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New year marks the beginning of loads of improvement and innovation spreading across the world. CES 2017 is an ideal way to showcase products. In many ways it’s a benchmark and its ideally placed just after new years to look forward to innovative products in more than 100+ categories. We at PhoneLane are always excited about Consumer Technology Association or CES as it fondly called. Here are some of the categories that peak our interest and we look forward to your comments about it.

CES 2017: Here is what we Expect

SmartPhones at CES 2017:
CES is not really known for smartphones release that hasn’t stopped from Mobile Companies to release some of their known brands. Come CES 2017 we are expecting few launches

  • LG announced its line up of K-smartphone Series which consist of K10, K8, K4, K3 and Stylus 3. Android Nougat will show up in some of the phones.We are yet not clear on which phones will support them.
  • Sony is expected to announce a 4k versions of their Xperia phone series with more than 3 GB of Ram, it will exciting to see if they have made any changes to Xperia design language which Sony usually refrains from.
  • Big news is Samsung will unveil some Foldable screen phones, rumour mills have been picking on this for quite some time. Samsung hasnt revealed anything as yet on official channels. It’s the next big thing in smartphone world as frankly we feel the current display technologies are run their course of time and fail to excite us anymore. Samsung revealed trailers showcasing a line up of Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) with water-resistant to add extra bit of variation to the successful line of phones.
  • CEO John Legere of T-mobile has already put up an ad, to engage people in asking WHATS NEXT?. Hopefully we do get some really good plans as part of the announcement.
  • Asus Zenfone VR is expected to show up at CES 2017. It support Google Project Tango augmented Reality Platform.It will be interesting to see evolution of Zenfone as brand which caters to almost all smartphone categories now. augmented reality will add another feature to Zenfone series making it comparable to Samsung Galaxy Series. It something that Samsung has done very effectively adding variants to its existing smartphone series.
  • TCL is bring Blackberry smartphones back. TCL will design, manufacture and provide customer support to these new range of phone. We are not sure if customer support will be provided to buyer of Indonesia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Users looking forward from this regions are advised to read up to ensure they have proper support function before purchasing
  • Nokia freshly been rid of the contractually obligation from Microsoft is ready to make a foray back into smartphone business with already many popular sites quoting about the various models to be shown during ces 2017. Nokia also promises some Virtual reality device to be shown. We are excited about Nokia’s return cause frankly no one builds better quality phones like Nokia ( remember 3310 :P).
  • Huaweii last year released Mate 8 which met some relative success in smartphone market. We expect another iteration of Mate series to be launched.
  • Xiaomi the wonder kid of mobile world has stated it too will make an appearance. No product details have been specified.We expect a some path breaking innovation from their end to be showcased.
  •  ZTE is expected to Launch smartphones, one that we are keen to know is Hawkeye which is kickstarter funded, cost as low as 199$
  • As predicted we have seen launch of Smartphones from Asus smartphone ZenFone AR Tango is launched with some amazing specifications. We have complete breakdown of Specification of Zenfone AR as well Zenfone Zoom 3. Click here
  • ZTe launched two smartphones. Blade V8 pro which houses dual 13-megapixel cameras first for ZTE phones. Second one is a Kickstarter crowdfunded smartphone with eye tracking technology named HawkEye, this phone surely gonna have our attention during the coming weeks. For Complete specification of Blade V8 pro and Hawkeye  Click Here


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India gets its first portable USB charger launched by Sony. Sony has named those portable chargers as CP-V3 USB. The new USB portable charger weights 84g with capacity of 2,800 mAh while output of 1.5A. The CP-V3 USB is total ready product to use straight out of its packing. This charger will act as survivor for dying Smartphone’s or mobile phones. The CP-V3 provides emergency power with help of micro-USB cable that comes with portable charger. Through this USB cord user can conveniently charge CP-V3 charger through computer or AC adaptor. This USB portable charger is available for reasonable price in India for Rs 1,590. The charger is available in five fresh and classy colors. Five vivacious colors are Black, White, Blue, Red and purple.

