Sunday, 30 April 2017

Blog for India's Brave hearts| Jai Hind

INDIA: It is true that when citizens of a country live a casual life among their friends and relatives. Their soldiers are the one who leave all things aside to protect the borders of the country to keep you safe so you can continue to live your life.

Everyone of us should do the least we can for country's great great brave hearts who sacrificed their lives. 😢 #JaiHind

Please donate to give the least support from your side to the families who sacrificed their lives indirectly for you. You can donate @bharatkeveer managed by MHA, GOI

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Areo | A Food delivery & Home services by Google, Launched!

INDIA: Google, A global giant shows further interest in Indian market by stepping in to Food Delivery and Home services. It has introduced an android app and currently catering to Bangalore and Mumbai cities with services like Food Delivery, Home services from local painters, electricians, cleaners, plumbers and more.

Google has reportedly signed up with existing vendors like Faasos, UrbanClap, Box8 and Freshmenu. The app is really neat and whole India shall wait for it to expand its services to other areas as well. We can soon see it serving in other metro cities where we already have its vendors hold.

The payment for services can be done either by card, netbanking or by cash on delivery mode.

The booking of services is available at user convenience, you can schedule all your deliveries and services.

Enjoy! TechGenre's Team.

Jio is coming again & again to keep attracting customers | Dhan Dhana Dhan offer this time :)

INDIA: Jio has now launched Dhan Dhana Dhan offer for Prime members and new customers as well as Prime membership enrollment is still open till 15th April'17.

This new offer gives users 3 months (28 * 3 = 86 days) of unlimited calls and unlimited data benefits at Rs 309/- or Rs. 509/-.

Existing Prime members:

  • Recharge with 309/-
    • Benefits:
      • Validity of 86 days (~3months)
      • Unlimited calls (local + std) 
      • 4G data (1GB per day)
  • Recharge with 509/- 
    • Benefits
      • Validity of 86 days (~3 months)
      • Unlimited calls (local + std) 
      • 4G data (@ 2 GB per day)
New Customers or non-prime members can also avail this offer by recharging/initial charge of Rs 408 (309 + 99 for prime membership) if they want 1 GB data/day plan or with Rs 608 (509 + 99) if they want 2 GB data/ day plan.

Thanks, TechGenre's Team!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Xiaomi Redmi 4A | Budget smartphone but classy too !!

Redmi 4A

Redmi 4A

Key Highlights:

- Status: Available exclusively on Amazon

- Runs Android OS v6.0.1 (MiUi v8)

- 5" HD Display, weighs only 131.5 g

- 3120 mAh High-capacity battery

- 2GB Ram, VoLTE 4G Connectivity

- 13 MP Rear camera

- Dual apps

Detail specifications:

Launch Announced November, 2016
Status Available: Mar, 2017
Body Dimensions 139.9 x 70.4 x 8.5 mm
Weight 131.5 g
SIM type Dual sim (Micro + Nano sim)
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen Size 5.0 inches
Resolution HD (720 x 1280 pixels) (~296 ppi)
Multitouch Yes
Phone Build OS Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
CPU Quadcore 1.4 GHz Cortex A-53
GPU Adreno 308
Memory Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB (uses sim2 slot)
Camera Primary 13 MP, autofocus, f/2.2, LED flash
Video Yes, 1080@ 30fps
Secondary 5 MP, f/2.2
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Communications WLAN WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth Yes
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, Glonass, BDS
Infrared port Yes
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0
Features Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient light, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - MP3/WAV/eAcc+/Flac player
- MP4/H.264 player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
Battery   Non-removable Li-Ion 3,120 mAh battery
Misc Colors Gold, Rose Gold, Dark Grey
Price ~110 Euro/ ~5,999 INR

Thanks for visiting - TechGenre!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Jio Summer Surprise offer to be stopped | Are you impacted?

INDIA: TRAI, the Telecom regulator authority of India ordered Jio to withdraw the three months complimentary offer to its prime customer who has done 303 or more recharge on their number.

