Google Play Delays Shipment of LG G Watch Pre-Orders in India

It looks like the folks in India who’ve pre-ordered the LG G Watch in India are in for a disappointment. We all know that the Android Wear devices on Google Play are currently showing up as out of stock. This also apparently affects  people who’ve pre-ordered the watches earlier.

For those who’ve pre-ordered, the status of the order in the Google Play shows up as “Dispatched from warehouse by 8 July”. This doesn’t mean that the devices are on their way. Clicking through to the order information page will show that the the order still doesn’t show a tracking number. This means that the devices are still not on the way to your wrists.

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A quick email to Google Play support asking about the order status confirms the delay. Here’s what they say:

As per the update from the product team, Google Play is currently holding your order until we have the inventory ready to fulfill the entire order. This is because we’re currently experiencing high order volumes for the LG G watch and we’re out of stock. When the shipper ships your order, you’ll receive a shipping confirmation email along with the tracking number. Therefore, I’d request you to wait till the order is shipped. Unfortunately, I am unable to provide you with the exact date of shipment.

As the support email states, they have no information about when the devices will actually get shipped out to your homes. I’m sure the folks who’ve dropped a chunk of change on the device are eagerly waiting for the device to ship out. All we can do is wait till the logistics issues are sorted out.

Have you placed your order for the LG G Watch on Google Play? Let us know when you get any updates on the shipping status by commenting below.

Email from Google Play Support Confirming Delays in Shipment
Email from Google Play Support Confirming Delays in Shipment

Google’s Android Wear Features and Device Availability

Google made an initial announcement about their Android Wear platform a couple of months back. Well today, they’ve sent a lot more information about the platform our way.

Google Wear Features

Wear will support square and round screens, and will have low power always-on screens which will transform to a full color display when your hand is raised. These devices will have a selection of watch faces which you can select and use – I’m sure we’ll be able to download more watch faces to customize the watch once developers start churning them out.

Google Wear also pulls notifications from the phone and displays it on the watch screen. The UI for these are in line with the Material Design which was also announced today with Android L. You should be able to swipe up and down through notifications and swipe them off screen to dismiss them. What’s great is that dismissing a notification on the watch also dismisses them on your phone. You can also reject calls from the Google Wear Watch with pre-canned messages.

Wear devices will also be able to respond to voice commands to search, set reminders and more. The Google Wear devices come with sensors for activity tracking for your favorite health and activity tracking apps to tap into.

Yet another feature of Google Wear devices is the ability to navigate through Android TV interfaces straight from the watch using swipe gestures. While there are no Android TV devices on sale yet, they’re expected towards the end of the year.

Google Wear Devices

LG G Watch Powered by Android Wear
The LG G watch will come with a 400mAH battery, and like the two other devices announced today, will be dust and waterproof. Not much details have come out regarding the Samsung Gear Live, but it looks like it’ll be a similar spec device like the Samsung Gear 2. The only difference being that the Gear Live should be able to pair with most Android phones (running 4.3 and above), unlike the Gear 2 which works only with a handful of Samsung phones.

The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live should go on sale on Google Play Store in the next few hours. The much awaited Moto 360, unfortunately, won’t go on sale today. The wait for this drool worthy device will continue for the next two months.

Google Announces Android One – For Low Cost Smartphones

It’s well known that Google wants everyone to carry an Android smart phone. Not just the high-end market, but at the lower end as well. Now we’ve all seen that the lower end of the Android market is plagued with outdated Android versions and virtually no updates.

To overcome this, Google today announced their Android One program. In this, Google is working on a set of hardware reference platforms which include hardware specs and which components are used in the device. Manufacturers who’ve partnered with Google can use these to create “high quality affordable smart devices”.

It doesn’t stop at hardware, these phones will come with stock Android experience. Through Google Play, Google will allow manufacturers and carriers to add locally relevant apps and content to the phones. The good thing here is unlike preloaded apps, you can choose to uninstall these if you wish to.

Micromax Android One PhoneWant more? All the software updates for Android One will auto update on the phones, since these will be coming directly from Google.