Sony CP-V3

The Sony officials say’s 2,800mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery is able to maintain 90 percent capacity even after 1,000 recharges. The charger hardly takes 3.5 hours to charge the battery through an AC adapter and approximately about 6 hours from USB port. To speak about its exact specification , let’s put a bit focus on Sony CP-V3 portable charger:

  • Its Dimension – 3.8 X 99.0 X 19.0 mm
  • Compatible with maximum products. The device listing starts from Xperia, Cybershot, handyman and Walkman player and many more.
  • The box includes Micro USB cable.
  • Stylish Litum –poly rechargeable battery.
  • Operating temperatue must be within 0-degree Celsius to 35-degree Celsius.
  • Supply time may vary depending on storage conditions , battery condition of portable device.

Price at Launch Rs 1,590/-

Sony will definitely score ten on ten. This year Sony has introduced brilliant product. Must say, on launch of Sony’s CP-V3 USB portable charger, it is first in Electronic market to come with such classy idea. This gadget will not help Sony’s product but will also provide power bank for other mobile device like android, Windows Phone and Blackberry Smartphone’s.


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How many know that Android is an open source and free operating system? If you don’t, then now you do. Then why is it that every time there is any mention of Android, even Google is there right alongside it? Google calls itself an international company, then why does it not launch apps for other OS like Blackberry,IOS and Windows as enthusiastically like Android? Some questions like these we actually need to ask and not just stay quite.

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Google with its apps and services integrated with Android OS has literally owned Android. They have taken over this entire OS and subsequently the market almost the very same way Alexander took over the world. Start from a small territory and go on to add to it until the entire thing is taken and no one will ever come to know about it.

We are not complaining about anything, Google has for sure made Android experience a very rich one, but still that does not mean Google “owns” Android. Agreed that Google did financially back the development of Android, but it is still open source software which Google is only permitted to release it under the Apache License. Now consider this, an open source software means anyone can make their own version and release it or use for themselves. But has anyone ever come across any version of Android being released which is custom made and does not come under the banner of Google?

Now lets talk about the apps. There are over 6 third party app stores, but always Google Play, which is a Google owned app store comes pre-loaded into the device. And if we check the custom overlays that are laid on top of Android by various manufacturers, even they still include the pre-loaded App Store. So the question, why not any other App Store is installed in Android. There are geeks out there who do, but then that ends up in the voiding of warranty at times if some issue is caused.

This brings us to a question, do you really think Android is open source anymore? Or has Google smartly taken over the entire reigns of the operating system. Let us know what you think by commenting below. Your thoughts are always welcome. And as far as we go, yes Google has taken over the Android OS completely and that is very evident from the fact as to how they release a new version with every Nexus phone or tablet that they introduce in the market.

We are not saying Android is bad with Google, but the point here is that Android which is supposed to be an open source, is now one only for namesake, but has not remained that anymore. But we are not going to stop using it anyways now isn’t it?

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BBM v/s Whatsapp

Instant Messaging has become the new hip today. Everyone who owns a Smartphone uses IM services on a regular basis, rather every single day. Calling has now become a secondary option to IMs as it is costly and does not allow for multitasking as well as one to many communications. So for that purposes IMs are the best where you can talk to your friends, family, near and dear ones. BBM earlier was an exclusive IM for Blackberry phones, but now it has even released it for Android and iOS making it a great cross –platform IM. On the other hand Whatsapp which is pegged as an SMS killer was the first cross-platform IM which launched for Android and iOS and later moved on to Symbian, Windows and Blackberry. Now it has so happened that these two are the best IMs and the most used ones. So now that BBM has arrived for Android and iOS, it has to be seen which IM is better than the other.


Setting up both the IMs is pretty simple. All you need to do it to download the app from the respective play stores and you are done. But after that starts the actual play. For Whatsapp, it is directly connected to you phone number. Hence all you need to do is send a verification SMS which it sends automatically and confirms and then voila, you are done; simple as that. But for BBM you need to create a BBM account and use your email to confirm and verify the account. This is a bit tedious and can sometimes even frustrate you. But after that you are finally done and then you will receive your unique PIN.

BBM Vs WhatsApp

Profile & Status:

After setting up your app, then comes the next step of setting up your profile. As for Whatsapp, it always sets up a default status at the beginning that says “Hi there, I am using Whatsapp”. You can always change this to whatever you want later on in the status menu. Also at the beginning you need to enter the name you want displayed and your profile photo. This step is also can be skipped and you can later come back and change your name and profile picture. This is the same with BBM as well, nothing much different there. Though there is also an option here which is good that says you are busy. Whatsapp also has many pre-defined statuses, but that is about it.


