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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Google Released Android Lollipop 5.0

The next generation of android operating system was released this wednesday in nexus devices.The nexus 6 by motorola and the nexus 9 by HTC both will be released with this version of Android also called as Android L.Here L stands for Lollipop which google has given the name to this version.
The Nexus 6 comes with 6-inch quad HD display i.e,2,560 x 1,440 pixels.Google expects to use Nexus 6 as a music phone that is why the device includes stereo speakers with high-fidelity sound.The 3,200mAh battery is good for a full day of use, and the Nexus 6 supports Turbo Charge technology. Motorola claims just 15 minutes of charging time nets six hours of use. The camera has been improved to 13 megapixels, and it includes optical image stabilization and HDR+ for better low-light shots.


Google said the Nexus 6 will be available for pre-order through the Google Play Store in late October, starting at $649. There are two colors to choose from -- midnight blue or cloud white -- and it will come with either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. Motorola and most major wireless network operators will begin selling the Nexus 6 in November.

The Nexus 9 is the first HTC-made Nexus device since the Nexus One, which was released back in 2009. (HTC hasn't made tablets for several years.) The Nexus 9 has an 8.9-inch screen, which sounds perfect to its name, and boasts 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, making it a good competitor to Apple's iPads

The WiFi-only model is powered by a Tegra K1 64-bit chip with two cores clocked at 2.3 GHz each; the LTE version jumps to a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Both versions include 2 GB of RAM.
Like HTC's handsets, the Nexus 9 has BoomSound stereo speakers. The main camera captures 8 megapixels with 1080p HD video, and the user-facing camera captures 1.6-megapixels with 720p HD video. The device has a 6,700mAh battery, but HTC didn't provide any guidance on battery life.The Nexus 9 will be available for pre-order October 17 and hits stores November 3. The 32-GB WiFi model will cost $399; there's no word yet on pricing for the other models.
So these makes it clear that ANDROID L is releasing with these 2 nexus devices but soon we can see many more Smartphones which will be running on Android 5.0 L by 1st quarter of 2015.

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Best photo editing apps for Android

If you love smartphone photography, then you should get these apps to make your pictures look even better. Here are some of the best photo editing apps for your Android smartphone.
Best photo editing apps for Android
Camera modules on smartphones are getting better each day and people have started ditching DSLRs and even point-and-shoot cameras for smartphones with amazing shooting capabilities. With high megapixel sensors and optical image stabilization, smartphones are now getting much smarter when it comes to photography. And well, to be honest, it is quite convenient to carry a smartphone with a high performance camera rather than carrying two devices at the same time.
To give you an extra edge, we have listed a few apps for your Android device that can improve your smartphone photographs.
Instagram
Who doesn’t love taking pictures of food, pets and landscapes and sharing them with everyone! Instagram has brought smartphone photography to the social media networks and now has over a million users. Although the app doesn’t offer a lot of editing tools (apart from filters and straightening) it has gained popularity thanks to its social media integration. If you love sharing your pictures then this app is a must-have on your Android device.
Camera360
This is a great alternative if you are bored of your stock camera app. It includes a number of modes, features and also the ability to edit your pictures. It includes various camera modes like Easy Camera, Sony Camera, Effects Camera, Self-portrait Camera, Funny Camera, Tilt-shift Camera, Color-shift Camera, Audio Camera and the best part is that it is very easy to use. Also, there are a number of other effects that you can add to your pictures including a cloud option where you can upload and save your pictures. 
VSCO Cam
VSCO Cam offers one of the best selections of pre-set filters that are easily applicable and enhance beauty of your photographs. The app offers editing tools to control exposure, temperature, contrast, crop, rotate, fade, vignette and more. There are some preset packs as well which can be brought for a few bucks. The app also allows you to share your pictures on social networks and has its own VSCO community that users can join and share pictures and experiences.
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Adobe Photoshop Express
Everyone knows that Photoshop is the king of image editing softwares, so why not get it on your smartphone? Adobe Photoshop Express brings in a lot of features that let you do basic editing like cropping, sharpening, color correction, exposure control and more. The paid version of the app is even better and has extensive controls to fine tune your images. People who love editing their pictures on the go should definitely get this app.
Pixlr-o-matic
This is a fun camera app if you like adding filters and effects to your pictures. It’s an easy to use app that lets you add one or a combination of effects to your pictures. The app comes with a variety of borders, filters and overlays that completely transform your images. Sadly it doesn’t let you do basic editing like cropping or tuning your exposure, which we think could have made the app even better.
Snapseed
One of the most famous photo editing apps is Snapseed which is now owned by Google itself. It includes tools that allow you to perform basic editing as well as add effects like filters and border to your photos. You can even share your pictures on Google+ as it has been integrated into the app itself. It is a great editing app as it is developed by Nik Software, which is a popular plugins manufacturer for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
FxCamera
Apart from letting you shoot pictures, the app offers more than 30 filters and some editing tools to enhance your pictures. Apart from sharing your pictures, you can also add text and voice tags to your pictures for better organization. Just like Instagram, the app has its own community where you can share and explore pictures and photographers.
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Best Android Smartphones To Buy With Max Display Size Of 4.7-inches

