Monthly Archives: August 2014

Xiaomi Redmi 1S listed on Flipkart for Rs 5,999 (Register Now)

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Xiaomi launched the Redmi 1S, a budget smartphone in India at the Mi 3 launch event last month, today at the Delhi event the company has announced that it would go on sale at Rs. 5999 on Flipkart starting September 2nd. It would be a flash sale similar to the Mi 3, and the registrations for the sale would begin starting today, August 26th at 6PM.

The Xiaomi Redmi 1S packs a 4.7-inch HD IPS display, powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8228) processor with Adreno 305 GPU and runs on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) based MIUI ROM. It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash f/2.2 aperture and a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S specifications

4.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS display with Dragontrail glass protection
1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8228) processor with Adreno 305 GPU
MIUI v5 on top of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Dual SIM
8MP rear camera with LED Flash, BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1.4ųm sensor, 1080p video recording
1.6MP front-facing camera
Hi-Fi System with Dirac sound
1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, micro SD card up to 64GB
3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG
2000 mAh battery
The Xiaomi Redmi 1S would be available in grey color, but a range of colorful back covers would be available separately.


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Mobile Data Usage Rises Upto 300%

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The number of Smartphones is rapidly multiplying and this is translating into a large number of Mobile internet users. A couple of years ago it was not essential for a Smartphone owner to have an active internet connection due to the fact that there was dearth of applications like Whatsapp which needs internet connectivity on the real-time basis.

It was recently recorded that mobile data now contributes to a whopping 50% of the total non-voice revenue and on the contrary it is claimed to have put the last nail in the coffin for SMS. The primary reason for the exponential growth in the Mobile Data consumer base and the volume of data is the low cost of the smartphones and the well-stocked Application stores.

The Mobile Data consumption soared high and as per records in March 2014 the Reliance Communications 3G reached a staggering 50000 Million MB. This data consumption is a fivefold increase over the 10000 Million MB in March 2013. This is a telltale sign why TRAI recently culled an discussion on whether to levy additional charges on customers for using Instant Messaging platforms like Whatsapp.

Telecos should ramp up their 3G services and stop worrying about losing revenue on SMS and other technologically extinct domains. The potent of earning revenue in Mobile Data can be infinite. This entire ordeal pivots on two points- Affordable and extremely reliable fast 3G connections.

It is high times the Telecom Operators should think of increasing the speed after FUP to at least a modest 512kpbs.


Android L May Be Named Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP)

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After all those rumours about the next Android version being called Lollypop, it seems Android L is getting a different name after all. The new version will reportedly be called Lemon Meringue Pie (LMP). Evidence of this has reportedly been found on multiple official sources. 

The sources include code and documentation, referring to the next version by LMP. The evidence has been seen in the preview builds of of Android L for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 smartphones. In addition, LMP has been mentioned several times in the Android Open Source Project repository.

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Further, the WiFi certification document for the Nexus 9, which is made by HTC, lists the firmware as LMP. 

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It is important to note that this could be Google’s working code name for the next version. For example, Android KitKat was originally known as Key Lime Pie (KLP), with evidence of the abbreviation KLP from similar sources. The partnership with Nestle though was revealed shortly before the launch of Android KitKat.


Swipe Launched Swipe Sense With 5.5-inch Display Fingerprint Scanner Android 4.4 Smartphone At Rs 9,999

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Swipe Technologies has launched Swipe Sense, the company new smartphone in its fablet series. It resembles China’s Elephone P2000 and the iberry Auxus Note 5.5 and comes with a fingerprint scanner similar to these smartphones. Specifications are different though. It has a 5.5-inch qHD screen, powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and a 3.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

Commenting on the launch, Shripal Gandhi, Founder & CEO, Swipe, said,

The way we communicate with people has been continuously undergoing change with new communications technologies. Innovative software is also helping the process. Swipe understands the communications needs of Indian youth of today and has been launching innovative products that meet their aspirations. Swipe Sense is our latest offering that adds an additional layer of security to the pack of rich multimedia and social media features. And keeping our tradition of ensuring affordability, we have priced Swipe Sense at an attractive point that makes it absolutely sensible.

Swipe Sense specifications

5.5-inch (960 x 540 pixels) qHD IPS display
1.3 GHz Quad-core processor
1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory via microSD slot
Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS
Dual SIM with dual standby
Fingerprint Scanner
8MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash
3.2MP front-facing camera
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
7.8mm thick and weighs 158 grams
3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, USB OTG
2250 mAh battery
The Swipe Sense comes in black color and is priced at Rs. 9,999. It comes with additional 2250 mAh battery in the box.


Google Voice Update Now Supports Search on Multiple Languages

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Google has updated Voice Search on Android with multi language support. This essentially means that a person who knows more than one language can switch among them when making voice searches without having to change the settings on the app.

Prior to this, users had to change languages if they wished to perform voice searches in different languages. With the latest update, Google Search now lets users speak up to five languages out of more than 50 supported languages and dialect. Google is limiting the switchover to one language per sentence.

“For many people out there, speaking just one language isn’t enough. More than half the world’s population speaks two or more languages—and now Google can keep up. With the Google Search app on Android, you can speak in multiple languages and Google will understand you no matter which one you choose. So you can fire off a search for nearby restaurants in English, then dictate a text to your friend in French.”

wrote David Eustis, Software Engineer, Android in a company blog post.

In order to use the feature Google Search app needs to be updated with latest version (3.6) and then all they will need to do is go to the Settings> Search & Now -> Voice -> Languages, and select the language. Last month Google added for 13 new languages for Gmail for feature phones.


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