HTC One – Official Now..!


HTC has proven time and again that it is willing to take a risk. Whether it pays off or not is a different matter altogether. With its latest flagship, the HTC One, which was announced yesterday, the company is banking on enhanced camera capabilities – HTC is calling it an Ultrapixel camera – an improved sound experience and a revamp of its Sense UI. It also brings a full HD display on a screen smaller than 5 inches, a first for a smartphone. 


Does it make a winner though? We will have to wait for hands-on time to figure that out. However, going by the specs sheet, the HTC One is a sumptuous handset that will surely attract some attention over the likes of the Xperia Z and the company’s other 1080p-display-laden offering, theButterfly. Let’s take a deeper look at the specs of the HTC One

OS – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 5
It’s great news that Jelly Bean powers the HTC One. Project Butter should go a long way when it comes to delivering a lag-free UI experience. Of course, HTC has injected a bit of Sense into the stock Jelly Bean experience. Sense 5 or the New Sense, as HTC called it last night at the unveiling, is all about the BlinkFeed. This is the new homescreen on HTC’s phones. The company has tied up with 1400 content providers to bring you updates related to sports, current affairs, business, technology, social networking and lifestyle to your BlinkFeed. The BlinkFeed is essentially a vertical scrolling widget, but it is also the page you will see by default when hitting the home key. The feeds are customisable and overall there is a Flipboard-like feel to it. Indeed, this can be called HTC’s re-imagining of Live Tiles from Windows Phone 8. However, users who want a more conventional Android experience can set a more regular homescreen as default. Here, HTC has gone for a more minimal look, closer to the stock experience.

One thing that HTC fans won’t find in the out-of-the-box setup is the trademark Sense flip clock. That’s included as a widget however, with a flatter, more simple-looking clock-weather indicator being the default option.

Cellular Network – LTE-ready
Of course, the HTC One is ready to support LTE networks around the world. But if your region has no 4G infrastructure, it will play nicely with 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 bands for HSPA. The phone supports download speeds up to 100Mbps and 50Mbps for uploads. The SIM slot in the HTC One accepts only Micro-SIMs.

Display – 4.7-inch full HD SuperLCD3
The display is one of the highlights of the HTC One. As mentioned above, this is the first phone with a screen less than 5 inches diagonally to have a 1080p resolution. Naturally, text, images and videos look immensely crisp. With a pixel density of 468ppi, you are unlikely to see jagged edges of text or any kind of pixelation, unless you see the world through an electron microscope. The screen itself uses the Super LCD 3 technology, which in the past has ensured vibrant, yet natural-looking hues. Of course, HTC has ensured you don’t cover that awesome display with scratches. There’s Gorilla Glass 2 protection for the 4.7-inch wonder. 

Form factor and weight – Slim, but slightly odd 
Fitting a full HD display on a compact screen has its downsides, but HTC has managed a sublime job at reducing the weight of the handset. The 143 g heft means it’s a lighter smartphone to hold than the Xperia Z, or even the truly bulky LG Optimus G Pro, which weighs in at 160 g. HTC has also managed to fit all the gadgetry in a slim 9.3 mm body, which is a good deal better than the LG handset, but still nowhere near the 7.9 mm-thin frame of the Xperia Z. One area that HTC has sort of mangled is the height of the device. At 137.4 mm, it’s only slightly shorter than the Xperia Z, but considerably taller than the Xperia ZL, which is positively pygmy-esque at 131.6 mm. That and the fact that the power or lock/unlock button is situated on the top of the device could mean a lot of stretching of fingers. 

Another sore point for fans could be the inclusion of only two capacitive buttons below the display. The buttons – back and home – flank a big HTC logo, which is not a button and does pretty much nothing but say you bought an HTC phone. The recent apps screen can be reached by double-tapping the button, while a long-press shows you Google Now. Despite not actually using the device, this setup sounds cumbersome to say the least. A feature like the recent apps screen should be easily reached and a double tap seems like extra work.

