Before you make up your mind to purchase a phone you have endless list of choices today. Each dawning day witnesses some new products being launched. You can now with ease select the mobile phone of your choice. But again, the abundant availability of choices often pushes you into dilemma about which handset to purchase. You needn’t panic. It may take a little extra time but you will be happy getting your choices. Whether you wish to purchase a handset of the most basic category with low price or the middle or of highest category, you have choices available in all segments. HTC Desire U price in India ranging around Rs 15-16000 indicates that it is of the middle category in both price and features. If you are used to the higher range of mobile phones, you may find it quite mediocre. But it is what it is. It is meant for the middle range users. And if you find yourself comfortable at this price range, you will certainly enjoy the features it provides you.
HTC Desire U has single core 1 GHz processor and no integrated GPU system. It has 4 inch display with WVGA resolution to enjoy reading, internet surfing or videos quite conveniently and we know that the overall touch response of HTC mobile is always commendable. You can find everything that you desire in a medium range mobile. In the midst of numerous medium range mobile phones its highlights are its 4 inch display, sense 400 UI, 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 5 mega pixels camera, LED flash, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4GB on board storage, Bluetooth, beats audio and 1650 MAh battery. If you are well aware of the different features of mobile phones as per their price ranges, you would perhaps desire nothing more in HTC Desire U.
It is hardly wise to jump to conclusion to purchase a mobile. The features of mobile are of course important, but something that is more important is the feature that is of your use. You may have the 3G connectivity but you never use it. Your phone may have very good camera features and yet you hardly click a photo or record a video. You never make use of the multimedia features that your mobile has. You may wish to talk for hours but your battery does not support that long. So it is up to you which facilities you use in your mobile phone. But in the mobile phones of medium range like HTC Desire U, you find almost everything.
You may not use all the features at a time but certainly some or the other time you will be using the different features. HTC Desire U price in India is quite convenient for the middle range mobile users. It gives you everything that you wish. Be it the multimedia features like camera, music player, audio and video recording with different file format support. If you are a person well versed in social media, it is your best solution at this price range. Certainly you will find yourself more than satisfied for what you pay.
Guest post by Amritpal Singh
If you have ever rooted your Android device or loaded custom ROM on it, chances are that some or other time, you would have had issues with the drivers. Windows 8 is another big problem, even after so many months of its launch, device drivers still continue to have problem with this OS version.
Now, thanks to known Android developer Koushik Dutta (and dev community help), we have a universal ADB (+ Fastboot) driver that should work for all Android devices (or most of them) and most Windows versions include the Windows 8.
“This driver should work on all Android phones for all versions of Windows.  It does not require that you turn on test signing or disable driver verification. This is done by installing ClockworkMod as a trusted certificate and publisher into the local machine’s certificate store,” Koush noted in a Google+ post.
This is a godsend for newbies, who especially have troubles with drivers.
Turns out we don’t have to wait until April 12 to test-drive the Facebook Home. Paul at Modaco has posted the APK for Facebook Home (they are actually three APKs) to install on your Android phone. As this has been taken out from a pre-release HTC First ROM, it is quite buggy and Chat Heads don’t seem to be working.
Also, there is a specific set to requirements to runs this. It has been tested on Nexus 4, and if your Android phone satisfies the following requirements, you are good to go.
In order to use the leak, you need an Android device with a maximum resolution of 1280×768 and the ability to completely uninstall your existing Facebook app. This is important, as the leaked APKs are re-signed and can’t just be installed over the top of an existing installation. This will automatically exclude some devices which have Facebook installed in the base ROM.
You can grab the APK downloads from Modaco.com.
If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, the Facebook Home app is scheduled to be released in Google Play on April 12, which is just four days away. The app will initially be only compatible with select phones like HTC One X, X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II.
Looks like the redesigned Google Play app is very near, in fact we can see the officially release in the next few days. A YouTube employee Eileen Rivera today shared the following screenshot on Google +, suggesting the redesigned app is currently being tested internally.
If you can notice in the Google Play icon on the top of the screenshot, it shows the dogfood icon, further cementing that Google is “dogfooding” this new version of the Google Play among its employees. If everything goes well, we will see the roll-out very soon.
The new version screenshot looks similar to what we saw in a leak last month. Google certainly seems to be opting Google Now like cards design, although not much is visible here. But, the bigger app shortcuts look a lot like Google Now cards.
Google is also expected to redesign its official web page but we are yet to see any leaks about that. We hope that the search giant has improved the app discovery in the new version, as it still remains a big problem for consumers as well as developers.
As per the last leak, the new Play Store version will be known as 4.0.
Google has revealed that we might see the first Blink rendering engine powered Chrome stable build in around ten weeks. This comes just a day after Google announced its plans to switch from WebKit to Blink in its Chrome web browser. Blink is the new rendering engine by Google and is a forked version of WebKit designed to suit the need of Google.
Apparently, Chromium (the project behind Chrome) uses a different multi-process architecture unlike other WebKit based browsers and over the year of Chrome development, this has led to increased complexity. Google wants to remove this complexity and speed up development of Chrome and Chromium projects, thus the switch to Blink.
