Category: Tech

My Moto G review

Moto G is quite frankly the best smart phone that money can buy!

Moto G was developed by Google and it comes at an amazing price of $179! (Rs. 14000)

 

The Specs of Moto G are as follows..

Display
Screen size (inches) 4.50
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Resolution 720×1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 329
Colours 16M
Hardware
Processor 1.2GHz  quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
RAM 1GB
Internal storage 8GB/16GB
Camera
Rear camera 5-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 1.3-megapixel
Software
Operating System Android 4.3 upgradable to 4.4 (KitKat)
Java support Yes
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00

Yes, this is a specification of a high-end mid rang phone! It is really surprising that comes under this price tag..

 

Flipkart.com is the only dealer in India for Moto G.

Flipkart is providing several offers and contests to promote the Moto G which is really beneficial in customer point of view.

Flipkart delivery is also very satisfactory.

I placed the Order on 17th April 2014, 2:46PM and it was delivered <48 Hours!

Flipkart delivery

 

My Moto G had KitKat (Android 4.4.2) running right out of the box which was really surprising! Moto G was one of few phone which got KitKat update first.. The “Project butter” and KitKat OS is really smooth on the Moto G.

Here is a video of Moto G speed test with Nexus 5! (which is a Rs.30K phone)

and, we can see that Moto G was only tiiinny bit slower than the giant Nexus 5!!

Moto G also support HEAVY games as well

Cannot hesitate to say but all these heavy games is running without any lags and “smoothly” on this budget phone!

 

Build quality: Build quality of this phone is really good! It feels very solid in hands. It is a very good advantage that it has Gorilla Glass 3 protection for the screen and I’ve literally tried scratching my Moto G with keys and not surprisingly it didn’t got scratched! And also Moto G is water repellent. Very comfy and useful for daily use!

 

Camera is the only “disappointing” department in the Moto G, but this is the BEST we can except from this exceptional (price) phone! Even though its 5 MP rear camera, the photos it takes are very satisfactory. It is way better than all 5MP cameras of Samsung. The shutter speed and features are also exceptional!

I’ve seen many bloggers say the camera is poor in night.

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Photo taken using Moto G with LED flash

But. This image is taken only with the LED Flash light at night. It’s way better than all the mid-range phones delivering low-light images. Also gotta say the LED light is very powerful in the Moto G.

Storage: Moto G comes with 8/16GB variants, but the fact is that it does NOT support SD cards, it could be a bit disappointing to some users, but not a big drawback as this phone supports USB Flash drives with OTG! The Bluetooth reception is very good than even Galaxy S4! It was playing music without any beat skips through Bluetooth speakers at a long distance while other phones were having trouble.

Here is Read & Write speed test of Moto G.

I can say the performance is exceptionally good. It has even defeated the giant Galaxy S5!

 

Gaming:

I’ve been using Moto G for almost two weeks now and it still amuse me. I’ve tried high-end games like NFS Most Wanted (1.91 GB), TDKR (The Dark Knight Rises) (2.3GB) etc on my Moto G and I couldn’t litreally find any frame-drops or lags in those games considering its high graphics and size. The lightning effects and all on TDKR is awesome! The 720p HD Screen also helps the viewing effects. The Adreno 305 GPU is handing all the games very smoothly.

One thing I found while playing Games like NFS Most wanted, is that the Phone get very hot while playing (probably because it uses a lot of GPU&CPU). It could sometimes harm the phone’s battery in the long run. And also 30 Minutes of gameplay with NFS Most wanted resulted in 18% battery drop (as I tested).

 TIP: Don’t play games while charging as phone gets too hot (due to CPU & charging) and we know that battery life would be affected when it works in very hot conditions.

 

This is the Best phone for gaming if you’re looking for a <Rs.15000 phone!

The Usual games like Temple Run, Subway Surfers, Deer Hunter, etc also runs very smoothly and the Graphical details (shadows, infos) can be seen very clearly on the 720p display.

