Thursday 31 October 2013

Android 4.4 Kitkat to focus on low-cost smartphones & wearables: Report

A report by Amir Efrati of suggests Google’s upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat will be focusing on low-cost smartphones and wearable devices. Amir, who reportedly saw a confidential Google marketing document detailing the changes in KitKat, notes that Google wants Android 4.4 to work well on not only the high-end devices like Galaxy S4, Nexus 5 & HTC One but also on low-end smartphones.

Traditionally, we have seen that low-end smartphones are often powered by older Android versions as the newer iterations of the operating system demand more resources, which are simply not present in an entry-level device. This should change with KitKat, which will reportedly work just fine on phones or tablets with at least 512MB of RAM.

Coming to wearable devices support, Android 4.4 is said to be bringing support for more sensors like geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter, which will help the operating system be friendlier with a wearable device.

“There is another potential benefit to Android from supporting these kinds of sensors: Google will be able to tell how far someone walked based on the steps they took. That could come in handy as Google tries to map more indoor locations such as malls and airports, where GPS and WiFi sensors don’t always do a good enough job of pinpointing exactly where a smartphone user is located,” Amir speculates in his report.

Here is a look at some other features, which are expected to be a part of Android 4.4:

Better support for Infrared blaster
Support for Bluetooth HID over GATT and Bluetooth Message Access Profile
Ability to emulate payment cards that use near-field communication (NFC)

Google shows off Glass redesign

Just a day after announcing the hardware upgrade for Project Glass, Google has revealed the updated hardware on Project Glass’ official Google+ page.

As we can see in two images that have been shared by Google, there don’t seem to be any huge changes. We can only see the new mono earbud, which plugs in the microUSB port present on the device and goes in the right ear. Other changes are not visible; we hope to see the search giant reveal them in detail in the coming weeks.

In related Google Glass news, a Glass explorer was fined for wearing Glass while driving in California, US, giving us a taste of the possible legal implications of using Glass. There is no clarity on Glass and the legal issues surrounding it right now, such issues are expected and will only lead to some sort of clarity before the device goes public.

Zync introduces Cloud Z605 Android phablet, coming to India next month

Zync has introduced a new Android phablet Cloud Z605 at the recently held GITEX 2013 Dubai event. The device will be available in the Indian market next month but there is no word on the pricing right now.

“We cannot imagine a better platform than GITEX to reach out to the rest of the world. We see tremendous potential in the phablet market as there has always been a gap between the demand and supply due to high price points of these products and to bridge this gap, Zync has developed the Z605 phablet at an affordable price without compromising on the features. This tablet is surely going to revolutionize the low cost phablet market and is going to provide value to the users,” said Amul Mohan Mittal, co-founder, Zync Global in a statement.

Zync Cloud Z605 features a 6.5-inch display, Android 4.2, dual-SIM support, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. It also comes with 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, and a host of pre-loaded apps like Skype, Viber, Yahoo Messenger, Facebook, Whatsapp and Office Suite.

It is probably the largest or one of the largest Android smartphone/ phablet from an Android smartphone vendor. We hope to hear more from the company in November.

Idea launches Ultra Android phone with 5-inch display for INR 10,500

Telecom operator Idea Cellular has announced the launch of a new self-branded Android smartphone in the country today. Dubbed as Idea Ultra, the smartphone has been priced at INR 10,500 and comes with 5-inch display.

The phone also packs 8MP rear camera, dual-SIM support, 2000 mAh battery and Android 4.1.2. In addition, Idea Ultra features 1.2GHz quad-core processor and the usual connectivity options.

“The true potential of mobile broadband can be unleashed only with the development of the entire ecosystem. Keeping this in mind, Idea has been actively focused at offering affordable 3G smartphones with high-end features, in addition to rapidly growing 3G network and product portfolio, to ensure that Idea users enjoy the best 3G experience. We are now encouraged to venture into the 12.7cm (5”) category Smartphone with ULTRA, which is targeted at the evolving and experimental, young Indian consumers, for whom the smartphone is increasingly becoming an integral part of their lives,” said Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular.

Idea Ultra is the 12th 3G smartphone from the telecom operator in the last two years. It is now available via Idea retail and service outlets across major 3G markets – Maharashtra & Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Gujarat, UP West & East, and Haryana.

Data offer: Idea Ultra buyers will get 3GB 3G Internet & Free Idea TV for 3 months with an Ultra specific pack priced around INR 259 – Rs.261 (depending on telecom circle).

Idea Ultra key specifications

5-inch IPS display with FWVGA resolution
512MB of RAM, 4GB storage (1.9 GB available for end user), microSD card slot
3.5mm jack, microUSB v2.0, Bluetooth 2.0, 3G
8MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera
Android 4.1.2
FM Radio, GPS
2000mAh battery
1.2GHz quad-core processor

Facebook details Messenger app update, plans to take on other messaging apps

Facebook’s Messenger app on your Android devices is soon going to get a major update, which will bring host of visual improvements and several under the hood changes as well as new features.

According to Facebook, the Messenger app on Android is no longer an iOS app visually ported to Android. The updated version of Messenger has been made for Android while keeping in the mind the Android design guidelines. There are many visual improvements, as you can see in the images embedded in this report.

In addition to the many visual improvements, the updated Messenger app will now allow users to send messages to other Messenger users without the need for them to be Facebook friends. There is a necessary requirement for this though; both the users need to have each other’s phone number in their address book.  Messenger will be verify your phone number at the first use after the update and scan your address book to add all the people who are in your address book and also have you in their address book even if they are not friends with you on Facebook.

Messenger app will also now clearly show, which of your contacts are live from Desktop or Messenger app. Facebook is also removing the earlier introduced SMS integration from Messenger app, which as per the company has not taken off.

The redesigned Messenger app is being tested with a random group of Android users since Tuesday and will be available to everyone “in the coming weeks.”

Facebook seems to have realized that there is no point in sitting on the sidelines while apps like Whatsapp, Line or Kik continue to rake in millions of mobile users with their simple messaging apps.

