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Android http://www.themoneytimes.com/taxonomy/term/17415/all/feed en BBM to Feature on Samsung Galaxy Series Soon http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130807/bbm-feature-samsung-galaxy-series-soon-id-1701713449.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Smartphone manufacturer Samsung has inked a pact with BlackBerry whereby it will bring the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service on its Galaxy series of Android devices.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/BBM%20to%20Feature%20on%20Samsung%20Galaxy%20Series%20Soon.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="124" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung confirmed that BBM would be available on its app store that comes preloaded on its Galaxy range of phones across the African continent. </p> <p>Furthermore, the messaging service will also be available on Google Play Store, stated the South Korean based behemoth.</p> <p><strong>Robust Messaging Experience</strong><br /> While Samsung stopped short of divulging the exact date it said that BBM would be available on its app store “soon.”</p> <p>With the help of BBM subscribers can send long text messages; up to 2000 characters. Additionally the app allows the sender to know when the message has been delivered and when it has been read. The BBM app will also bring the chatting facility with multi-person chats and voice note sharing or voice messaging on the Samsung gadgets.</p> <p>BBM is considered to be “one of the best and most robust mobile messaging experiences today.” The app, which enables set up a group of up to 30 people, competes with, among others, <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/node/1701713134">Whatsapp</a>.</p> <p><strong>Expansion on the Cards</strong><br /> “At Samsung we are all about collaboration, innovation and driving consumer experience based on choice, value and customization to suit every lifestyle,” George Ferreira Samsung Electronics' Africa vice president and chief operating officer said of the partnership. </p> <p>“As such, bringing a top tier messaging service such as BBM is another way that we are expanding the catalogue of our messaging services and offering customers an amazing way to stay instantly connected with colleagues, friends and family,” Ferreira added.</p> <p>Samsung intends to roll out the BBM service to other parts of the world after testing the waters in South Africa.</p> <p>Blackberry is diversifying the ways it can use BBM. Earlier this year, it launched BBM Money in Indonesia for mobile money transfers. The service has been a smashing hit in Africa and has rendered cash redundant in the country.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung has announced that BBM will soon be available on its App Store</p> </div> </div> </div> Africa Android App BBM BlackBerry Business Samsung Smartphone Technology Top Story United States Wed, 07 Aug 2013 09:57:46 +0000 Jamie Anderson 1701713449 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Hewlett Packard swears Android loyalty, finally http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130718/hewlett-packard-swears-android-loyalty-finally-id-1701713352.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I like you android, says HP! Finally Hewlett Packard has developed a strong bonding with the much-admired mobile operating system -the Android. Out of the six devices launched by the company, two are running on the android operating system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/HP_1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="94" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>HP votes for Android</strong></p> <p>An Android version of HP’s Envy X2 Windows 8 hybrid is the HP SlateBook X2. The Indian markets are now also experiencing the touch computing devices in the affordable range like the HP Slate All-in-one.</p> <p><strong>The SlateBook X2</strong></p> <p>The SlateBook X2 by HP is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and is a 10.1 HD hybrid device that runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. The device has a 64GB storage and is available only for Rs 39,990.</p> <p><strong>Split X2</strong></p> <p>Large screen lovers, do you desire a huge 13-inch detachable hybrid running on the Windows 8 operating system? Hp offers the Split X2 for you that is powered by Intel Core processors. The HP Split X2 is priced at about Rs 64,990.</p> <p><strong> HP Pavillion 11 Touchsmart notebook</strong></p> <p>Then HP offers one of the cheapest touch notebooks for the HP lovers. The HP Pavillion 11 Touchsmart notebook plans a screen of about 11.6-inch and the device is priced at Rs 31,990. Dell and Asus , its “watch out time”- HP has decided to give some stiff competition!</p> <p><strong>HP touch variety</strong></p> <p>Director, consumer product category, PPS, HP India, Ketan Patel, states that they have been preparing for a long time to provide their customers with the android variety; he was heard stating "We have studied the market over the past couple of years and seen the growing acceptance of Android. We want to offer products in multiple form factors, architectures and operating systems.” He further states “it is just a corollary to this that the devices become more affordable on Android.”</p> <p>Pioneering all-in-one touch, HP now marches forward and introduces the touch all-in-one powered by the Android Jelly Bean. It boasts of a NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, and a 21.5-inch Full HD screen NVIDIA. The HP Slate is a great value for money especially for the people who are opting out for computers for the first time.</p> <p> But what about those people who want the perfect high-end experience with the all-in-one HP? Then just shell out Rs. 69,990 and go for the 20 inches diagonal IPS screen HP Envy Rove with the Intel Haswell processors. The touch experience is also personified with the Touchsmart Ultrabook by HP at a price of Rs. 64,990.</p> Android devices Hewlett Packard HP Slate All-in-one HP SlateBook X2 HP’s Envy X2 Windows 8 hybrid hybrid device mobile operating system NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor Split X2 Technology The SlateBook X2 Top Story United States Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:44:47 +0000 Minnie Mahendru 1701713352 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Samsung Galaxy S5 coming to India on March 27 http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140325/samsung-galaxy-s5-coming-india-march-27-id-1701713892.