Reliance Jio accepts the decision to comply with the regulator's advise and will be withdrawing the three months complimentary benefits of Jio Summer Surprise as soon as operationally feasible.

So, who all are impacted:

  • If you are a JIO prime member and have already recharged with 303 or more - No impact. Enoy!
  • If you recharge now i.e. before Jio changes its operational setup to comply with TRAI's advice - No Impact.
  • But, if you don't recharge with 303/- or more before Jio rolls back which is expected in next couple of days - Impacted.
TechGenre's advise to consumers - If you need Jio summer surprise offer, Recharge now with 303/- or more and enjoy the summer surprise benefits. 

Jio Summer surprise benefit details can be checked on jio-prime-offer-extended-till-april-15

Tech Genre's Team.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Jio Prime Offer extended till April 15, 2017| Jio Summer Surprise - Prime members to get 3 more months of free service :-)

INDIA: Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. has announced today that due to the unprecedented demand for JIO prime membership enrollment and doing the first recharge, Jio has extended the deadline for purchasing Jio's Rs 303 /- and other plans till 15th April 2017.

Jio claims that in just one month, Jio has over 72 million customers who has signed up for Prime breaking all the records of a successful customer privilege scheme anywhere in the world.

This is  the largest migration from free to paid services ever :)

The extension to the prime membership will benefit customers who have not yet on-boarded due to any reason and also to the company as Jio's paid membership will further grows and touches new level.

Jio also announced JIO SUMMER SURPRISE offer: "Every Jio Prime member - when they make their first paid recharge prior to 15th April using Jio's Rs 303 plan (or any higher value plan) - will get services for the initial 3 months on a complimentary basis. Your paid tariff plan will be applied only in July, after the expiry of the complimentary service." Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani said.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Nokia 3 | Android Smartphone | 8 MP Camera | 4G LTE | 5" HD Di splay | What else?

Nokia 3

Nokia 3

Key Highlights:

- Expected launch: May 2017

- Runs latest Android OS v7.0 (Nougat)

- 5" polarized HD Display corning gorilla glass

- 8MP Auto-focus Cameras, front and back

- 2GB Ram, LTE 4G Connectivity

- 2,650 mAh battery

- 2GB Ram/16GB storage, microSD card slot

Detail specifications:

Launch Announced February, 2017
Status Expected release May, 2017
Body Dimensions 143.4 x 71.4 x 8.5 mm
Weight Not yet Known
SIM type Both Single & Dual sim variants
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen Size 5.0 inches
Resolution HD (1280 x 720 pixels, 16:9) (~294 ppi)
Protection 2.5D Sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass
Phone Build OS Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Mediatek, MTK 6737
CPU Quadcore 1.3 GHz
GPU Mali T720MP2
Memory Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Card slot microSD, expandable up to 128 GB
Camera Primary 8 MP, autofocus, 1.12um, f/2, LED flash
Video Yes
Secondary 8 MP, autofocus, 1.12um, f/2, FOV 84 degrees, display flash
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Communications WLAN Yes
Bluetooth Yes
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0, OTG
Features Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient light, gyro, proximity, compass, NFC for sharing
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - MP3/WAV/eAcc+/Flac player
- MP4/H.264 player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
Battery   Non-removable Li-Ion 2,650 mAh battery
Misc Colors Silver white, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Copper White
Price ~139 Euro/ ~9,000 INR

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Fastrack entering to the smart wearable with its 'Reflex' | An activity tracker

INDIA: Fastrack known as the largest and trendiest youth fashion brand in India. How can it stay away from the smart wearable segment which is touching all the youth in country with people inclining towards the smart watches, bands and soon may be smart glasses :)

'REFLEX' is a fitness tracker which helps youth track their fitness goals along with style segment.

Fastrack which initially entered in the marked in 1998 as sub-brand of Titan which later on spun off as an independent brand targeting youth of India is now following TITAN who entered in smart wearable last year with TITAN JUXT.

