The Future of Television: Google Chromecast vs Roku vs Apple TV

With the accretion of internet, consumers want to access content anywhere anytime (HD videos, Facebook chats, Twitter feeds, Skype etc) and this has led tech giants like Google, Roku and Apple to concoct  avant-garde devices in the television space.andriod-based-TV

Google launched Google Chromecast, a dongle that plugs into your TV and lets you stream media from You Tube and Netflix directly. Controlled by iOS or an Android device, Chromecast is priced at $35 as compared to a price tag of $99 for its competitors, the Apple TV and the Roku set top box.

Brimming with an array of fun apps, this is a dream come true for Netflix and You Tube addicts (HBO and Hulu are coming soon). What really impresses in Google’s offering is that instead of a remote control (as in Apple TV and Roku) it can controlled by any Android or iOS device. However, unlike Apple and Roku, it doesn’t have specialized apps for varied content. 

Apple TV works in concurrence with U.S. professional baseball, hockey and basketball leagues where as Roku encompasses the widest no. of channels and has direct dealings with Amazon (AMZN) Instant Video, Wallmart’s (WMT) Vudu and other internet video services.  It is only the You Tube services which put Google Chromecast ahead of Roku (Apple TV has it). 

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Top 3 Budget High End Smartphones- Take Your Pick

Sony Xperia Z : The Sony sensation

Last year , Sony introduced to the world the very first water and dust resistant phone, Sony Xperia Z. Sony’s flagship boasts of a 5-inch screen, a 13 MP back camera coupled with HDR recording, a 2 MP front facing camera and 1080p resolution. Overall, Sony has never delivered better. In the very first quarter, Sony shipped about 8.1 million devices and expected to make $72.3 billion by the end of this year. The phone not only enchanted the users with its sleek design and powerful snapdragon pro processor but its water and dust resistant body made the comfortably ensconced Samsung, question its modernistic view.blackberry_assistant_interface

 

Samsung Galaxy S4: Another Brick in the wall… but no that sturdy

Soon enough Samsung replied with its latest flagship, the Samsung galaxy S4. To retain its edge Samsung played its multitasking card and added funky features like S-health and S-Translator. The enhanced functionality of its Smart Stay and Air View (scrolling down the phone with eye gestures) elements definitely made eyes roll (pun intended). The vibrant and bright touchwiz interface coupled with super AMOLED 4.99 inch display of Samsung galaxy S4 left many fans and tech analysts agog. However, its plastic body and stale design (almost similar to its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S3) earned brickbats and pushed it to a lower pedestal as compared to the mighty Sony Xperia Z and the recently launched HTC One.

HTC One: It is a Scorcher

The HTC One on the other hand with its unibody aluminum design and perfectly sized 4.7-inch super LCD 3 display, has both looks and substance. Carved out of Corning Gorilla Glass 2, HTC One is almost scratch resistant and its innovative 4inch ultrapixel CMOS sensor is a novelty in the mobile space. Certainly, this latest offering from HTC is high end and its distinct image capturing capabilities puts it way ahead of others.

 

HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4

Sony Xperia Z

Screen Display

4.7-inch

5-inch AMOLED

5-inch

Shell Material

Aluminum

Polycarbonate

Waterproof plastic

Operating System

Android 4.1.2

Android 4.2.2

Android 4.1.2

Camera

4 megapixel

13 megapixel

13 megapixel

Front Camera

2.1 megapixel

2 megapixel

2.2 megapixel

Memory

2GB RAM

2GB RAM

2GB RAM

Internal Storage

32GB, 64GB

16GB, Expansion slot

16GB, Expansion slot

Pixel Dimensions

1080 x 1920

1080 x 1920

1080 x 1920

CPU

1.7 GHz Quad-core

1.6 GHz Octo-core

1.5 HGz Quad-core

Battery

2300 mAh

2600 mAh

2330 mAh

Weight

143 grams

130 grams

146 grams

Wireless charging

No

Yes (optional)

No

Dimensions

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha to Release in Limited Versions, Note 4 to Have Bendable Screen?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which is being touted as the premium version of Samsung Galaxy S5, may just be a limited edition set as per the reports. The reason behind this is lack of metal case manufacturers in Korea. Samsung is reportedly turning to China for getting its products manufactured.Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which is being touted as the premiere version of Samsung Galaxy S5, may just be a limited edition set as per the reports. The reason behind this is lack of metal case manufacturers in Korea. Samsung is reportedly turning to China for getting its products manufactured.

