All you need to know about Android One.

Hey there!

What is Android One?
Android One is an initiative by Google to bring the smartphone technology to the masses.
Announced back in I/O 2014, Google launched Android One devices in India couple of days back.

                      

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Where to buy?
The first three phones launched are by Spice, Karbon mobiles and Micromax and will be available for a buyer at online retail stores like flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal.
Spice Dream Uno which is priced at $ 103 (Rs. 6,299) will be available at Flipkart, Karbon Sparkle V priced at $105 (Rs. 6, 399) will be sold online through Snapdeal and meanwhile Amazon will be selling Micromax Canvas A1 at the price of $106 (Rs. 6, 499).

What are the Specifications?
All the three phones are designed according to Google’s reference design and hence are pretty much identical in terms of specification. The only difference would be in design and minor software enhancements. Talking about specifications all the three devices would come with 4.5 inch 854×480 resolution IPS Display, 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor CPU- Cortex A7, 1 GB RAM with Internal Storage of 4 GB (Half of which would be filled up by the Google Apps) with Micro SD card Slot, 5 MP Rear and 2 MP front camera, FM Radio, Dual SIM Support and Replaceable 1700 mAh Battery.

Will they run on KitKat version?
Yes. All the three devices run on KitKat 4.4. And more importantly all the three devices will get OS update directly from Google for 2 years since launch. Moreover, this phones along with Nexus devices will be first in line to get Android L.

What is so unique about this phones?
One doesn’t need to download Apps like “YouTube Downloader or Tube Mate for downloading YouTube videos as this devices would allow you to download YouTube videos on its own and one can watch it offline without any data charges. This feature is not yet available on other Android devices. Apart from this the user would also get one year free Subscription on Google News Play stand. And what would add more to the joy of the buyer would be the additional offers from online sellers, discounts and free memory card.

Google has also planned to launch its Android One devices in Philippines and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) by 2015.

The Android One devices will face a tough competition with the same range Phones like Micromax Nitro HD, Moto E and Xiaomi’s Redmi 1s which are available in the market at almost the same price. And hence the success of this initiative by google lies in the days to come.

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5 smartphones you can buy instead of an iPhone 6.

Thinking to buy an iPhone 6? Well have a look at this 5 Smartphones that will fit in your budget instead of an iPhone 6 which costs around Rs.60,000.

 

1). Moto G (2nd Gen) :

Moto G 2nd generation

Photo from ibnlive.in

The newly launched Moto G 2nd Generation will make you fall for it. With Pricing around Rs.12,999, Moto G 2nd Gen is packed with a lot of stunning features. Take a look

Android 4.4.4 (KitKat)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, Adreno 305 450MHz GPU
1GB RAM
8GB & 16GB versions
Supports up to 32GB microSD
Dimensions: Height: 141.5mm Width: 70.7mm
Weight: 149 grams
5.0” 720p IPS HD display at 720×1280 (294 ppi)
Gorilla Glass 3
2070 mAh battery (mixed usage up to 24 hours)
Rear Camera: 8 MP (4:3) 6 MP (16:9) (LED flash, 4x digital zoom, HDR, panorama, burst mode, slow motion)
Front Camera: 2 MP + 720p HD video
Water repellency
Micro USB, 3.5mm headset jack
FM Radio
Dual SIM with Intelligent Calling.

 

2) Xiaomi Mi3 : 

Photo from Fonearena.com

Photo from Fonearena.com

A premium Android smartphone by Xiaomi Tech is in the news after the company sold about 40,000 units in 4.5 seconds through online Flipkart stores in India. This Phone carries a lot of handy specs

NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (depending on market)
5-inch IPS 1080p display
2GB of LPDDR3 RAM
13MP Sony Exymor R CMOS camera
2MP front facing
3,050mAh battery
NFC
8.1mm thick profile
Aluminum alloy body

All this comes for Rs.13,999!

