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Google Nexus S to be launched in India tomorrow?

March 24, 2011 3 comments

If my reliable sources at Google and Samsung are to be believed, then India is getting it’s first Gingerbread Android 2.3 device tomorrow. Yes! you read it right – 25th March 2011 and that too at an unbeatable price.

Google Nexus S – S may stand for Samsung, Speed, Superior, Second (First one was the HTC manufactured Nexus One, which was a success in its own way in the countries it was released). Now, before I go on about the device specifications let’s have a look at the hands-on picture of device.

It does resemble a lot with its sibbling Samsung Galaxy S rather than its predecessor Nexus One. And the reason for that is – Nexus S shares a lot of the Samsung Galaxy S components. Powered by the very same 1Ghz Hummingbird processor and having the same 512MB of RAM. So what makes it so special? In my opinion, nothing as it just seems like an over-clocked Nexus One or a faster Samsung Galaxy S thanks to Gingerbread. The only good thing about it is that its the Royal Droid.

Now, let’s read the specs of the Royal Droid. Oh! Before I forget, I call it the Royal Droid because its the first device to be launched with Android 2.3 and also, in the future all the Android updates will first come to this device by its Father – Google Inc.

Now its time we read what’s this Royal Droid all about:

Connectivity

  • Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700
  • HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
  • microUSB 2.0

Display

  • 4.0″ WVGA (480×800)
  • Contour Display with curved glass screen
  • Super AMOLED
  • 235 ppi
  • Capacitive touch sensor
  • Anti-fingerprint display coating

Size and weight

  • 63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm
  • 129g

Hardware

  • Haptic feedback vibration
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Light sensor

Processor and memory

  • 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processorSamsung
  • 16GB iNAND flash memory

Cameras and multimedia

  • Back-facing: 5 megapixels (2560×1920)
  • 720 x 480 video resolution
  • H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • Front-facing: VGA (640×480)
  • 3.5mm, 4-conductor headset jack
    (stereo audio plus microphone)
  • Earpiece and microphone
  • Software noise-cancellation

Battery

  • Talk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G
    (14 hours on 2G)
  • Standby time up to 17.8 days on 3G
    (29.7 days on 2G)
  • 1500 mAH Lithum Ion

Software

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Android Market
  • Calendar
  • Gmail
  • Google Earth
  • Google Maps with Navigation
  • Google Search
  • Google Talk
  • Google Voice
  • Voice Actions
  • YouTube

If you are grinning reading all the information above or planning to get one for yourself then let me remind you, that I am unbiased blogger and you haven’t read the bad & sad part about the Nexus S.

So let’s Rock & Roll :

  • No microSD slot
  • No Gorilla Glass
  • No 720p video recording
  • All-plastic body, fingerprint magnet
  • No  Droid-pouch provided like it was in the case of Nexus One.
  • No DivX and XviD support (no actual video player) out of the box
  • No dedicated camera key and no lens cover
  • No FM radio
  • No smart dialing
  • Bluetooth 3.0 gone

Now, doesn’t it seem like a stripped down version of SGS and that too an year after it was launched. When the world is awaiting Dual-core processors, Google came out with the hardware that has already been there for an year. I wonder where all the innovation has gone from Google?

Well, that concludes my review for Google Nexus S. Now let’s wait for tomorrow to see if the device actually launches 😉

Web Honours to celebrate Moon Landing

Forty years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin forever changed mankind with their historic walk on the lunar surface. It was one step for a man but a giant leap for mankind.

With today being the 40th anniversary, most of the web honoured the greatest moment in modern history.

First few pictures of the Apollo 11 moment and then the web honours:

Starting with google (Which was the slowest to update it or maybe it was waiting for the exact time of the moon landing to update its logo)

Bing (Bing has changed their daily background image to feature a shot of the Moon.):

YouTube (Wonder why the parent site Google was updated so late):

And twitter is full of tweets so search for Apollo11.

Please update me if you find more.

