Snapchat gets Instant messaging and live video chats

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Snapchat has finally added support for instant messaging for its Android and iPhone apps and also brings live video chat. Once you swipe to the right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox, you can start chatting with them, send them photos and videos, just like any other messaging apps. Once you leave the chat screen, all the messages will be cleared for both. But either of you can always tap a message or a screenshot to save them.

The new live video chat option lets you share live video with your friends easily, All you just need is to simply press and hold to share a live video. Both the persons need to keep a finger on the screen to continue the video chat. The place you keep the finger shows your thumbnail from the camera, just like Skype or a FaceTime call.

You can also switch between the front and rear cameras by sliding your finger to the top and the bottom half of the screen. The implementation is just perfect, but it might be a bit hard to understand for the first time.

The new Snapchat update is now live for Android over the Google Play and is expected to arrive for iOS soon.

T-Mobile Posts Good Numbers For Their Q1 2014 Quarter

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T-Mobile just released their Q1 2014 results and they’re looking quite good. Today they reported that this past quarter was their best ever in branded postpaid net customer additions. In total T-Mobile added 2.5 million new customers, with 1.3 million of those being on their postpaid plans.

T-Mobile’s President and CEO, John Legere wasn’t holding back on boasting about T-Mobile’s gains this quarter. “A year ago I promised that we would bring change to what I called this arrogant US wireless industry. We are delivering on that promise and our results reflect the growing customer revolution that we’ve ignited,” Legere said.

As someone who is part of the 2.5 million new customers, I’m very glad to see T-Mobile performing this well. Their service has worked for me pretty much everywhere I go and having truly unlimited data and early upgrades is great. If you have good service in your area, you should definitely look into switching if it would be better for your usage case.

Moto X deal now live, priced at $299 and $324.99

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As promised by Motorola, the Moto X discount deal is now live, in which you can buy the 16GB variant at only $299 and the 32GB model – both standard and developer editions – at $324.99. The deal will be live till 11:59PM ET tonight, and you’ll also be able to customize your device through MotoMaker for free.

Of course, with the second-generation Moto X due to arrive in the next couple of months, it might not make the most sense to buy the first iteration right now, but at those prices, it’s still a hard-to-resist offer. If your hands are itching, head over to the links below to order Motorola’s flagship before time runs out.

Upcoming Nokia ‘Superman’ Windows Phone will help you take ‘Super’ selfies

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The upcoming Lumia smartphone which is codenamed ‘Superman’ will reportedly come with a 5MP front camera. It will also be the first Windows Phone 8.1 device from Nokia after being taken over by the company whose OS powers the Lumia smartphone. Information regarding the other specifications of the Superman device is sparse at the moment although it is expected to sport a 4.7inch display and is expected to launch towards the end of the year.

Microsoft’s plans for Windows Phone 8.1 in 2014 includes a couple of updates that will be introduced along with new devices and later on rolled out to other devices. The first update is expected in July 2014 and the second update will debut on Nokia ‘Superman’ later in the year. Nokia is also said to be working on two more Windows Phone 8.1 devices which can be expected in 2014.

HTC M8 Ace to reportedly come with plastic build and lower price tag

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HTC M8 Ace surfaced in an image from @evleaks earlier this month. Now engadget reports that the HTC M8 Ace, a variant of the HTC One M8 will come with plastic unibody build instead of aluminium build. The HTC M8 Ace would have a 5-inch 1080p display and would be powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor similar to the One M8, according to the report.

It is not clear if the HTC M8 Ace would come with Duo camera arrangement similar to the One M8. Build could reduce the cost a lot. According to the report the HTC M8 Ace would be more affordable and could pose a threat to the Samsung Galaxy S5 with its competitive pricing.

HTC is also working on the HTC M8 mini, a low-cost variant of the M8, according to earlier reports. It is rumored to come with a 1.4 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.5 inch HD display and Android 4.4 KitKat. It is also expected to come with a 13 MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera.

We just have to wait for @evleaks to reveal the complete specifications of the HTC M8 Ace.

Samsung Galaxy K zoom Hands On

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Samsung unveiled the Galaxy K zoom, the company’s latest camera-centric smartphone with a 20.7-megapixel at an event in Singapore few hours back. We got some hands-on time with the camera phone. Even though it has 10x optical zoom like the S4 zoom, this has a new retracting lens technology to make the phone’s body slim at 20.2 mm (16.6mm at its thinnest). It has the usual Samsung home button and the capacitive touch buttons.

The phone runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with the new Touchwiz UI on the top. The 4.8-inch (1280×720 pixels) HD Super AMOLED screen is bright. It also has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS Sensor and the Xenon flash promises better low-light images. It has 24-240mm, F3.1-6.3 lens also has optical image stabilization. It has loudspeaker next to the camera sensor. It is capable of recording video at 1080p full HD resolution at 60 fps.

