Weekly News Roundup #9 – India

June 16, 2013
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    In a weekly segment, I’ll be doing a roundup of the mobile technology news in India, including new device announcements and releases from Indian manufacturers, network carrier news, and anything else that captures the pulse of  the Android scene in India.

    This week, three more budget-friendly quad-core smartphones join the ever-growing list of such devices in India, and Samsung Galaxy S4 owners have good reason to be excited with the official update to Android 4.2.2 now rolling out. Let’s get started!

    Intex launches Aqua I-5 quad-core Android 4.2 smartphone

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    Intex continues to expand its Aqua lineup of smartphones with another quad-core offering, called the Aqua I-5. The follow up to the Aqua Wonder Quad Core features a larger 5-inch display, an upgraded camera, and the latest Android OS version. You can check out the complete specifications of the Intex Aqua I-5 below -

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    • 5-inch IPS display with 960×540 resolution
    • 1.2 Ghz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor
    • 1GB RAM
    • 4GB internal storage (1.58GB available to user), expandable via microSD up to 32GB
    • 12MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
    • 2,000 mAh battery
    • dual-SIM support
    • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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    The qHD display is a little disappointing, considering the new crop budget-friendly smartphones with720p and even 1080p displays now being launched. Of course, the comparatively lower price of the Intex Aqua I-5 more than makes up for it. Priced at just Rs 11,690 (~$212), the latest quad-core smartphone released by Intex is a very good choice.

    You can find out more about the Intex Aqua I-5, as well as find a full list of Intex retail stores here. You can also order the device online from the Intex e-store here.

    Source – Tech 2

    Lemon Mobiles jumps into the quad-core race with the Lemon A4

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    In the Weekly News Roundup – India a couple of weeks back, I had expressed a desire to see a lot more budget-friendly quad-core smartphones being launched in India which feature 1080p displays. This statement was brought on by the launch of the WickedLeak Wammy Passion Z which was the first of its kind to feature a display resolution of 1920×1080. Only a couple of weeks later, we already have the second entrant to this category.

    Lemon Mobiles is well-known for its impressive portfolio of entry-level and mid-range smartphones, but the company is hoping to compete with other local manufacturers more effectively with the launch of the quad-core powered smartphone called the Lemon 4. The specifications of the Lemon 4 include -

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    • 5-inch Full HD IPS display
    • 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor
    • 1GB RAM
    • 16GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
    • 13.1MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
    • 1,850 mAh battery
    • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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    Apart from the high resolution display, the other specifications of the Lemon A4 are very impressive as well. Unfortunately, the device is priced slightly higher at Rs 17,990 (~$327). This is of course understandable, and definitely worth it, considering the higher internal storage availability, and impressive camera.

    You can find out more about the Lemon A4 here.

    Source – NDTV Gadgets

    Lava launches Iris 504Q, featuring gesture-based controls

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    With the number of budget-friendly quad-core smartphones increasing on a weekly basis, it’s already become difficult to stand out from the crowd. Some, such as WickedLeak and Lemon Mobiles (mentioned above) have decided to step up their games with the launch of budget-friendly devices with practically high-end specifications. Others, such as Lava, have decided to incorporate a distinct set of features to differentiate itself.

    In the case of the Lava Iris 504Q, it is the introduction of gesture-based controls. But first, let’s take a look at the specifications of the Iris 504Q -

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    • 5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 resolution
    • 1.2 Ghz quad-core processor
    • 1GB RAM
    • 4GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB
    • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
    • 2,000 mAh battery
    • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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    Priced at Rs 13,499 (~$245), the specifications of the Lava Iris 504Q are very similar to most other quad-core devices at this price range. As mentioned before, what makes this smartphone unique is its gesture-based controls.

    The gesture motion allows users to interact with the device with a simple wave of the hand, allowing you to change music tracks, tune FM channels, flip through your image gallery, and even click a photo. The company also promises future OTA updates, which will definitely include more features that can be controlled based on gestures.

    You can find out more about the Lava Iris 504Q here.

    Source – Fone Arena

    Official Android 4.2.2 update for Samsung Galaxy S4 now rolling out in India

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    There’s some great news for you if you’ve recently picked up the Samsung Galaxy S4! The Samsung flagship is currently receiving an official update to Android 4.2.2 in India, introducing a host of performance improvements.

    Following complaints of low internal storage space, the latest update manages to free up some of it, albeit very little, bringing the user-available internal storage from 8.82GB to 9.23GB. Further addressing the issue, users now have the option to save their apps on the microSD card. The update also includes tweaks to the stock camera software, now allowing you to record HDR videos. You will now also get to see a semi-transparent status bar and a new smart pause toggle in the notification menu.

    This particular update is of course, for the octa-core Exynos 5 version of the device, which is the version available in India. The 343MB update will be available OTA, or via the Samsung Kies PC software.

    Source – The Mobile Indian

    What are your thoughts? Will you be picking up any of the new quad-core smartphones announced this week? If you’ve already received the update to Android 4.2.2 for the Samsung Galaxy S4, do share your experiences in the comments section below.

    See you next week!

    Comments

    • Zoidberg

      Why dont the snapdragon s4 users get to move their apps to their SD?

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