Chennai floods: thousands of residents flee North Chennai

Thousands flee north Chennai where no rescue services are operating. A scene near Vyasarpadi bridge. Photo: Sruthisagar Yamunan
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Thousands flee north Chennai where no rescue services are operating. A scene near Vyasarpadi bridge. Photo: Sruthisagar Yamunan

No rescue services have been operating in the area. Flash protests across the region as no essential supplies have been received.

Thousands of residents are fleeing north Chennai, where no rescue services have been operating. There are flash protests across the region, which has not received essential supplies in two days.

The Vyasarpadi bridge is completely blocked as is the Vallalar Nagar bridge with the mass exodus of thousands of people who are trying to leave. Ambulances too, are not able to get through. R.K. Nagar, Tondiarpet, Sathyamoorthy Nagar, Vallalar Nagar, Kodungaiyur and Mint are completely inundated and it is difficult to see dry land in these parts.

Residents who blocked the Vallalar Nagar bridge angrily screamed at officials saying that for the government, Chennai starts and ends at Poes Garden and Gopalapuram. “We have never been considered residents of Chennai and today you can see the effects of this,” the residents said.

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India’s public cloud services market to top $800 million: Gartner

India's public cloud services market to top $800 million: Gartner
The public cloud services market in India stood at about $632 million in 2014.

 

NE W DELHI: Public cloud services market in India is expected to grow about 33% to touch $838 million by the end of this year, driven by strong growth in cloud infrastructure and security solutions, research firm Gartner said.

The public cloud services market stood at about $632 million in 2014.

High rates of spending on cloud services in India is expected to continue through 2018 and the market is poised to reach $1.9 billion by the same time, Gartner said in a statement.

“In 2015, public cloud services revenue is driven by high rates of growth in key market segments, cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud management and security services and cloud application infrastructure platform as a service (PaaS),” it said.

Cloud computing refers to a pay-per-use model of computing where applications and software are accessed over the internet and not owned by users.

IT companies can save huge costs on these products as they would not have to invest in purchasing them, resulting in reduced IT costs.

Some organisations, especially larger ones, set up a cloud-like infrastructure in their own data centre to secure data, which is called a private cloud.

Public cloud refers to providers such as Amazon, Google and Salesforce.com, whose shared services are available to all.

Spending on IaaS is expected to total $104.8 million in 2015, an increase of 38% over last year.

On the other hand, spending on cloud management/security and PaaS is forecast to grow at 35.4% to $56.7 million and $84.6 million, respectively during the same period.

“Organisations in India seeking IT outsourcing services are increasingly turning to public cloud services as an alternative to traditional ITO offerings,” Gartner research vice president Ed Anderson said.

In fact, cloud services are not only being used for low-value or transient workloads but also increasingly for production workloads, including some mission-critical initiatives, he added.

According to Gartner’s cloud adoption survey, 53% of organisations in India indicated they are using cloud services today, with another 43% indicating plans to begin using cloud services in the next 12 months.

“Business process as a service (BPaaS) is expected to grow from $130 million in 2014 to $351 million in 2018. SaaS is expected to grow from $246 million in 2014 to $707 million in 2018,” Gartner senior research analyst Fred Ng said.

The growth of cloud services varies by country and specific cloud service type and the Indian market is unique in that demand is consistently high for all types of cloud services, he added. (by TOI)

 

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As it happened: Isro’s launch of India’s heaviest rocket

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75,000 Xiaomi Redmi Note Phones to Go on Sale on Tuesday via Flipkart

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Xiaomi has announced that the second flash sale of the Redmi Note phablet will see 75,000 units going on sale on Tuesday. The flash sale on Tuesday will kick off at 2pm IST on Flipkart for registered users.

The firm in a tweet on Monday announced the number of Xiaomi Redmi Note units going on sale via Flipkart on Tuesday.

The first flash sale on December 2 saw 50,000 Redmi Note units going on sale. The sale was successful in the manner the Mi 3 and Redmi 1S flash sales have been in the past. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer announced that 50,000 units of the Redmi Note (Review | Pictures) were up for out of stock in just 6 seconds on Flipkart.

It’s worth pointing out that Flipkart’s procedure requires people to just add the handset to their cart for it to be classified as ‘sold out’, and people are given additional time to complete their purchase.

