LG India’s head of mobile product planning Amit Gujral had earlier revealed that LG will introduce the Nexus 4 in the country by the end of November. Since then, LG Electronics India has remained tight lipped about its plans regarding the new Nexus smartphone. However, thanks to an eBay, the Nexus 4 is already available for pre-order in India.
Nexus 4 is Google’s newest flagship, which was manufactured in partnership with LG. It runs on vanilla Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon(TM) S4 Pro quad-core processor, and flaunts a 4.7″ WXGA IPS display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi).
Ebay seller cart2india2010 is accepting pre-orders on unlocked Nexus 4 handsets in India. The seller will be importing Nexus 4 handsets, which have been presumably purchased through Google Play store in the US. The Nexus 4 is available through Google for $299 for the 8 GB model, and $349 for the 16 GB model. However, in several European countries, LG is selling the handset for €599 (about $762). Since, Google Play store is not available in India, it’s most likely that only LG will be selling the Nexus 4. If that happens, we expect the price of to be in the range of Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 40,000 depending upon the model you chose.
Ebay’s cart2india2010 offers a tempting alternative through its imported handsets. The current pre-order price is Rs. 23,490 for the 8 GB model and Rs. 27,490 for the 16 GB model. Unless, Google comes in and subsidizes its latest flagship, Indians are unlikely to get it for anywhere near the price that cart2india2010 is offering. However, since cart2india2010 will only begin shipping the devices after December 10, it might make sense to wait till the end of November for the official announcement.
One of the key new features in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the multi-window multi-tasking. This feature allows Note 2 users to simultaneously use two different apps on their device at the same time.
However, the recently released U.S variants of the Galaxy Note 2 from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T lack this feature out of the box. Since, this is a software feature, it is bound to be available to all the U.S variants of the Note 2 down the line via a software update.
Today, Sprint became the first operator to offer this software update to its brand new Note 2 users. Along with multi-window multi-tasking, the update also brings a bunch of other bug-fixes and minor enhancements including GPS improvements and SMS notification improvements.
The update is being rolled out via OTA by Sprint and most users will be automatically notified once the update hits their phone.
A few days ago the Nexus 4 review embargo was lifted and all the popular websites including The Verge and Engadget posted a review of the handset. However, AnandTech — one of the most respected tech website out there – only posted an ‘in-depth’ preview of the Nexus 4, giving us a sneak peek into its performance and battery life.
AnandTech’s preview painted a very disappointing picture of the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core Krait processor used inside the Nexus 4. On paper, the S4 Pro SoC should absolutely blow the competition apart. But, in AnandTech’s benchmark the handset performed very poorly, sometimes being bested by its own dual-core sibling – the S4. Brian Klug clearly mentioned in the preview that it looked like the Nexus 4 was constantly throttling itself down due to over-heating whenever he was running benchmarks on the phone.
Well, since we are all curious as to how the Nexus 4 performs without the throttling issues, Brian decided to put the Nexus 4 inside a freezer in a zip bag and re-run the benchmarks. So, how did the Nexus 4 perform when there were no throttling issues?
The updated benchmark score clearly reflect what the SoC inside the Nexus 4 is capable of doing. The full updated benchmark scores are not yet available, but should be soon, once Brian is done with his full review.
So do we really need to worry about the Nexus 4 over-heating and throttling itself to prevent frying itself? Sadly, I am in no position and an expert to answer this. However, Brian did tweet that “the Nexus 4 thermal limits seem rather low, the phone doesn’t get *that* hot externally to me.” It might very well be possible that the retail units of the Nexus 4 have a higher thermal limit to solve this issue.
I will suggest our readers to wait until AnandTech posts a full in-depth review of the Nexus 4 before jumping to conclusions about the performance and over-heating issues of the Nexus 4.
After months of speculation and rumors, it looks like ASUS and Google are finally bringing the Nexus 7 to India. Croma, a popular electronics megastore in India from Tata, listed the Nexus 7 on its website for sale just a few moments ago with a shipping time of 7 working days.
Sadly, the tablet won’t be coming with its tempting price of $199 or roughly Rs 11,000 in the Indian market. Instead, the 16GB variant of the tablet will cost around Rs. 19,999, which is a bummer. At the moment, it is unclear whether ASUS and Google plan on launching the 8GB/32GB variant or even the 3G version of the tablet in India or not.
The Nexus 7 packs in a 7-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1280×700, along with 1GB of RAM. The tablet runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Other specs of the tablet include NFC, Wi-Fi, a 1.2MP front-facing camera and Bluetooth.
What do you do when you ship phones with locked down bootloader and receive community backlash for it? You start releasing a developer variant of every phone you announce that comes with an unlockable bootloader.
Motorola has taken this formula to heart and has released a developer variant of all the RAZR handsets it announced earlier this year with unlockable bootloaders. Today, the company announced that it is soon going to release the Developer edition of the ATRIX HD. Like all other developer edition handsets from Motorola, the ATRIX HD bootloader will be locked by default. Once the developer unlocks it, he will be essentially be saying good bye to the phone’s warranty.
