Microsoft will acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services business for 5.44 billion Euros.
Microsoft has just announced that they are acquiring
Nokia‘s Devices and Services divisions in a move that will see Microsoft in control of Nokia’s smart phone properties. This is not a complete takeover, as Nokia will still be its own entity with its own patent portfolio. However, Microsoft will be granted a “10-year license” to Nokia’s patents.
Microsoft will pay $3.79 billion euros on the Devices and Services business and $1.65 to license patents. 32,000 staff will move from Nokia to Microsoft, with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop moving to Microsoft as executive VP of Devices and Services.
Samsung has announced the latest entry in its Galaxy flagship smartphones, Galaxy S4. Revealed at Unpacked event in New York City, the Galaxy S4 sports a massive 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441ppi (Galaxy S III has 306ppi).
Galaxy S4 will support offline Group Play, has a 13 megapixel front camera and 2 megapixel rear, and is equipped with an infrared LED. It contains 2GB of DDR3 RAM. A slimmer yet stronger build than its predecessors.
New features including, a nine language translator, a bunch of video and photo features. Watch the full unpacked event right below:
Nexus 10, Nexus 4, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Officially Announced
In spite of the cancellation of Android event due to Hurricane Sandy, GoogleunveiledAndroid 4.2 (Jelly Bean) along with several Nexus devices, Nexus 4 smartphone made by LG, the Google Nexus 10 tablet by Samsung and the new Google Nexus 7 tablet versions made by Asus.
Nexus 10 sports an impressive 10-inch 2560 x 1600 display with 300ppi. The tablet is 8.9mm thick and weighs just 603 grams and includes Samsung Exynos 5 SoC and a Mali 604 GPU. Display, Batter, Chips are made entirely by Samsung.
Nexus 10 will cost $399 for a 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB.
Nexus 4 has a quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch display with 320ppi. It also features wireless charging and of course shipped withe the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2.
Nexus 4 by LG
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is an incremental Android update and will offer a slew of new features:
– Photo Sphere, which will let you create panoramic photos.
– Swype-like Gesture Typing keyboard
– Multi-user support for tablets.
– Daydream is a new Android feature that will turn your Android device into a live gadget when in idle or dock.
Along with other enhancements to Google Now.
Google also updated its Nexus 7 with 3G version. Nexus 7 will cost $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB. Nexus 7 with 32GB and mobile data will cost $299 unlocked.
Google New 3D Maps Unveiled, Coming to iOS and Android
During its “next dimension” press conference, Google unveiled their plans for its Google Maps service. With a brand new 3D mapping feature for Google Earth, captured by special airplanes equipped with Street View-like 3D cameras, the services will be coming to both Android and iOS devices in the coming weeks.
Watch the full event below:
The tentpole of today’s keynote probably the new offline mapping capabilities, where journeys can be planned and locations can be found regardless of whether you’re connected to the internet or not. Its enough to download the map of the desired location before you go and later you can use different features while offline. Awesome.
The announcement comes a week ahead of Apple’s WWDC in which its highly rumored the company will debut its own 3D maps service at its using from C3 Technologies.