With the launch of the new LG Nexus 5, Google has once again released a top-tier smartphone at a price that is decidedly mid-range. Just like the Nexus 4 from last year, the Nexus 5′s retail price in the US is almost half of other flagship smartphones out there and will be the first Android smartphone to run on Google’s latest Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Being a Nexus 4 user myself, it’s easy to be tempted to upgrade to Google’s latest and greatest flagship.
But just how much of an upgrade would it be? And, how does it compare to other flagship Android smartphones in the market? Heck, how does it compare to other flagship smartphones running on Windows Phone 8 and iOS? I set out to find out, and the following data has been tabulated after the break.
Earlier this week, Motorola’s web designers unintentionally announced to the world the company’s upcoming smartphone plans with a link to a previously-unknown device called the Moto G on its website. Many speculated that the Moto G would be a lower-end variant of the company’s flagship Moto X – some even linked the “G” moniker to a Moto X variant with vanilla Android.
So what could the Moto G really be?
Judging from a new leak by @evleaks, it is most likely a mid-range Motorola device, featuring a similar design language to the Moto X. The tweeted image above also comes with a brief description to the hardware powering the Moto G, such as a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 4.7-inch 720p display, an 8MP rear camera, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, and a 1950mAh battery made by LG.
At this point in time, however, there is no word yet on availability, though judging by the leaked promotional poster above, should not be too long.
It looks like U Mobile has finally decided to add unlimited data roaming into their list of services, U Mobile today announced that its postpaid users can now enjoy market’s lowest unlimited internet roaming rate for several selected countries, with a maximum rate of RM30 a day.
The unlimited internet roaming is only available for four countries now – China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, but according to the FAQ, U Mobile will be adding more countries to the list:
“Mobile users today are glued to their smartphones, even while they are travelling. Either they are snapping pictures of interesting discoveries and sharing them on social networking platforms, or simply updating their loved ones on their whereabouts; internet is a necessity for their escapades. U Mobile’s new unlimited internet roaming serice allows customers to enjoy limitless possibilities of documenting their travel experience and still receive updates on what is happening back home while they are away.” – Jasmine Lee, U Mobile’s Director of Marketing.
To activate Unlimited Internet Roaming when you travel to these countries, make sure you manually select the correct operator under the settings menu of your device. Do note that the maximum of RM30/day is calculated on a daily basis from 12am to 11:59pm on the same day based on the country you are in.
Visit U Mobile now for more information.
A landmark ruling by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowing the use of electronic devices on aeroplanes during takeoff and landing has finally been approved. The ruling came after the FAA began investigations in August 2012 to determine just how the use of electronic devices aboard flights affects in-flight radio controls and various other factors.
However, while the ruling has been approved, every airline will have to complete a safety assessment as well as receiving FAA approval before tweaking their personal electonic device (PED) policies to reflect the new change in ruling. In addition, the new ruling does have one practical limitation: while you can use your devices during takeoff and landing, like every other item, the devices must be stowed away in the back seat pocket or held during the actual takeoff or landing. Also, cell phones must be in airplane mode to disable cellular service – a small price to pay for many.
While the ruling would only apply for the US for now, it does present a gradual shift in the right direction for the global aviation industry as a whole, and hopefully it is only a matter of time before the change makes its way to this side of the world.
It’s finally here, Google has finally taken the curtains off its Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, showing off all the goodness this new treat brings. In an event in San Francisco, Google introduced the latest Android operating system that is much cleaner and simpler before, making it the perfect mobile OS for every phone, even those cheap entry-level ones with a mere 512MB of RAM.
On top of bringing a whole list of new stuffs with the new OS update from the design to the functionality, Google also updated Google Now and Google Hangout messaging app. First up, Google Now can quickly be activated from the launch screen, has an improved voice recognition, quicker searches, and more cards. Say goodbye to the default messaging app on Android because the new messaging app for Android 4.4 is now known as Google Hangouts; SMSes, instant message, voice and video calling are now done via a single app.
Android 4.4 KitKat is available immediately on the Google Nexus 5 and will be rolled out to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and Samsung Galaxy S4/ HTC One Google Edition. Sorry Samsung Galaxy Nexus users, Google has already confirmed that it will not be available for your device because it “falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices”.
Finally, after numerous amounts of rumors and leaks, Google has officially announced the Google Nexus 5 that is developed with LG. All the leaks you’ve seen before are pretty spot-on, the Nexus 5 packs a 5” Full HD display (445ppi) and is powered by the latest Android 4.4 KitKat that was also announced just hours ago.
Touted as the slimmest and fasted Nexus phone ever made, it has 4G LTE connectivity on board and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM. It has either a 16GB or a 32GB of storage on board and unfortunately, the device does not support any card slot expansion. Other specs include an 8MP rear camera with OIS and improved HDR+ mode, 1.3MP front camera, 2,300mAh battery, NFC, and Adreno 330 GPU. Design wise, it looks like the rumors were true after all, the Nexus 5 will have a Nexus 7-like design with a rubbery finish on the matte black cover.
The Google Nexus 5 is available immediately in the Google Play Store for USD$349 in U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Korea and even coming soon to India. What do you think about the Google Nexus 5 by LG?
