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Google has been Brining Special Doodles to Celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day

Since two years, Google has been brining special doodles to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day on 14th of August, and so it’s nice to see that this tradition has been carried this year too, as expected.

The new doodle may not be as flamboyant and rich as last year but is again unique in its own right.

Google Doodle on 14th August, 2013

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You get ‘Google’ written in upcase letters with a special dark green font, with ‘L’ being replaced by Pakistan’s national animal, the Markhor, standing at the edge of a cliff.

Between its cockscrewing horns, we have a star and crescent, the same as those on our flag. At the background, K2, the tallest mountain of Pakistan and the 2nd highest peak of the world can be seen.

In case you’ve forgotten, this was the striking doodle Google made last year:

Google Doodle on 14th August, 2012

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…and the comparatively-simple one the year before

Google Doodle on 14th August, 2011

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Google Announces Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

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Google has finally taken the curtains off the latest offering of its mobile OS. Some people might’ve been left disappointed again by Google’s reluctance to announce Key Lime Pie immediately but the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean isn’t bad by any standards.

The update is largely an incremental one, which brings some performance improvements, alongside some software enhancements.

Here are the most-important features which the update brings:

Multiple-users and restrictions

The ability to make multiple profiles in a single device is a feature already brought in the previous versions of Android but Google has added the feature to restrict the “rights” of any particular profile just now. This is a bit similar to the Kid’s Corner in Windows Phone and here too you can select only a number of apps/features which can be accessed by the profile being restricted.

Different users can also make different environments with their respective widgets, homescreens and customizations.

Better notifications

Android 4.3 brings the ability to view your notifications history. Apps, accessories and games can now take even better control over your notification bar now and can be sent to other paired devices from there.

OpenGL ES 3.0

Android 4.3 brings support for OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics which will be great for games as it improves details. It brings much more complexity in both 2D & 3D (Google also demonstrated this at its event) and adds a real depth to the whole experience.

Things much more complex than Real Racing are coming soon. This feature will be available on the new Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 as of now.

Low Energy Bluetooth mode and AVRCP

Bluetooth Smart is a new feature which interacts with accessories and will use the same technology to conserve the battery. Also added is Bluetooth AVRCP 1.3 which sends additional information to the audio device paired with your phone.

Better performance

Performance has been Android’s Achilles Heels but Google hasn’t made a secret that it has waged a war against it. The performance enhancements which were brought in Jelly Bean are built upon here. Vsync, touch latency, CPU input boosts, and others will make working on the OS smoother than before.

The rendering performance across various fronts have been improved drastically too.

Support for RTL Languages, Keyboard

Android 4.3 also brings support for languages which are written from right-to-left. The notifications bar, dialpad and lists, all are reworked for these specific keyboards. That will also be supported by a lot of pre-installed apps. Unfortunately, this is not available for Urdu yet but hopefully that will change in the future.

Emoji Keyboard also comes along with the system now and is activated by a long press on the spacebar key.

Software additions

Google is adding a Google Play Games app from Android 4.3 onwards which is a bit like Apple’s Game Center, where you have a leaderboard showing yours and your friend’s progress and the achievements you have accomplished.

Google Keep is yet another app which will be coming pre-installed and Hangouts will be replacing Talk officially. Several new additions like a separate menu for your disabled apps have been added as well.

Convenience for developers

Android 4.3 brings great convenience for developers. Apart from OpenGL ES, it also brings a vastly better Systrace tool which will give the developers an even better idea of their app’s performance.

When will it roll out?

The new Android 4.3 is already being rolled out to the Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and the original Nexus 7 worldwide. Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Editions will follow later. Other phones not running on stock-Android will be receiving the update through their respective manufacturers in the coming few months.

Android version 4.3 is a great step forward for both users and developers. Features like OpenGL ES don’t only open new doors for app-developers, but also make sure that users will get even better stuff in the future.

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Google Unveils New Nexus Smartphone and Tablets

Google announced its new line of Nexus Smartphone and Tablets, all powered by New Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean operating system that was planned for launch yesterday in an event which got cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.

Nexus 4 is next in line Google smartphone, manufactured in by LG, that comes with a quad-core processor, a 4.7″ (320 ppi) display and wireless charging – a technology that is getting momentum these days.

While Nexus 4 is seemingly powerful enough under the hood, it also features the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2— claimed to be the simplest and smartest version of Android yet.

Here are other specs of Nexus 4:

 

  • CPU: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
  • Chipset: Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • OS: Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Design:
    • Dimensions: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
    • Weight: 139 g (4.90 oz)
  • Display:
    • Type: Gloria Glass protected true HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    • Size: 768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory:
    • 8 or 16 GB storage
    • 2 GB RAM
    • No card support
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, NFC, USB v2.0 (MicroUSB)
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    • A front facing camera too
  • Battery:
    • Standard battery, Li-Po 2100mAh
    • Stand-by: Up to 390 h (3G)
    • Talk time: Up to 15 h (3G)
  • Price:
  • 8GB for $299;
  • 16GB for $349;
  • Available unlocked


Nexus 7:

Nexus 7 comes with 800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches display with corning glass protection.

