Panasonic, while a hugely famous name in consumer electronics, isn’t exactly the first name that comes to mind when you think of smartphones. That’s probably because they only made their first Android smartphone in May 2013, and decided to exit smartphones in its entirety only a few months later in September. Well, their farewell may have been a bit premature as Panasonic has revived their smartphone operation, launching the Panasonic P31 today.
The Panasonic P31 will have a 5-inch 854×480 resolution display with a MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3GHz, along with 1GB RAM, 8GB storage with microSD support, and a 2,000mAh battery. Connectivity features include all your basics with Bluetooth, GPS, 3G, and Wi-Fi and will be running Android 4.2. The device will also have dual-SIM capabilities which is almost expected for phones that launch in India as the P31 is.
While the P31 looks vaguely reminiscent of the Galaxy S4/Galaxy Note 2 design, there’s obviously not much in the way of hardware that is comparable to those devices, nor should you expect it to as the device will be launching for the price of Rs. 11,990 (approxiamately $195 USD). This puts it in the same playing field as the new Nokia X family of devices, which perhaps suggests that even Panasonic sees this extreme-budget section of the market as a possible area of growth. There’s been no indication that the P31 will be seen anywhere other than India, though.
What do you think about the Panasonic P31? Would you considering getting on of these if it were available where you are? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
With the official launch event in less than 2 weeks now, we’re still getting very mixed messages about the Oppo Find 7. What we know for sure is that there are going to be two variants of the device, one with a more standard 1080p display and the other with a 1440p display, better known as a 2K display. Earlier today, a leak from red dot 21 suggests that at least one of the devices with have a Snapdragon 800 processor and a 13MP camera, though this contradicts the suggestions that the device might actually have a 50MP camera which has previously come in the form of a photo. Well, today we have yet another reason to believe the Oppo Find 7 has a 50MP camera, or to be precise, eight reasons.
Eight more photos have leaked out, which you can check out above, all bearing the resolution of 8160×6120. This massive resolution, which can only be taken by a 50MP camera, has been the basis for the rumour that the Find 7 has such a camera, though it’s definitely a puzzle given all the information we have currently. The only evidence we have is that the EXIF information states that the device which took these photos is the Find 7, but this could easily have been forged. I guess the only way to know for certain is the wait for 11 days till the March 19th event, but for now, we can just enjoy these incredibly detailed photos.
What do you think about these photos? Do you think the Oppo Find 7 could really have a 50MP camera? Let us know what your thoughts are on this rumour in the comments.
While most of the Android world is fixated on the 25th of March when it’s expected that HTC will be announcing its brand new flagship smartphone, the All New HTC One, another manufacturer will be announcing their own flagship device, and all signs point to the device being very interesting indeed. That manufacturer is Oppo, and that phone, of course, is the Oppo Find 7 which Oppo has been heavily teasing these past few weeks. The latest teaser for the device doesn’t come from Oppo itself; rather, it comes from the red dot 21 design directory, an online platform whose purpose is for companies to show off their latest designs, where a series of photos of the Oppo Find 7 have been found.
The entry on the red dot site is also accompanied by a description which says the Find 7 has a Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 resolution screen and 13MP camera. This puts a dent in the rumour that the Find 7 might have a 50MP camera, however, we also know that Oppo is planning two versions of the device meaning there still might be hope. Still, as it stands, the Find 7 is shaping up to be a fantastic looking device, simple, but very sleek, particularly that “crescent-shaped breath light” LED at the bottom of the device which will serve as its notification light.
What do you think about the Oppo Find 7′s looks? Would you buy one based on what you can see here? Let us know what you think in the comments.
It’s been over a month since iOS Pebble users received an update to the Pebble app with the new appstore baked in, but starting today, Android user can finally do the same.
The updated Pebble app is now available in Google Play. All of the app’s bugs are fixed so Pebblers on any platform can enjoy the same seamless and delightful experience of downloading from “a whole new universe of apps and watchfaces.”
