Saturday, 23 August 2014

OnePlus One to launch in India, company looking for GM to handle operations here


We’ve known for a while that OnePlus has been planning to bring the hugely popular One smartphone to India and it looks like the company is slowly but surely preparing for launch. The OEM has announced that it’s on the lookout for a General Manager who can handle operations when the flagship killer reaches the country.

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OnePlus has disclosed on its official forums that the search is on and it has also shared a job description for its members to spread the word. According to the Chinese OEM, the General Manager will be a key figure and will overlook the entire India launch as well as sales and feedback. It was just a month back that the company disclosed its plans to open shop in India.

And by the looks of things, the progress it has made so far is little and slowly improving. Well, we wouldn’t want the OEM to hastily launch the handset in India considering that it has already met with numerous hurdles during its initial launch in Europe and the US.

What’s certain is that the same invite-based system will be implemented. The OnePlus One handset is being touted as a flagship killer as it offers top-tier specs at nearly half the price of other high-end phones. The Xiaomi Mi 3 has nothing to fear for now, but the Mi 4 could face the heat as it’s slated for launch in the coming months. In the end, it’s all a matter of which phones gets here first.

Here’s a roundup of the OnePlus One handset’s specs:

- Android 4.4 KitKat OS
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB or 64GB storage options
- 2.5GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 SOC
- 5.5-inch 1080p display
- 13MP rear camera, 5MP front snapper
- 3100mAh battery

There’s no price or release date at this point of time, but we expect to see the OnePlus One reach India in the coming months. The company might start sales with the 16GB model which is retailing for $299 which amounts to around Rs 18148.



Moto X+1 press shots leaked online


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Just when you thought he was out, they pull him back in. Well not entirely, but @evleaks has spilled one more phone leak as a retirement gift to us all - some alleged press shots of the Moto X+1.

Evan Blass took to Twitter to post the images, which give us a clear look of the device from the front and back. It all looks pretty similar to what we've already seen: there's the optional wooden back, the dual LED flash, and front-facing speaker.

As ever, Blass didn't divulge any further details on the phone, but rumours claim it'll come with a full HD 5.2-inch display, a 12MP camera, a 2.5GHz quad core processor, and 16GB of storage. Sounds good to us, though this may remain a US-only device for some time.

Everything will be revealed at Motorola's big September 4 event.

My retirement gift to you. pic.twitter.com/N2B2Eg6bjz

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 21, 2014

Sold out on Flipkart, Xiaomi Mi3 is available on OLX, Quikr and eBay


After selling over 75 thousands unit, Xiaomi Mi 3 is one of the most popular cell phones of India and its popularity is even rising every Tuesday when it gets available for merely five minutes. The stock on Flipkart.com, an e-commerce portal has gone sold out five times since the launch of the device.



 
But there is a place where you can buy the cell phone. You just have to pay a bit more than the actual price.

If you want to get the device, you just have to visit Quikr or OLX which is emerging as new market for the phone.
 
Sellers from Delhi and Mumbai are selling the phone from the price Rs 15,499 to Rs. 16000.

Sellers are not even ready to bargain, which they have mentioned in their entry at these websites.

This is more business minded that people are selling the phone directly from their Flipkart account cart. They are offering the id and password of their Flipkart account.
 
The idea has gone viral from Metro cities to small city like Ajmer. This chap is willing to sell his new phone on the same site.
 
Even, there is range of prices available on e-commerce site Ebay.in.
 
The phone is offering almost everything in just Rs. 13,999. A fully loaded phone in the budget has got massive response from the Indian buyers. Known as Chinese Apple, the Xiaomi does not even promote the device on any platforms rather the Mi3 has been becoming headlines everywhere.  

Buying the Mi3 is even more difficult than booking a Tatkal ticket on earlier website of IRCTC.com. But now, here you have numbers of online markets where you can buy this phone just by paying a bit more.

Apple iPhone 6 production 'hit' after screen snag


Apple iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled on September 9.

