Friday, August 30

Mysterious HTC smartphone with a 4-inch display shows up in China P

Over Weibo, a user has shared images of a mysterious HTC smartphone along with the specifications. Th unnamed HTC's upcoming smartphone is expected to feature a 4-inch (480 x 800 pixels) display , powered by a dual-core processor, 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. As you can see from the leaked images, it is likely to come with the Android 4.1 or 4.2 with latest Sense 5 UI. It would also have beats audio support, but it would have only one front-facing speaker on the top instead of dual speakers in the HTC One and the One mini. It would have 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory. No word on battery life yet. This device is expected to be priced around 1299 Chinese Yuan (~Rs. 14300). It is not clear when HTC plans to release the phone in China or if the phone would be available globally. HTC is also planning to release the One Max, their flagship smartphone which is rumored to come with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.

Twitter for Android and iPhone updated with new conversations view

Twitter has updated both the Android (v 4.1.6)and iPhone (v5.10) apps with a new conversation view. Now, Tweets that are part of a conversation are shown in chronological order. Up to three Tweets are shown in a sequence in the home timeline, once you tap a Tweet, you can see all the replies, including those from people you don’t follow. Both these app also get new notification settings and the Android app now lets you report tweets as spam. Twitter for Android has been streamlined entry-level Android smartphones with limited storage (such as Samsung Galaxy Y, HTC Explorer, Micromax Bolt, etc). The app is now less than half the previous size, so it's faster to download and easier to install. Twitter has promised that they would improve the app targeted at entry-level Android smartphones, making it more accessible to people around the world.New features in Twitter for Android and iPhone A blue line indicates a conversation between people you follow The first Tweet in the conversation now appears above the most recent reply Tap to see all of the replies Optimized for entry-level Android smartphones Report Tweets as abusive or spam (new for Android) New notification settings Bug fixes for direct messages, login verification and more Download Twitter for Android from the Google ...

Temple Run: Oz now available for Windows Phone 8

Temple Run: Oz from Imangi Studios and Disney/Pixar is now available for Windows Phone 8. The game was released for Android, iPhone and iPad in March. The Temple Run: Oz based on the Temple Run 2 and inspired by Oz the Great and Powerful movie that released earlier this year. This game would let you Play as Oz and outrun the shrieking flying baboons as you turn, jump and slide your way across the land. You can also explore different environments and complete weekly challenges. The Temple Run: Brave from the Temple Run franchise was released for Windows Phone 8 back in January, 6 months after it released for Android and iOS devices. This one took less than 5 months. Features of Temple Run: Oz Stunning environments inspired by the film – explore them all. Fly in a hot air balloon – earn even more coins. Explore different locations in Oz – follow sign posts! The environment changes as you run – test your reflexes....

Samsung Gear Manager screenshots leak ahead of Galaxy Gear smartwatch launch

It is no secret that Samsung plans to introduce a smartwatch at its upcoming event at IFA. Ahead of the launch, prolific leaker of upcoming devices ie evleaks has posted screenshots of the application that will interface with the watch. The images confirm that the watch will be using NFC for pairing with smartphones but will also employ regular bluetooth based connectivity. The watch that is named SM-V700 will have a variety of apps including clock faces and several Samsung specific applications. A My Apps section can also be seen in the software but it remains to be seen what is included here. A find my watch function will presumably trigger an alarm and/or vibration feedback to help you locate your watch. We'll be reporting live from IFA next week where we'll have the complete low down on the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the Note III and all other devices announced. Excited about Samsung's smartwatch? Let us know why in the comments below! [Via - Evleaks]

Thursday, August 29

MTV Slate with 7.85-inch display, quad-core processor, Android 4.2 launched for Rs. 14999

MTV India and Swipe Telecom has partnered once again to launch the MTV Slate, a 7.85-inch device in Swipe’s Tablet series. It has a 7.85-inch IPS display, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor and runs on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). It comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera, 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera and packs a 3200 mAh battery. It has SIM card slot that lets you make voice calls. Commenting on the launch, Saugato Bhowmik, SVP - Consumer Products - Viacom18, said, MTV Slate is a revolutionary product in its genre exuding brilliant performance at a super price. Loaded with unique MTV content it fits right within the MTV personality, targeting the ever connected youth. We are extremely excited to enter yet another dynamic segment of Tablet PCs with the new MTV Slate. Shripal Gandhi, Founder & CEO, Swipe Telecom said, We at Swipe Telecom take immense pride in offering affordable cutting edge technology to our customers. MTV Slate is yet another innovation as a result of an intense market research conducted across the country followed by a development phase and has been custom designed for the end consumers power packed with the latest features and astounding looks, MTV Slate will further strengthen our ...

