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HTC Desire P Launched In Taiwan

We have already posted the leaked pics and specs of the Android powered HTC Desire P. Today, the Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched this handset in its home country. HTC Desire P runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System with HTC Sense 4.1 on top of it. HTC has promised to roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in the coming months.

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HTC Desire P features a 4.3 inch Super LCD 2 touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4.1 UI, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), A-GPS and a 1620 mAh battery.

This handset measures 129.74 x 67.9 x 10.7 mm and weighs 136 grams. HTC Desire P will be exclusively available at Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom. This handset is expected to come with a price tag of $360.

XOLO B700 Launched In India For Rs.8,999; Comes With 3450 mAh Battery

XOLO is an Indian mobile phone manufacturer which is popularly known for making Intel powered smartphones. The company recently launched an entry-level Android smartphone, the XOLO B700. This dual-SIM (GSM + GSM) smartphone runs on the old Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

The XOLO B700 is one those smartphone which instantly caught our attention, thanks to the ultra-cheap price tag and a powerful 3450 mAh battery. This handset offers music playback for up to 38 hours via internal speakers and up to 86 hours via wired headset. Check out the complete specs below.

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XOLO B700 features a 4.3 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixel, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Dual-SIM capabilities, 5 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, GPS, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Google Play Store, up to 380 hrs of stand-by time, up to 23 hrs of talk-time, up to 9 hrs of web browsing time, and a 3450 mAh battery.

XOLO B700 comes with a price-tag of just Rs.8,999 (approx. $165) in India. This handset will compete with Salora’s PowerMaxx Z1 smartphone which comes with a 3200 mAh battery at Rs.9,999. To buy the XOLO B700 smartphone, head over to Flipkart.

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.

HTC Thunderbolt Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Is Finally Available

In a surprising turn of events, Verizon and HTC have started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Thunderbolt. Yes, you read that right. Verizon and HTC have finally got their act together and rolled out some ICS love for the poor Thunderbolt owners out there.

The ICS update will bring with it lots of new features to the Thunderbolt including Face Unlock, a new lock screen, updated UI, improved speech-to-text recognition, inbuilt data monitoring tool and much more.

The Thunderbolt was the first phone to hit Verizon’s network that supported the carrier’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. The handset was released way back in early 2011, and was slated to get the ICS update sometime in 2012. However, HTC and Verizon kept pushing back the ICS update for the handset for performance and stability reasons.

The 320MB+ OTA update should go live within a week or so, and should be available to all Thunderbolt owners within a few days after that.

Via – Verizon

Huawei Ascend G330 Launched In India For Rs.11,490

Along with the Ascend G600, Huawei has also launched the Android powered Ascend G330 smartphone in India. This handset comes with entry-level specs including a 4 inch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM and much more. Sadly, the device is being shipped with the out-dated Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. We are not sure if the manufacturer will upgrade this device to the newer version of Android. The Huawei Ascend G330 offers 7 Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati & Punjabi.

Anand Narang, Marketing Director, Huawei Device India, said:
“The Ascend G330 sees Huawei, again, set a new standard for mid-range smartphones customized for Indian market. It offers 7 Indian languages, brings together office power and functionality for young professionals who want a perfect balance of performance and mobile entertainment, without breaking the bank.”

Huawei Ascend G330 features a 4 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Huawei Emotion UI, 5 megapixel front-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth, DLNA, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Google Play Store, up to 350 hours of stand-by time, up to 5 hours of talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Huawei Ascend G330 comes with a price-tag of Rs.11,490 (approx. $210) in India. This handset will compete with other entry-level Android smartphones such as Micromax A101, Xperia Tipo and HTC Explorer in the Indian market. Huawei Ascend G330 can be easily purchased from online channels like Flipkart, Infibeam, Snapdeal as well as from retailers such as Reliance Digital, Croma and Huawei Experience outlets.

Huawei Ascend G600 Launched In India For Rs.14,990

Back in August, Huawei introduced a new member in its Ascend family of smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G600. After waiting for nearly 5 months, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched this mid-range smartphone in India. This handset packs a 4.5 inch display as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and the device is likely to get the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update in the coming weeks.

Victor Shan, President, Huawei Device India, said,
“We are very excited to introduce the new Huawei Ascend G600, which gives more functionality and power for people who expect more from their technology. Building on the success of the Ascend range of smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G600 is the latest masterpiece in mid range portfolio that makes exceptional product experiences accessible for more people.”

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Huawei Ascend G600 features a 4.5 inch LCD IPS qHD display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Huawei Emotion UI, 8 megapixel BSI auto-focus camera, VGA front-facing camera for video chat, double speakers with DTS surround sound and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication) Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, DLNA, 768MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Google Play Store, up to 15 days of stand-by time and a 1930 mAh Li-Polymer battery.

