Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates roundup

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is released and the wait for your smart phone to get updated is at stake. There is no clear information on when Marshmallow will be rolled out for the different smart phones available in the market. Here we are with a few of them which will be supported by Marshmallow.
The Android updates involve a complex process which considers chip makers, Google, device makers, and carriers. It is a known fact that software updates always come with delays, errors, botched releases, slow rollouts and with variations based on device model, carrier and region.
If your phone is not in the below list, there is nothing to chaos since these lists are always not the final and it keeps getting updated or altered.

1. Nexus Marshmallow update
Google released the Android 6.0 for Nexus devices on October 5. The below devices are compatible for Marshmallow updates.
                      Nexus 6P
                      Nexus 5X
                      Nexus 6
                      Nexus Player
                      Nexus 9 LTE
                      Nexus 9 Wifi
                      Nexus 5
                      Nexus 7 2013 Wifi
                      Nexus 7 2013 Mobile
Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Nexus 10 will not have an update to Marshmallow.

2. Samsung Marshmallow update
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were the devices to receive Marshmallow updates initially on February 15.It is said that the below devices will also have the update delivered.
                      Galaxy S5
                      Galaxy S5 LTE-A
                      Galaxy S5 neo
                      Galaxy S6
                      Galaxy S6 Edge
                      Galaxy S6 Edge+
                      Galaxy Note 4
                      Galaxy Note Edge
                      Galaxy Note 5
                      Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

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3. LG Marshmallow update
The T-Mobile update list revealed that LG G4, LG G3 and G4 Stylo will receive the update.  It is also rumoured that the newly launched V10 and G Flex 2 will also be added to the list. The mid range series of LG namely, Manga, Leon, Spirit, Bello are less expected to have the update.

4. Motorola Marshmallow update
Motorola is always in phase with the Android updates. It is quick, fast and adaptable with the android updates. For a change, it looks like Motorola has difficulties in delivering the update to some of its versions like the Moto E, Moto X (2013) and some carrier versions of the Moto X (2014). It is said that the update will be rolled out for devices with Snapdragon 410 powered versions in Latin, America, Europe, Canada and Asia. The list has excluded China.
Some of the devices are mentioned below.
                      2015 Moto X Pure Edition (3rd gen)
                      2015 Moto X Style (3rd gen)
                      2015 Moto X Play
                      2015 Moto G (3rd gen)
                      Moto E (2015) – Snapdragon version
                      2014 Moto X Pure Edition in the US (2nd gen)
                      2014 Moto X in Latin America, Europe and Asia (2nd gen)
                      2014 Moto G and Moto G with 4G LTE (2nd gen)
                      DROID Turbo
                      2014 Moto MAXX
                      2014 Moto Turbo
                      Nexus 6

5. HTC Marshmallow update
The HTC device list for Marshmallow is below.
                      HTC One M8
                      HTC One M9+
                      HTC One E9+
                      HTC One E9
                      HTC One ME
                      HTC One E8
                      HTC One M8 EYE
                      HTC Butterfly 3
                      HTC Desire 826
                      HTC Desire 820
                      HTC Desire 816

The unlocked version of One A9 will receive all the android updates within every 15 days. It is indeed a great promise to keep up with. So let’s see how Motorola keeps the bigger promise.

6. Sony Marshmallow update
The official list of devices to receive Marshmallow is
                      T Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium
                      Xperia Z4 Tablet
                      Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
                      Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet
                      Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4
A message on the Sony website says that Sony Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet, C4, C5 Ultra, M4 Aqua and M5 will directly receive Android 6.0 skipping the android 5.1.1. The Marshmallow compatible list includes all the Xperia Z5 series. Marshmallow isn’t available for the 2013 Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact and the older Xperia Z. Some of the mid rage devices of Sony will also be receiving the Marshmallow updates.

7. Huawei Marshmallow update
The Marshmallow updates for Huawei made it help in supporting its devices. This indeed was possible because of the Nexus program which involved Google and Huawei.

