Sygic navigation app for Android goes free; continues using MapmyIndia maps

The app was available for Rs 1399 till now, but can now be downloaded for free via Google Play Store.

Sygic navigation app for Android goes free; continues using MapmyIndia maps

Sygic, the leading offline mobile navigation brand, has announced that the India edition of the Sygic navigation app for Android has now gone free. The price of this app, till now, was Rs 1399. The application continues to use MapmyIndia’s 3D maps, and offers voice guided navigation via maps that may be stored on the device. The advantage of this is that if you have GPS connectivity, the navigation will work, since it doesn’t rely on Internet connectivity for constant map refreshes. You can read the detailed review of this app here

The Sygic app offers turn-by-turn voice navigation, 3D maps of cities and landscapes provided by Mapmyindia, voice guidance in more than 40 languages, multi-stop route planning, speed limit warning and interactive maps that you can tap on to find more information about the addresses and landmarks in the area.

“By making our advanced navigation app available to millions of users for free, Sygic is helping countries like India become a safer, more enjoyable place to travel,” said Sygic CEO Michal Štencl. “With Sygic’s offlineapp and MapmyIndia Maps, users can now take advantage of a robust set of tools that can help them effectively manage their travel plans and get them where they need to go confidently, and more efficiently.”

 

The Sygic application is available for most Android running Android 2.0.1 and upwards, including smartphones and tablets. You can download it from the Play Store here.

Micromax Canvas Ego A113 with Android Jelly Bean and 4.7-inch display available on preorder for Rs 12,999

Micromax’s new Android handset, the Canvas Ego A113, has been spotted selling on preorders at an online store for Rs 12,999. Though Micromax has not yet officially launched the Canvas Ego A113, the company has lately preferred to launch smartphones on e-commerce portals. Recently the company had unveiled the Canvas Fun A74 and Canvas Doodle 2 in a similar way.

Features-wise, the Micromax Canvas Ego A113 is a dual-SIM compatible smartphone, which comes with a 4.7-inch display. The phone comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, packs in a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB using microSD card and has an 8-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and an LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Other features include connectivity options Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, A-GPS and 3G support, sensors like gravity, proximity sensor, and a 2,000mAh battery with up to 5 hours of talk time.

At this price point, the phone will be facing tough competition from options like Xolo Play T1000 which packs in Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7-inch 720p display and is now available for approximately Rs 13,500.

Five Reasons Your Smartphone Battery Runs Out Quickly

 Five Reasons Your Smartphone Battery Runs Out Quickly

Five Reasons Your Smartphone Battery Runs Out Quickly

Over the past decade, mobile phone capability has improved at an incredible rate. We can do things with those little devices in our hands that twenty, ten or even five years ago we would have thought impossible. Yet there is one area of smartphones that hasn’t improved. In fact, if anything, it seems to have got worse over recent years. The general battery life of a smartphone is as short now as it was when mobile phones came with shoulder straps. So what’s the deal? Why does the battery run out so quickly and can you do anything about it?

Beware of free apps

If you’re downloading free apps, especially games, most of the power they use might not have anything to do with the app itself but rather is being used on third party advertising services. As little as 20% of a free app might be used on the actual game, and over 50% used on location-specific advertising. In short, don’t use free apps that come with lots of adverts. They drain your battery for no good reason.

Turn off apps

Just because you are not using an app it doesn’t mean they are not using power. You physically have to turn the app off in order to stop it draining your juice. You can do this with the task manager. Forget, and you’re wasting valuable battery for no reason.

Signal

How strong is the signal in your area because if it’s low, your phone will be using more battery to keep you in touch. The same is true for network speeds in your area. However, the reverse can also be true and if you have a strong signal, your phone works to its full potential and can drain the battery faster.

Turn off GPS

Sure it’s good to know where you are and that others do too, but any app that uses GPS is draining your power. Go into your settings and turn it off and you can keep going for longer.

Think about what it’s doing

Just consider the phone you have in your hand. If you’ve got a top quality smartphone like a Samsung Galaxy S3 on contract, you’re essentially carrying around a small but powerful computer. That’s incredible to think about. It’s no wonder it uses battery. In fact, it is amazing that batteries last as long as they do. So, how about giving your phone a break and remembering to charge it up every day?

