Monthly Archives: May 2014
XOLO to expand the Q series of Android phones with the launch of two new devices”
The domestic smartphone maker XOLO is all set to release two more Android phones in the country under the Q Series. The Android-based XOLO Q600S and Q1200 available to buy in the country on Snapdeal for Rs 8,499 and Rs 14,999 respectively. An official announcement of these devices along with their pricing is expected soon.
The XOLO Q600S features a 4.5-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 900 x 540 pixels and runs Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box. The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor of unknown make, 1GB of RAM and a 2,000mAh battery. It features a 5MP rear shooter with LED flash and a 0.3MP VGA front camera for video calls. Other specs include 4GB of internal expandable storage, dual-SIM and standard connectivity features.
On the other hand, the XOLO Q1200 comes with a 5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but is upgradable to 4.4 KitKat. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 2,000mAh battery. Other specs of the phone include an 8MP rear shooter with Sony Exmor R sensor, 2MP front camera, 8GB expandable storage and the usual set of connectivity features.
Earlier this month, the XOLO Q900T was released in the market with a quad-core CPU and 4.7-inch HD display for Rs 11,999.
iBall has released a new Android
tablet in the Indian market. Part of the company’s Slide line-up, the tablet is dubbed as iBall Slide 3G 7803Q-900.
As per iBall website, the tablet features 7.8-inch 1024x768p IPS display, 1.3GHz quad-core cortex-A7 processor, 1GB of RAM and 4000 mAh battery. The tablet also packs dual-SIM support, 3G, Android 4.2, 16GB of internal storage, and microSD card slot.
In addition, iBall Slide 3G 7803Q-900 includes 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and voice-calling support.
Pricing and availability
According to iBall, the tablet carries a best buy price of INR 12,499 (MRP: INR 13,999), however you can grab it for as low as INR 11,999 from e-retailers like Infibeam.
Although the specifications are not earth-shattering, it seems like a decent tablet if you want 3G support and dual-SIM connectivity. There are more options for Wi-Fi only tablet buyers like Dell Venue 8 but if you want a 3G tablet, you will only get tablets like this from the Indian tablet vendors.
iBall Slide 3G 7803Q-900 specifications
Processor: 1.3GHz quad core
Display: 7.85-inch IPS, 1024x768p
Memory: 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot
Connectivity: Dual-SIM support, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
OS: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
Others: GPS, voice-calling, FM Radio, USB OTG, Micro-USB 2.0
LG has just announced the G3, the company’s latest smartphone in the G series and the successor of last year’s G2. As we all know, the smartphone features a 5.5-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD display, powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. It runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with new flat UI. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and new Laser Auto Focus that should provide fast focus. It also supports 4K video recording. It also comes with a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera that lets you capture images with just a simple hand movement.
It has high-power 1W Hi-Fi sound similar to the G Pro 2 that promises deep bass and clear treble. Even though it has metallic build, it weighs just 151 grams. Other features include new slim keyboard, useful tips and lots more.
LG G3 Specifications
Display:5.5-inch (2560×1440 pixels) Quad HD IPS display at 538ppi
Processor:2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) processor with Adreno 330 GPU
OS:Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Dimensions – 146.3×74.6×9.1;
Weight: 151 grams
Camera:13MP rear camera with OIS, Dual LED Flash, Laser Auto Focus and 4K video recording
2.1MP front-facing camera
Memory:16GB of internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
Connectivity:4G LTE / 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 , GPS, NFC, Slim Port
Battery:3000 mAh removable battery with wireless charging
The LG G3 comes in Metallic Black, Silk White and Gold Shine colors. LG would also sell the official LG QuickCircle Case charging separately.
A newly patented technology to aid visually impaired people detect obstacles ahead of them via sound and vibration warnings , has emerged from Spain.
This software has been developed by the University of Alicante and is all set to make its way to Google Glass in
the future .
Vibration as well as sound is what the app utilizes in order to alert users regarding obstacles. This technology was demonstrated through a phone equipped with a 3 D camera ; the LG Optimus 3 D
Max to be exact. According to Live Science , the app was successfully tested with nine visually impaired participants who wore the device around their necks . In terms of how it works , since a 3 D camera features two different lenses , one among them is used
for the sensing of depth. It means that it can calculate the distance between the subject and a particular object in front of them .
