Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition Announced At I/O 2013

There are a large number of users, who are willing to buy the Galaxy S4 but hate the age-old TouchWiz UI. To solve this problem, Google recently announced the new Galaxy S4 Google Edition at the company’s I/O 2013 event in Moscone Center, San Francisco. This device is nothing but the immensely popular Galaxy S4 smartphone sans the ugly TouchWiz UI.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be shipped with a stock version of the most recent build of Android Operating System. Apart from that, it will directly receive updates from Google, instead of Samsung. Similar to the previous Nexus smartphones, the Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be SIM and bootloader unlocked. There are no changes on the hardware front.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition features the same 5 inch Super-AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera 16 GB internal memory, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 3G/4G Connectivity, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

The Galaxy S4 Google Edition will come with a price tag of $649 for the 16 GB variant. This device supports LTE Connectivity and it is compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile. You’ll have to wait until June 26 to get your hands on this device. If you hated the original Galaxy S4 for its gimmicky features, then the S4 Google Edition is what you have been waiting for!

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BlackBerry Q5 Entry-Level QWERTY Phone Announced

Blackberry recently announced the new BlackBerry Q5 QWERTY smartphone. It is the company’s second QWERTY phone which runs on the BlackBerry 10 Operating System. The previously launched BlackBerry Q10 was a high-end smartphone, while the new BlackBerry Q5 is an entry-level device for the emerging markets. This handset allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the BlackBerry World. Check out the complete specs below.

Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry, said,
“BlackBerry is excited to bring a new BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5, to our customers in selected markets around world. The BlackBerry Q5 gives you the best of everything with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is for youthful fans that are passionate, confident and bold, and it makes it easy for them to have fun, create, share and stay connected.”


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 will go on sale from July in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America. This handset will be available in white, black, pink and red colors. The price of this device will be announced in the coming weeks.

Nokia Lumia 925 Announced; Comes With A Sleek Metallic Design

Nokia recently unveiled the new Windows Phone 8 based Lumia 925 smartphone. This handset is the successor of the company’s previous flagship device, the Nokia Lumia 920. It comes with the new Nokia Smart Camera mode which allows you to capture ten images at once and edit the pictures with options like Best Shot, Action Shot and Motion Focus. The Nokia Lumia 925 is made entirely of metal, instead of the shiny polycarbonate materials used in the previous Lumia smartphones.

Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices, said,
“We keep innovating. We’re advancing experiences on the Nokia Lumia portfolio whether that means great new benefits for an existing Lumia owner, or bringing new showcase devices like the Nokia Lumia 925.”


Nokia Lumia 925 features a 4.5 inch AMOLED WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 8.7 megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), autofocus and dual LED flash, Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps, 1.2 megapixel front-facing HD camera, Nokia Smart Camera mode, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 64 GB expandable memory and more.

It also comes with a 3.5mm headset jack, Office 365, Xbox Live, A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, IE9 with HTML 5 support, 7 GB Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR, NFC (Near Field Communication) with SIM based security, Here Maps, Here Drive+, Wireless charging support, up to 55 hours of music playback in offline mode, up to 12.8 hours of talk-time, up to 440 hours of stand-by time and a 2000 mAh battery.

The Nokia Lumia 925 will be available in White, Grey and Black colors. This handset measures 129 x 70.6 x 8.5 mm and weighs 139 grams. The Nokia Lumia 925 will go on sale from next month in UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and China, followed by the US and other markets. This handset will be priced around €469 (approx. $600) excluding taxes.

BlackBerry Messenger Coming to Android and iOS as Free Download

BlackBerryBlackBerry Messenger or BBM used be the one killer features of BlackBerry. In fact it’s still the reason why many people purchase a BlackBerry. However, thanks to the popularity of multi-platform apps like WhatsApp, Kik, and Viber, BBM no longer commands the respect it used to. WhatsApp recently reported that it has 200 million active monthly users, which is more than thrice that of BBM’s active user count. Sure, BlackBerry Messenger is a lot more secure than WhatsApp, which is frankly a security nightmare. However, this can hardly enough to sway the opinion of millions of smartphone buyers. It has long been rumoured that the struggling Canadian smartphone manufacturer will be opening up BBM. Perhaps feeling the pressure, BlackBerry has finally bit the bullet.

