Instagram Launches Bolt, Its One Tap Messaging App

Facebook owned Instagram recently launched its newest messaging app named Bolt. It is a one tap messaging app for Android and iOS smartphones which directly compete with the extremely popular Snapchat app. Bolt is currently available only for users in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa, while the app will roll out globally in the coming weeks.


Similar to Snapchat, this app allows you to send images and videos to your friends, which is automatically deleted after it has been viewed by the recipient. It also lets you annotate messages with text captions. You don’t need a Facebook or Instagram account to sign-up. Bolt allows you to sign up using your phone number and add up to 20 friends in your favorite list.

You can easily send images by tapping on your friend’s face or you can even long-press to send a video. After the message has been received, your friends can directly reply by sending text or images. The best part is the shake-to-undo feature, which retracts your message by shaking your phone within the first few seconds. Currently, you cannot send messages to more than one person at a time and you cannot add more than 20 friends from your contacts to the favorite list.


Apart from taking photos from the rear camera, Bolt also allows you to take selfies. You can also turn on the flast from the on-screen button. To delete a message, just swipe it to the right and it is gone forever. We’ll review the Bolt app in the coming days. Stay tuned! If you live in New Zealand, Singapore or South Africa, you can download the Bolt app right now from the download links given below.

[ Bolt for Android ] | [ Bolt for iOS ]

Panasonic Launches T41, P41 And P61 Android Smartphones In India

Panasonic recently launched three new Android smartphones in the Indian market. Panasonic T41, P41 and P61 runs on the latest Android 4.4 (KitKat) Operating System. These devices are priced between INR 7990 to INR 14,990. The low-end T41 will compete with the Moto E and Micromax Canvas Fire A104, while the high-end P61 will compete with the Moto G and Xiaomi Mi 3 in India.

“The mobility landscape in India is rapidly evolving driven by factors such as improving mobility infrastructure and lowering prices of technology. In line with this, the company offers a range of mobility solutions catering to the entire spectrum of its consumers. One of the key focus areas for Panasonic India is to build a strong connect with the consumers by bringing alive brand experiences through our innovative product line up.”

– Manish Sharma, Managing Director, Panasonic India

Panasonic P61:


  • 6 inch capacitive touchscreen IPS display
  • 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) OS
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS
  • 2800 mAh battery

Panasonic P41:


  • 5 inch IPS qHD display
  • 540 x 960 pixels resolution
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat) OS
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • 32 GB expandable storage
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2000 mAh battery

Panasonic T41:


  • 4.5 inch IPS display
  • 480 x 854 pixels resolution
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat) OS
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash
  • VgA front facing camera
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4 GB internal storage
  • 32 GB expandable storage
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1650 mAh battery

Panasonic P61 and P41 will be available in Black and Pearl White colors for INR 14,990 and INR 11,990 respectively. On the other hand, Panasonic T41 will be available in Black, Red and Pearl White for INR 7,990.

Samsung Galaxy S5 4G Variant Launched In India

Back in March, Samsung launched its newest flagship device, the Galaxy S5 in India. This handset was powered by the in-house Octa-Core Exynos 5422 processor. Today, the South Korean tech giant finally launched the 4G variant of its flagship smartphone in India. Apart from the additional connectivity option, this handset packs a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor instead of the Exynos processor.

Asim Warsi, Vice President – Marketing, Mobile & IT, Samsung India said,
“We are excited to introduce our first 4G variant of the Galaxy S5 in India with a powerful processor, stunning display and faster connectivity for an unmatched user experience. We expect the 4G version to catch the imagination of technology enthusiasts and professionals, who demand superior smartphones for their heavy multimedia content consumption.”


The Samsung Galaxy S5 4G SM-S900I is a dust and water resistance smartphone. It comes with a download booster which allows you to access 4G and Wi-Fi simultaneously in order to download your data at a faster speed.The original Galaxy S5 was launched in India with a price tag of Rs.51,500, however the phone is currently available at just Rs.36,999. On the other hand, the 4G LTE variant of Galaxy S5 is launched for Rs.53,500. This handset will be available in Copper Gold, Charcoal Black and Shimmery White colors from July 20. Check out the complete specs after the break.

