaudy colour options offend your eyes, both devices come in more refined black options too.
HTC 8S VS HTC 8X: Display
Despite the newer technology employed by the HTC 8X, the 8S’s 4-inch display does win out in some respects when the devices are placed side by side. The HTC 8S makes used a 4-inch S-LCD display with a WVGA (480×800) resolution, as used by all previous Windows Phone 7 handsets. The screen is bright and colourful with excellent viewing angles and great contrast with deep blacks, which on the whole means that it’s punching above its weight when compared to some of the Android-based rivals on offer for the same price.
Meanwhile the HTC 8X reaps the benefits of the new hardware allowances brought in by Microsoft with Windows Phone 8. The 4.3-inch panel on the 8X features a 720p HD (720×1280) resolution and S-LCD 2 technology which first wowed us on the HTC One X at the start of 2012. The fidelity of images and text on the 8X is noticeably superior (the 8X features 342ppi, whilst the 8S only has 233ppi) and colours blaze on the screen, however blacks don’t pack quite as much punch as with the 8S and brightness struggles at more extreme viewing angles, partly down to an overly reflective screen.
HTC 8S VS HTC 8X: Performance
Possibly the most surprising thing when weighing these two devices up is the consistency in the general user experience despite the drop in raw power at work in the lower-tier 8S. The flagship HTC 8X features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor alongside 1GB of RAM, whilst the 8S’s processor is down-clocked to 1GHz and there’s half the amount of RAM on offer.
In true Windows Phone style, the user interface of both Windows Phone 8 handsets is super smooth and easy to navigate with the only notable additions to the stock experience being the HTC app and the option to toggle Beats audio in the Settings menu. HTC also bundle a handful of apps with each handset, the 8X getting the lion’s share, with some helpful inclusions like a currency converter and flashlight out-the-box. 3D gaming is also a go on both devices although the most demanding titles won’t be available for download on the 8S most likely due the lack of memory at its disposal, which can also be apparent on occasion in longer loading times between apps and slight UI stutters from time to time.
The imaging department on the 8X is fantastic, both cameras are usable, but the 8X’s 8-megapixel snapper, always produces the superior results, not only due to the added resolution, but the superior low-light performance, wide-angle lens and full 1080p HD video. The 5-megapixel camera on the 8S comes across as trying too hard; shots are over-sharpened and look artificial, whilst video output can only go as high as 720p.
HTC 8S VS HTC 8X: Verdict
Both the 8S and 8X feature strong designs and a fluid user experience, not to mention battery life for phones of this calibre outlasts many of the competition in real world use. Whilst the 8X naturally features some impressive specs, it’s its smaller counterpart: the HTC 8S that captures our attention. The size and weight in the hand are just right, the two-tone look makes it the more interestingly designed of the two handsets and the price on PAYG is around £170 less than the 8X meaning that for the hardware on offer, this phone is a steal.
So long as you don’t mind Windows Phone’s smaller app catalogue, either choice won’t disappoint, but the 8S proves that good things come in small packages.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the most significant handsets to arrive in the first half of 2012 and arguably, the most significant of the entire year, but the Google Nexus 4 (or LG Nexus 4) also made the headlines when it touched down just over two months ago. We’re now putting the most successful smartphone of 2012 up against Google’s first quad-core Nexus device to see which one has the edge going into 2013.
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Google Nexus 4: Design
The now well-established Galaxy S3 has already been photographed from every angle and heavily dissected visually. The look and feel of the S3 is instantly recognisable with it’s all-plastic design, Hyperglaze finish and thin profile. On the front sits a vast 4.8-inch screen, a physical home button and capacitive keys as well as a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. The removable back panel lets users swap out the battery and throw in anything up to a 64GB microSD card – a rarity in a market where most phones draw the line at 32GB.
By comparison, the Google Nexus 4’s design is minimalist and feels more solidly built, primarily due to the unibody design it employs. The display is fractionally smaller at 4.7 inches but with the buttonless facia, the entire front of the phone looks like a single piece of glass with a taper either side of the display that makes it particularly nice to use. The back is a secondary piece of complete flat glass with a holographic design underneath which will divide users with its look. The unibody design feels great but does prevent the option of removing the battery or offering up expandable memory as with the S3, although the overall fit and finish feel better.
