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Tip: Your Upgrade to Android KitKat is a Good Move

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kitkatAndroid upgrades is constantly met with extreme reactions – excitement and doubts. While people are giddily waiting for their mobile platform to improve the concern on the impact of the upgrade to their mobile units is always there, too.

However, when it came to android 4.4 KitKat, users were completely psyched to find out that the update is finally released. It came at a very strategic tome when the ios 7 was making a noise on its own, as well.

Proving all our fears wrong, KitKat is undoubtedly meant to make every user’s experience more convenient than ever. However, it may take a little getting used to in order to appreciate the changes.

One of our favorite features of Android 4.4 KitKat is the new lock screen. Apart from the capability of the device to know display an art work, we can also navigate music through the lock screen alone. Yes, you can now seek, stop, or pause your music without unlocking the device. Now that’s certainly handy!

usingandroidThe common concern on the possibility poor performance of an Android unit after the upgrade is immediately addressed by KitKat’s improved memory management. This may not be one of the most obvious improvements with the OS but android 4.4 is actually compatible with devices running on minimum of 512mb memory. This means that even less sophisticated gadgets can still perform faster, specifically in terms of multi-tasking. Similarly new android devices such as Nexus 5 and Moto G are expected to run exceptionally fast with KitKat.

Finally, the best giveaway from Android 4.4 is its highly improved and extremely accurate search function. With Google Now fully integrated in the OS it’s like the your Android phone really knows you too well. This search function, located at the top right of your gadgets, puts into consideration your location, your recent activities, and even previous data stored. It makes any Android gadget a full pledged personal data assistant. For instance, we tried searching for cafes, and the first result was the cafe which was only 30 meters from where we were. Other suggestions included the other cafe places we have checked in to month back, and other new recommendations nearby.

With all these improvements at hand, what else do you want Android to come up with in the next upgrade?

My Gold Plated iPhone 5S

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Do you know what Gold Genie is? Well, even I didn’t know until recently when they came up with a gold plated version of HTC One. Yes, Gold Genie is known for gold plating popular gadgets and smart phones.

According to a latest update, Apple has sold over five million units of 5S. Gold Genie has built a sleek, thin, faster, popular and a more vibrant 24-carat Apple iPhone 5S. Due to the increasing demand of 5S it has been estimated that another million or two sets will be sold out within a couple of weeks worldwide.

The 24-carat gold Apple iPhone 5S will be available in black or white tops with the middle, back, and sides embellished in gold. 5S from Gold Genie is made to be grabbed in three different options – gold, platinum and rose gold. It will also feature a trio of designs that have been laced with utterly flawless and astounding Swarovski crystals. 5S will be SIM free and can be unlocked to work on all networks across the globe.

This new gold version of iPhone 5S, which is certainly an object of desire, has been officially unveiled at the Dubai Mall on 27th September at the Collector’s Palace. Take note that a 24 carat gold plated iPad 2 has also been unveiled in Dubai last year. To ensure the exclusivity and uniqueness, every single gold-plated version of iPhone 5S will be individually numbered, and will be presented in a fine, custom made wooden box, along with a certificate of authenticity. How royal!!!!

ASUS FONEPAD 7 – HAS IT REALLY BEEN UPDATED?

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Only recently Asus has revealed an android tablet Fonepad 7. It is basically a tablet-sized smart phone. It features a faster HSPA+ 3G with up to 42Mbit/s download speed and is powered by an Intel® Atom™ Z2560 processor. Android Jelly Beans v.4.2 has been installed in this tablet-cum-smart phone. With Hyper-Threading technology, Fonepad 7 is perfect for heavy downloading, multitasking and extensive navigation. The Floating App allows you to open 6 apps simultaneously. Marvelous, no?

It has a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 resolution LCD screen display screen with 1280 x 800 resolution with IPS for varied viewing angles. Only 340g in weight and 10.5 mm broad, Fonepad is the perfect device for entertainment and surfing.  Fonepad 7 provides awesome visibility in bright light. The 3,950mAh battery has 28 hours talk time, 35 days of standby time and 10 hours of video playback. You can choose from 8 GB, 16GB, or 32GB of storage or add a micro SDHC card. The primary snapper is 5 MP with a front facing camera of 1.2 MP for video chatting. The TriCover case is a very beneficial addition. Made from a durable material, it safeguards both the front as well as the back. It has two mega speakers in the front to be used while watching videos and also to disturb others.

As compared to the original Fonepad 7, this modification is not a very diverse modification. Many specs have not been altered although the speed has been increased, thanks to the upgraded processor. The price is also almost the same.

