According to latest data revealed by IDC, the Smartphone war is literally over now with only two major platforms left in the market viz. iOS and Android. In IDC’s analysis, around 96.3% of Smartphone shipped in 2014 comes under these two major platforms.
For all Windows lovers, the good news is that Windows platform becomes the third operating system that it wanted to be for so long. In IDC’s report, Windows based Smartphone get 2.7% market share in the year 2014. Whereas, Blackberry spirited effort gained 0.4% and rest of the small OS mopped up the remaining 0.6%.
The evolution of technology on Android platform like innovation of faster charging in Nexus 6, Galaxy Note 4, and Moto X powered by quick charge 2.0 and higher resolution are some of the factors that contribute in emerging Android market.
On the other hand, Apple’s two latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus grab the attention across the whole world and received great reviews and ratings from critics with features like large display and faster charging support with high amperage based Rapid USB Chargers.
So in simple words we can conclude that it is game over for everyone in operating system distribution because of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platform.
The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus are just a few months old and rumors already started spreading about the Apple’s next release, which would most probably be an iPhone 6S (or either 7).
Although, we don’t have great rumors about the iPhone 6S release date yet, but based on the Apple’s history, we have prepare list of features that we could expect in new iPhone in 2015.
It is almost clear that Apple will not announce iPhone 6S during upcoming CES 2015, but there is a chance that we will hear mention of new iPhones during the launch of Apples’ new smart watch earlier this year.
From last four years we have seen that Apple announced the new iPhone in the fall. In 2014, iPhone launched its large display based iPhone 6 and 6 plus in the month of September with features like higher resolution and supports faster charging with rapid USB chargers.
It doesn’t guarantee the release of iPhone 6S during the fall, but still it indicates when you can expect the next release of iPhone in 2015. So you can buy iPhone 6 or 6 plus without worry about the early up-gradation from Apple Inc.
iPhone 6S or iPhone 7
There is a chance that Apple will directly skip the 6S and launch iPhone 7, but history indicates the release of “S” series (like iPhone 4 to 4S and iPhone5 to 5S). Apple could also offer advanced NFC support and even consider compatibility of next iPhone with wireless charging pad.
2014 is gone and we are now entered in 2015. So this is the most appropriate time to reveal the top 5 Android Smartphone of 2014 by considering all facts. Although, it becomes tougher to choose one over the next in order to help you to decide which one is the best. But still we went ahead and create a list of top 5 by considering best of the best Smartphones that deserve the recognition.
Therefore, these are the top 5 Android Smartphones of 2014
1. Moto X 2nd Generation:
The Moto X grew if we compared it with Moto X (Original), but it still fits perfectly in the hand of its users and doesn’t wasted the space like length and girth. The device has a bigger 5.2 inch 1080p AMOLED screen, includes Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology that support faster charging with turbo charger, quad core 2.5 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and non removable 2300mAh battery. Although the device doesn’t have the best camera and battery life. But apart from these two things, it is the best Android Smartphone available in the stores till now, one that gets update from the Google’s latest version of Android even before the Nexus series Smartphones, can be easily customized for free, and also includes a set of Motorola features that won’t allow you to escape, once they enter in your life.
2. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
It is the best Smartphone for those who hate “the bigger is better” trend and want a Smartphone for their regular use. Sony doesn’t call it “mini” because they know that most of the people have misconception that mini means compromise of major features of the original version. It has Snapdragon 801 processor along with 2GB RAM, 20.7 MP Camera and also micro SD card up to 128GB. The device has strong battery backup.
Galaxy Note 4
The device supports gorgeous metal frame along with 5.7 inch QHD display. From its beautiful AMOLED display, insane battery life and its improved S Pen Stylus, Samsung just create a masterpiece or could say the best Note ever made till date. The only points that resist it from being on number 1 spot is slow update rollouts and touch wiz software. The best feature of the device is faster charging with adaptive fast charger.
