- Humble Bundle for Android 6 includes Stealth Bastard Deluxe and 6 other titles (video)
- Samsung Galaxy S4 now available in Aurora Red exclusively through AT&T
- Registering your Galaxy S4 will save you 50% on most accessories
- Minuum keyboard will roll out to Indiegogo backers tomorrow
- Motorola XT1055 makes it’s way through the FCC. Is it another X FON?
- Huawei reveals latest version of Emotion UI in new video
- How to transfer music from iTunes to Android
- Sprint sues DISH Network over Clearwire offer
- T-Mobile Announces Xperia Z Availability, Coming Later this Summer
- Verizon may be looking to acquire WIND mobile in Canada
- Google and Starbucks partnership offers customers free unlimited music through All Access
- Samsung and other competitors have outgrown Apple in the premium market
- Samsung Premiere 2013 event on Thursday to be live streamed
- Huawei Ascend P6 official: just 6.18mm thick, to start selling in June
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 getting stability update, Android 4.2.2 will have to wait
- Best Android phones – India, June 2013
- HTC Desire 200 budget Android handset made official by the company
- Chromebook now available in 6,600 stores around the world
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom has U.K. price, can be pre-ordered
- AT&T bringing 25 solar charging stations for mobile devices in New York
- Mark Zuckerberg looking for a Samsung-made Facebook phone in Korea
- Asus contemplating foray into wearable devices, chairman says
- Former HTC execs create Kazam mobile startup
- HTC clarifies reports about pulled Android 4.2 update for HTC One
- Liquid-cooled smartphones from Samsung, HTC, and Apple coming later this year
The Humble Bundle team has been offering a lot of mobile related bundles, and they don't plan on stopping anytime soon, as _Humble Bundle for Android 6_ has just launched. The downside to this particular bundle is that it doesn't include Android-only games. There are a few of them in there that work on the PC too. In fact, the only Android exclusive game in this bundle is called Pulse. No, not the news app. It's actually a game that should be available on the Google Play Store shortly after the bundle promotion is over. Here's a full list of games that you can get as part of the Humble Bundle for Android 6 package: * Frozen Synapse * Broken Sword: Director's Cut * Aquaria * Fractal: Make Blooms * Organ Trail: Director's Cut * Stealth Bastard Deluxe * Pulse As usual, you can get this package at a pay-what-you-want price, but you'll have to pay above the average to get two of the games, Frozen Synapse and Broken Sword: Director's Cut. It's all in the name of charity though! Well, sort of. You can choose where your money goes. Whether it be Child's Play, a charity foundation, the EFF, to the developers, or even a hat tip to the guys that put the Humble Bundle on! After all, they've got to pay the bills somehow. You can probably expect a few games to be added to the bundle further along. Half way through, the Humble Bundle team usually throws in a few extra goodies. It's also important to note that _all _of the games listed can be played on Android. Previously, you could only get them on the PC, but just about every one of them is making their Android debut today. Do you plan on investing in this great bundle? If so, which game are you looking forward to playing the most?
We've known that the Samsung Galaxy S4 would be arriving on AT&T exclusively in Aurora Red for a while now, especially since the device's predecessor, the Galaxy S3, had a similar color option and exclusivity on AT&T. Suffice to say, the Galaxy S4 is now available exclusively on AT&T in Aurora Red. When choosing a Galaxy S4 from AT&T, there are now three color options, Stealth Black, Glacier White, and Aurora Red. While the additional color is nice, we're hoping to see some more variety shortly. In the meantime, the Galaxy S4, outfitted in that beautiful Aurora Red exterior, will cost you the same as any other variant – $199.99 on a new two-year contract or $639.99 outright. Aside from the different color, nothing much has changed. You still get the same old 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 1.9GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 2,600mAh battery, and the 13-megapixel camera. Do you plan on getting the Galaxy S4 in the new color?
So you got a new Samsung Galaxy S4? Congrats! Now you just need to deck it out with some awesome accessories. Unfortunately, Samsung' accessories can be a bit expensive. However, the Korean tech giant is running a new promotion. If you register your Galaxy S4 on Samsung's website, you'll receive a 50% off coupon code for accessories. It's a simple process, too. All you need to do is register an account, then register the device. You'll need the IMEI number, which can be found by going into Settings > About Device > Status, or looking on the box it came in. Once all of that is complete, in a few minutes you should receive an email with that much-needed coupon code. Unfortunately, the code will only work on items $50 or under, so depending on what you're looking at, it could limit your options. On the other hand, this is great news for power users, as Samsung just recently made the spare battery and charging station accessory official. It costs $49.99 through Samsung's official store, and it can be found on Amazon for $42.99, but with that 50% off coupon, it'll be much cheaper on the official Samsung store. Do you plan on registering your device for this coupon code? Is there a certain accessory you _really _want? Let us know in the comments section below!
The Minuum keyboard is an interesting concept. While most keyboards try to make typing more intuitive, Minuum is trying to rethink typing altogether. They’re not interested in improving swipe functionality on a QWERTY keyboard, or predictive text. Instead, they want to give you more screen to look at. The concept is pretty simple, but radically different. By making the keyboard compact, it allows us to fully appreciate our screen sizes. It doesn’t necessarily ask us to relearn typing, though it does seem like it would require a bit of a learning curve. After a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign, the Minuum team is sending the keyboard out to backers starting tomorrow. Even though the new keyboard is still in beta form, those early adopters will get a chance to give much needed feedback to the project. It has a lot of promise, especially as we become more involved in newer hardware mediums. If you’ve never seen Minuum, check out the video below.
The Motorola X FON continues to matriculate its way into our palms. Going from mythical powerhouse to somewhat disappointing mid range device, the handset could now be making its way to US Cellular customers. The again, we’re really still speculating at this point. Though the FCC filing lists another model number with “X” in the designation, we are still a bit baffled by what is going on. If we’re to believe all these Motorola devices with that letter in the model number, then we have to ask why Dennis Woodside declared the X FON was a single device. The Motorola CEO mentioned they were preparing several devices, but that the X FON would indeed be one device. In regard to specs, there is nothing fantastic: Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, a 10MP camera, Android 4.2.2, 720p display. Not bad, but not the rumored Sony Honami, either. This filing means Motorola has an "X" device that will work on every major domestic carrier, save for T-Mobile. We can assume, considering that everyone else seems to be getting a variant, they will as well. The devices are slated to make an appearance a bit later in the year, so we continue to play the waiting game.
Huawei’s not a company known for its subtlety, preferring to break world records rather than innovate understatedly. That being said, the company’s newest version of software for Android seems to be a happy confluence of sensible features and unique design. Initially unveiled last July, the overlay – known as Emotion UI – is, Huawei spokespeople say, simpler to use and easier to modify than stock Android. Customizability and simplicity certainly seem to be the focus of Huawei’s video preview of the latest Emotion UI. An improved home screen, dubbed UniHome, combines the settings and app drawer for quick access to application shortcuts and toggles. In the same vein as editable launchers like Go Launcher EX, Emotion UI also provides a link to an online database of themes downloadable from Huawei’s servers. New applications included in the refreshed Emotion UI provide welcome functionality: the third-party dialer includes gesture control, Power Manager intelligently minimizes battery drain, Security Manager removes malware and optimizes apps, and Cloud+ provides synced storage for data. Huawei’s revamp of Emotion UI is much needed. The update brings the company’s aftermarket Android solution in line with offerings from rivals like Samsung and Sony, companies which have incorporated similar functionality in past and present devices. Some of the updated firmware’s features seem a little gimmicky – I don’t see myself taking pictures with a Bluetooth headset anytime soon, for example – but competition is a good thing, and, on the whole, Emotion UI is intriguing. Specific details about Huawei’s latest version of Android skin are forthcoming, so stay tuned for the latest.