Pebble took to its official blog today to give special thanks to the users and developers who tested its Android beta builds, whose help and feedback was said to have been “invaluable.” One of the last betas was released just two days ago, so it shows how hard the Kickstarter funded start-up has been working.
Now that Pebble for Android 2.0 is available, all you have to do is update the app, then not only is your smartwatch automatically updated, but you also get the store, which is laid out in different sections for apps and watchfaces, and has subsections under apps for Tools & Utilities, Notifications, Remotes, Fitness, Games, and “Daily” applications.
The appstore makes it much easier to find and install apps than before, when you had to sideload or use third-party app stores.
In addition to this announcement, Pebble also welcomed three new partners launching apps on the Pebble appstore: eBay, Evernote, and Time Warner Cable, who join not only Mercedes-Benz, Yelp, and Foursquare, but the many independent developers as well.
The eBay app lets users quickly and easily access their eBay Feed and discover products on their smartwatch, Evernote gives Pebble users the power to check their notes when away from a computers or if checking their smartphone is difficult, and Timer Warner Cable’s app allows Intelligent Home subscribers to control their home right from their wrists.
All of these apps continue to prove what is possible with such a minimalist smartwatch. For complete notes on the 2.0 release, hit up the source below.
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Rovio teases upcoming Angry Birds game involving suits of armour, coming to Australia, Canada and NZ Soon
We’ve been long overdue for an Angry Birds related release from Rovio this year, but it looks like they are about the rectify that. In a teaser trailer released this morning, Rovio has teased a new Angry Birds game that looks like it will feature some kind of a medieval theme, but apart from that, it’s quite difficult to speculate on anything else in particular. Check out the trailer for yourself:
Refering to it as “the most epic soft launch ever”, Rovio is saying that the launch for this new game will only be a soft launch in Australia, Canada and New Zealand (except New Zealand gets no mention in the video itself, sorry). If you’re wondering why these countries in particular, Rovio and even EA seem to like doing their soft launches in these countries first for whatever reason, though it probably has something to do with smartphone saturation and population. Whatever it is, we’ll be letting you know as soon as we get hands-on with the game and give you a sneak peek.
What do you think this new Angry Birds game is going to be about? Do you think Rovio should be continuing the Angry Birds franchise? Let us know what you think in the comments.
The Pebble 2.0 with Appstore app is finally live on Android today, bringing with it the promised appstore with all Pebble Watch compatible apps, a watchface store where all submitted watchfaces can be browsed, as well as new functions to help Pebble smartwatch owners manage their apps and watchfaces. It’s a pretty extensive revamp, completely redesigning the user interface as well as streamlining the whole Pebble pairing process which I think had previously been a bit messy and ugly.
I’m particularly impressed at how easy it is now to install apps and watchfaces; it’s pretty much an all-in-one solution now, making it a breeze for even casual users to install anything and everything. From the Play Store, the official list of changes to the app include:
New Features in 2.0.12 (requires Android 4.0 or newer):
- Pebble watchapp directory: browse, find and install the latest watchapps for Pebble.
- List of prior notifications now stored on your Pebble.
- Watchapp locker: keep track of your favorite apps and manage the apps on your Pebble.
- Completely revamped and improved user interface design.
The new Pebble 2.0 app can be had on the Play Store now if you haven’t already got it (links below), and the update should be available if you already have it installed. Let us know how you find the new Pebble 2.0 in the comments.
The beginning of February Asus announced their upcoming Chromebox which was promised to be the ‘Smallest-Ever’ measuring in at 4.88 x 4.88 x 1.65 inches. Inside you will find a 1.4 GHZ Celeron 2955U processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM and 16GB internal storage. All running the Chrome OS.
Beyond the internal hardware specs, the Asus Chromebox also brings 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Display, Ethernet port and sd card reader. You get all of that for plus 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage for 2 years for just $179. Asus also let the source know that they did end up putting a fan inside. While they promise it will only fire up briefly at start up and kick on only when needed, they weren’t able to make it fanless as they intended.
