Micromax had promised earlier this year that it has plans to launch as many as 30 handsets this year alone and it seems the company is keeping with its promise. It also made a addition to its ever increasing Canvas series with the launch of Micromax Canvas Music A88. The smartphone is now available for purchase on Micromax’s official site and other major retailers around the country for Rs. 8499.
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As the named suggests, the Canvas Music is custom made for Music lovers and it also ships with free JBL Tempo headphones. Micromax is also offering unlimited and free song downloads from its own MLive! store which has over 3 lakh songs. According to Micromax, “it serves as a perfect offering to the youth echoing its vision of providing a fulfilling entertainment experience to all the music and multimedia lovers.”
Being a budget phone, Canvas Music offers decent smartphone specifications. Canvas Music A88 is a dual SIM smartphone running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and powered by a 1 GHz dual core MediaTek processor with 512 MB RAM. It comes with a 4.5-inch display and 5 MP rear camera with LED flash along with a 0.3 MP camera at the front for video calling. A88 also comes with a 4 GB internal storage (with microSD support upto 32 GB) and a 1,800 mAh battery.
Micromax Canvas Music A88 complete specifications:
- 4.5-inch TFT multi-touch display with 480x854p resolution
- 1 GHz dual core MediaTek MT 6577 processor
- Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean
- 512 MB RAM; 4 GB internal memory, expandable upto 32 GB
- 5 MP rear camera with dual LED flash and 0.3 MP front camera
- Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby
- 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
- 1,800 mAh battery
Available in pearl white and midnight black colors the Micromax Canvas Music comes with preloaded apps like Fruit Devil, The Darkman, Hook up , M! Live and M!Zone+. This phone seems a rival of Samsung Galaxy Music, which features a much smaller 3-inch screen and is available for Rs 6,500 in the market.
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Samsung has released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy Chat. The update is 332MB in size and is available OTA a.k.a over the air, as well as via Samsung Kies.
Samsung Galaxy Chat was originally launched in September of last year and was running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich until this update has been released.
The updates are rolling out in phases. As soon as, your phone is ready for update, you will get a notification for it. You can also manually check for this Jelly Bean update by navigating to Settings >> About Phone >> Software Update >> Update.
This new update with build version B5330XXUBMD2 is going to introduce Google Now, Project Butter improvements, UI enhancements and improved notifications and more to Galaxy Chat users.
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Samsung has announced the S7710 Galaxy Xcover 2, a rugged IP67-certified smartphone. This means it is waterproof and is impact and dust resistant. While today’s smartphones may boast of as many pixels as on your television and a processor which is faster than your PC, but they are not great at outdoor use. One drop and you are almost guaranteed of a big repair bill. But that’s not the case with Samsung Xcover 2.
Though it looks like a regular Galaxy handset in a very sturdy case, but the Xcover 2 is much more than that. According to Samsung,
“Galaxy Xcover 2 is the ideal smartphone for active explorers who are enjoying outdoor lifestyles and seeking a durable mobile device with essential smartphone capabilities.”
Of course there are other water-resistant phones in the market, including its predecessor, the Galaxy Xcover. But what Xcover 2 offers is its new IP67 certified device can withstand damage if it is immersed in up to 1 metre deep in water for 30 minutes. While dust and sand have no chance of penetrating its surface with a battery cover lock as well as strap holder that the phone provides. Samsung has also added a dedicated camera key and encourages you to go and take pictures underwater with it.
As far as the specifications as a smartphone are considered, Xcover may not match a high end smartphone but its enough to fulfill your smartphone needs while going for an adventure.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 key specifications:
- 4-inch TFT LCD display with 800 x 480 pixels and 233 ppi
- 1GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB of on-board storage expandable upto 32GB
- Android v4.1 aka Jelly Bean
- 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- VGA front camera
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, A-GPS, Glonass
- Li-ion 1700mAh battery
- Dimensions 130.5×67.7×12 mm
- Weighs 148.5 grams
But what’s interesting is that Xcover 2 was rumored to be launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona (February 25-28). But it chose to unveil it just days ahead of the scheduled BlackBerry 10 launch on January 30. It seems Samsung is trying to steal Blackberry’s thunder with this launch.
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As there were rumours regarding Sony Tablet in last few days, Sony has officially taken the wraps off new Xperia Tablet Z today. At 6.5mm thickness, it is one of the thinnest tablets to be announced. Sony Xperia Tablet Z will join the already existing Sony Tablet S and Xperia Tablet S in the company’s portfolio.