 

Unveiling The HTC Desire 500

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If you are looking for an Android smart phone which is both exquisite as well as economical then your search ends here. HTC has recently announced yet another smart phone, named HTC Desire 500. HTC has surprised its users with Desire 500 as it is a mid-range smart phone with great specs and features. This dual sim phone will support Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and it will be powered with the Quad-core Qualcomm Cortex A-5. Desire 500 is leaked to be a very stylish and trendy smart phone. It will have a display screen of 4.3 inches; just perfect for a smart phone to sit comfortably in our palm. It also has Adreno 203 GPU and an 1800 mAh battery. Desire 500 will be very frothy in weight only 123g. It has only 4 GB internal memory and supports memory card up to 64 GB. It will come with the virtuoso HTC sense Ul 5.0, the sounds will be boosted. It has Wlan, Bluetooth, Infrared port and USB. iHTC Desire 500 will be coming with a splendid, high quality primary camera of 8 MP with auto focus and LED flash light. The camera features geo tagging and smile and face detection. It will also be having a stereo FM radio with RDS. It will be an impressive model for those who adore to live-stream and multitask. The design is of a rounded rectangle, no sharp edges thankfully. The handset will come in only two colors Lacquer Black and Glacier Blue.

Jellybean anyone?

This may be a bit old, but believe me, let’s introduce it. As all of you know it, Samsung has or is actually trying to beat the Apple market and somehow, the latter would be preferable hoping for Steve jobs to signal them from Heaven and cite a new plan.

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In the world of competition, you would bet that this fair. And yes, it most commonly is. Samsung is surpassing its sales right like a pinnata would explode after its is beaten and when it is exposed, all the goodies are yet to be devoured. Samsung has enlightened itself to the hallmark of fame and beauty on account of its super technology which has only been designed for humans, as if all the cellphones inculcated in the technology world before had been for wild animals.

However, technology speaks. Samsung had chosen the Android 4.3 OS instead of the continual Jellybean 4.22 one. Jellybean had replaced Gingerbread once and of course, the former had then to be replaced originally by something new and big, too.

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Well, since jellybean is still provocative in tonnes of Smartphones out there, one could not see it fading away in this world of technology which is super fast in designing cool gadgets only and only for humans.

When would be the time when Android would take over the Apple Market? It has more versatile applications and as compared to Nokia’s quaint technology now, it has also been able to shoot past Windows. Well, one would still possess a soft corner for Nokia as reliability speaks. Miss it?

A phone that was Meant to be a Tablet!!

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Sony has produced a phone with the largest footprints! Yes, I am talking about the latest addition to the Xperia family. The Xperia Z Ultra! In words of Joe Levi “Z Ultra has everything you want in your next phone.” The Z Ultra is the first phone to have the Snapdragon 800 SoC inside and is also the first Android 4.2.2 device by the company. The 6.44-inch display has grabbed our attention. Undoubtedly it is a huge device, I think is huge-est among all smart phones, but with 6.5mm thickness it sits more comfortably in the hand than you might expect. The full HD screen really dazzles too. Well, the same can be said about the new touch input capabilities. Sony’s custom takes on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. With a 1080p resolution, there remains absolutely no doubt that the Z Ultra is a mega hit. As a true phablet, you’ll be able to use a stylus with the Z Ultra. While it doesn’t come with pen-style input device, the display is capable of taking notes using the built-in handwriting recognition tool. Interestingly, it also lets you use a pencil or a metal pen to write on the screen.

Indeed, the Xperia Z Ultra seems like a very capable smart phone in nearly every respect. It’s a definite possibility that this phablet might win over the smart phone market as the power and size combination are currently unique. This handset shows how keen the Japanese brand is to show it’s at the forefront of technology.

Huawei intends to sell 10 million P6 units!

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It seems that Huawei is once again set on achieving a new goal, right after releasing the much hyped Huawei Ascend P6 they announced that the interest rate has been high as ever before and they are intending to sell a whopping 10 million units this year. This statement came personally from Huawei CEO Yu Chendong, he also shared that he is very proud of their latest device and appreciate the hard work that went into making it. The Huawei Ascend P6 is intended to be priced around €450 in Europe and CNY2,688 (around €327) in China , which is a very clever move from Huawei as this gives their new flagship a great advantage in terms of ‘Bang for Buck’.  It was also revealed by some sources that thousands of Huawei Research and Development engineers were involved in creating this device and that they are confident that it can compete with all other flagships out there. Huawei  also left nothing to chance as they have allocated 11 million dollar for marketing in China alone and another 30 million dollar more for promoting the device in Europe, which is amazing for just one single device. Overall we think that the Huawei Ascend P6 has a fair chance of achieving its goal and may even go as far as competing against the likes of Sony, Apple and Samsung.

