How to Install BBM on Gingerbread – Android

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The recent release of RIM’s flagship messenger app, BBM (Blackberry messenger) on Android and Iphone was a stunning move that yet, was expected but still shocked everyone (even though we all saw it coming).  As joyous as the release of the port of the app was for Android users, it was a big let-down for many whatsapp users as the app could not install on Android versions less than 4.0 ICS. This meant Gingerbread (android 2.3.x/cm7), the most popular and widely used version of android, was left out.

Many users have had to leave with defective custom ICS/JB roms in order to enjoy the very addictive and engaging chatting platform while waiting for words from RIM if there would be gingerbread compatible version roll-out soon.

RIM’s disinclination to give us hope or absolutely dash our hopes for a future release, has gingered a XDA user, rjt3 , to modify the BBM apk for gingerbread compatibility. Although only compatible with arm v7 phones for now nevertheless it’s a form of hope renewal for gingerbread loyalist that a widespread support for their beloved api version isn’t far off.

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How to Install BBM on Gingerbread

  1. Download the modified and repackaged apk from here, here or here.
  2. Install
    install screen

    after install screenshot
  3. If it’s working and you are not getting FCs (force close) skip the remaining steps
  4. Extract the apk using either your PC, or an android zip extractor as shown in the image belowextracted contents
  5. Locate the lib/armeabi-v7a folder in the extracted content and copy all the libs depected in the image below
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    *** you are advised to do a backup of your rom by using any preferred means before moving from step 5 to 6, CWM most preferably tho*****
  6.  Do step 5, copy the libs and mount your root folder as r/w (of course this requires root privilege)
  7. Paste the libs in root/system/libs (be careful of replacing already existing files).
  8. Try running again (if it works, skip step 9)
  9. You may have to wait for next version by following here

NB: The Procedure from step 4, requires root privilleges and root, system folder modification, (albeit unlikely)any error or damage you may cause to your mobile’s OS, is not our fault and we at nijaspecs will and cannot be held responsible for such 😀

I tried on a non ARM 7 mobile phone, and still got FCs tho, a peak at the logcat left me wondering, how it works for the arm 7 people in the first place
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As shown in the log there, the getactionbar method is not found, which is clearly obvious without actionbarcompat from the support library this would clearly cause an error on O.Ss before “honeycomb”, how rtj3 did it w/o th source still beats me tho, follow the development here

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Modern Trend, Electronic Business Cards (How to Generate QR business card From Your Phone-Book)

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Trending now is the adoption of QR business cards on physical business cards, this is known to add a futuristic touch to your personal business cards, The use of QR can help absorb cluttering data from the business card, hence making it neater and much more pleasant to the eyes, Sensitive details that can easily be mis-typed; like urls; emails and phone numbers can be embedded in the QR.

Aside of embedding of QRs on business card, they can also be printed on several other merchandises like T-shirts, mugs or even billboards for advert purposes.

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Many smartphones and some future phones come pre-installed with QR/Bar-code scanners, and those that aren’t shipped preinstalled with scanners can easily be made to support scanning of QRs by installing an appropriate scanner app (which are available for all  smartphones).

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Having said all these, how then are the QRs generated?

QRs can be generated from a variety of means, most of which are online, where users browse to, enter details and generate QR (Google QR generate), the problem is most of the details you type in are already stored on your mobile phone or PDA making the QR generation’s data entry process a repetitive and boring one. With abundance of QR scanners on smartphones, it is easy to notice the absence or shortage of generators on these platforms.

*sighs* But Yeah, There are some very good generators out there for mobile phones, one of which is “Contact Share App” on Android.

CONTACT SHARE APP

This very application makes it very convenient to generate QRs for several contacts/people/personnel especially when you have them all already stored on your phone, just click and generate, bringing up the option for selection of the encode format (yeah yeah, in the electronic card industry there are standards to ensure universal support among scanners). Two of the most popular format is MECARD and VCARD. usage of either of these formats will ensure wide support from scanners.

The app customizes each generated contact QR with the contacts name for ease of identification.

The app ensures full cloning of your details (especially when the VCARd format is used) allowing users to embed within the QR the contact’s

  • Phone number(s)
  • Email (s)
  • Address(es)
  • Organization detail(s)
  • Website(s)
  • Social Network(SN)
  • Nickname(s)
  • and Notes.

