Push Mail Sync in India


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Even though the Android has changed the way things work in the push-mail. Yet more choices or competition generally bring out the best. I recently came across this offer which would be only for India as this carrier does not operate outside India. It would be interested to know what more they offer besides syncing contacts, calendar, tasks and notes etc. apart from the Push-mail. It is claimed that they support almost all popular devices including blackberry and android.

BSNL has launched BharatSync Push Mail & PIM Sync services for its esteemed Customer all over India. By Using this service, BSNL customers will be able to get email pushed to their mobile phone virtually from any of their email accounts as well as perform synchronization of their Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Tasks across their mobile phone and BSNL BharatSync server.  http://bsnl.co.in/bharat_berry/

The service is available for Rs. 80/ per month. A good option if BSNL is your carrier and you are struck with that Shylock Blackberry.

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Android Battery Drain

As a user of smart phone especially ‘Android’ we always wonder as two why it drains so much battery without any apparent use or over simple browsing. Following research may help:

Stanford computer scientist Narendran Thiagarajan and colleagues used an Android phone hooked up to a multimeter to measure the energy used in downloading and rendering 25 popular websites, New Scientist reported. Simply loading the mobile version of Wikipedia over a 3G connection devoured just more than 1 per cent of the phone’s battery, while browsing to apple.com, which does not have a mobile version, used 1.4%. The measurements were then repeated with locally saved versions of the website, facilitating them to separate out the energy needed to render a page from that need to download it. Javascript and CSS files are used in most modern websites that offer additional functions and styles that are not possible using basic HTML. However, the researchers found that several websites they looked at were loading large files that were not being used in the page. For instance, Wikipedia utilizes a custom file Javascript besides a generic library to collapse and expand the different sections on a page, but a great deal of the library goes unused. By rewriting the site’s Javascript to just perform the required function, Thiagarajan and colleagues were able to decrease the energy consumption from 15 to 9.5 Joules. Making similar changes to the CSS files and images, they successfully reduced the total energy used in loading Wikipedia from 35 to 25 Joules, a saving of 29%. (http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report_simple-web-browsing-may-drain-your-smart-phones-battery_1677747)

As for the practical solution: Install ‘Advance Task Killer’ from Google Apps a.ka. Market a.k.a. Play. It will keep killing inactive apps and will save battery.

Tablet feud

The earlier news was that there was a scrap breaking out between the manufacturer, Canada’s DataWind Ltd, and its erstwhile assembly partner, Hyderabad’s Quad Electronics Solutions Pvt. Ltd. The excerpt of the news is:

The fight between the two former partners, who have terminated their relationship and claim to have served legal notices to each other, is the latest chapter in the troubled saga of the government’s ambitious effort to bridge the digital divide with a low-cost product. The government was expected to buy 100,000 Aakash tablets, but stopped after the initial lot when serious quality problems surfaced. The number of tablets bought by the government in the initial lot isn’t known. The company, however, sold around 10,000 of the tablets (branded UbiSlate for the retail market) online for around R2,500 each before retiring, perhaps in the wake of the controversy, the first version of the tablet, and promising the launch of an upgrade, UbiSlate 7+. Communications and information technology minister Kapil Sibal recently said on the sidelines of an education conclave in Kolkata that the process will start again in May.

While Quad claims DataWind hasn’t paid it, the Canadian company alleges that its former partner infringed its intellectual property rights and tried to sell directly to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Rajasthan, the government-run technology school vested with the responsibility of procuring the tablets.  “They did not pay us and we have already served them a legal notice,” said a Quad executive, who did not want to be identified. He added that the company’s lawyers are studying further options.(Source: http://www.livemint.com/2012/04/12224350/New-twist-in-Aakash-tablet-con.html?atype=tp)

There is a simple corporate strategy to avoid direct question and throw in a fresh hope by a fresh announcement. It appears that Data-wind is doing it by making following announcement:

Datawind launched Ubislate tablets in India priced at Rs 2,999 and Rs 3,999, respectively for resistive and capacitive screen versions. Government’s Aakash II tablets, expected to be launched this year will carry the same configuration as Ubislate tablets, i.e, a 800 MHz Cortex A8 processors on Android 2.3 platform. “We have tied up with distributors across India. The tablets will be available by May-end only after we have fulfilled the existing orders,” said Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Datawind. For internet access, Datawind has tied up with Aircel, which will offer an unlimited internet plan at Rs 98 per month on 2G/GPRS for the Ubislate tablets. The Ubislate7c (capacitive touch) tablets priced at Rs 4000 will carry an internal flash memory of 4GB. The resistive versions will carry internal memory of 2GB and will be priced at Rs 2,999. (Source: http://m.timesofindia.com/tech/personal-tech/gadgets-special/Datawind-launches-cheapest-tablet-at-Rs-2999/articleshow/12881576.cms)

These announcements are of no use until people who have paid the advance get a refund or their tablet, before it is obsolete. The Micromax has already launched its Rs.6499/- tablet called the Micromax Funbook which is pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich,  and is powered by a 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 single core processor.

Meanwhile Amazon has set the tablet market on fire by its $199/- Kindle Fire. It is stated that “Kindle Fire, introduced to the market in November 2011, has seen rapid adoption among buyers of tablets,” said market researcher comScore in a report released on April 26. “Within the Android tablet market, Kindle Fire has almost doubled its share in the past two months from 29.4 percent share in December 2011 to 54.4 percent share in February 2012, already establishing itself as the leading Android tablet. (Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/technology/BusinessComputing-Updates/Amazon-Kindle-dominates-Android-tablet-market/SP-Article1-847534.aspx)

The above updates other choices I referred in my previous posts.

Ubuntu as smartphone OS?

So it is now in the open. The David (Android) who killed Goliath (Blackberry), is going to face his David in Ubuntu? I can not wait any longer. Following was the first clue:

Canonical, a company behind the Linux-based Ubuntu desktop OS has put up a job opening on its website for a Business Development Manager (Ubuntu Phone OS). It hints that the company might be at advanced stages of developing the smart phone version of the popular open source desktop operating system.

Added in 2013.

Now it is clearly in Open. Ubuntu has already come out with its tag line “Ubuntu now fits your phone Introducing the superphone that’s also a full PC.” For more details see “http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/phone”

Android tablets in India

Enough of cheap Gingerbread/Honeycomb based Chinese tablets. There is one more tablet from HCL priced at less than $160/-. It runs on Android 4.0.3. Ice Cream Sandwich.

The HCL ME U1 tablet is powered by a 1GHz processor, supported by 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal memory besides  memory card slot to solve the problem. It features a 7-inch display at a resolution of 800×480 pixels. It includes other standard features such as a front-facing camera, a USB port, a micro-USB port and a micro-SD card slot. The tablet is powered by a 3600 mAh battery.

Interestingly, the tablets have an HCL branded ME app store instead of the usual Android Market app, which is now called the Google Play Store. HCL has set the price tag of this tablet at Rs. 7,999, claiming that it would compete with the Aakash tablet. Another MyEdu tablet is targeted towards students. It comes in two variants and includes a bunch of educational content for students. The K12 version, priced at Rs. 11,499, comes with a lot of educational apps such as games, videos and e-books. The second variant is priced at Rs. 9,999 and it includes higher education based content. (based on http://www.hindustantimes.com/technology/Gadgets-Reviews/HCL-launches-Android-tablets-in-India/SP-Article1-835235.aspx)