Chrome developers told the dev community in a Q&A panel that Blink is already integrated in the Canary builds of Chrome, and Google hopes to see the stable versions of its Chrome 28 with Blink for Android and the desktop within 10 weeks.
We can always see it Blink-powered Chrome earlier in the beta releases. You can watch the entire Q&A panel for more information on Blink below.
HTC has started taking pre-orders of the developer edition of HTC One smartphone in the United States. The phone will begin shipping on April 18, so that it starts reaching consumers on April 19, when telecom operators like AT&T and Sprint are also starting to sell the contract version of the phone.
It has been priced at USD 649.99, and for this amount, you will get a SIM-unlocked and bootloader-unlocked HTC One smartphone.
Here is a look at the key specifications of HTC One Developer Edition
- 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 1080p display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 64 GB of storage
- SIM and bootloader unlocked
- Open APIs for Bluetooth Low Energy, Infrared, and more
- Front-facing stereo speakers
- Two dual-membrane microphones for recording
- Multiple frequency compatibility: HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)
The phone also comes with a 4MP Ultrapixel camera, 2.1MP front camera, and 2300 mAh battery.
When Facebook unveiled its new home-screen replacement app “Facebook Home” for Android, it skipped a small detail in the main announcement and even the press release. Apparently, Facebook Home is only compatible with phones powered by Ice Cream Sandwich and newer Android versions, the social giant revealed in Q&A following the event.
If your phone has Gingerbread or below Android versions, which are still present on about 45pc of total Android devices, you are out of luck. Facebook did not reveal if it plans to expand the compatibility to Gingerbread, but it seems highly unlikely. Facebook is clearly planning for the future and in the next one year or so, Gingerbread and older versions will be out of the scene and we will have a majority of devices running on 4.0+
Set to be released in Google Play on April 12, Facebook Home will initially only support – HTC One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II, but S 4 and HTC One support will soon follow. Other Android devices with Android 4.0+ are expected to get Facebook Home support in the coming months.
Company is also not bringing the tablet support right-away; Android tablets are likely to get Facebook Home in the coming months.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage in California to announce their new home-screen experience for Android users called ‘Home.’ In simple terms, Facebook Home is like any other Android launcher that you have seen so far during your Android days with the soul of Facebook.
In Facebook’s words, it is a combination of multiple social apps by the company, to make the Android phones more people-centric and not app-centric.
Facebook Home is set to be released in Google Play on April 12 and will be initially available for select phones. These phones are HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, and Samsung Galaxy Note II, all of which are some of the most popular Android phones on the planet. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 4 and just released HTC One will be next in line to receive Facebook Home. Other Android devices will be getting ‘Home’ in the coming months.
This Android user-interface will not be available for Android tablets initially although Facebook is working on a tablet version, which is expected to be launched in the coming months.
“We asked ourselves if sharing and connecting are what matter most, what would your phone be like if it put your friends first? Our answer is Home. Home isn’t a phone or operating system, and it’s also more than just an app. Home is a completely new experience that lets you see the world through people, not apps,” Facebook noted in a press release.
Facebook Home features
Cover feed: It is the Facebook replacement of your Android lock-screen and home-screen. It is an image-centric version of Facebook newsfeed.
Chat Heads: It is a unified messaging feature from Facebook. It combines Facebook messenger and SMS
Notifications: Information about stuff that is directly meant for you on Facebook.
Apps: A list of your favourite Android apps from your phone. You can add or remove as many you want. It can be accessed by swiping up the screen.
For those of you, who were living under a rock or something, Facebook is holding a press event in about an hour and will announce something related to Android. Thanks to all the leaks in the recent few weeks, we have some idea of what to expect today.
Here is a break-up of things, while you wait for the event to begin, which is scheduled for 1:00pm EDT — Thu Apr 4, 2013. Live-stream below.
- Facebook Home: As per reports circulating around the web and all the leaks that we have seen so far, Facebook will be introducing “Facebook Home” today. It is a customised user interface (in simpler terms – launcher, doesn’t seem more than that) for Android. It will have Facebook integration ‘right in your face’ kind, allowing you to post, access, check-in or chat on Facebook from almost everywhere in the least number of steps.
- HTC First: HTC is also expected to make an appearance at the event and why not – because when you are showing off a user interface, you need a device. HTC and Facebook will most probably be announcing ‘HTC First’ smartphone at the event, which will be the first phone to come with Facebook Home interface.
- Information about other Facebook Home devices: Along with HTC First, Facebook is also expected to reveal information about other phones or tablets that will come pre-loaded with Facebook Home UI. According to reports, company has been in active talks with several other manufacturers and we might see results today, but we won’t really bet on it as HTC would not certainly like to see a competitor with it on the podium.
- Carrier Partnerships: For markets like US, every manufacturer needs active carrier partnerships to launch a device and successfully market it. Facebook and HTC also need such partnerships and we would ideally see at least one major telecom operator from the markets where Facebook Home powered HTC First is going on sale first.