Google announces Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google announces Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Android-4.1-Jelly-Bean

Google announced Jelly Bean, also known as Android 4.1, on Wednesday. The shiny new operating system brings new features such as a speedier interface, a new Camera app, offline voice typing, significantly improved notifications, a Siri-like voice search, Google Now and more. Here are the features we’ve enjoyed using the most so far.

One of the big focuses of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is to make the user interface both fast and smooth. There is supposedly going to be a much higher frame rate with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and triple buffering will make the whole experience a much smoother one. Google is calling these improvements Project Butter because of how smooth the experience is.

Android 4.1 includes auto-resizing of widgets, a predictive keyboard that will allow for easier typing, and it will also feature offline Voice Typing which is a pretty big feature for those that use their Voice to type on their phone or tablet.

Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean includes a lot of new features and Google started off by talking about something called, Project Butter. Apparently, this is what helped Google make the latest version of Android super smooth and feel much responsive than ever before. Google mentioned that they have optimized the system wide frame rate to 60 frames per second and also included VSync which enables triple buffering providing a much consistent frame rendering and touch responsiveness.

There is good news for all the widget enthusiasts as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean supports automatic resizing and icon arrangement in respect to when moving a widget to a different panel or resizing a widget. Deleting widgets and shortcuts from home screens is as simple as holding and flicking them to the top. Further Android 4.1 will feature an improved typing experience using a new predictive algorithm, similar to that on SwiftKey for Android.

Voice typing has been dramatically improved as it now allows users to make use of the tool without the need of a data connection. Google mentioned that they have drastically reduced its size and now comes included in the operating system. The new keyboard also supports a total of 18 other languages including Hindi, Hebrew and Arabic.

There are further improvements in the Accessibility tool as Android now completely supports Braille input making it more useful for the blind.

Another improvement makes the camera app much faster while reviewing photographs. It also allows users to easily delete images simply by swiping them away towards the top. Android Beam supports the ability to share videos and photos using NFC at a higher speed and the device can also connect to various NFC enabled accessories almost instantly.

One of the major new changes is mighty visible in notifications and Google has now made it even easier to complete various tasks directly from the notifications dropdown. The notification on the top automatically expands to give the user further options or a user can manually expand a notification by a two finger down swipe. An expanded notification displays further options allowing users to do a lot more from the notifications panel, e.g.  a missed call notification will expand and give users two options – call back or send message and you select the one you want. This apparently was also shown in action with third-party applications like Foursquare and TuneIn Radio, many will soon follow.

Apart from the new notifications the most important update includes Google search which brings a new sophisticated search experience to Android. The new search will also use Google’s Knowledge Graph and provide card based search results and the normal Google search results can be accessed simply by swiping the card to the left. The new Voice search update now understands normal speech just like Apple’s Siri and Google has promised further improvements to this in the future. The power of the best search engine, Google’s Knowledge Graph and speech recognition is a great combination and we eagerly waiting to see where heads in the future and also what Apple has planned on its new device.

That is now all as using all the powerful tools from Google, the company has further launched an amazing new assistant or a robust task manager which also learns from your choices and search queries. This new tool is called Google Now which is yet another key feature of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Google Now uses your search history, location and calendar to give you relevant information – be it about making it to meeting on time, just some new restaurants you might like in your current vicinity, updates about your favorite sports team and its on-going match or the latest status of your flight ticket you booked yesterday. All this happens without you reminding the device to do so and it is really awesome to watch it in action. For your convenience we have added a brief video below taking you through all the new features introduced in Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

The Jelly Bean update will first come to the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom sometime in mid July as an over-the-air update. The Google Nexus 7 is a new tablet device which Google announced at Google I/O and it will be the first device to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Google Glass Launches in 2013

Google officially revealed a project that will push them to their creative limits. It’s called Project Glass, and it’s a pair of glasses that layers digital information over the real world. Google unveiled the Explorer Editions of Google Glass at I/O 2012, and they will be priced at $1500 and be available around early 2013. Google will also launch a consumer version priced much lower for mass adoption. Right now Glass Explorer Edition is only for the US and the device is only available for pre-order by I/O attendees. Still there are some regulatory issues to resolve prior to International shipping.

