BlackBerry has unveiled its first line of Foxconn-built smartphones, the BlackBerry Z3 and Q20. The BlackBerry Z3 is a full touch smartphone offered at an affordable price of $200. The Q20, on the other hand, is a more full-fledged business phone featuring a QWERTY keypad and a trackpad. Both these phones are expected to become available in the month of April.
Coming to the specifications, the BlackBery Z3 comes with a 5-inch qHD display and is powered by a Snapdragon dual-core processor running at 1.2 GHz. The phone also features 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. Other features include a 5 MP primary camera and a secondary 1.1 MP front-facing camera. The phone also comes with FM radio.
The most desirable feature of the BlackBerry Z3 is its price. At a price of $200, it may be a hit in the mid-range smartphone segment. It definitely offers a competition to other smartphones made by Samsung and Nokia.
The other phone launched by BlackBerry, the Q20 comes with a QWERTY keypad and a trackpad. The phone will pack a 3.5-inch touchscreen display. The phone looks very similar to the older BlackBerry business phones which were a hit with the business community. Price details are currently not available.
On the software front, both the phones will run on BlackBerry 10 and have features such as BlackBerry Hub, and enterprise connectivity with BES10.
With these phones, BlackBerry may regain some of its lost market share. Many view the announcement of these phones as a desperate last attempt by BlackBerry to stay competitive in a market that is currently dominated by Samsung, Nokia and others.
Tizen is a mobile operating system based on Linux. It is designed to run on smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices, smart TVs, and smart cameras. Providing a consistent user experience across multiple devices is one of the goals of the project. Tizen is based in Samsung’s Bada project and borrows many features from it.
Tizen is being developed by Samsung and Intel along with other backing companies: Fujitsu, Huawei, KT, NEC CASIO Mobile Communications, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Panasonic Mobile Communications, SK Telecom, Sprint and Vodafone. Tizen currently has a total of 51 members as part of its partner program.
Advantages of Tizen
When compared to other mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, Tizen has many advantages and benefits— for both end users and original equipment manufacturers. One of the key advantages is that the operating system is highly optimized around HTML5. This may make apps more feature-rich and also easy to develop. As for manufacturers, Tizen may allow them to make better phones within low price ranges.
Has Tizen come into the Market?
Tizen Devices made by Samsung were expected to become available in August or September of 2013. However, the date was postponed to early 2014. However, as of February 2013, no announcements have been made by either Samsung or Intel about releasing Tizen on actual devices.
Expected release date
Tizen based devices may become available in the first quarter of 2014. The Samsung ZEQ 9000 will be the first commercially available device running the operating system. There are also some reports which indicate that Tizen could land on Samsung’s next flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Java is a very popular computer language. It runs on many different hardware platforms and operating systems. Today Java powers a wide variety of computing platforms ranging from desktops and laptops, smart phones and embedded systems. Even though it has been almost 20 years since Java was first introduced, its importance has not waned. It continues to be one of the most widely used programming languages today.
There are many different kinds of tools that make programming easy. An Integrated Development Environment or IDE is one such tool. It is a powerful application which comes with many tools and features that make coding easier. Some of the tools and features include code checking, syntax highlighting, automated build process, etc. If you want to improve your programming productivity, using an IDE is probably the first step.
Different IDEs are available for different programming languages. There are many free IDEs for Java as well. Usually, one of these five IDEs should be sufficient for your needs. However, there are also commercial IDEs. These are mostly used in the software industry and have specialized purposes.
Here are some good IDEs for Java:
Eclipse is the most popular free Java IDE. It comes with a large number of features and tools which make it exceptionally powerful. It is also extensible by means of plug-ins. Other versions of Eclipse, customized for other programming languages are also available. Eclipse makes programming in Java much more easier. It uses the concept of work spaces which makes program management much more easier. Eclipse can be downloaded from www.eclipse.org.
NetBeans is another popular integrated development environment for Java. It comes from the right mix of tools, features and documentation. It is very popular among Java programmers. After eclipse, NetBeans is the second most popular integrated development environments for Java. You can download NetBeans from www.NetBeans.org.
IntelliJ is a free IDE which supports faster compilation and provides support for Java 8. It also supports Android application development. IntelliJ can be downloaded from www.jetbrains.com.
JDeveloper is an IDE developed by Oracle which also owns and maintains Java. JDeveloper comes with many good tools and features. You can download JDeveloper from www.oracle.com.
DrJava is a simple and lightweight IDE designed especially for people learning Java programming. If you are just starting with Java, this is a very good choice. DrJava is developed by Rice University and can be downloaded from www.drjava.com.