Samsung Galaxy S4 Benchmark Results 2014

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We can say that Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the best smartphones delivered in 2013 and there is no doubt that it will be popular. Quite similar to previous generations of Galaxy smartphone flagships this one will also bring great sale results to the company and it is interesting to see how it will go on benchmarks.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip clocked at 1.9GHz with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 graphics processing unit (GPU). There are other handsets hitting the market with this chip (though few of them clocked as high as 1.9GHz), including the HTC One, Asus Padfone Infinity and LG’s Optimus G Pro (though this isn’t available in the UK yet).
According to the benchmarks the Samsung Galaxy S4 outperforms most of these and the vast majority of other Android phones. However, it’s interesting to note that the HTC One, which clocks in at 1.7GHz, actually scored higher in some tests – notably Quadrant.

Still, generally speaking it is without a doubt one of the fastest phones around and should deliver like-for-like performance with the HTC One and other Snapdragon 600 rivals, which are sitting pretty at the top of the high-performance pile at present.
The Galaxy S4 is a 4G capable phone and testing the modem chip in SpeedTest showed a fast ping of 47 milliseconds, a download speed of 18.73 megabits per second and an upload speed of 17.56 megabits per second. This is very good by home broadband standards, showing 4G has the capability to deliver a wireless mobile internet experience on a par with hard-wired solutions.
As well as general performance the Galaxy2014 S4 is looking like a good prospect for gaming, not least because of the huge, crystal clear display, but also as 3DMark, a gaming benchmark suite, cited the Galaxy20 S4 as ‘one of the most powerful devices around.You can expect to get very fast,fluid gaming from Samsung’s latest flagship.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Benchmark Results

Sony Xperia A SO-04E pictures leak of FCC


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We expect some new Sony Xperia handsets to launch within the next week in Japan. However, it looks like the FCC got the jump on the official announcement by publishing pictures of the SO-04E, codenamed ‘Dogo’ and heading to NTT DoCoMo. This particular model will be called the Xperia A, confirmed by DoCoMo user manual.
The handset resembles a chunkier version of the Xperia Z, albeit with non-glass back and removable 2300mAh battery. It will have a 5-inch 1080p display, 16GB storage, 2GB RAM and a 13MP Exmor RS camera and 2.2MP front camera. The Xperia2014 A will have dimensions of 139 x 71 x 7.9mm and will weigh 146g. We don’t know whether the chipset has been updated to the latest Qualcomm S600, but it shouldn’t be too long to find out now.

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Xperia Z getting closer for C6606/C6616 Variant

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The Sony Xperia Z (C660X) may be getting closer to a launch on T-Mobile US as firmware has been certified by the PTCRB website for the C6606/C6616 variant. We expect that this model(s) will have the necessary LTE support for North America.
The C6606 SKU would most likely support LTE bands 1, 2, 4, 5 and 17. We don’t know whether the C6616 model is a different model altogether, however given the single listing on PTCRB, there may be a slight tweak to the frequency band support. Hopefully, we’ll hear some 
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HTC One Red Spotted

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If we could choose the best looking device we think that HTC One would take at least one of the highest places. When this device was presented we were able to see it shortly in red color but images of that version were immediately removed and we have received Stealth Black and Glacier White color for the body of this flagship. There is no doubt that the red HTC One looked great and it seams that soon we might receive it.
Now it seems that the red device wasn’t just a smartphone myth and even better, it will be available in the UK. A listing spotted on retail site Handtec shows the HTC One in red available for the princely sum to £503.99 – however the company doesn’t appear to actually have any in stock just yet.

Anyone wishing to get their mitts on the red model can register for updates but there aren’t any clues available on how long you might have to wait, nor what the vibrant shade of red might be called.
The HTC One has been knocking reviews out of the park since it was released earlier this month, giving manufacturer HTC a much-needed shot in the arm during a period of particularly heavy fiscal turbulence, and introducing new colour options for the already highly regarded smartphone is likely to increase its appear in further.
Whether or not HTC has any plans to introduce further colours for its flagship remains to be seen, but when you have a device that’s already close to perfect, improving its aesthetic is always a good option.
Here is the latest update on this subject:
The red HTC One has now been removed from Handtec’s site, but we’re sure we’ll be seeing it again soon!

