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Android 4.4.4 For Verizon Galaxy S5!

gsmarena_001 (1)Verizon is now rolling out an over the air update that is 346 MB in size. The same would update your Galaxy S5 to version 4.4.4 Kitkat.

One of the major issues that owners were complaining about was about the loss of audio over certain bluetooth headsets. Hopefully none of that would be happening now. Additionally, there are some security patches part of Android 4.4.4. There aren’t any changes regarding the user interface of any other features of the phone.

Additionally if you feel like manually flashing the .zip file then one may do that if waiting for an update is not your cup of tea.

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

September 11th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Apple Watch – Perfect Wearable Companion?!

gsmarena_002 (2)Tim Cook used thee phrase “one more thing” for the first time after Steve Jobs passed away. This time around it was for a new product category – the much awaited Apple Watch.

It comes in three categories – the usual Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. The key difference being in the straps and 18 karat gold plating. All will have changeable wristbands, ceramic backs and sapphire screens. Six different bands will be available at launch.

gsmarena_007Apple says that they needed to introduce a whole new UI and a new way to interact with a device this small and hence the digital crown. The digital crown can be rotated to zoom into various elements on the screen. The touchscreen can be used to interact and scroll through. One can use Siri for voice dictation and can even use the built in heart rate sensor to send across the “vibrating pulse” feeling to a fellow Apple Watch user.

The Watch will cost $350 and will be available only in early 2015. iPhone 4S and below owners aren’t covered.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

September 10th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Apple Launching iPhone 6 in India On October 17!

gsmarena_001 (1)Apple has already given a date for the launch of the iPhone 6 in India – October 17  it is. According to the Apple India website, both the phones will be launched on October 17.

India has historically never been on the forefront when it comes to release dates but this time the difference isn’t much compared to what folks in India are used to. This time the difference is the shortest so far and hence people looking forward to it shall be pleased to know this.

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

September 10th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Apple Unveils 4.7″ iPhone 6 And 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus!

gsmarena_002As expected Tim Cook immediately took to the stage and announced the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 is based off the iPod touch design that makes it slim and elegant with round edges.

The screen is protected by “Ion-strengthened glass”, which is curved around the edges for a more seamless experience when swiping. The screen itself is an LCD with “Retina HD,” which translates to 750 x 1,334 pixels. This pushes the pixel density to 348ppi.

Apple has retained the same 8MP resolution on its iSight camera. The sensor is slightly larger now and there’s no OIS though, it relies on digital stabilization. The camera can shoot panoramas up to 43MP. The Apple A8 chip is what keeps the iPhone 6 powered and it is 25% powerful compared to the last generation chip. Other connectivity upgrades include Wi-Fi 802.11ac for three times faster Wi-Fi speeds. Finally, there’s also NFC now, which enables Apple’s new Apple Pay service for wireless payments.

gsmarena_001Apple also announced the iPhone 6 Plus which is the 5.5inch version of the iPhone 6. It comes with a 5.5inch Retina HD display as Apple likes to call it – coming in at a resolution of 1920*1080 pixels.

The back of the iPhone 6 Plus is made of anodized aluminum and the stainless steel frame of the phone ensures its rigidity. Apple says that they have optimized iOS 8 to take advantage of the bigger screen so that apps can stretch seamlessly with their split-screen interface that helps take advantage of that extra screen real estate.

Everything else including the camera and the host of connectivity options are the same as the iPhone 6. iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders commence on September 12 and shipments being a week later, on September 19.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

September 9th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Amazon Fire Phone Available For 99 Cents!

431733-amazon-phoneJust two months after its launch, Amazon has slashed the prices of the Fire Phone by 200 dollars. The phone now costs just 99 cents with a two-year contract, complete with a year of Amazon Prime membership and various other cloud services included. Anyone who bought the phone at launch would have paid $199.

The exact reason driving this is unclear but analysts say that the reason may purely be poor sales figures. The timing may also be a big indication – Amazon has announced this just a day before the announcement of the iPhone 6. Amazon has said they have similar plans for Europe as well.

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

September 8th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Motorola Offers Upto $300 For Your Old Phone!

moto-x-review-its-not-the-revolution-you-were-hoping-forWe saw a bunch of awesome devices last week at IFA and Motorola put up quite a show with their new Moto X and Moto G. Motorola has now decided that it is making it easier to swap in your old phone for a new one.

