IIT graduates introduces Firstouch smartphone; priced at Rs 6000

Switching languages in a smartphone without changing the overall setting is now possible following the development of smartphone with an unprecedented text engine by 3 Indian Institute of Technology passouts.

Rakesh Deshmukh, Akash Dongre and Sudhir Bangarambandi have developed and patented the virtual keyboard and the predictive text engine that they claim is capable of translating messages written in a local language to English with a left swipe, and transliterating it by swiping right.

An Indian startup has built a smartphone that translates English text into local languages

Rakesh Deshmukh happens to be the CEO and co-founder of MoFirst Solutions Ltd, the company behind the concept, now a reality –Firstouch. Rakesh completed his graduation from IIT in 2006.

Thereafter, in association with 30-year old Dongre he established the company that is grabbing eyeballs today for their latest innovation.

The Smartphone aims at breaking the language barrier. It targets the rural population that is not with the English language much nevertheless, presents a big opportunity for telecom operators and device makers growth.

The default keyboard carries the alphabets in English as well the Indian language for which it is designed.

“This is something new that I’ve heard. It’s very interesting and will be popular among people who are not comfortable with Hindi (the most common non-English language supported by smartphones in India), even among old people whose kids are overseas. I feel the real target market for this device will be tier-3 and tier-4 cities, or villages,” said Gartner Principal Analyst Vishal Tripathi.

Firstouch phone specifications at a glance:

  1. 1.2GHz dual core processor
  2. 4-inch 480 x 800p display
  3. Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 OS
  4. 512MB of RAM, 4GB ROM
  5. 32GB microSD card support
  6. 2MP main camera with flash
  7. Dual SIM dual standby
  8. 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AGPS

Firstouch is reported to be first available, this month, in Rajkot, Gujarat. So, the initial batch is launched for Gujrat. Other regions are likely to follow, soon.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean firmware update for Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

Here’s good news for all the Sony Xperia owners! The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean firmware will be getting an update on all the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z soon. Although the exact date and regions for the OTA update roll-out hasn’t been announced as yet, but it will be out in phases for sure. The information was revealed at SonyMobileNews, the company’s official Twitter handle.sony-xperia-z

Although such updates are usually known for fixing malfunctions and performance shortfalls, this update is believed to bring much more than that. It shall introduce utility features; and the users can expect improved display as well as higher camera quality and efficiency of the aforementioned mobile gadgets. And for all those who had complains with the battery of the Sony devices, you will be happy to know that the update would bring a solution for this as well.Sony Xperia ZL

For the rest of the details about the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update on the Sony Xperia devices, you shall have to wait till it’s announced at a later date.Sony Xperia ZR

However, it’s important to remind that this is not a software update. As such, the Sony Xperia devices shall continue to run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If you are expecting an upgrade to Android 4.3, then you shall have to keep patience for a bit longer until the software update is beamed out.sony-xperia-tablet-z

Apart from running on the same mobile software, these Sony Xperia devices have some other similarities as well, such as the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for improved multitasking experience. And except for the Sony Xperia ZL, all the other mentioned Xperia devices are resistant to water as well as dust.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 3G Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Update

Samsung has been working real fast in outfitting all its phones and tablets with Android 4.2.2, Jelly Bean. Just after a week when the LTE model of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (model number GT-N5100) received the Android 4.2.2, Jelly Bean update, the users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 3G will be delighted to know that the same updated Android version will now be available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 3G models as well. In fact, Samsung started rolling out Jelly Bean software update for the LTE model following the leak of Android 4.2.2 test firmware. Since it’s a phased roll-out, the update is presently available only in Germany via Samsung Kies app or through Over the Air (OTA) transfer. But one can expect it to be introduced in other European regions in weeks ahead.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 3G Android 4.2.2 update

The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean comes with a set of all-new features like lock-screen widgets, modified the task switching, a dedicated toggles menu in the status bar, the superior S Pen support, Daydream screensaver mode, as well as performance enhancements. What more, the update also brings TouchWiz enhancements and other features from Galaxy S4, integrating new widgets, home-screen, etc.