All these can be embedded in the image.

To generate a QR for a contact in your address book, download the application here

  • Start up the application, to bring out the home screen (image below)
  • Click on share contact

  • In the contacts tab
  • scroll to or search for desired contact
  • select desired Contact

  • Clicking on the contact changes the viewpage to the operation page with outlines of the contact details clearly written out
  • Select create Card/QR

  • Select QR image

  • Select your desired format, MECARD (very popular in Japan) or VCard, the most popular format

(NB: The more detail the contact has stored in its profile, the more complex the QR gets, and the harder it is to read for scanners 🙂 )

After generating your QR, it can then be added unto your business  card or distributed on it’s own. MECARD and VCARD can be read by all scanners.
You can now customize your business card with the newly generated QR;

Top 13 Phones, That Shook The Nigerian Mobile Market (part 1)

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The mobile phone industry as been a thriving and ever-growing industry since the  emergence of Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) in 2001. Over the years, a staggering amount of phones have roamed our markets, ranging from top manufacturers like Nokia, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson, RIM to the budding manufacturers like Tecno, G-tide, etc.

We may have seen the rise and fall of so many handsets over the decade, only a handful of these handset really made landmarks in popularity and market penetration, of these devices, the top (according to internal Naijaspecs’ staff poll) 16 devices that really shook the nation out of the pool of so many mobile phones in these remarkable hall-of-fame are: ,

13. Nec (E616 and E313):

Nec E313 and E616
Nec E313 and E616

These were 2 very popular phones that really stole the hearts of youths in Nigeria. E313 and E616 were released in the early 2004 and late 2003 respectively but didn’t make their way into the Nigerian market till late 2004 to early 2005. They packed such nifty specs and features, so much that when looked back upon, they were a little ahead of its time. The E313, very long candy-bar phone, with a rotatable camera (180 degrees). Spotting a 65k colour screen, 3G mobile network, VGA camera, with expandable memory (Sony MemoryStick Duo), support for 3gp videos and MP3, and text copy-paste function :D, it really impressed (you can even place shortcuts of files or bookmarks on the desktop/home-screen :O ). E616  was a similar device but with a Flip/ Clamshell form.

12. Nokia 5130 (Express Music):

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Nokia 5130.
image from: chandigarhcity.olx.in

Nokia’s brand of Xpress Music mobile phones, were a real hit in Nigeria, noteworthy is the Nokia 5130. It was very portable, very affordable, brightly coloured (although peels off quite easily 😦 ), has a very good audio  output via both the main speaker and stereo headset, built in support for  mp3, 3gp, java and stereo FM. A rich 2 inch display with 256k colours,  Its highlight is the up-gradable memory, which supports upto 16GB memory!!! Real deal for Nigerian music enthusiasts.

11. Sony Ericsson P800 and P-9X series:

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SE: P800

The P800 was a pioneering phone of the P-series of UIQ based Symbian touchscreen devices. They were very high end devices with the p800 sporting a processor clocked at  156MHZ, it resistive touch input based made it stylishly elegant among the other phones in it’s era. It was very expensive back then, a real sign of elegance and stash, with lot’s of advanced features (Bluetooth and infrared). What can we say, it was what we had before the Iphones got here :).

10:  Blackberry Curve 2 (8520):

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BB Curve 8520.
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RIMs entrance into the Nigerian market was at first, ” A rich and business man only” type, until they slowly started eating up the market, by the time Blackbery became Viral, Curve 2 was it’s most trending device among youths, adult and students. It was very affordable, although not mass market stuff. With the insurgence of “London use” and Blackberry fever, this phone swarmed the markets and city stores. It packed quite a punch, replacement of the trackball was very well received by fans and followers. 256k colour, 320 * 240 resolution on a ~2.5 inch screen was ok enough to produce quality displays (although far from retina-clear images :D). Sports a 512MHZ processor, 256MB internal memory which can be upgraded to 32GB (microSD card) giving multimedia savvies the chance to get as much space as possible (relative to that era) to download and entertain themselves. It had only one shortcoming, lack of a camera-“Flash”.