Nexus 7 is built by ASUS and comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad core processor. Patented 4-PLUS-1™ design gives you processing power when you need it while it will save battery when power isn’t required by the device or apps.

Nexus 7 comes with over 9 hours of HD video playback, 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading, and up to 300 hours of standby time. Nexus 7 can be charged wirelessly too.

Here are other specs for Nexus 7:

  • CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9
  • Chipset: Nvidia Tegra 3
  • GPU: ULP GeForce
  • OS: Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.1.2
  • Design
    • Dimensions: 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm (7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 in)
    • Weight: 340 g
  • DISPLAY: LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory:
    • Internal: 16 or 32 GB storage
    • 1GB RAM
    • No cardslot
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC, USB,
    • Cellular support: No
  • Camera: 1.2 MP rear camera
  • Battery:
    • Standard battery, Li-Ion 4325 mAh
    • Usage:  Up to 10 h
  • Price:
  • 16GB for $199
  • 32GB for $249

Nexus 10:

Google trusted Samsung for building its power tabled. Nexus 10 is the highest resolution tablet on the planet with a 10.055″ display at 2560-by-1600 (300ppi), that’s over 4 million pixels right in your hands.

 

It comes with a powerful battery that will get you up to nine hours of video playback and more than 500 hours of standby time.

 

With a set of front-facing stereo speakers, you can watch movies right from your Nexus 10 and they simply sound awesome.

 

With Android 4.2, you can add multiple users and switch between them instantly right from the lockscreen.

 

Here are other specs of Nexus 10

 

  • CPU: Dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15
  • Chipset: Exynos 5250
  • GPU: Mali-T604
  • OS: Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Display:
    • LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
    • Size: 2560 x 1600 pixels, 10.1 inches (~299 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory:
    • Internal: 16/32 GB storage,
    • 2 GB RAM
    • No cardslot
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth NFC, USB
    • Cellular support: No
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 5 MP, 2592х1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
    • Secondary: 2 MP
  • Price:
    • 16GB for $399
    • 32GB for $499

 

 

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Google has launched online music store at Android Market

Google has launched  online music store, available online or through Android Market. The new online music store offer more than 13 million tracks from various artists EMI, Sony music Entertainment, Universal music group, its include independent labels , Matador Records, Warp Record, XL Recording,  Merge Records and Nexos.

Google is also integrating its new service with Google plus social network. Users will be able to share songs with their circles who can listen to the full length of the tracks one time without making a purchase

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Google Launches a New Service for Pakistan ‘Google Places’

Yes! It does look like a dream comes true for those who had been waiting for ages. Google Places, renamed from Local Business Centre this April, is a free of charge web based service by Google where business owners can claim their businesses alongside publishing all important and useful information for their customers and have it all layered out at top of world widely famous Google maps.

How it works:

Google Places 01 thumb Google Launches Google Places for Pakistan Google Places provides a comprehensive but most convenient dashboard to handle the business ownerships.

Business owner can provide all important and useful information ranging from company name to contact numbers to their physical location on map. Not only this, you can add business timings, photos, videos and much more.

Part of useful service is to create customized vouchers/coupons for those who reach you through Google Places, which can attract more and more customers to your business.

Benefits & availability:

Google is one of the most accessed services around the world. Business information once submitted to Google Places is then available from all of Google publically accessible services e.g. Google Earth, search, maps etc.

With hundreds of visitors looking at these search results can simply boosts your business. Since your submitted information is verified by Google itself through their verification process so customers can trust the submitted information with no doubts.

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One of the most useful benefits is that if once business is claimed and geo-tagged on Google maps, it will leave no chance for your customer to not to locate your physical location.

Following is a local business information as seen on an iPhone Google Maps. However, this data was recorded from Google Map Maker.

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Number of other benefits includes analytics reports on how your business is being accessed through Google services so you can make strategies and changes to enhance the business.

These analytics are available through dashboard any time but to make it more helpful to business owners, auto-generated reports are also sent in emails each month.

Being one of the largest business information holder, your business information with your consent is also passed through to other largest business information holders such as Yellow Pages, Thomas Local and so on.

Businesses can attract more customers with tools such as daily post updates and free coupons for customers offering special discounts.

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Google Places is available from computers to mobile devices or even physically visible on Google street. Google goodies include the labels to put your business front which states your existence in Google Places as shown in following image.

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Following are the Google Places apps screenshot from HTC Desire running Androids & Apple iPhone respectively.

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For a detailed and interactive idea on how Places work and help your business grow, please watch the following video.

 

Having all these benefits, Google Places in Pakistan kicks off with a controversy. Dr Awab Alvi was the first one to notice when he tried to claim his business on Places.

The address contained Muslim word returned an error saying that “Term Muslim is not allowed.” Here is the screenshot taken by Dr Alvi.

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Call Phone from Your Gmail

Google is easing our lives, this time by embedding a phone dialer in your Gmail. Earlier it was told that phone feature is only for people in US and Canada, however, phone dialer is appearing in all countries for now.

Google said that calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free for at least the rest of the year and calls to other countries will be billed at very nominal rates.

Kick going by simply installing the voice and video plug-in and you are done!

P.S. Calls made to US from Pakistan are not getting through, at the moment at least.

Note: Using VoIP in Pakistan without license is not entirely legal.

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