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Prakash

Nikon is releasing the CoolPix S800C in September. With the Android and WiFi powered, you will be able to use your favourite application (Whatsapp, Facebook, Ubuntu One, DropBox, etc.) to share photos easily. Here is the cool features of the CoolPix.

  • 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen with 819,000-dot resolution,
  • 10x optical zoom
  • GPS, 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second
  • 1.7 GB onboard storage
  • SD and SDHC external storage support
  • 18 filter effects
  • HDMI Out (up to 1080i resolution)
  • USB port, and Wi-Fi
  • Weight than a half-pound (6.5 ounces)
  • 1.1-inch depth.

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Prakash

Samsung has announced the Note II, lets see how they compare:

Features Note II Note
Processor Quad Core Dual core
RAM 1.5 GB 1 GB
Built in Memory 16/32 GB 16/32 GB
Screen size 5.5" 5.3"
Camera 13 Megapixel 8 Megapixel
Android 4.1 4.0.4 (currently)
Availability September 2012 already available

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Prakash

From TheDroidGuy.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy SIII Jelly Bean operating system tests have passed through the firmware tests and is currently awaiting a few things including a ‘public version of software agreement’ from Google.  There have been no issues in the testing of the SII and Galaxy note Jelly bean so far but they went ahead and said that in case they change their minds on the update, they may roll out a ‘value pack’.  There is no cause for worry on this issue now though considering that the SIII and the Galaxy Note 2 are still the hottest items in the Android market at the moment.

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Prakash

XBMC Media Center is a very popular free and open source cross platform media player application that is developed by the XBMC Foundation. Being an open source application, XBMC media center software is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms.

It has been a popular alternative to Windows Media Centre and likes, and now the popular platform is finally going to be available for Android.

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XBMC Media Player

 

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Prakash

As if Android everywhere wasn’t enough :)

Microwave Android Integrated Device (MAID) can auto-cook virtually unlimited number of dishes besides making microwave operations simpler with user-friendly interface.

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Prakash

After having a very successful Galaxy S II, now samsung has come up with SIII. It is Samsung’s flag ship brand and they seem to make no compromise in the configurations. Here is what is cool.

  • Quad-core 1.4 GHz
  • 4.8 inch display Super AMOLED
  • Resolution 720 x 1280  with 306 ppi pixel density, close to Apple’s retina display
  • Gorilla Glass 2 for extra tough screen
  • MicroSD Slot
  • 16/32/64 MB in built memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • WiFi and WiFi Hotspot
  • 8 MP Camera
  • 1.9 MP front facing camera
  • Android 4.0.4

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Prakash

After the successful ASUS Transformer Prime which also comes with a full size keyboard dock, ASUS has launched a lower priced version of the Prime the ASUS Transformer Pad 300.

The prime has better display and Aluminum body, while the Pad had plastic body. Here is what is cool.

  • 10.1″ Display
  • Android 4.0
  • Quad Core 1.2 GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • Optional Keyboard Dock at $149
  • Micro HDMI slot
  • microSD Slot for expandable memory
  • 16/32GB built in memory options
  • Bluetooth 3.0

 

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Prakash

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is being priced to compete with Amazon Fire. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with WiFi is priced at US$249, just $50 more than Kindle fire but offers a lot more features. Here is how they compare:

 

Features Amazon Kindle Fire
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Processor Dual Core 1GHz Dual Core 1GHz
Storage 8
GB
8/16/32
Expandable Memory No Yes
Size 7 inches 7 inches
Display Capacitive
Touch with IPS
PLS Capacitive Touch
3G No Yes (Optional)
Camera No Yes 3MP
Front Camera No Yes VGA
Bluetooth No 3.0
IR Blaster No Yes, can be used as a IR Remote
GPS No AGPS
Weight 413g 344g
OS Android  2.3(customised) Android 4.0.4 ICS

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Prakash

If dual-core phones wasn’t enough for you, now you have quad-core phones. And many of them have got launched at the Mobile World Congress 2012. Let’s compare a few quad core phones which matters.