It has 5.2 inch QHD display, the next-gen Snapdragon 805 processor, internal storage of 16GB or 32GB along with 3GB of RAM, 21MP camera and also qi enabled that means compatible with wireless charging pad. However, it doesn’t have a micro SD slot, which is the major drawback of this device. But still in the end Droid Turbo checks off most of the boxes of “needs” and “wants”, so it lands at number 4 spot.
LG G3 comes with great 5.5 inch QHD screen along with an improved interface, 13MP camera with OIS, and update of Android 5.0 Lollipop is on its way, which makes it one of the best Android Smartphones of 2014. The device weighs just 149g, has a 3000mAh battery and could be compatible with qi wireless charger if we put additional receiver inside its back case. All these features make the LG G3 at number 5 position on the list of top 5 Smartphones.
If you recently purchased an iPhone 6 under the special Christmas deal from Santa, here’s how to set it up and get started with this masterpiece from Apple.
iPhone 6 is gaining popularity right from its launch and is one of the most popular device of the year 2014. According to a study conducted by iLounge, it can charge at a faster rate with high power or capacity based USB wall charger. The setup process is a lot easier for those who just upgraded from previous models of iPhone to iPhone 6. However, it is a daunting task for those who owned this Smartphone for the first time, especially if you are unfamiliar about what setting to turn on or off.
How to setup the new iPhone 6
It takes only few minutes to set the new iPhone 6 for the first time. When you switch on the device after taking it out from the box, you will be greeted with “Hello” in different languages. You have to swipe the screen to access the further settings.
Choose your country and language on your iPhone, which is self explanatory.
Choose a Wi-Fi Network: Although you can skip this step by activating data connection over your iPhone 6 but it is always recommended to use Wi-Fi that will make the set up process much quicker.
Enable the location service: It is vital to turn on the location service in order to enhance the experience as most of the apps use your location like some navigation based apps.
Set up your iPhone: If you own an iPhone for the first time, you have to select Setup as New iPhone. If you previously owned an iPhone and want a backup of your apps or data, you can restore it on the new iPhone 6.
Apple ID: If you are new to iOS platform, you need to create an Apple ID first to access all features. If you owned an iOS device previously, then you just need to login when you get in to this screen.
Terms and Conditions: Once you create an Apple ID you will need to accept all Terms and Conditions by tapping on the Agree button in the lower right corner of the screen.
These are some basic settings that you need to perform on your iPhone 6. According to iLounge, iPhone 6 supports faster charging, but lacks quick charge 2.0 features like on Galaxy Note 4 or Nexus 6.
2014 is going to be ending soon and now it is the right to look back to the year that has passed and the upcoming year ahead. In its review, Google has revealed the list of the most common searches that were performed throughout the year. And if we consider about the searches related to Android devices, there are three names viz. Samsung Galaxy S5, Nexus 6 and Moto G that tops the chart. Whilst, both of the devices – Galaxy S5 as well as Nexus 6 have had spikes in the interest level, on the other hand, the number of Moto G searches has been steadily increasing over the entire year.
You can see that searches for Nexus 6 represented in the red line didn’t really start to pick up until July 2014, and instantly peaked in the mid of October but still it did not manage to snatch the top spot. However, it is in great demand with its exclusive features like a 5.96 inch display, compatibility with wireless charger for Nexus 6 and 3220mAh battery that even support turbo charging.
Whereas, Galaxy S5 represented in the blue line tops the chart in the month of February with maximum number of searches on Google. On the other hand, Moto G handset has proved to be consistently popular during the whole year.
Despite of these facts, the Nexus 6 is still the best Android Smartphone of the year 2014 with its feature such as latest Android 5.0 Lollipop (recently upgraded to 5.0.1) and faster charging with high capacity based USB adaptive charger.