Priced at Rs. 8,999, the Redmi Note features dual-SIM support with dual standby, and runs Android 4.2.2 with Xiaomi’s MIUI v5 skin on top. Powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MTK6592 SoC, it is coupled with a Mali-450MP4 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

The Redmi Note bears a 5.5-inch 720×1280-pixel IPS LCD screen and features a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash, as well as a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with 8GB of built-in storage with expansion via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Connectivity options on the Redmi Note include GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot functionality, Bluetooth 4.0, a Micro-USB port with OTG support, and A-GPS. It is powered by a 3100mAh battery.

Notably, what is arguably the cheapest 4G LTE smartphone in India, the Redmi Note 4G, will launch in India in the second half of December at Rs. 9,999 via flash sales and Airtel stores.Design (by gadgets.ndtv)

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India signs up for multi-crore TMT project

In this artist rendition provided by TMT, the Thirty Meter Telescope is seen. China and India have signed on to be partners for a project to build the Thirty Meter Telescope, which will be the world's largest when it's finished in 2018, at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. It's the first time either nation has joined a major telescope involved in research on the frontiers of astronomy. The TMT observatory will be so powerful it will allow scientists to see some 13 billion light years away and get a glimpse into the early years of the universe.
AP In this artist rendition provided by TMT, the Thirty Meter Telescope is seen. China and India have signed on to be partners for a project to build the Thirty Meter Telescope, which will be the world’s largest when it’s finished in 2018, at the summit of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. It’s the first time either nation has joined a major telescope involved in research on the frontiers of astronomy. The TMT observatory will be so powerful it will allow scientists to see some 13 billion light years away and get a glimpse into the early years of the universe.

The Centre has agreed to spend Rs. 1299.8 crores over the next decade for the development of the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) in Hawaii.

On Tuesday, Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan signed a multilateral agreement admitting India‘s participation in the development of the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) in Hawaii.

This project was rapidly cleared by the Union Cabinet and India has agreed to spend Rs. 1299.8 crores over the next decade for this project. Besides learning about the universe, India will gain the technology to manufacture fine aspherical mirror segments from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). This technology, say experts, will form the basis of the next generation of spy satellites.

TMT will contain 492 hexagonal mirror segments of 82 different kinds. These will behave like a single mirror with an aperture of 30 metre diameter. This large collecting area of 650 square metres is thrice as sensitive as the Hubble Space Telescope. India’s role will primarily be to create the control systems and software that keep the mirrors aligned and collects the data.

The control system is an intricate process involving edge sensors—that detect the mutual displacement of mirrors, actuators to correct their alignment, and the segment support assembly. These will be manufactured by General Optics (Asia) in Puducherry, Avasarala Technolgies and Godrej in Bengaluru respectively.

GC Anupama of Indian Institute of Astrophysics explained that India will also manufacture 100 aspherical mirror segments in Hoskote, near Bengaluru. “These thin glass slabs made in Japan have minimal expansion when heated. We will apply a protective layer and a reflective coating using technology from Caltech,” she told the Hindu.

“Initially we will start off by producing two a year and after the technology transfer is complete we will make one every fortnight,” she added. The telescope is expected to be completed by 2024.

The James Webb Space Telescope, to be launched in 2018 by the US, with European and Canadian collaboration, also uses segmented mirrors. These are being designed to deploy and form a mirror after being delivered into its orbit.

AN Ramaprakash, India Co-Chair of TMT explained that telescopes when turned towards the earth are spy satellites. “They can resolve structures up to the size of man walking on the Earth. Segmented mirrors are the next generation in telescope technology and gaining this expertise is a huge leap for us,” he told this paper.

Institutions from the United States of America, Canada, Japan and China are also participating in the construction of the world’s largest telescope on Mount Mauna Kea. This telescope, 4207 metres above sea level, may cost more than 1.47 billion US dollars. Through it we hope to find answers to fundamental questions about the universe. These include, how and when the first galaxies were formed, does life exist outside the Earth, the constitution of black holes and the nature of the universe’s acceleration.

India’s Departments of Science and Technology and Atomic Energy are funding the project in which IIA, Bangalore, Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital and Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune will participate. (by The hindu)

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Buying a tablet? What you should know

NEW YORK: Time for a tablet?

