Monday, May 27, 2013

Having Problem With Your Cell Phone Bill? Most Simple Way How To Save Money On Your Phone Bill!!

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In this day almost everyone has mobile phone. Sometimes the bill cost us badly. New mobile and technology leads us to maintain higher price. Check out some tips or simple ways on how to save big on your next phone bill.

Find a New Plan

One of the easiest processes that you can think about for saving bill is to switch to a different service. Find out which offer that match you needs. First find out your specific needs. By doing this you can look for different services that may be bring you a low cost. It may be take a little bit research to find out  which one fit with your needs.  But it is worth the work.

Talk to Your Carrier

Negotiating is a main part of business. And day by day its becoming prevalent. Best thing is thing give a try to figure out what carrier offer similar services with their specific prices and also present this to your carrier. There is always a chance though a lot of phone carriers won’t budge when it comes to details and price. You have always a better chance at catching a deal if you do the proper research and present a worthy case.

Use a Free Service

The another way you can download various apps. It is easy to save money on your texting, calling and so on. The apps like text free, that’s allow to make phone call and send text messages if you have a Wi-Fi connection. Google also allow free call. You can use Wi-Fi to connect to the internet so you aren’t using any of your data allowance for the month. When it comes to data and internet usage,  A lot of phone companies charge at heavy rates for going the amount over.

Track Your Usage

Various apps that applies track data usage. You can do this if you have a smartphone. Cutting back on the things that cost you the most money. You must be able to know how much is too much. By using those apps you can know how much data you have left. So you won’t cost yourself no extra fees.

Group Your Services

What you think what is much cheaper if you buy one thing in quantity or individually? It’s always cheaper in quantity. Same rules or concept is applied for your phone plans. When you take Family plan or something similar, you are then able to get discounts as well as cheaper phones. So ensure a plans for you from around your shop that’s fit your lifestyle.

No Toll Free Calls (Cell Phones)

Make sure about that when you make a toll free call on a cell phone, the minutes aren’t free.  A lot of times you can be put on hold. That adding to the final bill a lot more than you imagined. Just make sure you save these for a land line.

Choose the Right Kind of Phone

When shopping a phone, don’t be looking for any smart phone if you use it once or twice for calling. Should know exactly what you want and are going to use it for will cut out a lot of time.  That could be wasted at phones you would never have a chance at purchasing. A lot of phone services allow you to put in your needs, and they will give you a variety of options of phones that would best fit you.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Upcoming Huawei Smartphone 2013: Huawei to launch world's slimmest smartphone this year

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Huawei is preparing to introduce the slimmest smartphone dubbed as Ascend P6 that measures 6.2 mm thick.

Huawei is toiling hard to be amongst the top handset makers with its variety of smartphone offerings. This year Huawei plans to introduce slim and metal shell carrying devices. Popular Twitter account EVLeaks shared details about an upcoming Huawei smartphone - Ascend P6.

The new model in the Ascend series is to feature a 4.7-inch display with 720p HD resolution. No other information about the device was revealed.

Huawei is competing with Samsung, LG, Apple, HTC and other smartphone makers striving to churn out slim devices. Huawei had introduced the Ascend P1 S which was crowned as the world's thinnest smartphone and now with the Ascend P6, the company wants the crown back.

Slimmer yet powerful smartphones is what one should expect to see in next couple of months. With several components getting smaller and thin, the smartphones are also becoming relatively lighter than those sold about five years ago.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus displayed on company site for Rs. 12100

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Just yesterday we had reported that Micromax was working on an Android v4.2.1 smartphone called the A110Q and then Micromax displayed it on its official website renamed as the Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus.

The Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus, as expected, has a 5 inch display. The device is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor along with 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage.

The A110Q Canvas 2 Plus, which has support for dual SIM (GSM + GSM), has an 8 MP rear camera with dual LED flash, besides a 2 MP front facing camera. The phone indeed runs on the Android v4.2.1 and also has a 2000 mAh battery. The Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus listing is priced at Rs. 12100 on the company website.

