Category Archives: Smartphones

Smartphone Apps that Made 2013 Proud

When it says “2013”, what are your thoughts? If you’ll ask me, I’d say it has been indeed a fun-filled year. In this digital age, all the known techs are actually the ones that help us get through with our everyday activities. Also, these techie gadgets we have always succeed to keep the boredom at bay. One of which could be found at hand, and that’s no other than our trusty handheld device we call smartphone.

Smartphones never go out of style as each year all the big boys of the mobile industry see to it that they have something better to offer on the table—talk about the staggering features of each kind. But as the year 2013 ended, what do you think amused you most with smartphones throughout the year? This has to be said: aside from the neatly designed hardware, software applications also get the limelight as they make these seemingly blank canvasses be as interesting and functional than what the hardware offers. Looking back, can you still recall the apps that got your eyes and fingers glued on your phone’s screen? Read on to remember all the best apps of 2013 that got most of us—if not all—addicted.

#1: Candy Crush Saga

Candy CrushOne of the sweetest gaming apps that 2013 offered is the Candy Crush Saga. If this was real candy, a lot of people might have been diabetic before we even hit 2014. I, for one, am guilty of being trapped by the sweetness of this game as it is one of the most addictive puzzlers there is. In this game, all you have to do is shift the brightly colored sweets to form lines of three—the more the better—and hear the game voice praising you on good moves with puns like ‘sweet’, ‘tasty’, ‘delicious’, and ‘divine’. You just got to love the bursting sweetness of the candies as you shift the sweets in order for you to reach a score and pass the level. [Found on Facebook, iOS, and Android]

#2: CSR Racing

CSR RacingI’m sure your 2013 has been one hell of a ride—all the more when CSR Racing app got your heartbeat racing. And if you are also a certified fanatic of the movie The Fast & Furious, then racing apps positively won’t ever tire out for you. You may not get to change gears and steer wheels like being on a real car feels like, but appropriate taps on the screen are enough to get you going. Earn money by winning the race, and then you can now upgrade car or collect them. This free-to-play drag-racing game would definitely get your eyes spoiled with its stunning, high-fidelity graphics with addictive gameplay to give you a new type of racing experience. [Found on OSX, iOS, and Android]

#3: Wordament

WordamentDo you remember the words 2013 had brought us? There goes the word Twerk coined by Miley Cyrus, and the other—not to mention word of the year for 2013—selfie! Selfie has been voted as the Oxford’s word of the year, giving the credit to all the narcissistic duck-faces who keep snagging out photos of nothing but themselves incessantly. Anyway, keep fumbling for those words because you’re going to need it with this utterly addictive gaming app called Wordament. Originally, this app was only exclusive on Windows platform. But then, the app rolled to various platforms on the year 2013. Basically, you just have to swipe the computer generated grid of letters into words within just a minute and a half—the longer the word is, the better. And when the time’s up, the players will then be ranked and all is revealed on a giant leaderboard. Would winning in the game render you speechless? [Found on Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS, and Android]

If you haven’t tried these apps before the year 2013 ended, it’s never too late. After all, they are there for us to enjoy. Load them to your phones now and check out the fresh apps of 2014 that are absolutely worth a try.

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A Sneak Peek into the Brand New Flagship Phone of Samsung: The Galaxy S5

SImageamsung is and has been the leader in the thriving smartphone industry for the past couple of years. Figures can bear the veracity of the success of the South Korean tech giant, which shows that it accounts to more than one-third (34%) of the worldwide smartphone share in 2013, considering the myriad of smartphone manufacturers all across the globe. Its closest competitor Apple, on the other hand, only has 15% market share, which is less than half of Samsung’s stupendous figure. But we have to recognize that none of these are possible without the consistent achievements of Samsung not only with its flagship devices but also with all of its products.

And now that 2014 has commenced, a brand new beginning is awaiting the smartphone industry with various advancements that will again revolutionize the mobile technology. With Samsung, the most looked forward to is the Galaxy S5. Based on tradition, it is most likely to become the flagship smartphone of Samsung, hence, the extensive speculation of its soon-to-be existence.

According to ZDNet Korea, a reliable source which has reported accurate details surrounding the various unannounced Samsung devices in the past, the company is preparing to launch a killer smartphone this coming February of 2014. But as of now, it is still uncertain if the said device will birth the name Galaxy S5. However, the probability is high that it is to materialize based on the alignment of the rumors with multiple earlier reports.

If it so happens that the Galaxy S5 is the device to be launched this coming February at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, we can expect an assortment of diverse and innovative features that can help fortify Samsung’s place in the leaderboard of the smartphone wars. It will most likely be the first commercially available handset to feature a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution in a 5.5-inch smartphone display. Also, it will be powered by a 2.5GHz 64-bit octa-core Exynos processor and 3GB of RAM, which will run the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. In terms of imaging, it will be integrated with a 16-megapixel back camera improved with the ISOCELL technology that will enable it to capture exceptional photos in low-light environment. And last but not the least, it is said that the Galaxy S5 will feature an iris-scanning mechanism that will probably be the innovation of the year.

But we all have to be aware that all these are just rumors. Although a number of reports are indicative of this to happen, just keep in mind that speculations are but figments of the human mind until proven factual. Let’s just cross our fingers in the hopes that Samsung can once again remind everyone why it’s the king with the Galaxy S5.

Amid the Success of the iPhone 5s, How is the iPhone 5c Doing?

Amid the Success of the iPhone 5s, How is the iPhone 5c DoingIt is just common for siblings, especially twins, to have conflicts that can further lead to a full-blown sibling rivalry. And for the people around them, they can’t help but compare. Often, it’s a case of a health competition, but there are times when it can get very ugly. But you know what, this doesn’t exclusively apply to humans; it can also be witnessed on anything you can think of.

Guess what, Apple’s brainchildren are also affected by the aforementioned phenomenon. The iPhones 5s and 5c are always being compared to each other, given that they were released in the same place at the same time. Thereafter, people have been scrutinizing the figures that both models are doing about. And as it turns out, the 5c is left behind in the numbers game while the 5s has been regarded as the fastest-selling iPhone of all time.

Some might ask, why is this even the case? For starters, the 5s has been integrated with a number of powerful specs and innovative features that are first seen in the smartphone industry, such as the Touch ID and the A7 processor. In addition, the camera enhancements of the 5s have captured photography enthusiasts and selfie-addicts alike. And if you are on the brink of making the biggest decision of your life, will you be choosing the feature-packed 5s or the plastic-coated 5c, which are just one hundred dollars away from each other? Even I might have chosen the 5s, considering the parsimonious me.

Let’s not go further away; anyway, it’s the iPhone 5c we’re talking about here. According to Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at telecoms research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, “The cheaper 5c appeals to a broader audience than Apple usually attracts.” The colorful, plastic-covered phone has captivated an older, less well-off clientele in the U.S. market. Figures show that 42 percent of iPhone 5c owners earn less than $49,000 compared to the 21 percent for iPhone 5s. Also, demographics in terms of age shows that the average age of 5c users are of 38 years old, unlike for the 5s of 34 years old.

However, the greatest news here for Apple comes from the appeal that the iPhone 5c has among non-iOS users. It shows that almost half of the 5c users have switched from competitor brands, specifically from Samsung and LG. For them, the 5c turned out to be the safest transition from whatever mobile platform they were into to iOS. After that, it’s up to the 5c to ensure that the new recruits will love iOS that they will never consider leaving ever again.

After all these, can we regard the 5c a big success? I share the opinion of a number of analysts that it is. It may not have outdone the 5s, but it definitely helped Apple in boosting its share in the global smartphone market.