BlackBerry Q5 Launched In India For Rs.24,990

BlackBerry recently launched the mid-range BlackBerry Q5 smartphone in India. It is the company’s third device which runs on the BlackBerry 10 Operating System. This handset packs a 3.1 inch touchscreen display along with the Blackberry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard. This handset allows you to access more than 120,000 apps from the BlackBerry World. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone is specially designed for those who want to experience the BlackBerry 10 Operating System without burning a hole in the pocket.

Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India, said,
“The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone has a stunning youthful design that comes in exciting colors, and offers the full cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality as well as access to the growing catalog of BlackBerry 10 apps. With its physical QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, it gives customers the best of both worlds.”

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BlackBerry Q5 features a 3.1 inch LCD display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels, Touch On Lens, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, BlackBerry 10 OS, 5 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front facing camera and much more.

Other features include NFC (Near Field Communication), microUSB, microHDMI-Out, 3.5 mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Assisted GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory and a 2100 mAh non-removable battery.

The BlackBerry Q5 comes with a price tag of just Rs.24,990 (approx. $420). This handset will be available in Black, Pure White and Pure Red colors. BlackBerry Q5 will go on sale from July 20 in India.

Red HTC One Available For Purchase In The United Kingdom


If you’re located in the UK and want an HTC One with a bit more color, you’re in luck. HTC has released a red variant of the device in the UK where retailer Phones4U is offering the smartphone on-contract on a wide-range of networks. Red joins the readily available black and silver colors that are available in the UK and other countries. As of now, we’re not sure if HTC will launch the red variant of the HTC One in the rest of Europe or even the rest of the world.

The red model of the HTC One is clearly based off of the black model. This is due to the fact that the device features black accents that blend well with the red side and back panels of the device.

The HTC One is HTC’s current flagship device. The phone features a huge 4.7″ S-LCD 3 display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM. The smartphone is available in both 32GB and 64GB variants.

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Nokia Lumia 1020 Announced; Features 41 MP PureView Camera

lumia 1020Nokia has announced the much awaited, and speculated, next generation flagship Windows Phone 8 device – Nokia Lumia 1020. The phone brings the 41 MP PureView camera from the Nokia 808 to their Lumia series, although reengineered from ground up.

The PureView 41 MP sensor comes with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and features 6 lens optics (the most seen in a smartphone as yet). It features Xenon Flash for still images and LED for video. The phone offers high resolution with 3X zoom. Apart from the optics, the phone also bundles exclusive software – Nokia Pro Camera mode and Nokia Smart Camera Mode.

The phone is powered by Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual core processor and 2GB RAM. It features a 4.5” AMOLED WXGA (1280 x 768) display uses Gorilla Glass 3. The battery on the phone is an average 2000 mAH. The phone includes 32GB internal memory.

[VIDEO] Hands On: Nokia Lumia 1020 – Hardware

The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes in three colors – Yellow, White, and Black. Apart from tbe regulars like Nokia Wireless Charging Cover and JBL PowerUp Wireless Charging speakers for Nokia, the accessories announced include a Nokia Camera Grip PD-95G that provides extra battery and also acts as tripod for camera!

[VIDEO] Hands On: Nokia Camera Grip

Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in AT&T stores starting July 26.  The phone can be pre-ordered online from July 16. The phone will be available for $299,.99 with a 2 year contract. While Nokia did not announce global availability dates, they mentioned that the phone would be available in China and select European markets in this quarter.

Nokia Introduces Entry Level Smartphone Asha 501 in India [Hands-On]

The distinction between smartphones and dumb phones has continuously blurred over the past few years with the plummeting prices of smartphones and the increasing capabilities of the so called dumb phones. Nokia Asha 501 burrs this line further with smartphone like features at a low price point.