Wednesday 30 October 2013

XOLO launches Q900 phone with 4.7-inch HD display for INR 12,999

XOLO has announced a new addition to its Q-Core Android smartphone line-up today in the form of XOLO Q900. The new smartphone comes with 4.7-inch 720p HD display and is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core processor. According to the company, it has been priced at INR 12,999 and will be available in the coming days.

Among other specifications, XOLO Q900 features dual-SIM support, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Android 4.2 and 1GB of RAM. You can check out the full set of specifications later in the post.

In related news, another XOLO smartphone A600 has been spotted on the company website but yet to be officially announced. There is no word on the pricing of A600 or when it will be actually released. XOLO A600 features a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek 6572W processor, Android 4.2 and 512MB of RAM.

XOLO Q900 key specifications:

  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor (MTK 6589) with PowerVR SGX 544 GPU
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 4.7 inch HD display with 312 PPI
  • 8MP AF rear Camera with BSI Sensor
  • 2MP front camera
  • 4GB internal Memory
  • 32GB expandable memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1800 mAh Battery
  • Dual SIM (3G+2G)
  • Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor

Google announces updates to Hangouts app, SMS integration in tow

As expected, Google today announced updates to its Hangouts Android app. According to the company, the updated version of the Hangouts app will now come with support for location sharing, animated GIFs and SMS integration.

Talking in detail about these changes, you will now be able to share your location with your contacts by simply tapping the places icon, and a Google map with your location will be sent to your contact.

As the Hangouts application is also getting SMS integration, you will no longer need to use different apps to communicate with the same contacts. Your texts and chats, both will be visible in the same Hangouts conversation (if you want to).

Among other changes, video calls are also getting some improvements and full-screen video chats will now be offered on all devices that support Hangouts. In addition, Hangouts chats will now be in HD by default.

According to Google, the updated Hangouts Android app will be available in the next few days.

Celkon introduces AR40 RahmanIshq smartphone for INR 5,999

Celkon has announced that it introduced a new Android smartphone in its RahmanIshq-series at a recently held press event in Ahmadabad. Dubbed as AR40, the new smartphone has been priced at INR 5,999 and will be available in the next few days.

Celkon AR40 features 4-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1500 mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2. It also comes with 3.2MP rear camera, front camera, 3G, microSD card slot and dual-SIM support.

Like AR45 and AR50 RahmanIshq smartphones, AR40 also comes with the special tune composed by AR Rahman exclusively for Celkon RahmanIshq series phones.

“We are proud to share that our customers can enjoy the special tune composed for Celkon RahmanIshq series that will be used extensively for the Celkon smartphones. Affordable innovation is the genesis of RahmanIshq. We at Celkon Mobiles would continue to build on our promise to efficiently deliver to our consumers with novelties that directly cater to their needs,” said Y Guru, Chairman and Managing Director, Celkon Mobiles.

Spice unveils Smart Flo Edge budget Android for INR 3,299

Spice today launched one of the cheapest Android smartphones in the Indian market. Dubbed as Spice Smart Flo Edge, the smartphone has been priced at just INR 3,299 and is now available across the country.

“We have witnessed massive growth in the smartphones segment and have been delivering the best android experience without sacrificing on performance or features. As the demand for Android powered phones in India continues to grow significantly, we remain committed to enhance our portfolio of smartphones to deliver wider choices across affordable price points to our customers,” Spice Mobility (Devices) CEO T.M Ramakrishnan said in a statement.

Spice Smart Flo Edge features 1GHz processor, 3.5-inch capacitive display, Android 2.3 and 1.3MP rear camera with LED flash. It also packs a front-facing VGA camera, 512MB RAM, 256 MB ROM and a micro SD card slot

In addition, the phone comes with 1500mAh battery, dual-SIM support, 2G and the usual connectivity options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Google smartwatch in late-stage development: Report

Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google’s rumoured smartwatch is in late-stage development and the company is already in talks with Asian suppliers to start the mass production of the device, which could begin within months.

The report adds that Google smartwatch will run on Android (not surprising at all) and come with Google Now support. Interestingly, WSJ notes that Google has been working to lower the power consumption of its smartwatch, so that the consumers don’t have to charge the device again and again. There is no word on how much battery backup will it exactly provide.

Google seems to be pretty serious about its smartwatch as it has been listening to the feedback of the existing smartwatches and wants to address the two key issues – usefulness and battery life in its own smartwatch.

As none of the existing smartwatches, whether it is from Samsung, Sony or the likes of Pebble, have caught the fancy of the consumers, Google has a great chance to be a leader if it gets everything right. The company will still have to face a huge competition from Apple, which has also been secretly working on its own smartwatch.

LG India launches G Pro Lite dual for INR 22,990

LG today officially unveiled its G Pro Lite dual-SIM Android smartphone in the Indian market. The phone has been priced at INR 22,990; however it was recently spotted at an electronic-retailer selling for as low as INR 18,300.

Originally introduced last month, LG G Pro Lite dual features a 5.5-inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, microSD card slot, and 3140 mAh battery. It also comes with Android 4.1.2, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, dual-SIM support, FM Radio, stylus support and the usual connectivity options.

“The LG G Pro Lite is a feature and experience rich smartphone specifically designed to provide communication flexibility to our growing customer base. We are strengthening our mobile portfolio by continuously adding-in feature and experience rich devices so as to provide our customers with competitive devices,” said Soon Kwon, M.D, LG India.

This LG smartphone will be competing with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, Sony Xperia C, Micromax Canvas HD and HTC Desire 500 in the country.

Asus launches FonePad 7 tablet in India for INR 17,499

Asus today announced the launch of a new Android tablet in the Indian market. Part of the company’s FonePad series, Asus FonePad 7 has been priced at INR 17,499 and will be available in the coming days.

Originally introduced in September this year, Asus FonePad 7 features Android 4.2, dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 1GB of RAM, 3G and 7-inch 1280x800p display. This tablet also comes with voice-calling support, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and 3950 mAh battery.

In addition, Asus FonePad 7 packs 16GB of internal storage with microSD card slot and dual -front speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology on the device.

The tablet will be competing with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 3G and Nexus 7 3G tablets in the country.