Specs of the Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus:

5 inch display
854 x 480 pixels resolution
1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor
4 GB internal memory
8 MP primary camera
2 MP front facing camera
Google Android v4.2.1 Jelly Bean
2000 mAh battery

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Upcoming LG Smartphone 2013: LG Optimus GJ brings waterproofing to LG Optimus G in Taiwan

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Ever since the Sony Xperia Z showed up at CES, a high-end model that was able to withstand water and dust, we have seen other high-end models take the plunge into waterproofing. For example, Samsung has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active will be a rugged version of the Android flagship model. However, there is talk that some of the specs will be different. Instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 under the hood, which is what the U.S. carrier models of the phone are powered by, speculation is that the Galaxy S4 Active will sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960. And instead of the 13MP snapper on back, the rough and tumble variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to make do with an 8MP sensor instead.

Fellow Korean OEM LG has announced on Wednesday that it too has a waterproof version of its top-shelf phone coming to market. The LG Optimus GJ is expected to touch down in Taiwan next month priced at $17,990 TWD ($600 USD). Most of the specs match those found on the LG Optimus G including the 4.7 inch LCD screen with 768 x 1280 resolution, the quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ 8064 and the 2GB of RAM on board. The model number of the waterproof model is LG E975W vs LG E975 for the original generation of the device.

Introduced in Taiwan on Wednesday, the LG Optimus GJ is slightly bigger than the Optimus G (131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5 mm vs. 136.9 x 68.9 x 9.9 mm) and its IPX7 designation means it can stay underwater as deep as 1 meter, for 30 minutes. This surely beats out the protection from splashes that Motorola has been putting on models like the Motorola DROID 4 and the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD.  The LG Optimus GJ will be available in black and in black/red and there is no word on whether it will be released outside of Taiwan.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Upcoming Galaxy Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro launched for Rs. 16900

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While the Samsung Galaxy Win, which is one of the affordable Galaxy smartphones targeted towards emerging markets, has been launched in most markets, Samsung India today launched the device in the country, but with a new name – Galaxy Grand Quattro.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro though is being confused as the next edition of the Galaxy Grand, is the actual Galaxy Win which was launched a few weeks back. The device has a 4.7 inch display with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The dual SIM handset is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad core Cortex A5 processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro is equipped with two cameras, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and a front facing 0.3 MP with 720p video recording. The phone runs on Android Jelly Bean OS and packs in 2000 mAh battery. While the Grand Quattro takes its name from the Galaxy Grand, even with a quad core processor, it cannot match the performance of the dual core Galaxy Grand.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro is priced at Rs. 16900.

Specs of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro:

4.7 inch display
1.2 GHz quad core Cortex A5 processor
8 GB internal memory
5 MP primary camera
0.3 MP front facing camera
Google Android v4.1 Jelly Bean
2000 mAh battery


Karbonn New Smartphone 2013: Karbonn to launch 5 inch HD quad core smartphone for Rs 19,900

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After launching three quad core Android smartphones, S1, S2 and S5, Karbonn is getting ready to launch another.

Pardeep Jain, managing director of Jaina Group, which owns Karbonn Mobiles, said to The Mobile Indian,"In June we will be launching a 5 inch smartphone with HD display for Rs 19,900. It will run on Android Jelly Bean 4.2."

He further added, "On the processor front it will have a quad core processor and will be very slim. It will also support a 13 megapixel camera."

The last quad core smartphone launched by the company was Karbonn Titanium S5. It had a 5 inch qHD (540 x 960 pixel) display, a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and was running on Android Jelly Bean with OS version 4.1.2. It was pitched directly against the Micromax Canvas HD A116.

In the camera department the phone had an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. Karbonn Titanium S5 also sported a 2000 mAh battery.

Google Glass Update news: Facebook, Twitter makes social media connect with Google Glass

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Allowing users to do more and effortlessly Google glass adds application for Facebook and Twitter along with a few more.

Google's popular wearable mobility gadget, Glass is bringing dedicated applications for social networking services Twitter and Facebook. With these dedicated applications Glass users would be able to share information and pictures with friends and family while not having the need to access their mobile phone devices.

At present the Facebook application for Google glass comes with restricted features and allows for sharing of photos taken with the glass. While twitter application for Glass offers much more in terms of usability, it allows the users to share pictures and along with that the app also allows users to see Twitter notifications and respond to messages that they receive for their Twitter account.

Google Glass looks like normal goggles but it can do things like a smartphone like taking pictures and videos. Also, if you want to send an SMS, you just need to speak the words and the Google Glass will send an SMS on what you said.

Further, you can get directions and get information on places - all these on the glasses itself like in the sci-fi movies. To do these, the Google Glass actually makes use of Augmented Reality, which is basically explaining a normal scenario with computer generated information.

