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How To Get The “Bokeh” Without The HTC M8!

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image1Technically what all of us smartphone owners digg more than anything is having those smooth out of focus effects more than anything else out of our smartphone cameras, even to the height that we may compromise quality and resolution. Atleast HTC would have you believe that, because that is how their Duo-camera works and sells, it’s ability to recognize and manipulate depth in images is the bomb!

Now don’t get us wrong, we do indeed accept that some really stunning images can be captured due to that additional piece of hardware wizardry, but is it a pleasure that only HTC owners are entitled to? Turns out it isn’t and guess who’s here to change things – Google!

Google’s recently announced ‘Google Camera’ app on the play store is compatible with any device running Kitkat and this time around it changes things for the better. The camera app has a built in ‘Lens Filter’ mode that allows users to capture images with similar depth information which can later be tweaked inside the app to produce some stunning results. Google does this using some mathematical functions requiring no additional hardware.

structure-from-motionThe only quirk to know is that it requires the user to move the camera upwards while taking a photo in this mode so that it’s software can take multiple pictures and analyze pixels for the depth witchcraft. Thus by analyzing the object from a different angle, the depth is calculated, more like the human eye which calculates depth by seeing from different angles.

image2As one can see the depth map hence produces a final image that is so smooth that one may forget about the M8 for quite a while. The images speak for itself, if you are rocking a phone on KitKat then what are you waiting for, try out the Google Camera yourself.

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April 19th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

New Google Nexus To Be Under $100!?

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Nexus-6-Concept1Google Nexus series has been a benchmark in stunning hardware at the most affordable price point. It is made by Google under close monitoring with an OEM to deliver the purest experience of Android.

It isn’t hidden that recently the ever so dormant, mid-range has emerged as a space where there is a lot of place to grow, because before the Moto G, no one was doing the mid-range right. Infact since it did not mean big numbers for OEMs, they least bothered and since it meant less value to customers, they didn’t sell like hot cakes.

Now a new rumor out of Asia suggests that Google could be thinking about introducing a lower-cost Nexus option, one that could sell for around $100. The core of the low-cost Nexus would be around the low cost MediaTek SoC which shall purge the costs to go down. A lot of questions still are left unanswered, who would manufacture this device, why is Google wanting to offer a low end Nexus? As always, we shall wait till we see some leaks!

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April 18th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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Sprint Suggests Android 4.4.3 For The Nexus 5 Maybe Coming Today!

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Android-4.4.2Things have turned interesting in the most understated ways as today Sprint has updated their support page wait an entry that asks Nexus 5 users to look for an update that brings in the following :

  • Enable Sprint Spark band 26 and band 41
  • Misc Android updates

Over the past weeks numerous leaks and rumors of a newer build have surfaced online making us believe that Google surely is cooking a newer version but with reports of a new mashup of Chrome apps integrating, made the scene hazy. Now we know that there very well might be an Android 4.4.3 hinting that Google is readying a maintenance update. Rumor has it that the update will mostly include bug fixes, so one shouldn’t expect anything spectacular.

As far as Spring is concerned those update logs mean a stable network for Nexus 5 users, but we better wait and see if there is a surprise in the package if any!

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April 14th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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Google Is On It’s Way To Re-design Android Once Again!

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ap-project-heraSo last week it all started with a small leak showing a possible redesign coming to Gmail with a flat style UI with solid colors and a different approach to handling emails in terms of the overall flow, a more detailed leak from Android Police shows us that things might be changing for real, sooner than later.

AP’s sources not only confirm that an app redesign is on its way, but Google is also getting ready to dramatically change up the way their mobile OS works with what is being internally referred to as Project Hera. he above screenshot shows a newer approach to multitasking that is being internally tested by Google - Not only would you be able to reply to messages without opening full apps, you’d also be able to get a quick view of your navigation app and respond to the information presented!

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The basic idea is to bring Chrome, Google Search and Android as close as possible, so much so that they are seamlessly integrated with the help of HTML5 applets. T

ap-project-hera-2What do you guys think about this radically new approach to Android? It is probably a new build that Google will roll out, probably 4.4.3 or 5.0? Guesses can be numerous, the fact remains that things are changing and so far they seem to be for good!

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April 12th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

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Google Glass Would Be Available For Everyone For A Single Day?!

