Recently In an official report HTC confirmed the rumours about the HTC ONE’s delay and also revealed some additional details. For starters it was revealed that some regions will still be getting the HTC ONE on the earlier release date, these regions include United Kingdom, Germany and Taiwan. So naturally apart from these three lucky countries the rest of the world will have to wait in order to get their hands on HTC’s upcoming device. However HTC assured that they are doing everything that they can in order to supply their new device all over the world and will bring the HTC One to Europe, North America and Majority of the Asia Pacific countries before the end of April.
Check below for HTC’s official statement
“HTC has seen unprecedented demand 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’
Though we are sure that people won’t mind waiting a few days in order receive a good smartphone this delay may turn out to be huge problem for HTC as they will be losing their head start against Samsung’s Galaxy S4.
Recently we have had most of our focus on the new Samsung Galaxy S4, but something very interesting surfaced today that shifted out attention towards it. Apparently a photo was leaked of something the analysts has named the future Galaxy S4 mini, though at first we were not sure if they were legitimate, However SamMobile later acquired some photos of the Smartphone that confirmed the leak.
As you can see in the pictures above the Galaxy S4 mini greatly resembles the Samsung Galaxy S4 and as the name suggest is the mini version of Samsung upcoming flagship. The Galaxy S4 mini will bear the number Gt-19190 will be also be available in a dual SIM version which will be called Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Duos and will bear the number GT -19192 as the model number. We also got some specification details about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and as it turns out the specifications are also greatly downgraded from the Samsung Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 mini will be powered by a 1.6 GHz dual core CPU and a 4.3 inch SAMOLED display of a resolution of 960 x 540 which gives the screen a pixel density of 256ppi. Also from what we can see from the pictures it will run Androids latest 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and will probably receive similar update schedules as the Samsung Galaxy S4. There is no official release date yet but some sources suggest that it will be launched sometime in late June or early July this year.
After countless reports of Sony Xperia Z suddenly dying, Sony finally released an update the fixes this problem and also offer some other improvement as icing on top. This is also the first official update that has been released for the Sony Xperia Z and will be bearing the build number 10.1.A.434 while the Android version stays at 4.1.2. Reportedly after this update the Sony Xperia Z won’t be suffering from any sudden death issues anymore and will be more stable than ever before. This new updates will also include improved performance, smoother transitions, and better battery life, so it’s basically icing on top of the cake for Sony Xperia Z users.
Sony is releasing this update in both platforms, meaning you can get this update via PC Companion as well as over the air. However it’s not yet globally available and will take a few days to be available worldwide, so if you still haven’t received this update then don’t worry, it will surely pop up in a few days. But for those who do not like wait, you can choose to flash it manually as well, but keep in mind that flashing this update manually will void your warranty so waiting is probably the better idea if it’s not available in your region yet
Recently Asus announced a new software update for their Asus Padfone 2, it brings in a lot of new features and overall improved performance. The update bears the version v10.4.12.24 while the Android version remains the same. According to the changelog this update will offer numerous changes such as Improved Wi-fi performance, new camera firmware, improved lock screen function and NFC file sharing from Asus Studio and the new Asus Story application. The update will also update many of the existing applications such as Contacts, Email, and Weather and also the Battery Widget. However this update is not yet available globally and you won’t be getting in through the network like most devices do, in order to get this update for your Asus Padfone 2 you must check the SKU of your device, then depending on your SKU you can select the proper update from their official website. Make sure that you choose that right one, one of them is 760 megabytes and other one is 880 megabytes, if you end up getting the wrong update it won’t be installed and can lead to malfunctions for your Asus Fonepad 2.
