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Daily Roundup May 19, 2013

by Sunil J


Windows 8.1, previously code-named Windows Blue will be available for public preview from June 26th, but the final release date has not been confirmed.




You really can’t expect me to hold off buying one after seeing this reaction, can you?

Storage bump

15 GB now shared between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos.

These changes to Google Drive storage will roll out over the next couple of weeks

All Access (Paid, US Only)

If you are in US, you might want to try All Access from Google Music. It is similar to Spotify and most people seem to think it is better than Spotify. Being in India, I can’t use the service without making quite a bit of changes in how my computer connects to the internet, but you might want to check it out. At least use the 30 day trial. If you sign up for the trial before June 30, you can a $2 discount on monthly subscription


Mysterious Google Device

Google has filed for a patent with FCC for a media player. The model number is H2G2-42 (Geeks think it is a reference to Hitchhiker’s’ Guide to the Galaxy). Considering the AC/DC option, it is likely to be something you could attach to your home entertainment system. Maybe it will allow you to stream music, movies and TV Shows.

Google mediaplayer

Via DroidLife

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is the unified messaging interface for your Android, iOS as well as for your computer. If you have not been prompted to update to Hangouts, you will be soon, but in the man time, you can update it yourself for your Android, iOS and computer from the below link http://www.google.com/hangouts/



SS-2013.05.15-17.03.04Ever wanted to learn a foreign language? Duolingo would be one of the top rated language learning app, but on Android you would be forced to use the browser. They have been teasing about an android version for a long time and now we have a date. Set your reminders!

If you do not wish to wait, you could try using Bussu or Babbel.

BBM not just for Blackberry any more

“BlackBerry has just announced that its hugely popular BBM messaging service is going multi-platform: it will be released for Android and iOS as a free app this summer. BBM will support iOS hardware running iOS 6 and above; the Android version will be compatible with version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above. “It’s time to bring BBM to a greater audience,” CEO Thorsten Heins said in announcing the expansion, “no matter what mobile device they carry.”

Via The Verge

Samsung S4 Google Edition

I have started looking at Samsung to set the benchmark when it comes to device hardware and I guess HTC is not far behind. But I would pick a Nexus device any day if given a choice. Most people are used to the Android that comes bundled with their phone, that they would not understand the fascination an Android fan has towards pure Android experience. I used a Nexus One until a few months back. It was first in line to get the GingerBread update and once it became clear that Google won’t be providing IceCream Sandwitch for Nexus One, I rooted the device and installed Cyanagen Mod. It served me very well till I decided that I needed a faster processor and more RAM.

Unfortunately for me, Nexus 4 was having supply problems and it was not available in India. I decided to take a chance and bought a XOLO X900 which has an Intel processor. It is a great phone, but it would seem that the company is not interested in updating the software to JellyBean. I have decided that I won’t be buying another XOLO/Lava brand phone unless they provide me with a timeline for software update. I am tempted to buy Nexus 4 right now, but I am waiting to see if they are going to make changes to the hardware and bump it up a notch as the Internet seems to think.

Now Samsung is going to provide the same pure android experience as Nexus on its flagship product, S4. No bloatware and faster updates. I just hope they will provide update as soon as they become available. But if you have $630 for a phone, this is the phone you should buy even if HTC One has a great camera. you could buy it from the end of June or wait until you hear more from HTC (see below). If $600+ is too much to spend on a phone, Nexus 4 is a great phone.

Via The Geek

I just came across a news that HTC One is also planning to release a Nexus version of their flagship phone. It is still a rumor, but if it is true… You should keep all your phone buying plans on hold.

Via AndroidTelegraph

Nvidia Shield

If you are into gaming, watch the following video, and watch the video on The Verge site. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Via The Verge


First there was the black e-ink kindle and then there was kindle fire without the e-ink. Ask anyone who has used e-ink, it is the best for reading text. Very soon your eyes could get used to the comfort of e-ink without feeling color blind. Amazon has apparently bought color e-ink technology from Samsung. I am guessing we should be able to see the new line of product before thanksgiving.

Via The Verge

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