People tend to hold onto tablets longer than smartphones, so take time to weigh your options. A major consideration is what phone you or your gift recipient already has. Although it’s possible for Android owners to have Apple’s iPads, for instance, there are advantages to sticking within the same system. You often can buy apps just once and share them across both devices, and you don’t need to learn two different systems.

Here are some buying tips organized by system. Prices listed are for base models. You can typically spend more for additional storage or LTE cellular connectivity.

iPads

The iPad remains top of the line among tablets. The selection of apps designed specifically for it is unmatched. Those who already have iPhones will appreciate the ability to start email and other tasks on one device and finish on the other. You can even make phone calls from iPads, if you have an iPhone on the same Wi-Fi network.

The downside is the $499 price tag for the latest full-sized model, the iPad Air 2. Many Android tablets are cheaper. You do get a light and skinny device for the price, with a camera that matches the iPhone’s 8MP (though the iPad still lacks a flash). The new iPad Air 2 also has a fingerprint sensor to bypass security passcodes and to authorize online purchases using Apple Pay. It won’t work with in-store payments, though.

If you are on a budget or want a smaller device, consider last year’s iPad mini 2 for $299. This year’s iPad mini doesn’t have many improvements over last year’s model, except for the fingerprint and Apple Pay capabilities. The convenience might not be worth spending more for the $399 iPad mini 3.

You might consider putting the savings toward a mid-tier or higher-end model. With both iPad Air 2 and mini 3, you can upgrade to 64GB of storage from 16GB for just $100 more. Or get 128GB for $200 more than the base model.

Android tablets

Android phones and tablets don’t let you switch back and forth as easily as Apple devices do. The advantage of sticking with an Android tablet for Android phone owners is having a unified library of apps.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S is the best of the Android tablets I’ve tried. The display uses a technology called AMOLED to produce colours that pop out as you view video or browse the web. But the Tab S also comes with a high price tag — $500 for the full-size model and $400 for the smaller one.

Samsung does offer an even-pricier Galaxy Pro series, with screens of up to 12.2-inch, but that’s really aimed at professionals. Full-sized models tend to be 9- or 10-inch, while mini models are 7- or 8-inch. At the small and cheap end, Samsung offers the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 for about $180. Book lovers can choose a Nook edition, made in partnership with Barnes & Noble.

Google’s $399 Nexus 9 has the advantage of running an Android version that’s closest to Google’s vision. Samsung and other manufacturers typically add their own twists, which can confuse consumers. The Nexus does have a wireless chip for in-store mobile payments using Google Wallet, if you feel like waving it around in the checkout line.

I’m including Amazon’s Fire HDX tablets under Android, even though the system’s been modified so much that there’s little resemblance. App selection isn’t as good as what you get on purer Android devices. But Amazon is able to add such features as one-button access to live video help. It is great for first-time tablet owners and comes at a nice price — the full-size model for $379 and the smaller one for $179.

Windows tablets

Until Windows 10 comes out next year, there’s a huge divide between Windows phones and Windows tablets. Apps aren’t compatible and Windows tablets have more in common with Windows desktops and laptops. A Windows tablet is best suited for someone looking to replace a PC. In fact, many Windows tablets are just laptops with detachable keyboards.

There are too many models to list, so I’ll use Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 3 as an example. You type on a touchscreen or attach a $130 keyboard cover. The Surface itself starts at $799, though configurations go as high as $1,949 for those serious about ditching the PC. The Surface’s built-in kickstand can be adjusted to a range of positions, some better for desks and others for the lap.

The best thing about Windows tablets is their ability to run regular Windows software, such as Office and Photoshop. Other tablets have, at best, a light version.(by timesofindia)

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OnePlus One launch in doubt after Cynaogen-Micromax deal

OnePlus is supposed to launch its OnePlus One phone, a phone powered by CyanogenMod, in India on December 2. But after Cyanogen Inc announced an exclusive partnership with Micromax on Friday, there is seems to be some confusion around the launch.

Micromax and Cyanogen said that the CyanogenMod OS will be exclusively available to only Micromax phones in India.

The announcement has surprised OnePlus. Responding to a query on Twitter, the company co-founder Carl Pei said that the launch of the phone was still on schedule. “Our fans have done nothing wrong. We have done nothing wrong. India has waited long enough,” he tweeted.

