- Retina HD display with 3D Touch
- 12 MP Primary Camera
- 2 GB RAM
- 4.7 inch Touchscreen
- 5 MP Front Camera
- iOS 9
- Bluetooth Support
Xiaomi Mi 4c
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels
RAM 2GB and 3 GB
OS Android 5.0 (Lollipop with MiUi)
Storage 16GB and 32 GB
Rear Camera 13-megapixel
Battery capacity 3080mAh
Xiaomi Mi 4c detailed specifications
|Release date||September 2015|
|Dimensions (mm)||138.10 x 69.60 x 7.80|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||3080|
|Colours||Black, Blue, Orange, Pink, White|
|Screen size (inches)||5.00|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||441|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 808|
|Operating System||Android 5.0|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||NA|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||No|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
Main camera sensor: 5 MP
Display size: 11.43cm
Display resolution: FWVGA (854 x 480)
Processor name: Snapdragon 400
Maximum talk time (3G): 13.1h
Battery capacity: 1830mAh
Height: 129.5 mm
Width: 66.7 mm
Thickness2: 9.2 mm
Weight: 134 g
Display and User Interface
Display size: 11.43 cm
Display resolution: FWVGA (854 x 480)
Display features: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, Lumia Color profile, Wide viewing angle
Display colors: TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Pixel density: 221 ppi
Display technology: ClearBlack, IPS LCD
Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch
Keys and Input Methods
User Input: Touch
Operating keys: Volume keys, Power/Lock key
Form factor: Monoblock touch
SIM card type: Micro SIM
Dual SIM: No
Charging connectors: Micro-USB
AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
System connectors: Micro-USB-B
USB: USB 2.0
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1, Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1
Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi security modes: EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, WPA, WEP, EAP-AKA, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, EAP-TLS, WPA-Enterprise, EAP-SIM, WPA-Personal
WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz
WCDMA max data speed DL: HSDPA – 21.1 Mbps
WCDMA max data speed UL: HSUPA – 5.76 Mbps
GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz
GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 296.0 kbps
GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
Battery model: BL-5H
Battery capacity: 1830 mAh
Battery voltage: 3.7 V
Removable battery: Yes
Maximum standby time: 25 days
Maximum talk time (2G): 16.4 h
Maximum talk time (3G): 13.1 h
Maximum music playback time: 58 h
Maximum video playback time: 7 h
Maximum cellular network browsing time: 8.8 h
Maximum Wi-Fi network browsing time: 9.4 h
Processor name: Snapdragon 400
Processor type: Quad-core 1.2GHz
User data storage: In device, Memory card, OneDrive cloud storage, App and data storage on memory card
RAM: 512 MB
Mass memory: 8 GB
Expandable memory card type: MicroSD
Maximum memory card size: 128 GB
Free cloud storage: 7 GB
Software and applications
Personal information management features: Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Alarm clock, Reminders, Phonebook, To-do list, Family Room, Kid’s Corner, OneNote, Social networks in Phonebook, Wallet, Notifications
Business apps: Lync (Corporate IM) free download, Company Hub for enterprise applications, Office apps: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive storage for documents and notes, Adobe Reader free download
Document formats supported: PDF, Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint
Sync type: Exchange ActiveSync, Via Windows Phone apps, Nokia Photo Transfer for Mac
Sync content: Calendar, Video, Pictures, Music, Contacts
Game features: Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub, DirectX 11
Software platform & User Interface
Operating system: Windows Phone OS
Software release: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan
Software updates: Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA)
Email and Messaging4
Email clients: Gmail, Nokia Mail, MS Exchange Active Sync, Windows Live / Hotmail / Outlook.com, Yahoo! Mail, IBM Notes Traveler, Outlook / Office 365 / Exchange
Email protocols: SMTP, IMAP4, POP3
Email features: Viewing and editing of email attachments, Multiple email accounts, HTML emails, Inbox filtering, Text-to-speech message reader, Conversational view on email, Linked inboxes, Word flow keyboard
