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A quick look at Android 5.0 Lollipop

A quick look at Android 5.0 Lollipop

Ever since the introduction of Android in 2003, the Google-run operating system has undergone tremendous changes, both in terms of its design, as well as its functionality. When one analyses the fact that there are over a billion devices currently running Android, and it is by far the most ubiquitous operating system around, does one truly begin to understand the power that this platform wields. Such milestones are not easy to achieve, and it is through their impeccable design and quality standards that the Google team has achieved this pinnacle. The latest iteration of Android is titled ‘Lollipop’ and continues Google’s tradition of naming all operating systems after a sweet treat. Previous versions have been titled Donut, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean etc so one can see the trend that has been established. Android Lollipop is designed keeping in mind the rapidly changing internet eco-sphere globally. Not only does it work on tablets and smartphones, but it is also compatible with wearable technology such as smartwatches and Google Glass. One of the best parts about Android Lollipop is its updated Google Now architecture, whereby the widget will track all your activity based on Gmail and Google Search and recommend content accordingly. Furthermore your interests, location, music choices and other information is also read by the AI and monitored accordingly. An impressive feature overall. Android Lollipop has other features such as quick charging, extended battery life via power saving features, better call quality, enhanced speakerphone and a host of new gestures and tricks that are guaranteed to significantly enhance your smartphone experience. A device that will truly bring the best out of Android Lollipop is the HTC One M8 that is one of the best devices around and is slated to receive the update very soon. To purchase the device, do it safely and securely through...

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Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Google Nexus 4 ready to roll out

Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Google Nexus 4 ready to roll out

  We have got some good news for all you Nexus 4 users out there. Google in an official statement have announced that the Nexus 4 would soon be getting the much awaited and the highly anticipated Android 5.0, Lollipop update. The device was initially left out of Google’s plans but after a lot of hue and cry from what seemed to be a large number of Nexus 4 users, Google later rectified their mistake and later clarified that the Nexus 4 would most certainly be getting the update soon.     An Engineering Program Manager at Android has shared on Google+ that build LRX21T is “locked and loaded” for the Nexus 4. He states that the update will be coming “soon,” but he’s not sure exactly when that will be. Even though the dates have not been disclosed as yet, we can only hope it’s sooner rather than later for all of you Nexus 4 users. Let us know in the comments section below as soon as soon as you guys start receiving the OTA update. Cheers...

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Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Google has finally made it official, the much awaited “Android L” is…*drum rolls please*… Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not only that but Google also announced the Nexus 6 made by Motorola, Nexus 9 made by HTC and Asus’s Nexus Player. We had received a glimpse of the new operating the system at Google I/O earlier this year and couldn’t wait for it to get officially released. Now that it is finally here, lets get straight into the nitty gritties! Material Design Android 5.0 Lollipop, as its called has visually been modified quite a bit (much to our hearts content) thanks to the Material Design language used. A lot more bolder colors, new icons and animations breathe new life to the look and feel of Android. The multitasking has been given a very nice overhaul, resembling the Tab switching in Google Chrome. Not only does it look more beautiful, it has become much more fluid. Notifications Next in the list of changes is the new notifications, specially found on the lock screen. It includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications. You can control which apps are allowed to pop up notifications, either you can prioritize them, hide sensitive content or turn them off completely. If you are watching a movie or playing a game, incoming calls are no longer a bother, a notification will slide down where you can either accept the call or ignore it. This way you will not get disturbed from what you have been doing. Project Volta It helps better manage batter life, with Android 5.0 Lollipop you now get a nifty battery saving mode. This function extends the battery life for 90mins longer. Also, the time left for the charge to be completed is also shown, which is quite handy, if you are like me looking at the percentage every 15mins. New Quick Settings The quick settings panel which was introduced with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has received a much needed change. Now the quick settings toggle displays the most frequently used settings first, then the rest if the list. Now straight from the quick settings menu you can control the flash light, hotspot and cast screen controls. Pretty handy no? Device Sharing Google has taken the use of cloud storage to a whole new level. Now as Google does back up, your contacts, photos and messages, you can access them from any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop. You just need to log in to your own profile on nay phone and you access all your info which has been backed up. There is a nice little feature called “Guest User”, where you can just allow the content...

