Monthly Archives: October 2015

Xiaomi Mi 4 gets a 17% price cut

. Now, in another bid to placate its fans, Xiaomi has cut 17% off of the price of the Mi 4.

Following the discount, the Xiaomi Mi 4 is now priced at the equivalent of $200 USD, down from $240 before the price cut. The phone can be ordered directly from Xiaomi, by clicking on the sourcelink.

The version of the Xiaomi Mi 4 offered at this price features a 5-inch LCD screen carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. This works out to a pixel density of 441ppi. The Snapdragon 801 chipset, which was Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line SoC at the time, is under the hood with a quad-core 2.5GHz and the Adreno 330 GPU. 2GB of RAM is inside, along with 16GB of internal storage. The 13MP camera on back features an aperture of f/1.8, great for taking photos in low-light conditions. And there is a front-facing 8MP snapper for taking selfies. A 3080mAh battery is on board, and Android 4.4.3 is pre-installed.

Other variations of the phone are available, including one with 3GB RAM/16GB native storage ($285 USD), and another equipped with 2GB RAM/32GB native storage ($269 USD). If you’re waiting for the Xiaomi Mi 5, we could see that model become available late next quarter.

source: Xiaomi via XiaomiToday

Your first smartphone – what brand was it? (poll results)

Your first smartphone - what brand was it? (poll results)

Whether your very first smartphone was a great device, a disappointing one, or just a decent piece of technology, you most probably remember the company that made it. That’s why, earlier this week, we decided to publish a poll in order to know the brand of the first smartphone you’ve ever owned.

The poll results are now in, and we’re not surprised to see that many of our readers had a Nokia as their first smartphone. The Finnish company is leading the pack when it comes to votes by a very high margin, having been voted by 1,459 users (41.56% of the total). Thanks to its army of Symbian handsets, Nokia was the world’s top smartphone vendor for many, many years – until 2012, when Samsung, helped by Android, took the lead.

Speaking of Samsung, the South Korean company was behind the first smartphones of 365 (10.4%) of those who voted in the poll. After Nokia and Samsung, the top 5 includes Motorola (330 votes – 9.4%), Sony Ericsson (272 votes – 7.75%), and HTC (261 votes – 7.43%). Apple received only 89 votes (2.53%), so it’s obvious that iPhones have been rarely bought as first smartphones – at least among our readers.

P.S.: Pictured above are three Symbian smartphones from Nokia’s glory days: N79, E62, and N95.

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Your first smartphone – what brand was it?
1.37%
48 votes

(48 votes)
Alcatel
2.53%
89 votes

(89 votes)
Apple
0.06%
2 votes

(2 votes)
Asus
3.62%
127 votes

(127 votes)
BlackBerry
2.62%
92 votes

(92 votes)
Ericsson
0.66%
23 votes

(23 votes)
Google (Nexus)
7.43%
261 votes

(261 votes)
HTC
0.4%
14 votes

(14 votes)
Huawei
0.06%
2 votes

(2 votes)
Lenovo
3.28%
115 votes

(115 votes)
LG
9.4%
330 votes

(330 votes)
Motorola
41.56%
1459 votes

(1459 votes)
Nokia
1.74%
61 votes

(61 votes)
Palm
10.4%
365 votes

(365 votes)
Samsung
1.85%
65 votes

(65 votes)
Sony
7.75%
272 votes

(272 votes)
Sony Ericsson
0.11%
4 votes

(4 votes)
Xiaomi
0.34%
12 votes

(12 votes)
ZTE
4.84%
170 votes

(170 votes)
Other

3511 votes

Activate Samsung Pay and get a free wireless charging pad, or a $50 rebate on one (Verizon customers)

Samsung Pay is the most widely accepted of the mobile payment services. This is because it works with both retailers that support NFC, and those that use MST (Magnetic Secure Transmissions) to swipe a credit card. Since a wide majority of stores have the equipment to swipe credit cards, Samsung Pay will work in over 90% of retail locations.

Samsung is trying to use incentives to get those using a Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ to use Samsung Pay over Android Pay. If you have one of these handsets and you are not using Verizon, Samsung will send you a free wireless charging pad. All you need to do is install the Samsung Pay app, and register at least one credit card or debit card before November 8th. You then have until November 15th to file your claim for the free charging pad by going to a special promotion page (https://samsungpromotions.com/ChargerPromo).

If you happen to be a Verizon customer, you are limited to receiving a $50 rebate on a wireless charging pad that you have purchased from Verizon. After you buy the charging pad at full price between now and November 8th, you download the Samsung Pay app and add a credit or debit card to it. Once that is accomplished, you head over to a special promotions page (https://samsungpromotions.com/paypromo/), and send your original receipt for the wireless pad to Samsung before November 15th. Or, you can send it in the mail by December 15th.

