Yu Announces Yureka at Price Point of INR 8,999

Micromax’s sister company, Yu announced their first device, Yureka here in New Delhi for a storming price of Rs 8,999. The device will be powered by CyanogenMod and will run Android version 4.4. Rahul Sharma presented the device and explained that the entire Yu brand is built upon two pillars of customization and services.

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The Yureka from a specifications point of view, is a terrific phone and packs a Snapdragon 615 Octa Core SoC with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, expandable using a Micro SD slot. The battery on the unit will be 2,500 mAh which is a removable Li-Polymer battery. The phone supports Dual SIM and is LTE enabled for India out of the box. The camera on the Yureka is a 13 MP rear shooter with a 5 MP front facing camera. The device will also feature the all new Cyanogen Theme store with themes that can change every aspect of your smartphone.

Rahul Sharma of Yu said, “The future is moving from an app driven experience to a services drive experience and YU in partnership with Cyanogen is a platform that is going to lead that transformation. We will work directly with developerscommunity and brands to build services right on the OS layer and offer a differentiated consumer experience. We are creating a global platform for Indian app developers to rise at the world stage. For YU, services will be the core focus which would be ably supported by hardware partners like Qualcomm to offer a seamless and customised experience through our devices and services. We are together committed to challenge the limits of possibility and create a new world.”

The device will initially be available only online as an Amazon exclusive with registration beginning on 19th December. There are no plans to bring the device offline right now and will only sell in moonstone finish with black accents.

Visualising the Evolution of Android

Right since owning my first Android device, which was the HTC Tattoo running Android 1.6 Eclair, I have had a soft spot for the ecosystem. Be it for the green robots or just generally the ability to reflect your personality through it, Android has given it’s users something different in a good way with every update. It is pretty much impossible to visualise how far we have come in the journey that started from Android 1.6 Eclair to the tasty and meaty Android 4.4 KitKat.

However, here is an interesting infographic that will take you for a walk down the memory lane of the Android journey. The infographic also details some of the most important features that were added with pretty much every update that came out with Android making the entire ecosystem that little bit better and visually appealing every time. While iOS was always considered the superior mobile ecosystem, even the most die hard iOS fan would now agree that Android has finally caught up or is very very close to catching up. So, here is the infographic which visualises the evolution of Android.

Android Through The Ages

Via: Visually.

Motorola Announces Moto G in India: Starts at Rs. 12,499

Motorola is back in India and with a bang. Barely days after making headlines for being acquired by Lenovo, Motorola is back in the news, for all the right reasons. When Moto G was announced in Brazil in December, it was widely speculated that this is the device that would change how the budget Android devices were perceived. The only question that lingered on was how aggressively will Motorola prize the phone when it finally comes to India. After a long wait, the device was announced in India today starting at Rs. 12,499 for a 16 GB variant. There is also a 32 GB version which is available for Rs. 13,999.

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Easy to say, this is a device that is targeting the set of consumers that so far had brands such as Micromax, Xolo or even the lower models of Samsung to pick from which hardly gave the experience of a true Android device. Moto G with fantastic specs and now brilliant pricing, is no doubt going to change that.

Equipped with a Snapdragon Quad Core SoC with each Core running at 1.2 GHz and Adreno 305 GPU for graphics, the Moto G is no slouch when it comes to specs. There is a very decent 5 MP rear camera, promise for timely updates as well as a high class 720 P, 4.5 inch display on the Moto G. There is 2070 mAh battery as well as 1 GB RAM on board to keep things butter smooth. The phone has received rave reviews in the entire tech community and it would certainly be very interesting to see if the device becomes a success story. Moto G would be available for booking starting tomorrow on Flipkart.

Is Samsung Planning to Release the Galaxy S5 later this month?