Google Glass is likely to be available for general public this year, towards the end of this year. But along with that it is expected to be priced very steeply at around Rs 80,000.


Upcoming Sony Xperia 2013: Sony Xperia UL with new design leaked

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As if Sony doesn’t have enough handsets in the Xperia range, the company is prepping yet another device for the Xperia range. The Sony Xperia UL looks surprisingly like the Xperia ZL.

According to the latest pictures leaked online, Sony is working on the new Xperia UL which is said to be the Xperia ZL with the Snapdragon 600 processor. Interestingly, there seems to be a change in the design compared to the usual Xperia phones. The new design is quite plain and more attractive with rounded corners and edges.

The Xperia UL is said to feature a Snapdragon 600 processor with mostly a 4.6 inch HD display. While some are expecting a 1080p resolution, people in the know claim that the resolution would be high for a 4.6 incher. We can expect this device to launch anytime soon but we’re still worried how this will play for the Xperia range.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blackberry BBM Update News For Android & iOS: BlackBerry bringing BBM for Android and iOS this year

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The BlackBerry messenger or BBM has so far been available only for Blackberry smartphone users and has been one of the USP for these.

BlackBerry is trying to encash on everything to revive its fortunes, and in a new move it has announced that it will launch BlackBerry messenger app for other operating systems. So far BBM has been one of the USP of Blackberry smartphones, but since the smartphones are not doing as well as Blackberry would want, they are opening up the service to other dominant operating system to make some extra bucks.

BlackBerry has finalized its plans to bring BlackBerry messenger or BBM to Android and iOS platform as soon as next couple of months. The application are almost ready and will be made available on Android and iOS respectively once the application stores approve that, which we surely believe will happen soon.

The application will include BBM chats with Multi-person chats and Voice note sharing or voice messaging. Along with that the applications will also include BlackBerry Groups, where BBM users are able to set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more with rest of the participants in one go. So all in all the BBM application aims at competing with Whatsapp which offers similar functionality and has been a global hit simply because of its cross platform availability.

With the addition of blackberry messenger or BBM with android both the operating systems will benefit as BBM will get a more number of users from across the globe and Android and iOS on the other hand will get access to an application that till now has been exclusive to blackberry smartphones only.
Although the launch date is yet to be finalised we believe that the BBM application for Android and iOS will be a good beginning form BlackBerry bringing uniformity in connectivity and communications. While on the other hand Whatsapp will somehow be unaffected with this move as the service is present on more operating systems and already has a long list of followers.

Source: themobileindian

Upcoming Nokia Smartphone In Market: Nokia 525, 625 is making

In future Nokia will come up with more smartphones that have metallic casing.

Nokia had just an hour back formally announced a new Windows Phone 8 based smartphone - Lumia 925 and during the question answers session neither denied or confirmed a New series of smartphones ending with 25 numbering.

Responding to a question, related a new series of smartphones ending with 25 numbering, at the press conference of unveiling of Lumia 925, Jo Harlow, Nokia's executive vice president said that she will not confirm the development of a new series as lot of permutation and combination goes behind launching a new series of smartphone but she added that she will not deny it also.

Going by what Nokia has done in past related to Lumia 810 ( 610, 710)series and 920 ( 520, 620, 720) , we can surely expect something similar in context of latest Lumia 925 series.

In terms of launching Lumia 925 with a metallic casing Jo Harlow said, "On earlier occasion we have offered choices to customers in form of plastic body and this time we are offering them metallic body and in future we will come up with more smartphones that have metallic casing."

Nokia Lumia 925 brings a fresh approach to the chassis materials used for the smartphone. The new Lumia 925 is mere 8.5 mm thick and weighs about 139 grams along with the battery. Compared to that, the Lumia 920 is about 10.7 mm thick and weighs 185 grams.

Inside the aluminum chassis, Nokia has packed a dual-core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro mobile processor coupled with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The Lumia 925 flaunts a 4.5-inch Amoled display and sports 1280x768 pixel resolution natively.

Major changes are made in the Imaging department where Nokia has used the 8.7 megapixel image sensor with PureView technology as the one used in Lumia 920. However, the optimization comes in the lenses where Nokia has added a layer of glass lens as the sixth lens with the regular five plastic lenses in the image sensor. We were kind of hoping for Carl Zeiss optics but as of now the Nokia hasn't shared any such details.

