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  • Friday, 5 December 2014

          In India, with increasing competition there is a sound increase for many new devices, not just for low priced devices but even for high priced devices as well and this has created a tough war between many brands. Motorola X has been in tough competition with all other brands and one such is Nexus 6 which is on a roll over on other high end brands.

          Nexus 6 is a great buzz and has been listing the charts, and Moto X is just behind to grab hold on to Nexus 6, let’s see with a well oriented distinctions as to which one is better and why ??


    NEXUS 6

    LG G3

    It comes with a 5.96 inch QHD screen, with 493 ppi pixel density and a resoultion of 2560 x 1440 pixel.
    Note 4 comes with a 5.5 inch retina QHD screen, with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and a density of 538 ppi. IPS LCD screen.

    For Nexus 6 there isn't much change in the design just includes a curved back and bigger camera lens with a circular LED ring flash.
    Design for LG G3 is new, it has come up with a curved design, comfortable while holding it and a rear key configuration at the back.

    Nexus 6 comes with the latest version of Android i.e, Android Lollipop. It is powered by Quad core Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.5GHz
    LG G3 works on Android v 4.4 KitKat. It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC clocked at 2.5 GHz

    It comes with a 13mp primary camera and 2mp selfie camera.
    It comes with a 13mp, and 2.1mp front camera.
    For Nexus 6 there are two different internal storage models listed as 32GB and 64GB model and each have 3GB of RAM.
    LG G 3 comes with 32GB with 2GB of RAM and 16GB model comes with 1GB of RAM.
    INR 44,000
    INR 35,500

          LG mobile phones in India have always come up with good products and LG G3 has been among the best Android smartphones and has come up with many new features and gives tough competition to all the best Android smartphones, Nexus 6 is one which gets a tough one from LG G3. 
          If we see the DISPLAY; LG G 3 comes a QHD screen and so does Nexus 6 but Nexus 6 comes with a AMOLED screen and a bigger screen. Both the devices have the same pixel resolution but the density is high for LG G 3. So for both the mobile phones, if we see it display is almost same just that the AMOLED feature for Nexus give some extra points to it.

          Then comes the DESIGN of both the devices, Nexus 6 is not much of a change in comparison to LG G3, as LG G3 comes with amazing look both back and front, LG G3 has a bezel less look and specially the ring flash. For the design LG G3 bags on to Nexus 6 and will win your hearts over.

          If we talk about the SYSTEM, Nexus 6 will be coming up with Android Lollipop and is certainly to be said that it will have a marvelous user experience, for LG G3 it runs on Android v 4.4 and works on Optimus UI, and Nexus is certainly going to miss a variety of softwares which are there in LG G3 like the Knock Code, multi-screen, floating mini, QMemo+ and many more. So for an overall both are interesting in their own manner but if someone wants more than they can probably go for LG G3.

          For the CAMERA, both come with almost same mp for front and back cameras, but if see LG G3 comes with better camera apps and features in comparison to Nexus 6 and have sharp complexities.

          With all these points we can say that both give each other a pretty good competition to oe another, but if your criteria is budget then the LG G3 is a great device with bunch of awesome features whereas Nexus 6 is quite costly and comes with almost same features as LG G3 has. LG G3 comes with two models both having different RAM and for Nexus there are two models but both of them have same RAM which is better than LG G3. Both the devices comes with a powerful configuration and are certainly the best buy.

    About Author: Apoorva is a tech blogger for different topics from gadgets to lifestyle, and a passionate writer, currently working with Having a keen interest in writing he tries to learn all aspects of writing.

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014

          The Indian smartphone market has witnessed a steep rise in the last couple of years. Almost every International and India smartphone brand tried their best to grab a huge portion of the Indian smartphone market share. Following which, the year 2014 witnessed various new innovative launches, both at high and affordable price segments. Adding to the excitement, the Indian buyers also didn’t let the manufacturers let down and they bought smartphones like hot cakes. 

          Currently, there are many smart phones in the Indian smartphone market, which have something unique and brilliant to offer. They are not only capable of redefining your smartphone experience, but are also worth their price tags. Here, we bring you top 5 best Phones in India.