 

What I miss in the Moto G:

  1. 4G LTE – (Even though India doesn’t have 4G coverage all over, I still miss this feature. 4G is gonna be everywhere soon!)
  2. NFC. – They could’ve put a NFC in the MotoG. I don’t think NFC chips is that expensive 😉
  3. Removable Battery – (Non-removable batteries are quite common now, so can’t complain much)
  4. 2GB RAM – I am very happy with the 1GB ram of MotoG. But in a long-run with lots of multi-tasking, 2GB of ram would’ve been a blessing!

Update: Motorola has Just released a 4G LTE model with Expandable storage! (Yet to arrive in India)

 

KitKat:

The another good news is that the Phone comes Android 4.4 (KitKat) out of the box! (Phones which are not stock KitKat can be upgraded to KitKat OTA easily)

KitKat have some great additional features and Memory Management than the prior version of Android. Learn More >>

In short, MOTO G is the BEST VFM (Value For Money) Phone out there in the market!

 

Shop now! 8 GB – http://po.st/motog8gb

16 GB – http://po.st/motog16gb

 

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Selfie level: GTA San Andreas

Oh look! Guess CJ also wanna get a selfie: 😉

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And here comes a #Selfie from the Clothes shop:

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Wooot!, and a Selfie with a Stranger, too 😉

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P.S: Happy #SelfieDay!! Here’s a cool #SelfieSong from The Chainsmokers! 😉

 

Twitter.com now supports Emoji!

 

So, Twitter just rolled on a new update to their web interface which every desktop users were eagerly looking for.  Twitter web will now Supports Emojis!

It means you’ll see fewer squares and more “Emojis” like this:

 

twitter-emoji

It’s a nice addition for those who use Twitter on the web frequently.

You can also post Emojis on twitter (and everywhere else) from this website http://www.iemoji.com/

#BoxesBeGone! #EmojiParty

More to read:

Facebook begins supporting emoji in posts and comments

Kitkat Keyboard supports Emojis

An Easy Way to Download APK Files from Google Play [Digital Inspiration]

An Easy Way to Download APK Files from Google Play

Android apps are packaged as APK files. You can use any File Manager app to copy these files from the computer to your Android device and then touch the .apk file to install, or sideload, the corresponding app on your device.

There are various reasons why you may want to download the APK installer of an Android app from the Google Play store:

  1. Google Play Store says that a particular app or game is incompatible with your Android device though you know that the app would work just fine.
  2. Sometime an Android app may be not be available for download in the Google Play store of your region or country.
  3. An app is listed on the Google Play store but you want to install that app on another Android device, like the Amazon Kindle tablet, that doesn’t have the Play Store.

Thanks to Amit Agarwal at Digital Inpiration for sharing this post.

  • How to Download APK Files from Google Play Store

Evozi, an Android app developer, offers a one-click online APK download app that lets you download the APK installed of any Android app that’s listed on the Google Play store. The downloader app can be accessed at apps.evozi.com.

To get started, enter the web URL of any app listed on the

Google Play store and click the “Generated Download Link” button. The APK download app will fetch the APK file from the Google Play store and will host it on its own servers from where you downlaod the file.

Since the APK files are directly fetched

from the Google Play Store, it’s unlikely that the Android App will be infected with any malware. Also, to prevent app piracy, the APK downloader only lets you download free apps and games from the Google Play store, not the paid ones.

Subway Surfers for [PC] with Keyboard HotFix!

Subway Surfers – PC Download
AbeyAustin.TK

DASH as fast as you can!
DODGE the oncoming trains!

Subway Surfers is a Crazy -Addition Game for Android & iOS. This is a Unofficial Release of Subway Surfers for PC!!

Help Jake, Tricky & Fresh escape from the grumpy Inspector and his dog.

Grind trains with your cool crew!
Colorful and vivid HD graphics!
Hoverboard Surfing!
Paint powered jetpack!
Lightning fast swipe acrobatics!
Challenge and help your friends!

Join the most daring chase!

First download the .zip file from the Download Links given below (Contains 3 files)  (25MB)

This Release Include the Support for Keyboard Controls too.

