AndroidOS.in http://www.androidos.in Sun, 08 May 2016 18:20:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 http://www.androidos.in/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-androidos_icon-profile-photo-copy-32x32.jpg AndroidOS.in http://www.androidos.in 32 32 Adieu http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/goodbye/ http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/goodbye/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:18:40 +0000 http://www.androidos.in/?p=78090 I have long dreaded that one day I will be writing this post. But, after all, everything that has a beginning has an end. So, with heavy heart, I announce that AndroidOS.in is shutting down. This day was in making for some time and those who know me personally are aware that I have mulled […]

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I have long dreaded that one day I will be writing this post. But, after all, everything that has a beginning has an end. So, with heavy heart, I announce that AndroidOS.in is shutting down.

This day was in making for some time and those who know me personally are aware that I have mulled this quite a few times and had always decided against it in the past. It is never easy to put an end to something that you have created, nurtured and turned into what you can been proud of. But, as I get ready for the next phase of my life/ career, I have to bid AndroidOS.in goodbye.

AndroidOS.in will continuing residing on the web as an archive of the all the work that I have put in over the past many years, but there won’t be any new content.

I still can’t believe that it has been this long. I distinctly remember beginning a hobby blog about Android on Blogger soon after Google had unveiled Android and Open Handset Alliance, but at that time I had no idea that one day that small blog would become this big and I will be writing about Android full time. It has been a great journey, there were good days and bad days and then there were great days. I also made my fair share of mistakes and I learnt from them. As I sit down to chalk out the journey ahead, I feel much wiser thanks to AndroidOS.in.

Thank you for being such great readers all these years. AndroidOS.in would not have existed without you. It has been an honour.

Goodbye!

Gaurav Shukla

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News Briefs: Asus mulls HTC acquisition, Twitter to ditch character limit from DMs, Ouya looks for a buyer & more http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/news-briefs-asus-mulls-htc-acquisition-twitter-ditch-character-limit-dms-ouya-looks-buyer/ http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/news-briefs-asus-mulls-htc-acquisition-twitter-ditch-character-limit-dms-ouya-looks-buyer/#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:45:39 +0000 http://www.androidos.in/?p=78087 Asus might acquire HTC: Report Inside Asus headquarters in Taiwan, the company executives are discussing a buyout of the struggling smartphone maker HTC. Asus Chairman Johnny Shih remarked at the company’s annual general meeting that they haven’t ruled out the possibility of acquiring HTC. The company CFO David Chang however downplayed the chances of it […]

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HTC dying logoAsus might acquire HTC: Report

Inside Asus headquarters in Taiwan, the company executives are discussing a buyout of the struggling smartphone maker HTC. Asus Chairman Johnny Shih remarked at the company’s annual general meeting that they haven’t ruled out the possibility of acquiring HTC.

The company CFO David Chang however downplayed the chances of it actually happening.

“Our chairman has chatted about the topic internally. Still, the chances of an actual takeover are not big as Asustek is a company that has depended on organic growth,” Chang told Reuters.

Twitter to remove 140-character limit from Direct Messages

Twitter has announced that it will ditch the character limit in the direct messages in July. The company is asking the developers to get their apps ready for the change.

When the limit is removed, the Twitter users will be able to send or receive as long direct messages as they want. There are however no plans to do anything with the character limit of tweets. [Source]

Ouya is looking for a buyer: Report

Ouya game console

Android-powered Ouya Game Console

The Kickstarter darling Ouya is negotiating a possible buyout. The company is currently in talks with Razer, a computer and accessories maker. Nothing is final at this point, but there is a big possibility that Razer might soon become the owner of Ouya.