All of them will run Android 4.0

LG Optimus 4X HD Huawei Ascend D quad HTC One X Samsung Galaxy S III
1.5 GHz 1.2 GHz 1.5 GHz 1.5 GHz
1 GB RAM 1 GB RAM 1 GB RAM 1 GB RAM
16 GB Storage 8 GB Storage 32
GB Storage
TBC
8 MP Camera 8 MP Camera 8 MP Camera 8 MP Camera
1.3 MP Front camera 1.3 MP Front camera 1.3 MP Front camera 2 MP Front
camera
8.9 mm thickness 8.9 mm thickness 9.3 mm thickness 7
mm thickness
4.7″ Screen 4.5″ Screen 4.7″ Screen 4.8″Screen
Resolution 720 x 1280 Resolution 720 x 1280 Resolution 720 x 1280 Resolution
1920 x 1080
TBC Micro SD slot No slot TBC
HDSPA 21 Mbps HDSPA 21 Mbps HDSPA 21 Mbps HDSPA 21 Mbps
Bluetooth 2.0 Bluetooth 3.0 Bluetooth 3.0 TBC

Three of these have got announced at MWC, so expect to see them in the summer. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is still not officially announced, hence some of the specs are not known.

Have some Quad fun now!

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Prakash

Samsung Galaxy S Plus is for those who can’t wait or afford the Samsung Galaxy S III .

Specifications

  • 1.4 GHz Single Core
  • 4″ Display with 480×800 resolution
  • 5 Megapixel camera, Secondary VGA camera
  • 16 GB inbuilt memory.
  • MicroSD slot for expandable memory
  • Android 2.3
  • Bluetooth 3.0

 

 

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Prakash

HTC One @ MWC

HTC doesn’t want to be left behind in the Android race. They are coming up with the HTC One in 3 different models.

The top end: HTC One X

  • Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor 1.5 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4.7″ Display with 1280×720 resolution
  • 8 MP Camera: f2.0 lens and a back side illuminated sensor, excellent in low light conditions
  • Android 4.0
  • 32 GB storage
  • Near field communications (NFC)
  • LTE option in HTC One XL

Whats missing.

No expandable memory, but do you need one if the phone already has 32 GB ?

Interested? Read the review.

The midrange: HTC One S

  • 1.5 GHz Dual Core
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4.3″ Display with Gorilla Glass
  • 8 Megapixel Camera

At the lower end: HTC One V

  • 1 GHz Processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3.7″ Screen
  • 5 Megapixel Camera
  • Android 4.0
  • 4 GB Internal Memory
  • Micro SD Memory slot.

 

HTC A9192 Inspire 4G Unlocked Phone with Android OS, 3G Support, 8 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, and GPS--(Black)

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Prakash

The hugely successful Samsung Galaxy family is having a new Galaxy S III. Hold your breath..

  • 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
  • 4.8-inch “full HD” 1080p resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio display
  • A 2-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera
  • Ceramic case
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 4.0

What more could you ask for ?

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Prakash

For those who have been waiting for Android 4.0, there is a good news and bad news. Good news for those who’s device will receive the update, bad news for those who won’t get the update! Here is the list.