But it was not clear if the phone would run CyanogenMod or not. One thing is sure that even if the OnePlus One launches with CynaogenMod, it will probably not receive any CyanogenMod updates and in future will see its operating system, at least in India, getting replaced with some other software.

In a “letter” on the company website, Pei said that his firm was building new Android-based operating system for the OnePlus One.

Pei said that already a team is working on the new operating system. “(the) team was put in place originally to build the software which would power our future devices. So, though it’s not what we originally planned, we have shifted engineering efforts to the OnePlus One upon hearing this news. According to our current estimations, we’ll be able to release our first community build to our Indian users next month and have a production-ready build in February,” he wrote.

“Our system will be based on Lollipop, and will be built to be stable, fast, and lightweight. True to our original promise of putting user experience first, it will be bloatware-free and only carry the features important to our users. We appreciate the work that Google has put into Android, and we have no plans of departing from Material Design nor adding unnecessary customizations,” Pei added. (by india today)

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Beautiful time for India and China to do business, says Alibaba’s Jack Ma

Ma pledged to invest “more” in India. He said that he would be back again soon, signalling Alibaba’s interest in diversifying its business here.

Jack Ma, the 50-year-old founder & executive chairman of Chinese giant Alibaba, on Wednesday promised higher investments in India, without specifying the quantum or timeline. Addressing an India-China summit, organised by business chamber Ficci here, Ma said he was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and this was a beautiful time for India and China to do business.

Ma also said Indian sellers were the largest suppliers on Alibaba’s e-commerce platform after Chinese ones. “We have been doing B2B (business-to-business) for the past 15 years and, surprisingly, the second-largest suppliers to us are Indian sellers.” Indian suppliers were so smart they had caught the right opportunity, he said.

Ma’s visit, of less than 24 hours as part of a 100-member Chinese delegation, is the second India tour this year by a global e-commerce chief executive — the first being Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ in September. Among non-e-commerce global internet giants, Facebook founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg had come to India last month.

Unlike both Bezos and Zuckerberg, who had multiple engagements in India, including meetings with the prime minister, Ma’s visit to India was a low-key one. The PM is currently in Nepal to attend a Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit.

Ma’s Alibaba has been in the news for its recent blockbuster $25-billion initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Alibaba founder did not make specific announcements on investments in India, but the India-China summit on Wednesday resulted in signing of 12 memoranda of understanding, worth $2.4 billion, among companies from the two countries. Alibaba’s American rival Amazon had recently committed itself to investing $2 billion in India.

While Amazon entered the Indian market last year under a marketplace model, Alibaba is yet to start e-commerce operations in the country; at present, it only has a sourcing business here.

Speaking at the summit, Ma said Alibaba’s focus area in the coming years would be globalising and helping small businesses grow. “I was inspired and moved by PM Modi and this is a beautiful time for India and China to do business… Alibaba plans to further enhance technology for Indian sellers,” Ma said, adding he was keen to make more investments here.

A former English teacher, Ma spoke about how 400,000 Chinese were buying from India. He had no idea so many Chinese loved chocolates and tea from this country.

Alibaba has 8.9 million active sellers on its marketplace platform. By comparison, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon have a little over 50,000 sellers each in India. Flipkart is aiming to get 100,000 sellers over the next 18 to 24 months.

In what could be an indication of its scale, Alibaba Group websites accounted for 60 per cent of the parcels delivered in China by March 2013 and 80 per cent of that country’s online sales by September 2014.

Ma’s visit to India generated all-round curiosity, including speculation on potential deals in the e-commerce market. There also was a buzz that Ma might meet Snapdeal co-founder & CEO Kunal Bahl, but the company said no such meeting was scheduled. In fact, Bahl has often referred to Snapdeal, the four-year-old company that became a marketplace player soon after launch, as the “Indian Alibaba”. There are existing synergies, too.

Recently, Snapdeal got a $627-million funding from Softbank, a Japanese telecom and internet corporation that also holds the biggest stake in Alibaba. Masayoshi Son, 57-year-old founder & CEO of SoftBank, had visited the Snapdeal office last month and addressed the company’s employees. Also, Snapdeal is one of the three e-commerce companies where Ratan Tata has put in money.