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you are wondering when Samsung’s flagship Android Galaxy S5 smartphone will go on sale in India, hold it! The cat is out of the bag now. The South Korean major has finally fixed the launch date for its Galaxy S5 smartphone in India.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/galaxy-s5.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxyy S5" title="Samsung Galaxy S5" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The entire media circuit is abuzz with reports that Samsung is prepping to launch the Galaxy S5 in India on 27 March, 2014, the coming Thursday. The company has started sending out invites to the media for a launch event it will be holding in Delhi on March 27.</p> <p>Though Samsung doesn’t open up about the pricing details of the phone, it is anticipated that the Galaxy S5 maker could begin pre-orders for the S5 this week, along with some introductory offers. </p> <p>Also, there’s no word on whether the new wearable devices from Samsung including the Gear Fit, the S Band and Gear 2 would be announced for the Indian market alongside the S5.</p> <p>Samsung Galaxy S5 is the latest version of Samsung's hugely successful flagship smartphone range and a serious competitor to Apple's iPhone 5S. In order to woo the Indian customers, it is believed that Samsung is aiming to keep the launch price of S5 lower than that of its predecessor S4’s.</p> <p>First unveiled last month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the Galaxy S5 includes a 5.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen, which supports Full HD (1920 x 1080) graphics. </p> <p>The phone has 2GB RAM and has 16 GB on board memory for storage. With microSD cards the phone memory can be expanded up to 128 GB. Galaxy S5 comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system and is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core application processor. It comes packed with a 2800mAh battery.</p> <p>Samsung Galaxy S5 supports a 16 MP rear camera that offers the world's fastest autofocus speed - up to 0.3 seconds, and a 2.1 MP front camera. It is a water and dust-resistant device and features a finger print scanner among other things.</p> <p>Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the anticipated <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/tags/best-smartphones/">best smartphones</a> of 2014.The phone will be launched in other major markets around the world on April 11.</p> Android best smartphones Cell Phones Galaxy S5 Handhelds India Samsung Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone in India smartphones Technology Technology The Money Times newsletter Top Story Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:41:46 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713892 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Motorola's Moto X smartphone to go on sale tomorrow for Rs 23999 http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140318/motorola%20_motox%20_India%20_Price-id-1701713880.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola's much-awaited flagship phone, Moto X, will hit the Indian mobile market Wednesday, 19 March. Moto X will be available in the country through Flipkart from tomorrow at the starting price of Rs. 23,999.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/motorola-moto-g-400x400-imadsmbwhznhucjj_1.jpeg" alt="Motorola MotoX" title="Motorola MotoX" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The e-commerce giant confirmed in a Twitter post that it will start selling the flagship smartphone from tomorrow onwards.</p> <p>"Big news! The MotoX price will start at Rs 23,999 and is releasing tomorrow!" Flipkart, which is Motorola's exclusive launch partner for the device in India, said in a tweet, adding that it will sell only the 16GB storage variant of the Moto X.</p> <p>Motorola’s Moto X, which is the company’s first flagship device since Google bought the company in 2012, will be available in five colours, while the wood back model of the phone will be retailing at Rs. 25,999.</p> <p>“We will be selling 5 colour variants priced at Rs. 23,999. The wood back version will be priced at Rs. 25,999,” the retailer tweeted. “The black &amp; white versions of the Moto X will be in stock tomorrow. The rest of the variants will be on pre-order.”</p> <p>The online retailer is giving various offers to customers purchasing the 16GB device online.</p> <p>For instance, customers who order the phone on EMI will get Rs 1,000 as cash back. In addition, Flipkart is offering 100 percent cash back to 10 lucky buyers. The retailer is even offering flat 70 percent off on cases, on purchase of Moto X smartphone.</p> <p>Flipkart has revealed that unlike the Moto G which saw a midnight launch, the Moto X will go on sale during the day.</p> <p>“The Moto X will have a daytime launch, tomorrow. Will NOT be a midnight launch,” Flipkart has tweeted.</p> <p><strong>Moto X Specifications</strong><br /> A quick look at the Moto X specs reveals that the device has a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED HD display, 10 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera and runs on Android Jelly Bean version 4.2.2 OS. It weighs 130g and comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. </p> <p>Widely regarded as one of the <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/tags/android-smartphone" target="_blank">best Android smartphones</a>, the Moto X comes packed with a custom Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery that promises up to 24 hours of usage. </p> <p>With such enhanced features and specifications, the Moto X is selling successfully all over the world. So, what are you waiting for? Go and grab the Motorola’s Moto X smartphone.</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 18-03-2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The online retailer is giving various offers to customers purchasing the 16GB device online.