Microsoft deems Buying Nokia Lumia 521 a Better Option over Galaxy S4 [Video]

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Up until now we’ve been seeing smartphones ads taking a jab at similar priced devices to compare its additional value that it provides over the other, but today for the first time the tides have completely been shifted by Microsoft as it tries to convince users that their entry-level Windows Phone is worth buying by comparing it with an Android flagship device! See the ad below:-

As you can see from the ad, Microsoft’s Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph decides to weigh in the amount of tech gear that can be bought with the extra $600 that the prospective buyer would give for Galaxy S4 in contrast with Nokia Lumia 521 carrying a price-tag of $150.

Now since the ad is solely aimed at convincing US residents looking to purchase Samsung’s Android flagship, Ben overlooked the fact that in US mostly people opt for postpaid markets where folks go to the mobile operators’ like AT&T, Verizon etc., and  grab devices like Galaxy S4 that’s conveniently available at $199.99 on a two-year contract.

Also, Ben opted for quite deceptive marketing by picking up the max price of Galaxy S4 available in the market (BestBuy), while it’s easily available from other retailers (Amazon) at $100 less than the advertised price.

Not only that, the ad implies that a low-end dual-core Lumia 521 is even better than Galaxy S4 in terms of features:

Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 has a good camera, a good display, thousands of apps, and the ability to keep you connected to the weather, sports, news, and all of the people you care about”.

“The new Nokia Lumia 521 also has a good camera, a good display, thousands of apps, and the ability to keep you connected to the weather, sports, news, and all of the people you care about and because it’s a Windows Phone, it does so arguably better than Android”.

Well it’s quite hard to imagine how Lumia with its smaller 4” display with 480×800 resolution, support for only tens of thousands apps and inferior Bing Maps can possible compare with Galaxy S4’s Full HD 5” display, hundreds of thousand apps and far superior Google Maps. Also, you can’t even use Skype on Lumia 521 due to the absence of its secondary camera, so there goes the connectivity down the drain.

The worst part of this ad is it gives the notion that Nokia Lumia 521 is a premium handset (that’s not even remotely comparable with Galaxy S4), which is quite deceptive and might even trick customers to buy the Lumia 521, only for them to figure out that it doesn’t live up to the false promises! What’s your take on this ad?

[via PhoneArena]

Android 4.3 will Land in July for HTC One Nexus Edition [Rumor]

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Ever since Google opted not to unveil the next iteration of Android at Google I/O held this month, there has been quite uncertainty regarding the public release of Android 4.3. Rumors emerging after the Google’s I/O event indicated that the new Android version would expectedly release in the coming months, and now it seems like it’ll release in July.

A known HTC developer revealed on Twitter that the Android 4.3 update will be available for the HTC One Nexus Edition – that was made official yesterday –  a “few weeks after release.” Considering the fact that the Pure Android version of HTC One will be launched in the U.S. on June 26, the few weeks’ timeline drags the release of Android 4.3 to July, assuming that the time frame offered by the developer is accurate.

At this point however, Google has yet to confirm the existence of Android 4.3, let alone its release date! The only proof of Android 4.3 we have is the huge pile of rumors. We’ll keep you posted when we learn anything more regarding the matter.

[via Android Authority]

Press Image of AT&T branded Galaxy S4 Active Leaks Out

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Samsung is yet to unveil its rugged Galaxy S4 version but thanks to the famous leakster @evleaks, the first press image of the Galaxy S4 Active complete with AT&T branding has hit the web, which strikingly looks familiar to its previously leaked photos.

As you can see from the picture, in addition to the AT&T logo present on the back of the device there’s Galaxy S4 Active product name as well, a detail that wasn’t available on that previously leaked red version of the handset. Overall, the design pretty much coincides with the leaked red version of the device with its physical buttons on the top and metallic casing with bolts on the back.

Up till now, Galaxy S4 Active is rumored to pack in the same goodies that comes with the US variant of Galaxy S4, like the 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen display, 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, LTE, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz on top etc. The only difference lies with the addition of Waterproof capability and 8-megapixel camera (instead of 13MP in Galaxy S4).

Until now, there’s no word regarding the price-tag or when it gets released by AT&T. However, the device is expected to become official at the Samsung Premiere event on June 20. Are you looking forward to the release of Galaxy S4 Active?

(via Technobuffalo)

White Nexus 4 Officially Lands in the U.S.

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The white version of the Google Nexus 4 had finally become official few days ago, and while the device wasn’t supposed to become available until June, the white Nexus 4 has already made its way to the United States.

The phone is available right now from the Google Play Store, priced $299 for 8GB and $349 for 16GB. The white Google Play version comes with a free white bumper, not currently for sale by itself.

