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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Ingress : Google's very own Android game !

Ingress from Google is an augmented reality multiplayer online game created by Niantic Labs for Android devices.
Google is setting new standards in each and every field of work it lays its hands on, and now with Ingress , Google is all set to redefine and set new standards in gaming.
Ingress is a location based realistic Android game in which the game is actually set in the real world. The game Ingress has been given the tag line " There is a world within our world ".
Gameplay probably revolves around finding portals which are opening up all around the world, in real world locations like colleges, theaters, libraries, malls, museums etc. and collection of XM "Exotic matter" with the device.  
* The Android game is available for free in fully working beta version on Google Play. *

Check out the Official Trailer of Ingress !

Some screenshots of the Ingress Android game !


Game Requirements:
The minimum requirements to run the game are Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread  and 22 MB of memory.
The game is optimized to work only on smartphones so far, not tablets.

Download Ingress here .


Google Glass : Project Glass from Google !

Google is all set to take the next big step !
Project glass has been published in Time Magazine New York, USA as " The Best Invention of the year 2012 " in November 2012. 
Project glass was unveiled by Google in June 2012 as the next big thing. Google is a company that gives a strong support to new innovations, by the announcement of Project glass Google has proved itself once more. Project glass will have a new shot at portable computing and also new development of software and new ways in which the information will be displayed to the user. The ultimate goal will be to enable the user to handle almost all computer tasks hands free. Project glass is said to work on Google's very own Android Operating System. It comes to us as little surprise as Android is used by a majority of smartphones and other gadgets today. A lot of developers back the Android OS. Coming back to Project Glass or as we use the popularized term Google glasses has been in the news ever since its announcement in June, we shouldn't let the excitement die out, many Android developers too are looking forward to Google's new creation Project Google Glasses.
Here's a prototype version which was used as a demo piece !
google glass

Google's Project glass glasses aims and features :
- The Google glasses maintains a light and hassle free look as shown above.
- The glass display will be placed a little above the eye, not exactly in line with the eye, so it won't disturb the regular activities for which you use your eye.
- Android Operating System.
- The compact design makes it very portable.
- Google search shows the Project glass glasses in many colors, you can choose your favourite.
- The Project glass glasses are expected to have a transparent LCD or AMOLED screen.
- It is said that you can scroll and click by tilting your head

- It will be equipped with small Camera with a flash.
- The google glasses will have 3G and 4G connections and GPS.
- It can be connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0, however the google glasses are designed to work independently from any phone. 
- It is expected to have a direct connection with the cloud 24/7.  
- Quite obviously the glasses will have Voice Input and Output as well.
- The touch pad will be located at the side and the battery at the rear end of the glasses.
- Lastly, Google has also stated that the will not insert advertising in the Google glasses, as it annoys some users.

project glass functions
Using the Google Project glass

- The Project glass Google glasses is said to be available in 2013 for developers and late 2013 or early 2014 for consumers.
- The pre-order explorer edition of Project glass was made available for $1500 to Google I/O attendees some months back. 

Competition from other companies:
- Golden-i, a head mounted computer from Kopin corporation has released something similar in 2012, but it looks a lot bulkier than the Project glass.
- Microsoft is also developing augmented reality glasses with a patent as a response to Google.
- Other companies are expected to follow this new idea soon.

Google Project glass as compared with Dragon ball Z anime :
( A popular anime, it looks quite humorous. )
Welcome the future !    


Monday, 19 November 2012

Nexus 7 in India for Rs. 19,999 (16 GB tablet).

The Nexus 7 by Google, Asus finally hits stores in India at a price of Rs. 19,999. * Croma * is selling the 16 GB Nexus 7 for Rs. 19,999 which is around Rs. 6,000 extra when compared to the $249 price in US dollars. The 8 GB Nexus 7 is now phased out by Google and two 32 GB Nexus 7 tablets have been released of which one has a sim slot therefore adding call facility to the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 tablets have a very high demand and have become very popular in the US. The Nexus 7 tablet was highly expected to hit Indian shores in November 2012, and so it finally has.
Now the only question is, is it worth the price ?
*Click here for the complete hardware review on Nexus 7.*

Reasons to buy the Nexus 7
- The hardware used in the Nexus 7 is top class with a 1.2 GHz Cortex A9 quad core processor used in the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. 

- Nexus 7 was the first tablet to come shipped with Jelly bean 4.1 Android OS out of the box. It is also Google's first ever tablet, which created a stable and successful platform for Google to venture out into the tablet territory. 

- The Apple Ipad mini may have been manufactured as a response to the 7 inch Google Nexus 7 tablet and other 7 inch tablets that were cheaper and growing popular.

- Up to date Google always updates its Nexus devices with the lastest OS before devices from any other company.

- Good battery of Standard Li-ion 4325 mAh. 

- Finally, good support is expected from the reputed Croma electronics store.

Nexus 7 (16 GB) Cons:
- No HDMI out.
- No Memory card slot. (USB OTG stick mounting is possible after rooting.)
- No Sim card slot.
- No back camera for taking pics.