Asus FonePad 7 key specifications

  • Android 4.2
  • 7-inch 1280x800p IPS display
  • Intel Atom Z2560 Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz
  • 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage, microSD card slot
  • HSPA+ UL: 5.76 Mbps/ DL: 42 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V3.0, AGPS & GLONASS
  • 1.2MP front camera, 5MP rear camera
  • Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster technology
  • 1 x Micro USB, 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in), 1 x Micro SIM*4
  • G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity & Light sensor, Hall sensor
  • Dimensions: 196.6 x 196.8 x 10.5 mm (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 328 g

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Motorola introduces Project Ara, a modular smartphone hardware platform

Imagine a smartphone in which you could just pop-in or out parts, add a new camera or extra RAM or new application processor. Well, if Motorola is successful, your imagination might turn out to be real.

Motorola today unveiled Project Ara, its ambitious free and open-source modular smartphone hardware platform. With Ara, the company aims to make modular smartphones a reality.

“Led by Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines,” Motorola noted in a blog post.

According to Motorola, a Project Ara device includes an endoskeleton (endo) and modules.  The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place. A module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter–or something not yet thought of.

Motorola has been working on Project Ara for over a year and will be releasing an alpha version of its Module Developer’s Kit (MDK) sometime this winter.  The company has also partnered with Phonebloks, which shares similar aim and it will be using Phonebloks community and their input during Ara’s development process.

Asus launches FonePad 7 tablet in India for INR 17,499

Asus today announced the launch of a new Android tablet in the Indian market. Part of the company’s FonePad series, Asus FonePad 7 has been priced at INR 17,499 and will be available in the coming days.

Originally introduced in September this year, Asus FonePad 7 features Android 4.2, dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 1GB of RAM, 3G and 7-inch 1280x800p display. This tablet also comes with voice-calling support, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, and 3950 mAh battery.

In addition, Asus FonePad 7 packs 16GB of internal storage with microSD card slot and dual -front speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio technology on the device.

The tablet will be competing with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 3G and Nexus 7 3G tablets in the country.

Asus FonePad 7 key specifications

  • Android 4.2
  • 7-inch 1280x800p IPS display
  • Intel Atom Z2560 Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz
  • 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage, microSD card slot
  • HSPA+ UL: 5.76 Mbps/ DL: 42 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V3.0, AGPS & GLONASS
  • 1.2MP front camera, 5MP rear camera
  • Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster technology
  • 1 x Micro USB, 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in), 1 x Micro SIM*4
  • G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity & Light sensor, Hall sensor
  • Dimensions: 196.6 x 196.8 x 10.5 mm (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 328 g

Nexus 5 full specs confirmed via Canadian telco’s pre-registration page

Thanks to a faux pas by Canadian telecom operator Wind Mobile, we now have the confirmation that all the leaked Nexus 5 specifications are accurate.

The telecom operator accidentally opened the pre-registrations for Google Nexus 5 on its official Facebook Page yesterday. While the mistake was corrected soon, damage was already done. This registration page contained the official press-render and full specifications of the Nexus 4 successor.

There are no surprises and Nexus 5 indeed comes with a 4.95-inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. You can check out the detailed specification below.

In another leak, images from a LG Canada warehouse have revealed that LG is ready with stocks of Nexus 5 and is just waiting for the official announcement to begin selling them. This would mean that Google will start sales of Nexus 5 immediately after the announcement. Even if there is a gap, it won’t be of more than two-three days. (via)

Vodafone cuts intl roaming pack tariff up to 95%

The international roaming packs are available for a rental of Rs 599 and Rs 1499 and come with a validity of 10 and 30 days respectively.

Vodafone has announced new international roaming packs for both postpaid and prepaid customers travelling abroad, which it claims to offer 95% discount on data and up to 78% discount on outgoing local and international calls as compared with prevailing rates. The new rates are for 53 countries including popular business and tourist destinations such as the UK, the USA, UAE, Thailand and Singapore.

The international roaming packs are available for a rental of Rs 599 and Rs 1499 and come with a validity of 10 and 30 days respectively. For the list of applicable countries and networks, a subscriber need to SMS Packcountry to 111. To activate the pack of their choice, Vodafone subscribers only need to SMS ACTIR1 for the INR 599 pack and ACT(space)IR2 for the INR 1499 pack. The entire list of countries where the offer on these packs is valid can be accessed at Vodafone India website.

Under new rates, outgoing local and international calls will be charged at Rs 15 per minute and Rs 30 per minute respectively. Incoming calls will cost Rs 30 per minute. The Rs 1499 plan in additional offers 30 minutes of free incoming calls.

Samsung India launches Galaxy Golden Android flip phone for INR 51,900

Samsung has announced the launch of its Galaxy Golden Android flip phone in the Indian market today. The smartphone has been priced at INR 51,900 and is now available at all leading retail stores.

Originally introduced this August in South Korea, Samsung Galaxy Golden features two 3.7-inch Super AMOLED displays, 3×4 numeric keypad, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, and 1820mAh battery. The phone also comes with FM Radio, Android 4.2, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

“At Samsung, we are committed to making lives easier and smarter for our customers and GALAXY Golden does exactly that. With its innovative dual display and premium golden finish, GALAXY Golden brings together the best of touch and type experience on a smartphone. This specially crafted device is aimed at consumers seeking seamless integration of stunning classic design and functionality to make their lives more efficient,” said Vineet Taneja, Country Head, Samsung Mobiles & IT.

Samsung has included all the usual software tweaks in the Galaxy Golden, which are normally present in other high-end Samsung Android phones. In addition, the phone also includes a new feature called the ‘Hidden Receiver,’ which allows users to take calls without opening the folder and provides high quality sound in noisy areas.

Xolo LT900 4G smartphone coming in Nov: Report

It said to be first launched in Bangaluru first, followed by other cities as and when telecom operators roll out their 4G services.

Xolo, which had entered the market with world's first Intel phone and was even first Indian manufacturer to bring a phone with Tegra 3 processor, is now reportedly set to announce a handset with 4G capability. As per the media reports, a handset called Xolo LT900 with 4G support is all set to be launched as soon as next month (November).