Google glass project

Watch the live demo of Google Glasses at Google I/O event in which number of Skydivers and stunt bikers performed together hanging out of Google Plus wearing Google Glasses.

There’s a “powerful” CPU and “lots” of RAM (though, there was no mention of specifics) alongside an accelerometer, gyroscope and wireless radios for pulling in data. There’s a mic for voice commands, a speaker and a camera, which can also be controlled by the touchpad that lines the side of the wearable device. All of those components sit off to one side, though Google says they’re still well-balanced and actually lighter than some pairs of sunglasses. The tiny transparent display doesn’t actually sit directly in front of your eye. It’s slightly above your line of vision, so that it shouldn’t interfere with your normal life.

OS on Google Glass

Android is used on Google glass. We will be able to scroll through the interface just by moving your head around and by voice input.

The Glasses will allow you to make voice and video calls, plan routes, know about the places in your surroundings, play music, taking photos (and sharing them through G+), remind you of your time-table & about the weather, send messages and a lot more.

Check out the below awesome video of Google Glass project.

Google Glasses will make the world around you interactive. Google is also working on a special pair of glasses for people who already wear glasses.

Android Locks Down Your Phone So Kids Can Play Games

Android Locks Down Your Phone So Kids Can Play Games

android play

The Co-founder Ankush Agarwal, has now launched  Play Safe, an app for Android that lets kids safely play games on your own smartphone.

It wants to provide a kid-friendly user interface for kids’own Android smartphones. A Today’s kids are still not necessarily rockin’ an iPhone or Android. The picture is changing, though. Nielsen says that two-thirds of all handsets being sold are smartphones. There will come a time when you will buy a phone, and it will be smart.

In the meantime, a more common scenario is one where your kid, grabs your phone and starts to play games.

The problem here, is that the kids download apps, delete your own apps, or access parts of your phone that they should not be messing around with. It’s a serious issue. The solution is With Play Safe, kids are given a simple, pre-approved dashboard which lists only the games and apps you’re OK with them launching. In testing, our 2-year was fine with it. She said she didn’t really know what she was doing on the Android homescreen anyway.

Vaisman and Agarwal are in bootstrapping mode now, but hope to use the app (currently free and ad-free) as the starting point to build a company whose focus is on family-friendly applications. Future apps would be paid and/or monetized in other ways, but with Play Safe,  they’re looking to build credibility with parents and establish their brand.

Play Safe is live in the Google Play Store here.

Top 5 Android Apps for College Students


College students are always looking for ways to make college life easier and fun. These Android apps do that and much more.

Voice Recording

College student often write dozens of notes each day relating to lectures, or personal reminders such as an important customer service number for a campus department or phone number of a classmate or potential date. The Voice Recorder app by Mamoru Tokashiki allows students to effortlessly record lectures and other notes and store recording by date and time for future reference. It also allows users to share recording via Gmail.

Documents

College students constantly create, edit and share documents such as study notes, papers, presentations and spreadsheets. Google’s Google Docs app provides all of the tools a student needs to quickly work while on the move including share and update documents in real-time with a group without meeting in person. If a student needs to quickly copy a printed list of important phone numbers or any other text, he can photograph it and the app will convert the text to a Google document.

Flashcard Study

Students use a wide variety of study tools in college. Flashcards are handy for quick memorization and testing of knowledge, but they often take up space and get disorganized. A favorite study app is the StudyDroid Flashcards app that allows students to create, study and store their flashcards anytime anywhere. The app also allows students to see and use flashcards created by others, and share their cards, by category for a wide variety of study topics.

Books and Textbooks

Reading materials required for college courses can sometimes cost hundreds of dollars. Amazon and Barnes & Noble have both created e-book apps for Kindle and NOOK for Android that provide college students with access to thousands of books and textbooks. Some books with expired copyrights are available for free and others are available for purchase for more than half the cover price a student might pay elsewhere.