Adding contacts in Whatsapp and BBM is a totally different affair. Whatsapp uses phone numbers of people to add them to Whatsapp. Now this can either be a tedious thing or the best thing ever depending on how you see and perceive things. The best part is that Whatsapp accesses your entire phonebook and detects the contacts that are already on Whatsapp and displays them. And if you have to add a new contact, then you have to manually add the phone number first in the phonebook and then Whatsapp detects the contact and then you can talk. This is can be a bit of a disadvantage as well as suppose there is someone you don’t want to talk to more than once, then still he/she will have your phone number. So they can keep troubling you via SMS and phone calls. Though you can block contacts on Whatsapp, but you cannot block that. Also if you are planning to switch devices, you will need to copy your entire phonebook to get all your Whatsapp contacts.

BBM on the other hand uses the PIN format where BBM generates a unique PIN for you. This PIN can be shared via many different ways like individually over SMS, on Social networks and if the person is right next to you then you can share the QR code of the PIN and add the person on BBM. Now with the new NFC you can also tap and add contacts using NFC. This PIN system does not require phone numbers, so that hassles are not there, but you have to build the entire contact list from scratch. And if you happen to be changing phones, then this is amazingly tedious. But now the cloud technology is helpful here where you can take a backup of the entire contact list on the cloud and then restore it on the new phone. Now that is simple.


Texting is the main motto of IMs, and that is what is should be used for as well. Both BBM and Whatsapp have a pretty good texting experience where messages are delivered pretty quickly without much lags. The only difference is that BBM is a bit more detailed. In Whatsapp the messages shows ticks. 1 tick indicates that the message has been sent to the server and the 2 ticks indicate that the message has been delivered to the other user. In BBM though 1 tick indicates that the message has been sent, a tick with a “D” on it indicates that the message has been delivered and a tick with an “R” indicates that the message has been read.

Group Chat:

Group chats on both the IMs is pretty awesome. Simple and smooth, but BBM has more features and advantages to it. BBM has something called channels in it to which you can subscribe to and then you can get updates from there like calendars, work, etc. and the best part is that this is completely private and no one can see which channel you are subscribed to unlike Facebook, Twitter, etc. Another huge thing missing on BBM is the absence of sharing of files which is a huge let down. Whatsapp scores here.

File sharing:

Sharing Files on both IMs is a good experience as both the IMs share all kinds of regular stuff like images, audio, videos, location, contacts, etc. But BBM scores over Whatsapp in one place that in BBM you can push over any type of file to the other person. So you can also send your documents, presentations, etc.

Voice & video:

IMs were made with a sole purpose of texting, but with advent of cameras on cell phones, Voice and video services have also begun on BBM and Whatsapp. Whatsapp though does not support real-time audio calls and video calls over the internet which BBM does. Whatsapp has only recently introduced voice messages where you can record your voice messages and send them instantly, but it is still not comparable to BBM.


This is where no one till date has been able to beat Whatsapp. It has the biggest collection of emoticons with a total count of 189 which completely blows off BBM’s 60. Though BBM has over 600 more emoticons hidden inside, you need to know the code for it, else use those third party apps that keep the database for you.

Personalization & notifications:

Both BBM and Whatsapp allow for customizations. In Whatsapp you can change the background wallpaper to whichever you want. Also in both BBM and Whatsapp you can change the notification tone, the vibration tone, etc. there are many customization options for both. Also both the apps provide Homescreen notifications as well. So you won’t have to worry about missing out on any message or notifications.

So after thoroughly going through both the IMs we come to a conclusion that both Whatsapp and BBM are pretty evenly matched and both have their pros and cons. BBM though has much better features than Whatsapp so our verdict is BBM as a better IM service. Now a tough challenge ahead for BBM will be to get all those users who have already accustomed to Whatsapp, make them shift to and use BBM as their daily driver. People might actually sign up to BBM just out of a status symbol as they also have BBM now, but other than that, only time will tell.

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After a long and gruesome wait for some, Blackberry announced that they have finally launched the BBM service for Android and iOS officially. The top story though is that the most sought after messaging service in the world at a point of time, has been removed off its exclusivity due to the issues with the company which it seems is out for a takeover soon. So the messenger service of the company was developed for the other top operating systems ruling the market i.e. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

BlackBerry Messenger

Earlier there was a beta version that had released on a trial basis for a couple of weeks which the users were able to download from a link and use it as an experiment to check how the build was performing. Later the build was crashed and the bugs were fixed in the current version. The Android BBM does no quite display the version number. The iOS version is the BBM version and is very much up and running.

