Month: May 2016

Advantages of having a stock android UI

When it comes to the decision making as to which UI is the best among android mobile phones, it is a matter of personal preference. The stock UI of android is one of the most popular and is operational in many devices of leading brands of manufacturers including Intex mobile.

Here are some of the perks of having a stock UI. Firstly, the stock UI is simply beautiful and very much acceptable if not desirable to many users which is characterized by minimal design and stock like appearance. This enables the device to run smoothly as the custom UI takes up additional processing power of the device. Every android device has a stock UI which is either out in the open or been covered up by custom skin.

Having a stock UI means standardized functionality and simplicity in the operation. The stock UI encourages minimalism not only in the design and color aspect of the device but also functionality and at the same time maintaining the ease in access of data and files through the interaction of the device.

The problems most smartphones face is delay in the upgrading of the android software. The first device to receive the latest android updates is the stock UI as the upgrade file which is built by the android works perfectly on the device. This is not the case for other manufactures using custom UI as they require programming their own version of upgrades which is relevant to their skin and UI. Many users have complaints of delay in upgrades or even failure to receive updates in device using custom skin.

The features which the stock UI facilitates and are absent in many other devices using custom UI is the Google swipe which lets you access the Google now with a simple swipe up from the home button. Similarly, the new feature of android, DOZE has transformed the scope of battery life in android devices with depleting of battery life minimized despite having active applications running in the background. This feature was firstly, introduced in the android device with stock UI and only then distributed among other manufacturers implementing custom UI.

Android version gets updated yearly with the release of latest version bringing changes in the looks and functionality of the device. This enables the users to have certain change in the visual as well as the operational aspect of the android phone. Android is the new trend setter in the market of smartphone with new features and functionalities being brought in the improvement of the UI and ease in the operation for its users. In such a case, having a stock android makes the new android phones a priority in receiving changes and upgrades.

Having said this, there are many features in the custom UI of other manufacturers which can be equally as appealing to the users with the presence of features and functionality missing in the stock UI. Once again, the decision to be made is under individual preference and cannot be generalized due to the varying taste and device usage of the users.


What are the basic criteria while comparing smartphones?

With the market of cellular phones increasing rapidly and new model being introduced throughout every year, the user may have a tough choice to make in the selection of the smartphones. Although there is no ideal handset, there are certain aspects which are subjective and may differ with individuals.

The primary objective is to identify the price range and the budget of the phone. This helps determine and creates a focused group of smartphone. Budget phones, mid-range phones and flagship phones are the market fragmentation done on the basis of price ranges. Mostly but not necessarily, the features and performance of the devices have an inclination with the inclination in the price.

Another aspect to compare mobile phones is the display as most of the time of the utility of the device is done by the interaction with the display. Devices having a high resolution provide better representation of optical media but color representation also play an impactful role on the decision of what the users, desire. 720p or HD has become a standard in the resolution of mobiles but color representation and the sharpness in the images should also be examined.

Another important factor to be considered while the users compare phones is the camera. Camera on handsets has easily displaced the conventional camera for any normal situation but many manufacturers have specialized in the field just to acquire the tag of best camera phone. The misconception of higher the megapixel higher the quality should be completely forgotten as the camera performance and the picture quality depends upon the sensor and the performance of the software which is being used in the processing of the images and the videos taken from the camera.

Performance of the device should also be recognized through the help of the spec sheet given. The measurement of the performances like speed, multitasking and data management can be done through the processor used, the RAM, ROM and the unit of GHz at which the processor is clocked in at. Octa-core processor is what seems to be the current standardized form and when it comes to defining the level of performance based on RAM, ROM and GHz, the more the merrier.

Battery life has been a long lasted problem primarily due to the frequent power outages which the users in Nepal have to face. Although having a huge capacity battery might prove somewhat effective but the problem might still persist. This is so because of the data management and the UI of the device. Wasteful data management and heavy UI always are the prime source of draining battery.

Other aspects in the process of comparison of smartphones are the sensors found in the device, the looks and the feel of the device, the output of the device and many more. Sensors are vital in a modern day handset because of its contribution to many of the features which have been made available in the devices. Looks and feel of the device also is considered a vital aspect as the handsets are being taken as a symbol of fashion and trend. Besides, it always feels good to have a handset which is easily maneuverable and looks good in hand.