</p> </div> </div> </div> Android Business Cell Phones Flipkart Gadgets Gadgets India Indian mobile market Moto X smartphones Technology Technology Technology The Money Times newsletter Top Story Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:36:16 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713880 at http://www.themoneytimes.com 5 Best apps for your Android smartphone! http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140310/5-best-apps-your-android-smartphone-id-1701713868.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mobile markets are flooded with an outrageous number of smartphone applications, but finding the best of them is a cumbersome task at times. If you have an Android-powered smartphone, and you are looking for some useful mobile apps that can enable you to handle more operations at a single time, we at The MoneyTimes suggest you some of the must-install apps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/android-apps.jpg" alt="best android apps" title="Best Smartphone apps" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Discover below the list of essential applications:<br /> • Google Drive<br /> • Cover<br /> • Swype<br /> • AK Notepad<br /> • NewsRob </p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs" target="_blank">Google Drive</a>: </strong> It is a business oriented app that you can install on your Android-powered smartphone to easily access your photos, videos and other important files and folders that you need in times of emergency.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coverscreen.cover" target="_blank">Cover Lock Screen</a>:</strong> It is a small app that picks your other commonly used apps on your lock screen, and modifies them according to your location and time of day. It lets you slide the app icons partway over for a quick peek at most recently used apps. </p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nuance.swype.dtc" target="_blank">Swype</a>:</strong> Swype has been around for quite some time on Android and other smartphone platforms. This revolutionary keyboard allows users to type easily and quickly by dragging a single finger around the screen from key to key. Swype also helps you to pick most appropriate words and it also suggests you to determine if any other word makes more sense.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ru.andrey.notepad" target="_blank">AK Notepad</a>: </strong> It is a great app for Android smartphones taking quick notes on the go. This app lets you to capture text notes, set reminders, as well as organize notes with tags like #work #school #grocery shop and share them via SMS or email. </p> <p><strong>NewsRob:</strong> It is an Android app for quickly scanning RSS feeds. The app synchronizes with the Google Reader service, and can be set to synchronize the most recent 50-1000 articles. You can scan 150 to 175 headlines within minutes, and even with a few quick clicks can send stories to your e-mail, Twitter account or any other online account.</p> <p>So what are you waiting for? if you are an Android smartphone user, you could look to install the above mentioned apps in your smartphone to bring the best out of it.</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 10-03-2014.</p> Android India Mobile markets Personal Technology smartphone applications smartphones Technology Technology The Money Times newsletter Top Story useful mobile apps Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:57:16 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713868 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Samsung launches ads free music streaming service, 'Milk Music' http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140308/samsung-launches-ads-free-music-streaming-service-milk-music-id-1701713865.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung is gearing up to launch a new free music service for its Galaxy smartphone users. The South Korean gadget maker unveiled the service, dubbed “Milk Music,” on Friday, March 7, 2014 in the US.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/samsung%20Milk%20Music.png" alt="Samsung Milk Music" title="Samsung Milk Music" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="153" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/showcase/milk/" target=_blank">Samsung’s Milk Music</a> service offers some 200 ad-free genre-based radio stations and 13 million songs to US customers with Samsung Galaxy devices. </p> <p>“Milk introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences,” said Gregory Lee, President and Chief Executive of Samsung Telecommunications America. </p> <p>“We’re offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle.” </p> <p>With the launch of free Milk Music service, Samsung has entered the already crowded online streaming music industry where it will face tough competition from the likes of Pandora, Spotify and Apple’s iTunes.</p> <p>"We feel that while the music space is very competitive there is room for improvement," said Daren Tsui, vice president of music at Samsung Media Solutions.</p> <p>According to the electronic giant, Milk is designed to be easy to use, fast and highly customizable. It features a large wheel quite similar to an old-fashioned radio tuner and allows users to browse music channels by genre. Users can add their favorite stations to a ‘My Stations’ section, and can also tag individual songs as favorites. Milk is powered by the radio service <a href="http://www.slacker.com/" target="_blank">Slacker Radio</a>, which operates its own streaming music service.</p> <p>The app is compatible with Samsung's Galaxy phone series including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note II handsets. For the <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140121/stare-your-samsung-galaxy-s5-unlock-it-id-1701713759.html" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>, the app will be available in April. </p> <p>Perhaps the best thing about this app is that it’s free and won't include advertising! So, what are you waiting for, download Milk Music from the Google Play store quickly!</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 08-03-2014.