The BBM for Android is compatible with Android 4.0 and up whereas BBM for iOS is compatible with iOS 6.0 and above and has also been optimized for iPhone 5. Downloading and installing BBM on your phone is a very simple task. Now that it is available in the respective App Stores, it is now a child’s play.

For Android:

To download and install the app, open the Play Store App, search for “BBM” messenger. Make sure to open the official BBM app by ‘Blackberry Limited’. Then all you have to do is click install, and then the Play Store will do the rest. If you have any difficulties following it or finding the app in the app store, then just go to this link.

For iOS:

For getting BBM on iOS, you just have to visit your App Store, search for BBM and download and install it. It is as simple as that. Do make sure that you install the official BBM by Blackberry Limited and not any other copy of it as that might end up damaging your phone. If you have a problem finding the app, you can visit this link below and get BBM for iOS.


BBM earlier was an exclusive Blackberry instant messenger service similar to Whatsapp. Though Whatsapp is available as a cross-platform app, Blackberry recently has gone cross-platform by launching BBM for Android and iOS. This is a huge step on the Blackberry’s part considering the dire condition the company is currently in. But that does not make BBM any bad.

BBM has some really amazing features that made it the leader in Instant messaging services. With BBM you can send text messages, Voice Messages, Images, Videos, Audio, etc. Apart from that, you can also share your location, create groups and also send lots of emoticons which are on offer. Also the newer version of BBM allows adding contacts using QR codes, NFC tagging and also by sharing PINs.

All in all, BBM messenger is undoubtedly one of the best instant messaging services out there and now that it has moved into cross-platform, it has nowhere to go but up. Now that it has been released for Android and iOS, let’s hope that it gets launched for Windows Phone as well and provide some real tough competition to other cross-platform messenger services as well.

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The new Blackberry Z30 can be a game changer for the Blackberry brand in the smartphone market. This device is available in only one color . It comes with the unique Blackberry natural sound technology which gives good quality sound. There is 5 inch Super AMOLED display which gives the resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. There is 1.7GHz dual-core processor which is supported by 2GB RAM. Internal memory of the phone is 16GB and this can be expanded upto 64 GB with microSD card. It comes with 4G LTE and HSPA+ 3G connectivity running on the BB OS At the rear side of phone, there is 8 megapixel camera and at the front side, there is 2 megapixel camera for video calling.

BB Z30

If you see overall design of this phone then you will find this as combination of Z10 and the Q10. Screen of this phone is covered by one more gun-metal colored frame and it works as part of the bottom bezel. If you flip it over then it has got the same back cover finish as BlackBerry Q10. There are some people who may not like it but there is no problem as it is removable and if you want then you can replace it. On the left side of device there is power and HDMI connections. At the top of device, there is power/lock key and 3.5mm jack. On the right side, there is volume/pause keys. These keys are placed very nicely on phone so that its easy to access all buttons while holding the phone on hand. We have provided the link for downloading pc suite software for PC and Mac OS. Just click on the download link it shall take you to the page select your Operating system and the phone and download the pc suite

Key features:

  • Latest Blackberry 10OS
  • 1.7GHz dual-core processor
  • unique Blackberry natural sound technology
  • 4G LTE
  • NFC Capability
  • Longer Battery Life up to 25hr
  • Qi wireless charging
  • BlackBerry Priority Hub


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WhatsApp messenger is the best alternative from your mobile phones traditional messenger. This messenger app needs data network connection to work. You can share files, music, video, images and location with your contacts. It will allow you to create a number of groups with a number of contacts, at present you can select 50 contacts per group. Recommended to activate unlimited data plan to use WhatsApp messenger. Now a days lots of people using WhatsApp on their phone so you have to rarely use your mobile phone’s traditional messenger. WhatsApp messenger works on almost all mobile phone platforms. I have your device are also listed to take an advantage of WhataApp messenger.

WhatsApp Messenger

List of mobile operating system which supports WhatsApp messenger:
Android OS: Direct Download | Download from Google Play
Blackberry OS: Download from Blackberry Store |  Go to address from your mobile web browser and download directly
Apple iOS: Direct download | Download from iTunes
Windows Phone: Download from Windows Martket Place
Symbian S60: Direct Download
Nokia S40: Go to address from your mobile web browser and download directly