Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Google Chromebook - Now in India


Google Chromebooks are finally available in India. The first Chromebooks to make way to India are the Acer C720 Chromebook & HP 14 Chromebook.

Both Chromebooks are available for purchase online and on various stores across India. There are currently two online retailers selling these Chromebooks - Flipkart and Chroma Retail.

Acer C720 Chromebook

The Acer C720 is easier to use than traditional computers. It starts up in 7 seconds, and automatically stays up-to-date. There is built-in virus protection, guarding against viruses, malware, and other security threats.

It has a 11.6" ComfyView LED backlit TFT LCD display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It is powered by an Intel Celeron Dual Core (4th generation) processor and has 2 GB DDR3 RAM (expandable upto 8 GB). It has 16 GB SSD storage capacity with 100 GB of Google Drive storage free and upto 8.5 hours of battery life.

HP 14 Chromebook

The HP 14 Chromebook has a 14" BrightView LED backlit 200 nit display. It is powered by an Intel Celeron Dual Core (4th generation) processor and has 4 GB DDR3 RAM. It also houses HP TrueVision HD Webcam and provides upto 9.5 hours of battery life. Storage capacity is the same as the Acer model (16 GB SSD) with additional 100 GB Google Drive storage free.
Virus protection is built-in and you can find thousands of apps in the Chrome Web Store.

Pricing

Acer C720 Chromebook is priced at ₹ 22,999 whereas the HP 14 Chromebook has a price of ₹ 26,990.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Key Aspects of Samsung Galaxy Note 3


The Note 3 is Samsung's latest Android phablet smartphone and a successor to the world's most popular phablet - the Galaxy Note 2. It was officially announced last month on September 4th at IFA Berlin and is now available in all the leading markets in the world. In this article, we'll be going through all the key aspects of the Note 3 in detail.

Design Aspects

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is built entirely using polycarbonate, just like its predecessors. However, it has a distinct faux-leather like finish on its rear panel which feels premium and solid in your hand. Specifically, the phone is almost the same as the Note 2, measuring in with the dimensions of 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm. In spite of having to accommodate a larger display and a higher capacity battery, Samsung has managed to keep the Note 3 impressively thin and lightweight (168 grams). It also excels in the looks department thanks to the introduction of a metallic colored frame around the edges and the faux-stitched leather on its back. All put together, the design of the Note is excellent despite the lack of true premium materials like aluminum or glass.

Display

Samsung has continued its trend of using Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen panels on its flagship devices. On its face, the Note 3 adorns a 5.7 inches display that offers a resolution of 1080 X 1920 pixels and multi-touch capabilities. It also supports the S Pen stylus input and can display up to 16 million colors. To protect the display from scratches and scrapes, Samsung has added a layer of durable, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Connectivity

The GSM edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 can be used on 2G and 3G whereas the 4G edition also has additional LTE support. The phone features a regional lockout system, which requires users to use a region-specific SIM card to activate the phone for the first time. In terms of connectivity features, it supports GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE, Cat4, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot. For file and data transfers, there is Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP/LE/EDR, NFC, Infrared and microUSB v3.0.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3's 13 megapixel rear-facing camera comes equipped with a single LED flash and digital image stabilization. It can be used to capture sharp still images of up to a maximum resolution of 4128 X 3096 pixels in multiple modes. You can also shoot videos of up to a maximum resolution of 2160 pixels @ 30 fps and 1080 pixels @ 60 fps. It is the first mobile device to support 4K video recording, thereby putting it in the league of compact stand-alone cameras. The front 2 megapixel can be used for HD video calls of 1080p@30 fps or for capturing still self-shots. An impressively wide range of settings and features like exposure, contrast, saturation, white balance presets, face detection, geo-tagging, Dual Shot, Action Shot, HDR mode, panorama mode, etc. are available in the camera interface.

