Top 5 Google Apps That Everyone Should Try

We all use Gmail, Chrome, and YouTube in our smartphones. But do you know that apart from these apps, there are more than 100 apps that are officially made by Google. These apps can be downloaded from Android as well as Apple app store.  

These Google apps may seem like an ordinary app. However, they have versatile functionalities and are very productive in nature. As they are Google apps they can be easily accessed from any device via your Gmail account.

#1. YouTube Kids 

YouTube Kids is an app developed especially for the kids below the age of 9. This app is boon for parents who have kids. Due to age restriction feature, no violent or obscene content would be available. This app permits a safer online learning experience to the kids. So, parents can give their phones to their kids without any worries.

#2. Google Trips

Google trips is a travel planner app with more than 5 million downloads on Google Play store. This app can make your travel planning more organized & systematic. From reservations to day plans everything can be done on this app. 

Apart from this, you can access everything about your trip offline also. This feature is very handy when you are out of data and you have to use maps. So, next time when you will plan your trip, use Google Trips.

#3. Google Photos

Although it’s the most downloaded app on Google Play store with more than 1 billion downloads, yet it’s the most underrated app. People hardly use this app in their smartphones.

However, It’s the best gallery app. With Google Photos, all your photos are organized and easy to find. You can easily find photos according to different categories. Like – people, places, things, videos etc. Apart from this, it saves your photos automatically to the cloud storage linked via your Gmail account. So, you can access all your photos any time from any device.

#4. Google Keep – notes and lists

Google Keep is our personal favourite Google app. It’s one of the best app to organize notes, reminders and lists. You can choose a different background color with each of your notes. It not only looks beautiful but also made it easy to identify your different notes.

Besides this, Google Keep can be accessed to various devices. It automatically sinks with your Gmail account just like the Google Photos. You can share your Google notes with yours friends also to their Gmail account. So, download Google Keep and organized your tasks in an easy and systematic way.

#5. Snap Speed

Many of us don’t know that Snap Speed is Google’s app. While Google Photos can do basic photo editing. But Snap Speed is much better and has more advance features.

Snap Speed is designed especially for mobile interface. This makes it really easy for us to navigate through the app. Advance features like tune image, HDR scape, tonal contrast, healing, white balance and many more are available in Snap Speed. Hence, it can provide a professional look to your photos.

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Dell XPS 13 (2019) – Almost A Perfect Ultrabook

Over the few years windows laptops makers are giving a very tough competition to the Apple’s MacBook lineups. With Dell’s XPS series is no such exception. Over the years, Dell has been improving its XPS lineup for its customers. 

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With the release of XPS (2019) model 9380, Dell has finally fixed the web camera issue. Earlier, it was located on the bottom chin of the display which makes it really odd for the Skype or any video call. In 2019 model, the engineers of the Dell managed to put a 2mm web camera on the top bezel of the display. 

Display and Design

Dell XPS 13 is a beautiful looking laptop especially the white color model. XPS is made up of the aluminium mate finish design and the body is made up of carbon fiber. Dell XPS comes with infinity edge display which is available in full HD and 4K display panel. Both the screens look perfect. But 4K panel supports touch along with HDR and is Dolby Vision certified. However, you won’t be able to notice a huge difference between the two-screen due to its size.

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 As far as keyboard and trackpad are concerned they haven’t changed. They are same as the last years models. Typing on XPS is a pleasure giving experience with good tactile feedback. It has the glass touchpad with windows precision drivers. It’s better but not the best in the class. It would be appreciated if Dell would have increased the size of the trackpad.

Performance

Dell XPS offers a wide variety of specifications. The base model comes with 8thGen i3 Processor and 4GB RAM with 128GB SSD storage and upgradable up to Core i7and 16GB RAM with 1TB SSD storage. XPS comes with the Intel UHD Graphics 620.

XPS handles day to day task very easily. Even it can manage to perform good at photo and 1080p video editing. Its performance is surely better than the other windows laptop in the market with good battery performance. 