Google Nexus 7 2013 Travel Cover hands on

You might have seen us review the new Google Nexus 7 2013 a while back in which we concluded it is indeed an excellent small tablet, but as with any large screened device, especially ones that are imported from other countries, the risk of broken/shattered glass is high. So, we naturally went ahead and bought the Travel Cover for the new Nexus 7 2013 from ASUS and made a short hands on video for you The new cover is more subtle than the old one for the old Nexus 7. Made of soft touch silicon, the cover tightly wraps around the device with necessary openings for the ports and such. While the device is already grippy without a cover, the Travel Cover makes it even grippier and easier to hold. There is a flap that covers the front up, but it is also made of silicon and there are no magnets around to make it sit in a place. We gotta say though, the overall quality of the cover is a bit cheap, it's almost like the rubber used to manufacture flip flops. Otherwise, the cover is pretty normal. You have the ASUS branding at the back, but no Nexus branding ...

iBall Andi 4a Projector a new projector phone with 4-inch display, dual-core processor coming soon

iBall had been teasing their projector phone for over a week. The iBall Andi 4a Projector has appeared on the official website. It has a 4.0-inch (480×800 pixels) display, powered by 1 GHz Dual-Core Cortex A9 Processor and runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It has a 8-megapixel Auto focus camera with flash and a front-facing camera for video calling. It has 35 lumens projector that allows users to project digital media instantly up to 10 feet or 120-inch wide at a distance of 8 feet in VGA (480 x 640 pixels) resolution. The projector has a contrast ratio of 1200:1. Intex was the first company to launch a projector phone back in 2010. Spice launched the Popkron M-9000 later in 2011. Even Samsung launched the Galaxy Beam last year. iBall says that the Andi 4a Projector is the first smartphone to offer 35 lumens projection. iBall Andi 4a Projector Specifications 4.0-inch (480×800 pixels) display 35 lumens projector with VGA projection up to 10 feet by 8 feet 1 GHz Dual-Core Cortex A9 Processor Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Dual SIM support with dual standby 8MP Auto focus camera with LED flash front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack 512MB RAM, 4GB Internal Memory (2GB user memory), expandable memory up to 32GB via micro SD card slot 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth with A2DP, GPS ...

Wednesday, August 28

LG G Pad 8.3 shows up in a leaked render

LG released a teaser video for its upcoming LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. Though the video had little to do with the tablet, it was about various people talking what they use their tablet for and what would make them use it more. The theme of the teaser goes by "What would make a tablet just right for you?". The new LG G Pad is expected to be announced at the IFA in early September/ From the video, we couldn't guess much other than the fact that the G Pad 8.3 will have an 8.3 inch display of Full HD resolution (probably 1920x1200). According to rumors and other reports, the G Pad 8.3 is expected to have a Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.3 GHz. The leaked render shows the LG G Pad 8.3 right next to the company's flagship - G2. The G Pad 8.3 shares a similar design language with the G2 with a rectangular build and rounded corners with thin side bezels. If the rumors turn out to be true, then the G Pad 8.3 will be LG's first tablet since the Honeycomb based Optimus Pad which was launched way back in 2011. LG even released the Optimus Pad ...

LG Optimus L9 II with 4.7-inch True HD IPS display officially announced

LG Optimus L9 II that leaked yesterday, has been officially announced in Netherlands. It comes with a 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD display, 1.4GHz dual-core processor (Probably Snapdragon 400) . It packs a 2150 mAh battery and a Infrared transmitter for Quick-Remote. Other details are not available yet, but according to the rumors, it is expected to come with a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, BSI sensor and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It is also likely to run Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), pack 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. LG unveiled the Optimus L Series II devices, the Optimus L3 II, the Optimus L5 II and the Optimus L7 II and their dual SIM variants earlier this February. The L4 II Dual went on sale in India last month and the entry-level phone L1 II was announced earlier this month. LG has also unveiled both the L4 II and the L1 II in Netherlands. No word on pricing yet, but the phone is expected to on sale in the Netherlands in October. Source | Via

