07th Mar, 2014
Samsung GALAXY S5 To Be Priced At Rs 45,500 In India
However, there's no word on the release date yet.
Samsung introduced the GALAXY S5 at the MWC with great fanfare adding a couple of new features to last year’s S4. However, critics were not impressed since it sported the same boring design of the GALAXY S4.
Today the phone made a brief appearance on Saholic.com with a price tag of Rs 45,500. Obviously, the listing was removed from the website quickly, but not before getting noticed. The pricing doesn't come as a surprise since the GALAXY S4 has recently seen a sharp price drop (now available for Rs 30,000). However, there was no word on the availability though.
A few days ago, AndroidCentral.com reported that Samsung may build a premium version of the S5 with some blown up specs and a metal body. Will the alleged GALAXY S5 Prime deliver a phone that is worth its price? Or will Samsung simply give up and stand defeated by its own flagships, only time will tell.
Nexus 5 Battery Draining Quickly? Google’s Working On A Fix
Issue could affect all Qualcomm SoC powered phones running KiKat 4.4.2.
Have you been noticing some quick battery drain on your Nexus 5 lately? Well, Google says it’s because of a camera process that keeps running in the background that gets triggered due to certain apps.
The process in question here is the 'mm-qcamera-daemon', which is said to be triggered by Skype and similar apps that use the camera module. Surprisingly, Google is not blaming Microsoft's for the issue. The fault lies in KitKat’s code that Google promises to rectify shortly with an update.
What is shocking though, is that Google claims that the process can be triggered on any smartphone using the Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. What this means is that each phone with Snapdragon SoC has differences in their software and hence the issues with them will not be the same as the Nexus 5.
For now, Google recommends re-booting your Nexus 5 in order to stop the process, or simply uninstall the apps that cause this problem. Google is currently working on the fix, but due to the large scale of fixes needed, there is currently no estimated time for the patch to arrive.
Five Apps For Online Gadget Shopping
Apps worth giving a shot if you hate roaming around in a mall.
07th Mar 2014
With Internet penetration on the rise, online shopping is gaining popularity in India. To attract consumers, these online stores are offering products at aggressive pricing. Options such as cash-on-delivery and 30 day return policy has helped it become popular among Indian shoppers. To save you from the hassle of booting your computers, these shopping portals have gone mobile. Here are five such apps worth giving a shot if you're planning on buy gadgets.
The Flipkart is a Fast, Fun and Easy way to access the online store you’ve come to love. Shop from the massive selection of products including mobile phones, laptops, books, shoes, watches and apparel. The app offer product search. Then, there are other ways to browse categories. You can narrow down the results using filter functions. Before placing an order, you can read customers reviews too. Payment modes include cash-on-delivery, Credit/Debit Cards, EMI, and NetBanking.
Click here for Android;
Click here for iOS;
Click here for Windows Phone.
The Amazon mobile app now supports shopping from Amazon.in. The app offers browse and “Shop by Department”, quickly search, compare prices, read reviews, and share products with friends. To make on-the-go shopping and price comparison even easier, the Amazon app allows users to scan a barcode, snap a photo, or type a search. If you feel like ordering something from abroad, you can switch to the desired Amazon country store.Snapdeal
Snapdeal may not be as popular as Flipkart, but it offers wide selection of products. Compared to the website, Snapdeal's mobile app is a lot user-friendly. It allows users to view reviews, compare prices, specification and features before making a purchase. Snapdeal offers free shipping service to over a 4000 cities in India. And of course, you get to pay by debit/credit cards, cash-on-delivery, and online banking.eBay
The eBay app is packed full of features. Apart from buying stuff, you can also sell your products on this website. The app lets you find products using barcode scanner. Read and respond to offers eBay messages. You can customise the alerts about your eBay items and activity. Moreover, you can track your orders and packages.
This is one of the most popular online store. The app offers special deals and discounts for limited time. Apart from normal text search, you can Scan QR Code of a product to view its details and shop. After finding the product of your choice, you can view its high quality images. Similar to the aforementioned apps, HomeShop18 offers multiple payment options including debit Card, Airtel Money, credit Card EMI, or Cash on Delivery.