Samsung events are always worthy of a news covergae. This is for two reasons, not only are the products on display usually the benchmark of comparisons for the rest of the year in the world of Android, but there is a massive value of entertainment that comes with these events. Take the unpacked event in New York as an example last year. The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S IV was more in the news for the acts and the performances than the device on show. And looks like, the party could begin later this month for an year that may prove to be very crucial for Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Invite

According to the leading tech site, The Verge an invitation has arrived for the first part of the Samsung Unpacked at MWC in Barcelona for 24th of February. The invite has a big reference to the number 5 which definitely is no coincidence. When asked from the reps of Samsung by the Verge team they refused to give out further details about the significance of the number which makes sense.

Samsung last year held a full exclusive launch in New York, but looks like there may have been a change of strategy this year. Last month the mobile executive VP Lee Young-hee of Samsung told Bloomberg in an interview that:

When we moved to S4 from S3, it’s partly true that consumers couldn’t really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market reaction wasn’t as big, for the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.

It is pretty clear from the statement that there would be more aesthetic changes in the Samsung Galaxy S5 that we saw in the S4 as compared to it’s predecessors. The device is expected to come with KitKat 4.4.2, the latest and greatest from the world of Android. Also, it has been speculated that the device may come with a 2K res display and accompanying the device could be an all new Galaxy Gear.

Via: The Verge

Touchless Control App for Motorola Receives a big update

When the Moto X released there were seveal features of the device that really caught our attentions. From the ability to customize the device to the attractive prize, the Moto X was an automatic winner. A device that if you are an Android enthusiast, you simply had to have. However, there were two features of the device that really stood out. The first being, that the device has the ability to actually recognize your voice and act accordingly and the other being the screwdriver motion where you can unlock the camera of the device from anywhere you are on.

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However, if someone told you the Touchless Control app would get even better, then you would be hard pressed to think how. But, that is exactly what has happened. Touchless Control app is getting update to version 4.1 which allows you to unlock the device by speaking the pin or the unlock code. The update is rolling out in Moto X who are already on Android version 4.4 and as result if you are rocking the likes of Droid Mini you will not be getting this update at least now.

This is an interesting update though and perhaps be something that more and more OEMs would like to bring to their custom Android skins.

via: Android Police

HTC Has Delivered Android 4.4 to Google: Expect Update Soon for HTC One GE

Right a few hours after the update to Android 4.4 was announced, HTC had taken to its social platforms to announce that it would be going full on and supporting the new Android versions. It promised that new updates wil be lined up within a matter of weeks and looks like the firsts et of devices are going to betting the magical taste of KitKat very soon.

The GPE or the Google Phone Edition of the HTC One is set to get the update to the latest version of Android any day from now. The update has already been submitted by the Taiwan giants. It is now upto Google to access everything and give the green light to the updates. The update will be available OTA, and you can expect the Samsung Galaxy S IV GPE update very soon too.

There is also news that we may see an update on the Developer version of the HTC One within a month and the update to the International HTC One may well be out, as early as next year beginning, which is all a very impressive work from HTC. They have certainly been winning hearts in terms of updates and the HTC One has been one of teh front runners in that aspect.

Are you an owner of a GPE HTC One and excited? Let us know in the section below.

Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 to start getting Android 4.4 Update from Today

If you are in the Indian subcontinent, this might be a great news to wake up to. Android has confirmed that starting today, the two Nexus Tablets i.e Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will start receiving OTA for an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. We have been playing with the leaked ROMs of Android 4.4 on our Nexus 7 in the past week and the tablet definitely showed a lot of promise and improvements when running the latest Android version on a hardware that is now slightly over an year old.

Oddly though, there is no news about the update for Nexus 4 which is bemusing to an extent as the smartphone has always been one of the very first to receive updates from Google and has a Hardware that is hardly slouch.

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The updates will roll out region wise as expected, so you may have to wait for a little bit for them to be available on your device. Some of the interesting add on thanks to Android 4.4 updates are as follows:

  • New dialer app with built in search.
  • Revamped Hangouts app that integrates SMS and Chat
  • Better cloud storage integration
  • New lock screen that shows additional data
  • System wide wireless printing
  • Full screen immersive mode option inside applications
  • Performance boost
  • OS level support for IR Blasters,  low power sensors, additional bluetooth profiles
  • Screen recorder tool
  • Additional security features

Are you excited about the update to Android 4.4 Kitkat? Do let us know in the section below.