Nexus 6 may have been announced around a month ago, but still most of the people are waiting for the device to get delivered at their doorsteps. The popularity and demand of this masterpiece of Google made by Motorola are gaining momentum with the passage of time and as a result the play store is struggling to keep them in the stock. Well, if you are still waiting or finally have one in your hand right now, we have listed some tips and tricks that you must know to make the most from this giant Nexus.
Guest Mode and Screen Pinning
A Smartphone has become a device full of personal information, sometime containing sensitive content. So to improvise the privacy, “Screen Pinning” is a feature introduced in the latest Android Lollipop that lets you lock your screen on one app. To activate this feature on your New Nexus 6, you can go to Settings>Security>Screen Pinning.
Android tablets have had users’ accounts just like on your home system for a while, but Nexus 6 is the first device comes under the Smartphone category that has a special feature of “Guest Mode”. This helps to maintain privacy in using the Smartphones by two or more different users and reduce the chances of identity theft.
The Nexus 6 has a feature based on turbo charging technology that means could charge in two hours with high capacity based rapid USB chargers and also has a big 3220mAh battery. So there is no need to worry about the battery drainage problem as once the device gets fully charged on wireless charging pad for Nexus 6, it runs all day long with normal use. However, if you still need to squeeze out more juice you can use “Battery Saver” mode.
Quick Check Data usage
On Nexus 6, you can quickly check out how much data you have consumed by simply tap on the data connection on Quick setting option. You can also set the limits on your monthly data usage according to the plan offered by your respective carrier so that you can save the extra cost that may incur due to excess data usage beyond the limits.
In previous version, we have revealed few secrets about iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus that are still under the radar like faster charging support with high capacity based USB wall charger. Here are some more additional tips and tricks that help you to use the iPhone 6 in a convenient way. These tips can also be implemented on those iPhones who recently upgraded to iOS 8.1.
Iphone 6 has a special feature in which the sent photograph gets self destructed in 10 seconds. Yes, with your new iPhone 6, you can send pictures to other users via iMessage which will get self destruct according to set period of time.
If you are getting bored of colorful screen of the latest iPhone 6, then you can turn on the Grey scale mode that changes everything into black and white.
Credit card scanner is also one of the best features as rather than typing your credit card details while buying an item through safari, you can just scan the card using your iPhone camera.
If you ever deleted your photograph accidentally and now want to get them back, you can just tap on “recently deleted” album within 30 days and can easily restore the photographs from there.
You can even hide your personal photographs from prying eyes by long pressing the selected photograph and it will automatically filed away in the “hidden folder”.
The best feature that everyone iPhone user must experience is faster charging. The charger packed in the box of iPhone 6/6plus are not high capacity based chargers that most probably resist its users to utilize the faster charging functionality. Well, to overcome this, a user can use high capacity based multi port charger that can charge the device in less than 2 hours.
For those of you who has decided to purchase the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus, you have probably spent lots of time searching for the specification and features of these two masterpieces from Apple Inc. Moreover, you also figure out some of the tricks and shortcuts to use these devices in a most convenient way. The same is in case of those who recently upgraded to iOS 8.1.
However, there are few secrets that are still under the radar. Keeping this thing in mind, we have listed top tips and tricks to make the most out of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.
Both of these devices from Apple Inc support faster charging with high capacity based rapid USB charger. However, you can’t use this feature if you use the charger of capacity 1Amps that is delivered along with iPhone 6/6plus inside the box.
If you want to share your current location with your friends via iPhone 6, then just tap on “details” present in the conversation thread and again tap on “send my location”.
You can even mute alerts for text message from a particular sender by selecting “do not disturb” icon present under the message details menu.
If you want to hide private photographs, you can simply select the image you want to hide by long pressing it and it will automatically stored under the “hidden folder”.
If you want to find out what exactly responsible for quick drainage of your battery, you can tap on the “battery usage” where a full list of apps gets displayed in front of you. However, the battery can easily charge in just 2 hours with high capacity based Multi Port charger.