Xperia Tablet Z features a 10.1-inch 1920x1200p high-res display, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 8MP rear camera with BSI and Android 4.1. Company has ditched its folded image design that was the part of last two tablets and Xperia Tablet Z looks similar to other slab-style tablets available in the market.
Tablets might not be the good device for clicking pictures,still the Japanese manufacturer is touting the Xperia Tablet Z’s camera capabilities with features like automatic low-light mode. The tablet is also water/dust proof a much needed feature, and comes with S-Force Front Surround 3D, NFC, 6,000 mAh battery and LTE. It will be sold in Black and White colours.
Sony had only revealed about the Japanese launch, where it will go on sale this spring. We have No word on release in other countries.
Sony has released their list for xperia smartphones who are going to receive future updates in 2013. Many xperia users are disappointed with them as Sony xperia U, Xperia Sola etc. will not be updated to Jelly Bean and future android verions. Sony explained by giving following explanation,
“The quality of Xperia’s software experience is dependent on a number of factors including: screen resolution, hardware platform and RAM. In the case of Xperia go, this combination came together in a way that meant the user experience running JB was not adversely affected.
Unfortunately, in the case of Xperia tipo, Xperia miro , Xperia U and Xperia sola this wasn’t the case – so we made the decision to keep them on Ice Cream Sandwich.”
Sony revealed its Jelly bean firmware candidates
Well, sony thinks that consumers are fool. WE consumers are much more aware than before.
Xperia u and xperia sola both are powered by 1ghz dual core processor with Mali-400 GPU. SO, that means sony wants to say that newer but slower phone, Xperia J powered by 1ghz single core processor can handle Jelly bean but more powerfull, xperia u powered by 1ghz Dual Core Processor can not handle Jelly Bean. Very, Strange explanation by sony.
Also, Sony Xperia U , Miro, Sola, tipo are 2012 NXT series devices. According to Sony, 2012 launched devices can not run 2012 android version.
Sony’s decision for not updating these devices is very disappointing which will definitely harm Sony’s market share.
If you are a Sony xperia phone owner then this might be a good news or bad news for you. Sony has revealed firmware update list for xperia smartphones who are going to / not going to receive android Jelly bean (4.1) update in near period of time.
Sony revealed their Jelly bean firmware candidates
It is obvious that smarter and newer phone will receive update early. List of devices who are going to receive update are as under in ascending order :-
- First in the update list are :- Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V and their update will roll on during february 2013 and march 2013.
- In the second phase, Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia Go will get their upgrades.
- In the third phase, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ION and Xperia Acro S, will follow
Sony revealed their Jelly bean firmware candidates
This is pertinent to mention that Sony’s recent phones i.e. Xperia U, Xperia Tipo, Xperia Miro and Xperia Sola will not receive Jelly Bean update. Many users of the following phones are disappointed as these phones belongs to latest NXT series. Sony doesn’t stated any reason that why these phones won’t get updated.
In short, update will begin in sometime from February-March 2013 which is late enough as Jelly bean 4.2 is already out.
Sony mobiles have announced an affordable android mobile phone: The Sony Xperia E based on android version 4.1 (Jelly-bean) which is expected to come in first quarter of 2013. Xperia E will be available in three vibrant colours i.e. Black, White and Pink. Though the 3.15 mega-pixel camera is below the average but it can take average quality pictures.
Xperia E will be available in Single & Dual sim (GSM + GSM). It will be equipped with High Definition Voice Quality and xLOUD audio technology. 3.5″ inch HVGA screen enables efficient browsing and great user experience. Sony has tied up with Box to offer 50 GB of cloud storage for life with the purchase of these Xperia smartphones.
Major difference apart from dual sim & single sim functionality between the two is that the Xperia E runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean wheras, Xperia E Dual runs Android 4.0 ICS but it can be upgradable to Jelly Bean later
Some brief specs of this phone are as under:-
- Display :- 3.5 inches 320X480 pixels, (165 ppi density approx.)
- TFT Capacitive screen
- Weight :- 115.7 g
- Network: Single, Dual sim (GSM + GSM)
- Chipset :- Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon
- CPU :- 1 GHz Cortex- A5
- GPU :- Adreno 200
- RAM :- 512 MB
- OS :- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Camera :- Rear :- 3.15, 2048X1536 pixels
- Front :- No
- Bluetooth :- Yes, Version 2.1
- Battery :- 1500 mAh
- Colors :- Black, Pink & White
- Memory :- INTERNAL: 4GB (2GB user available)
- External :- Expendable upto 32GB via memory card
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