3) Xiaomi Redmi 1s :

Photo from cnet.com

Photo from cnet.com

Well If your budget doesn’t allow you to buy an iPhone 6, you can surely afford to buy this phone which costs about Rs.5,999 and is available in India through online Flipkart stores. One of the best phones i have came across in the low pricing range. Have a look at the key features

4.7-inch Touchscreen
Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS
Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB
8 MP Primary Camera
AGC Dragontrail Scratch Resistant Glass
1.6 MP Secondary Camera
1.6 GHz MSM8228 Quad Core Processor
Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)

 

4) Asus Zenfone 4 :

Photo from fonearena.com

Photo from fonearena.com

Another phone in the indian market priced at Rs 5,999 which comes with Android Kitkat operating system is the phone you can not afford to miss.

Expandable Storage Capacity of 64 GB
5 MP Pixel Master Camera with Auto Focus
4-inch Capacitive Touchscreen
1GB RAM
Powerful Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Intel Atom Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology
Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) Upgradable to v4.4 (KitKat) OS

 

5) Moto X (2014) :

Photo from phonearena.com

Photo from phonearena.com

And finally here comes one of the best Mid range smartphone by Motorola i.e Moto X (2104). The company is giving a tough competition to its rivalries with the phone that costs about Rs. 30,000. Here are the key specs

5.2-inch AMOLED display
1920×1080 resolution
13MP camera with LED ring flash
2MP front-camera
Dual front-facing speakers
2.5GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 801 processor
2GB of RAM
16/32GB of storage
2300mAh battery
5.54 x 2.85 x 0.39 inches
New Moto Maker materials: 4 colors of leather, more wood.

 

Well Here are the choices. Be wise to choose!

Dear iPhone 6, Welcome to 2012!

Hello iPhone 6, welcome to 2012!

At apple’s much awaited event, the company unveiled its brand new iPhone 6 along with iPhone 6+ and Apple Watch.

A series of jokes on iPhone 6 started soon on twitter. And then came a tweet by Ron Amadeo who reviews editor at Ars Technica, comparing the specs of newly launched iPhone 6 and LG Nexus 4. The following photo went viral soon after.

 

iPhone6 vs nexus 4

The above was tweeted by Ron Amadeo.

 

Seems like iPhone is the Internet Explorer of Mobile phone world 😀

Shweta Basu, Bengali babe in bad taste!

OMG!

Swetha basu is that you? How come you grow this big?

 

Why is she in the news?

Actress Shweta Basu Prasad, along with other businessmen were caught red handed in a high profile prostitution racket during police raids at a hotel in Banjara Hills.

swetha basu prasad

 

Started her film career at early age of 11, shweta was awarded National Film Award for Best Child Artist for the movie Makdee. She was even awarded Best Awarded best Supporting actress award at 5th International Karachi Film Festival. In 2008, she debuted in Telugu Cinema and played her first starring role in film Kotha Banguru Lokam and the movie went on to become a large commercial success.

 

How did she end up in Prostitution racket then?

I was out of money. I had to support my family and some other good causes. All the doors were closed and some people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money. I was helpless, and with no option left to choose, i got involved in this act” said some police sources as her official statement. 

The tragedy as it seems is more in her choice of prostitution for making money and letting go off her talent which achieved her fame at the early age of 11.

 

What are the possible things that can happen next?

Was she caught accepting money in exchange of sex or was she caught pimping in exchange of money? It would be tough task for police to prove the same. If proven, she would attract punishment. But in case she was there in intimate position with her own will then there seems to be no case at all. And after all A Consensus Sex is no crime in India.

 

Our Opinion.

We here at parallel universe appreciate the wonderful job by police apart from knowing the fact that the same police is yet to get a lead in  rape cases, bribery, murder, espionage and other more important cases but ends up in catching an actress and a high profile businessmen in a compromising position with their own will. Was she Shweta there by force? NO! The fuss made about this case somehow diverts our attention from the real issues and it is somehow waste of time and resources.

 

 

 

 

Pakistan, a fragile democracy!