Yeah, one more feature,  it still PINGS! /kping/

9.  Sony Ericsson WT180 (Walkman)

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SE: W800

The very first of the Walkman brand of devices from Sony Ericsson, released in 2005. It features incredible media capabilities, a 2MP camera, video recording and flash. It’s volume can be increased so high, you would think it can be increased infinitely. It’s speakers are very loud, data exchange via Bluetooth and infrared, 3.5 mm headphone jack,  and support of upto 2GB storage memory expansion via Memory Stick Pro Duo card. It’s java capabilities was also very good, it’s shortcomings were the very annoying joystick, kind-of ugly case and very difficult to configure GPRS settings (it almost seemed like no Nigerian carrier had an auto-settings for it).

Many Nigerians fell for the Ikeja fufu version of the phone then, it’s actually can be said to be the second of the most reported cases of fufu incident, second only to the K750.

8. Nokia 6600

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Nokia 6600.
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Launched mid-late 2003, it was a very high end phone making several cameo appearances in music videos and movies. It was a show stopper, it’s specification was top-notch (for it’s era 😉 ). It also was loved by both casual users and techies alike, powered by the Symbian OS, 104mhz processor, 6MB RAM (for it’s time top notch, now, that’s almost same memory my phone’s launcher uses 😀 ), which for it’s era permitted multitasking, housing lot’s of application in it’s memory. It was one of the fore-runners of Symbian O.S’ Golden-Age.

7. Thuraya, Fable or Real?

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Thuraya

Yeah, Thuraya, the dream phone of the Nigerian Stereotypical  dad, it was heavily coveted by Nigerians of a 50 years and above demographic. They are set of satellite mobile phones produced by a UAE based international mobile satellite service provider. Providing voice and data service to even areas not covered by GSM networks. Lately, they’ve been manufacturing phones that can work both in GSM range and satellite range. Many Nigerians till date still think this phone is a myth. Even I have never seen one before except for the ones featured in their CNN adds.

6.Sendo-X

Sendo X
Sendo X

yeah, this mobile phone should way close to the top-three phones, had it been it was apealing to class of ages. One of the most adored phone by tech-enthusiasts, the mobile phone featured the same features a high end phone of that era would feature at half the expected price, it marks the switch from Microsoft mobile OS platform to Symbian platform by Sendo hence, was powered by series 60 Symbian O.S 6.1. Supports both Bluetooth and infrared connections. 32MB internal storage memory expandable via a MMC/SD card.

It’s firmware updates were easy to perform, download so much that a novice mobile user can perform while sleeping. It’s O.S was very stable, albeit prone to getting hot when used for long periods with data turned on. It played most 3d games very well.

We loved it, I loved it.  It was LEGENDARY!.

It’s only shortcoming was the absence of a stereo output module via either the headphones or speakers, claims are that it outputs stereo quality via Bluetooth  I actually never got to confirm that 😦 .

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Top 13 Phones, That Shook The Nigerian Mobile Market (Final)

This is the concluding section of the article on the top 5 mobile phones that made spotlights in Nigeria, if you have not read the initial part, it is highly recommended you do, has we analysed the devices from 13th position to 6th (link here).

After having analysed 8 of the 13 phones in the previous post, This here is the top 5 phone’s that shook our mobile industry.

5. Motorola Razr V3 (Blade)

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Motorola RAZR V3:

Released in 2004, it was the thinnest mobile phone in it’s time, so much that Nigerians nicknamed it “Blade”. Very slick looking clam-shell phone,  perfect finish, sleek looking luminescent keypad  with embossed thin lines to guide your fingers, it’s design was simply PERFECT. Several colour variations, the black and silver were very sexy hence making appearances in Bourne movies.

The looks were not only it’s strength, it’s speaker is crystal clear and sound, the camera was a little poor but permits snapping even from the mini-screen.

It’s shortcoming only was the limited storage space with no form of expansion slot.

Overall. the phone was a real beauty.

4. Motorola T180 (Talk-About)

Moto T180
Motorola T180

Yeah, that very large mobile phone MTN distributed with their very first 0803 sims, The phone was as expensive as some of today’s smartphone, lol. Sporting a very high pitch speaker and ringtones, it’s the only phone worthy of calling it’s rintone, alerts. It’s memory was so small (practically almost had none), it could only store contacts on your sim card, with very minute call records could only store about 5 missed calls and 5 received calls, 10 dialed calls.

