Gionee Elife S5.5 Android 4.4 KitKat update now rolling out

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Gionee has started rolling Android 4.4 (KitKat) update for the Gionne Elife S5.5, the world’s slimmest smartphone. Along with the Android 4.4′s features such as wireless printing, support for emojis and more, this update also brings a new layout, update for Amigo Paper and Game Zone with a new UI, updated GioneeXender app and more.

New features in Gionne Elife S5.5 Android 4.4 update

  • Android upgrade to KitKat
  • New Desktop Layout
  • Removed the World Cricket Champion
  • Added Du Speed Booster for faster operations
  • Updated Amigo Paper with a brand new UI design
  • Updated Game Zone with new interface design
  • Updated GioneeXender for optimised performance and further improved the linking success rate

The Android 4.4 update for the Gionne S5.5 is about 865 MB and is rolling out over-the-air (OTA). You can go to Settings, About phone, System updates and check for updates if you have not received update notification. The Gionne Elife E7 that was launched earlier this year, before the S5.5 is yet to get the KitKat update.

Oppo Find 7 Unboxing

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Oppo made its Indian debut not too long ago, and has been consistently bringing in all the devices from its international portfolio here. After the Oppo N1, the next flagship device(s) to land here in India are the Find 7a and more importantly, the Find 7. Both these devices were announced for the Indian market, with prices at Rs. 31,990 for the Find 7a and Rs. 37,990 for the Find 7. The major differences between those two? The display, and the amount of RAM, with the rest of them only minor. The Oppo Find 7 is truly a successor to the Find 5 though, as the Find 7, much like its predecessor, has one of the firsts in the world, when it comes to the display. But quad HD resolution on a 5.5″ screen with the latest Snapdragon processor also qualifies the Find 7 for the top end competition, which includes the likes of LG G3. With that said, we have it here in the retail form, and here is our unboxing treatment of the Find 7, to give you a fairly decent look at the hardware as well as the software –

The box, apart from its usual contents, has a huge power adapter, here is everything inside the box laid out –

Box Contents

  • Find 7 in White
  • Micro USB cable
  • In-ear earphones with extra ear buds
  • VOOC power adapter

The stand out item, in terms of box contents, is the VOOC power adapter. This huge brick serves a purpose of rapidly charging the device with a monstrous 4.5A output.

The first thing we noticed when we took the Find 7 out of the box was how solid it was. With a weight of 172g, it feels heavier than the usual, but definitely more of a reaffirming feel, and hence solid. The design is pretty much an extension of the Find 5 design language, which has this small chin below the display that incorporates a notification LED this time. And of course, the highlight is the display here, which looks extremely sharp at 548 ppi of pixel density, but we are not entirely sure if this is a valid upgrade over 1080p screens, which were already really sharp. We have only started to test this device out, so hold on for more opinions later.

The back side of the phone has a fine texture that adds a lot of grip to the phone, which is much needed, as the device tends to be tall. On the inside, we have the Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC chip powering the device, with 3 GB of RAM and dedicated ISPs for imaging. Unlike the Find 5 and other Oppo devices with Dirac audio, the Find 7 has Maxx Audio instead, which should be interesting to test out. The best part though, is that the back cover is removable and gives you access to the removable 3000 mAH battery and the SIM and micro SD card slots. This is a big improvement from before, especially from the Find 5, which didn’t have a SD card slot. That said, the Find 7 is definitely a flagship device worth looking at, especially at that price of Rs. 37,990. But could the display and RAM prove advantageous for the Find 7? What other differences could it have, when compared with the Find 7a or even the other flagships? We’ll let you know that in our full review, but until then, stay tuned to our blog and our YouTube channel for more coverage on the Oppo Find 7.

Moto X+1 specifications leak on a Brazilian website

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We reported yesterday that Moto X+1 will allegedly launch alongside Moto 360 this summer and now we have some more information on the this long-awaited Motorola handset.

Livraria Logos (Logos Bookstore) is a Brazilian website which actually does have a track record when it comes to leaking Motorola information. It correctly leaked Moto E specifications a few days before the device launched. That gives it some level of credibility I guess.

Anyhow, this Brazilian page is in the middle of building a pre-order page for Moto X+1. According to it, Moto X+1 will sport a 5.2″ 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 12MP camera on the back and a 5MP front-facing shooter. 32GB of memory should be on board (expandable via microSD card) and 2900mAh battery will allegedly take care of powering the device.

We can say this is a big leap when compared to Moto X. If they manage to keep its footprint small and the UI functional as it was the case with Moto X, this could be a great device. Assuming they’ll improve the camera as well of course. What do you think, would you buy something like this if we presume it will look similar to the Moto X?

