HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM Review

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HTC recently launched its mid-range Desire series smartphone the Desire 626 Dual SIM in India at Rs. 14,990. The phone is available at a much lower price already, but it still doesn’t have that competitive specifications on paper for its price segment of devices. Considering that it comes from a reputed brand like HTC, we decided to give it a closer look and here’s our full review of the Desire 626 for you. Continue reading “HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM Review”

Hands on with Sony’s Android 4.4 UI on a Xperia Z2 – Double Tap to Wake, Gestures and more

Sony launched the Xperia Z2 at the Mobile World Congress event here in Barcelona, Spain. The Z2 is an evolutionary upgrade over the Z1 and fixes every complaint people had with the Z1, like it has a better display, a way better build with a stunningly thin and premium design and overall a better package for a flagship. This also includes the new software work that Sony has done, because the Z2 is the first Android 4.4 device from the company and it brings a lot of new improvements to the looks as well as features that previously didn’t exist. While there are a lot of under the hood improvements, we took a look at some of the user facing features of the new skin on the Xperia Z2 –

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HTC posts a Infographic showing how Android updates are dealt

Most of the Android smartphone manufacturers fail to provide the newer Android version upgrades in time and we are inclined to believe that it is a very tough and long process. HTC too hasn’t been much different from the other manufacturers in providing updates for its smartphones on time. Today, HTC have posted a huge and long infographic detailing the work flow of how an Android system upgrade is delivered to the end user.

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LG G2 to receive Android 4.4 KitKat later this month

LG has been a little bit late in bringing software updates to its Android smartphone series, but things seemed to have changed for the South Korean manufacturer. When Google announced their latest and greatest version of Android – 4.4 KitKat in November, few people were ebullient, few were skeptical and a whole lot had only one question – “When is it coming to my phone?”. LG G2 is LG’s current flagship smartphone and rightly so, LG is giving it the treatment it deserves. Just over a 50 days since the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat, LG are announcing that the Android 4.4 KitKat update will be coming to LG G2 at the end of this month, but only in South Korea for now.

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Android 4.4.2 rolling out less than a week after Android 4.4.1

Google announced their Android 4.4 KitKat version on November 1 and unveiled the next Nexus smartphone – Google Nexus 5. The camera of Google Nexus 5 did not prove to be the camera it was meant to be and Google put the blame on the software. The search engine giant promised that the problem would soon be fixed and less than 50 days after the announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google started seeding a minor update in the form of Android 4.4.1.

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HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE officially get Android 4.4 KitKat from today

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We saw Samsung and HTC post KitKat kernel sources for their Google Play edition devices yesterday and it has naturally led to the official Android 4.4 KitKat OTA update for both the devices starting its roll out today. Google announced this officially through their Android Google+ account and it seems like the devices will start getting the update anytime now. Both the devices had their own KitKat versions ready for a while now, but the green signal has been officially lit and hence these devices now join the ranks of Nexus 5, nexus 4, 7 and Moto X as the only devices running Android 4.4 KitKat right now.

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Moto X gets Android 4.4 KitKat via OTA update

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Motorola has surprisingly updated the Moto X to Android 4.4 really quick and the OTA update just showed up on our AT&T unit which we have been happily using in India.The Android 4.4 KitKat update for the MotoX is about 326MB in size and bears the version number 140.44.5.en.US. The update was pretty straight forward and came in as a Over the Air update and installation took about 20 mins to complete. Motorola had already started rolling out the update for the Verizon version.

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HTC One to get Android 4.4 KitKat within 90 days

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HTC has been trying their best to turn the ship around and having a consumer centric approach. From the beautifully designed HTC One to the Google Play Edition and now, fast OS updates, the company has been doing a lot of things right. Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America, has just confirmed that the Google Play Edition of the flagship handset will be running Android 4.4 within 15 days. He also reaffirmed that the Developer Edition and unlock version will be on the new release within 30 days.  Continue reading “HTC One to get Android 4.4 KitKat within 90 days”

What’s new in Android 4.4 KitKat

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Google and LG have just unleashed a wave of announcements at us, and one of them is hardware – the Google Nexus 5. If you are curious about the other one, it’s none other than the software – Android 4.4 KitKat that comes preinstalled on the Nexus 5. The premier Android experience has received an update and will eventually roll out to Nexus 4 and other Google Play devices first, with OEM devices taking their own sweet time to implement them, as expected. Unlike Android 4.3, we have a lot of new features, user facing ones as well as under the hood features that will matter to you, a lot. Since there are too many to wrap your head, we shall be doing the service of compiling the most useful and obvious changes in Android 4.4 for you. So, what’s new in Android 4.4 KitKat?

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Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 announced


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The long rumored Google Nexus 5 is finally official and it brings with a brand new version of Android as well. Google has opted for top of the line specifications for the handset and we get to see a blazing fast 2.3Ghz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor onboard. There’s also 2GB of RAM. All that power will be pushing pixels to the edge to edge 4.95 inch 1080p display. The battery on the phone is a bit disappointing at 2,300 mAh however you’ll still be able to keep it juiced up wirelessly thanks to Qi support. Connectivity options include LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11ac as well as NFC.  Continue reading “Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 announced”

Nexus 5 Price leaks via Play Store listing, 16GB for $349

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After multiple, high quality leaks detailing the specifications, design flourishes and benchmarks, the only things we didn’t know about the Nexus 5 were the price and a release date. Thankfully, albeit accidentally, Google have managed to add the price of the Nexus 5 to the repository of leaked information. Continue reading “Nexus 5 Price leaks via Play Store listing, 16GB for $349”

Nexus 5 shows up in a short video with Android 4.4 KitKat

Another year, another Nexus smartphone and another bar story. The relationship between bars and yet to be announced phones never ceases to amuse the internet folks. A couple of weeks ago, just ahead of the IFA, Google announced their next version of Android – 4.4 KitKat with some theatrics and “accidentally” showed off the next Nexus smartphone in their video. Recent images from FCC filings have also identified the same device and it shows stronger evidence of a new Nexus device.

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Yesterday, a Google employee supposedly left a Nexus 5 device unattended while it was put for charging in a bar(Yes, you heard it right, A bar) and an employee of the bar was able to make a quick video and get a couple of images of the supposed Nexus 5. The images show that the device is quite identical to the one spotted at FCC filings and the one Google showed off in their video. It has the Nexus logo at the back in horizontal orientation and there is a huge camera which was seen in the video. There is a LG logo at the bottom and a Not for Sale text above it. The design language seems to be quite similar to the Nexus 4, but with less rounded corners and a bigger screen. There are no navigation keys which is quite typical of a Nexus device.

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The boot screen shown in the images supposedly belongs to Android 4.4 KitKat, but it seems quite similar to the ones on the Google Play Edition phones. And the video shows just the lockscreen of what is believed to be Android 4.4. KitKat.

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The rumored specifications of Nexus 5 include

  • 5inch 1080p True-Full HD IPS display
  • Snapdragon 800 SoC

You can check out the video right below.

What do you think of the new Nexus 5? Is it impressive enough?

Android 4.4 KitKat is the next sweet Google update you’ll crave for

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Out of the blue, Google have announced the codename for the next version of their Android operating system. The next sweet Google update is called Android 4.4 KitKat. The next update has been just named and no other details have been revealed, but that isn’t the real story here, it’s the name. Google and Nestle are now in a bizarre tie-up to promote Android KitKat. Watch the hilarious parody promo video from KitKat –

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