Saturday, June 30, 2012

Alcatel Smartphones' Price Drops!

One of the rising stars in the mobile scene here in our country, Alcatel, has just dropped the price of their smartphones.

Their flagship phone, Alcatel One Touch 995 Sapphire, went from a price of P13,999 to a one-thousand peso slashdown of P12,999. One Touch 991D Inspire at P8,999, One Touch 985N Blaze at P7,999, One Touch 918N Glory for only P5,699, and the Glory X at P5,999!

Buy your Alcatel smartphone now!

Visit Alcatel's Facebook page HERE.

Last day for Dual Sim Dual Treats Promo!

Today, June 30, 2012, Saturday, is the last day of the Dual Sim Dual Treats Promo, and your last chance to  win up to P100,000 cash and P50,000 for you and a friend, plus freebies from Jollibee and Globe Telecom. All you have to do is to buy a Nokia dual-sim phone in participating stores nationwide!

Hurry up before this day ends! 

Kingcom Smartphones, Anyone?

KingCom just released here in the Philippines their first Android smartphones, the Note 903 and the Android 902.

Note 903 seems like a Galaxy Note to me. It sports a large 5" touchscreen. It has a 5 MP camera, wi-fi, and GPS. It is also a dual-sim, dual standby phone, a favorite feature of Pinoys who wants to benefit in having a single phone with two networks. An extra bonus is the analog TV, in which you can watch your favorite shows on free TV anywhere anytime on a large screen! It's like having your own personal TV!

Android 902, on the other hand, has almost the same features with the former, but has a smaller 3.2" screen, a standard size for entry-level smartphones.

Note 903 and Android 902 are priced at P8,848 and P3,734, respectively, and are available at Wellcom.

Friday, June 29, 2012

No more Flash Player for Android

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the booming mobile OS, does not support Flash Player, as what the Google Nexus 7 tablet shows. To finish its business in the Android community, Adobe announced that it will not be available anymore in the Google Play Store by August 15. Still, devices with flash player already in their phone will still receive bug fixes and minor updates.

Users who will update their phone to Android 4.1 should uninstall Flash Player on their device, as advised by Adobe, because it will not run properly as it is not supported.

No Flash Player for Android? What do you think?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Google unveils new Android version

It's official! Google has finally announced a new Android version: the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

There are a plenty of improvements within the new version. Google has dedicated a project codenamed Project Butter which focuses on improving the OS's performance.
  • Vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android framework
  • Triple buffering in the graphics pipeline
  • Enhanced accessibility
  • Bi-directional text and other language Support
  • User-installable keyboard maps
  • Expandable notifications
  • Automatically resizable app widgets
  • Multichannel audio
  • Bluetooth data transfer for Android Beam
  • Offline Voice Dictation

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Best Freewares for your PC(3): Free Games

There are a lot of PC games around, and usually it comes with a price. But, there are a lot of free games around, the only downside is that, most of them doesn't possess good graphics, story, etc. We can't expect much on this, especially if its offered without cost. To cut the long story short, here is my list of free PC games that is surely worth playing:

  • BVE Trainsim - if you like playing simulators or you want to try to drive a train, then this game is for you. BVE Trainsim is a 3D train simulation created by Takashi "Mackoy" Kojima. Obviously its in Japanese but you won't have a problem understanding the game. I've played this game before and honestly, I'm not good on following instructions, so I end up skipping the next station, but definitely it is an enjoyable game. It has good graphics, sound effects, simple gameplay, yet its offered for FREE! Try this one out by clicking this link.
  • Icy Tower - you may have played this game by Free Lunch Design on Facebook and definitely it's an addictive game. But you don't have to log in on your Facebook account just to be able to play Harold the Homeboy and climb the tower. Download it for your PC at this link.  
Icy Tower
  • WolfQuest - if you want to know how wolves live and survive in the wild, then WolfQuest is worth a try. This simple 3D wildlife simulation game is free for download at this link.
For a complete list of free games, click this Wikipedia link.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Is Microsoft playing with Nokia?

Microsoft has just announced a new version of its OS for mobile, the Windows Phone 8. Months ago, Nokia released their first-ever windows phones, the Lumia series, which is the company's say to Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S II.

And now, Microsoft's saying that WP7 phones (including the Lumia series) will not be updated to WP8, as it is due to architecture platform change. Instead, they will release WP7.8, an update containing WP8 features.

Will people still buy Lumia phones or just wait for WP8 phones?

