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Micromax a50 superfone ninja

Micromax A50 Review: Fast, Powerful, Very Cheap Android Phone with AISHA

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Micromax recently introduced its latest model Micromax A50 android smartphone which is available at a very competitive price, a mere Rs. 4,999 only. And this droid also showcases a voice assistant tool called AISHA much like the popular SIRI.

HIGHLIGHTS OF MICROMAX A50:

  • 7.9 cms Capacitive touchscreen
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread Mobile OS
  • Features the all new AISHA (Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant)
  • Dual SIM Support
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS and Bluetooth connectivity
  • 2.0 MP Camera
  • Gravity Sensor
  • External Storage expandable upto 32 GB

Micromax a50 review - a cheap android phone with aisha

Press Release by Micromax at the end of the post.

The A50 is powerful in multi-tasking too as it comes with a 650 Mhz processor speed. However the most exceptional feature of this phone is AISHA, the voice assisted tool. In the end we all want a phone which can do our tasks in a jiffy, in this case AISHA will prove very helpful for you.

Is AISHA a mimic of SIRI?

You just exchange a command such as “Update status on Facebook” and the rest is done by AISHA. You can also ask her “What is the weather in New York” and she will respond to you by “The weather is cold”. As you can see the commands are all a mimic what we found in iPhone’s SIRI, but then again iPhone 4S costs double than what A50 is priced at.

update facebook status on micromax a50

Although there are voice assistance tools for Android available at Google Play such as Skyvi and Iris but Aisha performs better and responds to your commands with much greater accuracy than those apps.

 

Impressive TVC

 

VERDICT: Looking at the connectivity options such as 3G and Wi-Fi and also enough processor speed for everyday use, this smartphone is priced at a very cheap rate i.e. Rs. 4,999 which is pretty competitive because not a lot of manufacturers these days are putting their models on sale with such feature sets in that price range. If you are looking for an affordable Android phone with more than enough features to get you started then look no further, Micromax A50 is best suited for you.

But if you are one of those who are into photography and want pro features then don’t consider buying this phone because 2.0 MP camera is not the best option. The starting point for you will be 5.0 MP found in Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Ace and other mid-range phones which also have nice processing powers and GPS functionality, which is important for people which like to take pictures while traveling or in events like weddings that you can even take pictures Inside Out Booth.

Here is the official press release by Micromax:

Bangalore, April 26th, 2012: Micromax Informatics Limited (“Micromax”)the 12th largest handset manufacturer in the World (According to Global Handset Vendor Market share report from Strategy Analytics) today announced the launch of A50 Ninja, which comes with an Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant, “AISHA”.

Priced at Rs. 4,999/- the Micromax A50 Ninja makes an effort to provide an affordable smartphone solution for the masses who have longed for a phone which is not just smart but an intelligent device. In succession to A85, A75, A73 and A78, Micromax intensifies its Superfone portfolio by introducing A50 and thus offering handsets ranging from Rs. 4,999 to Rs. 12, 500.

A50 runs on Android version 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) with a processor speed of 650 MHz .The phone features a 7.9 cms multi touch capacitive screen to provide ease to the users. It’s another dual SIM Android powered offering from Micromax. However, with A50 Micromax offers a new innovation to the user in form of AISHA. Through the voice recognition tool, Users can initiate a Google search, view stock market details, Know phone status, movie reviews, make calls, read news of desired locations, know horoscopes, make language translations and also view recipes through AISHA. This is not just enough, AISHA helps you to inquire your missed calls, send message, inquire date and time, weather conditions, pose knowledge questions and a number of jobs to count on.

AISHA is an application that translates words into action. By simply speaking to the phone, the users can connect with the people, businesses and activities that are important to you. With AISHA if the users need to check the weather conditions they just need to say ‘What is the weather in Delhi’ and AISHA will respond saying “The weather will be sunny”.