I am not really sure what is the point of releasing Developer edition handsets. Motorola could very well release a bootloader unlocking tool for all its existing devices, using which will void the warranty of the handset.
Anyways, interested developers will have to purchase the ATRIX HD at its full retail price which Motorola will announce sometime soon, along with its release date.
When Motorola unveiled its 2012 line-up of DROID RAZR HD devices, it promised that it will be updating them to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before the year end.
While the official update from Motorola is not yet available, the folks over at DroidRzr have managed to get their hands on a leaked Jelly Bean firmware for the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD owners.
For a leak, the firmware is pretty stable and includes all the Jelly Bean goodness including Project Butter and Google Now. Some users do report that there is a bit of lag here and there, but that is given considering that this is not the final firmware.
If you own a DROID RAZR HD or the RAZR MAXX HD, then head over to the DroidRzr forums for the download link and the installation instructions. The installation steps are pretty easy, and there is also an automated tool which will flash back Ice Cream Sandwich on your RAZR HD/MAXX HD, if you feel like doing so.
Google has once again updated its Android Platform Distribution numbers for the recently ended month of October. Sadly, the numbers are not as impressive as Google would like them to be with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which was released back in late-2010, still capturing 54.2% of the market share.
Android 4.0 and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean still occupy a relatively low 28.5% of the market share. The Jelly Bean numbers in itself is pretty low at only 2.7%, and has increased by less than 1% compared to the last time Google updated its platform distribution chart.
With the release of the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2, the Android update scenario is going to become worse. However, with the One X Jelly Bean update rolling out and the Galaxy S3 update being rolled out to more countries, Android 4.x adoption rate should see a nice boost the next time the chart is updated.
The Nexus 4 from Google is still a couple of weeks away from being available to the public, and so is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
However, as time has passed by, more and more Android 4.2 goodies have leaked on the Internet including the GMail app, updated keyboard with gesture typing, and the updated Camera and Gallery app.
Today, the folks over at Android Task Force have managed to get their hands on the Nexus 4 System dump. The whole system dump includes all the sounds, wallpapers, and other APKs that will come preloaded on the handset.
If you are of the curios type and want to tinker around with the system files of the Nexus 4, head over to Android Task Force to download the system dump and fulfill all your desires.
Samsung keeps announcing new phones every passing week that look similar to its current flagship, the Galaxy S3. If the Galaxy S3 Mini was not enough, yesterday Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Premier.
The Galaxy Premier is a successor of the Galaxy Nexus with design cues borrowed from the Galaxy S3. The specs of the handset include a 4.65-inch Super-AMOLED HD (1280×720) display, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and a beefy 2100mAh battery. The dual-core OMAP 4470 processor inside the Premier is clocked at 1.5GHz, and is accompanied by a PowerVR SGX544 GPU.
At the back of the handset is an 8MP camera with an LED flash, while a 1.9MP camera in the front takes care of all your video calling needs.
Even though the Galaxy Premier is a successor to the Galaxy Nexus, it does not carry the Nexus brand with it. Samsung has made full use of this opportunity and has infested Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with its TouchWIZ enhancements like S-Beam, Pop-Up Play, S-Voice, Smart Stay and more.
The Galaxy Premier will go on sale from next month in Ukraine and other surrounding regions for around 5,555UAH ((650$). It is not yet clear whether Samsung will be releasing this handset in other regions of the world or not.
The most important part of a mobile ecosystem is the availability of apps, as it drives adoption. A higher number of apps on a platform attracts more developers creating a self-sustainable ecosystem. Although Google and Apple are fighting a tough battle for dominance in the mobile space, Apple is still winning for many reasons.
Back in September, Apple announced that their App Store had hit 700,000 apps. Now, Bloomberg has reported that Google’s Play Store is also reaching 700,000 apps, and this threatens Apple’s dominance in the mobile space. However, I am a bit skeptic about how this news is spreading like wildfire. Google may have reached 700,000 apps in its Play Store, but is there any word on that from Google? Last I checked, the Nexus 4 page says there are 675,000 apps in the Play Store.
Did Bloomberg mean to say that “675,000” is the same as “about 700,000″? Following Bloomberg, almost all top tech-blogs are reporting with certainty that Play Store has indeed reached 700,000 apps and most of them are citing Bloomberg as their source. What surprises me is that if this really is big for Play Store, why is there no word on this from Google?
I am not very pleased with the prospects of Play Store reaching 700,00 apps even if it did. Google needs to put better quality control in place for the Play Store, something that Apple has perfected over the years. Half of the apps on the Play Store are utterly useless, rigged with malware or simply copies of apps from the App Store. There are very few apps on the Play Store that would make me proud of being an Android user, and it is not getting any better. Perhaps, Google should give this number battle a backseat, and start focusing on quality instead.