With modern technology, access to music has become quicker, easier, and nearly instantaneous especially with music-capable portable devices such as phones, laptops, and media players that allows people to carry around thousands of music files in just one small device. Music organizer software such as Apple's iTunes allows music lovers to sync their music with their various mobile devices. iTunes, in particular, makes it very easy for you to sync your media files to your other Apple devices. You can also transfer your iTunes music to your Android phone if you need to. In this guide, learn how to transfer music from iTunes to your Android phone. For our video guide, jump to the end of this post. MANUAL FILE COPY The basic way of transferring music is by manually copying your iTunes music files into a temporary folder on your PC. Then, connect your Android phone to the computer using a USB cable and open your phone's music folder. From there, you can then transfer your music files from the computer to your phone's music folder. If you find the iTunes-folder-Android phone combo inconvenient, you can use third-party software and apps to instantly transfer music from iTunes to Android. SYNCING ITUNES AND ANDROID WITH DOUBLETWIST Several third-party programs allow you to directly transfer your iTunes music to Android. One is the doubleTwist app for both Windows and Mac. This application lets you transfer your playlists, music, and videos from iTunes to your Android phone. Not all Android users, however, can use this software because this tool is designed for Android devices that support USB Mass Storage. For Android devices that use Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), wireless syncing is a viable solution and will be discussed in a later section. When syncing files using doubleTwist, take note that the copied music files will stored in the _Music_ folder inside the internal SD card of the phone or tablet. * Install and launch doubleTwist on your computer. * Connect your phone to the computer. Make sure USB Mass Storage mode is enabled on your phone or tablet. * Your device will appear under _Devices_ in doubleTwist. Click on your device's name to view the device info page. From here, you can use doubleTwist to transfer all music files, playlists, or selected music files from iTunes to your Android phone. TRANSFERRING ALL MUSIC TO YOUR ANDROID PHONE * On the _General_ tab in doubleTwist, place a check mark beside _Music (All Music)_. * Tap the _Sync_ button at the lower-right corner to begin transferring your music to your Android phone. TRANSFERRING MUSIC PLAYLISTS TO YOUR ANDROID PHONE * On the left pane on the doubleTwist window, click _Playlist Setup_ under _Playlists_. * Select either _Import_ (to import your iTunes playlists to doubleTwist) or _Create New Playlist_ (to create new playlists in doubleTwist). * On the device info page, go to the _Music_ tab. * Place a check mark beside _Sync music to my device_ and select _Only the selected_. * Mark those playlists that you want to transfer to your device. * Tap the _Sync_ button at the lower-right corner to transfer your playlists and music files to your Android phone. MANUALLY SELECTING SONGS FOR TRANSFER TO YOUR ANDROID PHONE * On the doubleTwist window, click _Music_ under _Library_. * Select a song from the list. You can select one song, select multiple songs, or select all songs from a single album. * Drag and drop the selected song(s) to your device's name listed under _Devices_ on the left pane of the doubleTwist window. WIRELESS SYNCING FOR ITUNES AND ANDROID DOUBLETWIST'S AIRSYNC For Android devices that don't support USB Mass Storage, you can wirelessly transfer music with the help of a doubleTwist add-on app called AirSync, available on the Google Play Store for about US$5.00. For AirSync, you'll still need the doubleTwist app on your Android phone and the doubleTwist desktop client on your computer. Both devices must also be connected to the same local area network (LAN) for AirSync to work. * Launch doubleTwist on your Android phone. * Navigate to the _Settings_ tab and activate AirSync. * Tap _Set up AirSync_ to configure the AirSync connection * The app will display a 5-digit passcode. Take note of the passcode. * On your PC, launch doubleTwist. * Your device name with the AirSync logo will appear under _Devices_. Click on the device name to open the passcode entry screen. * Type in the 5-digit code to initiate the pairing process. * Once pairing is successful, you can now begin transferring your iTunes music to your Android phone (as in the previous section). SYNCTUNES FOR ITUNES For less expensive wireless syncing of your music files, you can try the free and ads-supported Synctunes free for iTunes app. The free version lets you sync one playlist at a time with a maximum of 100 songs. Or, buy the paid version, Synctunes for iTunes/Android, for about US$3.00 and remove the limitations and ads. Here's how to use the app. * Download and install Synctunes free for iTunes on your Android phone and the Synctunes desktop client for your Windows PC. * Launch Synctunes on your Android handset and take note of the IP address displayed at the bottom of the screen. * Launch Synctunes on your computer and type the unique IP address shown on your phone. * Select a category or a playlist from the list and click _Start Sync_. (NOTE: If you're using the premium version, you can select multiple categories or playlists.) * A window will appear, showing the media files to be synced on your phone. Click _Yes_ to continue. * A pop up dialog will appear, indicating successful transfer of music files. VIDEO GUIDE Check out our video guide on how to transfer music from iTunes to Android: iTunes has a very strong association with Apple and Apple products. Yet, it is not impossible to transfer music from iTunes to your Android phone. This article showed several of the ways to sync your iTunes music with your Android phone. Which of the methods worked for you? Are you using a method not described here? Share your experiences with us by leaving a comment. (with contributions from Elmer Montejo)
In a rather bold move, Sprint has sued Dish Network to stop the satellite TV provider from purchasing a controlling interest in Clearwire. Though the offer Dish put on the table was recommended by the Clearwire board to their shareholders, Sprint is claiming it violates shareholders’ rights under the Clearwire charter. Today also represents a deadline for this ongoing saga Sprint finds themselves in. When Dish made their initial offer to purchase Sprint, the deal was deemed not “actionable” by the Sprint board, and rejected. Dish was given until today to restructure their tender, which has yet to happen. In the interim, Dish made a bold move to acquire Clearwire, though Clearwire had been sneakily accepting money from Sprint. Why take money from Sprint? The Softbank offer to purchase Sprint was contingent on Sprint’s ownership of Clearwire, or rather purchasing the remaining portion they didn’t already own. By accepting payment from Sprint, which was convertible to stock, Clearwire was selling themselves to Sprint piece by piece. Now that Dish’s offer has been approved by the Clearwire board, and recommended to the shareholders, Sprint is taking issue. The Dish offer is clearly the best for Clearwire shareholders, as it’s market value and a premium versus Sprint’s offer. In response to Sprint’s complaint, Dish had this to offer:
Sprint’s lawsuit is a transparent attempt to divert attention from its failure to deal fairly with Clearwire’s shareholders, as well as to exploit its majority position to block Clearwire’s shareholders from receiving a fair price for their shares. DISH is confident that its superior offer, which has been unanimously recommended by the Clearwire Board, including the majority appointed by Sprint, will be upheld and Clearwire shareholders will be free to realize the 29 percent premium represented by the DISH offer. DISH Network Corporation DISH Blog
Nearly a week after support documents for the Sony Xperia Z appeared on T-Mobile’s website, the carrier’s officially confirmed that the Sony handset’s exclusive launch on its airwaves is imminent. In a press release, T-Mobile said that an HSPA+ and LTE-compatible edition of the Xperia Z is headed to the wireless provider’s online and retail stores in the coming weeks. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai said during the _All Things D _D11 conference that the Xperia Z was significant, signaling a desire for the company to remain competitive in a U.S. smartphone market crowded with products. Indeed, Sony’s latest packs a fairly compelling array of hardware and features, not least of which is IP57 certified dust-resistant, water-resistant, and scratch-resistant glass. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1080p display, and a 13-megapixel camera capable of shooting HDR video, either. The press release specifically highlights the Xperia Z’s included software, utilities Sony hopes will sufficiently differentiate the company’s product from smartphones like the Galaxy S4 or HTC One. The Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 provides, according to Sony, enhanced screen clarity and brightness, while an adjustable STAMINA mode improves phone standby time. The Xperia Z will be available in black and, for a limited time, purple when it launches. T-Mobile didn’t provide a concrete date, but we'll do our best to keep you posted with the latest.
