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Use Android? Get the Latest Outlook.com App Update

Android users rejoice, especially if you also use Outlook.com. Microsoft announced on April 16 via their Outlook Blog that they have updated their Android app for Outlook.com. The update is not an incremental update by any stretch of imagination. It is a complete overhaul, and it looks beautiful.

Outlook.com Android app
Outlook.com Android app

 

As you can see above, the first thing that you notice is the overhaul of the user interface. The look is now distinctively “Metro”, looking very much like the Windows Phone and Windows 8 mail apps as also Outlook.com on the web.

Besides the visual changes, some new features were also added to the app. Conversation view for messages is now introduced in the app. In addition, there is also a “mark as junk” label which, I am surprised was left out all this time. Finally, the app now allows for viewing messages by read/unread status and provides the ability to view only flagged messages.

Outlook.com Android app contetxtual menu
Outlook.com Android app contetxtual menu

 

It is worth noting that despite Android “supporting” Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) protocol, Microsoft were forced to build their own app for Outlook.com because, as per Microsoft, different versions of Android have different implementations of EAS. In order to provide a consistent experience across devices, it was felt necessary to build a separate app. This seems to fall in line with how Android works, given that their email client is not stellar, and how Google itself has chosen to build a GMail app for its own service.

If you use Hotmail/Outlook.com and have an Android device, this is a must-have. Download it here.

 

Images from the Office Blogs.

Alcatel One Touch Idol And Idol Ultra Launched In India

Earlier this year, Alcatel unveiled the One Touch Idol and One Touch Idol Ultra at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. These mid-range smartphones are powered by the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is touted to be the world’s thinnest smartphone with just 6.45 millimeters thickness. Today, Alcatel finally launched the One Touch Idol and One Touch Idol Ultra smartphones in India.

Mr. Albert Wong, Head – APAC, Alcatel One Touch, said,
“India is a key strategic market for Alcatel One Touch, poised towards high growth trajectory. In line with Alcatel philosophy of enhancing the mobile entertainment experience and offering pioneering technology firsts to the consumer, today we are launching the slimmest and lightest smartphones in India. Being the exclusive mobile phone partner for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is a good example of the increased popularity of the brand’s premiere Android devices, including the One Touch Idol and Idol Ultra”.

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Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra features a 4.7-inch HD AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Dragon Trail Glass, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with full HD (1080p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, up to 400 hours of stand-by time, up to 7 hours of talk-time and a 1800 mAh battery. This handset is available in vibrant color options of Black and Red.

Alcatel One Touch Idol packs a 4.7 inch IPS display with 540 x 960 pixels resolution, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front facing camera, 3G Connectivity, 4 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Stereo FM radio with RDS, A-GPS, up to 415 hours of stand-by time, up to 7 hours of talk-time and a 1800 mAh battery. This handset is available in Silver, Slate, Cranberry Pink and Red colors with brushed aluminum finish.

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra comes with a price tag of Rs.21,000 (approx. $390), while the Alcatel One Touch Idol is available for Rs.15,800 (approx. $290).

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Mega 5.8 And Mega 6.3 Smartphones

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Mega 5.9 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphones. As the name suggests, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a 5.8 inch qHD display, while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 packs a large 6.3 inch HD display. Thankfully, both of these devices run on the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 comes pre-loaded with Samsung WatchON which transforms the device into an IR remote controller for a great TV experience.

JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Business, Samsung Electronics, said,
“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more. We are excited to provide another choice to meet our consumers’ varying lifestyles, all while maintaining the high-quality features of the award-winning Galaxy series.”

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8:

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 features a 5.8 inch qHD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 5.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, S Translator, Samsung ChatOn, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1.5 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0 and a 2600 mAh battery. This handset measures 162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0 mm and weighs 182g.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3:

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 features a 6.3 inch HD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 5.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, NFC (Near Field Communication), GPS + GLONASS, Air View, Multi Window, Pop Up Play and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Samsung ChatON, Samsung WatchON, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1.5 GB RAM, 8 GB/ 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and a 3200 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 will go on sale from next month in Europe and Russia, followed by other major markets. The price of these devices will be announced soon.

ZTE Geek Announced; Comes With 2 GHz Intel Clover Trail+ Processor

Earlier this week, ZTE announced the powerful ZTE Geek smartphone at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing. This handset runs on the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and packs a 5 inch HD display along with Intel’s new Clover Trail+ based Atom Z2580 processor. According to ZTE, this handset is twice as fast for computing and three times as fast for graphics compared to the phones powered by Intel’s previous processor.

Mr. He Shiyou, Head of the Mobile Devices Division, ZTE, said,
“Our recent collaboration with Intel on the ZTE GEEK builds off of the success of the Grand Series and further enhances our competitiveness in the high-end smartphone market. This partnership also will improve customer experiences by providing them with more choices in the market.”

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ZTE Geek features a 5 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core processor, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, DLNA, wireless charging capabilities and a 2300 mAh battery.

ZTE has not yet announced the price and release date of this device. ZTE Geek will first go on sale in China, followed by other major markets.

Sony Xperia SP Launched In India For Rs.27,490

Last month, Sony unveiled the Xperia SP smartphone. This entry-level smartphone runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Today, Sony finally launched the amazing Xperia SP smartphone in India. Sony Xperia SP 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. The latest Mobile Bravia Engine 2 on this handset delivers a better viewing experience by analyzing your content type and adjusting the image automatically.

