Today’s Tech Round-up
There were a ton of stories that came out overnight but few of them actually deserve their own individual post here on WPR, so instead you get a lovely digest of the news.
Nokia Delaying Lumia 1520
It seems that if you’ve had your hopes on getting your mitts on the newest model of Windows Phone from Nokia, you’ll have to wait a little longer. The 1520 was expected to launch relatively soon after the company’s NYC based event, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, the event has been delayed until mid-October.
The 6″ 1080p phablet runs on 2GB of system memory, shoots 5 and 16 megapixel photos simultaneously, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and comes stock with 32GB of storage (expandable to 96GB potentially due to SD card slot). The phone’s extra size will allow an expansion of the Windows Live Tiles a—full extra column.
I’m a fan of the big phones and this one looks to be pretty impressive, though I wonder why the delay considering AT&T isn’t likely to wait on releasing the phone.
Apple Stays Quiet on 5c Order Number
If you’re one of THOSE tech geeks that lives and dies based on the numbers of pre-orders a company has, then you’ll be disappointed to know that Apple is mum about the details on the pre-order numbers of the iPhone 5c that went up for sale on their website (among other avenues) this past week.
I’m not saying there’s anything to worry about since Apple is still able to do Scrooge McDuck style money swimming, but this is the first time in years that the company hasn’t come out of the locker room with their towel off bragging about their sales. Even more strange is that there was no option to pre-ordering the 5s. For that phone you actually have to show up in person, wait in line, and buy the phone at one of their stores. This may have something to do with their short supply of 64-bit A7 chips and sapphire coated fingerprint sensors.
Google Nexus 4 is Sold OUT
The Nexus 4 from LG has officially sold out in the Google Play store and they aren’t getting more in stock, ever. They ran out of the 8GB model some time ago, but have now completely sold all of the 16GB ones just this week.
Fear not as the Nexus will return with the new Nexus 5 (4.9 inch screen, close enough) that has been spied on FCC filings, in a video announcing the Android 4.4 KitKat release, and has been found in a bar by tech site Gizmodo. Yes, again they find the next generation of smartphone left at a bar.
The new Nexus is again made by LG and features the buttonless front that the Nexus products have been known for and has a large camera lens (probably for better light absorption). It looks pretty awesome from what I’ve seen, but there is still very little information about it. You can assume from how Google has been selling the Nexus products that they’ll ship with an official build of their Android OS, not a build adapted by another company like Samsung’s TouchWiz.
Steam Box Next Week?
Valve’s co-founder Gabe “Gaben” Newell took a break from building pillow forts out of his humongous piles of money and attended the LinuxCon 2013 event as a keynote speaker. There he was heard saying that Linux is the “future of gaming” and that the company would talk about “the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room” this week.
The Steam Box will be a living-room PC that is slated to battle over the space normally occupied by any one of the three big console companies, and with the relatively cheap prices and availability of games to purchase digitally, it is a real potential hit waiting to happen.
The “console” is going to be running on Linux, which is a boon for the company as they avoid the closed system of Windows and will not have to charge you for the license to have the open-source software OS installed. Currently Steam touts that they have over 198 games running on the Linux based Steam software. I have to say, I’m impressed and will be looking at getting the box if/when they announce more info.
What do you think of today’s tech round-up —do any of these shiny new gadgets strike your fancy?