Indian e-commerce is still only about one per cent of the size of Chinese e-commerce market. But the sector here has become a favourite for investors.

Ma said internet could help transform lives in the current era. “Internet is a young business for young people, and India has a lot of young people. I was a teacher earlier and internet changed my life,” the Alibaba founder said. (by business-standard)

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Android L release date, news and features

Android L release date, news and features

Android L news and features

Android L is here, and it’s brought a raft of new changes, with Sundar Pichai, head of Android, proclaiming it to be one of the biggest upgrades to Android yet.

It’s going to have a radical new design, 5000 new APIs, will be available for developer previews soon, and it’s going beyond the mobile form factor. Android L will be contextually aware of its surrounding, plus voice is going to me a major input source.

The experience will also be seamless, so Android L devices communicate properly, although Pichai was at pains to point out the mobile phone will always be the priority.

TechRadar was in attendance to see all the action unfold, so if you’re hankering for all the information about Android L, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out everything you need to know about Google’s new mobile platform.

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Here’s what most of you will be wanting to know: when can I get it on my phone? Well, if you’re a developer with a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 then it will be easiest, as it’s available from June 26 to developers.

  • The 10 things you really, really should know about Android L

For the rest of the folk in the world, it’s coming ‘this fall’, which means that this is very much a preview to appease those that want to get cracking on development, and launching it at Google IO makes sense.

This also means that as Android L readies itself for a consumer launch we’ll find out more about whether it’s Android 5, Android 4.5 and which dessert name it will have… we’re certain there’s one coming.

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HTC has already been in contact, giving the following statement about it’s forthcoming upgrade to Android L:

“HTC is excited about the new features in Android L and we can’t wait to share them with our customers. We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible.

“We will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) in regions worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly thereafter by other One family members and select devices.”

Remember, this doesn’t mean the developer preview, but the final version later in the year. So expect Android L on your HTC One M8 and M7 around Christmas.

We’ll update you as soon as we find out any more information from the other manufacturers about their plans for Android L release schedules.

Material Design

The big news for Android L is the change to the way it looks – and it’s going well beyond the mobile phone to the tablet, TV screen, watch and even the car.

The new Material Design is strange in that it bucks a trend at the moment – yes, it’s flat, but it’s heavily based on making every animation, every ripple, every shadow look real, which is something that most brands are shying away from.

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Google tells us that this feels more intuitive, which means that there will be shadow gradients, 3D tiles that slide over one another and most importantly: access for developers to use this for themselves on their apps.

The idea of obvious: remove the fragmented way Android looks and bring consistency to the app world not matter what device you’re on.

Roboto font has been updated too, so everything from watch to TV to mobile looks the same.

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Every animation on screen will be allowed to connect to one another – so there’s no ‘teleportation between apps’. The home, back and multi-tasking window buttons on Android have been refined too, and overall, this is a massive step forward for a cleaner, more intuitive-looking version of Google’s mobile platform.

Notifications and lock screen

Notifications on Android L are getting an overhaul, so only the more relevant information about your apps is being presented. The notification panel is being merged with the lockscreen so you can see what’s going on as you pick up the phone, and a simple swipe up takes you into the phone.

Imagine that the lockscreen is similar to the notifications panel now, and you’re pretty much there.

Android L will also learn from you, working out what you look at and interact with more often to prioritise that notification.

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Another big change is that notifications will flow over the screen at the top – get a call when you’re playing a game and it will pop up at the top, asking if you want to take it. This will likely be the same with messages etc too, meaning less intrusion at the wrong times.

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The lockscreen is getting smarter too – if you’ve got a specific location set up, or are wearing a Bluetooth device, the phone will recognise you and unlock without a PIN. Move away or take your watch off and you’ll need to tap or swipe in a code when you unlock – or you can even use your voice.

Interlocking apps

Google wants your apps to be able to talk to one another – it used the example of searching for a place, only to have it served up in Google Earth, which is where it originally was being looked at.

The idea goes much deeper than that though – Chrome browsing has an API that other apps can take advantage of, so if you click a link to book a table in the browser you’ll be taken to something like OpenTable directly, rather than the mobile site.

This feature depends a lot on app developers taking advantage of the new tools, but all the onboard Google apps will be much more dependent on one another.