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Google Android One – Affordable Smartphones for the Masses

Google Android One – Affordable Smartphones for the Masses

  Google’s Android One initiative is aimed specifically at developing markets. Low budget phones are available in abundance but they do not give the user the same fluid android experience their expensive counter parts tend to deliver. This is mostly due to the fact, the OEM’s put their own skins on the device which takes up the major chunk of internal memory available. This leads to lag and low performance of the devices.  Google has planned to rectify this issue with their Android One initiative. Google after listening to the cry’s of the people came up with the specifications for its Android One devices. The first generation Android One devices will all have the minimum following specs: MediaTek Quad-Core Processor 5MP Back and 2MP Front Cameras 24 Hours running Battery Micro SD Card Slot (upto 32GB) Dual Sims     In the software departments all Android One devices will be running on Google’s latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat Operating System. Best part is Google will handle the software updates themselves, which means as soon as a new android update gets released from Google all Android One devices will get the update , though first priority would be given to the Nexus devices. The devices will be priced around $105 to $165. Google has joined hands with a number of OEM’s giants for the development of the Android One devices, including HTC, Acer, Lenovo, ASUS and Panasonic. Though the first Android One devices have been developed by OEM’s you have probably never heard about, they being Karbonn, Micromax and Spice Mobile. Google has also partnered with the likes of Intex, Alcatel One Touch, Lava, XOLO, Airtel, Qualcomm and Mediatek. Google has initiated its plans from India and will continue to make available affordable Android One devices for Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka in the coming...

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The all new Google Play Store 4.9.13 with Material Design

The all new Google Play Store 4.9.13 with Material Design

Today Google has started rolling out the new version of the Google Play Store which has now reached version 4.9.13. We got this news from Googler Kirill Grouchnikov as he made this announcement on his Google+ Account. The Play Store has received quite a face lift with this update, though still in its first phase of its roll out. So, could be a while until everybody’s android market has been updated. The Play Store now has the much awaited Material Design on it, which means tons of visual changes. First of all each app, game, movie, book or music has the big banner on the back which looks really nice. Embedded videos are also present in place of the banners, like game or movie trailers. It now has an all new button layout, which shows the rating, genre and your Google+ friends who have “+1’d” the game or app. Overall the app has become much cleaner, so if you really can not wait for it to get automatically updated. There is a download link below for manual installation. Download Google Play Store...

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Google starts rolling out Android 4.4.3 for Nexus and Google Play Devices

Google starts rolling out Android 4.4.3 for Nexus and Google Play Devices

Google has started pushing out the Android 4.4.3 update for its Nexus devices as well as its Google Play Edition smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S4 GE (GT-I9505G), HTC One M7 GE, HTC One M8 GE and Sony’s Z Ultra GE have already started getting the update over the air (OTA).  The roll out as always will be in parts so if you are a proud owner of any Google Play Edition device, then you might start checking for the updates via the settings menu. The Android 4.4.3 update is mainly for  performance improvement and bug fixes. The main issue which it deals with is the massive battery drain, when using the camera. This was one major issue which alot of users were experiencing, and thankfully Google listened to those cries and sorted the issue. On the UI front you get a new dialer and peoples app. The new look of the dialer with a white background and light blue keys compliment the overall white KitKat theme. According to sources, the 4.4.3 update will come to standard smartphones as well, but that will take long because each OEM has to modify the OS as per their own UI theme respectively. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4 LTE-A are already being tested by Samsung for the update as the LTE-A variant of the Galaxy S4 never got the KitKat update in the first place, so Samsung are most probably jumping from Android 4.3 to Android 4.4.3 directly. The updates might not be as far away as expected though considering Google I/O 2014 is just around the corner and Google is most likely going to introduce its new OS Android 4.5/5 codenamed...

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