For the smooth functioning of AISHA to provide an intelligent and immediate response, Micromax has back-end tie up with Indian portals such as Timesjob.com, Simplymarry.com etc

Through AISHA, the users can update their status on Facebook and Twitter. A50 comes on the Gingerbread platform and the users can discover a hub of apps that awaits them at the Google Play Store ranging from entertainment to music apps. Micromax A50 sports a 2.0 MP camera.

Superfone A50 Ninja is available at an attractive price of Rs. 4,999. This model will be available across all leading retail outlets in India.

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the carrier iq threat - is it present in your smartphone?

Is your Android handset being compromised without you knowing?

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Carrier IQ is the name of the new threat that’s been hitting millions of Android phones worldwide. Apparently Carrier IQ is a phone tracking company that logs information from your specific carrier and sends it to their computers for a complete signal analysis and performance reports. At least that’s what was believed they were doing!

According to a recent discovery by Trevor Eckhart, an Android Security Researcher,

Eckhart shows how software developed by mobile-device tracker Carrier IQ logs each keystroke and then sends them off to locations unknown. In addition, when Eckhart tried placing a call, Carrier IQ’s software recorded each number before the call was even made.

trevor eckhart demonstrating the workings of carrier iq

Image Credit: FoxNews.com

After this leak was known many mobile and smartphone manufacturers such as APPLE, HTC, Samsung and Nokia are denying affiliations to the mobile tracking company Carrier IQ. In fact, APPLE immediately responded when questioned, that it will remove the Carrier IQ completely in a future software update of the iOS 5.

The Android Operating System developer Google has also refused any connections with Carrier IQ and told that Carrier IQ software does not come pre-installed with the operating system and it is not responsible for how carriers and mobile manufacturing companies modify the applications on their devices.

After learning about this new development many multinational companies and famous personalities are demanding for an explanation and are distancing themselves from Carrier IQ because we all know its going down, as the mess is now pretty big!

I think this is a major breach of our privacy and personal lives. What do you think? Share you thoughts and let us know in the comments.

Source: The Verge, CNET, ZDNet
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Will Smart Phones replace Desktops??

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“In three years time, desktops will be irrelevant. In Japan, most research is done today on smart phones, not PCs”.

This statement by John Herilhy, Google’s European Director inspired my Fe2O3 coated brain(that’s rust for u non-geeks 😛 ) to do some serious thinking. So, today I managed to sneak away from my hectic work schedule & prepare my own list of why Desktops are here to stay!!( I Hope my TL is not reading this!! 😛 )

  1. All said and done, desktops are comfortable from the ergonomic point of view. Laptops can be often be strenuous and I shudder to think of a tomorrow where I may have to depend on my smartphone for creating reports or perform any time & resource consuming activities.
  2. Battery life : A lot of people prefer desktops to laptops & netbooks mainly because they don’t have to worry about the battery life. Even the best of laptop batteries cannot survive for more than a few hours. Can you imagine a smart phone battery powering resource intensive operations??
  3. One of the best things about a desktop system is its extensibility. I can upgrade by system to include a 1 TB HDD, 3.6Ghz processor( or an even more intensive one in future), 4GB RAM etc etc and this will definitely be a smooth transition. But Mr. Herihly, can I do this to your smart phone??
  4. Almost all companies prefer desktops as they are considered theft-safe. I cant think of any CEO who would switch all desktops to smart phones just because they are much smaller in size & easier to handle. Seriously, why would anyone spend millions of bucks in replacing existing systems when they can upgrade the system specs in half the amount?
  5. Desktop machines are ideal servers. Can smart phones ever replace them? I’m still wondering how….
  6. Agreed. Phones allow you to instantly send updates on facebook and twitter. But what about 3-D gaming? What about running a massive word processing application? Folks, we DO need desktops for all of these!

So, my dear Google, we all love you and we know that you are invaluable. But we love our good old desktops as well! We will not let the new age smart phone clinch away our beloved PC’s 🙂

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