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Sony Xperia SP features a 4.6 inch HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 8 GB internal memory, 5.8 GB user memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA Certified, USB 2.0 and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Google Play Store, up to 39 hrs of music playback time, up to 734 hrs of stand-by time, up to 10 hrs of talk-time and a 2370 mAh battery.

Sony has pre-loaded Sony Music and Sony Liv apps on this device. Sony Music offers free unlimited streaming and music download for 6 month. On the other hand, Sony Liv is a unique video streaming app which allows the consumers to catch-up show of SAB, Sony Entertainment and Max. Sony Xperia SP will be available in black and white colors. This handset will go on sale from mid-April for Rs.27,490 (approx. $500). Sony Xperia SP customers will get a free premium case worth Rs. 1,990.

Lava Iris 455 Launched In India; Comes With 4.5 Inch Display, Android 4.1 OS

Lava recently launched the entry-level Iris 455 smartphone in India. This handset is the successor of the Lava Iris 454 smartphone. Similar to its predecessor, Lava Iris 455 comes with a large 4.5 inch display and a 1 GHz dual-core processor. However, it will be shipped with the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, instead of the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.

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Lava Iris 455 features a 4.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, Dual-SIM (GSM + GSM) capabilities, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 4 GB internal memory, 2 GB user memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 9.92 mm and weighs just 120 grams.

The manufacturer has not yet revealed the price of this device. However, Lava Iris 455 is expected to be available for less than Rs.10,000. This handset will compete with Xolo A800, Micromax A101, Intex Aqua Wonder and other entry-level Android smartphones.

LG Optimus L7 II Dual And Optimus L3 II Dual Launched In India

Earlier this year, LG unveiled three new mid-range smartphones, the Optimus L7 II, Optimus L5 II and Optimus L3 II. As the name suggests, these handsets are the successor of the LG Optimus L7, Optimus L5 and Optimus L3 respectively. These devices run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Today, LG officially launched the dual-SIM variant of Optimus L7 II and Optimus L3 II in India.

According to Mr. Amit Gujral, Head Marketing, LG Mobiles,
“The smartphone market is growing at an incredible pace, and the global mobile subscribers is predicted to touch 3.9 billion in 2017. India is catching up fast to this smartphone race. With the launch of LG Optimus L7 II Dual and L3 II Dual, LG plans to reap the benefits of the intense smartphone demand in India, as well as to build on its heritage of technological innovation.”

LG Optimus L3 II Dual:

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LG Optimus L3 II Dual comes with a 3.2 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon processor, 3.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, 512 MB RAM, up to 730 hours of stand-by time, up to 16 hours 30 mins of talk-time and a 1540 mAh battery.

LG Optimus L7 II Dual:

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LG Optimus L7 II Dual features a 4.3 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, 768 MB RAM, up to 800 hours of stand-by time, up to 12 hours of talk-time and a 2460 mAh battery.

LG Optimus L7 II Dual comes with a price tag of Rs.18,650 (approx. $340), while the LG Optimus L3 II Dual is priced at just Rs.8,800 (approx. $160).

HTC One Released In India For Rs 42,900

Today, HTC announced that it will be bringing its latest and greatest flagship – the One – to India by the end of April for a MOP (Best Buy) price of Rs 42,900. The HTC One has a zero-gap aluminium unibody, with a 4.7-inch S-LCD3 1080p display in the front adored by BoomSound stereo speakers on its top and bottom.

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The One is a beast in every sense and packs in a quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage to make up for the lack of a microSD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, GPS and even an IR blaster so that you can directly control all your remote appliances from your phone. The handset also includes a revolutionary new camera that aims to buck the Megapixel race. While the camera only has a 4.3MP resolution, it consists of a 5 element plastic lens with an f/2.0 aperture. All this combined with the new custom made camera sensor from HTC provides the One with stellar low-light performance and bigger pixels dubbed as “UltraPixel”.

On the software side, the One runs on Android 4.1.2 with the greatest and latest version of Sense UI (v5) on top of it. HTC has included some really nice features in the latest Sense UI including BlinkFeed for a new re-defined homescreen experience, and HTC Zoe for a new imaging experience.

HTC has also tied up with Reliance GSM to offer 1GB of free 3G data to all One customers for three months. The handset should retail for a couple of thousand lower when it hits the market, making it a very tempting deal.

 

Samsung Galaxy Star And Galaxy Pocket Neo Announced

Samsung recently announced Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo entry-level Android phones. These devices will be available in both single SIM and dual SIM versions. Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo users can scan the Bluetooth connected devices or wireless access points by simply shaking the devices. These smartphones run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Samsung Galaxy Star:

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Samsung Galaxy Star features a 3 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 2 megapixel rear facing camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPRS/EDGE, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Samsung ChatOn and a 1200 mAh battery. It measures 104.95 x 58 x 11.9 mm and weighs 100.5 grams.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo:

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Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo features a 3 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 850 MHz application processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, Dual SIM capabilites with Multi SIM widget, 2 megapixel rear facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Samsung ChatOn, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS+GLONASS, 512 MB RAM and a 1200 mAh battery. This handset measures 105 x 57.8 x 11.8 mm and weighs 100.5 grams.

Samsung has not yet announced the price and availability of these devices. Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo will compete with Nokia’s Asha smartphones and other entry-level Android phones.