It has finally happened! Someone has leaked an internal build of Windows 8. A short while back, Windows 8 Build 7850 was published by Betaarchive, and should appear soon on torrent and other file sharing services.
The build that has been leaked is actually pretty old – older than the build demoed by Microsoft at CES. According to multiple sources, Windows 8 has already reached Milestone III, whereas the leaked release is from the Milestone I days. Officially, the build bears the version number Windows 6.1, and behaves more or less like Windows 7. Even if any major new features are present, they will probably be locked down.
Nevertheless, if you are really desperate to get a taste of Windows 8, keep an eye on your favorite torrent website. The file name of the release is 6.1.7850.0.winmain_win8m1.100922-1508_x86fre_client-enterprise_en-us.iso, and the file size is 2.45 GB (2,637,101,056 bytes). Of course, keep in mind that toying with leaked releases is always fraught with danger. Besides being unstable and unfit for daily usage, there is always the possibility that they might have been tampered with. Don’t install this build unless you know what you are doing, and even then, don’t use it as your primary operating system.
A Chinese website has leaked a couple of screenshots, which allegedly show the Windows App Store in action. While it is prudent to take any leaked information with a pinch of salt, it’s pretty safe to bet that Windows 8 will include an app store. Back in June 2010, we had stated as much, based on leaked confidential information. The new screenshots are also consistent with the ones leaked (and ridiculed) on the Neowin forums. Moreover, almost every other desktop operating systems of note (Mac and Ubuntu) already has an inbuilt application repository.
To be honest, the Windows 8 app store appears to be a mash up of Windows Media Player and the Mac App Store. It will include free and paid content from a large number of third party developers. What is unclear at this moment is whether automatic update for all applications, which has been a long standing demand of Windows users and developers, will also be included.
The other point of interest is the name of the app store. In the screenshots leaked by Neowin, the software center is titled as “Windows App Store”. If that is indeed that actual name, one can bet that Apple won’t be too pleased about it. Apple believes that it owns the trademark for “App Store”, and is already suing Amazon.
As we get closer and closer to the public beta of Windows 8, expect the volume of leaks to steadily increase. In fact, the Chinese website believes that the app store is almost ready, and will be made available to beta testers soon.
Update: Bad news folks. The leaked screenshots have been confirmed to be fake.
The folks over at XDA-Developers have been tipped by an anonymous tipster with a bunch of pictures of the upcoming HTC Pyramid.
Earlier leaks of the HTC Pyramid did not provide much information, except for a 4.3-inch screen with qHD resolution.
The Pyramid will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm along with an Adreno 220 GPU for handling the graphics department, and pack 768MB of RAM. The handset will sport a 4.3-inch display with qHD (960×540) resolution.
The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. There is also a VGA camera in the front for video-calling.
The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, Compass and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The Pyramid will run the latest version of Android, Gingerbread v2.3.2, with the latest version of Sense UI on top of it.
The HTC Pyramid is similar to the recently announced HTC EVO 3D, without the 3D feature. Readers can find a bunch of pictures of the handset over at XDA Developers.
A picture of the unannounced Nokia E6 has yet again made it’s way onto the internet. This time, it’s dressed in all black and shows off the Symbian platform with large icons, suitable for use with a touch screen. Accompanying what is said to be a 2.6screen with a 640×360 pixel resolution, a front facing camera, ambient light sensor as well as proximity sensor adorn the front of the device.
The same Nokia-style E6x/E7x shaped QWERTY keyboard is present, with a rounded bottom lip and slightly tapered top, but adding an extremely large chinbelow the keyboard, supposedly for ergonomic purposes. The previous pictures of an E6 prototype shows the device in bronze with an 8 megapixel camera, dual LED flash and loud speaker grille on the rear. The lack of soft keys on the front face indicate that this device may have a touch screen and be running Symbian^3 to continue Nokia’s portfolio of Touch and Typesmartphones. From the newly taken picture, the screen shows there are 4 home screens that support widgets and shortcuts (as visible by the dots above the d-pad). There is also a rather large gap between the lower half of the shortcut cluster and the screen bezel, indicating this is may be an initial or older hardware build. The last rumored specifications for the E6 indicate a 680MHz ARM11 processor, WiFi and 3G connectivity. The incarnation of the E6 dates back to before the Microsoft-Nokia deal, so it’s unknown if the device will make it into the hands of consumers before it’s scrapped and replaced with a Windows Phone smartphone with the same form-factor.
Images of a leaked iPhone 4 prototype were posted to a technology blog today. No, I haven’t gone back in time and I’m not referring to the Gizmodo iPhone 4 fiasco.
Today, a 64 GB iPhone 4 prototype was unearthed in Shenzhen, China from a Foxconn factory. Apparently, Apple was working on three models of the iPhone with storage capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB, but decided to ship only the first two.
MICGadget has posted images of the 64 GB iPhone 4 on its blog and has confirmed that it is indeed a legit prototype and not some counterfeit iPhone. It is very similar to the iPhone 4 prototype bought by Gizmodo last year and runs iOS 4.1. It has the model number – 995-6049LL and offers 59.1 GB of storage.
It is not SIM-locked and isn’t available for sale anywhere. This particular model was obtained from source who has a few of these.
This prototype seems to indicate that the iPhone 5, which will be launched in a few months, will likely offer a 64 GB version.
