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Monday, November 24, 2014

10 amazing things #Android #Lollipop can do which Android #KitKat cannot


We might have not been this excited as children to have a candy lollipop as much as we are to have the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update installed on to our devices.

The time finally arrived when our Android OS would get a quick makeover and offer us with either some simple; or extravagant changes. But are these changes going to make our lives easier? Is Lollipop far advanced than KitKat? We check out some of the prominent changes that have been brought about in the latest update.

1. Inbuilt Flashlight

It would always be puzzling as to why Google did not pin a flashlight in our notifications panel just like iOS has in its control center. Lollipop brings out that change. Without installing any third-party apps, users can simply use the flashlight by pulling down the notification panel. Make sure your smartphone has an LED flash.

2. Battery changes

Battery seems to be given priority in Android Lollipop. No longer do users have to lay bets on how long their battery would last for. The new OS has two new and much needed features which were not available on KitKat. It shows you how long it would take to charge your phone and a small graph showcasing how much time is left before the battery runs out. After you have plugged in your phone for charge, your home screen will show you the time until full charge.

3. Guest user

We all have people around us who lay their hands on our phones. Thankfully, Android Lollipop helps us with this issue. Just like different Users in Windows, Lollipop gives you the liberty to add guest users or even create a profile for a friend/relative. This way, you can limit the amount of information that others can view. You can add a guest by simply going to Settings – Users – Add Guest.

4. Flappy Bird easter egg

If Flappy Bird wasn’t frustrating, Lollipop offers you a modified version of the game. Instead, here you have an Easter egg to unlock. Users can go to Settings – About phone and click several times and you will get the android robot in place of the bird.

5. Notification panel

Needless to say, the notification panel has been made too simple for the user. It’s simplicity in design is the plus point. Unlike KitKat, the most useful feature added here is the ability to view your detailed notifications on your lock screen. Though this might be a problem around work spaces if you leave your phone unattended, anyone can have a look at your notifications even though your phone is locked. It can be disabled by going to Settings – Sound and Notification – When device is Locked – Don’t show notifications at all.

6. Trusted Places

Trusted Places is a smart feature which has been added in to Lollipop. Though most of our phones have passwords, it would be a task to disable it when we enter familiar premises such as our car or home. Trusted Places is a feature where a user can declare certain locations as safe and they wouldn’t need to unlock their phones once they enter those spaces. You can set the location by heading to Settings – Security – Smart Lock.

7. Soft key redesign

Soft key buttons receive a change in this update and it is a rather, a surprising change. The icons are smaller and look compact. A very simple yet pleasant design.

8. Multitasking

Multitasking has completely changed in Android Lollipop. The feature allows you to scroll through your notifications in a simpler manner. It is easier and allows you to see more details even before you enter the app.

9. Prioritize apps

It can be super annoying if your phone is filled with umpteen apps and throughout the day, you are bombarded with notifications. Lollipop gives you the liberty to prioritize your apps so that you can receive notifications from the ones you want. It works out perfectly during sleep hours as you can only receive notifications from important apps and not games or check-in notifications.

10. Quick access to Chromecast

No need to install any third-party apps once you have the updated your phone to Lollipop. There is an official app now from Google to solve our problems. For the people who love to stream media from dongles, it is as simple as going to the notification panel and taping on Cast Screen.

Source: Tech2

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nexus 6 To Go On Sale In India

Google’s latest flagship – Nexus 6 is expected to go on sale from 18 November via Flipkart.
There has been no official confirmation from Google, but as per the landing page of Flipkart, there is a countdown timer saying “1 Days to Go for the Nexus 6”. This clearly hints for the launch of Nexus 
6 in India on 18th of November.

The new Google Nexus 6 is manufactured by Motorola. The smartphone is also listed on the Indian version of the Google Play Store website with the price tag of Rs. 44,000 for the 32GB model of the phone and Rs. 49,000 for the 64GB model.
Nexus 6 comes with latest version of Android – Android Lollipop. It is powered by 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and has 3GB RAM.
The other features include — 4G LTE, 5.96 (1440×2560 pixels) 16:9 AMOLED display with 493 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 13MP rear camera with dual LED Ring flash, Sony IMX 214 sensor, f/20 aperture, 4K video recording, 2MP front-facing camera and 3220 mAH of battery.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Maruti Suzuki launches the new Alto K10 at Rs 3.06 lakh