With most of the latest Android smartphones going all out on display sizes, offering 5 and 5.5-inch displays as standard, we round up the best Android smartphones with compact dimensions for those who can’t live with large (and heavy) Android phones.

The lines between smartphones and tablets continue to blur and what used to be the “Phablet” segment not so long ago is slowly becoming mainstream with 5 and 5.5-inch Android devices being launched as flagship phones. While the market moves towards large screen devices, there is a sizeable chunk of consumers looking for manageable smartphones that are easy to use and carry and offer a fine balance of performance, features and portability.

Here’s a list of Android smartphones with manageable screen sizes and compact dimensions for those who still prefer phones that look like phones.

Motorola Moto G
 

Screen size and resolution: 4.5 inches, 1280x720 pixels
Street Price: Rs. 13,999 (16GB)
Core Specs:
•    1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor
•    1 GB RAM
•    8/16 GB inbuilt memory
•    5 MP camera with flash
•    Dual Sim, 3G, Wi-Fi
•    Android 4.3 (Upgradable to v4.4.2)

Motorola has made a comeback to the Indian market with the Moto G and for its price it offers a great combination of performance and specifications. It has been Motorola’s highest selling smartphone till date and it is still one of the hottest selling smartphone in India today. In terms of performance, the Moto G aces and beats almost every smartphone in its price category.


Sony Xperia Z1 Compact



Screen size and resolution: 4.3 inches, 1280x720 pixels
Street Price: Rs. 33,799
Core Specs:
•    2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
•    2 GB RAM
•    16 GB inbuilt memory, expandable via microSD
•    20.1 MP camera with flash
•    3G, Wi-Fi, HDMI, NFC
•    Android 4.3
•    Waterproof and dust-proof
Manufacturers have been launching a mini version of their flagship smartphones, but Sony has done it right with the Xperia Z1 Compact. It borrows the same hardware and performance from the Xperia Z1 in a small form factor and in our opinion it is the most powerful smartphone available in the sub 4.5 inch design. Oh and did we mention that it is waterproof and dust-proof as well?

HTC One Mini

Screen size and resolution: 4.3 inches 1280x720 pixels
Street Price: Rs. 26,131
Core Specs:
•    1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor
•    1 GB RAM
•    16 GB inbuilt memory
•    4 MP camera with flash
•    3G, Wi-Fi
•    Android 4.2.2
HTC launched the One mini right after launching the HTC One. It is a compact version of the One and shares the same brilliant design. However it isn’t what you call a powerful device as it features a dual-core processor. But, HTC has a pedigree of making some elegant looking smartphones, and the One mini is a great example.
Sony Xperia ZR
Screen size and resolution: 4.55 inches, 1280x720 pixels
Street Price: Rs. 24,655
Core Specs:
•    1.5 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor
•    2 GB RAM
•    8 GB inbuilt memory, expandable via microSD
•    13.1 MP camera with flash
•    3G, Wi-Fi, HDMI, NFC
•    Android 4.1 (Upgradable to 4.3)
•    Waterproof and dustproof

The Xperia ZR was a great smartphone and is still better than most of the upcoming compact smartphones in the market. The Xperia ZR is primarily a downsized Xperia Z and (just like the Z1 compact) it has almost the same hardware features as the Xperia Z.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini Duos
Screen size and resolution: 4.3 inches, 960x540 pixels
Street Price: Rs. 19,000
Core Specs:
•    1.7 GHz Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor
•    1.5 GB RAM
•    8 GB inbuilt memory, expandable via microSD
•    8 MP camera with flash
•    3G, Wi-Fi, dual-SIM, NFC
•    Android 4.2.2 (Upgradable to 4.3)
After launching the Galaxy S4, Samsung followed the mini path by launching the Galaxy S4 mini. Again it shares its looks with the original Galaxy S4 in a smaller and much a more easy-to-handle form factor. It isn’t impressive in the specs department, but it is a worthy smartphone in the compact range.