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A single full charge renders 13 hrs battery in 1080p model and 8 hrs in 4K model due to its high screen resolution. The audio quality on XPS is better than the average laptops but it lacks base in the sound.

Ports Connectivity

As 2019 model is 23% thinner than last year’s model it has no tradition USB ports. However, it has 2 thunderbolts USB type-cports and 1 USB type-calong with micro-SD cardslot and 3.5 mmaudio jack. Apart from these ports, Dell has also included a traditional USB type-A dongle in the box.

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Final Thoughts

Dell XPS 13 is powerful and your go to laptop. It can be carried out easily as it is only 1.29 kg. It’s smoothly handles the day to day task without any lag. But it’s not perfect for high end gaming and 4K video editing. 

If you are planning to buy this laptop than do not chose the base model. Chose the model with core i5 with 8GB RAM along with 512GB SSD storage. Dell XPS 13 is one the best windows laptop in the market that’s the reason I quotes it as “Almost a perfect laptop”.

Pixel 3a : Google’s First Premium Budget Smartphone

Finally, Google has also launched its premium budget phone on its annual event called Google I/O. These smartphones are Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL.

Google I/O is a developer conference held annually for 3 days in Mountain View, California.

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Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL were unveiled by the Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Its seems like Google is also following the trail of its competitors. Like the iPhone Xr and the Samsung Galaxy S10e. But unlike Apple and Samsung, Google has provided two size options.

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But in this blog, we will be investigating only Pixel 3a.

Design

Though Pixel 3a is made up of polycarbonate body but still its looks very aesthetic. The smartphone feels very premium in hand. It more or less looks like the original Pixel devices. It also features the OLED panel and comes in three color options. So overall, it’s a great looking device.

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Specifications

Specs wise this phone can disappoint you a bit. As it comes with a snapdragon 670 which is not justified at a price it comes with. Phone features on wireless charging and no water resistance.

RAM – 4GB

Storage – 64GB

Display size – 5.6 inches OLED Panel

Resolution- 1080X2220

Battery – 3000mAh

3.5 mm Jack – Yes

Memory Card Slot – No

Front camera – 8MP

Rare camera – 12MP

Speaker – Stereo Speakers

Weight – 147g

Thickness – 8.2mm

The main highlights

The biggest highlight of this device is its camera. If camera is your priority than it’s the best smartphone camera. It has a single 12MP rare facing camera whose quality is unbeatable. It captures excellent shots during night also. Google’s camera is more of software enhancement than the hardware. That’s the reason Pixel phones still feature a single rare camera. 

Apart from this, Pixel 3a will get continuous 3 years of android update. The battery back is also excellent due to its hardware and software optimisation.

Final Thoughts

Since Pixel 3a is imported to India, it cost around 39 thousand rupees. India is a very price sensitive market. It’s very hard for this device to get sold in India. But if you are a stock android lover and camera is your priority than it would be a perfect match.

Apple’s 4 Bigger Announcements

Another big event held at Steve Jobs Theatre, Cupertino. This event has surprised not only the consumers but also the tech community. As Apple has diversified its business by announcing its 4 online services. In an hour and 55 min long event they have announced about Apple News+, Apple tv+, Apple Arcade and Apple Card.

Though these online services are common now a day. Most of us use either type of services like NETFLIX for movies, Inshorts for news or Xbox for playing games etc.

What difference does Apple Creates? 

With Apple, you will get the simplicity, transpiracy and privacy with your content. Nobody & even the Apple can’t track out what you will be watching or reading on these online services. Above all there will be a Family sharing option also where you can share these services with up to 6 members.

Now let’s talk about these services in brief.

Apple News+

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With Apple News+, you will be getting access to over 300 leading magazines and news from the leading newspapers. This service can be availed in $9.9 for a month. The content design gonaa be very attractive and engaging for the readers.  Currently its available in USA & Canada.