Android L is Faster, better looking and more efficient

Whilst Android comes with some nifty new features that make an immediate visual impact, Google has put a lot of work in behind the scenes to ensure that Android L is the fastest yet. If you’re not big on codespeak, then this is the upshot: a new way of putting the platform together when you’re using the phone makes everything slicker, faster and more efficient.

If you’re interested, here are the finer details: ART, an optional runtime in Android KitKat, has now been made the standard for Android L and works with ARM, x86 and MIPS platforms and runs twice as fast as the Dalvik runtime that is found on previous Android iterations.

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The biggest benefit to users comes that this won’t require apps to be readjusted in order to benefit, instead all apps with benefit from ART right away. ART is also more memory efficient than Dalvik meaning that apps that are running in the background will benefit from megabytes of saved data.

ART is also 64-bit compatible allowing Android L to benefit from the larger number registers, cross platform support and the increased RAM support that 64-bit architecture supports.

Android L also allows mobile devices to further close the gap not only between mobile and console-quality gaming, but also between mobile and PC graphics. Working with Nvidia, Qualcomm, ARM and Imagination Technologies Google has designed the Android Extension Pack with the sole task of closing the gap between mobile and desktop-class graphics, which will result in “more realistic environments, more realistic characters and vastly improved lighting”.

Android L battery life

Batteries on phones running Android L are going to become more efficient with Project Volta, Google’s new way of showing why and how a phone’s power pack is juicing down.

It opens up the battery use to developers so they can see what’s ruining the experience, which should in turn help plug the gaps in power leakage. Nothing specific to talk about yet but will help make things look more efficient.

Battery Saver mode is integrated by default too, which can lengthen your use during the day by up to 90 mins. Not extreme power saving like on Samsung or HTC phones, but still useful to have baked in, even if all and sundry already have a likely more efficient version on board.

Even without Battery Saver mode Android L could do wonders for battery life. ArsTechnica put the new OS version to the test and found that a Nexus 5 running Android L had around 36% more battery life than one on Android 4.4 KitKat.

Android Wear gets kicked up a Gear

We saw a lot more about Android Wear – and not only that, but we were introduced to Samsung’s Gear Live, the third member of the new smartwatch game Google is trying to put together before Apple throws its hat into the ring.

Android Wear will use the same tools as on Android for phones and tablets, plus square and circular screens will be supported. Sensors will be well integrated for fitness and social interactions, and help reduce the need to check a phone screen. It’s basically wearables like the Galaxy Gear 2, really.

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However, the design is a lot nicer, and is very similar to Google Now by letting you swipe through cards and for more information. The watch is also contextually aware, so if you ask to be notified about something when you ‘get home’ it will know.

The watch (whichever you have) is very much voice enabled, allowing you to play music on your phone or other connected devices.

You can even get a boarding pass on your watch… the poor flight attendants. They’d only just got used to the phone being used in this way. Do you really want to take off your watch and hand it over?

Google Maps is going to give turn by turn navigation on your wrist as well now – finally. And the whole thing will be opened up with an SDK, so developers can write code right to the wrist itself, in a very similar environment to what they’re used to, so apps should be super-snazzy right from the start.

When a watch is connected to a phone, it will look to see if any apps have watch compatibility and show them right on your wrist – no need for separate apps to download, a la the Samsung Gear range. Which means you can order pizza on your wrist in less than 20 seconds… that’s dangerous, right there.

And all the watches announced so far (LG, Samsung and Moto) are water resistant too.

The LG G Watch is available on the Play Store – and it will be joined by the all-new Samsung Gear Live too. The former will retail for $229, LG said at a press event this afternoon. Straight conversions put the watch at about £134 and AU$243.

As for the Gear Live, it will cost $199 (about £117, AU$211). Pre-orders get off the ground straight away via Google Play, and it will start shipping July 7.

As for the Moto 360, well, sadly, it won’t be available until later in the summer.

Android TV now baked right in too

Android L is also going to support TV, with information overlaid across the top of the information. It’s called Android TV, surprisingly, and after the failure of Google TV the brand is having another go, such was the popularity of the Chromecast.

This means you’ve got content (games, films, TV shows etc) straight on your big screen and has a home button to get you back to the main display whenever you want.