Supported instant messaging services: WhatsApp, Skype IM, WeChat, Viber, LINE, MySpace, Twitter, Yahoo! Messenger
Messaging features: Text messaging, Automatic resizing of images for MMS, Distribution lists for messaging, Multimedia messaging, Conversational chat style SMS, Unified inbox for SMS and MMS, Concatenated SMS for long messages, Integrated text messaging and chat, Number screening for messaging, Text-to-speech message reader
Call management features: Voice commands, Call waiting, Call history, Call forwarding, Conference call, Integrated hands-free speakers, Speed dial, Voice mail, Skype voice call
Supported amount of phonebooks: One integrated phonebook
Supports amount of contacts: Unlimited
Ringtones: Downloadable ringtones, MP3 ringtones
Noise cancellation: Yes
Speech codecs: GSM FR, GSM HR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, GSM EFR
Enterprise security features: Mobile VPN, Remote lock and wipe, Hardware accelerated device encryption, Mobile device management, Remote security policy enforcement
General Security features: Device lock, PIN code, Device lock passcode, Regular signed firmware updates, Track and Protect via internet, Application certification, Application sandboxing, Backup and restore via Internet, Browser integrated anti-phishing, Remote device lock via Internet, Remote device wipe via Internet, Secure boot, Signed OS
Supported security standards: TLS v1.0, TLS v1.1, TLS v1.2, SSL v3.0, Suite B ciphers
Sharing and Internet
Browsing and Internet
Internet browser capabilities: Internet Explorer 11
Social apps: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WhatsApp
Photo sharing: Facebook, Send as email attachment, Share over Bluetooth, Flickr, Picasa, Nokia Beamer, OneDrive, Share on TV with Nokia Play To DLNA app
Video sharing: Video sharing to social network and internet, Facebook, Flickr, Joyn video call sharing, OneDrive, Picasa, Share on TV with Nokia Play To DLNA app, YouTube
Location sharing: WP location sharing, Foursquare
Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
GPS and navigation5
Location and navigation apps: HERE Drive+, HERE Maps, HERE Transit
Navigation features: Public transportation routing guidance, Save favourite destinations, Free maps, Offline maps, Augmented reality with LiveSight, Automatic day/night view switching, Download the latest maps with Wi-Fi, Find upcoming departure times, Free regional voice guided turn-by-turn drive navigation, Free turn-by-turn walk navigation, Online and offline favourites, Save and sync favs with HERE.com, Speed limit warnings, Venue maps – shopping and transport centers
Location technologies: Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS, A-GLONASS, BeiDou
Location and navigation apps
HERE Drive: Navigate safely with free regional voice-guided directions and true offline support. HERE Drive features audible speed limit warnings, dedicated dashboard and commute assistance. Save and access favourite places on any HERE app and on here.com.
HERE Maps: Discover the best places in any neighbourhood with HERE Maps. New LiveSight technology reveals interesting places in your display. Explore malls, stations and more with venue maps. Access your favourite places on any HERE app and on here.com.
HERE Transit: Get around by bus, train and subway all in one easy-to-use app. Compare route options, arrival and departure times and walking distances in over 700 cities and 50 countries. Over-the-air updates ensure you always have the latest routes and schedules.
Main camera sensor: 5 MP
Main camera focus type: Auto focus
Camera digital zoom: 4 x
Sensor size: 1/4 inch
Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
Camera focal length: 28 mm
Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm
Camera image formats: JPEG/Exif
Main camera features
Main camera – other features: Touch focus, Landscape orientation, Auto and manual exposure, Auto and manual white balance, Full screen viewfinder, Geotagging, Automatic photo upload to web services, Full resolution photo and video upload
Digital camera add-ons: Panorama lens, Nokia Refocus, Bing vision, Cinemagraph lens, Nokia Camera, Nokia Glam Me
Nokia Camera: Nokia Camera brings together the features from Nokia Pro Cam and Nokia Smart Cam modes into one application. It gives you the whole exclusive Nokia camera experience with fast access to editing and sharing.
