Wednesday, December 25, 2013

iPhone 5 or Goophone i5, which one would you buy?

According to many web sites that follow phones, the company Goophone has cloned Apple's 5 phones by just looking at the leaked photos of Apple design. It appears they even patented the design in China even before Apple's release which will make it very difficult for Apple to get in.  It may be noted that the decline of Nokia in Asia was often quoted as being related to Chinese cheap know outs.

On the plus side, the Chinese Goophone has impressive specifications even rivaling Apple's. I will not be surprised that you will soon find this cheap knock-out (I would not call it that as it deserves more respect vis-a-vis its specifications) coming into USA any time soon.

Here is a comparison of specifications from the quoted site below the image.

 

Follow the story here, if you have missed,
http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/iphone-5-vs-fake-iphone-5-goophone-i5.452664743/

Here is a video comparing the two from this site:
http://hackncrash.com/android/2013/09/07/iphone-5-vs-goophone-i5-iphone-5-clone/



 

Monday, December 23, 2013

World's cheapest tablet for $25

I am assuming $1 about 60 RS which changes daily.

The subsidized tablet Akash 4 (Akash means sky) conceived in 2011 to put a tablet in every student's hand in India will go on sale on January 2014. It appears that Datawind of UK had the exclusive contract to make this device which now will be tendered and some 18 manufacturers have shown strong interest. It will eventually cost RS 1500.

4G enabled tablet will with approximate dimension of 7"comes with 4GB internal storage extendable to 32GB with a SD card. It will have a scratch resistant touch screen and will support Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G,and 4G connectivity. It should weigh about 500gm and sport a front camera. Battery time around 3 hours with video or 5 hours browsing the internet.

Follow the complete story here:
http://www.aegindia.org/2013/12/worlds-cheapest-tablet-just-got-cheaper-aakash-4-to-cost-only-rs-1500/2138743.html

For the first pictures of Akash (more correctly Aakaash)
http://www.ndtv.com/photos/gadgets/first-pictures-the-aakash-india-s-50-tablet-11493/slide/8

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Microsoft challenges Apple and Google with Cortana

Windows Phone 8.1 updates the present phone. According to rumor mill (not so unlikely rumor), Windows Phone 8.1 with Personal Digital Assistant Cortana should be available as early as April 2014. This may coincide with the build conference.

Looks like Bing Search will be replaced by 'Cortana' for voice and text search, taking the battle a step nearer to Apple's 'Siri' and Google's NOW. MSFT has done lot of work with voice and I am not sure why they did not turn on this feature earlier. MSFT does not like to test water, unless a shark is swimming and a whale is shooting air. Anyway, good luck, it's never too late.

Nokia appears to be working on the hardware side of the phone with mostly 007 related stuff like 'Goldfinger' a '3D touch' system(Industry first?) and 'Moneypenny' using onscreen keyboard.
According to the same sources, looks like Microsoft also wants a second serious hardware manufacturer, the like of Samsung and it working towards this goal.

On a serious note, these many things should take The Phone (reserved for windows Phone only) to more giddy heights by 2015.

Sources quoted:
http://redmondmag.com/articles/2013/12/17/windows-phone-8-1-coming.aspx
http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/12/4722472/microsoft-cortana-windows-phone-personal-assistant
http://www.theverge.com/2013/12/16/5215484/windows-phone-8-1-features-notification-center-cortana

APPS for windows Phone exceeded 200000Plus

Looks like Windows Phone is making great strides but still a lot to go. It seems to have surpassed 200,000 apps that you can download from store. Is it the total number that matters? or is it the quality and usuability of apps that matter? or is it the popularity?. I suppose all the above should happen. Here is a screen shot from the Windows Store.


Also read this article on PCWORLD, http://www.pcworld.com/article/2080804/windows-phone-store-passes-200-000-apps-so-lets-make-them-better-microsoft.html

How does it measure up against competitors. Here is an answer copied from this site:
http://www.pureoxygenmobile.com/how-many-apps-in-each-app-store/

There is a lot of catching up.

I wonder whether there is a breakdown as to quality!