First sighting of Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact

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It seems that Sony is getting ready to release their upcoming smartphones, which will be known as the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact. If the image shown below is accurate, then it is confirmed that Sony is going with the Omni-Balance design for their upcoming flagships as well.

No more information about the devices are known right now, but we can expect Sony to release it during the IFA event which will take place in Berlin during September.

This is all what we know right now. Do you think that Sony should release their future devices with Omni-Balance design language?

Moto 360 will launch alongside Moto X+1 and will be a part of Moto Maker, report says

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Google announced lots of stuff on this year’s Google I/O. Android Wear was one of the most interesting for sure, considering this is Google’s shot at wearables, only smartwatches for now though. As a part of the I/O, Google briefly announced 3 smartwatches, LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live and Motorola’s Moto 360. First 2 are already up for sale while the last one will be sometime this summer.

Different people like different things, but I’m gonna go ahead and say Moto 360 is definitely the best designed out of the bunch. That smartwatch looks just beautiful with its circular design. Well, PhoneArena’s source claims that Moto 360 will launch alongside Moto X+1, which is also one of the most expected devices this year. That would mean we’ll see Moto X+1 smartphone launch this summer as well. Oh yeah, the same source says that Moto 360 will be included in Motorola’s Moto Maker, in other words you’ll be able to customize that thing before you buy it. We don’t know how will that work, what exactly would you be able to customize, other than choosing the color of the watch and the bands included in the deal. Either way we spin it, those are some great news.

Are you going to buy one of the already available Android Wear smartwatches or are you going to wait for the Moto 360? If you’re not buying anything feel free to tell us your opinion in general of course

Asus Zenfone 5 Benchmarks

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Asus unveiled the Zenfone 5 in the Zefone series along with a range of other Zenfone smartphones earlier this year at the CES 2014. We already brought you the unboxing of Asus Zenfone 5. Here we have the benchmarks of the smartphone. It is powered by a  dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 clocked at 1.6 GHz with PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU and has 1GB RAM. It has a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) capacitive multi touch display and runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with Zen UI on top. Check out the synthetic benchmark scores below.

It scored 9022 points in the Quadrant benchmark.

It scored 19509 points in the AnTuTu Benchmark 4.

It scored 1781 points in the Vellamo 2 HTML5 browser benchmark.

It scored 618 points and lies just behind the Padfone mini 4.3 in the Vellamo 2 Metal CPU subsystem performance test.

It managed to clock around 113.7 MFLOPS in the Linpack single thread benchmark.

It managed to clock around 248.4 MFLOPS in the Linpack Multi-Thread benchmark.

It clocked 60.5 fps in the NenaMark 2 GPU benchmark.

It managed to clock 12.5 FPS in the GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex OnScreen benchmark, better than Moto G.

It clocked around 9.4 fps in the Basemark X 1.0 OnScreen benchmark.

It scored 387 points in the Basemark OS II benchmark. We will be bringing you the complete review of the smartphone soon.

Here’s why Android One is great for the budget smartphone market

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One of the many significant announcements at the recent Google I/O developers conference wasAndroid One. The program was formally unveiled with one central goal in mind, reaching the next 5 billion people in the world. These are the ones without a smartphone, mostly in emerging markets like India, China and so on. Google will be partnering with companies in the supply chain to provide a turnkey solution for many OEMs that are currently driving the budget smartphone segment in emerging markets. Android One involves a combination of affordable reference hardware, handpicked by Google, and stock Android software, with updates directly from Mountain View. The first three OEMs to sign up for this program are from India, which has familiar, but rather important, implications for the budget smartphone market.

For explaining how this will affect the market, lets first take a sample of it in its current form. Right now, OEMs like Lava, Karbonn, Xolo, Micromax and Spice often compete with very similar phones. They mostly all have the same set of specifications at the intersection of many price points, appropriate for that set of hardware, which leads us to believe certain things about them.

One, they are already buying reference hardware and modified software from many companies in China, all sporting either MediaTek, Qualcomm or Broadcom chipsets. They all come with near-stock software, but with small modifications in skinning which includes different styles or just icons. Taking the MediaTek example here, if there is one thing that’s standard, it’s the MediaTek camera app that’s on every phone out there running on the Taiwanese company’s own chipsets. This is a custom app written to support MediaTek’s own ISPs for imaging and video, and apart from the mild skinning treatment, it is literally the same on most phones, be it Micromax, Karbonn or Lava. This is the product of a combination of reference hardware from chip companies, and software, without Google’s intervention, and hence based on the Android open source project.