1.First Install the Game by Double Clicking “Subway_Surfers_ENG.exe

The Game will now work with Mouse Control:

Movement:
use your mouse by clicking + scrolling your mouse.

click + scroll up = jump
click + scroll down = roll
click + scroll left = it will go to left
click + scroll right = it will go to right

To Enable Keyboard Control Install: 

2. Install it. “AutoHotkey_L_Install.exe” then

3. Run “SubwayRepair By AbeyAustin.TK.ahk

Now Run the Game and Keyboard Controls will work (Up, Down, Right & Left)

If you are an Advanced User, You can edit “SubwayRepair By AbeyAustin.TK.ahk” using notepad and Change the values or Add new controls.

4. After the Game is finished, To close the hotkey script you’re running, after stopping playing, look at your system tray (near the clock) for an icon with has an “H”, right-click it and press “Exit”.

• You have to Open the Hotkey script (“SubwayRepair By AbeyAustin.TK.ahk”) first, everytime you open the game.

 Download the Game from: 

   PutLocker (24.17MB)

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• Please note, You need to install Adobe Shockwave Player if the Game stops at (Loading..)

Any Doubts/ Help, Please feel free to Comment below! 🙂

How An Operating System Got Its Name? – article

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Have you ever wondered what “XP” stands for or where “Ubuntu” comes from? Some operating systems get their names from obvious places, but others need some explaining. Read on to find out where your favorite OS got its name.

We’ve rounded up the most popular and well-known operating systems, as well as a few lesser-known ones—if you know of another operating system with an interesting story behind its name, make sure to teach your fellow readers in the comments.

MS-DOS
Micro Soft Disk Operating System (MS-DOS) was originally licensed from Seattle Consumer Products’ Quick and Dirty Operating System (QDOS). MS-DOS had no graphical user interface (GUI) and instead everything was inputted by users via a command prompt. The DOS acronym does not always mean MS-DOS. DOS is a generic term for “Disk Operating System” and MS-DOS was just one of many including Apple DOS, AmigaDOS, freeDOS, and many others.

Windows 1.0 – NT 4.0
The Windows name came from the fact that the new operating system, Windows 1.0, had windows a user could interact with in the GUI. The “Windows” name carries through all the way to current operating system and the number or name following “Windows” is how you can tell what version of Windows you have.

Microsoft stuck with the numbering scheme for 1.0 – 3.1 when it started to work on its New Technology (NT) branch of the operating system. Windows NT 4.0 was the first to implement the new NT kernel and was released in 1996 using the Windows 95 user interface.

Windows 95 – ME
Microsoft for a short while began naming their Windows operating system with the year of release indicating the version. Windows 95, 98, and Millennium Edition were all built off of the original Windows 3.1 kernel. Millennium Edition was release in 2000 and was designed to be used on home computers while Windows 2000 was designed for business computers.

Windows 2000 used the NT kernel and was the direct successor to NT 4.0, it was later replaced by Windows XP.

Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7


Windows XP was released in 2001 and the XP stands for eXPerience. This experience lasted all the way until 2007 when Microsoft released Windows Vista. According to Microsoft, Vista got its name because “At the end of the day…what you’re trying to get to is your own personal Vista.” It was very philosophical of Microsoft but ultimately they moved to a more simple approach with Windows 7.

Windows 7 is the seventh version of Windows since 95. Even though 95 wasn’t the first version of Windows if you count 1.0 – 3.1, but Windows 10 just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Plus people might get it confused with Mac OS 10.

System 1 – 7.5
Apple’s System operating system was developed for the Macintosh personal computer. The operating system has always followed a basic revision numbering scheme with every major release getting a 1 point increment with minor updates getting a 0.1 increment.

The Apple Macintosh computer was released in 1984 and got its name from the McIntosh apple.

Each new version featured incremental updates and feature enhancements as well as support for newer Apple computers. System 1-4 had no multitasking support which may sound familiar to another Apple operating system.

The first seven versions of the operating system were simply called “System 1-7.” This held true until 7.6 when the word “System” was dropped in favor of a more marketable “Mac OS” name.

Mac OS 8 – 10


Mac OS 8 came out in 1997 shortly after Steve Jobs came back to work for Apple. Mac OS 8 was supposed to be called version 7.7 but was changed to 8 because of a legal loophole that allowed Apple to shut down the 3rd party Macintosh market.

Mac OS 9 is now known as the last of the “Classic” Mac OSs and was the final release to be based on Apple’s in house code.