</p> Android Digital Entertainment free music service Galaxy Galaxy smartphone online music service Samsung Smartophone apps smartphones Technology Technology The Money Times newsletter Top Story United States Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:08:45 +0000 Natalie James 1701713865 at http://www.themoneytimes.com BlackBerry Messenger update offers free voice calling facility for Android, iPhone users http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20140215/blackberry-messenger-update-offers-free-voice-calling-facility-android-iphone-user <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Blackberry on Friday rolled out the much-awaited update for its popular instant messaging app BBM with a plethora of new features. The updated Blackberry Messenger is now available for Android, BlackBerry 10 and iPhone users, allowing them to make free voice calls to other BBM contacts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/BBM-app.jpg" alt="Blackberry Messenger update - Make free voice calls " title="BBM users now can make free calls- new BBM update" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="101" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A whole lot of new features in the latest version 2.0 of BBM messaging app include BBM Voice, BBM Channels, Dropbox, and Glymse-powered location sharing option, with voice calling being the major one.</p> <p>According to Blackberry’s official blog, the BBM Voice will allow Android and iPhone users to make direct free voice calls to their BBM contacts over a Wi-Fi or via cellular networks.</p> <p>As of BBM Channels, the blog post explains this feature in the Blackberry Messenger provides message-board style group interactions between the users on a variety of topics like hobbies, sports, automobiles, entertainment, lifestyle and others. </p> <p>“Today’s announcement gives Android and iPhone customers the rich experience of BBM Voice and BBM Channels – two great ways to connect with friends, family and colleagues, to build out communities around shared interests, and to follow your favourite people and brands,” BlackBerry President (Global Enterprise Solutions) John Sims said, as quoted by The Financial Express.</p> <p>The free voice call feature already facilitates Blackberry handset users to make free voice calls to their contacts.</p> <p>The new Blackberry Messenger comes packed with over 250,000 channels, created by large international brands like Coke Indonesia and USA Today as well as regional ones like Airtel, Firstpost.Com and Cafe Coffee Day.<br /> BBM 2.0 will also have Glympse, a location sharing feature that will allow users to share their location for limited period of time. </p> <p>What’s more, Blackberry Messenger users on Android and iPhone as well as BlackBerry smartphone users will also be able to share images, contacts, documents, calendar items and much more with a single click.</p> <p>And for those who love texting using emoticons, or smileys, there are 100 new ones added to the updated BBM 2.0 app.</p> <p>Blackberry had rolled out its instant messaging service BBM last year in October on rival platforms, and within days of the launch it had managed to garner 40 million new Android and iOS users.</p> <p>Edited by Neelam Goswami on 15-02-2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>BBM messenger users now can make free voice calls to other BBM contacts. </p> </div> </div> </div> Android BBM contacts BlackBerry Blackberry 10 Digital Entertainment instant messaging app BBM iphone users latest version 2.0 of BBM messaging app make free voice calls Technology Top Story United States updated Blackberry Messenger Sat, 15 Feb 2014 05:33:19 +0000 NeelamGoswami 1701713832 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Smartphones Head-up display! Car drive distraction lessened? http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130710/smartphones-head-display-car-drive-distraction-lessened-id-1701713320.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Get ready for some suave head-up display to be added to the smartphone navigation apps, people!! The driving experience promises to be memorable as you may be driving around with the first portable HUD, with driving directions flashed onto the vehicle windscreens via the head-up display. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/garmin_1373369301_540x540.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="138" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Garmin makes HUD</strong></p> <p>Garmin, the Satellite-navigation firm is all geared up to launch the first head-up display system for the navigation apps in the Smartphone. The real-time driving directions will be displayed on the vehicle’s windscreen via the head-up display or HUD as it is called.</p> <p>Garmin announced that the HUD will be wireless and will pair with compatible Smartphones that are Bluetooth-enabled, like the <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130708/google-versions-samsung-s4-and-htc-one-first-look-id-1701713310.html">Android phone</a>, Windows 8 powered phones and <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/node/1701712578">Apple’s iPhones</a>.</p> <p><strong>More about the heads-up display</strong></p> <p>The company announces that the Heads-up display called the Gramin HUD is a gadget for navigation purposes that is used to project the directions the driver needs on to a transparent film. This film has been applied to the vehicle’s windshield from the inside. </p> <p>The HUD desires a <a href="http://www.themoneytimes.com/node/1701712002">Windows 8 Smartphone</a>, or a device with iOS to display the directions. The driver can manoeuver around the other cars on the road and is also able to focus by having the eyes fixed on the road. In this way the driver doesn’t have to keep a Smartphone in hand and thus is able to stay away from distractions that can cause accidents.</p> <p>Just like the standalone GPS units, the heads-up display will tell the driver beforehand the lane to drive in. There is an inbuilt alarm system that will warn the driver to maintain correct speed at turns etc. What else can the parent of an errant teenager want for the safety of their child? The alarm is incapable of being turned out easily, so the fast speed lovers better watch out!!