Fastrack Reflex is priced at Rs 1,995/- where it directly enters as a competitor to the existing products like Mi Band 2 and GOQii life.

Below are the salient features of Reflex:

  • Phone call, SMS notification
  • Steps counter, Distance and Calorie counter
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Bluetooth low energy 4.0
  • Water Resistant
  • Rechargeable battery (estimated to last 7 days on full charge)
  • Vibration Alert

On its launch, Ayushman Chiranewala, Head of Marketing, Fastrack explains “With the development of sensors, smart watches and fitness trackers, we wanted to bring a wearable device for the youth that helps them get healthier by capturing their body data and motivating them to reach their fitness goals. At Fastrack, we have consistently endeavored to meet the ever-changing needs of the youth with offerings that aim to fulfill their growing aspirations- one of it being more health conscious. With Reflex, Fastrack aims to cater to the needs of multi-faceted, new-age millennial who desire the next step in the combination of quirky design and smart features.”

Tech Genre wishes success to Reflex and good luck to its users :-) 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Moto G5 Plus - Next level Moto G series smartphone...!!!

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Key Highlights:

- Expected launch: 15th March 2017 on Flipkart

- Runs latest Android OS v7.0 (Nougat)

- Weighs 155g, just 7.7mm thick

- 12MP front camera with dual flash

- 4GB Ram, Snapdragon 625

- 3000 mAh battery

- Comes in 32/64GB storage variant, microSD card slot

Detail specifications:

Launch Announced February, 2017
Status Expected launch March, 2017
Body Dimensions 150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm
Weight 155 g
SIM type Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen Size 5.2 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Phone Build OS Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, MSM8953
CPU Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 506
Memory Internal 32/64 GB, 2/4 GB RAM; 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Card slot microSD, expandable up to 256 GB
Camera Primary 12 MP, autofocus, f/1.7, dual-LED flash
Special Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video 2160p@30fps (USA)/ 1080p@30fps (EMEA)
Secondary 5 MP, f/2.2
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Communications WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR
NFC Yes (market dependent)
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host
Features Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - Fast battery charging
- MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
- MP4/H.264 player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
Battery   Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Misc Colors Lunar Grey, Fine Gold
Price 32GB/2GB Ram variant priced @ Rs 15,300 | Launching 15th March on Flipkart

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Lenovo Vibe B launched | Budget Smartphone | 4G | Entry level phone @ Rs 5,799/-

INDIA: Lenovo has launched an entry level phone to the world of 4G smartphones in India.

The phone is powered by MT6735M processor and sports a 4.5 inch FWVGA display with 1 GB Ram, 8 GB internal memory (which is expandable up to 32 GB). It has 5 MP rear camera which is supposed to take decent picture and 2 MP front shooter.

It runs Android 6 (Marshmallow) and backed by 2000mAh battery which is sufficient to take it easily last one day of normal usage.

Below is a snapshot of phone's features:

The phone is priced @ 5,799/- rs only and shall be available for purchase in stores starting today.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Idea & now Vodafone provides Private Recharge Mode facility | Secures your mobile number

INDIA: Vodafone has announced today that it's subscribers in M.P. and Chhattisgarh state can now avail benefit of it's Private Recharge Mode (PRM) feature and free of cost. 

With increasing linking of mobile number with Aadhar card, bank accounts and UPI apps - now, its high time to take steps in direction of privacy of subscribers by keeping their mobile numbers hidden.

Announcing the launch of this service in the Bihar & Jharkhand circle on 8th March, Rajshekhar Metgud - Business Head, Bihar & Jharkhand, Vodafone India said “The world is going digital and smartphones becoming the primary data storage device, ensuring security of personal information has become a key concern for mobile customers. To address this specific concern, we have introduced a new service - ‘Vodafone Private Recharge’ which helps subscribers keep their mobile numbers private and protected from malicious usage. Being one of the preferred telecom service providers in the region, Vodafone is delighted to announce this evolutionary service to make our valued customers feel more secure and empowered.

How to avail the service?