New LG Optimus G smartphone on May 30

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LG has a big announcement to make and May 30 is when we'll learn what it's all about! What you see here is a press invitation that the Korean company is now sending, with a picture of what appears to be a smartphone looked at from the side. Yeah, there's a butterfly wing sticking out of it as well, presumably placed there to make the invitation look prettier. Or could it actually be interpreted as a hint of some kind?

The colorful detail seen above may indicate that LG will introduce some next-gen screen technology, according to speculations. The company has been recently trying to promote the IPS-LCD screens used in its smartphones, so that presumption isn't quite as wild as it seems. 

As for the smartphone seen in the invitation, it design elements remind us of the LG Optimus G Pro, although it could be a new, visually similar model. The rumored LG Optimus G2, perhaps? Or will it be this mysterious LG smartphone that leaked not long ago? We can only guess. All we know is that the phone bound to be unveiled at the event will be a member of the LG Optimus G series, scheduled to launch in Asian markets first. That last detail there might explain why the announcement will take place in Macau.

What do you, guys, think? What will LG announce on May 30? Let us know down in the comments!

Samsung Galaxy S4 software features ?

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

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

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

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

  • You can scroll up/down via air gestures, but not left/right in the browser: This one totally blows my mind! Yes, it’s great that I can eat a footlong sandwich while having the option to scroll up/down in the stock browser without having a crumb hitting it, but what’s preventing them for enabling us to scroll left/right? Oh wait, doing that permits me to move between any opened tabs! To tell you the truth, it would’ve been more useful if they just simply replaced that in favor of scrolling horizontally.

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

  • Not enough third party app support: As much as I love to show some magic hand waving tricks to random people interested in seeing the Galaxy S4, it would’ve been nice to see support for air gestures in other third party apps. Still, considering how quickly Sammy was able to expand its support of apps for its multi-window feature, we hope it’s only a matter of time before the same happens with air gestures.

  • We like to blink and look away at times, so smart pause can be bothersome at times: I have this involuntary condition where I like to blink normally, or even look away briefly – like any other normal human being. However, if you have the smart pause feature on, you’ll need to constantly have your eyes affixed on the screen so the video you’re watching doesn’t spaz out every few seconds. Instead, it would’ve been nice if there were some kind of leeway before it triggers – then again, at least we can deactivate it entirely.
  • Smart Scroll is nice, but again, there’s no scrolling left/right: So far, people have been mostly impressed by the S4’s Smart Scroll feature – the one that relies on eye tracking to scroll in the web browser vertically. However, the surrounding lighting conditions can hamper its operation. Now, the thing that people don’t see when I show off the feature, is that I’m slightly tilting the phone forward/back to get it to function fully. If it can track my eyes up/down, then why is it that it can’t track it left/right? This, I ponder many nights in bed.

  • I want to get fit, but I need more than the phone & S Health: In its attempt to monitor our daily lives, Samsung introduced S Health with the Galaxy S4 – the one stop-shop for all your health tracking needs. As a fitness fanatic myself, I really appreciate that Sammy is tackling this new category head-on, but there’s just so much that the smartphone can do all by itself. Tracking how many steps I take is wonderful, but you’ll need to carry along a heart rate monitor in order to get an accurate calorie burn number. Well, at least they’re coming out with an assortment of accessories in the near future to give those who need precise counts.
Seriously people, that’s just a few of the things that popped up the more I played around with the Galaxy S4. Perhaps I’m just being too picky right now, but the execution of some of the new features seem a bit arcane – it kind of reminds me of scrolling in Pocket Internet Browser on the resistive touchscreen of a Windows Mobile Phone. For the moment, it might not seem as intuitive or responsive, but technology has this affinity for constant improvement, so we’re crossing our fingers for the best. When it comes down to it, though, the extensive list of features on the Galaxy S4 might seem overwhelming, but hey, they’re at least well ahead of the curve in this department. Who doesn’t want more features on a phone? Ultimately, I harken back to the question I posed at the beginning: Are these new software features ahead of the game or gimmicky?

