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Intex Launches The Android 4.0 Powered i-Buddy Tablet For Rs.6,490

Intex recently launched its second tablet device, the Intex i-Buddy. The company’s first tablet was Intex i-Tab, which had a 8 inch touchscreen display, while the new Intex i-Buddy comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display. Thankfully, this device runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. The Intex i-Buddy is specially targeted at the youth and urban professionals. This device is touted to be the slimmest 7 inch tablet in India.

Sanjay Kumar, General Manager – Mobile Business, Intex Technologies, said:
“Being India’s most literate and evolved region, the southern states hold a very important position in our growth strategy especially for the mobility business. It is definitely a potential market for Intex as well. We aim to grow multifold in the southern states. The brisk economic growth in these states, contemporary lifestyles and buying behavior amongst the youth makes it an appropriate destination for offering Intex’ latest Android tablet.”

Intex i-Buddy features a 7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, front-facing camera for video video, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity via USB Dongle, Adobe Flash 11.1 and a 2350 mAh battery. This device measures 9mm thick and weighs just 316 grams. Sadly, the battery is reported to last for just 3 hrs.

Intex i-Buddy comes with a price tag of just Rs.6,490. This tablet will compete with other entry-level Android tablets such as IRA Thing 2, Karbonn Smart Tab 1 and Micromax Funbook in the Indian market. Intex i-Buddy is currently available for purchase only in South India through its network of 7 branch offices, 20 superstockists, 50 distributors and 2,500 retailers. The company is planning launch this device in other parts of India in the coming months.

HTC Desire HD To Not Get Ice Cream Sandwich Update After All!

Bad news HTC Desire HD owners. After quite a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Desire HD’s Ice Cream Sandwich update, HTC has finally come clean and announced that it won’t be updating the handset to Android 4.0.

Here is the official statement from HTC about this -:

After extensive testing, we’ve determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD. When we consider new versions of software, we weigh a number of factors, but ultimately the customer experience on the product is the deciding factor. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused our customers.

The Desire HD was HTC’s ‘hero’ device for 2010, and it is nothing short of disappointing to see the handset not get an OS upgrade that was released just a year after its release. What is more surprising is that the Desire HD’s single core processor and 768MB of RAM are more than enough to run Ice Cream Sandwich smoothly.

Heck!

The Desire HD can run Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean smoothly. Sony has updated all of its 2011 handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, and they pack similar specs as that of the Desire HD, except that the latter has more RAM (512MB vs. 768MB). The HTC Incredible S packs the exact same internals as the Desire HD and it tasted Ice Cream Sandwich more than a month ago.

No wonder HTC is losing its customers!

LG Optimus 4X HD Launched In India For Rs.34,990

Along with the Optimus L3, L5 and L7, LG has also launched the powerful Optimus 4X HD smartphone in India. It is the company’s first smartphone which packs a 1.5 GHz quad-core plus 1 processor. When maximum power is needed, Tegra 3 automatically activates all four cores, but when less power is required, it defaults to the fifth battery-saver core. This handset runs of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System with LG’s Optimus UI 3.0 on top of it.

Sanjay Maheshwary Business Head, Mobile Communications, LG India, said:
“With the smartphone segment consolidating even further, it’s now apparent that both great software and great hardware should go hand in hand. LG’s 4X HD is our proof that we not only understand our consumers’ needs but also cater to them. The 4X HD also features LG’s new User Experience (UX), which allows users the ability to instantly jot memos or noted from any screen. LG’s 4X HD is a complete package which packs powerful features to back it sleek frame”

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LG Optimus 4X HD features a 4.7 inch True HD-IPS display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Optimus UI 3.0, 1.5 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core plus 1 processor, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS, Google Play Store, up to 730 hrs of stand-by time, up to 9 hrs of talk-time and a 2150 mAh battery.

LG Optimus 4X HD comes with a price-tag of Rs.34,990 (approx. $630) in India. This handset will compete with other powerful Android smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X in the Indian market.

LG Optimus L3, L5 And L7 Launched In India

LG recently invited us to showcase the new L-Series phones, the LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7. You must have already heard about these devices, while they were announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. LG Optimus L3 is basically an entry-level smartphone, while the L5 and L7 are mid-range devices. LG Optimus L3 runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, while the Optimus L5 and L7 runs on the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

According to the company, L-Style’s design is comprised of ‘five aesthetic elements’ – Modern Square Style, Floating Mass Technology, Seamless Layout, Harmonized Design Contrast and Sensuous Slim Shape. The Optimus L3, L5 and L7 are the company’s first smartphones to feature the L-Style look. If you were planning to get one of these device, then we have good news for you. LG recently launched these budget friendly smartphones in India.

