Google I/O Extended 2014 – Highlights

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The Show starts with a big bang and starting the show with Hi to UK I participant Nigeria and Brazil.  This time Female developer, join  in the part by 20%, that’s increasing by 14% from last  year. Google is encouraging the female developer in the Google IO 14, Even we cover the show in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka got a small number of Google Staff but the encouraged the developer to do more.

Sundar Pichi starts the Show with Hi and maintained that about increased  1 Billion active Android users and 20Billion text messages and 93 Million selfies and 100 Billion times Android users checking their device per day, With Android Tablet Usage also increased by 62%.  Day by day mobile users rate is getting higher this is one good example of that.

Google Launched some main Developer Preview, L Developer Preview most of them interested about this preview because they consider about Design and looks for Android. Google is trying to make the mobile the first experience you get and then the other devices around you to connect to that, and this was very evident in AndroidAuto, AndroidWear and AndroidTV announcements that prevailed in the keynote and how they are all centered on the mobile device.

Sundar Pichai Announced that Google Play Games gets 100 Million new user  every 6 months. Google Paid $5 Billion  for developer  from Google IO 13. With this All Google IO 14 Developer who visit the show get a #cardboard and LG G, Samsung of Moto 360 Smartwatch. (Only in US)

 

 

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Facebook Messenger Update with Video Chat and Selfie Chat

Now Time to update the Fb Messenger.  Facebook recently brought the whatsapp, meanwhile they are upgrading the Facebook messenger also, this time Facebook brings the video chat like we can record small video with our Smartphone camera and share with our buddies, with that we can share the images also very quickly.  Facebook team mentions that the biggest change is instant selfie like snap chat but out personal opinion FB messenger is much better than snapchat.  Once we tap the Camera symbol in FB Messenger, We can easily can take selfie  and then once or two taps we can share our selfies with our buddies. Same like then we can record out own videos and share it.  Chat stickers also improved with this update.  Facebook Launched this Upadate with Android and iOS app in the same time. facebook-messenger-5.0-a

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OnePlus One Smartphone Review

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One Plus the New Entry for the Smartphone market, Running OS with CyanogenMod 11S UI. (Android 4.4).  Basically its a beat Smartphone for very cheap price. The basic Phone UI Designed with Flat Design. The OnePlus One will launch in Q2 with Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and the USA getting it first. More markets are expected to follow suit soon after. Available in Sandstone Black and Silk White, the unlocked 16GB OnePlus One will retail for $299 (€269 in Europe) and the 64GB model will cost you $350 (€299 in Europe). In the UK, the phone will sell for £229 and £269 for the 16GB and 64GB model respectively.

Color Silk White/Sandstone Black
Dimensions 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight 5.71 ounces (162 g)
Operating System CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4
CPU Qualcomm© Snapdragon™ 801 processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs
GPU Adreno 330, 578MHz
RAM 3 GB LP-DDR3, 1866MHz
Storage 16/64 GB eMMC 5.0, available capacity varies
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity and Ambient Light
Battery Embedded rechargeable 3100 mAh LiPo battery

 

Size 5.5 inch JDI
Resolution 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 PPI
Type LTPS IPS with TOL
Protection Corning© Gorilla© Glass 3

 

Sensor 13 Megapixel – Sony Exmor IMX 214
Lenses 6 lenses to avoid distortion and color aberration
Flash Dual-LED
Aperture f/2.0
Front Camera 5 Megapixel – Distortion free
Video 4K resolution video with stereo recording Slow Motion: 720p video at 120fps

 

Speakers Built-in Stereo Speakers
Microphones Tri-microphone with noise cancellation

 

 

 

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HTC One M8 – Review

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HTC One M8 a new high end Smartphone from HTC  first of all check about the spec

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 42Mbps HSPA+; LTE connectivity
  • 5″ 1080p capacitive touchscreen with 441pi pixel density; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU; 2GB of RAM; Adreno 330 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz); DLNA
  • Dual 4MP AF “UltraPixel” (2µm pixel size) camera with 1/3″ sensor; 28mm f/2.0 lens; dual-LED flash; HTC ImageChip 2
  • 1080p video capture with HDR
  • HTC Zoe
  • 5MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor; wide-angle f/2.0 lens; HDR; 1080p video recording
  • 16/32GB of built-in memory
  • microSD card slot; 50GB of free Google Drive storage for 2 years
  • GPS with A-GPS; GLONASS
  • MHL-enabled microUSB 2.0 port
  • Bluetooth 4.0; NFC
  • IR remote control
  • Accelerometer; gyro and proximity sensor; ambient light sensor; barometer
  • Best audio output on the market
  • Fitbit fitness tracker app
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated microphone
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with BoomSound and built-in amplifiers
  • Gorgeous metal unibody with superb finish and tactile feel
  • 2,600mAh battery; Extreme Power Saving Mode

 

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • SIM Removal Tool
  • Get Started Guides
  • Case
  • Wired headphones

Colors Available in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold

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Main Disadvantage is  the  4 MP Camera,  Some Tech Blogger mentions the major Black HTC logo area and no point of keeping so much of space in the place, but the HTC company mentioned that on the Black space Logo area behind that  sensor placed.  But when it’s looking at once, that’s given the odd look only,  The curved back and rounded metal edges deliver a superb feel in hand, while the traditionally placed on-screen navigation buttons are a welcome departure from the awkward dual-key setup of the previous model. 5″  Display that hitting most of the attention from other Smartphones, The Battery life is more cool 3G Talk time 21 hours and 9 hours web browsing, 11 hours and 14 min for video watching with 2600 mAh Battery.  Gorilla Glass 3 installed with this Smartphone so no scratches in the display, Running OS KitKat with Snap Dragon chipset Quad core 2.3Ghz Processor will rock, With all  HTC One M8 Devices 50Gb Google Drive free for 2 Years. And other basic things are included with TV Out. 

