Samsung launches Galaxy A3 & A5 in India along with E5 & E7

At a media event in Mumbai, Samsung announced a total of four new devices for Indian customers: The Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7. The metallic chassis Galaxy A3 and A5 are already available in a few countries, but this is the first time Samsung introduces the Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7.

All four phones have unibody design, with the A-series having aluminum unibody and the E-series having polycarbonate unibody. All phones also have dual SIM support and run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC. All four run on Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. None of them have replaceable batteries and only the A5 supports LTE.

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The Galaxy A3 has a 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot, 8 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, dual SIM support, and 1,900mAh battery. The A5 has a bigger 5.0-inch HD display, 2GB RAM, 4G LTE, and 2,300mAh battery, with other specs being similar.

The Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are priced at Rs. 20,500 ($324/€271) and Rs. 25,500 ($401/€338), respectively for Indian market.

The Galaxy E5 is similar to the Galaxy A3 in terms of hardware specs. There are a few differences, however. With a 5-inch 720p display, the device is noticeably larger, and there's dual-SIM connectivity on offer as well. To account for the larger display, the battery is a 2,400 mAh variant. The pricing is slightly lesser at Rs. 19,300 ($304), which may be due to the fact that the device isn't a metallic affair like the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5.

Like the Galaxy E5, the Galaxy E7 is similar in hardware to the Galaxy A5, and boasts a 5.5-inch 720p display along with a 2,950 mAh battery. In terms of software, all four devices come with Android 4.4 KitKat with a side serving of TouchWiz. One area of differentiation (other than the design) between the Galaxy A series and Galaxy E series is in terms of connectivity: the Galaxy A3 and A5 offer LTE connectivity, while the E5 and E7 only feature 3G connectivity.

The Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 are priced at Rs. 19,300 ($304/€255) and Rs. 23,000 ($362/€304), respectively.

Kodak announces its first smartphone, Android running the IM5

The latest entrant into the smartphone realm is none other than Kodak, though what it has unveiled today is less of a camera running Android, and more of an actual smartphone. The Kodak IM5 comes with midrange innards mostly, except for the camera which features "unique image management software". More on that in a bit. The IM5,the 5-inch phone was built by Bullitt, the company behind the rugged Caterpillar line. It runs Android KitKat, though Lollipop is on the way, and its other specs are pretty run of the mill. There's an octa-core 1.7 processor and so-so storage, though it is expandable up to 32GB thanks to microSD.

The Kodak IM5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and it will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, even if a clear timeline for that hasn't been given. The handset has a 13 MP rear snapper with LED flash, a 5 MP front camera and 1GB of RAM. Camera-wise, you'll get an app that will let you quickly edit photos, share them on social media, or directly print them, since it's apparently going to be "compatible with home printers".

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Expect the IM5 to become available in Europe towards the end of March, followed by a global rollout later on. It will cost €229, and when it eventually lands in the US you'll be able to pick one up for $249.

This is clearly just an attempt to capitalize on a very well known brand, since the hardware is nothing spectacular. Whether enough people will fall for that remains to be seen.


Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 available in US without contract

While Samsung hasn't officially launched the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 in the US through any carriers, smartphone shoppers awaiting Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy A series can now purchase both the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 off-contract in the U.S. Prices start at $315.99 for the Galaxy A3, while the Galaxy A5 — which is bigger and has better specifications — costs $399.99. Both devices come completely unlocked. That's possible because they're being offered by Expansys, a third party retailer specializing in selling unlocked (SIM-free) units.

Because these are unlocked devices, they're priced accordingly. Also in both cases, you're getting dual-SIM functionality baked in, though as always only one of those slots supports high speed data connectivity. Both phones have 4G LTE, but before you buy make sure to check if your favorite carrier's bands are supported. Information about which bands each smartphone supports is available in their respective listings.

Price of SIM free Galaxy A3 in USA

The Galaxy A3 has a 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for expansion, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 1,900mAh battery.