    # 1
    Apple iPhone 6
    Rs.53, 500

          The first smartphone in our list is none other than the latest flagship launch; Apple iPhone 6. When it comes to smartphones or tablets, Apple doesn’t need any introduction. The Apple iPhones are the most desired smartphone across the globe. The Apple iPhone 6, featuring a 4.7-inch display, brilliant camera quality, super-fast hardware performance and latest iOS 8 operating system is a worth buying package deal. If you can really own, the Apple iPhone 6 is made for you.

    # 2
    LG G3
    Rs.36, 966

          The second smartphone in our list comes from the Korean smartphone brand; LG. The LG G3 is a perfect example of innovation with featuring a huge 5.5-inch True HD IPS display with the highest pixel density rate of 534ppi. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core Processor and housing a 13 Megapixels rear camera, the LG G3 is capable enough to win your hearts. The super-slim design and attractive looks adds a few more stars on this smartphone.

    # 3
    HTC One M8
    Rs. 38, 990

           The third smartphone coming in this list is the HTC One M8. HTC has been in the buzz with its top end smartphone offerings, the HTC One Series. The HTC One M8 is another innovation from the manufacturers. If you are looking for a top-end smartphone with most premium looks and a metallic body, the HTC One M8 is the one made for you. Sporting a 5-inch Super LCD3 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core Processor, 2GB RAM and Dual 4 MP rear camera, the HTC One M8 has all which makes it a futuristic smartphone.

    # 4
    Samsung Galaxy S5
    Rs.35, 000

          Coming on the 4th position is Samsung Galaxy S5, from world’s number one smartphone brand. The Samsung Galaxy S5 may look like any other Samsung Galaxy Smartphone. But, the Galaxy S5 has many more impressive features to offer. The Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-Core Processor, 13 Megapixels rear camera, heart beat sensor and a host of other features make Samsung Galaxy S5, a worth buying package deal. Samsung is known for its top quality customer service support, available in almost every corner of the country. The Samsung Galaxy S5 gets an advantage with this.

    # 5
    Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation)
    Rs.31, 999

          The last smartphone in our top 5 list is the 2nd generation Motorola Moto X. The last position doesn’t mean that the Moto X is an underpowered smartphone. Rather, it is better than many others in the segment. This smartphone is assured of receiving the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update. The 5.2-inch 1080p AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad Core Processor and a 13 Megapixels rear camera makes the Moto X, a great buying deal. The slim & unique curved design of Moto X with leather and wooden back panels makes the Moto X, stand far ahead of its competitors.

    Wednesday, 8 October 2014

         Samsung since its existence in 2011 has made reasonable contribution in the field of mobile phones. Note has had an excellent battery life, top performance and brilliant display. This time in Galaxy Note 3 there have been usual improvements like 5.7 inch display, 3 GB of RAM, quad-core Snapdragon 800, Android 4.3 etc. Big things are expected from this phone, so let’s see what exactly this smartphone is all about.

    It’s Hardware Components 
         Galaxy Note 3 is a big phone offering a similar experience to smaller tablet. It shares family resemblance with original one than Note II because of its straighter lines. It follows the evolution of Galaxy S 4 that was little less curvaceous compared to phone that it deposed.

         Starting with the edges, these continue to have faux-metal finish. This has come under lot of criticism. It was expected that it would be upgraded to metallic band for giving it more premium feel. Edges are ridged which adds some grip. The standby / power button is at top right corner of outer band. This position of button is not likely to be comfortable to the user. On picking the mobile from the bottom section, only those having larger hands would be able to reach it easily.

         On flipping over, you will find along bottom edge the enclosures for S Pen, microphone, speaker and micro-USB port. Noticeable difference is the port as it is not there in many phones presently. You can plug in micro-USB 2.0 in this new port for charging of your phone. Bunch of new cables are not needed. You will find IR blaster and 3.5mm jack as in the case of GS4.

         Another change is textured leather like back with faux stitching. This feels nicer compared to most Samsung phones and can be got at good discounts using Amazon India coupons. It would have been far better if it was real leather back and trim body.