Apple tv+

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It’s the online video streaming service where Apple will be featuring its original shows and movies. It will be available in 100+ countries by an update to all the Apple devices. Apart from Apple this service will be available on Samsung, Sony, LG, and VIZIO. Apart from these Apple tv+ also will be available on Amazon firetv and Roku.

Apple Card

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This was the most interesting service by Apple. You can easily sign up and get your credit card integrated with Apple Pay and later physical card will be provided. With every purchase, a minimum of 3% cash back will be reward if you buy anything from the Apple store and 2% for other purchases. Apple card is secure and there is a high-end privacy. Apple card can be used anywhere in the world.

Apple Arcade

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It’s the gaming service with over 100 ground breaking new games. Apple Arcade will be coming to App Store this fall. Games can be played online as well as offline. It’s still unknown that what will be the subscription fee.

A Brief Review Of Apple’s AirPods2

The most awaited Apple’s wireless AirPods2 are finally released along with the new iPad Air (2019)iPad mini (2019), and iMac (2019). This time Apple has announced all these products on its official website. So, no such big events this time for these products.

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Talking of AirPod2 not much has changed in their physical appearances. Most of the changes which have done are under the hood. There were rumours that AirPods2 will be coming in the black color but sadly they are still available in white color only.

What are the new features of AirPods2?

Firstly, they come with the all new Apple’s H1 headphone chip. This enables users to connect these buds simultaneously between the active Apple devices. According to the Apple the pairing speed is 2 times faster.

Now AirPods2 also supports the “Hey Siri” voice command. Commands like calling, playing music, controlling volume and navigation are now enabled on these earbuds.

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Apart from the improved sound quality, AirPods2 comes up with case which can provide battery backup of 24 hours. With the single full charge, they can provide up to 5 hrs. of playback music and 3 hrs. of talk time

AirPods2 comes with the wireless case just like the Samsung’s Galaxy wireless buds. This wireless case also works with the previous generation AirPods. But the problem is you need to buy this case separately for $79. If you buy AirPods2 with wireless case it will cost $199 and without $159. They are currently available for sale.

In conclusion, people who already have previous generation AirPods don’t need to upgrade it. $199 is huge money to invest in the wireless headphones.

Sony Xperia’s Grande Come Back at MWC 2019

At Barcelona, Sony Xperia has launched its new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. The event was commenced by the Sony Mobile Communication Inc. President Mitsuya Kishida. At the event, he has announced the three Sony Xperia smartphones.

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  1. Sony Xperia 1
  2. Sony Xperia 10
  3. Sony Xperia 10 Plus

Sony Xperia 1 is rumored to be the flagship device of this series while Sony Xperia 10 and Sony Xperia 10 Plus are the high mid-range devices. What really kick-offs this device is there 21:9 aspect ratio of the device with borderless design. This is unique design approach by Sony Xperia mobiles where other brands are focusing on notches and punch hole cameras.

Sony says, “It redefines its smartphone vision with the new flagship Xperia 1 for creative entertainment experiences with unprecedented professional-grade technologies”.

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The 21:1 aspect ratio results in making the phone supertall. Sony said in a conference that the main reason for this supertall aspect ratio is to deliver the true cinematic experience to its users and more content can be fit onto the display.

21:1 Aspect Ratio

Sony Xperia 1 comes with the world’s first 6.5 inches 4K OLED HDR display with Sony’s proprietary X-Reality engine and Triluminos display. The glass of the display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

This phone comes with the advance rear triple camera setup with the world’s first Eye AF in a smartphone. The new cinema recoding function Cinema Pro lets you capturing the videos like a pro. It enables you to capture HDR videos in 2160p at 24/30 frames per second.