Finances

College is often the first time that many students are faced with managing personal finances. The Mint.com Personal Finance app can help any student track, manage and budget money in one place. Whether a student needs to determine if he has enough for college textbooks, or is worried about his cash spending, this app will help him to understand how much money he has, where he’s spending it and how he can save.

Written By Daniel @thetechlegend

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Skills Required:
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– Keen on taking challenges.
– Self-driven & self motivation.
Industry: Information Technology
Category: Intern
Total Position: 2
Job Type: Internship
Job Location: Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Pakistan
Gender: Doesn’t Matter
Minimum Education: Bachelors
Career Level: Entry Level
Minimum Experience: Fresh
Apply By: Mar 20, 2012

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Milagrow Woman TabTop For Women

Especially for female professionals Milagrow has announced a tablet. The device will run Android 2.3 OS and is packed with 1.2 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. So far, we have seen every type of tablets but we never came across a tablet which is made especially for women. So, all men out there this can be the best “Valentine Day” gift for your lady.
First thing first, the design of Milagrow Woman TabTop is nice and it features a 7-inch screen which has 4:3 aspect ratio. Milagrow Woman TabTop is square in shape which makes it comfortable to carry in the bag for women. Milagrow Woman TabTop is available in pink, blue, grey and black colors and you will also get a leather case.
The camera is at the centre and bezel around the screen which makes it look awesome. A physical back button is on the right hand top corner of the tablet also with a volume rocker, options button and lock toggle. The two micro USB ports, micro SD card slot, 3.5 mmjack charger slot are on the right side of the tablet.

The user interface of Milagrow Woman TabTop is highly women oriented. The interface features woman’s room and in this room every single thing is actually a button for applications. Like, there is a lamp shade for the screen’s brightness. Shortcuts are also present for alarm clock, apps, notes, e-books, and music. Overall, we loved the UI and it becomes very interesting for women as it offers easy access to apps.
Milagrow Woman TabTop also has applications for health, recipes, free-dictionary, antivirus, and the most important of them all Skype. It also features pre-loaded women’s security and anti-theft application. We were highly disappointed by the fact that Milagrow Woman TabTop doesn’t have GPS.
As we told earlier, Milagrow Woman TabTop runs on Android 2.3 OS. It also has a Rockchip 2918 which gives you an edge for decent performance. Due to this, you will be able to play games without lag. Milagrow Woman TabTop has a 7-inch LED backlit resistive display with a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixel resolution. You will be able to watch HD movies smoothly. Milagrow Woman TabTop has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and option to connect to 3G.

Milagrow Woman TabTop Specifications
Operating System Android
Dimensions 168 mm x 133 mm x 14mm and 275 Grams
Display 7-inch (800×600) LCD TFT
Input Method Touch, Digital Pen
Processor 1.2 GHz
Memory 512MB RAM, 32Gb expandable
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 20.1
Multimedia HD Video playback, supports most music formats
Camera 2MP at back, VGA in front
GPS No
Additional features
Battery 4000 mAh
The price of Milagrow Woman TabTop in India is Rs 13,900.Not Available in Pakistan.

The world’s first real smart watch

Here is the first real android based smart watch for your wrist, As of now I don’t know the capabilities of this watch but from the video it seems that you can do almost anything with it.

This is a smartphone compatible smart watch which is designed to work with Android, iPhone and other smart phones.

Check the video to know more about the features

i’m Watch – The First Real Smartwatch in the World from im watch on Vimeo.