OS and Apps

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 slips out the door with the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system alongside Samsung's TouchWiz 5.0 user interface. One of the highlights of the Note series devices till now has been quantity of the exclusive bundled apps and features. Similarly, the Note 3 also offers a wide range of exclusive Samsung apps like S Health, S Travel, S-Voice, S-Translate, S Drive, All Play, ChatON, Smart Switch, WatchOn, etc. Additionally, S-Pen oriented features like Action Memos, Screen Write, Pen Window, Scrapbook, S-Finder, S-Note, Air commands, etc. are also present.

Processing Power

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with LTE support comes equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU. On the other hand, the GSM edition includes an octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chip with 3 GB of RAM and ARM Mali T628MP6 GPU. Both the versions are available in 32 GB and 64 GB variants and have a microSD slot where users can insert cards of up to 64 GB. As for the battery, there is a 3,200 mAh unit which is user replaceable thanks to the removable back panel.

Price

In the UK, two-year Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Contract Deals starting from £25 per month are available on all the leading networks. You can also get the 32 GB Sim-Free edition without signing any contract for a price of £590. In India, online retailer Flipkart is offering this phone for a price of around `45000.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Google launches Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5


Yesterday Google gave a Halloween surprise to Android users worldwide with the launch of its latest smartphone operating system Android 4.4 KitKat alongside new Nexus device - Nexus 5. Senior vice president +Sundar Pichai, announced the launch via Google+.

Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 is named after a famous chocolate - Kit Kat. It is the update to the previous version of Android - Jelly Bean.

Here are some major feature changes -
Cleaner Design - The whole design of Android 4.4 is more flatter and brushed which looks really cool.

Google Now - The new Nexus 5 includes a hot-wording capability by which you can say "OK Google" right from the home-screen to launch the voice search.

Immersive Mode - New immersive mode feature in which the content of app goes full-screen.

Memory Optimization - Android 4.4 takes system performance to an all-time high by optimizing memory and improving touchscreen experience so that it responds faster and more accurately than ever before.

New Dialer - A new refined dialer app which automatically prioritizes your contacts based on the people you talk to the most. You can also search for nearby places and businesses, your contacts, or people in your Google Apps domain.

Smarter Caller ID - Whenever you get a call from a phone number not in your contacts, your phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.

New Hangouts app - SMS is now integrated into the Hangouts app. Recently Google announced this new feature, describing it as one of the most popular requests from users.

New Print service - With Android 4.4, you can print photos, documents, and web pages from your phone or tablet. You can print to any printer connected to Google Cloud Print, to HP ePrint printers, and to other printers that have apps in the Google Play Store.

Bluetooth MAP & Chromecast support - Support for Message Access Profile (MAP) so Bluetooth-enabled cars can exchange messages with your devices. Chromecast support to cast your media from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and Google Play on to your HDTV.

Refreshed Email & Downloads apps - Email and Download app has been refined. Email app now includes nested folders, contact photos and better navigation whereas Download app includes sorting options and list and grid views for all the files.

NFC Emulation - NFC HCE (Near Field Communication Host Card Emulation) allows any device running KitKat whether it has NFC chip or not emulate NFC based transactions.

To know more about the new faetures, head over to www.android.com

Nexus 5


Nexus 5 is the latest smartphone in the Nexus line of products. It is developed by LG and Google. Nexus 5 is the first device to run Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

Specifications

Display - Nexus 5 has a 5" full HD Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 445 ppi pixel density.

CPU & GPU - Nexus 5 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.3GHz processor and Adreno 330 GPU clocked @ 450MHz.

Camera - 1.3MP front facing & 8MP rear facing with Optical Image Stabilization.

Wireless - Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC (Android Beam) & Bluetooth 4.0 LE

Memory - Nexus 5 has a 2 GB RAM and is available in two versions - 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage.

Battery - Nexus 5 has a 2,300 mAH battery which offers 17 hours of talk time and up to 300 hours of standby time.

Availability

Nexus 5 is available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India). It is available through Google Play.

 
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