Google Nexus 4 Vs Nokia Lumia 920 Vs HTC Driod DNA Vs iPhone5: Who Wins?

2012 was the year of technology without a doubt, and as we bring the curtain down on this year, we at TechThirsty have decided to do a round-up of the best phones that were brought out in the year. We’re looking at the top 5 phones that made the headlines, set the cash registers ringing, and drew a huge fan following. So here goes our list:

Google Nexus 4: Google’s very own Android phone, the Nexus, saw its latest model being designed by LG. It features Android in its purest form, just the way Google wanted it to be, and it does look good. High on features like its predecessors, the Nexus 4 managed to grab quite a few eyeballs during its launch. Extremely affordable, we can’t help but forgive Googe and LG for not putting in the LTE connectivity feature in this phone.

Nokia Lumia 920: 2012 was the year Microsoft took a giant leap forward, consolidating its PC and phone OS and bringing out the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. This worked well for Nokia, which had been losing quite a bit of ground to iPhone and Android phones over the past couple of years. Nokia’s flagship Windows Phone 8 based smartphone, the Lumia 920, is quite the head-turner. And no, not just because it looks quirky! The gorgeous display, the PureView camera, Nokia’s apps like City Lens, Maps, etc., everything comes together in this successful offering.

HTC Droid DNA: Just when you thought Apple had the last say in all things high res, thanks to their Retina Display technology. HTC took it forward with its Droid DNA for Verizon with its full HD display. We’re talking about a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels in a 5-inch screen! Now, here’s where Android Jelly Bean truly looks gorgeous and comes alive.

Apple iPhone 5: So what if the screen size stays the same? Apple does manage to make headlines every time it brings out a new version of the iPhone, and this time too, the iPhone 5 didn’t disappoint. It’s slimmer, lighter, and faster – like all successors, and it’s amazing 8 MP camera is literally to die for! With its 360 degree Panorama feature, it’s meant for the shutterbugs. And iOS6 works like a dream!

Samsung Galaxy S3: This was one that quite simply took our breath away. Notwithstanding its ongoing tussle with Apple over patent infringement suits, 2012 was the year of Samsung without a doubt. The Galaxy S3 with its pebble-like curves is one of the bestsellers in the smartphone world – with over 30 million pieces sold since its launch. It propelled Android into greater popularity, and well, it’s brilliant!… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy Grand: Work in Progress

After the overwhelming success of the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note II, Samsung has reportedly gotten to work on a brand new phablet device dubbed as the Galaxy Grand. With a similar 5-inch screen, it is expected to be a more affordable device than the Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy Grand’s screen will have a lower resolution, to keep the costs lower.

According to a report filed with the Federal Communications Commission, the Galaxy Grand will be powered by a Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core mobile processor and will run on Android 4.1.1. It will have a 2100 mAh battery and an 800X480 pixel resolution 5-inch WVGA display.

The Galaxy Grand will support 4G connectivity, as well as WiFi and NFC capabilities. Codenamed as Baffin, the device will primarily be aimed at the emerging markets. Although there are no details as yet on the pricing, we’re hoping it’s affordably priced to make it a fad, especially among the Indian consumers.… Read the rest

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Samsung Leads Smartphone Sales as Market Grows in Third Quarter

Samsung’s good fortunes continued to shine through even in the third quarter of 2012 as it managed to garner more share of the global smartphone market. Almost 40 percent of the mobile phone market it made up of smartphones, a number that is continuing to rise with every passing quarter. While the overall demand for mobile phones fell by 3.1 percent when compared with last year, the share of smartphones witnessed a growth by almost 50 percent.

Samsung and its archrival Apple together account for 46.5 percent share of the global smartphone market, while Research in Motion comes in third, followed by HTC. Nokia, the former world leader in mobile phones, now comes in seventh in this list. Samsung and Google share a symbiotic relation as Android also continued to maintain its lead as the world’s most popular smartphone OS even in the third quarter.

Almost 72 percent of the smartphones run on Android, while Apple’s iOS accounts for 13.9 percent. BlackBerry OS continues to be in the third spot, although its share fell from 11 percent to just about 5.3 percent in comparison with last year. Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS saw a slight growth, up from 1.5 percent to 2.4 percent of the share, and came in fourth. While Android and Apple continue to maintain the lead, we can expect to see stiff competition for the third position between the recently launched Windows Phone 8 and the upcoming BlackBerry 10.

While the share of smartphones continues to grow, the demand for “feature phones” that don’t have app capabilities and basic cell phones is declining. Samsung emerged as the leader in overall mobile phone sales, accounting for 22.9 percent of the share in the third quarter. Nokia came in second, accounting for 19.2 percent of the overall share, while Apple and ZTE accounted for 5.5 percent and 3.3 percent of the share. Huawei followed up, accounting for 2.8 percent of the overall mobile phone market.… Read the rest

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The Apple, HTC Drama: All Fizzled Out?