Xperia® Z from Sony to Make a Splash at T-Mobile this Summer BELLEVUE, Wash. - June 18, 2013 - Continuing to offer customers a wide selection of hot 4G LTE smartphones, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) today announced it will be the exclusive U.S. wireless company to carry the Xperia® Z from Sony. The Xperia Z packs the best Sony has to offer into a premium Android-powered smartphone. T-Mobile will offer the device on its Simple Choice Plan with no annual service contract plus unlimited talk, text and Web on a screaming fast, nationwide 4G network with 4G LTE rolling out across the country. "T-Mobile customers traveling this summer will love the Xperia Z with its big, beautiful HD screen, water-resistant design and advanced camera features," said Jason Young, vice president of product marketing, T-Mobile. "This is an outstanding combination: a premium 4G LTE smartphone with Sony's best features coupled with T-Mobile's unlimited data and speedy nationwide network." Simple Choice Plan With T-Mobile's Simple Choice Plan, Xperia Z customers design their plan based on the number of lines and amount of high-speed data they want. Unlimited talk, text and Web with up to 500MB of high-speed data is $50 per month (plus taxes and fees) for the first line. Customers can add another 2GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds for $10 per month per line or get unlimited 4G data and up to 500MB of tethering for an additional $20 per month per line. A second phone line can be added for $30 per month and each additional line is just $10 per month. There are no caps, no overages and no restrictive annual service contracts. T-Mobile's 4G LTE Network The Xperia Z will seamlessly connect to T-Mobile's high-speed nationwide 4G HSPA+ network and advanced 4G LTE network wherever it is available, which is expected to reach 100 million people by midyear and 200 million nationwide by the end of the year1. T-Mobile's 4G LTE rollout complements its existing nationwide 4G network covering 228 million people, which third-party tests show already rivals or beats existing competitive LTE networks in many markets. T-Mobile's 4G LTE network is currently available in seven metropolitan areas: Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. "With Xperia Z, we are thrilled to bring a breakthrough smartphone to T-Mobile, the breakout carrier in the U.S.," said Timothy Hernquist, North America Vice President of Marketing, Sony Mobile Communications. "Xperia Z offers customers a beautifully designed, water-resistant premium Android smartphone ready to handle whatever life throws at it." Sony went with a stylish and durable physical design with unique technology, content and connectivity all bundled into the Xperia Z. A 5-inch 1080p HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 provides super brightness and clarity. The highly-durable design features tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back and the highest levels of dust- and water-resistance2 (IP55 and IP57) in a premium smartphone. A 13-megapixel camera with Exmor RS(TM) for Mobile, the world's first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones, delivers stunning photos and videos in any condition. And its STAMINA mode is designed to greatly improve battery standby time by automaticaly shutting down battery-draining apps when the screen is off. Availability The Xperia Z is expected to be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select national retailers and dealers and online via www.T-Mobile.com in the coming weeks. The smartphone will be available in a black finish and a limited-time only purple finish (while supplies last). For more information, visit http://t-mobile.com/Sony-XperiaZ. Broad LTE coverage planned for 2013; See www.t-mobile.com for coverage details. Qualifying service required. LTE is a registered trademark of ETSI. 2In compliance with IP55 and IP57, Xperia Z is protected against the ingress of dust and is water resistant. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1 meter of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP 57. About T-Mobile US, Inc.: As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: "TMUS") is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The company's advanced nationwide 4G and 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences for customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile US operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. It currently serves approximately 43 million wireless subscribers and provides products and services through 70,000 points of distribution. For more information, please visit: http://www.t-mobile.com.
News coming out of Canada suggests that Verizon, the largest US carrier, is in “exploratory talks” to acquire WIND mobile in Canada. WIND, the carrier sitting comfortably behind the likes of Bell, Rogers and Telus, is no stranger to acquisitions. Telus tried in vain to acquire WIND not long ago, so the low-hanging fruit is there to be had for Verizon. The issues with such a deal are not easily overcome for Verizon. There are certain criteria to be met when owning a foreign company, and their partnership with Vodafone limits their ability to deal independently. While obtaining WIND may be a good idea on paper, the reality is much more difficult than simply cutting a check. The upside, and perhaps real interest from Verizon, has to do with spectrum. There is an auction coming up for 700mHz spectrum in Canada, and we’re all well aware of Verizon’s desire for more bandwidth. The auction has been pushed back to January 2014, which gives Verizon a bit of time to explore the deal a bit more. If WIND did end up under the Verizon brand, it gives them a much stronger position to bid in the auction. So why WIND? The Canadian government recently altered their rules concerning foreign ownership of domestic carriers. As it now reads, a foreign company like Verizon could own a carrier with less than 10% market share. With 600,000 subscribers, WIND definitely fits that description. It’s a long shot, but still an interesting avenue for Verizon to be pursuing.
Google took to its social networking website, Google+, to announce a new partnership with Starbucks. This new deal will allow Starbucks customers to stream unlimited songs, radio, and more from Google's recently launched All Access music service. This is in addition to the free Wi-Fi that Starbucks already offers its customers. This partnership isn't much of a surprise considering that Apple has partnered with Starbucks in the past. In 2007, Starbucks customers had the privilege of accessing a free iTunes Wi-Fi music library, which was limited to U.S. customers only. Apple and Starbucks continue to offer free app and song of the week picks through physical cards in Starbucks stores though. Unfortunately Google's All Access music streaming service is still limited to the U.S., so it isn't likely that Starbucks stores outside of the country will be able to take advantage of this partnership. However, this is still great exposure for All Access. As you may know, All Access isn't as popular as Spotify, the music streaming service with 20 million tracks and an active 24 million listeners. So exposing All Access to more people is certainly a good move. It'll no doubt be even better as soon as All Access launches on iOS, too. Will you be taking advantage of this new promotion?
A recent study by _Counterpoint Research _shows that Samsung and other manufacturers have bitten huge chunks of Apple’s market share in the past year, when it comes to premium smartphones priced above $400. The same trend can also be observed in the number of premium phones shipped in the past year, where Apple’s dominance seems to fade away. Due to competition from handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S3/4, Galaxy Note 2, the HTC One, One X, and others, Apple’s market share in the segment has dropped from 73 percent in May 2012, to 38 percent in May this year (as seen in the graphic below, from _Tech-Thoughts_). On the other hand, Samsung experienced the biggest growth, jumping from 20 percent last year to a healthy 47 percent, measured last month. The share of the Others group, which includes Android manufacturers, but also Nokia and Blackberry, also doubled in just one year.
Image credit: Tech-Thoughts.netThe figures above may be a bit misleading regarding Samsung’s vertiginous rise. The Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched at the end of May 2012 so the company’s last year flagship cannot be given much credit for Samsung’s market share in that specific month.
