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Worldwide Android News 03/07/15 – HTC, Nexus And More

July 2, 2015 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Facebook Lite Now Available In India And The Philippines

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Facebook is the biggest social media network in the world. This US-based company has released ‘Facebook Lite’ app a while back, and the app is now available in India and the Philippines as well. What is Facebook lite? Well, it is a trimmed-down Facebook app for lower-end devices, and it is ‘2G friendly’. The app is only 430KB big and it includes push notifications, messaging and ads, but keep in mind it doesn’t support video content just yet.

Huawei Talkband B2 Is Now Available For Purchase In Australia

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Huawei has announced the Talkband B2 wearable during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The device has been available out in the market for quite some time now, and it is now available in Australia as well. The Talkband B2 is a hybrid fitness band, and it comes with a Bluetooth headset which clips onto it. The device will is available in Black and White ‘sports’ version for $229, while a gold-tone version with brown leather band is available for $249.

Argentina Gets Google Play Music Support

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Google has made their Play Music service available in Argentina as well, which makes this South American country one of many countries which are supported, and also first on the alphabetical list. The subscriptions are also supported in Argentina now, just in case you were wondering. Keep in mind that you might not be able to stream everything in Argentina though, some content on Google Play Music is region-locked, but that applies for everyone.

HTC Desire T7 DS Reaches India For Testing Purposes

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HTC hasn’t yet announced the Desire T7 line of tablets, but two such variants have reached India according to Zauba. One of those two variants is the Desire T7 DS tablet which was shipped over there on June 26th, and it features a 7-inch display, while it is powered by a quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz. The name of this tablet suggests we’re looking at a dual-SIM device. We don’t have more details at the moment, but we’ll keep you in the loop.

Qualcomm Invested $90 Million In South Korean Start-Up Companies

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Qualcomm’s Chairman of the board, Paul Jacobs, said the following: “Given the highly competitive nature of the industry, Qualcomm is on the lookout for new ideas providing support for start-ups”. Qualcomm has also recently invested 3.15 billion won ($2.82 million) via a specialized venture capital subsidiary of Qualcomm into Mango, which is a local start-up which provides recommendations for local restaurants. Qualcomm sees great potential in South Korea’s start-ups, and it seems like they want to keep investing.

More Indian Languages Added To SwiftKey

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SwiftKey is one of the most popular third-party keyboard solutions on Android. This app has been quite popular for quite some time now, and the company is doing a really good job when it comes to updating it. Well, they’ve added 9 more Indian languages to the app, and it now includes Bengali, Punjabi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Assamese, Oriya, Konkani, and Manipuri. “The layout of these non-contextually-aware keys maintain the structure of the active language, mimicking how Hindi speakers would have been taught the language at school to make the experience more intuitive,” said SwiftKey.

Nexus 6 Gets Discounted In the United Kingdom

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Motorola-made Nexus 6 is Google’s current Nexus handset. This phablet has been announced in October last year, and wasn’t exactly the most affordable device around. Google has slapped a premium price tag to this high-end device in the US, and the pricing was even worse in the UK. Well, the phablet is now discounted in the UK via Google Play Store and you can purchase it for only £304 in the UK. This phablet features a 6-inch QHD display, 3GB of RAM and a metal frame. Click here if you’d like to check out our review.

Videocon Infinium Z51 Nova+ Is Now Official In India

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The Infinium Z51 Nova+ is a new mid-range offering by Videocon. This handset features a 5-inch 854 x 480 IPS display along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable internal storage. An unnamed 1.2GHz quad-core SoC powers this thing, and a dual-SIM connectivity is also included here. Android 4.4 KitKat comes pre-installed on this device, and a 2,000mAh battery is also a part of this package. The 8-megapixel snapper is available on its back, and a 5-megapixel shooter can be found on the back of this thing. The Infinium Z51 Nova+ comes in Blue and Grey color options and costs Rs. 5,799 ($92) in India.