Foursquare launches app for Nokia Asha 501, doesn’t require GPS

Now get access to Foursquare on the Nokia Asha 501 smartphone.

Foursquare launches app for Nokia Asha 501, doesn't require GPS

Foursquare launches app for Nokia Asha 501, doesn’t require GPS

Foursquare has released a new app for the Asha OS platform that will for now, be available only on the Nokia Asha 501. The app will give the users access to all the main features of Foursquare, like the ability to check in and manage their profiles.

The new Foursquare app has been specially designed for low-end devices that do not have GPS support and can work on an internet connection. Users will be able to add friends, check out notifications, and search locations all via their data connection.

Nokia Lumia 510 users will be able to view photos from locations, check-in and keep track of your own profile. The Foursquare app will offer simple graphics that users will be able to view on the Lumia 510. You will be able to search for nearby places of interest as well as check information about the locations for e.g. if they offer free Wi-Fi.

It has a main ‘All activity’ page that highlights where you’ve checked in, and shows what your friends are up to. It will show any photographs that the users have shared using Foursquare or any recent tips that you’ve added. On the bottom bar of Foursquare users will get more options for adding friends, view Notifications and Settings. Users can simply scroll down and tap ‘add friends’ and once added can check-ins on the All activity page.

The Foursquare app for Nokia 510 will make it easier for users to stay in touch with friends. The application is expected to arrive soon on other Asha devices.

Source: Nokia

Best 17 Handheld GPS Devices for Outdoor Sports

Most folks will use the GPS only when it comes to their cars and perhaps only the most passionate ones will use GPS devices for their biking pleasure. But rest assured that there are other categories of uses for GPS devices that some of you might find at least curious, such as geocaching, hunting, hiking or any other kind of outdoor sports. This kind of GPS devices is called handheld GPS and we will try our best to bring you the best units currently available on the market.

Having a handheld GPS unit is not a fad, but rather a tool that contributes to your passion or, in some cases, even to your security and orientation, especially when you are backpacking. If you have used a GPS unit until now, be it in your car or on your bike, then you probably already know some important tips than you need to look at before getting one. Let’s analyze together what they are, as well as finding the best handheld GPS devices.best handheld gps

How to choose the right handheld GPS: notable tips

I will let you know from the beginning that there are plenty of handheld GPS devices that can cost a pretty buck; they are aimed at professionals looking to get top-notch gadgets. Of course, we will enlist here all kinds of handheld GPS models, so I’m almost sure you will manage to find the one you are looking for. Like I started saying above, a portable GPS unit can be used for outdoor sports and for a number of other activities. Let’s try and compile the most important ones:

You might think that your smartphone is enough to help you out in the wild, but what if you drop it? We know there are rugged phones and tablets out there, but what about batteries? Even if smartphones are encompassing more and more features, standalone devices still have a lot of advantages. A good portable handheld GPS device will be waterproof, shockproof and will most likely run on AA batteries.

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But, just like we have mentioned in our bike GPS guide, it’s much better to learn how to handle a map, a compass and, why not, even master the art of skycharting. You’ll definitely feel like a young scout once more! But if you made up your mind and you decided you are not looking for adventures, then you need to get a portable GPS unit. Here are some of the most important things to look at before getting one.