Samsung Galaxy Gear and Note 3 coming on September 4th, confirms Samsung VP

Samsung had already sent out press invite for the Unpacked 2013 Episode 2, where the company is expected to unveil the new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung trademarked the Galaxy Gear name earlier this month, which confirmed the existence of the smartwatch. Now, Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, has confirmed that Samsung unveil its first Smartwatch named Galaxy Gear at the September 4th event in Germany, reports The Korea Times. The Samsung executive has also confirmed that the Gear would feature a non-flexible display and the company has been preparing the smartwatch product for a long time. Samsung VP already confirmed the existence of the Smartwatch back in March in an interview to the Bloomberg. However, in the recent interview she did not reveal any more details of the smartwatch or the upcoming flagship, the Galaxy Note 3. According to the earlier rumors, the Galaxy Gear would feature a 2.5 inches (320 x 320 pixels) display, powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor with Mali 400 MP4 GPU and run on Android 4.2. It would have an integrated camera and speakers in the strap, NFC to-sync and authenticate with the phone and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. ...

Sony teases the Xperia Z1 Honami in a video ahead of September 4th announcement

Sony had been teasing their upcoming flagship smartphone codenamed Honami, now the company has released the official teaser video of the phone. In a blogpost titled "3…2….what comes next?" Sony has teased the name of the device, so the name of the device might be the Xperia Z1. Sony claims that this phone would be their best with the hash tag best of Sony in promotions and the teaser is titled "The best of Sony is about to get even better". In the first two three teaser images, Sony teased the build, water resistant capability and the camera of the phone which is said to feature a 20.7-megapixel camera with Sony G lens. According to the rumors, Sony Xperia Honami will be the first smartphone to house 4K video recording. It would be powered by the Snapdragon 800 SoC with Adreno 330 GPU. According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 800 is capable of recording and playback of 4K video. The teaser shows off the device from all the angles and the smartphone being submerged in water. The launch event is just a week away. Check out the official teaser below

Tuesday, August 27

LG Optimus L9 II with 4.7-inch 720p display leaked

LG unveiled the Optimus L Series II devices, the Optimus L3 II, the Optimus L5 II and the Optimus L7 II and their dual SIM variants earlier this February. The L4 II Dual went on sale in India last month and the entry-level phone L1 II was announced earlier this month. Now evleaks has leaked the press image and the specifications of the L9 II, the successor of the Optimus L9 that was launched last year. The Optimus L9 II would have a similar 4.7-inch display, but this would have a 720p display instead of the qHD display and the processor has been upgraded to 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 MSM8320 processor instead of 1 GHz TI OMAP 4430. It is expected to run on Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). It is not sure whether this would come with dual SIM support since it doesn't have a SIM switch key that was present on the other Dual SIM phones in the L Series II lineup. LG Optimus L9 II rumored Specifications 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8320 processor with Adreno 305 GPU Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)PS 8MP camera with LED flash, BSI sensor 1.3MP front-facing camera 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up 32GB via microSD 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS / ...

Oppo reveals N1 smartphone’s rear touch features, new images leak

Oppo already revealed that they were working on the flagship camera-centric devices dubbed the N-lens, later the name was confirmed as the N1 and leaked renders surfaced recently. Oppo started teasing the N1 last week with some details hinting at the rear touch panel and also revealed that the flagship phone would launch in September. Now Oppo has officially revealed on their Webio page that that the phone would indeed have touch features. The official image shows that the Oppo's N1 would come with rear touch back panel that would let you carry out different operations. You can use your index finger and swipe on the back to switch to different home screens. Swipe from top to bottom to scroll through a web page. Click using your index finger and rotate to adjust the volume right from the lock screen. After unlocking you can double click the index finger to open specific apps. The circular motion can also be used to zoom in or out in the camera. After option an application you can click the touch panel to perform several actions such as recording, plan music, capture images and more. According to the leaked images above the phone is likely to come without any ...

Grey Apple iPhone 5S to join the upcoming champagne gold variant

With the next generation iPhone right around the corner, rumors are rife as to what new colors will be available. We've already seen case leaks for the champagne gold colored variant but Sonny Dickson today reported that the handset will also be available in a gunmetal grey color. The variant will join the existing silver/white and black versions. Apple is expected to show off its new iPhone alongside the more affordable iPhone 5c at an event on September 10th. While the iPhone 5c will ship in a range of vibrant colors, Apple seems to have kept the premium combinations and materials for its flagship. Under the hood, the phone is expected to get a newer A7 processor chip. Another rumor suggests that the handset might come with a fingerprint reader embedded below the home button which seems a bit far fetched. That said, if implemented, it could make entering passwords or credit card information redundant. With just two weeks to go, we can't wait to see what Apple brings to the table. We would however advice keeping expectations in check considering historical precedent suggests that the 'S' cycle of iPhone updates are generally incremental.