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Win A Lenovo A65!

Lenovo has just introduced the A65, and now they're giving one away. Click here for mechanics.

Huawei to compete on the budget smartphone category

Huawei, a Chinese mobile company, will be releasing a budget smartphone, the Huawei Ascend Y200, which will be sold at a price below P6,000. At its price, it will be competing against Samsung Galaxy Pocket, LG Optimus L3, Alcatel Blaze Glory 918N and the newly-introduced Lenovo A65.

The Huawei Ascend Y200 has a fast boot-up feature just like its sibling, the Huawei Honor.

Its technical specifications are:

  • 3.5" IPS LCD display320x480 pixels, 165 ppi
  • 3.2 MP camera
  • Qualcomm MSM7225A 800 MHZ
  • Adreno 200
  • 256 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
  • HSDPA 14.4 MBPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooh 2.1
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1250 mAh battery

Friday, June 22, 2012

Lenovo releases A65: The Budget Smartphone with an Edge

Maybe some of you have seen the new commercial from Lenovo mobile featuring their new set of phones that were featured here, with Lenovo A65 taking the lead as its cheapest smartphone. Lenovo is battling its way in the budget smartphone category by releasing a feature-packed smartphone at P5,499.

By the way, here's the commercial if you haven't seen it:

Lenovo A65 is powered by an 800 MHZ processor, runs on Android Gingerbread, and has a 3.5" screen, all for the price of P5,499 only! Here's the promo from Smart:

REVIEWS: Yugatech

Monday, June 18, 2012

Best Freewares for your PC(2): Best Free Media Players

Everyone loves music and watching movies. Everyone loves free software. Having a combination of both is like having a good auditory and visual experience in our PC.

Most of us spend time in our PC by listening to our music files while we browse the internet, or just reading an e-book or creating a document. We even watch our favorite movies and videos in our computers. Having Windows Media Player may not just be enough as it cannot play all our music and video files. So, here's 2 of free media players that I love to use:

  • VLC Media Player - this media player by VideoLAN, can play almost all files, music, videos, streaming, and even RAR files! The program is very easy to use and the interface is very appealing. In addition, you can download skins from the official site to enhance your visual experience as well. You can never get outdated with this player as it updates regularly, giving you bug fixes, enhancements and new codecs. Download here.
  • Media Player Classic - Home Cinema - an alternative to Real Player, this software can also play almost all files just like VLC. The interface is very simple and user-friendly. It is also is updated on a regular basis. I have this player alongside VLC. Get your MPC-HC here.
Left to right: VLC logo and MPC-HC logo.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Alcatel One Touch 985N Blaze: The Blazing Budget Smartphone

One Touch 985N Blaze is another member of the growing family of android phones from Alcatel, and yes, it's very affordable! If you are looking for an android phone below P10,000 that's worth the price, you should take a look at this product.

This phone is like an update to the Alcatel Blaze Duo OT-918N. It has a bigger 3.5" screen and has a camera resolution of up to 5MP through software interpolation. The rest of the specs are almost the same as the Blaze Duo:
  • 650 MHZ processor
  • 3.5" screen, 262K, 320 x 480 px, capacitive multitouch
  • expandable memory up to 32GB
  • 3G, G-sensor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Dual Sim, Dual Standby

If you want a bigger screen and a higher resolution camera, this phone is worth it. Its available in stores and Alcatel one Touch kiosks nationwide for P7,999.

Learn more on this product in Alcatel One Touch's website here.

UPDATE: Review of this product: click here

Xperia tipo: Another Entry-Level Phone from Sony

Sony just announced Xperia miro on Facebook, and yes they have another two smartphones for all budget-conscious consumers: the Sony Xperia tipo and tipo dual.

Sony Xperia tipo and tipo dual are entry-level Android devices that runs on Ice Cream Sandwich. They basically both have the same specs. The only difference is tipo dual is a dual-sim phone (but not dual-standby). Tipo dual is also the first dual-sim phone of the company.

Both phones are powered with 800 MHZ processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7225AA chipset) (same with miro). It sports a 3.2" HVGA TFT screen and has a scratch resistant mineral glass. Also, it has a 3.2 MP camera, 2.9 GB of memory (expandable through MicroSD), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, and a 1500 mAh battery.

Seems like Sony is surprising everyone by releasing budget phones? Is this a good move?

Sony uncovers new Xperia miro

Sony just announced through Facebook a new member of the growing Xperia family: the Xperia miro.

