Posts tagged with: Sailfish
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    What if instead of going straight to the forums whenever something cracks up in your phone you went to the manufacturer's customer support line? Well, it's a half-hour on hold, 10 minutes of telling someone at a call center all your information and then complaining about the problem and then they'll ask you to go to this settings menu and press buttons and ... Yeah. Not cool. Well, a source to Android Police is saying that with a Google Support app, new Nexus smartphone owners can share their screens and point out where the problem spots are. It's likely that we'd be dealing with ...

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    Biting your nails for the Nexus launch this quarter? We're creeping up on it ever so slowly and yet, leaks have been all about who's making it, who else's making it and how many they're going to make. HTC is said to be in charge of two projects — "Marlin" and "Sailfish" — and it seems that Android Police is 80 percent confident that what it's hearing about the Sailfish device (not to be confused with Jolla's Sailfish OS) is accurate. So what's the payload here? A yet-to-be-known quad-core 64-bit processor clocked at 2GHz paired with 4GB of RAM to power on a five-inch, full HD ...

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    The "Nexus" brand, and products from this Google line-up, have come a long way, become consumer devices from initial developer gadgets. Past and current iterations have become more and more popular, being made by LG and Huawei, but rumor has it that we'll be seeing one or two HTC Nexus devices this year. Codenames have been discovered in Chromium code (Marlin and Sailfish), and word on the street is that the Taiwanese company's collaboration with Google will not be limited to only 2016 HTC Nexus devices. A three-year deal has been allegedly inked, but we're still waiting for some sort of ...

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    Finnish start-up Jolla announced that it was able to secure $12 million in its third funding round. It was dispersed an undisclosed portion of the money when the round closed in December, but received the rest only now. It could've used the money in November. But the company wasn't able to close the funding round in time and thus, failed to fully mass-produce its crowdfunded tablet. It is in the midst of a massive refund process, the first round of which should go on through this month. Jolla is adamant to sticking with its timeline, one that sees the remaining backers getting their ...

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    We got 2016 started with some rumors that weren't talking about new flagship phones a couple months away, or summer's hot new models, but instead some high-profile handsets probably landing until closer to fall: Google's next Nexus phones. Coming off a year of two such models, from two different manufacturers, the rumor suggested that Google would come back with another pair of handsets, but this time from one OEM: HTC. In the months since we haven't heard any better theories about Google's 2016 Nexus lineup, and this HTC idea has only picked up steam. Today a new rumor adds its own ...

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    We think it's pretty cool that the last device to hit our review desk in 2013 was the flagship for a new smartphone platform, one we'd been eagerly anticipating for the better part of a year. Jolla's Sailfish OS isn't just a confluence of MeeGo, Maemo, Moblin, and a bunch of other made-up words; it's a sign that innovation in new platforms isn't dead yet. If you're bored of iOS, Android, and Windows Phone and you're not too sure about BlackBerry, Jolla is here to soothe your contrarian soul ... and all you need do in return is tolerate a little Beta tag. We weren't able to render a full ...

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    As we warned you in last week's first impressions video, spitting out a full Jolla phone review in the span of five days -in an unsupported region, no less- would have resulted in a pretty shoddy end product, and it also wouldn't have painted an accurate picture of the device. We generally don't review smartphones whose operating systems still carry the Beta tag, and we only review out-of-region devices if they fully support our local cellular bands. But though the Jolla that landed on our doorstep last week doesn't conform to these restrictions, we needed to take it for a spin anyway. The ...

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    Just what use would an iris scanner be on a smartphone? When will 2K displays take over the smartphone world (and why should we care)? How exactly does one spell "Magotes," anyway? If these questions have ever crossed your worried minds -and even if they haven't- the second-to-last episode of the Pocketnow Weekly's 2013 season is right up your twisted alley, friend. But even if you're not interested in such tomfoolery, there's still plenty here to ping your pong. In this episode we talk headline-grabbing rumors like the Galaxy S 5 and wooden Moto X, yes - but we also spend a lot of time ...