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Wi-Fi – Everything you expected, and more
In this department, HTC has packed in everything you could have hoped for. The One supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n bands. Multimedia content can be sent to your TV or HTPC thanks to the DLNA support and Wi-Fi Direct can be used to share files with other phones on the same WLAN connection. It also has Android’s standard Wi-Fi hotspot capability to share the phone’s Internet connection with other devices.

SoC – Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 with Adreno 320 GPU
HTC has thrown in the brand-spanking new Snapdragon 600 chipset into the One. That’s the same CPU that was used in the LG Optimus G Pro, but we have not yet seen the raw benchmark scores or the real-world performance of this chipset. Of course, if you have any doubts, please hold them back. The Snapdragon 600 features a quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, which is an upgrade over the insanely fast Snapdragon S4 Pro seen on the Nexus 4 and the Xperia Z. Expect the HTC One to blaze through everyday tasks and even not-so-everyday tasks. If only there were enough apps in the market to take advantage of all this processing power. The powerful SoC will be complemented by 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU. Both of which should only add to the raw power of the HTC One. 

Internal storage – 32 or 64GB
The internal storage in the HTC One is capped off at either 32GB or 64GB. There is no microSD card slot, so your choice will be final. This could be a sore point for many fans, who normally bemoan the lack of a microSD slot, something that Sony and Samsung have regularly included in their most recent handsets. The HTC One also comes with free 25GB of Dropbox storage.

Primary camera – HTC Ultrapixel camera
HTC wanted to emphasise “less is more” with the brand new Ultrapixel camera. It essentially is a 4-megapixel sensor with enlarged pixels that capture more light and enhance details of a photograph. In the HTC One’s camera, you will find a BSI sensor with each pixel measuring 2.0 microns, larger than those in the iPhone 5, Galaxy S III and Lumia 920, all of which have1.4 micron pixels and considerably larger than the Xperia Z, which has 1.1 micron pixels in its sensor. The company has shied away from the use of megapixels because it claims that the industry has been misleading consumers by launching phones with more megapixels, but not improving the final image quality. The Ultrapixel camera comes with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Smart Flash (Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject), HDR mode in video recording, continuous shooting and VideoPic, slow motion video recording with variable speed playback. It can shoot 1080p video. Other features include retouching of images after the fact including removing objects, smile detection and sequence shot.

One camera-related feature that HTC is really pushing is HTC Zoe. When in Zoe mode, the camera captures 5 photos before you press the shutter and another 15 after you do. It also shoots a 3-second HD video clip besides giving you the 20 pictures. This gives you short clips with audio, which are called Zoes. These short videos will then be stitched together to create a more immersive and visually impressive clip. A Zoe can be posted to HTC’s site, where it will remain for 180 days. The HTC One will even combine Zoes with animated images, transition effects and music, like an automatic movie editor.

Front-facing camera – 2.1-megapixels with HDR
The 88 wide angle lens on the front-facing camera of the HTC One, means better video calls when there is more than one subject. The camera can shoot 1080p video, which is fast becoming a standard for front-facing cameras. Self-shots will turn out nice with the integrated HDR capability. However, we are not sure anyone would have missed this feature.

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Sensors – Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Nothing new here, but the phone’s capabilities would have been highly affected if they were missing. There is an infrared blaster built into the power key to use the phone as a remote control. HTC has bundled in an app as well to help users take advantage of this feature. 

GPS – Comes with A-GPS and GLONASS
HTC has integrated GLONASS support as well as Assisted GPS. Lack of GLONASS would have been a glaring omission and will certainly improve location lock times on the HTC One. 

NFC
The HTC One has an NFC chip and should play nicely with speakers that have this technology. But the NFC chip might not be present on some international variants of the phone.

Battery – Li-Po 2300 mAh battery
Given the specs of the phone, the battery should have been of a higher capacity, but it is still better than the HTC Butterfly, which only lasted just 6 hours and 40 minutes in our video drain test. If you are a power email user or are constantly browsing on the phone, then the 2300 mAh Lithium polymer battery won’t last the entire day. Of course, we are yet to see how HTC have gone about the power optimisation in the phone, so it could be that the current capacity is more than enough, especially as the Snapdragon CPU is said to be power-efficient. We would have ideally liked to see a 3000 mAh battery and also a removable back cover. But it’s been a long time since we saw an HTC flagship with the latter feature. 