Saturday saw a remarkable declaration of peace by both Apple and HTC – they had locked horns in a patent battle, but decided to drop all litigation and opt for a licensing settlement deal instead. According to both companies’ websites, this settlement has been announced as a win for innovation. The settlement came as a surprise to many, especially given Apple’s outright animosity against all things Android (case in point – Samsung).

However, Tim Cook may be a milder leader than Steve Jobs when it comes to waging legal wars, as this settlement in particular demonstrates. There are reports that he has already indulged in discussions with his counterpart at Google, Larry Cook, to sort out some of the intellectual property issues.

In this particular deal, HTC will have to make payments of $6-8 for each phone to Apple. HTC was the first company whose Android smartphone was targeted by Apple for potential patent infringements. Analysts are hoping that this agreement would act as a blueprint for future deals. While in this instance, the case has been settled rather amicably, it’s hard to predict if Apple would repeat this settlement deal with other Android manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola.… Read the rest

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Could there soon be a Google Wallet Credit Card?

A while back, Google launched the Wallet – a method to make payments using your phone. And now, if rumors are to be believed, Google’s working to get out a physical Google Wallet credit card. With this credit card, users can combine the power of all their cards into the Google Wallet card, and carry just this one piece of plastic on them wherever they go.

This Google Wallet card syncs automatically with a user’s online account, and selects the same default credit card as per the user’s settings. Users can use the card just like a regular credit card and edit the preferences using the smartphone app for Google Wallet.

Google has reportedly also set up a help website detailing how the card would work, including a section called “Eligible Devices”, which mentions that the Google Wallet card could be used on devices running Android 2.3.3 or higher. There’s still no information on when this technology is expected to release.

While this would take away from the original purpose of Google Wallet, which was established a card-less payment system, maybe this feature would entice more customers to try it out. Google, when contacted, declined to comment on these rumors but added that they are constantly working to find ways to make shopping a better experience for consumers. d “Eligible Devices”, which mentions that the Google Wallet card could be used on devices running Android 2.3.3 or higher. There’s still no information on when this technology is expected to release.

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Amazon’s Amazing Discount on Angry Birds Games

 

The latest in the Angry Birds series, Star Wars, is all set to be out this Thursday, and no one’s more prepared for it than Amazon. To get you all prepped up for the new game, Amazon’s offering a discount of 50% on some of the Angry Birds games for Kindle tablet users. So, if you’re looking to purchase the original Angry Birds HD, or even Angry Birds Rio HD or Angry Birds Space HD, head to the Amazon Appstore and stock up on these games soon!

We’re saying soon not just to get you more excited, but also because this offer’s only on until 11:59PM on November 7. You can get the full versions of these games for just $1.49, down from $2.99. And if you’re among the ones who have been there, done that, well then, wait it out for a few more hours until Rovio brings out the Angry Birds Star Wars game. This game is available for iOS, Android, PC and Mac users. While Android users can purchase this game for 99 cents, Kindle tablet users will have to shell out $2.99 for the same game.

For all the Star Wars fans, this game features Luke, Leia, Han and Chewy going up against stormtrooper pigs. Its official trailer was released yesterday and shows off the powers of each of the characters as well as some of the intergalactic levels in the game.

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Apple iPad Sales Slump as Demand for Android Tablets Grows

So the analysts say that the iPhone 5 has not managed to garner as much attention among the consumers. Close on the heels of this update is more bad news for Apple. Turns out the third quarter of this year saw the sales of Samsung and Amazon tablets gaining significant market share, as consumers put their iPad purchase plans on hold until Apple brought out new devices.

IDC estimates report that Apple’s market share among tablets dipped from 65.5% down to 50.4% in the third quarter, while Samsung’s share grew to 18.4% and Amazon accounted for around 9% of the market. For Samsung, this is the first time since the launch of the first iPad in 2010 that the company commanded such a high share of the market. Aggressive marketing campaigns for the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tabs sure have paid off for Samsung, as the numbers show. In Amazon’s case, the demand for newly introduced Kindle Fire tablets boosted this growth. Asus, the producer of Google Nexus 7, also saw a big jump in its market share – all the way up to 8.6% from just 3.8%.

However, IDC has indicated that this shift may not be permanent as the iPad Mini could help Apple pull back some of its customers and regain the lost market share. The only drawback could be the steep pricing of their 7-inch offering in the tablet market. The high price puts the iPad Mini all by itself as competitors have already started offering price cuts on their models. Barnes & Noble brought down the price of the Nook Tablet to $159 for the 8GB model and $179 for its 16GB model.