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    There's a certain sequence of events that takes place when a new smartphone lands at your doorstep. Typically (at Pocketnow anyway), you unbox that sucker, throw it in the labs for some number-crunching, take a boatload of photos and video, put it head-to-head with its immediate competition, maybe showcase it on the Weekly or the U-Review, and then at the end of all that, you post a final review. Then you send it back to its builder and wait for the next one to drop. It's all very exciting. But when the device in question is an entirely new beast, a one-of-a-kind testbed for a new ...

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    It's a Jolla phone! Er ... a Jolla. Our Jolla. Whatever the proper phrasing, the flagship device from Finland's most ambitious mobile outfit has finally landed on our doorstep - and we're here to show you what unboxing it feels like! We're pressed for time on this one though, folks, so we're relying on you to help us out with our first-ever Sailfish OS review! With only three days to spend with a demo unit, we need you to tell us exactly what you want to know about Jolla Ltd., the Jolla itself, and the fresh new operating system powering it. Normally we'd answer those questions ourselves ...

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    At this point, longtime readers of Pocketnow should be familiar with Jolla. We've taken every opportunity to write about the outfit over the course of the past year, for a few reasons. Part of our interest lies in the company's roots: it was founded by a group of ex-Nokians who decided the all-Windows Phone route wasn't the one for them. We love underdogs and smaller ventures, precisely because of the spunk and dedication it takes to make such a move. The software driving the company's smartphone effort is also intriguing: it may be called Sailfish today, but its roots lie in MeeGo, a ...

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    The mobile market has proven to be vicious. Companies we never thought would be struggling are fighting tooth and nail to become relevant again. Some powerhouses of yesteryear were acquired on the cheap. And even Microsoft is struggling to gain any traction with its new and updated mobile platform, Windows Phone. And while companies that once had a lot of clout, such as Nokia or BlackBerry, are barely thriving off the scraps left over by Google and Apple, it makes one wonder if the efforts of smaller start-ups are in vain. Jolla is a perfect example of a company many of us are rooting for. ...

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    Interview by Michael Fisher Transcription and text by Jaime Rivera ___ We've seen platforms come and go in the last couple of years, many from very prominent companies. Whether you've witnessed the death of webOS at the hands of Palm and HP, or the struggles that companies like Nokia, Microsoft and BlackBerry are having lately in order to compete with Android and iOS, the battle for third place is a tough one. One might even say that there are really no points for third place in this market - but Jolla thinks differently. Putting Jolla against every other company currently in the running ...

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    We knew Jolla was preparing something for today, and even if the press event happens later, the first Sailfish OS smartphone has been unleashed. It will set you back 399€ (about $515), and the Finnish company is trying to get them out by the end of this year. As far as specs are concerned, we're looking at a "Jolla original design with ample 4.5-inch Estrade display", a dual-core processor of unknown make, model, and speed, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card slot), eight-megapixel main shooter, 4G compatibility (though frequencies and countries are not disclosed), and ...

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    Remember Jolla, the upcoming cool smartphone platform? If not, you can read an exclusive Pocketnow interview here and see our detailed hands-on with the Jolla Sailfish operating system from MWC. Back in Barcelona there was nothing we could tell you regarding an approximate date for hardware but it appears that it is getting closer. May 20 appears to be the date at which Jolla -- a company and software maker built by ex-Nokia employees who loved MeeGo -- will make an  official announcement. The video teaser below hints that there are only four days left to go until we'll see Sailfish ...

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    Let me hit you with some opinion, mobile fans. Let me ask you to consider the following hypothetical. This will require you to use your imagination. You ready? Okay, here goes: Big platforms aren't cool. You know what's cool? New platforms. Yes, I'm generalizing. Yes, I'm paraphrasing The Social Network's faux-Sean Parker to make a point. And no, I don't really think that Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are somehow "uncool." But they are kind of predictable ... right? They're "comfortable." They do what we want them to do (usually) and behave how we expect them to (most of the time). They ...

