Monthly Archives: November 2013

Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 With 4.0-inch Display Dual Core Processor Android 4.2 Now Available Online at ₹ 10,730

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Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 that surfaced online earlier , is now available in India from online retailer Infibeam. It has a 4.0-inch WVGA(480×800 pixels) capacitive touch screen display, powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). It has a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera. It comes with Dual SIM support with Dual SIM always-on feature and has a hotswap micro SD expansion slot.

Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 (GT-S7582) specifications

4.0-inch (480×800 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
1.2 GHz dual-core processor

Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS

10.57 mm thick and weighs 118 grams

Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)

5MP Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash

0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera

768 MB RAM, 4GB internal memory that is expandable up to 64GB with microSD

3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and aGPS

1500mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 (GT-S7582) comes in Black and White colors and is priced at Rs. 10730 . The phone is not available from the official Samsung India eStore yet.

Nokia Launched Asha 502 and Asha 503 Feature Phones

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Nokia has added two feature phones to its Asha line up – the Asha 502 Dual-SIM and the Asha 503. The smartphone are available in IMEA (India, Middle East and Africa) and Asia Pacific regions. There is no information on the price of the

As of writing this story, the two devices are not visible on any of the Indian online shopping portals. The Asha 502 Dual-SIM is listed on Saholic but there is no information about the price or availability.

Coming to the specifications, both the Asha 502 and the 503 sport 3-inch QVGA displays (240×320 pixel resolution) with Gorilla Glass 2 protection. The smartphones also support Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and expandable storage via a microSD card. Both the devices come preloaded with a bunch of social networking apps including Facebook, Twitter, LINE, WeChat and more. They also feature Nokia’s data compressing Xpress Browser.

The rear of the Asha 502 Dual-SIM has a 5MP shooter accompanied with an LED flash. The camera can shoot video in QVGA at 15FPS. The 502 Dual-SIM doesn’t support 3G (it only works on 2G networks) but

The Asha 503 on the other hand comes with 3.5G connectivity, and packs in a 1200mAh battery. The battery capacity on the Asha 502 is

In terms of the design, the feature phones retain the design found on the original Asha 501. They are as colourful as Nokia’s Lumia devices but have a transparent layer on the back adding to the style of the

Micromax Launched Bolt A61 Android Smartphone

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Micromax has silently released a new budget Android smartphone in the Indian market. Part of the company’s Bolt-series, the smartphone has been dubbed as Micromax Bolt A61 and is now available at online retailer Infibeam for INR 4,989 and Micromax e-store for INR 4,999.

The phone features a 4-inch WVGA display, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 1500 mAh battery and Android 4.1. Bolt A61 also comes with 1GHz Spreadtrum SC7710 processor, 3G and 256MB of RAM.

In addition, this Android phone comes with 512MB of storage, microSD card slot, and dual-SIM support.

Other key details about Bolt A61

MicroUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack

Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi

135 x 67 x 10 mm

Competitors: Videocon A24, Spice Smart Flo Ivory 2 Mi-423

Should you buy Micromax Bolt A61?

It depends on whether you care more for 3G connectivity or other specifications. If you don’t have any issues with not-having 3G, you should check out Videocon A24, which comes with slightly better specs and newer Android version, otherwise Micromax Bolt A61 seems decent at the given pricing.

How To Use Titanium Backup For Android Users

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Titanium Backup has been one of the most popular apps on the market for some time, and with good reason. It can be used to backup all your important app dada, system data, and even WiFi passwords on your handset.

Now, Android is a very stable operating system, and it’s pretty rare to run into a system or app killing bug. Even so, it’s better to be safe than sorry, you never know when a crippling update or malicious app might cause a problem. If you’re planning on removing apps using your newly found root permission or are planning to install custom versions of Android, then backing up your device is essential.

First things first, you’ll need a rooted handset before you can use Titanium Backup. Following that the app will need to be granted root permissions on your handset, but that’s simple enough. You’ll be prompted by Superuser once you run Titanium Backup, and can select to give it permanent access so you won’t be prompted again.

