LG finally introduced its first curved display smartphone in India, the G Flex, at an event in New Delhi. Indian consumers will have to wait till next year to get their hands on the device, as theG Flex will be available in India only in February 2014.
The biggest perceived advantage of the G Flex’s curve in our limited period usage, is while talking on the device - the design definitely better hugs your face, much like an old landline phone. In terms of gripping, the curve also helps to comfortably hold the device, but the rear is made of plastic, so it can also slip out during long usage.
When compared to some of its close competitors like htc one max and the samsung galaxy mega 6.3, the G Flex (160.5x81.6x8.7mm) is better to hold and move around thanks to the curve design.
Next big thing which is very much noticeable in the G Flex is its size, the 6-inch display does puts it in the phablet category and does looks like a large device in hands. Notably, we were unable to easily use the G Flex with one hand, as we found it difficult to stretch our thumb across the device. When talking about phablets, we still believe that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 (151.2x79.2x8.3mm) and Sony’sXperia Z Ultra (179.4x92.2x6.5mm) were better in terms of daily usage because of a more lightweight and sleeker profile.
At the event, we were told that the G Flex can actually ‘flex’ until it’s totally flat, and one of the company representatives even claimed that the South Korean manufacturer has tested the flexibility of the G Flex up to 100 times with about 40 kilograms of weight putting on the device without damaging the G Flex’s screen. Let’s say in the case, when accidentally sitting on the G Flex.
Following closely on the lines of LG’s current flagship smartphone, the LG G2, G Flex also features rear physical keys for power and volume controls. LG has equipped the LED light on the rear power key which comes handy for notifications and while taking a selfie. The keys are metallic and offer good tactile feedback, very much like the LG G2. The volume-up button also doubles up as a shortcut key to launch the Quickmemo app on long press and the volume-down button acts as a camera shortcut key on long press when the phone is locked.
The G Flex also includes a number of ports around the edges including the 3.5mm audio jack and the charging port that sits at the bottom panel, while the micro-SIM card slot sits at the left panel of the G Flex. The rear panel includes the primary 13-megapixel camera with an LED flash, which is accompanied by an IR Blaster.
It would be unfair to end the design part without talking about G Flex’s self-healing back that has been creating a buzz worldwide.
Coming to the hardware of the G Flex, it is powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, and 2GB of RAM. The G Flex easily handled multitasking with ease, and the apps opened and closed instantaneously. Performance wise, the G Flex fared well in our limited testing.
The G Flex sports a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. During our usage, the camera app opened instantly and did click at good speed without any shutter lag. The G Flex is powered by a 3,500mAh battery and weighs 177 grams. The LG G Flex comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, which is non-expandable.
The LG G Flex runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which is a disappointment as we expected LG to ship Android 4.3, the most recent iteration of the OS with the phone. However, with LG finally revealing plans for rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the flagship smartphone, the G2, we expect that the G Flex will also get the KitKat treatment soon.
On the software department, the G Flex borrows many things from the G2. The company has added the same LG G2 UI layer on top of the G Flex, majorly changing the look and feel of the interface and enabling users to customise the phone according to their liking.
The LG G Flex also features the KnockON, which is LG’s version of double tap to unlock and even lock the smartphone.
Other features on the G Flex include Slide Aside which is a way to multitask by moving between three apps at once via a three-finger swipe gesture; Guest mode, which allows you to create a guest mode with pre-selected apps for times when your friends or family want to use your phone; Dual Window, which divides the screen into two panels for multitasking and QuickTheatre that gives direct access to gallery, videos and YouTube icons.
Lenovo has expanded its S range with the introduction of new mid-range smartphones, the Lenovo S650 andLenovo S930. The Chinese manufacturer announced the new S series smartphones in Russia, and also revealed the prices for the new phones, although it has not detailed the global availability of the Lenovo S650 and Lenovo S930 smartphones.
The Lenovo S650 will be available at 11,990 Russian rubles (Rs. 22,600 approximately), while the Lenovo S930 will be available at 13990 Russian rubles (Rs. 26,500 approximately).
The Lenovo S650 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is a dual-SIM device with support for GSM+GSM. It comes with a 4.7-inch qHD (540x960) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with 1GB of RAM. There is 8GB of inbuilt storage which can be expanded via microSD, though there is no word on the maximum storage supported. There is 2000mAh battery onboard, and the phone measures 138x69.8x8.7mm, while weighing 126 grams. Unfortunately, there is no word on the main camera and front camera.