Hey there!

Pakistan is in the news from couple of days as a cricketer turned politician Imran Khan is all set for uprooting the present PM of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif from his position.

 

What’s the matter?

The country is currently facing a political crisis, the likes of which it hasn’t seen in years. Elected in 2013, Nawaz had pledged to pull out the country from energy crisis, reviving crippled economy and boost the ties with India. Nawaz also served as PM in 1990.

But nothing is going Nawaz’s way. Imran Khan, cricketer turned politician along with Tahir-ul-Qadri, a firebrand canada based cleric, have accused Nawaz of Corruption and malpractices in the elections. Now, both Khan and Qadri have called for Sharif to quit. Thousands of supporters of Khan and qadri had gathered a couple of days before the 14th august for “Freedom March”. Sharif, fearing of a military coup which had ousted him in 1999, allowed the protests.

The protest started more violent when Khan asked his supporters for massive civil disobedience and not paying any utility bills and taxes. Supporters in Islamabad, stormed the Red Zone area (area that contains parliament and government offices).

Till now 3 people are reported to be dead and more than 500 are injured in the clashes between police and civilians.

 

What could possibly happen next?

Neither Khan nor Sharif are in mood to bow down. So the next thing that could probably happen is the military “neutral” intervention in the issue. Political insiders have even reported that the military is playing an intermediate role between Khan and Sharif’s government. In talks with Sharif’s brother, Military chief asked Sharif for a Peaceful Resolution.

 

Is Pakistan going Syria’s way? Probably yes. Peaceful protests by civilians that had started in Syria couple of  years back has taken the shape of a horrifying civil war with thousand of civilians and more importantly children continue to die and the Syrian government in no mood to step down. Pakistan military could probably save Pakistan from turning out be another Syria by responding and resolving the protests in a better way.

 

How does it feel to skip writing for straight seven days!

Have you ever wondered that how does it feel not to do the things which you are best at?

Hey there!

Writing a post after straight 10 days and the reason for this is – “mid-semester” exams. The second worst thing in an engineering student life is this “mid-semester” exams and the first “engineering” itself. All this while i felt like i had been picked and dropped into a real universe where i had to deal with all “moh maya” kind of stuff. Right from dealing with my gf to last minute preparations were the things i had been dealing from last 10 days. And now when i sit here at an empty place in the parallel universe, all sort of satirical thoughts come in my cerebral cortex. Brain that is.

Okay lets get back on something. Something like um Poonam Pandey! I just heard from leading news channels that Poonam Pandey was apparently removed from Facebook and the reason to which is unknown. This step taken by Facebook would somehow protect the humanity and especially the youth of the country from wasting much of their time by visiting her Facebook page thrice a day to check for a nude selfie. In other words Facebook unknowingly  gave a new life to all those 1.2 million online fans of Poonam Pandey. I hope Poonam would now be more conscious and cautious about what she puts online or else get banned.

ALS Ice Bucket challenge is in the news since couple of weeks and it has recently landed in India and guess what poonam pandey is here to take a challenge. The challenge taken by her was more like showcasing her 34-26-36 assets. Dressed in her black bikinis, Poonam was all set to grab the attention of her YouTube and online viewers. She just cannot afford to miss a chance where she can flaunt her assets hai na? She has now nominated three Khans of bollywood excluding Kamal R Khan to take Ice Bucket Challenge. I hope Amir Khan doesn’t  dress the “PK” way!

 

Ab life me itna famous hona hai ke koi Ice Bucket challenge ke liye nominate kare, bas itna hi famous hona hai”

 

Half Girlfriend, because a full girlfriend is too mainstream!

Hahaha!