Smartphone shipments - credit: Tech-Thoughts.netAs _Tech-Thoughts_ reports, a more accurate view on the market can be gained by analyzing the number of smartphone shipped in the same time-frame. Using his own estimations, _Tech-Thoughts_' Sameer Singh notes that the iPhone shipment numbers have remained virtually unchanged over the past year, while Samsung’s figures have rose greatly, from around 2.5 million in May 2012 to around 13 million this year. When comparing the rise of other manufacturers to Samsung’s and Apple’s, we have even more interesting results. Samsung has managed to keep the pace with other product vendors while Apple was left behind. It’s also worth noting that Q2 is usually Apple’s weakest quarter and that in the period in which the study was conducted, Apple released only one smartphone: the iPhone 5.The company is expected to launch another handset in the months to come.
Just because you can't be at Samsung Premiere 2013, it doesn't mean you can't watch all the action at the Korean company's event as it happens. We at _Android Authority_ will, of course, cover everything for you, but if you want to watch the Samsung Premiere 2013 event yourself, a live stream will be available. You will be able to watch the live stream on the Samsung Mobile YouTube channel (link below), on Thursday, June 20, starting at 7PM BST. The event will be focused, as already announced, on Galaxy and ATIV devices, but we're wondering what Samsung could still have in store, considering the avalanche of product launches it has unleashed upon us in the last few weeks. That's a question only Samsung can answer for now; as a reminder, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini in the past few weeks.
Huawei has officially unveiled the Ascend P6, its latest flagship that arrives in a very thin body and with impressive specifications. To be sold in black, white, and pink variants, the handset is set to be released this summer in markets around the world, for a price that is believed to be quite affordable. As several leaks previously indicated, the Huawei Ascend P6 is going to be the slimmest smartphone on the market, with a profile that is only 6.18 mm thick and weighing just 120 grams. While no official hands-on images have been shared, newly leaked images confirm the good looks of the handset but also the uncanny resemblance to Apple’s iPhone 5. HUAWEI ASCEND P6 SPECIFICATIONS
Image source: MyDrivers.comOn the inside, the Huawei Ascend P6 features a powerful quad-core processor and a decent battery. Running the latest Android, the P6 will feature the “MagicTouch” technology that allows users to operate the touchscreen even with gloves on. While MagicTouch is not a new thing in the Android world, the use of brushed metal will certainly make the Ascend P6 stand out in the crowd. Here are the full Huawei Ascend P6 specs: * Body: 6.18 mm thick, 120 grams, metallic case * Display: 4.7-inch LCD, HD resolution, 312 PPI pixel density * Platform: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI 1.6 * Processor: 1.5 GHz quad-core Huawei K3V2 processor * RAM: 2GB * Storage: 8GB built-in, extendable up to 32GB through an SD card * Front-facing camera: 5-megapixel with feature support for “selfies” and capable of capturing 1080p videos * Rear-facing camera: 8-megapixel BSI with F2.0 aperture, LED Flash and 4cm macro view, can record Full HD videos * Battery: 2000 mAh with power saving technology As you may have noticed in the list above, Huawei bets heavily on the 5-megapixel front-facing shooter and on people who love taking pictures of themselves. To support that trend, Huawei has included an automatic technology that is said to enhance the quality of self portraits.
Image credit: MyDrivers.comThe main camera is also enhanced with Huawei’s proprietary IMAGESmart software, which helps novice photographers with color and contrast modifiers, auto-scene recognition, object tracing focus, and figure improvement support. When it comes to the battery, that 2000 mAh may not seem too much, but Huawei boasted the use of two battery-saving technologies - Automated Discontinuous Reception technology (ADRX) and Quick Power Control (QPC), which are claimed to improve the battery performance with more than 30 percent, when compared to other batteries of equal size. HUAWEI P6 SOFTWARE FEATURES
Image source: MyDrivers.comThe Ascend P6 comes out of the box with the latest version of Android, 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. On top of that, Huawei has added an upgraded flavor of its Emotion UI, now with improved security features, Me Widget, MagicTouch, SmartReading, and a new panoramic shoot and facial recognition feature. Besides the modified interface, Ascend P6 users will also have access to a multi-screen sharing capability called AirSharing, which allows users to connect to a broad range of devices and share files or play them remotely. HUAWEI P6 BODY AND DESIGN The Huawei Ascend P6 features a narrow body with a curved bottom and iPhone 5-like sides, which appear to be made of some sort of alloy. Also, on the right side of the device we can spot the SIM card and SD card trays, alongside a volume toggle and the power button. On top we can spot a microUSB port, while the 3.5-mm headphone jack can be seen on the bottom. The back-plate is made of metal, with the only element disturbing its minimalism being the Huawei logo. In the upper left corner, we can see the rear-facing camera and the LED flash. HUAWEI P6 AVAILABILITY The Huawei Ascend P6 is going to be sold in three different color versions: black, white, and pink. Shipments will start in China from June and move to Western Europe in July. The company also released a short list of carriers that will receive the phone, including Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, O2, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Media Markt & Saturn and TIM. The handset will also sell online through Amazon and CDiscount.
ELEGANT AND EDGY, THE NEW HUAWEI ASCEND P6 IS THE WORLD'S SLIMMEST SMARTPHONE At 6.18mm slim, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 is impossibly beautiful and always intuitive LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, JUNE 18, 2013: HUAWEI, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today unveiled the HUAWEI Ascend P6, the world's slimmest smartphone measuring 6.18mm. The smartphone features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a sleek metallic body. With its 4.7-inch high definition in-cell display, industry-leading 5MP front-facing camera, and outstanding software, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 is the embodiment of elegance with an edge. "The HUAWEI Ascend P6 is a star among smartphones with its industry-leading design, high-quality camera, and intuitive user interface, Huawei's proprietary Emotion UI," said Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group. "Building on the success of our Ascend P series of fashion smartphones, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 provides unsurpassed technology and a design that is simply stunning." HUAWEI Ascend P6 is ultra slim at 6.18mm and weighs just about 120g. While it is small enough to slip into the tiniest of pockets or clutch bags, the stylish HUAWEI Ascend P6 is designed to be seen and coveted! It features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 operating system, 2000mAh battery, 4.7-inch HD in-cell LCD screen technology, and 'MagicTouch' for enhanced screen responsiveness even when wearing gloves. As the flagship smartphone of the Huawei Ascend P series, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 embodies a cutting edge design for the fashion conscious. The smartphone's brushed metallic look with a naturally curved base is both elegant and intuitive. Impossibly beautiful, the Ascend P6 balances fashionable features and user-friendly functions. Perfect for 'selfies', the HUAWEI Ascend P6′s industry-leading 5MP front-facing camera and auto facial-enhancing capabilities create model-gorgeous shots you'll want to share. Its 8MP rear-facing BSI camera with F2.0 aperture and 4cm macro view also enables 1080P full HD video recording and playback. With Huawei's proprietary IMAGESmart software, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 turns even the most novice photographer into a professional, with contrast and color enhancement, auto scene recognition, object tracing focus, and instant facial beauty support. The HUAWEI Ascend P6 is even more intuitive and able to be customized with Huawei's Emotion UI. Inspired by people, for device users worldwide, Huawei has gathered input from over 5 million consumers to help us optimize the latest version of Emotion UI. The proprietary user interface includes updates to Uni-Home including enhanced security, Huawei's Me Widget, MagicTouch, and SmartReading. New to Huawei's Emotion UI are the panoramic shoot and facial recognition photography functions. Huawei's unique Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) and Quick Power Control (QPC) battery optimization and power saving technology improves performance by more than 30%, compared with smartphone batteries of equal size. With its multi-screen AirSharing capability, you can connect to a range of devices to boost your productivity at work or play by easily sharing documents or enhance your gaming experience with minimal lag time. The HUAWEI Ascend P6 is available in black, white and pink with matching color cases. It will begin shipping to China from June and to Western Europe from July through Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange, H3G, O2, Carphone Warehouse, TalkTalk, Media Markt & Saturn, TIM and online via Amazon and CDiscount with other markets to follow.