However, the Chinese metal manufacturer won’t be able to build more than 1 million cases per month, so the supply would not be speedy, thus limiting the no of Samsung Galaxy Alpha, say reports.

The sad part is, that it could so happen that Samsung releases Alpha only in Korea, something it did in case of Galaxy Round.

Galaxy Alpha would be released in August and would be an answer to Apple and LG’s premium range. The phone is also being called by other names including Galaxy F and S5 Prime.

As far as features of Galaxy Alpha are concerned then it would have smaller but full-HD display with thinner bezels to give an illusion of a big phone.

Meanwhile, in regards to another phone from Samsung’s arsenal, Note 4, it is said that the phone is going to have superior metal body with bendable or flexible screen.

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Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Likely To Have Waterproof Capabilities

The soon-to-be-released mid-range smartphone of Sony, Xperia M2 Aqua, is likely to feature water-resistant capabilities. The smartphone is largely being seen as the successor of the Xperia M2. The smartphone is also likely to be launched in two different variants, according to the listing of the model numbers PM-0770 and PM-0771 at the FCC database, which belongs to Sony.Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

The upcoming Xperia M2 Aqua is expected to be very much similar to the original Xperia M2 which was launched earlier in 2014. The two devices are also likely to be equipped with similar dimensions and design. The Xperia M2 Aqua would also have the specifications that would be similar to the original Xperia M2.

The Sony Xperia M2 would be equipped with a screen size of 4.8 inches with qHD TFT LCD display, and it would be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The smartphone would also sport 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage capacity. Some of the other rumored capabilities of the smartphone include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front shooter, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 2,300mAh battery. In terms of connectivity, the smartphone offers several options including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, ANT+, NFC and GPS.

The Xperia M2 Aqua model is most probably to have only single-SIM support. 

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Sprint LG G3 Directly Available For Purchase

The Sprint LG G3 can now be directly purchased, including its neat gold color option which Sprint is offering exclusively in the U.S. Sprint earlier said that it will take pre-orders on Friday July 11 for the much-touted LG G3 powerhouse, but it started offering the device directly one week ahead of its planned July 18 retail launch.LG Releases Official Teaser Ahead of G3 Launch

Along with capitalizing on the exclusive gold color option, Sprint has also managed to become the first of the four major U.S. carriers to start selling the device. While all other carriers are still taking pre-orders from customers, Sprint has already retailing the LG G3 despite the fact that it was supposed to go live on July 18.

Sprint Senior VP of Product David Owens has been quoted saying that “Continuing to raise the bar in Android innovation, we are thrilled to team up again with LG to bring another top-of-the-line device to our customers. LG G3 is sleek, stylish and powerful to its core with features our customers will truly appreciate. Best of all, Sprint is the only carrier that can boast LG G3 with the power of our Sprint Spark network and the value of Sprint’s Framily rate plans.”

The device is equipped with a 5.5-inch QHD display having a pixel resolution of 2560 x 1440, and will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It will also feature a 13MP rear camera with laser auto focus.

Sprint is retailing the device at a price tag of USD199.99 with a two-year contract.

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Sony Likely To Soon Release Its Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

One of the leading smartphone manufacturers, Sony, is scheduled to soon release its mid-range smartphone, Xperia M2 Aqua. The company showcased the device in the FCC and it was also reportedly showcased on the company’s website with model numbers PM-0770 and PM-0771. The smartphone is most likely to have the water-resistant capabilities.

The upcoming Xperia M2 Aqua is expected to be very much similar to the original Xperia M2 which was launched earlier in 2014. The two devices are also likely to be equipped with similar dimensions and design. The Xperia M2 Aqua would also have the specifications that would be similar to the the original Xperia M2.

The Sony Xperia M2 would be equipped with a screen size of 4.8 inches with qHD TFT LCD display, and it would be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The smartphone would also sport 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage capacity. Some of the other rumored capabilities of the smartphone include an 8-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front shooter, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 2,300mAh battery. In terms of connectivity, the smartphone offers several options including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, ANT+, NFC and GPS.

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The Xperia M2 Aqua model is mo0st probably to have only single-SIM support. We will provide you more updates as soon as there is more information either from the company or other relevant sources.

