Can the HTC One X+ unseat the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5?

HTC releases HTC One X+

Not wanting to be left behind, HTC has unveiled their latest smartphone, the HTC One X+.

The HTC One X+ boasts of LTE capabilities and a faster quad core processor. This new device is similar to that of its predecessor, the HTC One X except for a number of upgrades.

For one, the One X+ will have longer battery life as it has a 2,100mAh battery against the 1,800mAh battery of the One X. This comes in handy as this new smartphone supports LTE technology which is hard on a device’s battery.

It also comes with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS as compared to other devices from other tech companies that carry the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

But if pitted against the big boys, the iPhones 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III, will this HTC device stand out? Although the HTC One X+ could surely shake up the smartphone market, we still have to see whether it can directly impact the bigger players.

HTC has already been producing smartphones for a number of years and have made their name for it. Unfortunately for them, the market is currently being dominated by Apple and Samsung.

We would soon find out if the HTC One X+ can be called a Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 slayer.

What do you think?

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread still tops Android OS market


Is it a cause for alarm that Google’s latest operating systems, the 4.1 Jelly Bean and the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, have been lagging behind the old 2.3 Gingerbread OS?

According to reports, the Gingerbread OS only feel by 2% from the previous month. This number still puts it on top of the most used Android OS. This figure also shows that devices running on 2.3 Gingerbread OS are still being used by half of Android users all over the world.

Google’s latest Jelly Bean went up by only 0.6%, while the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich only gained 3%.

Interestingly enough, tech companies running on Google’s Android OS have been using the Ice cream Sandwich for their new smartphones and not the Jelly Bean. Though they have been slowly rolling out updates, many are still stuck with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Do you want to know how bad it is for Jelly Bean? Even the Froyo, the Android 2.2 OS, is ahead of it with 12.9% of Android users that are still using it.

Is there something wrong with the 4.1 Jelly Bean OS or is it really because of the slow roll out of the upgrades that Jelly Bean is lagging behind?

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Samsung to release new entry level device dubbed as Galaxy Music

Want to own an Android smartphone but don’t seem to have enough money to purchase one?

Well, if we base it on multiple reports, Samsung is set to make your dreams come true as the company is going to unveil their latest entry level smartphone this coming October.

This entry level smartphone is dubbed as the Galaxy Music smartphone.

The features of Galaxy Music include a 3 inch QVGA display, a single-core 850MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage and a 3MP rear facing camera. What’s good is that it is reportedly going to come in a single SIM and dual SIM models so no need to carry around an extra phone for your other SIM.

Just like the old Sony Ericsson Walkman phones, the Samsung Galaxy Music is set to bring a new music experience with you wherever you go.

Reportedly running on Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, this entry level phone certainly is a great phone for the budget strapped individual. Together with the features above, the Galaxy Music also has Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, GPS and an extra slot for your microSD card to boost your phone’s memory.

This looks like a great device. Let’s just wait and see until it is released to give our final verdict on the Galaxy Music!

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US Cellular to rebrand Optimus L7 to LG Splendor

The LG Optimus L7 was not able to hit the American market. Were you disappointed with that news? I don’t think so.

But then again, the South Korean tech firm is going to release a device much like the Optimus L7 in the United States. Called the Splendor, it is essentially the Optimus L7 with only a different name.

The Splendor runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 4.3 inch screen size. With a 1 GHz processor (the Optimus L7 has a slower processor) it is quite fast and reliable. The best thing about the Splendor is its NFC capability.

The Splendor also has a neat 5 MP rear facing camera. Neatly placed below it at the back portion of the device are two small openings for the speaker.

It also comes preinstalled with Amazon apps, a mobile office suite and other Google applications.

But does it shout get me when you see it? The device is not that flashy, so expect for it not to be an eye candy.

The lone carrier which carries the LG Splendor is US Cellular and they are offering the device for only $80 after sending a mail-in rebate.

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Amazon teams up with Google on new Kindle Fire

Amazon is going ballistic, as the company unveiled a number of devices in their bid to dethrone other tablets out of their lofty perch.

The company did not only reveal new members of their Kindle Fire line. In fact, Amazon was able to unveil new sets of devices that the company hopes they could make a major breakthrough in the tech world.

Focusing on their new Kindle Fire models: the 7 inch, 8.9 inch and 4G LTE version Kindle Fire, the company has teamed up with Google to help power their new tablets.

A spokesperson from the company confirmed that these devices will be running on Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Android 4.1 Jellybean fans may be saddened by these news, but Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t that bad at all. Though there is still no use yet as to updating the devices OS, at least these new Kindle Fire tablets now run on Android. And that is the good news.

As for the Kindle Paperwhite, it is still unclear whether it’s going to run on Android. Hopefully, Amazon will release a statement regarding on the operating system of the latter.

Is this a great move by Amazon to team up with Google?

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LG unveils new Optimus G

Korean tech firm LG has finally revealed their much anticipated top of the line Optimus G, a few days before it is set to be showcased at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany.