Some key features of this smart watch are:

  • Connect you Android smart phone and iPhone via Bluetooth.
  • It will allow you to make calls, listen to music, send and receive emails, read news and much more.
  • Download some exclusive apps via the “I’market
  • Download music via ”I’music
Tech specification

Size and Weight

  • Height: 52,60 mm
  • Width: 40 mm
  • Depth: 10 mm
  • Weight: 70 gr

Memory

  • Flash Drive: 4GB
  • RAM: 64MB – 128MB

Processor

  • CPU: IMX233

Display

  • 1.54” (diagonal) colour TFT display
  • 240×240 pixel resolution
  • 220 ppi (pixel per inch)

Operating System

  • Android

Power and battery

  • Built-in rechargeable Li-Po 450 mA battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or via power adapter
  • Standby time without Bluetooth® connection: up to 48 hours
  • Standby time with Bluetooth® connection: up to 24 hours
  • Talk time with speakerphone: up to 3 hours
  • Time for other uses: up to 5 hours

Compatible smartphones and o.s.

Many i’m Watch features require an internet connection through tethering and the main operating systems and/or phones that offer this technology are:

  • Android (HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, etc)
  • BlackBerry®
  • iOS® (Apple iPhone®)
  • Bada (Samsung)
  • Symbian® (Nokia)
  • Windows® Phone

Important

  • Not all versions of the same operating system allow tethering.
  • Not all phone versions allow tethering.
  • Not all mobile carriers allow tethering.

Notes: the i’m Watch functionalities, on devices that allow it (Android, BlackBerry®), are possible even in the absence of internet connection through the app i’m Synk.

Notes: SMS notifications will be enabled through devices and those which support the Bluetooth® protocol “Message Access Profile” (MAP).

Audio/video playback
  • Formats supported: mp3, AAC

Materials

  • Jewel Collection:Yellow Gold, White Gold, Pink Gold, Black Gold, Silver Grey, Silver Brown, Silver Lilac, Silver Auburn
  • Tech Collection: Titanium, Carbonium, Magnesium;
  • Color Collection: Aluminum.
  • Color: White, Pink, Light Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Black

Connectors and input/output

  • 3.5 mm headphone, connection and power minijack
  • Microphone
  • Built-in speaker

Sensors

128 MB version only

  • Magnetometer;
  • Accelerometer;
Price
It comes in two flavors, the I’m Color series in red, yellow, blue green, pink, black and white which will sell for €249 ($354 USD), while the slightly more ridiculous I’m Jewel series comes in gold, pink gold, white gold, titanium, or encrusted with diamonds for €600 to €15,000 (~$853 to $21,325 USD).

12 Easy Ways to Extend Mobile Phone Battery Life

How to increase your mobile phone battery life? Most of the modern mobile phones come with good batteries, which last for years if used according to the manufacturer instructions. Latest and modern mobiles like iphone and android are energy hungry as it has more application and use up the battery power too faster, adding to this, most of the people ignore to turn off some of the functions in the mobile phone that use power.

Usually modern lithium-ion battery can power your phone for days in standby mode but all the unwanted applications and functions drain battery power quickly, decreasing the efficiency of the battery and its lifespan. To improve your battery’s performance and its lifespan, following are some simple and handy tips.

Extend Mobile Phone Battery Life

      1. Turn-off wireless connection like Wi-Fi if you are not using them. Most of the people leave Wi-Fi on even in the areas where there is no Wi-Fi network.
      2. Nowadays third generation phones are making their presence in the market. Mobile devices like iPhone 3G, Blackberry and other models have a 3G feature that is useful for fast browsing experience. Turn off 3G feature if you do not use it or if there is no 3G service. You can still browse internet using the GPRS and EDGE services with your phone.
      3. Vibrating alert is another big power hungry feature in the mobile phone. Using vibrating alert is good when you are in meetings or in a library, otherwise you can turn off vibrating alert. Moreover, there is no need of keypad tones and you can reduce ringing volume of the phone if you are not working in a sound polluted environment.
      4. Your mobile phone display also uses lot of power to illuminate. Reduce screen brightness to the lowest level possible where you can see things on the screen clearly. Moreover, all the phones have this time out feature: set the display light out time to low values such that the display will turn off quickly after your use.
      5. Keep your phone screen as simple as possible, using screensavers and animated wallpapers may look pretty but you must remember that they use up the battery power to stay running. If you want your battery to last longer, then you can turn off screensavers and stick to a simple wallpaper.
      6. In most of the smart phones, you can load number of applications and utilize them. Terminate applications as soon as you finished working on them. Pressing end key does not terminate the application, they still remain running in the background using up the battery power. You can see all the background applications running on your phone by long pressing the menu key and terminate all the applications that you do not need.


