We now have a good idea when Apple’s iOS 7 will launch, as the company announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference will kick off on June 10th in San Francisco and will run through until June 14th. Tickets for the event will go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. PDT and will be available through Apple’s official WWDC page. Apple is widely expected to announce its next version of the iOS platform at this year’s WWDC, which will mark the first version of iOS to be released with design guru Jonathan Ive at the helm. Earlier reports have indicated that Ive has been pushing for a “starker and simpler” design for the popular operating system. Apple’s full press release announcing the event is posted below. More →
Facebook (FB) will finally put an end to the rumors and speculation on Thursday as it prepares to show the world its “new home on Android” during a special press conference, and BGR will be reporting live from the event. Some pundits have said that Facebook will finally unveil an own-brand smartphone — the much rumored “Facebook Phone” — but more solid reports suggest the company will instead debut a new Android app that offers deep integration with a variety of Facebook services. The app is expected to be showcased on the new “HTC First” smartphone, which should launch as one of the first handsets to feature the new Android software. Will Facebook also have a few surprises in store? Be sure to tune into our live coverage to catch all the action as it unfolds.
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Google (GOOG) has Google I/O, Apple (AAPL) has WWDC and Microsoft (MSFT) has its Build conference to attract developers who have either developed or are interested in developing apps for its platforms. Microsoft on Tuesday announced that this year’s Build conference would be held from June 26th through June 28th in San Francisco, with registration set to begin on April 2nd at 9:00 a.m. PDT. This will be Microsoft’s first developer conference since the launch of Windows 8 last fall and will likely feature a good deal of new information on the next-generation Windows Blue platform that’s being designed to offer improvements on Microsoft’s first-generation touch-based PC operating system.
The new ZTE (0763) Open is perhaps more significant for what it’s not than what it is. The handset does not run Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 or Tizen. In a world dominated by just a few established major players, the introduction of Firefox’s new mobile OS, alongside handsets such as the Open, is pretty big news. Banking on the untapped demand in emerging markets yet to see the explosion of smartphone growth that has swept the rest of the planet, Firefox and ZTE are hoping to make headway with their own unique offering. More →
One thing is quite clear: Samsung’s (005930) gamble on the 5-inch handset market is catching fire. Manufacturers seem to be scrambling to concoct their very own iteration of the “phablet,” clearly attempting to capitalize on the newly forged market space created by the world’s largest Android manufacturer. Unfortunately, where Samsung led with innovation and foresight, most of these other companies seem to be playing a rather embarrassing game of catch up. Case in point is ZTE (0763). More →
Want another sexy phablet to feast your eyes on? We’re not so sure we do either, but at least LG’s (066570) Optimus G Pro packs a bit of style along with its Note-chasing aspiration. The handset packs a 1.7 Ghz quad-core chip, a 13 megapixel rear facing camera, a 2 megapixel front facing HD camera, a massive 3,140 mAh removable battery, and a laundry list of proprietary LG technologies including smartshare, Tracking Focus, and WDR recording. More →
Sony (SNE) has largely flopped in the mobile market because it hasn’t given Android fans any reason to spend money on its smartphones or tablets. They don’t have the top-notch hardware of HTC (2498), nor do they have the stylish design that has made Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy series a hit, nor do they have an especially attractive skin that enhances Android’s usability. Sadly, this trend persists with Sony’s new Xperia Tablet Z, which actually marks a regression of the tablet form factor as a whole and would be considered subpar even by 2010 standards. More →
It looks as though Google (GOOG) is almost ready to start taking registration applications for its 2013 Google I/O conference. The company’s official I/O website on Friday posted a notice that registration for this year’s I/O will start March 13th and 10:00 a.m. EST, or just over two months before the conference is slated to kick off in San Francisco on May 15th. The announcement also urges prospective attendees to set up both Google+ and Google Wallet accounts, although it’s not clear if signing up for both of these services is a requirement for attending.
Las Vegas is a much better place to be in January than Boston, and I’ve typically had fun covering CES in the past. I skipped it this year, however, and after taking a look at all the “big” announcements unveiled by major tech vendors at CES 2013, all I can say is, “Thank God I’m stuck freezing in Massachusetts.” Let’s put it like this: If the most exciting announcements at your electronics trade show are a Sony (SNE) Xperia phone and a Samsung (005930) chalkboard, then you have failed horribly at convincing major tech vendors that you’re a worthy launching pad for their best new products. More →
The wait is finally over. Apple (AAPL) kicked off its iPad mini event just moments ago, and while we have a pretty good idea of what’s in store, there could definitely be a few surprises thrown into the mix. Beyond the new iOS tablet with a 7.85-inch display and an ultra-thin case that we saw leak on video just moments ago, Apple is expected to unveil a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display, new Mac mini PCs and an updated version of iTunes. To start things off on Tuesday however, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to talk numbers. More →
With Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini press conference less than five hours away, the company is currently making preparations for the various new products it will unveil on stage in San Jose, California. Part of those preparations, of course, include taking the online Apple Store down to set up pages for new products. Apple is expected to finally take the wraps off of the iPad mini later today, and new Mac computers are expected as well. While taking the Apple Store offline ahead of a press conference is standard fare for Apple, streaming its event live is not — but the company will make an exception today, and here’s how you can watch all the action unfold live on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV.
Apple (AAPL) typically doesn’t stream its press conferences live to the public, but the company will make an exception for its iPad mini unveiling later today. Under the heading “Apple Event,” Apple has added a new entry for an “Apple Special Event” on the Apple TV that is set to stream live beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT. Apple is expected to announce a number of new products beyond the iPad mini including new Mac computers, an updated version of iTunes and an updated third-generation iPad with a Lightning port and an optically bonded display. Live blogs will be great for catching bits an pieces of today’s event, but for those who want to see all the action as it unfolds and hear the news straight from the horse’s mouth, Apple’s event channel is free for all Apple TV owners. More →
September has been one of the busiest months we can recall for consumer electronics companies, and it’s not over yet. Where smartphone vendors are concerned, we’ve seen what Motorola, Nokia (NOK) and Apple (AAPL) will have to offer in the coming weeks and months, and now HTC (2498) is next up at bat. The company has a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th, and while the announcements coming at the event are a mystery, odds seems pretty good that we can expect new handsets to be unveiled. ”When beautiful hardware meets stunning software,” is the only official word we have to go by, but rumors suggest some new Windows Phone 8 phones might be in store. Nothing is official until HTC makes it official though, so be sure to tune into BGR’s live coverage for all the news as it breaks.
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