Nokia Lumia 630 Press Image Surfaces Prior Launch
The mid-range smartphone is speculated to feature a 4.5-inch screen.
After introducing the X series with three phones, Nokia is all set to add new members to its Lumia family. If Twitter handle @evleaks is to be believed, Nokia is set to announce the Lumia 630. The successor to the good old Lumia 625, is also rumoured to be one of the first phones from Nokia to run Windows Phone 8.1 out-of-the-box.
Designed to be a mid-segment device, the 630 looks a lot like its predecessor. What sets it apart from the budget segment though, are the rumoured hardware specifications. The phone is said to pack in a powerful Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM which should make launching apps and multi-tasking a breeze in Windows Phone 8.1. What’s more interesting, is that it will have virtual navigation keys as well, which is again compatible with the Windows Phone 8.1. Looks like the Moto G just got a worthy competitor from the Windows Phone camp.
Let’s just hope Microsoft and Nokia have something bigger to announce as well in the form of flagship device when it announces Windows Phone 8.1 in April. Our fingers are crossed for now.
Nokia Lumia 630, 2014 pic.twitter.com/a9DZojuQTk— @evleaks (@evleaks) March 6, 2014
Case Closed: Samsung To Pay $930 Million For Copying Apple Products
The Korean company loses money, but saves itself from a sales ban.
The Apple Vs. Samsung court battle was one of the most interesting series of events to happen last year. The U.S. court slapped a massive fine of $1.05 billion on Samsung, but Apple was more interested in a nation-wide sales ban.
Well, the Jury has finally closed the trial, revising the fine to $930 million. It has also ruled out Apple's request to ban Samsung products in America. Still, we feel that the war between these two giants hasn't ended yet. Both competitors would be back in court again for another showdown soon, as Apple has already started a new lawsuit. This time it includes some newer devices like the Samsung’s best-selling GALAXY S III which Apple is after.
Samsung seems to be breaking ties with Apple already, as it was reported earlier as they would not be involved with the production of the upcoming iPhone 6. The electronics giant claimed that the processors were low-yield in terms of returns and hence had to opt out since they had plenty at hand already. The contract ended up in the hands of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which had more than the required capacity to keep up with Apple’s demanding production schedules.
Let’s just hope that Samsung learns to build and design something original past this and we see some real innovation happening apart from a fingerprint scanner.
HTC Does A ‘Samsung’ With The KitKat Update Rollout
The Taiwanese brand suspends Android 4.4 update due to undesirable phone behaviour.
HTC One KitKat software update may have become a bitter for some HTC One users. According to ibtimes.com, many users are reporting undesirable phone behaviour post software update. The issues vary from the excessive battery drain to automatic switching of speaker mode during calls. Seems that a hard reset (which will clear all data on your device) to remedy some of the problems, but then it is not the way an OTA updates are supposed to work.
HTC finally took a call and announced that the rollout would be suspended and that the company is working on a fix. They seem to have moved back to "integration" mode as per HTC UK and will be working on the branded Sense layer which may be the cause of the problem. The handsets affected were mainly in the UK and parts of Europe and possibly some of the US HTC One owners via their operators.
Have you experienced any undesirable behaviour with your HTC One here in India post updating to KitKat?
Apple Sitting On A Stockpile Of 3 Million "Unsold" Plastic iPhones
It's about time for a price cut.
In a not so shocking report by Digitimes.com, there seems to be a huge stockpile of iPhone handsets collecting dust. Yes iPhones collecting dust at ODM Pegatron Technology (manufacturer). Yes, you guessed it right, the model in question is the iPhone 5c.
Reports points out to the fact that there are about 2 million iPhone 5cs lying at the manufacturing facility with nowhere to go. Moreover, there seems to be about a million more lying on the shelves with telecom carriers and distributors waiting to be picked up.
The two reasons for this are - phone's plastic built and expensive price tag. Apple thought they would make a quick buck by putting in the same hardware as the iPhone 5 without lowering the cost much. Clearly the things didn't turn out the way Apple had expected. With rumours spreading that the next iPhone will most probably sport a bigger display, those units are definitely going to stay there until of course there is a major price cut.