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Google Nexus 4: Screen
The Galaxy S3 utilises a 4.8-inch 720p (720×1280) HD Super AMOLED display whilst the Nexus 4 makes use of LCD technology in the form of a 4.7-inch True HD IPS+ display with a slightly higher WXGA (768×1280) resolution. As expected the Nexus 4’s strength lies in its accurate reproduction of whites, whilst naturally the AMOLED technology employed by the Galaxy S3 produces perfect blacks.
Unfortunately, despite the on-paper advantages of the Nexus 4’s LCD panel, elements usually associated as strengths with the technology – like its impressive maximum brightness -are lost and thus images appear lacklustre side by side with the Galaxy S3. Contrast is better overall, but the S3 is able to produce more visually appealing colours, albeit with a blue hue as a result of the technology.
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Google Nexus 4: Performance
On paper the Galaxy S3 brings to the table a 1.4GHz Samsung-made Exynos 4 Quad quad-core processor along with 1GB RAM. Samsung has subsequently produced an LTE version with an additional 1GB of RAM (doubling the memory to 2GB).
The Nexus 4’s 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor makes use of 2GB RAM. Despite the 0.1 GHz faster clock speed and the additional 1GB of RAM, the gap in performance between these two handsets isn’t as significant as you might expect. Running even the most demanding apps, like N.O.V.A. 3 with its heavy 3D graphics is a doddle for either device and the differences lie more in a shaving of seconds off loading times on web pages, games and more intensive processes.
Battery life is also pretty even and although the degradation of the S3’s battery might turn out to be faster in the long run, its replaceable nature adds longevity that the Nexus can’t match.
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Google Nexus 4: OS
The biggest difference is felt in general UI navigation. The S3’s TouchWiz Nature UX interface, running atop Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, is exceptionally deep with an unprecedented level of customisation in addition to a wealth of apps and widgets supplied by Samsung to offer up a comprehensive smartphone experience out the box with elements like social integration and a dedicated Samsung app store. There’s also an overwhelming amount of UI tweaks and shortcuts and the phone’s camera UI features all manner of tweaks and capabilities.
Meanwhile, the Google’s stock Android experience is better than ever on the Nexus 4, but offers something rather different to the S3’s approach. For starters the UI has evolved from Jelly Bean 4.1 which the Nexus 4 arrived on. 4.2.1 Jelly Bean maintains some of the traditions of its predecessor; like Project Butter making for an unbelievably smooth UI experience but there are a host of options in the stock experience, that finally bring the gap between stock and manufacturer-modified versions of the OS a lot closer together.
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Google Nexus 4: Camera
Both cameras utilise 8-megapixel sensors with Full HD video support at 30fps. Results look pretty similar, with the Galaxy S3 leaning towards high-contrast, sometimes over-sharpened images, whilst the Nexus 4 creates flatter images that although perhaps are more accurate, lose some of the visual punch doled out from the S3’s shots.
Despite the fact that neither phone features a hardware shutter key, the S3’s autofocus is lightning sharp, making it easier to snap a shot at short notice, but the resultant images typically turn out better on the more considered camera employed by the Nexus 4. As mentioned earlier, the camera UI on the S3 far outguns the Nexus in terms of features and functions, but the stock Android camera interface is also greatly improved and far easier to pick up and shoot without having to study the control layout. Jelly Bean 4.2.1 also bestows the Nexus with Photosphere 360, an evolution of panoramas that lets users snap shots in a full 360 degree sphere which they can then navigate using the phones accelerometer.
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Google Nexus 4: Price
As the S3 has been out for sometime, the 16GB model can now be had SIM free for around £380-£400, whilst the LTE version has some specs tweaks and 4G for an extra £100. Meanwhile the Nexus 4 is available in 8GB or 16GB versions direct from Google for £239 and £279 respectively, however stock seems to disappear almost immediately when it becomes available. More realistically the 16GB model has appeared elsewhere for around £489 making it the pricier option, when the versatility remains with the S3.
Samsung Galaxy S3 VS Google Nexus 4: Verdict
Both phones are equipped to handle pretty much anything you can throw at them and the hardware at work should be more than enough to see existing users through 2013 without feeling that they’ve been left in the dark ages. Jelly Bean should help keep things tight for the time being and the key decision if you’re thinking of buying either of these handsets is if you want Samsung’s highly customised Android experience, or Google’s stock one. You’ll get more functionality out-the-box with the S3, but more control over content that runs on the Nexus 4 – if you can live with 16GB memory.
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