Via: Android || FoneArena

How to Download Default Android 4.4 Kitkat Wallpapers and Launcher

With Android KitKat already out, chances are it will take a while before you get to enjoy the sweetness on your Android smartphones. While most of the OEMs have simply said that they will provide the updates, and HTC saying it will take about 90 days for them to roll out the official updates, the wait is set to go on for a while. However, if just like us you simply cannot wait to get a taste of the latest updates, then thanks to the ability to customize Android devices you can enjoy some parts of Android Kitkat.

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To Download Wallpapers: We are extremely finicky about the wallpapers we use on our devices, and surely you are too. Whenever a new OS is released, one of the main attractions are sets of new abstract wallpapers. With Kitkat too, Android has released a few new cool wallpapers. You can download all the official wallpapers in a .zip file from here. You can simply extract these and put them on the SD card of your Android phone and find the pictures in gallery to set them as a wallpaper.

Installation- Launcher-KitKat

To Install the New Google Experience Launcher: If you are on Android 4.1 or above, then you can also enjoy the new Google Launcher or the Google Experience Launcher. The major add on here is that you can explore Google Now completely right from within the launcher. There are a few new icons whose sizes have been increased a little too. Overall the whole launcher is smooth and gives a feeling of Android 4.4 running on your device. To install the launcher simply download the zip file from here. You can unzip the files and install the three apks to your Android device. Now press home button and select the Google Experience Launcher as your default launcher.

That is it, you are now set to enjoy the Android 4.4 experience at least on the outside till your device gets the official update.

Via: Addictive Tips/AndroidAuthority

Retail Packaging Hints at White Nexus 5?

There is always something incredibly good about white gadgets. I had recently picked a Nokia Lumia 925 in white color and, yes I well know how tough maintenance can be of white devices, but they really stand out from the crowd of black stuffs. This is why white devices always make news. Remember when Nexus 4 was available in white color in India? It suddenly made buying a white Nexus 4 such an achievement.

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It is no coincidence that once again, after numerous leaks, accidental or not, of the Nexus 5, once again the focus of attention is if the device would be available in white variant. Apple has seen with the iPhone 5c and Nokia with their colorful lines that, consumers actually love a bit of color on their devices. Maybe we will not have that just yet with the Nexus 5, but what is for sure that there will be a white variant if the retail box pictured above is the real deal.

We have not yet seen one of these nexus 5 in white color but given that the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 were available in white, it would not be very surprising if there is truth behind this Nexus white story. The box looks pretty legit from the out set as well, throwing us back to the retail packaging of Nexus 7 and Nexus 4.

Would you be interested in a white Nexus 5? Let us know.

Via: Droid Life

First Leaked Screenshots of Android 4.4 KitKat Surface

If the news that actually an Android version is going to be named Kitkat has sunk deep in, and that we may have even sillier ones to come in the days ahead has you all prepared, then it’s time to move on from the initial shock. Getting to the business end of things, the first screenshots of a device supposedly running Android version 4.4 have surfaced. Although, not much can be made out from the screenshot in terms of what features could be added to Android 4.4, we definitely can tell that there will be a new dialer and a new messaging application.

Android 4.4 Screenshot

From the screenshot you see that the Notification bar is now transparent and takes up the color of the application. The new messaging app is perhaps even more Holo’esque while the new dialer app has darker colors in form of deep blue and a rounded calling button instead of the flat rectangular one. This most definitely points towards the fact that there may well be a brand new caller’s screen as well on Android KitKat version 4.4.

The Nexus 5 is supposed to be the very first device to bring Android version 4.4 to the market and we expect the same to happen sometime in October, just in time for the holiday season.

Via: BGR/9to5Mac