Sony Xperia miro is a mid-range smartphone powered by a 800 MHZ processor. It sports a 3.5" screen, 5 MP camera, DLNA,  and comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. This phone is also heavily integrated to social networking, as the phone has illumination effects, telling you if you have notifications and so on.

No official pricing and complete and accurate specs as of now buy it will be released at Q3. Hope it will come to the Philippines soon as well!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Best Freewares for your PC (1): The Best Free Browsers

Who doesn't believe in the saying that: The best things in life are free! And when it comes to software, there are a lot of them, free for your use yet they're so good and has full support from their creators. And now, I will show to you the best free browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox - the browser from Mozilla foundation, is one my favorite web browsers. It's very fast, has a lot of add-ons and extensions which are very useful, very user-friendly, and receives regular updates so you don't have to worry it won't catch up with the latest web standards. It can also ridiculously hold a lot of tabs and that's amazing! Download Mozilla Firefox here.
  • Google Chrome - the browser from Google and one of the closest competitors of Mozilla Firefox, Chrome remains one of the best browsers. It's fast and has a lot of apps you can install when you're bored of browsing. If you're a Google fanatic, you'll surely like this browser as it's very integrated to Google. Get your Google Chrome here.
  • Opera - Opera is the less famous of the three yet it's very competitive. We may know Opera as our mobile's browser and we know it's fast and can lessen data use. It's a very good browser, feature-packed, and it's really fast, especially of you have a slow internet connection as it has Opera Turbo which can improve your speed. Download your Opera here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Intel says Android's not for Multi-Core Chips

Dual-core and quad-core processors were first used on our PCs and laptops, and their sole purpose were to improve the processing speed of our devices, making it powerful enough to handle our daily tasks and gaming. But now, as we can all see, they're embedding the same to smartphones. Sometimes we just wonder if smartphones really need those powerful processors and...can it make use of the cores' full potential?

Nokia said before that multi-core processors were just wasting the device's battery. Now, the GM of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, Mike Bell, says Android isn't not just ready for these processors.

Intel has run tests to prove what they're saying. The results conclude that it's the thread scheduler that has the problem.

In easy terms, the thread scheduler is the part of the OS which decides what core to use for an app, if it needs extra cores or just turn the other cores to sleep to save energy, and it's not an easy task. 

"The way it's implemented right now, Android does not make as effective use of multiple cores as it could, and I think - frankly - some of this work could be done by the vendors who create the SoCs, but they just haven't bothered to do it. Right now the lack of software effort by some of the folks who have done their hardware implementation is a bigger disadvantage than anything else." says Bell.

Intel is now turning their heads to the mobile industry, and we can see some smartphones with Intel-powered processors, mostly single-cores, which are admittedly fast. Recently, they've been working on a dual-core processor optimized for Android devices, and they're trying to solve its problem in the thread scheduler.

Seems a nice move for Intel, who is slowly entering the mobile industry. What do you think?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Android 4.0 update now available for Xperia Mini Pro users

Good news to Xperia Mini Pro users out there! Sony has just released a worldwide update to the latest Android version. Now you can have a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Have you updated your phone? Tell us your experience after the update!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Lenovo Mobile to launch new and affordable smartphones in the Philippines

When he hear the word Lenovo, we would instantly think of laptops or notebooks. But now, they're not only into these devices. They are now trying to have a share in the smartphone industry, especially here in the Philippines, which is already booming and attracting many phone manufacturers. The Chinese-based manufacturer already have several models out in the market, but as far as I can remember, they have only one smartphone available, the Lenovo A60, which is an entry-level android phone costing about PHP6,000.

And now they're trying to penetrate the industry aggressively by releasing three more smartphones, the Lenovo A65, Lenovo P700, and Lenovo P880.

Left to right:: Lenovo A65, Lenovo P700,  and Lenovo P880
Lenovo A65, which I believe is an update to Lenovo A60, is powered by an 800 MHZ processor (A60 has a 650 MHZ processor). It has a 3.5 inch display screen and is running on Gingerbread OS. You can have it for a very affordable price of PHP5,499!! And also, it is a dual-sim phone just like A60.

On the other hand, Lenovo P700 has a 1 GHZ processor and sports a 4 inch screen. It will costs about PHP 10,000-12,000.and will be available by the end of June.