Gionee GPad G3 with a 5.5-inch display coming soon

Gionee GPad G3, successor of the GPad G2 is coming soon says Gionee. The company shared an image of the device on their Facebook page, saying that it would come with a 5.5-inch display. It did not reveal the display resolution or any other details. According to rumors the phone is expected to come with a 5.5-inch (854 × 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen display, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor and run on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The rear camera is likely to be downgraded to 5-megapixels and the front-facing camera would be downgraded to 0.3-megapixels. Gionee GPad G3 rumored Specifications 5.5-inch (854 × 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen display 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby 5 MP auto focus camera with LED Flash 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and aGPS 9.6mm thick 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB 2250 mAh battery It is not clear whether this might be the final specifications of the device. However the image that Gionee shared matches with the leaked image. Let's wait for the official announcement, which is expected soon.

Sunday, August 25

Xolo Q1000S with 5-inch HD display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13MP camera launched for Rs. 18999

Xolo has launched the Q1000S, the company’s latest flagship smartphone in the Q Core series. We reported about the device back in July and Xolo started teasing about the device on their Facebook page earlier this week. It has a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display at 295 PPI based on one-glass solution (OGS) technology and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) similar to the Q1000 that was launched back in May. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589T processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU . It comes with a 13-megapixel auto focus camera at the back with LED Flash and a BSI (Back Side Illumination) 2 sensor for low-light imaging and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a BSI 2 sensor. It comes with dual SIM support with dual standby similar to other Xolo smartphones.It has 16GB of internal memory, packs a 2500 mAh battery and is just 6.98mm thick. Xolo Q1000S Specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display at 295 PPI 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589T processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, BSI 2sensor 5MP front-facing camera , BSI 2sensor 6.98 mm thick and weighs 158g 3.5mm audio jack Full HD 1080p video recording and playback 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory 3G (HSDPA: 42.2 ...

Saturday, August 24

The $32 million super-phone is dead

Sometimes a good idea just isn't good enough. Canonical, maker of the popular free operating system Ubuntu, wanted to produce a smartphone to showcase what its forthcoming mobile OS can do. So it launched an Indiegogo campaign asking backers to help make its project a reality. But this wasn't any ordinary campaign. Not only was Canonical attempting to generate $32 million in funding -- the largest crowdfunding goal ever -- it was asking everyone who actually wanted one to pony up $830 (it would later lower this price to $695). The price matched the promise: Canonical wanted to produce the best phone on the market, a high-end device that could generate the same sort of consumer lust awarded the Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S 4. It would have a processor faster than anything available right now. It would have a sapphire screen capable of withstanding extra abuse. And it would be able to function as a full Linux PC when connected to a keyboard and monitor, giving it functionality that most people see as a future innovation. "Ultimately it would be a great way to bring attention to the fact that convergence is available today," said Canonical Vice President Victor Palau. Related story: Selling your old iPhone? Do it now But it wasn't to be: The campaign ended up missing its mark by quite a lot on Wednesday, generating only $12.8 million -- still the most amount of money ever raised by a crowdfunding platform. Canonical says that it went the crowdfunding route because it had no plans to become a proper hardware maker, and didn't want to accept any sort of investment money. It simply wanted to produce a run of 40,000 devices to show how its software should look and feel on a device. Now that the campaign is over and dead, Canonical says that it will move on from pursing the Ubuntu Edge smartphone. Instead, the company will work to partner up with hardware manufacturers and push its Mobile Ubuntu platform. Related story: Moto X is wonderful for reasons you wouldn't expect While the Ubuntu Edge project generated more crowdfunding than any other project ever, the Edge project had a fatal flaw: Interesting as its features were, it wouldn't have solved many problems currently found in smartphones. The proposed processor speed and RAM capacity was more than we've seen in previous devices, but there was nary a word of size, weight, battery life or camera performance, which are very important features to be overlooking. Plus, we wouldn't be seeing this until the middle of 2014 at the earliest, which is enough time for plenty of superior devices to materialize from the big smartphone makers. And ultimately, the biggest innovation it promises - smartphone/PC convergence - is just something people aren't ready for yet. Being able to use a phone as a PC is 100% dependent on having access to a monitor, mouse and keyboard wherever you want to use it. Easy access to that gear outside the home or office is hardly ubiquitous. In fact, it's quite scarce. Combine these concerns with the fact that any mobile OS not named iOS or Android faces considerable difficulty attracting third-party app developers, and it's not hard to see why even those who are interested by the idea would have pause. In the end, it wasn't so much that the Ubuntu edge was a bad idea, or even a preposterous one. It simply was not an idea that addressed any pressing needs or provided new insights on what role technology could play in the lives of normal people. If it had done that, it wouldn't have needed to crowdfund the phone at all

