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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.

Samsung Galaxy Grand With 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor Announced In South Korea

Samsung has already announced the international variant of the Galaxy Grand smartphone. Earlier this week, the South Korean manufacturer has even launched this device in India. Today, Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy Grand for its home market. However, this variant is slightly different from the international variant. The Samsung Galaxy Grand will comes with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and VoLTE connectivity, instead of 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 3G connectivity. Sadly, there is no change to the disappointing screen resolution.

The South Korean variant of Galaxy Grand features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, VoLTE Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device. However, the price is expected to be slightly higher than the international variant. This device will be available across all three major carriers – SKT, LG U+ and KT in Marble White color.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Launched In India For Rs.21,500

Samsung recently launched the mid-range Galaxy Grand in India. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It comes with some decent specs including a 5 inch display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on. Samsung Galaxy Grand is one of the world’s top performing Dual-SIM smartphones. This handset also sports the Multi-Window, Smart Stay and Direct Call features, which was first seen in the Galaxy Note II.

Asim Warsi, Vice President, Samsung Mobile, said,
“Continuing with our legacy of launching innovative devices that redefine consumer experiences, I take great pride in announcing the launch of the Galaxy Grand in the Indian market .The Galaxy Grand is revolutionary not only in terms of the great smartphone experience that it provides but also in terms of its value proposition. I feel the Galaxy Grand will further fuel the growth of the Smartphone market in India and will especially delight consumers looking for a great Smart Dual SIM phone.”

Samsung Galaxy Grand features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Grand comes with a price tag of just Rs.21,500. For a limited time, Samsung will bundle a Flip Cover right in the box. You will also get the new ‘My Services’ worth Rs.8000 for free along with 50 GB of Dropbox space. Additionally, Vodafone users will get 2 GB data download per month for the first 2 months.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Launched; 5 Inch HD Display, 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor For Rs.14,999

Indian mobile phone manufacturer, Micromax recently surprised everyone with the launch of its powerful yet budget-friendly Micromax A116 Canvas HD smartphone. This device is the successor of the highly popular Mircomax Canvas 2. It packs a 5 inch HD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM and much more. Unlike other budget smartphones, the Micromax Canvas HD runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out-of-the-box.

Deepak Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Micromax, said:
“At Micromax, we constantly strive to innovate and develop great technological experiences for our consumers. Today’s launch marks our association with MediaTek to bring forth our first quad core phone in this segment, offering consumers a great user experience with latest features and added functionality. We are excited with the success of Canvas 2, which has clearly established Micromax as number one player in the new 5” phablet category in India. We are looking forward to similar success with the new phone being unveiled today.”

The Micromax A116 Canvas HD features a 5 inch HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720p pixels, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, dual-SIM capabilities, 8 megapixel rear camera with flash, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth technology, Micro USB, USB 2.0, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 207 hrs of stand-by time and a 2100 mAh battery. This handset measures 144mm x 74mm x10.7mm.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD comes with a price tag of just Rs.14,999 (approx. $280). You heard it right! Currently, there is no other smartphone with such an impressive specs in the sub-15k price range. We are quite sure that Micromax Canvas HD will break the records of its predecessor in the coming weeks.

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

LG Optimus G Pro Officially Unveiled In Japan; Full HD Screen, 13MP Camera, Quad-Core Processor And More!

Just a few days that the Optimus G Pro specs leaked online, LG has gone ahead and unveiled the handset in Japan under the NTT Docomo network. The major upgrade the Optimus G Pro has over its predecessor is the new 5-inch 1080p IPS display.

Internally, the Optimus G Pro packs in a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi and the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features including LTE. The Pro is around 1.5mm thicker than the Optimus G, thanks largely due to the beefy 3000mAh battery inside it. There is a 13MP sensor at the back of the handset which is capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.

LG has also dumped the glass black found on the Nexus 4 and the Optimus G in favor of plastic for improved reliability. The Korean company has also replaced the capacitive home button in the front with a physical Home like on the Samsung Galaxy series.

On the software side, the Optimus G Pro runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG’s own custom skin on top of it. One of the software tweaks that LG is offering on the Optimus G Pro is dubbed as ‘Slide Apps’, which are floating mini apps that can be kept on top of an existing application and used.

LG and NTT Docomo did not mention anything about the pricing of the handset. The handset is expected to be available in Japan sometime in April only. LG is also expected to announce a global version of the Optimus G Pro at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

LG Optimus G Pro Specs Leak; Confirms Its Existence

The LG Optimus G was among the first Android phones to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU. The Nexus 4 from Google and LG is also based on the Optimus G and sports similar specs as the Optimus G.