In case you want a brush-up of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0’s eye-dazzling specialties, well here it goes: it flaunts a mammoth 8-inches captivating TFT touch-screen display, presenting 16 million colors and resolution of 800x 1280 pixels. It also offers a 5-megapixel rear camera for shooting stills as well as videos equipped with autofocus and a 2590×1944 pixels resolution; along with 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling.

Although the Android 4.2.2 N5100XXCMH1 firmware for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 3G is available only via KIES or OTA presently, you can update to Android 4.2.2 manually as well, in case you are not able to officially update via Samsung Kies app or OTA.

Are you getting an update for your Note 8.0?

 

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update – Positive features and the Downside

The Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update has started rolling out for Nexus series of devices along with the Stock Android Google version of Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Sony Xperia Z. Here is our review of latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean features.

Google has released its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in July. It would be the last update in the Android Jelly Bean OS. Google has started rolling out its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for its Nexus users which includes the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. It is important to know the finer points of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and what are the features which it brings along with it.

In the run up to the I/O 2013 it was rumored that Google will be releasing a brand new Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. However instead of the Android 5.0 what users got was another firmware update in the form of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It was another incremental update to the Jelly Bean platform.

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In July, Google had announced a slew of products, the Nexus 7, the Google Cast and of course the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Android platform has its own share of bugs and with every update a few of the bugs are removed but a new bunch of problems pop up.

The Android 4.3 also has its own share of bugs and problems. It is nothing new and happens whenever a new firmware update is rolled out for a particular OS platform. The list of hiccups is getting longer and longer with each passing day. These includes,

  • Reduced battery backup
  • Gallery applications not working
  • Auto Rotation not working
  • Slow Charging problem persists
  • Boot screen hang ups happens often
  • User interface very slow

These are some of the major problems and there are plenty of other problems which Nexus users are facing. The news of problems being thrown up by the Android 4.3 update is also affecting users of devices which are on the brink of receiving the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

The bugs which the Android 4.3 update brings with itself are unlikely to be faced by users of other devices since it is expected to be weeded out by the manufacturers. It is not as if there will not be any bugs but it will not be as numerous.

Biggest Feature is For Tablets

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update has brought with it some really cool features for the tablets. The Android 4.2.2 update had given the Android operated tablet users the option of Multi User Support which enabled the tablet to be shared with other members of the family or friends.

In Android 4.3 Google has added the restricted profiles for the tablet. This will enable users to limit the accessibility which they will allow for any user.

Nexus devices are the first to receive the updates by virtue of being Google product. Coming to other devices, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and the Sprint Galaxy Nexus will be receiving the updates first.  Asus is also expected to roll out the Android 4.3 updates for its tablets. The Android 4.3 will also be rolled out for the Galaxy S4.

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for HTC One users across Europe

HTC One users across Europe are getting their Android 4.2.2 updates now. According to a HTC source, HTC One users across the northern European regions will be receiving the Android 4.2.2 updates. The latest update will bring a number of features which includes display of the battery levels in percentage, refurbishing of the widget panel, superior home button performance, a completely new file management system, Android Daydream and a lot more. Other features include the use of home button to double as menu button, option for icon removal from the dock and Android Native EQS.

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HTC One Android 4.2.2 updates

The latest Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One has been rolled across Norway, Serbia, UK and Finland, Sweden, Romania, Russia, Denmark and Georgia. The Android 4.2.2 was first detected in Taiwan and it was a 417 MB update and it was quickly followed by a smaller 1.48 MB update.

HTC One users in Northern Europe can check for the update manually by following the following procedure – Settings > About > Software updates > Check now.