  • Weight – albeit not crucial, weight is an important factor when choosing a handheld GPS device, because you are going to carry it around with your for quite a while. And it definitely won’t make your job easier if you’re in that geocaching challenge along with your friends. Therefore, look for something that doesn’t weigh more than 7 ounces (less than 200 grams). Anything under that amount will be very light and won’t make your hiking more difficult.
  • Battery life – here we arrive at a point where it’s safer to rely on your skills with mastering a physical compass and a map. Your handheld GPS needs to have a very good battery life, because you definitely don’t wanna get lost in the wilderness. Most reliable portable GPS units will have a battery life from 10 to around 25 hours. Of course, ideally would be for you to get something around the 20 hours limit, but even around 15 hours should be quite enough.
  • Satellite reception and accuracy –  most of the time than not, larger portable GPS will provide a more accurate position and will have a better satellite reception, thanks to their large antennas. While this is not always true, it’s good to have it in mind. Handheld hiking GPS units triangulate your position to around five meters.There are units that achieve a 3D lock on your position much faster, providing even a centimeter accuracy, but those are really expensive (and big). Therefore, any handheld GPS device with a 3 meter accuracy should be more than enough. Also, don’t look for the slimmest one, but the one with the biggest antenna for increased satellite reception.
  • Ease of use & speed – first of all, even if you’re in love with touch screen devices, you should not apply this rule when it comes to an outdoor sports GPS unit. Handheld GPS units are usually easier to see under bright sunlight and are more resistant to bad weather conditions. Also, you don’t need bare fingers and they are more gentle on your battery life. Touchscreen units, on the other hand, are easier to use if you are planning on inputting a lot of data. After you get passed that, you need to know just how friendly is a certain handheld GPS unit with you. Some basic operations you will be performing on your outdoor GPS will be arking and editing waypoints, creating and editing tracks, navigating to a waypoint, following a route. For that, the placement and the configuration of buttons is crucial. Also, it matters a lot how fast your portable GPS is performing these actions.
  • Mapping software & maps – every handheld GPS maker has its own mapping software. Garmin Basecamp seems to be the best one in this field, being following by Magellan Vantage Point, both available for an annual fee while DeLorme comes with the free Topo North America topographic mapping softwar. You can get free maps in the GPS File Depot, as well.
  • Diversity of features – the above represent the most basic and looked for features. However, there are plenty other options you should find in a reliable portable GPS device, such as: built-in memory (1GB would be ideal), memory card slot (microSD or SD), navigation routes (50 should be enough), track log points (the best ones will have around 10,000), barometric altimeter, electronic compass, backlight, color display and, why not, even a basic camera.

Just like with the bike GPS buying guide, we will list below the most reliable handheld GPS brands, but this time, thanks to the reviews and the expertise of such online authorities asOutdoorGearLabTopTenReviewsAmazonGPSTrackLog and many others, we will also give you a few specific models, for all kind of prices, for sure. However, we will be giving you reference of the newer models, that is, if you might wonder why we didn’t put some older versions, thanks to their professional recommendations. To give you an examples, it’s like saying that you should go for an iPhone 4, which  is still very good, even if the iPhone 5 is out in the wild.

Best handheld GPS brands and models

GARMIN

garmin handheld gps

DELORME

earthmate handheld gps

MAGELLAN

magellan handheld gps

LOWRANCE

lowrance handheld gps

BUSHNELL

bushnell handheld gps

Xolo Q600 quad-core Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone launched at Rs. 8,999

Xolo has added another quad-core smartphone to its portfolio. The device runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has a 4.5-inch display and is priced at Rs. 8,999.

Xolo Q600 quad-core Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone launched at Rs. 8,999

Xolo is rising to the top of the budget smartphone makers list. with the launch of quite a few interesting devices in the past such as theXolo Q1000Q800Q700A1000X1000 and many more. Today, it has added yet another smartphone to its portfolio, the Q600 priced at Rs. 8,999. The device boasts of a 4.5-incch display and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. As of writing this article, the device isn’t available on online shopping websites such as flipkart, saholic or infibeam but is available on snapdeal.

The 4.5-inch TFT display of the Q600 has a resolution of 480X854 pixels giving it a pixel density of 217ppi. Under the hood, a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589M processor, a Power VR SGX544 GPU and 512MB of RAM power the device. It has 4GB built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The rear of the smartphone houses a 5MP camera and the front has a 0.3MP video-calling camera. It boasts of dual-SIM capabilities as well. It also supports 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS in terms of its connectivity options.

A 2000mAh battery powers the Q600 and the company claims that the smartphone will last for up to 13.4 hours of talk time on 2G network and up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G. It also has the ability to last for 333 hours of standby time.

The specifications of the Xolo Q600 are lower when compared to the specifications of the Q700 in terms of RAM and the display resolution. The Q600 is aimed at those who have a really tight budget and can’t extend past the Rs. 10,000 mark.

If you are in the market to pick up a sub-Rs. 10k smartphone, you can consider the Nokia Lumia 520, Micromax Canvas Music, Samsung Galaxy Music Duos and more before making your purchase decision.