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Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview Build For Nexus Devices Now Available

As promised the Canonical Team has released the Developer preview builds of Ubuntu Touch for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10. The developer preview builds are exactly that, developer preview, and are nowhere near good enough to be used as a daily driver.

Before you jump the gun and flash the Ubuntu Developer Preview build on your Nexus device, make sure that your device is supported. At the moment, the CDMA variants of the Galaxy Nexus are not supported and so is the 3G variant of the Nexus 7. If you are running Ubuntu, you can follow the installation instructions written here. If you are on Windows or Mac and/or are looking for the Fastboot flashable images, head over to this link and download all the image files for your Nexus device.

Since this a developer preview, not all features and functionality are working at the moment. Here is a list of what works according to Canonical -:

  1. Shell and core applications
  2. Connection to the GSM network (on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4)
  3. Phone calls and SMS (on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4)
  4. Networking via Wifi
  5. Functional camera (front and back)
  6. Device accessible through the Android Developer Bridge tool (adb)

You can also check out the list of device specific issues here.

LG Optimus F5 And Optimus F7 Announced; Comes With Android 4.1, 4G LTE

Last week, LG unveiled 3 new smartphones – Optimus L3 II, Optimus L5 II and Optimus L7 II. After a couple of days, LG announced the powerful Optimus G Pro in its home country. Now, the South Korean mobile phone manufacturer went ahead and unveiled two smarphone under the new F series – the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7.

According to the manufacturer, the Optimus F Series is designed to bring a premium user experience and the speed of 4G LTE to a mass audience. Thankfully, both of these devices are packed with a powerful battery and pretty decent specs. LG Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 will be shipped with the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications, said,
“LG continues to lead the industry with 4G LTE innovation and the Optimus F Series, a well-balanced an well-equipped 4G LTE smartphone for the mass market, embodies the best of our broad LTE patent portfolio and innovative UX features. With adoption of LTE expected to explode in 2013, we are sending a clear message to consumers with the Optimus F Series that LTE isn’t just for heavy content users and techies anymore. It’s for everyone.”

LG Optimus F5 Specs:

  • 4.3 inch IPS display
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System
  • 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 2,150mAh battery
  • Size: 126.0 x 64.5 x 9.3mm

LG Optimus F7 Specs:

  • 4.7 inch IPS display
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System
  • 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 8 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2,540mAh battery
  • Size: 131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6mm

LG Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 comes with the upgraded QSlide, which allows users to open two apps at the same time, both in full screen mode. Users can change the size, position and transparency of QSlide apps according to their preferences. The worldwide rollout of the Optimus F5 will begin in the second quarter in Europe, followed by the Optimus F7 in selected markets. The price of this device is expected to be announced next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. Stay tuned!

Acer Announces The Entry Level Liquid Z2 Smartphone

Next week, major mobile phone manufacturer’s will unveil their latest smartphones and tablets at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. However, that didn’t stop manufacturer’s like HTC and LG to announce their smartphones days before the event. Acer has just became the third company to join this bandwagon.

Acer recently unveiled the entry-level Liquid Z2 smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Opeating System and it packs some basic specs including a 3.5 inch display, 1 GHz processor and more. The in-built 5 megapixel camera launches in just 1 second and offers panoramic and multi-angle modes along with continuous shooting (up to 99 shots). This handset will be showcased next week at the MWC 2013.

Acer Liquid Z2 features a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, Dual-SIM capabilities, Acer Breeze UI, 3 megapixel or 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, geo-tagging, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store, A-GPS, Accelerometer and a 1300 mAh battery. This handset measures 110 x 62.5 x 12.25 mm and weighs 110g.

The Acer Liquid Z2 will go on sale in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Ukraine followed by Russia, UK and Italy in the coming days. The price of this device has not been announced yet, however the Acer Liquid Z2 is expected to carry a price-tag of less than €150. Stay tuned for our complete MWC 2013 coverage!