Suppliers to Apple Inc are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month's expected launch, supply chain sources said.
It's unclear whether the hiccup could delay the launch or limit the number of phones initially available to consumers, the sources said, as Apple readies larger-screen iPhones for the year-end shopping season amid market share loss to cheaper rivals.
But the issue highlights the risks and challenges that suppliers face to meet Apple's tough specifications, and comes on the heels of a separate screen technology problem, since resolved, in making thinner screens for the larger iPhone 6 model.
Cupertino, California-based Apple has scheduled a media event for Sept. 9, and many expect it to unveil the new iPhone 6 with both 4.7 inch (11.94 cm) and 5.5 inch (13.97 cm) screens - bigger than the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5s and 5c.
Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July. One said Apple, aiming for the thinnest phone possible, initially wanted to cut back to a single layer of backlight film, instead of the standard two layers, for the 4.7-inch screen, which went into mass production ahead of the 5.5-inch version.
But the new configuration was not bright enough and the backlight was sent back to the drawing board to fit in the extra layer, costing precious time and temporarily idling some screen assembly operations, the source said.
Output is now back on track and suppliers are working flat-out to make up for lost time, the supply chain sources added.
Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd have been selected to make the iPhone 6 screens, the sources said.
Representatives for those three suppliers, and for Apple, declined to comment.
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Apple is known to make tough demands on its parts suppliers for new iPhones and iPads as it competes to create designs, shapes, sizes and features to set it apart and command a premium price in a fiercely competitive gadget market.
This can cause glitches and delays, including screen problems that crimped supplies at last year's launch of a high-resolution version of Apple's iPad Mini.
It also highlights the danger for suppliers of depending too heavily on Apple for revenues, Suppliers to Apple Inc are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need to redesign a key component disrupted panel production ahead of next month's expected launch, supply chain sources said.
It's unclear whether the hiccup could delay the launch or limit the number of phones initially available to consumers, the sources said, as Apple readies larger-screen iPhones for the year-end shopping season amid market share loss to cheaper rivals.
But the issue highlights the risks and challenges that suppliers face to meet Apple's tough specifications, and comes on the heels of a separate screen technology problem, since resolved, in making thinner screens for the larger iPhone 6 model.
Cupertino, California-based Apple has scheduled a media event for Sept. 9, and many expect it to unveil the new iPhone 6 with both 4.7 inch (11.94 cm) and 5.5 inch (13.97 cm) screens - bigger than the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5s and 5c.
Two supply chain sources said display panel production suffered a setback after the backlight that helps illuminate the screen had to be revised, putting screen assembly on hold for part of June and July. One said Apple, aiming for the thinnest phone possible, initially wanted to cut back to a single layer of backlight film, instead of the standard two layers, for the 4.7-inch screen, which went into mass production ahead of the 5.5-inch version.
But the new configuration was not bright enough and the backlight was sent back to the drawing board to fit in the extra layer, costing precious time and temporarily idling some screen assembly operations, the source said.
Output is now back on track and suppliers are working flat-out to make up for lost time, the supply chain sources added.
Japan Display Inc, Sharp Corp and South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd have been selected to make the iPhone 6 screens, the sources said.
Representatives for those three suppliers, and for Apple, declined to comment.
WIDER IMPACT
Apple is known to make tough demands on its parts suppliers for new iPhones and iPads as it competes to create designs, shapes, sizes and features to set it apart and command a premium price in a fiercely competitive gadget market.
This can cause glitches and delays, including screen problems that crimped supplies at last year's launch of a high-resolution version of Apple's iPad Mini.
It also highlights the danger for suppliers of depending too heavily on Apple for revenues, creating earnings volatility.
Earlier this month, Japan Display, said to be the lead supplier for the new iPhone panel, said orders for "a large customer" - which analysts said was Apple - arrived as expected, but shipments may be delayed in the July-September quarter.
Japan Display's reliance on Apple's cyclical business has spooked some investors. UBS Securities has forecast that Apple will contribute more than a third of the Japanese firm's total revenue in the year to March 2015. Japan Display's share price dropped to a 12-week low of 501 yen after first-quarter earnings on Aug. 7 lagged market expectations.
In Taiwan, home to several Apple suppliers and assemblers, export orders grew less than expected in July, even as factories rushed output ahead of new smartphone launches, reflecting the erratic nature of the business.
"Currently, there's a small shortage in supply of a specialised component for our communication devices," said a spokesman for Pegatron, which assembles iPhones. "This kind of problem regularly occurs and the impact on production is negligible."
Supply chain sources had previously said challenges with the new iPhone's screen in-cell technology, which eliminates one of the layers in the LCD screen to make it thinner, caused a delay in the production of the larger 5.5-inch version. One display industry source said the in-cell issues had now been resolved.
The pressure on Apple for stand-out products has increased as Samsung Electronics Co and, more recently, a clutch of aggressive, lower-cost Chinese producers such as Xiaomi Inc and Lenovo Group Ltd have eroded the U.S. company's market dominance.
The iPhone 6 unveiling has been widely anticipated to bolster momentum for Apple shares, which have risen by a third, to above $100 each, since the company posted strong first-quarter earnings in late-April.

Spice announces India’s 2nd Firefox OS phone at Rs 2299


The Fire One Mi – FX 1 by Spice is the second device to be announced for India at Rs 2299 with Firefox OS inside, Mozilla’s very own mobile OS that’s expected to kick Android in the teeth. So we may be exaggerating, but when it comes to letting manufacturers build cheap smartphones, Firefox OS is the only other rival to Google’s offering for now.

Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1

Before the Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 emerged, some details about the Intex Cloud FX running on the aforementioned OS were unveiled in June and the release date was supposed to fall in early August. But we’re almost at the end of the month and the said device is yet to be made available for sale. On the other hand, the Spice phone has been given a definite launch day of August 29.

