BBM for Android & iPhone

If the arrival of landing page on BlackBerry’s company website is can be used an accurate indication of things to come, the launch of BBM or BlackBerry Messaging for Android and iOS could be near.

A special page for the upcoming applications arrived earlier today. Unfortunately, the landing page doesn’t actually offer any more details about the iOS and Android variants of the application. Instead it only asks users to submit their email address so that BlackBerry can provide them with an email notification the moment BBM for Android & BBM for iOS are available.

BlackBerry first announced that it would be bringing its BBM messaging service to both Apple and Google’s mobile operating systems at its BlackBerry World show this past May. Since then screenshots of the Android variant of the application have leaked, depicting an interface that will be familiar to any user who has had experience with BBM on BlackBerry’s BlackBerry OS.

Users can now leave their  email address and get a notification on when BBM for Android and iOS arrives.

Users can now leave their email address and get a notification on when BBM for Android and iOS arrives.

It is generally believed that BlackBerry is making the application widely available so that its users can enjoy communicating with their friends on iPhone and Android without having to use other messaging clients. By making the app and service available, BlackBerry is also hoping to attract BBM on Android and iOS users to its BlackBerry 10 operating system.

While the tactic might have worked just a few years ago, lately each mobile operating system has consolidated around its own built-in messaging service, a few of which are already freely available. For example, iPhone, iPad and Mac OS users are able to communicate with other users on Apple’s platform using the freely available iMessage app. Meanwhile Google’s revitalized Hangouts app is available to all Android users, desktop PCs and on iOS. For its part Microsoft’s Skype is available on nearly every platform.

Every device running BlackBerry 10 including the BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Q5 and the BlackBerry Z10 all come with BlackBerry Messaging built-in.

If the recently released screenshots are correct, users will have to sign up for a BlackBerry specific account before they can use BBM, however there doesn’t appear to be any sort of fee attached with using the service.


India’s first cyber forensic lab set up in Tripura

India’s first Cyber Forensic Laboratory (CFL) has been set up in Tripura, an official said Monday.
The lab, established at the Tripura High Court will provide court case related information.

“From the CFL, automatic SMS alert would go to both lawyers and the litigant about the fate of the court case. If any lawyer or the petitioner remains absent on the day of trial, the SMS alert would go to all concerned,” a law department official told IANS.

Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B. Lokur, who was earlier the chief justice of the Gauhati High Court, inaugurated the CFL on Sunday.

“We want decentralisation of legal services across the country. It is difficult to control everything from Delhi. High courts in the states would look after the lower courts to dispose the pending cases in the quickest possible time,” Lokur said.

“A National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) is being developed under the Supreme Court’s supervision. All information about legal services, court cases and judicial actions would be available from the NJDG,” Lokur said.

The NJDG would be fully operational by January 2014.

“So far, 13,000 judicial officers, including judges, have been trained about the e-court system and to equip them with the ongoing modernisation of legal services. Several thousand judicial officers would be given training about this new system,” Lokur said.

To conduct an online trial, video conferencing systems are being expanded across the country, he said.

“Under this system, any judge or lawyer sitting in the court can talk to the accused lodged in jails”.

Lokur first introduced the e-court programme in India when he was a judge in the Delhi High Court. He was a pioneer in introducing video conferencing systems between the Delhi High Court and Tihar jail in 2007.

Of the 620 district courts in India, 140 have created their own websites to provide case related information, he said.

“All e-court schemes would help judges take appropriate action for quick disposal of pending cases in various courts,” he said.

“With this new system of trial and administrative works, the litigants will be immensely benefited. It will save both time and money to get quick justice and prompt disposal of cases,” Lokur added.

Tripura High Court Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Subhashish Talapatra also spoke about the lab.

Separate high courts were set up in Tripura, Meghalaya and Manipur in March.

The seven northeastern states – Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh – were earlier under the Gauhati High Court with benches in the state capitals. Sikkim had a separate high court.