Google Nexus 4

Screen size and resolution: 4.7 inches, 1280x768 pixels
Street Price: Rs. 23,947
Core Specs:
•    1.5 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor
•    2 GB RAM
•    8/16 GB inbuilt memory
•    8 MP camera with flash
•    3G, Wi-Fi, NFC
•    Android 4.2 (Upgradable to 4.4)

We know that the Nexus 4 is now an old Android device, but it is the last of the Nexus devices to feature a display smaller than 5 inches. Comparing to most of the compact Android smartphones, the Nexus 4 has a good set of specifications and not to forget the quick Android updates. Availability can be an issue for the Nexus 4, but you can still buy it online from stores like SnapDeal and

Xolo LT900
 


Screen size and resolution: 4.3 inches, 1280x720 pixels
Street Price: Rs. 16,899
Core Specs:
•    1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor
•    1 GB RAM
•    8 GB inbuilt memory, expandable via microSD
•    8 MP camera with flash
•    LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC
•    Android 4.2
If you don’t mind spending your buck on an Indian brand, then you can look at the Xolo LT900. It has some decent specifications and looks and also comes packed with support for 4G LTE connection.

Huawei Ascend P6
Screen size and resolution: 4.7 inches, 1280x720 pixels
Street Price: Rs. 23,922
Core Specs:
•    1.5 GHz quad-core processor
•    2 GB RAM
•    8 GB inbuilt memory, expandable via microSD
•    8 MP camera with flash
•    3G, Wi-Fi
•    Android 4.2.2
A great offering from Chinese handset maker Huawei is the Ascend P6. It has a good looking design and comes with a quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM which is enough to provide a smooth experience. Apart from that it also comes with Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Keep Your Gadgets Safe During Load-Shedding

Most South Africans and Indians have become used to electricty blackouts, but might not know how to keep their gadgets and appliances safe before it happens.

 It is vital to unplug computer power cables from the wall sockets, as well as to unplug telephone cables from the modem. (Reuters)



Colin Thornton, Dial-a-Nerd's chief executive, gives us five tips on how to manage our devices during blackouts.
Over recent years, South Africans have been subjected to numerous episodes of load-shedding, Eskom's euphemism for scheduled power cuts. But on March 6 2014, we fell victim to one of the worst bouts of load-shedding South Africa has witnessed, with very little or no warning.
Because our electrical appliances and devices have not been designed for load-shedding, equipment failure is possible due to continued surges upon restoration of the electricity supply.
In order to prepare yourself and to prevent unnecessary damage to your expensive electronic equipment, it is firstly encouraged to familiarise yourself with the load-shedding timetable, which can be found on either Eskom or your city's municipality website, and to follow these tips below.
1. Unplug your cables
It is vital to unplug computer power cables from the sockets, as well as telephone cables from the modem when there is an imminent power outage. This actually applies to all sensitive equipment, including TVs and any other equipment that may have been in use during the time of the outage due to the surges in power that may occur when electricity is restored.
2. Make use of surge protection
As already mentioned, the greatest cause of damage to equipment from a power outage is from electrical surges. Installing a surge protection device can help minimise some damage in unforeseen situations.
3. Fully charge your batteries
Make sure that your laptop battery is fully charged and that your smartphone and tablet have enough battery life in order to carry on working. Having an emergency 3G dongle for such situations is an idea, or utilising the 3G from your smartphone to power the internet on your laptop is also a possibility.
4. Invest in a UPS
A UPS not only acts as a back-up battery for your machine in the event of a power failure, but it also regulates the amount of power that your computer receives – too much or too little power can be detrimental to your computer, as components such as motherboards and hard drives need a constant source of power, provided at a specific voltage to operate effectively. Typically, a UPS will provide power for only 15 to 60 minutes, in order to allow you to back up data and shut down systems correctly.
5. Back it up
It is always important to back up data, but when your power may be turned off, with little warning, it is more important than ever. There is nothing worse than losing work you have spent hours on because you didn't save it. Saving should become a habit – saving every 10 minutes or every few paragraph is adequate. Make it a priority to then save your data offsite, in case of a hard drive crash or unforeseen electrical fault. Online "cloud-based" backups are very convenient and are mostly automated, which means that you have one less thing to worry about.
Load-shedding is unpleasant, but these tips will help you operate during load-shedding and afterwards.
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Razer launches "World's Thinnest Gaming Laptop"