As expected, Xolo is to launch the phone in Bangaluru first where 4G services are available, courtesy Airtel, according to the report of BGR India. Xolo will then launch the phone in other areas after telecom operators roll out their 4G services there.

Meanwhile, GSMarena has claimed that Xolo LT900 will come with a 4.3 inch display HD IPS display with One Glass Solution, with 314 ppi pixel density. Beside, the phone is said to have Snapdragon S4 processor with 1.5 GHz clock speed, 8 megapixel rear camera with BSI sensor and dual LED flash.

Micromax to launch 4G LTE devices in December: Report

Looks like XOLO isn’t going to be the only home-grown smartphone vendor to release a 4G LTE smartphone this year. According to a report in The Economic Times, Micromax is also planning to launch a 4G LTE smartphone by December and it will support voice-over-LTE.

“We want to establish ourselves on LTE and offer products that are LTE ready by December, so that consumers would not need to change their handsets whenever voice over LTE becomes available, be it six months or eight months later,” Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma told ET in an interview.

There are no details available about this smartphone right now.

With several telecom operators including Reliance Jio, which has just got a unified license, set to introduce 4G LTE services in the country next year, the decision from Micromax to release 4G LTE devices does not seems all that surprising.

It is good to see smartphone vendors getting ready for the next-generation technology and as almost all telecom operators (apart from probably Videocon) are going to use TDD-LTE standard in India (countries like US & UK use FDD-LTE standard), which is not very common right now and a very limited number of smartphones with support for TDD-LTE are available. So it will be important for local smartphone vendors to pitch in and it will also be a great opportunity for them.

Monday 28 October 2013

LG announces G Flex with 6-inch curved HD display

After a slew of leaks, LG has made its first curved-screen smartphone G Flex official earlier today in South Korea. As per a press release issued by the company, the smartphone will be available beginning next month in the country on all three major telecom operators.

LG G Flex features a 6-inch curved plastic OLED display with 1280x720p resolution, 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, and 2.1MP front camera. The phone also comes with 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Android 4.2.2, NFC and LTE support.

The company has included various software tweaks like KnockOn, which are found in other LG smartphones like G2. Apart from them, LG has also added something called swing lock screen, which moves the wallpaper in response to tilting motion and produces different unlocking effects when the user touches different areas of the screen.

LG has noted that the back cover of the G Flex is made of a special material and comes with a self-healing technology, which helps in getting rid of scratches on the phone within minutes. There is no word on how exactly this works.

The South Korean manufacturer has not revealed any international release plans right now but we hope to hear more in the coming days.

LG G Flex key specifications:

Dimensions: 160.5×81.6×7.9 ~ 8.7 mm, Weight: 177grams
2.26 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU
6-inch HD (1280×720), Curved Plastic OLED (Real RGB)
13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera
3,500 mAh battery
2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, MicroSD card slot
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Bluetooth 4.0, MicroUSB 2.0 (default, can support up to 3.0), Wi-Fi a/b/g/N/AC, NFC

Nexus 5 leaks in White, rumoured to release on November 1

Another Google Nexus 5 press render has been leaked by evleaks today but with an interesting detail. As per the very credible evleaks, Nexus 5 would be announced on November 1, 2013. There is obviously no way to confirm the date but given evleaks’ past track record, we are inclined to believe.

Similar to the images that we saw in the white Nexus 5 retail box leak, the Nexus 5 white version won’t be entirely white as you can see. The front and sides of the phone are going to be black and only the back of the phone is going to be white. Also, the camera module will carry the black colour.

There is no word on whether the phone will be released in any other colour option but given the past Nexus smartphone releases, we are highly doubtful.

To remind you, Nexus 5 is expected to come with 4.95-inch full HD IPS display, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 8MP rear camera with OIS and front camera. The phone will come with Android 4.4 KitKat on-board.

iBall Andi 4.5z with Android 4.2 & qHD display now available for INR 7,499

iBall has silently released a new Android smartphone in the Indian market. Part of the company’s Andi line-up, Andi 4.5z has appeared on the company website and is currently on sale at Shopclues and eBay India for INR 7,499. The smartphone will be succeeding the company’s earlier released Andi 4.5h and 4.5q phones, which will most probably be discontinued soon.

There isn’t much difference in the specifications of iBall Andi 4.5z and its predecessors but the company has included a slightly upgraded 1.3GHz dual-core processor and newer Android 4.2 version on Andi 4.5z.

Among other specifications, the smartphones comes with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 8MP rear camera, front camera, 4.5-inch qHD display and dual-SIM support.

The phone will be competing with the likes of Lava IRIS 458q, which comes with similar features and same price but a quad-core processor instead of dual-core present in Andi 4.5z.

iBall Andi 4.5z key specifications

  • 4.5-inch qHD display
  • Dual-SIM support
  • 1.3GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.2
  • 8MP rear camera, front camera
  • 1700 mAh battery
  • GPS, AGPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G

Looper For YouTube: Set Any YouTube Video To Auto Repeat In Google Chrome

Have you ever streamed a song on YouTube that you wanted to listen to repeatedly? Normally, you would have to keep on clicking on the replay button each time the video ended. But thanks to a tool called Looper for YouTube, the task has been made much easier.

Looper for YouTube is a free to use browser extension for Google Chrome. The extension lets you set YouTube videos to replay automatically. With the extension installed, you can see a new button placed under the video; this button is labeled Loop. Clicking on the button lets you specify how many times you want that video to be replayed.

Another way to use Looper is to install the extension and append “&loop=” in front of a YouTube video URL to specify how many times you want the video to loop; for example “&loop=2? would loop the video twice.
By default, the videos automatically loops without any limits.


  • A user-friendly browser extension.
  • Compatible with Google Chrome.
  • Lets you loop YouTube videos.
  • You can specify how many times a video loops.

Check out Looper for YouTube @

Sunday 27 October 2013

PicLits: Get Inspiring Pictures & Words To Help You Write Creatively

To get started on a creative writing piece, you need to have the proper inspiration – something which is not always easy to find. What works for many are pictures as they bring new ideas to one’s mind. Here to help creative writers in that way is a web service called PicLits.

