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.

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Jelly Bean Premium Suite Update Now Available In The United States

After rolling out the Premium Suite upgrade for the International Galaxy S III, Samsung has turned its attention to the United States. The Korean company has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 in the U.S. The update also brings with it the Premium Suite upgrade that contains a lot of new features seen on the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3.

The Premium Suite upgrade will bring with it Multi-Window multitasking, Air View, enhanced S-Pen functionality, Paper Artist, updated Gallery, Easy Clip and much more. The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text and Google Now are also present.

At the moment, the update is only available for the Wi-Fi variant of the Galaxy Note 10.1. The update is available via OTA or Samsung’s KIES software. Galaxy Note 10.1 owners in the United States can find more information and the list of features over at Samsung’s website.

Via – GSMArena

Xperia S Jelly Bean Firmware Update Details And Screenshots Leak

The Xperia S was Sony’s first half flagship for 2012. The handset launched with Gingerbread on-board, and was later on updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While the handset was not particularly stellar, it did find its fair share of fanboys and lovers. Sony aims to update the Xperia S to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean sometime in April-May of 2013.

While the company has not announced as to what all changes the Jelly Bean update will bring for the handset, an XDA developer – DooMLoRD – has revealed some information as to what the update will bring along with some screenshots.

Firstly, the update will bring in a linux kernel v3.4.xx which should bring with it some low-level performance and security enhancements. Visually, the lock screen will be updated to the one currently seen on the Xperia T running Jelly Bean. Other enhancements include one-touch screen mirroring over HDMI, Find My Xperia, Power Management and much more.

The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, Google Now and others should also help in breathing a new life to the Xperia S when the update lands.

Via – Xperia S

LG France Mobile Director Talks About The Nexus 4 And Rumors Surrounding It

The Nexus 4 launch has been nothing short of a disaster for Google and LG. The handset sold out minutes after being up for purchase on the Play Store, and since then the supply of the handset is still erratic. To make matters worse, both LG and Google have been absolutely mum about this matter frustrating potential buyers.

Now, in an interview with Challenges.fr, LG France’s Mobile Division director – Cathy Robin – has spoken in detail about the Nexus 4, its shortage issues, and regarding the rumors of LG shutting down production of the handset. She even rubbishes the 375,000 estimated sales figure of the Nexus 4 saying that it is way lower than the actual figure.

While the interview is originally in french, it has been translated into English by a floflo81 on Reddit. Below are some excerpts from the interview -:

What’s happening with the Nexus 4, a very competitive but unavailable product?

The Nexus 4 indeed offers an excellent technical specs/price ratio. The stock issues aren’t complety related to LG. Google submitted us some sales predictions calculated from their sales history for the previous Nexus.

However they were lower than the actual demand. The current shipments from LG to Google match what had been preordered on the Google Play site. We still ship them regularly. But it’s “just-in-time”. That’s why the Nexus 4 is always shown as sold out and the potential buyers have the feeling they can’t buy it.

As an example, the initial predictions of Google were 10 times higher for the United Kingdom and for Germany. So we ship a lot more to these countries than to France. There was a happy medium that was badly anticipated. But mind that I’m not blaming anyone. Between Google and LG, everything is going smoothly. Today, if we want to increase the shipments pace, there will be a 6-week delay.

Is the Nexus 4 sold at a loss, as it has been said?

We have no incentive to sell it at a loss. However there was an agreement between Google and LG to sell it at a very compelling price. And it’s true that €299 for the 8GB and €349 for the 16GB, that’s a super attractive price.

The whole interview clears up a lot of rumors regarding the Nexus 4, and how the handset has helped increased LG’s reputation among international carriers. Head over to Reddit to read the full interview in english.

Android 4.2.2 Shown Running On A Nexus 4

Rumors about Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 started floating around since last week, when an image of a Nexus 4 running Android 4.2.2 surfaced in Brazil. The rumor indicated that the latest batch of Nexus 4 rolling out from LG’s factory in Brazil is already running Android 4.2.2.

Today, a Czech site – SmartMania.cz – casually showed off Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 in an overview video of the phone. The previous image and this video all but confirm the existence of Android 4.2.2. Don’t expect Android 4.2.2 to bring any new features or UI changes though.