Users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in the UK should check their phones, because an update has begun rolling out to their devices. The new update brings improved stability, along with some bug fixes, so it's not the Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 update users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have been waiting for (and which has been reportedly delayed, due to issues with new TouchWiz). According to Sam Mobile, quoting the company, the stability update fixes battery drain, includes bug fixes and repairs some small other issues. The update will bring your device to build number JZ054K.N7100XXDME6 and is said to be available both OTA and through Samsung's Kies software. The first users to get it are those in the UK, with the rest of the European continent to follow. Users on the XDA developers forums are reporting downloading and installing the update, and one user has even posted a screenshot, which you can take a look at below. The Android version remains 4.1.2 for now, but hopefully, it won't take long before Samsung Galaxy Note 2 users get the Jelly Bean 4.2.2 bump.
_ Sudhamshu _ One of the biggest advantages for Android buyers is that they're never without options. Looking for the latest and greatest? Looking for a relatively high-end phone at a good price? Looking for a budget-friendly smartphone? There are numerous possibilities in every category. In India, we have a slew of local manufacturers who've taken up the cause to provide consumers with powerful quad-core smartphones at low prices, but some of the most popular devices in the country are still the latest flagship smartphones from international OEMs like Samsung, HTC, and Sony. But, it's also becoming harder and harder to choose between so many great options. That's where we step in! With _Android Authority's_ monthly buying guides covering all major markets around the world, we save you the trouble of doing the research by providing a comprehensive list of all the best Android smartphones available to you. If you've seen some of our other buying guides for May 2013, you'll notice that in other markets (like in the US), the specifications-based breakdown is simpler, with categories such as high-end, mid-range, and entry-level. In India, things get a little more complicated, mostly because of high import duties against electronics from international manufacturers. So, you may have a quad-core smartphone from a local manufacturer priced at Rs 12,000 (~$226), but a less powerful and less feature-packed smartphone from HTC priced at Rs 20,000(~$377). So for today's India-specific buying guide, we'll be categorizing based on price. Let's get started! ANDROID SMARTPHONES PRICED ABOVE RS 30,000 HTC ONE The HTC One was all set to help the struggling company regain some lost ground in the Android smartphone arena that has been completely dominated by Samsung over last two years. While the smartphone itself is absolutely amazing, with its aluminium unibody design, innovative UltraPixel camera, and redesigned HTC Sense UI, the launch of the device wasn't off to the greatest of starts, plagued by component supply shortages. In India as well, the highly-anticipated launch event was followed by a month and a half of absolute nothing, with the availability of the HTC One being delayed for a long time. That wait has finally ended, giving consumers the option to get their hands on one of the best high-end Android smartphones available around the world. Along with the great design, the HTC One features some great specifications, including a 4.7-inch IPS 1080p display, a 1.7Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 4MP "Ultrapixel" camera and 2.1MP front camera, a 2,300 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on-board. The updated HTC Sense UI, featuring BlinkFeed and a host of new camera features, complements the amazing hardware perfectly. Check out our detailed hands-on review of the HTC One to check out some of the latest features of the smartphone in action - HTC ONE PRICING AND AVAILABILITY As previously announced, the HTC One is available for Rs 39,489 (~$717) from online retailers Saholic, with both silver and black color options available. You can also find the complete list of retail stores here, where the HTC One will be available. SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 Unlike HTC and Sony that needed to redefine their flagship products, Samsung decided to follow a "tried and tested" strategy. With the Samsung Galaxy S3 becoming one of the highest selling Android smartphones in 2012, followed by the very successful Galaxy Note 2, Samsung didn't play around with the form factor of the Galaxy S4 much, but instead packed the device with a host of new software features as a part of its TouchWiz UI, on top of the latest Android 4.2 OS. The Samsung Galaxy S4 retained some features such as a replaceable battery and the availability of microSD expansion, which many consumers believe to be a must-have, giving the Samsung flagship an advantage over the HTC One. The "plastic vs metal" debate is still raging, but isn't as big a deal as some would think, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 on track to become the fastest selling Android smartphone this year. On the hardware front, India is one of the few markets in which the octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 version of the Galaxy S4 is available. Other specifications include a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display, 2GB RAM, PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, 16GB internal storage, expandable via microSD card, 13MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, and a 2,600 mAh battery. Instead of getting into a discussion of the numerous software features, you can take a look at our detailed hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 here - SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 PRICING AND AVAILABILITY The 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is priced at Rs 39,500(~$718) and is available from various online retailers such as Flipkart, Saholic, and Infibeam, as well as the Samsung India e-Store for a slightly higher Rs 40,300 (~$732) and various Samsung dealers and Samsung Experience stores around the country, in both white frost and black mist color options. SONY XPERIA Z With its great mid-range and entry-level smartphones, Sony has developed a loyal fan base in India, and so, theexcitement that followed the launch of the Sony Xperia Z is understandable. With a unique design, and featuring water and dust resistance, the Sony Xperia Z is a formidable device, and while the specifications (read processor) may not be as current as the other flagships, the Xperia Z is a device that is hard to ignore. The Sony Xperia Z features a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage further expandable via microSD, 13MP rear camera and 2.2MP front camera, a 2,330 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on-board. The beautiful (shatter resistant) glass design, a great camera, and a comparatively cheaper price, means that Sony has finally managed to release a smartphone that will do very well in the highly-competitive high-end smartphone market in India. Check out our hands-on review of the Sony Xperia Z here - SONY XPERIA Z PRICING AND AVAILABILITY The Sony Xperia Z is priced at Rs 37,299 (~$678) and is available from online retailers such as Flipkart, and for Rs 35,500 (~$645) Snapdeal, as well as numerous Sony retail stores around the country, with all white, black, and purple color options available. SPECIAL MENTIONS
* SONY XPERIA ZL - The Sony Xperia ZL was completely overshadowed by the Xperia Z, but if you're okay without the water resistant feature, and are looking for a more compact design and a slightly cheaper price, the Sony Xperia ZL is the smartphone for you. On the specifications front, the Xperia ZL is exactly the same as the Xperia Z. Don't forget to check out our detailed hands-on review of the Sony Xperia ZL to decide if this is the smartphone for you. The Sony Xperia ZL is priced at a cheaper Rs 35,990 (~$654) from Flipkart, and Rs 32,950 (~$599) from Snapdeal, as well as all Sony retail stores. * HTC BUTTERFLY - Known as the HTC Droid DNA in the US, the HTC Butterfly was another great device on offer from HTC at the end of last year, and was the first Android smartphone to feature a 5-inch 1080p display, a specification that has been adopted as standard for most of this year's high-end smartphones. The specifications are very similar to the Sony XPeria Z and Xperia ZL as well. Unfortunately, HTC had got the pricing very wrong in India, and only now with the release of the HTC One, has the price dropped. It hasn't dropped enough though from some stores, is surprisingly still more expensive than the HTC One, with the device available from Snapdeal and retail stores for Rs 37,999 (~$690), with Flipkart offering a price of Rs 42,090 (~765). * SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 2 - The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 continues to be one of the most popular Android smartphones in India, even with the launch of similarly-priced 2013 flagships. The lure of the large HD display and the advantages available with the S-Pen means that the only real competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is going to be the Galaxy Note 3. Check out our complete review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 here. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is available from various Samsung retail stores and the Samsung India e-Store, as well as Flipkart for Rs 37,500 (~$681).ANDROID SMARTPHONES PRICED BETWEEN RS 15,000 AND RS 30,000 GOOGLE NEXUS 4 One of the biggest announcements last month in the Android smartphone world in India was the official availability of the Google Nexus 4. The Nexus 4, with its reasonable price and high-end specifications, featured the perfect combination to become the best-selling Android device in the country, but unfortunately, the smartphone never made it to Indian shores till now. Even then, the Google Nexus 4 is still one of the most sought after phones in India and the official release should make it a lot easier for people to buy one. At a reasonable price, you'll get a 4.7-inch IPS display with 1280×768 resolution, a 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera, 2,100 mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 on-board. Of course, the biggest advantage with getting a Nexus device the guarantee of always running to latest Android OS version. Don't forget to take a look at our complete hands-on review of the Google Nexus 4 here - GOOGLE NEXUS 4 PRICING AND AVAILABILITY Unlike the Nexus 7, the Nexus 4 will not be available through the Indian Google Play Store, but is available from various LG retail stores around the country, along with Flipkart. The device is priced at Rs 25,990 (~$472). SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 One of the advantages of the latest flagships being launched is the resulting price cut associated with that release. With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S3 has seen such a slash in the price, now bringing the still great phone below the Rs 30,000 mark. Granted, the Google Nexus 4 is comparatively newer and cheaper, but Samsung fans not looking to spend the Rs 40,000 required for the Galaxy S4 can now find a viable alternative with the Samsung Galaxy S3. The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S3 include a 4.8-inch 720p display, a 1.4Ghz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 64GB, an 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front camera, a 2,100 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If you'd like to see the smartphone in action before making a decision, check out our comprehensive review of the Galaxy S3 here - SAMSUNG GALAXY S3 PRICING AND AVAILABILITY The Samsung Galaxy S3 is quite easily available from all Samsung retail stores and other mobile stores, as well as from various online retailers such as Flipkart and Infibeam, priced at Rs 27,500 (~$500). You can also buy the device from the Samsung India e-Store for Rs 28,050 (~$510). HTC ONE X AND ONE X+ As is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC One X and One X+ saw a price drop as well, associated with the release of the HTC One. Again, these are still two amazing smartphones, and are still great buys at a more affordable price point. As a reminder, the HTC One X boasts a beautiful 4.7-inch LCD2 display with 1280×720 resolution, 1.5 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with no microSD expansion, 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera, 1,800 mAh battery, Beats Audio integration, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Most of the specifications of the HTC One X+ are the same as its predecessor, with the slightly upgraded One X+ featuring a 1.7 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 64 GB of internal storage, an upgraded 1.6MP front camera, and a larger 2,100 mAh battery. Between the two, and budget permitting, the HTC One X+ is obviously the better choice. You can check out the video of the HTC One X+ in action here - HTC ONE X AND ONE X+ PRICING AND AVAILABILITY The HTC One X and One X+ can be found from various HTC dealers around the country, but with the best prices available from online retailers Saholic, with the HTC One X available from Rs 24,999 (~$454), and the HTC One X+ setting you back Rs 28,999 (~$527). SAMSUNG GALAXY GRAND QUATTRO Like the Nexus 4, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro is a smartphone that makes this list courtesy of its official release late last month. While the Galaxy Grand featured comparatively poor specifications for its almost Rs 20,000 price point (but still sold well), the revamped edition, featuring a quad-core processor and a cheaper price tag, shows that Samsung is very serious about capturing an even bigger piece of the Android smartphone market in India. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro gives the company a much better chance at competing against the numerous budget-friendly quad-core smartphones available in the country from local manufacturers. The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro include a 4.7-inch display with 800×480 resolution, 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 32GB, 5MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera, 2,000 mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and dual-SIM support. While not the best specifications, especially when directly compared to some of the budget-friendly smartphones Samsung hopes to take on, the company enjoys a certain brand recognition and trust which will cause people to overlook that difference. SAMSUNG GALAXY GRAND QUATTRO PRICING AND AVAILABILITY The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro falls in the lower end of the price range at Rs 16,900 (~$307), and is available from the Samsung India e-Store and all Samsung dealers and Samsung Experience stores, but for Rs 16,299 (~$296) from online retailers Flipkart, which also includes a free Samsung Bluetooth headset. ANDROID SMARTPHONES PRICED AT LESS THAN RS 15,000 If you've been following my "Weekly News Roundup - India" features, you know that there are numerous budget-friendly smartphones released on a weekly basis, with a lot of them now featuring a large display, a quad-core processor, and a price tag under Rs 15,000. In order to cut down what would otherwise be an unending list, for the purposes of this guide, we'll be taking a look at smartphones that boast not only quad-core smartphones, but those featuring a high resolution 720p display, with of course, a price point below Rs 15,000. Let's take a look! MICROMAX A116 CANVAS HD Micromax can be given credit for starting of the trend of budget-friendly quad-core smartphones in India, and was very well-received. Priced at less than Rs 15,000 and boasting a quad-core processor and 720p display, the Micromax A116 Canvas HD is still one of the most popular smartphones in this category. The specifications of the Micromax A116 Canvas HD include a 5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 resolution, 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage (1.77GB available to the user) expandable via microSD up to 32GB, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, 2,000 mAh battery, dual-SIM support, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on-board. Except for the internal storage, the specifications of the Micromax A116 Canvas HD are better than the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro, and is more along the lines of the far more expensive Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X. Of course, the performance of the underclocked MediaTek processor isn't at par, but if you're in the market for a very wallet-friendly device, the Micromax A116 Canvas HD should definitely be considered. MICROMAX A116 CANVAS HD PRICING AND AVAILABILITY The Micromax A116 Canvas HD is priced at Rs 14,499 (~$263), and can be ordered from the Micromax website here, as well as from online retailers Snapdeal for Rs 13,149 (~$239). CELKON A119Q SIGNATURE HD Celkon is another local manufacturer hoping to make a name for itself in the highly-competitive budget smartphone market, and will certainly be able to do so with the recently launched Celkon A119Q Signature HD. With specifications similar to, if not better, than the Micromax A116 Canvas HD, the Celkon quad-core smartphone is a great buy at its price point. The specifications of the Celkon A119Q HD include a 5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 resolution, 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 32GB, 12MP rear camera and 3MP front camera, 2,100 mAh battery, dual-SIM support, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board. As you can see, it's almost like Celkon has taken the Micromax device as a frame of reference and made things slightly better wherever possible, with the most interesting feature being the availability of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, which not many international OEMs can say either. If you're in the market for a great budget-friendly quad-core smartphone, the Celkon A119Q Signature HD should definitely make your short list. CELKON A119Q SIGNATURE HD PRICING AND AVAILABILITY Celkon has Micromax beat as far as price is concerned as well, with a price tag of just Rs 12,499 (~$227). The Celkon A119Q Signature HD is available from online retailers SnapDeal here. ZEN ULTRAFONE 701HD Zen Mobiles is also like every other Indian manufacturer, hoping to leave its mark in an industry wherever similar products from numerous local companies are released on a weekly basis. The Zen Ultrafone 701HD is one such product, which joins the ever-growing list of budget-friendly quad-core smartphones available in India. The specifications list of the Zen Ultrafone 701HD is also very familiar, featuring a 5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 resolution, 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD, 8MP rear camera and 3.2MP front camera, 2,000 mAh battery, dual-SIM support, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board. As you can see, the specifications are definitely worth the price (below), and the fact that Indian manufacturers have moved to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for their latest device releases is great to see. With specifications very similar across the board, it comes down to your personal choice as far as design is concerned, but Zen Mobiles also has the other companies beat when it comes to the price, but of course, not by much. ZEN ULTRAFONE 701HD AVAILABILITY AND PRICING The Zen Ultrafone 701HD is available from online retailers Snapdeal, priced at Rs 11,999 (~$218). WICKEDLEAK WAMMY PASSION Z As with every other smartphone on the less-than-Rs-15,000 list, the WickedLeak Wammy Passion Z is powered by a 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor. Of course, the standout feature of the WickedLeak Wammy Passion Z is the 5-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080, which is definitely a step up from the 720p displays we've seen so far. Other specifications of the Wammy Passion Z include a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 64GB, 12MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, a 2,500 mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board. WICKEDLEAK WAMMY PASSION Z PRICING AND AVAILABILITY The impressive specifications are matched with an equally impressive price point, with the device priced at just Rs 14,990 (~$272), and is available from the WickedLeak website here. WRAP UP As you can see, there are some great options available to you in every price category, and it's absolutely amazing to think that regardless of the price range, each and every device on this list features a quad-core processor, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 boasting an octa-core processor. There's still a lot to look forward to this year from international OEMs, while local manufacturers are going to continue to produce some great devices at very budget-friendly prices, but if you're in the market for a new smartphone now, you can check out all the great options above.