The bottom line
There’s no doubt that HTC has managed to impress us with the specs sheet of the HTC One. It is one beast of a phone with the latest CPU, screen technology and a brand new camera experience. It’s also said to bring a better sound experience than its competitors thanks to the two stereo speakers on the front face. On paper, it sounds delectable. However, things could change by the time we get a chance to review the phone. The Galaxy S4 will be hot on the HTC One’s trail and is expected to be a monster of a phone. Having said that, currently the HTC One is the best-specced handset in the market. 

A couple of things could have been better. The overall design is very reminiscent of the BlackBerry Z10 and the two-button setup seems short-sighted and does present a learning curve for new users. There isn’t a whole lot missing from the spec sheets and indeed the One improves on a lot of specifications of the yet-to-be-launched Xperia Z.

Source : Tech2.

Nokia Announces New Lumia Smartphones – Lumia 920 and Lumia 820


Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia has officially announced its flagship Windows Phone 8 device on Wednesday in the form of Nokia Lumia 920. Featuring the latest generation Qualcomm processor, Nokia Lumia 920 comes with 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display, Wireless charging support and 2000 mAH battery.

The smartphones comes with one-piece polycarbonate body and will be available in yellow, red, white, grey, and black colour options.

As expected the new Lumia 920 will come with PureView technology, but it is no Nokia 808, and only features an 8.7 megapixel sensor. However, there is a big positive in the form of dedicated camera button, which is so-often missed from current generation of smartphones.

Other features of the smartphone include 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 1.2MP front camera, and Micro-USB port.

On the Windows Phone 8 front, the smartphone will have access to Internet Explorer 10, full Nokia location suite, improved business grade security, deeper integration with PC, and a revamped start screen with resizable tiles and more personalisation options. 

Nokia has not revealed any details about pricing or the exact availability of the smartphone, which is expected to go on sale later this year.

Nokia Lumia 920 key specs

  • 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display with 1280x768p resolution
  • Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU
  • NFC
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 8.7MP Pureview rear camera
  • 1.2MP front camera
  • Wireless charging
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Micro-USB port

Nokia Lumia 820

The new smartphones features 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Clearblack display and 8GB of internal storage. Lumia 820 will also come with microSD card support, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera, NFC and Windows Phone 8 OS.

Similar to Lumia 920, the mid-range Lumia 820 will sport the full suite of Nokia location apps, and Citi Lens AR application.

Coming to the OS specific features, Windows Phone 8 on Lumia 820 offers Internet Explorer 8, deeper integration with PC, revamped start screen with resizable tiles and improved business grade security.

The smartphone will be available in red, yellow, grey, cyan, purple, white and black colour options.

Nokia has not revealed any details about pricing or the exact availability of the smartphone, which is expected to go on sale later this year.

Nokia Lumia 820 key specs

  • 4.3-inch ClearBlack OLED display with 800x480p resolution
  • Windows Phone 8
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory
  • Support for microSD card
  • 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1650 mAh battery

Source : NDTV.

Samsung ATIV S – First Windows Phone 8 device


The Korean giant  announced the world’s first Windows Phone 8 device, the Samsung ATIV S. The news is quite surprising, as the industry was expectingNokia (because of their exclusive partnership with Microsoft), to be the first company to reveal a Windows Phone 8 device, at their September 5 press conference.

As expected, the next generation of Windows Phone devices would finally bring current generation hardware to the platform, and the 8.7mm-thick Samsung ATIV S doesn’t disappoint – it seems to be the device codenamed Odyssey we’d seen last month in leaked Samsung court documents, when Samsung had also launched the Windows Phone 7.5-based Omnia M. It features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass 2 display with a 1,280×720 pixel resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait (MSM8960) processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear autofocus camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording, along with a 1.9MP front camera.

