There are new reports that Microsoft Corporation is preparing to launch an 8-inch version of the Microsoft Surface tablet. According to DigiTimes, a Taiwan-based supply chain reported that Microsoft will be showcasing an 8-inch Surface tablet in June. Another 10-inch version of the tablet is also expected to arrive in Q3.
Google is not happy about the way that the YouTube app was designed on Windows Phone 8. This is why Google sent Microsoft a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Microsoft withdraws their redesigned YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 because it violates their Terms of Service. The Terms of Service says that the Microsoft YouTube app violation has to do with the way that ads are being blocked and how the app allows videos to be downloaded.
Google said today that there are now 900 million Android devices that have been activated. In 2011, there were 100 million activations and 400 million the year after. Hugo Barra said that the company paid out as much to developers in the first four months of 2013 as they did for all of 2012.
BlackBerry announced on Tuesday that BBM messaging is coming to Android and Apple iOS. This is surprising considering that many BlackBerry was able to retain a lot of their users by keeping BBM exclusive to their own devices. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said that they decided to bring BBM to BlackBerry because they have confidence in their products. BBM’s text and group messaging services will be available as a standalone app. Video calling should be added to the app soon also.
BlackBerry announced on Tuesday that they are launching a BlackBerry 10 powered device with a full QWERTY physical keyboard called the BlackBerry Q5. The Q5 is very similar to the Q10 as it has a 3.1-inch touchscreen and a physical keyboard.
On Tuesday, BlackBerry president and CEO Thorsten Heins announced that the BlackBerry Z10 owners will be able to upgrade to BlackBerry 10.1.
The Archos ChefPad is an Android-powered tablet that has a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 9.7″ display with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, quad-core graphics, front and rear camera, 1080p video playback, and Google Play compatibility.