who I am and why I’m here

Hello World, I am Naresh Keshavwar.  My Mom calls me Nareshu (the extra “u” is just the motherly love), friends call me Anna (I am the only South Indian in the group) and my colleagues know me as Naresh K, Keshavwar and NK. I am half Marathi and half Telugu. My hometown being on the border of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh (they say now its Telangana) helped me learn both the languages. I am currently associated with one of the best IT MNC and my current base if Hyderabad. I am a Tech Enthusiast, a part time blogger, Sachin Tendulkar fan and father of a adorable junior named Champ.

I love new gadgets especially mobiles. I always keep myself updated with the latest in the world of technology. So, I am here to share my views on these latest happenings in the world of technology with the world. Its been just a couple of months but I am enjoying every bit of it. As I am based out of India, most of my posts are limited in scope. But hey don’t run away I said most not all.

I am sure there are many of you who are more or less similar to me and love gadgets. This blog is for the people like you and me. So Please follow the blog and stay updated.

Thank you for visiting. Let me know your comments. Good day.

Xolo A510s with Metallic Finish and 1GB RAM coming soon for INR 7499

Xolo has silently listed Xolo A510s smartphone on its official website. The phone comes with 4” FWVGA IPS Display with 245 PPI. Under the hood there is 1.3 GHz Dual Core MTK 6572 processor with Mali-400 MP GPU. On the imaging front, the A510s comes with a 5MP Camera with flash at the back and a VGA front facing camera. Continue reading

Moto X coming tomorrow for 23999INR, brings exciting launch day offers

The wait is over. Flipkart will launch the Moto X in India tomorrow and as reported earlier by yours truly, the phone gets a sub 25k price tag and will be available for INR 23999.

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To celebrate the launch, Flipkart has also announced several offers for the customers buying the phone tomorrow. The offers include 1000Rs cashback on EMI; Flat 70% off on Moto X covers and 10 lucky customers will get the phone for free.

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At this price, the phone will be directly competing against the Samsung Galaxy S3, Lenovo Vibe X, Micromax Canvas Knight and the Sony Xperia ZR. I think for anyone looking for a smartphone under 25k; the Moto X will make a superb choice.

There is no doubt that Motorola has managed to get the pricing of the phone right and it would be interesting to see how well the Moto X be received in India.

Why Moto X wont be a success in India

Motorola is happy place these days. The phone maker tasted huge success with its budget offering Moto G. The phone was well received in all the markets. In India Motorola made the phone available exclusively on Flipkart and succeded in setting the sales chart on fire, making it Motorola’s highest selling smartphone ever.

Buoyed by the success, Motorola is now bringing its flagship, the Moto x to India via Flipkart. Although there is absolutely no denying that moto X is a great device and is one of the best android phones of last year, it will not be an easy ride for the phone in India. The biggest reason for that is the price.

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India is a price sensitive and brand conscious market. The local players have established a name for them by launching some decent phones at affordable price. Motorola, rightly took a leaf out of these companies book and priced the Moto G agressively making it the best phone in the budget category. People looking for a decent budget smartphone at a rather affordable price tag, grabbed the moto G quickly.

But the Moto X clearly doesn’t have that luxury. Motorola took a completely different route with the Moto X. Although it packs some decent specifications, it is clearly light years behind what other flagships are offering. The phone comes with HD display, Dual core processor and close to stock android to run the device while other OEM’s are churning out flagships with Full HD (and QHD) display, Quad core/ Octa Core processors etc…So even if Motorola launches the phone in India at its current US price of $349 plus taxes, it will be priced around 25-27k. This puts it right against the Nexus 5, Samsung current flagship the galaxy S4 (S5 yet to launch), the Xperia Z and the recently launched Canvas Knight. Compared with Moto X, all these phone have superior specs in all the departments and it would be very tough task for Motorola to convince buyers.

Only time will tell how Motorola will woo buyers and convince them to buy the Moto X.

Moto X coming soon to India as Flipkart exclusive

It’s official. The Motorola Moto X is coming soon to India and just like Moto G it will also be exclusively available on flipkart.

Coming Soon
Coming Soon

Flipkart in a tweet today made the announcement but did not mention any launch date. However according to NDTV Gadgets the phone will be unveiled on 19th March. Flipkart also mentioned that there will be exciting offers on the Moto X launch date continuing the tradition they strted with the Moto G.

Unfortunately Moto Maker is not coming to India. But Motorola will be releasing the phone in number of colors as well as with wood back.

Just to rewind a bit, the Moto X comes with a 4.7″ HD Active Matrix Display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Under the hood there is Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait with Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB RAM and runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat.On the imaging front, the Moto X flaunts a 10MP Clear Pixel Camera accompanied by a 2MP secondary camera.

The phone is currently available in US for $349 unlocked and we expect a sub 25k price tag in India.

No more “Last Seen At” jokes as WhatsApp updates privacy settings for its Android app, also enables user to Pay for Friends WhatsApp Service

WhatsApp has rolled out a major update to its Android app. The messenger now gives complete control to the users to show or hide their Last Seen, Profile Pic and Status update.

To use the features, users need to update the app to version (2.11.186) from Google Play Store. once the app is updated, users can change their privacy setting from setiing menu under account setting and then privacy (Settings > Account > Privacy).

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The update also includes many other interesting new features like enabling users to pay for their friends WhatsApp service. Now users can pay for their friends Whatsapp service by visiting the perticular friends contact in their WhatsApp contact list and then from Menu select Pay for friend.