Despite the acquisition, Ouya is likely to continue functioning under Razer ownership and will get investment and other support from Razer. [Source]

Huawei Watch China launch delayed: Report

Huawei’s Android Wear smartwatch, which was supposed to go on sale this month in China, has been delayed until September/ October. Given the less-than open nature of Android Wear platform, the company is finding it hard to strip the Google services from the smartwatch as Mountain View’s services don’t work in China.Huawei Watch

It is unclear whether the China release delay will impact the launch in other markets. While it seems unlikely, we never know. [Source]

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Micromax releases Canvas Hue 2 A316 smartphone at INR 12,499 http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/micromax-releases-canvas-hue-2-a316-smartphone-inr-12499/ http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/micromax-releases-canvas-hue-2-a316-smartphone-inr-12499/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:39:18 +0000 http://www.androidos.in/?p=78082 Micromax has quietly released the new Canvas Hue 2 A316 smartphone in the Indian market. Now available at select brick-and-mortar stores as well as ebay India, the new smartphone is an upgraded version of the company’s previously launched Canvas 4+ A315. Based on a cursory look, Micromax seems to have kept the same design as […]

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Micromax Canvas Hue 2Micromax has quietly released the new Canvas Hue 2 A316 smartphone in the Indian market. Now available at select brick-and-mortar stores as well as ebay India, the new smartphone is an upgraded version of the company’s previously launched Canvas 4+ A315.

Based on a cursory look, Micromax seems to have kept the same design as Canvas 4+ in the new Cavnas Hue 2. The specifications are also almost same apart from the amount of RAM, which has been increased to 2GB.

Micromax Canvas Hue 2 features a 5-inch 720p HD AMOLED display, dual-SIM support, 1.7GHz MediaTek octa-core processor and 3G connectivity. The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and packs 13MP rear camera, 5MP front shooter, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot and 2000 mAh battery.

The smartphone has been priced at INR 12,499, however you can grab it for as low as INR 11,736 from ebay. We expect to see an official announcement and expanded availability in the coming days. [via]

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Sony Xperia C4 dual priced at INR 29,490, now on sale in India http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/sony-xperia-c4-dual-priced-inr-29490-now-sale-india/ http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/sony-xperia-c4-dual-priced-inr-29490-now-sale-india/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:04:22 +0000 http://www.androidos.in/?p=78077 Sony has finally revealed the pricing and availability details of the Xperia C4 smartphone for the Indian market. The smartphone will retail at INR 29,490 in the country and can now be grabbed from Sony Centers, Xperia stores and other major electronic retailers. Originally introduced for the Indian market at a press event last month, […]

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Sony Xperia C4 ColoursSony has finally revealed the pricing and availability details of the Xperia C4 smartphone for the Indian market. The smartphone will retail at INR 29,490 in the country and can now be grabbed from Sony Centers, Xperia stores and other major electronic retailers.

Originally introduced for the Indian market at a press event last month, Sony Xperia C4 is targeted to the selfie-enthusiasts with its 5MP front shooter, which comes with LED flash and a wide-angle lens. Sony has also included several software enhancements in the smartphone to improve the selfie-experience of the consumers. For the primary imaging needs, the company has included a 13MP rear shooter with auto-focus support and LED flash in the smartphone.

In addition, the Sony Xperia C4 dual comes with a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor, Android 5.0 and 2GB of RAM. The smartphone also features 2600 mAh battery, 16GB of in-built storage, microSD card slot, dual-SIM support, 4G LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.Sony Xperia C4

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Reliance Jio’s 4G LTE service will go live in December: Mukesh Ambani http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/reliance-jios-4g-lte-service-will-go-live-december-mukesh-ambani/ http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/reliance-jios-4g-lte-service-will-go-live-december-mukesh-ambani/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:28:20 +0000 http://www.androidos.in/?p=78073 The seemingly endless wait for Reliance Jio’s 4G services is almost over. Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani announced at the company’s 41st AGM that Jio will commence its operations in December this year. According to Ambani, the company is ready to serve all 29 states and will reach 80 percent of the Indian population […]

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Reliance Jio logoThe seemingly endless wait for Reliance Jio’s 4G services is almost over. Reliance Industries Limited chairman Mukesh Ambani announced at the company’s 41st AGM that Jio will commence its operations in December this year.

According to Ambani, the company is ready to serve all 29 states and will reach 80 percent of the Indian population at launch with a target to cover 100 percent in the next three years.

The company will begin the beta-testing in the next few months and is also planning to release several mobile applications. The company’s Jio Chat application is already being used by over a million users.