PicLits is a free to use web service that aims to inspire creative writers. The site provides you with an inspiring image that you can write a lot about. To further inspire you, you are given a list of useful words which you can drag onto the image. By rearranging these words or simply by looking at them you can spark new ideas and create sentences you previously were unable to come up with.

For writers who consider viewing such words a distraction, a Freestyle option is available which hides the words and only shows you the image.


  • A user-friendly web service
  • Helps inspire creative writers
  • Provides inspiring images
  • Lets you drag words to create sentences and spark new ideas

Check out PicLits @

GraphicSprings: Create Custom Logos Online & Download Them In JPG, JPEG, Or PNG

A good logo is essential for any brand or website that you are about to launch. While hiring a professional to design your logo can be quite expensive, fortunately there are websites that let you do it for free. One such website is a GraphicSprings.

GraphicSprings is a free to use web service that lets you create custom logos. The site does not require you to register for any accounts – you can start creating your logo without logging in. The first step is to pick a logo image from a wide variety of choices given. The image is ported to a grid where you can format and reposition text to obtain your desired logo.

Once you achieve the final logo, you can download it in the JPG, JPEG, and PNG image file formats. The only price you pay is sharing the site through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Digg as that is a prerequisite for downloading the logo.


  • A user-friendly web service.
  • Lets you create custom logos.
  • Offers various logo image options.
  • You can download logo image in JPG, JPEG, and PNG file format.

Check out GraphicSprings @

Voice Shortcuts Launcher: Add Custom Voice Commands To Your Phone [Android]

The average smartphone owner has a bunch of applications installed on their device. Due to this, it sometimes becomes difficult to find your desired app from the long list of installed apps. Here to help you open apps and perform other phone features in a simple way is an Android tool called Voice Shortcuts Launcher.

Voice Shortcuts Launcher is a free to use smartphone application, sized at nearly 400 KB and compatible with Android version 2.2 and later. The app lets you setup custom shortcuts which can be triggered by voice commands. You can set the shortcut to open an application, access a website, open a file, call a friend, toggle your Wi-Fi, and more.

All you have to do is open the app, specify the type of shortcut you want to create, and speak in your voice command. From then onward, simply speak your voice command into the phone to execute your desired task.


  • A user-friendly phone app.
  • Compatible with Android phones.
  • Lets you setup custom voice commands.
  • Voice commands can open apps and file.
  • Voice commands can call friends and toggle Wi-Fi.

Check out Voice Shortcuts Launcher @

Zen Mobile’s full HD smartphone Ultrafone 701 FHD on sale for INR 17,999

After Micromax’s Canvas Turbo, now Zen Mobile is ready with its full HD smartphone. Dubbed as Ultrafone 701 FHD, the smartphone has appeared on for INR 17,999.

Featuring 5-inch 1080p display, the smartphone runs on Android 4.2 and comes with 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. Other specifications of the phone include 16GB of storage, 2050 mAh battery, dual-SIM support and microSD card slot.

On paper, Zen Ultrafone 701 FHD certainly seems like a great competitor to Canvas Turbo and Gionee Elife F6 smartphones, but the amount of RAM leaves something to be desired. It is expected to be officially launched in the next couple of days.

Zen Ultrafone 701 FHD key specifications:

  • 5-inch 1920x1080p IPS display
  • 1.5GHz quad core processor
  • 1 GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot
  • 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 2050 mAh battery
  • Dual-SIM support
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 33.5mm audio jack, MicroUSB 2.0

Your Aadhaar card hasn’t reached you yet? Download e-Aadhaar

Around four years ago, the Indian government had announced the implementation of a unique identification number or Aadhaar card (something like the social security number in the US) for every citizen. Soon, registering and obtaining the Aadhaar card was on the agenda of almost every well-informed citizen. In fact, the government’s decision to make it a mandatory document in government schemes, banks, schools and so on had fuelled the urgency to obtain it quickly. The card still isn't mandatory, though, at least for now. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency responsible for implementing the Aadhaar card, has several enrollment centres across the country, and the procedure is hassled with long queues to acquire the form. Along with the form, the resident will be assigned a specific day for enrolling. This day can be within the next week or even months away. You then have to go and submit the Aadhaar application form along with other required security checks.

To avoid all the hassle and with a view to make it convenient for residents, UIDAI has been improvising on its methods and has now gone all online for select states, namely, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. This means you can book an appointment for enrolling for Aadhaar online. This is a trial-based facility and may extend to other parts of the nation in the near future. Once the online appointment is fixed, an appointment slip will be generated with a token number and other details of the schedule. In case you cannot make it on the day of the appointment for whatsoever reason, UIDAI has also provided the facility to re-schedule or cancel the appointment that has been made previously. You can book an appointment by filling this form from here, and re-schedule or cancel it here.

It is mandatory to undergo the usual process of getting your photograph clicked through the webcam, fingers scanned and fill in all the essential details. Many who have done all of this and haven't yet received their Aadhaar card can simply download it online, provided they've managed to keep the acknowledgement receipt given at the enrollment centre safely. Moreover, the printed copy can be directly used as the "official card" without the need for any authoritative signature.

To download the e-Aaadhar, you need to go to the e-Aadhaar page and feed in your details, such as the EID number, date and time, along with Resident Name and your area pincode. It will then take you through a process, verifying your mobile number, and the last four digits of the mobile number will be displayed. If they are correct, click on "Yes", otherwise click "No". You will then be given a one-time password (OTP). It is also possible to change your mobile number in case it is incorrect. In the next field, you have to key in the password and obtain the link to download the electronic version of your Aadhaar card.


Before you start with the procedure to download the e-Aadhar, there are some important points to be noted. Firstly, the e-Aadhaar card that you download is password protected. The file will ask for a password and you can key in your area pin code to access it.

