LG Nexus smartphone detailed specs surface, to be announced late October?


There were several rumors about the Google’s next Nexus Smartphone for the past few days. Earlier rumors from Android and Me suggested that the next Google Nexus smartphone would be LG Optimus based, but it would look similar to the Galaxy Nexus. Now detailed specs of the upcoming Nexus device has been leaked by MoDaCo. According to them, the LG’s Nexus has not been named yet, but some of the specs would be similar to the Optimus G, LG’s latest flagship smartphone that was launched  in Korea for 999,900 Korean Won (~US$900) last month. It would not come with a expandable memory slot, instead it would come in 8GB and 16GB variants, similar to the Nexus 7 and would feature an 8MP rear camera instead of 13MP camera. The lack of features might be due to cost cutting measure from Google since the Galaxy Nexus smartphone is now available for just $349 in the U.S. Continue reading “LG Nexus smartphone detailed specs surface, to be announced late October?”

Google looking to apply their Nexus 7 success strategy to smartphones

Among all the Android tablets, Nexus 7 came out as the winner and most popular device, mainly because of the low price but good hardware and also due to better Hardware – Software integration. Now Google is looking to replicate this exact success formula to their Nexus smartphone strategy, read on for knowing more about it.

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Google to acquire face recognition company Viewdle

We all know that Google has its own face recognition technology which was unveild to us with Ice Cream sandwich and the face unlock. But looks like Google is looking for more and has decided to acquire face recognition company Viewdle for around $45 million.

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Google Maps web app for iOS to get Street View support

Walt Mossberg reported on the Wall Street Journal that Google will soon rolling out Street View to users of the iOS Google Maps web app. With iOS 6, Apple replaced the integrated Google Maps based solution with their homegrown offering which pales in comparison.

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Google has not submitted a new Google Maps App to Apple

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt has confirmed that Google has not offered a new Google Maps app to Apple, according to a report from the Reuters. The new iOS 6 update that started rolling out for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch last week uses Apple’s own maps instead of Google Maps from the pervious versions of iOS. The new iPhone 5 that sold 5 milion units in the first 3 days also comes with the iOS 6. Continue reading “Google has not submitted a new Google Maps App to Apple”

Android Developers in India can now sell Paid Apps on Google Play

Google has finally added India to the list of countries where developers can sell paid applications through Google Play Store. This would let the individual App developers and the developments companies in India to sell their paid apps and in-app products on Google Play. Google Play already shows amount for paid apps in INR. Google added some countries including Czech Republic, Israel, Poland, and Mexico to the list back in April. Continue reading “Android Developers in India can now sell Paid Apps on Google Play”

Google Nexus 7 launching in India in November

Asus India today confirmed at the PadFone and Transformer Pad launch event that the Google Nexus 7 is expected to launch in India in November according from reports for CIOL. It might come with a different name and few changes in the specification says Ausus, the hardware partner. Google announced the Nexus 7, their first Android tablet to come with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) in June at Google I/O for $199. There are rumors floating around for the Nexus 7 tablet with 3G support which is expected mid-October. Continue reading “Google Nexus 7 launching in India in November”

Google Maps for Android gets Voice guided turn-by-turn Navigation and Live Traffic in India

Google has started rolling out 2 new features, Voice guided turn-by-turn Navigation and Live Traffic updates for the Google Maps for Android in India. The Voice guided turn-by-turn Navigation would be helpful while driving or walking. You can click the navigate button after you request for a destination. You can also turn the voice navigation off or select alternative routes. This feature was introduced back in 2009. Continue reading “Google Maps for Android gets Voice guided turn-by-turn Navigation and Live Traffic in India”

Motorola to let go 20% of their employees, close a third of their offices

When Google said they were going to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in August 2011, no one really knew what to make of the announcement. Was Google seriously going to try and compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung? The acquisition finally went through in May 2012, less than three months ago, so we’ll soon hopefully see what the search giant has in store for the company that brought us the RAZR. To kick things off though, The New York Times is reporting that 20% of Motorola’s employees will be fired. Ina Fried from AllThingsD quantifies that number for us: 4,000 people. Roughly one third of those cuts will be in the United States. The bad news doesn’t stop there either. Today Motorola has 94 offices. The NYT report says one third of them will be closed. The company will focus their resources on three “hubs” in Sunnyvale, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Beijing, China.

So what happens after the job cuts? Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s CEO, told the NYT that they’re going to stop making low end devices, and instead of having a portfolio of dozens of phones they’ll be just a few. Dennis goes on to say that these few remaining devices will have advanced sensors, amazing cameras, and batteries that can last for days. Mark Randall, who managed the supply chain for Amazon’s Kindle, is now working for Google. He says he’s going to cut the number of suppliers that Motorola deals with and reduce component orders by 50%. Does that mean they’re going to make half the number of phones they usually make?

The bigger question is how will Google’s relationship with companies that use Android change now that Motorola will effectively be competing with everyone? Will Motorola get special treatment? The NYT says that there’s a program in place at Google that allows employees to move over to Motorola for one to two years. Imagine how Samsung must feel after reading that.

Google Translate for Android v2.5 update brings camera input, instant translation and more

Google Translate for Android has been updated to version 2.5 that brings new features such as camera input for translating text from images, instant translation that translates words as you type, dialect preference for speech input and more. Continue reading “Google Translate for Android v2.5 update brings camera input, instant translation and more”

Google Nexus 7 Unboxing

I was recently in the US on a short visit and managed to pick up the Google Nexus 7 first Android Tablet to run on Android 4.1 JellyBean. Here is a quick unboxing video of the this tiny little tablet from Google & Asus which is priced at $199 (excluding tax and shipping). This 7 inch tablet has a back-lit IPS display which sports a resolution of 1280×800 pixels

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Official accessory line up for Nexus 7 leaked

Google’s Nexus branded 7″ tablet has been quite a success and buyers have been waiting for an official accessory line from the manufacturer, ASUS. After all the teasing, actual details have finally started flowing in regarding the accessory line up.

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Nexus 7 users reporting touchscreen responsiveness issues

Google’s Nexus 7 is one of the hottest selling Android tablets right now owing to its attractive price point but it seems that Asus might have cut more than a few corners to make it cheap enough. Users are reporting a whole host of problems and a majority of them seem to involve the touchscreen.

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