BlackBerry chief claims survival plan
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins reveals his survival plan in order to keep BlackBerry on the market. In recent interview with Australian Financial Review, Heins told he expected BlackBerry World to have 100,000 apps when Z10 is launched in USA later this month. He also said that although he respected Apple with its invention, its user interface is now five years old — commenting on rapid innovation in mobile industry. Heins also admitted that BlackBerry’s tablet decision is a mistake and BlackBerry won’t enter this market again anytime soon.
Microsoft to stop support for Windows Phone 8 on July 2014
It’s confirmed that Windows Phone 8 support will be ended by July 2014, while Windows Phone 7.8 — its predecessors — will have longer support period, until September 2014. This decision may lead to confusion for Windows Phone 8 users, whether their phones will be able to be upgraded to next generation operating system or not. The update availability may vary, depends on country, region and hardware capabilities. Every version of Windows Phone has 18 months life cycle.
Google updates Mail app for Android, brings action from notifications
Google today updates Mail app for Android, brings ability to reply, delete or archive from notifications. The Mountain View company also adds better search and other enhancements for this upgrade. The feature is available to users running Android 4.1 and up, but Google is also rolling out faster search, bug fixes, and performance enhancements for Android 4.0 and up. Users on Android 2.2 and up will now have access to a “New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers” and the usual performance improvements.
ST-Ericsson fails to compete, leads to job losses
Ericsson and STMicroeletronics, the parent of chip maker joint venture ST-Ericsson, has agreed on splitting ST-Ericsson business. Ericsson will take on the design, development and sales of the LTE multimode thin modem products, including 2G, 3G and 4G multimode, while ST will take on the existing ST-Ericsson products, other than LTE multimode thin modems, and related business as well as certain assembly and test facilities. The remaining parts of ST-Ericsson will be closed down. This restructuring will lead to job losing for 1600 employees worldwide.
WhatsApp to bring annual subscription model to iOS
Currently WhatsApp has different model on iOS compared to other smartphone platform. In iOS, consumer only need to pay once in advance, while in other platform users should pay annual membership after one year of free trial. The new subscription model would apply to new users. No exact date has been given, but WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum ensures it will be commenced this year. Koum also said that there’s no desktop variant in near future.