The specifications sported by the Fire One smartphone are pretty basic and it’s mostly the Firefox OS which is the showstopper here. The OS is built around the emerging HTML5 web standard and there’s heavy focus on the internet. You see the problem here, don’t you? Consider the fact that you’ll be limping along on slow data speeds since the handset in question only supports 2G.

Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 specs at a glance:

- 3.5-inch 320 x 480p capacitive display
- Firefox OS
- Dual SIM slots
- 1GHz processor
- 2MP rear camera, 1.3MP webcam
- 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity

The Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1 will hit online retailer Snapdeal for the price we’ve mentioned above on August 29. Saholic, retail outlets as well as Spice HotSpot stores will start selling the smartphone at a later date. We’re still awaiting information on its RAM, storage, battery power and so on.

Most smartphone users download this many apps per month: zero




In summer of 2008, Apple introduced another game-changer that would affect the way people used smartphones moving forward – the iPhone App Store. This has now contributed to the global consciousness about apps, and Google saw that this was the only way to go to peddle its apps as well through the Android Market, concluding in the current incarnation of the Google Play Store. But why does comScore’s new data point to a staggering truth – that most smartphone users average ZERO app downloads in a month?
According to the same study, 52 percent – a little over half the time people spend on digital media (Internet, smartphones, tablets) are on apps. Yet the numbers of the report say this – that 65.5% of all smartphone users in the country average zero app downloads in a month. Only one third – roughly 30% -- download any apps at all, and that would be around 1 to 3 apps.
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What’s the deal? It’s not like these apps aren’t useful – the usage numbers say that more than half of US smartphone owners tapped and used apps on a daily basis (comScore). Are good apps too pricey? We all know that most apps are free, and even then, most paid apps average on from a few cents to a few dollars, and the market is such that it pushes prices down rather than up.
One suitable explanation maybe that over the years, the app saturation has gone on to very high levels that it pushes users to have an “app routine” – that is, get to know the apps that do the job for you, and stick to them like glue. Once a user falls into a routine, they will still have the same apps even if they upgrade devices – the Google Play Store has made this tremendously easy, and even I can say that I am glad for it.
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Another explanation may be that the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store – but more Apple than Google, really – has made it very difficult to discover new apps. The Apple App Store ecosystem is notorious for relying heavily on “top lists” and also known for not improving its search functions over the years. This only makes “editor’s picks” and bigger companies get all the profit and pushes an app – however ingenious it is – to the bottom.
The numbers won’t lie, the app ecosystem has pushed people to a state of non-discovery. It falls a lot to Android journalists and writers to discover and recommend the cool apps that need to be unearthed out the pile. But it also points to Apple and Google having to improve their market ecosystems, or else it might die a slow and painful death.

Xiaomi Mi Power Bank available for pre-order on Flipkart


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With its flagship Mi3 smartphone, Xiaomi has introduced headphones, screen protectors, portable chargers and flip covers on the website, all at reasonable prices.

The Mi power bank, with a battery size of 10400mAh is available just at Rs 999 on Flipkart.

Xiaomi claims it can recharge the Mi3 2.5 times while the iPhone 5s can be recharged 4.5 times with the fully-charged Mi power bank.
It supports all Mi smartphones and tablets, as well as those from Apple, HTC, Google and Blackberry and digital cameras and handheld gaming devices.

The power bank also claims to be water and corrosion-resistant.

Xiaomi likely to launch Redmi 1S on August 25 in India


Xiaomi Redmi 1s invite

Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker, has started sending out invites to the press in the Indian market for the likely launch of Redmi 1S phone. The company is organising press events at Bangalore and Delhi on August 25 and August 26 respectively. It is expected that Xiaomi will detail the Redmi 1S India release plans at these events.

This dual-SIM smartphone has been priced at INR 6,999 and is likely to follow same market strategy as followed for Mi 3 and will be sold exclusively at online retailer Flipkart.

To remind you, Xiaomi Redmi 1S runs on Android 4.3-based MIUI v5 and is powered by 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. In addition, it comes with a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage with an option to expand via microSD card and 2000 mAh battery. It also packs 8MP rear camera, and 1.6MP front camera.

Researchers hack into Gmail app; advise developers to increase security


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You might have installed quite a few applications on your smartphones. You are quite positive about the fact that you and your data (especially emails) are secured, but a group of researchers from California have something else to say. Furthermore, you own a high-end smartphone, which is also added to the sense of security. But your smartphone, is probably under much risk than you can imagine or expect. The fact was revealed when six computer scientists were working on a project under University of California Riverside. According to the claims of the group of six, they seem to have found a way to hack into seven extremely popular applications with a high success rate.

According to the group of the researchers, the back door to the information could potentially lead to severe circumstances in case of individual matters. On the other hand, the group also feared that this weakness can also be sued to extract vital information from the users’ data without any hassle.

