New Sony Xperia Flagship Gets Benchmarked

Sony Xperia

It looks like Sony has a new Sony Xperia flagship smartphone in the works. A new device with the model number F8331 has appeared in some benchmarks.

The Sony Xperia X Performance comes with the model number F813X, so it looks like this new device may be its successor.

The handset is listed with a 5.1 inch display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Processing is provided by a quad core Snapdragon 820 processor and the device also comes with an Adreno 530 GPU.

The new Sony Xperia smartphone is listed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and it has high end cameras on the front and back.

The front camera comes with 12 megapixels and appears to be 4K capable, the rear camera also is 4K capable and this one comes with a 21 megapixel sensor, the handset is listed with Android 6.0.1.

According to a recent report Sony will launch this new Xperia smartphone some time before the end of the year.

Google Android Skilling Program For India Announced

Google Android SkillingGoogle is launching a new initiative in India i order to train developers to build applications for its Android platform, it is called the Android Skilling Program.

The company has some ambitious plans, Google are looking to train 2 million developers over the next three years.

India will have four million software developers* by 2018, becoming the largest population of developers in the world. But today, less than 25% of these developers are trained to develop and build for the mobile platform. The majority of India’s Internet user base today access the Internet from their mobile phones and almost all the future Internet users in India and many of the world’s emerging countries will be mobile only. There is a huge opportunity for India to become a global leader in mobile app development and we want to contribute and bridge the skills gap that exists today.

We are excited to announce the launch of the Android Skilling program. Aimed at training two million developers in India over the next three years and in support of the Skill India initiative of the Indian government, we hope to provide easy and affordable access to a world-class skilling and educational program for Indian developers, The key elements of this initiative are:

End-to-end Android training
Training Channels
Associate Android Developer Certification

You can find out more information about the Android Skilling Program over at Google at the link below.

Android Marshmallow Now Running on 13.3 Percent of Active Devices

Android Marshmallow Now Running on 13.3 Percent of Active Devices: Google

According to the latest Google Play distribution data for the seven-day period ending July 11, the number of Android Marshmallow-based devices has gone up to 13.3 percent – showing a steady rise – while the share of Android Lollipop and Android KitKat powered devices is dropping gradually.

Google’s Android Marshmallow version, which was released last year, was last month running on 10.1 percent, which means there has been a rise of 3.2 percent in a month. To recall, Android Marshmallow in May was running on 7.5 percent active Android devices.

Marshmallow-powered devices have definitely increased in recent months but the growth has still been really slow. To compare, Android 6.0 Marshmallow finally made it to 1 percent of active devices in February, five months after its release to Nexus devices.

android_marshmallow_july_screenshot.jpgThe latest data reveals that Android Lollipop has a total share of around 35.1 percent of active Android devices (with Android 5.0 Lollipop running on 14.3 percent of devices and Android 5.1 version at 20.8 percent) that check into Google Play compared to 35.4 percent reported at the beginning of May – a minor decrease of 0.3 percent in roughly a month. The Android Developers’ webpage shows that Android KitKat version is going down steadily on the charts and now powers 30.1 percent devices compared to 31.6 percent last month – a decrease of 1.5 percent.

Android Jelly Bean has a combined share of 17.8 percent – falling 1.1 percent from June’s 18.9 percent. Android 4.0.x or Ice Cream Sandwich, in Google’s latest numbers, registered a share of 1.7 percent, down 0.2 percent from last month. Android Gingerbread (v2.3.3-2.3.7) and Android 2.2 Froyo’s device distribution shares are 1.9 percent (2 percent last month) and 0.1 percent (same as last month) respectively in the charts.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Not Actually Water Resistant

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Not Actually Water Resistant: Consumer Reports
  • Water-resistance problem is limited to the US variant – Galaxy S7 Active
  • Samsung has acknowledged the complaints, said it’s investigating
  • Samsung claims its Galaxy S7 phone can survive under 5ft water up to 30 minutes

Consumer Reports says a Samsung phone that’s advertised as being “water resistant” actually isn’t.