1. Acer Iconia Tab A200 – mid-February
2. ASUS Eee Pad Transformer – no date set so far
3. HTC Sensation – March
4. HTC Sensation 4G – March
5. HTC Sensation XE – March
6. HTC Sensation XL – March
7. HTC Rezound – Later this year
8. HTC Vivid – Later this year
9. HTC Amaze 4G – Later this year
10. HTC EVO 3D – Later this year
11. HTC EVO Design 4G – Later this year
12. HTC Incredible S – Later this year
13. HTC Desire S – Later this year
14. HTC Desire HD – Later this year
15. LG Optimus LTE – Q2
16. Prada phone by LG 3.0 – Q2
17. LG Optimus 2X – Q2
18. LG Optimus Sol – Q2
19. LG my Touch Q – Q2
20. LG Eclipse – Q2
21. LG Optimus 3D – Q3
22. LG Optimus Black – Q3
23. LG Optimus Big – Q3
24. LG Optimus Q2 – Q3
25. LG Optimus EX – Q3
26. Motorola DROID RAZR – no date set so far
27. Motorola RAZR – no date set so far
28. Motorola XOOM – no date set so far
29. Motorola XOOM family edition – no date set so far
30. DROID BIONIC by Motorola – no date set so far
31. DROID Xyboard 10.1 by Motorola – Soon
32. DROID Xyboard 8.2 by Motorola – Soon
33. Samsung Nexus S – It needs source
34. Samsung Galaxy S II – 1 March
35. Samsung Galaxy Note – 1 March
36. Samsung Galaxy S II LTE – 1 March
37. Samsung Galaxy R – 1 March
38. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Q1
39. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 – Q1
40. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 – Q1
41. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus – Q1
42. Sony Xperia arc S – March-April
43. Sony Xperia neo V – March-April
44. Sony Xperia ray – March-April
45. Sony Xperia arc – April-May
46. Sony Xperia PLAY – April-May
47. Sony Xperia neo – April-May
48. Sony Xperia mini – April-May
49. Sony Xperia mini pro – April-May
50. Sony Xperia pro – April-May
51. Sony Xperia active – April-May
52. Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman – April-May

Is it worth the wait? Tell me your experience.

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Prakash

HTC Flyer 5MP,16GB,Android OS,AD2P 7inch WIFI Tablet

The Amazon Kindle Fire has started price war. Since its priced at $199, other similar tablets have to drop prices to stay afloat. Blackberry playbook has already dropped pricing starting at $300. Now HTC flyer is down to $299 from $499, a $200 price drop on Bestbuy. Here is how they compare:

Features Amazon
Fire
HTC
Flyer
Processor Dual Core 1GHz 1.5 GHz
Storage 8
GB
16
GB
Expandable Memory No Yes
Size 7 inches 7 inches
Display Capacitive
Touch with IPS
Capacitive Touch
3G No No
Camera No 5MP
Front Camera No 1.3MP
Bluetooth No 3.0
GPS No Yes
Weight 413g 420g
OS Android (customised) Android 2.3

Overall the HTC Flyer looks like a better bet with GPS,  2 cameras, 16GB and expandable memory all fur just a $100 more.  Besides it also has full fledged Android rather than restricted customised Android in the Fire.

Note: Both don’t have 3G. If you need 3G connectivity, look elsewhere. 

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Prakash

Kindle Fire, Full Color 7

Amazon has launched the Kindle Fire, their to be iPad killer. Is is really a killer ? Lets find out.

Here are the key specs:

  • 7″ Screen
  • Gorilla glass for extra protection
  • WiFi
  • 8 GB Internal Memory
  • Dual Core 1 GHz processor

Whats missing:

  • No expandable memory
  • No 3G/4G
  • No camera
While the device looks promising at this price point, if you need a camera or 3G, find another device.
It also has a highly customised Android OS which you can’t add any of the android goodies unless there are 3rd party ROMs like for the Nook colour.
My guess is Amazon will launch another device in the near future with 3G and camera.

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Prakash

Motorola has updated the Defy with Defy + which is scheduled to launch in September.

Most of the specs remain the same of the earlier one like Gorilla Glass a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. The size and dimensions also remain the same with 3.7″ screen. Like the Defy, the Defy + is also waterproof, dust proof and scratch proof.

The processor has been upgraded to 1 GHz, a larger 1750 mAh battery and android has been updated to 2.3.3. This should improve the performance and user experience.

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Prakash

Google has acquired Motorola Mobility essentially for its 24,500 patents.

Google has been bogged down by patent hoarding companies which have put pressure on Android as a platform. They decided instead of focusing on innovating, they would focus on building a patent portfolio.

Google had no choice to pay for patents,else they would end up losing the wonderful Android platform that they built because of patent wars.

Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II Unlocked GSM Smartphone with 8 MP Camera, Android OS, 16 GB Internal Memory, Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, and GPS--No Warranty (Noble Black)What Google in going to do next is anyones guess.

Strip Motorola Mobility of its patents and software talents and sell of the hardware seems like a logical one.

If google decides to continue selling hardware, they would compete with other companies in the Android eco-system such as Samsung and HTC.