To avail the service, subscriber needs to send a toll free SMS 'Private' to 12604 and in turn subscriber will get a 10 digit code which can be used to recharge the phone till midnight of that day.

Idea Cellular also provides similar facility pan-India which was launched earlier  this month.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Working in IT/BPO sector? Your job may be at risk

NEW DELHI: Throughout the world, jobs in Information Technology (IT) sector are at risk. The reason is automation trend rising in IT and advanced technologies. On top of this, Indian IT companies are finding it hard to re-skill their employees, some says half of them are non-trainable.

Global advisory firm McKinsey says in a report presented at Nasscom India leadership forum last month that nearly half of the IT workforce will become irrelevant in next 4-5 years.

"A lot of the workforce is re-skill-able. I am not very pessimistic, but there is a challenge," said Srinivas Kandula, Country Head, India, Capgemini.

Though Indian IT companies are spending huge amount in re-skilling their employees, the mid-level group is the most resistant one and are the ones at larger risk.

So, it looks like, one has to be competent in upcoming technologies which are bringing in revolution to industry via Machine learning, Big Data, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence.

“The talent gap is largely overemphasized and I do not think we should worry about it. The engineering skills, the analytical skills and the talent we have is world-class and recognised, and every single employee is performing in a highly competitive environment,” said N Ganapathy Subramaniam, President, TCS Financial Solutions.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

5G wireless technology is next and building up!

5G: 5th generation wireless technology

What is 5G? Let's clear what does 'G' stands in all those 2G,3G,4G etc... G is abbrevation for Generation. It's 5th generation wireless technology. 

Now, 4G such as WiMax and LTE has already brought speeds to hundreds of megabites and even gigabite-level speeds.

Possibilities with 5G: 5G is expected to support massive broadband applications by combining network speeds above 10 Gbps with extremely low latency. It will stimulate growth in many sectors, including the IT, automotive, entertainment, agriculture, and manufacturing industries. Nokia is leading development in 5G area with its Nokia 5G FIRST

When is 5G? The official 5G NR (New Radio), may take till 2018 to come out. But as I said official, you may see unofficial pre-5G launched by telecom operators in 2017. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile are some who are working on bringing 5G tech. Indian cellular operators Airtel, Reliance Jio and BSNL are also working with co.s like Nokia to bring 5G by end of this year.

What will you need? No existing device is 5G compatible and thus you have to buy new one when it is live for public. Don't worry 4G won't be going away so soon; they are indeed key part of 5G strategy.

PS: Above article is based on the knowledge I could gather about 5G wireless technology so far.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Google Assistant has arrived ! Roll out starting today :)

Google Assistant has finally arrived on to non-pixel devices. It has been launched today to millions of devices running Android v6.0 (Marshmallow) or version after that.

What it is? Its an AI powered virtual assistant. You can think it as a better replacement for Google Search or Voice search features you currently have in your Android phones with functionality like remembering things etc.

Here is the YouTube video by which Google announced it:

Who's getting when? It will be first available for US users followed by other English language area UK, Canada and Australia.

Last, but not the least - As google says about it, "Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It's your own personal Google, always ready to help"

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Nokia 6 | Yes, you read it right | Nokia is ready to hit back

Hello Friends - Let me introduce you to the Nokia, yes Nokia 6. Once, the King of cellular market, lost its empire is hitting the more competitive, advanced market again with series of phones. I will focus on Nokia 6 - 'United we have more fun'.

Why blog on Nokia 6 smartphone?
This is the respect, though the phone is still 3-4 months away before it rolls out for public. It is the respect for Nokia which makes me write on it before any other manufacturer any further. We all must have had enjoyed Nokia experience few years back. Its time to welcome the King. Lets start with whats special in it or the USP for Nokia with Nokia 6 in particular.