Head over to MICGadget for the complete video of the iPhone 4 64 GB prototype
Yesterday, we reported that the WP7 NoDo update for the HTC Mozart leaked on the Internet. Today, a new RUU/ROM containing the NoDo update for the HD7 has surfaced over at XDA-Developers forum.
Microsoft will be releasing the NoDo update for all the WP7 handsets in the next couple of weeks. The NoDo update for WP7 will bring with it copy and paste functionality along with some other new features. The apps and games loading time have also been drastically reduced.
The ROM is apparently the final build, which will soon be officially released by Microsoft. The ROM is meant only for unbranded, generic HD7 handsets. Users who have a carrier branded version, can flash this ROM by converting their microSD card into a gold card.
HD7 owners who flashed this ROM reported improved overall performance and some sound improvements as well. HTC HD7 owners, who are interested in flashing the leaked ROM/RUU on their phone, can download it from here.
When Microsoft launched its next generation mobile OS WP7, the company was criticized for leaving out many basic features like copy-paste, USB mount storage support etc.
In February at MWC, Microsoft announced that WP7 will get multi-tasking and copy-paste and a host of new features by the end of 2011. The company stated that the copy-paste feature will be coming to all WP7 handsets by March via the NoDo update.
Now, March has just begun and some folks over at XDA-Developers have found a leaked ROM for the HTC Mozart. The ROM looks like an official one and brings copy and paste functionality along with speed improvements to the handset. The WP7 build included in this ROM is 7355-89.
Mozart owners should keep in mind that flashing this ROM on their handset will wipe it clean from all data. The ROM is a generic one, so all carrier branding will be removed as well. Brave Mozart owners who flashed this ROM on their handset are reporting that they are pretty happy with it.
The Mozart is the first WP7 handset to get copy and paste functionality, unofficially at least! Hopefully, Microsoft will release the NoDo update for all WP7 handsets within the next couple of weeks.
When Windows Phone 7 was first announced by Microsoft, Sony Ericsson was named as a Windows Phone 7 partner by Microsoft, along with Samsung, HTC, LG and Dell. While each of the other manufacturers have launched their Windows Phone 7 devices, Sony Ericsson still hasn’t made any move in the WP7 market.
It has been quite loyal to Android so far, ditching even Symbian in the process. Today, images have leaked out which have captured a Sony Ericsson prototype slider phone running Windows Phone 7.
The prototype is labelled “Not for Sale” and has a nice sleek design with a sliding keyboard. It seems to be running a very old build of Windows Phone 7. This is rumored to be the Sony Ericsson Julie, a phone similar to the Xperia X10 with a QWERTY keyboard, a 4 inch display and a 1 GHz processor which was scrapped after Microsoft and Sony Ericsson failed to reach an agreement about Xbox Live.
We don’t know if Sony Ericsson plans to continue to work on the prototype and launch it though, considering that it would run Xbox Live and compete with the Playstation phone – the Xperia Play. Stay tuned for more updates.
Check out these leaked images of the Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 phone.
Samsung Galaxy S owners who frequently visit the Galaxy S sub-forum on XDA know that firmware leaks are a pretty common thing. Up until now, we have only had firmware leaks based on Android 2.2 or 2.2.1.
Today, an Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread based firmware for the Galaxy S has leaked on the Internet. Samsung proprietary TouchWIZ UI (v3.0) also runs on top of it. The new firmware (XWJV1) is not an official one and is an early beta firmware.
Galaxy S owners who flashed this firmware on their handset report that the browser is super smooth and super quick. Like in Android 2.2 based firmware, the browser rendering is hardware accelerated. Sadly, the awesome screen-off animation as seen on the Nexus S is not present in this firmware.
The firmware has already been rooted by the awesome developers at XDA. However, one major disappointment with this firmware is that it still uses the RFS file system. The RFS FS is the major culprit behind all the lags and stalling issues which majority of the Galaxy S owners face.
Users should keep in mind that since this is a beta firmware bugs and crashes are to be expected.
Rumors are floating around on the Internet that the Samsung Galaxy S will get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update sometime in March. The rumor of this source is this tweet from @m4gic. Apparently, the guy went to the Sammy’s European headquarter in Frankfurt where he got this piece of news.
Now, I know rumors spread like fire on the Internet but this is a bit too much. I own a Samsung Galaxy S and am a more than frequent visitor of the Galaxy S sub-forum over at XDA. Now, firmware leaks are a very common thing over the Galaxy S forum on XDA. In fact, the first Android 2.2 based firmware for the Galaxy S leaked nearly 8 weeks before the official’ firmware was released by Samsung.
If Samsung does intent to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S by March then at least one Gingerbread based firmware for the handset must have already leaked. Sadly, that is not the case here! Many people may argue that firmware leaks are no big deal and it may happen that a Gingerbread based firmware for the Galaxy S won’t leak.
However, I personally feel that Samsung does intentionally leak some of these firmwares so that it can get the feedback of the modding community about the firmware. Samsung has in fact incorporated some of the changes which the modding community suggested it!
So according to me, the Samsung Galaxy S won’t get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in March. If by any means it does, it will be either via CM7 (unofficial), which is progressing very nicely and can be easily used on day-to-day basis, or via a leaked Gingerbread firmware.