XOLO Play Tegra Note goes on pre-order, launch in third week of Dec

XOLO Play Tegra Note tablet is now available for pre-orders at Flipkart and Infibeam  e-retailers. The tablet price is now being noted INR 17,999, which is INR 1,000 less than what we last saw on Flipkart. The latest price is expected to be the final pricing for this re-branded NVIDIA Tegra Note.

To remind you, Tegra Note was originally announced back in September this year, when NVIDIA noted that various device vendors will be releasing this reference tablet with different names in different markets including XOLO in India.XOLO Play Tegra Note

XOLO Play Tegra Note features a 7-inch 1280x800p display, Tegra 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.2.2, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot and stylus support.

It is expected to be released in the third week of December in the Indian market, so we are expecting an official announcement next week.

With Nexus 7 (2013) looking like a better option, d oyou think that you will choose XOLO Play Tegra Note as your tablet? Let us know in comments.


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Imagination releases PVRMonitor app to track real-time CPU/ GPU performance data

Imagination Technologies has released PVRMonitor app in Google Play on Thursday to help app developers track the real-time CPU and GPU performance data to gain insights in how their app or game is using device CPU and PowerVR graphics hardware. The PVRMonitor does not work with other GPUs.PVRMonitor

“PVRMonitor is ideal for the everyday testing and profiling as it will allow you to see performance regressions pretty quickly even when the game runs at solid 60 frames per second,” Imagination Technologies states.

Stats shown by the PVRMonitor application include:

  • CPU Load
  • Total Pixel Load
  • Total Vertex Load
  • ALU: Pixel Load
  • ALU: Vertex Load

The performance data is presented as a bar graph, updated in real time and overlaid on top of currently running applications.

PVRMonitor on Google Play


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Set Bing daily image as your Android wallpaper with Bing for Android 4.2

Microsoft has released an updated version of Bing for Android in Google Play, which brings user-interface improvements and allows users to set daily Bing image as their Android device wallpaper.Bing for Android

Carrying the version number 4.2, the update is now live in Google Play. You can directly update the app via Play Store on your Android device or grab the app from here.

Bing for Android 4.2 full change-log

  • Redesigned UI and many new features
  • Set Bing daily image as your Android wallpaper!
  • Fix pinch to zoom in/zoom out when browsing web pages as well as some crash bugs.

This is not new for Bing, the Desktop app of the search engine already offers the same functionality for Windows PCs. If you are interested, you can grab it from here.


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Sony SmartWatch 2 app updated in Google Play

Sony has released an updated version its SmartWatch 2 app in Google Play on Thursday, which brings several new features to the SmartWatch.

According to the details available on the Google Play, the update brings new watch faces, stop watch app and more. You can check out full change-log below:

  • Added automatic light sensing
  • Added possibilities to “Fast scroll” in notification lists & notification events
  • Added scroll bar in notification lists & notification events
  • Stop Watch is Added as a native application
  • Added possibilities to mark all notifications as read from the action button in any notification application.
  • Added several new Watch faces.
  • Bug fixes
  • Improved stability
  • Larger font sizes

You can grab the update from Play Store on your Android device, which has been linked to Sony SmartWatch 2.


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Google Voice Search goes international

Can now respond to queries in Japanese, French and German

Google has updated its official Search app for Android in Google Play. The new update allows Google Search to respond to voice-searches in Japanese, German and French along with already available English.Google Search

Once updated to the latest version, Android users will be able to ask questions in these languages and get relevant answers in the same.

“Well if you do speak French, German, or Japanese, Google can now help you find information faster by speaking out answers to your questions in your native language. English speakers have been hearing Google respond to their spoken queries for a while and we’re now bringing some of the functionality to people in other parts of the world,” Google noted in a blog post.

To remind you, Google only responds to select queries in voice, the questions, which can be answered in specifics.


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Google updates Play Music app with SD card support, brings All Access to Germany

Google has released an updated version of Play Music app in Google Play, which brings SD card support and bunch of other news features.Google Play Music

Google Play Music users on KitKat running devices will now be able to pin music to removable SD card storage for offline access. This will allow users to save more music than ever without the danger of hogging all of internal storage.

In addition, Play Music now includes traditional Android sharing options. This is not all, All Access users can now mix an artist’s All Access catalogue into different playlists.