Sanjay Maheshwary, Business Head, Mobile Communications, LG India, said:
“Both L series and LG Optimus 4XHD are feature packed Smartphone, offering a great mix of design, intelligent features, performance and display. These smartphones, with their fast processors and superb display, take user experience to a whole new level. Design has always been a major priority for LG and our design leadership has been well established and consistently maintained. The launch of L series, with L-Style’s design philosophy, is just another milestone and there are many more to come.”

LG Optimus L3 Specifications:

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  • 3.2 inch touchscreen display
  • 240x 320 pixels resolution
  • 800 MHz processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 384 MB RAM
  • Up to 600 hrs of stand-by time
  • Up to 12 hrs of talk-time
  • 1500 mAh battery

LG Optimus L5 Specifications:

lg optimus l5 price

  • 4 inch touchscreen display
  • 320 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • Google Play Store
  • Up to 900 hrs of stand-by time
  • Up to 10 hrs of talk-time
  • 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery

LG Optimus L7 Specifications:

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  • 4.3 inch IPS display
  • 480 x 800 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • DLNA
  • Google Play Store
  • Dolby mobile sound enhancement
  • Up to 550 hrs of stand-by time
  • Up to 6 hrs of talk-time
  • 1700 mAh Li-Ion battery

LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7 comes with a price tag of Rs.8,895, Rs.13,199 and Rs.19,900 respectively. LG Optimus L3 will complete with Samsung Galaxy Y and HTC Explorer, while the Optimus L5 and L7 will compete with Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos, Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xolo 900 in the Indian market.

Sprint Announces Android 4.0 ICS Update For HTC EVO 3D And EVO Design 4G

Last year, Sprint launched the HTC’s first 3D smartphone, the HTC EVO 3D. This handset allows you to record 2D videos in full HD (1080p) and 3D videos in HD (720p), thanks to its 5 megapixel dual cameras. HTC EVO 3D was shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. HTC has already started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the international variant. However, the HTC EVO 3D owners on Sprint were left behind.

Sprint finally announced the Android 4.0 update for the HTC EVO 3D smartphone. This update will bring the usual ICS goodies along with numerous enhancements and new features. Sprint has also confirmed the Android 4.0 update for the HTC EVO Design 4G smartphone. If you own one of these devices, then check out the complete changelog below.

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Changelog:

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera app which introduces scenes like Panorama and effects such as Vignette, Depth of Field, Vintage and Posterize
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites and see your open tabs in a new layout
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • Redesigned Gmail app that lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

HTC EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G owners will get this update starting from early-August. This update will be available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will be automatically notified when the update is available for your device. Even though, HTC EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G won’t get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, the owners of these handset will at least have something better than nothing.

T-Mobile Finally Announces The Samsung Galaxy Note

Last year, Samsung launched its first phone/tablet hybrid device, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This device was originally announced at the IFA 2011 in September and it was later released in October in most of the European and Asian markets. After waiting for a couple of months, Samsung announced the LTE variant of this device exclusively for the AT&T subscribers in the US. We have already seen the leaked pics of this device for T-Mobile. Now, the wireless carrier went ahead and announced the powerful Galaxy Note for its subscribers in the US.

Samsung has already managed to ship 5 million units of this device globally. It took nearly 5 months for the manufacturer to reach the 5 million milestone. This handset will ship with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box, including all of the Premium Suite software such as S Pen, S Note, S Memo and Polaris Office. The international variant comes with one hardware button and 2 capacivite buttons. However, the T-Mobile’s variant will sport 4 capacivite buttons, similar to the AT&T’s Galaxy Note. There are no other changes in the specs of this device.

Andrew Morrison, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA, said:
“In addition to larger screens, today customers demand more from their devices — from having safeguarded access to corporate email and other productivity features to being able to rely on a speedy network for streaming content. With the unique and highly innovative Galaxy Note in our lineup, we are even better equipped to help our customers strike the perfect balance as they juggle both professional and personal activities.”

Samsung Galaxy Note features a 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, S Pen, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, SAFE – Samsung Approved for Enterprise, GPS with A-GPS, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Games Hub, Google Play Store and a 2500 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with the T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack, which is nothing but an aggregation of key applications such as Dropbox, Evernote, Square, TripIt, CamScanner and LinkedIn. This handset is expected to go on sale in the coming weeks. T-Mobile has not yet revealed the price of this device. Stay tuned for more updates!

HTC Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich Update Cancelled?