The Nokia Asha 501 sports a 3-inch QVGA (320×240) resolution display with capacitive touchscreen. The touchscreen is capable of discerning up to two simultaneous touches, which allows it to detect simple gestures like pinch-to-zoom. As far as picture clarity is concerned, it is what you’d expect from a display with 133 ppi pixel density. Viewing angles are decent, but I didn’t get the opportunity to test the display outdoors. With the Asha 501, Nokia is introducing its new OS called “Nokia Asha software platform”, which is targeted at budget handsets. The Asha software platform comes with its own app store, and as many as fifty preloaded apps. Asha apps are essentially Java apps, and apparently porting existing J2ME apps is fairly straight forward. Nokia has reached out to developers to ensure that the phone launches with popular games like Asphalt 6 (preloaded), Need for Speed Shift, and Ninja Fruit Cutter. Nokia’s excellent HERE maps is also supported, however isn’t preloaded. However, due to the absence of a dedicated GPS chip, it will presumably rely on cell towers for location information.


The Asha software platform seemed intuitive and well designed from the brief hands-on time I got with the 501. The user interface is strongly driven, with a swipe up bringing up a context menu, a swipe down revealing the notifications, and a swipe to the left or right opening the ‘Fastlane’. The Fastlane is sort of an extended notifications area that Nokia touts as the hub for your past, present, and future. The Fastlane keeps track of everything you’re doing and lists the past fifty activities. This includes your recent contacts, the apps you’ve used, and the songs you’ve listened to. Tapping on any one of the items opens up the relevant app. You can directly update your Facebook or Twitter stream from the Fastlane without having to open up a new app. Additionally, it shows the upcoming events from your calendar. The low-end hardware did cause some hiccups, and some of the apps seemed prone to crashing, but the phone behaved reasonably well. The apps developed by Nokia are mostly beautiful, especially the Alarm and Music app, however third-party apps were a bit all over the place.

On the multimedia front, there is a 3.15 megapixel rear camera, which performs about as well as you can expect a camera in this price range to perform. It captures QVGA video at 15 FPS and snaps images with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The Asha 501 supports audio and video playback, and includes a well done music player that even allows you to share music with other Asha phones by tapping two handsets. This utilizes a new feature called ‘Slam’, which can also be used for sharing images and other files. Slam works like the tap to send features we see in high end handsets; however, instead of using NFC, which low-end smartphones don’t support, it works purely using Bluetooth. On the connectivity front, the Asha is a dual-SIM handset with 2G and W-Fi (b/g) support, but it leaves out 3G. This is a surprising omission from a handset that is otherwise pretty feature packed. Nokia believes that consumers who pick the Asha 501 over other budget smartphones like the Lumia 520 are unlikely to have 3G connectivity, which still remains fairly expensive. Given that according to TRAI, only about 2% of Indian mobile subscribers are on 3G, Nokia may be onto something. Nevertheless, I would certainly like to see a 3G enabled version in the future, even if it costs a thousand bucks more.

One of the biggest concerns with smartphones is its battery life. The Asha 501 comes with a 1200 mAh battery, which isn’t exactly massive. However, thanks to the Asha platform, Nokia expects the 501 to last at least a couple of days for most people. Talk time is rated at 17 hours, and music playback at 56 hours.


The Nokia Asha is a low-end smartphone meant for folks who want a capable touch screen phone from a reputed brand but are on an extremely tight budget. It’s available in six attractive colors (White, Black, Yellow, Red, Green, and Blue) and costs Rs. 5199. Spending about three thousand bucks more will get you the Lumia 520 or a bunch of low-end Android smartphones from the likes of Samsung, Sony, and LG. However, if you don’t have that extra three thousand, then Asha offers a tempting option. It allows you to upload pics on Facebook, check-in to Foursquare, follow latest trends on Twitter, surf websites on Nokia Express browser, listen to music, and more. The Asha 501 takes care of most basic user requirements, and throws in the convenience of a capacitive touchscreen. The lack of 3G still irks me; however, as far as first impressions go, the Asha made its mark on me.


HP Drops Slate 7 Price To $139


HP has dropped the price of its Android-powered Slate 7 budget tablet from $169 to $139.  This price change is showing right now on HP’s online store and all new Slate 7 orders will feature this $30 price difference. It’s not yet clear if this $30 price drop is meant to clear out inventory for the discontinuation of the tablet or is just a general price drop.