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glass-bikeEver since Google has announced the Google Glass it has been terribly difficult for the general public to get a hands on it, the Explorer program enabled the media some access to the hardware but apart from that there hasn’t been a gateway for this piece of wearable.

A leaked memo reveals Google’s intent to announce a limited offer whereby anybody interested can place a Glass order without any waitlist or application process – just submit your order and thats it! The memo source hasn’t specified a time frame but it does suggest that Google plans to have it for just a day with an announcement around April 15th.

That said, prices haven’t gone down, Google did promise a lower commercial price point but that definitely isn’t the case. Nevertheless, you do get a free shade or frame which otherwise would cost an additional $225. Will you be ordering a pair for yourself?

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April 12th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

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Now You Can Make Free WiFi Calls Via Facebook Messenger!

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Facebook-messenger-updatedFacebook messenger is one product from Facebook that has been developed ground-up to look innovative and operate in a new fashion, with it’s update, it brings quite a few new updates to the existing app.

One of the biggest and welcome changes is that one can now make free calls using WiFi. Yes, you can also use it over a normal data connection but it would not be recommended unless you have an unlimited plan. Here’s the full change-log highlighting what to expect in the latest update:

  • Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place
  • Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn’t in the conversation? Just tap to forward it on
  • Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen
  • Free Calls: Talk as long as you want and stay in touch wherever you are. (Calls are free over Wi-Fi. Otherwise, standard data charges apply).

If you haven’t update yet, go ahead do it here

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April 4th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

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Forget 3GB RAM, 4 GB On It’s Way Already?!

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grand-s-ii-4gbRight now Android smartphones have almost become all about specs, and as we speak, even the top of the line smartphones maxes out at 3 GB of RAM.

4 GB RAM has been in talks ever since 3GB has been incorporated. Also, for the record the industry has taken a lot long to adopt 3GB compared to how soon the bump from 1GB to 2GB was. The rumors were pointing towards the Galaxy s5 having a 4GB RAM module but that clearly didn’t happen.

While the Grand S II as we saw it at CES 2014 packed just 2GB of RAM, the phone has recently resurfaced in China’s TENAA database with a listing that claims it now has 4GB. While 3GB is still rare, we really don’t see 4GB coming along so soon and easily.

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March 30th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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Facebook Plans To Broadcast Internet To The World With Drones!

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screen_shot_2014-03-27_at_4.31.27_pm.0_standard_800.0Mark Zuckerberg took everyone by shock when last year he announced that he aims to get almost two thirds of the world online and for which he plans to partner with big tech giants.

Today the company confirmed the news but how, facebook confirmed that engineers are working on developing a fleet of solar-powered drones that can beam internet access down to people in remote regions of the world. These drones will fly above 20,000 feet which is way higher than commercial airplane zone and a good spot to ensure long distance broadcast.

To solve the challenges that face the project, Facebook has hired aerospace experts from Ascenta, a company that’s built solar-powered drones, as well as others from NASA.  If either Facebook, or Google with it’s balloon project can pull it off, the world will have internet to majority of places!

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March 28th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

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Chrome Brings Google Now To Your Desktop!

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Screen-Shot-2013-06-28-at-13.28.59Certain elements of Google Now have been around for a year but now Google wants to push all your content that you usually would come across on your phone screen to your desktop.

Google Now cards are finally brought to our desktops courtesy of Google Chrome which would be bringing us weather, event reminders, sports scores and all the cards that we’re used to seeing on our Android devices. So how do you get it? If you’re logged into your Google account, you will probably get it without you even knowing but Google says that they will be rolling out the update in the upcoming weeks to all it’s users worldwide.

For those who don’t want to wait for Google to do the needful, you go to chrome://flags and turn on this functionality and enable the notifications.

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March 25th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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Cyanogen-mod Running OnePlus To Score A Snapdragon 801!

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oneplus-801OnePlus is another Oppo for people who are reading this for the first time, and that is how the phone comes across – it’s going to be running Cyanogenmod – like the Oppo N1 , the company is marketing the phone with all it’s specs pre-release – just like the N1 , is it any good?

The company has just posted the above image on their social media accounts and by the looks of it, it does look like a promising package. The 13 MP Exmor sensor, swapable back covers, an upgrade to the already awesome Snapdragon 800 – the 801 and a relatively decent 3100mAh battery.

How many of you’ll think that this phone will make it into your pockets? to be honest, if they can get the looks right, it has a lot of potential.

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March 24th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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