Review: Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, among the world’s biggest smartphones

Samsung Next Slide Previous Slide Enormous. Ridiculous. Gigantic. Plain silly. Those are some of the words more than two dozen people used to describe the experience talking on the Samsung Galaxy Mega, The phone is essentially identical to the popular Samsung Galaxy S4, with one exception: It is immense. Really immense. The Mega has a 6.3-inch screen, making it among the largest smartphones in the world -- among because the Sony Xperia Z Ultra has a 6.4-inch screen, winning the bigger-is-better award by a hair. Both are in some ways too big. Hold the Mega to your ear and the other end of the phone will jut comically far into space. Try holding a shoe box to your head and you’ll feel as silly as I do with this thing. And walking around New York City with it yesterday, New Yorkers were quick to point that out (thanks, folks). Yes, the Mega is a ridiculous smartphone. But it’s smart nonetheless. Here’s the thing: How often are you really on the phone? Americans are increasingly skipping calls and opting for emails and text messages these days. It’s especially true among people under 21. So forget that it’s kind of silly as a phone and consider the other factors. That's where it gets interesting. Many people carry around a dizzying array of gizmos today: a smartphone for chatting and text, a Kindle or other e-reader for digital books, a tablet for, well, still other things. The Mega aims to replace all of those, with a screen big enough to read on that’s somehow still a phone. The 6.3-inch screen nicely bridges the gap between small tablets and large smartphones. It measures almost as big as the 7-inch Galaxy Nexus 7, which is widely hailed as the reigning mini tablet. But it’s far bigger than even the biggest smartphones out there; your next game of Candy Crush will be far more entertaining when scaled up. The display isn’t the sharpest or best on the market. That Nexus 7 comes with a 1080p screen that smooshes 323 pixels into each inch. The more pixels per inch, the sharper and crisper the screen display. The Galaxy Mega has a 720p screen with just 233 pixels per inch. Obviously, crisper is better. But in reality, most screens are of a high-enough quality that you’re unlikely to register that distinction. The device is relatively competitive in other areas, with an 8-megapixel camera, a dual-core 1.7-GHz processor, and Android 4.2.2 software. It felt peppy in my testing, though it's not as fast as the S4 or other top of the line phones. The Galaxy Mega's interface is essentially identical to that on the S4, save one or two items. The company skipped a feature that lets you control the phone by waving a hand in the air above it, for example. That’s for the best. In my testing, that feature didn’t work so well anyway. One notable feature: the ability to run two apps side by side, thanks to a fly-out menu on the left hand side that holds icons for common apps. It’s something seen in other Samsung phones, but becomes far more practical with a screen this big. That said, the phone itself is impractical. The sheer physical bulk of it means it may or may not fit in your pants pocket. It fit the pocket in my Gap khakis, for example, but not my Levis. Indeed, pants manufacturers have struggled in recent years to keep pace with the growing size of ordinary smartphones. The design director at Dockers told me in April that he had to upsize the pockets in his pants to deal with these devices. Really. That enormity means movies look great on the Mega, an entire webpage will fit on a screen, and those distracting games will be even more distracting. The Mega may seem ridiculous at first. But it fills a clear niche -- a really big niche, anyway.

Chrome Beta v30 for Android brings new gesture navigation, better image search and more

Google has updated the Chrome Beta for Android to version 30 that brings a lot of new features including option to right-click an image to do an image search, new gestures to switch tabs, lot of new API support for users and developers. With the new gestures you can now swipe horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs instead of edge-swipe. New features in Chrome Beta v30 for Android Search content related to an image by right-clicking on it, or by long pressing it and selecting Swipe horizontally across the top toolbar to quickly switch tabs WebGL is now enabled by default in high-end devices such as Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 Support for device motion of the Device Orientation API that provides information about device acceleration and rotation rates Support for MediaSource API for adaptive media streams and time-shifting live streams (Enabled by default on Jellybean+ devices) New experimental flags: Web Speech API and the Vibration API Download Google Chrome Beta for Android if you don’t have it yet.