This way, whenever the camera sees something that ’ s around six feet away , the phone vibrates or emits a sound to alert the wearer .
And if the person keeps moving closer towards this object, the signals intensify , helping them to change directions easily. Since it was demonstrated on a 3 D
phone and that too on an outdated one, it ’ s still a long way until the app goes mainstream . But that
process had earlier been sped up by the Vodafone Spain Foundation which had proffered the developers
a huge grant to keep their research going. To bring it onto Google Glass for
visually impaired users , some
serious modifications will be
required primarily because there ’ s no dual camera setup on this device . The makers of the app are targeting a 2015 release for it .
I not only write about smartphones, It is my job to use those devices completely as my primary device and then let know the readers my opinions about them. Due to this, I constantly feel the pressure of transferring all of my data to a new device every week. So, I have found a perfect way of backing up all my important and non-important data to cloud services and restore them back in a very hassle free manner. If you constantly switch between devices as I do, here is how to always back up all your data and be in sync on every device.
1. Back Up Contacts, Call Logs, Messages & WhatsApp
SMS Backup Plus
One of the most important data existing in your mobile phone these days are your SMSes. They contain very important information and sensitive such as messages from bank, recharge information, personal messages, online shopping confirmations, etc. SMS BackUp Plus is a free app available in Google Play Store. It can back up and restore all your messages, call logs and WhatsApp messages in to Gmail. It saves all this information in the form of mails in conversation style. It can even back up multimedia attachments from WhatsApp in the form of native attachments in Gmail. Contacts from the device will be saved in Google Contacts, after which you can edit them through the web browser as well. Call logs can even be saved to Google Calendar via this app.
2. Back Up Images & Videos
We all know the importance of images and videos shot from your mobile phone. There are multiple ways to back up your memories on an Android smartphones. You can either use cloud storage apps like Dropbox or social networking apps like Google Plus or Facebook to back up your camera images and videos. You have to enable the ‘Camera Upload’ feature in the which will not only automatically upload the images and videos to Dropbox cloud storage, it will also back up screenshots.Dropbox for Android
Alternatively, Google Plus offers ‘Instant Upload’ where you can back up unlimited amounts of images at 5MP resolution and videos at 720p resolution. You can also set them to be of full resolution, but then you can’t make use of unlimited storage.
You can even use Box for backing up images and videos but the mobile app doesn’t have that feature so you have to use IFTTT to make that happen. All these files will be backed up to private folders so you won’t face any privacy issues.
3. Back Up Notes & Stuff
You should never store your notes to native note taking app in your smartphone. If you lose your device, all your information will be lost and you certainly don’t want that to happen. The best apps that I found for notes and stuff are Evernote and Google Keep. You can save whole kinds of stuff such as text, images, to-do lists, screenshots, doodles and clippings, complete with reminders.
Google Keep can even turn these to-dos into location based reminders. There are a lot of other similar services but I found Evernote and Google Keep to be the best and widely used.
4. Back Up Interesting Content On The Web
Every now and then, you find interesting content across the Internet but you don’t always have the time to read or consume it at the same instant. If you can use either free app like Pocket or paid ones like Instapaper or Readability, chances are that you will always read or consumer it sooner or later. Pocket is the most famous services for saving web pages for offline usage.
Instapaper comes with similar features but is a paid alternative offering more options in terms of appearance. Pocket app can distinguish between regular text content and YouTube videos, arranging them into separate folders.
5. Back Up Your FourSquare Check Ins
IFTTT, a service that acts as an interconnect for various internet services can automate a lot of stuff for you. If you are an active FourSquare user and want to keep a log of places that you have visited on a daily basis, you might be interested to save all your FourSquare check-ins to your Google Calendar. You can use IFTTT app for Android to save all your check-ins to Google Calendar, complete with exact timing and duration.
If you have found this article of any use and want to know more about backing up other stuff, feel free to mail us for help or suggest us some similar topics to help out you guys.