Single and dual-SIM Sony Xperia E1 now available in India

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The Sony Xperia E1 is finally available – in India. Both the single and dual-SIM versions are available for purchase in three colors – black, white, and the purple you see above. The black models are in high demand, and are quickly diminishing from stock. The dual-SIM version is priced at  ₹9,750, or around $160 USD, while the single-SIM variant is oddly more expensive at ₹9,990, or $163.

As a reminder, the Xperia E1 was announced on CES with a 4″ WVGA display and a Snapdragon 200 SoC with dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 302 and 512MB of RAM. The smartphone features Jelly Bean 4.3, a 3MP rear camera, a microSD card slot, 3G with HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radio.

Source: Unwired View

 

[New Chromecast App] Class6ix brings personalized local and national news to your Chromecast

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Class6ix has been around in the Play Store for a couple of weeks now, and I just got a chance to play with it. It’s touted as being your personal video news aggregator for both local and national stories. The best part of it is that it’s Chromecast compatible so you can quickly go through the stories that matter to you on the big screen.

Class6ix basically does all the work for you, but you do have some controls. You first create an account that includes your zip code for your location. The app will immediately assemble a bunch of news stories that include video. Sources include CNN, The AP, The Street, CNet, and others. Over time Class6ix will learn what news is important to you based on what you watch (from beginning to end) along with your location. You can quickly skip videos by tapping the skip button or swiping from right to left.

Sprint chairman says that U.S. data speeds are horrible, says he can fix that

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In an interview on Tuesday, the chairman of Sprint, Masayoshi Son, said that the Internet speeds currently available to people in the U.S. are “horrible”, even the speeds offered by Sprint. He then went on to say that he would be able to fix that if the Obama administration allowed Sprint to merge with T-Mobile.

Son said that the merger, which has not been agreed to yet, would allow the company to gain enough scale to install new technology, potentially increasing data speeds by 10 times. Son gave the interview in Washington D.C. and was in the city as part of the campaign to build support for the merger, arguing that he would be able to provide cheaper, faster service to homes and devices.

Source: Recode

Angry Birds Epic will be turn-based RPG style

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The first teaser for the upcoming Angry Birds game was released by Rovio a few days ago with a heavy emphasis on the word “epic”. Well new details about the game show that it will actually be called “Angry Birds Epic”, and that it will actually be a turn-based RPG style game.

Not only will the new game be RPG style, but it will also feature a rather extensive crafting system. Unfortunately, that’s really all the details we know about it. Angry Birds Epic is still mostly under wraps, but it will be released by Rovio on iOS in Canada, Australia and New Zealand later this week.

Source: DroidGamers

T-Mobile to sell both 16GB and 32GB Samsung Galaxy S5

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With the April 11 public release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 coming up fast, we’re getting more and more information about who’s going to sell the device. We already knew that T-Mobile would be selling the the device in April and that they got 300,000 pre-order forms filled because of a giveaway promotion. Now we know which models the company will be selling.

A leaked memo shows that T-Mobile would be selling both the 16GB version and the 32GB versions of the device. While both models will be sold, the 16GB version will be the only one available in stores, and if you want the 32GB version you’ll have to order it online.

Source: TmoNews

 

[New Chromecast App] DrawCast lets your draw on your phone and TV at the same time

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Do you like to draw or doodle occasionally? A new app called DrawCast, from Hillman Works, just hit the Google Play Store that lets you draw on your phone or tablet. No big deal right? There are tons of those kinds of apps. What makes DrawCast special is that it’s Chromecast compatible so you can see your drawings come to life on your big screen TV in real time.

Now don’t expect to do anything elaborate. You won’t find anything major as far as special tools or effects. I am sure the app will evolve over time, but for now, it’s a simple interface that is actually pretty cool once you’re connected to your Chromecast. As to lag, it’s minimal, but every few seconds, you might get a slight delay. The only thing that is glaringly missing is there is no way to save your works of art. That’s important for the kids if you know what I mean.

Amazon to include competing services on upcoming TV box

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Amazon reportedly will include apps from competing services when it launches its new set top TV box. The launch of an Amazon device to compete with hardware from Roku and others has been delayed since last year’s holiday season. At that time it was reported Amazon had struck a deal to include Netflix. The latest report indicates Hulu Plus has been added to the mix. In addition, support for the DIAL protocol is apparently in the works.