HTC One was released earlier this year and it features a perfect Aluminum body perfectly and seamlessly joined with the Screen. There are two speakers in the front which are to reproduce stereo sound. The HTC One was launched with the Android 4.1.2 on board and it was heavily tweaked to make it almost unrecognizable. The talks about the update for the HTC One were on for quite some time and it is only now that it has started rolling out in phases in different parts of the globe. Additionally the HTC One has a 4.7-inch 1080p Full HD display with a density of 468 pixels per inch. The device is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and also boasts a 2GB RAM and makes the device really quick performance wise. HTC One was the first device which gave some real competition in the smartphone segment which was dominated by Apple and Samsung.

HTC One Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Release Date for U.S. after 4.1

After a lot false starts, the HTC One Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update has finally arrived. The update will replace the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the OS of the HTC One. The update has not still been released in the US and this is causing a lot of heartburn to HTC One users who are hooked to the carriers like AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

The HTC One was launched in April with a lot of fanfare and the device had killing features such as a 4.7 inch 1080p display, quad core processor. Other features include full metallic design and Ultrapixel camera, 4G LTE compatibility and a new and better user interface Sense 5.

With so many features it was really surprising that the device arrived with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version has been around since July 2012. HTC One competitor Galaxy S4 arrived with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board and experts still wonder why ATC One was launched with the obsolete version of the Android OS.

A number of rumors started flowing about the release of the updates and many probable dates were given. May came and went without any trace of the updates and so did June. However, now it is reported that the Android 4.2 updates have started for HTC One.

HTC One users in Taiwan as well as the dual SIM HTC One in China has begun to receive its Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and it will be shortly rolling out in other territories also. HTC One owners in US are now scratching their head trying to fathom why the updates are not being rolled out in US.

Carriers in US are notorious for maintaining a shroud of secrecy on the purported uploads. It is still not clear when the updates will be rolling out for HTC One users connected to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The only information which is available is that the update will arrive very soon in USA.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be the next iteration of Android Jelly Bean OS series

It is now final that the next version of the Android Jelly Bean OS will be the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Android 4.3 update has been seen on the Nexus Partner Website.

The world was waiting for the release of the next iteration of the Android Platform after the coming of the age of the Jelly Bean OS version. However it is now rumored that the next version of the Android OS will be the Android 4.3 update. The rumor has not been officially confirmed. However the next edition of the Android 4.3 has been seen on the LG official page for the Optimus L7 II. LG happens to be the Google Nexus partner.

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It was widely speculated that Google will release the Android 5.0 at its I/O 2013 but it has not stopped the steady churning of rumors that Google will release the Android 4.3 on June 10th. One of the strangest things about the Android 4.3 update is that it will be featured on the White Nexus 4 which has already made its appearance on the shelves for sale.

There are rumors that the HTC One Android 4.3 update is also in the offing. It is now fairly certain that the LG smartphone will be released with the Android 4.3 OS on board.

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version of Android OS will not be a big update and is believed to bring with itself a few features which include a new camera app which will be rendering support to other devices like the Fitibit Flex and a few Bluetooth accessories.

Google inventory will also feature two premium phone brands, the HTC One Nexus and the Galaxy S4 Nexus. Both the devices are expected to be available on the Google Play Store from June 26th. The device in all probability will be featuring the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS and this is one of the advantages of connecting to the Nexus family, the devices will be getting the latest Android OS version.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by Google was accidentally confirmed before I/O

While the fans and participants of Google I/O event 2013 – Google’s developer conference were waiting in an excited mood to hear and visualize several important outcomes of the event, an hour before the occasion, Google had taken a lead to confirm its plan of release on Android 4.3 operating system version for mobile devices. This information was found to be definite on a search citation on Google’s developer site. This leak was first spotted out by TheVerge. However, this information in the internet site was not breathing for a long while. The information was alive for a moment; some watchful eyeballs captured it through screenshots and hosted this information in several sites now.

Few weeks earlier, regular gossips were being reported about the plan of Google to reveal its incremental update towards Android Jelly bean operating system with a version “4.3”. Several analysts had an opinion that Google I/O conference would be the apt stage for Google to reveal this news and now it has happened accordingly. Although not so many details had been unveiled about Android’s latest 4.3 version, Google has confirmed that this Android 4.3 OS version will still maintain the Jelly Bean taxonomy. For those who were waiting for the announcement related to Key Lime Pie operating system, there is still no news just before the event.