  • If you see the “validity unknown” icon on the e-Aadhaar, follow the below mentioned procedure:
  • Right click on the “validity unknown” icon and then click on “Validate Signature”
  • You will now see a signature validation status window, click on “Signature Properties”
  • Under Signature Properties, click on “Show Certificate”
  • Verify that there is a certification path named “CCA India 2011”. This means CCA India is identified as the owner of the digital signature that has been used when signing the document
  • Mark the certification path named “CCA India 2011", then click the “Trust” tab followed by “Add to Trusted Identities”
  • Answer “Ok” to any security question that follows
  • Check (v) the field for “Use this certificate as a trusted root” and click “OK” twice to close this and the next window
  • Click “Validate Signature'” to execute the validation
  • Also, once “CCA India 2011” is identified as a Trusted Identity, any subsequent documents with digital signatures from CCA will be validated automatically when opened

Users can also contact UIDAI by writing to them at or via the toll free contact number 1-800-180-1947.

MTS rolls out 3GPLUS network in 9 circles

It has also announced MBlaze Ultra that claims to offer up to 9.8 Mbps speed and is planning to launch a slew of smartphones by the end of this year.

CDMA service provider, MTS has rolled out its "3GPLUS" telecom network based on Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Rev. B Phase II technology. The 3GPLUS network is thus now available in MTS's 9 circles that includes Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kolkata, Uttar Pradesh (West) and West Bengal.

To experience the full power of its 3GPLUS network - MTS India has introduced MBlaze Ultra that claims to provide data speeds of up to 9.8 Mbps. Looking ahead, the company has also drawn plans to launch a slew of smart phones by the end of the 2013, enabling customers to further utilise the power of the 3GPlus network.

The MBlaze Ultra is priced at Rs 1299 for both prepaid and postpaid customers. However, prepaid customers can pay Rs 1399 to get the MBlaze Ultra with 10 GB data usage with 30 days validity. Existing postpaid MBlaze customers can get an MBlaze Ultra dongle by paying just Rs. 750 with complete cash back. For MBlaze Ultra users, MTS has also announced four unlimited data plans with 5 GB, 10 GB, 15 GB, and 20 GB fair usage which are priced at Rs 798, Rs 999, Rs 1298, and Rs 1498 respectively for prepaid users. For postpaid users the plans are priced at Rs 700, Rs 875, Rs 1199, and Rs 1399 respectively.

Saturday 26 October 2013

Samsung to launch Galaxy Golden flip phone in India soon

Samsung India is planning to launch its Android flip phone Galaxy Golden in the Indian market soon. The company has already imported around 1650 units of the phone in the country, which will soon reach the retail stores. We are expecting official announcement sometime next week.

Originally introduced back in August this year, Samsung Galaxy Golden is currently only available in South Korea (unless the company silently launched in another market). It features dual 3.7-inch AMOLED displays with WVGA resolution, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, and 1820mAh battery. The phone also comes with FM Radio, Android 4.2 and tradition numeric keypad.

There is no word on the official pricing right now, but according to mobile retailer Mahesh Telecom, the phone is going to be priced at INR 49,990, which seems a little too much of the phone despite the two displays present on it. However, Galaxy Golden being a niche smartphone, don’t expect any attractive pricing.

MapmyIndia Maps now free for Apple iOS

MapmyIndia has launched new maps with house addresses for India. The updated MapmyIndia app is available for the iOS 4.3 or higher.

MapmyIndia has announced a new maps application with house addresses for India for iOS devices. The new MapmyIndia Maps app is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad models running iOS 4.3 software update or higher. MapmyIndia Maps app boasts of being the only free Indian maps app to provide location details with house addresses for India.

Apple iOS device users have the Apple Maps, Google Maps and HERE Maps (via browser) options for navigation. MapmyIndia also offers similar services and now has introduced free MapmyIndia Maps app. This app not only offers the usual map data but has also integrated house addresses for India.

The users can search for businesses, cities and other locations to get the directions with house addresses mentioned for navigation. The app also offers step-by-step driving directions from user's current location to any destination in India.

Reliance Jio gets unified license; to roll out 4G with voice services

With grant of Unified License, Reliance Jio can now roll out its 4G services in India along with voice and messaging service like current telecom operators.

Reliance Jio Infocomm, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, today announced that it has received unified license for all 22 service areas across India and becomes the first telecom operator in the country to get pan India unified license. The unified license would allow Reliance Jio to offer all telecom services including voice telephony under a single license.

With grant of Unified License, Reliance Jio can now roll out its 4G services in India along with voice and messaging service like current telecom operators.

RIl got the 4G pan-India license in 2010 and has floated the company called Reliance Jio to roll out services. Earlier this year, Reliance Jio had inked a tower deal with RCom as well. As per reports, Reliance Jio is expected to roll out its 4G services by the end of this year.

ZTE Open with Firefox OS now available in India for Rs 6,990

ZTE Open comes with a 3.5 inch touchscreen with 320x480 pixels resolution. It has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Aderno 200 graphics processing unit, 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM, and a 1200 Li-Ion battery.

ZTE Open, which is based on Firefox operating system, is now available in India for Rs 6,990. However, the phone has not been officially launched by ZTE, instead a company called ServePro has launched it in India and is also providing one year warranty on the same.

ZTE Open comes with a 3.5 inch touchscreen with 320x480 pixels resolution. It has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Aderno 200 graphics processing unit, 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM, and a 1200 Li-Ion battery.

This 3G smartphone is 12.5 mm thin and has 2 megapixel rear camera, 32 GB expandable storage slot, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

Friday 25 October 2013

Micromax to enter Russian smartphone market in December: Report

Indian smartphone vendor Micromax is planning to enter Russian smartphone market in December this year, reports Hindu Business Line. According to the paper, this is the company’s first step in becoming a global smartphone brand.

While Micromax has been operating in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, it can’t be dubbed as a global player just yet. With the release of its products in Russia, the company is hoping to achieve that. Also, Micromax thinks that it will be able to succeed in Europe if it can crack the Russian market.

“We are launching in Russia in December and if I am able to crack Russia, we will also able to capture the whole (of) Europe,” Rahul Sharma, Co-Founder, Micromax told Business Line.

The company has already set-up an office in the country and hired initial employees from the existing players.  It has also partnered with Russian search giant Yandex and will most probably be pre-loading Yandex app store on its phones.

Micromax also recently roped in Hollywood star Hugh Jackman as its brand ambassador for Canvas-series smartphones. With Jackman, the company now has a face, who is recognisable worldwide as it attempts to become a global smartphone player.