Sony Xperia Z now official for T-Mobile in the US

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Today T-Mobile finally announced that it will be offering the Sony Xperia Z in the coming weeks, they also confirmed that they will be the only carrier that will offer Sony’s new flagship device.  As far as we know that T-Mobile version of the Sony Xperia Z will be quite similar to the international version, of course there will be minor changes in the UI and design, but specifications will mostly remain the same. The T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC with 1.5 Ghz Quad Core CPU, which will be powering the ultra sharp 5 inch display with Bravia technology. For your imaging needs you will get the 13 megapixel camera with Exmor RS and it will be running on Android Jelly Bean with Sony’s Timescape UI on top. T-Mobile is yet to reveal further details about this device, but it will probably be available with their trademark Simple Choice plans, although we are yet to receive any legitimate information about the pricing and availability, but T-Mobile intends to release a valid release date along with further details soon, so keep an eye out if you intend to get the T-Mobile version of the Sony Xperia Z.

Viber Finally Launched for BlackBerry OS 5 and OS 7

Viber on smartphoneRecently Viber has grown a lot in popularity and has become the must have application for almost all platforms. Though most of the other platforms have had Viber for quite a while now, BlackBerry OS was among the unfortunate few that didn’t have the privilege of experiences Viber. However after releasing the application in major platforms such Android and iOS , Viber has finally started to pay some attention the Blackberry OS and as a result has finally launched the application for BlackBerry OS 5 and OS 7. Unfortunately BlackBerry OS will not receive this application due to technical problems, regardless the major reason why BlackBerry’s older OS are getting all the attention all of a sudden lies in their registration rates, as it turns out almost 15 thousand registrations are made through BlackBerry Smartphones per day, whic leads to an estimate 175 million users (globally) that are using Viber as their VoIP across all major platforms. This also means Viber has become one of the most successful VoIP of all time and are soon catching up to Skype which currently holds the number 1 VoIP spot, but if things keep going the way they have, it won’t be long before Viber dethrones Skype as the leading VoIP on mobile platforms. Also keep in mind Viber has a technical advantage over Skype as it can run silently without interrupting your daily work making it a better VoIP overall, so there is a high possibility that Skype will soon lose out to Viber unless they do something innovative.

The New Xiaomi MI-2S, faster than the Samsung Galaxy S4!

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Usually low priced smartphones are not considered as a viable threat against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, however it seems Xiaomi is here to change that, recently they announced another version of their existing Xiaomi which packs a Snapdragon 600 chipset as opposed to the S4 Pro in the alternative version. The quad –core Krait 300 CPU in this new version is clocked to an impressive 1.7 GHz which logically is still slower than Samsung Galaxy S3’s 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU. But surprisingly that’s not the case, not only it beats the Samsung Galaxy S4, it does it by quite a big margin! This is impressive to say the least. It scored an astounding 25,913 on AnTuTu benchmark beating the much higher clocked Samsung Galaxy S4 with ease.

The Xiaomi MI-S2 will be available in two models, a 16 gigabyte model with an 8 megapixel camera priced at $322 and a 32 gigabyte model with a 13 megapixel camera priced at $370. This is much lower than the Samsung Galaxy S4 or any other major flagship right now. Other specifications such as the 4.3 inch 720p display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and 2000mAh are the same on both versions. As for the operating system, unlike most smartphones the Xiaomi MI-S2 runs on MIUI custom Android Rom which may explain why it was able to surpass the Samsung Galaxy S4 despite being under clocked. Regardless the new Xiaomi MI-S2 is shaping up to be an awesome device that provides amazing performance at a reasonable price for the Chinese market.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 Specifications revealed

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Samsung has been really busy for the past few weeks, launching multiple smartphones including their new flagship the Galaxy S4. Since securing their position as the best Android Smartphone manufacturer, they have been really focused and are releasing smartphones for all price ranges imaginable. If that wasn’t enough there were countless marketing leaks that gave away many of their upcoming smartphones, one of them was the Samsung Galaxy Mega and as it turns out the source was legitimate after all. According to a report from SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Mega is supposed to be mid-high end device that will sit right in the sweet spot between elite and cheap. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 will be code named GT-I9152 and will sport two SIM slots, meaning that it’s going to be a Dual-SIM Phablet. Like the name suggests the Galaxy Mega will be sporting a gigantic 5.8 inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540, which is relatively standard for a mid end Phablet. The dimension is also typical at 164 x 83.3 x 9.6 mm. Under the hood you will find a 1.4 GHz Dual-Core processor accompanied by 1.5 gigabytes of ram, which should go great with Androids 4.12 Jelly Bean. For you imaging needs you get a primary 8 megapixel camera and a 2 megapixel front camera for video calling. It will also provide the latest connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 80211 a/b/g/n and GPS support, while the power necessary to run this Phablet will be coming from an impressive 2600mAh battery.  Overall we think Samsung is on its way to produce yet another successful device, but will our prediction come true? Only time can tell.