      1. Games are other power hungry applications, they use lot of power and most of the games do not allow the screen to dim or turn off. Play games less to save more on the battery. Even listening to songs and radio on the phone also uses lot of power. So think before you start playing games or listening to songs if you are on low battery.
      2. If your phone supports automatic updates of emails or browser then change the update intervals let us say every 1 hour or so to save more on the battery power. Try using few email accounts and disable automatic update feature if you do not really need it.
      3. Network coverage in another important factor that comes into picture when speaking about battery power. If your phone is in weak network coverage area or in no network area then switch off your phone orkeep it in the flight mode to save on the battery. In the less or no network area phone uses lot of battery power to stay connected or to establish a connection with the network.
      4. Turn off BlueTooth when you are not using it. Most of the people ignore to turn off BlueTooth even if they are not using any BlueTooth devices.
      5. Recharge your battery every now and then to ensure that all the electrons in the battery move freely. Modern Lithium-ion batteries work well even if you recharge them before they discharge completely but it is good habit to recharge it after three fourth of the battery is discharged. This will not only improve battery’s performance but also improves its lifespan.
      6. Avoid over heating of the battery to prevent damage to the mobile phone and to the battery. Keep your phone away from the direct Sun heat and any other radiations. Your phone battery works fine in the temperature range of 10 – 35 C.

Huawei Honor Price And Specifications

The Chinese manufacturer, Huawei is soon going to launch their latest smartphone Huawei Honor which will run the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. After Google Nexus, Huawei Honor will become the second smartphone which features Ice Cream Sandwich in India. Probably you can’t consider Huawei Honor as a high-end smartphone compared to its dual-sore competitors.

Huawei Honor features a 4-inch TFT display which offers FWVGA (854 x 480) resolution. The display is average though colors looks good but sometimes appears distorted in direct sunlight. Viewing angle will also disappoint you as you may have a difficulty in reading text or watching movies from the side.

The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on the right side and a screen lock / power button on the left. Now the positioning of the power button seems quite uncomfortable while holding it in your left hand. The volume rocker is also on the left hand side the micro-USB charging port lies on the bottom side of phone. And four navigation buttons are on the bottom of display. Huawei Honor is powered by a single-sore 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255T S2 Snapdragon and Adreno 205 GPU. You can also find this chipset in Nokia Lumia 800. Huawei Honor also features 512 MB RAM.

The Huawei Honor has a nice 8 megapixels shooter with a LED flash and two megapixels front facing camera. The image quality of Honor in a low-light is great and is enhanced by HDR. Huawei Honor can also take 720p HD video but it is not that effective.

Huawei Honor Key Features

  • OS: Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Display: 4 inches.
  • Camera: 8 megapixels, 2 megapixels front.
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon.

Huawei Honor Detailed Specifications

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100
BODY Dimensions 122 x 61 x 11 mm
Weight 140 g
  – Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 480 x 854 pixels, 4.0 inches
Multitouch Yes
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD (TransFlash) up to 32GB,
Internal 1 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB ROM
DATA GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
Speed HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,
Features Geo-tagging, HDR
Video Yes, 720p@30fps,
Secondary Yes, 2 MP
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.0
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon
CPU 1.4 GHz Scorpion
GPU Adreno 205
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
Radio FM radio
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Glossy Black, Textured Black, Elegant White, Vibrant Yellow, Cherry Blossom Pink, Burgundy
  – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– SNS integration
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Talk
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
BATTERY   Standard battery, Li-Ion 1930 mAh
Stand-by Up to 380 h
Talk time Up to 6 h 40 min

The price of Huawei Honor is Between Rs 12,000 – 15,000.