Google Maps Update Makes For Better UI And Smoother Navigation

The latest Google Maps update allows users to see a thumbnail preview before they love on to the complete screen. Not only is this a quick way to check a location, it is also a great solution to reduce data usage. Google Maps weight heavy on data usage and a preview will help to bring it down. This feature will also bring down battery consumption. GPRS is one of the most battery-consuming features on any phone. A preview should help you save this battery consumption as well.

While all this has enough for users to cheer, yet another update gives a brand-new user interface to make navigation of the Maps easier. Better news is that Google has finally initiated roll out for its Google Plus Collections for iOS users. Remember that this was available for Web and Android based users only till date.

New Update For Google Maps On Android Introduces Better UI And  Smoother NavigationWhat The Update Brings In?

In case you are too excited to even wait for the latest Android update for Google Maps, you can go in for downloading and then side-loading the apk file, which is Google-signed of course.

The download will also be made available on the Google Play Store very soon. Be ready for some new navigation to blow your senses away. With the latest setting interface, you can see the maps by scrolling further as well as by zooming.

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What’s More With Maps?

The transport selection mode can now be seen below Start and Destination tabs. In addition, this update adds further details for the user route page. Finally, you can now opt for picking routes together with the estimated ETA that includes plausible slowdowns or even road blocks. Read the rest

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Google Adds Street View Tab To Maps; Plans To Integrate Delhi Routes

Google has finally added some new features tagged to their popular Maps.  According to what we saw on the Android client for Google’s navigation and mapping offerings, you can gear up for Map previews besides offering a business shortcut. Last weekend, Google has started the test phase for allowing food related photograph uploads on Maps. What’s more — these new add-ons will be available for the Indian version too.

What’s New?

Google Maps saw an update to Android 9.13.0 version and will come enhanced with Google Adds Street View Tab To MapsStreet View option on the left bottom corner of the display screen.  Once you tap it, the entire Street View of the region pops up.  However, Street View has not yet arrived in India.

Adding new businesses too is a much acclaimed feature. In case you can see a business that is yet to see a listing, you simply need to click on “add a missing business” button at the navigation drawer bottom.

The Best Bits

A limited number of users are stating that Google Maps has finally finalised the Tablescape that has been in test zone since February. This means the capacity to add “foodographs” as we referred to above. The best bit for the end– Google is mulling over getting all public transport routes of Delhi integrated with a complete schedule into Maps.… Read the rest

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Google Set To Release Android 6.0– Christens It Marshmallow; Packs In Three Solid Specs

The latest generation for Android OS is finally set to hit marts and has interestingly been named Marshmallow. Currently, the platform is in its beta phase but a preview build release had been made available to developers last week. Around Fall this year, the final versions could be made available but it could be a little longer before these are updated to compatible handsets. We had known that Android 6.0 was set to arrive, back in May during the Google I/O Conference; this had been known as Android M then. However, going with the name of Marshmallow Google has kept its trend of using sweet treats as name for its Android update names.

Google Set To Release Android 6.0Top Three Marshmallow Features

Users of Android will barely see much interface-based differences between Android Lollipop 5.0 and the upcoming Marshmallow. The interfacial changes were already reduced by Lollipop sometime back. The major revamps are intrinsic and aim to enhance stability as well as performance. New and interesting specifications of the Android 6.0 platform are features focused on six main areas. Three of these areas stand focused on security and user experience. A brand new system for permissions will allow users to have total control over what parts of a device apps can access on Marshmallow. The system will be similar to how iOS works given that applications will now need permission based on case-by-case. Earlier, users had grated all permissions at once. Therefore, there had been share-ability issues for information along varied app platforms.

A welcome upgrade with Marshmallow is the new app linking feature that allows one application to directly connect with another using a single link or button. Earlier versions saw a pop up dialog box that asked the user if he/she wanted to open another application. Marshmallow will erase this.

Marshmallow also seeks to enhance battery usage with a brand new feature called Doze. It works by using in built motion sensors of phones for detecting if a device has actually been used. After a set time span, Android will cut down all background activities that will help reduce battery life. While some might question the effectiveness of the new feature, David Burke, VP of Engineering said that Doze could almost double the standby span for Nexus 9 tabs. This was published in the Verge.