Cinemagraph: A magical blend of photo and movie-like animation, creating pictures that seem almost alive. Helpful on-screen assistance lets you select the animated area of your picture and easily create and edit a cinemagraph. You can share your cinemagraph with friends via social media, email and messaging.
Panorama: Get the bigger picture with Nokia’s easy-to-use Panorama app. Simply take your pictures and the app automatically stitches them into a picture-perfect view. Once you’re done, share your panorama directly to Twitter and Facebook.
Nokia Storyteller: Storyteller collects your photos, videos and cinemagraphs into a browsable timeline and map, so you can let the pictures tell the whole story for you. Zoom into an event, and edit your photos directly from the Storyteller interface with Lumia camera applications. Zoom out of the story to reveal where it all took place.
Nokia Refocus: A new innovative fun camera app that lets the you capture interactive macro photos and choose what you want in focus later. You can also have everything in focus or do color-pop. Then you can share the interactive image and let your friends play around and change the focus in it on-line.
Capture modes: Video, Still
Scene modes: Automatic, Sports, Night
White balance modes: Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight, Automatic
Light sensitivity: Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600
Photos viewed by: Month, Album, Camera Roll, Favorites, Nokia Storyteller, Photos from social networks
Music and Audio
Music apps: Nokia MixRadio, Xbox Music
DRM support: PlayReady
Audio features: Audio Streaming, Music Player, Media Player, Album graphics display in Music player, Cloud music offline playback, Cloud music playback, Podcasts
Nokia MixRadio: Imagine a radio station where every track is chosen just for you, from music you love and music you’ll want to discover. Meet Nokia MixRadio – we bring you free streamed mixes of music created to your personal taste that you just click and play. No subscription and no advertising, just great music everyday.
Codecs: MP3, AAC LC, AMR-NB, WMA 9, GSM FR, HE-AAC, HE-AACv2, WMA 10 Pro
Audio playback file formats: MP4, AAC, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3G2, AMR, 3GP, ASF
Radio features6: Internet Radio, FM Radio
Voice and audio recording
Recording: Voice recording in MMS, Voice recording in OneNote
Audio recording file formats: AMR
Audio recording codecs: AAC LC, AMR-NB, GSM FR
Audio recording features: Mono
Main video camera
Camera video resolution: 720p (HD, 1280 x 720)
Camera video frame rate: 30 fps
Camera video zoom: 4 x
Video playback frame rate: 30 fps
Video playback codecs: H.263, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1, Windows video
Video playback file formats: 3G2, 3GP, MP4, WMV, AVI, M4V, MOV
Video recording formats: MP4/H.264
Video white balance modes: Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Automatic, Daylight
Main video camera features
Video streaming: YouTube browsing and video streaming, Streaming from video services and internet, Progressive video download
Video recording features: Video zoom, Continuous autofocus
Materials: Free of PVC, Contains recycled metals, Free of nickel on the product surface, Free of BFR, rFR as in Nokia Substance List
Energy efficiency: Battery saver feature, Energy efficient charger
Eco content and services: Available at Store, HERE Drive: route optimization, HERE Maps: pedestrian navigation
Recycling: 100% recoverable as materials and energy
User guide: Small printed guide, full on nokia.com, In-device user guide
Packaging: Made of renewable materials, Minimized package, Packaging is 100 % recyclable, Containing up to 30% recycled materials, Virgin wood fibres up to 90% certified
Hearing: Vibrating alerts, BT neckloop compatible, TTY support
Vision: Vibrating alerts, Voice recognition, Font magnification, Voice commands, Customizable home screen, High contrast mode, Screen magnification
Physical skills: Voice commands, Customizable home screen, Speakerphone, Speed dial, Voice recognition
What’s in the box
Sales Package: Nokia Lumia 630, High Efficiency Charger AC-20, Quick guide
1The availability of particular products, services and features may vary by region. Please check with your local Nokia dealer for further details. The specifications are subject to change without notice.2Volume thickness.3Talk and standby times are estimates only. Actual times are affected by, for example, network conditions, device settings, features being used, battery condition, and temperature.4Some services may be available only via downloading or dependent on the market. Only devices that offer compatible multimedia message or email features can receive and display multimedia messages. Content appearance may vary. Some images and ring tones can not be forwarded.5Downloading of maps over-the-air may involve transferring large amounts of data. Your service provider may charge for the data transmission. The availability of products, services and features may vary by region. Please check with your local Nokia dealer for further details and availability of language options. These specifications are subject to change without notice.6Using the FM radio requires a compatible headset that may be sold separately.
