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Google Station for WiFi, YouTube Go app and more: Top announcements from Google's event

The Google for India event was held today in New Delhi and Google had some major announcements to be made public. This event was particularly special as Google turned 18 years old today. At a similar event held last year, Google had announced the Google Wi-Fi project which aimed at providing Wi-Fi connectivity at railway stations across India. This year, Google had much more to announce. Here are all the announcements made at the Google for India event.

Google Station

Last year’s Google Wi-Fi project is now active at 52 railway stations across India where Google claims 3.5 million people each month avail the service with as many as 15,000 new users being added every month. With Google Station, Google now plans to take this Wi-Fi connectivity to other places such as malls, bus stops, shopping complexes, cafes, university campuses etc. Google with partner with suitable partners to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces and will then provide the adequate measures to generate revenue out of these.

Google said: “We will provide software and guidance on hardware to turn fiber connections into fast, reliable and safe WiFi zones.”. As of now, Google will be looking for partners to hook up with.

YouTube Go


YouTube Go will be a newer version of the video sharing app where users will now be able to save data while browsing the same videos available on YouTube. Users will be able to get a glimpse or preview the videos before they decide to play or save them. Another way in which users will be able to save data is by being able to share the videos with friends or family present nearby without using any data. The app will make use of your phone’s Bluetooth to discover people around you and then use WiFi Direct to share the video.

Interestingly, YouTube Go will be an India exclusive app in the earlier periods and users have to sign up on youtubego.com/signup to try out the app when it launches.

Google Assistant in Hindi





Being the mother tongue of India, Hindi has always held a special spot in every Indian’s heart. Google plans to make use of this fact by introducing the Google Assistant in Hindi in the already very popular messaging and personal assistance app Allo. The app already uses English and also prompts replies in Hinglish. If things go like Google plans, we will soon have a personal assistance that works completely in Hindi.


Data saving features: Chrome on Mobile
Google Chrome is one of the most used web browsers on Android smartphones and tablets and Google has plans to introduce an extended Data Saver mode that will save users a lot of data on their smartphones. This will enable webpages to be loaded upto 2 times faster even on 2G internet connections. This will be made possible by Chrome saving 90% of the user data data offline and accessing it, making loading webpages faster. There will also be a separate Downloads tab, which was kissing until now from Chrome. All the files downloaded via Chrome will be accessible through this tab.

Google Play
Google will optimize Google Play to work on slow internet connections and even 2G network. Two new experimental features will also be launched. One of these will load the popular apps and games from the store when on WiFi connection which users will then be able to view offline. The second feature will allow you to select an app you want to install even when offline and add it to the “Wait for WiFi” list so it automatically gets downloaded when you connect to WiFi.

Google News & Weather

Google News & Weather will get a Lite mode that will trim the content of the news and weather update and display just the headline. This way, these apps will be optimized for operating even on low bandwidths and will save upto 1/3rd data.

Google Allo is Finally Rolling Out In The Play Store

Google said Allo would be available at some point during the summer, and it's getting in right under the wire. The new chat application is now official, and it's starting to pop up in the Play Store for download. Don't fret if it's not showing up for you quite yet; we have the APK ready for download.
If you need a refresher on features, Google has a handy promo video (below) and a landing page that hits all the high points.

Allo is connected to your phone number, and it's designed for phones only (at least right now). All your contacts that use Allo will automatically show up, and those who don't can be invited to download the app. They're probably all the ones you just convinced to start using Hangouts a few months ago. Oh well.
The centerpiece of Allo is the Google Assistant, which will be a big part of Android (and Google in general) going forward. It offers (allegedly) useful information and links using contextual information and natural language queries. For example, you can ask what the weather will be tomorrow, then follow up with, "what about the weekend?" There's a special Assistant chat you can use, and at any time in a conversation you can ping Google to get help with something.

Motorola Moto E Power (3rd gen) Pros and Cons; compatible with Reliance JIO

Motorola is set to give users more with the launch of its new Moto E Power. A device that they say can give you more battery, display size or camera. An affordable 4G smartphone, Moto E Power is designed to keep up with the company’s users’ nonstop life. The phone features a long-lasting battery, 5″ HD display at 4G speed, a quad-core processor with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. 

The Moto E Power’s 3500 mAh battery gives users enough backup to watch videos, play games and make calls. The 10W rapid charger (included in box) gives users a battery life of 5 hours in just 15 minutes of charging.



The all new Moto E Power now comes with the biggest and brightest display ever shipped in Moto E series. With a vibrant 12.7 cm (5 inch) HD display, one can relish various forms of multimedia be it photos, videos or web content. The display comes with built-in smudge-resistant screen protection saving it from annoying fingerprint smudges. The phone is also covered with a water-repellent nano-coating protecting it from accidental spills and splashes.