Zhiyun Qian, who is one of the authors has said that the development of Android tools is done on a lot of assumptions. The scenario might be the same for iOS and Windows Phone operating system too. The assumption among the masses in this case is that no application interfere with the working of another application. This is where the trouble creeps up.

As a part of testing their findings, the group of researchers tried to hack into the Gmail account of any random individual. They were able to enter the system with a success rate of approximately 92%. The research team has shown no intention of earning money from their findings. All they plan to do is submit this as their research work. They have also advised the developers to create a better mesh of security and have asked the users to abstain from installing applications without a certificate.

Motorola Plans to Launch 8 New Devices by End of Year


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Motorola, is developing 8 new devices which it is planning to launch by end of the year, as per an Economic Times report. The devices may be successor to the Moto X & Moto G along with DROID handsets by its partner company, Verizon.

At present, the company offers Moto E, Moto X, Moto G and also in process to release the successor to the Moto X. In January, It had made investment in 6 companies, till now and purchased 6 companies, but before its acquisition.

In January 2014, Lenovo had signed a deal with Google to acquire the Motorola Mobility smartphone business for USD 2.91 billion including USD 1.41B paid at close. Google was to maintain the ownership of the vast majority of the Motorola Mobility patent portfolio, including current patent applications and invention disclosures. But, as part of its ongoing relationship with Google, Lenovo was to receive a license to this rich portfolio of patents and other intellectual property.


Comparison of Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Android 4.4.3


The 2 brand new Android 4.4 KitKat updates in Android 4.4.4 and Android 4.4.3 KitKat was rolled out by Google in June.


The rumor leading into the month of June suggested that Google had at least one Android update planned for 2014. As it turns out, the company has three. Android L, the update it announced at Google I/O 2014 in June, is still in beta form and won’t be out until later this year. However, Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat are both out and available for a number of big name devices.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat follow the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update that pushed out at the tail end of last year for Nexus devices and for many non-Nexus smartphones and tablets in 2014. The two updates represent crucial bug fixes for Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. They’ve also brought non-Google enhancements to a number of smartphones including major changes for the Moto X.

Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat and Android 4.4.3 KitKat might not be as big as the upcoming Android L update but they are both extremely important to Android users because of what they bring to the table.

As you might imagine, we’ve seen a ton of updates and a ton of KitKat details emerge in the past couple of months. We’ve been tracking all of these details in an attempt to paint a broad picture for those that are interested in Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat bug fixes. Here, we want to take an a more extensive look at how the updates are matching up with each other and what’s next for both.

If you own a Google, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, or Sony smartphone, here’s what you need to know about the Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates.

Google

We know that the Nexus 7 LTE remains stuck on Android 4.4.3 KitKat. Google’s other Nexus Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates wrapped up many weeks ago and still, the Nexus 7 LTE sits on Android 4.4.3 KitKat. Google still hasn’t established a reason why nor has it offered any details about an upgrade to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. So, perhaps it will sit on Android 4.4.3 Kitkat until the Android L arrives.

Those that do want to bump up to Android 4.4.4 KitKat can take a look at XDA-Developers. The nice thing about Nexus products is that they’re easy to root and they come with an unlocked bootloader. This makes it easy to get an official ROM up and running in no time. And there appear to be several Android 4.4.4 based ROMs available right now.

HTC

HTC isn’t rolling out Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Instead, it’s baking Android 4.4.4 KitKat’s security fix into its Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates. Android 4.4.3 KitKat is currently rolling out to both the HTC One M8 and HTC One M7, the company’s current flagship and it’s former flagship from last year. And at this point, it appears that the duo might be the only two devices getting Android 4.4.3 updates.

So here’s how that situation breaks down. In the United States, we’ve seen the Sprint and T-Mobile HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates roll out with bug fixes. The AT&T HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update should roll out next week if all goes according to plan while the Verizon HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat release is targeted for mid-September.

The HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is also rolling out to owners in other parts of the world. For instance, Vodafone Australia just rolled out its version of the update today. We’re expecting a number of other carriers to follow suit in the month of August and September as HTC prepares its flagship for battle against the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4.

As for the HTC One M7, its Android 4.4.3 KitKat update recently started rolling out to users in the international community. The update should take several weeks to finish up. Like the HTC One M8 update, it delivers fixes and Sense enhancements that should prepare the device nicely for its upcoming Android L update.

HTC hasn’t said whether it plans to push Android 4.4.3 KitKat to its other HTC One branded devices but the odds are getting worse by the day as we head towards the fall and the Android L release.

LG

With Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates swirling around, you’d think we’d have heard from LG one way or another. We haven’t. LG hasn’t said anything specifically about either update and we haven’t seen any carriers announce any upcoming LG-related Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates.

