Purported images of HTC One Max phablet surface online

It’s been rumoured that Taiwanese handset maker, HTC is working on different variants of its flagship smartphone, the HTC One.The latest rumour to hit the Web is the HTC One Max which is likely to feature a 5.9-inch HD display and a metal design similar to the one boasted by the HTC One.

Taiwanese site, ePrice has posted some images of the alleged HTC One Max that reveals the design of the yet to be announced handset. The site also suggests that the upcoming phablet from HTC is code-named T6.

The site also lists some of the specifications of the HTC One Max or HTC T6. It’s said to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, out-of-the-box. The device is likely to be powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, while the original HTC One is powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor. While the One Max also features the same UltraPixel and 2.1-megapixel front-facing cameras as the HTC One. Other features include 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage and a 3300mAh battery. The site also claims that the Taiwanese major may equip the latest handset with a stylus. However, none of the details have been confirmed by the company, yet.

Earlier, we reported about HTC One Max’s rumoured specifications which claimed that the handset featured a 6-inch display.

However, other specifications match the earlier reported ones. The report also claimed that the device would be a dual SIM phone and would be LTE compatible.

With the launch of HTC One Max, the company will join the phablet race with Samsung and Sony which already offer the Galaxy Mega 6.3 featuring 6.3-inch display and Xperia Z Ultra sporting 6.4-inch display.

 

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: Google Speeds up Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Update in India

With the announcement of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Google informed that the update will hit the Nexus devices globally very soon. Now since the starting of this week, it seems LG Nexus 4 and Asus Nexus 7 devices in India have also started receiving the update.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean: Google Speeds up Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 Update

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is around 157.7MB and it will be available as an over the air (OTA) update. It is better suggested to use a WiFi network for faster downloading. GizBot finally received both the updates today and hence it cab be said that more and more users in India will be receiving the new OS in the coming days.

Talking about the awesome features that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will bring about in the device will be better performance, multi-user support which means now there will be a restriction on profiles that allows content limitations to specific users.

In simple terms the users can now make contents private. While other features will include Bluetooth Smart, and the ability to project movies etc from the device to the big screen. The Bluetooth Smart feature allows users to connect to other Bluetooth devices such as the Heart Beat Sensor, Fuelband, and Smartwatch and share data between them.

Not only that but a new game center and a whole new suite of Android apps will be coming to the platform. Google Play Games is also added into the mix so the user can more easily beat your friends down when playing multiplayer titles. There are several more features that comes inside the package. Thus stay tuned to GizBot for more updates on Android 4.3 updates and much more. Also take a detailed look at the features of Android 4.3.

Google Android 4.3 is here, and it tastes like Jelly Bean

Months later than we initially expected, Google finally took the wraps off the next version of its Android operating system at an event on Wednesday in San Francisco. The barely changed Android 4.3 isn’t the giant leap we expected, but it is noteworthy, particularly for its performance improvements and new Restricted Profiles feature.

Officially, Android 4.3 is still a version of Jelly Bean, which makes sense, considering the minor nature of its changes. But of course, this may disappoint Android fans whose mouths have been watering for Key Lime Pie since Google I/O in May.

For the most part, Android 4.3 appears to be much like its predecessor. The general makeup of the home screen and app drawer looks the same, and Google Now, Search, and Notifications all feel familiar. That said, the updated Jelly Bean does have some important additions that are worth going over.

Multi-User Restricted Profiles

The biggest addition to Android 4.3 is the Multi-User Restricted Profiles feature, which lets you control the usage of apps and other content on a user level. Multiple user profiles were already available in 4.2.2, but the ability to create restrictions has long been requested, so it’s sure to be a big hit.

The people most obviously to benefit from the new profile controls are parents. We saw this in Google’s demo; being logged into a restricted user profile caused an app to behave differently. Specifically, a freemium game showed up without all of the in-app purchasing functionality, which is clearly going to be useful for parents with young children who use the device.

The ability to create restricted user profiles can be useful for businesses and families that share devices.As well, retail kiosks that use tablets for customer service or as POS systems will be able to make use of the feature. By enabling multiple user profiles, businesses will be able to take advantage of the versatility of tablets by using them in different contexts.

From the primary user’s Settings screen, it’s easy to configure a restricted account’s access using the sliders. And if an app offers in-app restrictions (such as the games mentioned above), then there’s a button for extra options next to it.

With Restricted Profiles, Google is obviously trying to lure more users — specifically parents and businesses — away from iOS, a platform that still lacks a user profiles feature altogether. As well, the feature opens a number of doors to developers who can now create in-app restrictions.

