Mobile

Twitter unveils low-data ‘TwitterLite’ service

Twitter unveils low-data ‘TwitterLite’ service

Mobile, social media
Twitter has introduced a new, speedier version of its site for the mobile web and dubbed it TwitterLite. Focused on emerging markets and users in environments with unreliable connectivity, Twitter Lite comes with a data-saver mode that blurs images and videos until they’re tapped. It is a new, mobile-only version that uses less data, loads more quickly on slow connections and takes up less than one megabyte of space. The service is available by default at mobile.twitter.com globally, rather than through an app. But Twitter said Lite is particularly aimed at people in emerging markets such as Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa, where mobile data is expensive. Twitter (TWTR, Tech30)said the new service announced Thursday has up to 30% faster launch times compared with the origin
Opera revamps Opera Mini for Android, brings new features

Opera revamps Opera Mini for Android, brings new features

Internet, Mobile
In a bid to address issues of low connectivity and sluggish online experience, Opera has revamped its Opera Mini browser for Android users. Already available for download from Google Play Store, the revamped app brings several new features on board. When a user visits a site, Opera Mini will automatically scan it for the direct download links under the Extreme Mode. The downloadable content will appear in a drop-down menu on the top of the screen, providing a seamless downloading experience without the hassles of scrolling or getting lost. This latest update comes with a feature that automatically scans websites for download links. Users will no longer have to go deal with the frustrating advert tricks. To enjoy this feature, you need to have the Extreme Data Saving mode activated. Ope...
Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones

Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones

Mobile, Technology
Apple unloaded a laundry basket of announcements with changes for its iPad and the iPhone. The America's Tech giant just released its new tablet called “the new iPad 9.7”. Sure this is the cheapest a new 9.7inch iPad has ever cost but don’t pop the champagne yet, a lot of corners have been cut to achieve at such a low price. The screen has remained the same at 9.7 inches with a 1536*2048 resolution as other high end Apple tablets, but the True Tone Display functionality is no longer present. This feature ensured that colors are still accurate regardless of how dull or bright the screen was. Also, the anti-reflective coating that helped with outdoor legibility is also gone. The new iPad may be part of the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant’s gambit to resurrect tablet sales. At about 2
Premium mobile phone brand, Tecno, set to shake up African market

Premium mobile phone brand, Tecno, set to shake up African market

Mobile
TECNO Mobile has launched the much anticipated Camon CX  across 41 markets in Africa, Middle East and Latin America, including in Kenya and Nigeria. Introduced in 2015, the Camon series has sold over 5 million handsets globally giving the firm over 25 per cent of market share in Sub-Saharan African countries since 2014. Sales in the African market reached 25 million devices in 2015, including 9 million smart phones. Globally, it sold 60 million devices last year while the sale of smart phones manufactured by the company increased by 40 per cent. Nigeria, Tanzania, Egypt, Kenya and Cameroon are among the firm top markets in Africa. The smartphone uses a smart image sensor composed of 16 mega pixel sensors in the front camera, coupled with unique ‘4 in 1’ technology. Each pixel sensor de
Sony Unveils its Newest Flagship Smartphones

Sony Unveils its Newest Flagship Smartphones

Mobile, Technology
Sony has just unveiled four new smartphones at MWC. Each one of these phones are targeted to a different target market. Apart from the Sony Xperia XZ Premium that we already reported on, the company launched the Sony Xperia XZs, Sony Xperia XA1, and finally the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra. The XZs comes with a 5.2 inch full HD display of the Triluminous variety. The phone is wrapped in a glass back and front while a metallic frame runs in between to form a water and dust resistant body. Being only one of the few smartphones which sport a whopping 4K display, the XZ Premium once again raises the bar in visual prowess. The Xperia XA1 Ultra phone comes with a whopping 6 inch screen with full HD resolution and almost no bezels at all, its quite breath-taking. A Mediatek Helio P20 runs the show...