It practically almost had no other extended feature, apart from call,sms and alarm, but it allowed us receive call any where we went, even in class. Unlike our wired land lines. Looking back at this, no one ever imagined a the possibility of having a device like the galaxy S3 right?

3. Nokia N70

Nokia N70
Nokia N70

Pioneer of the N-series brand of mobile phones, it was practically the most coveted smartphone in it’s era in Nigeria, back then it was so powerful, you would think it’s RAM was limitless as so many apps could hover in the background, “alive”. it played almost all the series 60 Symbian 3D game perfectly at flawless frame-rate.

It had a front facing camera and a 2 mega-pixel rear camera, it also supported 3g network, hence ensuring faster downloads using xget, fget (:) #memories). It was very powerful in it’s time, as it’s processor was clocked at 220 MHZ. It had a 55 MB RAM, although internal memory was very small, a measly 22 MB, it could be extended via a MMC ( hot-swap-able MMC at that).

2. Nokia 1100 (Torch)

Nokia 1100
Nokia 1100

What can we say, the world’s best selling mobile handset () with over 200 million units sold, these phone is so popular, it can be argued everybody at one point or the other has either owned the phone or touched it. Released in 2003 but became popular way later in that decade, it was many users main call receiving phone as the smartphones were very prone to having poor battery strength due to their features. Although targeted at developing countries and mass market, many rich-men and moguls have it as the phone housing their main call sim.

It outsold all the other competing phones around it, e even with the insane features the phones available during it’s days were, It has the very basic needs of a mobile phone, calls, text… Even has a dedicated torch-light and 2 games, Snake and the popular Space-Impact.

Nokia 1100 Trivia:

  • World’s best selling handset.
  • Nokia’s one billionth handset sale was an 1100, guess where, Nigeria 🙂
  •  It has torchlight
  • it didn’t have a capacitive/resistive touch screen, didn’t have a coloured screen, didn’t have wifi, bluetooth, infrered, could not play mp3 neither could it play polyphonic tones, but it did one thing very well, “It’s job, making calls”.

1. Nokia 3310:

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Nokia 3310

World’s most indestructible phone, so resilient it was dubbed “o ja bo ko fo, omo na bouncing” :D. This phone sold over 160 million units, it practically was and still is, indestructible. For it’s time it features were beyond the phone’s that were released in it’s era, while the t180 talk-abouts, Sagem and Trium were being sold, the 3310 gave us unique features that were stellar in it’s time, like a calculator, stop watch, 35 built in catchy ring tones, custom tune support which can be built using the tone composer or downloaded and screensaver support.

It also comes built in with 4 very addictive games, Bantumi, Pairs II, Snake II and the legendary Space Impact (that was so addictive, even with the PlayStation in your room, you still won’t mind hiding under the dining table so as not to get caught draining battery).

Nokia 3310 Trivias:

  • More back cover/casing than the total amount of BB pouches out there.
  • Didn’t need a screen protector or guard
  • Doesn’t need rooting or jailbreaking
  • Highly indestructible, can survive falls over very distances.

Here’s something for you to deliberate on…

Nokia 1100
IPhone 5 vs Nokia 3310

8th Generation Console War: WII-U VS PS4 VS XBOX ONE

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image from, gamingbolt.com

Sometime around a year ago we made our first post on an eight generation console, The WII-U. We rightfully predicted and tagged the 8th Generation, “Power-War”, based on the then, incredible specifications the WII-U spotted. It wasn’t long after the WII-U’s release that rumours about “Project Durango” and “Project Orbis” dev kits test PC requirements started surfacing .

Sony officially fed our curiosity with the technical specifications of the PS4 at the PlayStation meeting on 20th February, 2013, and Microsoft unveiled the curtains on the XBOX 360’s successor, called XBOX ONE 2 days ago (21-05-13).

Which of these consoles is actually the most powerful and innovative of the three?

WII-U VS PS4 VS XBOX ONE:

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PS4 VS XBOX ONE VS WII-U

Processing Power:

The WII-U, whose processing power was considerably greater than that of the Nintendo WII, was a little impressive containing the IBM manufactured PowerPC 750-based tri-core processor called “Espresso“, it was ok, given how better than WII it was, it also features an AMD Radeon HD GPU code-named Latte.

