Swipe Konnect 5.1 With 3G Support, 3000mAh Battery Launched

Swipe Konnect 5.1 With 3G Support, 3000mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 3,999

Swipe Technologies has launched its Konnect 5.1 smartphone priced at Rs. 3,999. The smartphone is now available online exclusively via Snapdeal.

The biggest highlight of the Swipe Konnect 5.1 smartphone is it packs a large 3000mAh battery, which is a highlight at this price point. It is available in a Sandstone Black colour variant, referring to the roughened texture of the back panel. The Snapdeal listing claims that the Konnect 5.1 can deliver up to 10 hours of talk time and up to 220 hours of standby time. The smartphone features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) TFT display and offers a pixel density of 225ppi.

The dual-SIM Swipe Konnect 5.1 runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box and is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core processor clubbed with 1GB of RAM. The online retailer’s listing says that the smartphone is upgradeable to Android 5.1 Lollipop. It packs an 8GB of built-in storage, out of which 3.96GB is user accessible. It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It measures 144x73x9.8mm and weighs 156 grams.

Connectivity options, apart from 3G, included in the Swipe Konnect 5.1 smartphone are GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi with hotspot functionality, Bluetooth, FM radio, Micro-USB 2.0, and GPS/ A-GPS.

Announcing the new Konnect 5.1, Shripal Gandhi, Founder and CEO, Swipe Technologies said, “Mostly, low cost phone is associated with low end specs; however, with Konnect 5.1 we bring a ‘no-compromise’ fully loaded smartphone experience to the first time smartphone buyer. Konnect 5.1 is a faster, quicker and dynamic offering that the company has brought out for the Gen Z. It is a smartphone designed for the aspiring, demanding and connected youth of India.”

Nintendo Ignores India, Most of the World for Miitomo App Registration

Nintendo Ignores India, Most of the World for Miitomo App Registration

Miitomo – Nintendo’s first smartphone app for Android and iOS – is out in March. In a lead up to that, Nintendo is allowing sign ups for a Nintendo Account. According to the company’s support page, you’ll need a Nintendo Account to pre-register for Miitomo and use the application. It will also be used for the company’s My Nintendo service – a rewards program that launches in March.

Pre-registration allows fans to know when Miitomo is available and Nintendo will allow those with Nintendo Accounts to earn My Nintendo Platinum Points that can be redeemed for rewards. What exactly these will be is yet to be ascertained.

Like most current day services, a Nintendo Account can be linked to other accounts, such as your Nintendo Network ID (if you have one from using a Wii U or 3DS), Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account. You can then use those accounts’ user name and password to sign in to your Nintendo Account. If you don’t want to use or don’t have one of the accounts listed above, you can still create a Nintendo Account using your e-mail address.

Now before you hurry over to create your account keep in mind that there’s a good chance that you won’t be able to unless you use a VPN. We tried accessing the pre-registration page and were met with the following error:

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On checking the Miitomo availability section it seems that Nintendo doesn’t deem important mobile markets like China or India – the world’s largest and second largest smartphone markets, fit for its debut app. Countries with “planned availability” include United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. It’s worth noting that Nintendo states that “additional countries may be added.”

Armed with a VPN we tried a second time and were able to create an account. However, keep in mind that unlike Apple, Google, Microsoft, or Sony, Nintendo has been, in the past, hellbent on locking its services within geographical boundaries. It still is the only console maker to practice region-locking – wherein games for specific territories would only work on consoles for that region. For example: a copy of Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U bought in the US, will only work on a console purchased in North America or one with NTSC U/C markings.

We won’t be surprised if its draconian policies extend to the digital realm as well. We’re already seeing it with paying customers trying to link existing Nintendo Network IDs to regions other than their own being met with a message stating that the country of residence cannot be changed. Safe to say, you rather wait for clarity on this before creating an account, even more so considering it will power theNintendo NX’s services.

When Nintendo announced its foray into mobile we were hopeful that it would afford the company entry into untapped markets like China and India. However this doesn’t seem to be the case. Rather, it’s simply representative of how insular the Kyoto-based firm is to ground realities, that the audience on smartphones doesn’t necessarily reside in its traditional markets.

Samsung Details Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update Features for Galaxy Devices

Samsung Details Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update Features for Galaxy Devices

Samsung recently started seeding the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to the Galaxy S6 and theGalaxy S6 Edge smartphones globally. The South Korean company on Wednesday in a blog post detailed what are the new features that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will bring for other eligible Samsung phones, apart from the changes to the Edge panels already described.