At this point, LG users should accept the fact that there’s a good chance devices like the LG G3 and LG G2, two heavily promoted devices and devices in the hands of thousands of people worldwide, will move straight to Android L. Once again, this is one of the downsides of buying an LG smartphone. Very rarely do you get firm Android update information.

Motorola

At one point, Motorola was rolling out Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates. Now, the company has shifted to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. While the some devices like the Sprint Moto X still linger on Android 4.4.3 KitKat, Motorola is moving at an incredible pace and we should see the company complete its Android 4.4.4 KitKat roll out in the near future.

In the United States, Motorola is finishing up its Android 4.4.4 KitKat push. The AT&T Moto X recently got its upgrade and we’re expecting the Sprint upgrade to roll out in the near future. There is a very good chance that it will roll out sometime this month. A specific release date still isn’t known. U.S. Cellular’s Moto X Android 4.4.4 KitKat update, also missing, is still without a release date but the company maintains that it will be rolling out to users in the not-so-distant future.

Today, Motorola pushed out the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to the model XT1052 in the United Kingdom. Like the other updates, this new Moto X Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrade delivers an improved camera experience, better focus, and a pause & resume option to recording live video. The company’s remaining Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates will mirror today’s upgrade.

The company is clearly moving fast so that it’s in prime position to push out Android L. The company recently confirmed that it is indeed working on a Moto X Android L upgrade for sometime in the future.

Samsung

Samsung’s situation is the most complicated. The company is still rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates to its older devices. That’s something that’s well documented. And while Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolls out, Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat details have emerged for several Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

First, a strange Vodafone Australia Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update. The update, which has been listed for two weeks on its website, appears to be in testing. It’s still not clear what will be on board or when it will roll out but for the moment, Vodafone Australia is the only known carrier with a Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.3 KitKat update in the works.

The appearance was strange because Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha, set for arrival in September, is coming with Android 4.4.4 KitKat stock. Yes, there’s a chance that it could be the first Samsung Galaxy device touting Google’s latest Android 4.4 KitKat update. And then there’s the Galaxy Note 4, the company’s rumored flagship.

We’ve seen purported Galaxy Note 4 benchmarks and spec sheets turn up and the device is listed with both Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat on board. That could be because Samsung is testing both versions of the software though that remains unclear. Given that the Galaxy Alpha is coming with Android 4.4.4, we expect the Note 4 to come with Android 4.4.3 KitKat or later.

It’s not clear if either update will emerge for Samsung’s older devices. Last year, we saw Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, an update that arrived in July, push out for Samsung’s devices in October, November and beyond. So we could perhaps see something similar here though that remains unconfirmed.

Sony

Sony, like Motorola, opted to roll out Android 4.4.4 KitKat instead of Android 4.4.3 KitKat. The company has pushed out Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates for its top devices including the Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z1 Ultra. Sony’s updates, like the others, are dependent on region and device. In other words, those that own those devices will need to remain patient, especially since we’ve seen some updates get delayed.

Australian carrier Telstra recently issued an updated look at its upcoming Android updates and the news isn’t good for owners of its Sony Xperia devices.The carrier says that it has encountered delays for its Xperia Z Android 4.4.4 KitKat update (two week delay into September), Xperia Z1 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update and Xperia Z1 Compact Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. The last two do not have an ETA. Other Xperia Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates appear to be in good shape.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat & Android 4.4.3 KitKat Problems

Users of both updates are complaining about issues. Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems are well documented but we can add some more issues to the growing list. It appears that the OnePlus One’s latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrade, the XNPH30O OTA update, has delivered serious battery life problems. Fortunately, those behind the OnePlus One claim that an upcoming OTA will alleviate those issues. Other aren’t so lucky.

Nexus users fighting off Android 4.4.4 KitKat issues don’t have a fix in sight. Neither do Nexus 7 LTE users running Android 4.4.3 KitKat. At this point, with no Android 4.4.5 KitKat update on the horizon, users on Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4 KitKat should expect Android L to be their next bug fix/major update.

We know that the update is going to contain fixes for Nexus devices and there’s a good chance it will help squash bugs on HTC, Motorola and Sony smartphones. And if Samsung and Sony push out updates, Samsung and Sony smartphones as well.

Someone Might Have Solved The Silent Hills' Teaser's Biggest Puzzle


Someone Might Have Solved The Silent Hills' Teaser's Biggest Puzzle

It didn't take long for people to "beat" the Silent Hills teaser—but nobody understood how exactly they did it. There were theories, sure, but nothing concrete...until now.

Since we initially wrote about P.T., people have solved certain aspects of the overall puzzle. People know that they have to get a phone to ring in order to get the Silent Hills ending. Doing so requires getting a clock to chime, as well getting a certain number of baby laughs. While solutions were found to the first and final baby laugh, triggering the second laugh seemed random. @tortoiseontour, however, has found a method that works—they've not only tested it out at least 30 times, they've gotten multiple people to confirm this solution. They also explain how they go it in the video below.

