With the world waiting for Apple’s upcoming iPhone event on September 10th, the company is busy behind the scenes and also publicly with developers trying to finalize iOS 7, the mobile operating system that will soon power the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Last week, Apple released an emergency bug patch that the company referred to as iOS 7 beta 6, though Apple had actually planned on sticking to its regular release schedule with a different update called beta 6 today. We are told by our trusted sources that Apple has once again seeded a new build of iOS 7 to partners, and that it should be released to developers later today. We can confirm the build number is much higher than the previous beta, and we would assume that iOS 7 beta 7 should be distributed and made available for developers around 1:00 p.m. EDT, as usual. We previously reported that Apple would only release six betas, but with the iCloud patch the company released last week, today’s release will make it seven. This should be the final beta before the gold master is released next month, we are told. More →
In line with our earlier exclusive report on Apple’s plans for its iOS 7 beta software, we can now confirm that the final beta software release for developers will take place next week. Our sources have not confirmed which day, though Monday makes the most sense as it has been the typical release day in the past. After iOS 7 beta 6, Apple will be seeding a GM (gold master) version for its employees and partners to test starting around September 5th. This will mostly likely be the software that is released to the public later on in the month of September, barring any major bugs or problems that might be discovered. More →
The Moto X is a big bet for Google and Motorola. It’s a phone that wouldn’t have existed if Google had not paid $12.5 billion for Motorola over a year and a half ago, and one that lets Google introduce its vision of a mass-market Android smartphone without taking center stage. In a world filled with everything from major smartphone manufacturers to non-name white-box vendors producing Android devices, why and how does this new flagship phone from Motorola shine through? It all boils down to something very Googley — data.
Google uses data like no other company, and with the Moto X it took an average of what screen size is acceptable to most consumers, the most comfortable shape of the phone based on data from focus groups, and features that exist just to try to fix statistical problems. One example is how, on average, we check our phone for the current time more than 50 times a day.
The most impressive thing to me about the Moto X though, is how un-Googley it feels. It’s a phone that actually has character, purpose and meaning, even though it was created in a test tube. It doesn’t feature the most mind-blowing hardware and it’s not the fastest Android phone in the world, but it doesn’t need to be.
It just needs to be the first iPhone of the Android world, and here is why it delivers on that.
Motorola’s back on the scene with a brand new handset called Moto X, the company’s first flagship since being acquired by Google. It’s a beautiful, thoughtful, innovative device that offers iterative features of other Android phones in the past, yet it brings them together under one unified umbrella. Starting off with the hardware, the phone sports a 4.7-inch display, though you might not notice it because of how small the bezels around and below the screen actually are. This lets normal consumers, the ones that don’t care about screen size, or tinkering (as much) experience a big and beautiful display, without sacrificing comfort. More →
This would have been a much bigger deal a couple years back, but BlackBerry Messenger is indeed coming to iOS and Android later this year, and we now have the first photo of what it will look like. This picture is of the login screen on a Samsung Galaxy S3 — unfortunately we can’t show more due to identifying marks, though we are told that the software “isn’t bad” and should be released in the not-too-distant future. BlackBerry has publicly announced that BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android is set to be released sometime before the end of summer. BGR exclusively reported that BlackBerry was building BlackBerry Messenger for iOS and Android over two years ago. More →
While many expected a release last Monday, we have been told by multiple sources that Apple is planning to release iOS 7 beta 4 later today now that the iOS developer portal is back up. The company’s fourth iOS 7 update should be available around the normal time, 1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT, over the air and through Apple’s developer site. Additionally, one source has informed us that the company plans to release just two more betas for developers before the gold master (GM) version is released in early September. If this happens, we could likely see new iPhone handsets announced and possibly released around mid-to-late September. iOS 7 beta 4 should contain more bug fixes, graphics and UI enhancements, and a couple of other updates, we’re told.
Apple’s iPhone 5S is most certainly being mass manufactured at this exact second, which is normal lead time of two to three months before launch. What is interesting, however, is obviously what the iPhone 5S is going to feature. What’s going to be different this time? Just an upgraded processor and camera? Most likely. A fingerprint scanner and NFC? Probably. But one thing that could be the most important element of the phone, any phone, has just started to bubble up after being overlooked for years, and that is what material the case is going to be made out of. My prediction is that we are going to see a LiquidMetal case for the first time on an iPhone, and this is my reasoning behind it. More →
We already detailed the BlackBerry A10 and BlackBerry 9720 yesterday in an exclusive report, but now we are able to share exclusive images of BlackBerry’s flagship handset for the second half of 2013, the BlackBerry A10. Set to launch this fall, the A10 will feature a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a dual-core processor and a separate graphics processor, and it is going to be the largest phone BlackBerry has ever made in terms if screen size. Unfortunately, it seems as if the display’s resolution is going to be 1280 x 720. That’s compared to 1080p displays that are available on many devices, which offer pixel densities north of 350 ppi. More →
It’s been a while since we heard about exactly what BlackBerry has in store for the rest of 2013. Thanks to multiple trusted sources, however, we not only know but we also have some exclusive photos. First up is the BlackBerry A10, code-named “Aristo.” This device is going to be positioned as the most powerful, capable BlackBerry yet with a big focus on power and gaming. For some people, it might be the BlackBerry 10 smartphone they have been waiting for. More →
Hands down the best Google Voice experience on the iPhone has been Sean Kovacs’ GV Mobile + app, and now he’s back with a brand new version. It’s a brand new app since well, you know, Apple doesn’t do paid upgrades, and it’s available for $2.99. It’s clean, has a very fluid feel to it, and goes quite well with the new design in iOS 7. It also brilliantly enables VoIP calling with your Google Voice phone number, not just over Wi-Fi but over cellular, too. GV Mobile + 3 supports Google Voice notifications and for Gmail users, there’s now an effortless automatic setup option. Sean provided us with some promo codes to give away, so the first people who grab them will get this great app for free: More →
Apple seems to be sticking to the company’s two-week cycle for iOS 7 beta releases, a sign that it is making good progress ahead of the software’s public release this fall. BGR has been informed by trusted sources that iOS 7 beta 3 is currently scheduled to be made available to carriers for testing on July 8th. These are the same sources who accurately foretold the release timing of Apple’s last iOS 7 beta, and just like iOS 7 beta 2, it is likely that the new software will be released to developers on the same day it reaches carriers. Apple finally began supporting the iPad in iOS 7 beta 2, so we should see beta 3 made available for all iOS devices at the same time, including compatible iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and even Apple TV models. We are told Apple is still working on refining iOS 7’s design in order to make it cohesive across the entire OS, and we should see further refinements in beta 3.
Apple released iOS 7 beta 2 to carriers and developers on Monday just like we said they would, and the new build features a number of important changes. One of the biggest new items that comes with iOS 7 beta 2 is iPad and iPad mini support, of course. We posted the full change log for iOS 7 beta 2 and a photo gallery showing the software running on and iPhone 5, and now we’ve got a full walkthrough of iOS 7 beta 2 on Apple’s iPad. A link to our complete iOS 7 beta 2 iPad gallery follows below. More →
Apple’s iOS 7 beta 2 update has just landed, but there’s some very noticeable changes, and it means that the company is still working on design refinement and enhancements, in addition to finalizing features before the public release this fall. Here is a quick walkthrough of what we have discovered so far in the form of screenshots in our gallery below: More →