Full change-log for Google Play Music v5.3.1316M

  • SD card support for offline music on KitKat (Experimental support on some older devices)
  • Added ability to shuffle all songs from an artist in All Access
  • Made it easy to share links of songs, artists and albums to your favorite social networks

Google Play Music All Access comes to Germany

In related news, Google has brought Play Music All Access music streaming service to Germany.  The users in the country can now subscribe to All Access for €7.99 per month (until January 15 under the launch promotion, €9.99 per month thereafter).


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Samsung Chromebook released in India for INR 26,990

Google today announced in a blog post that Samsung Chromebook is now available in the Indian market. This is the third Chromebook to reach the country after recently launched Acer and HP Chromebooks.Samsung Chromebook

Priced at INR 26,990, the Chromebook can be grabbed from Flipkart, Cromaretail.com as well as Reliance Digital and Croma brick and mortar stores. Google notes that Croma and Reliance Digital won’t just sell the Samsung Chromebook but the entire range of Chromebooks available in the country will be available at their stores in a total of seven cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.

Coming to the Samsung Chromebook, it features 11.6-inch 1366x768p display, 1.7GHz Exynos 5 dual processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of SSD, 0.3MP webcam, and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n. It also comes with one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port as well as HDMI out, SD card slot, audio jack and Bluetooth.

“Starting today, people in India have more hassle-free options with the launch of the Samsung Chromebook. A best-selling laptop on Amazon US for over a year, the Samsung Chromebook has over six hours of battery life and is thin, light and stylish. It slips easily into a handbag, briefcase or backpack, and comes with your favorite Google products like Search, Gmail and YouTube, built in,” Google noted in the blog post.


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Google Play Store 4.5.10 update rolling-out, brings activity feed & more

Google has started rolling out a new version of Google Play device client (Play Store) earlier today. Carrying the version number 4.5.10, the updated Play Store brings a host of new features and user-interface tweaks.Google Play Store 4.5.10

One of the major changes present in the latest Play Store version is Activity Feed, which shows what you have done on Google Play, including +1s and reviews.

In addition, Play Store 4.5.10 brings In-App purchases (IAP) indicator, which shows that whether an app has in-app purchases or not in the Play Store listing. This is a pretty barebones feature, but we can hope further improvements in the future.

Apart from these changes, there are some improvements to the reviews UI and recommendations interface.

You can wait for the over-the-air roll-out or download it from here. We would suggest you to wait for automatic update.

Google Play Store 4.5.10

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M1 available for Nexus devices

Cyanogen Inc has released Android 4.4-based CyanogenMod 11.0 M1 for select Nexus devices like Nexus 7 (all versions), Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 10. This is a surprising move as CyanogenMod team would traditionally be rolling out nightlies at this point but they have gone ahead and rolled-out the first monthly release for Nexus devices.CyanogenMod logo

Here is the reason for this change, as explained in the CyanogenMod blog:

“Some background on this change of order. Normally, this would be the point in time where we turn on CM 11 nightlies. From there, we would spend the next few weeks (or longer) in the nightlies, all the while not allowing you guys (the users) to offer support in the form of bug reports. Taking reports against the constantly changing nightly codebase is too resource intensive, but at the same time, waiting another month to get them going is, in all honesty, wasted time. So, with this change, we are going for the best of both.”

According to the Cyanogen Inc, there should not be any issues with this release but you can always expect odd bugs here and there, which would be fixed in future releases. You can download the CM 11 M1 for Nexus devices from download.cyanogenmod.org or use CM updater on your device or install it via CyanogenMod Installer (for first time users).

Cyanogen Inc has also revealed that they will be starting CM 11 nightlies for other devices soon including Galaxy Nexus.


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Android 4.4.1 update rolling-out for Nexus 5, Nexus 4 & Nexus 7 LTE (2013)

Google has started rolling out the Android 4.4.1 update for Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE (2013) devices earlier today. The update is now being released over-the-air and will continue over the next few days.

As you know, all updates are rolled-out in phases, so, have patience as not everyone will get the update right-away. If you don’t want to wait for the update, download the update for your Nexus device using the relevant links given below and use this guide to update your device.

Google has also revealed that Android 4.4.1 update brings several camera improvements for Nexus 5 including faster focusing (especially in low light), faster white balancing (for truer colors), the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag.

The update isn’t so big for other Nexus devices like 4 or 7 LTE and mainly includes bug-fixes.

OTA Update download links


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