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Chromecast To Finally Have Android Screen Mirroring

Chromecast is scheduled to finally have a much awaited and anticipated feature – Android screen mirroring, which will enable users to mirror their small Android screen onto a large TV. It is one of the most highly requested features by the users of the Chromecast. Google has taken into account the request by the users and announced the addition of this much-touted feature to Chromecast.Google I/O 2014 To Witness Launch of Android 5.0

Google has been quoted saying that “Chromecast makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the house. Starting today, you can mirror your Android phone and tablet to the TV so you can see your favorite apps, photos or anything else, exactly as you see it on your mobile device – only bigger. To start mirroring, simply select ‘Cast Screen’ from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app and select your Chromecast device. On Nexus devices, this feature is also available through the quick settings menu.”

The post also reads that “Now, anything on your Android device will appear on the TV. You can share photos stored on your phone with a group of friends, or scope out the scenery for your next family vacation together on the big screen using Google Earth.”

The new Chromecast Android screen mirroring feature is only available in beta as of now, but is likely to be soon launched on Android phones or tablets from Samsung, HTC, LG and others.

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Apple Launches New Version of iTunes: Extra Features of Digital Movies to be The Focus

US-based tech company Apple has released the latest version of iTunes which upgraded its often-overlooked iTunes Extras features for digital movies.itunes

The company has launched the latest version, 11.3, which enables users to enjoy free bonus features for HD movies, while also extending the option to purchase movies on the Apple TV platform.

iTunes Extras for HD movies involves behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes, official galleries and concept art in full-frame HD.

The latest version also has a new Scenes feature that simplifies the process for viewers to “flip to your favourite movie moments.”

Special editions

Best of all, Apple says in a promotional video for the tool, new videos and galleries will be added as they arrive.

So if users buy a movie when it comes out, they could see some bonus footage arrive in time as studios prepare special editions and the like.

With an expansion to Apple TV, that only leaves iOS as the only platform without access to iTunes Extras, though Apple has promised a roll out with iOS 8 in the fall.

 It seems like Apple’s attempts to completely usurp the DVD and Blu-ray disc is gaining momentum again after a few years in the shadows.

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Sony Xperia C3 Launched As World’s Best Selfie Smartphone

Sony has just launched its latest smartphone, the Xperia C3, which is termed as the world’s best selfie smartphone. This shows that selfies are taking over the world. The smartphone is equipped with a beefed-up front shooter with a 5MP sensor, along with high-tech features that have the capability to turn selfies into artwork with minimum effort.

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Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications, has been quoted saying in a new company blog post on July 8 that “Xperia C3 is a unique new smartphone from Sony, created to offer the ultimate social sharing experience with a new powerful ‘PROselfie cam. It also presents a combination of the best of Sony, with leading digital imaging technology and brilliant specs and performance all for a mid-range price.”

The new Sony Xperia C3 is equipped with a screen size of 5.5 inches and is “fully-optimised for selfies.” Additionally the smartphone’s 25-mm-wide angle camera further sports a soft LED flash. The company has simplified the process of taking pictures by enabling users to take photos simply by double-tapping the back of the phone.

The Sony Xperia C3 is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The smartphone is available in the colour options of white, black and mint.

The smartphone is scheduled to be first launched in China in August 2014, making a global debut afterwards.

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Apple iPhone 6 Likely To Have Sapphire Display: To be A Android Flagship?

The soon-to-be-launched android flagship smartphone of Apple, iPhone 6, is likely to be equipped with sapphire display, according to latest leaks through two videos and a set of images. Earlier it was rumored that the company is working towards shifting from Gorilla Glass protection to an in-house Sapphire glass solution for its iPhone 6, and the latest video footage is bolstering such claims.Metal Samsung Galaxy F To Compete With Apple iPhone 6

First off, a YouTube video posted by a well-known gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee shows off the display of the smartphone, allegedly made of sapphire, as it undergoes some rough testing.

A second video also showed an alleged sapphire panel of a white iPhone. The video was posted by an anonymous retailer in Hong Kong, as credited by French publication Nowhereelse. Meanwhile, famous leaker Sony Dickson has also posted the same video on Twitter.

Lastly, Now here else has also revealed several images displaying the front panel of the purported 4.7-inch iPhone. The leaked photos show the front panel with cutouts for the front camera, Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner below the display, and the typical set of sensors above the screen.

Apple is likely to launch its next-generation android flagship smartphone, iPhone 6, on Friday, September 19 2014. The smartphone would be released in two versions, with one having a 4.7-inch display and the other boasting a 5.5- or 5.7-inch screen.

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