It has a 3.5mm audio jack and a secondary microphone on top. It also has chrome finish on the sides. It is the second smartphone to be powered by Samsung’s Hexa-Core processor (1.7 GHz Dual Core Cortex A15+ 1.3 GHz Quad Core Cortex A7) after the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

It has 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory and expandable memory up to 64GB with microSD. It has a range of connectivity features including, 4G LTE/3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth v4.0 LE, aGPS + GLONASS and also has NFC.

Huawei Ascend G730 and Ascend Y600 get priced in India at Rs. 13999 and Rs. 8999

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The Huawei Ascend G730 that was announced at the MWC 2014 earlier this year and the Ascend Y600that was unveiled earlier this month have been priced in India on the official Huawei India website. The Ascend G730 has a 5.5-inch qHD screen and the Y600 comes with a 5-inch FWVGA display. Both these phones are powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with Huawei’s own Emotion UI on top.

These have a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Both these have dual SIM support and 3G HSPA+ connectivity.

Huawei Ascend G730 specifications

  • 5.5-inch (960 x 540 pixels) HD IPS display
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Dual SIM with dual standby
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with Emotion UI
  • 5MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio
  • Dimensions: 151.5 x 78.3 x 9.6 mm; Weight: 180 grams
  • 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with MicroSD
  • 2300 mAh battery

Huawei Ascend Y600 specifications

  • 5-inch (854 ×480 pixels) FWVGA capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek (MT6572) processor with Mali 400 GPU
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with Emotion UI
  • Dual SIM with dual standby
  • 5MP rear Camera
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 144.5 x 74.5 x 10.8 mm; Weight: 180 grams
  • 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal memory, Expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD
  • 2100 mAh battery

The Huawei Ascend G730 and Ascend Y600 are priced in India at Rs. 13999 and Rs. 8999, respectively and are expected to go on sale soon.

LG G Pro 2 might launch in India for Rs. 49900

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LG unveiled the G Pro 2, the company’s latest phablet back in February ahead of MWC 2014 and itstarted rolling out in Asia starting from last month. Now Manish Khatri from Mahesh Telecom reports that the G Pro 2 (LG D838) would be priced at Rs. 49,900 (MOP) in India and the MRP would be Rs. 51,500. Stocks are expected in a few days, so the official launch would not be far.

The G Pro 2 has a  5.9-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS display with slim bezel, powered by a 2.26 GHz  quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, OIS+, 4K Ultra HD video recording and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera.

LG G Pro 2 specifications 

  • 5.9-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS display with slim bezel
  • 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Dimensions – 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3mm, weight: 172g
  • 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, OIS+, 4K video recording, Slow motion video at 120 fps
  • 2.1 MP front-facing camera
  • 3GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB / 32GB of internal memory, micro SD card slot
  • 4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS / aGPS, NFC, SlimPort
  • 3200 mAh battery (removable)

The LG G Pro 2 comes in Titan, White and Red colors. Check out the LG G Pro 2 hands-on from the MWC.

Acer Iconia One 7 with 7-inch HD display, Intel Atom Z2560 processor announced

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Acer has just announced the Iconia One 7 (B1-730) at an event in New York. It was leaked recently and packs a 7-inch (1280 × 800 pixels) HD display, powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS that is upgradeable to Android 4.4 (KitKat). . It has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730) specifications

  • 7-inch (1280 x 800 pixels) HD IPS display
  • 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, upgradeable to Android 4.4 (KitKat). 
  • 8.9 mm thick and weighs 320 grams
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB /16GB internal storage and expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, micro USB
  • 3700mAh battery

The Acer Iconia One 7 comes in a Red, White, Black, Blue and Pink colors. It is priced starting at 139 Euros (Rs. 11600 approx.) and would be available in Europe, Middle East and Africa in middle of May. It is priced at in the US starting at $129.99 (Rs. 7860 approx.) and would be available in June. This definitely seems to be a promising successor of the Iconia B1-720

Google to reportedly replace Nexus devices with premium “Android Silver” smartphones

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Google’s Nexus line up of phones have be popular and successful for a long time now. But, as per reports the internet giant is gearing up to replace the Nexus brand to maintain the reign in Android ecosystem. According to a latest report from The Information, Google is planning to replace the current Nexus series with high end Android Silver phones.

As per the report, Google will put up the marketing dollars for carriers and retailers to promote the handsets alongside their usual offerings. Moreover, the phones may include waterproofing and improved voice recognition. Android Silver phones could also include a loaner phone while users track down lost handsets, a “hangout assistant” for live tech support via video chat and an easy data migration feature for users who are switching from another smartphone.

Giving insights about hardware partners, the report stated that Google is likely picking  LG and Motorola however, Samsung, HTC and Sony might also be considered in the future.Talking about availability, the report suggested that the Android Silver phones could be launched in Germany and Japan, as well as developing markets like Brazil and India.