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Luxury phone manufacturer, Vertu, is no longer owned by Nokia as of last year. It has now launched its first device powered by Android, the Vertu Ti, which will set you back a whopping £6,700. In an interview with CNET UK, Perry Oosting, Vertu CEO, said that they had Android in mind for a long time.
Vertu has made extremely expensive but utterly useless handsets, since they ran Symbian. Oosting was asked if his company wanted to use Android even during the times when they were bound by Nokia. He answered, “Absolutely.”
Once Vertu was no longer owned by Nokia, the boss spoke of the “freedom” brought by the split, saying “it’s giving you, really, to make the right choice. And we believe with Android that it’s the right choice.”
Speaking about Microsoft’s Windows Phone, he said, “You need to be first of all — as you know — part of an ecosystem.
“If you go down to ecosystems you probably have only two choices. Besides, iOS is a closed one, so that’s not a choice, and then you have Windows Phone, which is certainly a beautiful user interface but it’s still in the beginning stage.”
Android dominating the market is the main reason Vertu chose Android. However, Oosting does say that “the customisation that we were able to do on Android” is another.
The Vertu Ti runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which is disappointing considering handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Google Nexus 4 run Android 4.1 and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) respectively. However, it is a far cry from what was running on their handsets in the past years. Additionally, the titanium casing adorned with rubies and crystals is definitely an eye-catcher.
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The long wait is finally over. RIM has finally launched its next generation software, Blackberry 10, as well as new handsets the Z10 and X10. In addition Blackberry World, RIM’s app store, gets movies and music.
RIM renamed the Blackberry App World to just Blackberry World to symbolise that the online shop offers more than just apps. It will soon offer games, movies, music, TV shows, and more. Currently, you can’t purchase movies or TV shows from the app offering. However, these will be available soon since RIM has closed deals with record labels and film studios such as Warner Music Group, Sony, Disney, and 20th Century Fox. Once these are ready, movies will be available at the same time as their DVD release, while TV shows will be available as soon as they are aired.
RIM has officially announced two new handsets. One is the Blackberry Z10, which is a 4G-enabled smartphone sporting a touchscreen. The other is the X10, which sports a QWERTY keyboard Blackberry fans will be familiar with.
EE and Vodafone will be offering the Z10 powered by Blackberry 10.
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Thought jailbreaking was reserved for iOS devices such as the iPad or iPhone 5? Well, hackers have done the same for the Microsoft Surface running Windows RT (the tablet-optimised version of Windows 8).
Who was behind the jailbreak? The people behind the jailbreak are none other than the tech experts at XDA Developers. Their batch file that runs each time the tablet is turned on allows users to install and run apps that have not yet been approved by Microsoft.
The jailbreak allows users to run apps not yet approved by the Windows Store. However, applications meant to run for a computer’s processor will not work on the Microsoft Surface, not unless the application is reconfigured to run for the tablet’s ARM-based processor.
This will not be the case with the Microsoft Surface Pro. The Redmond firm’s tablet running the full version of Windows 8 can do anything your PC can do, so there’s no need for a jailbreak. The tablet will be hitting the US this month. However, it is yet to get a release date in the UK.
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