The Windows Phone 8-based Samsung ATIV S will come in 16 or 32GB storage variants. Connectivity options include 3G (HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot & DLNA functionality, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, NFC, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, stereo FM radio with RDS, and microUSB. Weighing in at 135 grams, the ATIV S is powered by a rather large 2,300 mAh battery.

On paper, the Samsung ATIV S looks like a capable device to usher in the Windows Phone 8 platform, and with the hardware finally catching, we are eager to see what other manufacturers, especially Nokia, will bring to the table. For now, the pricing and release date of the Samsung ATIV S haven’t been revealed. Stay tuned for more IFA 2012 coverage, including Samsung’s Windows 8 and RT tablets, called the ATIV Tab, ATIV Smart PC, and ATIV Smart PC Pro.

The 4-inch Samsung Windows Phone 8 device codenamed Marco should be unveiled soon as well.

Image and News Courtesy : Thinkdigit.

Samsung Galaxy S III lands in India for Rs. 43,180 (16GB)


The Samsung Galaxy S III has officially landed in India, and will hit retail shelves by tomorrow, the 1st of June. Now that we know the availability, what remains is the pricing – Samsung has given the Galaxy S III (16GB version) a staggering MRP of Rs. 43,180.

Discussing the price, Android aficionados are now currently eagerly justifying it, comparing it to the India launch of the much lower-specced Apple iPhone 4S in India. Ironically, the same folk scoffed at Apple’s then outrageous pricing (starting from Rs. 44,500 for 16GB).

Samsung will not be releasing the 32GB and 64GB variants of the Galaxy S III in India, but users looking for large storage capacities shouldn’t be too disappointed, as the S III supports microSDXC cards up to 64GB.

There’s no difference between the Galaxy S III unveiled at the global launch event at London in the first week of May, and the Galaxy S III that has been launched in India – there are no India-specific features. That of course, doesn’t stop the S III from being the iPhone-killer super-phone many of us have been waiting for , compared to the HTC One X . The One X recently received a price cut, and now bears an MRP of Rs. 36,100 – making it quite an attractive quad-core Android alternative.

Of course, Samsung is taking the title of iPhone-killer very seriously, and has given the S III a lot of smart features that take the iPhone 4S head-on. This includes the Apple Siri-competitor, S Voice, which recognizes natural language commands and can do dictation as well.

Other smart features include gesture recognition, S-Beam, Buddy Photo Share, Best Photo Mode, Face Zoom, Face Slideshow, Group Tag, Social Tag, SmartStay, S Health, exclusive navigation features, and, a brand new Music Hub that features over 17 million songs along with a Scan and Match feature.

Source : Thinkdigit.

Galaxy Nexus


The Galaxy Nexus is a touchscreen slate Android smartphone developed by a partnership between Samsung and Google.The phone and operating system were developed collaboratively by engineers from both companies. It is the third generation successor to Google’s previous flagship phones, the Nexus One and Nexus S. It has a curved HD (1280×720 pixels) Super AMOLED display, an improved camera system, and Google’s new version of its Android operating system, version 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. The name is the result of co-branding between the Samsung Galaxy and Google Nexus brands of Android smartphones.

The Galaxy Nexus was unveiled at Google and Samsung’s Ice Cream Sandwich event on 19 October 2011 in Hong Kong. It was released in Europe on November 17, 2011, and made its debut in the United States on December 15, 2011. Expected to be released by the end of January 2012 in India.

Features:
  • General: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, LTE (region specific)
  • Form factor: Touchscreen bar phone
  • Dimensions: 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 135 g
  • Display: 4.65″ 16M-color HD (1280 x 720 pixels) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 0.01ms response time; oleophobic surface, curved display, multi-touch input
  • Chipset:Dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, TI OMAP 4460 chipset
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Memory: 16/32GB storage
  • Camera: 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with face detection, touch focus and geotagging; Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps, LED flash, front facing camera, video-calls, touch-to-zoom while recording
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC
  • Misc: Hyper Skin material for increased grip, built-in accelerometer, proximity sensor, barometer sensor, notification LED area.

How to Run Android apps on Windows ?