Lenovo P880, which is a high-end device and, is the company's answer to Samsung Galaxy Note, sports a large 5 inch screen and a 1 GHZ processor chip. It will cost around P18,000 to P20,000.

Lenovo P700 and Lenovo P880 will both run on Android 4.0 ICS.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nokia to release three new Asha handsets

Nokia just announced their new phone line-ups.

The company pursues to keep up with the competition by creating a new Asha family, the Asha Touch. This includes the Nokia Asha 305, Nokia Asha 306 and the Nokia Asha 311, which obviously are all touchscreens and almost like smartphones. But what's great with this phones is that these phones have low prices even though they're feature-packed.

Nokia Asha 305

Nokia Asha 305 specifications:
  • 3.0 inches TFT resistive touchscreen, 56K colors, 240 x 400 pixels (~155 ppi pixel density), Multitouch
  • 10 MB, 64 MB ROM, 32 MB RAM (MicroSD up to 32GB)
  • GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth
  • 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, 176x144@10fps
  • Dual SIM
  • Accelerometer, Java
  • 40 free EA games, preloaded Angry Birds, cloud accelerated Nokia Browser, Nokia Maps
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 1110 mAh (BL-4U) 

Nokia Asha 306

 Nokia Asha 306 specifications:
  • 3.0 inches TFT resistive touchscreen, 56K colors, 240 x 400 pixels, (~155 ppi pixel density)
  • 10 MB, 64 MB ROM, 32 MB RAM (MicroSD up to 32GB)
  • GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth
  • 2 MP, 1600x1200 pixels, 176x144@10fps
  • Dual Sim
  • Accelerometer, Java
  • 40 free EA games, preloaded Angry Birds, cloud accelerated Nokia Browser
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 1110 mAh (BL-4U)

Nokia Asha 311
 Nokia Asha 311 specifications:

  • 3.0 inches TFT resistive touchscreen, 56K colors, 240 x 400 pixels, (~155 ppi pixel density), Multitouch, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • 140 MB, 256 MB ROM, 128 MB RAM (MicroSD up to 32GB)
  • 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels,VGA@25fps
  • 1 GHZ processor
  • GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Accelerometer, proximity, Java
  • 40 free EA games, preloaded Angry Birds, cloud accelerated Nokia Browser 
  • Standard battery, Li-Ion 1110 mAh (BL-4U)
What's great with these phones is that they're very affordable, yet they each possess great design and features.

Nokia Asha 305 has a price of about €63/PHP3,400, Nokia Asha 306 at about €68/PHP3,700, and Nokia Asha 311 at €92/PHP5,000. Not sure when will this be available in the Philippines (maybe 3rd or 4th quarter), but according to GSMArena, 305 began shipping in Q2, while 306 and 311 in Q3.

Source: GSMArena

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Coming Soon: Lenovo A65

According to the Facebook page of Lenovo Mobile Philippines, they will be releasing Lenovo A65 soon in the country. I don't have the specs yet, though I have seen some on other websites, but I'm sure it's not that far from what Lenovo A60 have.

Alcatel Blaze Duo OT-918N: A Smartphone Worth Buying

As far as I can remember, Alcatel was one of the famous mobile brands way back before Nokia and other leading brands rose to fame in the Philippine mobile scene. They were large phones, and I can even remember my cousin owning one. But then, when these other brands entered the market, we no longer heard anything about Alcatel. Also, many people think Alcatel as a Chinese brand, which is not really the case as its company is in France and almost all phones are made in China!! But I know Alcatel had a partnership with TCL (which is a Chinese company) to manufacture their phones. And now, they're 100% back in the Philippines, reentering the mobile scene which they dominate way back.

Alcatel Blaze Duo OT-918N was released here December last year (not sure), and I became really interested in the design of the phone. It's a smartphone actually, running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and is priced at only P5,999 or less as of today.

Here are the specs:
  •  650 MHZ MediaTek CPU
  • 3.2” 262k color display Capacitive touchscreen (320 x 480)
  • Dual Sim Dual Standby
  • Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS
  • 200MB RAM, 150MB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB
  • 3.2-megapixel camera
  • 3G / HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • Li-Ion 1300mAh battery
Price: P5, 999

Visit the official product page: click here

Alcatel Mobile Philippines Facebook page : click here 
GSMArena product specs: click here

For reviews on this product:
PinoyTechBlog: click here
TechnoBaboy: click here
Chef Tonio's Blog: click here
PC Pinoy: click here
AskHideki: click here
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