Camera And Photo App.
Apple also worked with the Camera App, now its very easy to quickly select your capture mode by simply tapping on to it instead of going through the settings, these capture modes include Still, Panorama, and square. Another quick toggle lets you Apply Filters.
In the gallery, the photos are organized in a much better way, where its not just according to the time you took them. The gallery treats the photos as moments and arranges them according to time and location. The app can provide an overview of all pictures you took in an year and it can also give you pop-up previews through gestures. Photos also supports video sharing through iCloud.
Siri has been considerably improved in iOS 7 and even Siri has the same flat translucent layout without any linen. You can choose to receive answers from both male and female voices. The way ”She” speaks now is more real and in a completely different mature voice, when compared to the previous versions. French and German have also been added to Siri’s voice directory, and more languages are coming. Your voice animation now appears like Sound waves, and results occupy the full screen instead of a tiny portion of screen depending on the size of the card. Siri can now take source from Wikipedia, Bing and Twitter as well.
App Store now has got a cool ability to show you recommended apps according to the place you are in for example, a beach. It can also update apps automatically in the background.
iOS in the Car.
iOS on-screen is coming in various cars by 2014. iOS 7 in-car ability puts your iOS Home screen on the screen of your car and lets you place calls, listen to music, and control the system, all by voice, most of the mechanism here is based on Siri and its voice recognition engine.
Apple users always wanted something like iTunes Radio to counter services like Spotify, and Google Music All Access. iTunes Radio lets you choose the songs you would want to listen on demand and it can curate radio stations in accordance to the kind of songs you like. iTunes Radio is available on iPhones, iPods, iPads, Macs and PCs. It is a free service. For the time being, this service is only available in US.
Features of iOS 7 do not end here, there are many more, like you can block phone calls, face time calls and messages, you can sync Notifications across various devices, a revamped weather app that has got an animation to convey the kind of weather, activation lock to protect theft, and many many more. I’d suggest you to check them all out once iOS7 is out this fall, the beta version is now available for developers.
iOS 7 is a major and clearly the biggest overhaul and this new design is quite a gamble from Apple. I personally liked it very much but how others react? We’ll have to wait and watch.
Yes! Control Center is finally here, though it should have been there a long time ago but nevertheless, Apple has done it in style an made it look newer because its not cluttered with the notification drop-down anymore, it is a different menu that appears when you slide up from the bottom. The control center lets you tweak usual settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Brightness, Rotation lock along with a flash-light option thus killing all of those 3rd party apps, it even lets you access Camera, Calendar, Music and other quick-access apps. The control center is also translucent and it takes on the environment of the App that’s running and so is its color influenced.
The notification center has also been completely modified, not only in the looks of it but also in the way it works because the new Notification Center now has 3 different tabs that gives you updates of what’s going on in “Today” tab, and then all the notifications you need to know in the “All” Tab, then you have the notifications of all the calls, messages or application pop-ups you have missed in the “Missed” tab.
The multitasking feature has also been majorly revamped now so the whole multitasking interface has been changed where you get to see the live previews of all the apps running in the background. And now all the apps are supported with multitasking feature where they all update themselves automatically without sucking a lot of battery(that’s what Apple claims). Multitasking has also got some smart features where-in certain apps update themselves when there is stronger wireless coverage.
AirDrop is Apple’s answer to the NFC sharing in various high end Android Smartphones. AirDrop can be accessed right from the control center, and it tells you who all are close by so you can connect with them and share the content. It lets you share people who are not even there in your contacts, like a public sharing. AirDrop is compatible with iPhone 5, 4th Gen iPad and 5th Gen iPod Touch.