Buckle up, because this one is a doozy.

@tortoiseontour used translations of the messages that periodically appear throughout the demo, and figured out that they were actually instructions to how to solve the esoteric puzzle. @tortoiseontour then rearranged these messages, and was able to determine that the game tells you to stop moving once your controller starts vibrating—and then instructs you to utter a specific name into the mic. The problem was figuring out what specific name.


@tortoiseontour was able to connect the seemingly random loading screen numbers, as well as the numbers of the studio—204863 and 7780s—to specific letters of the alphabet. @tortoiseontour also recalled that at one point in the game, you get a message from someone with a name that starts with the letter "J." From there, @tortoiseontour was able to whittle down potential candidates using the letters they solved, and landed on the name "Jarith." Interesting factoid: Jarith has ties to the Book of Enoch, which potentially means that the story has something to do with fallen angels.

In any case, if you say "Jarith" at the final loop of the demo—you'll get another baby laugh consistently. You can see evidence of this in the video itself, as @tortoiseontour tries it out multiple times. The laugh usually takes a few seconds to trigger, but it'll trigger. From there, folks already know that you need to stay perfectly still in order to get the third laugh, and then boom—phone rings, and you did it.


"I haven't done a proper speedrun yet, but using this and other methods I'm sure you could beat it in about 30 minutes," @tortoiseontour told me.

"[The experience in solving PT] was really fun though," Tortoiseontour said. "I bought my PS4 specifically to play PT, and I've gotten so many hours of entertainment out of this free demo."

But why go through all this trouble? It was because many of the proposed solutions didn't seem right—so Tortoiseontour set out to solve it.

"'204863 = Kojima's birthday' didn't seem right. So much emphasis on that number and it's a birthday? Plus that solution forgoes the '0' in the number," Tortoiseontour explained. "I knew there had to be something more. That and the final puzzle still being hit-and-miss."

The hit and miss part is key—while this method consistently gets an ending, it's entirely possible this isn't the only solution to the puzzle. Not everyone will have a mic, after all. Reportedly, people have used the mic to solve the puzzle in different ways, though Tortoiseontour says that uttering anything other than Jarith never worked for them. Many people responding to Tortoiseontour on Twitter also report that this specific method worked for getting the second baby laugh as well. Personally, I asked a friend to try this method out, and it worked for them too. There is some talk that perhaps any name starting with "J" works.

It makes sense. This solution seems to hit many of the points Kojima outlined about the puzzle, such as it requiring cooperation of people around the world to decipher the hidden messages in different languages. Suggesting that players stream the experience could have been a roundabout way of telling people to use the microphone, too—since typically, the entire point of streaming is to hear someone talk. In order to talk, you need a mic. If nothing else, streaming does contribute to having multiple coming together to solve the puzzle.

This does not, of course, mean the entirety of P.T. has been solved. There's a chance the demo still hides secrets—and nobody has been able to figure out what the deal is with the multi-colored flashlights. But for now, the biggest mystery surrounding the teaser has been how to solve the final puzzle, as well as how to trigger the second laugh—and it seems like someone finally solved it. Whew! That was a trip, huh?

Moto X KitKat Update Android 4.4.4 OTA Rollout Begins in the UK


Now that Motorola have finished pushing out the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to users in the United States, they are starting to focus on other parts of the world. Today, we’ve received word that users in the UK, with the Moto X, have started to update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Moto X KitKat Update Android 4.4.4 OTA Rollout Begins in the UK Motorola Moto X3 300x225

If you have a Motorola Moto X with the model number XT1052, then you should expect to see an Android 4.4.4 update notification very soon. This update should be like most, so you should expect to see the OTA update sent out in batches. You could wait for the automated OTA update notification or you can go into the Settings of your Moto X and manually check for yourself. We recommend checking once per day since updates are only sent out in daily batches. If you aren’t eligible for the update right now, you can try again tomorrow.

We can tell from the official changelog that this update is the standard update that’s been going around. You can expect to see the latest patches from the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update along with some various changes. Motorola has improved the image quality for your camera. This includes better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, and better looking photos in low light conditions (for the front-facing camera). You also have the ability to pause and resume video recordings, and there’s even an updated phone dialer app with a new design. The last thing in the changelog talks about the ability to download the Motorola Alert application from the Google Play Store.

If you have received this update on your XT1052 Moto X, then please tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear what country you’re in and what carrier you use so we can keep track of who has the update right now.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Karbonn Titanium S19 is a selfie smartphone, available now at Rs 8999


A certain Karbonn Titanium S19 smartphone carrying a 13MP camera with a Sony sensor has been launched in India for a price of Rs 8999 as part of the company’s new Selfie range. The front snapper is of 5MP resolution and includes an IR film effect to let you click polished pictures of your own face.