HiPanda Tech Rating  7/10.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 – Review

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Another   Top Class Smartphone from Smansung. Samsung Galaxy S5 (SGSV), With the Box All SGSV users will get Samsung headset with the extra ear bug, data cable charger and battery 2800 mAh. Let check about the phones Spec, Running  Android (4.4.2) TouchWi,  5.1 inch Display with 1080 x 1920 px Res, Mutitouch supported, 432 Pixel destiny, Light sensor proximity sensor, scratch resistant glass. 16 Mp Camera Autofocus, Phase detection autofocus, Touch to focus, Manual focus, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), 2.1 Mp front camera.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC Chip System, Quad core 250 MHz, Krait 400 processor, 2Gb Ram card, 16Gb In built storage User gets about 10.5 GB, SD card supports up to 128GB.

Compare with Samsung Galaxy s4, Galaxy S5 is a bit bigger, Hardware spec S5 higher mean while S4 also kind of high end Smartphone. Memory  card with s4 supports with 64gb only, but S5 goes till 128Gb.

The wireless charging system is optional in Samsung Galaxy s4 still no news about S5.

According to the Phone area users rating still S4 in a better place, What ever happens Samsung’s S Series Smartphones leading on the android market.

 

Hipanda Rating for Samsung Galaxy S5 8/10*

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Nokia X+ – Mobile World Congress 2014

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Nokia X+, Nokia X  Both Same Spec Smartphones Running Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 Nokia Android UI (tiled look) Bothe Devices Dual Sim,(Not sure about the performance Eg: In Samsung s Dous Dual SIM phone in case if  we trying with 2 Sims phone get stuck) Weight 130g Both same. 480 x 800 PX 4.0 inches display with multi-touch. (2 fingers) internal 4GB Memory and Micro Sd supported up to 32GB, 4Gb Installed Default.  Ram Card the one and only difference between Nokia X and Nokia X+.  WiFi, Gprs Bluetooth included. Camera 3.15 MP 20148×1536 with Panorama, Video 480 @ 30 groups.  No Secondary Camera in both devices.  Cost Qualcomm MSM8225  Snapdragon S4 Play, Dual core 1 GHz Cortex A5 processor, Available in Bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black, white. Nokia Launched 3 New Smartphones in World Mobile Congress 2014. In that Nokia X and Nokia X+ both almost same specs. But prices wise Nokia X+ in a bit more.  My opinion is instead of launching  3 Smartphones  Launch One Hight end Smartphone and one mid range phone. But Nokia trying 3 mid range Smartphones at once.  Let’s wait till new Quarter and see how the Mid range phones reaching the market.

WhatsApp Android update – New Payment system

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Recently Whats App launched new update, Among a few new privacy-related features, the update also brings with it an interesting new feature that lets users pay for their friends’/families’ subscriptions, regardless of the platform. Now Zuck’s plan letting others to pay their friends, And FB and Wap promoting invitations to new users. For Now there is no plan about Ads in Wap and still Whatsapp Under account under payment info topic, is there about why what’s up, why not promote ads and sometimes ads might slow down the application so has more possibilities user moving to another free app for now plenty of apps are there in the android market.

In related news, WhatsApp is said to get voice calling in the second quarter of this year.

Asus Zenfone 4 – CES 2014

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This time Asus planning launch a Kind of a mid range Smartphone, we can tell that completely mid range it’s in between Mid and high end Smartphone. Running OS Jelly Bean upgradable to v4.4.2 , internal memory 4gb, with 1 GB ram card memory card slot available. 4 inch usual display with multitouch. Rear cam with 5 MP and secondary only0. 3 MP cam.   Chipset Intel Atom Z2520,  CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz,  GPU PowerVR SGX544MP2, there is no radio feature in the mobile available in Black, White, Red, Blue, Yellow and the Li-PO 1170 mAh battery that’s pretty low and not that much enough.

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Gmail’s New inbox

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Gmail update: Reach more people you know

Today Morning I Got the mail From Gmail Team Saying,

Ever wanted to email someone you know, but haven’t yet exchanged email addresses? Starting this week, when you’re composing a new email, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients, even if you haven’t exchanged email addresses yet.

How it works with email addresses
Emailing Google+ connections works a bit differently to protect the privacy of email addresses. Your email address isn’t visible to your Google+ connections until you send them an email, and their email addresses are not visible to you until they respond.

Receiving email from people outside your circles
If you receive an email from someone outside your circles, it will be filtered into the Social category of the inbox (if enabled) and only after you respond or add them to your circles, can they start another conversation with you.

How to control who can contact you
You’re in control of whether people can reach you with a new setting in Gmail on the desktop. To learn more, check out the Help Center.

We can see on the  right top our profile pic changed to round shape, Now Gmail is well-organized and mean while Yahoo launched (sometime Earlier) but according to my experience it didn’t go well Yahoo messed up with that, Now Google has improved their product features more to keep up the level on top. Now Days Gmail working with Gmail app also for mobile phone so where ever we are moving with our Smartphones we are connected with our mail and other google products.

Wireless charger for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7

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Google Launched new Wireless charger for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7. And it’s now for sale in the USA and Canada for $49.99. With Nexus 5 launch if they releasing the device is much better. The Nexus Wireless Charger is a small, black cube that measures 60 x 60 x 12.5 mm in size and can provide juice to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and other Qi-compatible devices. For now these wireless charger is not available in Asian countries and Europe, in future we can expect it in Google play for direct orders.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VeE6bA7i6A

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