HTC phones to get 25GB Google Drive storage after Sense 5.5 update

Looks like Google’s partnership with HTC for free Google Drive storage on One Max was not just limited to just one device. As per Google Drive offers page, select 2013 HTC smartphones will be eligible for 25GB of free Google Drive storage (in addition to the already available 15GB for every Google user) for two years after the Sense 5.5 update.

We right now know that at least one of these devices is HTC One and it has already started getting Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 update in a few countries. So, if your HTC One has got Sense 5.5 update, you can grab free Google Drive storage from your phone’s Drive app now. You can read about the whole procedure here.

There is no word on other eligible HTC smartphones at this moment but One Mini is probably going to one of these devices.

BlackBerry updates BBM for Android with support for more devices

BlackBerry has released an update for its BBM for Android app in Google Play, which brings support for more Android devices. The company has not stated the specifics about which additional devices are now supported but we have seen many Android users, who despite having devices with Ice Cream Sandwich or above, were not able to install BBM. To remind you, as per BlackBerry, presence of Android 4.0 or above is the only requirement for installing BBM.

Anyways, the Android users, who were earlier not able to install BBM for Android, should now be able to do that. The tablet support still seems to be missing.

Here is the full change-log of BBM for Android v1.0.0.72

Bug fixes and performance enhancements
Support for additional Android devices

Download BBM from Google Play

Lapcare launches power bank with 15600 mAh battery

It is said to be capable of charging any Android or Window Phone for at least 8-10 times.

Lapcare India, which is popular for its laptop peripherals and accessories, has announced the launch of power bank with a humongous 15600 mAh battery that can claims to be capable of charging any Android or Window Phone for at least 8-10 times.

The power bank, called Lapcare Power House Grand, can be used to charge any mobiles, tablet, iPods, Mp3, Mp4, gaming consoles, digital cameras, portable speakers, GPS, and Bluetooth receivers. It is said to be compatible with all major brands and is bundled with a double USB with Micro Output charging wiring with 7 connectors. This product is priced at Rs 3199 and is available from online and physical stores all over India.

It comes with a bright LED flashlight and has high quality cells. Further, it is powered with 5 LED lights to display the exact power availability, 2 outputs: Five volt adapter cable/micro output adapter cable and 3 inputs: with USB input adapter cable and Mini / Micro input port. Also, it's LED battery indicator helps check the level of charging left in the device.

On the occasion, Barkha Bosman, marketing head, Lapcare India, said, "We are happy to launch Grand, which is designed and made to meet the requirements of all people who travels frequently or are adventure loving. These days everything runs on battery and with people on the go, it is essential that their technical gadgets keep running smooth. Little battery or no battery can not only hinder professional commitments but also in personal life, in case of emergencies. So, we came up with power house "Grand”" that will help keep every gadget charged, anytime and every time."

Android 4.4 Kitkat to bring better user-interface for Smart TVs: Report

According to a report in South Korean publication ET News, Google’s upcoming Android version KitKat will bring better compatibility for smart televisions and other smart devices. The search giant in particular will improve the Android user-interface with the KitKat release, to make it better for devices other than smartphones and tablets, this report added.

This report lines-up with a previous WSJ story, which indicated that Google wants to make Android more usable for devices like Smart TVs, appliances and wearables etc. Looks like, it is going to happen with Android 4.4.

The ET News report also confirms the recent GigaOM story, which suggested that Google might be planning to dump the Google TV branding and move for Android TV. As per ET News sources, LG recently received a guideline to use Android TV branding in its Google TV products.

There are no specific details available right now but given the impending launch of KitKat, we won’t to wait for a long time.

Thursday 24 October 2013

LG G Pro Lite dual budget phablet now available in India for INR 18,300

Within a fortnight of becoming official, LG’s G Pro Lite dual-SIM Android smartphone has reached Indian shores. Available now on for INR 18,300, the smartphone will be taking on the likes of Samsung Galaxy Grand duos, Sony Xperia C and other budget phablets available in the country.

LG G Pro Lite features a 5.5-inch qHD display, 1GHz dual-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, microSD card slot, and 3140 mAh battery. It also comes with Android 4.1.2, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, FM Radio, and the usual connectivity options.

The phone also comes with software tweaks like KnockON, Pause and Resume recording, and QTranslator.

LG G Pro Lite key specifications:

  • Processor: MT6577 1.0 GHz Dual Core
  • Display: 5.5-inch (960 x 540 pixels)
  • Network: 3G (HSDPA: 7.2Mbps / HSUPA: 5.76Mbps)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, MicroSD
  • Camera: Rear 8.0MP BSI / Front 1.3MP
  • Battery: 3,140 mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2
  • Size: 150.2 x 76.9 x 9.4mm
  • Weight: 161g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, USB2.0, A-GPS, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Stylus
  • Colours: Black, White

Polaroid’s Android camera iM1836 finally goes on sale for $299

Polaroid has finally released its Android-powered smart camera iM1836 in the United States. Originally showcased at CES 2013 this year, this interchangeable lens smart camera can now be grabbed from select Walmart stores and for $299.

“This camera has generated tremendous buzz since it first debuted at CES this year,” said Sakar President Jeff Saka. “Now, we’re thrilled to see it hit store shelves, just in time for the holiday season, making it perfect for capturing precious family memories and for gift-giving.”

To remind you, Polaroid iM1836 comes with 10-30mm optical zoom kit lens, 18.1MP sensor, 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD, Android 4.1, Wi-Fi and support for Google Play. The company will also releasing a 500mm telephoto lens for the camera in November, followed by a 50mm lens, which will be available in early 2014. The pricing of these lenses is not known at this point.

The smart camera will be competing with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Camera and Nikon Coolpix S800c, both of which also come with Android on-board.

Dead Trigger 2 now available in Google Play for free

Right on schedule, Madfinger Games released its sequel to the popular Dead Trigger game in Google Play on Wednesday. Simply dubbed as Dead Trigger 2, the game can now be downloaded for free.

Similar to original Dead Trigger, the new game is also a first person zombie shooter set in post-apocalyptic world where human survivors continue to fight against zombies for control of the Earth.