These are some of the hidden tips and tricks you must know while using your iphone 6. We will update you with some more tips in our next edition.
Apple Inc launched its new two most awaited devices iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus in the month of September. These two devices get nice reviews and ratings from critics and as a result, the company even enjoyed record breaking sales as compared to previous iPhone models. These devices also support faster charging with high capacity based multi port USB charger. So if you are planning to buy iPhone 6 or 6 plus, then this is the right time with awesome Black Friday deals. We have listed some of the best deals that you should never miss on this Black Friday with the approaching holiday season around the corner.
First one is from the Best Buy, where under their exclusive deal for Black Friday, the store will be selling Apple’s 16GB iPhone6 model for just $99 on a contract basis. The deal is best suited for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon subscriber.
Best Buy specified the special timings starts from 5pm on Thanksgiving Day till 1am to grab this deal.
The next deal is from Target that is offering special discounts on all three models of iPhone 6. The 16GB version of iPhone 6 will be available for $150 after an instant rebate of gift card for $30 from Target, whereas the other two models also comes under the special discount of $49, including the gift card. However, the deal is not applicable for T mobile subscriber.
The store timings of Target on Thanksgiving Day are from 6pm onwards and it will again open in the morning of Black Friday.
Third one is from Walmart that is offering 16GB iPhone 6 for the customer of Verizon, Sprint and AT&T at $104. It means you need to pay $179 as a cost of the Smartphone, but you will get a $75 gift card along with your purchase from Walmart.
The stores of Walmart will be open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day and again open at 6am on Black Friday.
The last but not the least is from Sam’s Club. The 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions of iPhone 6 available at a special discount of $100, which reduces the on-contract price to $99, $199 and $299, respectively.
iPhone 6 and 6 plus are the best ever Smartphones by Apple Inc with feature like large display, higher resolution, better battery backup, iOS 8 and also support fast charging with high capacity rapid USB chargers.
Those who recently updated iOS8 software on their Smartphone or iPad might notice about the dwindling of the battery life of their devices at a faster rate than usual. The clear reason behind this issue is the handful of shiny new features that are added to the operating system working harder to make your overall mobile experience more productive As a result, it consumes more battery and this sort of productivity lasts for less time than before.
However, users of iOS 8 those are using it on the latest iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus are less prone to the problem of quick battery drainage because of a stronger battery that last longer as compared to previous models. These Smartphones can also supports faster charging with high capacity based Multi USB charger. But regardless of the model of your iPhone, here are some proven tactics discussed below that will help to preserve battery life and also add extra hours to its longevity.
Manage Background App Refresh
Similar to iOS7, the latest Apple software has the feature of Background App Refresh that by default set to “on” mode. The feature enables apps to run in the background while you are performing multitask on your Smartphone and continuously running the content when you are connected to the wifi or cellular network. However, it also consumes more battery and it drains out soon within just a few hours. So you must disable this function to improve the battery performance.
Turn Down the Brightness
This is the easiest way to increase the battery performance of your iPhone by turning down the brightness up to some extent or at the required level.
Stop using Live wallpapers and shut down the parallax
Live wallpapers and newly introduced feature in iOS 8 called parallax makes it seems like wallpapers move behind the apps. In either way it is the major offender of battery life for iOS8. So it is recommended to turn this feature off to reduce its impact on the battery.
Stop fetching the push notifications/ unnecessary mails
The fetch feature always remains active in your iPhone in order to push the email notifications to the home screen of your Smartphone. But in the process of looking for a new mail it exhausts the battery. So it is recommended to turn OFF this feature in order to increase the battery performance.
These are some simple tips that can improve the battery performance of your device and overcome the issue of quick drainage. If you are unable to follow any of these steps, we recommend you to carry a portable charger with you or can also consider high capacity, Multiple USB Charger that can charge the devices at a faster rate at any time.