BlackBerry just announced at the BBLive conference that it will be launching the BBM as an independent app on Android and iPhone this “summer”. No concrete dates were given; however, Android Police is reporting that the BlackBerry Messenger will be a free download that will require at least ICS (Android 4.0). It will be initially released with support for messaging and groups with additional features including voice, screen share, and channels being added later on. BBM users will be able to setup groups and share voice notes, calendar, photos, files and more. “For BlackBerry, messaging and collaboration are inseparable from the mobile experience, and the time is definitely right for BBM to become a multi-platform mobile service”, said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President, Software Product Management and Ecosystem, at BlackBerry.

Sony Announces The Waterproof Xperia ZR Smartphone

Sony recently announced the new waterproof Xperia ZR smartphone. This handset features the highest level of water-resistance for capturing photos and full HD videos underwater. Apart from that, it packs a 4.6 inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13.1 megapixel camera and much more. Sony Xperia ZR is a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display. This handset can be submerged in 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Sadly, this device will be shipped with the old Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications, said,
“The Xperia ZR pushes the boundaries on where and how consumers can use the full potential of their smartphone. By combining Sony’s leading camera technology with the highest level of water-resistance, you will never miss another moment. Bringing together the best of Sony’s leading technology, media applications and easy one-touch connectivity with the largest ever range of NFC-enabled accessories, the Xperia ZR delivers the unique smartphone experience that people can expect from Sony.”


Sony Xperia ZR features a 4.6 inch HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13.1 megapixel Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a non removable Li-ion battery.

Sony Xperia ZR comes with an unique Battery Stamina Mode that improves the standby time by four times by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off. This handset will be available in black, white, pink and mint colors. Sony Xperia ZR will go on sale in various global markets from Q2 of 2013.

Nokia Asha 501 Announced; Comes With The New Asha Platform

Nokia recently announced the first device in the new Asha family of smartphones. The Nokia Asha 501 is also the first handset to run on the new Asha platform. The design of this handset is quite similar to the Nokia’s Lumia range of smartphone. Most of the popular applications are already available or in development for the Nokia Asha platform, including CNN, eBuddy, ESPN, Facebook, Foursquare, Line, LinkedIn, Nimbuzz, The Weather Channel, Twitter, WeChat and much more.

The Nokia Asha 501 allows you to access everything you like with a simple swipe and a choice of two main screens: Home and Fastlane. Home is basically the traditional app drawer, while the new Fastlane allows you to view recently accessed contacts, social networks and other important apps. It also provides a record of how the phone is used by displaying a glimpse of our past, present and future activity.

Neil Mawston, executive director, Global Wireless Practice, Strategy Analytics, said,
“Nokia has surpassed expectations of what’s achievable in the sub-100 USD phone category with a new Asha handset that is unlike any other, with design cues from Lumia and a mix of features, services and affordability that is valued by price-conscious buyers. This is a welcome addition to the market and a refreshing option for consumers looking to upgrade from feature phones.”


Nokia Asha 501 features a 3 inch QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Nokia Asha platform, 2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, Nokia Xpress Browser, Nokia Life+, 128 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 4 GB MicroSD card included, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi Connectivity, 2.0 mm charger connector, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack, Micro USB connector, Slam feature, up to 48 days of stand-by time, up to 17 hours of talk-time and a 1200 mAh battery.

This handset measures 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm and weighs just 98 grams. The Nokia Asha 210 will be available in Red, Yellow, Black, White, Cyan and Green colors. Airtel subscribers in India and Africa will be able to enjoy unlimited, data-free access to Facebook from their Nokia Asha 501 smartphone. This handset will be available in both single SIM and dual SIM variants. The Nokia Asha 501 will go on sale from next month for just $99 excluding taxes.

HTC First Facebook Phone Price Drops to $0.99 at AT&T

The only Android smartphone to have the new Facebook Home loaded on top right from start is now available for just $0.99. HTC First is available for purchase through wireless carrier AT&T in the United States at only $0.99 with the signing of a two-year contract agreement.

The phone was announced a month ago and was originally sold for $99 with a two-year contract. Although we’re not aware why the phone’s price has dropped from a huge margin, but what we assume is that Facebook is trying to get Home into the hands of more users.