Originally, Verizon said that it would not support Samsung Pay, but recently reversed that decision.

Download and install Samsung Pay

source: Samsung (1), (2-Verizon customers only) via AndroidCentral

Aluminum back from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Pro is spotted again, fingerprint scanner still on board

The back cover of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Pro confirms that a fingerprint scanner will be included

The back cover of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Pro confirms that a fingerprint scanner will be included

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 was launched back in August. Now, there have been indications that the manufacturer is prepping an aluminum-clad version of the device called the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Pro. The Redmi Note 2 Pro will be the first Xiaomi handset to feature a fingerprint scanner. This was confirmed by images leaked last week of the phone, revealing the rear-facing fingerprint scanner located underneath the lozenge shaped dual LED flash.

Today, another picture was leaked showing the rear panel of the phone. The latest image of the Redmi Note 2 Pro’s back is an exact match for the one that we showed you the other day. Even the embossed Xiaomi logo and the speaker grille, match up in the two photos.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Pro was recently 3C certified in China, which allows it to wear the CCC safety mark. Actually, all products manufactured in China, or imported into the country, must go through the process of being tested by the agency. But it does show that the unit is proceeding down the path toward its release.

We should see the Redmi Note 2 Pro come with a 5.5-inch screen, carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. A change will be found under the hood where the Snapdragon 808 chipset replaces the MediaTek MT6795 SoC. That means that the Redmi Note 2 Pro will come with a hexa-core CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. We expect to see two variations of the phone, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage, rumored to be priced at the equivalent of $173 USD. The second version will feature 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, and could be priced at $236 USD. We should see a 13MP rear-facing snapper, and a front-facing 5MP selfie shooter. A 3060mAh battery will keep the generator humming.

The handset will most likely be unveiled and launched in November.

source: AndroidHeadlines

HTC One (M8) Google Play edition faces a delay on receiving Android 6.0 update

Android 6.0 update for HTC One (M8) Google Play edition is delayed

Android 6.0 update for HTC One (M8) Google Play edition is delayed

HTC’s VP of product management, Mo Versi, is known for keeping HTC customers notified about software updates using his Twitter account. On Friday, he sent out a tweet that disseminated both bad news and good news for owners of the HTC One (M8) Google Play edition. The bad news is that there is a delay in updating the phone.

Versi’s tweet reveals that HTC had to “re-spin” the software. The good news is that the executive expects Technical Approval for the update to take place sometime during the next few days. Once that happens, the update is good to go.

The Google Play edition version of a phone removes the manufacturer’s skin and all carrier bloatware from a device, leaving stock Android. The HTC One (M8) GPe was released last March, priced at $699. Out of the box, the handset came loaded with Android 4.4.2. If all goes well, your HTC One (M8) Google Play edition will soon be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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source: @moversi via TimesNews.co.uk

Microsoft’s new Windows Feedback app replaces closing sites

If you’re looking to give Microsoft some feedback about Windows 10 Mobile, and the native apps that come with it, you should use the new Windows Feedback app. The Windows and Windows Phone UserVoice feedback sites that are currently employed for this task will shut down after November 16th.

Feedback sent through the app is accessible to Windows engineers, allowing them to respond quickly to comments. The app also allows engineers to engage in two-way conversations with Windows Insiders. Those who have given feedback can check with the app, to see if Microsoft is ready to act on their comments.

The Windows Phone UserVoice site is winding down, and will be available for your comments through November 16th. After than date, you will have to use the app to lodge a complaint, or to give feedback on Windows 10 Mobile. To download and install the app, go to Cortana and type in the word “feedback.”

source: Microsoft via WMPoweruser

Philips introduces two new smartphones sporting "anti-blue" displays

Ever stare at your smartphone screen and feel your eyes get strained or fatigued? Blame that on the blue light that is released by the display. But Philips has introduced two new smartphones in China today, both using a new technology that the manufacturer calls SoftBlue. This “anti-blue” display reduces the amount of blue light that comes from a smartphone screen, by up to 86%. This feature can be found on the just unveiled Philips Sapphire S616 and the Philips Sapphire Life V787.

The Sapphire S616 features a 5.5-inch IPS screen carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Driving the handset is the MediaTek MT6753 SoC, which includes an octa-core CPU, and the Mali-T720 GPU. 2GB of RAM is inside, along with 16GB of internal storage. Those requiring additional memory can access the 128GB microSD slot.