Virgin Mobile Launches Kyocera Event For Just $79.99

Kyocera recently launched a new entry-level smartphone, the Kyocera Event. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, however, it may or may not be upgraded to the newer Android 4.1 OS. The Kyocera Event is exclusively available for Virgin Mobile subscribers without any contract. This handset is specially targeted for those who are planning to jump from feature phones to smartphones. Check out the complete specs below.

Eric Anderson, general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications, said,
“Kyocera Event on Virgin Mobile is the perfect device for the millions of people buying their first smartphone, or those who simply want a full featured, yet affordable phone without a contract. Whether it’s the simple elegance of black or the stand-out-in-a-crowd confidence of RadioShack’s exclusive red, Kyocera Event has style and performance far beyond its affordable price tag.”

Kyocera Event features a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 1 GHz single-core processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and camcorder, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, GPS, Google Play Store, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, up to 8.7 hours of talk-time, up to 6.25 days of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 4.5 × 2.4 × 0.46 inches and weighs 4.1 oz.

Virgin Mobile USA is currently selling the black version of Kyocera Event for $79.99 without any service agreement. A red version of the phone will be available exclusively at RadioShack from March 3, 2013.

SwiftKey 4 Now Available In The Play Store; Brings Flow, Additional Languages, Multimodal And More

After a couple of months of beta testing, the SwiftKey team has finally released the much awaited update to their keyboard on the Play Store. SwiftKey 4 brings with it a lot of new goodies including Flow, for a swype like typing experience. The unique feature about Flow is that it allow you to flow through words after words and construct a full sentence without the need to lift your finger from the screen.

The massive change-log of the update is below -:

  • SwiftKey Flow: World’s most accurate gesture input. Write by gliding your finger on the keyboard.
  • Multimodal – SwiftKey Flow can be mixed with tap input, with switching mid-word.
  • Mid-word completion: when you see the word you want just lift your finger off and the word will be inserted.
  • Flow Through Space: Gesture multiple words without lifting a finger, just by sliding your finger down to the space bar between words
  • Flow with next-word prediction: when you finish flowing a word, SwiftKey immediately shows you its best guesses for your next word
  • Three SwiftKey Flow candidates: tap backspace after completion of a flow to see three potential words
  • Easier corrections: Tap anywhere on any word to choose an alternative from SwiftKey’s three best guesses, based on the context and on your input
  • Better personalization: More thorough learning of your language and typing style – size of personal language profile increased in SwiftKey’s real-time prediction engine.
  • SwiftKey automatically detects writing style – SwiftKey predictions will tend towards completing your word or correcting your mistyping depending on your behavior – no need to select “rapid” or “precise” as in previous versions
  • Better predictions: Enhanced language engine, predictions in more text fields (as requested by our users)
  • 60 languages: Now including Albanian, Bosnian, Javanese, Sundanese, Thai, Vietnamese
  • Improved layouts for Russian and Korean.
  • Multi-colored ink: The on screen ‘ink’ that shows progress of a flow uses a multi-layered effect to show the beginning and end of a ‘flow’. Ink color complements the keyboard theme selected
  • Hold to delete: Long-press the delete key to remove the whole word. Deletion accelerates as you continue to hold. Slide to delete gesture can only be used when SwiftKey Flow is disabled.

Compared to the beta version, I think the prediction engine is much better in the final version. Flow-ing has been scarily accurate for me, something which the beta versions lacked.

The developers of SwiftKey are also celebrating the release of SwiftKey 4 by reducing the price of the phone and tablet version of the keyboard to $1.99 from the regular $4.99. SwiftKey is one of the best applications that Android has to offer, and if you are not using it as the stock keyboard on your Android device, you are missing out on a lot.

