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Lava rolls out Android 4.4.2 KitKat update through FOTA for Iris 504Q+

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LAVA International Limited, a fast growing company in the mobile handset industry, announced Android 4.4.2 KitKat update over FOTA (Firmware- over-the-Air)  for LAVA Iris 504Q+.

With its latest update of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, LAVA Iris 504Q+ shall offer an improved user experience through an enhanced user interface, superior battery life and software performance. A new dialer app has also been introduced in the update which lets users to automatically prioritize contacts according to the most frequently dialed numbers in the phone book. Whenever a user gets a call from an unknown number, the phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.

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The users will get a notification to upgrade the operating system to Android KitKat. On tapping the notification, the user will be guided through the upgrade download and installation process.  Alternatively, the users can download and install manually through “Check Update” functionality that can be found in Settings-> About Phone->System Updates. The update will be downloaded on the memory card only and the user needs to have memory card inserted in the smartphone while installing. After installation, the Android KitKat software can run with or without memory card in smartphone.

With the latest update of Android KitKat, LAVA Iris 504Q+ will now deliver better performance. The main highlight of the smartphone is the 10 MP rear auto-focus camera that is powered by Sony Exmor RS Sensor having sensor size of 1/3.2 inch allowing enhanced lowlight performance. Through its unique gesture control and voice command functionality, a user can click picture by saying just “Cheese” or “Capture” or with a swipe of the hand in air. The LAVA Iris 504Q+ packs in 1GB RAM and an internal memory of 8GB, which is expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card, giving users enough space for applications & multimedia content.

It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and Mali 400 MP2 @500MHz Graphics Unit.

Now priced at Rs. 11,900, LAVA Iris 504Q+ is available in Grey and Silver colours. It also comes with an smart flip cover that puts the phone automatically in sleep mode ensuring reduced battery consumption.

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Oplus launches XonPhone 5

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Oplus today announced the launch of its revolutionary 5” Smartphone – ‘XonPhone 5’ exclusively on Snapdeal.com, the largest online marketplace in India. The event was held in New Delhi’s Shangri-La Hotel on July 24th, 2014.  Under this partnership between Oplus and Snapdeal.com, the latest smartphone by the former, XonPhone 5 will be exclusively available on the latter’s website and accessible for purchase for 25 million+ Snapdeal members across 5000+ towns and cities.

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XonPhone 5 comes powered with a MTK 6582 Quad core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 Processor, a 1 GB RAM, a 5” capacitive multi-touch 1280 by 720, 320 PPI true to life display, 8 MP Back Camera with auto focus with LED Flash and a 2 MP Front Camera, 16 GB Internal Storage, powered by a 2000mAh battery and the works to give you a world of possibilities.

 

Present at the launch CEO, Oplus, Mr. Soumitra Gupta said, “We are extremely elated to be launching the XonPhone 5, an innovative smartphone with ultimate features ensuring a unique user experience. Our association with India’s largest marketplace, Snapdeal.com has yielded us great results for our tablet and we are affirmative that our smartphone will also witness great acceptance from the users.”

 

Commenting on the partnership, Tony Navin, Senior Vice President – Electronics, Snapdeal.com said, “We are extremely elated to exclusively offer the all new Xonphone 5 to the users under our association with Oplus. We are extremely positive that this aesthetically crafted and feature packed smartphone at this lucrative price point will receive a tremendous response. We look forward to a long term and a mutually beneficial relationship”.

 

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PERFORMANCE

 

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. With a MTK 6582 Quad core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 Processor, a MediaTek MTK 6582 Chipset, 1 GB RAM, a Mali-400 MP GPU, the XonPhone 5 unleash your potential to do more. Go and Challenge your limits!

 

DISPLAY

 

The richness of life lies in what we see all around us. Enrich and open a whole new world of experience on the XonPhone 5 with a 5” True to Life display. The XonPhone 5 houses 320 pixels per inch, IPS OGS 5″ HD 1280×720 capacitive multi-touch display. With oozing dripping colours, emoting all shades of life and dreams, watch and cry, share emotions while watching movies, playing games, video conferencing or browsing nostalgic memories on the XonPhone 5.

 

CAMERA

 

Capture Full HD videos on a 1088 by 1920 at 30fps. Make use of the Front 2 MP Camera to connect and video conference. Capture these moments on the XonPhone 5, 8 MP back camera with Auto Focus, LED Flash, EIS, voice capture and Geo-Tagging capabilities. Create stories.