Google is currently working with Micromax to build out an Android One phone which comes with a 4.5 inch screen, Dual SIM, SD Card support and FM radio. This phone is set to retail at a price point of Rs. 6,000 or less. In addition, they’ve also partnered with Karbon and Spice to bring out more Android One devices in India.

This is going to boost up the quality of budget phones which will be hitting the Indian markets towards the end of this year. How I wish Google had initiated an update process like they’ve announced for Android One for mid-range and Flagship phones as well.

Android One Partners in India

Google Camera Updated!!

Google has recently updated its native Camera app with a couple of nifty new features. Also, the Camera app will be available on Google Play to all devices running Android KitKat 4.4 and above.

As we all know the Google Camera app comes with the very creative modes like the very much appreciated Photosphere and Panorama.

Up until now Photosphere used to capture 360 degree Panoramas at 8 megapixels, which was really great. Photosphere product manager Evan Rapoport recently announced on Google+ that through this update users will be able to capture 360 degree Panos at a whopping 50 megapixels!!

The already awesome Photosphere just got better.

The new update also brings a new feature, Lens Blur, which as the name suggests allows users to focus on a particular object while blurring out the background resulting in a nice creamy bokeh effect. One can also change the focus subject after taking the shot, just like Nokia Refocus and it works really well.

Apart from this, the View Finder has been improved to eliminate Dropped Pixels, which means what you see on the screen is what you get in the image. The Panorama mode has also been updated to offer more resolution and detail.

There are a couple of drawbacks though. For instance, the camera shoots only in 4:3 aspect ratio, the timer option is gone and so is the white balance settings. But going by Google’s reputation these options should be back soon.

As mentioned, the new Google Camera will be available on Google Play and is compatible with all phones and tablets running Android KitKat 4.4 or above. So head over to Google Play and start clicking!!

Google Camera
Google Camera
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Android Wearables, Drool-worthy Moto 360 – News Bits

Android for Wearables

Google announced Android Wear, which is described as “a project that extends Android to wearables”. Google states in their blog post that they’re working with various manufacturers. Chip makers and Fashion Brands are working hard to get these devices to the market. LG and Motorola have already announced that they’re working on wearables that will run Android Wear. If you check out the video from Google below, you’ll see that Android Wear is based heavily off The Google Now features and voice recognition input.

Read about this from Google’s Blog

Moto 360 – A Geek’s Droolware Smartwatch

Right on the heels of Google announcing the Android Wear, Motorola announced the Moto 360, the smart watch that has us Geeks drooling over it. It’s not too far out in the future as well, they say they’re launching in Summer 2014, which is just a few months away. All we can do is admire this product and send Motorola our email ids so they can get let us know when it’s available.

Check out the Moto 360

The All New HTC One to be available on launch day, in the UK at least

Android Central is reporting that certain stores of some UK retailers will have the all new HTC One for sale right on launch day, soon after the announcement. Now that’s the way it’s done Samsung and Sony.

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Faster Mobile Data, Finger gestures, Google Watch Specs – News Bits

pCell for Faster Mobile Connectivity

The large demand for mobile connectivity and data, especially in bigger cities are hitting the limits of conventional cell tower technology.

The signal from a tower needs to be shared with the number of users connected to it. In fact, when you use data, users are required to share time on that same tower. So there’s a large concentration of users in the same area, like a music show or sports event, we’ve all noticed the drops in connectivity in such places. So won’t adding more work?

The towers can’t be placed too close to each other as well, since that would cause interference of signals between them causing a bad network zone. So how can we pack in more users who need mobile data into an area?

A company called Artemis seems to think they’ve got tech to address this problem. Watch their video to see how it works:

They say that they can start the rollout of their technology before the end of this year. Read more about this at Business Insider

Finger Based Gestures using FIN

RHLvision, an Indian Startup incubated at the Startup Village, has come up with a revolutionary product idea. Their aim is to ease your life by controlling your gadgets and appliances using finger gestures in the air.