LG Might Launch Android Tablet Later This Year

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It seams that LG Android Tablet might be delivered to the market by the end of Q3 of 2013. All the way back in 2011 LG delivered Optimus Pad tablet device and it offered decent specs in all segments like display, processor, software, 3D video capturing and similar and it seams that this might be another shoot of this company on this market.
High price of the LG Optimus Pad hurt its sales globally. As a result, it failed to make an impact on the tablet market dominated by the Apple iPad, which is probably why LG didn’t even bother to release a successor to the Optimus Pad.
However, LG may be getting ready for a comeback on the tablet market, according to Korean media. In fact, the company may be working on a new LG tablet scheduled to launch before the end of Q3, 2013. Details are scarce at this time, as much as we wish it wasn’t so. Media reports don’t even mention what OS the rumored device will run, but our intuition tells us that LG will pick Android as the platform for its upcoming slate. Whether it will come in one size only, or LG will make multiple variants of its tablet is not known.
The tablet market is still dominated by Apple as its iPad lineup holds almost 40% of the market share. Samsung holds the second place with about 18% of the market, followed by Asus and Amazon with 5.5% and 3.7% respectively. Will LG manage to grab a piece of the pie with a tablet offering of its own? Only time will tell, folks.
We were able to see few other cell phone manufacturers trying to compete on the tablet market but they also failed. It is a pretty hard competition and both Samsung and Apple deliver great devices that are dominant on the market while few other companies manage to get a small share as we stated above.

Pantech Perception 2014

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Pantech Perception is the latest addition to the lineup of this cell phone maker. Smartphones from this company are well known with their mid range hardware and the quite budget friendly price tag at which they are delivered to the market.
Perception has been updated with a larger 4.8” Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and an 8MP camera, while maintaining a 2-year contract price of $99.99. While this is a good price-point for consumers, other higher-end phones that came out last year can now be purchased for around the same price, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III ($99.99) and the Motorola DROID RAZR HD ($49.99), which makes the price of the Pantech Perception appear not as attractive.
Included in the retail package is the Pantech Perception smartphone, 2020mAh battery, wall charger with microUSB cable, and user guides.
Design:
Even though the Pantech Perception is slightly larger overall than the Samsung Galaxy S III, its corners and edges are more square and not as rounded, making it feel less comfortable in the hand when held for long periods of time. However, the overall appearance of the materials used on the Perception gives the device an attractive look, and we appreciate that the rear battery cover is matte and slightly textured, instead of being glossy and slippery.
Above the display is a standard 2MP camera, while on the left side is the volume rocker, and on the right is the power/lock key, which are easy to find since they are raised and slightly rounded from the surrounding edges. Up on top is a 3.5mm headset jack and an out-of-place microUSB port, as we believe having it near the bottom of the device would make more sense. Around on the back is the 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash, and removing the battery cover will allow access to the microSD memory card slot and 4G SIM slot.
Display:
We are glad to see that the Perception comes with a nice sized 4.8” Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 720×1280. As to be expected with Super AMOLD screens, colors are fully saturated with black-levels being pure. Text is also sharp and clear. But when used in direct sunlight, we found the screen is quite hard and hard to view.
One thing to be mindful of is that since the Perception lacks capacitive control buttons under the display, it uses on-screen soft keys, similar to the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, which does take away some of the display’s real estate (about 0.30”). Some people prefer the on-screen keys, while others like dedicated capacitive buttons – as it comes down to personal preference.
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With that in mind, the Pantech Perception uses a layered skin over Android, similar to what we saw last year on the Pantech Marauder. There is both a standard mode and a starter mode, depending on how comfortable you are using the device, as the starter mode has larger icons and text and quick tips to walk you through different features. The app drawer can also be changed to view your apps by different groups, alphabetically, or by downloads. There is also a nice selection of widgets, such shortcuts, calendars, clocks, photo albums, and weather.
Missing are any type of themes, which we usually see on LG and HTC devices, but you can select 3 different colors (white, green, or black) for use with the phone’s dialpad.
Naturally, the Pantech Perception does well with the included Android core apps, such as E-Mail and Gmail, contacts, and calendar. A few other apps included are Color for Facebook, Document Viewer, IMDb, NFL mobile, Real Racing 2, Shark Dash, Slacker, Verizon Tones, VZ Navigator, and Zappos.
Processor and Memory:
Running things on the Pantech Perception is a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor with 1GB of RAM. This allows the device to be plenty quick when opening apps, and there is no noticeable lag when moving between the home screens.
As you can see from the benchmark tests, the Perception does well compared to other dual-core phones, such as the LG Lucid 2, Motorola DROID RAZR M, and Samsung Galaxy S III.
We are glad to see that the Perception comes with 16GB of internal memory, though only 9.6GB is left available for use out of the box. But if you happen to need more room, you can always install a microSD memory card up to 32GB.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Perception comes equipped with a standard web browser, though you can install Chrome or Dolphin if you desire. It renders pages just fine, with kinetic scrolling and pinch-to-zoom working without a hitch.
Since the device makes use of Verizon’s 4G LTE data network, we used the Speedtest.net app and were able to get 15 Mbps downloads and 5 Mbps uploads, with a signal reception of -102dBm. Naturally, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 is supported. We were also glad to see that the Perception comes with Global Roaming capabilities, for use with GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and UMTS/HSPA 900/2100 MHz while overseas.
Call Quality:
The voice quality while using the Pantech Perception is a mixed bag. Even though voices on our end were plenty loud, they sounded “sharp and digital” instead of sounding natural. People that we called also said that we sounded more digital on their end, and they could easily tell we were using a cell phone. The 1X signal was a bit below average with only -98dBm of signal reception showing.
Battery:
Even though the 2020mAh battery on the Pantech Perception is larger in capacity than the one that came with the Pantech Breakout and Marauder, it is still a bit less than we would like to see. The specs says it can provide up to 11 hours of usage time or 11 days of standby time, but during our testing we were only able to get 8.5 hours of continuous talk time, or about 1 day of mixed usage on a full charge – meaning you’ll have to charge the device nightly.
Conclusion:
If we were back in January, the Pantech Perception would be a halfway decent mid-level smartphone for the price. But as we mentioned earlier, with higher end devices from last year being discounted down to under $100 on-contract, it is really a tough sell for the Perception. Even though we like its 4.8” 720p Super AMOLED display, overall styling, and ease of use, the poor camera quality and digital-sounding call quality is holding it back – not to mention it comes running Android Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean. At this point, the Samsung Galaxy S III or Motorola DROID RAZR HD can be purchased for the same or less than the Perception, yet offer a higher quality device and experience.