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|CDMA 800 / 1900 – CDMA version|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|CDMA2000 1xEV-DO – CDMA version|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, November|
|BODY||Dimensions||129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm (5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 in)|
|Weight||143 g (5.04 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||720 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Internal||8/16 GB, 1 GB RAM|
|Speed||HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB Host|
|CAMERA||Primary||5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||Yes, 720p@30fps, stereo sound rec., HDR, check quality|
|Secondary||Yes, 1.3 MP|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Black (front panel), 7 color options (back panel)|
|– SNS integration
– Google Drive (50 GB storage)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
– MP4/H.263/H.264 player
– Photo viewer/editor
– Document viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail
– YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery|
|Talk time||Up to 24 h|
|MISC||SAR US||1.17 W/kg (head) 1.06 W/kg (body)|
|SAR EU||0.79 W/kg (head)|
|TESTS||Camera||Photo / Video|
For those of us in SEO (or aspiring to be), there are a lot of little details that fill our days. Server architecture, 301 redirects, 404 errors, title tags, and various other things.
Sometimes, we forget to sit back and figure out what it all means. Add to that the fact that most SEOs were never trained, but just picked things up “on the job,” and it’s no surprise that most SEOs don’t really know how search engines work.
When’s the last time you sat down and considered how search engines (like Google) really work? For me, it was last month, while writing the post about a recent Google Webmaster Hangout and the information about link disavowal that came out of it.
But before that, I think it honestly had been 8 or 10 years since I’d really thought about it. So let’s fix that. Here is a high level explanation of how one search engine (Google) works. While the terminology and order of operations may change slightly, Bing and Yahoo use a similar protocol.
Crawling Vs. Indexing
What does it mean when we say Google has “indexed” a site? For SEOs, we use that colloquially, to mean that we see the site in a [site:www.site.com] search on Google. This shows the pages in Google’s database that have been added to the database – but technically, they are not necessarily crawled, which is why you can see this from time to time:
A description for this result is not available because of this site’s robots.txt – learn more.
Indexing is something entirely different. If you want to simplify it, think of it this way: URLs have to be discovered before they can be crawled, and they have to be crawled before they can be “indexed” or more accurately, have some of the words in them associated with the words in Google’s index.
My new friend, Enrico Altavilla, described it this way, and I don’t think I can do any better than he did, so I’m giving it to you word-for-word:
An (inverted) index doesn’t contain documents but a list of words or phrases and, for each of them, a reference to all the documents that are related to that word or phrase.
We colloquially say “the document has been indexed” but that really means “some of the words related to the document now point to the document.” Documents, in their raw format, are archived elsewhere.
My old friend and former Googler, Vanessa Fox, had this to say on the subject:
Google learns about URLs… and then adds those URLs to its crawl scheduling system. It dedupes the list and then rearranges the list of URLs in priority order and crawls in that order.
The priority is based on all kinds of factors… Once a page is crawled, Google then goes through another algorithmic process to determine whether to store the page in their index.
What this means is that Google doesn’t crawl every page they know about and doesn’t index every page they crawl.
A couple of other important things to note:
• Robots.txt will only block a page from being crawled. That’s why Google sometimes has pages in its search results like the example above. Because, although Google was able to associate the page with words based on things like internal links, it wasn’t able to actually crawl the content of the page.
• Noindex commands at the page level are not definitive. Although Google can crawl the page and associate words on the page with the index, it is not supposed to include that page in search results.