Moto E power comes with two cameras. The 8 MP rear camera captures images with fine details without any blurs, thanks to autofocus technology while the front-facing 5 MP selfie camera includes beautification mode, so you always look your best.
The Moto E Power boasts 4G VoLTE capabilities and lets you stay connected at faster speeds. The device is compatible with Reliance JIO and users can avail the Reliance JIO Welcome offer. Fast web surfing, heavy multimedia content, video streaming etc are other attractive features. The Moto E Power gives 16GB of storage with an optional microSD card (not included) up to 32GB.

Moto E3 Power Pros

  • 3500 mAh battery
  • Solid build
  • Fair display
  • Stable performance
  • Dual-SIM 4G+3G
  • Rapid charging
  • Android Marshmallow

Moto E3 Power Cons

  • Average camera
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Not for heavy gaming

Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus to launch in India on October 7, price starts at Rs 60,000

You might not have realised it, but Apple iPhones have just become cheaper. The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available for sale in India on October 7 at a starting price of Rs 60,000 for the 32GB iPhone model. This is significant as the iPhone 6s 16GB had an India launch price of Rs 62,000. Now, you are getting more storage for a lower price. An Apple press note confirmed India will be in the second batch of countries, which will get the newly announced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This is also the first time they’ve confirmed the India pricing at the launch event itself. Like with the iPhone SE, Apple has been quick to announce the price, thus putting an end to unnecessary speculation.

The importance of India for Apple has been evident for some time, especially since the going has been tough in China. This price should go a long way in helping Apple corner more of the high-end segment in India. Also, helping them is the fact that rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 has been off to a rocky start with the battery issues. This might give Apple iPhone 7 series, as well as the older 6s series which now comes with 32GB standard, an edge in the festival season. Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the country this year, first ever by a CEO of the company, and has also spoken about how they are seeing increased growth in India. Reports have also claimed Apple could soon open its official retail stores in India.
Apple says the pricing will start at Rs 60,000, and the new jet black finish will be offered exclusively on the 128GB and 256GB models from Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers only. The jet black was the most sought after model at the hands-on area, a good indication that this will be more popular than the rose gold that debuted last time. There is another all black model, which has a more matte finish.
Apple also confirmed prices for the new accessories. The wireless AirPods including charging case will be available for Rs 15,400 beginning in late October. All iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models will include EarPods with Lightning Connector and a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter. Apple will sell these separately as well at Rs 2,500 and Rs 900, respectively
Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours will be available starting at Rs 2,900 and iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case will be offered in black and white for Rs 8,900. Lightning Docks will start at Rs 3,700.
Apple has not given a complete pricing for the entire range. Given the improved camera, especially with the Plus, a lot of people will be looking at the 128GB mode as a real option and it will be interesting to what the final price for these phones will be in India. We will need to wait to figure out what the price of the iPhone 7 Plus will be.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays respectively. But Apple has added two new colours: A glossy black and a plain black. The Home button has been redesigned and now supports Force Touch.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus run the A10 Fusion chipset, which is a quad-core 64-bit chip, and the company claims it will allow console-level gaming. Apple says the new chip also offers improved battery life, and lowers overall power consumption. On the battery front, Apple is offering more battery life compared to previous generation devices, though it didn’t give a number on the battery size.
The other big change to the iPhone 7 series is the camera. Apple improves the camera in the iPhone with the 12MP sensor, which gets a bigger ƒ/1.8 aperture, and a better 6-element lens for low-light photography. It also gets OIS, something which was exclusive to the iPhone 6s Plus.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus gets a 12-megapixel wide angle camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera that together to offer optical zoom at two times and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos. Apple will push the zoom feature as a separate software update. Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus go on sale on September 16 in US and other countries, although pre-orders open from September 9.

Motorola Moto G4 Play launched in India at Rs 8,999

Moto G4 Play, the more budget friendly version of the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus has been launched in India today on Amazon India at Rs 8,999. The smartphone will go on sale from 10PM and Amazon India already has a landing page announcing the upcoming sale today, and the Moto India Twitter account has also confirmed the same on the social networking site. Users will have to register to buy the phone on Amazon India website.

Moto G4 Play was spotted on Zauba (an import and export tracking website) in July with device name Moto XT 1607 being imported from the US. The price per unit was Rs 6,804, according to the data on the website. However, the final price of the Moto G4 Play has not yet been confirmed.

The Moto G4 Play launch is interesting because Motorola has also confirmed the Moto E 3rd gen will be coming to India on September 19 most likely. Motorola has also promised the new Moto Z series will be launching here as well, and it could take place soon.

In terms of specifications, Moto G4 Play has a 5-inch full HD display, smaller compared to the 5.5-inch full HD displays of the the Moto G4 and G4 Plus. Moto G4 Play has a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, Adreno 306 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (expandable to 128GB via microSD). It comes with an eight megapixel rear camera and five megapixel front camera. The front camera supports Display Flash It runs the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS and has a 2800 mAh battery.

This one has a water repellent nano-coating, supports 4G, Bluetooth version 4.1 LE and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz).

