Is Google Working on Nexus Version of HTC One? Is It In Competition With LG Nexus 5?

Recently in the news were rumors of Google working on a Nexus version of HTC’s flagship smartphone; the One. Now certain reports speculate that the Google Edition HTC One will hit the shelves in exceptionally small numbers.

The Taiwanese firm is planning to opt for a limited run because several features on the HTC One are included into HTC Sense 5, the custom skin HTC runs on top of Android, and some of those features will not run on stock Android. However, HTC would also want to double the production process of its own flagship smartphone instead of focusing on the Google Edition.

HTC announced selling around 5 million HTC One units since its launch due to delay in the launch and shortage of devices. Currently, the T-Mobile HTC One is available only in selected stores due to unavailability.

As per sources, HTC wants a trial run for the Android version of it’s the One to see how the device does in sales and therefore will offer around 1 per cent of total sales of the smartphone so far. In case that’s true, HTC would launch only around 50,000 units of the Android-based One smartphone.

However, nothing official has been announced as yet.

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Google Nexus 4 vs Google Nexus 5: Quite A Striking Smartphone Battle to Witness

When one rumor hits the web, certain others join in. Certain speculations have kicked in, indicating that Google is all set to launch the white version of its Nexus 4 on June 10. Of lately, more pictures of a white Nexus 4 are swirling around the web, suggesting that the wait might be over. Signifying that the device might hit the shelves anytime soon now, the Nexus 4 looks quite a striking smartphone.

Earlier also there were reports regarding the device’s specifications, hinting that the white version of the Nexus 4 will be rolled out with 32GB internal storage. However, contradicting this, Android Police reports that the white Nexus will come in 8GB and 16GB varieties, with no 32GB+ options, at least for now.

Launched in November 2012, the Nexus 4 has been a popular and stylish smartphone that’s available only in black color.

Now, there have been certain images going around the web, showing white versions of the device, making consumers wait for a long time. However, the white Nexus 4 has still not hit the shelves.

Many market observers were hoping for the white Nexus 4 to be rolled out at the Google I/O earlier this month; however, the event left smartphone buffs disappointed as the white Nexus 4 was a no-show.

Top-end specifications and reasonable price tag have made the Nexus 4 a popular device. There are also rumors that the next-gen Nexus 5 will also be unveiled soon. With so many other smartphones being launched, in case the white Nexus 4 is delayed, maybe customers won’t be as enthusiastic to buy the device.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 : The Predecessor out at Amazon for a Low $0.01!

Samsung is apparently stepping ahead in the smartphone race as we hear that the Korean manufacturer is offering the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 at a very low price. Few months ago, Amazon offered the Galaxy S3 for $49.99. However, with the success of S4, the story is a bit different now. Popular and stylish, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 is now up for grabs at Amazon at a small price of $0.01 with a new contract of 2 years.

Certain reports indicate that Samsung is testing an Android 4.2.2 update for the S3, which will bring the device up to date with some of the best and popular features found on the Galaxy S4. Some of these features include the updated lock screen with new widgets and unlock effects with ripples and light animations. The device will also come loaded with updated S-Voice. Features like voice control will give users easy control over the workings of the smartphone using their voice.

The 4.8-inch Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 will offer users clear screen with 306ppi 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display. Packed with Android 4.2.2 and 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, the smartphone will have an internal memory of 16GB along with 2GB of RAM.

The 8-megapixel camera at the rear comes equipped with zero shutter lag and LED flash, which will let users capture clear photos. There’s also a 1.9-megapixel camera at the front. The Galaxy S3 also offers video recording mode with 1080p HD video capture at the back and 720p HD at the front camera. Other features include 4G LTE radio, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC (near field communications). There’s also a microSD slot with support for up to 64GB microSD card along with 2,100 mAh removable battery.

With all the features that a remarkable smartphone offers, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 is out for grabs for almost free. So have you taken your delivery?

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The HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4: Who is The Real Hero?

Touted as one of the most stylish and beautiful device, the HTC One has made the firm pop up again in the world of smartphones. Recent reports suggest that the Taiwanese firm is now planning to give a Nexus treatment to its flagship device- the HTC One. This means that we will soon see a Google edition of the HTC One with the stock Android operating system. The news followed Google’s decision to start the sale of Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android.