Clove Already Accepting HTC One Preorders

Clove, a popular UK mobile phone store, has already started to accept preorders for the HTC One. The 32GB model of the HTC One will set you back a hefty £425, or $658, plus VAT. The store does ship to the United States, but charges an additional £16 ($25) to cover shipping and handling expenses. Clove currently has both the ‘Glacial Silver’ and  ‘Stealth Black’ color options available for preorder. If you do plan on purchasing an HTC One via Clove, you should expect the company to ship your phone around the 15th of March when Clove’s first shipment of Ones is expected to arrive. If you want your HTC One as soon as possible, we’d recommend preordering now to get in on the first shipment of phones. The devices will be shipped unlocked and SIM-free.

If you’re unaware, the HTC One was unveiled today at an HTC press event. The device features top-of-the-line specs including a 1080p 4.7″ display (468ppi) and a 1.7GHz Qualcomm quad-core CPU. The device is powered by Android 4.1.2, or Jellybean, and has Sense 5 loaded on top. Finally, the HTC One is crafted from all metal materials and is just 9.3mm thin.

Source: Clove via TalkAndroid

Sony Xperia S Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware has leaked for the Xperia S, thanks to XDA recognized developer – DooMLoRD. The leaked firmware gives a sneak peek into what all new features and changes the official Android 4.1.2 update will be bringing to the handset.

Xperia S users who have already flashed the ROM on their handset report that the update brings about a noticeable improvement in the performance and smoothness of the handset. Sony has also updated nearly all the pre-installed apps including their suite of media applications to the latest version as seen on the Xperia T. Other new features include Google Now, small apps as seen on the Xperia Z, enhanced Camera app, extended Standby mode, and new themes.

One of the key changes that the JellyBean update will bring is a new 3.4.x based linux kernel for the Xperia S. This should bring about some considerable improvement in performance, stability and battery life.

The leaked firmware is still in alpha stages and crashes often, along with some screen flickering issues. If you are planning to flash the leaked Jelly Bean firmware on your Xperia S, keep in mind that you won’t be able to make calls as the functionality is not present in the firmware.

The official update for the Xperia S is still a couple of months away. The leaked firmware does make the wait exciting and worth it since Sony will be adding tons of new features with the update.

Via – XDA

HTC One Unveiled – Snapdragon 600 Processor, Sense 5, BoomSound And UltraPixel Camera

After quite a few leaks in the last few hours, HTC has finally officially announced its latest flagship – the One. The One is a typical HTC handset with an unibody aluminium fit-and-finish. The handset sports a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with a resolution of 1080p (1920*1080) and a ppi of 468. The front of the handset is protected by the Gorilla Glass 2 interrupted by the dual-stereo speakers that come with their own dedicated amps for BoomSound.

Inside, the One is among the first Android smartphones to make use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU. There is also 2GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of on-board memory. The usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors are also present, except for a microSD card slot.

On the software side, HTC has blessed the One with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and a brand new version of Sense. In its fifth version, the Sense homescreen has BlinkFeed that aggregates all your social networking updates and notification right on your homescreen. The homescreen design has definitely been inspired from Flipboard.

A few unique features of the One include a 2.1MP front-facing camera with an 88-degree wide-angle view, first seen on the 8X, an IR blaster that is integrated into the Power button of the handset, and a brand new UltraPixel camera at the back. The One ‘only’ comes with a 4MP f/2.0 camera at its back. However, the sensor is capable of capturing 300 percent more light thus allowing for some stunning pictures. It is also capable of recording 1080p videos at 60FPS, and features HTC’s ImageChip 2 along with Optical Image Stabilisation. HTC has also simplified the UI by only keeping the back and home button, and totally removing the Recents app button.

The HTC One will be available in the second half of March in silver or black across 185 carriers all over the world including T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T in the United States.

Nvidia Unveils The Tegra 4i – Quad-Core Cortex-A9 Clocked At 2.3GHz And 60 Cores GPU

Nvidia today announced a new addition to its Tegra family of mobile processors – the Tegra 4i. The Tegra 4i uses the same 4-plus-1 architecture that Nvidia used on the Tegra 3 and Tegra 4. However, the company has replaced the Cortex-A15 cores on the Tegra 4i with four Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 2.3GHz.