The HTC Desire HD was the Taiwanese company’s flagship handset for the 2nd half of 2010. Even by 2012 standards, the phone has a pretty spec sheet with a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 768MB of RAM, and oodles of storage space. When HTC  released its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade road-map for its devices earlier this year, it stated that the Desire HD should taste ICS sometime in late Q3 of this year.

However, things might have taken a turn for the bad, as according to an updated TELUS document the Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich update has been cancelled. The TELUS document states that “HTC has cancelled the HTC Desire HD ICS upgrade due to poor device performance during testing.”

The 1GHz Snapdragon processor + 768MB of RAM are more than enough to make sure ICS runs smoothly on the Desire HD. The Incredible S, which packs similar internals as the Desire HD, tasted Ice Cream Sandwich a few weeks ago. The only reason HTC could have cancelled the ICS update for the handset would be due to the investment involved.

HTC still has not officially announced anything whether the ICS update for the handset has been cancelled or not, so there is still some hope left for Desire HD owners.

Via – MobileSyrup

Samsung Galaxy S III Review – The Good, The Not-So-Good And The Bad

The Galaxy S III is no doubt the most popular Android handset of this year, at least until the next Nexus from Google is unveiled. Samsung has left no stone un-turned to make sure the handset excels in each and every category, right from the outstanding 4.8-inch Super-AMOLED HD display, a powerful quad-core Exynos SoC to the beefy 2100mAh battery.

If you, however, still have not made up your mind on whether you should splurge so much money on the handset or not, read our short review below to find out.

The Good

Ergonomics – Excellent! The handset is roughly the same size as the Galaxy Nexus, but the rounded bottom of the phone makes it easier to use the phone single-handedly. The missing bump at the back also helps in improving the overall ergonomics of the phone.

Performance – This thing flies! Literally! The quad-core Exynos SoC and the ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU make sure that the phone does not stutter even under heavy multi-tasking. All the games I have played on the handset do not show even a sign of lag, including GTA with all the graphics settings cranked to full.

Apart from the SoC, even the NAND storage used by Samsung in the handset is blazing fast. It took only 10 minutes to transfer nearly 9GB of data from my Mac to the S3’s internal memory. The I/O performance of the handset is unrivalled by any other Android handset.

Storage – One thing I absolutely hate about my Galaxy Nexus is the low amount of storage space.  13.3GB of storage space just does not cut it in 2012, with most games taking up nearly a GB of space.

The Galaxy S III not only comes with 13GB of internal space, but also a microSD card slot to make sure user’s never run out of space.

Sound Quality – Unlike the HTC One X and the Galaxy Nexus, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S3 with more than audible loudspeaker. Considering how silent these loudspeakers are getting with every new handset, this should come as a welcome change to many.

Samsung has also equipped the Galaxy S III with a Wolfson W8914 audio chip. Original Galaxy S and Nexus S owners who know what this means. The Galaxy S3 is going to have top-notch audio quality enough to rival dedicated audio players.

Battery Life – The Galaxy S II barely used to last a day on 3G with medium-usage. Thanks to Samsung’s under the hood optimizations, and a beefy battery, the Galaxy S III will easily last you a day on medium to heavy usage. Earlier firmware of the handset have had some ‘Cell Standby’ battery drain issues, but that has been greatly fixed via a couple of OTA updates from Samsung. The Galaxy S III might not have the best battery life, but it is right there at the top with the iPhone 4S and the Droid RAZR MAXX.

Developer Support – The Galaxy S and Galaxy S II had one of the best developer community, and the Galaxy S III is no different. The phone already has a stable CM9 port, along with some extremely talented developers like Supercurio and Franco cooking mods for it.

The Not-So-Good, Not-So-Bad

Display – The Super AMOLED HD display on the Galaxy S III is probably the oldest piece of ‘tech’ used in the handset.  The display exhibits typical AMOLED characteristics, with bluish whites, and strange artifacts at extremely low brightness level. Even then, the display holds its own against the S-LCD2 used in the HTC One X, thanks to its black levels and contrast.

However, the naked human eye will definitely prefer the SLCD2 on the One X to the S-AMOLED HD on the SGS3 because of better color rendering.

Camera – The 8MP snapper on the Galaxy S III is stupidly fast. It makes the zero shutter lag on the Galaxy Nexus feel slow. The Galaxy S II packed an awesome 8MP camera, and the Galaxy S III is no different. The sensor inside the SGS3 is slightly better than the one on the Galaxy S2, with a slightly larger aperture. In adequate lighting, the Galaxy S3 can take some fantabulous shots, almost iPhone 4S like.