Reliance Jio will also introduce 4G LTE smartphones priced under INR 4,000 with the commercial launch of its 4G service. The company is working with the likes of Huawei, ZTE, Samsung and others for these smartphones. Just yesterday, ZTE had launched a 4G LTE Android phone in the country at INR 4,999. So, under INR 4K 4G smartphones are certainly feasible.

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Xiaomi announces INR 2,000 price-cut for Mi 4 (64GB) in India http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/xiaomi-announces-inr-2000-price-cut-mi-4-64gb-india/ http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/xiaomi-announces-inr-2000-price-cut-mi-4-64gb-india/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:00:46 +0000 http://www.androidos.in/?p=78069 Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced that it is reducing the price of the 64GB Mi 4 smartphone in the Indian market. The phone is now available at just INR 19,999, down from INR 21,999, at Flipkart.com in White colour. This is the second price-cut for the 64GB version, which was originally launched at INR […]

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Mi 4 at FlipkartChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced that it is reducing the price of the 64GB Mi 4 smartphone in the Indian market. The phone is now available at just INR 19,999, down from INR 21,999, at Flipkart.com in White colour. This is the second price-cut for the 64GB version, which was originally launched at INR 23,999 in February this year and received the first price-cut in April.

There is no word on whether Xiaomi plans to reduce the price of the 16GB version as well in the coming days. The variant currently retails at INR 17,999.

To remind you, Xiaomi Mi 4 features a 5-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, Android 4.4.4 with MIUI 6, and 3GB of RAM. It also comes with 64GB of internal storage, 3G support, 13MP rear camera and 8MP front shooter.

In related news, Flipkart is also running an exchange promotion for the Mi 4 smartphone. As a part of which, you can receive up to INR 5K discount on the Mi 4 purchase, when you exchange the old smartphone for Mi 4.

[Source: Mi 4 on Flipkart]

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Google launches tool to find the best Android phone for you http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/google-launches-tool-find-best-android-phone/ http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/google-launches-tool-find-best-android-phone/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 05:48:11 +0000 http://www.androidos.in/?p=78066 Google has added a new tool on the official Android website to help the consumers in finding the best Android smartphone as per their needs. Although the tool is available globally, it only suggests the smartphones available in the US market right now. Google’s tool asks you to select three or more key features that […]

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Android Phone toolGoogle has added a new tool on the official Android website to help the consumers in finding the best Android smartphone as per their needs. Although the tool is available globally, it only suggests the smartphones available in the US market right now.

Google’s tool asks you to select three or more key features that you want in your smartphone and recommends devices on the basis of them. You can filter the recommended phones as per pricing, screen-size or the availability on a particular US carrier. The tool also offers key specifications and features of the suggested smartphones.

Although it asks specific questions, which might lead you believe the tool is detailed and through, the Google tool is pretty basic and is only intended for the consumers, who are newbies to the smartphones. If you know your way around smartphones, you are better off researching on your own.

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BlackBerry might launch an Android-powered smartphone: Report http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/blackberry-might-launch-android-powered-smartphone-report/ http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/blackberry-might-launch-android-powered-smartphone-report/#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2015 04:59:19 +0000 http://www.androidos.in/?p=78060 Canada-based BlackBerry, which was once a key player in the smartphone market, is considering Android as the primary operating system for one of its upcoming devices, as BB 10 continues to get lukewarm response from the consumers. According to a report in Reuters, it is unclear whether the company will completely ditch BB10 OS for […]

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Unannounced BlackBerry Slider at MWCCanada-based BlackBerry, which was once a key player in the smartphone market, is considering Android as the primary operating system for one of its upcoming devices, as BB 10 continues to get lukewarm response from the consumers.

According to a report in Reuters, it is unclear whether the company will completely ditch BB10 OS for Android, but for the time being the company is probably building only one Android smartphone. As per two of Reuters sources, the upcoming BlackBerry Android phone might use a slider form factor.

BlackBerry devices executive Ron Louks briefly showcased an unannounced slider-based BB smartphone at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year and the same phone is expected to be released with Android.