Two, there is business in App bundling. This industry has been a by product of Android’s famous advantage of flexibility. You could literally take AOSP, make modifications, add a few pre-loaded apps as a part of marketing-related deals, package it with the firmware for the reference hardware and ship. This is precisely what the current market looks like, at least from an outsider’s perspective. OEMs have the bundling business model mainly because of the low margins in hardware and the constant price wars with fellow OEMs. But accommodating bundling along with mostly non-updatable software from chip makers makes updates inconsistent for their phones, and in the end, users will be left behind in terms of catching up with Google.

For us consumers, the budget smartphone segment just got even more exciting. Basically, every other OEM will be able to get the same access as, say, a Nexus or previously, a Motorola device. Updates will be consistent and proper, there will be an option to uninstall any pre-installed app we want, and there are murmurs that even the SD card app support issue has been fixed in Android L. From here on, we can expect a consistent Google experience on all Android devices, with no lack in updates and affordable hardware to go along with it. The OEMs on the other hand will still be able to continue their bundling business and even offer a better user experience, by focusing on after sales support, may be. Only time can tell if Android One takes off as Google wants it to, but until then, at least consumers can be assured of a better user experience in these upcoming devices.

Micromax Canvas Gold A300 price drops to Rs. 20999

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Micromax Canvas Gold A300 went on sale online last week priced at Rs. 23999. Now the smartphone is available on Flipkart for  Rs. 20,999 for the Gold variant. The White with Gold variant comes at a slightly higher price tag. The Canvas Gold  has a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display, powered by a 2 GHz octa-core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It features a 16-megapixel auto focus rear camera with Sony sensor, LED Flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Micromax Canvas Gold A300 specifications

  • 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display
  • 2 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592T processor
  • Dual SIM with dual standby
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 16MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory (25GB for mass storage and 1.5 GB for applications)
  • 2300 mAh battery

The Micromax Canvas Gold A300 is also listed on the official website, but the company is yet to launch the smartphone officially. The Canvas Knight with almost similar specifications, Android 4.4 and a slightly larger battery is now available for around Rs. 19,000. Would would go for the Canvas Gold for a larger screen and a different design?

Xolo Win Q900s with 4.7-inch HD display, Windows Phone 8.1 announced for Rs. 11999

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Xolo has announced Xolo Win Q900s, its first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone as a result of itspartnership with Microsoft earlier this year. It launched Xolo Win, its first Windows 8.1 tablet earlier this month, months after the announcement. The Q900s has a 4.7-inch HD display, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM 8212) processor with Adreno 302 GPU, a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

It has Dual SIM support with dual standby, 7.2mm thick and weighs just 100 grams. This is said to be the lightest Windows Phone smartphone till date. This would directly compete with the recentlyannounced Micromax Canvas Win W121 that has almost similar specifications.

Xolo Win Q900s specifications

  • 4.7-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) multi-touch IPS OGS display with scratch resistant Dragon Trail Glass
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM 8212) processor with 400 MHz Adreno 302 GPU
  • Windows Phone 8.1 OS
  • Dual SIM
  • Dimensions: 135.8 x 67.2 x 7.2 mm; Weight: 100 grams
  • 8MP camera with PureCel sensor, LED Flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD
  • 1800 mAh battery

The Xolo Win Q900s is priced at Rs. 11,999 and would be available for pre-order from online retailerSnapdeal soon for Rs. 9999. It would ship in the second week of July.

Micromax Canvas Duet AE90 with 4.5-inch qHD display, Dual SIM (GSM + CDMA) available online for Rs. 9299

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Micromax Canvas Duet II (EG111) went on sale earlier this year, now the Micromax Canvas Duet AE90 is available from eBay.in. It has a 4.5-inch qHD display, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

It has Dual SIM (GSM + CDMA) support, similar to Duet 2, packs 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal storage with expansion slot and a 1800 mAh battery. Retail package of the smartphone has surfaced online that confirms the existence of the smartphone.

Micromax Canvas Duet AE90 specifications

  • 4.5-inch (960 x 540 pixels) touch screen IPS display
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM (CDMA + GSM)
  • 5MP autofocus camera with LED Flash
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 3G (EVDO /HSDPA), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory (1.82 GB user memory), expandable memory up to 32GB
  • 1800 mAh battery

The Micromax Canvas Duet AE90 comes in Black color and is priced at Rs. 9,299 online.

[Update: The Micromax Canvas Duet AE90 is available on Infibeam at a cheaper price tag of Rs. 8,999]