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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    Mobile World Congress 2013 was, as promised, a boatload of fun and a bucket of hot tech-geek action. While we didn't see everything we wanted to, we were treated to an avalanche of smartphones and tablets running everything from Android to Windows Phone to Sailfish to FirefoxOS. We got a gander at some really impressive form factors too, at sizes ranging from the conventional to the fantastic. If you were off the internet for the duration of last week, or if you simply couldn't deal with the cavalcade of content gushing forth from the tech-news spigot, that's okay. We understand. And we've ...

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    Technically, the Mobile World Congress may finish-up tomorrow, but with all the big smartphone and tablet events over, we're calling it a wrap. We've had a great time the past several days bringing you news of all the new hardware and software companies came to the event to promote, and as we now begin to recuperate and get back to business as usual, we wanted to take a look back on MWC 2013 and everything it brought us. The week leading up to the MWC was filled with rumors, as we should expect, and while some played out, others fell flat on their faces. LG really got things started early, ...

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    We think it's pretty fair to say that MWC 2013 was one part IFA and one part CES: a few stark disappointments peppered among some really amazing stuff. We've seen technology this week ranging from the incredible to the absurd - from the third iteration of ASUS's wild Padfone concept to the improbable debut of a Kyocera Echo lookalike. The big guys have come out to play, too, but they're a little shy this time around: neither Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 nor Nokia's midrange Lumias blew the roof off the joint. Even a few has-beens came out to confuse us with their wares, some of which will be ...

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    A little earlier this month we had the opportunity to chat with Jolla CIO Stefano Mosconi about the upcoming Sailfish OS. Originally stemming from MeeGo, birthed under Nokia's watch, Sailfish has since gone its own way and is maturing into a mobile platform getting ready for launch. This week at the Mobile World Congress, we tracked down Jolla and Mosconi again, getting the opportunity in the process to check out a live Sailfish demo. We check out how notifications work, look at the Sailfish take on a status bar, and get to see the media player with all its gesture support. There's a lot ...

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    You wouldn't know it based on our recent coverage, but BlackBerry 10 isn't the only new platform making waves in mobile these days. In the shadow of the world's huge tech players, companies with a fraction of the age and mindshare toil away at mobile operating systems unsponsored by the Apples and Googles of the world. Some, like the fledgling Open webOS, are remnants of once-grander initiatives. Others, like Mozilla's Firefox OS, have their eyes set firmly on the world's developing markets. Still others, like the Mobile Ubuntu build we checked out at CES, feature awesome software, but ...

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    Rarely has the "lull" between trade shows given us so much to talk about. We kicked off the week with an exciting announcement welcoming two new members to the Pocketnow team, and since then we've barely been able to keep news, editorials, and videos on the front page long enough to read them. This feed is on fire. From ever-strengthening rumors about the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, to interviews with newcomers like Jolla, to new looks at old friends with BlackBerry 10, to modding and jailbreaking today's top smartphones, we've gotten a lot done since the last episode of the Weekly, ...

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    One of the most nerve-wracking positions I can imagine a business in the smartphone or tablet game can find itself in is the introduction of a new platform. We just saw once-RIM-now-BlackBerry take that leap of faith last week, and while hard sales figures haven't yet arrived, the qualitative assessments that have already come in seem quite positive. That's great news for BlackBerry, but even with all the uncertainty surrounding the BB10 launch, the company had a heck of a lot going for it, not the least of which is fantastic brand recognition. Not everyone's that lucky, though, and some ...

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    CES 2013 is over, and despite the fact that we cranked out about thirty videos covering products ranging from super-phablets to fuel cells, some of us still came away a little disappointed by what was ultimately a very light show, hardware-wise. Whether you were encouraged, let down, or completely unmoved by CES 2013, two things are true. First, you probably missed something amid the torrential downpour of 24-hour news; fortunately, our own Anton D. Nagy has you covered with an extensive wrap-up of our coverage from start to finish. Second -and more germane to our current focus- the ...

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