The Safari has also been through some major advancements in iOS7, now it opens straight into full screen mode. The search bar and the address bar have now been unified into a single space, which is also quite a helpful feature. The tabs also appear in a flipping card interface and there is no limit of 8-10 tabs anymore. The browser now has gesture based swiping feature where you can swipe left or right to toggle between different tabs.
iOS 7 was unveiled yesterday at the WWDC conference and Apple has not disappointed us at all. iOS 7 is fresh, its new and I almost felt like I was looking at one of those fan-made prototype videos of iPhone on Youtube that could do so much more as far as software is concerned. iOS was introduced back in 2007 and we have seen 6 new versions so far, each having the same UI(User Interface), the same unlock panel, the same basic design and almost the same feel; despite the many changes Apple brought in each of its new versions, people wanted something drastic that would could move them from the “Boring” old versions of iOS. That’s exactly what Apple has done with iOS 7, it has changed everything from the Lock Screen to the Camera interface. Read on to know what these changes are!
iOS 7 has been through some critical design reforms, and if you were thinking why the OS has gone so drastic suddenly, there is an answer. Jonny Ive who is the industrial design head in Apple has taken over the Software Department after Scott Forstall left the company, and Ive doesn’t seem to believe in the principal to keep the basic UI the same and in resemblance to the real-world objects which has largely inspired iOS’s core design so far. Also Apple has seen some very notable changes after Tim Cook completely took over, starting with iPhone 5′s design and now this.
First thing you would observe is that the skeuomorphic bubbly icons have been replaced with more flat elegant looking icons, where most icons are redesigned in the way they look and have a very different color scheme. The font has also been modified to a much slimmer an a bit longer font and it looks way more classy than the previous one. The transitions of apps have also been majorly tweaked.
A new historic change that has been brought in is with the lock screen, the only big change in the lock screen so far was when shortcut to camera app was added next to the usual old slider. In iOS 7 the whole lock screen has been changed to something much more beautiful and equally user friendly. The slide up option for Camera still exists but there isn’t any unlock switch, the virtual slider is present above the background image and you can even access your notification center right from the lock screen.
Jonny Ive has changed the whole color scheme of the OS and a new palette of modern shades have been introduced instead of the usual old color scheme that has been the same right from the beginning. The overall look in apps and the notification center has been made translucent to some extent. The notification center has also been modified as far as its overall look is concerned, and it is now a lot more translucent, and much more flat. Instead of vertical bars, dots are used to indicate service coverage, and the white and grey colors are user to indicate signal strength.
Even the keyboard is changed and now its much more whiter and translucent so you can partially see what lies beneath the keyboard. Apple even claims that it has added a 3D effect that makes your apps visible above the background. Even though the look has been drastically changed, you can still use effortlessly because the core functionality remains the same.
Finally, after the various rumors Sony has made its Xperia Z Ultra (previously known by its code-name Tagori) Phablet official, boasting a monstrous 6.4-inch display.
Another interesting feature of the Xperia Z Ultra is its handwriting recognition functionality. Xperia Z Ultra screen is compatible with any pencil and selected stylus or pen with tip diameter over 1mm.
As if the waterproofing (with IP58 certification allowing it to dive deeper than the IP57 certified Xperia Z) and the dust-proofing (IP55) wasn’t enough, this beast possesses the Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is the fastest ARM chip put in a smartphone to date.
The Xperia Z Ultra‘s screen has a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and is the 1st smartphone display that integrates with Sony’s Triluminos technology, giving it a nicely sounding 344ppi pixel density. Sony claims for that through the best technology the display reproduces a greater range of rich, natural colors to deliver true, life-like shades. It also uses Sony’s OptiContrast and X-Reality tech, which as per the company, analyses every image and reproduces lacking pixels and then optimize the quality and for the sharpest videos.
Sony hasn’t compromised with any aspect regarding this phone. With some very impressive designing, Xperia Z Ultra has a width of a mere 6.5 mm (0.26 inches) making it one of the thinnest smartphones in the world weighing just 212 grams. Sony says that the width of the phone is comparable a Passport.
It’s also got a magnetic charging port on the side to facilitate, well, magnetic docks that allow charging it’s odd that it takes up so much of the design though, where it’s usually more discreet.