We are certain the developers out there will have a field day with this little box. We have seen them bring Ubuntu, Debian and other things to the Chromebooks, we can only imagine what tinkering they will do with this.
You can pre-order through the usual locations like Amazon, TigerDirect or Newegg. All three retailers offer the same price tag. Shipments are planned for March 14th. We like Amazon best, so you can find the link to the Amazon store for the Asus Chromebox below.
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Not that long ago we heard talk that Samsung was going to be bringing a streaming music service to their device. The service was to be called ‘Milk Music’ and would find its way to users who have and use a variety of Galaxy series devices. Samsung has officially announced the service and have released the app to the Play Store.
The new service is free for users, and for a limited time will be ad-free as well. It currently offers more than 200 ad-free radio stations and 13 million songs. It is fully customizable. You are able to “fine tune” your streaming station experience by popularity, novelty and song favorites.
“Milk Music introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “We’re offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle.”
The Milk Music app is on the Play Store, but is only available for a select list of Samsung Galaxy devices.
I find it interesting that none of the Galaxy tablets were listed in the Press Release.
It will be available for the Samsung Galaxy S5 when the device is launched. If you meet that criteria and want to give it a shot then hit up the Play Store badge below. Let us know what you think of it.
ZTE Nubia X
ZTE has a 6.3-inch device in the works, yet we’re still waiting on the hardware and software details. A photo surfacing of the phone, which could also be the Z7, gives us our first look at the minimal design.
Oppo Find 7
The Oppo Find7, which is expected to be announced in Beijing on March 19, may have a 50 MP camera, according to a leaked 8,160 x 6,120 resolution photo.
Indian OEM Karbonn is expected launch a dual-booting handset later this year, according to new reports. The smartphone is expected run both Windows Phone 8.1 and Android, however the other details remain unclear.
Galaxy Tab 4
In a Gear Fit advert, Samsung accidentally announced/leaked the Galaxy Tab 4. According to the photo, the Galaxy Tab 4 will come in 10.1-, 8- and 7-inch models. Let’s all be serious… you knew Samsung was planning a new Galaxy Tab.
The latest Nexus 6 rumors suggest LG will again be the handset maker of choice for Google’s handset. Reportedly, the device will be a lighter version of the LG G3, a smartphone that’s yet to be introduced.
More details surfacing this week seem to validate earlier chatter that LG will also be the company behind Google’s first foray into smartwatches.
Samsung has yet to clarify pricing for its upcoming smartwatch refresh however reports indicate the Gear 2 will be retail for 300 EU ($412 USD) with the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit sellingfor 200 EUR ($275 USD).
Huawei’s octa-core CPU
Huawei’s upcoming mobile processor could be quite the monster, if recently uncovered benchmarks are an indicator. According to scores found on AnTuTu, the chipset rivals even Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. there’s no word yet as to when we’ll see the octa-core CPU in devices; the Ascend D3 is alleged to be among the first to employ it.
AT&T is in line to carry the recently announced HTC Desire 610, or so says evleaks . The mid-range device may not arrive until after May, however, as that’s when HTC says the “global rollout” begins.
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Motorola on Friday announced that the Moto Maker experience has gotten even better. A post on the handset maker’s blog tells us that college students, alumni, and fans can now create Moto X designs that more closely mimic their beloved institution’s colors.
Available immediately, the Moto Maker now includes nine new colors and three new accent colors as well as pre-configured school combos. These combinations, it should be noted, employ clear cases with school logos for up to 40 schools. With more on the way, there’s even more to be had for college students. Anyone who registers with a valid “.edu” email address can receive the Moto X for $339, a $60 savings.
Those looking to pick up a school logo case with their Moto X can do so for a $34.95 fee. Oh, and if you’ve got a case of decision paralysis, head to the design gallery to see some inspirational color combos curated by Motorola.
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