There's a possibility that the iPhone 5c will become the next iPhone 4 if it lingers in the in the market till the 4 fades off. Let’s face it, the iPhone 4 is not worth the Rs 24,000 price tag since it lags out-of-the-box with the iOS 7 on board. This is why Apple may end up slashing its price to push off the stocks eventually.
HTC Desire 310 Will Clash With The Moto G
The budget Android handset will probably cost around Rs 14,400 in India.
Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
07th Mar, 2014
As reported earlier, HTC is indeed betting big on the budget smartphone market this year. After unveiling a trendy Desire 610 at MWC, the Taiwanese manufacturer is prepping to launch the Desire 310 next month. Going by the model number and specs, we're sure it's going to be cheaper than the 610. Speaking of specs, the phone offers a 4.5-inch IPS screen with 854x480 pixels. To bring the manufacturing cost down, HTC has gone with MediaTek MT6582M chipset. These SoCs are generally used in Sino-Indian smartphones such as Micromax, Lava, Intex etc. Their performance lacks consistency when compared to Qualcomm's offering. Like most budget phones, the 310 comes with a 5 megapixel camera, dual-SIM support, 4 GB internal storage, and microSD card slot. The 512 MB RAM is definitely on lower side, which makes us wonder if the phone can handle Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Design-wise the 310 looks like a successor of the Desire C, which was announced in 2012. Much like the 610, the new phone comes in blue, white, and red. The phone is expected to launch on 10th of April. The rollout will begin with a few European countries including Netherlands, where it's priced at EUR 170 (approx Rs 14,400). So in India, the handset will compete with Moto G.
Nokia Lumia Icon’s International Cousin To Be Unveiled In April
Will we just see a design refresh of the Lumia Icon?
We all loved the Lumia 920, made by then struggling Nokia, it was an innovative on many counts. PureMotion HD+ screen with swift refresh rates, Optical image stabilisation (OIS) in camera, and a ClearBlack display for deeper blacks were some of its high points. We then finally got a glimpse of what its successor would be like when the company unveiled Lumia Icon the USA.
The Icon did not bring much to the table save for some hardware upgrade. It was basically a phone that everyone wanted minus the industrial design that most were not fans of. It was a solution to the chunky Nokia 1520 which most people drifted away from due to its sheer size.
The Twitter handle @EvLeaks has just tweeted that Nokia will be holding another event on the 19th of April. What should we expect? Just another Lumia Icon dressed up in better body? Or will we see some better technology packed in there? The Icon already contains most of the features Nokia has to offer except for the 41 megapixel camera with a physical shutter, last seen on the 1020.
Nokia was all excited about the Nokia X at the MWC; and somehow had nothing for the Windows Phone lovers who had high-hopes for a new product. But why would they? With a Windows Phone 8.1 launch scheduled for mid-April, it all makes sense doesn’t it? Announce a new Windows Phone with the latest software.
So will Nokia make the ultimate Windows Phone? Or will it simply give us that one thing less like they always do. Let us know in the comments below.
Nokia event April 19th?— @evleaks (@evleaks) March 5, 2014
Lava Takes Budget Smartphones To Extremes With The Iris 503e
Hopes to address the problems its predecessor had.
Lava has launched a refresh of its last year's flagship smartphone Iris 503. Dubbed the Iris 503e (notice the e?) comes with a couple of 'enhancements', but brings nothing new to table. We would call it more of a software and hardware fix over the previous iteration.
The Iris 503e chucks the 503’s higher spec'd qHD display for a 480x800 capacitive touch screen one. While the phone retains it 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 512 MB of RAM from its predecessor, Lava has managed to up the internal memory to a chunkier 4 GB of space.
Everything else remains the same. This includes the Android Jelly Bean V 4.2, dual SIM support and the 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. Also included is the front-facing 1.3 MP camera unit which is a minor upgrade over last year’s offering. Power is again supplied by the same 2000 mAh, which powered the Iris 503.
The handset will be priced at Rs 6749 and will come in black and white.