New iPhone To Have Larger Screen; Galaxy Note Getting Android 4.0; Angry Birds Space Tops Charts
Topping tech headlines on Thursday: The new iPhone might have a much larger screen, The Samsung Galaxy Note will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich this year, and
Mobile news topped tech headlines on Thursday, as rumors surfaced that the next version of the iPhone will have a significantly larger screen. Reuters reported that Apple’s new iPhone will have a massive 4.6-inch “retina display” and is set to be released in the second quarter.
The day also brought some news for Android users with another round of devices slated to get a taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon. Samsung announced that the Galaxy Note will get Ice Cream Sandwich in the second quarter of the year. And Acer officially debuted its newest tablet, The Acer Iconia Tab A510, which will feature Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor and run Android 4.0 right out of the box.
Microsoft, meanwhile, attempted to reassure Windows 8 customers and developers that its upcoming operating system will be able to compete with the flashy displays used on the new Apple iPad and the iPhone 4S. The minimum resolution of apps running on Windows 8 tablets, notebook and desktop displays will be 1,024-by-768, Microsoft said.
And in app news, just hours after its release, Angry Birds Space soared to the top of Apple’s App Store charts in nearly 30 countries. Spotify launched a dozen new apps, including some from trend-setting music labels like Def Jam, Matador, and Warner. And Netflix released an update to its iOS app that includes improved artwork for the new iPad’s “resolutionary” Retina display.
Also making headlines on Thursday:
- Hands On With Acer’s Kepler-Powered Ultrabook: An optical drive. A 15.6-inch screen. A discrete graphics processor instead of integrated graphics. This is an ultrabook?
- Pow! Amazon Pushes More Comics to Kindle Android App: Amazon updated its Kindle for Android app, adding more support for graphic novels, comic books, and children’s illustrated stories.
- Trend Watch: Employers Asking Candidates For Facebook Passwords: There seems to be a growing trend – companies are asking for interviewees’ Facebook passwords.
- Microsoft Builds Windows 8-Powered Ford Mustang With Xbox, Kinect: “Project Detroit,” as it’s called, will be formally unveiled on Discovery’s Velocity Network this Sunday.
- T-Mobile To Lay Off 1,900 Call-Center Workers, Hire Back 1,400: The company said that it would trim its call-center facilities from 24 to 17 by the end of June.
- Patent Details Apple’s Ideas for Universal TV Remote: A new patent application hints that the Cupertino tech giant is also working on a universal TV remote that could include some nifty new features.
- Facebook Photos Viewer Now Available in Full Screen: Going forward, you’ll have the option of expanding the photo viewer to see images in full screen.
- Hands On With Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta: You would think that after a program has been the leader in its field for over 20 years, there wouldn’t be much to add. But quite the opposite is the case with Adobe Photoshop CS6.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag