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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas coming to iOS ,Android and Windows Phone

Rock Star Games has announced that very soon it will release the classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on mobile platform. Not just on iOS and Android but also on Windows Phone. No release date or pricing is provided yet, but it is expected to be released this December. So get ready to live in the early 90’s in the gangster world of Carl Johnson.


HTC One Overview.

Recently I got a chance to get my hands on the yet to be released HTC One in an event hosted by HTC. I did not get a test device to bring home so I am unable to write a full review. But I will share whatever things I could test and whatever info I could gather from the event.

HTC One is a new Android phone which will be the successor of HTC One X+ and trust me the phone looks great! (yes better than HTC One X+ )

I know some readers of my blog are impatient so I am sharing the tech specs before I write anything more about the device.

Tech specs of HTC One


137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm


143 g


Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600,quad-core 1.7 Ghz

SIM type:


Operating System:

Android 4.1.2 with HTC Sense 6.0


Total storage : 32GB/64GB, available capacity varies1


Supported Network :


  • Europe/Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz


  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz


  • EU: 800/1800/2600 MHz
  • US (AT&T): 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz
  • US (TMO): 700/AWS MHz
  • US (Sprint): 1900 MHz
  • Asia: 1800/2600 Mhz


 4.7 inch, Full HD 1080p, 468 PPI


Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
Digital compass


Gyro sensor
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor

Connectivity options:

  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • NFC capable3
  • Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
  • Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n
  • DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
  • Support consumer infrared remote control
  • micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection


HTC BoomSound™

  • Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
  • Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™
  • HDR Microphone
  • Sense Voice


  • HTC UltraPixel Camera
  • BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3′
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip™ 2
  • F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
  • Front Camera: 2.1 MP, 880 wide angle lens with HDR capability
  • 1080p Full HD video recording for both front and back cameras
  • HDR Video
  • Continuous shooting and VideoPic
  • Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
  • HTC Zoe™ with HTC Zoe™ Highlights and HTC Zoe™ Share
  • Retouch with Object Removal, Group Retouch, and Sequence Shot


Audio supported formats:

  • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording: .amr

Video supported formats:

  • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
  • Recording: .mp4


Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery

Capacity : 2300 mAh

AC adapter:

Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz

DC output: 5 V and 1 A


Read the tech specs ? Now see the first look of the real device.

The HTC One
HTC One metal body.
HTC One metal body.
Shane with the HTC One
Shane Chiang (Senior Manager of Online Communications,Asia Pacific,HTC) posing with the HTC One , on my request.


The phone feels very premium with its brushed metal body and crystal clear display on a full 1080p screen which is both technically and visually better than the iPhone Retina Display.

The default browser is great as it score a good number in HTML5 test.

It score 430 in HTML5 Test.

HTML5 Test on HTC One Browser
HTML5 Test on HTC One Browser

HTC’s new BlinkFeed™ is a nice addition to replace your default Home Screen, it shows content from all the things you like in one place, it also allows you to view your social network feeds, you can also post updates right from the BlinkFeed without opening dedicated app of the social media. And you can customize what content it shows , it can also show your local contents. And while you are browsing through the BlinkFeed , you get a call, after you disconnect you will be in the same position in the BlinkFeed™.

BlinkFeed in action.
BlinkFeed in action.

The camera is superb as it can take non stop shots if you go on clicking the shutter button like there is no tomorrow, it will go on taking pictures without bothering you with message like “Capturing…” or “Saving…” like most phones do. Another nice addition to the camera features is HTC Zoe™  which automatically captures up to 20 photos and a 3-second video which makes the photos come alive.

RIP MegaPixel , Long live UltraPixel.

image courtesy HTC
UltraPixel image courtesy HTC
image courtesy HTC
image courtesy HTC


image courtesy HTC
image courtesy HTC


Image Stabilization
Image Stabilization image courtesy HTC


specs (1)Some interesting features I like about the camera of HTC One is the ability to remove unwanted objects from the pic, like when you taking a photo someone walks past your view. You can now remove that person from the pic with just few touches on the screen.