PERFORMANCE AND CAMERA
It comes with an Android 4.2.2 OS accompanied by a revamped Sony software to make good use of both the extra ready power and screen real estate. There’s a powerful Adreno 330 GPU to push all the pixels to the screen too, a component of the Snapdragon 800 chipset, which also packs a quad-core Krait 400 processor clocked at 2.2GHz. Furthermore, it blazes ahead of many other phones with a 2GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal storage can expandable up to 64GB with microSD card.
The camera on the back of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet has an 8MP Exmor-RS sensor which is Sony’s technology to minimize noise and loss of light in photos for low light situations which dramatically decreases the need for a flash and explains the absence of LED flashlight. The Sony DSLRs, as well as their Cybershot series have the Exmor sensor as well. It can record 1080p video and supports HDR for both stills and movies. It has a 2MP front-facing camera and a 3000 mAh battery. The Ultra packs 4G LTE connectivity, HD Voice along with NFC. There’s also Sony’s patent WALKMAN player with ClearAudio+ plus xLOUD enhancements.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is expected to launch in Q3 this year in three color versions ready purple, white and black.
Technical Specifications :
- 6.4-inch TFT Triluminos display with a powerfull resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass
- 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 8-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS sensor
- 2-megapixel front facing camera
- 16GB internal storage expandable up to 64GB with microSD card
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 4G LTE/ NFC/ Bluetooth 4.0/ Wi-Fi
- 3000mAh battery
Following the heavy success of Galaxy S4, Samsung unveiled 3 new siblings of the GS4 in its premier event in London, GS4 Zoom, GS4 Mini, and the GS4 Active. Galaxy S4 Active is a more durable variety of the original one. It’s a rugged phone that has been built for close-to-extreme durability, and yes, it does seem a lot more durable than the original S4. With the S4 Active, you won’t need to carry that annoying case on the phone wherever you go because the Samsung ensured that it would sustain your adventures from trekking, to even underwater diving, yes you read it right. So what has made this phone what it is? Has Samsung compromised with the performance or hardware to enable a more rugged build? What about the pricing and availability?
Galaxy S4 Active is not quite different in terms of the display when compared to its original big brother. Sadly, the phone doesn’t have the Super AMOLED display, instead it lives with the usual TFT-LCD display. Other than that, its almost the same with a pixel density of 443ppi and a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080. The phone has the same 5 inch display. The screen sensitivity remains the same, and glove sensitivity works in this one.
The S4 Active has got the same poly-carbonate body, but now with the more rugged build, it is heavier and a little more thicker, and this added weight should make it feel more premium in hands and also a lot more secure. At 5.29 ounces its about 3/4th of an ounce heavier than the original SGS4 which it not at all that bad. It’s 0.36 inches thick which is just 0.06 inches more than the original GS4. GS4 Active now has 3 physical buttons at the lower bezel instead of just one big home button. So the menu and the back option are not virtual ones, this makes it easier to press wherever. All the ports of the phone are protected by rubber flaps, so they are all water-proof.
The phone also has a slightly different layout at the back-side, there are 2 screw-like structures on the top and below the removable battery cover, though they don’t seem to have a function, they make the phone look all-the-more durable and rugged.
Performance and Camera
The original Galaxy S4 had some of the best hardware specs. The S4 Active is not different, its got the same 1.9GHz Snapdragon fusion processor but the camera has been downgraded a bit from 13MP to 8MP, but now the camera has an additional aqua mode that allows you to picture underwater, so I think the sacrifice is paid off that way. Rest everything is just the same, you would get all the performance of the original S4 and the same graphics with the same OS i.e. Android 4.2.2 Jellybean.
Galaxy S4 Active meets the IP67 Rating which means its well resistant to Dust and Water as mentioned above. The rest of the phone has everything the original one has, 2GB of RAM, 2600mAh of battery that would give you up-to 17 hours of talk-time, S-Health, S-Translator, Air-View, Group Chat, and the rest everything. The Galaxy S4 Active all-in-all is a very strong phone with tremendous abilities of the Galaxy S4. It would be priced at around $200 for 2 years contract in most carriers.