Trading in your device after purchasing a Moto X or Moto G may get you a Motorola Visa Prepaid Card of up to $300. All you got to do is purchase a Moto X or a Moto G and send your old phone back before 30 days and you get a Visa Prepaid Card in mail shortly.

This is only applicable on Moto Maker purchases. So if want a new Moto, go ahead and click the link below.

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

September 8th, 2014 at 5:39 pm

New Moto G And Moto X Go Official!

1-8-1940x1288Motorola Mobility announced the much teased Moto X and the Moto G. Both being the successor to their respective last year hardware.

The Moto G now comes with a 5″ 720p IPS display with a Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 and 1 GB of RAM. The screen is flanked by a duo of stereo speakers, which add a massive dash of appeal to the device, and help set it apart from its competitors. The camera of the new Moto G is an 8MP f/2.0 unit, coupled with a 2MP front-facing snapper. Users can use the volume rocker to activate the camera shutter.

The Motorola KitKat 4.4.4 and a 2070 mAh battery.

gsmarena_002 (1)The Moto X is the company’s brand new flagship with a host of customization options and the the best specs packed behind a screen that measures 5.2 inches. It is powered by a Snapdragon 801 paired with 2GB of RAM and a 13MP camera. The battery however is still a mere 2300mAh. The latest Moto X boots stock Android 4.4.4, garnished with a few exclusive Motorola additions.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

September 5th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Sony Xperia Z3 T-Mobile Version Will Make It To The U.S.A.!

xperia-z3-white-1240x840-430fa6376c394cf59a94a9edca67ed7dThe freshly announced Sony Xperia Z3 will be available in the United States and will be offered by T-Mobile. The Xperia Z3 is the successor to the Xperia Z1s and the Z2.

Sony also announced a new Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and the Xperia Z3 compact which are two interesting products. However, the Z3 is no exceptional phone. It virtually packs similar specification compared to the Z2 which just an improved chassis and better camera processing – although that has to be tested against the claims.

If you like Sony’s UI and Playstation integration then you may soon be getting this phone in your country to pick up.

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Written by Chintan Vithlani

September 4th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Galaxy Note Edge Is The Most Futuristic Looking Phone!

gsmarena_103Samsung and leaks go hand in hand but for once Samsung came up with something that we totally weren’t expecting. A Note like device with a curved screen on one edge, called the Galaxy Note Edge.

So the Galaxy Note Edge is every bit a Galaxy Note 4 with it’s specifications, design, choice of materials and even the display resolution. It even carries the S Pen along with it with all its added functionality. The biggest and weirdest part being the curve on the right that bleeds over the right edge enabling and unlocking a part of the phone that one never is used to having as a part or an extension of the screen.

Users will be able to check the news, launch apps, and do much more on that added screen real estate. It all looks interesting right now, although we are yet to see how heavy it will be on the pricing and how much of practical use will one be able to suck out from it.

Written by Chintan Vithlani

September 4th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 4!

samsung_galaxy_note_4_ifa_2014So many have been waiting for this day when Samsung finally announces the 4th iteration to it’s Note phablet series. At Berlin today at IFA 2014 we saw the first glimpse of the Note 4 and it looks much promising.

While Samsung has kept the UI pretty much TouchWiz familiar, there are neat Stylus features built in. The major overhaul is in the materials and build quality of the device. While it doesn’t look radically different from the previous Note, it is much improved. Samsung has also decided that the Note 4 will carry a 2560*1440 QHD Super AMOLED display – a first on any smartphone.

Here are list of specifications :

Screen size 5.7 inches
Screen type Super AMOLED
Resolution 2560×1440
Pixel density 515.3 ppi
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 / Samsung Exynos 5433
Type Quad-core / Octa-core
Speed 2.7 GHz / 1.9 GHz (1.9+1.3)
GPU Adreno 420 / Mali T760
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB
Expansion MicroSD up to 64GB
Camera 16MP with Smart OIS
Flash Yes
Front-facer 3.7MP
Battery 3220 mAh
OS Android 4.4.4
Bands Differ by country/carrier
SIM type Pending
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Included
Infrared Included
Sensors Gesture / Accelerometer / Geo-magnetic / Gyroscope / RGB IR-LED / Proximity / Barometer / Hall Sensor / Finger Scanner / UV / Heart Rate Monitoring / SpO2 (Dependent on market)
Build Pending
Size 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm / 176g

 

Written by Chintan Vithlani

September 3rd, 2014 at 5:20 pm