It’s finally here, Google has finally taken the curtains off its Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, showing off all the goodness this new treat brings. In an event in San Francisco, Google introduced the latest Android operating system that is much cleaner and simpler before, making it the perfect mobile OS for every phone, even those cheap entry-level ones with a mere 512MB of RAM.
On top of bringing a whole list of new stuffs with the new OS update from the design to the functionality, Google also updated Google Now and Google Hangout messaging app. First up, Google Now can quickly be activated from the launch screen, has an improved voice recognition, quicker searches, and more cards. Say goodbye to the default messaging app on Android because the new messaging app for Android 4.4 is now known as Google Hangouts; SMSes, instant message, voice and video calling are now done via a single app.
Android 4.4 KitKat is available immediately on the Google Nexus 5 and will be rolled out to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and Samsung Galaxy S4/ HTC One Google Edition. Sorry Samsung Galaxy Nexus users, Google has already confirmed that it will not be available for your device because it “falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices”.
Just as Intel officially announced their line-up of the new Bay Trail processors (which includes the Intel Atom Z3000 series) at the recent Intel Developer Forum 2013, ASUS were also at their side showing off one of the first product to feature one of the newly launched processors. That product is the ASUS Transformer Book T100 which is available Malaysia from 18 October onwards.
With that, the T100 which features a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor has become the first Intel Bay Trail-based product in our market. Spotting a 10.1-inch 1366×768 IPS multi-touch display together with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC-based internal storage, the Asus Transformer Book T100 is also possibly the first new product in Malaysia that comes standard with Windows 8.1
Furthermore, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 also comes pre-installed with the full version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013. That means, users are able to utilize Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on the 10.1-inch device right out of the box without any extra costs.
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While the 32GB internal storage does sounds very limiting, users are still able to expand it via T100’s microSD slot which supports microSD card of up to 64GB of storage. At the same time, the T100’s keyboard dock features a full-size USB 3.0 port and a multi-touch touchpad that supports gestures. However, the rest of the I/O ports such 3.5mm combo audio jack, micro USB and micro HDMI together with stereo speakers are all located on the T100’s tablet.
We all know that the new iPhone will be reaching our shores on 31 October 2013, all three major local telcos as well as several Apple resellers here have already started their teasers and registration of interests but one big question remains, what will the retail price be? Only about 2 more weeks till we know for sure but it looks like Malaysian Wireless has got some insider information about the pricing as well as launch programs for the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S in Malaysia.
- iPhone 5C 16GB – RM1,899
- iPhone 5S 16GB – RM2,299
- iPhone 5S 32GB – RM2,599
- iPhone 5S 64GB – RM2,899