Google Slashes Drive Storage Plans

Google-Drive1For a long time I have been on the look out for affordable online storage to back up all if not most of my data. Till now, I have been using the 48 GB complimentary space I got on Dropbox when I bought my current device the Samsung Galaxy S III.

ENTER GOOGLE DRIVE WITH SLASHED PRICES

All through, I have been eyeing Google’s answer to Dropbox and that’s Google Drive and today I have a reason to move all my stuff there permanently!

As of Thursday, March 13, 2014, Google has slashed its Google Drive pricing. These monthly prices are as follows;

  • 15 GB basic is still Free
  • 100 GB now goes for $1.99 (previously it was $4.99)
  • 1 TB now goes for $9.99 (previously it was $49.99)

Google Drive

If you need more than that, there is;

  • 10 TB for $99.99
  • 20 TB for $199.99
  • 30 TB for $299.99

This is compared to Dropbox’s offerings which are as follows;

  • 2GB basic for free
  • 100 GB for $9.99
  • 200 GB for $19.99
  • 500 GB for $49.99

And mind you, Google Drive not only does file synchronization, it is also home to Google Docs an office suit of productivity applications that offer collaborative editing on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.

Everything to the cloud!

Nokia dabbles in Android

Nokia-X-Dual-SIM-2As was rumored, at the Mobile Web Congress 2014, Nokia released 3 devices running Android.

The timing is worth taking note of as the Nokia’s handset business is moving over to Microsoft as soon as the pre-requisite processes are concluded. Microsoft of course is behind the Windows Phone OS for smartphones but that didn’t stop Nokiafrom going ahead with the release.

These Nokia X handsets are the X, the X+ and the XL and they all have the iconic Lumia-stlye design. It seems Nokia didn’t want to stay out of the affordable (Android) smartphone market. They have had success with their non-smartphone platform with the Asha devices as well as the lower end Nokia Lumia’s that outsell the iPhone in a lot of emerging markets.

Interesting also is that these devices are running a forked version of Android similar to what Amazon does with the Kindle Fire line.

A FORKED VERSION OF ANDROID?

It means it is running Android Open Source Project or (AOSP) instead of an Android version you might find on other OEMS (Samsung, HTC, LG etc).

What this means is instead of using the Android version that Google have refined (Kitkat, Jelly bean etc.) the device runs a more “pure” Android experience. Where it’s built off the same source-code that the mainstream Android uses, but instead the OEM (in this case Nokia) are free to further develop the software on their own; since it’s a TRUE open source platform.

The main disadvantage of running a forked version of Android is that it doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store and Google’s bundled apps. The OEM will therefore have to build their own store and populate it with apps. Nokia thinks this won’t be a problem and promises great developer support. They also claim that 75% of applications are already Nokia X ready.

It’s also a good thing Android allows for side-loading applications but this is not an ideal case.

TECHNICAL DETAILS ABOUT THE DEVICES

The Nokia X is the entry level android device, with a 4-inch IPS LCD screen, 512MB RAM and a 3-megapixel camera. It will be available in green, black, white, yellow, cyan and red for €89 (Approximately Shs. 10,500/= before tax, Shs. 12,000/= after VAT)

The Nokia X+ is identical to the X but offers 768MB RAM and a 4GB MicroSD card is included in the box. It comes in the same colours as the Nokia X. It will retail at €99 (Approximately Shs. 11,500/= before tax, Shs. 13,300/= after VAT)

The Nokia XL packs a 5-inch screen, 768MB RAM, the free MicroSD card and it has both a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for Skype calls, as well as a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash. The same colours are available as for the Nokia X and X+, except bright orange replaces the red with this model. The XL will retail at €109 (Approximately Shs. 13,000/= before tax, Shs. 15,000/= after VAT)

The following table illustrates the differences between the models.

  Nokia X Nokia X+ Nokia XL
Screen 4-inch IPS LCD, 800 x 480px 4-inch IPS LCD, 800 x 480px 5-inch IPS LCD, 800 x 480px
RAM 512MB 768MB 768MB
Storage Up to 32GBMicroSD Up to 32GBMicroSD; 4GB card included Up to 32GBMicroSD; 4GB card included
Rear camera 3-megapixel fixed focus 3-megapixel fixed focus 5-megapixel with autofocus and flash
Front camera - - 2-megapixel
Processor 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon1GHz Dual Core 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon1GHz Dual Core 8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon1GHz Dual Core
Networks ESGM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900WCDMA 900 / 2100 ESGM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900WCDMA 900 / 2100 ESGM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900WCDMA 900 / 2100
Dimensions 115.5 x 63 x 10.4mm 115.5 x 63 x 10.4mm 141.3 x 77.7 x 10.8mm
Weight 128.66g 128.66g 190g
Standby time 2G = Up to 28.5 days3G = Up to 22 days 2G = Up to 28.5 days3G = Up to 22 days 2G = Up to 41 days3G = Up to 26 days
Talk time 2G = Up to 13.3 hours3G = Up to 10.5 hours 2G = Up to 13.3 hours3G = Up to 10.5 hours 2G = Up to 16 hours3G = Up to 13 hours

AVAILABILITY

The Nokia X will be available to buy immediately in Asia Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle-East and Africa. The Nokia X+ and XL are expected to be available from Q2 2014. The prices quoted do not include any local taxes or operator subsidies.

The immediate availability and budget pricing is a good combination to have these devices in a lot of hands.

*source: mulikamwizi.com

Samsung Galaxy S5 Product Specifications

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Network

LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)

Display

5.1” FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)

AP

2.5GHz Quad core application processor

OS

Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat)

Camera

16MP (rear), 2.0MP (front)

Video

UHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilizationVideo Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8

Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Audio

Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLACAudio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Camera

Features

HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot&More

Additional

Features

IP67 Dust and water Resistant

Ultra Power Saving Mode

Download Booster

S Health 3.0

Quick Connect

Private Mode

Kids Mode

Google Mobile Services Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)

Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+

USB: USB 3.0

NFC

IR Remote

Sensor

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture(IR), Finger Scanner, Heart rate sensor

Memory

RAM: 2GB

Internal Memory: 16/32GB 

microSD slot upto 64GB

Dimension

142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g

Battery

2800mAh

Standby time: 390 hrs / Talk time: 21 hrs