Category Archives: Gadgets

Your Gadgets Skool.

Amazon to launch Glass-free 3D Smartphone this June: WSJ

HTC Amazon Kindle Smartphone

Amazon Smartphone has been an expectation for a quite some time and that expectation is fueled by the latest Wall Street Journal report that claims that Amazon is getting ready to launch 3D smartphone that doesn’t require Glasses to experience the 3D-effect.

HTC Amazon Kindle Smartphone

According to WSJ, Amazon has been demonstrating their smartphones to developers in San Francisco and Seattle, thus prepping for a launch in June and shipping them in September ahead of the holiday season.  Might be named as Amazon Fire Phone, is expected to come with new retina-tracking technology embedded in front-facing cameras/sensors to project hologram-like 3D images.

Recently the company landed in Set-top box business with Amazon Fire TV and now it seems like the next product in line up is Amazon Fire Phone 3D Smartphone. It has to be also noted that earlier attempts of 3D smartphone like HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D were flopped, so it’d be interesting to see how does Amazon place its 3D smartphone in the current competitive market.

[Source WSJ Via TNW]

Moto X successor, Moto X + 1 is coming soon

Moto X

Under the supervision of Google, Motorola’s flagship smartphone, Moto X has really brought Motorola back into Smartphone business and its sibling Moto G is turning around the company’s fortune in many regions esp. UK

Moto X

Now it’s time for another Moto-branded Android smartphone and popular leaker @evleaks revealed that the successor of Moto X is going to be called Moto X+1 (Moto X + 1).

Weird name isn’t it? Doesn’t matter if the phone is really as good as Moto X but all the recent flagship upgrades like iPhone 5S, Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 are not so ambitious and this is what Lenovo (Motorola) has to keep in mind to launch a real successor rather than an improved-specs-device.

[via r @evleaks]

Amazon Fire TV Set-top box launched with Remote Control and Game Controller

AmazonFireTV_HomeScreen_Front

As expected for a long time, Amazon has landed in Internet TV business with Amazon Fire TV – not really a TV but just a Set-Top box similar to Apple TV and Roku.

Amazon Fire TV features a 1.7 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064 SoC together with Adreno 320 GPU running a modified version of Android with 2GB RAM and 8GB Internal Storage, supporting HDMI, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Launching the device, Amazon’s Peter Larsen said that Fire TV is aimed to solve the three big issues of current internet streaming devices, viz., search, performance, and closed ecosystem.

amazon fire tv

Search – Nothing is more convenient than the traditional TV remote control to select something in the TV so Amazon brings such a remote control that also acts as microphone for Voice Search that comes handy while searching for a content or selecting an app. Fire TV also has a feature called ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) that predicts what content the user would want to see based on the wishlist and recommendations and loads it asap (as soon as possible).

AmazonFireTV_HomeScreen_Front

Performance – Amazon claims that Fire TV is three times faster than Roku 3 and Apple TV. With dedicated Adreno 320 GPU, Fire TV streams out full-HD 1080p video to TV and supports audio up to 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, thus making it as the most advanced Streaming media device available.

Closed Ecosystem – Apple TV is for iDevice users only with iTunes and Roku’s ecosystem is not so big, so taking advantage of this, Amazon appeals to all kinds of audience irrespective of the smartphone they use or the video service they subscribed. Content can be bought either from Amazon or can also be rented from iTunes and YouTube and Fire TV comes with some readily available apps like Hulu, Netflix, Vimeo, MLB.tv, and the NBA that offers Video content.

amazon fire tv game controller

More than a set-top box:

In order to make Amazon Fire TV more attractive, Amazon has made it as a gaming device along with a dedicated Game controller that allows users to play Android based games like Minecraft, Asphalt 8, The Walking Dead and an exclusive game Fire TV game titled Sev Zero.

Amazon Fire TV is announced at an exciting price of $99 that can clearly put Fire TV ahead of Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku if it practically delivers as written in the text.

[Source Amazon PR]

5.5mm thick, Gionee Elife S5.5 launched in India for Rs. 22999

Gionee Elife S5.5

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee has officially launched its latest flagship smartphone Elife S5.5 in India for Rs. 22999.

Claimed to be the world’s slimmest smartphone with just 5.5mm thickness, Gionee Elife S5.5 features a 5-inch Full-HD Super AMOLED Display (441ppi Pixel Density) with Corning Glass 3 Protection running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Amigo 2.0 UI, powered by 1.7 GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB Internal Storage with no SD card option.

Gionee Elife S5.5

Along with a 95-degree wide-angle lens equipped 5MP front-camera, Elife S5.5 comes with a 13MP Rear-camera with Sony Sensor and LED Flash. With a premium metal chassis, Elife S5.5 comes with 2300mAh non-removable battery and supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0. Priced at Rs. 22,999, Gionee ELife S5.5 is expected to be available on 27th April.

Gionee Elife S5.5 Technical Specifications:

  • 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (1920 x 1080 resolution)
  • 441 Ppi Pixel Density
  • 1.7 GHz Octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor
  • Android 4.2 OS with Amigo 2.0 UI
  • 2GB RAM and 16GB Internal Storage
  • 13MP Rear-camera and 5MP front-camera
  • Connectivity: 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG
  • 2300mAh non-removable battery
  • Dimension: 145.1×70.2×5.55mm and Weight: 130 grams

Gionee Elife S5.5 Pros:

  • Extremely slim – 5.5mm thick
  • 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display
  • Octa-core processor
  • Android 4.2 OS with Amigo 2.0 UI
  • 2GB RAM and 16GB Internal Storage
  • 13MP Rear-camera and 5MP front-camera

Gionee Elife S5.5 Cons:

  • Android 4.2 OS (Android 4.3 and Android 4.4 are already out there)
  • No SD Card Slot for expanding Memory
  • No LTE (in a flagship device)
  • 2300 mAh battery is not good enough for a 5-inch Full-HD device

Gionee Elife S5.5 Verdict:

At Rs. 22,999, Gionee Elife S5.5 is one of the few entries in the octa-core space but Micromax Canvas Knight A350 would be a better option at better price since Gionee is yet to set up more service centers in India as Micromax already did.

Apple patents ‘Transparent Texting’ to save Texting-While-Walking accidents

apple-transparent-texting-patent

Texting While Walking has become a serious safety concern since the evolution of smartphones and the rise of Instant Messengers like BBM, Whatsapp and a recent study has shown that Texting While Walking causes more accidents than Texting While Driving.

In such a scenario, the company that’s known as Trend-setter has filed a patent called ‘Transparent Texting’. Yes! you are right, It’s Apple! Apple has secured a patent ‘Transparent Texting’ that’s exclusively aimed – not to reduce Texting While Walking – but to make people aware of the surrounding even while Walking and Texting – thereby reducing safety concern in that.

apple-transparent-texting-patent

The idea behind this is that, the traditional white background of the texting screen will be replaced with the live video of the rear camera to show what’s behind the phone so that the user might be aware of what’s happening behind the iPhone screen (but how does it help if the user is looking down with the iPhone down towards the road? Don’t know!).

[via PC Mag]