“NVIDIA is delivering for the first time a single, integrated processor that powers all the major functions of a smartphone,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “Tegra 4i phones will provide amazing computing power, world-class phone capabilities, and exceptionally long battery life.”

On the GPU side, Nvidia has bumped the numbers of “cores” from 12 to a whopping 60. The T4i also boasts of the same Chimera camera technology that the Tegra 4 has. This allows the Tegra 4i to shoot and record videos in HDR in less than a second, and even capture HDR panoramas.

One advantage that the Tegra 4i will have over its faster sibling, Tegra 4, is an inbuilt i500 LTE modem. Nvidia showed off the Tegra 4i in its reference Android platform, the Phoenix, that sports a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM and an 8/13MP camera sensor from Sony or Aptina.

Nvidia Tegra 4i powered Android smartphones and tablets should hit the retail shelves sometime in the second half of Q2, 2013.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note. The update comes nearly a month after the company started rolling out the update for the Galaxy S2.

The Jelly Bean update for the Korean company’s first phablet brings a lot of new features including many of the software gimmicks that are present on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Samsung has completely ditched the older TouchWIZ UI on the Note in favor of the new nature inspired TouchWIZ UX as seen on the Galaxy S3 and Note 2.

Other features that the Galaxy Note gets from the Note 2 and Galaxy S3 include Smart Stay, Multi-Window multi-tasking, Pop-Up Play, Direct Call, Page Buddy and an updated Gallery app. The usual Jelly Bean features like Project Butter for buttery smooth UI performance, Google Now, and enhanced voice-to-text input with offline mode are also present.

The update is being rolled out in batches and is currently only available in Hong Kong and Taiwan, with a wider push expected to happen soon. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is in all likely going to be the last major Android update for the Galaxy Note, which is now nearly 1.5 years old now. Samsung definitely made sure that the Galaxy Note reaches the end of its life in complete style with the Jelly Bean update.

Via – SamMobile

Samsung Unveils Rex 60, 70, 80 And 90 Feature Phones In India

Samsung recently announced 4 new touchscreen feature-phones in India. As the name suggests, Rex 60, Rex 70, Rex 80 and Rex 90 are the part of the new Rex family and it will directly compete with the Nokia’s successful Asha range of entry-level phones. These handsets are powered by Java based Operating System and packs some useful social networking apps such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Gtalk, Yahoo Messenger, Samsung ChatOn and more.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“As the number one mobile leader and innovator, we are committed to developing the best possible mobile solutions to suit all lifestyles and budgets, which is why we are so excited to launch the Rex series across a number of the world’s fastest growing markets. Rex devices are designed to seamlessly prioritize and consolidate essential mobile functions that matter most to customers across diverse markets. The result is an extraordinary end-to-end mobile experience with the best value for money.”

Samsung Rex 60 Specs:

  • 2.8 inch QVGA display
  • Dual SIM
  • Samsung TouchWiz Lite UI
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 30 MB internal memory
  • 16 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

Samsung Rex 70 Specs:

  • 3 inch QVGA display
  • Dual SIM with hot swap
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 10 MB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

Samsung Rex 80 Specs:

  • 3 inch QVGA display
  • Dual SIM
  • Samsung TouchWiz Lite UI
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Samsung ChatOn
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 20 MB internal memory
  • 16 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

Samsung Rex 90 Specs:

  • 3.5 inch HVGA display
  • Dual SIM with hot swap
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Facebook Chat
  • Opera Mini
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 10 MB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1000 mAh battery

These handsets will be available in the price range from Rs.4,280 to Rs.6,490. Tata Docomo subscribers will get double data usage on standard data recharges until August 31, 2013 with the purchase of these handsets.