Up until recently we were lead to believe that Motorola X would be a single smartphone that Google acquired smartphone makers were working on. However Motorola confirmed this rumor to be false and confirmed that the Motorola X will be a brand. Reportedly this is going to the first ever lineup from Motorola that is going to be directly influence by Google. This also explains why the first smartphone from the X lineup is planned to be announced at this year’s Google I/O. It was also confirmed that Motorola’s X series smartphones will be available for purchase through the Google Play Store in addition as well as usual carrier and retail stores. This is also the first lineup that Motorola has guaranteed at least one full Android version update and also confirmed that they will be overseeing the update themselves as opposed to the carriers. Also Motorola reported revealed that they will allow customers to customize their X series Smartphones before purchasing, this customization process will allow users to specify how much ram and internal storage they would like in their X series smartphone and will also allow them to have the bootloader unlocked as well have the SIM configured for every any carrier they want. Motorola also guaranteed that these custom tweaked devices will reach their owners in one week’s time. Lastly it was revealed that Motorola’s X series smartphones will be highly subsidized by Google themselves and will match the base Nexus 4’s price of $300. Further details will be revealed at Google’s I/O which will be starting may 15th 2013.
During Thursday’s official Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement in New York, Samsung Mobile chief JK Shin revealed some hints about the release date but cleverly avoided all the questions related to the upcoming flagships pricing. However it seems that Samsung intentionally leaked them on their official website in terms and condition of an ongoing giveaway. According to the leak The Samsung Galaxy S4’s approximate retail value (tax free) is $579. Even though the leaked price is without any kind of taxes it still gives us a rough idea about the eventual pricing and even with the tax added it probably won’t surpass iPhone 5’s $649 price tag, making it a great alternative for smartphone lovers all over the world. But keep in mind that the price is yet to be released officially so the final pricing may differ from the leaked one.
Recently Samsung’s Galaxy S3 sold an amazing 50 million units worldwide, with such a big mountain to climb Samsung’s new flagship the Galaxy S4 was under a lot of pressure. But it seems that it may just surpass its predecessor after all, apparently the number of customer that registered their interest in the new flagship is an impressive 40% higher than the number of those who showed in interest in the Galaxy S3 in the first 48 hours. When talking about this massive growth in interest the CCO of Phones4U said ‘The anticipation surrounding the next Samsung Galaxy has been astounding and it has already received the most pre-registrations at Phones 4U of any other smartphone launch in 2013″. He also suggests the Galaxy S4 might turn the “biggest selling smartphone of 2013″. Keep in mind that that Samsung’s Galaxy S3 already broke sales records last year, so judging by the increased interest in the Samsung Galaxy S4 it can assumed that it may just surpass its predecessor in global sales number as well. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is planned to be released in late April, but no official date has been confirmed yet.
There was a time before the age of the touch screen based smartphones began, when Samsung had no chance of being among the elite. But times have changed, with the birth of the original Galaxy S they made a golden run right to the top and haven’t looked back. Since the arrival of touch based smartphones Samsung’s Galaxy S series have been the most successful Android device the international market, and South Korea’s manufacturing giants have achieved yet another milestone with their third generation flagship smartphone the Samsung Galaxy S3.
According to Samsung’s chief JK Shin, they have managed to sell an amazing 50 million Galaxy S3 units worldwide. Despite being almost a year old, people still seem to have immense interest in Samsung’s Galaxy S3. It was also revealed that they are current in the process of combining their very own operating system BADA into Tizen and the first smartphone with this upcoming operating system will available in the market soon. However given the Samsung Galaxy S3’s success there is no doubt that the new front runner the Samsung Galaxy S4 will have a lot to live up to. With such a big mounted to overcome in order to surpass its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy S4 will the product to keep your eye on, but according to many well known analysts the Samsung Galaxy S4 has all the quality it needs in order to far surpass its predecessor and may even reach an enormous 100 million sales. But only time will tell if this prediction comes true or not.
In 2012 the market of Tablets grew more than ever before, it became the next big thing to happen in the world of technology. Many claimed that Tablets may replace laptops as the ultimate portable gadget soon. Well knows manufactures such as Samsung and Apple stepped up their game and produced some really impressive products, even going far as creating built in voice assistants. So with the bar set so high, what does the upcoming Tablets of 2013 have in store for us?
Changes that we will see
Battery life: One of the things that we will see in future tablets is better battery life and not because of any new advanced battery technology but because of advances in mobile hardware and tablet manufacturing, not to mention that gaming has now become an important part of the tablet world with many developers considering it a new platform to grow and expand and that will consume more battery than most tasks out there and a bigger battery will soon become a necessity for people who want gaming on the go. Traditional tablets will change into more compact tablets with larger battery in order to support the upcoming advances in their hardware.