Maruti Suzuki launches the new Alto K10 at Rs 3.06 lakh

Maruti Suzuki has launched the new Alto K10 starting at Rs 3.06 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new Alto K10 gets styling as well as mechanical updates in its new avatar. At Rs 3.80 lakh, the Alto K10 is the most inexpensive automatic car to be sold in India.
As a part of its styling upgrades, the Alto K10 now gets new bigger headlamps, a new two-piece grille with a chrome strip at the upper part and a big Suzuki logo. The fog lamps are integrated at the lower half of the new bumper. At the rear, the tail lights, bumper and the chrome strip at the bottom of the boot, is new.
The engine bay of the car is now shorter, the width and height of the car has increased by 1.5cm, all this should contribute to greater space inside the cabin. The new updated cabin now gets a new dashboard, instrument cluster, steering wheel and upholstery.
The car uses the same three-cylinder, 1.0-litre K10 engine producing 67bhp and 90Nm of torque that is commonly found in other Maruti models. It can be bought with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Maruti has used improved combustion techniques and an ECM remap to make the car more efficient, which at 24.07kmpl (ARAI) has the best in class fuel economy figure.
Maruti has priced the Alto K10 very competitively and the AMT variant gives it an USP over its competitors. It is also the country’s cheapest automatic car and with the Celerio we have seen that there is a market for small automatic cars. This seems like another winner from India’s leading carmaker.
Introductory prices for the Alto K10 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Maruti Alto K10 Lx : Rs 3.06 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Lxi: Rs 3.21 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Lxi CNG: Rs 3.81 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Vxi: Rs 3.37 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 Vxi (O): Rs 3.56 lakh
Maruti Alto K10 AMT: Rs 3.80 lakh

Source: CW

Saturday, November 1, 2014

#SAMSUNG Galaxy A5 and A3: Meet Samsung’s slimmest phones ever

Samsung has announced it’s new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, which are full metal unibody, extra-slim, mid-range smartphones. The Galaxy A5 and A3 are Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date, featuring refined full metal unibody designs that are 6.7mm and 6.9mm thin, respectively.

​“The Galaxy A5 and A3 offer a beautifully crafted full metal unibody, slim design, superior hardware and the best possible social media experience,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics in a press release. “These devices make our advanced Galaxy experience even more accessible to young and trend conscious consumers.”

Here’s a quick look at the specifications:

The Galaxy A5: The Galaxy A5 has a 5.0-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, with a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera with AF and LED flash. The biggest plus is the 5-megapixel front camera on both phones, which according to Samsung will offer excellent selfies. It has features we saw in the Note 4 such as Wide Selfie, Palm Selfie, Animated GIF, Beauty Face Features, and Rear-cam Selfie, etc. The phone is 4G enabled and supports LTE Cat4. It has 16GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB) and comes with 2GB RAM. The OS is Android 4.4 KitKat and the battery is 2300 mAh. The phone supports Bluetooth: 4.0 and NFC but only in the LTE version of the device, and sensors included are: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geo-magnetic, RGB ambient light, Hall Sensor.

The Galaxy A3: The Galaxy A3 has a smaller 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen, which means it’s 960×540 pixels. The rear camera resolution 8 megapixels, though it has the 5 megapixel front camera. It has a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor and will come in LTE and 3G supported versions. The memory is 16 GB with micro SD slot (up to 64GB) and 1GB RAM. The battery is 1900 mAh and sensors included are: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geo-magnetic, RGB ambient light, Hall Sensor. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC as well.

Other features: Samsung has introduced its own software features like the Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen in these phones as well.

The Galaxy A5 and A3 will be available in select markets including China starting in November 2014. Both devices will come in a variety of colours, including Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold colours. It is, however, not clear is what the price of the smartphones will be and by when they will be launched in other countries.

Source: FP

Maruti Suzuki to launch new Alto K10 in India on November 3

Maruti Suzuki will be launching the new Alto K10 in India on November 3 in New Delhi. The updated car isn't just a facelift and carries cosmetic as well as mechanical changes.

The headlamps in the 2015 Maruti Alto K10 are now bigger and flanking them is two piece grille with a chrome strip running in the upper half. There are also dark plastic fog lamp enclosures. The tail lamp design too has been revised.

Maruti engineers worked on making the engine bay shorter and this has contributed to a perception of roominess inside the cabin. This and the 1.5cm increase in width and height should ideally make the Alto K10 a bit more spacious than before. The instrument cluster, the upholstery, steering wheel and dashboard are all new and lend some fancy elements to an entry level car.

The major change has happened under the hood with Maruti employing improved combustion techniques as well as a remapping to achieve a class best ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 24.07kmpl. The 1.0-litre K10 petrol engine though makes the same power and torque figures as before but now comes with an optional AMT transmission.

Source: IBN