Preparing to be rolled out this summer in the United States, the Google Edition HTC One will come out along with Samsung’s Galaxy S4. There’s a reported time frame of next two weeks for the release. However, details whether the smartphone will be put on the market via Google Play just like the Samsung Galaxy S4 or through any other means is still unknown.

It will be interesting to see how the Google Edition HTC One impresses users. With the Galaxy S4, the Google edition comes free of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and proprietary software that packs the device with more power. Samsung’s own software takes up 8GB of the Galaxy S4’s storage, and with the Google Edition, users can get rid of that.

The Google Edition HTC One will be a Sense-free version. HTC claims the software that’s included beside Android will improve the performance of its ImageSense software and BeatsAudio. However, the HTC One went down well with users and brought lot of fortune to the company. We are hoping to see some noticeable differences in the Google Edition HTC One and that too for good.

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iPhone 6 May Bring Back Apple in Big Game, May Sport A7 ARM Cortex Processor, 2GB Of RAM

A number of features and top-most specifications are rumored to be in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. The latest in the league of speculations for Apple’s next smartphone is an upgraded A7 ARM Cortex processor that the device will supposedly feature. Touted as one of the most awaited and stylish device, the iPhone 6 might come out with 2GB of RAM, which is the double of its predecessor, iPhone 5.

Apple always experiments with the design and style of every new product it launches. Its last release, the iPhone 5 sports a dual-core A6 processor and therefore, it is rumored that the iPhone 5S and/or iPhone 6 (name still unknown) will come out with refreshed, better and innovative features such as an improved quad-core A7 ARM Cortex processor.

Apple iPhone 6 is speculated to be released in September. The rumor went abuzz with Tim Cook’s statement in April, where he said, “I don’t want to be more specific, but I’m just saying we’ve got some really great stuff coming in the fall and across all of 2014.”

The next-gen iPhone might hold a bigger screen with 4.8-inch Retina display and might also have an improved screen resolution of 1080p. Certain reports also indicate towards a power-packed 13 megapixel camera along with a fingerprint sensor.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Why The Successor Is A Good Buy ?

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is out for grabs, the smartphone has managed to attract the wandering eyeballs. Despite certain criticism it received, the ball is still in its court. For those who are a little apprehensive about buying it or not, let us come to your rescue. Read on to know some of the reasons why you might just like to buy Samsung Galaxy S4.

Starting with the device’ features, Samsung Galaxy S4 is a pack of goodies. An interesting and stylish device, Galaxy S4 is packed with in-built health apps, pedometers, IR blasters, eye-tracking and motion gesture technology among others. Not really useful for everyone, but these features will surely be loved by all techno freaks.

Coming down to the screen size of the smartphone, the Galaxy S4 isn’t as big as Galaxy S3 but what sets it apart is the screen quality. The brightness sets in the Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. The 5-inch 1080p resolution screen makes the device an impressive choice.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is not a pain in the hand, considering its size. With all smartphones getting bigger and bigger, the Galaxy S4 sits comfortably in hand.

For those who do not like Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, good news is that Google is also offering the Galaxy S4 running stock Android, which means you get to choose the interface you prefer.

Looking at the Android updates such as Jelly Bean 4.3 and Key Lime Pie, the Galaxy S4 will get these updates first as compared to the Galaxy S3. The performance boost of the Galaxy S4 will let it run Android updates smoothly and easily.

Camera is a major point that consumers consider while buying a smartphone these days. Samsung has packed the Galaxy S4 with a good 13 megapixel lens with a clear 1080p HD video shooting mode at 30 fps that makes this device a pro in this facet.

Lastly considering the apps, Samsung Galaxy S4 has pretty much all the applications that you’d want in your smartphone.

With these points listed down, we hope that the decision making has been made easier for you. What do you think of the Galaxy S4? Share your comments with us.… Read the rest

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T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 Now Out in Stores for $150

For those of you waiting in line to bag the stylish T-Mobile Nokia Lumia, pull up your socks folks, the wait is now over. Get your skates on and move to the local store as we hear that T-Mobile is now offering the Nokia Lumia 521 smartphone in its retail stores and on its website.