The problem appears limited to the Galaxy S7 Active, a rugged model available only through AT&T in the US. The standard S7 and S7 Edge models have the same claims on water resistance and passed tests.

Consumer Reports, a non-profit organization that is well respected for its product testing, said Friday that it can’t recommend the Active because it doesn’t meet Samsung’s own claims. By contrast, Consumer Reports rates the S7 and S7 Edge phones as “Excellent” for their displays, battery life and cameras.

Maria Rerecich, Consumer Reports’ director of electronics testing, said she was surprised the Active failed. She said Samsung’s claims are usually “fairly good.”

Samsung told Consumer Reports that it is investigating and has received very few complaints. Samsung told The Associated Press that while the Active is meant to be one of the most rugged phones out there, “there may be an off-chance that a defective device is not as watertight as it should be.”

Samsung says all S7 phones, including the Active, are designed to survive in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes. Consumer Reports says that after a half-hour in water, the Active’s screen flashed green and other colors and didn’t respond to touch. Tiny bubbles appeared on the camera lenses. Consumer Reports tested a second Active phone to verify results and it also failed.

Rerecich said it’s likely that the problems affect only some of the units manufactured, but “we bought two and they both failed.” Both units were bought online.

Samsung says the Active can withstand drops of up to 5 feet on a flat surface, though Consumer Reports did not test those claims.

In the US, the Active phone costs $795 (roughly Rs. 53,000), which is the same price as the Edge, and $100 more than the regular S7.

Samsung Galaxy J Max VoLTE Tablet Launched in India

Samsung Galaxy J Max VoLTE Tablet Launched in India at Rs. 13,400
  • Samsung Galaxy J Max comes with Ultra Data Saving mode feature
  • It will be available later this month
  • The tablet comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop

Samsung on Friday, apart from launching the new Galaxy J2 (2016) smartphone, also unveiled the Galaxy J Max tablet. Priced at Rs. 13,400, the new tablet will go on sale via online and offline channels in end of July. The South Korean company has pre-loaded popular apps and services from its Galaxy J-series of smartphones in the Galaxy J Max such as the Ultra Data Saving (UDS) Mode which is claimed to save up to 50 percent of 4G data. Additionally, Samsung is bundling one year free subscription to Vuclip, which is a video on demand streaming service, and is also offering a free Samsung Bluetooth headset in-box. Like the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016), the Galaxy J Max comes with 6 months of double data offer for Airtel prepaid customers.

The Samsung Galaxy J Max features a 7-inch (1280×800 pixels) WXGA TFT display and is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor clubbed with 1.5GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of built-in storage which can be further expanded up to 200GB via microSD card. The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based tablet supports dual-SIM and comes with 4G support. One of the biggest highlights of the tablet is it supports VoLTE (voice over LTE).

It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front camera. Other connectivity options include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and Micro-USB. The Galaxy J Max measures 186.9×108.8×8.7mm and packs a 4000mAh battery.

Samsung on Friday also unveiled it’s new Galaxy J2 (2016) smartphone priced at Rs. 9,750 and will go on sale from July 10. One of the biggest highlights of the new Galaxy J2 (2016) is its next-generation LED notification system which Samsung calls Smart Glow.

Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) Launched in India

Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) Launched in India at a Price of Rs. 9,750
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) is the company’s first with new Smart Glow
  • It also comes with Turbo Speed Technology for RAM optimisation
  • It feature with S Bike mode as well

Samsung on Friday unveiled its new Galaxy J2 (2016) smartphone alongside the Galaxy J Max tablet in India.

The Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) has been priced at Rs. 9,750 and will be available to buy via online as well as offline retailers starting July 10. The smartphone will come in Black, Gold, and Silver colours. As promotional offer, Samsung is offering 6 months of free double data offer to Airtel prepaid customers worth Rs. 4,500.

One of the biggest highlights of the new Galaxy J2 (2016) is its next-generation LED notification system which Samsung calls Smart Glow. The feature allows users to colour-code any contact, app, or phone usage alert. The new Smart Glow feature can be activated from the Quick panel. The Smart Glow can be utilised for three usage scenarios: for Priority alerts, Usage alerts, and Selfie Assist.