Two of the biggest additions that the update bring to eligible Samsung phones include the all-new native Samsung Internet 4.0 browser, which the company touts comes with improved privacy and functionality over and above the previous version, as well as the Cross App feature, which will allow users to access apps from within other apps. For example, users with Cross App feature will be able to access images and videos as well as share them with others without closing the messaging app they were in. “They can even take new photos with the in-app camera and share them right away. Users can also open a URL from inside the chat program using the in-app browser, and use the web at full speed, without slowing down. Even while the page is loading, a flick of the screen can minimize the website, so users can continue chatting,” the company’s blog post adds.

Samsung says that the new browser comes with a Secret mode, which functions same as incognito mode. One of the twists however added by Samsung is the Secret mode only works with fingerprint authentication. The Samsung Internet 4.0 will be also compatible with HTML5.

Apart from Samsung Internet 4.0 and Cross App, Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Galaxy devices also adds new power saving functions – Doze mode, when the device is unplugged and stationary for a period of time, and App Standby mode, which determines if an app is idle. Marshmallow update will now support the MIDI protocol on Galaxy devices while for videos, when playing a video the speed of the audio can be adjusted. The update will now also offer users the option to have more control over runtime permissions.

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Galaxy S6 Edge added enhanced edge screen and new edge features for the smartphone. After the update, users could widen the edge panel from 260 pixels to 550 pixels, enabling more content to be displayed. Users were also able to customise up to nine panels including the People edge and Apps edge panels.

Real Cricket 16 for Android and iOS Announced

Real Cricket 16 for Android and iOS Announced

Real Cricket 14 remains one of the better representations of the sport on Android and iOS. This comes despite competition from the likes of Disney India’s ICC Pro Cricket games and a myriad of cookie-cutter clones that clutter the App Store and Google Play.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new entry in the series. The last major update was based on the2015 Cricket World Cup, quickly followed up by an Indian Premier League based update. They also released a separate game in Real Cricket: Test Match in July last year. We noticed that the game’s Facebook page has announced the impending arrival of Real Cricket 16 complete with a new cover and profile picture.

That’s not all, it seems that developer Nautilus Mobile’s approach to the sequels might be different.

“Cricket season is coming…. And so is something else. Guess what’s coming in the form of a massive update soon!” teased a post on the game’s Facebook page.

The implications are interesting. Rather than forcing you to download a complete new game and lose out on all your earned progress, it appears you’ll carry over what you’ve earned in Real Cricket 14. It’s something Nautilus Mobile CEO Anuj Mankar confirmed to Gadgets 360. If this works out as it should, it has interesting ramifications for local game development practices.

Most Indian developers prefer releasing a new game rather than use an existing framework to build upon. From a game design and development standpoint it possibly means that when Real Cricket 14 was in production, its roadmap was far more future-proof than what we imagined.

We’ll be speaking to Mankar at length in the coming days to know more about Real Cricket 16 in terms of what to expect, gameplay updates, and a whole lot more. Anuj has also confirmed that the release date will be announced via our website soon. Needless to say, if you’re a long-time player of Real Cricket 14 or an avid mobile cricket game fan, you have more than enough of a reason to be happy.

Line Shuts Down MixRadio; Launches Foodie Photography App

Line Shuts Down MixRadio; Launches Foodie Photography App

Line Corporation, better known for its messaging app Line, on Tuesday made couple of major announcements. The company said it would be shuttering its MixRadio music streaming service in the “coming weeks” and also launched a new app for Android and iOS dubbed as Foodie – Food Photography.

The company in a blog post on Tuesday said that it carefully assessed MixRadio’s overall performance, the financial challenges posed by the music streaming market, and priorities of the company before taking the decision to shut down the music streaming service.

On the other hand, the company will keep its Line Music service alive that is restricted to Japan and Thailand for now. Line Music service for Android and iOS was launched in May last year right before Apple Music saw the light of the day in June.

Line acquired MixRadio service from Microsoft in December 2014.

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The firm on Tuesday also launched its Foodie – Food Photography app for Android and iOS. As the name suggests, the new camera app aims to let users take better shots of the food.

Foodie is just like any other camera app. It straight away fires-up the camera and gives options to switch the handset flash on/off, choose the image aspect ratio between 1:1 and 3:4, and to switch on/off the blur effect. Option to increase or decrease the image brightness from -2.0 to +2.0 is also included. The app also features 24 image filters, which can be applied both before or after taking the shot.

