Android

LePad

It is now the world’s fourth largest computer maker, China based Lenovo, who’s ready to take on Apple‘s iPad. It has launched its new tablet computer called LePad  Read more…

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi

XOOM – Motorola’s first Android 3.0 Honeycomb based tablet is scheduled to arrive with Wi-Fi awesomeness on March 27. The original version was released  Read more…

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Samsung Galaxy S II is here

February 14, 2011 0:02 am by Jal

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Samsung, continuing the legacy of Galaxy S,  has now announced its much anticipated Andriod 2.3 Gingerbread based successor – The Samsung Galaxy S II.  Read more…

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Dell Venue

After about a month since its first appearance on Dell India website, the Android based Dell Venue is now available for purchase. This smartphone is priced at Rs. 28,500.  Read more…

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Google Instant now on Android and iOS devices

November 6, 2010 19:20 pm by Jal

Google Instant now on Android and iOS devicesGoogle Instant now on Android and iOS devices

I’ll be keeping this really short. Google Instant has finally landed up on Android and iOS devices. However, this feature is available only on Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ and iOS4 platforms (as of now).

The functionality and use is exactly similar to that of the desktop version. Once you start typing, the predictions begin to appear. You can click the search button to skip predictions and get actual search results. Google Instant can be toggled off/on at anytime and works best on 3G or glitch-free WiFi networks. If you’re on a slow connection or the one where every kb counts, I’d suggest you turn off the feature.

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Samsung Galaxy S & HTC Desire

October 21, 2010 21:53 pm by Jal

Samsung Galaxy S & HTC Desire

The Android Operating System has been gaining momentum in regards to popular smartphone operating systems. The Google creation is sought after by many for its versatility and use of Google tools. Currently, two popular smartphone models that run on this system are Samsung’s Galaxy S and the HTC Desire.

Galaxy-SHTC-Desire

The display of the Galaxy S measures 4 inches with an 800 by 480 pixel Super AMOLED display. The HTC Desire comes with a smaller display, measuring 3.7 inches. It also has a similar resolution of 800 by 480 pixels however; it is just an AMOLED display. The screen found on the Galaxy S is 20% brighter and also requires 20% less power than previous models. Another aspect of the Galaxy S is that is 80% less sunlight reflective. Overall, in regards to display, the Galaxy S clearly emerges as the victor.

The storage capacity of both phones also varies. Both phones do have the option of expandable storage but both phones come with different storage space. The HTC Desire comes with storage space of 521 MB. The Samsung Galaxy S clearly outdoes the Desire by offering users a choice of either an 8 GB storage option or 16 GB storage.

The HTC Desire comes with a camera that offers an LED flash. This is better than the Galaxy S which doesn’t have a flash, making low light photography difficult. However, in all other aspects, the camera built in the Galaxy S is clearly better than that of the Desire. The designers of the Galaxy S were forward thinking and anticipated a Skype app for Android in the near future. Therefore, they place a VGA front facing camera in their phone. Additionally, the Galaxy S also can record video at 30fps.

In the aspect of connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S is tops here. While both phones do have the same Wi-Fi connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S does come with a better version of Wi-Fi. It comes with n-Wi-Fi for better connectivity. Another plus is that the Galaxy S comes with Bluetooth 3.0 while the HTC Desire has Bluetooth 2.1.

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India’s $35 Android tablet ‘Shakshat’ arrives Jan 10, 2011

Sakshat - $35 tablet Last month, India’s IT Minister, Kapil Sibal demonstrated the country’s very own Android based tablet ‘Shakshat’ priced at a mere $35 (Indian Rupee1600 approx.). Recent news is coming in that HCL Technologies have been given the contract by the Indian Government to manufacture 100,000 units of these low-cost tablets to be readied before January 10, 2011, the official launch date decided by the government.

Although HCL Technologies have earned their fame in the sub-continent for the most part, the quality of devices has not yet impressed major user base. But looking at the sole purpose of the Indian government to uplift the rural academical institutions by providing latest technologies at low cost, little quality was bound to be compromised.

But then again, it is a Indian Rupee30 crore project and the tablet looks decent enough in the hands-on demo by Kapil Sibal (video below). Now some basic tech-specs of Sakshat:

  • It will be available in 3 versions (5 inch, 7 inch and 9 inch) with only the 7 inch version available in the first phase.
  • Android OS
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi
  • Camera
  • USB port
  • 2 Watt power system (for efficient performance in areas with poor electricity supply).
  • Pre-installed apps like media player, internet browser, PDF reader, etc.

Hands-on video demo of the $35 Android tablet – ‘Sakshat’

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