However, in low-lighting condition the camera is nothing short of a disaster. Pictures come out grainy, with barely any details and look like they have been clicked with a VGA camera. In fact, the Galaxy S II camera performed much better than the S3’s camera in poor lighting conditions. The OTA updates rolled out by Samsung did bring about a noticeable improvement in the camera image quality in low-lighting conditions though, but there is still room for improvement.

It is only because of the poor low-light performance, that the camera on the S3 comes in the Not-So-Good, Not-So-Bad list. If you don’t care about the low-light photography, you will be more than happy with the S3’s camera.

The Bad

Design – The Galaxy S was a cheap iPhone lookalike from Samsung.  The Galaxy S II looked like a smart looking ‘matured’ Galaxy S.

The Galaxy S III has been “Made for humans” by Samsung. Sadly, most humans on Planet Earth have not really appreciated the looks of the handset. Some, like me, have found the handset to be downright ugly, while others have not found it to be particularly attractive.

Build Quality – The Galaxy S and S II had terrific build quality, all thanks to the plastic used by Samsung to make the phone. Even though the Galaxy S III is made of plastic, the phone is much more fragile than before. In quite a few drop tests done by other bloggers, the Galaxy S III could not survive a fall from shoulder height with the Gorilla Glass 2 on the handset shattering into pieces.

TouchWIZ – Samsung has made a lot of progress with the Nature UX on the Galaxy S3, but it still does not stand a chance against stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. TouchWIZ may trump stock ICS in terms of features with Smart Stay, Direct Call, and Smart dialer etc.

However, TouchWIZ looks dull and ugly compared to stock ICS. There is no UI consistency in TouchWIZ, with the magazine like Swipe UI missing in some places (like Dialer) creating confusion. The inclusion of a menu button instead of ICS styled Recent button adds to the confusion. Also, nearly every list menu in Samsung’s stock apps are *long* I understand TouchWIZ is necessary for Samsung to differentiate its product, but the company can also offer an option to disable TouchWIZ for advanced users

Conclusion

If the looks and the poor build quality of the handset does not bother you, the Galaxy S III is THE handset to buy. Not only is it much faster than its closest competitor, the HTC One X, it also has better battery life, music quality and better developer community support.

WishTel Launches IRA Thing 2 Android 4.0 Tablet In India For Rs.6,500

WishTel is an Indian brand known for manufacturing low-cost Android tablets. Previously, the company has launched entry level tablets such as IRA and IRA Thing. WishTel recently launched the Android powered IRA Thing 2. It is the world’s first tablet to support 23 native Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, etc. This device runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

WishTel IRA Thing 2 is designed and manufactured in India. This device comes with the TV app which allows you to watch more than 120 TV channels across various genres of entertainment, sports, kids, news, music, regional and much more. On the other hand, The E-News app allows you to access latest news from over 55 multi-liguistic newspapers from across India. Sadly, the battery is reported to last only 4 hrs.

Mr. Milind Shah, Chief Executive Officer, WishTel, said:
“We have been persistent in delivering the best of technology with our earlier two products – IRA & IRA Thing and are overwhelmed with the responses received from our customers. With the launch of IRA Thing 2, we wish to offer the youth of today, a device that is fun, trendy and offers access to the best of entertainment and education applications at an affordable price.”

WishTel IRA Thing 2 features a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.5 GHz processor, Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video playback, full HD (1080p) video playback, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, HDMI, Google Play Store and a 3000 mAh battery.

WishTel IRA Thing 2 is available in black, red, yellow, pink, blue and white colors. The retail package is bundled with HDMI cable, wireless headphone and WLAN to USB port cable. WishTel IRA Thing 2 comes with a price-tag of just Rs.6,500 (approx. $115). This device will complete with other entry-level Android tablets such as Karbonn Smart Tab 1 and Micromax Funbook in the Indian market.

Sprint Rolls Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update For The Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch

Over the last couple of days, Samsung and AT&T started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the AT&T Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II and the Skyrocket HD. Not wanting to be left behind, Sprint and Samsung have also started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for their variant of the Galaxy S II – the Epic 4G Touch.

Apart from a tons of bug fixes, performance and stability improvements, the Ice Cream Sandwich update brings with it some new features as well. This includes Face Unlock, improved copy & paste mechanism, inbuilt data monitoring tool, some visual improvements, a new lock screen and much more. Sadly, all the visual goodness introduced by Google in stock Ice Cream Sandwich has been largely spoilt by Samsung’s TouchWIZ interface.

The update is being rolled out via OTA, and should be available to all Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch owners within a couple of weeks.