No, this is not like the Leap Motion where they detect your hand movements. FIN is straps on to your thumb and you interact using finger and palms, which are more discreet and don’t make you look like you’re waving out for help. FIN should be able to control most devices which have bluetooth support like phones, tablets, TVs and even some car dashes.

They had started an Indiegogo Project to get funding for the development of this product which closed for more than double initial funding requirement for $100,000.

Look at the WearFin site for more details on this project and preorder.

Yet another messenger app, this time from Autodesk.

Looks like it’s the season of messenger apps, as every company seems to want to get a piece of the money pie.

Autodesk Instant is geared more towards workspace messaging, which makes communications between team members, teams and organizational messaging possible. You can take a look at more details about this app from the Google Play Store.

Detailed hands on of the Galaxy S5.

Eldar Murtazin of mobile-review.com has posted a detailed write up of the announced but as yet unreleased Galaxy S5. It’s in Russian though. It also includes 3 videos.

Read his review.

Leaked Details of the alleged Google watch

Google announced this week that they would be shortly releasing a SDK for wearable devices. This could be a hint pointing to a the rumored Google Watch wearable following up sometime soon.

Now, @evleaks, who usually get leaks right, has tweeted the a possible set of specs for the Google Smartwatch.

The leaked specs show a device which has a 1.65 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 280×280, 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage, which is almost comparable to Samsung Galaxy Gear 2. Let’s see if this comes out true.

Glasshole Checklist, Linksys Router Moons & Win a Moto G – News Bits

Instead of having separate writeups about each of these items, we’ve decided to condense them into a bite sized post for your reading pleasure. Here are some newsworthy bits from the beginning of the week.

Google introduces Google Glass Do’s and Dont’s

Google has finally decided that they don’t want too much bad press around Google Glass, and published a whole set of do’s and don’ts for Google Glass Explorers. They essentially tell you how not to be a Glasshole and tips on what not to use Google Glass for. Like this one where they  say that Google Glass is meant for short bursts of information –

 So don’t read War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens.

They also Explorers not to be snappy when other people ask them about Google Glass:

Be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way.

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Self replicating TheMoon Worm Attacks Linksys Routers

Linksys RouterThe latest  malware out there is not hitting your desktop, laptop or mobile phone; but the gateway to your Internet, the humble WiFi Internet Router at home. A new self replicating worm nicknamed “The Moon” is attacking a number of models of Linksys Routers. An infected router finds susceptible routers over a set of IP blocks, which are thought to belong to Cable and DSL companies,  and then injects them with the worm. As of now, other than the infection security reachers haven’t found any other devious purpose for this worm. Who’s to stop the next wave of infection from containing payloads which can sniff your internet traffic and pull out sensitive data and send it out to hackers?

If you do have one of these routers I would suggest that you go and read these tips Linksys has published to prevent it from being infected.

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WhatsApp Acquired by Facebook

In shocking news from earlier today, Facebook announced that they are aquiring WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion in cash and stocks.  That’s a super deal for WhatsApp, and I hope Facebook continues the tradition which the founders of WhatsApp were following – No Ads, No Games, No Gimmicks!

An interesting tidbit here is that Brian Accton, a cofounder of Whatsapp, had tried getting a job at Facebook ( and Twitter) back in 2009. He was rejected at both companies and decided to join  Jan Koum in creating the app we all know these days. via

Win a Moto G at Deals for Geeks

Looking to get your hands on the popular Moto G phone? Well, at DealsforGeeks.in  you could win one for yourself, by entering their Moto G contest. What are you waiting for?

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The Nexus 5 Goes on Sale in India on the Google Play Store

For you Nexus fans out there, the good news for the day is that the Nexus 5 is  finally available in India. The Google Play store has the Nexus 5 listed at Rs. 28,999 for the 16GB version and Rs. 32,999 for the 32GB version. According to the listing, they ship in 1 to 2 business days, so you can expect yours soon if you order now.