Relative Rating (processing power): 7/10.

Given the popularity and wide adoption of SOC, so much monstrous computing and processing power was bundled into technologies released from mid-2012. The Rumoured Orbis game was first to wow us.

The PS4, spots an AMD manufactured, Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), hence allowing the single APU chip to contain the CPU, GPU, memory controller etc. The CPU is an octa-core (8 core) processor, based on AMD’s Jaguar Processor and it is of the X64-86 family, an inevitable and welcomed switch from the power-pc or the “not-X64-86” architecture based CPUs. Its AMD Radeon GPU can produce up to 1.84TFLOPS.

Relative Rating (processing power): 10/10

The XBOX ONE, which was announced 2 days ago, features an 8-core processor based on the X64-86 architecture (customary of the XBOXs), with an AMD GPU capable of providing up to 1.23 TFLOPS.

Relative Rating (processing power): 9.8/10

MEMORY

The WII-U, consist of 4 512 MB DDR3 memories (4 GB), with 1 GB reserved for its powerful operating system. It also comes with an internal storage (flash memory) capacity of either 8 GB or 32 GB (based on purchased model) but upgradable via USB hard-drives up to 2 TB or via SD cards (memory cards) of up to 32 GB.

Relative Rating (Memory): 7/10

The PS4, comes with a whooping 8 GB DDR5, 1 GB will be reserved for the operating system, leaving 7 GB! for games, Specifics about internal storage capacity and supported extension slots are still blurry but it’s internal hard-drive memory is expected to be very high.

Relative Rating (Memory): 10/10

The XBOX ONE, comes equipped with an 8 GB DDR3 RAM where 3 GB would be reserved for the operating system and some system applications.

Relative Rating (Memory): 9.4/10

CONTROLLER: WII-U Gamepad VS DualShock 4 VS XBOX ONE’s controller

After the features of the controllers of the previous generation, I’m sure we found ourselves asking the question, “after accelerometers and gyroscopes, what is next”? Could there be any new and important and innovative feature that can be introduced?

WII-U Gamepad:

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Features a built-in touch-screen, (not multi-touch though but it’s need was justified), which can either extend the game presently being shown on the screen or may be used as a display replica or copy of the screen/TV, hence allowing games to be played directly through it (handheld TV),  it’s features and future prospects are huge. It has an in-built camera for video calls, in-built microphone for clearer video calling conversations or multiplayer conversations,  NFC support and all other expected sensors(accelerometer and gyroscope).

Note: key innovation, “an in-built touch screen that can replace the TV”

Relative Rating (controller innovation): 9/10.

 PS4’s DualShock 4:

Dualshock 4
Dualshock 4

There’s a big difference in look between the DualShock 4 and its predecessor because of the attached clickable two-point capacitative touch pad on the front of the controller, These will play a vital within the O.S and gameplay. New to the series are

  • A 3.5 mm TRS  stereo headset connector, for easy communication during multiplayer games (probably, video calling).
  • A dedicated share button for instantaneously sharing videos from game-play (super PES and FIFA goal videos)
  • An extension port.
  • Presence of light bars for status display and easy detection/identification by the PlayStation eye or switching of split screen position when players switch pads or position (cool)
  • Mono speaker, “yes, a speaker”. The sole purpose of the speaker is to provide unique ambient sounds, like bullets whooshing past characters ears or the sound created from waving swords therefore placing the user right in the middle of the game-play :

It also features the micro-usb connector and usual motion sensing via a 3-axis accelerometer and gyroscope, which is now a common trend among controllers from the previous generation. The top of the analog has been modified to be concave, like that of the 360.

Relative Rating (controller innovation): 9/10 (should have been an 8 but the speaker is just so welcomed).

XBOX ONE Controller:

image from, mashable.com
image from, mashable.com

Very very similar to the previous controller, with notable changes in the D-PAD, which is now a four-way button, replacement of the start and back buttons. It’s most innovative introduction is the “Impulse Trigger”, meaning the trigger buttons will have it’s own rumble motors hence providing feedbacks (“Probably vibrates when a gun is being shot” :S).