Chetan Bhagat made my day today. I woke up to see that Chetan bhagat is about to release his new novel – “Half Girlfriend”. “Half girlfriend” i mean are you serious man? There’s half of everything hai na Chetan ji? I think he has probably derived the concept of “half girlfriend” from “Cutting chai“. Or is it the civilized way of saying “saali aadhi gharwali” 😀

And you know what? Half girlfriend is based on the love story of a Bihari boy. A rural bihari boy named Madhav who gives his ‘half’ bihari heart to a ‘half’ girl named Riya. The more bigger mystery than the nomenclature of the novel is how on the earth would a rural desi “ghee” guy fall in love with the Nutralite “butter” girl? Or is it something like bhojpuri movie “Bihari babu vilayati mem”? Sounds ‘full’ boring! Meanwhile in parallel universe it was even reported that the sequel of “half girlfriend” would be – “half+half girlfriend”, “one quarter wife”, “one and half kids” and all the other fractions ever known to mankind. Its a perfect market strategy, buy this “half girlfriend” and then buy the “half girlfriend” part 2 to get a full girlfriend! And that’s what we should expect from an IIM guy.

Well well well I won’t let my gf have that “half girlfriend” because what if someday she turns up to me and says “You can have my upper half right now and lower half on the day ‘full girlfriend’ releases”. 

Sarkar se pehle chetan bhagat ne bihar ke ladko ko special status de diya. wah kya baat! 

Chetan Bhagat has now equaled the score of JK Rowling in releasing the novels having something “half” in their names. Chetan Bhagat – 1 JK Rowling-1. Well I personally believe Madhav would be studying Engineering because engineers are reported to have two girlfriends at a time or in most cases none. And the girl would be like “oh my god he’s an engineer how cool let me fall in love”. Or in other case it would be something like a random love story. After hearing the news of “half girlfriend”, Abhishek Kapoor, the director of “Kai po che” was reported to make a movie called “HU ANE MARI HALF GIRLFRIEND” (Hindi translation-me aur meri aadhi girlfriend). Flipkart was even more excited than abhishek kapoor. It has even started taking pre orders of “full girlfriend” from now.

 

What i like the most of the about this “half girlfriend” is its pricing which is just Rs 149. Its a choice between buying Motichoor ke laddoo or the novel at the same price!

You have forgotten Syria! Haven’t you?

Hey there!

In all the discussion over the cruel and inhuman things happening in gaza strip and palestine, news channels have forgotten to show what’s happening in Syria. Ya Syria it is. Even UN has forgotten.

Syria – A country in the middle east located along the shore of mediterranean sea is having the toughest time with the ruling president cum “dictator” Bashar al-assad killing thousands of rebels and civilians. But who cares? right? “Gaza under attack” “save gaza” is what i hear from the news channels all day. Even UN has its double standards when it comes to deal with Syrian crisis. Fightings between government and rebels have killed more than 100,000 people and made 2 million people to be refugees. And what matter’s most is that the half of the refugees are children.

 

HOW DID IT START? WHY ARE PEOPLE KILLING EACH OTHER?

It all started in 2011 with the peaceful protests lead by civilians against the ruling government. The government then responded in their way – “inhuman” way. Initially the forces quietly killed the activists. Then they started torturing and raping women, kidnapping children and dumping their dead bodies along roads. Gun Shots were fired on the protests to which civilians responded by shooting back. This thing is now what we call a civil war – more devastating and blood shedding version. There seems to be no end of this. Armed civilians have formed groups and the army deployed across the country bombards towns and neighbourhoods every now and then and forcing the people into submissions.

 

WHY IS AMERICA SILENT? WHO SUPPORTS THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT?

The answer is here. Its all about Russia’s love to Syria. Russia blocks all international interventions especially those which would harm their beloved Bashar al-Assad. With large amount of arms being sent to Bashar al-assad (president of syria) by Russia, there seems a very little hope for the end of this civil war. Russia still owns that cold war mentality and a bit of national insecurity which has made it to care much about their last military alliance. Moreover Russia has its naval installation in syria which is strategically important and it is russia’s last foreign military base outside USSR. And you know what the man himself Vladimir Putin (president of russia) doesn’t like someone being a threat to him.

 

WILL THE CIVIL WAR EVER END?