    It’s Unique S Pen
         Note series is unique because of inclusion of S Pen. Because of this it has been provided software features for making use of the S Pen accessory.
         You will be able to use S Pen on capacitive buttons but home button will have to be physically depressed. This definitely is an improvement. As for S Pen there are differences in external appearance particularly in silver section on top and it is a faux-ridged metal.

         In actual use S Pen is similar to the earlier version and it operates well. For most of people this is a good idea but is not likely to be used after novelty wears off. This might be true for some but there are people who appreciate this idea and would like it to continue. There are some cool Snapdeal discount deals on Galaxy Note which would help you get it at a lower price.

         Galaxy Note 3 is Samsung’s best so far and you can check its latest offers on Except for the speaker, it is better in many ways. Though display is better, the device does not look inflated. Samsung has been making improvements in this series consistently. Comparatively it is expensive but those who have already got used to Note would prefer to have it as necessary evil. It will be worthwhile to try this and you would be satisfied.

    Tuesday, 30 September 2014

    In the present world scenario everyone are busy in their own life with their own tensions. In this busy and tension life it is common that a major part of the people tend to forget things at some or the other place, it can be at home, office, etc. So, one such common thing you find that people forget and misplace is their phones. This can be considered as one of the real-life problem.
    Imagine that you forgot your mobile at some corner of your home or office. How do you try to find it ? You would try giving it a call and find its location. But, in this same situation imagine your mobile is in silent mode. Now, how would you try finding it ? There are various app on the Play Store which need internet connectivity to help you find your device like the Android Device Manager, etc. But we cannot trust the mobile data always, or maybe the mobile data is off at that moment or you probably won’t have a PC nearby to access the Internet!

    So, to solve this issue we have developed this particular simple application for Android Users. Using this app you can change the sound profile of your mobile with just a simple SMS.

    How to use – Make it Ring!

    Step 1 : Install this free app from the Google Play Store > Here !

    Step 2 : Open the app and swipe to left and follow the Instructions.

    Step 3 : Press the Start App button at the end of Instructions.

    Step 4 : In the main screen you will have 3 text fields :

    Ø  Silent Mode
    Ø  General Mode
    Ø  Vibrate Mode

    Each of the text fields corresponding to the above text has default terms. If you are fine with it you can just press the Save Button else you can give your own custom keyword.

    Note – The custom keyword used in the application is case-sensitive.

    Once the keywords are saved the module on the target device is done. Now try testing it. Put your mobile in silent and take any mobile at your reach and send a text “ring” (without double quotes | in my case the keyword is ring) to it. And you can notice that your mobile changes from silent to general mode automatically.

    Demonstration Video

    So in real-time imagine you forgot your mobile  and its in silent profile all you gotta do is sent a SMS from any other mobile at your reach, your mobile will change to General Mode and now you can make a call and find it location.

    Friday, 19 September 2014

          Samsung Galaxy Grand device have been about screen size and decent hardware on a budget. They target people who are looking for large screen devices and the latest device in this list is the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. It borrows some of the design elements and features from the first generation of Galaxy Grand and then adds a couple of features to make it a better device than the Galaxy Grand was. They have addressed the issues with the previous device to make this a better device.

          On the other side, Micromax recently came up with a new device called the micromax Canvas XL2. It offers hardware similar to the Galaxy Grand but is priced lower than that. But with the current crop of budget smartphones, these devices don’t really seem to justify their prices. There are a large number of low cost devices that offer almost similar specifications at lower price. We put these two devices against each other to see which one of them makes more sense and also see if any of these devices stands up against the rivals we mentioned.