However what they would be able to do is tightly integrate hardware and software like Apple does.

The least I expect is to have the latest Android available for Motorola phones.So if you have a Motorola phone, have fun!

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Prakash

Apple iPhone 4G 16GB Quadband World GSM Phone (Manufacturer Unlocked)

Congratulations Apple users, you are soon going to have 11 new features which Android users already enjoy :)

Many Apple fanboys find Android a copy of the Apple.. now its Apple who is copying from Android. Apple iOS5 has copied 11 features from the Android platform which will show up in iPad2 and iPhone 5.

Here is the list:

  • Notification Bar
  • Cloud Synchronization
  • Wireless Syncing
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Voice Control
  • Split Keyboard:
  • Real time messaging
  • Over-the-Air Updates
  • Twitter updates
  • Multitasking
  • Widgets

Read the complete article.

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Prakash

Apple iPhone 4G 16GB Quadband World GSM Phone (Manufacturer Unlocked)Do you envy when your Blackberry friends talk about BBM, short for Blackberry Messenger. Time to show them Whatsapp.

What is Whatsapp?

Its a cross platform instant messenger, think SMS/BBM.

It works on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia. Currently BBM is restricted to Blackberries only.

It offer messages, videos, photos, audios and more.

No cost of sending messages because it uses your data connection. You can use WiFi or 3G. A world of caution: if you have a limited data plan or on roaming, you may be paying for sending messages.

Sounds too good to be true? Now the fine print :) Its a paid app, on no! For iPhone its $.099 and for Android its free for first year after that its $2.

Its still worth it. Enjoy Whatsapp.

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Prakash

Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks For DummiesEarlier Microsoft sued Android phone makers, now Oracle is suing Google for Android. Patents were to protect innovators instead its being used to stop innovation.

The big old daddies of the IT industry are going after the new companies.

The old ones have nothing new to innovate. Thy are too comfortable in their zone to make the big bold moves. These companies are eventually going to get extinct and are only resting on their past laurels. They are utilising their patent portfolios to make money and stop other companies from innovating.

HTC is paying $5 for every Android phone to Google Microsoft , yes Microsoft! Microsoft makes more money than Google on every Android phone for patents! The business models is similar to the Mafias asking for protection money. The patents hoarders are the new age Mafia.

If you don’t believe me they are going to be extinct? Do your maths. If you bought Microsoft stock 10 years back for $60, today it would be worth US$28. You would have lost more than 50 percent of your value in 10 years. This is for a company that controls the software on 90 percent of the computers.

Now Google is buying patents, not because they need them. But to have a defensive patent portfolio. You see in the tech industry the big 800 pound gorillas never get sued by other gorillas because they have a patent portfolio.

From Google’s Blog:

The tech world has recently seen an explosion in patent litigation, often involving low-quality software patents, which threatens to stifle innovation. Some of these lawsuits have been filed by people or companies that have never actually created anything; others are motivated by a desire to block competing products or profit from the success of a rival’s new technology. The patent system should reward those who create the most useful innovations for society, not those who stake bogus claims or file dubious lawsuits. It’s for these reasons that Google has long argued in favor of real patent reform, which we believe will benefit users and the U.S. economy as a whole.

Google wants to purchase patents from Nortel Network, a company now gone bankrupt (you cant live on patents for too long you see). Microsoft has a license from Nortel Network and fears Google may cancel their license.

Reuters:

Microsoft, which claims a “worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to all of Nortel’s patents” following a 2006 deal, said in a filing with a Delaware bankruptcy court that existing agreements should be transferred to any new owner of the intellectual property, which spans many fields.

Google has bid $900 million to buy more than 6,000 patents and patents applications belonging to Nortel, a once mighty Canadian network equipment maker that filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2009.

Glyn Moody says:

I mean, let’s be consistent here: if you want to abuse the patent system, expect to be on the receiving end of similar abuse. On the other hand, rather more laudably, why not stop abusing, in which case you can take the moral high ground when others start abusing the system to attack you?

Its high time we replace the patent system with open source and let the innovation happen again.

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