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Motorola launches Moto G in India

After successive delays, the much awaited budget smartphone from Motorola has finally been launched today in India on the online mega store Flipkart.com. Yes, we are talking about none other than Moto G which was creating massive clutter over the internet for the past few months. 


Moto G is Motorola's first smartphone in India after the company winded up the operations from the country a couple of years ago. The USP of this device is its price which is Rs. 12,499 for 8 GB and Rs. 13,999 for 16 GB model. 

Motorola has priced Moto G very aggressively targeting the budget segment and this is the first time we are seeing a device being launched at almost the same price in India as it has overseas. This proves that India is quite an important market for the global companies in terms of the smartphone business.

Talking about the phone, it's a dual SIM device with internal memory options of 8 and 16 GB. Though, there is no expandable memory still you can count on this device for its other brilliant specifications:

  • 4.5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display at 329 ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 GPU
  • Android 4.3 ; upgradeable to Android 4.4
  • 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 720p HD video recording at 30fps
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 720p HD video playback
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB/16GB internal memory
  • 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS
  • 2070 mAh battery
Click here for great launch day offers from Flipkart.com on Moto G.

Android 4.4 KitKat update for Nexus 7 available now


Google had started rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Nexus devices a couple of weeks ago but most of the people were complaining about not receiving the update even after the official announcement. Though, Google made it clear that initially the update will be available for the Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) Wi-Fi only models followed by the mobile data versions of Nexus 7 and Nexus 4, still there was no sign of update on most of the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi devices during the course of the time.

Now there's a good news for all of the desperate "fandroids" eagerly waiting for the KitKat update as the Nexus 7 devices have now started receiving the update. Being a desperate Nexus 7 owner I used to check my device every day for the update and today was the day when I rejoiced the taste of KitKat on my device.

What's new in Android 4.4 KitKat?

It's a 185.3 MB OTA update which brings a whole new UI experience to your device. There are also some major improvements towards multitasking and battery conservation.

Google launches Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat


Google and LG have launched the world's first device featuring Google's latest version of Android OS - Android 4.4 KitKat.

Nexus 5 is available on the India Play store with a price tag of Rs. 28,999 for the 16 GB version and Rs. 32,999 for the 32 GB version.

Nexus 5 is a blend of latest hardware and revolutionary software which gives a true Google experience. Android 4.4 makes Nexus 5 an amazingly smart device to use. It has got a whole new UI experience with some great multitasking and power management capabilities. 


Although, Google has launched the Android 4.4 update for all Nexus devices still Nexus 5 is blessed with something which is exclusively made available to it and that is Google's new Experience Launcher. Experience launcher dramatically changes the home screen experience on Nexus 5. You can find more information on Experience Launcher here.

Nexus 5 Technical Specifications

Screen
  • 4.95" 1920 x 1080 display (445 ppi)
  • Full HD IPS
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Size69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59mm
Weight4.59 ounces (130g)
Cameras
  • 1.3 MP front facing
  • 8 MP rear facing with Optical Image Stabilization
Memory
  • 16GB or 32GB (actual formatted capacity will be less)
  • 2GB RAM
Processing
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800, 2.26GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 330, 450MHz
Sensors
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer 
  • Compass
  • Proximity/Ambient Light
  • Pressure
  • Hall Effect
Networks
2G/3G/4G LTE
North America:
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
Rest of World:
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
Wireless
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Ports & Connectors
  • microUSB
  • SlimPort™ enabled 
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack
  • Dual microphones
  • Ceramic Power & Volume buttons
Audio
  • Built-in speaker
  • 3.5mm stereo audio connector
Battery
  • 2,300 mAh
  • Standby time: up to 300 hours
  • Talk time: up to 17 hours
  • Internet use time: up to 8.5 hours on Wi-Fi; up to 7 hours on LTE
  • Wireless Charging built-in
Supported Service
  • Unlocked: Use with any provider that offers service on Nexus 5 supported networks
  • Carriers: T-Mobile, Sprint
 OS


Android 4.4 (KitKat)



Source: Google

All you want to know about a Chromebook

It's a word which is not unheard to many of us still we actually aren't too familiar with it. Some of us might know it as a new form of laptop which is cheap in price and low on specifications and some of the tech-savvy fellows may have a better definition for it. Nevertheless, we found it as a topic which is good enough to talk about. So, with all the blurred speculations in mind we tried some luck figuring out what actually a Chromebook is.



What is a Chromebook?

It all started in 2011 when the first chromebooks from Acer and Samsung were announced for sale at the Google I/O conference. It was a kind of new concept which was well thought and planned with simplicity and ease of use in mind. According to Google, "It's a new type of computer with everything built-in. For everyone". Let us explain it a bit.

A Chromebook is a laptop which is powered by Google's Chrome Operating System and is entirely internet dependent. Which means for most of the tasks the chromebook needs to be connected to the internet. A chromebook supports the applications which reside on the web unlike the traditional laptop which runs the applications installed on its hard disk. Chromebook starts up very quickly (6-8 seconds) than the traditional laptops.

Talking about the Chrome OS, it's a very minimalistic approach from Google which consists of just a Google Chrome web browser to run the web applications. It is aimed towards the people who spend most of their computing time over the internet reading mails, playing online games and chatting.

