Google to spend Rs 100 crore in Android One advertising and marketing: Report

By on September 19, 2014 at 3:18 PM.

Google to spend Rs 100 crore in Android One advertising and marketing: Report

Google launched the Android One initiative in India earlier this week, and launched the first three smartphones called Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V, and the Spice Dream UNO. The search giant is said to be planning on spending as much as Rs 100 crore in advertising and marketing Android One in India, Economic Times reports. More →
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Android L will offer iOS 8-like data encryption as a default security measure: Report

By on September 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM.

Android L will offer iOS 8-like data encryption as a default security measure: Report

A day after Apple detailed its new privacy measures; Google has opened up about its own plans to boost security on Android. The company will enable data encryption by default on devices running on Android L, which means all data will be inaccessible unless the person has the decryption key, The Washington Post reports. More →
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Google Android Silver project reportedly put on ice after Nikesh Arora’s departure

By on September 17, 2014 at 4:11 PM.

Google Android Silver project reportedly put on ice after Nikesh Arora’s departure

Google's plans to have multiple high-end 'pure Android' smartphones instead of Nexus smartphones have reportedly been put on hold. Called Android Silver, the project sought to have multiple high-end smartphones from LG and Motorola apart from a few Chinese smartphone vendors who had shown interest. These smartphones were supposed to have stock Android with additional hardware features like water proofing and software features like advanced voice control with Google's help. More →
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Google is taking first time smartphone users to post-post-PC era with Android One

By on September 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

Google is taking first time smartphone users to post-post-PC era with Android One

Google is in a position to potentially line up mass-market consumers in emerging markets for seamless transition to its next generation products. Android One is the platform Google is using to prepare first time smartphone users to get familiar with using their smartphones and Internet using speech, writes Jayanth Kolla, partner at Convergence Catalyst, a leading consulting and research firm. More →
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Welcome to 2008: How Apple fanboys gave a fitting reply to Android’s “Welcome to 2012” taunts

By on September 16, 2014 at 6:51 PM.

Welcome to 2008: How Apple fanboys gave a fitting reply to Android’s “Welcome to 2012” taunts

Last week, Apple launched the new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, which will start shipping later this week. As you would expect, the announcement had Android fanboys buzzing who took a swipe at the iPhone 6’s specifications and features. But not to go down without a fight, the Apple fanboys have come back with a fitting reply. More →
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2 million Android One smartphones to be sold in India this year

By on September 16, 2014 at 6:46 PM.

2 million Android One smartphones to be sold in India this year

Buoyed by the initial response to Android One smartphones, chip maker MediaTek today said it expects as many as two million handsets to be sold this year in India, the world's second largest market for mobile phones. More →
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Google Play Newsstand paid content now live in India

By on September 16, 2014 at 6:39 PM.

Google Play Newsstand paid content now live in India

Along with Android One smartphones, Google announced yesterday that it is bringing offline access to video sharing website YouTube as well as paid Play Newsstand content to India. Google Play Newsstand paid content access is now live and Android users in India can now go to Play Store on their Android devices or Google Play website to subscribe to news sources. More →
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This is the Android One smartphone you should buy

By on September 16, 2014 at 5:23 PM.

This is the Android One smartphone you should buy

Google launched a family of Android One smartphones yesterday with a view to make available cheap smartphones with decent hardware and the latest software. With this initiative, what Google has done is fundamentally resurrected the entire hardware and software of the device and handed it over to Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. The local vendors have then added their distinctive design elements and are now selling it under their brand name. What this means is the three Android One devices - Karbonn Sparkle VMicromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream Uno - are exactly the same except for their back covers.All the three Android One smartphones are selling on three different online retailers at different prices. So which one should you buy? More →
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Android One review: Impressive but not ground breaking

By on September 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM.

Android One review: Impressive but not ground breaking

Google yesterday unveiled its first Android One smartphones in India. The idea behind Android One project was a powerful one — 80 percent of smartphones sold in India are priced below Rs 10,000 but none of these smartphones provide a great user experience. If Google could spearhead a coalition of manufacturers, device vendors and carriers, it could provide a pure Android experience at a great price achieved by economies of scale. I have been using the Spice Dream Uno Android One smartphone for a few days now to see whether Google achieved its objectives. More →
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