</p> <p>You don’t even have to worry about the day timings, folks, as the HUD will alter the brightness of display according to the natural light that is seen inside the car. The display screen will show the car’s current speed, the upcoming turn direction and its distance from the car. </p> <p>Even the time of commencement of the trip can be roughly estimated by the HUD. So you will be able to steer around the traffic delays and make it on time, as the HUD will be informing about the road works and accidents in advance!! The device will be powered by a power adapter cable offering 5V/2.1A USB port that will be got from the vehicle, and this will charge the Smartphone throughout the trip. </p> <p>This portable HUD device can be used in one car, removed and put up in another car and will be available at a reasonable price for just about $ 130, customized additions being extra, say the reports. So be prepared for a classy tension free driving experience this summer, folks!! But a thing to remember the HUD is not compatible with the free mapping programs like Apple maps or Google maps.</p> <p>Garmin is waiting anxiously for the go-ahead signal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).</p> Android App iPhones Apple Bluetooth enabled Cell Phones driving directions first portable HUD Garmin head-up display navigation apps Satellite-navigation firm Top Story United States vehicle windscreens Windows 8 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 06:38:42 +0000 Minnie Mahendru 1701713320 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Google working on video game console, smartwatch http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130629/google-working-video-game-console-smartwatch-id-1701713275.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google has been working on building multiple kinds of device to keep pushing its globally dominant Android OS beyond tablets and smartphones.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/sw.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="130" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is developing a Google-branded game console and a smartphone-connected wristwatch powered by its Android operating system. This smartphone-wristwatch connection will be via bluetooth. Also, a follow up of the Nexus Q is being developed.</p> <p>At least one of these devices will be launched in fall, according to the WSJ.</p> <p>Google’s Android operating system is the world’s most popular mobile software, available on three out of every four smartphones sold. A video game console could be the next big thing and help in expanding Android’s use beyond smartphones and tablets.</p> <p>Google wants to make an Android-based video game console that allows users to not only play Android games on their smartphones and tablets, but also a full-powered system like the upcoming Xbox One or PlayStation 4. No hardware or software details are available at this point. </p> <p>The WSJ also says Google is preparing to push Android onto even lower cost smartphone hardware. Its sources say the next release of Android — presumably the Key Lime Pie flavor — will be “better tailored to the lower-cost smartphones prevalent in developing countries with the aim of firming up Android’s market-share globally”.</p> <p>One might ask why a video game console? Could it be Google’s answer to the Apple’s next TV release? Rumor has it that Apple plans to have its own dedicated game device and smartwatch in the near future. The Nexus Q followup looks like a TV box of some kind and will be the next generation Google TV. Google unveiled Nexus Q in June,2012,<br /> but never released the product.</p> <p>The Nexus Q is a cloud-based social streaming media player that can stream Google Play Music, Google Play Movies/TV, and YouTube content to your tablet, smartphone, or TV. The new version is expected to be cheaper. </p> <p>Google also has some other Android offerings in the works, such as a Hewlett-Packard built laptop running Android. This is meant to compete more with the likes of touch laptops running Windows 8.</p> Android Android 2.3 operating system Apple Google Smart Watch smartphones Video game Sat, 29 Jun 2013 10:34:30 +0000 Anupama Gumber 1701713275 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Androids win!! Indian markets elbow out Apple http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130625/androids-win-indian-markets-elbow-out-apple-id-1701713261.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Folks, we have some great news for you!! Apple demands see a low as Androids are the preferred choice of the Indians.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/apple-iphone-4s-051011.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="120" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Indian Smartphone Markets</strong></p> <p>The Indian Smartphone market gives Apple a slight nudge as it gives the lead to Samsung in both unit sales and value. The January to March or first quarter ratings this year show that Apple is no more in the first five Smartphone choices but as far as higher profitability side is taken into account then Apple sure manages to clamber to take a place in the top five.</p> <p>The recent data report bought forth by the International Data Corporation (IDC) confirm that as compared to the last year’s record, the Indian Smartphone market, in the first quarter of 2013, shows a growth of 24%. It’s the Android that has managed to dominate the Indian Smartphone market with a whopping share of 90% that is dominated by the sales in the lower end segment.</p> <p><strong>Apple v/s Karbonn and Micromax</strong></p> <p>An aggressive advertising campaign and a volley of discount schemes have made sure that Apple stays in the high sale segment in the recent months. But now Apple is marching a slow downslide, as its sale impetus has slowed. </p> <p>Manasi Yadav, senior market analyst at IDC was heard commenting "Apple has always been a niche player in the country. Apple numbers in Q4 of 2012 were exceptional but their shipments actually saw a dip in Q1 of 2013 as per our numbers.”</p> <p>Karbonn and Micromax are the chosen ones for the Indian customer base as they are treated as the best “value for money” offers in the Smartphone markets. Karbonn bags about 11% of the market and Micromax grabs about 19%. </p> <p>Subsequently, these two hold the third and second place in Smartphone unit shipments recorded in the first quarter. Yadav comments "Their volumes are increasing quarter-on-quarter and they are giving tough competition to all the players. They are especially successful in tier-2 and tier-3 towns where brand names don't matter that much.”