Intex Aqua I-4 and Cloud Y5 spotted on official website priced at Rs. 9490 and Rs. 6190

Intex launched the Aqua I-5, the company's latest flagship smartphone back in June, that we reviewed recently. Now a younger brother, Aqua I-4 has been listed on the official Intex website along with the Intex Cloud Y5. Intex launched the Cloud Y2 earlier this month, and the Cloud Y5 has a larger display, but it runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Aqua i-4 has a 5-inch display, powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The Cloud Y5 would be powered by a dual-core processor. Intex Aqua i-4 specifications 5-inch capacitive touch screen display Dual SIM (Normal SIM + micro SIM) with Dual Standby Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS 1.2 GHz dual-core processor 8MP Auto Focus rear Camera with LED flash 1.3MP front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth with A2DP and GPS Intex Cloud Y5 specifications 4.5-inch (480 x 854 pixels) capacitive touch screen display 1 GHz dual-core processor Dual SIM (GSM + WCDMA) with Dual Standby Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS 3.2MP rear camera with LED flash 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 2G (EDGE), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi The Intex Aqua I-4 and the Cloud Y5 has been listed on the official website for Rs. 9,490 and Rs. 6,190. No details about the RAM, internal memory ...

Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 A240 with 5.7-inch HD display, Android 4.2 listed online

Micromax has been teasing the upcoming Canvas Doodle 2 A240 on their Facebook page for the past few days, now the smartphone has been listed on Flipkart. The Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 A240 would have a 5.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and run on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It would come with a 12-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It would have with Dual SIM support with dual standby similar to other Micromax smartphones. It also comes with a stylus and pack a 2600 mAh battery. No details about the RAM yet, but it is likely to come with 1GB of RAM similar to the Canvas 4. It would come with Blow to unlock feature, unique M! Doodle app. Micromax launched the Canvas Doodle A111 with a 5.3-inch FWVGA display and a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor back in May. Micromax Canvas 4 A210 specifications 5.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD capacitive touch screen IPS display 1.2 GHz quad-core processor Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) 12MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash 5MP front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack 12GB internal memory, expandable memory upto 32GB with MicroSD 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS 2600 mAh battery No word on pricing ...

Friday, August 23

HTC One Mini White Retail Unboxing

Big screens aren't for all customers and manufacturers are keen to address the need for different screen sizes. The latest trend is 'Mini' which brings the features of the HTC One to a smaller size. Announced last month the HTC One Mini brings the Ultrapixel camera, BoomSound speakers and Beats Audio to a smaller screen and thinner build. The HTC One Mini has just gone on sale in the UK and we're bringing you a retail unboxing of the small-but-powerful One Mini. The HTC One Mini follows the same design as the HTC One, with the screen flanked by the dual frontal stereo BoomSound speakers that come with a dedicated amplifier. Unlike the HTC One however, the volume keys to the right are large enough to provide respectable tactile feedback. Above the screen of the HTC One Mini is the 1.2MP front facing camera, an array of sensors and the earpiece speaker. Just like the One, the HTC One Mini is made from a single piece of aluminium and features a unibody design with an 1,800 mAh embedded battery and micro-SIM card slot. Despite less than positive feedback about the design, HTC chose to keep the two-button arrangement from the HTC One. However, as ...

Xolo teases a slim smartphone, might be Q1000S

Xolo has started teasing a upcoming smartphone on the Facebook page. The image just shows back of the smartphone that also shows how thin the smartphone is. This might be the Xolo Q1000S, which we reported last month that would be just 6.8mm thick. You can also see the camera bulge and the back is likely to have a matte finish. According to out previous report the Xolo Q1000S would be powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz (probably MediaTek 6589T), house a 13-megapixel rear Camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera, similar to Micromax Canvas 4. It will have a 5-inch HD display similar to the Q1000. Xolo launched the T1000, the company's first device powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, which we reviewed recently. The Xolo Q1000S was expected at the end of July or in the first week of August, but it was delayed. It is likely to be priced between Rs. 16,000 and Rs. 17,000. On their Facebook teaser they just says "The wait will soon be over..." without any exact date of the launch. Hope we can expect the device by the end of this month.

