Update iOS 7 astazi !

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Conform http://www.apple.com astazi, 18 septembrie se va lansa si Update-ul pentru dispozitivele deja existente gen ipod, ipad, ipad mini.

Asteptam si vom revenii cu mai multe detalii.

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Huawei Ascend P6 cu display de 4,7 inch

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The Huawei Ascend P6 is one of the world’s thinnest smartphones, but being so thin could cost them. Huawei believes that they could sell 10 million units of the device, but they have run into a problem. The 4.7-inch HD in-cell LCD panels used to make the phone’s screen are running out, as there is currently more demand than supply for the P6. The phone is currently priced at CNY $2688 ($440 USD), but if demand stays the same and supply goes down, that price is going to have to go higher.

iOS 7 vs Android OS

Tim Cook and crew are now off stage at WWDC, so as is typical around these parts when Apple announces something “revolutionary” (yes, they used the term again), we like to react. And even though Google has moved away from the series of cheap jabs during their own keynotes, Apple still does them in the bitterest and childish of fashions. If we didn’t toss out some thoughts in support, we wouldn’t be proper Android fans. Because after all, we are still Android fans.

So here we go, these are some initial thoughts to Apple’s big announcement of iOS 7 as compared to the current version of Android (4.2, Jelly Bean). In general, iOS 7 is a newly skinned version of iOS that finally matches up to current mobile design trends. Gone are the leather notebooks and green felt gaming tables – in is a minimal flat aesthetic. And to be perfectly honest, it does look beautiful. Jony Ive and his team did a fantastic job at skinning iOS and turning it into a modern looking mobile UI.

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But every time Apple does this song and dance, we seem to sit throughout the keynote going, “Whoa, that’s been on Android forever.” Or even, “Umm, that looks just like how Android works.” Today was no different. While iOS 7 looks nice from the outside, many of the new goodies remind us a lot of our favorite mobile OS.

And not that we should need to remind you, but don’t take this too seriously. We’re just having some fun and pointing out things that gave us a chuckle. We are happy to see iOS evolve, just like we will be happy to see every other mobile OS evolve. Companies pushing boundaries and taking features to new levels is what we love about this industry.

Quick Toggles (Command Center)

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Apple is adding in a gesture for accessing Command Center from anywhere on an iOS device. A quick swipe up from the bottom of the screen and you are graced with a panel filled with toggles for Airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, brightness settings, music controls, camera shortcut, and even a flashlight. As you all know, Android devices have had access to similar information for a while thanks to 3rd party skins from manufacturers. But in Android 4.2, Google introduced a panel as well that can be accessed with a two-finger swipe down from the notification bar. Music controls have been in the notification bar for some time, so that’s not necessarily new.

Lock Screen Notifications

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I found this out today, but apparently iOS did not let you access their notification center from the lock screen. Android has been on this trend for at least two versions, but Apple is just now introducing it with iOS 7. Once released, iOS users will be able to swipe down their notification bar without unlocking their device.

The new notification center has done away with that terrible looking felt background and is more transparent. There are tabs for “Today,” “All,” and “Missed.” I like the idea of panels, though Android seems to have been able to handle all of this information without needing extra panels. Thanks to actionable and collapsable notifications on Android, you only need one area for all of this.

Safari vs. Chrome

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Safari is Safari – most people can’t stand it and prefer browsers like Chrome for their browsing needs. But one thing we thought was interesting in the new UI of Safari, was the tab view that shows all open tabs. They bragged about the 3D appearance, scrolling, and quick access to other tabs yet we have had this in Chrome for Android since it was first released over a year ago.

Multi-tasking

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Multi-tasking! iOS 7 has a new style of multi-tasking that only runs in the background when it thinks you want access to frequently used apps. It essentially learns from your patterns to help extend your battery life. That’s kind of cool, assuming it can learn properly, which we won’t know anything about until people can spend some time with it. But in general, we like the idea of phones learning our patterns to better optimize our lives with them.

But in terms of a UI, Apple created something semi-unique. It’s not an exact copy of Android, since it scrolls horizontally and features full-screen previews of currently running apps. It does look a lot like what HTC did back with Sense 4, though HTC abandoned the look after hearing pretty terrible reviews of the change.

iTunes Radio vs. Google Music

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Apple did in fact announce a Pandora competitor this morning called iTunes Radio. It’s really not all that game-changing or innovative. You can create your own radio playlists based off of songs, or you can use recommended stations that Apple has ready to go. There are massive “BUY” buttons all over the place, along with ads, unless you are an iTunes Match customer. But you can’t save full albums or tracks to your library like you can with Google’s new All Access service, nor can you pick and choose specific songs to create playlists. It’s just like Pandora in that it brings up songs that it thinks match what you are looking for and then allows you to downvote them or favorite them, so that they’ll play more often. It’s a nice add-on to iTunes, but nothing new.

