Friday, March 21, 2014

Oppo announces world's first 5.5 inch Quad HD smartphone 'Find 7'

Oppo Find 7 unveiled, boasts of world's first 5.5 inch Quad HD display and a quad-core snapdragon processor.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Oppo has officially announced its latest smartphone called the Find 7. The smartphone was unveiled at an event in China, and features a 5.5-inch Quad HD display with 2560x1440 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 538 ppi.

The Oppo Find 7 features a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It has 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card support. The Find 7 smartphone features a 13 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash. It is capable of recording 4K video and 720p slow-motion clips at 120fps. The smartphone comes with Super Zoom mode that takes 10 consecutive shots quickly, then automatically picks 4 best shots and merges them into a single 50 MP image. It also has a 5MP front-facing camera for video calling.

The Find 7 runs a custom firmware called Color OS based on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean). It has a unique "breathing" notification strip below the display that shows incoming calls, unread messages and email alerts. It has special MaxxAudio speakers and an app dubbed MaxxEq, to fine tune the audio. The Oppo Find 7 packs a 3000 mAh battery.
 Oppo has also announced a 5.5 inch 1080p display version of the smartphone as well. The device dubbed Oppo Find 7A has slightly downgraded specs and is powered by a Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot and packs a 2800 mAh battery. Rest of the specs including the camera remain the same as the ones on Find 7. The FHD Find 7A will be available across stores in China from tomorrow, while the QHD Find 7 will be launched from May or June this year.

Oppo also unveiled a smart wristband called the O-Band at the event. The band tracks your sleeping patterns, sends alerts for missed notifications and records fitness data. It also comes with an inbuilt vibration alarm.


Monday, March 17, 2014

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HTC One sales guide leaks online, more details emerge

After a spate of leaked images and videos of the All New HTC One over the past several weeks, a more detailed list of specifications of the smartphone has been revealed.
Details about HTC's next flagship smartphone, dubbed as the All New HTC One a.k.a HTC One Plus a.k.a HTC One 2, have once again hit the web. Unlike previous rumours and leaks, more and detailed specs of the smartphone have been revealed.

GSMArena in an exclusive report has published the full specifications of the smartphone from what appears to be a sales guide, revealing key details of the HTC One 2014. The guide also has the company's plan on how to market the device.

The smartphone measures 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm, which makes it slightly thicker than its competition. It weighs about 160g. Corroborating previous rumours and leaks, the smartphone has a 5-inch full HD display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and 2,600 mAh battery.

The smartphone has 16 GB of built-in storage (10GB of which will be user available and supports microSD for extra space.

The guide, however, does not reveal the rear camera resolution, but specs seems to be same as previous model - 1/3.0" size, f/2.0 aperture, 2┬Ám pixel size, etc. This suggests the smartphone may have same 4MP. According to the guide, the camera could capture 1080p video, not 4k as rumoured earlier. The front-facing camera will be 5MP. The smartphone also has a barometer, but doesn't feature FM Radio.

Earlier a leaked Telstra (a big Australian carrier) brochure leaked online, showcasing the phone's feature and confirming the "all new" name. According to the leak, the smartphone's duo camera enables user to choose the focus point and crate bokeh effects. The camera will also be capable of enabling 3D effects.

Check out below the leaked sales guide of the All New HTC One:
HTC One sales guide leaks online, more details emerge

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Clearview Clio: World's first and only transparent wireless speakers

Clearview Clio: World's first and only transparent wireless speakers
ClearView Audio has unveiled its Clio Bluetooth wireless speaker at CES 2014. The speakers boast of a unique "invisible" design that consists of an ultra-thin, arched acrylic glass transducer.

The Bluetooth speakers provide a cord and clutter free experience. The device has a Bluetooth front and center but on the back there is a line-in for any non Bluetooth devices. The speaker's design allows for it to output sound in multiple directions and has mute, volume up/down, and Bluetooth buttons on its side.
Clearview Clio: World's first and only transparent wireless speakers

ClearView speakers use a moving cone and membrane to produce sound, and has a setup that includes thin panel of acrylic glass and actuators. The actuators cause the glass to vibrate, that produces sound waves. The glass is freestanding and radiates sound evenly around the speaker. ClearView Audio also supports its patented "Edge Motion" audio system in the speaker, that pushes sound from the side of the device.