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Xperia S Jelly Bean firmware6.2.B.0.200 certified

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Looks like the countdown has begun to the official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean firmware update for the Xperia S (LT26i). A new firmware version (6.2.B.0.200) has just been certified by the PTCRB, which is a slightly tweaked version of the leaked build that appeared at the end of April (6.2.B.0.197). Fingers crossed it will make an appearance by the end of this month.
Update: The Xperia acro S and Xperia SL Jelly Bean firmware has also been certified with the same firmware build (6.2.B.0.200). 
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New Sony Xperia models announced in Japan

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Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo will be holding its Summer showcase of new products on 15 May. If you head over to the site you’ll find a timer running down to the event. What this means is that within the next week we will most likely hear of new Sony Xperia products destined for the Japanese market. Interestingly, AU by KDDI is expected to hold a similar event a few days later on 20 May.
Previous rumours have pointed to the possibility of the Xperia A (SO-04E) launching on DoCoMo and the Xperia UL (SOL22) on AU. Also, we have traditionally seen new handsets being announced in Japan at this time. Last year saw the Xperia GX and Xperia SX being announced by DoCoMo. However, the formal Sony Mobile Japan announcement took place almost a week earlier, so we may hear news of new Sony Xperia handsets very soon.
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Hulu Plus now available on Windows Phone 8

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It was just a couple weeks ago when we caught wind of Hulu developing a Windows Phone application for its subscription service, Hulu Plus.

A Hulu Plus subscription costs $7.99 per month, which pits the service in square competition with Netflix. However, Hulu has the advantage of carrying current season TV programs, albeit with advertisements included.

The ads may be a turn off to some, but for others, they want to see their favorite programs right now. The Hulu Plus app satiates such appetites by allowing you to view your content over Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G with no limits to what you can stream (except as may be determined by your data plan of course). The Windows Phone app takes advantage of Live Tiles, providing updates to your home screen.

If you are a fan of Hulu Plus and have been waiting (im)patiently for an app to come to your Windows Phone 8 device, your wait is over. Check the source link to get to the app in the Windows Phone Store.
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Cool Samsung Galaxy S4 cases

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 might well beat the HTC One and challenge the Apple iPhone 5 to become the best selling smartphone this year, but with an uninspiring plastic build you might want to quickly cover it up in a case. Protecting it and hopefully beautifying it.

Good news is you have no shortage of options. The Galaxy S4 probably has the widest selection of cases, covers and accessories of any Android device out there. We have already shown you 10 awesome options for cases, but now as the S4 becomes available on carriers in the States and across the globe, it’s time to take another look at all the awesome garments for the Android heavyweight.