 

CONNECTION & NAVIGATION

 

Life is about moments you can share, moments you can enjoy. Pick up your XonPhone 5 and stream music over Bluetooth. Explore new roads and never get lost. Tread across the hills or navigate a busy street with XonPhone 5’s A-GPS or GPS and never lose your way. Share the sunset or your next bungee jump video over the web. Search for your favorite recipes. Stay connected and share your internet on the XonPhone 5 with its WiFi WAPI (802.11 b/g/n), WiFi Hotspot support. Go ahead and live the adventure.

 

 

STORAGE

 

The human mind is not confined to any limits. XonPhone 5 comes with an internal 16 GB Storage and a card slot supporting micro SD Card upto 32 GB. Create, store countless e-books, movies, pictures, videos, music, presentations, documents, apps and more on the XonPhone 5.

 

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ENTERTAINMENT

 

Ever missed a beat or felt that innocent exhilaration. The adrenaline rush, the feeling of being invincible… Enjoy seamless, smooth gaming on the XonPhone 5 with its True to Life display, Mali-400 MP GPU, 1 GB onboard RAM, a MTK 6582 Quad core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 Processor with Mediatek MTK6582 Chipset and a 16 GB internal storage. Game On!

 

The XonPhone 5 ensures the best user experience with consistent connectivity, flawless entertainment and unbelievable features all packed in one revolutionary device and it is now within your reach at Snapdeal.com!

 

The XonPhone 5 is available on Snapdeal.com for Rs 7,999/-

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Uber for Windows Phone has arrived!

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Uber, the popular Taxi app has now hit the shelves of Windows Phone store!  Joel Belfiore of Windows Phone team has confirmed this news by tweeting “Another big-brand, official app on WP! UBER!” . The application is available in most of the Uber operated regions. The Uber application for windows phone is available for free. The company also posted this on their blog . 

Screenshots of Uber app.

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Download Uber for Windows Phone

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Lumia 330 Concept Phones are here!

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Some cool dude at PhoneDesigner has posted some interesting Lumia 330 pictures. Well, This comes after Satya Nadela of Microsoft announcing that he is halting Series40 / Asha  Phone development along with Nokia X. Series 40 phones and Asha phones are very popular in developing  countries like India. As these budget phones are saying goodbyes, it should make way for nothing-but-windows phones!

It is interesting to note, Nokia never used any Phone Model series starting with the digit 4.  That’s why we have Lumia 330.. And this is how it looks!

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Photo Courtesy: Phone Designer

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VH1 App now available on Windows Phone [India]

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Apparently there are two different versions of VH1 App on Windows Phone. The one which recently covered by WPcentral and the other one which I noticed today on my Windows Phone’s featured app list whose logo looks something like this

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Interestingly both apps are official ones. I am assuming Non US users would be familiar with the above VH1 logo ( as that of VH1 TV) . If you are in India you can download this version of VH1 on your windows phone from here. Here goes the screenshots

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Download VH1 app for windows phone [ India] .

Download VH1 app for windows phone [ US and others ] .

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Here is the preview of New Animated Lockscreen for Windows Phone 8.1

 

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Thanks to David Lorenzin who has uploaded new lockscreen preview video on youtube. The video shows how the upcoming lockscreens look like on windows phone 8.1 . The video showcases 3 different lockscreen themes

  • Classic
  • Clock plus
  • Stripe

Everything looks pretty interesting. 3 years back, say in December 2011, we had covered about free lockscreens available for windows phone 7 .  If you compare, there are significant changes from Windows Phone 7.  The new animated lockscreens looks classy. We are not sure if it supports something like pattern lock ( like Maze lock popular in Android ).  We hope this new animated lockscreen app hits the store as soon as possible for all range of windows phones running 8.1 .

 

Update: There is an app called Animated Lockscreen published by VenetaSoft which gives a good preview of how the lockscreen looks like on your windows phone 8.1 . Download the preview app from here . ( Yes , it works on 512 Mb RAM devices too! )

Inside the Video:

Classic Animated Lockscreen

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Clock Plus Animated Lockscreen

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Stripe Animated Lockscreen

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So far, which one did you like? Do comment!

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LG’s G3 now in India

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LG Electronics’ most eagerly awaited smartphone, the LG G3, was launched in a glittering function at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studio. As a Statesman, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan regaled all present bintroducing to them the various features of LG G3. Developed under the ‘Simple is the New Smart’ concept and the successor to the company’s well-received LG G2, the LG G3 is the amalgamation of its consumer research ‘Learning from You’ – an integral part of LG’s product development philosophy.

Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG Electronics India unveiling the LG G3 (Left to Right)

In India, the G3 comes with a price tag of Rs. 47,990 for the 16 GB version and Rs. 50,990 for 32 GB version and will be available in three colors.

In the cluttered, complex world of today, the G3 is the perfect blend of the latest innovative technology and simplified user experience underscoring LGs commitment to users and bringing to them the best in class products and devices. Globally, the G3 has witnessed exceptional traction and we expect the same in India,” said Soon Kwon, MD LG Electronics India. “With G3, LG has truly broken technological grounds and we aim to spearhead our vision of 10% smartphone market share by the end of 2014 for LG’s mobile division in India.” added Mr. Kwon.

 

LG will release 15,000 limited edition G3 smart phones with Signature of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in the Indian market and few lucky buyers will get the opportunity to actually meet with the legend.

 

Highlights of the new G3 include:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 538ppi with four times the resolution of HD and al-most two times higher resolution than a Full HD display
  • 13MP OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) camera with a revolutionary Laser Auto Focus that can shoot stunningly sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras
  • Polished metallic skin on the rear cover that is lightweight, fingerprint-proof and most of all, beautiful
  • Floating Arc form factor that feels incredibly comfortable in one hand and incorporates the innovative design heritage of the Rear Key
  • Redesigned graphic user interface (GUI) consistent with the Simple is the New Smart concept of the G3

 

The G3’s innovative streak harbors on three core technologies, Display, Camera and Design. The G3’s Quad HD Display has a pixel density of 538ppi that sets new viewing standards, producing sharper images with extreme clarity. At 5.5 inches, the G3’s display screen pans a ratio of 76.4% with slim bezels making it comfortable to hold in the hand. The 3,000mAh battery of the G3 has a longer lifespan courtesy the metal in the battery cathode being replaced by graphite. The Quad HD display’s ultra-high performance is due to an optimized battery that maximizes operability and efficiency.

 

The G3’s 13MP OIS+ Camera captures stunning imagery, acquired through the use of itsLaser Auto Focus, a first of its kind feature in any smart phone till date. This feature measures the distance between the camera and the subject using a laser beam to capture images. This simplified image capture process utilizes the tap of a finger to bring the subject into focus, simultaneously triggering the shutter. The G3’s 2.1 MP front camera incorporates new enhancements like a larger image sensor and larger aperture for more light input and better selfies. Gesture controls wherein a clenched fist gesture is recognized by the G3 and a 3 second countdown automatically begins, is an added feature. Video format shooting has superior sound quality with instinctive microphones that scan the ambient environment to detect optimal audio levels for the clearest recording. The built in 1W speaker with Boost Amp offers richer sounds and clearer tones.

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LG’s Design language is anchored in its Rear Key that includes newly designed power and volume buttons with premium quality materials and finish. The matte lined, fingerprint free metallic skin of the G3 is available in three vibrant colors, metallic black, silk white and shine gold. LG has incorporated a user interface with flat graphics that reflects its unique visual style and identity and a circular motif of graphic assets in the new UI.

 

The G3 is complemented by three Core UX Features, the Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice and Smart Security. The Smart Keyboard functions on adaptive technology that learns as you type for faster input and reduced errors. The height of the keyboard can be adjusted and individual keys can be customized with frequently used symbols. Smart Notice is a personal assistant that offers suggestions and recommendations based on user behavior, phone usage patterns and location based information and has natural language abilities. To secure confidential data, the G3 presents Smart Security like the Knock Code, LG’s patent feature that unlocks the device with the help of a knocking pattern, a personalized code set by the user that can be entered anywhere on screen. The Knock On feature wakes the screen and the Knock Code helps users enter the home screen. The G3’s Content Lock keeps personal files safe and hidden from view. The G3’s Kill Switch disables the smartphone remotely in the event of a theft. The G3 also includes anti-virus scanning and remote wipe and lock.

 

A host of premium accessories accompany the G3. The QuickCircle Case allows easy access from the QuickCircle window without opening the cover. The bluetooth stereo handset, Tone Infinim, delivers premium audio quality in a stylish design. Name Alertoffers verbal call notification. The Wireless Charger is compact and foldable and optimized for easy portability.

 

LG G3 is being launched with Rs. 15,000/- worth consumer offer from day one via Rs. 5,000/- discount on LG G Watch when bought along with G3 + Rs. 3,500/- worth QuickCircle Case Free with every G3 + One Time Screen replacement worth Rs. 6,500/-.