OS X (OS Ten) is the tenth version of the Mac operating system and the first Mac OS based on Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD). The underlying OS was developed by the company Steve Jobs started while away from Apple, NeXTSTEP, which Apple acquired in 1997.

Each minor version of OS X (10.1, 10.2, etc.) also has an associated big cat name. While there is some speculation on where Apple got the idea for these names, it is a pretty big coincidence that the operating system would share names with the now depreciated Macintosh clones built by Shaye as well as a pretty convincing argument over OS X names and German tanks.

Linux
Linux itself got its name from Ari Lemmke who ran the FTP server the original Linux Kernel was uploaded to. Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, wanted to name the kernel Freax, but Ari instead gave him a folder called “linux” to upload his kernel to. The Linux name came from “Linus’ Minix” which was the operating system Linus was trying to replace for himself.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu (oo-BOON-too) comes from the Zulu and Xhosa languages in Africa roughly meaning “humanity towards others.”

Like many Linux distributions, Ubuntu releases have two names for every release, a development code name and a version name. The numerical name for the release is based on the year and month of the release, e.g., version 10.04 was released in April of 2010. Every two years a long term support (LTS) release is also made which carries the LTS lettering and also has an incremental release for bug fixes. The current long term support version is Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS.

The code names are based on an alphabetical increment of an adjective and animal of the same letter. The animal naming came early in the development and usually reflects the state of the current Ubuntu distribution, e.g., Warty Warthog was the first release to signify its lack of polish. Ever release since Breeze Badger (5.10) has been in alphabetical order.

Ubuntu also has derivatives that have either a specific focus, location, or major difference in the operating system that requires a different distribution name. Some of the official derivatives are Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Mythbuntu, and Eubuntu. All of the official derivatives follow the same naming scheme as Ubuntu.

There are also Ubuntu customizations like Linux Mint, Linspire, and Ubuntulite which all have their own code names and version numbering.

Debian
Debian got its name from Ian Murdock the creator of the Debian distribution. He named the distribution after his girlfriend Debra Lynn by combining her name and his into “Debian.”

Each stable Debian release has an associated version number (1.0, 2.0, etc.), but it also has a code name based on a character from the movie 1995 movie Toy Story. The latest 6.0 release is named after the toy aliens “Squeeze.” The development branch of Debian is permanently named “Sid” from the emotionally unstable neighbor in the movie.

Red Hat/Fedora/CentOS
Red Hat Linux received its name because red hats have been the symbol of freedom and revolution in both the U.S. and France. Red Hat comes in a few different flavors, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Fedora Project, and CentOS

Red Hat Enterprise Linux does not use code names and instead just uses version numbers similar to OS X.

Fedora gets its name from the Red Hat logo in which Shadowman, the man in the logo, wears a redfedora hat. Fedora 1-6 were known as Fedora Core while later versions dropped “core” from the name.

Fedora uses code names that are relational to the previous release. Each release is related to the first with an “is-a” relationship to its predecessor. For example, version 7 “Moonshine” is a record label like version 6 “Zod”, but it is also a movie like version 8 “Werewolf.”

CentOS is the community-supported version of RHEL. The name comes from Community ENTerprise Operating System and is one of the most popular web server operating systems. Version numbers for CentOS follow RHEL version numbering and does not have code names.

Gentoo
Gentoo got its name from Daniel Robbins after renaming his Enoch Linux distribution. Gentoo was first renamed when Daniel and the other developers began using the EGCS compiler instead of the GCC compiler for added features and speed. Gentoo is named after the fastest swimming penguin, the Gentoo penguin.

The stylized “g” logo resembles a silver Japanese Magatama which were often found at grave sites as offerings to deities.

SuSE
SuSE is a German distribution which originally stood for “Software und System Entwicklung” which in English translates to “Software and System Development.” Since 1998 the acronym is no longer used and the the name of the company is simply SUSE.

The original release of SuSE Linux was version 4.2 instead of 1.0 in reference to the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. SUSE’s mascot is a Veiled chameleon named “Geeko” from the words “gecko” and “geek.” SUSE is now owned by Novell and the free Linux distribution is known as openSUSE. !