          The Galaxy Grand 2 with a 5.25 inch display looks almost similar to the original Galaxy Grand. The dimensions are almost similar with the Galaxy Grand 2 being a little bigger. The device is a bit slimmer than the previous device. The design is the same dull and uninspiring design that we see on a large number of Samsung devices. The familiar rounded rectangle shape with the physical home key up front. Thankfully the quality is slightly better than most Samsung mid-range devices and you get a solid built back instead of the usual flimsy and glossy plastic back found on most budget Samsung devices. The back panel of this device is removable and it is a bit hard at times to remove it because of the large size and big tabs.
          The Micromax isn’t much better either. It has got a 5.5 inch display so it is huge and it isn’t really easy to handle. Like most other budget devices, plastic dominates here. The front face is dominated by the display and below it; there are three capacitive keys for navigation and menu. The back curves near the edges just like the Samsung and has been made out of plastic. The quality isn’t very inspiring and it feels more like a compromise. So both the devices are almost even here as none of them manages to impress with the design or built quality.

          The issue with large screen budget devices is that they have been built after cutting costs here and there. This results in a device with a large but low quality and low resolution display. This is the exact case with the Micromax device here. The display on Galaxy Grand 2 isn’t very impressive either but still it is better than the original Galaxy Grand. It has got a 5.25 inch display with 720p resolution. The resolution isn’t bad but it isn’t very impressive either. The viewing angles are decent and it replicates colours well. The contrast ratios aren’t very impressive.
    The Micromax has got a low pixel density due to the low resolution and large display size. It has got a 5.5 inch display with a resolution of 540 x 960. The numbers aren’t good here and you get a very low pixel density of 200 ppi. The pixel density isn’t good but the display is an IPS LCD panel improving the quality of display a bit. The colour saturation is good and contrast ratio is acceptable as well. The viewing angles and sunlight readability is decent.

          The Galaxy Grand 2 runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad core processor. It runs at a clock speed of 1.2 GHz. It comes with 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB internal storage. You can add micro SD cards up to 64 GB on this device. We have seen the same hardware on many other devices and it is pretty decent. It performs well and you get decent benchmark scores as well. You get all the usual set of connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro USB 2.0. The device runs android 4.3 but can be upgraded to android 4.4.2. On top of it, this device gets the Touch Wiz UI that you find on Samsung devices. It comes with an 8 megapixel auto focus camera on the rear and a 1.9 megapixel front camera. The primary camera can record videos in full HD as well. The camera quality is decent and you can shoot some decent pictures using the camera. The device is powered by a 2600 mAh battery which is fairly decent considering its hardware.
          The Micromax runs a mediatek chipset with a Quad Core 1.2-GHz processor mated with 4 GB of internal memory and 1 GB RAM. Along with it you get a micro SD card slot. The hardware performance is decent and we have seen it on many other devices. You get similar connectivity options as the Samsung Galaxy Grand. It runs the latest android OS KitKat as well and the interface is close to stock. The camera duo you find here has lower resolution as compared to the Galaxy Grand 2. The primary camera has 5 megapixel resolutions and comes with a LED flash. The front camera is a VGA. It gets a fairly large 2500 mAh battery.

          It is hard to draw a verdict here. The reason is that none of the devices is very impressive. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 has got an average display but dull design. The performance isn’t exactly high end and the price isn’t very well justified with all the new rivals coming in. it is the same story with the Micromax. If you are going to move away from the mainstream manufacturers, you can find a large number of devices with impressive specifications for similar prices. Instead of these devices, you might want to take a look at devices like Karbonn Titanium Octane and Xiaomi Redmi Note among others. 
          A few decades ago, no one might have imagined that the mobile and web technology will allow the consumers to shop, video chat or do businesses with the comfort of their home via a small screen handy device.

          Today, with the emergence of Smartphones, most of the users have become so very dependent on their devices and its amazing applications and are reaping the benefits of its incredible features.

          The technology is flourishing with great pace, and advancement in technology has provided the end users with astonishing luxury and incredible benefits. It not only have benefited the businesses, but also facilitated users to accomplish their day-to-day basic tasks with improved precision and convenience.

          Android Wearables and other perks of emerging Android Apps Development are another handy product of the Google Android that has been designed to make device accessibility a breeze. Users can easily wear them on their wrist like a watch and access its superior functions.

          Since, Android wearable doesn't support the Google Play store, developers are required to develop a companion handheld application that pushes the wearable app on the wearable devices. So, to enjoy the brilliant and resourceful wearable applications one first need to develop an Android wear emulator.