Source: themobileindian

Top Photo Apps For Windows Phone 8

Make the best of the camera on your Windows Phone and create some fantastic images using these image manipulation apps.

Imaging will always be one of the major features that one keeps in mind while buying a smartphone. Microsoft's Windows Phone may not have brought the best imaging smartphones, but there are a bunch of nifty improvements in the Lens software that comes preloaded in the mobile operating system.

Beyond that, there are a number of apps available in the Windows Phone Store that can be used to capture some great images and manipulate them to look slightly different from usual ones.


This is probably one of the most important apps on the Windows Phone platform when it comes to imaging. Photosynth offers the user the capability to shoot interactive images in panorama. The panorama can be created by capturing images in a vertical or horizontal direction.

These panorama images can be shared over the service and even Bing to tag them on Bing Maps.

Picture Perfect

Looking for basic photo editing tools in an app? Try out the Picture Perfect app that brings a bunch of basic and intermediate tools to give the necessary edits on a captured image.

This app features a single tap auto enhance feature that applies a select number of changes in the auto mode. Other tools include making adjustments to the colors, sharpening and blurring, temperature control and cropping. This app also packs some cosmetic tools that can help you fix red-eye in images and make dull teeth appear white. Apart from that, the app allows tones, effects and even stickers on captured images.


With the advent of cloud computing, now users can enjoy cloud based photo editing with this app. PhotoFunia takes the image to its cloud storage and offers several options to users such as filters, posters, cards, and other image editing tools.

The developers boast of about 300 different effects to choose from. There are also preset effects and cards that can be used with the captured photo. With several features, PhotoFunia certainly is a fun app to use.

Phototastic Free

For intermediate to advanced photo editing users, this app is clearly a fantastic package loaded with options. From adding text on the images to adding frame borders, this app provides it all.

This app offers over 50 standard frame collages to choose and then apply any of the 30 or more different effects. It allows a lot of manipulation with border frames and image effects, and the resulting image can be shared over social networks - Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Photobucket and Tumblr.


This app brings three important features - pro level image capturing, image editing, and sharing with like minded professional as well amateur photographers. It offers several camera centric adjustments such as custom exposure settings, ISO settings and even exposure time. Every update has fixed several bugs on a variety of Windows Phone devices.

The native editor brings over 50 different filters that can be used to make the final image much better. By default, users can also save the final photo to their SkyDrive account.

Source: themobileindian

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Upcoming Blackberry Smartphone: Blackberry Announced Blackberry Q5


As expected, a new BlackBerry 10 smartphone was announced today, tailored for the needs of budget-conscious consumers. Meet the BlackBerry Q5 – an affordable, colorful handset sporting a full QWERTY keyboard positioned underneath its display.

Details regarding the hardware specs of the BlackBerry Q5 are scarce at the current moment. All we know is that that its maker has used a 3.1-inch touchscreen for the new device. A front-facing camera appears to be present as well. 

The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available this summer in select markets across Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Expect seeing it in four different colors – black, white, red, and pink. Pricing specifics haven't been revealed yet, but we're assuming that the BlackBerry Q5 will be significantly cheaper than the Z10 or Q10 smartphones.

Source: phonearena

Monday, May 13, 2013

Upcoming Nokia Lumia Smartphone: Nokia may announce Nokia Lumia 925

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Nokia Lumia 925 release date, Price, Sprcification, news and rumours

The Nokia Lumia 925 is thought to be the new flagship smartphone which is currently in the works over at the firm's Finnish HQ.Originally dubbed the Nokia Catwalk in earlier leaks, more recently we've seen reports suggesting that this production name will be changed to the Lumia 925 once it's been made official.

From what we've heard so far from the good old rumour mill, the Nokia Lumia 925 appears to be a slightly updated Lumia 920 rather than an entirely new handset.We've trawled the web for all the "upstream supply sources", leaks, slips-of-the-tongue and speculation to bring you the clearest possible picture on Nokia's next big phone - and we'll dispense this

Lumia 925 release date and price

While Nokia is staying schtum on any future devices - as you'd expect - it has scheduled an event in London on May 14, sending out an invite which teased "see what's next" and "the Nokia Lumia story continues".Although this doesn't single out the Lumia 925 various suggestions appear to point towards this event for the launch of the new flagship device.

