Samsung Galaxy S4 Up For Pre-Order At Three UK

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Sadly, the Korean manufacturer will start shipping this device from April-end in Europe and Asia. I’m sure almost everyone is eagerly waiting to get their hands-on this device. However, Three subscribers in the UK can finally pre-order the much-awaited Galaxy S4 and begin the countdown. As expected, Three UK’s variant will come with the 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor instead of the 1.6 GHz Exynos 5 octa-core processor.

Tom Malleschitz, Marketing Director at Three said,
“Following the phenomenal success of the Samsung Galaxy S III we’re very excited to bring the Samsung Galaxy S4 to Three. With so many great features, the Galaxy S4 is a sure fire crowd pleaser. We have every confidence that customers will be able to enjoy great speeds and get the ultimate mobile internet experience without a hefty price tag.”


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.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 4G LTE Connectivity, 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, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2600 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Three UK subscribers can pre-order the Galaxy S4 right now. However, the wireless carrier will ship this device from April 26. This handset will be available for free with a two year service agreement. You will need to subscribe to the £35 per month Ultimate Internet 500 plan or £37 per month The One Plan. What are you waiting for? Just head over to this page and pre-order the powerful Galaxy S4.

Flipboard 2.0 For iOS Brings Custom Magazines, Read Later And More

Flipboard is an extremely popular news reading app for smartphones and tablets running on the iOS and Android Operating Systems. Flipboard was originally designed for the iPad, which was later updated to add support for the iPhone and iPod Touch followed by Android smartphones and tablets. Flipboard is one of those apps which I’ve been using almost everyday on my iPad.

Flipboard recently released the version 2.0 of this amazing app. The new Flipboard allows you to collect and save articles, photos, audio and video by organizing them into beautiful magazines. You heard it right! Now you can even create you own digital magazines on Flipboard. These magazines can be made public to share them with the Flipboard community or you can choose to make your magazines private.


What’s new in Flipboard 2.0?

  • You can now collect and save content into your own magazines, tap the new “+” button to get started.
  • Your magazines are public, but can be made private (viewable only to you).
  • Use the new bookmarklet to add items to your magazines from your browser.
  • Get Flipboard notifications when people like, comment or subscribe to your magazines.
  • Easily email or share magazines to Facebook, Twitter, G+, etc.
  • Personalized recommendations for more to add to your Flipboard.
  • Search is now front and center on your Flipboard, with new and improved results.
  • Faster page-loading and faster flipping performance.

Flipboard 2.0 has also introduced a new commenting system which allows you to comments on articles and even use @mentions to interact with other Flipboard users. Apart from that, Flipboard also brings new “Flip It” bookmarklet which lets you flip the current page on Flipboard. This update is currently available only for iPad and iPhone users. Android users might have to wait for few weeks before getting their hands-on these amazing new features.

Sony Xperia E Goes On Sale In India For Rs.9,999

Last year, Sony unveiled the entry-level Xperia E smartphone. This handset is specially targeted for those who are planning to jump from feature phones to smartphones. Sony Xperia E runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This handset features noise cancellation that filters out background noise and allows you to have clear conversations in any environment.

Sony has not yet officially launched this handset. However, Infibeam has already started selling this budget smartphone in India. The specs of this handset is slightly better than its competitors. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

sony xperia e

Sony Xperia E features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, DLNA Certified, Micro USB, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store, up to 6 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 530 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Infibeam is currently selling the Sony Xperia E for just Rs.9,999 (approx. $185) in India. This handset is currently available in black, white and pink colors. You will also get a Sony headphone (MDR-ZX100A) worth Rs.1,490 with this handset. To purchase the Xperia E, head over to Infibeam.

Google Nexus 7 Goes On Sale in India Via Play Store For Rs.15,999

Google Nexus 7 needs no introduction! It is Google’s first tablet device which was unveiled last year at the company’s I/O event in San Francisco. Nexus 7 is manufactured by Asus and it is officially sold by Google via Play Store in 9 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.

Google Nexus 7 retails for just $199 in the US, however Croma is already selling this device in India for Rs.19,999 (approx.$370). Today, Google went ahead and officially launched the Nexus 7 in India via Play Store. It is the first device to be sold on the Indian Play Store.


Nexus 7 features a 7 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 12-core GPU, 1.2 megapixel camera for video calls, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, MicroUSB, NFC (Near Field Connectivity), Accelerometer, GPS, 1GB RAM and much more.

It also comes with a 4325 mAh battery, which offers up to 300 hours of stand-by time and allows you to watch videos for up to 9 hours. Google is currently selling the 16 GB variant of Nexus 7 in India. This device measures 198.5 mm x 120 mm x 10.45 mm and weighs just 340g.

Google Nexus 7 comes with a price tag of Rs.15,999 (approx. $295) in India. This device will be shipped from April 5, 2013. We hope that Google will also bring the much-awaited Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 in India. To get this device, head over to Play Store India.

Steve Kondik A.K.A CyanogenMod Posts His First Impression On The Galaxy S4, Quits Samsung As Well

Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod, has given his first impression on the Galaxy S4, and has also announced that he is no longer working for Samsung.

Like the Galaxy S3, Steve’s impression on the Galaxy S4 is mostly positive with near instant GPS lock, its hovering touch screen, the IR blaster, the blazing fast performance (40K score in Quadrant), and the decent cameras.