"ClearView Audio’s patented Edge Motion audio systems use a differentiating mechanical principal to generate sound. Instead of pushing from behind, like a traditional cone speaker does, Edge Motion-driven speakers actuate a thin membrane along the side in a manner that creates an extremely efficient, piston-like motion in front. The result is a speaker system which is thin and lightweight with the ability to produce a rich, full sound across the audio range." the official website states.
Clio is available for pre-order on the company's web site, with an expected shipping date in May. The device is available in three colors (Silver, Charcoal, or Dark Bronze) and costs $349.00

Clearview Clio: World's first and only transparent wireless speakers
Clio is available for pre-order on the company's web site, with an expected shipping date in May. The device is available in three colors (Silver, Charcoal, or Dark Bronze) and costs $349.00
 Source: Clearview Audio

Friday, March 14, 2014

Ubuntu smartphones to cost between $200 and $400

The first Ubuntu smartphones are expected to be shipped in autumn this year. Meizu and BQ will manufacture the first Ubuntu smartphones.
Ubuntu smartphones to cost between $200 and $400
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical which develops Ubuntu, has said that the smartphones running Ubuntu mobile operating systems "will come out in the mid-higher edge, so $200 to $400."

"We are going with the higher end because we want people who are looking for a very sharp, beautiful experience and because our ambition is to be selling the future PC, the future personal computing engine." Shuttleworth said while speaking at Cebit, which is the world's largest and most international computer expo.

Canonical expects to have its highest-end Ubuntu phone to become full PCs when docked with a monitor, mouse and keyboard. The company has already tied up with phone manufacturers like Meizu and BQ earlier this year to produce the first Ubuntu smartphones. Recently, Canonical failed to raise $32m earlier in an effort to develop the Ubuntu Edge which would have been a premium smartphone with prices ranging from $600 to $830.

Shuttleworth has said that the firm was not targeting iPhone users, who he said have an "emotional connection" to the Apple ecosystem and was therefore only competing against Android which he believes "wasn't designed or built to be a user's personal computer."

The firm is yet to reveal the specs of the upcoming phones that will be developed by Meizu and BQ. A Canonical spokesperson has confirmed to Ars Technica that the prices quoted by Shuttleworth for the upcoming smartphones are the off-contract, unsubsidized guide prices.

Ubuntu smartphones coming later in 2014

Linux firm Canonical has revealed that the first smartphones based on its Ubuntu platform will ship this year from two handset makers, with more due in 2015 from a broader range of manufacturers.

Canonical announced that the first Ubuntu phones will be manufactured by BQ, a European-based developer of multimedia devices; and Meizu, a leading maker of smartphones for the Chinese market. The handsets will be available to buy online through the two vendors and at

Speaking in a web conference to announce the move, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that the firm is also working with well-known brands on bringing Ubuntu phones to market, but that these initial partners were chosen because they will be able to get devices to market quickly.

"We're delighted to be working with some household names, but we wanted to start with partners we can get started with in 2014," he said.

Canonical did not offer details of the devices or their specifications, but said it will be showcasing smartphones and tablets at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week, including models from BQ and Meizu. More details will be disclosed at the show, Shuttleworth said.

Hailing the development as a significant milestone, Shuttleworth said Canonical is now focused on building up the app ecosystem and attracting more developers to its platform in the period before the first handsets become available.

"Our goal is to have the top 50 apps from the Android and iOS app stores available for Ubuntu at launch," he said.

Shuttleworth also said that the smartphone and tablet platforms will have converged with Ubuntu's desktop Linux distribution by the time the first devices ship. Consequently, it will also be known simply as Ubuntu.

This could give it an advantage in some market sectors, as it is effectively the same platform with the same security and update mechanisms as the Ubuntu Linux now in use in many organisations worldwide, he claimed.

Canonical sees its platform as a more open alternative to Android, according to Shuttleworth.

"We don't see BlackBerry and Windows Phone as direct competitors. The people who want to use those platforms are not going to choose Ubuntu, but those interested in Android may consider it. The position that we seek is to be a credible alternative to Android at scale for particular audiences," he explained.

Canonical launched its smartphone initiative last year, and also attempted to crowd fund the first handset last year, but fell short of its target.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

How to set your Android smartphones on 2G-only mode to save battery and data costs

Using your phone on 3G networks can lower your smartphone's battery life as it transfers large amounts of data.