A good low price, Windows Phone 8 operating system, and Nokia’s apps and services are some of the features that make this smartphone a success. An exciting feature of letting users make calls via Wi-Fi using T-Mobile’s coverage makes the device quite appealing. This, however, marks Nokia Lumia 521 to be the first Windows smartphone to get Wi-Fi calling element. Doesn’t that sound interesting?

T-Mobile took out a press release to spread the word about having Nokia Lumia 521 in its stores, to ensure that nobody really misses out on the opportunity.

The press release read, “Beginning May 22, the Nokia Lumia 521- an exclusive to T-Mobile- will be available online at http://www.T-Mobile.com, at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retailers for $29.99 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $5 0% APR O.A.C for well-qualified customers with the new Simple Choice Plan.”

A device made in class, the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521 features 4-inch 245 ppi (pixels per inch) 800 x 480 display. The smartphone operates on 1GHz dual-core processor and offer users 8GB of internal storage along with 512MB of RAM. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera at the back with 720p HD video recording feature. The smartphone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity. It runs on T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network and offers download speeds of up to 21Mbps. The removable 1,430 mAh battery offers 9 hours of continuous talktime along with 330 hours of standby.

The entry level Nokia Lumia 521 smartphone can be bagged at a very good price of $150. There’s also a scheme, where customers make a down payment of $30, and pay 24 monthly installments of just $5 to own the device outright. Sounds like a great scheme. So have you taken your pick?… Read the rest

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Hot on The Heels Would HTC One Take A Charge Against Samsung Galaxy S4 This Summer?

 

 

Hot on the heels, HTC’s latest flagship smartphone; the One has turned to be a stylish and beautiful device that has brought great fortunes to the company. The Taiwanese firm not only impressed users with its the One device but also the internet search giant- Google. Certain rumors are surfacing round the corner, suggesting that Google and HTC might be in talks to release HTC One Google Edition this summer.    

Following the Google’s announcement of releasing the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition at the I/O Developers Conference, online forums and Twitter became a great platform for many Android fans who expressed their desire to see the HTC One Google Edition.

Aiming not to hurt the sales of the HTC One, the firm has denied working on a ‘Nexus Edition’ of its flagship device.

However, a recent tweet by HTC’s developer, LlabTooFeR says that Google and HTC are working together to release an HTC One Google Edition smartphone. In order to run Android on its device, the HTC One Google Edition will drop Sense 5. Samsung, we hear is also dropping TouchWiz in its Galaxy S4 in order to run stock Android.

The Google Edition smartphones will run on Android with unlocked bootloaders to make it easy for developers to work with the device. These Nexus smartphones will also offer prompt system updates, which otherwise at times take months to reach the smartphones or tablets.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Fails To Lure Its Users, Would Apple iPhone 6 Come To Rescue?

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 has landed itself in deep waters as we hear owners of the device grumble about certain issues that aren’t going well with the smartphone. Touted as being the best-selling Android smartphone, the Galaxy S4 is expected to hit the milestone of 10 million sales all over the world. But will the device achieve it or would Apple iPhone 6 take advantage of the issue?  Following sales, the device is hit with a list of complains, the latest being with its sound quality. Though the Galaxy S4 looks attractive enough to entice users to bag it, these complaints from its owners make us wonder whether it is worth the upgrade from Samsung’s Galaxy S3.         

For someone who wants to be a proud owner of Samsung’s flagship device, it is important to think about all the pros and cons. Considering the complaints so far, let’s get ready to face them. Read on to know top five reasons why the Galaxy S4 is not going down as well as the Galaxy S3.

1. Overheating of the device

Trouble clouded the Galaxy S4 early in May, when users complained that the device reached a temperature so high that it got almost unfeasible for them to hold it against the ear while talking. One of the owners of Galaxy S4 wrote on XDA-Developers forum, “I’ve just now received my Galaxy S4 with Exynos-Octa processor, and from the first minute I noticed overheating, specially in the ear area and it’s annoying, is anyone faced the same problem?”