This handset is designed for young professionals looking for power and functionality not delivered by entry-level smartphones. Huawei Ascend G600 comes with a price-tag of Rs.14,990 (approx. $280) in India.

HTC Unveils The Entry-Level Desire U Smartphone

HTC recently unveiled a new entry-level smartphone, the HTC Desire U. The design of this device looks similar to the phones previously launched phones under the HTC One family of smartphones. The HTC Desire U will be shipped with the outdated Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. We are not sure, if this device will ever taste the Jelly Bean update. However, Desire U is a great replacement for the company’s current entry-level smartphone, the HTC Explorer.

HTC Desire U features a 4 inch WVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS and a 1650 mAh battery.

The HTC Desire U will first go on sale in Taiwan and China, followed by other emerging markets including India. The price of this device is expected to be around $275.

Lava Launches The Intel Lexington Powered Xolo X500 For Rs.8,999

Lava was the first handset maker to launch a smartphone based on Intel’s Medfield platform. Today, the Indian mobile phone manufacturer launched its second Intel powered smartphone, the Xolo X500. This handset is based on Intel’s Lexington platform reference design. Sadly, the entry-level Xolo X500 runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

Lava Xolo X500 features a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 pixel, 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor with Hyper Threading technology, 400 MHz GPU, Dual-SIM capabilities, 5 megapixel rear facing camera, full HD (1080p) video playback and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS support, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Micro USB, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store, 15 days of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Lava Xolo X500 comes with a price tag of Rs.8,999 (approx. $170). This handset will go on sale starting next week in India. Xolo X500 will not only compete with entry level Android smartphones from Micromax, Huawei, Sony and HTC, but it will also face a tough competition from Windows Phone 7.8 powered Nokia Lumia 510.

Latest Tasker For Android Beta Brings A Major UI Revamp

Tasker is one of the most powerful automation tool available for Android devices. It is one of the few apps that truly harnesses the open nature of Android. While the app may have a steep learning curve, it has unlimited potential – With Tasker, the limit is your imagination.

On the flip side, Tasker is undoubtedly one of the ugliest looking app available in the Play Store. The app has been frequently cited as an example among Android haters and bashers for its horrendous UI and how ugly Android apps can be. Tasker was even featured on one of the episodes of Android Design In Action, where Roman and other Googlers showed off re-design of the app with the Holo theme.

The good news is that the Tasker developer finally started working on a UI revamp of the app sometime ago, and has released an early beta of the app for all to try. The developer of the app has definitely incorporated all the UI tweaks that the Googlers suggested to him in the video. Below are a couple of screenshots which show the revamped UI of the app -:

Along with the UI revamp, the developer has also removed all the deprecated APIs from the app. The new version of the app is only meant for Android 4.0 or higher running devices.

The beta version of Tasker with the revamped UI can be found here. The full change-log for the upcoming Play Store update and changes between betas can be found here.

Via – Reddit

AT&T Unveils Pantech Discover; 4.8 Inch HD Display, 12.6 MP Camera For $50

AT&T recently announced the powerful Pantech Discover smartphone. It is the first AT&T smartphone pre-loaded with the AT&T DriveMode, an app designed to help prevent texting while driving. This powerful yet affordable device packs a 4.8 inch HD display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4G LTE and a 12.6 megapixel camera for just $50 on contract.

Pantech Discover will be shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, however the device will be upgraded to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean soon after the launch. The pre-loaded AT&T DriveMode app can be extremely useful while driving. The app can be set-up to automatically send a customizable reply to incoming messages once a vehicle starts moving at a speed of more than 25 mph.

Jeff Bradley, senior vice president- Devices, AT&T, said:
“The Pantech Discover combines a feature-packed experience – complete with a 12.6-megapixel camera and HD display – with a cost-effective price point, giving AT&T customers yet another strong option in our 4G LTE portfolio. AT&T is dedicated to educating customers about the dangers of texting while driving and providing real solutions to help prevent the behavior. With DriveMode pre-loaded on the Discover, we hope that users will be less likely to text and drive.”

Pantech Discover features a 4.8 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Pro, Android 4.0 OS, 12.6 megapixel rear camera with 4X zoom, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, Near Field Communication (NFC), 4G LTE Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and a 2100 mAh battery.

Pantech Discover comes with full VPN and EAS support, plus device encryption for secure access to corporate email and intranets. This handset will so on sale from January 11 in the US. Pantech Discover can be purchased for just $49.99 with a two year service agreement.