Recently I was low on battery and needed to conserve it. So I decided to switch to 2G instead of 3G to save some precious minutes of battery. Also, I wanted to limit the data packets being sent and received on my phone since I was low on mobile data too. I started looking for an option to force to 2G on my Nexus but couldn’t find it easily. In case you are having hard times finding it as well, here's how:

  • Go to the settings menu by selecting the settings icon from your applications.
  • Under Wireless and networks section, click on more.
  • Tap the Mobile networks option and on the next screen, hit the Preferred network type option and you will get three choices on screen.
  • Now simply choose the option '2G' by tapping on it.
Now your Android is running in a 2G-only mode.

8 simple tips to improve battery life of your Android mobile phones and tablets

Android OS, being a true multi-tasker, has the propensity to consumer high battery life. Thanks to the customization options provided within the OS, you can improve the battery life of your Android device by following these simple tips.

When it comes to battery life, no smartphone has a battery that is sufficient enough to fulfill our needs. Every person using a mobile device feels the need of carrying an extra battery with him/her. And, when it comes to Android, the operating system is known for sucking your device’s battery within a short time span. Here are a few quick tips which only require tweaking of your device’s settings which would easily help you get the best out of your device’s battery.

Network selection mode:
Though switching to 2G mode from 3G won’t save a lot of battery, but it can be a real life-saver if you are low on battery and need to save some juice for crucial minutes later on. Switching to 2G network makes the device consume lesser battery. This is generally because 2G has a better reception and hence your device doesn’t have to shout out to the operators every time asking for a connection establishment request. This in turn uses lesser battery.
Note: If you are in an area with great 3G reception, 3G is a better option since it consumes lesser power (that is the whole point of evolving to a new protocol, right?) overall.
Here’s how you can force your android to use 2G.

Screen brightness:
Although auto screen brightness is a safe bet, for overly bright screens, manually setting the brightness would be a better way if you can do it manually every time. The auto feature is a good addition, but when you do it manually, you can assess at what level of brightness you are still able to read. Also, just in case you are too lazy to do it manually, you can use an application called Lux Lite to do the hassle for you, though it will keep running in the background consuming some battery on its own.
Disabling auto, adjusting brightness automatically
(Disabling auto, adjusting brightness automatically)

be done later on as well. Also, you can restrict background data from the mobile data section to avoid background applications from fetching data and in turn give your battery some boost.

Disable GPS:

People are generally smart enough to keep their GPS off when it isn’t needed, but what they generally don’t do is disable the location reporting and history when they are actually using GPS. These two services are pre-bundled with android and are enabled by default as soon as you turn on your GPS. The motive of these two is not stated clearly anywhere, but they do keep a track of your location and help Google Now and related services use internet to send data to servers. These two, according to Google’s help page, are there to improve your experience, but overall they consume a lot of battery power to survey your location. And chances are you are good without these turned on. If you wish to turn these off, you need to go to Settings > Location > Google Location Reporting and disable these.

Moreover, when you are not in need of applications that require your precise location, you can set the mode to battery saving to conserve some battery.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
You should keep your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi drivers off when you don’t need them to preserve your battery. Also, in case of Wi-Fi, even if it is disabled, the device constantly scans nearby surroundings for available networks. You should turn it off as well. Head to Wi-Fi settings > Advanced and uncheck the Wi-Fi scanning option. You will have to connect to Wi-Fi manually after doing so but it’s worth the effort to prevent it from hogging on your device for power.

Wallpapers and Themes
Live wallpapers are a flashy and fun thing to have on your device’s home screen, but again they take too much battery and you should consider not using them if you really want your battery to last longer.
Also, using the default launcher for your device uses lesser footprint (Google Now Launcher) as compared to other launchers and you should switch to it just in case you are low on battery.
Darker themes consume lesser battery as compared to brighter ones.

Disable Google Now cards

Google Now is a great assistant to have and once you start using it, you will find that it is unmatched in quality. Although you may not use all of the Google Now services, they still keep running in the background. So you might wish to avoid the battery drain by disabling the informational cards. For example, “Nearby Places” card, which is a seemingly cool feature, gives you the hangout places nearby that you don’t usually travel to. I think it is unnecessary and one could live without it turned on.
To disable specific cards, go to Now, scroll to the very bottom and touch the magic wand icon located at the lower center of the screen. From here you can customize the cards you need and disable the ones you don’t. As a thumb rule, cards relying on GPS (such as Travel Time, Nearby Places etc.) will drain more battery. So you can disable those to boost your battery a bit.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Things You Should Know About Mozilla's Firefox OS!

When Mozilla says it is serious in working to make the Web open and accessible to everyone, you know they are not kidding! Even as their desktop browser, Firefox remains the eye candy for many around the globe, Mozilla's venture on to the mobile platform courtesy Firefox OS has generated tremendous buzz. No wonder, Firefox OS is capturing the fancy of many!