Relative Rating (controller innovation): 8/10 (should have been a 7 but ideas regarding “Impulse triggers” have been flying around.).

 Summary:

Processing Power:  The XBOX ONE and PS4 are close in strength both vividly edging out the WII-U with their insane specifications. Overall the PS4 is slightly more powerful than the XBOX ONE in terms of graphic power, but little is still known about the clock-speeds of the processors.

TIE (PS4 and XBOX ONE).

Memory: All three system contains insane amount of RAMs, but the PS4 and XBOX ONE really outsmarts the WII-U in these department. But the PS4 aslo slightly defeats  the 360 based on available RAM for game and the usage of DDR5.

WINNER, PS4

Controllers: All three controllers are very cool, especially the WII-U gamepad and Dualshock 4, but the WII-U gamepad happens to be the most feature packed of the three.

TIE (WII-U gamepad and Dualshock 4).

Overall: PS4 wins both XBOX ONE and WII-U based on paper-specifications, but how this will pan out in the market and among game developers of video games, is presently unknown.

To know more about these consoles, read our articles on them by following the following links:

Sony Xperia Z

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Combining incredible photography with style and power, Sony really are not  only competing in art and beauty anymore, they are taking the bazookers to the war front. The Xperia Z is a real master/power piece.

Being one of the new Z Xperia line smartphones by Sony, which was announced at the CES 2013 show, set to be released before April; it is the first smartphone with high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) full HD video and, at the moment, the phone with the highest resolution front facing camera at 2.2MP. Here are the goodies, Xperia Z will be bringing to our pocket (shortly after draining our wallets :p).

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http://www.sonymobile.com

Processor and GPU

The phone features a quad-core Krait processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz and an Adreno GPU and Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 SoC.
RAM and Storage: A whooping 2GB RAM, with an internal storage space of 32GB, supports microSD/HC of upto 32GB

Display

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A 5-inch screen full 1080p touchscreen smartphone, with a 1920×1080 resolution at a density of approximately 443ppi providing a superb display,

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http://www.sonymobile.com

with the new Bravia Engine 2 for images and videos.

Camera

It has both rear and front facing cameras, with the rear Camera being 13.1MP in resolution, with a back-side illuminated sensor with LED flash and Sony’s Exmor RS sensor, thereby making it the world’s first smartphone with high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) full HD video (< >wiki). The rear camera can shoot 1080P videos at 30FPS.

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Its front facing camera is 2MP, which also is the highest resolution of any phone front facing camera.

Design

It will have 3 colour variants, black purple and white. It is lsightly longer and wider than the ZL, it is however thinner and more sleek looking, albeit its glassy cover may reduce grip, it is unknown how sturdy and strong it is when dropped.

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The ruggedized(water and dust proof) phone was stated to be 139mm long, 71mm wide and 7.9 mm thick, it is covered with Dragontail glass manufactured by Ashashi Glass Co.

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The device was reported to weigh 146grams (including battery).

Connectivity

Supports GSM, GPRS, EDGE 850, HSPA and 4G LTE (80mbps). It also supports Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi, NFC and DLNA.

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Using NFC, the One-touch feature allows seamless zero-configuration connection with other NFC enabled devices

Sensors and Other Features

The mobile comes equipped with the usual motion, orientation, light sensors; noteworthy it also feature both GPS and GLONAS, a trend in the newest devices.

Software

The Xperia Z’s default OS will be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it is expected to have the regular Sony apps preinstalled.
Overall the Xperia Z is a very powerful mobile phone, the incredible features greatly reflects in its proposed price. Expect the Z line of devices to start hitting our bill boards.

The Good

Very powerful, and with a good better pricing system, it a may topple the Iphone.
Supports both GPS and GLONAS.

The Bad

A little too Xpensive for the average Nigerian.

Click for more on “Xperia Z smartphone”.

Please Note Ratings and Scores are absent as device has not yet been released, and may be subjected to some unexpected modifications, full review and score will be given after released as competing products are considered when rating devices at Nijaspecs.