The Slate 7 tablet was released a few months ago in February at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The tablet is meant to cater to the low-end Android tablet market and undercut the price-tag of the ever so popular Google Nexus 7 that comes in at $199. The HP Slate 7 is a 7-inch Android-powered tablet that is currently running Android Jelly Bean. The device offers a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 CPU and 1GB of RAM. These specifications are lower than that of the Google Nexus 7, but with a price-tag of only $139, we’re expecting it to appeal to a totally different crowd.

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LG Optimus G Pro Launched in India at INR 42,500

LG Optimus G ProLG has finally launched LG Optimus G Pro in India. With a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 5.5 inch full HD display, this Android Jellybean (v4.1.2) device it is a worthy successor to LG Optimus G launched a few months back.

The Optimus G Pro is the first smartphone to be equipped with 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. Also, the Optimus G Pro is incidentally LG’s first Full HD smartphone and adopts a Full HD IPS Display which doubles the resolution compared to True HD IPS. The smartphone features 5.5 inch display with a 1920 X 1080 resolution and has a total of 2,073,600 pixels. LG claims that the pixel density of 400ppi is the highest amongst the smartphones in the market making text and images to look much more vivid, crisp, and brighter.

The smart LED lighting around the home button displays various colors to alert users. The lighting alerts the users for missed calls and messages among other notifications with various colors. The 5.5 inch display fits nicely in the hands due to the narrowed width and minimized bezel to 3.65mm.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Optimus G Pro includes its share of gimmicks, some useful and some just fancy additions. There’s a Dual Recording feature that captures video with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously for a unique picture-in-picture experience. The Virtual Reality Panorama feature allows 360 degree viewing, from taking pictures of both horizontal and vertical environment.

“With Optimus G Pro we have pushed the boundaries of computing and technological innovation to develop a smartphone that caters to both business and lifestyle needs of today’s customers. With this launch we are gearing towards our aim of capturing 10% market share of the smartphone category by end of 2014.”
– Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG India

According to LG, the smartphone market in India is growing rapidly and there is a huge demand for big screen size mobile phones. The market size for 5 inch and above screens is expected to be 1.5 million units by end of 2013. To keep up the pace, LG Mobiles has earmarked INR 80 crores for strengthening the infrastructure for retail development and marketing activities.

At INR 42,500, LG Optimus G Pro ticks all feature lists and comes packed with top of the line specifications. It’s a great phone, but faces tough competition from Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, the mascots of the Android ecosystem at the moment.

Download and Update Falcon Pro for Free Outside Google Play Store

Everybody loves Falcon Pro, but sadly Twitter is a bit jealous of that and hence has made the app’s and developer’s life miserable. When Falcon Pro was first released, it quickly became one of the most popular third-party Twitter app offering sleek design and brilliant features.

With Twitter API token limited to 100,000, the developer had to reset the API tokens after having reached the limit. Unfortunately, the API token limit hit again after the reset and Twitter had to shut down the app, which lead the developer, Joaquim Verges, pull it down from Google Play Store.

However, there’s some good news now. Users can continue using the latest version of Falcon Pro as Verges decided to upload and provide updates for Falcon Pro for free from

Go ahead and download the Falcon Pro v2.0.4 apk now!

After you install the app, you’ll be asked to login to Twitter. If you already own a token, there’ll be no problem signing in. That way, existing users can still get updates and enjoy the app. However, users are complaining that even though they have a token they still are not able to login.

Thankfully the developer decided to leave behind a little trick (hidden feature) which allows users with (or without) a valid token to login by allowing them to enter their own API using Twitter’s developer program.