MWC 2013
MWC 2013

Conclusion, HTC One will be the premium segment phone, its build quality is top notch and is packed with everything (including Android Jelly Beans out of box) you want from a smartphone.

The device will be available in April 2013. (Price not yet disclosed)


HTC One Meet-Up in Kolkata.

Today I was invited to the HTC One Meet-Up by HTC in Kolkata, Hyatt Regency. If you have been already following my live blog, or even you have not followed it, here is the full details post of the event.

The event as mentioned before was held at a hotel in Kolkata, Hyatt Regency. The Android powered phone HTC One was unveiled today to us. The phone is not yet available in the market and it felt great to be the lucky few who got chance to touch and use the device which the rest of the world could not.

First when we entered the conference room we were greeted by the Senior Manager of Online Communications, Asia Pacific, Shane Chiang. The we interacted among ourselves while hey were getting ready for the presentation. Then the presentation begin, Justin from HTC came forward  and gave a wonderful presentation, going through the features and finally the demo of the phone. May be its because of the fact he previously worked in Apple he got this wonderful presentation skills from Steve Jobs’s Keynote. 🙂

Justine from HTC giving the presentation.

Justine from HTC
Justine from HTC giving presentation.


About mobile interface and Smartphone Evolution.

Mobile UI and Smartphone Evolution
Justine saying about mobile UI and smartphone evolution.

Connecting the HTC One to projector for demo.

Getting ready to show demo
Getting ready to show demo.

Going through demo.

Demo going good.
Demo going good.

BlinkFeed in action.

BlinkFeed in action.
BlinkFeed in action.

BlinkFeed has local content too.

Going through all the WOW features of HTC One
Going through all the WOW features of HTC One

Music Player of HTC One

Music Player of HTC One
Music Player of HTC One

HTC One music player can download artist picture and album art from internet.

Music player of HTC One
Music player of HTC One automatically adds up artist picture and album art.

Music player can also show you the lyrics of the song.

HTC One music player can also show you the lyrics.
HTC One music player can also show you the lyrics.

Its time that we test the devices.

Its time for us to have the devices to test.
Its time for us to have the devices to test.

Shane with HTC One

Shane with the HTC One
Shane posing with the HTC One , on my request.

The HTC One

The HTC One


HTC One metal body.
HTC One metal body.

HTC One will release on April 2013


The details review of HTC One coming up in next blog post, stay tuned. (No i have not got a review unit)

And a Big Thank You to HTC for giving me a HTC Bluetooth Stereo Headphones BH S600

Gift from HTC
Gift from HTC


HTC One Meet-Up Kolkata (India) Live Blog.

Today there is a event hosted by HTC at Hyatt Regency Kolkata, I am very much thankful to HTC for sending me the invite for HTC One Meet-up.

I will be live blogging the event. And post event I will give a details write up about the HTC One phone (that’s if I get a chance to get my hands on the device, HTC are you listening) 🙂


Event ended. Thank You #HTC  Bye everyone 🙂


Got the Bluetooth headphone by HTC Thank You HTC I love you #HTC #HTCOne


Giving away gifts… I want one pls #HTC


Got hands on the device . HTC One looks great.


Will get the device in hand now 🙂 #HTCOne


Demo time.


Video promo of #HTCOne playing.


#HTCOne will be available in April 2013


#HTCOne has #Sense5  , a completely new engine.


#HTCOne available in White and Black.


Color looks good on screen from all angle.


#HTCOne screen has Full 1080p,4.7″ 468PPi better then iPhone Retina Display.


#HTCOne is 10% smaller then the previous #HTCOneX yet packs more.


The full metal body of #HTCOne is the result of a dedicated team that worked in it.


record better sound in ur videos with #HTCOne


#SenceVoice on #HTCOne after all phone is made for talking. gets your clear voice over call in noisy place.


Find lyrics, artist photo and album art automatically on #HTCOne


Dual front stereo speaker. #HTCOne


Over 100 upgrades in the camera of #HTCOne


RIP Megapixel, Long live #HTC UltraPixel Camera


MegaPixel does not make a better camera, true. I like #HTC thinks like I do.


