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Android Wear now works with your iPhone

Android Wear now works with your iPhone

Android Wear smart watches are now rolling in from all directions, with watch brands like Fossil joining the fray. This gave Google the best opportunity to spread the Android Wear support to iOS users as well.  They officially announced that Android Wear for iOS is rolling out for iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2+ today. The Android Wear devices will provide the following functionality at this stage: Get your info at a glance: Check important info like phone calls, messages, and notifications from your favorite apps. Android Wear features always-on displays, so you’ll never have to move your wrist to wake up your watch. Follow your fitness: Set fitness goals, and get daily and weekly views of your progress. Your watch automatically tracks walking and running, and even measures your heart rate. Save time with smart help: Receive timely tips like when to leave for appointments, current traffic info, and flight status. Just say “Ok Google” to ask questions like “Is it going to rain in London tomorrow?” or create to-dos with “Remind me to pack an umbrella.” Currently only the LG Watch Urbane is prepped and ready to work with your iPhone, but the rest are soon to follow in the coming weeks. Google’s philosophy is that no matter which device you prefer, Android Wear will be with...

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Android on the Road of becoming as common as the Internet

Android on the Road of becoming as common as the Internet

By the end of 2013 it was estimated that approximately 4.5 billion people globally had access to mobile phones while around 2.8 billion were connected to the internet. Smartphone penetration was estimated to be 1.4 billion, with the number gaining speed by worldwide deployment of 3G/4G networks. Given an approximate global population of 7 billion, it is clear that there exist significant opportunities, especially in emerging markets, for technology giants such as Google, Facebook and Apple to expand and consolidate their positions. According to statistics related to penetration in tablets and smartphones, it is clear that Google’s Android leads the way with approximately 78% of market share, followed by Apple’s iOS which accounts for around 18%. The remainder is made up by the Microsoft Windows platform, which is still struggling to gain a foothold in this highly-competitive market. Android, with its open source format, is the preferred platform for most of the developing world due to its ability to be used by a variety of manufacturers across budget, mid-range and premium priced devices. Conversely, iOS is jealously guarded by Apple and is currently only available on Apple-manufactured devices, a trend that is unlikely to change. iOS is positioned as a premium and luxury platform which means that the company makes more revenue by selling apps and services, but loses out on advertising revenue as the overall number of devices using the platform is relatively low. The future for both platforms, however, is how they position themselves to the remaining ‘5 billion’ people who currently do not own a smartphone or tablet PC. It is also in the interests of these companies, as well as others such as Facebook, to cater to the approximately 61% of global population that are not connected to the internet. Leading this initiative is a partnership called Internet.org, whose mission is to provide “affordable internet to the approximately 2/3rd of the world that is not yet connected.” The partnership is headed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and includes technology giants such as Samsung, MediaTek, Nokia, Qualcomm, Eriksson and others. However, just the provision of affordable internet access is just the first step towards ensuring connectivity. This population will also need to purchase devices, such as smartphones or tablet pcs, which give them the capability to browse through cyberspace. The need of the hour is affordable devices that can connect to 3G and WiFi networks, thereby ensuring constant connectivity. The recently-launched Android One initiative by Google seeks to address the need to provide affordable smartphones to the rest of the global population that is not yet connected. Analysts are referring to the initiative as the ‘future of smartphones’, and it is...

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First look at HP’s upcoming Luxury Smart Watch

First look at HP’s upcoming Luxury Smart Watch

Smart watches are coming in abundance right now, but lets be honest except for the Moto 360 none have that elegance about them.  HP have took upon themselves to come up with a smart watch which gives provides all the neat little functions in tandem with the sophistication of any leading watch manufacturer. HP have joined hands with a company called Gilt and fashion designer Michael Bastian to design this magnificent time piece. The US Designer has said the design of the smart watch is from the inspiration of a luxury car dash board, its elegant and shows you at a quick glance whatever you require. Talking about specifics, the only thing we know so far is that the smart watch has a circular 44mm stainless steel case with three interchangeable straps. black rubber, brown rubber and an olive green nylon strap. There are also rumors of a limited Black Edition as well. The device will support BOTH Android and iOS and will come with its own companion app. The smart watch itself will be running on HP’s own operating system, but still no confirm news as yet.  Other than that no such news about memory, display or any internal specs have been brought to light as yet. The device is expected to arrive by fall 2014, but still everything has been kept hush hush by HP. So if you have been searching for a smart watch to buy, then maybe you should wait a bit longer for this beauty to get released. Be warned though, this may not be as cheap as its competitors in the market these days. If you get to hear any more news do let us know in our comments below, till then the only thing we can do is...