Regarding TouchWIZ, this is what Steve had to say -:

TouchWiz has become a bit more consistent with the latest upgrade. There are no more jarring mismatches in different parts of the OS, and it’s been lightened up a bit and has a clean “flat” feel. Unfortunately, it feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days. Say goodbye to all of the nice touch-friendly ViewPagers and say hello again to a fully tabbed UI. You’ll also enjoy the seemingly endless onslaught of popup windows and modal “Loading…” dialogs. UI performance is average. It’s better and worse at the same time, depending on your viewpoint I suppose.

On the features side, it’s absolutely loaded with stuff. Some of the new features are very useful like the “hover” preview where you can just point at an email message without touching the screen and it shows a preview of the message. The multi-window feature is present here, and is nice to have around when you need it. The camera app has seen some significant upgrades too, with live previews of the postprocessing effects and a new UI. My least favorite new feature is “Smart Scroll” which is supposed to scroll based on face detection + tilt, but it mostly serves to anger me into disabling it.

You can read Steve’s detailed impression on the Galaxy S4 over at his Google+ page.

Steve did not explicitly say as to why he has left Samsung or where he is current employed, except  that he will reveal his new employer in a couple of months.

Via – +Steve Kondik

HTC One To Be Available In All Major Markets Before End Of April

Today, HTC has released an official statement regarding the availability of the One in major markets and its delay. The company states that it “has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One” and will be making the handset available in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week. Other major markets including Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific will get the One “before the end of April.”


“HTC has seen unprecedented demand for and interest in the new HTC One, and the care taken to design and build it is evidenced in early reviews. The new HTC One will roll out in the UK, Germany and Taiwan next week and across Europe, North America and most of Asia-Pacific before the end of April. We appreciate our customers’ patience, and believe that once they have the phone in their hands they will agree that it has been worth the wait.”

When HTC had unveiled the One back in Feb, it had hoped to make the handset available in most markets by March. However, things have not really gone as the Taiwanese maker had planned with delays due to shortage of supplies of the handset’s camera components.

By the time the HTC One will be available in nearly all the major markets, the Samsung Galaxy S4 would have also hit shelves in the major markets, which will definitely make things tough for the Taiwanese maker. While the HTC One may have a better in-hand feel and other nice features compared to the Galaxy S4, it lacks the marketing and brand presence that Samsung’s Galaxy S series enjoy nowadays.

Samsung Launches The Galaxy Express Smartphone In Europe

Samsung recently launched the Android powered Galaxy Express smartphone in Europe. It is basically the same device which was unveiled last year for the AT&T subscribers in the US. Samsung Galaxy Express comes with the S Beam feature which allows you to easily touch and transfer your favorite movie or the latest songs just by touching another device. This handset will be shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. There are no major changes in the specs of this device.

samsung galaxy express

Samsung Galaxy Express features a 4.5 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, full HD (1080p) video playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Samsung Hub, Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, S Beam, Google Play Store, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Wi-Fi hot-spot, Wi-Fi Direct, MHL, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 2000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Express measures 132.2 mm x 69.1 mm x 9.3 mm and weighs just 139.1 grams. This handset will be available only in white color. Ironically, the Galaxy Express comes with a price-tag of €489 (approx. $630), while the powerful Galaxy S III is available for around €410 (approx. $530). If you are planning to buy the Galaxy Express, then we would suggest you to give it a miss and get the cheaper yet powerful Galaxy S III.

New Nexus 10 Commercial From Google Will Make You Want One Now!

Google has recently released some excellent commercials for its Nexus products and Google Now. Continuing this tradition, the company today released a new advert promoting its Nexus 10 tablet. The advertisement is so good, that it made me feel like buying the tablet at that very instant, even though I own an iPad.

The advertisement is about a couple who are expecting a baby, and how they use their Nexus 10 with its multi-user feature support to share their happiness with the world.

Google has done an excellent job with this commercial, and I cannot imagine Samsung coming up with such a brilliant commercial like this, even though they technically make the Nexus 10.

Apple has been known to come up with brilliant advertisements, and slowly and steadily, Google is also reaching that level with its Nexus series of commercials.

Gmail For Android Update Finally Allows You To Archive/Reply/Delete An Email From The Notification Bar

Google has finally updated the Gmail app for Android to add something that has been requested for such a long time from all Android 4.1 Jelly Bean users — the ability to reply, delete or archive an email right from the notification bar. Up until today, the Gmail app only showed you a preview of the email, but today’s update will add the functionality to Archive or Reply to it.


While the option may not seem a biggie to some people, it will definitely be appreciated by all those people who like to keep their inbox clutter free all the time, and archive or reply to an email as soon as it arrives. The update also contains some under-the-hood optimizations and bug-fixes. Google has also changed the font used in the Email headers to a different variant of Roboto, which makes text a bit clear and sharp. The update is already live in the Play Store and can be downloaded from here.

Sony Xperia SP Unveiled — Dual-Core Krait, 8MP Camera, And 4.6-inch Reality Display

Along with the Xperia L, Sony also released an upper mid-range Xperia handset, the Xperia SP. The Xperia SP had leaked earlier as well, suggesting that its launch was imminent. The Xperia SP sports a 4.6-inch BRAVIA HD Reality Display with 720p resolution. It also features Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 that automatically boosts the contrasts, color reproduction level and saturation level while viewing photos and videos.


Internally, the Xperia SP is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8960 (S4) processor that is clocked at 1.7GHz, and is coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE,  and the other usual bunch of features. The handset is made of co-moulded aluminium frame, and will come with a beefy 2370mAh battery.

At the back of the Xperia SP is an 8MP Exmor RS camera with an LED flash. Like the Xperia L, the SP will also be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, with Sony’s OEM skin on top of it. The device arrives in Q2 of this year in White, Red and Black.