Wrapping Up

Besides these main areas, Google will now focus on smaller enhancement such as improve copy-paste feature, volume controls and USB-C induced faster charging. In spite of these brand new functionalities, the upgrade bit to Marshmallow could still be challenging. First comes issues such as device compatibility and slow update releases from carriers. Perhaps these reasons justify why only 18 per cent android handsets had been running on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

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Bing’s Contextual Search on Android Could Compete with Google?

Bing had always been known as a criticized and underrated search engine and was not a preferred one as it was living under the shadow of Google search. This is a service that was owned by Microsoft and was created back in the year 1998 by the name MSN Search. However, it was re launched in the year 2009 with the name Bing. Since then, it has been making a lot of progress. There have been a lot of improvements in it and new features are being added on a frequent basis. The latest news is that, the Bing application for Android will have a new feature. The Android users can now implement it on Google Now. The latest feature is known to be Snapshots on Tap.

Bing's contextual search on Android could compete with Google?Through this feature, the users will be able to get the right information on what is being displayed currently on the screen of the device without leaving the application that is being used at all. This clearly means that no matter what application you are using, you can make use of this feature and this helps you to be informed on any topic at any given point of time. So with this feature, the users are sure to have a brilliant experience of using Bing.

This invention was always been in anticipation and this has now been truly a great advantage and experience for the Android users. Bing is all set to create a benchmark with a lot of Andriod users wanting to use this feature.… Read the rest

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Top 5 Pregnancy Apps To Guide Women Through Their Special Phase

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful stages in any woman’s life. Yet, at times, it can be nerve wrecking. Though midwives and doctors are always there to lend helping hands to the expecting mother, using some smartphone apps can also come handy.

 Baby Bump Pregnancy Pro

Compatible with both iOS and Android, this app comprises of social network, pregnacyTop 5 pregnancy women to guide women through this special phase tracker and toolkit in a single pack. By using this app,expecting mothers can see a complete daily as well as weekly calender illustrating the growth of the fetus regularly. The kick tracker feature helps in regulating the activity of the baby while the journal records the thoughts, symptoms or mood swings of the mother. Sharing the experiences is also easy with the social network feature. Expecting mothers can also get hold of different photographs, generate baby names or buy different useful products online.

 iPregnant

Women looking for pregnancy app compatible with iOS compatibility can opt for iPregnant. This app provides a complete package of information, tools along with journal functions so that expecting mothers can easily track their symptoms as well as growth of the fetus. It also comes with a baby name generator to ease the task of name selection and the community forum feature is also quite impressive. The best part is, the app comes for free.

 WebMD Pregnancy

There is no denying the fact that WebMD has enjoyed the trust of  people for quite long and the WebMD Pregnancy app is compatible with iOS. The app is enriched with information on different topics related to pregnancy, like pregnancy planning, checklists for packing and weekly updates. It also gives idea on what women should ask during medical appointments. Like most of the other app, it also has contraction and kick tracker, pregnancy journal etc.

 Pregnancy ++

Compatible with both iOS and Android, this app offers a gorgeous yet easy to use interface. The app is a complete package of different useful information like appointment logs, weight logs, pregnancy timeline, daily journal, contraction and kick timer as well as packing guide. 

Sprout Pregnancy

Download this app for two weeks trial on any iOS or Android platform and get access to features like appointment tracker, contraction timer, kick tracker and packing list. Though this app does not offer any community forums or online platform to share experiences, this is a good choice for women who needs easy to navigate app with basic features. … Read the rest

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Meizu Launches m2 note At Rs. 9,999 with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Octa-Core SoC

Meizu, the Chinese smartphone brand, is all set to launch its latest model m2 note in India. This smartphone is priced at Rs. 9,999 and will be up for sale from August 10, 2015 exclusively on Amazon.in like its predecessor m1 note.

This phone has already been launched in China in June and comes with upgraded features as compared to m1 note. The m2 note has a 5.5-inch full-HD Sharp IGZO display alongwith 403ppi pixel density. It is powered with octa-core processor with 1.3GHz clock speed much like m1 note. However, the latest model has an upgraded MediaTek MT6753 processor chipset.

 On the memory front m2 comes with 2 G LPDDR3 RAM and expandable storage option of upto 128 GB through microSD card. The m2 note runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop Flyme OS. This smartphone sports a 5 MP front camera with 69-degree wide angle viewing and f/2.0 and 13 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, Blue glass IR filter and five-element f/2.2 lens.