Thursday, August 22

Samsung Galaxy Golden flip phone with dual 3.7-inch displays, Android 4.2 launched in Korea

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Golden (SHV-E400) with dual 3.7 inch (800 x 480 pixels) Super AMOLED displays. Since there is a display on the front of the smartphone, you can also used it when it's closed. You can flip open to use the other screen with a keyboard. Samsung aims to target the mid-aged or older demographic segments with this phone. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.9-megapixel camera. It also comes with S health, business card recognition, easy mode and more features. Samsung unveiled the SCH-W789 Hennessy, a flip phone with 3.3-inch dual displays in China recently. Samsung Galaxy Golden specifications 3.7-inch (480 x 800 pixels) dual touch screen Super AMOLED displays 1.7 GHz dual-core processor Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS 8MP rear camera with LED Flash 1.9MP front-facing camera Dimensions: 118 x 59.5 x 15.8 (mm), Weight 179 grams 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio 4G LTE /3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS 1,820 mAh battery The Samsung Galaxy Golden would go on sale in Korea starting 21st August from major mobile carriers, SK Telecom (SKT) and Korea Telecom (KT). It comes in Champagne Gold color and is priced at 799,700 South Korean Won.

Gameloft announces Asphalt 8, Dungeon Hunter 4 and more games for Windows Phone 8 devices

Gameloft have officially announced that they will be joining hands with Microsoft to bring some of their gaming titles to Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platform. The lack of popular titles in the Games section of Windows Store has been of concern, but now Microsoft seem to have brought some life.

SwiftKey 4.2 for Android with SwiftKey Cloud released

SwiftKey 4.2 is now available for Android phones and tablets from the Google Play Store . The SwiftKey 4 Beta was launched in July and it was updated last week with fixes and improvements. SwiftKey Cloud offers backup and sync that back up the words and phrases so that you can sync it when you move to a new device.

Oppo N1 to launch in September, rumoured specs leak out

We'd already seen Oppo acknowledge the existence of their new range of flagship camera-centric devices dubbed the N-lens and that the first device will be named N1(of which we saw some leaked renders). And now we've got a leaked image from a Weibo user which says that the device will be launching late September this year.

Wednesday, August 21

Spice Stellar Glamor Mi-436 with 4-inch display, dual-core processor and Android 4.2 coming soon

Spice is all set to launch the Stellar Glamor (Mi-436), a new Android smartphone in the Stellar series. This would have a 4-inch (480 x 800 pixels) display, powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and run on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It has dual SIM support and 3G .

Videocon A42 with 4.5-inch display, dual-core processor and Android 4.2 launched for Rs. 7490

Videocon Mobiles has launched the A42, a new smartphone in the A Series. The company launched the A24, an affordable Android smartphone last month. It has a 4.5-inch (854 ×480 pixels) FWVGA capacitive touch sceen display, powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). It comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

HTC Zara with 4.5-inch qHD display, Android 4.3 rumored for Q4 2013 launch

HTC has launched several mid-range devices in the Desire series including the Desire 600 dual SIM that we reviewed recently. HTC would launch another mid-rage device called Zara with a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) capacitive touch screen IPS display, powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930 processor with Adreno 305 GPU and Androud 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with Sense 5.5 later this year, according to @evleaks.

Google Maps for Android, iPhone and iPad gets real time incident reports from Waze

Google acquired Waze, popular crowd-sourced navigation app back in June. Now Google has announced that they have started rolling out real time incident reports from Waze users. So when Wazer users report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, these updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android, iPhone and iPad in select countries. Google says that these features are currently available only in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US. Even though Google has acquired Waze, those apps are still active on Android and iOS. These apps have been updated with Google Search, in addition to Foursquare, Yelp and more that would let you search your favorite businesses, home addresses and more in several countries. The Waze Map Editor has also been updated to include Google Maps Street View and satellite imagery to help users to fill in house numbers, street names, turn restrictions and other missing data easily. Even though the Google Maps mobile apps show incident reports, it will not include Wazer profile information, but the contributors will still earn points on Waze, says Waze on their official blog.