                      Huawei Mate S
                      Huawei Mate 7
                      Huawei P8
                      P8 Youth Edition
                      P8 Max
                      Maimagn 4
                      G7 Plus
                      Honor 7
                      Honor 7i
                      Honor 6 Plus
                      Honor 6
                      Honor X2
                      Honor 4X
                      Honor Play 4C

8. ZTE Marshmallow update
ZTE was not much concerned about Android updates. The Chinese market is demanding ZTE to opt for Marshmallow updates in the future.

9. OnePlus Marshmallow update
There is not much talk about Marshmallow among OnePlus devices. The first model of OnePlus which is one runs on Cyanogen OS and OnePlus two runs on Oxygen.

10. Asus Marshmallow update
The list of devices for Marshmallow update is below
                      PadFone S (PF500KL)
                      ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML/ZE551ML)
                      ZenFone 2 Deluxe / Special Edition (ZE551ML)
                      ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KG/ZE500KL/ZE550KL/ZE600KL/ZE601KL)
                      ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL)
Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 are not included in the list along with other Asus devices from 2014.

11. Lenovo Marshmallow update
Lenovo declared only few devices for Marshmallow update and hasn’t rolled out the date of updates so far.
                      Lenovo A7000, A7000 Plus, and K3 Note – update expected by September 2016
                      Lenovo Vibe P1 and Vibe S1 – update expected by June 2016
                      K3 Note – March-April 2016
                      Vibe X3 – March-April 2016
                      Vibe P1 – March 2016
                      A7000 – April 2016
Rest of the world:
                      K3 Note – March 2016
                      A7000 – April 2016
                      Vibe P1  – May 2016
                      Vibe S1 – June 2016
                      Vibe X3 – July 2016
                      A7000+ – July 2016

12. BlackBerry Marshmallow update
There’s only one Android device of BlackBerry and it looks like Marshmallow is not their cup of tea. It is said that BlackBerry Priv will receive Android 6.0 in near future.

13. Xiaomi Marshmallow update
Xiaomi Mi and Xiaomi Mi Note will receive the Marshmallow updates.

Other devices to receive Marshmallow updates are Micromax & Yu, Alcatel, Nvidia Shield Android TV, Original Nvidia Shield Tablet, Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 and Nvidia Shield Android TV.

Allo : Google’s New Messaging Service

Allo is an instant messaging mobile app developed by Google and was launched on September 21, 2016. It provides a ‘smart reply’ function, using which users can reply to the messages without typing!!! Isn’t it cool??? It offers a first look at what’s possible with Google Assistant.

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Here Assistant is Google’s Al Chatbot which answers questions based on drawing as a medium to respond which was collected since many years. It even offers recommendations on nearby points of interest, plays games with you, cracks a bad jokes and etc. Using Google Assistant feels like more personal and conversational when compared to Google Now.

Source: pin interest

Allo is a mobile-first. That means users can use Allo only on mobile phones there is no way to download it over the Web.
If you are interested in getting started with Google’s latest mobile messaging app, here are the details:

How to Install Allo:-
-          Open the ‘Play Store’ from your home screen or through app drawer.
-          Search for ‘Google Allo’.
-          Click on the three dots in the top right corner next to the search result.
-          Click on Install.

How to Set-up Allo:-
Allo is a mobile friendly app, which stands you all have to set up using your mobile phones.
-          First give Allo access to your contacts, phone storage and ability to send and view SMS messages.
-          Enter your phone number.
-          Enter the verification code.
-          Take a picture or choose the one from the gallery.
-          Add your name and click on Next.

How to Start a Chat in Allo:-
As we all know, Allo is a first messaging service on mobile which relies on your phone contacts. If Allo is installed on your contact, you will see their names on the top. If not, you can send link to your friends to download and start using Allo. All you have to do is, to get Allo installed in your contact and that’s it. Now it’s a very straight forward process to initiate a chat session.
-          Click on Message action button (Circular button with a message icon in the bottom right corner).
-          Enter your contact’s name in the search box or else scroll down to select the contact.
-          Viola!!!

