4G – A Brief Discussion Of Its Usefulness

The first question that comes to mind for a person with a completely nontechnical background is ‘what is 4G?’ There have been several levels of up-gradation you have seen in the mobile phones available in the market since it was launched. The variations have been available not only in the designs and looks of the phones but also in the engineering and technology with which they are made. This has initiated various changes in their features and functionalities.

The earliest mobile phones were black and white with no cameras and color options or even the same for ringtone and caller tune downloads. With time there were successive launches of newer phones that brought in newer features and uses of technology. In the sphere of telecommunications there are several standards that have been laid down; 4G refers to the fourth level of mobile phone technology standards.

Before the initiation of 4G there were phones that were based on the 2G and 3G standards of telecommunication technology. In each of the previous launches there have been a few aspects which were specialty areas of functions for the particular technology.  In this case it was declared that in many years after the initialization of mobile phone technology there would be freedom of usage; this means that you will not experience call drops and network related problems any more. There is a high speed access within these phones and which also means that you can say hello from a moving train and a fast moving car as well.

With a 4G system there is an all in one service available through your Smartphone devices. You can also look forward to IP based mobile  broadband service with wireless modems of laptop computers as well as other mobile computing and communication devices like tablets.  Typical features will include ultra-broadband through internet access, IP telephony, streaming of audio and video and gaming application services. 

A practical understanding of the features that you can enjoy with this standard of the technological advance is a high range of megapixel in cameras that will be available with these devices. There is a greater clarity and resolution of video shoots capacitated within the devices which also includes video calling features in the phones.

4G devices are also enabled with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capacity which makes internet access easier and faster. There is a lightning speed at which access is enabled along with faster downloads and software installations through online resources. Chief objectives of this technological approach have also been the capacity to fulfill personalization of the device to suit one’s needs. 

There is a greater adaptability with different software applications which are enabled through the device for various work related and entertainment objectives. It makes for easy access and multimedia support at cost-effective prices. A modern range of smartphones makes it easier to access the internet with features of scanning and email or fax from the devices.

With 4G network you are ensured with of quicker access to the internet that will support a wide range of your work even when you are on the move.

Yes I want the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

With the debut of the latest iteration of the Android OS and the latest install of the Samsung Galaxy family of phones, there’s only one word that comes to mind; astounding. From the screen display to the completely overhauled OS, there is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the one device to rule them all. Let’s hear what Larry Page of Google has to say about the new release.

I’ve absolutely loved using my pre-release Galaxy Nexus phone running the new version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. It is truly beautiful hardware with incredible software. Today in Hong Kong, our partners from Samsung took the stage with Andy Rubin, and introduced the world to the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Both Google and Samsung spent a lot of time getting everything right, and it really shows! People are at the heart of Ice Cream Sandwich with an amazing new contact manager. We focused on re-inventing sharing on mobile devices. This is what I was talking about when I recently mentioned one way to think about Google+ is that over the last quarter we shipped the +, and now we’re going to ship the Google part. There are ton of other features from super fast camera with amazing panorama mode and 1080p video to Voice Typing which transcribes text nearly instantly as you speak. You can even unlock your phone with just a smile. The screen is unbelievably nice and has 720p resolution and is a gigantic 4.65″. Now that Ice Cream Sandwich is unwrapped, the first Galaxy Nexus phones will ship worldwide starting in November. Sign up to get one, you’ll love it just like I do!

Is there anyone out there who does not like the Galaxy Nexus, please let’s see by hand!

What your cell phone is capable of

Being a ubiquitous piece of our lives today, cell phones can as well be very dangerous devices when not used with care and in moderation. The video below sheds some light on the harmful effects of cell phones on us.

There is also a full indepth report on the subject of mobile phones and their harms over here.

Professor Johansson finds that the brain tumor issue is a minor thing compared to many other harmful effects. While brain tumors affect a small percentage other serious effects affect the whole population including genetic damage, sleep disturbances, reduced learning capacity, concentration difficulties and psychological problems.

Google Updates Sync Service for iPhone and iPad

Google Sync is a service from Google that keeps your phone’s native mail and calendar apps in sync with your Gmail, Calendar and Contacts.

An update to the service today has added three new features;

1. The ability to search all emails on Gmail, not just locally stored mail by iOS mail app.

2. Ability to send mail from a different account other than Gmail.

3. Accept, edit and decline calendar events from the iOS calendar app.

Both Gmail and Google Apps email users will benefit from these updates. You can follow this guide to set up Google Sync for your iOS device.

Google Introduces Android App for Docs

Google has introduced an official Android app for its office suite, Google Docs. This app will allow Docs user to access, edit and share their files from across any Google account. You can also share your docs with contacts on your phone right from within the app.

The application allows you to upload files directly from your phone and also open docs directly in Gmail.

Using the app and your phone’s camera, you can turn photos with text into editable Google documents with the power of optical character recognition (OCR). Just create a new ‘Document from Photo’ or select the camera icon from the widget, and your converted document will appear in your documents list shortly after you snap the picture. You can also convert photos already stored on your phone by sharing them with the Google Docs app. OCR does a pretty good job capturing unformatted text in English but won’t recognize handwriting or some fonts – stay tuned, it will get better over time!

The app is available on the Android Market and runs on version 2.1+. Alternatively, you can also scan the QR code below

Via Google Docs Blog.

Google Redesigns News Service For Feature Phones Using Opera Mini

According to the Google Mobile blog, the Google News service has now been strealined for feature phones using the venerable Opera Mini browser.

So we have rolled out a redesigned Google News for Opera Mini in all 29 languages and 70 editions of Google News. This includes an enhanced homepage featuring richer snippets, thumbnail images, links to videos and section content without explicit navigation, a convenient search bar, comfortably spaced links and the ability to access your desktop personalization on your phone.

This should go a long way to bring the comprehensive news aggregation service from Mountain view to more people from across the world who don’t use high end devices, helping to increase Google‘s reach across varying device users. To access it on your phone, simply log on to http://news.google.com.

Is there room for an Ubuntu powered smart-phone?

Canonical had experimented and discarded the idea of a mobile device centric version of its popular desktop OS Ubuntu. However, a closer look at the current smart-phone OS market makes me believe there is room for the company to revisit the idea of a mobile version of the OS, this time, targeted at smart-phones and not the ambiguous MID.
Given the fact that more people are buying smart-phones today than pcs, and even more people are getting exposed to the internet via their phones (Africa, Asia), the market for smart-phones only seems to be in its early stages.
For Ubuntu to reach the critical mass that it’s still struggling to in the desktop arena, a very useful, well designed mobile OS could prove useful. Though some may argue it’s not pure Linux per se, Android seems to be living proof that you can get more people to use Linux without they even knowing.
Also Android has proven that Windows can be beaten. Of course one may argue there’s no need for another Linux based mobile OS since we have Android, WebOS and Meego. As to why Meego seems to be taking an eternity to even take off I don’t know but before Android there was WinMobile, Symbian, and the BlackBerry OS. But look at how things have been upset with the introduction of iOS and Android.
Canonical could achieve a lot if it can replicate the modest success it’s chalked on the desktop in the mobile OS sphere. This will also go a long way to give consumers even more choice and also bring Linux to even more Joes! After all, that has always been the dream of all Linux enthusiasts.