Acer Liquid E2 Announced For €229; Comes With Quad-Core CPU, 8 MP Camera

Acer is back with the new mid-range Liquid E2 smartphone. It is the company’s first quad-core smartphone with dual SIM capabilities. This handset is the successor of the Acer Liquid E1 Android smartphone. This device packs a 4.5 inch display and 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. Acer Liquid E2 runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This handset comes with dual-speaker system and DTS Sound for enhanced audio with volume maximization.

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Acer Liquid E2 features a 4.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.2 GHz MediaTek MT6589 quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, Dual-SIM capabilities, Acer Breeze UI, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Google Play Store, Accelerometer, up to 9 hours of talk-time, up to 450 hours of stand-by time and a 2000 mAh battery.

Acer Liquid E2 comes with a price-tag of €229 (approx. Rs.16,300). This handset will be available in rock black and classic white colors. Acer Liquid E2 will go on sale from mid-May in Belgium, Netherlands, Ukraine and France, followed by Spain, UK, Italy, Germany and Russia.

Asus Fonepad Launched In India For Rs.15,999

Asus recently launched the Fonepad tablet in India. It comes with 3G Connectivity and voice calling features of a smartphone on a 7 inch tablet. Asus Fonepad packs a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor and it runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. According to the manufacturer, this device offers up to nine hours of battery life. The Asus Fonepad comes with SuperNote lite app for drawing as well as for creating handwritten notes and Office Online app for Microsoft Office-compatible document editing.

Mr. Peter Chang, Regional Director – South Asia & Country Manager, Asus India, said,
“Users now want a better screen with entertainment, social media and other online activities and this is playing an increasingly important part in our mobile lifestyles. By incorporating 3G mobile data connectivity with full telephony support, we have made the Asus Fonepad the perfect combination of a tablet and phone in one single device at an affordable price.”

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Asus Fonepad features a 7 inch WXGA LED Backlight IPS display with 10 finger multi-touch, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 3 megapixel rear-facing camera with HD (720p) video recording and playback, 1.2 megapixel front facing camera for video chats and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Micro SIM, voice and video calling capabilities, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, Micro USB 2.0, Google Play Store, A-GPS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 9 hours of usage time and a 4270 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery.

Asus Fonepad comes with a price-tag of Rs.15,999 in India. This device will be available at Croma stores and select Asus authorized retail outlets from April 30, 2013. Asus Fonepad will compete with Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab 2 and other mid-range Android tablets in India.

Swype Out Of Beta; Now Available On The Play Store

Swype was the first keyboard to bring the gesture typing implementation on mobile devices and especially to Android devices. However, Swype was never available as a download-able keyboard on the Play Store, and was only available on certain Android devices that it came pre-installed with.

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Today, all that changes since the new owners of Swype, Nuance Communications, have finally released the keyboard on the Play Store. The keyboard is available in a trial as well as a paid version. The paid version is up for grabs for $0.99 right now, with its price set to increase after a few days.

While Swype truly was revolutionary when it first came in the keyboard scene, it is now barely able to keep up with its competition. SwiftKey, the most popular keyboard and one of the most popular applications on the Play Store, recently implemented its Flow technique of typing that is similar to Swype’s implementation. SwiftKey’s implementation is arguably superior since it allows users to have up to three languages active simultaneously. This makes typing in different languages simultaneously much more easier in SwiftKey compared to Swype.

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Verizon Samsung Stratosphere Gets A Software Update

Back in 2011, Samsung launched the entry-level Stratosphere smartphone for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. This handset was specially designed for those who wanted to experience a touchscreen smartphone with physical QWERTY keypad. Samsung Stratosphere was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sadly, this handset failed to receive the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.

Later this week, Verizon will roll out a much-needed software update for the Stratosphere users. Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the update will not bring the Android 4.0 OS. This update brings improved call clarity, improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook and much more. The complete changelog is posted below.

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Changelog:

  • Improved clarity during calls
  • Improved reliability when sending emails using Outlook
  • Improvements to Sync and Connect server have been made
  • My Verizon application has been improved
  • Improvements have been made to the Set Up Wizard to clarify what is required in the Google Setup screen
  • Correct the IMAP implementation related to the E-mail Sync and connect operation
  • The following applications have been removed as preloaded: IM, Blockbuster, Verizon Video and Verizon Vcast
  • Single Sign On application has been updated to version v3.1.9
  • VZtones version 5.1.3 has been added

Verizon is expected to roll out this update by the end of this week. You can easily download this update via Over-The-Air (OTA). To learn more, check out this PDF file.

Huawei A199 Announced In China; Comes With 5 Inch HD Display, Android 4.1 OS

Huawei recently announced the mid-range Huawei A199 smartphone in its home country. This handset was previously leaked by @evleaks as the Huawei Ascend G710. However, the manufacturer decided to launch this device with a brand new name in China. The Huawei A199 packs a 5 inch HD display and a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor.

This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top of it. Huawei A199 also comes with dual-mode dual-SIM support, which works perfectly on a CDMA network as well as on a GSM network at the same time. Check out the complete specs below.

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Huawei Ascend A199 features a 5 inch HD touch screen display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, 1.5 GHz Huawei K3V2 quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, Huawei Emotion UI, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 1.3 megapixel 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, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Google Play Store and a 2150 mAh battery.