Samsung Galaxy S5 4G Specifications:

  • Display: 5.1-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display
  • Processor: 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC with Adreno 330 GPU
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • Rear camera: 16 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, BSI and Ultra HD video recording
  • Front camera: 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 16 GB internal memory, expandable up to 64 GB with microSD
  • Infrared LED for smart TV remote
  • Sensor: S Health 3.0, Heart rate sensor
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2X2 MIMO), Bluetooth v4.0 LE, GPS, USB 3.0 and NFC
  • Thickness: 8.1 mm
  • Weighs: 145 grams
  • Battery: 2800 mAh battery

LG Announces The Mid-Range G3 Beat Smartphone

Samsung and HTC have already launched a mini version of their flagship smartphone. Now, LG joined the bandwagon with the unveiling of its mid-range LG G3 Beat smartphone. This handset is basically the trimmed down version of the company’s flagship device. LG G3 Beat packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz. The performance of this processor has been clearly demonstrated in the previously launched Moto G, Galaxy Grand 2 and HTC One Mini 2.

LG G3 Beat borrows the unique laser auto-focus from its bigger brother, which enables the device to focus on the object faster by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam. It comes with HD IPS display with a screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent and the Floating Arc Design with smooth curved sides and tapered edges for comfortable grip and feel.


Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,
“Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price. The LG G3 Beat represents our commitment to the mid-tier smartphone market that demands mature technology, proven branding, great innovation and attractive price, all in a single device.”

LG G3 Beat is powered by 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Apart from that, it features a 5 inch HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 8 megapixel rear camera with Laser Auto Focus, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM, MicroSD card slot, Touch & Shoot, Smart Keyboard, QuickMemo+, Gesture Shot and a 2540 mAh removable battery.

LG G3 Beat will be shipped with the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Operating System. It measures 137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm and weighs 134 grams. This handset will be available in Metallic Black, Silk White and Shine Gold colors. LG G3 Beat will go on sale from July 18 in South Korea, followed by Europe and other major markets in the coming weeks. The price of this device will be announced soon. Stay tuned for updates!

Samsung Officially Announces The Galaxy Note 3

Samsung finally unveiled the much-awaited phablet of the year, the Galaxy Note 3 at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin. It is the successor of the extremely popular Galaxy Note II and also the first phablet to ship with the latest Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. The new Group Play on Galaxy Note 3 not only allows you to play the same music, games and share documents, but also share videos and play content together with their friends simultaneously.

JK Shin, CEO of IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“We introduced the original Galaxy Note in 2011 and launched a whole new smart device category. The undeniable success of the Galaxy Note strengthened our conviction that consumers want higher quality features for smart devices and they want those new features to make their lives better. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a powerful, original approach that enables users to tell the stories of their lives through dynamic and seamless expressions of their passions across work, play and life experiences.”


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 2.3 GHz quad-core processor / 1.9 GHz octa-core processor, Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 13 megapixel auto-focus camera with smart stabilization, LED Flash and Zero Shutter Lag, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Apart from that, it packs 3 GB RAM, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 4G LTE Connectivity, 32 GB/ 64 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Samsung KNOX, Samsung ChatOn, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and a 3200mAh battery. This handset will be available in Marble White and Titanium Gray colors.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink colors. Samsung will also offer exchangeable back covers in dozens of additional colors. This device will go on sale from September 25 in more than 140 countries around the world. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will also be available in the U.S. later this year on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.

Sony Xperia Z1 Unveiled At IFA 2013; Comes With 20.7 MP Camera!

Sony officially announced its flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z1. This handset is the successor of the Xperia Z smartphone. Similar to the other high-end Xperia devices, the Xperia Z1 is also a waterproof and dust resistant smartphone. Sony will ship this handset with the old Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is touted to be the best Android camera phone yet. It features Sony’s award-winning “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture. It also comes with the Sony’s Battery Stamina Mode which automatically turns off functions to save power when you don’t need them and restarts them when you do.

Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications, said,
“Xperia Z1 represents a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumers. Not only by bringing the power of Sony to the smartphone and through close collaboration with our partners but by setting a new standard in premium smartphones.”


Sony Xperia Z1 features a 5 inch Full HD display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 20.7 megapixel auto-focus camera with 8x digital zoom and full HD (1080p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, Micro USB, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 110 hrs of music playback time, up to 830 mins of talk-time, upto 880 hrs of stand-by time and a 3000 mAh non removable Li-ion battery.


Sony Xperia Z1 will be availble in black, white and purple color variants. This handset measures 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm and weighs 170 grams. Sony Xperia Z1 will go on sale globally by the end of this month.

Alcatel One Touch Hero Announced; Brings Pico Projector And LED Cover

Alcatel recently unveiled its new phablet, the Alcatel One Touch Hero at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin. This stunning device comes with a large 6 inch display and it runs on the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Similar to the Galaxy Note series, Alcatel One Touch Hero comes with the much needed stylus, which allows you to annotate, create memos and professional sketches. This device is pre-loaded with apps that fully utilize hand writing recognition.