We'll be in attendance at the event to bring you all the news, so keep your eyes peeled for the official low down and our hands on Nokia Lumia 925 review - assuming that's what Nokia will be showing off.In terms of when we may see the Lumia 925 hit shelves we're probably looking at June or July, although there's an outside chance we could get our hands on it sooner if Nokia manages to produce a fast turn around time a la Apple and BlackBerry (with the Z10).

We've not seen anything on a price yet, but considering the Lumia 925 is expected to be Nokia's next flagship device you can probably look at the likes of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 as a benchmark.

The not-so-big screen

While many manufacturers seem to be stuffing gigantic screens into smartphones Nokia is apparently being a little more reserved with the Lumia 925.According to reports the 925 is set to sport a 4.5-inch display, although don't expect to see the full HD resolution we've been treated to on the current crop of superphones.A leak over in China suggests the Lumia 925 will feature a 1280 x 768 resolution - which would match the offering on the 920.

Say cheese, in the dark

Round the back the Lumia 925 is said to carry a 8.7MP camera which once again puts it in line with the 920, although it could come with even better low light qualities.Over in the States we've seen various leaks and adverts for the Nokia Lumia 928, which is presumed to be the US variant of the Lumia 925 - with billboards screaming "the best low-light smartphone camera".

Bold claims indeed and we've got to admit we were mightily impressed with the 920's performance in near darkness, so the 925 has its work cut out - especially now we have the ultrapixel-toting HTC One is knocking about.Some may be a little disappointed that Nokia may not plump for a snapper similar to the 13MP lens found on the Sony Xperia Z, or even take its crazy 41MP Pureview technology to stick inside the phone - but remember none of this information is confirmed so we'll just have to wait and see.

More of the same

There's no surprises in the operating system department with the Lumia 925 tipped to run Windows Phone 8 - which is the sole platform used by Nokia in all its smartphones now.It doesn't get much more exciting with a mooted dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2000mAh non-removable battery, which all smacks of a phone that came out last year and one that isn't particularly cutting edge.Let's hope Nokia has a trick or two up its sleeve.

Tipped to ditch

One of the big differences between the Lumia 920 and the rumoured Lumia 925 could be the chassis, with the latter tipped to ditch the polycarbonate, found on Nokia's current crop of smartphones, for a premium aluminium finish.There's an ongoing debate over what material our smartphones should be made from. In one corner there's the plastic brigade headed up by the Galaxy S4 who talk up the material's flexible and lightweight assests.

In the other is the premium glass and metal fans who want a device which feels like the price they paid for it, with the likes of the Xperia Z, iPhone 5 and HTC One flying the high-class flag.While Nokias have always been well made its current handset crop has been described as looking a bit toyish, and a brushed aluminium finish on the Lumia 925 would see it elevated above these.

As well as sporting a new material the Lumia 925 is also said to be lighter and thinner than the 920, with Nokia shedding 50g of weight and 2.3mm round the middle - which would wedge it in between the Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

Best personalization apps for Android: Probably The Top 10 Personalization apps for Android

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Bored of the stock look of your Android smartphone or tablet? Want to make it truly yours by adapting its interface to your liking? Well, you've landed at the right web page!

There are tons of customization apps at the Google Play store and here we've listed ten of the coolest ones that are available. We're talking about pretty live wallpapers, useful widgets, custom launchers, apps for editing your device's notification settings, and more. Best of all, the apps we've selected are free of charge, although some of them have paid versions for those who want to unlock their full potential. Go check them out!

1. Paperland Live Wallpaper

Bring your home screen to life with a beautiful wallpaper – a fantasy paper cut-out landscape that changes according to the time of the day. The app already features a number of built-in scenes, but those who choose to go PRO ($0.99) will receive a ton of extra customization options and additional themes.

2. Beautiful Widgets

Beautiful Widgets has been a paid app since its introduction, but a free version of it (with in-app purchases) is available now for everyone to enjoy. It is an awesome pack of widgets displaying time, weather, and other useful information. Alternatively, here's the full, paid version of the app.

3. AppKicker

Here's a widget that makes a list of your most frequently used applications and automatically keeps that list up to date. Furthermore, it attempts to predict what app you are most likely to launch next.

4. Vybe

Want to have custom vibrate notifications assigned to your favorite contacts? Then Vybe's the app for the task. Unlocking the full, ad-free version of Vybe costs $0.99.