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Samsung announces Core coming this month

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Samsung simply loves to flood the market with its devices! Even if it already has a good number of models in a particular segment of the market, it'll just continue launching more and more just to make sure that the competition's offerings get lost in the sea of Samsungs.

OK, we don't know if that's really the strategy behind Samsung's actions, but today's news from Seoul certainly doesn't refute it... The company has officially announced yet another Android smartphone, the Galaxy Core, and even though this model will not treat you to the very best of Android, it'll certainly deliver all the core goodies that the platform and Samsung can offer.

The Samsung Galaxy Core will be a low- to mid-range model with a 4.3" WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor (possibly a MediaTek or something like that), 5MP camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. One of its more interesting features is that it will come in a Dual SIM variant, where the two SIM card slots will be able to remain active simultaneously.

The Galaxy Core will come with the lovely TouchWiz Nature user interface and all of its useful features like Smart Stay, S Voice and Smart Alert, with the last one alerting you to missed calls and messages once you pick the phone up. Neat stuff!

Users who are willing to purchase the dual-SIM version of the Samsung Galaxy Core will be able to do so as soon as this month, while those who'd prefer the single-SIM variant will have to wait until July. The company hasn't announced the markets where the Galaxy Core is going to launch, but Europe and Asia are safe bets.

Gmail for iOS gets new update

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Gmail for iOS has received an update on Monday that allows it to work better with other Google related apps. After the update, users will be able to click on links for Chrome, Google Maps and YouTube directly inside Gmail and be whisked away to the iOS app for each of them, instead of getting sent to the mobile web. It might not be earth shattering, but it is a little convenience that might make your life a tad smoother. And if you'd rather be sent to the mobile web, the update thoughtfully includes a way to disable this new feature.

Another new feature that comes with the update now allows you to sign out of Gmail accounts individually. Gmail for iOS allows for 5 separate accounts that you can easily switch between. Before the update, ending the session on one account would automatically sign you off all of your other open accounts, a feature that thankfully has been removed.

The Gmail app for the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad is a free download from iTunes.

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LG 2014 Optimus G Pro

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Making its rounds across the big pond over in Korea, the true phablet device from LG is finally making its way over to our side of the world. Slated to arrive in stores starting on May 10th through AT&T for the 2-year contract price of $200, where it’s available for pre-order right now, the LG Optimus G Pro is undoubtedly the beefiest spec’d phablet on the block – beating out its highly esteemed rival in the Samsung Galaxy Note II in many key hardware categories. Regardless of that, LG’s offering seems poised to make a dent in the Note II’s strong grasp in the productivity market.

Display:

Well, considering that this is newer than the Galaxy Note II, the LG Optimus G Pro benefits from a higher resolution display. Specifically, it’s outfitted with a gorgeous looking 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display, which delivers an admirable pixel density of 401 ppi. There’s no arguing about its stunning detail, but better yet, its crisp looks is complemented by its rich color reproduction, strong viewing angles, and its sheer luminance. Outdoors, we’re still able to visibly see everything that’s on-screen thanks in part to its strong brightness output. Overall, the LG Optimus G Pro’s display shines to give the smartphone some much-needed attention.

Design:

Right away, the design will automatically draw comparisons to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. When they’re turned off, one would be hard pressed to definitively make out which one is which, seeing their designs are similar. Above all, the Optimus G Pro has a near identical flat home button. However, LG’s phablet is a smidgen narrower, which is nice on paper, but it’s still a wide device to hold in the hand. Taking some more design cues from the Optimus G from not too long ago, we like that there’s a cool looking pattern employed by its rear cover, which changes depending on the angle we look at it. With its glossy plastic casing, though, it tends to be a magnet for fingerprints and smudges. It’s not an original design, but we’re comforted by its decent construction.

Interface:

Hardly something new, the Optimus G Pro is running the same custom UI as before on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Love it or hate it, there’s still a ton of personalization found with this latest Optimus skin – such as having an ample selection of animation options with the home screen. With its size and all, the interface adheres to the needs to productivity buffs, as “QSlide apps” offer some needed multi-tasking elements to the experience. However, its selection is rather limited and pales in comparison to what’s offered by Sammy’s multi-window feature. In the camera department, LG’s dual recording mode allows you to simultaneously record video using the front and rear cameras – something that Sammy is really making a big deal with its latest TouchWiz experience on the Galaxy S4. And finally, there’s also a nifty QuickRemote app that’s accessible in the notifications panel, which turns the phone into a universal remote thanks to is built-in IR blaster. In the greater scheme of things, the Optimus skin has made considerable ground with the experience, but it doesn’t quite have the authoritative totality seen with Sammy’s experience.