BlackBerry 9720 OS 7 smartphone with touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard unveiled

BlackBerry 9720 OS 7 smartphone with touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard unveiled

BlackBerry has lifted the curtains off its next device, the BlackBerry 9720, which runs the legacy OS 7.1 instead of the revamped BlackBerry 10 platform.
The BlackBerry 9720 boasts aesthetics similar to the company’s Curve series. It features a full physical QWERTY keyboard and a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with a 360×480 pixels resolution, boasting an image density of 214PPI. The device runs BlackBerry 7 OS (version 7.1).

It is powered by an 806MHz Tavor MG1 processor and has 512MB of RAM. It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with 4X digital zoom and image stabilisation, but lacks a front-facing camera. It also includes a 1,450mAh removable battery that delivers up to 7 hours of talk time and 432 hours of standby time. The device supports microSD cards of up to 32GB capacity, while the internal storage offered by the device is a meagre 512MB. The BlackBerry 9720 has dedicated BBM and BBM Voice shortcut keys, placed on the sides of the device. It also features FM Radio functionality.

Commenting on the launch of the device, Carlo Chiarello, Executive Vice President for Products at BlackBerry, said, “The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone gives you all the essentials of the BlackBerry smartphone experience to support a communications centric lifestyle. It has the best keyboard and functionality for BBM, as well as an updated BlackBerry 7 OS that adds many enhancements. It’s perfect for customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level Android or Windows Phone device, as well as existing BlackBerry smartphone customers, that want a richer experience and jump up in style and performance.”

The all new BlackBerry 9720 will be available in selected markets like Asia, EMEA and Latin America in the coming weeks. However, the pricing of the device has not been revealed yet.

Earlier, leaked images of the BlackBerry 9720 had appeared online.
BlackBerry 9720 key specifications

2.8-inch display with 360×480 pixels resolution and pixel density of 214PPI
806MHz Tavor MG1 processor
512MB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
5-megapixel rear camera
BlackBerry 7 OS (version 7.1).
1,450mAh battery

iBall Andi 4a Radium with Android 4.1 now available online for Rs. 6,990

iBall Andi 4a Radium with Android 4.1 now available online for Rs. 6,990

iBall has launched a new Android smartphone, the Andi 4a Radium, through an online retailer for Rs. 6,990.
The iBall Andi 4a Radium features a 4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 480×854 pixels. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor and has 512MB RAM. It offers 2GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. The device sports an 8-megapixel rear camera accompanied by an LED flash and a VGA front facing camera. The iBall Andi 4a Radium runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is a dual SIM handset with support for GSM+GSM with dual standby. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, EDGE, GPRS and 3G. The device includes a 1450mAh battery.

iBall has been expanding its Andi range of smartphones aggressively and the product line boasts of about 13 products that include, Andi 4.7G Cobalt, Andi 4.5d Quadro, Andi 5Li, Andi 5L, Andi 4.5h, Andi 3.5KKe, Andi 3.5r, Andi 5h Quadro and the Andi 4Di, among others.

Earlier this month, the company launched the Andi 5h Quadro. The phone comes with a 5.0-inch qHD display that sports a resolution of 540×960 pixels with a pixel density of 220ppi and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor alongside 1GB of RAM. It comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter. The smartphone comes with 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded by 32GB via microSD card. The iBall Andi 5h Quadro is a dual-SIM device with dual-standby and is 9.9mm thick. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and comes with a 2200mAh battery.

All those people with cheap Android smartphones have finally started buying apps

All those people with cheap Android smartphones have finally started buying apps

It’s great having a huge user base to show off. Less great is not having much to show for it. We have been writing for months about how Android’s large market share hasn’t translated into actual phone usage or, more importantly, app-store sales. Android users consume less data than owners of Apple’s iOS devices, prefer to use Wi-Fi rather than 3G for data connections, and spend less on apps.
That appears to be changing. A report out this week from Distimo, an app analytics firm, estimates that revenue generated by the Google Play Store, from which many Android users get their apps, has grown 67% over the past half-year. By contrast, Apple’s App Store revenue grew 15%, according to Distimo estimates, which cover the top 18 countries. That sounds less impressive if you consider that the App Store brought in twice as much revenue in absolute terms. But the numbers are shifting fast. In February, the App Store was generating three times as much revenue, and last November it out-earned Google Play by a factor of four. Google is gaining.
Much of this growth comes from three countries: the US, Japan and Korea. The US is the world’s second largest smartphone market after China. Japan has enthusiastically embraced Android. And Korea is the home of Samsung, the leader in Android handsets. That these three countries should be the first Android user bases to mature ought not be surprising.
It seems clear too that this is just the beginning. Where the top five free apps on the Apple App Store in July were all games, number one on Google Play was Facebook, followed by WhatsApp. Facebook Messenger comes in at number five. These are apps people download when they first get their phones, not ones they come back for.
What does this all mean? Android has long been considered the poor man’s smartphone with users who are reluctant to spend money. That is true, to a degree. But Distimo’s numbers show it can, over time, be a profitable platform. Indeed, an earlier report (pdf) from Distimo found that WhatsApp—which is free for the first year on Android—made more money from Google Play than the App Store in three western European countries in April. The long-term game may pay off in the rest of the world too.