The Galaxy A5 isn’t just bigger, but it’s also better in almost every way. Its 5-inch display boasts a 720p HD resolution, it has 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, a 2,300mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel camera. The Galaxy A5 does share the A3’s 1.2GHz processor and 5-megapixel front-facing camera, however.

Snapwise Launches uCiC Mobile App That Enables Users to Obtain Visual Answers to Every Day Questions

Choose Any Location, Make a Request and Get an Image or Video Instantly;
App Wins Best Mobile App at “Mobile Apps Showdown” at CES


Toronto, Canada, January 21, 2015 – uCiC (You See I See) is a mobile solution for anyone who has ever had a location-based question that would best be answered by someone who is there as a real-time image or video from anywhere in the world. Today’s launch of the uCiC (You See I See) free iOS and Android app, allows users to select any area of the world in which they have a question, and reach out to other app users in a specific location, whether they know them or not, to complete and send the image or video request.

The app is available for download on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ucic/id922865703?mt=8 and on Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ic

At the recent “Mobile Apps Showdown” at the Consumer Electronics Show, uCiC won the coveted award of “Best Mobile App,” both in online voting and at the live event (in a tie for 1st place).

“As one of the judges for Mobile Apps Showdown, I was more than impressed with not just the concept of uCiC, but the execution of it – including the intuitive user-interface, speed and feature set of the app. Leveraging the entire mobile population – and not just your social media circles -- uCiC has the ability to effectively and quickly pair those looking for visual information with those willing to share it,” said Marc Saltzman, syndicated technology columnist, author and speaker.

From wanting to know if the parking lot at the game is full or requesting an image of the remaining pastries at the local bakery; to asking about the size of the waves at the beach or finding out if your street is flooded before heading home, the questions to which you can find visual and video-based answers is limitless. The app is very simple to use and can provide a wide array of fun, educational, informational and safety content. A picture is truly worth a thousand words and uCiC can provide more informed and timely content than a simple web search.

uCiC is leading the transformation where users stop using smartphones as portable PCs and start using them as extensions of themselves. With uCiC, users no longer have to constrain themselves to people, places or processes that they have acquainted in their real lives. uCiC will help people at a global scale and create an unprecedented number of connections, while opening a new world of images and videos.

When someone makes a uCiC request, they will be able to see how many other users are in the location in which they are seeking information, whether across town or around the world. If another user is in the area of a request, they will receive a notification on their phone and they can then choose to complete the request. Their camera will automatically open, allowing them to take a picture or video and send it back with the tap of a button. To make a request users have to give out “Karma Points”, between 10 and 50 points, depending on how much they want to incentivize the other user to respond to their request. All users get 50 Karma Points when they sign up, so they can start making requests immediately.

Additional sample uses of uCiC can include:
  • Requesting images/videos of the crowd at a club
  • Finding out how the roses look at the local florist before heading down to the store
  • Asking what the inside of that brand new restaurant across town looks like
  • Trying to find out if your street has been snow plowed before heading home from work
  • Asking neighbors if they have seen a lost dog
  • Getting a current picture of a location for a school project
  • Find out the length of the line at the ski lift, so that they can spend more time on the slopes and less time waiting
Privacy is very important to uCiC, so the app provides users the option to choose their own visibility settings. A user can choose to be completely anonymous, be visible only to their friends or choose to be fully visible to everyone.

About uCiC:
uCiC is made by Snapwise Inc, a Toronto based start-up. Our mission is to help people connect with someone who is at the right place at the right time. More information on uCiC is available at http://ucic.vc/ A video showing uCiC in action can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/gVBlLCfVw78

Microsoft announces two new feature phones - Nokia 215 and 215 dual

Microsoft seems to still have a few Nokia phones up its sleeves (at least feature phones), as the company has announced the affordable Internet-ready Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual SIM. The Redmond giant has revealed that both the Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual SIM will be initially rolled out in Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe in the first quarter. Both the handsets will be available in "select markets" at just $29 before taxes and subsidies.

The Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual SIM share common specifications except that the latter also features dual-SIM support. Both the handsets support Micro-SIM. The Nokia 215 has Opera Mini for general web browsing and handles social networking with the Facebook app and Facebook Messenger, Twitter too. Bing Search and MSN Weather are also on board. Both the handsets sport a 0.3-megapixel fixed-focus camera and run on Series 30+ operating system.

Nokia 215 front selfie camera

All this web access happens over 2G and EDGE (dual band) on a 2.4" QVGA screen (240 x 320px). This is a Series 30+ device so it's a throwback to a bygone era. Additional connectivity includes Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM (for easy file sharing). There's also FM radio connectivity and the Nokia 215 will last 45 hours. 50 hours if you're playing MP3 audio, there's a microSD card slot supporting 32GB. The 1,100mAh battery is good for 20 hours of talking and 29 days of standby for the single-SIM model. The dual-SIM lasts 21 days.

Nokia 215 and 215 dual will be available in green, black and white versions, and will initially go on sale in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe in the first quarter of 2015. I am sure that both India and Bangladesh will be on the list.

Xiaomi sold over 61 million phones globally in 2014

Xiaomi has beaten its own expectations by selling over 61 million smartphones in 2014 - more than three times the number it sold in 2013. The Chinese startup generated revenue of ¥74.3 billion ($12bn; £7.8bn) in total during 2014 with smartphone sales rising from 18.7 million in 2013 to 61.1 million last year. The CEO of the $45 billion tech heavyweight, Lei Jun, delivered the good news in a letter to the company’s employees.

The company’s sales have grown by a mind-boggling 227% compared to 2013. At CNY 74.3 billion (about $12.1 billion), Xiaomi’s 2014 revenue before tax has risen 135% from the previous year. Unsurprisingly, the Chinese giant did quite well internationally. Xiaomi sold 1 million Mi smartphones in India in less than one month. The company plans to enter more countries this year.

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Xiaomi's domestic growth is expected to slow down this year. This is hardly a surprise as many competitors began copying its business model. Indeed, Huawei and Lenovo are two examples of big companies that are copying Xiaomi’s aggressive online sales model in the country. However Xiaomi remains the biggest smartphone brand in its home territory and only sells its smartphones in select countries in Asia - with a major expansion into India in 2014.

Many analysts expect more expansion in 2015, though a launch in western territories like the US and the UK is unlikely at this point. The company is set to launch its latest flagship smartphone - dubbed the Mi 5 - this month, though a launch at CES 2015 which is kicking off in Las Vegas on Sunday has been ruled out by the company.

HTC Desire Eye is available in Bangladesh for 38,000 taka

Taking pictures of your own gurning face and plastering it over the Internet is unquestionably the best thing you can do with a device that has the entire wealth of human knowledge only a tap away. The front-facing cameras that enable such a noble pursuit on most phones, however, tend to be low-resolution and lack the flash you find on the back.

Not so with the HTC Desire Eye. This 5.2-inch Android phone separates itself from the rest of the Android world by virtue of its 13-megapixel front-facing camera, which also has a dual LED flash to illuminate your dazzling smile in even the darkest of places. It's the first phone to have such a potent front camera. It is, in fact, the same camera that you'll find on the back of the phone as well.

HTC Desire Eye Review

HTC announced the Desire Eye back in October, but up until today it hasn't been for sale in the subcontinent. After more than two months since its unveiling over there, however, the Desire Eye is finally advertised as being in stock by at least one mobile phone retailer in Mumbai.

You grab the Desire Eye is priced at 38,000 taka, which means about $475. So this isn't dirt cheap, though on the other hand it does come with some pretty impressive specs, ones not previously seen on HTC's Desire sub-brand. The main selling point for the Desire Eye is surely its 13 MP front-facing camera, which even comes with a dual-tone dual-LED flash. The rear cam has the same resolution, while the phone's screen is a 5.2-inch 1080p panel.

At the helm we can find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, with a 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU aided by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable built-in storage. The handset runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has a 2,400 mAh non-removable battery.

 
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