A 13MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture graces the back of the device, while a 5MP front-facing camera snaps wide angle selfies and handles video chats. The phone offers a removable 3000mAh battery, and provides dual SIM, dual standby with support for 4G LTE connectivity. Android 5.1 is pre-installed with Philips’ UI running on top. The phone is expected to be launched in November, priced in the neighborhood of $222 USD.

The Philips Sapphire Life V787 is expected to be launched at the end of November, although pricing information is unknown. This device has the same specs as the Sapphire S616, except for a few important changes. For example, powering this model is a 5000mAh battery that uses the manufacturer’s Xenium technology, to provide up to 47 hours of talk time. Also, the Sapphire Life V787 features a smaller 5-inch screen which also has a 1080 x 1920 resolution. That works out to a higher 441ppi pixel density. Lastly, the 13MP rear-facing shooter on this unit offers Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), allowing it to focus in just 0.2 seconds.

We don’t expect to see these two handsets made available in the U.S., where the Philips brand is associated with light bulbs and audio equipment.

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source: PhoneRadar

FYI, the Nexus 6P doesn’t have a bending problem

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Here are links to the original videos from Unbox Therapy that started the controversy.

The original bend test.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=znK652H6yQM

And an uncut bend test on the street.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ3Ds6uf0Yg

The difference between those tests and the one on the Nexus 6p is that on the ones for the iPhone, he simply takes a working iPhone, unsubjected to any other tests, and bends it. On the Nexus 6p, it was scratched with picks with varying hardness levels (to the point of going beyond the glasses physical strengths and cracking it) and burning it it with a lighter (GG4 can take up to 912°F and lighters can get around 900°F which would’ve significantly compromised the glass) and after all that, THEN doing the bend test.

There’s an article on Reddit from an engineer who equates the situation to that of a car. The front and rear auto glass in a car adds structural integrity, which is why people are cautioned against driving with a damaged Windshield or back glass, since it compromises the frame of the vehicle as well.

Now if this guy wants to do another test doing the same as the videos by Unbox Therapy, with an unaltered device, THEN I would see them as equivalent tests.

Oppo Find 9 delayed until next year due to wait for the Snapdragon 820 chipset

You can add the Oppo Find 9 to the list of high-end smartphones that have been held back by the wait for the Snapdragon 820. That list includes the LeTV Max 2, and the Xiaomi Mi 5 among others. Other manufacturers like Samsung, LG and HTC are said to be waiting for the release of the chipset, which might not be inside new handsets until late next quarter. The good news is that Qualcomm still insists that the Snapdragon 820 will not overheat like its predecessor does.

Not much is known about the Oppo Find 9, except that it follows the Oppo Find 7, and will probably be released next year with the Snapdragon 820 inside. That means that the phone will sport a quad-core CPU, and the Adreno 530 GPU. Other rumored specs include a 1440 x 2560 resolution on a phablet sized screen that will be bezel-less. There should be a fingerprint scanner on board, possibly Qualcomm’s Ultrasonic Fingerprint Recognition technology. The Find 9 should also include fast charging capabilities, and a rear-facing camera worthy of being found on a high-end phone.

Right now, there isn’t anything that Oppo can do except try to keep interest in the device high as it awaits delivery of the Snapdragon 820 SoC. And there are a number of fans of the Oppo Find 7, who naturally would be interested in the sequel to that model. Everyone is going to need to be patient, especially since Qualcomm is being extra cautious in the face of the Snapdragon 810 chip’s issues with temperature control.

Render of the Oppo Find 9

Render of the Oppo Find 9

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source: Mobile-Dad (translated) via Mobipicker

Walmart updates its mobile app to prepare for the holiday shopping frenzy

The Walmart mobile app has received an update to prepare for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The retailer predicts that its iOS and Android apps will host a total of  210 million visits from holiday shoppers this year. Among the changes made with the update is the ability for users to build a Wish List using the Scan and Shop feature. In addition, Wish Lists from others can be searched for using the app.

With Mobile Check-in, Walmart app users can employ their phone to check-in when picking up an online order. This is another time saving feature available to those who download and install the Walmart app from the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Walmart has also announced some pre-Black Friday deals. A Samsung Galaxy S3 for its Straight Talk pre-paid service is reduced from $179 to $99. The phone is available in white, and the deal is offered online only. And the 16GB Wi-Fi only Apple iPad mini 2 has been cut in price from $268 to $199.99.

The advantage in using the Walmart app is that it saves you from having to fight the crowd from Black Friday through Christmas Eve. All of the retailer’s online and in-store inventory is available from your phone and tablet, once you’ve installed the app on your mobile device.

source: Walmart via BGR