Follow the steps below to login via the API access method to get start using Falcon Pro again:

Download Falcon Pro’s APK from, and install it on your device. (If you have the older version installed, then consider removing it)

  1. Now, open Falcon Pro and you’ll be taken to the login screen. Tap the three corners (they light up when you touch them). That is, tap on the top left, top right, bottom right of the app.
  2. Then, shake your device, after which you’ll get a message saying “Custom Login unlocked!”. Press OK, tap on “Custom login,” keep this screen open.Falcon Pro for Free APK
  3. Visit from your device or your computer’s browser and login with your Twitter accounts.
  4. On the top right, select “My applications” from the drop-down menu and click on “Create a new application. If you already have an app create, then jump to step 7
  5. Enter the name, website, and callback URL in the fields provided. You can enter any URL even if it doesn’t exist, but make sure the format is correct, like (the http:// part is necessary)
  6. Enter the CAPTCHA and agree to the terms and conditions and click on “Create your Twitter application.”
  7. Open the Settings tab of the app and select “Read, Write and Access direct messages” under the Application Type. Just below that, enable the “Allow this application to be used to Sign in with Twitter” option by ticking the check box. Then, hit the “Update this Twitter application’s settings” button.
  8. Switch back to the Details tab, and copy the Consumer key and Consumer Secret (case sensitive) to the login screen in Falcon Pro and enter it in the respective fields. Tap the Save button and then tap on “login into Twitter” option.
  9. Verify the app and grant access to your Twitter account. And you’re done. Enjoy the app.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Announced; Packs 16 MP Camera With 10x Optical Zoom

Samsung finally announced the much-awaited Galaxy S4 Zoom. Similar to the previously launched Galaxy Camera, this device combines the features of a smartphone with an advanced 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, OIS and Xenon flash. Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the first smartphone to offer 10x optical zoom. This handset comes with voice calling facility and it runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. The In-Call Photo Share feature on this device allows you to share pictures via MMS to the person you are talking to.

JK Shin, Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, said,
“The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom represents yet another step forward in the way Samsung is working to enhance the lives of our customers around the world. The Galaxy S4 Zoom combines the industry leading functionality and connectivity of the Galaxy S4 with the high quality photographic experience you’d expect from a compact camera. The result is truly the best of both worlds, without compromise.”


Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom features a 4.3 inch qHD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 5.0 user interface, 16 megapixel rear-facing camera with 10x optical zoom and enhanced SMART Modes, OIS 24-240mm, F3.1-F6.3, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, S Translator, Samsung ChatOn, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1.5 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0 and a 2330 mAh battery. This device measures 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm and weighs 208 grams.

Samsung has not yet announced the price and release date of this handset. The Galaxy S4 Zoom is expected to go on sale from Q3 of 2013. Stay tuned!

Samsung Officially Announces The Galaxy S4 Active


Samsung has officially announced the outdoor-friendly Galaxy S4 Active. This device is essentially a more rugged version of the company’s standard Galaxy S4 that is both water and dust-resistant. This makes the phone ideal for people who often find themselves in the outdoors in harsh conditions. The smartphone can withstand being submerged in one-meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Because of this, the Galaxy S4 Active complies with the standard IP67 certification.

Compared to the standard Galaxy S4, the S4 Active is only 1mm thicker and a mere 20g heavier. This isn’t much considering how rugged the phone is. Internally, the phone sports a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of advertised memory. The device offers an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. On the front of the device, you’re greeted with a vivid 5-inch HD TFT LCD display with a pixel density of 443 ppi. Finally, the device is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with all of the standard Samsung features layered on top.

If you’re planning on purchasing a Galaxy S4 Active for yourself, the device is stated for release in Sweden and the United States over the summer. You’ll be able to purchase the device in one of three colors: Orange Flare, Urban Gray, or Dive Blue.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow via Android Guys

HTC One 4.2.2 Update Coming By Mid-June

HTC One 4.2.2 Update To Drop Mid-June

Andrey Kormiltsev, the country manager at HTC Russia, has tweeted that the offical OTA rollout of Android 4.2.2 for HTC One users will begin in mid-June. This update has been requested by HTC One users for quite sometime as the release was made available by Google in early February of 2013. This update should bring Sense 5.0 tweaks to the device as well as some of the updates that Google implemented with Android 4.2.2. This includes updated notifications and the introduction of lock screen widgets.

If you’d rather not wait until mid-June to update your HTC One, a leaked ROM for Android 4.2.2 has been available to HTC One users for quite some time now. Installing this update will take a bit more time and skill than the official OTA update will, but it’s worth a shot if you know what you’re doing. The leaked update can be downloaded via the XDA-Developers website.

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