Even though the Optimus G is not yet widely available, rumors of LG working on the Optimus G successor has been floating around for quite sometime. Today, Blog Of Mobile have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures that suggest that LG will soon be releasing the Optimus G Pro in Japan.

The Optimus G Pro is more of an iterative upgrade over the Optimus G. It packs in a 5-inch 1080p HD display and a Krait CPU from Qualcomm clocked at 1.7GHz. Other specs of the handset remain more or less the same – 13MP camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage space, LTE, GPS with A-GPS, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, NFC and a bunch of sensors. LG has also beefed up the battery of the Pro to 3000mAh to take into account the increase in screen size and a power hungry processor.

In all probability, LG will announce the handset at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that is just a month away from now.

Via – Engadget

Press For Android Update Brings Performance Improvements And Background Syncing

Press is hands down among the best Google Reader clients available on Android. It has been dubbed as the ‘Reeder’ for Android devices, which is no small feat.

Even then, Press is far from perfect. Until today, the app lacked background syncing notifications and had performance issues even on dual-core Android devices.

The developers of Press – TwentyFive Squares – pushed a new update to the app today which fixes most of the issues with the app and brings other new features. Below is the full change-log of the app -:

– Quick article navigation to go to next/previous articles
– Background/automatic syncing
– Sync on app launch
– Background syncing notifications
– New text-alignment options
– Show image title and URL in the image viewer. (xkcd fans rejoice!)
– Date and time formats now match device settings
– Article title is now included when sharing to social networks
– Lots of performance enhancements and bug fixes

If you are an avid Google Reader user and have not tried Press, you are missing out on probably the best way to access Google Reader on your Android device.

Acer Iconia B1 Launched In India For Just Rs.7,999

Acer was already rumored to unveil an entry-level Android tablet in 2013. Last week, Acer finally announced the ultra-cheap Iconia B1 tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. With one week of its announcement, Acer went ahead and launched this affordable 7 inch tablet exclusively for the folks living in India.

Indian mobile phone manufacturers such as Micromax, HCL, Lava and Spice are already selling cheap Android tablets in India. However, Acer Iconia B1 is the first tablet from an international brand to be available in India at a price of sub-10,000. This device runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out-of-the-box. You can find the complete specs below.

Acer Iconia B1 features a 7 inch display, sporting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 512 MB DDR3 RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, WiFi 801.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and 2710 mAh battery. This device measures 196 x 126.5 x 11.4 mm and weighs 370 grams.

Acer Iconia B1 comes with a price-tag of just Rs.7,999 (approx. $150) in India. Yes, you heard it right! If you are looking for an entry-level Android tablet from an international brand, then your search should end at this device. However, the 0.3 megapixel front camera and pathetic battery are major disappointment.

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa SoC Uses PowerVR GPU Instead Of ARM’s Mali GPU

One of the highlights of this year CES was the announcement of an Octa-Core mobile SoC from Samsung – the Exynos 5 Octa. This absolute beast of an SoC makes use of ARM’s big.LITTLE implementation and packs 4 Cortex-A15 based cores, and 4 lower-power Cortex-A7 based cores, manufactured on the 28nm HKMG process.

The use of ARM’s big.LITTLE technology will allow this SoC to provide the best of both worlds – performance and battery life. On the GPU side, it was assumed that Samsung went with ARM’s Mali GPU, which was found inside the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S III.

However, it looks like Samsung may have had a change of heart and has instead used PowerVR’s Imagination GPU on its latest SoC. AnandTech has confirmed from multiple sources that the Exynos 5 Octa SoC packs in three cores of PowerVR SGX543 GPU, with each core clocked at 533MHz.

This is the same GPU that Apple uses in its A5 and A5X SoC, with the latter being found inside the third generation iPad. Considering the PowerVR SGX543 inside the Exynos 5 Octa SoC is clocked so high, it should be able to beat the 3rd generation iPad in benchmarks. However, it won’t be able to surpass the performance of the A6/X SoC found inside the iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPad.

There is a very strong possibility that Samsung will end up using the Exynos 5 Octa SoC on its upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone.

Beta Version Of Chrome For Android Hits The Play Store

Google introduced Chrome for Android with Android 4.1 and the Nexus 7. With the launch of the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2, the company ditched the stock AOSP browser for Chrome. While Chrome for Android is feature-filled, it has some major performance issues even on devices with a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

Google aims to bring Chrome for Android on level with its desktop counterpart in terms of security and performance. Keeping this in mind, the company has released a beta version of Chrome for Android in the Play Store. Like the beta channel for the desktop version of Chrome, the beta version of Chrome for Android will provide users with some new experimental features, under-the-hood changes, bug-fixes and much more.

The official blog post from Google states that the beta version of Chrome for Android should already feature at least 25-30% improvement in Octane benchmarks on average. Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 users who have already tried the beta version of the browser have also reported an improvement in the performance of the app.