TechNews with TechNYK

July 13, 2009 2 comments

I apologise to my all my readers for my absence as I went into hibernation for a week due to unforeseen circumstances but now NYK is back with a bang so be ready for the feast. So, let me first update you all about what all has happened this week in the world of tech obviously with NYK humor embedded 🙂

  • Google plans to launch Google Chrome OS (I wonder what happened to Android Dreams?)
  • Microsoft sees light at the end of the tunnel with Silverlight(Adobe Flash is way Ahead Dear MS)
  • Google Apps is out of BETA (Oh Really! I though it will stay till Chrome OS is launched)
  • All Windows Vista system sold starting August 2009 will have an option to upgrade to Windows 7 once its launched(Xp Users doomed yet again)
  • RIP Michael: your passing has shown the power of Twitter(MJ – King of Pop/Web/World forever)
  • Sarah Brown’s G8 summit tweets and blogs(Has the BBC server crashed?)
  • Luxury Notebooks are non-starters(So are Luxury cars like Jaguar & Land Rover)
  • Windows 7 Build 7600 rumored as RTM(It’s not a rumor its a fact,we have launched it)
  • Nvidia Launches 3d graphics card(Take of your specs and put on the 3d glasses)

Enough News for a week, now its time for some freebies to be distributed to all my loyal readers  and specially to animation enthusiast:

Anime Studio is a proprietary vector-based 2D animation software for animators originally distributed by LostMarble, later by e frontier. The software comes in two different versions, named Anime Studio and Anime Studio Pro, the first being restricted in terms of possible length and image size, as well as not having all the functions of the Pro version. Anime Studio is available for the Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

The software was originally developed under the name “Moho” by LostMarble, the last Moho version 5.4 was identical with the first release of Anime Studio Pro. Current release version is 6.0. LostMarble is still the home of Papagayo, a free lip sync software which works with Anime Studio.

Anime Studio, despite what its name suggests, is also capable of other styles of animation. It can export its animations as flash cartoons, create cutout-style animation, and, within its restrictions, mimic some pencil-drawn animation. Since it features some basic 3D functionality, it can be seen as a 2½D program. Short films, especially those which tell their story in one scene, can be produced relatively quickly compared to other programs, because of the usage of vector morphing instead of frame-by-frame animation. On the 6th of June, 2009, Smith Micro released Anime Studio 6, which has more features, including motion tracking, lip-syncing and more.

Features:

  • Anime Studio features layers of different types for artwork as well as for grouping and switching assets. Layers can be animated in perspective.
  • Layer ordering can be animated (since v5.6)
  • Camera movements.
  • Pressure-sensitive tablets in combination with brush shapes can be used to create natural-looking strokes. Artwork created in Anime Studio is basically resolution-independent.
  • The animator can create a skeleton of Bones to which pieces of artwork are attached. The skeleton works with inverse and forward kinematics and makes it easier to animate characters.
  • Tweening of all layer, vector shapes, and bone animation.
  • Styles for outlines and fills.
  • Masks are possible.
  • Anime Studio has some 3D abilities, useful for multiplane camera effects and even complex set building.
  • Anime Studio supports several file formats to import pictures and video. Alpha channels of PNG and video files are recognised.
  • Multiple soundtracks can be added. In combination with Papagayo Anime Studio provides automatic lip sync.
  • Anime Studio exports films to .swf, but without certain effects which are not part of the .swf file format. Export to video or image includes everything and can be done in any resolution. Videos can be rendered with an alpha channel.
  • Most tools are completely scriptable

Here is the link for it : http://my.smithmicro.com/freeanime/

Google Voice

Google Voice

Google Voice: Coming Soon

Google Voice is a service that gives you one number for all your phones, voicemail that is easy as email, and many enhanced calling features like call blocking and screening, voicemail transcripts, call conferencing, international calls, and more.

Google Voice is currently available for GrandCentral users only, but will be open to new users soon.

In the meantime, if you need an invite  leave your email address on this page and Google will notify you as soon as Google Voice becomes available. To learn more about Google Voice, check out  feature videos.

See how Google Voice works with your phones:

One number for all your calls and SMS

One Number

One Number

Voicemail as easy as email, with transcripts

Voice Mail Screen

Voice Mail Screen

More cool things you can do with Google Voice

More Cool Things

More Cool Things

Here is a screenshot of the Log In screen with my Id on it:

Google Voice Login

Warm Welcome

A warm welcome to everyone who has landed on this page.  This is my first post for TechNYK i.e. a part of http://nikhilchawla.wordpress.com but will cater only Tech Updates as I would not be posting Tech articles on http://nikhilchawla.wordpress.com anymore.

Few Things about TechNYK:

  • A-Z of Technology
  • Unofficial Microsoft News
  • Free Software & License Giveaways
  • Hardware/Software Reviews (On Demand)
  • Regular Updates
  • Twitter Inspired  Theme
  • User queries & comments most welcome

Now lets get it started to begin with I would like to share my experience at Microsoft India GTSC event held on 6th June 2009 at Hotel Leela Kempiski in my first post.