Nope. It would probably continue for years to come. There’s no one to sign a peace treaty either rebels or the government. And with russia supporting the syrian government, America would have a little to say in this case. At some point the conflict would gradually cool either with exhaustion or by partial victory.

 

And what will be left to remember is a tragedy.

 

Guess who’s back, back again!

Hey there!

Was flipping through the news channels and all of a sudden i stopped to see that Natwar singh is back in the news. Natwar Singh, who served as the external affairs minister in UPA-I under the PM Manmohan singh is in the news for his autobiography “one life is not enough” which is scheduled to reach markets very soon. It was Sanjay Baru who had had his book “the accidental prime minister” released earlier this year and now comes another insider Natwar singh and this time it will even more painful for Congress party. Oh wait, congress party? where is it? i cannot find one.

Now let’s see what’s inside so called “one life is not enough”.

Ever wondered why Sonia Gandhi pulled out of becoming PM in 2004? Stop wondering. In his autobiography, Natwar Singh puts the blame on Rahul Gandhi for not letting his MOM reside the PM’s seat as he feared for mommy’s life. So what if Rahul gandhi’s favourite song is “Sorry, blame it on me” (wahi Akon wala), you cannot put the blame all alone on him Mr Natwar singh. Meanwhile Rahul Baba was also found adding a milestone to his facebook profile which read  “Now officially responsible for double trouble to the party 1st in 2004 and 2nd everyone knows :p “. See the innocence of this fellow, so adorable. 

 Like Sanjay baru, Natwar Singh too accused the 10 Janpath Sonia gandhi’s Residence had been a real centre for power all these days. Baru and Singh were both once congress loyalist and are now indirectly inviting others to join them and share the insights of congress’s regime of which citizens are unaware of.

But wait, Sonia Gandhi has something to say. Yes Mam please. “I will write my own book and then you will come to know everything. The only way truth will come out is if I write. I am serious about it and I will be writing”. The master answer to all the blame.

The story of Betrayal and Truth!

Was it just because of Ishant Sharma? Think again…

Hey there!

The second most joyous thing to the mankind (especially me) after seeing manoj bajpai act is writing on the topic you know less about. And well that’s the same in the case. I grew up watching and playing cricket like every other indian citizen grew but gradually grounds were occupied by local municipalities for construction works. Gradually shifting from cricket i was bound my home sweet home and then came this BOOM!!! An overnight incident made me writer, maybe that’s what i feel 😛

 

I had a glimpse of newspapers and leading news channels giving it all to the one and only Ishant Sharma for his 7 wickets that made India win at Lords after 28 years i guess. And after the win i had expected Jadeja to remove his tee the same way Ganguly did in 2002 Natwest series. Well to my utter surprise how come news channels suddenly appreciate Ishant sharma? I mean months before he had his worst time on social media and news channels.

Samay Samay ki baat hai”

 

Alright let me take you straight to the reason why India won against england! I know it will escalate your mind but please be seated and don’t throw away your patience. Credit of this indian victory over England at lord’s goes to – all the GHOSTS present in room no. 333 in Langham Hotel where England team had stayed.

See, i told you please have patience.

Room no. 333 of Langham Hotel is claimed to be one of the most haunted places in London. People who had stayed in room no. 333 have claimed to see a variety of Ghosts ranging from short to tall, from Emperor napoleon III to a beefy with cropped hair wearing military style jacket. There are numbers of ghost in there but ECB still went with the idea of Langham Hotel. I believe all the ghosts out there would have had a good time with English team from stuart broad teaching them do’s and don’ts about bowling and Moeen Ali confusing the ghosts with his look “the hasim amla look”.

Ghosts just love no. 3 don’t they?

It was even reported that some of the players demanded room changes just because Ghosts were too much Possessive you know 😀

Now after you have known the reason behind India’s victory i hope you have a good life ahead.

 

PS : The above article is meant for fun and are writer’s personal views and no animals were harmed during this.