The Lenovo S930 on the other hand is an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) phablet and features a 6-inch HD (720x1280) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with Mali-400 MP and 1GB of RAM. The Lenovo S930 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and also includes a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera. The phablet includes 8GB of inbuilt storage, and support expandable storage (unspecified maximum storage). It packs a 3000mAh battery and weighs 170 grams. It comes with dimensions 170x86x8.65mm.
In November, Lenovo expanded its Vibe smartphone line-up and announced the Vibe Z in China.
The Lenovo Vibe Z is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the same processor found on flagship devices such as Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1. The Vibe Z comes with 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD display and is a dual-SIM device. The phablet sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and dual-LED flash. It also includes a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
Sony has announced new USB flash drive,which are specially made for Android smartphone and tablet users. This new flash drives are compatible with Android devices that comes with USB OTG support and run on Android version 4.0.3 or above.
The new flash drives will be available in 8, 16, and 32GB storage options with price starting $19.99 in the United States. Flash drives will go on sale in US from next month , but we dont know when they will reach our shore.
Now you can tweet back on a missed call, and view if a number is connected to Twitter through reverse number search and incoming calls. Truecaller has partnered with the social networking site Twitter in India. This will allow users to be able to see if a number is connected with a Twitter account, and have the ability to tweet or follow a person directly through the Truecaller app. This represents the first time that Twitter content can be accessed in this way, leading to a more robust social experience for millions of users.
“Our partnership with Twitter will begin in India, allowing Indian users to be able to see if a number is connected with a Twitter account, and have the ability to tweet or follow a person directly through the Truecaller app. This represents the first time that Twitter content can be accessed in this way, leading to a more robust social experience for millions of users” Truecaller said in an official blog.
What you think about this new feature? Did you like it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
Not every reader is a purist. With a wide range of choices out there for bookworms, they can, as the saying goes, “eat their cake, and have it too.” Increasingly though, the dedicated ereader has taken a backseat to the more complex and heavy duty tablets on the market that are becoming closer in function to portable laptops.
Typically, you have two camps: those who aren’t too picky about how they read books and magazines, and those who prefer a reading experience closer to paper. Here are some popular devices for your favorite “E-reader” this holiday season.
The Nook GlowLight:Once upon a time there was something called E-ink, and essentially, it was going to revolutionize the way people read ebooks. Known for its deep grays and blacks, E-ink mimics the reading experience on paper (using natural light). You used to have to light them with tiny lamps that attached to the device, but Barnes & Noble, the makers behind the Nook, got clever. They finally added a lighting option. For those users preferring natural lighting to read ebooks, the original Nook Simple Touch is still available.
Kindle Paperwhite:Another device that uses a backlighting that won’t strain your eyes is the Kindle Paperwhite, which has the advantage of using Amazon’s ecosystem. Additionally, it’s had a ton of great reviews. As a rule of thumb, if your friend or family member has purchased most of their digital media from Amazon, the Kindle Paperwhite should be a perfect fit.
Kobo Glo: Kobo, as a brand, touts the freedom of the user. Unlike Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s Kobo Glo doesn’t lock you into one ecosystem. So long as the books you load onto it are DRM (digital rights management) free, you can put whatever you’d like on your Kobo Glo. Like the Nook and Kindle, it’s great for reading in the dark. Though not as sexy, or ubiquitous as the other two, the Kobo Glo is certainly a contender.
Kindle Fire HDX:Back in 2011, Amazon unveiled its first real foray into the tablet wars with the original Kindle Fire. It provided full access to the Amazon ecosystem, which means books, games, music and video, all on the same device. Not only does the new Kindle Fire HDX boast a high definition screen, and act as a wonderful multimedia device, it still has access to the largest ebook catalogue in the world, and that’s something to consider. Like the iPad, the Kindle Fire HDX comes in several storage sizes, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. For many, it’s still a great bargain.
iPad Mini: This Apple product has continued to grow in popularity, and has plenty of news apps available in the Apple App Store. It’s fairly inexpensive as well, so there’s no need to get an unsecured business cash advance to be able to afford it. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from with an iPad Mini. It’s smaller than the original iPad and yet has all the same capabilities. You can download Kindle, Kobo, and Nook apps as well. So long as your favorite bookworm isn’t completely devoted to the idea of eInk, the iPad Mini can carry all three ecosystems in convenient apps officially from those companies.
After launching Transformer Book Trio in June , Asus has now launched it in India for Rs 98,099 and will be available across the country starting later this month.
