Rumor Mill: Windows Phone 8 devices to get a standard USB port location

Apple Universal Dock

iPhones on universal docks. Photo by Yutaka Tsutano. Microsoft could be planning to provide a universal docking feature on all Windows Phone devices.

One of the things that made iOS very successful is the multitude of accessories it has – from keyboards to speaker docks, etc. – and this is because they used Apple’s proprietary port (which is rumored to be undergoing a huge change, by the way).

Microsoft may be going the same route. Currently, manufacturers seem to have their own idea for the best place to put a USB port: HTC seems to like the side (it’s on the left side on my HTC 7 Mozart), Nokia seems to prefer the top (as evident on my Lumia 710), while Samsung and many others prefer placing the port at the bottom. This creates a host of incompatibilities between devices making it impossible to create universal accessories. But if we were to trust what was being suggested by the position of the USB port on the Samsung Ativ S (currently the only official Windows Phone 8 device revealed) and the leaks of Nokia and HTC devices, we could be in for a nice surprise! Why don’t you take a peek at the photos after the break and see them for yourself?

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SkyDrive web interface gets a Modern UI face-lift, jumps into Android territory with official app too

SkyDrive

I’ve been a SkyDrive user for a long time though I have not used the service much because of its limitations back then. I preferred Dropbox over SkyDrive because it allowed no file size limits and an easier way to synchronize files. I started to use SkyDrive more through automatic backups of photos and videos I took with my HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone but not much else. Their web app was clunky and cross-platform syncing of files through an official app was missing so I stayed with using Dropbox as my main cloud-storage solution.

Things have changed for the better though as SkyDrive underwent a transition that I think makes it a better service than it was before. Microsoft introduced a Dropbox-esque Windows (Vista and higher) and Mac OS X Lion app – a feature I’ve been waiting for (you can grab them here). Apps for Windows Phone 7 and iOS devices were also introduced. Windows 8 has it integrated. Only two problems left: the web interface and Android official app availability.

Not anymore…

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Samsung Ativ S, the first Windows Phone 8 device ever revealed

Windows Phone 8

I own two Windows Phones – an HTC 7 Mozart and a Nokia Lumia 710 which I bought yesterday. I do know that current Windows Phone devices will not be upgraded to the latest installation (WP8) due to some huge changes with its underlying code but that didn’t stop me from getting a Lumia 710. I’m still pretty much excited about WP8 and am willing to shell out some cash on a PureView-enabled Lumia if ever one gets announced next week or within the next few months. Samsung beat them to it though by being the first to announce their flagship Windows Phone 8 device – enter the Samsung Ativ S. Drum roll please!

Samsung ATIV S viewed from the side

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Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 4S gets “dragged behind a car” scratch test

I find it such a waste to drag two brand spanking new devices at the back of a car just to scratch test them. They should have just given me the devices instead so that I could review them. I expected the results but it still makes me sad. Really makes me sad. I guess there are some people who has some cash to spare for such a test…

On another note, that guy must keep his blood pressure in check! Hahaha!

Windows Phone 8’s unannounced features revealed

Microsoft Surface Phone concept by Jonas-Daehnert (DeviantArt)

I wish this Microsoft Surface Phone concept was real…

The Windows Phone 8 SDK rumored to be released in the coming weeks but there are already some who have gotten their hands on leaked versions. Fortunately, they have been kind enough to show us what Microsoft has yet to tell us about. I have scoured the web for the new features that have yet to be announced officially. You shall find them after the break.

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CyanogenMod teases CM10 on an LG Optimus 4X HD!

Jelly Beans by kapailuj (deviantArt)

Google released the Jelly Bean source code a few days ago so it was a big surprise seeing the progress CyanogenMod has made on porting the new flavor of Android into the LG Optimus 4X HD and even teases us with a video! It’s not perfect but the quick development is good news. I can’t wait to play with Jelly Bean on my Galaxy Tab!

Watch CyanogenMod’s Ricardo Cerqueira’s CM10 preview video after the break…

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CyanogenMod will give us a taste of Jelly Bean, CM10 to come after stable CM9 release

Jelly Beans by kapailuj (deviantArt)

CyanogenMod has recently announced through their Google+ page that they would be working on CM7 (Gingerbread) and CM10 (Jelly Bean) after they release a stable version of CM9 (Ice Cream Sandwich). They don’t have the source for Jelly Bean yet which will be out in the next following weeks therefore they cannot really say what their release will be like. Fortunately though, Jelly Bean does not seem to be a major change over Ice Cream Sandwich and they should be able to do it without much fuzz… well, hopefully.

Cid CyanogenMod

Anyway, most if not all devices that could run CM9 should be upgradeable. The Galaxy Tab is one of them, of course. Let’s wish the CM team the best and offer them our full support! Cheers!