October 2013 Mobile-technology highlights – New iPads, Lumias, Nexus 5 and Android KitKat

Last month we started this series of posts on “Mobile technology highlights” and this is the second one of the series. These posts cover the most popular mobile-tech news stories, launch events and rest of the buzz around the globe which occurred over the last one month (events are in the chronological order from start of the month) –

Nokia declares to end support for MeeGo and Symbian later this year – after acquisition by Microsoft, Nokia seems to wrap up everything in a hurry. In this process Nokia announced that they are ending support for Symbian and MeeGo OS at the end of 2013 – which means no new app will be added (or older app updated) in the Nokia Ovi Store, effective January 1, 2014. However already published apps will continue to be available for Symbian/MeeGo users (upto when? not still known).

Samsung Galaxy Round – Samsung launched Galaxy Round, the world’s first curved display Android phone in Korea earlier this month. It has a curved super flexible AMOLED screen (5.7 inches, 1080p res). Other specs of GRound match Note 3 – quad-core, 2.3 GHz, Krait 400 CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal, mSD card support, 13MP camera, Android 4.3, 2800mAh battery.

HTC One Max announced – following the steps of Samsung, HTC also entered into phablet arena with One Max. It’s the newest entry in the fiercely-competitive phablet market and is meant to take on the mighty Galaxy Note 3. Specs of HTC One Max – 5.9 inches, 1080p IPS screen, Snapdragon 600 chipset having quad-core, 1.7GHz Krait 300 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable), 3300mAh battery, 4MP UltraPixel camera, premium aluminum finish like the HTC One.

Nokia announces Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520 and Lumia 2520 – At Nokia World event in Dubai (22nd October), Nokia launched three Lumia devices and some Asha mobiles. With Lumia 1520, Windows Phone finally entered into the “quad-core, 6 inches, 1080p” era. Lumia 1320 is a mid-range phablet (1.7GHz dual-core Krait CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, 6” 720p IPS ClearBlack display, 5MP camera, WP8 GDR3 OS with Nokia Black software (also called Bittersweet Shimmer), 3400mAh battery
Lumia 1520 specs – 6 inches, 1080×1920 pixels, IPS LCD ClearBlack display, Snapdragon 800 chipset, quad-core 2.2GHz Krait400 CPU/Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory upto 64GB mSD card support, 20MP camera with CarlZeiss optics and OIS 3400mAh battery.

Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 1520

Lumia 2520 (tablet) specs – 10.1 inches, 1080p display, 6.7MP camera with CarlZeiss optics, 8000mAh battery, Windows RT OS, rest of the specs are same as Lumia 1520

Nokia Lumia 2520

Nokia Lumia 2520

iPad Air and iPad Mini2 announced – Apple launched the two successors of the celebrated iPad tablets on 22nd October. The new iPad is named as “Air” and not iPad 5 while iPad Mini retains the numbering scheme.
iPad Air specs – 9.7inches, 1536×2048 IPS LCD screen, new Apple A7 chipset, 7.5mm thick (20% thinner and weights 200gm less than the iPad 2), iOS 7
iPad Mini 2 sports 7.9 inches, 1536×2048 IPS LCD rest of the specs are almost same as iPad Air

LG Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat official – Google finally unveiled the 5th generation Nexus device made by LG. Nexus 5 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, other specs include 4.95 inches LCD screen with Gorilla Glass3 protection, 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB internal memory, (rather mediocre) 8MP OIS camera, 2300mAh battery.
With Nexus 5 next version of Android (v4.4 KitKat) also debuts. Google promises that the KitKat will adapt itself to run on low-end hardware too. Some other new features of KitKat include – new dialer, improved search, hangout and other apps, AirPrint (wireless printing via supported printers), improved management of background processes, low battery consumption etc

Micromax Canvas Turbo – The “economic” Indian phone maker launched yet another great Android smartphone of the popular “Canvas” series last month. Canvas Turbo is the premium offering from Micromax sporting 5” 1080p IPS CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) touchscreen, quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (no card slot), dual-SIM, 13MP main and 5MP front camera, Android 4.2.1 JellyBean, 2000mAh battery. Canvas Turbo launch price is Rs. 19990


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