Stylus: As tablets become more and more mainstream the stylus for them will also re appear. If tablets really do become a day to day device in our lives the things that it will be most frequently used for will be taking notes, making charts, drawing projects etc document related tasks and a stylus will prove useful in most of those situations
Smaller Tablets: Tablets with large screens such as the Apple iPad will always dominate more than half of the market with an estimate 51% share. But smaller tablets such as the Google nexus 7 are gaining more and more popularity every day. Almost 34 million tablets that have screens of eight inches or less were shipped in 2012 which is an impressive double of the amount it was sold in 2011. Soon their popularity will increase even more and will probably catch up to 50% of the tablet market in 2013.
Increase of Android Based Tablets: Back in 2010 Apple was the king of the tablet market with an impressive 87% of the market, but things have changed now. Despite its very loyal costumers Apples share has decreased to 51.8% last year, at the same time Androids market share has risen rapidly and now holds 44.7%. 2013 may just turn out to be the year when iOS finally losses its tablet dominance and the little green robot of android takes the throne as the new frontrunner.
Rise of budget Tablets: There was a time when buying a tablet meant breaking your bank. But nowadays tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire, Good Nexus 7 and Noble Nook HD have made tablets more accessible to the general audience. Tablets are now appealing to much broader range of customers and hence increasing the demand for budget Tablets. If this really happens in 2013 we will see additional price drops from every manufacturer as the market becomes more and more crowded.
Nokia Lumia 920:
The Nokia Lumia 920 is the latest and probably the best creation of Nokia so far since converting to Windows Phone as their primary operating system. It sports an 8 megapixel camera with True image stabilization along with Carl Zeiss Optics and Dual Led flash. The Lumia 920 is capable of taking photos at 3264 x 2448 at 4:3 mode and 3552 x 2000 in 16:9 mode which is a mere 11% drop in resolution. Most other phones out there drop almost 15% more resolution when producing 16:9 images making the Lumia 920 one of the best camera phones ever produced by Nokia.
Sony Xperia T:
Sporting an impressive 13 megapixel camera with a back-illuminated Exmor R sensor, image stabilization and a LED flash, Capable of producing stills of 4128 x 3096 pixels resolution, the Sony Xperia T can take amazingly well detailed pictures with accurate colors. Due to the Sony Exmore R mobile image sensor it produces great pictures even in low light conditions and can take images in a mere 1.1 seconds. It also offers 16x digital zoom which is vital for taking more controlled photos. The only noticeable flaw was some overexposure issues when trying to capture objects that are reflecting sunlight, but overall Sony Xperia T’s camera is among the very best in the market today.
Apple iPhone 5:
Apple has always been one of the frontrunners in the world of Smartphone’s. The iPhone 5 is no exception. With an impressive 8 megapixel sensor which is capable of producing stills of 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution, the iPhone 5 can produce impressive images with satisfying details and accurate colors. However noise levels were somewhat disappointing and when taking images in low light conditions no major improvement over its predecessors were noticed, despite its minor flaws the iPhone 5 definitely has the best Smartphone camera Apple has produced till date.
HTC Windows Phone 8X:
HTC’s Windows Phone 8X packs an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. However the primary strength of the camera comes from the back-side illuminated sensor which is capable of capturing more well details light and brightness. The impressive hardware allows the HTC Windows Phone 8X to capture photos with proper exposure, impressive contrast and satisfying dynamic range. Though the noise level and details were slightly below the competition, however it cannot be denied that the HTC Windows Phone 8X can produce great images particularly when it comes to dimmer conditions and takes spectacular macro shots.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2:
The original Note was a big success, both in terms of camera and as an overall Smartphone. Like its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can take great images with its 8 megapixel camera which is accompanied by a LED flash. The noise levels are lower than most of its competition and the level of details are impressive. The colors however are slightly oversaturated which is the only real flaw in the Galaxy Note 2’s camera. But overall it’s far superior to its predecessor and is one of the best Smartphone cameras produces by Samsung since the original Galaxy S2.