NEXUS 10 and The Nigerian Tech Market

Nexus 10
Following the success of the very Cheap but powerful Nexus 7, Google released the successor of its legendary device. It was released fairly mid-way in November, 2012. The device is the successor to the commercially successful nexus 7. There was a change in developer/manufacturer partnership as the Nexus 10 was developed by Google and Samsung, you can’t help but wonder why Asus did not reprise their role as manufacturer even with the archived commercial success.
Will Nexus 10 be commercially successful in Nigeria?

Processor and GPU (10/10)

Featuring <Must be linked to wiki< Samsung Exynos 5250 system on chip>> a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, means the NEXUS clearly leaves up to its expectations in processing power.

A quad-core ARM Mali T604 GPU means games and videos are rendered smoothly on its incredibly large WQXGA resolution.

Memory and Storage (8/10)

The Nexus 10 has a 16G and 32G internal storage capacity, no sd card slot for extending memory. It also comes equipped with 2G RAM, although it is unlikely you’ll run a single app that’ll consume 60% of the RAM in an instance, you will definitely notice the amount of apps that are kept alive even after focus is lost for a long time. Nexus 10 is FAST!

DISPLAY AND RESOLUTION (9/10)

Features a crisp 10.1-inch LCD with capacitive multi-touch touchscreen, with 2560×1600 display resolution, highest by any tablet in 2012>>(linked to WIKI) and as expected of every Samsung manufactured device, it features a scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 2<<Read about Gorrilla Glass 3 here>>  (Nexus 7 corning fit, 10 corning Gorilla)

CAMERA (7/10)

Nexus 10 Camera

Features two cameras, A sharp 5MP rear camera, for those people who don’t feel shy to cover events with a tablet (I for one, I’m not a fan of that, recording with a tab looks very awkward in every perspective K). The rear camera is capable of recording full 1080P videos at 30FPS. The inbuilt camera app also supports the usual features such as autofocus, face detection and geotagging etc and a ~2MP front facing camera, for video caling and skype.

CONNECTIVITY (7/10)

Features a Bluetooth 4.0 and WIFI for data exchange and internet connectivity, It also features a dual side NFC for use in Android beam. Like the initial models of its predecessor, it also lacks cellular connectivityL.

Design (Score 9/10)

Nexus 10 Design

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The Nexus 10 is 8.9 mm in girth, 263.9 mm long, 177.6 mm wide, it weighs 603 g. The rear of the device comprises a smooth, plastic surface a very conspicuous “nexus” tag, and a less conspicuous “Samsung” tag. The volume control buttons and the power button are at the top of the device and a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port on the devices left hand side. On the right lies the microHDMI port while the magnetic pogo pin used for docking and charging are at the bottom of the device.

OTHERS (10/10)

Nexus 10 comes equipped with the usual gravitation, motion and orientation sensing devices; an accelerometer, gyroscope; barometer, magnetometer and a digital compass; a proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor are also present. Like its predecessor, it also features an in built microphone. It’s equipped with a GPS and GLONASS, yeah, it has supports both so you can never get lost since both already cover the globe; you are doubly insuredJ.

SOFTWARE (10/10)

OS

The device comes equipped with stock Android 4.2 JellyBean. Like the Nexus line, its boot loader is unlocked by defaultJ. It also comes with preinstalled with all Google apps.

As expected of every successor, the Nexus 10 is more powerful than its predecessor, but the nexus devices have clearly been out sold by galaxy line of Android devices in Nigeria, even with their cheaper price.

Overall: ~8.75 / 10

Overall the Nexus 10 is a very good device and follows well in the tradition of its predecessor, providing easy OS customization at cheaper than believable price.

Why this Device Can Be Successful in Nigeria

  • Relatively cheap: although much more expensive than its predecessor, the Nexus 10 is relatively cheaper than devices of its class(16 GB: US$399 and 32 GB: US$499)
  • Powerful hardware

Why this device can’t be successful in Nigeria

  • Nexus device advert and promotion is very poor in Nigeria, Samsung, Nokia and Sony go considerable length to create awareness about their devices in Nigeria. (Being a fan of Google, I’ve never seen a Nexus bill-board on a popular expressway L)
  • Not as nearly as cheap as Nexus 7, yet lacking Cellular support
  • Given the lack of cellular network, the device lacks carrier promotion, reason why you don’t get text messages from carrier about discounted rate.