For Priority alerts, users will have to drag and drop the contact or app onto the ‘+’ in the ring after enabling the Smart Glow feature. Users can select and save the Smart Glow colour for any particular contact or app. After that, whenever there’s an alert from that particular app or the user, the LED will glow in the corresponding colour. Users will be allowed to set up to 4 alerts. For Usage Alerts, Smart Glow will inform users on battery, data, or storage related information.

samsung_galaxy_j2_2016_screen.jpgThe Selfie Assist feature will allows users to take framed selfies via the rear camera. The LED notification ring lights up completely when it detects a properly aligned face and takes the selfie automatically.

At launch, Samsung also revealed the new Turbo Speed Technology (TST) which comes preloaded in the Galaxy J2 (2016). The feature enhances the performance of the smartphone and is claimed to load apps up to 40 percent faster than devices with double the RAM. The new Turbo Speed Technology is also said to shut down idle processes running in the background to free the RAM.

The new Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) also sports a new user interface (UI) which comes with several revamps such as a new Smart Notifier which enables users to prioritise notifications into simple categories, and the new redesigned app tray featuring vertical scroll navigation. The smartphone also comes with other Galaxy J-series unique features such as UDS (Ultra Data Saving) and S Bike mode.

For specifications, the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM. The handset comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage up to 32GB via microSD card. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Galaxy J2 (2016) supports dual-SIM. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The handset also sports a 5-megapixel front camera.

It measures 142.4×71.1x8mm and comes with 4G (LTE Cat. 4) support. Samsung claims that the Galaxy J2 (2016) supports download speeds of up to 150Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbps. The handset is backed by a 2600mAh battery.

Samsung Note 7 With 4GB RAM Running Android Marshmallow Spotted at AnTuTu

Samsung Note 7 With 4GB RAM Running Android Marshmallow Spotted at AnTuTu
  • The new leak suggests that Note 7 will have 4GB RAM, not 3GB
  • Note 7 listed as running Android Marshmallow not Nougat
  • Earlier leaks also suggested that Note 7 will feature 6GB RAM

As per a report by Times News, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has made its way to the AnTuTu database and its specifications are slightly different compared to the previously leaked specifications on GeekBench where the smartphone was spotted running the Android 7.0 Nougat and with 3GB of RAM. On Geekbench, the phone believed to be Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was listed with model number SM-N930F.

However, on AnTuTu, the latest smartphone is listed as model number SM-N930V and is shown to have 4GB RAM. Note 7 is also said to be running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow instead of Nougat. The other specifications are similar to numerous previous leaks and the smartphone is expected to sport a 5.7-inch qHD display with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels.

There have been numerous leaks earlier that suggested Note 7 will come packed with 6GB RAM.

On AnTuTu, the smartphone is listed to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU. It comes equipped with a 13-megapixel rear LED flash camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The device is shown to have 64GB of inbuilt storage.

According to multiple leaks, the phone will also feature an Iris scanner and will don a dual-edged display similar to company’s Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

The phone is also expected to feature a 3600mAH battery that can last for up to 20 hours of video playback.

With this year’s phablet, the company is expected to skip a numeral and name the Galaxy Note 5successor – Galaxy Note 7. This move is apparently expected by Samsung to un-complicate things for the customer. While the flagship Galaxy S series consisted of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge this year, the company is believed to be thinking that the name Galaxy Note 6 would confuse customers, and make them think that it was launched last year

Google Reportedly Looking To Make Its Own Android Wear Watches

Google Reportedly Looking To Make Its Own Android Wear Watches
  • Google allegedly making smartwatches codenamed ‘Swordfish’, ‘Angelfish’
  • Smartwatches heavily based on recently announced ‘Google Assistant’
  • Larger watch said to have LTE, built-in GPS, and a heart rate monitor

According to reports, Google is looking to expand its hardware portfolio and is working on its own line-up of Android Wear smartwatches. The search giant is said to be developing two smartwatches.