Gionee’s E6 series spices Android market

this one is for my nigerian fans.Just as the battle for mobile phone market hots up, China-based handset maker, Gionee last week in Lagos announced the launch of its latest smartphone, the Gionee Elife E6. Launched last June in China, the smartphone, which features a unibody design, sports a 5-inch One-Glass-Solution amoled display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and pixel density of 441ppi will be available in the Nigeria market in a matter of weeks.Gionee-E6 Extremely thin at just 6.18mm, and weighing 128 grammes, it is powered by a 1.5GHz Mediatek quad-core processor, along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. It also parades a 13-megapixel auto focus rear camera, which also includes a second generation BSI sensor, along with an LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a 28mm lens. Both cameras support 1080p video recording. The phone runs Android 4.2 with its own custom Amigo UI layer. The phone is powered by a 2020mAh battery. Major features Gionee Elife E6 key specifications includes a 5-inch One-Glass-Solution AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and LED flash, 5-megapixel front facing camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Amigo UI, Wi-Fi/GPS/Bluetooth 4.0/FM radio and non-removable 2020mAh Battery. Motion sensor Speaking to IT Journalists during the launch in Lagos, The Marketing Manager of the company, Mr. Gabriel Nwabueze disclosed that the phone has a motion sensor that allowis users to answer phones by directly raising it up to their ears; answers calls by waving hands over the screen, flip between pictures by a sweeping motion and automatically play/pause videos when the user looks away from the screen, among other gestures. Sophisticated design Nwabueze that “With its intuitive user interface, we have developed the Elife E6 with the customers’ interest at heart, supplying what is truly important to them in terms of quality, performance and affordability all in a stylish and sophisticated design.” The company claims that the Gionee Elife E6 features Heartbeat Synchronizing Technology that enables the system to synchronously wake up applications every ten minutes, reducing the number of applications wake ups, thus improving power consumption. The phone’s operating system also automatically sets a white list ensuring essential applications to be waken up at any time. The product is available in Black and White colour variants with matching colour cases.

Tuesday, August 20

Intex i-Buddy Connect II 3G with 7-inch display, voice calling now available for Rs. 7500

Intex is all set to launch the i-Buddy Connect II 3G, successor of i-Buddy Connect 3G tablet that was launched earlier this year. The tablet has appeared on the official website and is also available from online retailer ShopClues. It has a 7-inch (800 x 400 pixels) capacitive touch screen display, powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex A5 processor and runs on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

Apple iPhone 5C packaging spotted , is this the cheap iPhone ? May be in mutiple colours !

in a picture leak last month regarding the rumored cheaper iPhone , a chinese site WeiPhone has got hold of what looks like a tub full of iPhone 5C boxes. Would the cheaper iPhone be known as the iPhone 5 C? One high possibility is Apple brings Colour to the iPhone doing away with just black and while like it did with the iPod recently.

Apple iPhone 5S to be introduced on 10th September says All Things D

Excitement around the next generation iPhone is reaching at an all time as Cupertino has managed to keep the ship relatively tightly locked down and we haven't heard much about the next generation iPhone. What we have heard on the other hand are rumors of a cheaper iPhone dubbed the iPhone 5C.

Monday, August 19

Meizu MX3 images surface online, to be powered by Exynos 5 Octa processor

Meizu, the popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer, alongside Xiaomi has been well known for its high end phones available at budget prices with some solid specs under the hood. The company is all set to reveal the successor to the handset in the form of the Meizu MX3. Leaked images have surfaced that reassure us that the handset is stunning to look at.

HTC One Dual SIM now available in India for Rs. 46495

One Dual SIM surfaced on the HTC India website earlier this month. We reported that the smartphone would release in India soon. Now online retailer Flipkart has started selling the smartphone in India. It has similar features as the HTC One single-SIM variant including a 4.7 inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD display, 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, Android Jelly Bean with Sense 5, UltraPixel camera with LED Flash and a 2.1MP HD front-facing camera. This comes with dual SIM support, a micro SD card slot and a micro SD card slot.

Country wise distribution list for Samsung Galaxy Note III leaked

Curious to know whether you'll be getting the Exynos Octa Core powered variant of Samsung's next top of the range phablet or will you be using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 powered variant ? SamMobile claim to have got their hands on a country wise distribution list of said handset that will inform you exactly which variant you'll be getting. The report goes on to state that the LTE variant of the handset ie SM-N9005 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor clocked at 2.3Ghz and will be paired with an Adreno 330 GPU. It will feature 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. While this will carry on in the 3G variant as well,

Celkon A107+ Signature One with 5-inch display, Android 4.2 launched

Celkon has launched the company’s latest Android smartphones A107+ Signature One, successor of the A107 Signature One that was launched back in May. It has a 5-inch (480×800 pixels) capacitive touch screen display, powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Processor and runs on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Other features are similar to its predecessor including dual SIM support with dual standby and supports 2G (EDGE) connectivity.

Saturday, August 17

tecno Q1

have you seen the tecno Q1 the is owesome and its very cheep