Eye AF Focus

Features – Sony Xperia 1

Display – 1644×3840 pixel, OLED capacitive touchscreen

Weight – 180 g

OS – Android 9.0 (Pie)

Chipset – Snapdragon 855

RAM – 6 GB

Storage – 128/256 GB

Triple Rear Camera – 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1/2.6″, 1.4µm, predictive Dual Pixel PDAF, 5-axis OIS

12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, predictive Dual Pixel PDAF, 2x optical zoom, 5-axis OIS

12 MP, f/2.4, 16mm (ultra-wide), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm

Single Selfie Camera – 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4″, 1.0µm

Battery – Fast battery charging 18W (USB Power Delivery 2.0)
Qi wireless charging
USB Power Delivery

Price – (Roughly Rs. 78,200)

A quick review of Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, & S10+

So, it’s the 10th anniversary of the Samsung Galaxy S series. So much has changed over a decade in the Galaxy S series. These premium devices have one of the best hardware design in the industry.

Samsung on its 10th anniversary introduced total 5 new Galaxydevices.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S10e
  2. Samsung Galaxy S10
  3. Samsung Galaxy S10+
  4. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  5. Samsung Galaxy Fold

Here we will only discuss about the first threedevices.

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Some says the “e” in the S10e stands for the ‘economic’ or ‘essential’. May be that’s the reason that it’s the most affordable phone of this S series this years. It’s also the first time for the Samsung to introduced such a budget friendly premium smartphone.

This is the only phone in this range with the flat displayand fingerprint scanner which is on the right side of the device. Rest of the devices have curved HDR-10+ displaysand the ultrasonic fingerprintscanner.

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Display–  5.8’ inches Full HD, O-AMOLED

SIM –   Dual Sim 

OS – Android Pie 9.0 with One UI

Processors–  Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/ Exynos 9820

Memory–  6/8GB RAM

Storage– 128/512GB Supports SD card

Dual Rear Camera –  12 MP wide angle sensor, 16 MP fixed focus             

                                    sensor.

Front Camera – 10 MP Camera

Battery– 3100 mAh battery

Price– $ 749 (approx. Rs. 53,490)

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 is the regular smartphone of this range. It features the 6.1 inch QHDdisplay which is the most vivid display on any smartphone. The smartphone is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Both S10 & S10+ are the first devices to introduce the ultrasonic in- display fingerprinttechnology on any smartphone. They also support the reverse wireless charging.

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Display–  6.1 inches QHD, O-AMOLED, HDR10+

Resolution–  1440×3040 (500 ppi density)

SIM –   Dual Sim 

OS – Android Pie 9.0 with One UI

Processors–  Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/ Exynos 9820

Memory–  8/12GB RAM

Storage–  128/512GB Supports SD card

Triple Rear Camera –  12 MP (Wide Lens) Dual Pixel, PDAF, OIS

                                         12 MP (Telephoto lens) AF, OIS, 2X Zoom

                                        16 MP (Ultra-wide-angle lens)

Front Camera – 10 MP Camera

Battery– 3400 mAh battery

Price– $899.99 (approx. Rs. 64,190)

Samsung Galaxy S10+

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This is the bigger brother of the Samsung Galaxy S10. It come up with the massive screen size of 6.4 incheswith same display technology as the Galaxy S10. There is not much of the difference between with these devices. It comes up with the dual front camerawhich is embedded into the infinity display with the cutting-edgetechnology.

Display–  6.4 inches QHD, O-AMOLED, HDR10+

Resolution–  1440×3040 (500 ppi density)

SIM –   Dual Sim 

OS – Android Pie 9.0 with One UI

Processors–  Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/ Exynos 9820

Memory–  8/12GB RAM

Storage–  128/512GB/1 TB 

Triple Rear Camera –  12 MP (Wide Lens) Dual Pixel, PDAF, OIS

                                         12 MP (Telephoto lens) AF, OIS, 2X Zoom

                                        16 MP (Ultra-wide-angle lens)

Dual Front Camera – 10 MP main Camera, 8 MP wide angle lens

Battery– 4100 mAh battery

Price– $999 (approx. Rs. 71,320)

Availability– Samsung Galaxy S10E, S10 & S10+ can be booked now and shipping will be scheduled from March 7, 2019.