Do you really need a Chromebook?

Well, the answer depends on your needs actually. If you are a kind of person who just turns on the computer to read and reply mails, to dig out some information using the search engine and to chat with the folks over the social networks, then the chromebook is an exclusive device for you.

On the other hand, if you are a professional designer or programmer and want some real juice in your device to run the heaviest applications to do some serious tasks and cannot always be connected to the internet and still want to use your device for some major offline work, then this device is definitely not worth looking at.

The Goods

Chromebooks are built with simplicity in mind. They are fast. They are easy to use and everyone in your home can use it. Whether you want to give your child an opportunity to learn new things or you just want your grandmother to search for her favorite recipe, the chromebook is a device for all. It is always connected to the internet, therefore it is smart enough to update itself with the latest software versions.

Google Chrome OS was built with security in mind. With multiple security layers, it gives an optimum virus and malware protection. Moreover, if your chromebook ever bites the dust, you don't need to worry about your data as all your data is safe on the cloud and you can access it anytime from anywhere.

One more great reason to go for a chromebook is its price. Chromebooks are available at very affordable prices over the internet. For 20k to 25k, you can get a fully featured chromebook for yourself. It has a great portability because of its lightweight design and you can get all important Google apps sync with your android devices as well.

The Bads

With all great things, there are definitely some low points for this device. The major downside of this device is that it is not a traditional computer and we are afraid it can never become a primary computing device for anyone. At the places like India where the internet connectivity is not that mature, this device can hardly make a place in people's heart. Moreover, with the limited hardware specifications and cheap looking material, this device doesn't give a premium feel either.

So, this was our little insight on Chromebooks. If you feel that we have missed something, please let us know by commenting below.

Flipkart launches the 'Diwali Cyber Sale'

India's leading online shopping portal Flipkart.com has launched a festive season sale on the occasion of Diwali. The promotion is called the 'Diwali Cyber Sale' and will run from 15th Oct 2013 to 19th Oct 2013 throughout the product range on Flipkart.comIn association with Standard Chartered Bank Cards, Flipkart is offering Extra 15% Cash back offer (up from the earlier Extra 10% Cash back) on all purchases above Rs 10,000. However, this extra 15% cashback is only valid during the promotion period on using the Standard Chartered Bank cards and it will become the 10% cashback post the promotion period.


The major offers during this promotion which Flipkart is offering to the customers are:

 
Bank Cashback Offer (Main Offer):
Flat 15% Cashback on all orders above Rs 10,000 for Standard Chartered Bank Credit & Debit card holders (up from the earlier 10% Cash back)
  • 15% Cash back is valid only for 5 days from 15-19 October (it’ll be 10% cash back post 19-October)
  • This offer will be applicable over & above all the other on-going Diwali Cyber Sale deals listed below
Diwali Cyber Sale offers (below offers start from 15-Oct at 12:01 am and end on 20-Oct at 12 pm):
Electronics & Gadgets:
Flat 10% Off on Cameras & Accessories above Rs 15,000 (+ Extra 15% Cashback on Standard Chartered Cards) 

Upto 20% Off on Top-selling Laptops + Assured Cashback on all Laptops (+ Extra 15% Cashback on Standard Chartered Cards)

LOWEST PRICES only on Flipkart (+ Extra 15% Cashback on Standard Chartered Cards) 

Exclusive Prices on MOBILES [Samsung Galaxy Y - Only @ Rs 5,499 (MRP - Rs 8,250) Karbonn S2 - Only @ Rs 7,299 (MRP - Rs 11,490)  HTC 8X - Only @ Rs 16,999 (MRP - Rs 39,999)  Nokia Lumia 920 - Only @ Rs 19,999 (MRP - Rs 40,699)]

Exclusive Prices on LAPTOPS [Lenovo Essential - Only @ Rs 41,490 (MRP - Rs 45,000) HP Laptops - Only @ Rs 36,990 (MRP - Rs 43,000)]

Exclusive Prices on TABLETS [Google Nexus 7 (16 GB, Wi-Fi) - Only @ Rs 8,999 (MRP - Rs 15,999)]

 Exclusive Prices on CAMERAS [Canon Ixus 125 - Only @ Rs 7,195 (MRP - Rs 11,995) Canon PowerShot A4000 - Only @ Rs 6,199 (MRP - Rs 8,495)]

Exclusive Prices on Computer Accessories


Exclusive Prices on Consumer Electronics

 
Exclusive EXCHANGE OFFERS only on Flipkart (+ Extra 15% Cashback on Standard Chartered Cards)

Exchange Offers on MOBILES [Samsung Galaxy S3 - Exchange your old Smartphone & Get additional Rs 5,000 Off HTC One (Dual Sim) - Exchange your old Smartphone & Get additional Rs 7,500 Off  Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro - Exchange your old Smartphone & Get additional Rs 3,000 Off]
  
Exchange Offers on TABLETS [Exchange your old Tablet & Get Extra Rs 5,000 Off on iPad  Exchange your old Tablet & Get Extra Rs 3,000 Off on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3]


Exchange Offers on LAPTOPS [Exchange your old Laptop & Get minimum Rs 4,500 Off on select Dell, Lenovo & HP Laptops]

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