Not many details are available about this mystery device, but we do know that it is a portrait slider with dual-curved, touchscreen display (like Samsung Galaxy S6 edge) with a full physical QWERTY keyboard (see image below).

Reuters’ sources also add that the BB Android smartphone might also come with some BlackBerry’s patented features from the BB10 operating system. The specifics are unclear at this point.Unannounced BlackBerry Slider at MWC

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Hangouts v4.0 is coming with user-interface tweaks: Report http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/hangouts-v4-0-coming-user-interface-tweaks-report/ http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/hangouts-v4-0-coming-user-interface-tweaks-report/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2015 14:49:37 +0000 http://www.androidos.in/?p=78054 Google is reportedly getting ready to release version 4.0 of the Hangouts Android app, which will bring user-interface tweaks and support to add status. Android Police, which has access to the new version of the application, has shared some details of the upcoming user-interface overhaul. Here is a quick look at the highlights. No more […]

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Hangouts for Android v4Google is reportedly getting ready to release version 4.0 of the Hangouts Android app, which will bring user-interface tweaks and support to add status.

Android Police, which has access to the new version of the application, has shared some details of the upcoming user-interface overhaul. Here is a quick look at the highlights.

  • No more tabs, unless you have Hangouts Dialer installed.
  • The name and email address from the main-screen have been replaced with Hangouts label.
  • A floating action button has been introduced, which offers access to three speed dial options, new video call, new SMS (if applicable), new group, and new conversation.
  • All contacts can now be accessed from left drawer, along with Status.
  • Contact selection UI for group chat has been changed.
  • When a conversation is selected, there is no more archive option in the new overflow menu, which has replaced the fixed three options – thrash, archive, notifications off.
  • Using the new status option in the left drawer, you can now set your status, which will be visible to other contacts.
  • Conversation view has also been tweaked to add direct shortcuts for emojis, pictures, camera, location and stickers. Also, your DP is no longer shown to you.
  • There is still no tablet layout, but Hangouts Android Wear app is getting some changes.

So, these are some of the changes that you can expect to see in the Hangouts v4.0. There is no word on when this will be rolled-out, but it shouldn’t take much time. Check out more screenshots of the new version below.Hangouts for Android v4 Hangouts for Android v4

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ZTE releases Blade Qlux 4G at INR 4,999 http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/zte-releases-blade-qlux-4g-inr-4999/ http://www.androidos.in/2015/06/zte-releases-blade-qlux-4g-inr-4999/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:50:38 +0000 http://www.androidos.in/?p=78046 Chinese smartphone maker ZTE has launched the new Blade Qlux 4G smartphone in the Indian market. Priced at just INR 4,999, it is the most affordable 4G smartphone to be released in the country. “At ZTE it’s our mission to get the technology of the future in the hands of our customers today. The Indian […]

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ZTE Blade Qlux 4GChinese smartphone maker ZTE has launched the new Blade Qlux 4G smartphone in the Indian market. Priced at just INR 4,999, it is the most affordable 4G smartphone to be released in the country.

“At ZTE it’s our mission to get the technology of the future in the hands of our customers today. The Indian consumer is getting ready for 4G and we want to make sure that not only compatible devices are available to the consumers, but are also available at an affordable price. We are extremely excited to introduce the ZTE Blade Qlux 4G to every Indian who wants to be tomorrow ready,” said Yuan Kang, CEO Terminal Sales South Asia, ZTE.

According to ZTE, Blade Qlux 4G will be available exclusively via Amazon India beginning June 16. The company has also partnered with Airtel to provide double data promotion to the Qlux 4G buyers.

Coming to the specifications, the ZTE smartphone sports a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854x480p) IPS display and is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6732M processor. It also packs 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot and Android 4.4. ZTE has promised to offer the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the smartphone.

In addition, the company has included 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP front shooter, 2200 mAh battery and dual-SIM support in the Blade Qlux 4G.

At the given price-tag, the above specifications are quite decent and it would have been great if the phone was running Lollipop out of the box.ZTE Blade Qlux 4G specs

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