</p> <p><strong>The Nokia story</strong></p> <p>Nokia maybe getting a great feedback on its Lumia range and is also showing increasing sales. It enjoys the fourth position in Smartphone shipments at the moment and also shows promise for an increase in this. </p> <p>The sales of the Blackberry have shown a slight slack or maybe counted as stagnant "Indian market is driven by low cost devices. They have also grown much faster when it comes to units," states Yadav. </p> <p>She confirms further "Rupee depreciation will negatively impact Micromax and Karbonn especially since their margins are lower, but their volumes are increasing. So they might maintain low pricing as it is their USP."</p> advertising campaign Android Apple BlackBerry Cell Phones IDC India Indian market Indian Smartphone Markets Karbonn Lumia Micromax Nokia Samsung Top Story Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:53:06 +0000 Minnie Mahendru 1701713261 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Facebook’s new mobile offering! News delivery with new format? http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130624/facebook%E2%80%99s-new-mobile-offering-news-delivery-new-format.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Its mobile offerings time again for the social networking giant, Facebook!! </p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Facebook promises mobiles a new visual format as it works on the news delivery service for mobiles!! Facebook dubs the service as “Reader” and this service will be displaying user and publisher content in a new style for the Facebook members.</p> <p><strong>Facebook brings forth another change</strong></p> <p>Recent reports state that Facebook has its hands full with some turnabout actions for the social network lovers!! This time Facebook is busy with the mobile news-delivery service. It will display user and publisher content in an entirely new format confirms the Wall Street Journal.</p> <p>Facebook has always been a very user friendly platform like Twitter and has recently announced this breaking news to the network friends. Its promise time, folks!! The networking giant plans to include a homegrown news-delivery service for its mobile lovers.</p> <p><strong>Facebook may introduce “Reader”</strong></p> <p>Facebook has named this service internally as the Reader and plans to please its mobile devices by displaying content posted by the publishers and other Facebook users in a new format that has been specially designed. This was hinted from internal sources that were closely linked with the project though no spokesperson from Facebook has openly confirmed the news.</p> <p> The new project that bears a resemblance to Flipboard has been occupying the Facebook people for almost a year or more. Flipboard is another much loved news reading app that collects content and information from a number of sources, Facebook plans to march a similar road.</p> <p><strong>Changing internet trends</strong></p> <p>With the changing Internet trends, mobile is a must for Facebook. The social site has been busy in the past with its advertising tactics for mobiles. The social networks on the internet need to be constantly upgraded and changed to keep the user’s hands attention grabbed. But it is still unclear and not confirmed when Facebook will actually launch this project stated the Wall Street Journal news. It’s the changing tastes of the Facebook users that have prompted this project to be conjured up.</p> <p>After all the changing social networking trends demand newer modifications, and Facebook always listens to the cry of its users. Remember Facebook home, the mobile app family for the Androids and Smartphone, so folks gear up Facebook may surprise us again this time!</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/fb_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="225" /> </div> </div> </div> Android Facebook Flipboard internet mobile news delivery service publisher reader Smartphone social networking giant user Wall Street Journal website Mon, 24 Jun 2013 08:56:13 +0000 Minnie Mahendru 1701713257 at http://www.themoneytimes.com World's slimmest smartphone launched by Huawei! http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130621/worlds-slimmest-smartphone-launched-huawei-id-1701713252.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Huawei launches world's slimmest smartphone!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/Huawei%20Ascend%20P6.jpg" alt="" title="Huawei Android based slimeest smartphone" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="120" /> </div> </div> </div> <p> Huawei Ascend P6, the super-slim smartphone has been in rumors since a couple of months. Finally, Huawei has unraveled the device and though self-proclaimed, Huawei Ascend P6 is touted to be the World’s Slimmest Smartphone.</p> <p> China's Huawei unveiled its flagship smartphone, the Ascend P6, at its first standalone launch event on Tuesday, underlining its ambitions to compete with Apple and Samsung in the top tier of mobile technology.</p> <p> The company says the device, at 6.18 mm thick, is the world's slimmest. It has a 5 megapixel front-facing camera, designed for taking self-pics, or pictures of the owner to be shared on social media networks. The company picked the launch date - 6/18 (June 18) - to tie in with the smartphone's dimensions. The phone is also light in weight at 120 grams as most smartphones fall around the 135 grams mark.</p> <p><strong>Specifications and features</strong></p> <p> The phone runs on the latest Android version, Jelly Bean 4.2. The phone has skipped the 5-inch phablet mark and instead comes with a 4.7-inch capacitive touch-screen. The screen resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels. Huawei has also decided to launch their in-house UI termed Emotion UI 1.6 with the Huawei Ascend P6.</p> <p> Under the hood runs a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor with a Huawei K3V2 chipset. There are no multiple internal memory variants, which is a little disappointing as what is offered with the Huawei Ascend P6 is just 8 GB. Expandable memory is also just 32 GB, below expectations as most of the P6 competitors offer up to 64 GB expandable memory.</p> <p> Industry analyst Ben Wood at CCS Insight said that at the right price the Ascend P6 would attract buyers who had not considered Huawei before.