With the inclusion of the DIAL protocol, Amazon’s new device will be in a better position to compete with a device like the Google Chromecast that lets users launch streams from their smartphones and tablets. The device is expected to come with its own dedicated remote as well. Like other Amazon devices, the set top box is expected to be powered by a forked version of Android. This means Google apps, including YouTube, likely would not come loaded on the device.

Does the release of a device giving you access to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, along with other potential streaming services, interest you?

source: Gigaom

OnePlus One device to feature “always-on” voice recognition

 

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The Moto X wasn’t only great with its revolutionary features, but it’s causing a “copy cat” effect with other manufacturers.

Rumors suggest that the upcoming OnePlus One flagship phone will feature an “always-on” voice recognition, just like the feature in the Moto X. In addition, the device will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display.

The OnePlus One will run CyanogenMod O, and the OnePlus team has started an online poll to gauge fans’ preferences as to what the keyword will be to wake up the device. “OK, OnePlus” is currently the leading preference.  

OnePlus has promised that the device will cost under $400 and although we don’t know the specs and other details it certainly won’t be long. Expect an announcement on Saturday, March 16. An international launch is also planned, and the phone will be able to be bought directly from its website.
 
Source: OnePlus

Here is a video explaining what Samsung’s ISOCELL camera technology is

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Back in September 2013, Samsung announced ISOCELL, which is an advanced pixel technology for smartphones and tablets. As expected, the Galaxy S 5 will feature ISOCELL, and will hopefully improve the quality of photos dramatically. We explained how ICOCELL works when it was announced, but sometimes a video explaining it is a little easier.

ISOCELL tries to achieve what every other manufacturer tries to achieve, and that is better low light performance. “ISOCELL pixels decrease crosstalk between neighboring cells by forming minute barriers between neighboring pixels to increase light sensitivity and control electron collection resulting in higher color fidelity, even in poor lighting conditions.”

Check out the video from Samsung after the break.

New HTC One (M8) shows up on eBay with retail box and it’s not called what you think it is

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Ever since it was leaked that HTC was going to refer their new flagship (the M8) as the “All New HTC One,” everyone jumped on it like it was going to be the official name. There was no way HTC was going to make the actual official name the “All New HTC One,” but they will refer to it as such because, yes, it literally is the “All New HTC One” isn’t it?

Once again, images of Verizon Branded ‘The All New HTC One’ leak

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With such a frequency of leaks related to the All New HTC One, nothing will be left to look forward to by the time of the announcement of the handset. We saw a plethora of leaks related to the All New HTC One’s dual cameras, body, accessories and even an amazing special flip cover.

Now, a new set of leaked images have surfaced online showing off the All New HTC One with Verizon’s mark branded on the rear of the device. Granted, the images are of a dummy unit, but you wouldn’t know it unless someone told you.

Although HTC might have something more up its sleeves, it seems that nothing else is left that will catch our attention considering that we also saw the new flip cover and dual cameras as well.

Take a look more images right after the break.

Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be available for pre-order in the UK starting from March 28

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Samsung announced its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 5, last month at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona with the fingerprint sensor and heart rate sensor topping the list of the new features. Today, Samsung UK announced that the handset will be available for pre-order starting from March 28.

The device will be available on Samsung’s online store and it’s physical store as well as other retailers across London. A London retailer, Carphone Warehouse, has also announced that it would start taking pre-orders of the Galaxy S 5 from March 28.

Amazon’s upcoming music service might not feature unlimited music streaming

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Last month, Amazon held talks with a large number of record labels in order to start its own music streaming service like Spotify, Beats etc. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company has talked with major record labels and music publishers to license their musics for the upcoming streaming service.

The company is looking to provide music streaming service to its Amazon Prime program customers who pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping and Amazon’s video-streaming service. However, according to the journal, Amazon might limit how many times a person can listen to a song. After a few replays of a song, Amazon would ask the user to buy the music if he/she likes it. 

ZTE’s Nubia X6 rear camera will feature Optical Image Stabilization technology

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A few days ago, we saw a photo of ZTE’s Nubia X6 front panel featuring a very thin bezel. The company has now posted a new teaser photo of its upcoming smartphone.

According to the teaser image, the smartphone’s rear camera will feature an Optical Image Stabilization technology, short for OIS. It seems that the OIS feature is starting to become one of the key features of the higher end smartphones. Other than this, the device is rumored to come with a 5.5 inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, 13MP or 16MP rear camera, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2 or 3 GB of RAM.