5. Light Flow LED Control

Speaking of notifications, here's an app that can take total control over your RGB LED notification light, assuming you have one. A different color can be assigned to many events, such as incoming/missed calls or text messages, new email, calendar reminders, and many more. On top of that, you can set the LED's flashing rate, and with the paid version ($2.49) you can make it chance color every 2.5 seconds.

6. Prof Reminder

Missing an important call just because you didn't hear your phone ring can be frustrating. Failing to notice that you have a missed call is even worse. That's why this app can be so useful – it will beep and/or vibrate at regular intervals in case you have any missed calls or unread messages.

7. Photosphere Live Wallpaper

As the name implies, this app allows you to set a Photosphere (360-degree panoramic photo) as your live wallpaper. You can use your own images, or Photospheres you've downloaded from the internet.

8. Apex Launcher 2.0

A brand new version of Apex Launcher was launched just recently, so maybe now is the time to try it and give your homescreen an overhaul. It is fast, streamlined, and highly customizable with support for skins, themes, and icon packs. On top of that, Apex Launcher features a scrollable dock for all your frequently used apps, homescreen gestures, built-in back-up function, and lots more. The launcher can be downloaded for free, but a paid version ($3.99) with even more goodies is available as well.

9. Splay Launcher

And if you're into minimalism, this is the launcher you might want to try. All UI elements are positioned on the screen's side, which makes the interface suitable for single-handed use.

10. RoundR

This free app will add rounded corners to any UI for that extra personal touch. The radius of the corner can be set manually.

Source: phonearena

Upcoming Sony Smartphone 2013: Sony announces water proof Xperia ZR, affordable version of Xperia Z

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Sony Xperia ZR comes with 4.6 inch HD display, 1.5GHz quad core processor, 1GB RAM, 13 megapixel camera and 2300mAH battery.

Sony has announced its latest smartphone, Xperia ZR, under its Z series. It is similar in design to the Xperia Z but comes with a smaller 4.6 inch HD (720p) display compared to 5 inch full HD display of Xperia Z.

However in terms of camera and waterproofing Xperia ZR is at par with IP55/IP58 certification and 13 megapixel camera with a dedicated camera button with capability to shoot HD video underwater as well. The phone can kept under 1.50 metre of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.

Xperia ZR also uses the same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU clocked at 1.5GHz as in Xperia ZR but gets 1GB RAM instead of 2GB.

Other features of the device include NFC, a 2,300 mAh battery, the Adreno 320 GPU and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
There is no pricing or availability details available as of now, but Sony India website claims the phone is coming soon.

Source: themobileindian

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 software features: Ahead of the game or gimmicky?

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For the past several weeks, I’ve been getting to know the Samsung Galaxy S4 a bit more from the inside and out. Now, if you read our extensive review of it, which was done by our very own Ray S., then you know that it received one of the highest scores we’ve given to any device this year – beating out even the fabled HTC One in the process! Paving the way, it seemingly set the bar in what we expect to find in the experience with a flagship device, seeing that it boasts a mind-boggling amount of new software features. Compared to its rivals, the totality of its arsenal is unmatched at the moment, but after showing the prized smartphone and demoing the cool things it can do, it makes me wonder whether the new software features are more gimmicky than anything else.

Before I dive into what I’ve personally experienced checking out this smoking new phone, we have to go back last year when Sammy introduced its Galaxy S III to the masses. Naturally, we can lament all we want about the plastic build of Sammy’s entire smartphone lineup, but that’s just something we have to live with at this point – even more that’s the design DNA that they’ve decided to stick with. Going back to the Galaxy S III, I was impressed how Samsung was so calculated in how they meticulously worked on every angle of its TouchWiz Nature UX experience. Like seriously, its list of features were unparalleled! Personally, it’s not the cleanest or slickest Android UI, but heck, its functionality was far superior than anything else that its rivals had to offer.

Being a successive device, it wasn’t totally surprising to see Samsung build upon its preexisting functions with its TouchWiz experience on the Galaxy S4. For starters, they totally revamped the camera experience, as it boasts an insane amount of neat tricks – even to the point of overwhelming us! On top of that, the new hardware under the hood helped to bring some new additions to the experience – such as air gestures, smart scroll, and air view amongst other things. During the first week showing off the cool things you can do with the handset, like waving my hand over the phone to scroll through photos, everyone seemed to be amazed by all the new ways of interaction. However, the more I played around with it, the more I questioned whether they were practical, or merely gimmicky features just there to broaden its scope.

