Samsung Touches Off New Handsets
Today Samsung unveiled two more TouchWiz-based handsets. Aside from TouchWiz and Samsung's widgets, both phones have a new feature called Gesture Lock. Gesture Lock lets users lock/unlock different applications on their phones by drawing letters on the screen. For example, if a user draws the letter "M", it could be set to open their messaging applications. The S5600 and S5230 share many features, including accelerometers; quad-band GSM/EDGE radios; 3 megapixel cameras with smile shot and video capture; FM radios with RDS; Bluetooth 2.1; microSD support up to 8GB; and built-in Google search features.
- S5600: Features that set the S5600 apart are its dual-band 900/2100 MHz 7.2Mbps HSDPA and 2.8-inch QVGA screen. The S5600 will be available in Europe starting in May.
- S5230: This phone has no 3G, but has a 3.0-inch WQVGA screen. It will be available in Europe starting in April.
HTC Updates Lock Screen and Sense Home Apps
HTC has made updates available to its Lock Screen and Sense Home apps for the One M9 and other handsets. The Lock Screen gains a significant refresh thanks to Lollipop-style notifications, full-screen album artwork during music playback, and more detailed local weather information.
Microsoft Brings Bing to Android Lock Screen
Microsoft's Garage team recently released a new app for Android handsets called the Picturesque Lock Screen. The lock screen adds Bing's home page images to Android devices.
Samsung Debuts the Metal-Clad Galaxy A Series
Samsung today announced the Galaxy A5 and A3, two mid-range smartphones meant to better compete with LG's L series and HTC's Desire devices. The A5 and A3 feature metal unibody construction and will come in a variety of colors.
Cortana for Android Now Works On the Lock Screen
Microsoft today made it possible for Android device owners to access and use Cortana above the lock screen on their smartphones. Microsoft has been testing the feature since earlier this year and is now rolling it out to all users.