Search is well-integrated too (through the mobile phone… or even an Android Wear watch), with Android TV very much powered by voice. So say you search for something like ‘Breaking Bad’ on the phone (when connected to the Android TV) it will show you the option to watch it on Google Play or any other compatible app installed.

The demo showed that Netflix was installed, but didn’t appear in the search options – perhaps it was just a dummy app for now, but certainly that would be where the info would show.

And here’s the great news: Android TV has been signed up to by some big names – the likes of Sony, Philips and Sharp have whole 4K ranges based on Android TV. Asus and Razer promise to have set top boxes to achieve the same thing too… although surely Google will update Chromecast to achieve the same thing.

This could really ramp up the smart TV game.

Android TV is looking to snap up the mobile gamer too. You can take the games to the bigger screen in the house. It looks like you need a separate gamepad too. With the new Android L-based Android TV, you can even play multiplayer games… or use it like a Chromecast too.

The rumors from before the event:

Android 5 is going to be exciting, there’s no doubt about that. Google saves the change to a new number for the big things, and it seems Android L is now on its way, ready to be debuted at Google IO on June 25.

We thought it would have been Key Lime Pie that showed off the next level, but on 31 October 2013, Google officially revealed its next minor update, Android 4.4 KitKat, which now clears the road for Android 5.

The dessert-themed code name that we assume will begin with L is anyone’s guess at this stage. Android 5.0 Lemon Cheesecake or Android 5.0 Lemon Meringue Pie, anyone? Though there’s talk that it might be called Android Lollipop or even Android Moonshine, as it’s apparently internally known.

However, the latest leaks point simply to Android L – given Android head honcho Sundar Pichai said the conference would give the world an early look at the new OS, chances are the name will be held back until closer to launch, which may be later in the year.

Then again, a new screengrab of the KitKat Easter egg shows a new pudding – is that a hark to the possible Key Lime Pie that was usurped by KitKat, or are we looking at Lemon Meringue Pie?

Lemon Meringue Pie

It may not be called Android 5 though, with some rumors suggesting the next major iteration from Google’s wheel house could arrive as Android 4.5. That would make sense as we’ve had 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 in recent years.

That said, it appears Google may have just dropped a hint as to the version number of the next iteration of Android. 5.0 is currently looking favorable after the time of “5.00” appeared on screenshots posted on Twitter by the search giant – a signal Google has used before.

Android 5.0 Lollipop - LEAK

As we wait on official news of that name, we’re constantly combing the web to see what’s going to be happening with this L-powered update, so check back to see what we’ve uncovered and the level of likelihood each rumor brings.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next major upgrade for Android, to follow on from Android 4.4
  • When is it out? We’re thinking later in 2014, but an early look at Google IO
  • What will it cost? Nothing, it’ll be a free upgrade, but some handsets will take longer to get it than others.

Android 5.0 release date

Given Android 4.4 KitKat appeared on 31 October, we’re looking forward to finally seeing a big step forward for Android. The good news is we’re going to get our first taste at Google IO, the search firm’s annual two-day developer conference in San Francisco.

That’s a year on from when we had originally expected to see Android 5.0, which was at Google IO 2013, but Google has been keeping things within the ‘4.x’ family for a while now.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s new head of Android told Wired that 2013’s IO was “not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system”,” which makes us wonder when the new software will be coming.

Our take: Android updates are still appeating too slowly for our liking, as while each 0.1-numbered upgrade is good, it’s not enough to make us want the native experience.

We’re expecting Google to make Android 5 rather special indeed, which means it can only wait a maximum of 6-7 months after KitKat was announced to show it off – so it’s a relief to hear it’s appearing, in some form at least, at the conference.

More recent reports of Android 4.5 being next in line may mean the update is more iterative than sprawling overhaul, so we’re not getting too carried away just yet.

In any case Google I/O is set for June 25-26, so with any luck we should know lots, lots more about what Android Lollipop will be bringing to the table soon.

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Android 5.0 phones

The first handset to run Android 5 will either be a Nexus phone or tablet, and given the timing of the announcement we think it might be the latter. The Google Nexus 5 launched Android 4.4 at the tail end of next year, and while we’ve been waiting for the update to the big-screen tablet, the Nexus 10 (2014) doesn’t look like it’s appearing any time soon.