The HTC Desire 200 is most certainly a device for those of us that are more budget-conscious, and perfectly willing to make some serious compromises in terms of features. You may remember that the device's specs, as well as a video hands-on of it, have made their way online yesterday, with the device being spotted in the wild a month ago. If you've been paying attention, you probably already know that the device isn't the most up-to-date handset out there, in terms of specs or software, but it could still be alright as a first smartphone or for those that want an affordable device, with some extra features. HTC does prove, though, that it cares about its customers in the lower-end spectrum too, since it includes its "highest quality in-ear headset" with the device, paired with Beats Audio, meaning that you'll get a good music listening experience. As far as the rest of the specs go, the HTC Desire 200 has a single-core CPU running at 1GHz, paired with 512MB of RAM memory and 4GB of internal storage, to which you can add with a micro SD card. It has a 3.5-inch HVGA screen with 480 x 320 pixels resolution, and comes with a 5-megapixel main camera, which can also record VGA video. The battery is a 1230mAh one, with HTC promising that it will last you through up to 10.9 hours of GSM talk time and up to 7.4 hours in WCDMA. HTC says on the phone's page that it runs Android with HTC Sense. Yesterday's leak says that it's Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. Hopefully, you'll get a Jelly Bean bump someday if you buy it, but only HTC can know that precisely. A price isn't mentioned yet, but it shouldn't cost too much, considering the specs. Would you buy the HTC Desire 200?
Google's cloud-centric laptop which is built around its Chrome web browser is now available from Walmart. The Chrome OS powered laptop, which was previously available from outlets like Best Buy and Amazon.com, can now be bought in one of Walmart's 2,800 stores across the U.S. There are several different Chromebook models available each one built by a different manufacturer. Acer's take on the concept uses a dual-core Intel Celeron together with a 16GB SSD. Walmart will be selling it for just $199. Also in just a few days time, Staples will bring a mix of Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Samsung to every one of its 1,500 stores across the U.S. As well as Walmart and Staples, Google has also announced that select Office Depot, OfficeMax, and regional chains Fry’s and TigerDirect stores will begin selling Chromebooks over the next few months. But the boost in the number of retail outlets isn't confined just to the USA. In ten other countries around the world Google is expanding the number of retailers which carry Chromebooks. In the UK the big supermarket chain Tesco will start selling Chromebooks from 116 of its biggest stores, starting from £199. In the Netherlands all Media Markt and Saturn stores will become stockists. FNAC stores in France, Elgiganten stores in Sweden and all JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores in Australia will be carrying Chromebooks as well. Have you been tempted to get a Chromebook?
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, the smartphone with one of the best cameras on the market (or the camera that includes a smartphone, whichever way you want to put it), now has a price tag attached to it, for the U.K., at least. The device, which was officially announced only a few days ago, is now listed for pre-order by U.K. retailer Handtec, at a price of £467.99 (around $734), which includes VAT. Without VAT, the price of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is £389.99 (around $612). If you want to get yours, know that it's already available for pre-order, but the launch date is not yet specified. However, the site says that the device is "due in soon," so it shouldn't take too long before you can take it with you on your vacation. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom can be a pretty good option for those customers that want a capable camera and a smartphone in one device, so that they don't need to carry both around. It has a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 960 x 540 and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance. It's powered by a dual-core CPU at 1.5GHz and 1.5GB of RAM, has 8GB of internal memory, and microSD support so you have enough space to store your images. The camera, which is probably the most important part, is a 16-megapixel one with 10x Optical Zoom, smart modes, optical image stabilization and a host of other useful photo features. The device also has a front-facing 1.9-megapixel shooter. To get a better idea of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom's features and strengths, you can take a look at Samsung's lifestyle video below. What do you think of the price? Do you plan on purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom?
_Image Credit: Michael Nagle for The New York Time_AT&T seems to understand the need for more powerful batteries when all other components in a mobile device advance. Even though it won't create batteries for its mobile devices, a lending hand will be delivered in the form of solar-powered charging stations. Starting with Tuesday, New York will be the home of no less than 25 solar charging stations that can power batteries for all types of smartphones. Ready to charge up to six devices at a time, these stations can supply power through dedicated ports for Android-based products but also for iPhones, BlackBerry handsets and other gadgets that have a standard USB plug. Designed with solar technology provided by mobile solar start-up Goal Zero, AT&T’s environment-friendly stations are 12.5-foot steel poles with three petal-like panes mounted on top to gather energy. The charge will be delivered through the base of the system were three other petals made out of wood will accommodate products. The three petal-like panels run on a 15-watt charger which is then paired with a 168-watt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that can sustain charges through the night or through five days without sunshine. Those who are willing to test them will be able to fill a smartphone battery in approximately two hours or grab a 30 percent charge in half an hour.
_Image Credit: Michael Nagle for The New York Time_The project will run for three to four weeks at a time until October and those interested should find one in various parks, beaches and other outdoor spaces in the five boroughs. The most predictable locations for these stations are spots such as the Union Square Park, Metrotech Plaza and the Rockaway Beach. All 25 stations will be rotated and should be seen also in Orchard Beach, Governors Island, Pier 59 in the Hudson River Park, Coney Island, the Staten Island Zoo and around several cultural events. AT&T is said to invest between $300,000 and $500,000 in the project, a sum which should bring back unmeasured benefits. This isn't AT&T's first initiative meant to help the community, as the carrier has offered free wireless hotspots mounted in subways, parks and during cultural events in the past. Even though AT&T’s solar stations will not be carrier-restricted, with all Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile customers being permitted to charge their devices, AT&T will surely apply proper marketing strategies on each and every location. All in the hope of profiting from the fastest growing area in the telecommunications segment and, helping those in need.