One word of caution before we proceed. If you’re using Titanium Backup to restore apps in between installing ROMs DO NOT attempt to restore system apps or their data across ROMs, as this will cause all sorts of crashes. Individual apps work fine, but system data will be incompatible.

Now that everything is setup we can begin.

Performing a mass backup

At first glance, Titanium Backup doesn’t appear to have the friendliest looking interface, the black and grey theme could certainly use a makeover. But don’t let that put you off, everything you need is actually very easy to find.

Frustratingly though, probably the most useful tool for performing a mass backup is actually hidden in another menu, rather than on the Backup/Restore tab where you’d think it would be. Instead, click the Menu button on your handset, and then select the “Batch actions” option under the “General” section, it should be the second option on the list.

Batch actions can be accessed from your devices menu button, or via the icon in the top left of Titanium’s home screen.

The all-important backup section is located right here, giving you a wide variety of options regarding app and system data. System data includes Bookmarks, WiFi information, calendar events, etc. If you’re performing a backup for the first time then want to use the “Backup all user apps + system data” option, or at the very least the “all user apps” function. Clicking “Run” will present you with several more options to refine exactly what you’d like to backup. Once you’re satisfied with the selection, tap the green tick in the top right to begin the backup.

Patience is the key here as this can take a while, especially if you have lots of large apps installed.

If you’ve performed backups in the past and simply want to make a backup of newer apps you’ve installed recently, the “Backup new user apps” option on the “Batch actions” menu is the best choice. Alternatively, you can use the “Backup/Restore” tab on the Titanium homepage to select individual apps to backup.
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Creating a recovery backup .zip file

Whilst the above backups will protect you from most bugs, they won’t be of much use if you experience a severe error that prevents your device from booting properly, such as corruption in a system file, or a bugged out launcher. This is where recovery compatible .zip files come in handy, as the backup can be restored without having to boot into Android. However, this is a donate version only option, but might be worthwhile if you’re changing ROMs a lot.

Head on over to the batch options again and scroll down until you see the “Recovery Mode” category. Here you can select the apps that you’d like to include in the backup .zip file, choose between apps or data only, and name the .zip file appropriately so that you can remember what it is.

If you ever need to recover your device using this boot file, enter ClockworkMod recovery and choose install zip from SDCard.

Scheduled backups

Generating a backup every time you install a new app is a bit of a pain, and it’s unlikely that anyone will remember to make a backup every week or month anyway. Fortunately, Titanium Backup now includes a scheduled backup option.

Over on the main menu tap the “Schedules” tab and you’ll be presented with two options. The first choice labelled “redo backups for modified data” will schedule backups only for app data which have been changed since the last backup. This could include games or changes make to specific app data.

The schedule has plenty of options to control automatic backups, so you don’t have to mess around with Titanium regularly.

The second option is probably the most important, as it will backup any new apps, system data, and updates since the previous update. Click “edit” to make changes to the schedule. There are all the necessary options to adjust the time and date of when backups are generated, but users can also set the charge state of the device required before making a backup, so as to prevent shutdowns mid backup, and there’s also a choice regarding filters and what to do once the backup has completed.
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Restoring from backup

Alright, you’re protected in case your handset suffers a minor meltdown, but the next important step is being able to restore your apps and settings should anything go wrong.

In the batch actions, yet again, you’ll find a list of options for mass restoring your data. “Restore missing apps with data” will replace any content that is missing from your handset after a wipe. Alternatively restoring all apps with data will replace any existing apps with the backed up versions of them created earlier. There’s also a rather helpful option to only restore newer versions of user apps if you’re reinstalling your system.

However, the option that’ll you’ll most likely be interested is the “restore missing apps + all system data” option, which will put everything back to where it was when you created the backup. Although I can’t stress enough, that system data shouldn’t be restore if you’re switching ROMs.

Batch and individual restores can both be performed. There are also some additional commands when looking up the options for each app.