    How to configure an Android Wear Emulator or Device

          An Android wear emulator can be created by using the AVD tool available with the SDK. For attaining better user experience, it is advisable to develop the application on an original hardware. But since, it is quite hard to test app for devices with various screen sizes and properties, the emulator offers an ideal solution.

    Here is a step by step guide to set up an Android Wear Virtual Device.

    1.) When you are working in the Android development environment, it offers a set of proficient tools with SDK and API. Navigate to the Tools and open the AVD Manager after accessing Android option.

    2.) From the available options, click on the create.

    3.) Doing so, you will get a huge list of fields, where you can provide the AVD details. Let's have a look at the requisite details (other fields can be left with the default values).

    AVD Name – Give a name to your AVD
    Device – A device type, whether it is a round or square Android Wear device
    Skin - AndroidWearRound or AndroidWearSquare as per the device type
    CPU/ABI - Android Wear ARM (armeabi-v7a)
    Target - Android 4.4W - API Level 20
    Use Host GPU - Selected, to support custom activities for wearable notifications
    Keyboard - Select Hardware keyboard present
    Snapshot - Not selected

    4.) Click on Ok button.

    5.) Now, you are required to start the emulator, and for this, you need to -
    ·        First, select the virtual device that just has been created.
    ·        Click the Start button and then the Launch button.
    ·        With this, the emulator will start initializing itself; so just wait till it displays the home screen of the Android Wear.

    6.) Just connect the handheld device with the emulator by -
    ·        First, install the Android Wear application from the Google Play store on your handhelp device.
    ·        Now, connect the machine and the handheld device via a USB.
    ·        After doing so, you will need to share the AVD's communication port with the connected handheld device. This step is required to be repeated every time when the handheld is connected. You can use the following command:
    adb -d forward tcp:5601 tcp:5601
    ·        Connect the handheld device to the emulator and initiate the Android Wear App on the handheld device.
    ·        Select Demo Cards from the menu available at the top right corner of the app.
    ·        On the home screen of the emulator, these cards will be displayed as notifications.

    And here is a step-by-step guide to set up an Android Wear Device.

    1.) After downloading the suitable Android Wear application on the handy device from the Google Play store, simply go with the app instructions for connecting the device with the wearable. While developing, this step will help you to test the notifications that are synced with the handy mobile device.

    2.) Now, keep this Android Wear application open in the phone.

    3.) Install the desirable applications directly by connecting the machine and wearable via USB. And, after doing so, it will allow you to easily fix the bugs in the applications.

    4.) Make the check mark the option “Always allow from this computer” and click OK.

    Now, after running the adb (Android Device Bridge) command, your wearable must be listed and the Android Studio features an Android tool window that showcases the system logs from the wearable.

    How to create a project 

          For beginning the development, a skilled Android App Developer is required to first create the project featuring modules of both mobile and wearable app. For this you will first need to navigate to the File and then open a new project in the Android Studio. There you will get the Project Wizard Instruction, simply follow them along with the following instructions.

    ·        Fill in the application and package name in the window – “Configure your Project”.
    ·       In the “Form Factors” window box, select the options tablet, mobile, and lesser minimum SDK, select API 9: Android 2.3; and then, secondly select option Wear and under minimum SDK, select API 20: Android 4.4
    ·        For the first selection, insert an empty activity for mobile via Add an Activity Window.
    ·        For the second selection, insert an empty activity for Wear via Add an Activity Window.

    After completing the wizard, you will have a project for both the handheld apps with module mobile and Wearable apps with module wear. With this you can create customized layouts, activities and a lot more as per your taste. The tasks that demands user interaction are needed to be included in the handheld applications. Once all these settings have been made successfully, the wearable will get results either via notifications or by directly syncing and transferring the data.

    Use the above mention simple and resourceful tutorial for configuring an Android Wear Emulator and creating individual projects for handheld devices and wearable while developing an Android Wearable application.

    Author Bio:
    Juana Steves is a technical writer associated with Xicom technologies – one of the reputed Android App Development Companies. With her best assistance, you can also opt to avail Android Developer for Hire, in case you are looking forward for the same.