Most Android-based smartphone users would agree that they would prefer testing an app before downloading it to their phone. The reason behind this is usually to avoid unnecessary space hogging apps. Some users might also wish to play some of the cool mobile games available for the Android platform on their PC i.e. on a larger display. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how can your favorite Android apps on your Windows-based PC using a simple and free software called BlueStacks.

BlueStacks is an app player for Windows, which can play Android apps faster than it can run on a phone and that too, on a full-screen. The app includes 10 pre-loaded apps and one can add up to 26 more apps of their choice. Favorite apps can be pushed directly from the phone onto the PC using an Android app via internet route. Download and install the software for Windows from the URL ‘www.bluestacks.com’. The software is nothing, but a simple virtual Android operating system, which simulates an Android phone or UI. It uses the desktop PC’s resources such as the processor, the internet connection, mouse, keyboard and the audio card. The installed folder located on the PC contains the necessary files for its use, namely the kernel, data, system, boot and storage (the SD card). The BlueStacks Android (Gingerbread) virtual machine creates a hardware environment with a limited amount of storage (around 363 MB) for installing apps and 262 MB of SD card storage space.

Once BlueStacks is installed, the application will be running the Android operating system in the background and you will see an icon in the system tray area and a widget will be running on your screen. A single click on the widget will reveal the Android system apps installed in it. Click on the apps and enjoy them on a large screen. Additional apps can be installed from the BlueStacks website by signing in using your Facebook account details. To get to this page, all you need to do is click on the BlueStacks widget, scroll to and click on the app icon/shortcut ‘Get more apps’. A website will open up where you can login using your Facebook details. Once logged in, simply click on the ‘Subscribe’ button for the available apps (in the Featured Apps section) and they shall automatically get installed on your system via the internet. The ‘Could Connect’ link on the same page will highlight a special 9-pin numerical code which needs to be entered on your Android phone running the BlueStacks Cloud Connect app (download it from the Android Market for free). Once done, you can push apps from your phone to your PC by simply selecting multiple apps and syncing it. That’s it! You can now enjoy all your favorite apps from your phone on your Windows desktop PC.

Note: There are a few (or many) apps that will not function on BlueStacks, due to reasons such as incompatible hardware (for example there is no wireless network available here and apps that need the wireless network will not function). Also a few apps cannot be installed under the free license of BlueStacks. The BlueStacks Pro version will be out soon and you can do a lot more on it. The free version has a maximum limit of 26 installable apps, while the pro version will have the possibility of installing unlimited apps. Do not attempt to troubleshoot, repair, or modify any device without understanding and following all of the relevant safety guidelines! Do also please keep in mind that repairing a product on your own while it is under warranty, will automatically nullify the warranty provided by the company.

Source : Tech2

 

Top 5 Android ICS [Ice Cream Sandwich] Features


Ice Cream Sandwich has come out, and it’s looking pretty delicious. As reported by PC Mag, here are few of the best features so far, for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Face recognition unlock:

Swiping fingers is so passé. Enter face unlock. With Android 4.0 you can now simply look at the phone and unlock it, well if it is yours. Cool feature to have as smartphones are slowly bridging the gap with laptops.

New UI:

Bored of the Gingerbread UI on your phone? Worry not, the user interface for Ice Cream Sandwich is touted to take the best from both worlds, tablets and smartphones, and that definitely will be a delicious treat. That is, if your phone can be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Watch out, iOS! Ice Cream Sandwich is coming

Speech recognition:

All those going ga-ga about Siri and the iPhone 4S can look to Google’s new and improved speech recognition. It’s touted to be more advanced in terms of functionality and we’re hoping it’s Google’s answer to Siri. As of now though, this feature lets users create e-mails, texts and other varied functions.

Better camera control:

With Android 4.0, the time period for clicking snaps has been considerably reduced so you won’t really miss that image shot again. Also, there’s an auto image rotator that will rotate pictures according to where your eye is looking.

Android beam:

This feature allows phones with NFC to share applications, maps, directions, videos, contacts, files and a lot more by tapping two Android 4.0 devices together.

So, that’s a brief rundown of the five cool features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.