Google has shipped the latest iteration of its Android mobile operating system version 4.3 to all compatible Nexus devices, and other leading vendors, including the likes of Samsung and Sony have started announcing dates for the rollout that would feature on their flagship mobile devices. HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, the glittering stars of the Android universe, will be among the first devices outside of Nexus series to get Android 4.3, which is an incremental upgrade to the ecosystem.
Among its most notable features is the option for users to create ‘restricted profiles’. Android Jelly Bean (4.1) had already allowed its users to create multiple profiles so that a single device, say the Nexus 7 tablet, could be used by different users through individual logins. Now the ‘restricted profile’ feature will allow users to restrict the Apps that can be used on the device. This is especially useful for parents who are worried about handing the devices to their children. Now they will be able to control exactly what Apps will run when the children use the devices.
Ever since its launch, Google Chrome, a ‘web casting’ device that when plugged into one’s television will allow users to convert the big screen into a smart device, has been creating quite a buzz online. Apart from its very quirky features, the real reason why it has had so many people talking about it is its absolutely affordable pricing: just 35 USD (approximately Rs. 2,200). Chrome will allow its users to play web content from Netflix, YouTube, Google Movies and Google Music on their television sets. Also it pairs with Android devices such as smartphones and tablets that can be used as remotes.
But before you dial your relative in the U.S. to get you a Google Chrome to try out in your home, do bear in mind that some of the services — Netflix and Google Music — are not yet available in India. Though the device is pretty attractive at its throwaway pricing, one gets the impression it might not do anything greater than the Apps that are already available on Smart TVs. At least, at this point of time.
Hot tip of the week
This one is for iPhone users. Did you know that you can use the ‘+’ button on your volume rocker as a camera shutter button to click photos? In fact, the same applies to the ‘+’ button on the volume rocker found on your Apple headphones or earpods. You can use this to click some candid photos. So the next time you face an Apple iPhone user fidgeting with his earphone controls a bit too much make sure to check if you are on camera, or simply smile.