However, I have seen cases where Google has included a noindexed page in their publicly available records, and Google has said it may disregard the command if other signals indicate strongly enough that the page should be indexed. This is one important area where Google differs from the rest. Yahoo and Bing will respect your noindex commands and they will not index the page or include it in search results.
One other important thing to note is that canonicals, parameter exclusion, and various other elements are also processed at some point between when Google learns about the page and when it crawls and/or indexes it.
Links And The Link Graph
The next thing SEOs need to understand are links and how they are processed. The most important thing to learn from this is that links (and, by extension, PageRank) are not processed during the crawl event. In other words, Google does the crawling as indicated above, but PageRank is not considered during the crawl — it’s done separately.
What does this mean?
PageRank, despite what many may say, is a measure of the quantity and quality of links. It has no connection to the words on a page.
Many SEOs believe that there are two elements of PageRank: a domain-level and a page-level PageRank. The belief is that the domain-level PageRank is the one that determines domain authority, a factor many believe is used in deciding how to rank sites. While I believe that Google likely uses some element of domain authority, this has never been confirmed by Google.
Because PageRank is processed separately from the crawl, directives like “noindex,” “disallow,” and referrer-based blocking do not work to stop the flow of PageRank from one page to another.
You can’t control PageRank with any kind of referrer-based tracking. In other words, you can’t block a referrer in .htaccess (for example) and expect it to work on Googlebot like a nofollow.
Contrary to popular belief, a 302 redirect WILL pass PageRank.
The only four things that work to stop the flow of PageRank are:
A nofollow directive on the link at its source
A disallow directive in the robots.txt on the page where the link originates. This works because the robots.txt command keeps the search engine from crawling the content of that page; therefore it never sees the link.
A 404 error on the originating page.
A 404 error on the destination page. The only reason 404s work is that both of these directives occur on the server side. When the link graph is processed, those pages are again inaccessible to the search engine. By contrast, a page blocked in robots.txt can continue to accrue PageRank, because it does exist; it just hasn’t been added to the index.
Here is a screenshot of a slide shared by Google in a Webmaster Hangout on August 20, 2012 that describes this:
The only other way to handle bad links is to disavow the link source. This has the same technical impact as adding a “nofollow” to the source link, if Google accepts it.
So That’s The Way It Works
Hopefully, how search engines work is now about as clear as mud. The key things to remember are:
Crawling does not equal indexing.
PageRank is separated from crawling.
There are only four ways to block the flow of PageRank, and the only other option is disavow.
What surprised you the most? I’ll go first: I was working under the (wrong) assumption that I could block a referrer of a link in .htaccess to stop PageRank from flowing. What incorrect assumption have you been working under?
At the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 last month, Sony launched a water-proof phone — Xperia Z. At MWC 2013, the company showcased a water-proof Xperia Tablet Z. The device has a 10.1-inch screen with a high-definition resolution of 1920×1200. Its thickness is just 6.9 mm, making it one of the sleekest tablets in the market (thickness of the iPad is 9.4 mm). The device weighs 495 grams, sitting squarely between the fourth generation iPad (650 g) and the iPad Mini (310 g). The tablet has an 8 megapixel camera and is dust-proof. It runs Android Jelly Bean and connectivity options include WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, NFC and infrared. The price is $499 (Rs 28,000) for 16GB and $599 (Rs 33,000) for 32 GB.
South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched an eight-inch tablet with phone to take on Apple’s recently launched iPad mini.
The Galaxy Note 8.0, now being marketed by Samsung as a ”tablet”, is powered by Google’s Android software.
It will be showcased at the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona beginning on February 25, Samsung said in a statement.
According to News.com.au, like e previous incarnations of the Galaxy Note, the device comes with a stylus pen allowing the user to write or draw on the screen, which can be split in two to run various programs at the same time.
The latest device – the first from the company to feature an eight-inch screen, is set to fill a gap in the firm’s wide product lineup, which ranges from the flagship smartphone Galaxy S to the 5.5-inch (14cm) Galaxy Note 2 and the 10.1-inch (25.7cm) Galaxy Tab tablet PC, the report said.