The minor bump in the Jelly Bean version is only aimed at improving the overall performance, stability and battery life of all the Nexus devices, that has gone down considerably in Android 4.2.1.

If you think that the above video is fake and just a build.prop edit, then check the video again. The leaked picture and the video show the Nexus 4 using a newer .44 radio/baseband that at least, for me, proves the authenticity of the video and image.

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 And 7 Get Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean In The United States

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the 7-inch and 10-inch Galaxy Tab 2 in the United States. The Korean giant had started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the European Galaxy Tabs a couple of months ago.

The Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Tab will bring with it some much need improvements in the overall UI performance thanks to Project Butter, expandable notification bar items, enhanced voice-to-text recognition which works even without an active data connection, Google Now and much more. Samsung has also added some minor additions and enhancements to its TouchWIZ UI for improving the overall usability.

Tab owners in the United States can get the update either via OTA or by using Samsung’s KIES software.

Via- GSMArena

Vizio Unveil A 7-inch And 10-Inch Tablets Running Stock Android 4.2

Vizio, known for making cheap TVs that offer a great bang-for-the-buck is stepping into the highly competitive tablet market with the launch of two tablets running Android.

The 10-inch tablet from Vizio packs in a whopping 2560*1600 resolution and is the first tablet to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC – currently the world’s fastest mobile SoC. Other specs of the tablet include 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a micro-HDMI port and the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors. Surprisingly and stupidly, the 10-inch tablet uses a Mini USB port and not a microUSB port.

The 7-inch tablet from Vizio aims to compete directly with the Nexus 7 and packs a 12800*800 IPS display, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC, 16GB of storage space, and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.

Like its PC line-up, Vizio has decided to go stock and bare, which means the tablets run on stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. However, hands-on pictures of the 7-inch tablet clearly show it running Jelly Bean with the older Ice Cream Sandwich like tablet UI. It will be interesting to see if Vizio decides to ship the retail units of 7-inch tablet with the same old ICS like tablet UI.

The company did not mention anything about the pricing of the tablets, but given the company’s nature, they should be priced very aggressively. The tablets should hit the market sometime in the first half of this year.

Via – The Verge

Samsung Korea Announces The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update For Galaxy S2

The Galaxy S2 was Samsung’s most popular and hottest selling phone in 2011. It went on to become the company’s most successful model ever in its history, before being overtaken by its successor in 2012 – the Galaxy S3.

Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S2 to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but did not add any new features since then like it has been doing with the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3 or the Note 2.

The good news is that Samsung Korea today announced its Jelly Bean upgrade plans for the Galaxy S II. The company plans to bring a lot of features from the Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy S2 including its nature inspired TouchWIZ UI, Smart Stay, improved performance thanks to Project Butter, enhanced camera app and more.

An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware for the Galaxy S2 had leaked last year, giving advanced users a taste of all the new Jelly Bean goodness and other features.

All these additional features will come at a cost though. Galaxy S2 owners will need to use KIES to install the update on their handset since the update re-partitions their internal memory and also updates the bootloader. The other downside is that post the update the free internal memory of the handset will be reduced by 1GB, because of all the new system apps, libraries and features.

Samsung has not announced as to when they plan to roll-out the Jelly Bean update, but considering this announcement, the update should not be far away.

Via – SamMobile

Android 4.0+ Now On 39% Of Devices Out There; Gingerbread Still Rules At 47%

It is a known fact that OS updates is one of Android’s key weakness. While Google has been trying its best to improve the situation with the help of Platform Development Kit (PDK), the Nexuses devices and other such measures, the harsh truth remains the same – Android 2.3 Gingerbread – an update to Android that was released at the end of 2010 is still the most used version of Android out there.

In the latest Android platform distribution chart from Google ending on January 3, 2013, Android 2.3 Gingerbread still remains the largest version of Android, with a share of 47.4%. The good news is that compared to the last time, the adoption rate of Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean combined have seen a huge jump. Android 4.0 and Android 4.1/4.2 together are now running on more than 39% of Android devices out there. Individually, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is running on a measly 1.2% devices, while 4.1 is on 9% devices.

The huge jump in the Android 4.0/4.1/4.2 adoption rate is probably because of millions of people getting their hands on an Android tablet or handset as a gift during the holiday season.