Expectations:

Flaunting a price point of $200 right from the onset, the LG Optimus G Pro is in a good position right from the start. Despite its beefier specs, it just feels as though the smartphone is rather late to the market – even more when it’s been available overseas for some time now. Knowing that Sammy is in the works right now to deliver its latest model in the beloved Note series, we’d be a bit hesitant to pick up the LG Optimus G Pro at the moment. Nevertheless, if you really can’t wait and want something right now, this is an option that’s right for you.

WATCH LG Optimus G Pro hands-on

Xperia Z now sale at Sony Store USA

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The Sony Store US website is now selling the Xperia Z. However, before you get too excited, only the HSPA+ version (C6602) is on sale. The North American LTE SKU (C6606) is notably absent most probably as T-Mobile will be carrying it exclusively. All three colours are available (black, purple and white) and will set you back $629.99. However, it is worth noting that Amazon and Newegg both have it in stock for $599.99. In addition, Sony has dropped the price of the Xperia ZL (C6506), which supports North American LTE bands, from $759.99 to $629.99. Only the Red version is shipping right now, with both the black and white variants due later this month. Despite the price cut, Newegg is still cheaper at $609.99 and has all three colours in stock.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 already gets CyanogenMod 10.1

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For a time, it was unclear that CyanogenMod would even support the new Samsung Galaxy S4, but that's when Steve Kondik stepped in. Kondik founded CyanogenMod, and worked at Samsung for a while, leaving the company about one month ago. Kondik went back to CyanogenMod after leaving Samsung, and he has already finished the first nightly builds for some Galaxy S4 models.

Right now, the only variants of the S4 that is getting the nightlies of CyanogenMod 10.1 are the T-Mobile model (SGH-M919) and a Canadian variant (SGH-I337M), but Kondik says that as soon as the source code drops for other models, it should be pretty quick to put together nightlies for those as well. These first builds aren't perfect, but Kondik says it should be good enough to be your daily driver. And, the team is already getting to work on supporting hover gestures for the S4. 

The first nightlies have been posted, although they would be a bit tough to find if you didn't know where to look, because they aren't listed as "Samsung Galaxy S4" or even by the model number. The T-Mobile variant is listed as "jfltetmo" and the Canadian model as "jfltecan".

Acer offer 8.1 inch Windows 8 tablet ?

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During a press event in New York City on Friday, Acer released a series of tablets and laptops equipped with screens in the range of 11.6 to 15.6 inches. But what some Windows fans are demanding is a smaller tablet in the 7 to 8 inch range that would compete with the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini and the 7 inch low-priced Android tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Speaking of Amazon, a tablet that was not introduced at the NYC event, the Acer W3-810, was displayed on Amazon. This tablet features an 8.1 inch 1280 x 800 resolution display with a dual-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor under the hood. Inside the slate is 2GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. Both front and back cameras weigh in at 2MP and the tablet includes a microUSB 2.0 port and a micro HDMI port. Weighing in at 1.1 pounds, the battery provides 8 hours of use.

The tablet will apparently be priced at $379.99 (vs. $329 for the iPad mini), but its launch might not be imminent as the tablet has been removed from Amazon. We do know that the next update to Windows will allow it to support smaller displays and lower resolution screens, so hopefully the launch of the Acer W3-810 won't be too far away. Just the other day,we told you that the Microsoft Surface could be available with a 7.5 inch screen for $399 or less, but that model is not due until Q1 of 2014.

Lenovo P780 emerges in China

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As Lenovo’s Intel powered Ideaphone K900 is set to go on sale in China on May 6th, another device has made an appearance at a Lenovo event, the P780.

This device, all but certain to be a follow-up to the Lenovo P770, and will only be available in China has the distinction of getting some star appeal by NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant who has been promoting the Lenovo brand in China.

The P780 has apparently not been officially announced yet, and detailed specifications are not forthcoming, but it has a 5-inch display which will feature super-sensitive touch capability, like the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820.