In terms of looks, the new Google Music and new Music apps look a lot a like. We’re seeing white menus and similar UI with big, bold album art.

Also, we should point out that Google Music All Access gives you unlimited access to albums and songs because it comes with a monthly fee.

Mail

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While I don’t know how many people actually use the stock Mail app in iOS, it’s easy to see that they have stolen features from the popular iOS app called Mailbox. Apple added in swiping gestures, for deleting, archiving, and “More” options. It’s a complete copy of what Mailbox already made popular, and I can’t believe people aren’t throwing massive fits over this. But then again, this is what Apple does time and time again to its developer community.

Oh, and Gmail has had swipe-to-delete/archive for longer than I can recall.

Calendar

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The new iOS Calendar app doesn’t look all that much like that of Android, but the similarities are still there. We’re looking at an ultra-minimal design, with flat rectangles, pastel-ish colors, and a white background rather than the round appearance of the current iOS Calendar app. And in fact, the newest Calendar app from Google has similar design in the circular color picker and date chooser to what we are seeing in iOS, only it came out a couple of weeks ago.

Navigation Drawers

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Apple added a bunch of slideout navigation drawers to apps like Mail and iMessage. We have seen these in Google apps for over a year now (even the ones on iOS), but they made a point of the addition today as if it were something “new” to app development. No, Apple, it’s not new.

Lock Screens

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I’m sure there were other things we could list, since the keynote was lengthy, but these were the new features or ideas that stood out the most. As you can see, iOS 7 is actually a pretty major change from iOS6, bringing it steps closer to the power of Android. It’s not going to kill Android or give Apple some immediate leg up on the world’s most popular mobile operating system, but it does make at least the design of their UI a hell of a lot more appealing. In the end, Android users saw a lot of what they are already accustomed to, which they have already grown accustomed to.

ASUS MeMO Pad de 7 inch

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ASUS has officially released its budget-friendly 7 -inch MeMO Pad in the US, and it costs just $149.99. The ME172V-A1 comes in dark grey, white and pink and offers an option if you don’t want to shell out $200 for the Nexus 7. The release of this budget tablet continues a trend that the consumer electronics marketplace is loving; electronics being sold at a great price with some great specs.

Not so long ago, if you picked up a budget device such as a smartphone or tablet, you would get nothing of value at all; low-end specs and little value for money. While the ASUS MeMO Pad doesn’t boast the specs as the Nexus 7, it certainly does give something to ponder on coming in $50 cheaper than its cousin. The tablet is powered by a single-core 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor, 1 GB RAM and has a 1024×600, 169 PPI 10 finger multi-touch screen. Unlike the Nexus 7, it has an SDCard slot, so the 16GB of storage can be increased and comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The tablets can be picked up at Gamestop, Amazon and other retailers.

If picking one of these budget-friendly tablets is in your future, be sure to protect it. There are already some really nice Asus MeMO pad cases that are available that will provide the protection you need without hurting your wallet.

HP Slate 7

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Two weeks ago we’ve told you that Oppo will soon launch a new device which once again would make the Chinese company known as maker of the world’s thinnest smartphone. The Oppo R809T has been officially announced, but we’re said to say it’s not as thin as we thought it will be. Instead of having a 6.13mm thick body, the phone has thickness of 6.93mm. That’s still pretty impressive but the title of the world’s thinnest smartphone remains at the hands of TCL and its Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra (which has a 6.45mm thin body).

All said, Oppo’s baby is still an impressive device with specs that include a 4.7-inch 720p HD screen, 1.2GHz quad-core processor (most likely MediaTek MT6589), 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing one and 1GB of RAM. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is running the show right from the get-go.

Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue

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It looks like the possible successor to the MediaPad Lite made its leaked debut earlier on Twitter thanks to DLNA and @evleaks. The new tablet from Huawei will come in two versions. The first one will sport a quad-core Cortex A9 processor running at 1.2 GHz, with the second one carrying a quad-core Cortex A9 processor running at 1.5 GHz. Both tablets will feature a 7-inch 1024×600 display with Wi-Fi, DLNA support, as well as HDMI output. They’ll come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There’s no telling on when and where this tablet will arrive so keep it locked here.