So here are some of the things that really became more apparent the longer I used the handset:

Air gestures can be inconsistent: 

Naturally, there’s always some sort of learning curve with anything new. As for myself, I have very little issue waving my hand over the display using its new air gestures to scroll up/down in the stock browser, or move through images in the gallery, but for those who tried it for the first time, they probably thought it’d be more intuitive, which resulted in many inconsistent responses. Personally, I would love to see the feature improved by being able to track my hand moment-by-moment – as opposed to doing a complete air gesture to execute a task. It's like scrolling on a resistive screen versus capacitive one.

You can scroll up/down via air gestures, but not left/right in the browser: 

This one totally blows my mind! Yes, it’s great that I can eat a footlong sandwich while having the option to scroll up/down in the stock browser without having a crumb hitting it, but what’s preventing them for enabling us to scroll left/right? Oh wait, doing that permits me to move between any opened tabs! To tell you the truth, it would’ve been more useful if they just simply replaced that in favor of scrolling horizontally.

No “pinch air gesture”:

 We’re certainly still far from seeing that Minority Report like experience with our smartphone UIs, but there’s no way to do pinch air gestures with the new TouchWiz Nature UX experience. Seeing that there’s a new capacitive panel on board with the Galaxy S4, which brings for the Note’s air view functionality with the aid of hovering with our finger, we thought it would’ve been possible to see “pinch air gestures.” Despite its omission, which is probably due to a combination of hardware limitations, we’re hoping to see some form of it with future versions.

Not enough third party app support: 

As much as I love to show some magic hand waving tricks to random people interested in seeing the Galaxy S4, it would’ve been nice to see support for air gestures in other third party apps. Still, considering how quickly Sammy was able to expand its support of apps for its multi-window feature, we hope it’s only a matter of time before the same happens with air gestures.

We like to blink and look away at times, so smart pause can be bothersome at times:

 I have this involuntary condition where I like to blink normally, or even look away briefly – like any other normal human being. However, if you have the smart pause feature on, you’ll need to constantly have your eyes affixed on the screen so the video you’re watching doesn’t spaz out every few seconds. Instead, it would’ve been nice if there were some kind of leeway before it triggers – then again, at least we can deactivate it entirely.

You’ll need to know a lot of people using S4s to try its Group Play features:

 I really want to show off some of the Group Play features of the Galaxy S4, but there’s just one problem – I don’t know too many people in real life right now with the S4 in hand as well. Without question, multiplayer game play on the S4 seems like a wonderful thing, as well as its handful of photo sharing options, but there’s no way to make use of them unless I know other people who are using the phone too. Well, maybe in a month or so I can randomly game with someone in the subway to kill some time? Oh wait, we both need to download and play the same game to do that!

Smart Scroll is nice, but again, there’s no scrolling left/right: 

So far, people have been mostly impressed by the S4’s Smart Scroll feature – the one that relies on eye tracking to scroll in the web browser vertically. However, the surrounding lighting conditions can hamper its operation. Now, the thing that people don’t see when I show off the feature, is that I’m slightly tilting the phone forward/back to get it to function fully. If it can track my eyes up/down, then why is it that it can’t track it left/right? This, I ponder many nights in bed.

I want to get fit, but I need more than the phone & S Health: 

In its attempt to monitor our daily lives, Samsung introduced S Health with the Galaxy S4 – the one stop-shop for all your health tracking needs. As a fitness fanatic myself, I really appreciate that Sammy is tackling this new category head-on, but there’s just so much that the smartphone can do all by itself. Tracking how many steps I take is wonderful, but you’ll need to carry along a heart rate monitor in order to get an accurate calorie burn number. Well, at least they’re coming out with an assortment of accessories in the near future to give those who need precise counts.

Seriously people, that’s just a few of the things that popped up the more I played around with the Galaxy S4. Perhaps I’m just being too picky right now, but the execution of some of the new features seem a bit arcane – it kind of reminds me of scrolling in Pocket Internet Browser on the resistive touchscreen of a Windows Mobile Phone. For the moment, it might not seem as intuitive or responsive, but technology has this affinity for constant improvement, so we’re crossing our fingers for the best. When it comes down to it, though, the extensive list of features on the Galaxy S4 might seem overwhelming, but hey, they’re at least well ahead of the curve in this department. Who doesn’t want more features on a phone? Ultimately, I harken back to the question I posed at the beginning: Are these new software features ahead of the game or gimmicky?

Source: phonearena