The Lenovo P780 is also about 9.9 centimeters thick, while it does not set any records for being svelte, it is packing a super-sized 4,000mAh battery to keep the lights on. We have been able to see some nice looking hardware from Lenovo, unfortunately we have not seen any of these new smartphones work their way west.
Lenovo P780 emerges in China, promoted by NBA star Kobe Bryant

Nokia Lumia 928 appears on billboard

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Nokia, it seems, is so pleased with its new Lumia 928 handset that it doesn't care who knows about it, even though the device is yet to be officially launched.
We've seen several instances of leaked photos and specs in the last few weeks, but at least those were from 'so-called' insiders and not exactly supposed to be in the public domain.
However, This latest appearance on a public billboard, somewhere in the United States, really takes the cake.
If the picture is real (sent to MyNokiaBlog by a reader), and there's little reason to believe it's the work of a photoshop trickster, then the handset will boast "the best low-light smartphone camera."

New camera tech?

What this will entail, we're not exactly sure. Recent speculation had suggested there were not going to be too many changes from the current flagship Lumia 920 device.
With that in mind, it would be somewhat of a surprise if Nokia debuted some new camera tech with the handset, whenever it decides to officially launch the Lumia 928
The billboard also features the Verizon Wireless network logo, which ties in with speculation that it'll be an exclusive on that network in the United States. International availability remains a mystery at this point.
It is possible, of course, that the leaks are a deliberate ploy on Nokia's part. It'll face some stiff competition from the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and more, so it could be a subtle way of letting fans know its answer is on the way.

New BlackBerry 2014 - Z10 review

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RIM (now re-branded as Blackberry) embarked on a quest to save its ailing brand and restore its confidence back with its once loyal consumers two years back, with the announcement of its Blackberry 10 platform. After months of anticipation and several leaks later, the company released its BlackBerry 10-powered  handset - BlackBerry Z10. Being the first handset to run on BlackBerry 10, it would be a understatement to say that a lot is riding on this handset.
We got our hands on the handset to experience the platform and to answer the daunting question if BlackBerry Z10 will make BlackBerry matter again?
Design
BlackBerry Z10 brings a visual appeal and familiarity experienced by Android users in terms of its size which stands at 4.2-inch screen and touchscreen experience. In fact the iPhone users would also find similarities when it comes to the fundamental elements like the flat back and the front coupled with rounded corners. It is therefore no surprise that the device was instantly compared to iPhone when it was launched. The handset has a solid construction - containing a concoction of plastics, soft-touch rubber and brushed aluminum.  Blending in a fine, crisp and responsive screen, the button-free glass front is complimented with two-tone chassis along with a soft-grip rubber around the back for a firm hold.
On the top of the device, rests the power button and 3.5mm headphone jack with the volume rocker with a voice control button pushed gently in the middle. On the left side there are two ports namely the micro HDMI and microUSB port. Just above the display sits a in-call speaker and a front facing camera while at the bottom is a prominent touch sensitive BlackBerry Insignia. When you swipe up from the insignia, the device is unlocked even if the screens is off.
As we mentioned before, the BlackBerry Z10 is a button-less handset with most of the interactions happening via onscreen gestures and commands which is quite neat and adds to the Z10's styling. BlackBerry Z10 may not wow you with its innovative or cutting edge technology, but it is attractive and packs in tons of appeal.


Screen
The BlackBerry Z10 packs in a 1280 x 768 resolution, with 356 ppi, beating iPhone 5 at 355ppi. The resolution of 720p coupled with a smaller display brings out a perfectly sharp and rich viewing experience for users. The panel flaunts great quality, with pure whites and is quite bright, making texts pop up and bold - a clear win for the Z10's LCD display.
Keyboard
Blackberry and qwerty keyboard have been synonymous, but incidentally when the company decided to launch their first BB10 powered device they opted for a touch-screen phone. The company introduced their virtual keyboard with Z10 promising a unique experience. Once you start dabbling with the keyboard you are amazed by its fluidity and incredibility.
It is infact simply fantastic. Designed to accommodate all types of users – those with slim fingers and those with broader ones, the virtual keyboard has the keys reasonably well sized and spaced, allowing for both comfortable and accurate typing. It understands and learns your tendencies and intelligently predicts your text and even allows you to utilize multiple languages at once. In short this keyboard is the best in the business.

Specifications

Size 4.2
Resolution 1280 x 768 resolution, at 356 PPI
OS BlackBerry 10 OS
Processor Dual Core 1.5 GHz
RAM 2GB
Battery capacity 1800mAH removable battery
Talktime Up to 11 hours talk time (3G)
Standby Up to 17 days standby time
Camera resolution 8 megapixel auto-focus rear camera, 2 megapixel fixed-focus camer.