The beta version of Chrome for Android can be installed side-by-side with the stable version available on the Play Store.

Sony Xperia Z Up For Pre-Order In The UK

Earlier this week, Sony unveiled the much-awaited Xperia Z smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. This handset managed to grab the eyeballs of almost everyone at the event, thanks to its brilliant design and powerful specs. Sony Xperia Z is a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display.

Sony has already announced that the device will be launched during the Q1 of 2013. Sadly, the price of this device was not revealed at the event. Now, we have good news for the folks living in the UK. Clove, a popular online retailer has not only started taking the pre-orders of this device, but also revealed the exact price of this device. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the specs posted below.

sony xperia z

Sony Xperia Z features a 5 inch full HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 13 megapixel Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, USB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a 2330 mAh battery.

Clove has not mentioned the exact release date, however the retailer is expected to ship the device starting from March 1, 2013. This handset comes with a price-tag of £528 (approx. $850) in the UK (including VAT). To pre-order this device right now, just head over to this page.

Samsung Announces The Galaxy S II Plus Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S II needs no introduction! It is the successor of the original Galaxy S and the first Android smartphone to cross the 10 million mark. This handset was originally launched with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS and the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update is already on its way.

Samsung has just introduced a new variant of the Galaxy S II smartphone. No prizes for guessing the name! The Samsung Galaxy S II Plus packs almost same specs from the original Galaxy S II in the same old design, except the fact that the device will be shipped with the newer Android 4.1 OS and Samsung’s latest Touchwiz Nature UX out-of-the-box. Sadly, the internal memory on this device has been reduced from 16 GB to just 8 GB.

Samsung Galaxy S II Plus features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 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, full HTML web browser, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, 1 GB RAM, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Direct, up to 610 hrs of stand-by time, up to 8 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 1650 mAh battery.

Apart from that, the rear camera features a zero-lag shutter speed that captures moving objects easily without delay. The popup video feature allows you to play a video anywhere on the screen in a resizable pop-up window while simultaneously running other tasks. The price and availability of this device will be announced soon.

ZTE Grand S Announced; Comes With 5 Inch 1080p Display, S4 Pro, 2 GB RAM

Last year, the images and specs of the ZTE Grand S was leaked a number of times. Recently, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched its very own 5 inch smartphone, the ZTE Grand S at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and it packs a 5 inch 1080p display (similar to the recently launched Xperia Z), 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM.

ZTE Grand S is currently the slimmest 5 inch smartphone with just 6.45 millimeters thickness. Sadly, this handset comes with a 1780 mAh non-removable battery. We have no idea what the manufacturer was thinking before creating this beast with such a disappointing battery.

Mr. Kan Yulun, Corporate Vice President of ZTE Corporation and CTO of the ZTE Mobile Device Division, said,
“The ZTE Grand S gives our customers the latest in technology, functionality and style. We understand that today’s consumers call for advanced features and state-of-the-art multimedia options in their handsets, and the ZTE Grand S confidently addresses those demands. It is fitting that we can announce the world debut of the ZTE Grand S at CES 2013, the world’s largest annual innovation event.”

ZTE Grand S features a 5 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 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, 4G LTE Connectivity, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, DLNA, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 1780 mAh non-removable battery.

ZTE Grand S measures 142 x 69 x 6.9 mm and weighs 170 grams. This handset will go on sale in China from Q1 of 2013. The price of this device will be announced in the coming weeks.

Lenovo K900 Running Android Sports A Dual-Core 2GHz Clover Trail+ Processor

Huawei and ZTE are not the only companies releasing Android based smartphones at CES in Las Vegas. Joining them is Lenovo, which released its flagship smartphone earlier today at CES, the Lenovo K900.

The K900 sports a massive 5.5-inch IPS screen with 1080p Full HD resolution protected by Gorilla Glass 2, 2GGB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, microSD card slot, a 13MP F/1.8 camera at its back accompanied by dual-LED flash, and a front-facing 1.9MP camera with 88-degree viewing angle.

The handset is made of stainless steel alloy plus polycarbonate body inside an impressively thin 6.9mm body. Perhaps, the most interesting part of the Lenovo K900 is the processor ticking inside it. Last year, Lenovo was among the first companies at CES to announce an Intel Medfield based phone, the K800. This year, they continue that tradition with the K900, which sports Intel’s latest mobile SoC – Clover Trail+, a dual-core chip that is clocked at an insanely high 2GHz.

At the moment it is unknown how Clover Trail+ performs compared to other mobile SoC solutions like the Tegra 4, Apple’s A6X and Samsung’s Exynos series. The company did not mention anything about the pricing or release date of the K900, or which version of Android it will run out of the box.