HTC One ‘M7′ Leaks In Black

It is all but confirmed that HTC will be releasing the its flagship ‘M7′ handset at an upcoming event on February 19th. The specs of the handset are all but known, and an alleged press render of the phone also leaked last week.

Today, @evleaks has once again leaked a press release render of the M7 in black. The pic once again shows the unique ‘HTC’ home button on the M7, along with the new Sense 5 home screen.

HTC is the only Android OEM that has consistently set the bar with top-notch build quality and unique design. The M7 actually looks like a step back in that direction with a design that resembles the iPhone 5.

The M7 is expected to arrive on all the four major U.S carriers soon after HTC unveils the handset on February 19th. The rumored specs of the handset include a 4.7-inch 1080p screen, a 13MP ‘Ultrapixel’ camera, 32GB of on-board storage, and a quad-core 1.7GHz Krait processor.

Google Now Gets An Update – Brings A Widget, And A Couple Of New Cards

Google today released a new update for Google Search on the Play Store for Android 4.1+ devices. The new update brings with it a handy lock screen and desktop widget for quick access to Google Now cards, a slightly re-designed Google Now weather card, and a couple of new cards.

Using Zillow, Google Now will automatically show you the prices of real estate nearby along with more information about a specific listing. Another new card is the Movies card that now shows you the ratings of the movie from Rotten Tomatoes. Also, if you buy the tickets from Fandango, the Movies card will automatically pop-up the ticket when you arrive at the movie hall.

Lastly, with this update Google has also added the ability to display the latest Google Doodle instead of the usual Google Now cover page for your city.

The official change-log is below -:

– Google Now widget for home screen or lock screen
– Movie passes from Fandango
– Movies now includes ratings from Rotten Tomatoes
– Real estate listings from Zillow when in the market for a home
– Music button when a song is playing in voice mode (US only)
– Support for US college sports

The widget is definitely a bit clunky but should come in useful for quick access to the Google Now cards. The addition of US college sports to the Sports card will also be appreciated by a lot of sports lover in the United States.

Nexus 4 Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) Update Now Rolling Out

Google has finally started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Nexus 4. Google had started rolling out the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 a couple of days ago, but surprisingly did not roll out the update for the Nexus 4.

The Android 4.2.2 update is mainly aimed at fixing the Bluetooth streaming issues that have been plaguing the Nexus devices since the Android 4.2 update. Other changes include new notifications sound, improved performance and battery life on the Nexus 7, the ability to directly toggle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Quick Settings by long-pressing them, and tons of under the hood changes.

The update for the Nexus 4 also includes a new radio/baseband and an updated kernel that should greatly help in improving the battery life of the handset. The OTA update should be available to all Nexus 4 owners over the next couple of weeks.

If you have root access on your Nexus 4, you can download the OTA manually from here, and then flash it via a custom recovery.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Goes On Sale In India For Rs.13,990

Last month, Micromax unveiled the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered Canvas HD smartphone in India. This handset packs some powerful specs including a 5 inch HD display as well as a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. However, the Indian mobile phone manufacturer surprised everyone with its ultra cheap price tag. Today, Micromax finally launched this smartphone in India. Micromax has partnered with Snapdeal, the popular online retailer to fulfill the orders of this smartphone. Planning to buy one? Check out the complete specs after the break.

micromax canvas hd

The Micromax A116 Canvas HD features a 5 inch HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720p pixels, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, dual-SIM capabilities, 8 megapixel rear camera with flash, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 1 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, Micro USB, USB 2.0, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 207 hrs of stand-by time and a 2100 mAh battery. This handset measures 144mm x 74mm x10.7mm.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD was previously announced with a price-tag of Rs.14,999, however the company is currently selling this device for just Rs.13,990 (approx. $260). This handset will compete with the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Grand in the Indian market. However, Micromax Canvas HD is likely to sell more than its competitor, thanks to the HD display, quad-core processor and entry-level price. To get this smartphone, head over to this page.