Android 4.1.1 running devices vulnerable to Heartbleed

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, its been hard to miss the buzz around Heartbleed, the latest and greatest vulnerability to hit the internet. The flaw in OpenSSL is said to affect close to two thirds of the internet and could allow theft of data protected by SSL/TLS encryption. In short, all your passwords could be easily accessible. Most of the sites that you’re likely to frequent and most devices that you use have since been patched to get around Heartbleed, all except one. Continue reading “Android 4.1.1 running devices vulnerable to Heartbleed”

New Nexus 7 2013 Unboxing

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The all the new Nexus 7 2013 edition just landed at FoneArena and we thought we will bring you one of the first unboxings from India.The new Nexus 7 is priced at $229 and has gone on sale in the US and is expected to come soon to India but not in the immediate future.Like the previous Nexus 7 , this tablet is also manufactured by Asus for Google and sold by Google directly.The main highlights of the 2013 Nexus 7 are the design including the massive Full HD display and the change from a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. This Nexus 7 is the first Android device to ship with Android 4.3 JellyBean out of the box which is now also available for several other devices.

Here is the video of the unboxing below

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean announced , arriving on Nexus 4 , Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus today

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The much expected Android 4.3 update to the Android mobile operating system which has been leaked several times in the past few days has finally been officially announced at a Google event in San Francisco few hours ago. The new Nexus 7 or the 2nd generation Nexus 7 tablet which is shipping on July 30th will be the first device to ship with Android 4.3 out of the box. The main highlights of this Android update are Restricted Profiles , Bluetooth 4.0 low energy support , OpenGL ES 3.0 support and addition of several APIs for developers. The big change you would notice is the auto complete feature in the dialer and support for Hindi Continue reading “Android 4.3 Jelly Bean announced , arriving on Nexus 4 , Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus today”

Sony Xperia ZL Android 4.2.2 Jellybean update starts rolling out

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After making its presence felt at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas this year, the Sony Xperia ZL, a full HD smartphone from Sony landed in various countries alongside its thinner brother, the Xperia Z. Running on Android 4.1.2 at launch, the device had a custom Xperia UI on top like usual, and now news comes our way that the Android 4.2.2 update for the Xperia ZL has started to roll out, starting today.

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Nexus 4 spotted running Android 4.3 Jellybean

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XDA forum user Chaleen has posted the above image found on a Nexus 4 in a mobile Expo in Thailand. The Android version number being 4.3 suggests that the newest iteration of Android, which was expected to be launched at the Google I/O a week back might actually be launched on the rumoured date of June 10th. More screenshots from the user below.

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Next version of Android to be Bluetooth Smart ready

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We just heard some rumours about the next version of Android, which indicate a June 10th launch date, but the Bluetooth Special Interest group is already excited about it. The main reason why they are excited is that Google has announced at their I/O developers conference that the next version of Android will be Bluetooth Smart ready, for devices with a dual mode Bluetooth chip. Bluetooth smart was a name given to the latest features of Bluetooth 4.0 which includes drastically reduced power consumption using a low pulsing method instead of a continuous stream. This enables a lot of useful sensory applications like heart rate monitors and various accessories that can connect with your phone and not have a major effect on the battery.

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Gionee Dream D1 Review

The stupendous growth of India’s indigenous smartphone industry is proof of the demand for smart devices at ‘feature phone ‘ prices. We’ve finally reached a point when even the mid range devices can be considered as fast enough for a majority of the users and smartphone manufacturers are definitely capitalizing on this.


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Another day and we spot yet another entrant in the increasingly packed Android phone market in India with hopes of carving a niche for itself. Gionee has launched its flagship device, the Dream D1, that hopes to hit all the checkpoints in terms of buzzwords and provide ‘high-end’ features to users on a moderate budget. Can it succeed in providing a flagship level experience at a fraction of the price ? We spent a week with the handset to gauge for ourself and here is our Gionee Dream D1 review. Continue reading “Gionee Dream D1 Review”

Samsung Galaxy Young Hands On

Part of Samsung’s entry level Android phone range, the Samsung Galaxy Young sports a 3.27 inch display with  a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels. The capacitive display is multi touch capable.

 Inside you can find a 1Ghz processor paired with 768MB of RAM.  Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy Young Hands On”

Samsung Galaxy Express Hands On

Here at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung showcased its product portfolio that includes the Galaxy Express. One of its newest phones, it has a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus capactive screen which looks quite nice though slightly blurred out because of the low pixel density.

The size of the phone is on the larger side but it manages to fit in well in the hand. The smooth curves mean that it fits comfortably well in the hand though the cheap plastic used doesn’t look too good.  Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy Express Hands On”

HTC Butterfly Review

The HTC Butterfly is the Taiwanese company’s first 5” smartphone. It stands on the border in between smartphone and phablet territory. However HTC markets this as a smartphone rather than a phablet.

When it’s classified as a phablet, it becomes a niche product with a smaller customer base. It is also one of the first smartphones to hit the market packing a full HD screen. Here is our review on the HTC Butterfly, HTC’s first smartphone to feature a 1080p display. Continue reading “HTC Butterfly Review”

Micromax A116 Canvas HD hands on

At  a press event in New Delhi, Micromax announced its next flagship device. The popular manufacturer of affordably priced Android smartphones introduced the Canvas HD which brings specs previously seen in high end smartphones at what is positively a ground breaking price point. Continue reading “Micromax A116 Canvas HD hands on”

LG Optimus G Pro with 5″ 1080p display and 3000 mAh battery spotted in leaked slide

With MWC coming up next month, we’re seeing a steady stream of leaks around the next generation range of smartphones. Thanks to a leaked slide, we get a glimpse of what is to be LG’s next flagship device. The LG Optimus Pro will be equipped with a 5″ full HD 1080p display similar to the ones we expect to see on every competing flagship device.

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Byond B63 with 4.5-inch qHD screen, Android 4.1 launched for Rs. 9,999

Indian smartphone manufacturer, Byond, has today launched its latest Android powered smartphone. Called the Byond B63, the phone is powered by a 1.2Ghz dual core processor which we can assume to be a MediaTek chip like in other smartphones in this category. The phone runs Android 4.1.1 Jellybean, which means you get to enjoy Google Now and the benefits of Project Butter. There’s built in Dual SIM support as well which lets you keep two SIM cards in active standby.

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Spice Stellar Pad Mi-1010 Review

The lower end tablet segment has been seeing a lot of entrants lately with offerings from the likes of MicroMax, Zync amongst others. We’re now seeing the next generation of budget tablets which are increasingly providing features seen only in their higher end kin. Today we’ll be taking a look at the Spice Stellar Pad Mi-1010. Continue reading “Spice Stellar Pad Mi-1010 Review”

Android 4.1.2 update rolling out for Galaxy Camera

Delivering on their promise of providing Android 4.1.2 for the Galaxy Camera, Samsung has today flipped the switch for the update and are pushing it to devices around the world. Our own unit just received the update over the air. Users shouldn’t expect too much in terms of new features from the update which mostly contains bug fixes.

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