Monthly Archives: June 2014
Android “L” is coming later this year, and on-stage at Gogole I/O, we got a preview of what the newest version was bringing us. Though it’s far from finished, the sneak-peak is meant to give Developers an idea of what they will be able to do with the release. The new release is not a massive upgrade, but here are some key points to take away from the sneak preview.
Android “L” has no name. It may never have a name, either. It’s entirely possible that Google either hasn’t decided on a moniker, or will simply call it “L”. There is also the handshake KitKat deal to think of, where no money exchanged hands, but a cross-promotional deal was reached. Google may just be honoring whatever terms that agreement had.
It’s getting a facelift
Not a massive one, but the “L” release will tighten up the interface just a touch. A new color palette will lighten things up, and Google is encouraging Developers to make smart choies about what they use for an overall scheme. This all falls into Google’s material design, a youthful and exciting take on what an android device should look like. They’ve also streamlined the guidelines, so apps will have a bit more of a generic feel, but improve much more as a result.
Perhaps the most important part of the “L” release is notifications, which are getting a lot better. They’ve been improved to a card-based layout, and will be much more interactive. From the lock screen, you can swipe them away or double-tap to get into the app itself. When you’re in an app, a pop-up will show you what’s going on, and give you choices about how to interact (a call would let you answer or dismiss, for instance).
”L” might mean “Locked”
Or unlocked, as the case were. Android “L” will have a really neat way of unlocking, should you have another device with you. Let’s say you’ve got a Moto 360 on, and a pin code set on your HTC One. Android “L” will recognize that your smartwatch is nearby, and relax that passcode lock. It also works with other handhelds like a tablet.
If you use a Chromebook, Android “L” will be nice for you. Not only will your Chromebook get notifications on calls and texts you receive, it will also keep tabs on your battery, so you know when to charge your phone in. If that weren’t enough, there is one more major feature that is being teased and worked on at Google.
We will soon be able to run Android apps on our Chromebooks, natively. The on-stage demo showed Evernote for Android running natively in Chrome OS, acting exactly the same as the mobile version. It’s an early concept, but a really neat one.
The “L” release for Android is getting a lot better about enterprise, too. Like we’ve seen with various third-party OEMs, Android “L” will natively support multiple profiles — one for personal, and another for business. It effectively creates a partition, so your two profiles don’t access information from one another.
ART, the runtime we first saw with release of Android KitKat, is now going to be standard. Google says nothing has to be done from a Developer perspective, either. ART is also touted as being snappier than the previous Dalvik runtime, so the lag we experience from time to time should diminish.
As we pointed out at the beginning, this is simply a new iteration of Android, not a massive overhaul. The time for big, sweeping changes is gone. This version of Android makes things simpler for Developers, but also increases the value we see as consumers. Overall, we like what we’re hearing, and look forward to see what Developers can do with some of the new APIs Google is rolling out with this release.
Xolo has announced their first Windows Phone 8.1 device, the Xolo Win Q900S. It is targeting the Lumia 630 Dual SIM with its price of Rs 11,999. The device comes with a 4.7 inch HD display, quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, dual SIM card slots and 8MP camera. You can pre-order the Xolo Win Q900S at Snapdeal for Rs 9,999.
Xolo Win Q900S Specifications
4.7 inch IPS OGS display, 1280 x 720 pixels, Dragon Trail Glass
Windows Phone 8.1 operating system
1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212), Adreno 302 GPU, 1GB RAM
8GB internal storage, microSD card slot
8MP AF primary rear camera, LED flash, 2MP secondary front-facing camera
Dual SIM, HSPA+ 3G, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, A-GPS
1800 mAh battery
Flipkart Launched Digiflip Pro X1712 7-inch Tablet with 1.3Ghz Quadcore Processor Android 4.4 KitKat At Rs 9,999
Online megastore Flipkart has jumped in to the tablet segment by launching its own seven inch tablet Digiflip Pro XT712. It is the first in the Digiflip Pro series and priced for Rs 9999. Flipkart is also offering shopping benefits worth over Rs. 5000 and free eBooks worth over Rs. 2000. It’s seven inch display offers 1280 x 800 HD resolution with IPS display and comes powered by 1.3 Ghz quad core processor. It’s a dual SIM tablet with 3G support that runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat OS. It is equipped with 5 mega pixel rear camera with LED flash and 2 mega pixel front camera. It has 1 GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and expandable memory slot for up to 32GB. Digiflip Pro XT712 has 3000 mAh battery and other feature include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and
XOLO has announced the launch of its new entry-level Android smartphone Q1011 in the Indian market. Set to exclusively go on sale on June 27 at Amazon.in, the phone has been priced at INR 9,999.
As per a press release issued by the company, the phone features a 5-inch 720p HD display, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, Android 4.4, and 2250 mAh battery. The phone also comes with dual-SIM support, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and microSD card slot.
According to XOLO, the phone also supports gesture input, so you can simple draw letters on the phone screen to quick access apps.
“Now all your applications are just a flick away! Simply write an “e” to access web browser, “c” to access dial pad and “m” to access the camera when your phone is in the sleep or standby mode,” explained XOLO.
In addition, the Q1011 packs dual-SIM support, 3G and the usual set of connectivity options. As you can see, these are some decent specifications for the given price-tag, which coupled with the presence of Android 4.4, make Q1011 a good sub-10K smartphone.
It will be released in Black and White colour options and the company will be bundling free 16GB microSD card for the first 3000 buyers.
XOLO Q2000L goes on sale online for INR 10,299
In related news, XOLO has quietly released another KitKat smartphone in the country. An upgraded version of the company’s previously launched Q2000 smartphone, the new Q2000L is now on sale at IndiaTimes Shopping for INR 10,299.
The phone features a 5.5-inch qHD display and is powered by 1.2GHz Broadcom quad-core processor. Rest of the specifications of the smartphone are same as Q1011 apart from the 8GB of internal storage present in Q200L
Micromax Announced Canvas Duet AE09 with qHD Display QuadCore Processor Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Smartphone At Rs 8,999
The Micromax Canvas Duet offers a 4.5-inch IPS qHD display and a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU”
Micromax is all set to launch a new Android smartphone with entry-level specifications. The unannounced Canvas Duet AE90 is available on eBay.in and Infibeam Rs 8,999 respectively.
The Canvas Duet AE90 features a 4.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor of unknown make, paired with 1GB of RAM. There is 4GB of internal storage on board, further expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. It is a dual-SIM device with 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity features. It runs a dated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is peculiar because the company released the Unite 2 with Android 4.4 KitKat recently for a much lower price tag.
It is fuelled by a 1,800mAh battery, which will reportedly offer 5.5 hours of talk time. Imaging features include a 5MP rear shooter with LED flash and autofocus, and a 0.3MP front snapper for video calling.
Since the phone is listed online, we expect an official launch soon. Judging by the specs, we hope Micromax decides on a more affordable price for the phone.