Nexus_5.webp__600×900_The LG made Nexus 5 sports a 4.95″ IPS Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.26GHz. It’s got 2GB RAM and 16 or 32 GB storage, depending on which variant you pick up. You can choose between the Black and White versions as well.

The battery is  2,300 mAH, which is just a minor bump up from Nexus 4. Again this is a non-removable battery.  The company claims 17 hours of talk time, 8.5 hours continuous of internet usage via WiFI and 7 hours on LTE. With the bad condition of 3G networks here in India, it could be less than that.

The camera too didn’t get much love as well on the Nexus 5, which comes with a 8 megapixel shooter, the upside is this comes with OIS( Optical Image Stabilisation) which could give a better snap in low light condition. You also get a 1.3 megapixel front camera as well.

The Nexus 5 features the following connectivity and charging options:

The 130 grams  phone comes with Android Kitkat pre-installed on it. Here are some key features of KitKat on the Nexus 5:

  • Open up Google Now by saying “Ok Google” from the home screen.
  • Smarter Caller ID, which takes your friends or contact’s picture and details and show then when the call screen comes up. That’s if they’ve enabled that option on their account
  • HDR+ Photography – HDR+ mode on Nexus 5 automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot.
  • Low power audio playback for longer playback times during your commutes.

Planning on getting one? Head over to this Google Play link to place your order.

Thanks to Mandeep Walia for the tip.

Locate, Ring or Erase or lost Device using the Android Device Manager

If you had lost your Android phone earlier, you would have had to install a third part app first if you wanted to find or locate it. Apple had for a long time provided their Find My iPhone service, which allowed you to locate your lost iDevice. Google was slow to bring about an equivalent service to the market.

We’ll now you can, that too without installing any third-party app. All you have to do is head over to www.android.com/devicemanager and sign in with your Google Account, and you should see a map with your Android device on it. The first time you open up the Android Device Manager, you’ll get a message like this:

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You’ll have to click the Send a notification to your Device link to set it up. Once you do that, you should see a notification in your  notifications bar, clicking on that will lead you to a screen prompting for additional permissions. Once you set up the additional permissions, you’re good to go.

In case you’ve left your phone under a pile of clothes or the kids put your phone along with their toys in their box, you get the phone to ring for you, this will work even if you had set the phone on silent. This will allow you to quickly find your elusive phone. You can also get the location of your phone on the map, this will help you hunt down your device if you left it in office, or even the location of the cab you misplaced it in.

In the worst case scenario, if you can’t retrieve your phone, you don’t want your emails, social networks and media opened up to whoever has got a hold of it. You should perform a remote wipe of your phone to prevent your data from leaking out. You can do this by clicking on the “Erase Device” button on the Android Device Manager.

Head over to the Android Device Manager to get set up.  Any phone running Android 2.2 or above can use this service, provided that it’s tied to your Google Account.

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Google Glass could be bad for your eyes! Google Says so in their FAQ’s

Google Glass, the revolutionary wearable computer from Google is now the hottest item in the tech world. All the Geeks want to get their hands on one! Google’s still not announced when they’ll start selling these to the public yet. That’s good since this is new technology and no one know how things will pan out for Google Glass.

I know us techies skip reading the manual when it comes to Gadgets. It pays to read it, especially when it comes with required health warnings. It looks like kids below 13 shouldn’t be using this, and people who’ve had Lasik corrective surgery for their eyes as well. I guess even for people who wear prescription glasses, placing the Google Glass over these also could end up straining your eyes, while trying to focus on the display.

Here’s a snippet the FAQ section of Google Glass:

Glass isn’t for everyone.

Like when wearing glasses, some people may feel eye strain or get a headache. If you’ve had Lasik surgery, ask your doctor about risks of eye impact damage before using Glass. Don’t let children under 13 use Glass as it could harm developing vision. Also, kids might break Glass or hurt themselves, and Google’s terms of service don’t permit those under 13 to register a Google account. If Glass is not for you and you wish to return it, do so before the end of the applicable refund period.

As with all new tech, problems like this cannot be predicted in advance and could take time to iron themselves out. Let’s see how things pan out.