HTC First Price Drop

Facebook’s entry into the hardware market hasn’t been a pleasing one. At the time of writing this post 15,855 users had rated Facebook Home, however, the app has a low rating on just 2.2 stars out of 5, with only 2,763 users rating it a 5 while a majority number of users rating it 1 star.

According to Business Insider, “the price drop also backs up reports from analysts that the phone hasn’t been selling very well. One analyst reported that he called an AT&T store whose employees claimed they hadn’t sold any HTC First phones”.

Sony Xperia Z Goes On Sale For $630 Unlocked

sony_xperia_zSony has just began selling the unlocked variant of the Xperia Z to its customers in the United States of America. The device retails for $630 on the Sony Online Store and is available in three color options: black, white, and purple. As of now, the SIM unlocked version of the Xperia Z is compatible with AT&T’s HSPA+ network and is not compatible with LTE bands.

The Xperia Z is a very powerful Android device that runs on a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU and 2GB of RAM. The device is powered by Android Jelly Bean and features NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Out of the box, the device includes 16GB of on-board storage, its Micro SD card slot can be used to add another 64GB of storage to the device. As far as the screen goes, the Xperia Z features 5-inches of 1080p screen real-estate with a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch.

This is the first time that American smartphone users have been able to officially purchase the Xperia Z without the need to import it. However, rumors have been swirling for quite sometime that the device will make an appearance on both AT&T and T-Mobile officially with respective LTE bands.

Via: Phandroid

Opera: Facebook Most Popular Website, Samsung Most Popular Smartphone Manufacturer in India [Infographic]

The latest edition of Opera’s State of the Mobile Web report is out, and this time the focus is squarely on India — Android users in India to be more specific. Android is making its presence felt in India thanks to the multitude of affordable Android smartphones, some of which available for less than $70. The availability of cheap smartphones, combined with the dearth of cheap and fast internet connection makes Indians the ideal demographic for Opera Mini, which reduces page load times as well as bandwidth consumption thanks to its compression technology. Unsurprisingly, India is home to the largest number of Opera Mini users in the world. Over the last year, Opera Mini users on smartphones in India increased by 136.6%, constituting 19% of the total Opera Mini users in India.

The most popular categories of websites in India are social networks, search, and cricket. About 21.7% of the data used by Opera Mini’s Android users in India is for Facebook, while Google used up about 5.8%, and ESPNCricinfo about 1.7%. However, Google remained the most popular website in India. Besides using Opera Mini for social networking, Indians were also searching for news and information, doing price comparison, and shopping online. Almost 50% of the top hundred domains visited by Opera Mini’s Android users belonged to these categories. The top ten websites were Google, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Cricbuzz, Indiatimes, Ask, Vuclip, and

When it comes to devices, the top ten list is dominated by budget handsets, with the record breaking Samsung Galaxy S III featuring as low as the 19th spot. All of the top nine handsets used by Opera Mini users were priced under Rs. 10,000 (about $186), with the Samsung Galaxy S II grabbing the tenth spot. The most popular Android smartphone among Opera Mini users were the Samsung Galaxy Y and the Samsung Galaxy U Duos. Samsung has clearly managed to corner the high volume low-end Android smartphone market. The only non-Samsung device to feature in the top ten is the HTC Explorer A310e, which is present at #8 in the list.

If the overdose of stats is putting you to sleep, here’s a neat infographic highlighting the key aspects of Opera’s report.


Samsung Announces The Galaxy Tab 3

Samsung recently announced the new Galaxy Tab 3 tablet. This device is the successor of the popular Galaxy Tab 2 and it looks strikingly similar to the recently launched Galaxy Note 8.0. Even the specs of this device is similar to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The Galaxy Tab 3 will be available in both Wi-Fi and 3G variants. This device runs on the older Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Galaxy Tab 3 is little slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. Check out the complete specs below.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 features a 7 inch WSVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera, Full HD (1080p) video playback, VGA front facing camera for video calls, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 8/16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, A-GPS + GLONASS and a 4000 mAh battery. This device measures 111.1 x 188.0 x 9.9 mm and weighs 306 grams.

Galaxy Tab 3 Wi-Fi variant will be available from May while the 3G variant will go on sale from June. The price of this device is still a mystery. However, the Galaxy Tab 3 is expected to be available for less than $300.