USP for the phone:
  • Latest Android version (Android Nougat)
  • Immersive Entertainment package - Dual speakers with Dolby Atmos Sound, Dedicated amplifier. 
It shall also embrace below features:
Nokia 6 (Source:

Detailed Specs:

  • Performance:
    • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
    • Ram - 4 GB (in Black), 3 GB (in all other colors)
    • CPU - Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 mobile platform
  • Display:
    • 5.5" IPS LCD
    • Resolution: Full HD (1920 * 1080)
    • Material: Sculpted Corning Gorilla glass display
    • Pixel density: 403 ppi
    • Size: 154 * 75.8 * 7.85mm
  • Storage
    • Internal Memory: Arte Black 64 GB, All others 32 GB
    • Micro SD up to 128 GB support
  • Camera:
    • Primary camera: 16MP PDAF, 1.0um, f/2, dual tone flash
    • Front-facing camera: 8MP AF, 1.12um, f/2, FOV 84 degrees
  • Battery: 3000 mAh integerated
  • Network & Connectivity:
    • Network speed: LTE Cat. 4, 150Mbps DL/50Mbps 
    • Networks 
      • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
      • WCDMA: Band 1, 2, 5, 8
      • LTE: Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40
  • Audio:
    • 3.5 mm Headphone jack
    • Dual Speakers
    • Smart Amplifier with Dolby Atmos
  • Connectivity & Sensors:
    • Micro USB (2.0), USB OTG, Wi-Fi
    • Sensors: Accelerometer (G-sensor), ambient light sensor, e-compass, Hall sensor, fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, NFC (sharing)
  • Colors: Arte Black, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Silver, Copper

  • Price: Last but not the least, expected to be priced about Rs. 19,999/- for 64 GB variant.

TG's Verdict:

  • Pros:
    • Nokia Brand
    • Immersive sound experience
    • Latest Android experience
    • Combination of two besties - Nokia & Android
  • Cons:
    • Price - Other options available from Xiaomi, Motorola in little cheaper price range.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 | Look at it once, makes you forget all others | Best smartphone January 2017

Hello Friends - Let me introduce you to the Redmi Note 4 smartphone by Xiaomi. In this world of technology all around us, especially when we speak out the word 'smartphone' - lots of manufacturer names comes in our mind like Apple, Google, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Micromax, HTC and last but not the least, highlight of this article - XIAOMI. Let me take you straight to the blog topic:

Why blog on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone?
I can simple say because this is the phone which almost every earning hand in India can easily afford and on the contrary is the best phone in its price range with features like

Redmi Note 4 (Black variant)
  • Fingerprint scanner.
  • 5.5 inch full HD display.
  • 13 MP CMOS rear camera
  • 5 MP front camera. 
  • 4 G + VoLTE support, Dual Sim
  • 4 GB ram variant.
  • 64 GB memory with 128 GB expandable memory option.
  • 4100 mAh Li-Po battery.
  • Octa-core 2.0 GHz
  • Snapdragon 625
  • Weighs only 165 g.
  • Infrared remote (this is tiny but I would say the best tiny guy, comes handy in situations)
  • MIUI 8 (based on Android 6)

The 4 GB Ram + 64 GB Storage variant costs you only Rs. 12,999/- exclusively available on Flipkart and Mi website.

Why this phone?
Apart from the quick specifications which you can see above, in layman terms below is what this phone and its predecessor Redmi Note 3 is famous for:
  • No lags in day to day use.
  • Quick camera launch.
  • Takes picture in a blink.
  • Day light pictures are just amazing from both Rear and front snapper.
  • Battery easily last 1.5 to 2 days with both 4G sim, fitness apps, 1-2 hours of wifi, social networking apps, etc.
  • Good Sound quality.
  • Premium body finish.
  • Feature for which you install apps via Play store, they are all embedded in MIUI 8 like Torch, Quick ball (navigation ball has screenshot etc), Shortcut menus, weather, Remote.
  • Infrared - It comes with pre-loaded Mi Remote app which is just a kewl feature - You can control electronic devices which works with their remote like TV, D2H, Music player, Projectors etc.
Full specifications, comparison with other smartphones I recommend: GSMArena