Speculations about the Optimus G have been roaming around the web for a few weeks now, but yesterday, LG has finally unwrapped the veil of secrecy on their latest device, before it goes on sale in Korea next month.

The LG Optimus G has an IPS LCD display with a 4.7 inch WXGA True HD, which boasts of a pixel resolution of 1280×768. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor with a 1.5GHz Quad-Core CPU.

It also features a 2GB of RAM and a 1.3 MP front facing camera with a 13 MP camera installed at the back.

Jelly Bean fans might be disappointed because the Optimus G runs on Google 4.0 Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

The LG Optimus G will be on sale in Korea beginning next month and will soon be available to the international market.

The pricing of the LG Optimus G will be made available at the IFA conference a few days from now.

Will you trust LG to be your device of choice?

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Kindle Fire finally receives Spotify App

Digital music service provider Spotify is finally making their app available to Kindle Fire users as the latter can now download the Spotify app at the Amazon app store.

Users -either on Kindle Fire or not- who download the free version of the Spotify app can stream music being played by Internet radio stations with commercial breaks. Those who pay for their subscription on the other hand, or Premium users, will have a “full mobile experience”.

Premium subscription costs $9.99 per month and users can create and listen to customized playlist, enjoy the app’s social media features and the best of it all, no commercial breaks.

The Spotify app for the Kindle Fire app includes upgrades, such as slide out navigation windows. It also features a crossfaded playback and the ability to create folders for different playlists.

Spotify recently updated their Spotify app for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich users. The update includes a 32-kbps “extreme” sound quality.

But the latter is also heavily dependent on the headphones or speakers that you use on your MP3 device.

So if you’re a music fanatic and can’t live without it whenever you go out on a stroll, then download the Spotify app in your Kindle Fire so you could have music everywhere you go.

Kindle Fire owners must be happy now!

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Huawei unveils two new smartphones

In their bid to capture market in the ever challenging smartphone world, Chinese company Huawei has decided to switch strategies in their effort to eat up some share of the total Android and smartphone market.

The Mobile Asia Expo was the site that Huawei chose to unveil their latest developments.

The Huawei Ascend P1 TD-SCDMA and P1 2600mAh will be released in China and hopefully the rest of the world soon. What separates these two from the rest of the Android and smartphones out there, is that you can gamble using these two devices. Both smartphones are modified version of the Huawei P1 that is bound to be released internationally sometime this year.

The Ascend P1 TD-SCDMA enables Android casino players TD-SCDMA 3G connectivity.

On the other hand, the Huawei Ascend P1 2600 mAh gives users enormous battery life to give its users more time to play mobile blackjack gaming on their device.

Both smartphones run on Android’s latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Ascend P1 TD-SCDMA will be released in China by the end of this month while the Huawei P1 2600 mAh will be released this third quarter. International release dates have yet been released by the company.

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Dropbox updates app for Android, iOS to follow

Popular cloud service provider Dropbox has announced that their latest update for their Android application will now have video streaming capabilities. Those who subscribe to the service and have an Android device, with an Ice Cream Sandwich OS installed, can now view videos without downloading the latter to their smartphones or tablets.

Dropbox’s mobile application enables subscribers and users to access their documents, files and content shared by peers remotely, using their mobile devices.

This update is currently exclusive to Android smartphones that have Ice Cream Sandwich installed on them. It was launched a few days after Samsung released their latest flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3. iOS users will receive this update soon.

Those who bought the Samsung Galaxy S3, depending on their mobile service provider, can have as much as 50GB of free cloud storage. Though not all telecommunication companies give this free package to their customers, but most of new Galaxy S3 packages come with this free Dropbox service.

Cloud based file storage and sharing services are quite popular nowadays since access to them can be done remotely (“accessing the cloud”).

Dropbox for Android can be downloaded at the Google Play Store.

If you’re a Samsung Galaxy S3 user, do you have a free Dropbox storage?

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Android Ice Cream Sandwich update to rise in a few months

Android’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich has been slowly trickling to smartphones the world over and statistics say that figures have doubled in only two months.

In a blog post in the website of Google’s Android Developers, they said that the Ice Cream Sandwich is now running on 7.9 percent of Android devices.

In a post last April, the website said that only 2.9 percent of devices run on Android 4.0.

Previous Android operating systems such as Froyo (Android 2.2) and Éclair (Android 2.1) have slowly lost a number of users.

But Android’s Gingerbread (Android 2.3) operating system has seen an increase in its user-base as its share rose by 1.3 percent.

Last year, 44 percent of smartphones ran on Android compared to only 23 percent from iOS.

The company is slowly rolling out their Android 4.0 update to smartphones.

Devices such as Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab (both 8.9 and 10.1), Galaxy S2 LTE has already received their Ice Cream Sandwich update. Samsung’s latest Galaxy S3 is preinstalled with the latter.

HTC on the other hand, is planning to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich for the EVO 3D, Desire S, Desire HD, Incredible S and Sensation XL.

Other companies are also planning to update their operating systems to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.

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