Click here for the complete hardware review on Nexus 7.

We now await the launch of * Google Nexus 10 in India. *

* Click here for the complete review on Google Nexus 10 ! *

Friday, 16 November 2012

Root Nexus 4 : Rooting the Nexus 4 with CWM

Root Nexus 4 working and complete.
Rooting experts have done it again on XDA, the LG Nexus 4 root is confirmed to be working as updated by HQRaja on XDA developers. Just some 4 - 5 days into the release and experts have already been successful in rooting their Nexus 4. Its a big deal getting the Nexus 4 in your hands but now once you've managed to get it, you'd want to use each and every feature to no limit. For beginners you have to root your Nexus 4 to unlock the limitless power of the hardware. Rooting obviously will void the warranty of the Nexus 4 as you've heard with other phones, therefore if you plan to root Nexus 4 , you need to cautiously install software, some software can even physically harm your phone. 

root nexus 4
HQRaja has given a number of steps by which you should be able to safely root your phone.
Click here to Root Nexus 4
This rooting method has been confirmed by many XDA developers, they are well known for attending to your issues quickly and will help you root the Nexus 4.
Getting the confirmed working root for Nexus 4 in such a short time is very creditable, keeping in mind that many haven't even received their Nexus 4 till now.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Nexus 4

The LG Nexus 4 was released on 13th November 2012 in many countries like the US, UK, Canada, France, Australia, Germany and Spain. All the Nexus 4 devices were sold out on the first day within a span of minutes. The price of the LG Nexus 4 in US dollars is $299 and $349 for the 8GB and 16GB versions respectively.

LG Nexus 4

The LG Nexus 4 will feature Google's Latest Android OS 4.2 Jelly bean out of the box.
Jelly bean 4.2 features:-
1. Photosphere
2. Gesture typing
3. Tablet sharing
4. Miracast support ( Wireless display)
5. Improved Google now
6. Day dream
7. Lock screen enhancements and
8. Enhanced notifications

Some of the significant new features in LG E960 Nexus 4:
  • LG E960 Nexus 4 packs in some new hefty hardware, featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064) chipset.
  • It has a 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait CPU along with an Adreno 320 GPU (400MHz) capable of delivering QXGA / 1080p resolution. 
  • The Nexus 4 has a 4.7 inch True HD display screen, 1280x768 pixels (318 ppi pixel density) which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2, which is 20% thinner for a better touch response. 
  • 16 GB Internal Memory.
  • 2 GB RAM.
  • Wireless Charging using any Qi-compatible charger.
  • 8 MP camera with LED flash.
  • Full HD 1920x1080 recording @ 30 fps. 
  • HTML5 web browser present in the Nexus 4. 
  • Li-po (Lithium polymer) 2100 mAh battery.
All this stunning hardware plus Jelly bean 4.2 out of the box for a price starting at $299, its a steal. No wonder the LG E960 Nexus 4 is getting sold out in Google Play stores in many countries due to this fact. Hoping for the Nexus 4 to reach India soon. Stay in touch for new updates ! 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

HTC One X+ releases with Jelly bean 4.1.1 out of the box !

HTC One X+ as the name goes was released as an upgrade to the HTC ONE X after it was not good enough to take on the likes of Samsung Galaxy S III. Visibly both the phones look the same and have the same display screen of 4.7 inches but some significant necessary features have been added to this phone, for you to call it a complete high end phone.
Without further ado lets check out the new features the HTC One X + has to offer :-
  1. Jelly bean 4.1.1 Android OS out of the box upgradable to Jelly bean 4.2.
  2. 4G Network (LTE 700 MHz Class 17/1700/2100 - for AT & T ).
  3. Corning Gorilla Glass 2 ( 20 % thinner for better touch responsiveness).
  4. New HTC Sense UI v4+ ( A new user interface for a new phone ).
  5. 64 GB Internal storage (One X has only 32 GB).
  6. 1.6 mp secondary camera (One X has 1.3 mp).
  7. New Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC with Cortex A9 Quad core 1.7 GHz Cpu (One X has 1.5 GHz).
  8. Browser supports HTML5.
  9. Better battery, Li-Ion 2100 mAh (One X has 1800 mAh).
Click here to see Jelly bean 4.1 features

HTC One X+

The HTC One X+ still retains the same looks as the One X, the 4.7 inch display which is a Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, size 720 x 1280 pixels, with 312 ppi pixel density is left untouched.
An important feature, Corning Gorilla glass 2 is added which is 20% thinner and will give the
One X+ better touch responsiveness than the earlier one used in One X.
The Samsung Galaxy S III will have some good competition from the HTC One X+.
One con of the HTC One X+ is that it does not have a memory card slot like
the Samsung Galaxy S III.

The HTC One X+ is available in India at a price of Rs. 40,190.
In the US, AT & T offer the HTC One X+ for $199.99 along with a two year contract with the carrier. Unlocked HTC One X+ to cost $763 US dollars or £474 in the UK.