According to Madfinger Games, Dead Trigger 2 is played in real-time, so situations change based on performance or the behaviour of the players.

“This real time and never-ending story will be affected by the behavior of every single player,” explains Marek Rabas, CEO at Madfinger Games.

“With each following update, the action will shift to varying locations and continents with the concrete development influenced directly by the participation of players. The action will be global; players will fight against local zombies in Shanghai, London or in the middle of the desert far away in Africa,” the developer noted in a press release.

Dead Trigger 2 features

  • Option to choose between a touch control scheme created especially for casual players or an enhanced virtual joystick.
  • Cutting-edge graphics, including real time water reflections, dynamic vegetation and enhanced ragdolls.
  • Explore various locations like eerie alleyways, abandoned mines or the African desert.
  • Real-Time story development
  • Different types of missions such as story missions, global missions or side-quests.

Download Dead Trigger 2 from Google Play

Micromax launches Canvas Turbo A250 full HD smartphone for INR 19,990

Indian smartphone vendor Micromax has announced the launch of its flagship Canvas Turbo A250 phone today. The phone will go on sale beginning October 26 for INR 19,990.

Powered by 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6589T quad-core processor, Micromax A250 Canvas Turbo comes with 5-inch full HD display, 2000 mAh battery, and Android 4.2.1. The phone also packs 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and dual-SIM support.

Micromax has also pre-loaded quite a few apps and software tweaks on the smartphone including ‘Camerazzi’ camera app, which offers a host of features including 360 degree panorama, and Freewheel that gives access to various apps and features with one click.

“At Micromax, our focus has always been to keep innovating to democratize technology for masses by offering seamless experience through a combination of great hardware and enhanced software capabilities. Canvas Turbo further builds on our promise to constantly empower our users with superior technology. This is complemented by a refreshed ecosystem of applications enabling users to multitask offering great value to them,” said Rahul Sharma, Co-founder, Micromax.

As Micromax earlier revealed, Turbo will be the first smartphone to be endorsed by the company’s new brand ambassador Hugh Jackman.

“The launch of Canvas Turbo would be accompanied with our association with Hugh Jackman, one of the biggest names in world entertainment industry as the new brand ambassador of Micromax Canvas series of smartphones. The launch would be supported with a clutter breaking 360 degree marketing campaign across print, online and TV. The association will set an ideal platform for Micromax as we look forward to venture into international markets,” said Shubhodip Pal, Chief Marketing Officer, Micromax.

Micromax A250 Canvas Turbo key specifications

1.5GHz quad-core processor
5-inch SHARP full HD CGS display (1920x1080p)
Full aluminium casing
2000 mAh battery
Android 4.2.1(Jelly Bean)
13MP AF rear camera; 5MP FF front camera
2GB RAM; 16GB internal storage
Bluetooth v4.0 and Wi-Fi
Integrated Music Hub & Game Hub
Pre-loaded Apps: BBM Download Link, Spuul, Kingsoft Office, M!Security, Blow to Unlock, M!Live, Opera, Hike, FOTA & Games- Jelly Jumper, Fruit Devil, The Darkman
Colour options: Blue, White

First LG Firefox OS smartphone ‘Fireweb’ is official

The first LG Firefox OS smartphone is here and it is called Fireweb. Now available on telecom operator Telefónica Vivo in Brazil, LG Fireweb has been priced at 449 BRL ($207). It will also be released in three more Latin American countries Peru, Uruguay and Mexico in the coming days.

LG Fireweb features a 4-inch HVGA display, 1GHz single-core processor, 5MP rear camera, 2GB of storage, microSD card slot and 1540 mAh battery. It also comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB port and 3.5mm audio jack.

“We built Firefox OS as part of Mozilla’s mission to put the power of the Web in people’s hands and offer the best Web experience possible. We’re happy to see Firefox OS gain momentum with partners launching new devices in new markets and developers around the world being inspired to innovate,” Mozilla COO Jay Sullivan said in a statement.

In related news, Vivo has also released another Firefox OS smartphone on its network in Brazil and it is from Alcatel. Dubbed as Alcatel Onetouch Fire, it features 3.5 inch display, 3.2 megapixel camera, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 3G and 2 GB memory card.

Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 goes on sale for INR 14,999

Just a day after getting leaked online, Micromax’s new 5-inch Canvas Magnus A117 smartphone has appeared at online retailer Snapdeal.  The smartphone can be purchased for just INR 14,999, which is lower than what we had anticipated. With the release of A117, Micromax is giving consumers an alternative to A210 Canvas 4, which hasn’t seen much uptake due to high price-tag.

Micromax Canvas Magnus features Android 4.2, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 12MP rear camera and 5-inch 720p HD IPS display. The phone also packs 2000 mAh battery, 4GB of storage and 2MP front camera, which is lower than the rumoured 5MP front shooter.

In related news, Micromax is expected to announce its first full HD smartphone Canvas Turbo in the coming weeks, which is rumoured to pack quad-core processor, 5-inch 1080p display, and Android.

Micromax A117 Canvas Magnus key specifications:

  • 5-inch 720p IPS display
  • 1.5GHz MediaTek quad-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD card slot
  • Dual-SIM support
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroUSB port
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 12MP rear camera, 2MP front camera

HTC looking to outsource smartphone production: Reports

Reports coming in from Wall Street Journal and Reuters suggest that HTC is planning to move some of its smartphone production to contract-manufacturers as seeks ways to save money.

The Taiwanese manufacturer, which reported its first quarterly loss in Q3, has been in talks with FIH Mobile and Wistron contract manufacturers to outsource smartphone production as the in-house production is becoming more expensive due to the lack of big volumes. According to Wall Street Journal, HTC has met actively with contract manufacturers in recent months as the management is looking at all options for a viable turnaround plan.

As per Reuters’ sources, HTC has halted at-least one of its four major manufacturing factories and was even thinking of selling the out-of-use production lines in China and Taiwan. While HTC has denied any factory sales plans, it won’t be surprising to see if it actually sells one or two of its production lines to bring in cash.

“HTC’s cash flow is not doing well. It has to do something soon to generate cash,” one of the sources with direct knowledge of the manufacturing sale plan told Reuters.