The China Telecom logo is placed right below the camera. It clearly indicates that the Huawei A199 will be available for China Telecom subscribers at launch. This handset is also expected to be available for China Unicom subscribers in the coming days. The price of this device will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Samsung Galaxy S4 To Launch In India On April 26

Last month, Samsung unveiled the much-awaited Galaxy S4 smartphone at the New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. Samsung has not revealed the price of this device, however the company has announced that the Galaxy S4 will go on sale from April-end in Europe and Asia. Today, Samsung India has finally started sending out the invites for the Galaxy S4 launch. As expected, this device will be officially launched on Friday, April 26 in India.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, full HTML web browser, 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.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to come with a price tag of Rs.42,000, however the street price is expected to be around Rs.40,000. Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in both White Frost and Black Mist colors. This handset will compete with high-end smartphones such as HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and BlackBerry Z10 in India.

LG Optimus L5 II Dual Now Available In India For Rs.11,499

Earlier this year, LG announced three new Android powered smartphones, the Optimus L7 II, Optimus L5 II and Optimus L3 II. The South Korean mobile phone manufacturer has already launched the dual-SIM variant of Optimus L7 II and Optimus L3 II in India. Infibeam, a popular online retailer has already started selling the Optimus L5 II Dual smartphone. This indicates that the company will soon launch the Optimus L5 II Dual in India.

The mid-range Optimus L5 II Dual is the successor of the not-so-popular Optimus L5 Dual. This handset runs on the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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LG Optimus L5 II Dual features a 4 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Dual SIM capabilities, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a FM Radio with RDS, A-GPS, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 512 MB RAM, Accelerometer, microUSB 2.0 and a 1700 mAh battery. This handset measures 118.4 x 62.2 x 9.2 mm and weighs just 100 grams.

Sadly, the much needed front-facing camera is missing from the device. Currently, you can get this handset in two colors – Black and White. LG Optimus L5 II Dual is expected to come with a price tag of Rs.14,999, however Infibeam is currently selling this device for Rs.11,499 (approx. $210). To get this handset. head over to this page.

Sony Xperia P, go and S Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update In “Very Final Stage”

Sony Mobile’s official Twitter account today tweeted that the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P, go, S, SL and arco S are in the final stages of testing, and that the company will release more information next week.

Sony had initially promised to update its 2012 range of selected Xperia handsets to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean by early-April. What is appalling is that while Sony has managed to update some of its lower-end Xperia devices to Jelly Bean, its 2012 flagship handset – the Xperia S – is still running a bug ridden Android 4.0.4 firmware.
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The official tweet from Sony is as follows -:

Just a quick update to say we hear you re: JB 4.1 for Xperia P & Go, (S, SL, acro S and ion). Work’s in v. final stage – more news next week

Since Sony has mentioned the name of the Xperia S, SL, acro S and ion in parenthesis, it might very well be possible that the updates for these phones won’t be available immediately.

While Sony is still struggling to update its 2012 flagship devices to Jelly Bean, Samsung not only updated its 2012 flagship – the Galaxy S3 – to Jelly Bean, but also updated its 2011 flagship – the Galaxy S2 – to Android 4.1.2.

Via – Xperia Blog

 

Chrome Beta For Android Updated — Fixes Graphical Corruption And Crashes

Last night, the Chrome team updated the beta version of Chrome for Android to v27.0.1453.60 that includes some bug-fixes and includes some new bugs as well.

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The list of bugs that have been squashed are as follows -:

  • 226691: Graphical corruption and blank tabs in tab switcher mode
  • 222805: Most Visited section thumbnails are misaligned in landscape mode for RTL languages
  • 228883: Search is still performed via Google when re-submitting omnibox query after switching search engine
  • Flicker while opening new tabs
  • Fixes for some frequently occurring crashes
  • chrome://history sometimes show duplicate items

However, being a beta some bugs are still present in this update including page flickering during navigation, and Chrome lagging when opening a new tab.

On my Nexus 4 and the Galaxy S3, Chrome and Chorme Beta are completely unusable for me. They both lag and stutter while loading slightly heavy websites, and even general zooming and panning around is not satisfactory. Given that both the phones in question here have quad-core CPUs, this is completely unacceptable.

Hopefully, the move to a new rendering engine in Chrome – Blink – will solve all the lag and rendering issues of Chrome for Android. A blink engine based Chrome version for Android, however, at best, is still more than a couple of months away.

HTC Desire L Launched In Taiwan

Earlier this month, HTC launched the Desire P smartphone in Taiwan, Now, the Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer has launched yet another mid-range smartphone in its home country. The HTC Desire L packs a 4.3 inch touchscreen display with 1 GHz dual-core processor. This handset is expected to be shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. HTC Desire L is basically a larger version of the HTC Desire X smartphone.

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HTC Desire L 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 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, HTC Sense 4.1 UI, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, F2.0 aperture, 28mm wide-angle lens, Beats Audio and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, NFC (Near Field Communication), A-GPS with GLONASS and a 1800 mAh battery.

Apart from Taiwan, the HTC Desire L is expected to go on sale in other Asian countries including China. However, HTC might not launch this device in Europe and North America. The price and availability of the Desire L will be announced soon.