The Moto G4 Play’s pricing puts it in the budget category, a place traditionally held by the Moto E, although even the latter is expected to come to India, It will be interesting to see how these two phones are pricing. Lenovo-owned Motorola has already confirmed, the Moto Z series in India will be a more premium offering, though the newly introduced Moto Z Play is expected to be a more budget offering

Retrieve user profile properties by using the JavaScript object model in SharePoint 2013

You can use this for all properties of the current user
http://siteurl/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetMyProperties
Use the following to get the profile information for a specific user
http://siteurl/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetPropertiesFor(accountName='domain\username')?
The following script will access four User Profile properties (AccountNameuserDisplayNameEmployeeID and workEmail) through the JavaScript Object Model

<script type='text/javascript'>  


    var workEmail = "";  
    var EmployeeID = "";  
    var Division = "";  
    var userDisplayName = "";  
    var AccountName = "";  

    $.ajax({  

        url: _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetMyProperties",  
        headers: { Accept: "application/json;odata=verbose" },  
        success: function (data) {  
            try {  
                //Get properties from user profile Json response  
                userDisplayName = data.d.DisplayName;  
                AccountName = data.d.AccountName;  
                var properties = data.d.UserProfileProperties.results;  
                for (var i = 0; i < properties.length; i++) {  

                    if (property.Key == "WorkEmail") {  
                        workEmail = property.Value;  
                    }  

                    if (property.Key == "EmployeeID") {  
                        EmployeeID = property.Value;  
                    }  
                    if (property.Key == "Division") {  
                        Division = property.Value;  
                    }  

                }  
                $('#AccountName').text(AccountName);  
                $('#userDisplayName').text(userDisplayName);  
                $('#EmployeeID').text(EmployeeID);  
                $('#workEmail').text(workEmail);  
                $('#Division').text(Division);  


            } catch (err2) {  
                //alert(JSON.stringify(err2));  
            }  
        },  
        error: function (jQxhr, errorCode, errorThrown) {  
            alert(errorThrown);  
        }  
    });  

</script>  

<h2><strong>Employee Details</strong></h2>  
<br />  
AccountName   <span id="AccountName"></span>  
DisplayName   <span id="userDisplayName"></span>  
EmployeeID    <span id="EmployeeID"></span>  
Email Address <span id="workEmail"></span>  
Division      <span id="Division"></span>

Google Pixel and Pixel XL will replace Google's 2016 Nexus flagship

Speaking to two independent sources, we now strongly believe that Google's formerly-maybe-Nexus-phones, Marlin and Sailfish, will be marketed as the Pixel and the Pixel XL. We do not have pricing information. At this time, it is unknown to us when Google decided to shift its in-house smartphone brand from Nexus to Pixel or why (though speculation will likely run wild).

The Pixel will be the 5" Sailfish device, while Pixel XL will be the 5.5" Marlin. As to our confidence in this information: given that our two sources are independent, and the fact that one in particular has been exceptionally reliable in the past, we feel comfortable saying you can take this to the bank. Coupled with Android Central's breaking story on Tuesday that the phones would not be branded as Nexuses - what else could they even be branded as?

Some will say that Marlin and Sailfish's specifications and HTC manufacture don't live up to the "premium" image that the Pixel brand has been associated with to date. I think that's an interesting topic, and one worth broaching, though I don't think Google themselves have ever truly said that Pixel is supposed to be the very best of everything so much as nice materials and a "pure Google" design and experience. Of course, A9 and Sailfish (now Pixel) associations don't help Google's case with these new phones.

On the subject of information that we deem less than completely reliable, one of our sources claims Google plans to market the Pixel and Pixel XL as the first phones built by Google. This seems a bit disingenuous. We remain completely certain the Pixel and Pixel XL will be built by HTC - they'll merely lack HTC's branding. And while Google may be solely responsible for their industrial design, to insinuate that HTC was nothing but a manufacturing partner would probably be fiction. I would not be surprised if that relationship blurs the ODM/OEM lines far more than Google may suggest in its future marketing. But we'll have to wait and see.

So, does this mean Nexus is dead? That we can't tell you. Given the Nexus Player has no replacement planned, the latest Google Android tablet is branded a Pixel, and Google's new smart home device Google Home doesn't bear the Nexus moniker, though, Nexus's future does seem bleak. But we don't really know, and it's possibly Google itself doesn't, either.

As for the reasoning behind the switch? Given that these new Nexus phones will have the most cohesive and Google-influenced design on smartphones to date, to the extent that the devices will be all but identical in everything but size (plus display resolution and battery capacity), maybe this was the time to make a switch. Or maybe these phones were Nexus devices until former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh stepped in to unify Google's hardware efforts. Or perhaps this was the grand master plan all along.

What gives with all this "Nexus" launcher business, then? It's possible Google was just using the Nexus name as a placeholder, or that the change was recent enough that certain project names simply aren't updated yet. It is rather curious, though.

And no, I don't know if they'll have a light bar (but I kind of doubt it, even as cool as it would be.