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Apple officially announces iOS 8 with exciting new features arriving this Fall

Apple officially announces iOS 8 with exciting new features arriving this Fall

Not the ones to be left behind, Apple throughout the years have been seen playing second fiddle to the all powerful and overall dominating Android, but with the launch of its iOS7 last year, the California based company has once again started to re-iterate its name and is making its presence felt running on most of today’s Apple devices. It did happen to tick off a few Android users who felt that most of iOS 7’s features had been borrowed from its Google counterpart and this debate still manages to rage even further. Even though smoke from that fire still rages on, Apple couldn’t wait to start another one within no time with their latest announcement of the highly awaited iOS 8. For those of you who missed out on Apple’s live stream at WWDC 2014, we have a complete round up of what the new OS has to offer. Let us now take a closer look at what new additions and features iOS 8 has to bring to the party and how are they going to stand toe-to-toe with the little green robot. New Keyboard with predictive text / 3rd party keyboard support   Even though Apple are not known for giving their users a taste of free customization like its Android counterpart, it has decided to go with it this time. Previously there was no option for an Apple user to change, customize or replace the custom Apple keyboard with any other 3rd party app but with iOS 8, things are about to change…..hopefully for the good! The news came in as a big surprise and for some it was actually a huge cry of relief especially for those who were tired of using the same old keyboard through out the years. The new iOS 8 keyboard is set to feature “predictive text” made famous by Google and many of the other 3rd party keyboard apps. As far as the 3rd party apps are concerned, we did manage to come across a feature similar to Swype working on iOS 8 that looked quite similar to the one found in SwiftKey. Widgets One of Android’s major attractions besides the customizable home screen and notification bars, are the number of customizable widgets assigned with various apps. These widgets are somewhat different from what we are used to seeing in Android devices though. In iOS 8, the widgets cannot be placed on the home screen instead developers can take advantage of new APIs that they can use to place widgets inside of Notification Center. They’re pretty functional too, showing information like sports scores, weather updates, eBay auctions, stock updates etc Interactive Notifications When it comes to...

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Apple Acquires Music Giant Beats for $3Billion

Apple Acquires Music Giant Beats for $3Billion

What do you get when a tech giant joins forces with one of the best music accessory makers around? Something pretty extraordinary! American tech giants Apple have opened their wallets to acquire Beats for $3 Billion. “Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.” No future plans for this alliance, has been yet announced, but most likely be catering to the next gen iPods for one. The deal will be officially closed till the end of the year (Q4). Not to forget though Beats has a partnership with Hewlett Packard as well. So what will happen to that? Will they part hands? Any further news, we’ll keep you updated. If you’d like to read the full press release, then just head on over to the link below. Press...

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Top 3 Rumors of the Week

Top 3 Rumors of the Week

This week is turning out to be full of exciting news and rumors, starting with Samsung finally setting the date for its Unpacked Event and there is a strong reason to believe the Galaxy S5 is what’s next! LG, too have leaked out a few specs for the camera of their upcoming LG G Pro 2. Not only that but also a few rumors for the iPhone 6 as well. Lets start with the Galaxy S5, the rumors are coming thick and strong as the days come close to its official launch. The Galaxy S5 is expected to have the following specifications: 5.2 inch – 5.25 inch 2560×1440 SAMOLED display (560ppi) Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or Samsung Exynos 6 processor (depending on model) 3GB RAM 32/64/128GB storage configurations 16MP/3.2MP cameras Running Android 4.4 KitKat Release date: Q1 or Q2 this year The specs really look enticing and could turn out to be the official specs too,  if the rumors do come out true! LG on the other hand are getting ready to storm the Mobile World Congress 2014 with their new devices, specially their new LG G Pro . The device is expected to be in the running with  Samsung and HTC’s 2014 flagship devices. Whats been confirmed though is that the Camera at the back will be using an Optical Image Stabilizer Plus (OIS+) technology. Which will allow the smartphone to record videos 1.4 times slower than normal, for slow-motion videos. Burst Mode will be able to capture 20 photo’s at a go and the main news is  that it can take 4K videos at 3840×2160 resolution. The camera itself is expected to have a 13 Megapixel sensor. Finally we come to the iPhone 6 , according to rumors the device will be coming in two sizes 4.7 and 5.5 inches and it will be running iOS 7.2 and not iOS 8. The 4.7 inch display will have a 1080p resolution while the 5.5 inch variant will have a resolution of 2272×1280. A new iBeacon feature as well pops up, but no news has come for it as yet. The device itself is to be launched in Q2 or Q3 of 2014. These are just rumors so take them as lightly as possible. 4.7 inch display (1920×1080) / 5.5 inch display (2272×1280) A8 Processor 2GB Ram 3.2 Front Camera iOS 7.2 iBeacon Release Date : Q2 or Q3 of this year 16/32/64/128GB It still is  a long week to go and rumors are expected to keep coming in. So are Samsung on the right track for their 2014 flagship? What about the new LG G Pro 2? and can you imagine a 5.5 inch...

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