Last night marked the release of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in Malaysia and Lowyat.NET was on hand at both the larger events to check out how things were. At the DiGi launch, Pang and Lucas decided that while waiting for their interviews to be ready they would shoot a first impression and hands on video with the units at DiGi… With a Samsung Galaxy Note 3… Split screen….
Find out what we thought about the new Apple handsets and interestingly enough, how the Note 3 faired recording video for Lowyat.TV.
Do note that this was all done in 1 take and no cuts in between!
Pardon the incoherent babbling, it WAS pretty late at night!
BBM for Android and iOS may have had a pretty encouraging start, especially with the 10 million downloads in its first 24 hours alone, but those who have used it will know that it is still lacking in features compared to its native BlackBerry 10 version. Features such as video calls and voice chats, for example, were not available for the cross-platform variant of the app.
Thankfully, BlackBerry is planning to add support for the two features “in the coming months”. Unfortunately, it will involve certain fundamental changes to the app – such as the inclusion of ads. As BlackBerry’s BBM chief, Andrew Bocking says, “We have other ideas on how to monetize that service.” For example, ads may come to the cross-platform BBM in another native BBM feature, such as BBM Channels, or other methods.
However, BlackBerry has confirmed that the app will remain a free service on both Android and iOS.
With Lenovo’s new Yoga Tablet, the company has reimagined the tablet form factor, just like it did with the IdeaPad Yoga range of notebooks with its 360-degree flipping hinge. The new Yoga Tablet has three usage “modes”, and while the specs may seem modest for an Android tablet, the new Yoga Tablet clearly hints at a flagship variant that we will see sooner rather than later.
Lenovo announced two variants of the Yoga Tablet, the Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10, with both sharing identical hardware save for the different screen sizes. Both tablets feature aluminium alloy casings, and are powered by a MediaTek MT8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (a 32GB variant is available for the Yoga Tablet 10), and a 5MP rear camera with a 1.6MP front-facing module. Both the 8-inch and 10.1-inch displays sport a similar 1280 x 800 resolution display.
The Yoga Tablet 8 and 10 will run on Android 4.2.2, but perhaps the most impressive part of the specs list is in the battery life: Lenovo is touting an amazing 18 hours of use on the Yoga Tablet – up to two times of other tablets in the market today.
Of course, the specs tell half the story with the Yoga Tablets. The design somewhat mirrors that of the Sony Tablet S, which had a wedge design that lifts the display for a better viewing angle. The Yoga Tablet, however, shifts the centre of gravity towards the cylindrical side of the tablet by housing the battery, allowing it to be more comfortable to use with one hand. Further, Lenovo also fitted a kickstand on the tablet, thus giving it the three usage modes – Hold, Stand and Tilt. Lenovo is also offering an optional Bluetooth keyboard that doubles as a magnetic cover for the tablet.
With such innovation under the hood, it’s amazing how Lenovo has fitted them all into a tablet that will only retail for $249 for the Yoga Tablet 8 and $299 for the Yoga Tablet 10. Of course, the specs are hardly cutting edge, but for once it looks like the outer shell is far more interesting than whats inside, which leaves me feeling certain that Lenovo will be offering a higher end variant soon enough.
[Update] Thanks for pointing out the errors! The tables have been fixed with new values, particularly on DiGi’s i88 plans which have been calculated wrongly. I’ve also added in the individual plans for each of the telcos, hit the break to see them all.
Now that all three major telcos in Malaysia have unveiled their iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C bundle, have you decided which you should pick yet? Coverage is without a doubt the most important factor when picking the right telco to follow but if Maxis, Celcom and DiGi have got you covered in the places you frequent the most, and you can’t seem to figure out which one you should pick, let our price comparison help you out.
This is a compilation of all the plans offered by all three telcos, we’ve broken the comparison down into monthly commitment so whether you have less than RM100 to spare, or if you are a super heavy user and require a lot of voice calls and SMS a month, check out the comparisons after the break.
Imagine sending your faulty smartphone to a service centre, and seeing one of the year’s most hotly-anticipated smartphone lying in front of you. That was exactly what happened to a Lowyat.NET forumer yesterday afternoon, who crossed paths with the LG Nexus 5 while at a local LG service centre.
Forumer terence_nwb had gone to the LG service centre to fix a faulty button on his/her Nexus 4 when he/she noticed it lying on the service counter. Naturally, he managed to snap a picture before it was taken away to be charged. As he commented afterwards,
Yes, it had been a great experience to see an unannounced phone in front of me with my eyes, previously was only those leaks and rumors but this time is the real deal. Went to LG service center in the afternoon(around 12pm) to change the faulty button of Nexus 4, saw it when I stand in front of the service counter, battery is almost dead, the guy who helped to change the button quickly use the charger to charge it. Saw the interface and the appearance of Nexus 5, it is really a great phone!
While the image is certainly blurry, the layout of the device does bear striking resemblance to the leaked press image, especially in the placement of the front facing camera. Also, the Nexus 5′s display also hints at the new Android 4.4 KitKat OS, such as the new “Printing” option on the Settings page.
Now that we know that the Nexus 5 is indeed here, let’s hope it doesn’t take as long as the Nexus 4 did to make its way here last year.
(Source: Lowyat.NET forums)
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