Overheating of the device makes it totally uncomfortable to hold in hand. Hoping that Samsung will seriously look into the issue, another user of the Galaxy S4 wrote, “The problem is the heat is from the screen side, sometimes I can’t talk with it! Hope it’s a software problem and to be solved soon.”

2. Battery Problem   

Samsung used a powerful 2600mAh battery in its Galaxy S4, which saw an upgrade from the Galaxy S3’s 2100mAh. Surprisingly, issues regarding a drained battery are hovering over the device with users complaining of the problem they got in hand.  

One of the owners wrote on XDA-Developers forum, “I’ve noticed that I have the famous ‘mediaserver battery drain’ issue too. Check under ‘Settings -> More -> Battery’ and see if ‘Mediaserver’ is at the top of the list, and if so, what percentage? Mine is sitting at 55%. I’m down to 31% battery life after 2hours 43mins of use. I suspect the overheating is a symptom of this misbehaving mediaserver, but I could be wrong.”

3. Purple Smear on Phone’s Display

Users of the Galaxy S4 are also complaining about some smearing issues on the phone’s display, with a shade of purple on the letters. One of the owner writes, “Ok I picked up my new Galaxy S4 today, I’ve owned all the galaxy handsets and been pleased with them. However I noticed some weird screen issue earlier, basically while scrolling dark greys on blacks smudge/smear purple.”

4. Rebooting 

Apparently, the Galaxy S4 is facing complaints of malfunctioning when the device’s camera is launched using the lockscreen widget, which in turn reboots the device out of the blue. There are users who complained that this issue followed the recent Galaxy S4 software update.

One of the users wrote, “I have a weird ‘bug’ that has been occurring randomly. When I launch the camera using the lockscreen widget, app start, camera shows no image and bam, reboot. After they reboot, doing the same thing doesn’t cause a reboot. Weird. Anyone else has this ‘bug?’ 

This rebooting issue can get quite infuriating for users and we hope Samsung looks into it as soon.

5. Issue with Sound or Headphones 

One of the users on XDA-Developers forum wrote, “Anyone having issues with audio crackling/distortion when using headphones? It seems with audio volume above 50% using UE600 headphones I get crackling/distortion that gets worse as I increase volume. I’ve read other reports of similar audio issues with decent headphones but not sure what the issue is. I tried stock, cx-270 and koss headphones but they don’t display the issue.”

This issue of crackling sounds when listening to music at a high volume occurs when users use different headphones instead of Samsung earphones.

With all these issues being reported, we certainly will think twice before upgrading to the Galaxy S4. But in case you have already bagged it, feel free to raise the concern. Do you also face the same issues? Share it with us. Read the rest

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HTC One on Verizon all set to Launch Anytime Soon

Here’s interesting news for subscribers of Verizon as HTC has decided to shoot up the manufacturing process of its flagship HTC One smartphone in a bid to meet the devices’ strong demand. Owing to long delay in the supply of HTC One, many people, who were waiting in line to get hands on to this stylish handset moved on to buy other handsets including Samsung’s Galaxy S4. The Taiwanese handset maker is now hoping to cover up for its lost sales.

Powerful and stylish, HTC One is HTC’s flagship Android smartphone. The firm faced delay due to shortage in the components of the device.

Among other competitive smartphones in the market, HTC has managed to stand ahead in line with a positive response for its products. The Butterfly, HTC’s first 1080p phone, saw a rise of 50 percent sales in Japan after it hit the shelves with some nice on-contract prices.

We hear that HTC will launch its One smartphone with few cool offers and deals for users.

The Taiwanese handset manufacturer has also rolled out a software update for the Sprint variant of HTC One as was reported yesterday. The new update version number is 1.29.651.10.

With this update, Sprint HTC One users will now enjoy the benefits of improved Back and Home key sensitivity. For HTC One users, the issue was that the capacitive keys below the screen didn’t always respond as the touch targets were tiny. Now with this latest update, this issue is fixed as it increases the target size, making it easier to activate. The software update also came out with updates to BlinkFeed. It also adds a new Sprint Zone client to the One.

In the USA, HTC One is already on the shelves on three major carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

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