LG’s 5 inch Windows Phone 8.1 handset launching soon?

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LG is working on a 5 inch Windows Phone under the model number LG D635. According to Alan Mendelevich, the founder of cross-promotion network AdDuplex, the handset has showed up in the network’s database.

The LG D635 will feature a 5-inch HD (1280x720p) display. At present no further information about the specs of the phone are known. Considering the screen resolution, the phone might fall in mid range category. In May, LG Uni8 running on Windows Phone was leaked which was touted as the first handset from LG running on Windows Phone 8.1 device.

The last Windows Phone handset launched by LG was the Optimus 7 in 2010. Earlier in February, Microsoft partnered with nine smartphone manufacturers to launch more Windows phone. LG was one of the partners including others like ZTE, Xolo, Karbonn, Lenovo and others.

Fitbit comes to Windows Phone 8.1

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Users of Windows Phone devices have long been left out of the fitness bands and wearables group due to lack of official applications on the platform. Earlier this year, Microsoft had claimed that it was working on changing that. With the Windows Phone 8.1 update, the mobile operating system got much improved bluetooth support including much needed Bluetooth LE support which is most important for low power wearables. Fitbit is the first company to take advantage of it.

As stated on the product page, the key features include:

  • REAL-TIME STATS: Automatic and wireless syncing for all Fitbit activity and sleep trackers through Bluetooth 4.0
  • FITBIT ON YOUR START SCREEN: Pin the Fitbit Live Tile to your Start screen and quickly view your step count
  • STAY ON TRACK: Real-time and historical stats in easy-to-understand graphs, to help track progress and set goals
  • LOG MORE THAN ACTIVITY: Recently enhanced food database of more than 350,000 foods with accurate nutritional data for faster, better food-logging and calorie coaching
  • GET MOTIVATED: Fitbit’s motivational social tools like notifications and badges, to help reach target goals
  • STAY SOCIAL: Ability to challenge friends and family with leaderboards, direct messages, cheers and taunts

The company aims to make its application for the wearable fitness tracker available on the Windows Phone 8.1 app store. As expected, the application has all core functionality including automatic syncing as well as real time stats. it is also possible to log nutritional information through the food database. Prospective users will need a device running Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Cyan update in addition to Fitbit hardware of course. While only one of many fitness trackers out there, it is a move in the right direction and as the elephant in in the room, it should motivate others to target Windows Phone as well.

HTC One (W8) Windows Phone handset rumored for August 21 launch

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HTC is working on a flagship Windows Phone 8.1 handset based on HTC One (M8), according to several reports. Earlier this month @evleaks said the HTC’s W8 Windows Phone handset would feature BoomSound and Duo cameras, similar to the HTC One (M8). According the Engadget’s sources, the device is expected to be called “One (M8) for Windows”. It also says that it would feature voice over LTE, but it is likely to be enabled by Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 update.

As reported earlier this week, the WP 8.1 update 1 would also bring support for smart covers like the HTC Dot View case in the Windows Phone. It would come in silver color, but is not clear if the smartphone would feature similar design and specifications as the One (M8).

According to Engadget, the upcoming HTC W8 Windows Phone 8 handset expected to launch on Verizon during this third quarter of 2014, but WPCentral says that it would be unveiled on August 20th and launch on the 21st. It also says that it would be priced at US$610 off-contract and would cost about US$199 on contract.

What do you think? Will you buy a Windows Phone 8 handset with HTC One M8 specifications ?

Nokia Lumia Cyan with Windows Phone 8.1 update roll out begins

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Nokia has announced that they have started rolling out Lumia Cyan update with Windows Phone 8.1 along for their Lumia devices running on Windows Phone 8. This would bring a lot of features for Lumia devices including, updates to Nokia Camera, Creative Studio and Storyteller apps, better audio quality when recording videos on Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon and more.

New features in Lumia Cyan

  • Nokia Camera gets simplified user interface with one-tap access to edit and share pictures, and full-resolution zooming, re-framing
  • Creative Studio 6 (CS6) (coming to Windows Phone Store soon) with  new filters and image enhancement tools would be available directly from the renewed Camera Roll.
  • Updated Storyteller app allows you to share your best shots as a short Story Video on social networks
  • Nokia Device Hub helps you track down a missing accessory by showing you where you last used it
  • SensorCore Beta SDK for Lumia 1520, Icon, 930, 630 635 can record real-time data for fitness with Bing Fitness & Health app and other gadgets
  • The Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon gets new Dolby Surround Sound support for video recording with Nokia Rich Recording
  • Miracast support for Lumia 1520 and Lumia Icon lets you project content to connected screens like a smart TV

Highlights of Windows Phone 8.1

  • Action center – Notifications center on Windows Phone
  • Cortana – Highly personal digital voice assistant
  • Start screen wallpapers – Parallax scrolling for the wallpapers
  • Lock screen themes – Make your own lock screen animations or use presets
  • Word Flow keyboard – Like Swype, but Microsoft claims it is faster
  • Skype integration to dialer
  • New default apps – Calendar, Xbox Music, Video and new Podcasts
  • People Hub can integrate with 3rd party apps
  • New type of e-mail accounts supported – including iCloud
  • New camera UI and gallery app
  • New utilities – WiFi sense, Storage sense and Battery saver
  • New enterprise features and a lot more

All the Windows Phone 8 users would get the new Windows Phone 8.1 with Cyan update. The Lumia 625 and 925 users are already receiving the OTA update globally, including India.