Razer claims that its all new Razer Blade is "World's Thinnest Gaming Laptop" and also the "World's Highest Resolution 14-inch Laptop Display" as well.
Razer launches new Blade gaming laptops featuring Nvidia Maxwell GPUs
Gaming laptops manufacturer, Razer Inc has announced two new high-end notebooks, the new Razer Blade and Razer Blade Pro. Both notebooks feature power-packed specs.
The all new Razer Blade sports a 14-inch touchscreen display with a staggering resolution of 3200x1800 pixels. It runs on a 4th gen Intel Core i7 4702HQ CPU, 8 8GB of RAM and the brand new Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M GPU. It also features an SSD which starts from 128GB all the way to 512GB. The Razer Blade is only 0.7 inches thin and Razer claims that it is the "World's Thinnest Gaming Laptop." It also claims the title of "World's Highest Resolution 14-inch Laptop Display" as well.
Razer Blade Pro, on the other hand, doesn't compromise on specs either. Featuring a 17.3-inch display with a full HD (1080p) resolution, the Razer Blade Pro runs on a 4th gen Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU with 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU. It also features an SSD between 128GB and 512GB.
Both laptops feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Blutooth 4.0, three USB 3.0 ports and HDMI ports.

Razer claims that the new Razer Blade weighs only 4.47 pounds which is pretty light for such a high-end gaming laptop. On the other hand the new Razer Blade Pro is heavier at 6.54 pounds.
Featuring the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 800M-series GPUs, both the laptops offer the best performance when it comes to gaming. The new 800M chips feature Battery Boost, GameStream and ShadowPlay to keep the overall performance as top notch. Nvidia claims that Battery Boost improves the battery life of any notebook by allowing users to lock in a target frame rate. This helps a system in maintaining constant frame rates instead of the usual fluctuating frame rates, thus easing stress on various system components.
With ShadowPlay, you will be able to get a DVR-like functionality from your notebook which allows you to save around 20 minutes of your gameplay. GameStream permits you to stream gameplay to devices like Nvidia SHIELD.
Apart from all that tough hardware, buyers will also get Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Maya and GIMP pre-installed on the machine.
Razer Blade is available for pre-order for $2,199 with shipments expected to start within two weeks. The Blade Pro costs $2,299 and is available immediately.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Nokia X: Nokia Brings It First Android Series.

Nokia will soon become Microsoft's, but that hasn't stopped the Finnish phone maker from taking a dip in the Android pool. Nokia first showed off its Android phones late last month at the Mobile World Congress and the first of the phones have arrived in India in a matter of weeks. While the cheapest of all - Nokia X - is available in India starting today at Rs 8,599, the other two phones - Nokia X+ and XL, will hit the store sheleves in India in the next 60 days.
I experienced the Nokia X at its India launch event in Delhi and here's what I thought of Nokia's maiden venture into Android.
Before the device made its way to my hands, it had already faced a drop test. A Nokia executive, during the presentation, not only dropped it on the dais but also, banged it thrice against the podium to demonstrate its build quality. The 4-inch smartphone with a matte polycarbonate removable back cover survived the tests - with no dents or breakage.

 
The phone is not thin but that does not add to its weight. It weighs quite like other 4-inch phones available in the market. There are three slots hidden underneath its back cover - two dual SIM slots and one microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of card. It comes with an internal memory of 4GB. 
 


The unavailability of the Google Play Store on the Nokia X doesn't mean that Nokia X users can't install Android apps. There are three ways to access apps on the Nokia X. First is to have access to the key apps that come pre-loaded on the phone, including BBM, Vine, Twitter and Facebook. The second way to download apps is to go to the Nokia Store. And the third way is to access third-party app stores including 1Mobile Market, SlideME Market, Aptoide Appstore, which have a wide variety of apps that are available for Android phones. If an app is not available on the Nokia Store, users will be routed to third-party app stores.