Samsung said the launch of the Galaxy Note 8.0 will ‘reignite the mid-size tablet category,’ it added.
Google is adding a new and more expensive touch to its line of Chrome laptops in an attempt to outshine personal computers running on software made by rivals Microsoft and Apple.
The Chromebook Pixel unveiled Thursday includes a nearly 13-inch (33-centimeter) display screen that responds to the touch or swipe of a finger. That duplicates a key feature in Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8, a dramatic makeover of the world’s leading operating system for PCs.
The Pixel’s high-resolution screen displays 239 pixels per inch, slightly more than Apple Inc’s MacBooks with high-resolution Retina displays. A MacBook Pro with a screen that measures 13.1 inches (33.3 centimeters) diagonally can handle 227 pixels per inch (2.5 centimeters), while the 15.4-inch (39.1-centimeter) model is at 220 pixels per inch.
“This is the future: high-resolution screens and touch,” said Sundar Pichai, a senior vice president who oversees Google’s Chrome Web browser and operating system.
Google Inc designed and built the Pixel for “power users” — a fastidious and generally more affluent segment of the PC market willing to pay more for machines equipped with compelling features and components not found in cheaper laptops.
The strategy is a departure for Google, which had positioned Chromebooks based on its Chrome operating system as affordable options for homes and offices looking for a quick and easy way to connect to the Web. Google has been partnering with PC makers to make Chromebooks over the past two years. Among them: Acer Inc. makes a bare-bones Chromebook for just $199, while Samsung Electronics Co sells one for $249.
The Pixel, which Google is building without a partner, will cost $1,299 for a Wi-Fi only model with 32 gigabytes of flash storage. A 64-gigabyte machine that can connect on both Wi-Fi and a 4G LTE cellular network will cost $1,499. That’s the same price as the cheapest MacBook Pro with a comparable screen, though the Apple laptop comes with 128 gigabytes of storage.
Apple does have a cheaper, lighter laptop, the MacBook Air. A 13-inch (33-centimeter) model with 128 gigabytes of storage starts at $1,199. It weighs less than 3 pounds (1.35 kilograms) and doesn’t have a high-resolution screen. The Pixel has the high-resolution screen and weighs 3.35 pounds (1.52 kilograms). The 13-inch high-resolution MacBook Pro weighs 3.57 pounds.
Google believes Pixel is a better value than the Air, given its higher-resolution screen with touch controls. Google is also throwing in 1 terabytes of free online storage in its data centers for three years — a benefit that Pichai estimated would cost $500 to $600.
The Pixel “will stand up very, very well to the MacBook Air,” Pichai said. “The goal here is to push the boundaries to deliver the best laptop at the best possible price.”
Though its popular iPad has a touch screen, Apple has shunned touch-screen laptops. Apple figures that because people use laptops with the screen in front of them, rather than in their hands or laps, it’s not a pleasant experience to constantly have to reach out to touch the screen.
Microsoft, on the other hand, considers touch screens to be central to all computing environments. Windows 8 was designed to make desktop and laptop computers work more like tablet computers. Computers with touch-screen monitors can respond to touch along with old-style mouse and keyboard commands.
Google’s online Play store will begin selling the Pixel in the U.S. and U.K Thursday, with BestBuy.com expected to take orders on Friday. A hands-on experience with the Pixels also will be available beginning Friday in 10 of Best Buy’s retail stores in California, Minnesota, Washington state, Virginia and New York.
Pichai declined to say how many of the lower-priced Chromebooks have been sold, but said the models have ranked as the most popular laptop sold by Amazon.com Inc. for the past four months.
The free online storage is being included with the Pixel to overcome the laptop’s lack of a hard drive. Like other Chromebooks, the Pixel functions like a terminal dependent on an Internet connection to get to information and applications stored in large data centers run by Google or other technology providers.
Spurred by the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers, Google is betting more people will prefer having data, photos and video stored in remote data centers instead of individual hard drives so the content can be accessed from any Internet-connected device.
