I always wanted Nokia phones to run Android OS. Here comes the day when the dream comes true. Now begins an era of Nokia’s hardware strength and Android’s OS marvel to work together and the phones will soon be in the hands of end users (yes you).
While Nokia is trying to keep themselves as far as possible from Google services for obvious reasons, this does not mean the users, developers and even phone sellers have anything to loose here. This is an amazing development where Nokia is trying to help drive more and more users to Microsoft services including Skype and Sky Drive (recently renamed to OneDrive) using Google’s Android OS.
So if you are a grumpy Nokia users and a loyal customer, grab a Nokia X phone in near future and I’m sure you’ll have way better set of software apps available on Nokia X than your old Symbian or Nokia OS phone. Win-win for the Nokia user, whether you pick a Windows Phone or Nokia X (Android) phone.
For developers, it creates a whole new market too. Time port your apps to Nokia X fellows, just visit this site to get started.
Now you can stream YouTube, Netflix and other videos right on to your TV with this amazingly small thumb device called Chromecast. But wait, haven’t we heard of such devices before?
With Kickstart’s popular Pocket TV and a number of other Android thumb sized devices that run full Android OS on them, I think this is more of a response launch from Google. Instead of buying Google TV or other smart TV hardware, people were turning towards these other low cost alternatives when Google has decided to launch Chromecast. I myself use an amazing media box by Western Digital called WD-TV that has a 1 terabyte of storage for movies and it also streams all sorts of internet media. Continue reading “Chrome Cast Thumb HDMI device for your TV”
I’ve been using Google Apps for business for quite some time. It’s an amazing service especially when it comes for free. This includes your own domain configured with Google mail, Google docs, Google Calendar and a number of Google services. Today we got email from Google intimating that this services is no more available for free. If you have a business and a domain name, you can still get this service for as low as $5 per user per month. You can find more details here: http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/business/pricing.html
Existing customers like me don’t have to panic yet, though you never know how it unfolds in near future. Existing Google apps accounts will continue to function as usual.
There’s a good news for educational institutions though. If you are a university or college with a .edu domain, you can still get this amazing service for free. Get your educational institution ported over to Google Apps using this quick link.
Google maps for Android has been updated and it now supports the indoor maps. Now you can search for places within malls, plazas, airports and stadiums. Checkout a screen shot of Lahore Airport
Continue reading “Google Maps for Android upgraded. Now supports indoor maps.”
If you are running out of Gmail space, don’t panic. This post will help you how to create ample space in your inbox without deleting any useful information. The magic word in this case is “transfer”. You will transfer all your emails to another Gmail account.
Here’s a convenient and simple solution for transferring your Gmail inbox to another account. Continue reading “How to transfer all your emails from one Gmail account to another”
Like most of us Internet users, I use a few WiFi routers too. This post is to confirm that the Google Maps and Latitude team knows where exactly your WiFi router is placed. This information is loaded up on the Google servers and whenever somebody connects this WiFi router and uses Google Maps, it s hows you near that router. Pretty neat so far? Read on for a catch, a trouble and well, a kind-of solution.
The news is spreading fast that HP is discontinuing the Web-OS device operations. While this news needs more detailed analysis and we have a long way to go but we are left with lesser number of players when it comes to operating system for the hand-held devices. Google, Apple, RIM and Microsoft are the four major operating system developers. While RIM and Google are no naive souls, I can’t rule out the possibility of a Microsoft vs Apple battle again a few years down the road if these two can eliminate Google and RIM from the race. With Microsoft’s strategic alliance with Nokia and Apple’s discontinued success story gives rise to the support for this possible traditional rivalry coming to the Smartphone and Tablet’s world soon.
I’m sure you must have heard about Google+ by now, it’s yet another social network by Google. It feels that they are palnning to do it right this time, let’s see how good it will be in the days to come. All we can do is jump in, try using it and give our feedback. So first thing first, how to get into Google+.
How to get invited to Google+
If you do not have an invite yet, just leave your comment here and I’ll try to invite you to the network right away.
How to invite friends to Google+
Once you are in, its simple to invite friends. If you do not have any invites explicitly available, just create a stream (your new status) and add more people to share with, type in all the email address you want to invite here and as soon as you press the “Share” button, everyone listed will get an email invite.
How to get Google+ Android app
Simply go to http://m.google.com/plus from your Android browser. This should work for most of you. If your market says it’s not available, dont panic, you can get the APK file right from one of the links below. Download the apk file, load it up on your phone’s memory card and open it to install Google+. Do leave a comment if this works for you 🙂