 
The phone has a Windows Phone-like tiled homescreen, wherein you can change the size of the tiles - large or small. You can also create your folders on the homescreen and keep related apps in one folder by simply dragging them to the relevant folder.
The Nokia X comes with a 3 megapixel fixed focus camera which captures impressive images even in soft and low-light conditions. The pictures captured may not be detailed but are worth sharing on social networks. The phone has a quality display which produces decent colours and offers good viewing angles. The touch responsiveness is also great.
Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor along with 512MB RAM, the phone stuttered twice during the 15 minutes I used it. While more on its performance can be said once I get to use it for a longer duration.
Available in green, red, cyan, black and white, the phone has a quality speaker that produces loud and clear sound.

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Micromax Launches Canvas Knight Octa Core Smartphone

Micromax's Canvas smartphone series has considered as the best thing by indian handset makers ever done. After forging a formidable reputation for itself in the budget Android smartphone segment, Micromax of late has begun to aim a bit higher, with products such as the Canvas Doodle 2 and Canvas Turbo
 

After lots of speculation, Micromax has now finally bitten the octa-core bullet and has done so with a vengeance in terms of both specifications and price with its latest launch, the Canvas Knight. Just as PC makers used to boast about the clock speed of the processors powering their devices, smartphone manufacturers are now doing the same.
The Canvas Knight is the first smartphone from Micromax's stable to use MediaTek's octa-core MT6592T chip, which is an upgraded variant of the MT6592. But does the Micromax Canvas Knight, with its octa-core processor and full-HD display, pack enough punch to overcome heavyweights like Samsung, Sony and HTC in an increasingly competitive market? We took it for a spin to find out.

 

LOOKS
The first thing that you will notice about the Micromax Canvas Knight is its refreshed design; however in many ways, it reminds us of another device, the Xperia Z.
Our immediate reaction after we took the smartphone out of the box was: we have seen something similar before. We would not be totally wrong to say that the Canvas Knight is inspired by Sony's former flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z, while the sides look a bit reminiscent of an Apple iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s.


The front and rear panels noticeably borrow design cues from the Xperia Z. However, a closer look at the Canvas Knight reveals differences. For instance, it doesn't have a rounded power button on the right panel, which is a hallmark of the current Xperia aesthetic, and the camera placement is also different. Next, there is no physical camera button on the Canvas Knight, unlike the Xperia Z.
The rear panel is dominated by a big slab of glass that curves nicely till the bezel at the sides, much like the Sony Xperia Z's rear panel which is non-removable.It arches outwards gently, with a 16-megapixel camera accompanied by an LED flash right on top. We wish Micromax had provided a layer of protection for the protruding rear camera.


The Canvas Knight's side panels feature rounded edges and metal styling, which at times reminded us of the iPhone design. The glass rear and metal styling on the edges of the Canvas Knight is impressive and gives a premium feel to the device.
The front is totally dominated by a 5-inch touchscreen. There are no physical buttons on the front of the phone; only three soft touch keys below the screen which become visible when it's in use. The Canvas Knight also has a secondary camera which is placed above the screen and to the right.



The 3.5mm audio jack is placed on the top panel, whereas the volume rocker keys and power button are on the right side.The two SIM card slots are placed on either side. All of these blend smoothly into the phone's frame. The Micro-USB charging port is placed on the bottom, alongside an elongated speaker grille.
We were disappointed to see the power button of the Canvas Knight placed a bit low on the right edge; we wish it had been placed a little higher,which would have made it easier to hit. We ended up pressing the volume up button instead of the power key quite often, thanks to their awkward placement.
Both the front and back panels of the Canvas Knight are dominated by glass, so we expected at least Corning Gorilla Glass for protection.
The Canvas Knight is surprisingly compact for a device with 5-inch screen, and although it is hardly super thin, it easily fits in most hands. However, stretching a thumb all the way across the screen feels awkward at best, unless you have big palms.
We have always been fascinated by new designs in the devices we see, and as far as looks go, the Canvas Knight is a complete departure from company's previous smartphones. We were impressed to see a new design sensibility applied by Micromax for this device.
No, the Micromax Canvas Knight does not scream 'cutting edge' but it is all about understated class. Just remember to keep a cloth handy to wipe fingerprints off the glass. On the whole, the Canvas Knight is a very handsome package.