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New Sony C190X model number spotted

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Looks like Sony Mobile is testing another entry level handset as a new model number has been discovered. The Sony C1905 appeared on Picasaweb. The image’s EXIF data doesn’t give too much away, apart from the firmware build which is version number 15.1.A.1.0. Judging by the model number (C190X), we expect the handset will sit somewhere between the Xperia E (C150X) and the Xperia L (C210X). Sony doesn’t look like it is slowing down the number of phone releases anytime soon and seems well on its way to match last year’s number…
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Samsung acknowledges Galaxy S4 storage limitations

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Samsung may perhaps be riding on the highest of the charts because of all the success it's seen with the Galaxy S3 however it's been receiving quite an little bit of flak for the Galaxy S4, specially off late. the web is flooded with Galaxy S4 users whining regarding the dearth of internal storage on the sixteen GB version of the telephone set. Out of sixteen GB, solely regarding eight GB is obtainable to be used, because the rest is broken-backed up by Samsung's Touchwiz UI and alternative bloatware.

The complaints
are numerous then frequent that Samsung has had to take a seat up and brought note of them. tho' the school big has acknowledged the storage issue, it doesn't hint at any action it's going to go for rectify it.

Samsung spoke to Cnet
regarding the Galaxy S4'S storage drawback and explicit , 'For the Galaxy S4 16GB model, or so six.85GB occupies [the] system a part of internal memory, that is 1GB larger than that of the Galaxy S3, so as to supply [a] high resolution show and a lot of powerful options to our customers.' It went on to mention, 'To supply the final word mobile expertise to our users, Samsung provides [a] microSD slot on Galaxy S4 for extension of memory.'

Though
one amongst the differentiating options of the Galaxy S4 is its support for external memory enlargement, there ar limits to however helpful this kind of storage may be. tho' a microSD card will we have a tendency to accustomed store photos and videos, Samsung doesn't enable users to store apps on external memory. For apps then, solely slightly over eight GB of storage is obtainable on the sixteen GB Galaxy S4.

Samsung has
etched a distinct segment for itself in contrast to the other within the past year. it'll act, then, to handle problems like this one seriously if it needs to remain on the highest of the sport, given all the competition lurking within the wings.

Nokia Lumia 520 top Windows Phone in India

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Pre-orders for Nokia’s entry-level Windows Phone were a powerful indicator of success for the Lumia 520. Flipkart saw the Lumia 520 jump to runner-up marketing smartphone in only a few days.

Now,
supported the app knowledge that AdDuplex is seeing, the Nokia Lumia 520 is already the highest Windows Phone in Bharat, surpassing the capable Lumia 620 in but a month.

How did the Lumia 520 do it? Well its
worth purpose is clearly the most attraction. at first listed for ₹10,499 ($197), it's currently on the market on Flipkart for under ₹9,999 ($185). For the worth although, you get the total Windows Phone eight expertise, all the Nokia expertise applications and different nice options. whereas loaded with solely 8GB of storage, it supports microSD cards up to 64GB to produce quite enough space to store your goodies.

For less than $200 SIM free,
that's a compelling proposition and reinforces Nokia’s strategy to grab market share in developing markets with reasonable hardware that also delivers the Nokia expertise. That said, Nokia’s dominance with Windows Phone in Bharat is in line with its market share round the world.

TV now available for iPhone

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In the wake of the freshly released and hot selling iPhone for team magenta, T-Mobile has unleashed T-Mobile TV for iOS and it packs quite a number of popular networks and shows.

The best part is that customers can try it free for a whole month. The free content includes Fox News, AP News, ACC Digital Network, Campus Insiders and children’s programming. After the 30-day trial, there are a number of packages to choose from, just like the T-Mobile TV app for Android.

The Prime Pack runs $12.99 per month, and includes live and on-demand sports (ESPN, NBC, CBS), The Disney Channel, news (Fox, Fox Business, ABC, Bloomberg), as well as on-demand prime-time shows from the major networks.

Beyond that, there are premium packs you can subscribe to, T-Mobile TV en Espanol ($9.99), Playground (kids/family, $5.99), Life & Style (E!, TLC, Lifetime, etc. $7.99), The Urban Zone (BET, music videos, $5.99), and Crackle Movies ($6.99). Discounts are available if you opt to subscribe for 90 or 180 days.

Any iOS device running version 4.3 or later can use the free download, but it is optimized for the iPhone 5.