 

LG also unveiled G watch at this gala launch.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 (up to 2.5GHz Quad-Core)
  • Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)
  • Memory: 16/32GB eMMC ROM, 2/3GB DDR3 RAM / microSD slot (128GB max)
  • Camera: Rear 13.0MP with OIS+ and Laser Auto Focus / Front 2.1MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Size: 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 149g
  • Network:  LTE (4G) /  HSPA+ 21 Mbps (3G) /  EDGE (2G)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth Smart Ready (Apt-X), NFC,

SlimPort, A-GPS/Glonass, USB 2.0

  • Color: Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red
  • Other: Smart Keyboard, Smart Notice, Knock CodeTM , Guest Mode, etc

Key Specifications: G WATCH

  •  Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor
  •  Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280)
  •  Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
  •  Battery: 400mAh
  •  Operating System: Android Wear (compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
  •  Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm
  •  Weight: 63g
  •  Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
  •  Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)
  •  Color: White Gold/ Black Titan
  •  Others: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

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Update Status to all Social Networks at once on Windows Phone 8.1 (Cyan)

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The new windows phone 8.1 comes with over 100 plus features compared to Windows Phone 8. Some of the notable features are Action Center, Transparent tiles, Cortana and improved social integration.  However people who are used to Windows Phone 8 might be finding little hard to update their social network status’ on 8.1.

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Primary reason being, The Windows Phone 8.1 doesn’t provide a native support for facebook and other primary social sites.  Because of constantly changing features in facebook / others , Windows phone has chosen not to pre-build a third party service for longitivity  reasons.  Instead windows phone 8.1 has opened doors for something called social extensibility framework where a third party apps can write their custom interface which integrates deeply into Me tile ( Popular in windows phone) .

If you are primarily looking for updating status at 1 shot.. There are few helpful apps which integrates all social networking sites at one place. So that you can link all your social accounts and use that as your default “Status update app”  ( Which you can configure from Settings in Me tile) ..

Here are those useful apps:

1. Unishare

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Download Unishare from windows phone store.

2.Multishare

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Download Multishare from windows phone store.

3.Sharit

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Hope this helps. If you find more such social apps do let me know. Do comment 🙂

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Apple iOS version 5.1.1 patches serious iOS Security Bugs

Apple came with an iOS update this Monday and have urged its all iOS users to update their devices immediately. The iOS 5.1.1 patch fixes 3 serious security issues found in the existing devices, mostly browser based bugs.

According to Apples website, the updated iOS  version 5.1.1 will work on iPhone 3GS, iPhon 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (3rd generation and later), as well as the iPad, iPad 2, and new iPad, the problem with this devices is that screens sometimes crack after little accidents so is necessary to get iPhone cracked Screen replacements.

However,  jailbroken devices  can also update to iOS 5.1.1 excluding newer devices like iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, and the iPad which came after the iPad 2.

One address bar spoofing bug and 2 webkit browser based bugs are addressed in this security update, since many people are already upset that their phones doesn’t work as they should and have taken them to repair services as iFix iBuy to try to fix this problem.

Of course, if you’re on an Android device you probably dont care much for this update, but do take a minute to consider if your phone or tablet is safe and secure. Google also pushes updates on its firmware, but not as much as Apple. So if you are interested in a more secure device, you might want to Buy Apple iPhone 4s.

Iris – Now you can chat with android !

Recently Apple launched iOS5. The main feature that caught everyone’s mind was Siri. Siri is a personal assistant application for iOS. The application uses natural language processing to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions.

There was a huge uproar that this is the reason Android can never compete with Apple’s products. However, Dextera, the android developmental team managed to make a prototype of a personal assistant in just 8 hours! Here’s a video demonstration by XdaDevelopers:

Although still in developmental process, Iris proved a point. What took Apple a really long time to develop took Android just 8 hours. This was due to the expertise in google, existence of voice recognition software that was open sourced, and inspiration from the already launched siri.

The new Iris app is now available on the Android Market. Download it and try it out. The best part with Iris is that you can play around with it and have fun. Its not just something that’ll simplify your life but also make it more enjoyable.

Summing up: Iris is

  • Personal assistant for android
  • Developed by Dextera
  • First prototype was made in 8 hours
  • Understands everything you say(try it out, even misuses and abuses are understood)
  • More fun to use than Siri
  • Now on the Android Market

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“Touch Meets Type” – The New Blackberry Bold 9900 Commercial

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Blackberry Bold 9900 is out with brand new Blackberry 7.0 OS. The New blackberry bold 9900 stands out of the box by offering “Touch and Type” facility for its users.

The brand new TV commercial which got launched recently says it all..

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