HTC looks like the front runner to bring this tablet to the market (if it does exist), but the rumors aren’t pointing to an unveil any time soon.

We’re also hearing a lot of rumblings about a Nexus 8, a slate which will supposedly launch with Android 4.5, so maybe that’s the device that Android Lollipop will make its debut on.

Will it be known as a Nexus though? The scheme is under threat from Android Silver, but it doesn’t look like that’s launching yet, so we reckon the Nexus name will be kept for at least the next round of devices.

Google IO 2012

Android Wear

A more recent idea is that Google’s next version of Android will have more fitness smarts built in – and this is an idea we think has legs, if you’ll pardon the sort-of pun.

Apple is set to launch the iWatch and iOS 8 with fitness very much at the heart – Cupertino looks very likely to be bringing something that’s able to track your heart rate, blood glucose and other vital medical info before shooting it over to your doctor.

It seems Google wants to do the same thing – it’s recently-launched Android Wear platform already has companies like LG and Motorola signed up, and Samsung is rumored to be joining the party too.

The idea is future versions of Android (ie Android 5) will allow the software to harness “fitness data from sensors on your Android device.”

Pichai has essentially confirmed this is going to be baked into the hardware and software side of things, telling Bloomberg that it made no sense to have to go to the doctor to measure a variety of health elements when technology can do it daily.

“You obviously need to be able to measure these things so many more times and then apply more intelligence to it,” he said.

It also looks like Android 5 may add support for 64-bit processors, as the Nexus 8 is rumored to have one and to be running the new version of Android (if it turns out to be a real device – chances are it won’t appear just yet).

That in turn would allow for more than 4GB of RAM in devices, opening the floodgates to enormous increases in power.

Some have speculated that Android 5.0 will be actually Chrome OS, Google’s high power operating system for its Chromebooks – that it would use Android for low- to mid-level handsets and put Chrome on the high end.

However, this makes little sense given the effort that would be needed for app integration, so like Microsoft and Windows Phone the mobile OS will very likely continue as is.

Android L

A recent image of ‘Android L’ (which is presumably Android 4.5 / 5) appears to show the browser floating in the middle of the screen, which may mean we’ll be getting split screen apps. That would certainly be a useful feature, particularly on larger devices.

Samsung, LG and Sony already do this but if the functionality is baked into Android then all devices potentially could.

Android 5.0 interface

While little is known about the potential interface changes for the next iteration of Google’s mobile platform, be it Android 5.0 or Android 4.5, a screenshot has appeared online claiming to reveal the upcoming version.

Android 4.5 - LEAK

There’s a clear visual overhaul present in the screenshot, and according to the leak the new design is being referred to as “Moonshine” internally at Google.

Android dialer

We’ve also caught a glimpse of how the dialer might look in Android 4.5 / Android 5, courtesy of an image leaked by Google itself. It’s not in for a radical redesign but if the image is to be believed then it will be going blue, rather than sticking with the current light gray colour. (by techradar)

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India to have more internet users than US by December end: IAMAI

NEW DELHI: The number of internet users in India would reach 302 million by December 2014, registering a year-on-year growth of 32%, a study released on Wednesday said.

The report, ‘Internet in India 2014′, is jointly published by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International.

The internet in India took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and three years from 100 to 200 million. However, it took only a year to move from 200 to 300 million users, it said.

“In October 2014, there were 278 million internet users in India. Currently, India has the third largest internet users’ base in the world but it is estimated that by December 2014, India will overtake the US as the second largest internet users’ base in the world,” the study said.

China currently leads with more than 600 million internet users while the US currently has an estimated 279 million internet users.

According to the report, the number of internet users in urban India has grown by 29% from October 2013 to reach 177 million in October 2014. It is expected to reach 190 million by December 2014 and 216 million by June 2015.

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Compared to last year in rural India, internet users have increased significantly by 39% to reach 101 million in October 2014. It is expected to reach 112 million by December 2014 and 138 million by June 2015.

The report also stated that in urban India, for nearly 93% of the respondents, the primary use of internet is for search, followed by online communication and social networking.

However, in rural India, entertainment is the primary reason for internet usage, followed by communication and social networking. (by timesofindia)

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internet is for search, followed by online communication and social networking.

However, in rural India, entertainment is the primary reason for internet usage, followed by communication and social networking.

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