#HTC said we ask the great question in the whole Asia. Good job India. 🙂


#HTCShare share photos online. Your friends can see it from phone or desktop.


Get perfect group shot.


Show photos with ur friends in a easy way, combine photos in 30 sec video with transition effects, music, etc automatically. #HTCZoe ##HTCOne


Pictures comes alive in #HTCOne with New Gallery Experience.


Now showing difference in photo quality between iPhone5 , Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTCOne


Net Generation Camera #HTCOne


#BlinkFeed is different from Flipboard and other apps. #HTC


#BlinkFeed will also has local contents, regional based.


#BlinkFeed lets you not only see news and articles from web or social updates. But also post in ur social netwrok like Facebook. #HTCOne


#BlinkFeed the #HTC new mobile interface.


Saying about how HTC innovates. User Interface on Smartphone , etc.


Justin saying about the product.


The event started.


The official news is it will “start in 5 mins” … lets home it starts.


Still not started it was supposed to start at 3PM…so the event organizers is not as fact as #HTC phones, i suppose.


Waiting….. #HTCOneMeetUp to start.


its 3:01PM still not started. Will keep you guys informed as soon as it starts.


Ok so its 3PM , the event is yet to start.


Ok, so its only 10 mins left by I am super excite. can’t wait.


The event will start at 3PM according to the official and the invite email.


I have reached the Hyatt for the HTC One Meet-up in Kolkata. Done with registration.The event is yet to start.


Android malware that installs malware on computer.

Recently Kaspersky has found an Android malware that not only infects the phone but also infects Windows computers when the user connects the infected Android phone to a computer. The two apps named SuperCleaner and DroidCleaner which says that it cleans uup and frees memory and helps the phone to run faster actually is a malware.

android malware

When the user runs the application it shows the list of processes running and restarts them, but here is when the malicious activity starts.

android malware in action


It downloads three files to the Android phone


So when 68 del 23 marzo 2010, “Disciplina dei giochi di abilita nonche dei giochi di sorte a quota fissa e dei giochi di carte organizzati in forma diversa dal torneo con partecipazione a distanza”. the user connects the phone to the computer the svchosts.exe automatically tries to execute. The file is actually Backdoor.MSIL.Ssucl.a. That records audio from the microphone and uploads it to the cyber criminal”s server after encrypting them.

And on the phone it causes a lot of malicious activities too, like

  1. Sending SMS messages
  2. Enabling Wi-Fi
  3. Gathering information about the device
  4. Opening arbitrary links in a browser
  5. Uploading the SD card’s entire contents
  6. Uploading an arbitrary file (or folder) to the master’s server
  7. Uploading all SMS messages
  8. Deleting all SMS messages
  9. Uploading all the contacts/photos/coordinates from the device to the master”s server.

Nvidia shows off “Project Shield” on Pre-CES 2013 Press Preview.

Nvidia shows off gaming devices with a Tegra 4 powered handheld running Android, named “Project Shield . Tegra 4 has the power to deliver 4k standard video. The device has the battery that can 10 hours of game play up to 24 hours of high definition video.


Nvidia Project Shield
Nvidia Project Shield powered by Tegra 4

The cool think about the device is that the device runs vanila Android, that is the stock Android without any skins or third party customization. And the device does not has any propitiatory ports,it has HDMI, micro-USB, microSD slot, 3.5mm audio jack. The device has 5-inch, 720p Retinal multi-touch display with 294ppi pixel density.The device can stream games from a home PC equipped with a GeForce graphics card to the handheld device over Wi-Fi, so you can enjoy your PC game collections.

Ubuntu comes to your phone.

Ubuntu have been the most favourite Linux distro, now Ubuntu is launching a mobile OS to take on iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.

Ubuntu Phone OS 1



Ubuntu Phone OS 2




System Requirements Entry Level Ubuntu smartphones High-end Ubuntu smartphones
Processor architecture 1 Ghz Cortex A9 Quad-core A9 or Intel Atom
Memory 512MB to 1GB Minimum 1GB
Storage 4 to 8GB eMMC+SD Minimum 32GB eMMC+SD
Multi-touch Yes Yes
Desktop convergence No Yes


Apps will be made by HTML5 and it seems that Ubuntu will be providing a dedicated SDK.  Along with that it seems that the apps available on Ubuntu Software Centre will be available on the Ubuntu phone OS too. So will be the Ubuntu One cloud service.

If it give a full blown Linux Desktop environment, along with Terminal and able to apt-get install , then I am very much sure all the geeks will ditch Android and iOS and jump to Ubuntu phone OS.

It is to be showcased in CES as the website says “If you are going to CES, stop by booth 30659 in LVCC South Hall 3 (Upper Level) or, contact us to arrange a meeting.”  Click the source link for more details, and official news. Do let us know if you visit CES will get in touch with you to get more info, or share your comments below.

Source: Ubuntu

Android will be going to space thanks to NASA.

Soon you will find Android on outer space thanks to NASA, no they wont be taking a Android devices to space to play Angry Birds Space ! NASA is designing nano satellites which will run on Android Scientists at California’s Ames Research Center are usingAndroid OS, to power bona fide nanosatellites via its innovative PhoneSat project. The satellites will be 4 inch in size and will be less than 4 pounds in weight. It will cost $3,500 per nano satellites.


These nano satellites are named PhoneSat

As per NASA researchers,

PhoneSat 1.0
Flies low-cost consumer electronics in space

NASA’s prototype smartphone satellite, known as PhoneSat 1.0, is built around the Nexus One smartphone made by HTC Corp., running Google’s Android operating system. The Nexus One acts as the spacecraft onboard computer. Sensors determine the orientation of the spacecraft while the smartphone’s camera can be used for Earth observations. Commercial-off-the-shelf parts include a watchdog circuit that monitors the systems and reboots the phone if it stops sending radio signals. 

NASA’s PhoneSat 1.0 satellite has a basic mission goal–to stay alive in space for a short period of time, sending back digital imagery of Earth and space via its camera, while also sending back information about the satellite’s health.

To prepare for such a mission, NASA has successfully tested PhoneSat 1.0 in various extreme environments, including thermal-vacuum chambers, vibration and shock tables, sub-orbital rocket flights and high-altitude balloons. 

PhoneSat 2.0
Additional features, more capabilities

NASA’s PhoneSat 2.0 will equip a newer Nexus S smartphone made by Samsung Electronics running Google’s Android operating system to provide a faster core processor, avionics and gyroscopes. 

PhoneSat 2.0 also will supplement the capabilities of PhoneSat 1.0 by adding a two-way S-band radio to allow engineers to command the satellite from Earth, solar panels to enable longer-duration missions, and a GPS receiver. In addition, PhoneSat 2.0 will add magnetorquer coils – electro-magnets that interact with Earth’s magnetic field – and reaction wheels to actively control the satellite’s orientation in space. 

These is very impressive and innovating way of Android usage. Give your feedback in the comment and let me know what do you think about it?

SMSZombie Malware hits Android in China.

A new Android malware infected 500,000 Android mobiles in China.Its a stubborn and hard to remove malware, which exploits the mobile payment system of China Mobile. Android users outside China need not worry about it.The main task that this Android malware does is to grant unauthorised payment to premium services.

I am also posting how to remove SMSZombie malware from your Android device.
Note: If while doing this steps the device brings you back to Home Screen, press hold device Home Button to bring up the list of open apps and select Settings.

For devices running Android 2.X

Go to System Settings >> Location and dgfev online casino Security >> Select Device Administrators

Remove “Android System Service” as device administrator

Select Uninstall Again

Follow the screenshots


For devices running Android 3.x and Android 4.X

Go to System Settings >> Security >> Select Device Administrators

Remove “Android System Service” as device administrator

Go to System Settings >> Applications >> Manage Applications >> Android System Service

Choose “Uninstall”

Tap Uninstall Again