In the ‘Best Angle’ feature, once the camera is aligned right on top of the food, the black shutter button on the white coloured bar starts showing “Top” written inside it while the bar colour changes to Yellow. “Since the app’s “best angle” feature lets the user know through vibration and colour when the camera is positioned horizontally above the subject, it’s a snap to take trendy flat lays like you’d see in a gourmet magazine.” Users can not only edit the images shot via Foodie app but others as well. Sharing the images to social networks is also possible.

It is worth mentioning that the app puts a small app icon watermark in the images shot via the app. However, it is possible to switch it off by going in to the app settings. The function is switched on by default.

The Foodie – Food Photography app by Line weighs 8.9MB for Android and runs on OS version 4.0.3 and later. For iOS, the app weighs 10.5MB and runs on OS version 8.0 and later. It is available to download from Google Play and App Store.

New Android Malware Steals Banking Information, Wipes Out Data

New Android Malware Steals Banking Information, Wipes Out Data: Report

There’s a new Android malware in town in the form of a Trojan, and much like many that came before it, it also wants to steal your banking information and wipe out all data from your smartphone and tablet. It’s called Mazar Bot, and it has already become a talking point among researchers, who are now actively warning about this Trojan.

Mazar Bot allows an attacker to spy on nearly every activity taking place on the victim’s Androidsmartphone or tablet. The attacker could potentially also plant a backdoor connection on the compromised device. Talking about how sophisticated Mazar Bot is, it is able to read through text messages on the victim’s device. This enables it to bypass the two-factor authentication, as it can glean a verification code from the compromised handset.

Researchers at Heimdal Security said that the Mazar Bot is largely being spread through SMS and MMS messages. When a victim opens the apk (installation file) on their device, the malware is able to root the device, and gain access to the admin privileges. It also installs the Polipo HTTP proxy, exposing the victim to man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks. It can also delete everything from the device.

Another interesting thing is the way it entices users to click on the link. To avoid getting caught, the apk first installs Tor – from official channels – on the device, and then sends all the data it steals and other communications over a protected and anonymous network. And rightly so, VirusTotal, a service that utilises dozens of antivirus and anti-malware services to detect malicious codes, reports that only three of the 54 security suites are able to detect Mazar Bot.

Heimdal Security researchers noted that for some reason, Mazar Bot doesn’t install itself on Android devices with the Russian language selected. “Mazar BOT will check the phone to identify the victim’s country and this will stop the malicious APK if the targeted phone turns out to be owned by a Russian user,” the researchers wrote in a blog post. The researchers added that the Mazar Bot is capable of injecting itself into Chrome, control the phone’s keys, enable sleep mode, and save actions in the phone’s settings.

Mazar Bot was first spotted on a Russian hacker forum late last year. It was previously being sold on the Dark Web, but researchers believe that the malware is now being sold more actively and openly.

In light of the Mazar Bot malware, researchers advise Android device users to never click on links in SMS or MMS messages; turn of Unknown Sources in Settings>Security; install a good antivirus app; do not connect to unknown and unsecured Wi-Fi connections; keep your Wi-Fi off when not using it, and install a VPN and use constantly.

Instagram’s Multiple Account Support Brings Privacy Bug to Android

Instagram's Multiple Account Support Brings Privacy Bug to Android

Instagram last week began the rollout of multiple account support, which it has been testing since November last year. The feature is now said to face a major bug, one that lets people access other user’s Instagram notifications. The bug is restricted to the Android app only for now.

It is said that if two users are for instance accessing account A and B, and account B and C respectively (account B is the shared account), the bug lets both users view notifications from each other’s personal accounts (account A and account C) as well.

As spotted by Android Central, users receive notifications meant for the shared account holder, but they often lead to nothing when tapped and they are directed to their own account page instead. However, the notification alert itself reveals the name of the commenters and the post they are commenting on. Sometimes viewing a snippet of the comment is also possible from the notification alerts. What’s worse is that the notifications from the other account holder’s direct messages are also pushed, including an excerpt from the message.

However, Instagram has confirmed the bug and is reportedly working on a fix, which might be rolled out in the next update. For now, the best solution might be to remove the shared account from the application and just access the personal account until Instagram resolves the issue.

Instagram last week introduced the multiple accounts feature for both Android and iOS. The feature comes as a part of the app v7.15. The iOS app users have not faced such bug as of yet.

The photo-sharing service in December announced that its user base in India doubled over the last year. Instagram passed the 400 million user mark in September and had also claimed that it had over 80 million pictures shared daily.