SCREEN
The Micromax Canvas Knight features a 5-inch full-HD IPS screen with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels and an impressive pixel density of 443ppi (pixels-per-inch).
In terms of performance, the screen offers vibrant colours and respectable contrast. Viewing angles aren't so great, but still pretty decent for a phone in this price range.
Unfortunately, Micromax has given a miss to toughened glass that resists scratches, which was not expected since it's a relatively high-end phone. Notably, Motorola used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the Moto G's screen and it is still cheaper than the Canvas Knight.




The IPS screen doesn't give the fullest colours or the deepest blacks like the Samsung's high-end Galaxy smartphones with Super AMOLED would, but the panel is bright enough nearly all the time.
The resolution and pixel density of the Canvas Knight is also far higher than some of its competitors in this price segment, such as the Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Touch sensitivity is impressive and we did not encounter any issues while using the device.
The Canvas Knight's screen produced bright whites and vibrant colours. Images and text look sharp. Readability in direct sunlight was good, but only with brightness set to the highest level.
The screen is also highly reflective. In day-to-day use at regular brightness levels, the Canvas Knight's screen will offer higher quality than an average user expects.


CAMERA
The Micromax Canvas Knight sports a 16-megapixel autofocus rear camera with electronic image stabilization (EIS) and a M8 Largan lens, which the company touts, can capture high resolution images in rapid succession.
The camera app carries forward a lot of features from the company's previous Canvas models, including a customisable quick menu which includes controls for switching between the front and rear cameras, turning on the Intelligent Auto (flash) mode, switching between Normal, Panorama, HDR, Scene Detection, and Smile photo shot modes, and for accessing the deeper camera settings.
Notably, the Canvas Knight offers the same settings for voice activated shutter which are found on some high-end smartphones from LG, Samsung and Sony, which lets you take pictures with voice commands such as 'cheese' or 'capture'.




SOFTWARE/INTERFACE
At a time when the world is expecting Android KitKat on modern phones, Micromax has stuck with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the Micromax Canvas Knight, which is extremely disappointing. Considering that Android 4.4KitKat has been out in the market for quite a while, we hope that Micromax soon rolls out an update to at least Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Further, the Canvas Knight does not run the stock version of the OS. Micromax has customised the UI, skinning some elements such as the notification tray, besides including additional apps, widgets and features.



Some of the preloaded apps are Opera, Real Steel, Where'sMy Water?, Where'sMyPerry?, Getit, BBM, Truecaller and Kingsoft Office
Micromax replaced its own instant messaging app, HookUp with a Micromax-branded version of Hike, the mobile messaging app from Bharti Softbank. The smartphone also comes preloaded with the movie streaming app Spuul that allows users to watch movies for free.



PERFORMANCE/BATTERY LIFE
MediaTek claims that its MT6592 SoC is the world's first 'true octa-core' mobile processor. The MT6592 and MT6592T chipsets are built on the 28nm HPM (high-performance process) and include eight CPU cores, each capable of clock speeds up to 2GHz. MediaTek says the MT6592 can run both low-power and more demanding tasks equally well by using any number of cores at a time.
The processor is complemented by 2GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of storage,out of which only 25GB is user-accessible.There's no slot for expandable storage.
We would like to note that the typing experience on the smartphone was not very great;messaging junkies will feel a bit frustrated with the stock Micromax keyboard, though this can be fixed by downloading a third party keyboard app.


SHOULD YOU BUY IT
If we had told you at this time last year that it would be possible to buy an Android smartphone with an octa-core processor for less than Rs. 20,000, you would have laughed at the notion. The Micromax Canvas Knight however, is just that.
It looks good (we would call it refreshing, even), performs impressive in day-to-day use, and at Rs. 19,999, costs a whole lot less than Android flagships from Samsung, HTC or Sony.
Frankly, we have no reason not to recommend the Canvas Knight. Even though it has a 5-inch screen, the device is slim and easily fits into one's palm. Oh, and it is available in a number of colour combinations, including Black, Black and Gold, and White and Gold. Having colour options is always welcome.

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