A smartphone is now an invaluable part of travelling, allowing you to make reservations, access maps, and stay in touch with friends back home. When planning a trip, don’t forget to make sure that your Android smartphone or tablet is up for the journey. Particularly if you’ve had your device for some time, it could be prone to running out of batteries quickly or suffer from a slow connection. By taking the time to install the following apps, you could enhance your phone’s performance to be sure that it’s ready to take you abroad.
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Carphone Warehouse UK is now offering you the pink color variant of the HTC One Mini 2. The handset can be yours for free if you pick an operator’s plan that is at least 20 GBP (about $32) per month or 379 GBP (about $606) outright. Just like the gold and grey color variants, the pink color variant also packs a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 Super LCD2 display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an Adreno 305 GPU, a 1GB RAM and a 16GB of internal storage. Powered by a non-removable 2110mAh battery, the handset has a microSD card slot (up to 128GB), HTC’s BoomSound stereo front speakers, a 5MP from-facing camera with 1080p@30fps video recording and a 13MP rear-facing autofocus camera with LED flash and 1080p@30fps video recording, and runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. In terms of connectivity, it provides 4G LTE, 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and GPS GLONASS. [Product Page]
Here we have a new octa-core Android 4.4 smartphone from Intex, the Aqua Amaze. Powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592M processor, this mid-range smartphone sports a 5.0-inch 1280 x 720 HD IPS OGS display, a 1GB RAM and an 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card slot. The handset also features dual SIM card slots, an FM radio, a 5MP front-facing camera, a 13MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 2000mAh battery. Running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS, the Aqua Amaze comes with 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. The Aqua Amaze retails for Rs 10,690 (about $175) in black and light blue color options. [FoneArena]
Samsung has introduced a new variant of its Galaxy S5 called the Galaxy S5 Plus. Unlike the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Plus is packed with a 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 450 processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, an Adreno 420 GPU and LTE Cat. 6 (upgrading from Cat. 4). Apart from that, the rest of the specs remain the same as the original Galaxy S5, it has a 5.1-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED touchscreen display, a 2GB RAM, a 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (up to 128GB), a 2MP front-facing camera with 1080p@30fps video recording and a 16MP rear-facing autofocus camera with LED flash and up to 2160p@30fps video recording. The handset also comes with a 2800mAh battery and runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus is currently available in Netherlands. [Product Page]
Samsung’s latest LTE-enabled Android 4.4 smartphone ‘Galaxy Mega 2′ is finally making its way to AT&T. The handset will be available on AT&T starting October 24th for $149.99 with a new two-year contract or $474.99 with no annual commitment. Running on Android 4.4 KitKat OS, this mid-range smartphone sports a 6.0-inch 1280 x 720 HD display (245 ppi pixel density), a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 1.5GB RAM, a 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot (up to 64GB). Powered by a 2800mAh battery, the Galaxy Mega 2 packs a 2.1MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing autofocus camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, NFC and GPS GLONASS. [AT&T]
There’s strong anticipation for the pending release of the next Android operating system. The project goes by the code name “Android L.” Fans of Android as well as industry analysts, bloggers, and technology experts are looking forward to an operating system that extends battery power, improves overall performance, and gives users an amped up interface. Check out this list of the seven best features of “Android L.”