Tips and tricks for effective smartphone power saving

Have you been facing the problem of the juice in your device running out more than often? We have all been there. Having a multi-purpose and high-end device would be a complete waste with the users having to recharge it much sooner than expected. Although some manufacturers have addressed the issue and increased their battery power like in the case of Intex aqua power, which has a whopping 4000 mAh battery, many manufacturers have still to address this issue even for flagship devices. Many devices have removable back which enables the users to swap the battery and substitute their discharged battery with a charged one while the other battery could be separately charged.

Pre-mature battery drain has a lot of factors associated with it some of the most prominent are apps that drain quite a lot of charge, screen brightness, general setting arrangements and software update status. There are apps that are considered as battery killers which remain active during the standby period and drain your battery at a faster rate than usual. Avoid installing such apps and make sure such apps are inactive during standby period if you have already installed it. Many reviewers and experts have claimed that switching the screen brightness to auto mode tends to decrease the battery charge significantly. Hence, it is advised to manually change the screen brightness during operation of mobile phones and avoid using auto screen brightness as a default.

There are certain settings which can prove highly influential and decisive as to the power consumption of the device. Wi-Fi, geo-location and bluetooth are the major culprits in unusually high battery draining although these components are vital for operation in any device. Due to their essence in normal operation of a phone, the users are advised to turn off such settings during passive period like during bed-time, meetings, school/college hours, etc in order to help reduce the amount of battery drainage as much as possible. Vibrations and feedback also drain a lot of battery juice which can be toggled off for better battery performance. Shorter screen timeout also helps in better battery performance as well as the use of black wallpapers. As most of the screens support AMOLED and super AMOLED which only light the colored pixels. Hence, black wallpaper would mean leaving the pixels unlit which could prove significant in battery life as the screen would not be using up any juice from the battery. Also the widgets on the background are found to be draining the battery so it would be a help to extend battery life with the avoidance of excessive use of widgets in the background. Most of the latest mobile phones also have inbuilt settings dedicated for the purpose of extending the battery life by limiting the scope of functionality and operations, which can be utilized.

One of the most important factors in extending the battery life is the periodic updating of the apps and the software. Latest apps and software developers are focused on the issue of excess battery drainage of mobiles for which updates to the apps are created for optimum battery consumption. Hence, if any of the users are putting off their updates for later, it is advised to periodically and timely update them for better battery life.

How corporate is your smartphone?

When generally talking about handsets, the corporate function and assistance is probably the last thing that come to mind and why wouldn’t it as most of the utility by the general users and also business person of them is social media, web browsing, photo shoot, multimedia and so on. But manufacturers have taken the time to install both hardware and software integrations to their products in the line of handsets to meet or assist the corporate functions. How? You say.

Simple but effective, the devices we use have accounts which are used for mail and can be synced altogether in one platform. The level of convenience this brings to the table is simply amazing as there is no need for having to wait to reach the office and check the mails on the desktop or laptop.

Latest smartphones have the software integration to create a PDF file through the picture taken through the camera which can be easily transmitted to others through mail or any other communication medium like fax. The images of the documents are converted into PDF files through software processing and made ready to communicate through any medium. And don’t worry if your device does not have the function in built as there is an easy way to acquire this through the download of an app through the online store, turning your phone into a document scanner in a jiffy.

E-commerce has made a lot of enhancements in the corporate sector and mobile technology plays a significant role in it. The ability to make transfer of payments has been upgraded to the level of convenience without compromising the level of security and authenticity. A smartphone which you hold gives you the power to make payments and do more with just a tap.

Social media like Facebook, Skype, Viber, etc. have also been very influential in the current corporate culture and been an integral part of the corporate communication as well. Conducting long distance conference through Skype is one of the most popular techniques which has been corporate friendly also building personal relations with the customers and the stake holders via the social media has been proven effective in the corporate world.

Even if you do not own one of the top smartphones, the features which you can attain is countless as provision of apps which support the performance in the corporate world is abundant. Applications which help in accounting, balancing accounts, managing schedules, reminders of various events, reviewing the performance of business, advertising via internet, etc. are found in the online store which can be easily downloaded and ready to use in the business.

The editing and creating of various text and presentation file is now possible through all mobile phones of this generation. This has made taking notes, editing the files on the go, preparing a presentation without a laptop or desktop and preparing an excel sheet possible. So, keep in mind that the use of your device is not limited to communication and entertainment purpose only. It has the potential to become your ultimate portable corporate gadget.