The Transformer Book Trio does it all. Runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Windows 8, and even can be your desktop PC if you’d like. Power-wise, the ability to switch between OSes is supplemented with multiple batteries.The Book Trio is seen sporting a 33Wh cell as well as a 19Wh one. Storage-wise, the Book Trio offers 750GB HDD, which is placed inside the dock as well as 64GB of flash storage, which is found inside the tablet itself.
It certainly won’t be cheap, but if this can eliminate one or more of our devices we carry around daily it could be somewhat successful. There’s a lot of technology packed into one (or two) devices here, so lets dig into the specifics. This 11.6-inch 1080p device runs Windows 8 and Android simultaneously and can switch between the two instantly. No waiting for each different OS to boot.
The dual OS feature is especially useful because users not only get different interfaces, but also have access to different apps and app stores. And with the Google Play Store providing more than 7, 00,000 apps, this is a definitely a plus point.
The PC station dock comes in with its own 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor and keypad, and allows users to use an external display when the tablet display is detached to function as a standalone desktop PC. The dock also serves as a charging base for the tablet, which has a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 chip inside to run Android Jelly Bean. This brings out one crucial point – you cannot switch between the two OS when on the move. Once detached, the tablet will only be able to run Anroid Jelly Bean.
The latest iteration in Rovio Entertainment’s popular series of Angry Birds games called Angry Birds Go! is now available on leading mobile platforms. The game is Rovio’s first major free-to-play Angry Birds title and the first time players get to see the Angry Birds world in 3D as they race through Piggy Island.
In Angry Birds Go! players can jump behind the wheel of a downhill kart and race as Red, Chuck, Stella, King Pig, and other characters from the Angry Birds universe. The game features over 50 different soapbox karts and a selection of tracks ranging from canyons to speedways and stunt roads to air courses.
"Angry Birds Go! is our first major free-to-play Angry Birds game, and while we’re super excited to step into this new territory, we’re also staying true to our roots," said Jami Laes, the Executive Vice President of Games at Rovio Entertainment. “As with every previous Angry Birds game, there’s lots of free content and we have great new updates already planned - including the eagerly awaited arrival of multiplayer.”
Though the game is free to download, Rovio is offering in-app purchases to enhance the gaming experience for those willing to shell out the bucks.
"We do offer some really awesome premium content for fans who want a bit more, but we’ve designed the game so that you don’t have to pay to have a great time,”
We have heard several times about Nokia making a Android smartphone, But know a recent report from The Vergestates that Nokia is working on a smartphone code-named “ Normandy “. Normandy will be Nokia’s entry-level Android phone running a forked version (like Amazon) of Android. Back n November @evleaks had leaked the photo of the Normandy, which has now been confirmed by BGR India. The Verge, reports that Normandy supports Android applications like Skype, and other popular apps. Nokia has been developing the Android-powered phone despite Microsoft’s plans to acquire the company’s handset business. It is still unclear whether Nokia will release the handset before the Microsoft deal is finalized, or whether Microsoft will continue with the plans for the device. The Normandy would fill in the gap between low cost Asha mobiles and Lumia Devices. BGR India also states that the announcement of this smartphone will be at the Mobile World Congress 2014.
Qualcomm Announces The Snapdragon 410 ,
Brings 64 - Bit Processing And LTE To
‘ Emerging Regions ’ http://bit.ly/1e3rtur
We ’ ve known 64 - bit processors have been coming to smartphones for some time now , thanks to the release of the iPhone 5 S with its partially Samsung- made 64 - bit processor , and today, Qualcomm has fulfilled that prophecy , though it might not be the processor you were expecting . I ’ m sure most of us expected Qualcomm ’ s first 64 - bit processor to be a Snapdragon over - 9000 featuring world- ending processing power, however , Qualcomm has actually announced the Snapdragon 410, an update to its low - end processor , the Snapdragon 400. Its aim is not only to bring 64 - bit processing to the smartphone ( and by extension, Android) world, but also to provide LTE support to ‘ emerging regions’ . While this will likely remain Qualcomm ’ s low - end processor , expected to be in phones costing around $ 150 USD , it does bring a whole suite of improvements which make it a scintillating addition to its lineup. The Snapdragon 410 will use an Adreno 306 GPU for improved graphics and will also allow 1080 p video playback as well as supporting cameras up to 13 - megapixel . Judging by how impressive the Motorola Moto G was with just a Snapdragon 400, the Snapdragon 410 could change the low - end smartphone landscape when it is eventually launched . What do you think about the introduction of 64 - bit processors ? Let us know in the comments