Apart from its powerful specs, this device brings amazing accessories such as E Ink cover, Pico Projector and more. The E Ink cover lets you read newspapers and magazines on a second screen with stable image and wider viewing angle. On the other hand, MagicFlip directly notifies you about the most important updates directly via the cover with the embedded LED. The Pico Projector accessory project your phone screen anywhere and it doubles as your phone stand.


Alcatel One Touch Hero features a 6 inch full HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 OS, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and a 3400 mAh non-removable battery.

Alcatel One Touch Hero will be available in Black and White colors. This device is expected to go on sale from next month. One Touch Hero will compete with the recently announced Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia Z Ultra.

Acer Unveils Liquid S2; First Smartphone With 4K Video Recording

Acer recently announced its newest flagship smartphone, the Acer Liquid S2. This handset is the successor of the Liquid S1 smartphone. The Acer Liquid S2 is the world’s first smartphone to feature 4K video recording capabilities. The front-facing camera of this handset is touted to capture photos and videos with an 88-degree wide viewing angle.

The Acer Liquid S2 features the new Acer Float User Interface which allows the app windows to stay open, so that you can multitask without having to back out from any of the apps. The Float Apps shortcut allows you to switch between your favorite apps.


Acer Liquid S2 features a 6 inch full HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Acer Float UI, 13 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED ring flash, 4K Ultra HD video recording capabilities, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and much more.

It also comes with 16 GB internal memory, 128 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, Acer Remote Files, Acer Data Traffic Manager, Acer Float Caller and a 3300 mAh non-replaceable battery. This handset measures 166 x 86 x 8.99 mm.

Acer Liquid S2 will be showcased later this week at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin. This handset is expected to go on sale in Europe from Q4 of 2013. Acer Liquid S2 will be available in red and black colors. The price of this device is still a mystery. Stay tuned for more IFA 2013 updates!

LG Re-Enters The Tablet Market With G Pad 8.3

LG finally re-entered the tablet market with the new G Pad 8.3. This device will be showcased later this week at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin. LG G Pad 8.3 is the second member of the LG’s premium G Series family of smartphones and tablets. It comes with the new KnockON feature, which allows you to turns the device on and off just by tapping the display twice. Apart from that, it also comes with Slide Aside, which lets you multitask by simply sliding currently open apps to the side using a three-finger swipe.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,
“Complementing our G Series smartphones, the introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 further strengthens LG’s premium lineup consisting of our most cutting-edge devices. Our G Pad is just another example of LG delivering devices with the unique selling points consumers around the world will appreciate.”


LG G Pad 8.3 features a 8.3 inch WUXGA display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 16 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM, and a 4600 mAh battery. This device measures 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm and weighs 330 grams.

LG G Pad 8.3 will compete with the new Nexus 7, Galaxy Note 8.0 and the upcoming iPad Mini 2. This tablet will be available in black and white colors. The LG G Pad 8.3 will go on sale in North America, Europe and Asia in the fourth quarter of 2013. The price of this device is expected to be revealed later this week. Stay tuned for more IFA 2013 coverage!

BlackBerry 9720 Announced; Comes With Dedicated BBM Key

BlackBerry recently launched the new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone. This handset looks similar to the Curve range of smartphones. BlackBerry has already launched BB10 OS powered Z10, Q10 and Q5 smartphones this year. However, the new BlackBerry 9720 runs on the old BlackBerry 7.1 Operating System. It also comes with a dedicated BBM key. BlackBerry 9720 smartphone allows you to listen local FM stations and automatically let your BBM friends know what station you’re currently listening to.

Carlo Chiarello, Executive Vice President for Products at BlackBerry, said,
“The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone gives you all the essentials of the BlackBerry smartphone experience to support a communications centric lifestyle. It has the best keyboard and functionality for BBM, as well as an updated BlackBerry 7 OS that adds many enhancements. It’s perfect for customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level Android or Windows Phone device, as well as existing BlackBerry smartphone customers, that want a richer experience and jump up in style and performance.”


BlackBerry 9720 features a 2.8 ich touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, BlackBerry 7.1 Operating System, 806 MHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM and more.

It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Mobile Hotspot support, up to 30 hrs of music playback time, up to 432 hrs of stand-by time, up to 7 hrs of talk-time and a 1450 mAh battery.

BlackBerry 9720 will go on sale in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America in the coming weeks. The price of this handset will be announced soon. BlackBerry 9720 will be available in both black and white colors.