If you discover that a specific app has developed a fault, say after a bugged update, and you want to restore it to a previously saved version, then this can be done by clicking on the backup/restore option on the main page. Here you can pick the specific app or piece of data from the list. Once tapped, a list of backups will appear along with a list of other functions to create backups, etc. Here you can manage your individual app backups, or can restore the app to a specific date by clicking on the corresponding restore button.
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Managing bloatware

Whilst looking at the specific apps you’ll probably have noticed the Freeze function. Freezing apps is a handy tool that will allow you to completely stop apps from running without having to uninstall them. Usually this is used on factory installed apps that you don’t want to use. This option is a paid for only function, but it’s very helpful if you want to stop an irritating tasks from running or to see how your handset will react before uninstalling a piece of software.

Root permission also means that Titanium Backup can be used to uninstalled unwanted apps and bloat ware. A word of caution before doing this with any pre-installed software, uninstalled essential apps can cause force close errors and even render your handset virtually unusable if not done with care, so I thoroughly recommend backing up your apps and system first, preferably with a recovery zip file too.

Special features

That’s the really important stuff out of the way, but Titanium backup includes plenty of additional advanced features if you want to make the most out of your backups.

Firstly, backup data can be imported from by going to Titanium’s main menu and scrolling down to the import backup option. So you don’t even need to store all your backups on your handset, the files can easily be moved back and forth from your PC to your phone.

Slower compression will save on storage space, but be prepared to wait a little while while backups are performed.

If you’re short of internal memory storage, there’s also the option to move apps to the SD card. However, this will cause certain apps to malfunction, so it’s only recommended to use on software which don’t integrate closely with any other part of Android, such as games.

Titanium Backup features many more options under the configurations menu, including tweaks to the type of compression used to create backups, the maximum number of backups to keep for each app, and whether or not to store market links for apps. In fact, apps can even be disconnected from the marketplace, so automatic updates can be left on for apps but then manually disconnected for certain apps, if you so desire.
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Cloud backups

An extra feature for those who purchase the PRO edition is the ability to send backup data to various online services, including Dropbox and Google Drive. Although not essential, these options are very helpful if you need to wipe your SD card, or if your SD card ever develops a fault. To enable syncing to one of these services, tap your phone’s menu button and then go to “Preferences”, the options are under “cloud sync settings”.

And that concludes our guide on Titanium Backup. Hopefully that’s everything you need to protect your handset from unexpected faults.

Tablets To Take 50 Percent Of overall PC Market by 2014

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With the popularity and penetration of affordable tablets on the rise, a new report from Canalys estimates that the mobile device will overtake notebook shipments in 2014. According to the report, tablets shipments are estimated to reach 285 million units by next year. This means that the mobile device will account for half the total PC shipments, including that for desktops, notebooks and tablets. Tablet shipments are expected to grow to 396 million units by 2017.

Canalys says the worldwide client PC market grew by 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013, even though desktop and netbook shipments continued to see a steep fall in terms of sales. Tablet shipments, on the other hand, have accounted for 40 percent of the total number in the July-September period of 2013. The report claimed that tablets accounted for 40 percent of PC shipments in the third quarter of this year, less than 500,000 units behind global notebook shipments.

50 percent of overall PC sales by 2014

On the software front, Android-based operating systems will be responsible for driving growth in the market and the report estimates that it will claim 65 percent of the share in 2014, accounting for 185 million units. Samsung, having recorded 27 percent share of Android tablet shipments in the third quarter of 2013, is expected to continue as the top vendor with a strong year-on-year growth. Canalys has also forecasted that Microsoft’s tablet market share will grow from two percent in 2012 to account for five percent in 2014. Analysts, however, feel that the company will need to work out a better app ecosystem and address the co-existence of Windows Phone and Windows RT.

Another major vendor that the report spoke about was Apple. According to the report,the iPad maker has maintained its top vendor position throughout 2013, and the launch of the iPad Air and the new iPad mini should strengthen its position in the fourth quarter. Along with Samsung, the iPad maker is expected to continue to lead the tablet market but at the same time face increasing levels of competition from other players like Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo. The report also estimated that Apple would see a fall in demand on the PC front in 2014 and beyond.

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