Everyday news breaks left right and center in the world of technology. It is pretty much impossible to capture all these stories and bring a detailed report. And not bring this news to our readers feels unfair.
Just as a disclaimer, we would not be divulging into details of the story and just give a brief outline of what the story was all about. So without any further adieu lets begin on what caught our attention on what has been a rather non action news day on March 4, 2014.
Android tablets outsold iPads for the first time in 2013
While Android and iOS have pretty much been at loggerheads for supremacy in the smartphone space, so far the tablet space had only one clear winner, the iPad. However, for the first time since the launch of the iPad this changed in 2013. While Tim Cook is capable of giving you several stats on how iPads are the most used tablets or how everyone who is surfing the web is doing it via an iPad, the ground reality is that Android tablets outsold the iPads. With the inauguration of the Nexus line of tablets three years ago, given their low price point, there was always a belief at Google that Nexus 7 will undercut the iPad sales by a decent margin. That coupled with several cheap options in the tablet sphere of Android has seen more than 121 Million tablets sold as compared to 70 Million iPads giving Android a cool 61.9 % market share.
Sony’s SocialLife news App is now Available for all Android Phones running Android 4.1 and above
Sociallife News app is to Sony what Blinkfeed is to HTC. A content aggregator from several sources including your social feeds, the application is one of the few good looking apps that come pre installed with Smartphones. However, if you do not have a Sony Xperia device and are willing to give a shot to a content aggregator then you can definitely do that as Sony has made the SocialLife available for free for all Android smartphones via Google Play.
Play Store: Download SocialLife app for free from here
Oppo confirms two versions of Find 7 Coming this March
Oppo, a major Chinese OEM recently started operations in India with a rather grand launch of the Oppo N1. Oppo has always been revered by the tech community for their ability to innovate and set new benchmarks. Their latest flagship device, called the Oppo Find 7 is set to follow the trails when it launches on March 19th, if the leaks are to be believed. The device is supposedly the first Android phone to sport a 2K display. However, Oppo mentioned on it’s G+ page that there would be two versions of the device out. Our guess is, one would be a 2K version while the other would be a more budget friendly 1080 P. Guess, we will find out in about two weeks time from now.
Google Docs to soon get Voice Dictation Feature
MKBHD, one of the most popular tech figures on Youtube has shared on his G+ page that Google Docs is all set to receive a voice typing, or dictation feature. Google Docs has become one of the best replacements for Microsoft Office and if you like collaborating and working on documents online, then there are certainly no better alternatives than Google Docs. However, looks like Google is set to make the awesome service, that little bit better by adding dictation, which could make content production really simple, fast and easy. We have seen voice dictation work flawlessly on Google Now, so there is no reason why the same on Google Docs would be anything but a smooth experience.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update to include a Voice Assistant called Cortana
With Android and iOS both sporting cool Voice Assistants in the form of Google Now and Siri respectively, Windows Phone users must have felt a bit left out of the party. However, this is set to change in the Windows Phone 8.1 update which is set to roll out sometime this spring. The update will bring a Voice Assistant called Cortana which will replace the traditional Bing Search. It would also record down your personal information like places history, contacts etc and would evolve along as you use it. The VA would also be able to give you information about your flights by reading your mails and call you by your nickname or any other name you would want for that matter. There is an option included to turn Cortana off as well if you want to go back to the normal Bing Search.