Karbonn Titanium S19

The 13MP camera perched on the back panel of the Karbonn Titanium S19 phone boasts of an aperture of f2.0 and integrates a BSI sensor for low light photos. It comes with several useful features such as voice capture, smile detection and panorama shots. The handset runs on Android 4.4 KitKat at present and the company is also promising ‘guaranteed software updates’ for it in the future.

The 5-inch HD IPS OGS touchscreen nailed across the Titanium S19′s front is said to have gone through a full lamination process to render it extra clear and colorful. It grabs a certain iFloat Touch technology for enabling speedy access to messaging, calling, browsing and so on. What’s more, Karbonn has put Windows Phone-inspired tiles on the home screen for frequently used apps.

Karbonn Titanium S19 key specs list:

- Android KitKat v4.4 OS
- 5-inch HD OGS IPS display
- 13MP main camera, 5MP webcam
- 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal memory
- Up to 32GB expandability
- 1.3GHz quad core processor
- Dual SIM card support
- 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
- 2000mAh battery

The Karbonn Titanium S19 is available for less than its officially announced price, with the lowest rate so far being quoted by Saholic. If you’d rather pay a little more for a phone with a 5MP front camera from a better fairly known brand, there’s the Micromax Canvas Knight Cameo A290.

Panasonic Eluga U review: A mediocre flagship phone


After teasing its high-end Eluga smartphone range in India for a long time, Panasonic recently unveiled the flagship Eluga U in India. Unlike flagships from other companies, Eluga U has hardware similar to Asus Zenfone 5 and Moto G but costs Rs 18,990. Does the top Panasonic model have what it takes to get the better of budget and mid-range phones? We find out in our Panasonic Eluga U review...

Build & design
From distance, Panasonic Eluga U looks like any other Android smartphone available in the Indian market with its slab like design. It has rounded corners but no other distinguishing feature.

However, when you get your hands on it and turn it around, you realise you've seen this design before. The design of the phone's back is inspired by Google's Nexus 4, complete with a glass back panel that sports a textured pattern. Panasonic claims the glass on the back is shatter proof and in our usage we did not find it being prone to scratches. It won't be wrong to say that the back is a smudge magnet, though. It sports the rear camera and LED flash in addition to some branding.

The front of the phone is dominated by its 5-inch IPS HD display. The three capacitive navigation keys are placed below it while the 2MP front camera sits above it. Unfortunately, the capacitive keys are not backlit and don't offer haptic feedback.

The right edge features the power and volume rocker keys. The placement of the power key is awkward and makes using it cumbersome as it's located at the top right corner. Another quirk is that it's almost the same size as the volume rocker keys.

The left edge houses a flap that hides an ejectable sim-card tray and a microSD card slot. The sim-tray is like the one sported by Gionee Elife E7 mini with slots for both sim cards placed on a single tray.

The 3.5mm headset jack sits at the top while the microUSB port is placed at the bottom edge.



Overall, the phone looks better than Panasonic's previous offering but the Nexus 4 inspired design is now stale.

Display
Panasonic Eluga U sports a 5-inch 720p IPS display. The display is not one of the best we've seen. It's not as bright as the ones on competing phones. This affects outdoor visibility to some extent. Also, despite being an IPS panel, the phone's display doesn't offer good viewing angles. We also noticed minor pixilation while viewing graphics and text. Other than these quirks, it's decent for casual multimedia use.

Software
It's good to see Panasonic shipping the Eluga U with Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest iteration of the OS. Interestingly, the phone also includes a launcher that facilitates single hand operation. Panasonic calls it Fit Home UI. The Fit Home UI features an app launcher that takes up a little more than half of the screen and fits all app shortcuts.

This means that you don't have to go to the top most corner of the screen even if you want to access the first app and can navigate easily with just one hand. Another good thing about this launcher is that it even works in landscape mode. Unlike most Android phones, the phone's home screen also switches to landscape mode when you change the phone's orientation.

If you don't like this arrangement, Panasonic also includes the KitKat launcher (heavily inspired by Google Now launcher) that offers a stock Android-like experience.



Unlike most Android phones, to access the app switcher, one needs to double tap the Home key instead of long pressing it. Long pressing the same key launches Google Now. This is a bit confusing and you'll end-up firing Google Now most of the time.

Panasonic includes a few pre-loaded apps with the phone including its own music player called Music Cafe, a remote app for controlling Panasonic smart TVs, Pop-i-Player to play videos in a floating window (while using other apps), and a Hot n Trendy app that offers notifications related to deals and downloads. The video player also offers 'Smart Play' that pauses video when one looks away from the screen.

Camera
Panasonic Eluga U sports a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera.

It offers a slightly modified Camera app that offers users some control with toggles for granular settings. However, the biggest issue with the camera is shutter lag. There is considerable lag between pressing the shutter key and the phone actually capturing a scene. It's highlighted even more with an animation that involves the picture popping into the app's gallery view.