Users can manually check for updates from Settings, Phone Update, Check For Updates. You can check if the software update is available in your region / operator from the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 Roll out page . Exact delivery timings will vary by region, phone and operator.

Videocon VPhone Grande feature phone with premium design launched for Rs. 1950

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Videocon Mobiles has launched VPhone Grande, the company’s latest feature phone with premium sleek design to match its smartphone lineup. It has rubberized back for better grip and comes with two inter-changeable back panels. It has a 2.8-inch QVGA screen, comes with support for 6 regional languages like Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil and more, has a range of features such as Movie Juke Box Application, Security Inbox, Smart Auto Call Recording and Smart Call Divert.

Features of Videocon VPhone Grande

  • 2.8-inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
  • Dual Sim support
  • 1.3MP Camera with LED flash
  • Support for 6 regional languages
  • Audio and Video Player
  • WAP/GPRS, Bluetooth with A2DP
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio with Recording
  •  Local Search, Security Inbox, Smart Call Divert
  • Expandable Memory up to 32GB
  • 1100mAh Battery

The VPhone Grande is priced at Rs. 1950 and comes with two additional back covers.

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 teases upcoming Windows Phone handset, set to launch on 16th June

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Micromax just sent over an invite signalling the launch of its upcoming Windows Phone handset. The phone will be a part of the Canvas range of products as expected. The event invitation also indicates that the phone will be based on a Qualcomm chipset. If rumors are to be believed, two handsets will be launched at the event slated for 16th June.

The devices are expected to straddle the lower to mid range spectrum. Over at BUILD, Microsoft unveiled an updated edition of Windows Phone that was further tuned for lower cost handsets despite adding much needed features. Additionally, the company has removed the licensing fee for Windows Phone handsets making it a viable alternative for local cost smartphone manufacturers.The two handsets are expected to be priced at between Rs. 6,000 – 7,000 for the lower end model and Rs. 10,000 – 11,000 for the mid range phone.

It is believed that Micromax is also working on a higher end Windows Phone handset that will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. It might also include a 5inch Full HD display, 13MP rear camera. This particular device however is not expected to be unveiled on Monday. Local competitors Xolo and Karbonn are also working on their own Windows Phone handsets and should have them out in the market within the next few months. With the inflow of low cost competition from Indian brands, Microsoft might have a tough time pushing the erstwhile Nokia’s Lumia handsets in the category.

Microsoft Windows Phone handset with Kinect-like gesture support reportedly in the works

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Amazon is expected to launch its 3D gesture based smartphone on June 18th. Now, several reports are suggesting that Microsoft is eyeing to introduce Kinect like motion tracking technology in next Windows Phones.

According to The Verge, Microsoft’s future flagship handset which is codenamed as McLaren will feature gesture controls. It is also said that this will be Nokia’s first smartphone to introduce the 3D Touch gestures. The report further states that the technology will let users navigate on the phone without touching the display and take calls by simply holding the phone to the ear.

Moreover, it will enable you to play games and use applications by hovering your finger over the display. The device will support numerous other smart actions know you face orientation for smart portrait/landscape orientation switching and activating the speakerphone when you place your phone on a table during a call.

Expected to be released on a range of US carriers later this year, the device which was touted by evleaks as Nokia McLaren will be a high-end successor to Lumia 1020 with even more advanced camera. Microsoft has been working on the technology for several years now and expects it to work well on the device, said the report.

The report further says that this technology will remain exclusive to Microsoft’s devices and won’t grace the Windows Phone-powered devices of other manufacturers. Windows Phone 8.1 operating will also likely get some small tweaks ahead of McLaren’s release. Microsoft completed its $7.5 billion purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business at the end of April.

Google tweets a picture of a new unknown phone

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Google is promoting Google Now and its features via Twitter, but they’re doing it on an unknown device. This of course couldn’t be an accident, so… let the speculation begin.

The phone looks kind of similar to the Nexus 5, but not quite. It’s quite beautiful if you ask us, simple and yet compact, considering it has those gorgeous thin bezels on the sides similar to LG G3. There are 3 options in our opinion. It is a new Nexus 6, Motorola Moto X+1 or an Android Silver phone. We can’t be sure at this point, but our guess is that it’s not the Moto X+1 considering that Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, so it’s unlikely they would promote a Motorola device. Which leaves us with Nexus 6 or an Android Silver phone. We can’t be sure which one considering that there’s been reports that the Nexus program will be replaced by Android Silver. We’ll also go out on a limb here and guess it’s an LG phone, it looks like something between the Nexus 5 and LG G3.

Spider-Man: Unlimited coming to Android, iOS and Windows Phone in September

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After the successful Amazing Spider-Man 2 game, Gameloft has teamed up with Marvel once again for Spider-Man: Unlimited game. It would be a web-runner inspired by 50 years of Spider-Man comics. It is an episodic adventure that would offer a narrative runner experience. It would have swinging, running, and fighting, similar to the comics.

You have to fight through a chaotic New York on the brink of destruction, as The Formidable Sinister Six attempt to gain unlimited power by opening a malevolent dimensional rift to our world. It’s up to Peter Parker and iconic Spider-Man variations such as Iron Spider-Man, Spider-Man Noir, Future Foundation Spider-Man and Ben Reilly Spider-Man to team up and stop them.

You can collect and upgrade 23 different Spider-Men. It features three narrative-driven issues facing Green Goblin, Vulture, Electro, and their dimensional counterparts along the way.

The Spider-Man Unlimited would be available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone early September 2014. Gameloft would reveal more details about the game at the E3 2014 later this week.