</p> <p> "Huawei P6 is darn thin," he tweeted. But he added that the device was not, at this stage, compatible with the high speed, next generation 4G networks, which are being rolled out across the world.</p> <p> Camera is one of the most interesting features of Huawei Ascend P6. The rear end-camera is the standard 8 MP with LED flash and supports most features and modes like geo-tagging, HDR, face and smile detection. However, the rear-end camera is not what has kicked up the excitement by a notch. It’s the front end camera.</p> <p> With its sleek look and “elegant” design, we wonder if Huawei has limited the audience for the phone. Afterall, “elegance” is not on top of the list for phone buyers.</p> <p>` Also, looking at the stress placed on the front-camera and a pink variant, coupled with elegance, we wonder if Huawei is targeting more of a female audience with the Huawei Ascend P6. A repeat of Micromax A55 and Q55 Bling, is it?</p> Android Android phones Ascend P6 Huawei Samsung Sleek slim Smartphone Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:47:13 +0000 Rewin Koul 1701713252 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Samsung reveals teaser about event in June; to unveil Windows and Android devices http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130528/samsung-reveals-teaser-about-event-june-unveil-windows-and-android-devices-id-1701 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>TO unveil Windows and Android devices</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/galaxy.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="179" /> </div> </div> </div> <p> Not even months into the launch of the "super" smartphone Galaxy S4, Samsung is all set to launch it's new range of smartphones and laptops this June.</p> <p> The South Korean electronics giant is holding an event on June 20 in London, to unveil new mobile devices. The London show will focus on the company's Galaxy brand, which covers its Android phones and tablets, and the newer Ativ brand (Vita, speeled backwards), which is the unified name for its Windows Phones, as well as its Windows 8 and Windows RT laptops, tablets, and hybrids. </p> <p> Samsung's press conference will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern time, 8 p.m. local time in London. For those not local, it’ll be livestreamed at Samsung’s mobile YouTube page.</p> <p> Samsung, issued invitations under the heading “Samsung Premiere 2013 Galaxy &amp; Ativ,” confirming that both Android and Windows devices will be unveiled during the event.</p> <p> There’s a chance we could see a new Galaxy Note smartphone — the Note 2 was announced last August — and perhaps a refresh of the company’s Galaxy tablet line. Over the past few years, Samsung has been increasingly focused on its Note tablet lineup, but the company could potentially refresh its Galaxy Tab slates with a lower price to compete with other cheap Android tablets.</p> <p> As for Ativ, Samsung’s brand for all of its Windows devices, we could potentially see Samsung explore new tablet and Ultrabook designs. Its Ativ smart PCs sport removable screens, so they can function as both tablets and notebooks. At this point, I’m excited to see what Samsung comes up with for the Windows 8 Ultrabook ecosystem.</p> <p> <strong>Stepping up to the competition</strong><br /> The event, scheduled for June 20, will happen just one week after Apple's yearly developer conference, WWDC. Apple usually makes significant announcements about its upcoming software and hardware at the WWDC conference.</p> <p> Besides, Microsoft has also scheduled its 2013 BUILD conference, which is scheduled to begin on June 26. Microsoft is likely to unveil Windows Blue, an update to Windows 8.</p> <p> June is going to be a hell of a month for techies!</p> <p> Samsung did include a few teaser pictures on its invitation though, and two of the images appear to show close-ups of a notebook computer. The teaser images have been presented at the top.</p> Android Ativ Galaxy June laptops london note Samsung smartphones windows Tue, 28 May 2013 12:27:54 +0000 Rewin Koul 1701713208 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Instagram 3.5 with photo tagging features launched for iPhone and Android http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130506/instagram-35-photo-tagging-features-launched-iphone-and-android-id-1701713167.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Instagram launched its version 3.5 of its application to the iOS store and google play today. This launch is going to be one of the biggest for all the brands and its users.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/image_38.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="146" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Photo tag has made our lives much easier and is undoubtedly one of the most preferred user options in Facebook. The invention facilitates browsing through photos and tagging them no matter which friend has uploaded them in their own profile. </p> <p>Following Facebook's lead, Instagram has added tagging for friends and brands. </p> <p><Strong>Photos of You-the new profile section of Instagram</strong><br /> The feature dubbed "Photos of You" will allow users to tag the friends in their filtered snaps which then automatically show up under your user name. This feature is the part of Instagram 3.5 and is available for both iPhones and Android platforms.</p> <p>Once the photo is taken, a new button gives you the option to tag people and places. It may be referring to your favourite pizza joint or your BFF, this is the most greatest features in the latest version of Instagram. </p> <p>Referring to this feature, Instagram says, "One of the most common things people do on Instagram is @ mention their friends when they want to add them to a photo." The new section, 'Photos Of You' plans on achieving that.</p> <p>As the user browses your feed, the tags for that photo can be made by simply tapping the photo once. The tags of the photos will be seen once the cursor is placed on a particular place or a particular person much like how it works in Facebook.</p> <p>Till now, tagging a particular friend would generate their story in the friend's News tab. However with the new update the tags are aggregated by the users and push notifications sent to all those tagged in that particular picture.