In today’s mobile news roundup: Firefox not to appear in iOS devices anytime soon; InSight app comes to Google Glass; Galaxy SIV photo leaks; Unicorn Apocalypse is real; and Phone unlock ban won’t be a problem for AT&T clients.
Firefox not to appear in iOS devices anytime soon
Along with Internet Explorer and Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox is one of the most used browsers. But unlike Google, which has made Chrome available for iOS users, Mozilla isn’t about to jump on the mobile bandwagon, and you have Apple to thank for it.
Mozilla wants to deliver the most powerful mobile browser and that won’t happen unless Apple decides to make Nitro available to others. Still Apple has legit reasons for being selfish. It doesn’t want Nitro to be corrupted by exploits coming from third-party browsers.
And the mobile browser wars live on.
InSight app comes to Google Glass
Google Glass isn’t ready for commercial release, but the team is working double-time to make the device consumer-ready upon launch. From tapping Warby Parker for the hipster look of the gadget, it’s now adding InSight app to help people identify others by clothes or accessories.
InSight works by identifying the “spatiogram” or the color of the clothes and “wavelets” which identifies the patterns on the clothes. Both are used to create a “fingerprint” of person so he/she can be easily identified in a crowd.
So how would this benefit Google Glass users? For one, it’s great for stalking, since it sends out the information to other smartphone users or your friends in the same location. Or it can be used to catch culprits, like a shoplifter in a mall. Security can send the “fingerprint” to other shoppers to help them catch the fiend, but it can also work against their favor since the bad guy can easily change clothes so as not to be tracked.
For more analysis on Google Glass privacy concerns, here’s founding Editor Mark “Rizzn” Hopkins, who discussed the matter on this morning’s NewsDesk show with Kristin Feledy:
Galaxy SIV photo leaks
Samsung’s Unpacked event is just a few days away and the host of leaks regarding the rumored Galaxy SIV is coming in in waves.
The latest is a series of photos believed to be the Galaxy SIV, which came from 52Samsung, a Chinese forum for Samsung products. The photos showed a black/gray and white devices which resembles the Galaxy SIII in so many ways but the LED flash has been redesigned below the rear camera and speaker at the back now appears to be at the bottom. There’s still a single button on its side for the power button, and one on the front for the Home button.
The leaked photos not only show the outside of the device, but its internal components as well. The GT-i9502 of SIV features an Exynos 5410 (Exynos 5 Octa) CPU running at 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM, a 1080p display and runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.
Another rumor that surfaced is that the SIV is said to be capable of wireless charging. The SIV is said to be incorporating Qi, a technology developed by the Wireless Power Consortium, for wireless charging.
Unicorn Apocalypse is real
Remember the weird game mentioned on the Samsung Galaxy Note II ad, Unicorn Apocalypse? The one that poked fun of BlackBerry users? It turns out, the game is actually real. Samsung has released the game on Google Play, but players aren’t that fond of the game. Some say the game can’t be downloaded, and of those that were able to download it, it doesn’t work well. It has a rating of two stars on Google Play.
What’s the point of the post-apocalyptic game? You play the role of a lone unicorn wreaking havoc on what’s left of the human race. If you think you can brave this game, or put up with the bug, click here to download.
Phone unlock ban won’t be a problem for AT&T clients
Though many are bothered with the ban on phone unlocking, AT&T announced that its clients don’t have to worry their little heads over the ban, since the telecom would happy to do it for them.
“While we think the Librarian’s careful decision was reasonable, the fact is that it has very little impact on AT&T customers,” the company said.
As long as customers have been on AT&T for 60 days, have fulfilled the obligations of their service agreements, and no unpaid bills, the customers are eligible to have their devices unlocked.