The image quality offered by the phone's rear camera in day light, is decent. However, focusing could be an issue especially while taking close-ups. Photos captured indoors in less light were very grainy. The camera is capable of shooting 1080p videos and did a satisfactory job.



The front camera captured decent quality pictures for selfies. It's also good for video chats. Overall, the camera is clearly not the talking point of this phone.

Performance
Panasonic Eluga U is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. We were satisfied with the performance of the phone while navigating across the menu, launching apps, browsing the web and clicking photos.

The phone comes with 16GB internal storage out of which 13.2GB is available to the user. Storing multimedia content is not an issue since the phone supports microSD cards.

In synthetic benchmarks, the phone performs at par with Motorola Moto G barring Nenamark 2 where it lagged. The phone scored 17,635 in Antutu, 8548 in Quadrant and 53 in Nenamark 2 benchmark tests. But we'd not recommend a phone based solely on benchmarks as real world performance is different at times.



In terms of multimedia, the phone comes with FM radio, and also offers recording capability. The phone's built-in speaker offers decent sound output.

The default video player doesn't support all multimedia file formats. We were not able to play full-HD .MOV files but this can be resolved by using third-party apps.

Coming to call quality, we did not encounter any problems while making calls or any other issues while using two sim cards. We were satisfied with the phone's network reception. Voice clarity and loudness levels were also up to the mark.

The phone comes with GPS for navigation and maps and was easily able to lock a signal.

It comes with a 2,500mAh battery that offers decent backup. With moderate to high usage, including about one to two hours of making calls, playing games, clicking some pictures, listening to music and browsing the web, Panasonic Eluga U will easily last you a little more than a full working day, even if you put the screen brightness at the highest level and keep 3G turned on.

Gaming
Games like Subway Surfers and Angry Birds run smoothly without any lag or stutter. Even graphics-intensive games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2 performed decently with occasional frame drops. We did observe that the phone got a little warm after playing these games for more than 10-15 minutes.

Verdict
At a price of Rs 18,990, the Panasonic Eluga U is an over-priced, mediocre flagship smartphone. Barring the battery life, latest Android version and decent performance, there's nothing that makes it stand out. The Nexus 4-like design language isn't fresh. The 720p display is not very vibrant and the camera suffers from shutter lag. You would be better off with a phone like Asus ZenFone 5 or Moto G (keep in mind that the next-generation Moto G is expected next month). If you have the patience (and luck), you can try grabbing the Xiaomi Mi 3 in the weekly flash sale. It is a much superior phone and costs Rs 5,000 less. If you're in the market for a good looking phone in the same range, you should look at Gionee S5.5.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo getting Android 4.4 update in India


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo KitKat update

Months after rolling out the KitKat update for the Korean version of Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone, Samsung has released the update for Indian consumers. The update is now available over-the-air as well as via Kies application.

495 MB in size, the update includes the usual KitKat goodies like performance enhancements, cloud-print support, UI improvements, updated Hangouts app, improved downloads app and more. The update will also come with Samsung-specific customisations like lock-screen improvements, new launcher settings, improved stability and more.

Among other details, the update carries build number KOT49H.N750XXUCNG6 and the exact Android version number is Android 4.4.2.

To manually check for the update, go to Settings > About Phone > Software update on your Galaxy Note 3 Neo. If you have already updated your smartphone, do let us know about the experience in comments.

LG unveils L Fino, L Bello; aimed at first-time smartphone users




LG Electronics (LG) has unveiled a pair of its new L Series smartphones - the L Fino and L Bello. According to LG, the smartphones are aimed at the first-time smartphone users in emerging 3G markets.
Powered by quad-Core processors, the L Fino and L Bello will continue LG's signature Rear Key button design and come equipped with an 8 megapixel rear camera. The L Fino will have a 4.5-inch display, while the L Bello will come with a 5-inch display.
Starting this month, LG will begin rolling out the L Fino and L Bello in key 3G markets in Latin America, with countries in Europe, Asia, and CIS to follow. Prices and additional details of availability will be announced locally at the time of launch.
The smartphones will be on display at IFA 2014 in Berlin.
L Fino: Key Specifications
Chipset: 1.2GHz Quad-Core
Display: 4.5-inch WVGA IPS (800 x 480 / 207ppi)
Memory: 1GB RAM/ 4GB
Camera: Rear 8MP/ Front VGA
Battery: 1,900mAh
Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Size: 127.5 x 67.9 x 11.9mm
Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
Colours: White / Black / Gold / Red / Green (varies by market)
L Bello: Key Specifications
Chipset: 1.3GHz Quad-Core
Display: 5.0-inch FWVGA IPS (854x480/ 196ppi)
Memory: 1GB RAM/ 8GB
Camera: Rear 8MPAF / Front 1MP
Battery: 2,540mAh
Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Size: 138.2x 70.6x 10.7mm
Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
Colours: White / Black / Gold