Meizu Launched m2 note at Rs. 9,999 with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Octa-Core SoCThe connectivity options on this device include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE, Micro-USB, GPS/ A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. However, the company did not reveal any information yet on whether the smartphone would support 4G bands in this country or not.

The Meizu m2 note weights 149 grams, measures 150.9×75.2×8.7 mm and boasts of a 3100 mAh battery. This smartphone which is going to take on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and Lenovo K3 Note in Indian smartphone market, both available around a price range of Rs. 10,000, would be available in blue, grey, white and pink colors.

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Apple’s Home Button saga- To Stay Or Not To Stay?

Rumors that Apple will give its much-loved home button a miss on its upcoming iPhone, makes us list the top reasons why it has GOT to stay on the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 7 as well.

Apple’s Home Button saga-  To Stay Or Not To Stay?Will iPhone Turn The Android Way?

The iPhone can be made more Android-ish but sans missing out on the physical button. The increase in screen size that comes about due to skipping a tangible input can barely compensate much since iPhones are not our usual Android wares such as the LG G series or the latest Motorola Moto series.

Apple could stick to the home button after all, much like Samsung did. It can only add extra functionality while allowing quick access to camera, search and other apps depending on the intensity of pressing on the button. Apple, are ‘ya listening?

Understanding The Toggle Switch

For those who own an iPhone and have not experienced Android experience, you must try and understand how a switch-toggle function works. Try operating a standard on-off switch on a Play Station 3 or 4. If Apple adopts something similar from Google, we are game but haptic feedback buttons are big turnoffs.Read the rest

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Moto X Image Leaks: Will It Come Loaded With Front Facing Flash?

With the release date of Motorola handsets round the corner, fans can’t wait to get a glimpse of the much-hyped Moto X. While rumors related to the specifications of the handset are ripe, a leaked image of the phone claims to confirm its look.

Moto X leaked image Moto X leaked picture at a glance

The leaked image of Moto X uploaded on Android Peru’s Facebook page shows a front-facing flash on the right side of the handset. This is the first thing that grabs people’s attention. However, there is also a black panel on the device, which is also expected to lure buyers. The image sourced by Jose Vasquez Ruiz also confirms earlier rumors regarding the textured panel of the device.

This leaked image hints toward a good-looking Moto X. Other reports on the web also indicate that it will be a power-packed phone operating on the Android 5.1.1 platform. The phone is also reported to come with a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipset and 5.2-inch QHD AMOLED display. Yet, for  confirmed news on the look and specifications, everyone will have to keep their fingers crossed for some more days. 

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HTC M9 Gets Android Lollipop 5.1 Update

With the latest software update on HTC handsets, users will now be able to avail the faster Android 5.1 lollipop version. HTC M9 users using AT&T network can easily get the update, while people on the T-mobile network will have to wait for a week.

This news was tweeted by the Senior VP (Product Management) of HTC, meant for HTC M9 users. However, the time of the update was not specified. The latest update will give users plethora of features, including an enhanced camera.

Update from Android for HTC and AT&TThe change on the mind of people

As AT&T subscribers are getting the update real fast, users of T-mobile are planning to switch their network so that they do not have to wait for the update accompanying the HTC M9.

A spokesperson from T-Mobile has stated that it is a damage control situation for the company as consumers are planning to switch over to AT&T. However, many users are wary because switching to AT&T could decrease performance of the phone.

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Google Photos Auto Updates Pictures in Android Phones: Deleting the App is Not Enough

Storing photographs on Google Photos has become an easy way to treasure memories in their digital format forever. Though the app works splendidly on the Android operating system, there might be the chance you want to discontinue using it. For those who have tried doing that, there has been a challenge. Once the app is installed on the device, it is not enough to delete it because it keeps uploading photos even after that.

GG1- next version of Google Glass is on the wayGoogle Photos uploads images on its  own

The editor of Nashville Business Journal David Arnott recently reported the anomaly on his phone after he found that photos are getting uploaded even though he deleted the app a few months back. According to reports, Arnott decided to try the app once again and it was then he discovered that the app he has already deleted is uploading the photos on its own.

Though this initially appears to be an anomaly, it is actually not so as the settings of the app are related to the Google Settings of the phone. Therefore, users who do not want their photos to be uploaded via Google Photos need to visit Google settings and turn off “Google Photo Backup”. 

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