Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 6 Apr 2017 9:11 am
Gboard is turning into the most feature-rich keyboard around.
Gboard has picked up a significant update to version 6.2 that introduces a slew of new features. In one-handed mode, you now have the ability to resize and reposition the keyboard, allowing you to move the keyboard to a location where it's comfortable to use. All you have to do is switch to one-handed mode, select the pop-out icon...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 6 Apr 2017 8:15 am
The Mi Panoramic Camera has two 16MP lenses and can shoot 7K stills.
Xiaomi rolled out a 4K action camera as well as a $330 mirrorless camera under its Yi sub-brand, and the company has now unveiled a 360-degree camera, called the Mi Panoramic Camera. The camera retails for ¥1,699 ($250), and features two 16MP fisheye lens (each with 190-degree field of view) that use Sony's IMX206 imaging...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 6 Apr 2017 7:23 am
Twitter Lite is a 1MB Progressive Web App that has all the features as the native app.
Unlike Facebook, which is ubiquitous in India, Twitter hasn't managed to gain mainstream acceptance in the country. With growth stalling in developed countries, Twitter is now looking to emerging markets, and its latest attempt at gaining momentum in countries like India is a Progressive Web App called Twitter...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 6 Apr 2017 7:00 am
The Mi Smart Home kit has everything you need to get started with home automation.
Alongside phones, robot vacuums, smart lights, and rice cookers, Xiaomi also makes home automation products. As is the case with the manufacturer's other offerings, one of the main advantages with Xiaomi's $75 Mi Smart Home automation kit is that it is inherently affordable. The kit comes with six components — a...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 6 Apr 2017 12:14 am
Google Play Music All Access is the most affordable way to listen to music in India.
Google Play Music went live in India last year, offering customers the ability to buy and download millions of tracks starting at just ₹15 ($0.20). However, Google Play Music All Access — the company's subscription service that costs $9.99 in the U.S. — wasn't available at launch.
It took Google over six months...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 5 Apr 2017 1:00 pm
Save your home and work addresses to get directions faster.
Google Maps makes it easy for you to save frequently visited addresses such as your home or work locations, allowing you to get directions quickly without having to enter them manually every single time. Doing so also allows you to use voice commands to say, "navigate to home" to get turn-by-turn directions to your house from your...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 5 Apr 2017 9:10 am
YouTube Go is aimed at Indian customers on spotty connections.
Last year, Google announced that it would be introducing a barebones version of YouTube for Indian consumers primarily on 2G connections. Dubbed YouTube Go, the app is now available in beta from the Play Store for those located in India, offering a simplistic user interface and the ability to save videos offline.
Update: The app...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 5 Apr 2017 8:27 am
Samsung's marketing budget overshadows most manufacturers' revenues.
Samsung isn't one to shy away from spending extravagant sums of money to market its products, and we've seen a lot of that last year for the Galaxy S7, S7 edge, and the Gear 360. There was that building-sized billboard for the S7 in Russia, Lil Wayne's Samsung Pay advert, endorsements from Casey Neistat, Karlie Kloss, and many...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 5 Apr 2017 8:50 am
It's time to fill a form.
Like filling forms? You're in luck, because Samsung India is asking customers to fill one out to "register your interest" in the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Samsung is taking this very seriously, and as such there's a Captcha as well. Not the cool new invisible kind where it automatically detects that you're a human, but the old boring system where you'll have to enter numbers...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 5 Apr 2017 7:23 am
The Mi Pad 3 delivers much-needed upgrades while retaining its affordability.
Xiaomi has rolled out an update to the 2015 Mi Pad 2, switching out the Intel SoC — which offered the ability to run both Android and Windows 10 — for a MediaTek MT8176 with two 2.1GHz Cortex A72 cores and four 1.7GHz Cortex A53 cores. The external design hasn't changed with the Mi Pad 3, and the tablet features the...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 4 Apr 2017 9:00 am
See where you've traveled with Google Maps.
Google Maps has a nifty Timeline feature that lets you browse the places you've visited along with the routes traveled. The feature was overhauled in 2015, and Google has added the ability to collate images you've taken at a particular location, allowing you to get a better overview of your travels.
It certainly comes in handy if you're looking to...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 4 Apr 2017 8:21 am
Android Auto is finally getting an update.
Google demoed Waze integration in Android Auto back at I/O 2016, but we haven't seen any progress on that front. Back in February, Android Auto picked up an app switcher for maps, hinting at the availability of navigation options other than Google Maps.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 4 Apr 2017 1:00 am
Motorola has another winner on its hands with the G5 Plus.
The Moto G5 Plus symbolizes a bold move by Motorola to assert its dominance in this segment. It combines great hardware with unmatched software experience, culminating in a device that stands a head and shoulders above the competition. I'm not going to mince words here — if you want a capable budget phone in 2017, the Moto...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 3 Apr 2017 1:18 am
Samsung was working on dual rear cameras with the Galaxy S8.
Samsung decided to stick with a 12MP "Dual Pixel" rear-facing camera on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but it looks like the South Korean manufacturer dabbled with a dual-camera setup at least on the Galaxy S8+. Images of early prototypes of the Galaxy S8+ reveal dual cameras at the back along with dual LED flash and a heart rate sensor.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 31 Mar 2017 8:15 am
Xiaomi is getting an infusion of cash to ward off its local rivals.
After a slow 2015, Xiaomi bounced back last year to record $1 billion in revenue from India. The numbers highlighted a particularly profitable fourth quarter for Xiaomi — occurring around the time of demonitisation, during which a major chunk of high-denomination notes were devalued. The company's Redmi Note 3 turned out to be...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 31 Mar 2017 7:54 am
The Moto G5 gets a third color variant.
A recent leak suggested that the Moto G5 would be getting a blue color option in addition to the grey and gold color variants. The Sapphire Blue option is now official, and is already up for sale in the UK.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 31 Mar 2017 1:25 am
Get 'unlimited coverage' with the T-Mobile ONEsie .
Felt you could get away from the April Fool's Day madness this year just because it was on a Saturday? Think again. Brands are taking things into their own hands by rolling out gags a day in advance. T-Mobile is never one to shy away from a chance to poke fun at its rivals, and the carrier is kicking things off with the T-Mobile ONEsie, "the...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 30 Mar 2017 11:34 pm
Moto G4 Plus finally picks up Nougat update in the U.S.
Republic Wireless kicked off a Nougat soak test for the Moto G4 Plus a few weeks ago, and it now looks like Motorola is rolling out the update to unlocked G4 Plus (XT1644) units in the country.
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 30 Mar 2017 10:00 am
Download maps so you can access them even when you're offline.
Google Maps has an offline mode that lets you download maps and get directions even when you're not connected to the internet. If you're traveling abroad or heading to a location with limited internet connectivity, a good option is to save that particular area offline so you can get driving directions and view points of interest...
Posted by Harish Jonnalagadda on 29 Mar 2017 1:00 pm
Google Maps is an amazing resource for finding public transit information.
In addition to driving directions, Google Maps offers a wealth of options if you rely on public transit for your daily commute. The service gives you a list of the various forms of public transportation for your journey, and it also offers the ability to set a departure time and see the options available at that...