Motorola has been doing pretty well since its second innings began and the all its first generation devices but the Moto E have had their successors hit the launchpad. But the successor of the Moto E is already awaiting its launch and has had its specs leak on to the interweb recently.
First gen Moto E used for illustrative purposes
As per the latest reports which are coming in from Greece, the successor of the Moto E is coming soon and it will bring in quite a decent upgrade over the first generation model. The second generation Moto E will come with a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. At the back will be a 5-Megapixel camera without flash like the current Moto E.
Under the hood will be a 1.2 GHz quad core CPU which will be either a Snapdragon 400 SoC or a Snapdragon 410 SoC. Joining it will be a 1GB RAM. It will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop in all likelihood right from the start. It will get LTE connectivity which is quite a good thing. Information about the pricing is unknown for the time being but the pricing is expected to be on the affordable side of things.
Recently, a Motorola device had showed up on benchmarking which had somewhat similar specs. So this might just be the next best affordable smartphone.
Microsoft made some important announcements in September about its upcoming operating system, Windows 10. The company announced that it will drop the ‘Phone’ from Windows Phone to make it Windows 10 as its upcoming operating system will be a single, unified platform which will support all types of devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, hybrid devices, and wearables. Right now, no one knows about the features of Windows 10 for smartphones but Microsoft will reveal more details about it in January 2015 during a press event.
Last month, Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet reported that Microsoft has already started working on Windows 10 for smartphones internally. Later, Microsoft announced that it will provide Windows 10 update to all the Lumia smartphones running Windows 8.1. According to a new report from ZDNet, it appears that Windows 10 will run on ARM as well as Intel based processors, which exactly how Microsoft will be able to run the same operating system on all the platforms. This also means that we could finally see Windows 10 based smartphones with Intel processors based on x86 architecture.
“I’m hearing that Microsoft is still testing the mobile SKU on a very limited basis within the Operating Systems Group at this point. I would think the mobile SKU might need to be dogfooded internally at Microsoft more widely before Microsoft releases it to external testers. But once Microsoft does deliver the Windows 10 mobile bits to testers, ongoing and regular updates will be coming at least monthly, according to sources.”
– Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet.
Currently, there are many brands out there who have launched Windows 8.1 based tablets at very cheap prices featuring Intel Atom processors. This might hint towards even cheaper Windows 10 based smartphones in the future which might give it a tough fight to Android smartphones in the low-end and mid-range segment. Intel’s best smartphone processor right now is the Atom Z3580 which combines 2.33GHz quad-core 64-bit CPU, PowerVR G6430 GPU and can support up to 4GB RAM.
WhatsApp for Windows Phone received an update, resulting in addition of fresh features and refinements. The upgrade contains features transferred by the WhatsApp team from the beta version. This update, has caused quite a stir among Windows Phone users as there has been no update for the app since June.
According to Windows store listing, here is what version 2.11.586 offers:
The app now opens smoothly without any lag
Now users can share the exact location by dropping and dragging the pin
Users can add caption to each photo and video
Easy Crop and rotation of images
Can make chats and groups archive
Each chat or group can have their respective background
Enhanced support for phones with high-resolution display
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