Google already develops Chromebook Pixel (laptop), Pixel C (tablet), Chromecast (streaming devices), and will soon launch Google Home (voice-activated speaker).

According to a report by Android Police, the two smartwatch variants codenamed “Angelfish” and “Swordfish” are heavily based on Google’s AI assistant ‘Google Assistant’ revealed during the Google IO keynote earlier this year.

Angelfish, or the large-size variant will fit somewhere in between the 42mm and 46mm sizes of Moto 360, and will be almost same in thickness as LG’s Urbane LTE. According to the report, it will feature LTE connectivity, built-in GPS, and a heart rate monitor.

The larger variant is also said to feature three buttons comprising of a circular crown like other Android Wear devices. However, the functionality of the other two buttons is not yet known. The smaller variant-Swordfish is said to resemble the Pebble Time Round.

The Swordfish version will reportedly have a single button on right-hand side of the smartwatch’s body and it will ship without LTE, GPS, and heart rate sensor, according to the website.

As of now, there are no details as to when these smartwatches will be unveiled; however the website has said that it expects them to be announced separately from new Nexus phones and Android Wear 2.0.

Intex I-Buddy IN-7DD01 Voice-Calling Tablet Launched

Intex I-Buddy IN-7DD01 Voice-Calling Tablet Launched at Rs. 5,499

  • The Android-powered tablet packs a 7-inch LCD display
  • It’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processor
  • It sport a 2800mAh battery and weighs 272 grams

Intex has launched an Android-powered voice-calling tablet – the I-Buddy IN-7DD01 – priced at Rs. 5,499. The runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and features dual-SIM functionality that enables it to make voice calls. The tablet is listed on Intex’s official site and is exclusively available for purchase via Amazon India – where it is currently retailing at a discounted price of Rs. 4,799.

The Intex I-Buddy IN-7DD01 tablet sports a 7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels, at 169ppi. It packs a quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processor (clock speed unspecified). The tablet also packs an ARM Mali GPU.

In terms of optics, the Intex I-Buddy IN-7DD01 tablet has a 2-megapixel primary camera and a VGA camera at front. The tablet has 8GB of inbuilt storage and offers expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB).

In terms of connectivity the tablet offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, FM radio support, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB and USB OTG. The phone houses 2800mAh battery and weighs around 272 grams. Its dimensions are 188x108x10mm, and it comes only in a Black colour variant.

On Friday, the company also launched its Aqua Power 4G smartphone in India at Rs. 6,399. The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, with a pixel density of 267ppi. The dual-SIM Aqua Power 4G smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and supports 4G, but one SIM at a time.

Apart from 4G connectivity, the Intex Aqua Power 4G also supports VoLTE (voice over LTE) with HD voice call compatibility, the highlight of the handset.

Lava X80 With 8-Inch Display, Voice-Calling Support Launched

Lava X80 With 8-Inch Display, Voice-Calling Support Launched at Rs. 9,999

  • The tablet is available across retail stores
  • It is powered by the Intel Atom processor
  • It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera

After launching the Lava X81 smartphone last week, the company has now decided to expand its tablet portfolio and launch the X80. The tablet is priced at Rs. 9,999, and is available across retail outlets in India.

Lava pitches the device as a ‘next-generation experience’, but runs the dated Android 4.4 KitKat version. The Lava X80 supports 3G voice calling via earphones and speaker, and sports a 8-inch (1280×800 pixels) IPS with OGS display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom ‘Baytrail’ processor (boosts up to 1.8GHz) paired with 1GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of inbuilt storage, which can further be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Optics include a 5-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and supports video recording. The Lava X80 tablet also supports a 3.2-megapixel camera at the front. There’s a 4200mAh battery packed inside, and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and USB 2.0 come as connectivity options. The tablet is available in Black and White colour options.

The Lava X80 tablet measures at 215.5x125x9mm, and weighs 320 grams. Lava gives away one year warranty with the device, alongside six months warranty for in-box accessories. It is worth noting that the Lava X80 also comes without 4G LTE support.