To make matters more difficult for Apple, Microsoft entered into the tablet space with its own offering, the Surface, and we wait to see what other hardware partners of Microsoft will bring out with the latest Windows 8 and Windows RT. It just might manage to create a niche of its own in the tablet space – giving consumers a cheaper option to laptops with similar computing prowess.… Read the rest

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Apple Vs Google: Samsung Galaxy Nexus May See The Light Of The Day

Galaxy Nexus cleared for saleIn Apple vs. Google battle against the latter’s mobile software, the former got a setback yesterday as a US appeals court reversed a pretrial ban on the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

Currently, Apple and Google are undergoing patent battles in court all over. Google’s Android software powers many of Samsung’s latest and upcoming devices.

The ruling was given by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, who said that Lucy Koh, District Judge abused her discretion.  The court ruled that Apple failed to prove that consumers bought the Samsung device because of the infringing technology. Nexus is an old device in Samsung’s lineup of smartphones and therefore, the ruling is not expected to have any impact on the smartphone market.

However, the court’s reasoning for this decision could make it difficult for rival companies suing each other over patents, pull down competitors’ products from the market.

On being asked to comment, Apple declined and Samsung did not immediately respond.

Recently, in August, Apple won $1.05 billion in damages from a legal victory over Samsung.

This trial over the ban of Nexus phone was filed by Apple against Samsung earlier this year. Lucy Koh, District Judge issued a pretrial ban against the Nexus in June. The appeals court then stayed that order until it could formally rule.

The court considered a single patent- one that lets the smartphone search multiple data storage locations at once. The case has been sent back to Koh for reconsideration by the appeals court.

Beyond the Nexus, Samsung also lined up a cast collection of new tablets and smartphones intended for launch before the holidays.

The case in the Federal Circuit is Apple Inc vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al., 12-1507.

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MTag 353 By MTS: The Latest Entry In The Android Phone Market

MTS latest smartphone MTag 353Another smartphone has lined up for release, marking its entry into the smartphone market. This latest device is MTag 353 by MTS that runs Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform and will have access to Google Play.

Priced ₹5,999, the MTag 353 is equipped with a 3.5-inch 320 x 480 display and has a capacitive touch. Powered by a 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the MTS MTag 353 will have a 1500mAh battery that will provide a talk time, video/audio playback of four hours.

With a 3-megapixel camera at the rear, this smartphone will have an expandable memory slot of up to 32GB; pre-bundled with a 2GB card in box. The device will also support Wi-Fi Hotspot, assisted GPS, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack, Orientation sensor.

According to Leonid Musatov, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, MTS India, the MTag 353 is one of most stylish smartphone introduced by MTS. The device also comes bundled with exciting High Speed Data and Voice plans.

MTS offers MTag 353 with different offers bundled such as 512MB data per month for 2 months, 500 local + STD minutes per month for 3 Months, 1 paise/ 2 seconds local + STD for 6 months. Also available is the MTS TV app, which offers on-the-go access to over 100 live TV and video-on-demand channels.

MTS MTag 353 boasts of an internal storage of 150 MB and offers video recording at 30 fps.

MTS MTag 353 will come packed with charger, USB cable, battery, earphones, 2 GB microSD card, user manual, warranty card, interchangeable back covers in white and yellow.… Read the rest

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Could the Next Android be Named KajuKatli?

Are you joining the #KajuKatli For Android brigade? Google’s Larry Page and Android Inc’s Andy Rubin have consistently naming the next version of the Android after a dessert. Android was taken over by Google in 2005. Rubin has stayed as Google senior vice president of Mobile and Digital Content.

A bunch of Android enthusiasts from India are now gunning to have the next version of the OS names KajuKatli. In this attempt, the group will also be sending Page and Rubin a box of the Indian sweet along with a letter that will be signed by supporters from India.

“We have been running this campaing for the past three weeks, asking for KajuKatli as the next Android version. Google sure has taken notice of this. At least one senior Google employee, who is an Indian retweeted about the campaign on the first day. We are hopeful that if enough Indians demand an Android version named after an Indian sweet, it shall work,” Join The “#KajuKatli For Android campaign frontrunner Annkur P Agarwal has said.

So far, Google has named each new version of Android after a dessert and does that in an alphabetic order. So the previous version was named JellyBean.

Agarwal mobile phone online store website PriceBaba in Mumbai and has already found 4,000 to supported the campaign. “I think Google has a big focus on India. It showed Hindi support during the launch of its last Android version, which was named JellyBean. The next would be a sweet beginning with from the alphabet ‘K’. Hence, KajuKatli,” Agarwal has said.

Be a part of the action and log on to www.kajukatli.in to pledge your support.… Read the rest

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