Google’s expansion into the high-end of the laptop market immerses the Internet search and advertising company more deeply into the business designing and making gadgets.
The company is already a major player in the mobile device market through its Android software. To help promote Android, Google also has designed a line of smartphones and tablets under the Nexus brand. The company also owns smartphone maker Motorola Mobility, which it bought for $12.4 billion last year.
Google’s deepening involvement in hardware has ignited speculation that the company might eventually open its own chain of stores to sell its products, just as Apple and Microsoft already do. Pichai didn’t address that in a response to a question on that topic at Thursday’s event.
Apple and Microsoft already have been hurt by the increased competition from Google. Most smartphones and tablets running on Google’s free Android software cost less than Apple’s iPhone and iPad, helping to siphon sales away from those devices. Sales of PCs running on Windows also have been sagging during the past year, partly because consumers are relying more on Android devices.
Google says it expects to make a small profit on each Pixel sold, but the company figures to make more money from the online traffic delivered from the machines. Like other Chromebooks, the Pixel is set up to automatically use all of Google’s services, including its search engine, Gmail and YouTube video site.
Windows 8 is a totally new experience. It has something special from its former versions. Set aside the traditional look, icons, home screen and start button, Windows 8 has many ground-breaking features. So is the case with the app and utility support of the software. Microsoft has set up a special Windows 8 app store for Metro-style apps. They will certainly bring you a new feel in using the Windows 8 PCs for both business and consumer purposes. Here is our list of five best Windows 8 apps that people have installed on their newly-bought Windows 8 machines.
As its name tells, it is an app for painting graphics and symbols. It is made for touch-enabled devices. If you use a touch tablet or PC, it is now quite easy to make simple drawings using this app. It has been developed with an aim to let users exploit the maximum possibility of multitouch screen.
The app supports five fingers simultaneously and you can mix fresh colors to a virtual palette quite easily and quickly. Fresh Paint is equipped with a collection of tools as well as a nice variety of canvas and paper textures for drawing. This app is free for download and it can be done in a few minutes from Windows 8 store.
Windows 8 Cheat Keys
Put it simply, it is a Windows 8 tutorial app. The new PC software from Microsoft comes with lots of changes. One should be thrown out to a loop if he/she is not much familiar with the operating system. Some computer makers have included proprietary Windows 8 tutorials into their devices; for example, Vizio has added a full-color manual and Dell has included a preinstalled video tutorial app as Windows 8 guide.
The Windows 8 Cheat Keys is a better alternative if your devices don’t carry any such services out of the box. Well, it helps you corral a huge list of controls, ideas and tips for using Windows 8 easily. The app can also be snapped into the side of screen while you are working with other apps.
Xbox SmartGlass App
It is a brilliant gaming app for Windows 8 with Xbox 360. That is, if you have Xbox 360 gaming device, you can download the Xbox SmartGlass for a fresh experience in gaming. “It’ll make you feel like you’re living in the future,” says PC World. With the app, the PC will let you control Xbox 360. You can even launch apps and play games using your devices with the SmartGlass app. “It helps your devices work together to enhance your TV shows, movies, music, sports, and games. Control and interact with what’s on your TV with simple gestures on your Windows device,” says the app description on Windows store.
Microsoft has infamously missed some basic features in the home screen of Windows 8. While accepting a new look and feel for the home screen, it has made a big miscue by removing an option for time and date update. This problem is nicely solved by a Clock app, which brings features like calendar to your home screen along with a clock. Otherwise, you would have to pull up the Charm bar or desktop to check time and date on Windows 8. Jujuba’s Clock app is free for download.
Pulse News app has been famous on Android and iOS. It is now available for Windows 8 interface also. It is a popular news reader app; however, its Windows 8 app has not received good reviews. It is criticized for its tiring dark aesthetic, which is certainly jarring when compared to the general modern interface. Anyway, it is a nice app you can download in your PC for a live access to fresh and hot new stories.