</p> <p><Strong>Photo tagging-useful feature:</strong><br /> Using this feature, photos can be tagged to places and people and it portrays a captured moment away from the "now". It's symbolic and one of the greatest photo capturing apps available in the recent times.</p> <p>The previous features of Instagram like the photo maps were greatly appreciated by users and so will the new Photos Of You feature. The feature which is most liked by Instagrammers is its ability to be current and live in the present. </p> <p>This feature was prevalent in Facebook too with the launch of timeline and would be soon be practised by the Instagram users as well. The history of every user would be seen, making the app very transparent and user friendly.</p> <p>A feature to untag pictures would also be available in the new version of Instagram. This feature is available in case users have any apprehensions. They are given until May 16th to select whether they want to allow open tagging by any Instagrammers, or prefer to pick and choose which appear on you profile.</p> <p>Photos will not be automatically added in the Photos Of You section, they need to be individually tagged by its photographer for them to be listed there. </p> <p>Instagram is looking to impress many brands with this new feature. Especially brand pages like Burberry which can reap the benefits sown by Instagram. The Photos of You section is available in Burberry also where the photos being tagged by the users will be aggregated with @Burberry. </p> <p>Before the final photo with the photo tags goes live, Instagram has an option for every user to turn on the Final approval. This feature is also available in Facebook.</p> <p><Strong>Instagram's new feature available on iPhone and Android</strong><br /> The new version 3.5 version of the Instagram was launched simultaneously for both the iPhones and the Android. Both iPhone and Android users can download the new app for better photo tagging.</p> <p>The updated version has many improved features than the previous version of the Instagram. The most important is probably the improvement in the image quality for photos being uploaded on Android 4.0 and above. This is going to make the Android phone users very happy, a definite plus for them as they wondered previously why their photos looked dull compared to their iPhone user friends. </p> <p>The new profile section, Photos of You is a compilation of all the tagged photos of the user neatly in a memory pile, the brands should not take unnecessary advantage of this feature and instead be thrilled by its popularity among the various social networking sites and other advertising platforms.</p> <p>This unique photo tagging feature would highlight some unique perspectives of brand reach and enabling when and who is engaging why?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-imagecaption"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Introducing 'Photos Of You', a new profile section for photo tagging in Instagram launched for iPhone and Android. </p> </div> </div> </div> Android brands Facebook Instagram iPhone Markets photo sharing photo tagging social media social networks Technology Top Story United States Mon, 06 May 2013 09:50:33 +0000 Shikha.hyd 1701713167 at http://www.themoneytimes.com Mystery phone by LG resembles Nexus 5 or LG Optimus 2? http://www.themoneytimes.com/featured/20130506/mystery-phone-lg-resembles-nexus-5-or-lg-optimus-2-id-1701713166.html <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The sparkling similarity between LG Optimus 2 and Google nexus 5 is a hot topic these days after the pictures were leaked from “evleaks”, a famous tool of Twitter and Facebook for leak images of smartphones.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.themoneytimes.com/files/imagecache/picturethumb/lg_5.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-picturethumb imagecache-default imagecache-picturethumb_default" width="180" height="180" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Few have predicted that the latest pictures leaked on “evleaks” are that of next-gen Optimus G2 device but the partnership between Google and LG have also raised hopes for a launch of LG branded Nexus 5 device. This speculation has been raised after looking at the similarities between LG’s Optimus G Smartphone and the Nexus 4.</p> <p>Various unknown LG handsets have been hitting the AnTuTu benchmark database in recent times. Though some have commented that these LG handsets are nothing but different versions of LG Optimus G2 that are being tested out before actual launch. </p> <p>The list of LG handsets that have been a part of AnTuTu database are the LG-F340L, Lg-F320L, and LG-F320K.These run on either 1.5GHz or 2GHz processors or Android 4.1.2 or Android 4.2.2. </p> <p>All these devices are Korean versions by LG and that is evident from their new names. But this prediction was denied by Android Authority's Chris Smith, who said that just by the model number one cannot figure out the specifics of any device.</p> <p><strong>Launch of Mystery Phone</strong><br /> The approximate time when this mystery LG phone will actually hit the market stands was shared by Smith. According to him, this new LG mystery phone which comes with 5.5 inch display will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year. </p> <p>Smith said LG has recently announced the launch of its Optimus Pro G in the US and will wait for that much time to launch its new mystery device. The LG Optimus ProG is an AT&amp;T excusive priced at $199.</p> <p>Talking about this mystery phone the most fascinating point about this LG device is that it does not have any hardware buttons on it. And one will get to see a slight bezel on the top. Also the phone will have USB 2.0 connector for charging.</p> <p><strong>Mystery Phone Vs LG Optimus Pro</strong><br /> When compared with LG Optimus Pro , the new mystery phone includes sensors and flash lights that move from top right to its top left. Also LG logo is at the bottom instead of top and the primary speaker is shifter towards the lower side as compared to the placement it has in LG Optimus Pro.</p> <p>To sum up, the new mystery phone by LG will be in a size of around 2.5 by 5 inches with 5.5 inch screen display.</p> Android evleaks Google Nexus 5 LG handsets LG optimus proG Nexus2 Technology Top Story United States Mon, 06 May 2013 07:08:15 +0000 Shipra 1701713166 at http://www.themoneytimes.com