_ AP Photo/Yonhap, Do Kwang-hwan _ Like Larry Page of Google did a few weeks back, Mark Zuckerberg is visiting South Korea, home to some of the largest mobile companies, and increasingly, the place where the big decisions in the mobile industry are being taken. As his Google counterpart did, Zuckerberg met with the country’s president to discuss matters of “creative economy”, and, more importantly, with the top brass of Samsung, the largest smartphone maker in the world. Sources told the_ Korea Herald_ that Mark Zuckerberg asked Samsung’s CEO JK Shin and the group’s heir apparent, Lee Jay-yong, for a Samsung-made “Facebook phone”, probably similar to the HTC First. The report quotes an unnamed “market watcher” who said Facebook is hoping that Samsung would help it improve its position in the increasingly vital mobile market. Moreover, the insider said the social networking giant hopes to be the second Google, and a Facebook-friendly phone from Samsung would help that ambitious goal.
Samsung doesnt want a second GoogleClearly, Facebook realized that it’s going to need more than a half-baked effort like the HTC First and the Facebook Home app, if it wants to successfully transition to a mobile-first company. The HTC First is said to be selling poorly, and there were even rumors about an early cancellation of the project due to low sales. Mark Zuckerberg needs a better partner to crack the problem, and Samsung is in the best position to help. But is Samsung interested in making a Facebook-friendly phone? The industry experts cited by the _Korea Herald_ believe that “there is no symbolic or monetary significance in such a deal”. In other words, Samsung has nothing to win from such a deal, and moreover, “Samsung doesn’t want to help nurture a second Google, which is now becoming a formidable rival for Samsung in the handset business”. The report says that even the meeting between Mark Zuckerberg and the Samsung leadership is likely to be the result of some intense cajoling on Facebook’s part. With more users accessing Facebook primarily on their mobile devices, and with the growth of its user base stalling or even reversing in some markets, Mark Zuckerberg’s company needs a successful strategy in mobile like air. It remains to be seen if Samsung is the strong partner that Facebook is looking for.
Answering questions from journalists during Asus's annual meeting with shareholders, chairman Jonney Shih revealed that meetings have been held by the company's research labs in order to talk about developing wearable devices, seen by Asus as a critical sector for innovation. Shih also added that it's important to figure out how to be in the winner's seat when such devices, such as Google Glass or Apple's planned iWatch, will become commonplace, mainstream products (but he's surely not the only one thinking about that), which he predicted they will, as more bio technology is mixed with computer technology. Shih has added that he sees even more possibilities of evolution for such devices, as they integrate voice control (which, as you know, Google Glass does) and flexible displays. The integration of flexible displays into products seems to be an important thing on other device manufacturers' agendas as well (such as Samsung and LG), even if plans seems to have suffered delays. That's as far as Shih went with providing information regarding his company's wearable devices plans, but he did mention that "many simulation tests" have been run in the company's labs, as Asus is trying to figure out ways to bring more value to customers with such products. Since nothing has been actually said regarding what exactly those products will be, we can only hope that Asus gives out more details soon enough. Fact is that Google Glass seems to have opened a segment of the market that could be very important in the future. What do you think Asus is planning in the field of wearable devices? Will it be a smartwatch (a product Google is said to be preparing, too) or will it be a Google Glass competitor?
Two ex-HTC execs have partnered up to create a new mobile-related company called Kazam, which will create smartphones at some point in the future. HTC’s former head of sales and HTC's former marketing chief for the UK region, Michael Coombes and James Atkins, respectively, are behind Kazam. In the new company, Coombes will act as the CEO, while Atkins will take the chief marketing officer role. The Kazam devices will be made primordially for the European market and will offer “stunning design, robust hardware, and intuitive technology, underpinned with improved customer service.” In other words, we don’t have any details about future Kazam handsets at this time, but we’re certainly interested to see what these former HTC executives are up to. It’s not clear whether Android will be the mobile operating system of choice for these devices, although it would make a lot of sense for Kazam to pick this particular OS considering its popularity with the crowds. What’s very interesting is that Kazam promises to offer support for its future phones after they’re purchased, whatever that means:
There is a real opportunity for a new mobile brand to disrupt the status quo. We are passionate about delivering a truly positive mobile experience that doesnt just stop once youve bought the phone. James Atkins, KazamThat sounds great on paper, but the fact remains that Kazam will have to face some tough times ahead, as the mobile business is pretty crowded as it is. Apple and Samsung are still the top dogs to beat, although a startup like Kazam will first have to compete with all the others players in the business, all giants compared to a startup, even if they don’t enjoy the financial successes of the top two companies in the business. Kazam will have to take on companies like Microsoft, LG, Sony, Motorola and HTC, all of them having plenty of interesting mobile offers for consumers. Not to mention that there are quite a few Chinese companies looking to expand beyond their home turf, all potential Kazam rivals. Finally, there are plenty of new mobile OSes including Firefox, Ubuntu, Tizen and Sailfish backed by various companies that are also interested in grabbing a share of the mobile market. At this time, we don’t know when the first Kazam phones will be launched, but we’ll be looking forward for more details about the company’s plans.
It's hard to believe that one of the best Android handsets of the year would be denied an update to Android 4.2, but that hasn't stopped the speculation swirling around a recent Three UK tweet. In a recent reply to a Twitter question, the British carrier advised that HTC pulled the Android 4.2.2 update for the One, and that a new release hadn't been scheduled yet. To dispel the rumors, HTC offered an official statement to _Engadget, _and we now know for sure that the Taiwan-based manufacturer _is_ going to deliver the upgrade. Unfortunately, it seems that HTC One owners will have to wait a little longer before Android 4.2 Jelly Bean becomes available for their phones, with no official release interval provided. One of the most popular devices of the moment, the HTC One is behind the competition when it comes to the Android version. Running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5 out of the box, the handset has been denied so far access to the latest version of Android. Past predictions claimed that Android 4.2 would arrive on the HTC One at the beginning of June, so it shouldn't be long now. Android 4.2 should bring several new features to the HTC One, including a percentage battery notifier near the current battery symbol, the ability to remove dock icons, changes to the app drawer, the ability to long press the home button to bring the menu, an extended quick settings set, and the popular Daydream feature.
We told you about the world's first liquid-cooled handset about a month ago when NEC introduced the Medias X-06E phone for NTT DoCoMo over in Japan. It basically uses a smartphone-centric heat pipe design that relies on cooling technology yet untapped even on today's high-end models. How would you like to have this same cooling tech in your next Samsung smartphone? What about one from HTC? Or one from Apple? As it turns out, big name smartphone makers such as the ones mentioned above are already looking into using liquid cooling for their future products, the first of which might be released some time before the end of this year, _DigiTimes_ reports. It is said that you can expect to see these new handsets with liquid cooling some time in Q4 2013, at the earliest. Check your calendar and you'll see that it's actually not that far at all. The conventional method of smartphone cooling -- which makes use of graphite foil sheets -- has been deemed to be unfit for the needs of the modern smartphone. As such, the use of heat pipes is seen as a worthy alternative, especially as the use of 4G LTE connectivity becomes more and more common. Heat pipes would provide a passive cooling solution for smartphones and might also make way for more efficient phone designs. The key to making this all work lies in finding the right liquid coolant and fitting all of it inside heat pipes that are just the right size for modern handsets. Heat pipe cooling technology is already in use in many of today's modern computers, possibly even the one you are reading this article on right now -- if that's a laptop or a desktop computer. But physical limitations, such as the fact that most manufacturers fail in making a heat pipe that's smaller than 3mm in diameter, prevent their widespread use in smaller devices such as tablets and smartphones. NEC successfully crafted pipes that measure only 0.6mm thick in diameter, but so far their use is limited to just the Medias X-06E phone that was introduced last month. For now, we can only hope for a future where the manufacture of liquid-cooled smartphones is the norm. But as the father of modern rocketry Robert Goddard once said, it just might be the reality of tomorrow.