Here are few things you should know about Mozilla's Firefox OS:

1. What is Firefox OS?
  • Codenamed Boot2Gecko, Firefox OS is based on Linux and Mozilla’s Gecko technology and based upon HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.
  • Mozilla has developed Web APIs in order to facilitate communication between HTML5 apps and Firefox OS powered device’s hardware.

2. How is Firefox OS different from existing mobile OSes?
  • Firefox OS is different in the fact that every app in it is actually a web app (a website in the form of an app).
  • In case of Firefox OS, apps are built using HTML5 along with CSS3 and JavaScript rather than using native languages. Android apps on the other hand are developed in Java, Windows Phone apps are developed in C++, C#, or HTML5, etc.

3. What is The User Interface Like In Firefox OS?
  • Taking a lot of inspiration from Android, Firefox OS' UI comes with a lock screen, home screen and notification bar. However, unlike Android, the home screen in Firefox OS shows a background image. Also, there is no support for widgets currently.
  • Sliding right on the home screen reveals the list of installed apps, while sliding left shows the list of app categories.

4. How Are apps for Firefox OS different from apps for other Mobile OS?
  • There will be two kinds of web apps for Firefox OS: hosted apps and packaged apps.
  • Hosted apps will run as long as there is an Internet connection. These are hosted on Mozilla’s server and will be downloaded and loaded every time they are accessed.
  • Packaged apps on the other hand can be regarded as the the 'usual' apps, the kind available on other operating systems. These apps can be downloaded in the form of a compressed package and will be loaded from the local source making use of cache features of HTML5.

5. What are the different ways to try Firefox OS?

There are 4 ways to do this:
  1. Use the Firefox OS Desktop client.
  2. Use the Firefox OS Simulator add-on.
  3. Build a Firefox OS Simulator.
  4. Build Firefox OS from source and install.

6. What are the devices that currently support Firefox OS?
Some of the devices supporting Firefox OS are:

  1. Unagi
  2. Otoro
  3. Pandaboard
  4. Samsung Galaxy S
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4G
  6. Samsung Galaxy S2
  7. Samsung Galaxy Nexus

7. How does it compare with Ubuntu for Phones?

Ubuntu for Phones supports both native apps as well as web apps. Firefox OS on the other hand support only web apps. Now, native apps use advance APIs and powerful features when compared with web apps. Do we need to say more?

8. What are the plans for Firefox OS’ Security?

Many of the security features in Firefox OS seem to be inspired from Google’s Android, however, Firefox OS comes with a Permission Manager that allows the user to manually allow or block permissions for an app, something that is missing in Android.

9. What does Firefox OS mean for the Future of Smartphones?

Thanks to Firefox OS we will be using Web apps more than Websites in the days to come. Also, the fact that Ubuntu for Phones will also support Firefox OS will prove to be a major seller!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What Sailfish OS Has That Android, iOS Don't

The Sailfish mobile operating system, which runs the recently released Jolla smartphone has been talked about quite a bit, majorly because the OS has the capacity to run Android apps on the Jolla phone. In the latest, the company is reportedly going to launch a version of the OS for existing smartphones running on Google’s Android OS. The OS though also has some features neither the leading Android OS nor Apple’s iOS have.
1) Priority to multitasking: The currently running apps are displayed on the home screen in the Sailfish OS. The OS has a multi-tasking menu, which is quite similar to the BlackBerry 10 OS. In addition, it also has quick access icons for the Dialer, messaging, browser and the camera.

2) Multitasking through gestures: Sailfish also gives the user the option to execute actions without opening them. It also shows the user what apps are running and a screenshot of the last task that has been performed on the device. Also, you can pause or play music by simply swiping on the media player.

3) Android support: This is by far the hero feature of Jolla’s new operating system. It has its own Sailfish store, which has apps specifically designed for the OS. In addition, you can also run apps that have been designed for Android.

4) Swipe: Android is not the only OS that Sailfish is inspired from. The platform takes the swipe away feature that is part of the iOS 7. This feature allows you to get to a previous windows by simply swiping from left to right. You can also view notifications by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

5) Facebook Integration: How can Android not be having Facebook integration right? Well, the Sailfish OS has integrated Facebook right down to the core of the device. How? Well, it has feature like opening Facebook photos directly from your device’s gallery and Facebook messenger chats can be done directly from the SMS app. The latter being something that the Windows Phone OS has.