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Update to Microsoft Next Lock Screen for Android expands functionality

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Microsoft’s Next Lock Screen for Android got treated to a major update. Version 1.5.10695 of the application received new functionality headed by music player controls.

The above mentioned feature works on devices running Android 4.3 an up. Read more »

YU Yureka Review

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Micromax Mobile, one of India’s leading mobile phone manufacturers, recently launched a new sub-brand called YU in partnership with Cyanogen Inc. The first phone from this brand is the Yureka, which was recently announced and launched exclusively on Amazon India.

Yureka is a budget Android smartphone. It is essentially a Coolpad F2 4G with the YU branding and running Cyanogen OS 11. It is one of the cheapest dual-SIM 4G Android smartphones available in India right now but at the same time has some pretty impressive specifications. So with a low price tag, good specifications, and Cyanogen taking care of the software, the whole thing seems too good to be true. But is it really? Let’s find out. Read more »

Sony Xperia C3 and Xperia C3 Dual battery life

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Sony Xperia C3 Dual stopped by our office recently and we did a thorough inspection as usual. The 5.5″ phablet runs on the dated Snapdragon 400, but offers some great features as selfie-centric front snapper with a LED flash, a rear 8MP camera, plus dual-SIM or LTE connectivity.

We’ve reviewed quite a few mid-range Xperia smartphones and most of them did great on our battery life test, so we had some high hopes for the Xperia C3 and its 2,500 mAh battery unit. Our review is live at our homepage, so it’s time we put our detailed battery life breakdown out there. Read more »

HTC Desire 820 hands-on

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HTC may have conceived the selfie phone to rule the midrange – if the price is right. HTC cut few corners with the Desire 820 - it has an ample 5.5″ screen of sufficient 720p resolution, HTC’s signature stereo speakers up front, a 13MP main camera and 8MP front-facing snapper capable of 1080p video, aimed at selfie enthusiasts and a body with colored accents.

The list goes on to include a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset with an octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM and optional second SIM card slot alongside the microSD card. It really rounds off to a high-value midrange offering that spares neither style nor functionality. Read more »

Sony prices the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk for India

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Months after it announced that its new wearables would eventually be headed to India, Sony has today finally decided to unveil the recommended retail prices for the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk in the subcontinent.

The former will go for INR 19,990 (that’s around $324 or €281), while the latter will be sold for INR 12,990 ($210, €182). Read more »

Manual Camera for Android gives you all the control on Lollipop

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Android Lollipop allows developers to tap into the camera API and enable control over shooting parameters such as white balance, shutter speed, ISO, focusing distance but up until now enthusiast droid shooters didn’t have the app to let them explore these controls.

Manual Camera by GD Software is just that – a camera app that allows users to set the white balance (displayed in Kelvin), manually set the focus distance, choose the ISO and the shutter speed. Additionally you can choose an exposure compensation parameter. Read more »

Microsoft Band update adds exercise feedback to the device

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The Microsoft Band got treated to its first major update. The new firmware brings a new feature to the wearable called Guided Workouts.

As the name kindly suggests, Guided Workouts will deliver exercise feedback straight from the Microsoft Band. Read more »

You can now buy a 32GB white Nexus 6 for just $604.99

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The Motorola Nexus 6 has so far been quite hard to purchase, especially if you were after an unlocked unit. Stock in the Play Store comes and goes extremely fast, for example. Now though, you can order the 32GB white version of the Nexus 6, and save some money in the process.

Expansys is running a “deal of the day” type thing on this unit, and as a consequence you can nab one for only $604.99. That’s $45 less than the normal selling price of this high-end monster. Read more »

Web version of Google’s Play Store receives a slight redesign

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Google’s updated a lot of Android apps recently, but now it’s apparently the turn of its Web-based Play Store. This is in the process of receiving a slight redesign. The rollout seems to be gradual, but more and more people are reporting seeing the new Play Store on the Web.

The main new thing unfortunately isn’t 100% adherence to Material Design. That’s still not available, but in the meantime the “Similar” apps list has been moved. Read more »

New Google Now Launcher gives KitKat and Jelly Bean users a taste of Material Design

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The Google Now Launcher just got updated with Material Design for devices running KitKat and Jelly Bean. This will enable users to enjoy a taste of the new Android 5.0 Lollipop looks on their devices while waiting for manufacturers to push out the latest Android update for their phone.

In addition to the new fresh coat of paint, there are new animations and quicker access to settings and Google Now accounts. There’s a noticeable improvement in the responsiveness, too. Read more »

Sketchy update service on Micromax phones displays ads, auto-installs unwanted apps

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Ads sell you a phone and that’s it, right? But if ads can go on after you bought the phone, someone stands to make a lot of money – India-based phone maker Micromax found a way to do just that. Multiple users complained that they were seeing ads in their notification areas.

Worse still, they found new apps on their device that they didn’t install themselves. Read more »

Here goes the early Nokia N1 scoop – camera samples, unboxings, disassemblies

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The Nokia N1 Android 5.0 Lollipop tablet is out in China and already some 20 thousand people have it on tap so now it’s time for the early impressions.

There’s a slew of unboxing photos accompanied by impressions, some benchmarks, a couple of camera samples and even a disassembly of the tablet. You can find those right after the break. Read more »

Adobe Lightroom mobile released for Android phones

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Adobe Lightroom, one of the cornerstones of the company’s popular creative suite is not a novelty on mobile devices. The photo-editing software is already available on iOS, bringing a set of basic features, enough to get you through simple tasks on the go.

Now, a few month later, a Lightroom Android app is hitting the Play Store, but there are a few catches. First of all, as the title suggests the app is intended for smartphones and not tablets, meaning that it is actually optimized for small screens. Read more »

First Xiaomi MI Note videos are here, including a durability test

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Xiaomi unveiled two flagships as expected – both of them phablets. The Xiaomi Mi Note and Mi Note Pro are just a few hours old and their promo campaigns have already begun.

Here are a couple of videos that subtly show off the best qualities of the duo, plus one that features less song and dance and more of a durability test. Read more »

VLC player preview for Android TV goes live

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A preview version of the popular VLC player is now available for Android TV. The application is yet to hit Google Play, though you can sideload on your compatible device if you are overly anxious.

Being a preview release, VLC for Android TV contains a few bugs here and there. Read more »