Some of the other important updates are the option to share/save profile photo/group icon, Camera shortcut for quicker picture sending, large video thumbnails in chat, and option to show unread messages on home screen widget (Android 3.0+) etc…

WhatsApp version (2.11.186) changelog:

new privacy settings for last seen, profile photo and status
add Camera shortcut for quicker picture sending
add ability to pay for a friend’s WhatsApp service
add large video thumbnails in chat
add option to show unread messages on home screen widget (Android 3.0+)
add option to share/save profile photo/group icon
increase message history user can send
fix sending flag emoji on Sony phones
fix voice note recording volume on Samsung Note 3 and Sony phones
enabled Hindi (Android 4.1+)

iOS 7.1 out now, brings Carplay, bugfixes and iPhone 4 peformance improvements

Apple has released iOS 7.1 update for the iPhone and iPads. The update includesmany bug fixes, UI tweaks and also brings performance improvements to the iPhone 4. It is known fact that users who updated their OS to iOS 7 on iPhone 4 suffered performance issues and the update is aimed to fix the issue.

iOS 7.1 update
iOS 7.1 update

The iOS 7.1 update also brings the much talked Carplay which makes using iPhone while driving your car lot simpler. Apple had recently demonstrated the Carplay which enables the users to control their phone via the car’s touchscreen, knobs, and buttons and Siri.

The update also includes several bug fixes, UI reinements and improves theTouch ID Fingerprint recognition. The update is available via OTA and iTunes.

List of iOS 7.1 new features and improvements:

CarPlay
◦iOS experience designed for the car
◦Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
◦Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps
◦Control with Siri and the car’s touchscreen, knobs, and buttons

Siri
◦Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you’re done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking
◦New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese

iTunes Radio
◦Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
◦Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing
◦Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free

Calendar
◦Option to display events in month view
◦Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries

Accessibility
◦Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs
◦Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
◦New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point

Other important updates:
◦New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
◦iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
◦FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
◦Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
◦Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition
◦Improved performance for iPhone 4
◦Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
◦Continued user interface refinements

Nokia X India launch on March 10th

Nokia’s first android smartphone, the Nokia X will be launched in India on March 10th.The phone is already listed on the mobile store with a pre-order price tag of INR 8500 which makes it a direct competetor of the Lumia 520/525 but one can expect the official price to be less than that. We are expecting a price tag of sub INR 7000.

Coming on March 10th
Coming on March 10th

As we already know the phone runs on forked version of AOSP and does not officially support any of the Google apps and Services. Users can install apps from the Nokia store, third party app stores and by sideloading the APK files.

Nokia X specifications:

Display: 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches IPS LCD (~233 ppi pixel density)
OS: Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play
Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048 x 1536 pixels
Internal: 4 GB, 512 MB RAM
Card slot: microSD, up to 32 GB
Dimensions: 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm
Colors: Bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black, white

Micromax rides the Octa Core wave, launches Canvas Knight with 5″ FHD Display and 16MP Camera

Micromax has officially launched its first Mediatek Octa Core based smartphone, the Canvas Knight A350 in India today.

The phone comes with a 5” 1920×1080 Full HD display and is powered by 2 GHz Mediatek True Octa Core chipset with Mali 450 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The internal storage is 32GB and there is no provision of microSD card slot which means you cannot expand the storage.

Micromax Canvas Knight A350
Micromax Canvas Knight A350

On the imaging front, Micromax has included a 16MP AF camera at the back and there is also a whopping 8MP front facing camera which should help you in clicking some decent selfies and making video calls.

The phone runs on now aged Android 4.2.2 which is a clear letdown. We would have liked 4.4.2 Kitkat out of the box. We must note that none of the Mediatek chipset based phones launched till now have managed to go past 4.2.2 version of Android. Not sure if it has anything to do with their chipset compatibility and it would be interesting to see if Micromax will update the phone to 4.4.2 Kitkat or atleast 4.3 JB.

The phone is powered by a 2350mAh battery which the company claims will give a standby time of up to 175 hours and talk time of up to 7.5 hours.

The Canvas Knight is already exclusively available on the official site of Micromax for INR 19,990 which make it a good buy. The phone will be directly competing with the recently launched Octa Core smartphones like the WickedLeak Passion X, iBerry Auxus Nuclea N2 and the Intex Aqua Core smartphone which are also available for a similar price tag.

Micromax Canvas Knight A350 Specifications:

Processor: 2GHz MediaTek Octa Core processor with Mali 450 GPU
Display: 5” FHD (1920 x 1080) display
OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Memory: RAM: 2GB, 32GB User Memory, No microSD slot
Camera: Main (Rear): 16MP AF
Sub (Front): 8MP
Battery: 2350mAh
Standby time: 175 hours and talk time of up to 7.5 hours

Nokia X gets root treatment, runs Google Now launcher and Google Apps with ease

Well guys, The Nokia X is rooted. Yes, that’s real quick. Nokia X is Nokia’s first android smartphone and was launched by Nokia at the MWC 2014 just a few days back. The phone has been rooted by a XDA developer. The developer has also released a video showing the Nokia X running the Google Now launcher and Goggle Apps with ease.

Nokia X running Google Play Store
Nokia X running Google Play Store

The developer used the Framaroot app to root the device. The phone as seen in the video is running the Google Now launcher which allows the users to launch Google Now by swiping left from the home screen.

I think this is just the beginning and we will see more and more developers developing custom rom’s for the phone considering the super affordable price tag of the phone.

Source: XDA