Box for Android now supports account toggling, real-time updates for offline files

Box went back to the drawing board with a number of UI changes headed to its Android app.

Here’s a quick overview of what to expect:

Revamped news feed with more control over how many and which updates are displayed from certain users
Grid view added for scanning content
The ability to sort any folder by file name, date modified, or file size
Real-time notifications for offline files when the app comes back online
Navigation Drawer added to UI (swipes in from left)
Simon Tan, a mobile product manager at Box, noted in a blog post on Tuesday that Box for Android has already been downloaded approximately 4.4 million times and counting.

And even though enterprise is the core target audience, Tan acknowledged added that many Box users typically have two accounts: one for personal use and one for work.

Thus, Box for Android is being updated with the ability to toggle between “any number of accounts” within the app.

Box also tacked on support for Finnish, bringing the grand total number of languages supported on the Android version to 23.

The Android refresh, which rolls out to users starting today, follows up Box’s latest big push in the education market unveiled last week.

Just in time for the back to school season, the Los Altos, Calif.-headquartered company introduced what it described as “a new ecosystem for collaboration in education.”

That ecosystem is essentially comprised of three parts: one based on its recent acquisition of HTML5 document viewing platform Crocodoc, an integration between the Box Embed HTML5 framework with Canvas by Instructure, and more mobile app partners for OneCloud.

In Thursday’s announcement, Box boasted that “more than 100 universities and hundreds of K-12 institutions” are already using its cloud storage and apps platform within classrooms and for educational use.

Box reps promised that more mobile updates will be introduced amid the private company’s annual BoxWorks developers conference in San Francisco in September.

Samsung SCH-W789 Hennessy Android flip phone spotted online in new leaked images

Samsung SCH-W789 Hennessy Android flip phone spotted online in new leaked images

Samsung’s new SCH-W789 Hennessy Android flip phone, has been making headlines, thanks to a series of online leaks.
Now a number of new images have surfaced online that reveal the design of the alleged China-bound Hennessy flip phone. Sammy Hub has posted images of the alleged Samsung SCH-W789 Hennessy phone, claiming that the upcoming flip phone is bound for China. The site also claims that China Telecom will launch the phone, soon and that it supports both CDMA and GSM networks.

The site has also listed some of the specifications of the alleged Hennessy flip phone, including a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel rear camera accompanied by flash. The device is likely to support microSD cards. The device is expected to feature a 3.3-inch HVGA display. The Samsung SCH-W789 Hennessy flip phone is likely to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Samsung is also expected to offer a Luxury Gold colour variant of the phone.

The image of the front panel of the phone features the display along with three capacitive keys beneath the screen. The left panel houses the volume rocker keys while the right side features the power key and the 3.5mm audio jack port and possibly, a charging slot. The back panel features the 5-megapixel rear camera along with an LED flash. The images also show that the device boasts dual screens.

The Samsung SCH-W789 Hennessy is not the only Samsung flip phone that is in the works, as the company is also rumoured to be working on a Galaxy Folder flip phone.

The rumoured specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Folder include a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels. It is said to be powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It is likely to run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and include an 1820mAh battery. There are reports that suggest that the Galaxy Folder will support LTE. The device has also been spotted in a few images revealing a dual-screen setup much like the Samsung SCH-W789 Hennessy flip phone.

However, there is no word on when both of these flip phones will be launched and on the pricing of the phones.