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Android 4.3 OS will additionally come along with the Bluetooth low energy feature and OpenGL for Embedded Systems 3.0 graphic design pattern. As Google is investing on several wearing computing merchandises such as Google Glass, Google Watch, and as all these connect via Bluetooth, Google has made its strategy to work continuously for implementing this Bluetooth low energy feature in its next OS version and here you go the search engine giant has did it again through its Android 4.3 OS.

Lately rumors have furthermore established that the 4.3 version of Android will include enriched gaming features. Considering this information to be 100 % accurate, it would place Android on the conduit to race in straight with Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony’s gaming devices.

Despite the fact that the upcoming Android 4.3 OS did not register any further cataclysmic advanced features than aforesaid, it did point towards that the upcoming 4.3 version in Jelly bean categorization will take account of several security enrichments.

Verizon Rolls Out Android Jelly Bean Software Updates for the Galaxy S3 Users

Verizon Galaxy S3 Customers have something to cheer about in the near future. The Verizon S3 users are going to get some really meaty software updates. These software updates will reduce the disparity between the features of the S3 and S4. Galaxy S3 users will now get the Multi Window capability and also Best Shot camera feature which is a bright spot in the features of the Galaxy S4.

The Multitasking feature of the Galaxy S4 and now in the Galaxy S3 also is a powerful feature which endears to heavy and multi-task users who use a variety of apps to get on with their varied needs. The multi-task option allows the user to run two diverse applications simultaneously and control it via multiple windows. The Galaxy S3 features the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and thus it can easily handle multiple tasks without any lag.

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This is only one part of the update. The update will also enable the running of the Best Shot feature in the Galaxy S3. The Best Shot feature basically envisages taking 5 different shots in quick succession and then selects the best one to give a picture which is perfect in all aspects.

These two features are the major benefits of the software update. The update also takes care of a host of other bugs both small and large which has been plaguing the once flagship of Samsung. The update will also get the benefits of a number of other benefits. S3 users will be able to bill their Verizon account when conducting purchases from the Google Play, thus ensuring the buying process becoming seamless and hassle free.

Other benefits which the Verizon S3 user will be accruing because of the software updates include an easier NFC, much more sensitive Wi-Fi in Hotspot mode, and an improved Lock Screen function. Users will also be able to arrange the icons as per their frequency of usage getting help from the Contextual App Link.

The software update has been designated as “JZO54K.I535VRBMD3” and will be available over the next few days.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Update News

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been launched as a replacement of the Galaxy S3 which has remained the flagship of Samsung for quite some time. The Galaxy S3 may have let off the baton as the flagship of Samsung to Galaxy S4. Still it is a pretty awesome device and can rub shoulders with some of the best smartphones in the scene now. The number of Galaxy S3 users is quite big around the globe, and it is perfectly justifiable for Samsung to roll out the Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 update for its device which has held its ground against the likes of iPhone 5 and Lumia 920. The device has gone a long way in establishing the credentials of Samsung as a truly world leader in Android operated smartphones.

So, when will the Galaxy S3 get it’s much awaited Android 4.2.2? Well the answer is yes, this is going to happen very soon. The talks about the Android 4.2.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 got wings when a tape was leaked which contained a Samsung Galaxy S3 running on Android 4.2.2. The source of the tape claims that the build is in its testing phase, and it will be some time, not very long, when we will see the release of the update.

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Now what can you expect to get after the Android 4.2.2 update? A lot of goodies are seen in the Galaxy S4 like lock screen effects, a range of widgets and screen modes. The update will also bring features like the Driving mode, a better S-Voice app, improved Voice controls, a refurbished settings menu and a lot more.

The Galaxy S3 was released by Samsung and it featured the Android 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich which could be upgraded to  Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS. The Galaxy S3 successfully held the title of the flagship of Samsung till the release of Galaxy S4.