Also, the 16GB white Nexus is available for online purchase at T-Mobile for $427.99 on its online store, with no monthly instalment plan option available. Considering that it’s nearly $80 more expensive than the price offered by Google Play, the direct Google route will remain the best option for most folks.

Apart from the new paintjob and bumper giveaway, this is exactly the same smartphone as the black model released way back in November. Nothing seems to have changed from a design perspective.

If you’ve been waiting off on the Nexus 4 up until now and are finally considering it, be sure to check out our full review and also do check out our quick hands-on of the newly released White Nexus 4 device.

[via PhoneArena]

LG Nexus 5 Prototype is in the Works despite Being Refuted by The Company

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Earlier this week, LG Mobile Europe vice president, Kim Wong, spilled the beans regarding LG’s plans for the future during an interview, in which he led most of the web to believe that LG isn’t working on a Nexus 5 right now, but that they wouldn’t turn down the opportunity in the future.

While we finally got some closure on the matter, quite surprisingly the rumor mill hasn’t stepped back from its stance regarding the existence of Nexus 5, as the latest word on the street is that LG is actively working on the Nexus 5, regardless of what we’ve heard.

Today’s rumor comes from Korean site Daum.net, which reports that the next-gen Nexus has secretly been in testing inside of LG for about a month under strict security conditions. Outside of those working closely with the device, apparently Larry Page is the only person to have seen the Nexus 5 prototype.

Under normal circumstances, we would have not paid heed to this matter but the unexpected announcement of HTC One with Nexus Experience –despite its rumors had been refuted by the company- has led us to take interest in Nexus 5 and besides, LG hasn’t denied interest in making another Nexus device so it’s quite possible for them to keep this project under the wraps for some reason.

At the moment it’s quite premature to say anything regarding LG’s involvement in the Nexus lineup of smartphones. But if it’s true, would you be looking forward to an LG Nexus device or rather opt for similar version of HTC One or Galaxy S4?

(via UnwiredReview)

HTC One “Google Edition” with Trimmed Features Confirmed, Coming June 26th for $599

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Several rumors regarding the “Google Edition” of HTC One have made rounds up till now and today, Google’s Android Head, Sundar Pichai, has laid rest to all the speculations by officially announcing the long rumored Pure Android version of HTC One.

Yup you read it right, despite the fact that HTC refuted the rumors that emerged right after the announcement of Galaxy S4’s Google Edition, quite unexpectedly during the D11 conference held today in Los Angeles, Android boss Sundar Pichai confirmed the existence of “HTC One” with Nexus User Experience.

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Whereas the specs of the device are concerned, it comes equipped with the same set of hardware that we saw on HTC One but now runs stock Android 4.2.2 AOSP instead of HTC’s sense features. Also, talking with AndroidPolice, HTC officials confirmed that many of their Sense-related features found on HTC One won’t be present on the Pure Android version of HTC One.

The features absent on the Google edition of  HTC One includes the absence of native HTC camera features such as zoe, the IR blaster is also gone as well and there’s no longer the Beats Audio mode software. As for the price of the device, it’ll carry a price-tag of $599 for the 32GB version, which is $50 cheaper than the similar Samsung S4’s Pure Android version. Would you be buying the Google’s Edition of HTC One when it hit the shelves?

(via PhoneArena)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Officially Announced

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Rumored to get officially announced at the Samsung Premiere event taking place on 20th June, Galaxy S4 Mini quietly got revealed to the world today as Samsung announced the preliminary details surrounding the much anticipated miniature version of Galaxy S4.

Just like the leaked specs we saw yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini sports a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) SuperAMOLED display, 1.7GHz dual-core Krait 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, support for 64GB microSD card, 8 and 1.9 megapixel cameras and a 1,900mAh battery. The S4 mini measures 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm, making the device significantly smaller than the 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm size of the Galaxy S4.

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Now coming to the aniticipated Software features of GalaxyS4 Mini, the mini smartphone will pack much of the laundry list of features found in its larger sibling. For starters, the device will run on Android 4.2.2 with the latest version of TouchWiz which features like Shot&Sound, S Travel, Story Album, Group Play, ChatOn, Samsung Hub, Samsung Link, S Health, Adapt Display, Adapt Sound and much more.

However, the most prominent and advanced features found in Galaxy S4 have been omitted in S4 Mini, which includes Air View, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause and Smart Stay. The S4 Mini will be available in either white or black finishes, with 4G LTE, 3G, and 3G Dual Sim variants.

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Whereas the most important question regarding the price-tag is concerned, unfortunately there’s no official indication of when the S4 Mini will launch, or how much the device will cost. Up till now, only one retailer based in UK, Phones4u,  has confirmed that it’ll offer the Galaxy S4 Mini “when it becomes available in the UK in July 2013.” Are you looking forward to buy this smartphone when it hit the shelves?

(via AndroidCentral)