From the primary user’s account, it’s easy to configure a restricted account’s access to specific apps or even features within certain apps.Bluetooth Smart technology

Support for Bluetooth Smart technology is another addition to Android 4.3 that wasn’t all that unexpected, considering it’s been available on iOS since early 2012. With this, the updated Android now allows you to connect with the newer generation of power-efficient accessories that use Bluetooth Smart. And of course, the Smart connection should be less taxing on your Android device’s battery. During Google’s presentation, we saw an Android device connecting with a Bluetooth Smart-enabled heart-rate monitor that was being powered by the popular Runtastic fitness app.

The update also came with Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 support, which lets your device now transmit metadata, like a song’s title and artist, to Bluetooth controllers.

Open GL ES 3.0
A big deal for gamers, Open GL ES 3.0 makes the new version of Android more efficient and just plain better at displaying graphics. Google’s demo showed us impressive textures, lens flares, and reflections that the older OS would have had trouble displaying. While the upgraded graphics might be indiscernible to the average user, Open GL ES support is still important because of the new possibilities it opens up for developers.

Additional enhancements
These may not be the sexiest improvements to the OS, but together they make for a smoother (and more fun) mobile computing experience overall.

First up, is Android’s dialer, which now has autocomplete for both phone numbers and names. I haven’t gotten to try the feature on a phone yet, but its presence in 4.3 is confirmed, and the added convenience is notable. That said, the reality is that most Android users may not even notice the upgraded dialer, since autocomplete has already come built into the custom operating systems by hardware manufacturers like Samsung.

One feature that Google didn’t formally announce is the new Emoji keyboard, which comes stock with the OS and can be enabled through the Language & input menu under Settings. Once enabled, you can long-press the spacebar key to pull it up and emote to your heart’s content.

Tucked into the Language and inputs menu is a nifty emoji keyboard.The Wi-Fi scan-only mode, while somewhat obscure, is a new feature that could help conserve your battery. The feature, when enabled, lets Google’s location service and other apps scan for networks, even when Wi-Fi is off. This means you can improve your location accuracy without the continuous drain.

What we think
Is Android 4.3 something to get excited about? Probably not. The bulk of the improvements appear to be under the hood, and the biggest front-end addition that Google demoed — Restricted Profiles — was geared to parents and businesses.

While many Android users have been crossing their fingers for the OS’ next iteration to be version 5.0, Key Lime Pie, this performance-focused update says that Google is taking a slower development route, possibly to minimize fragmentation as device manufacturers play catch-up. If that is, in fact, what’s going on, then the move, as unexciting as it is, might be better for all Android users in the long run

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Google along with ASUS has announced the new thinner, lighter and full 1080p HD resolution display bearing Nexus 7 tablet with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running on it.

Google and ASUS have formally announced the much awaited new Nexus 7 tablet with full 1080p HD display. The new ASUS Google Nexus 7 tablet also is the first device with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update running on it out of the box. The new Nexus 7 tablet is significant improvement over the first Nexus 7 in terms of core hardware, camera, weight and mobile operating system entirely.

Google-ASUS team worked together to bring a 8.45 mm thin new Nexus 7 tablet weighing just 290 grams. This tablet will feature 7-inch touchscreen display with 1080p HD resolution natively. The Nexus 7 (2012 model) featured 1280×800 pixel resolution natively with pixel density of 216 pixels per inch. That has been bumped to 1920×1200 pixel resolution natively with pixel density of 323 pixels per inch.

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled

ASUS has housed a quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro along with 2 GB RAM. This is a major change over the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset with 1 GB RAM in the Nexus 7 (2012).

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled

Google’s new Nexus 7 (2013) will feature dual-band WiFi support which was really expected since even Kindle Fire HD models have dual-band WiFi support. Google has provided the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update running out of the box with several new features such as multi-user restricted profiles, Bluetooth Low Energy support, Hindi language support and several features mostly catering to overall performance improvement.

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled

The tablet features the new Bluetooth 4.0 LE that will work nicely with the Bluetooth Smart support in the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Apart from that, there is HDMI output for connecting the tablet directly with a HD display. There will be near field communication support as well. Most importantly there will be wireless charging support.

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled

Google has not revealed the actual battery capacity but mentioned that it can now support playback of HD video for 9 hours and 10 hours worth of web browsing.

Asus Google Nexus 7 unveiled

The new Nexus 7 (2013) has the same 1.2 megapixel camera in the front for video chat and also a new 5 megapixel camera at the back for imaging. It also features SlimPort technology support that allow connecting the tablet to a larger display via HDMI, VGA or DisplayPort connectors.

Google will start selling the Nexus 7 (2013) from next week onwards starting $229 (Rs 13,750 approx.) for 16 GB Wi-Fi only model, $269 (Rs 16150 approx.) for 32 GB Wi-Fi model and $349 (Rs 20,950 approx.) for 32 GB 4G LTE supporting model for the US region.