Text Messaging and Allo:-
Users can’t set the messaging service as the default SMS client on mobile phones, as Allo is not a replacement of Hangout.
Allo offers the ability to message a contact that doesn’t have Allo installed through Play Services, but that’ about it. Users can talk to contacts over SMS with the message itself routed through Google’s server. But what to keep in mind is, Allo is not an SMS service by design. It has more similarities to 

WhatsApp than iMessage.
As mentioned in the note above, Allo is a mobile-first which means there is no way a user can download Allo over the web. It requires your phone/mobile number to get registered and user can only use it on one device at a time. Right now Allo is in the proverbial beta stage. But as the time passes, Google will add more functionality to the app.

Features of Allo:-
In this vast variety of messaging apps which are available today, Allo is loaded with functionality that differentiates it from the rest. First one is Google Assistant. It always runs in the background and is there to assist you when you are in need. Example. Sharing a picture of food? It will ask, if you want to take a look at the restaurants which are nearby. Interested in going out? It will offer a list of nearby places, events and movies right there in the chat window. Also it offers contextual information within chats, reply suggestions, emoji parties and much more.
Allo offers an incognito mode for private chats and you can choose from a variety of stickers when words are not enough.
When you are not in mood to type, you can select from diverse set of emojis to send your message across. There is an emoji for each emotions, occasions, and pets and even for social activities.

Incognito Messaging:-
Means ‘incognito mode’ does not store a record of your conversation. Using this facility, user can set a timer specifying the duration of the chat following which the chat will be automatically deleted. All ephemeral chats are overlaid with a grey incognito icon.

Top Features of Allo:-
.       Google Assistant
A chatbot that provides answers to your queries by drawing on the search giant’s machine learning smarts.
.       Response in a smarter way
While you chat, Google Assistant offers a series of responses based on the context of the conversation.
.       Emoji
When you are not in mood to type a word, go ahead and select an emoji out of many varieties based on emotions, occasions etc.
.       Scribble away
Jazz up images which you are sharing with friends by doodling on them or by adding text.
.       Emphasize your point with text
Allo offers facility to make your text larger or smaller. To use this effect, users have to press and hold the send button, and slide it up to enlarge text, and slide down to shrink it.
.       Stickers
Google has worked with ‘Independent artists and studios around the world’ to launch 25 sticker packs for Allo.
.       Incognito

Allo offers an incognito mode which does not store a record of your conversation.

Allo and Travelling:-
Allo is installed to your main phone number. But can switch your SIM card when you go out like travelling and still you can continue the Allo service without any issues. As far as you don’t active Allo on another device with the same number, you will be able to access the services.

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Should you use Allo? :-
Allo is just launched and there are several features which are missing. Even though it is tied to Google account, chats are stored locally and it did not make their way across when you switch to a new device. Lack of a desktop client is the biggest drawbacks for me; hopefully this issue will get fixed soon.

Video calling is the one feature which is not available on Whatsapp or Messenger. If Google manages to add this feature on Allo, it would have raised a good beginning against its rivals. Google Assistant really useful, but it has to be polished before it can be usable every day. While Google works on these issues, I am busy in pushing my friends and family to shift to Allo. 

Do You Want Some Gifting Ideas for Him on this Valentine’s Day to Make Him Feel Special?

We know how difficult it is to select a gift when someone has everything! It makes our task even more complicated. So, what’s your plan for this Valentine’s Day? Did you think of any gifts for your loved one? Don’t worry.
Here are some nice ideas of Valentine’s gifts that would make you win your man’s heart. So, go out and purchase a Valentine’s Day gift based on one of the ideas mentioned below.

1. Gadgets:

Now-a-days, the virtual reality headsets are in trend. It’s a kind of gift, his friends will see and surely tell your boyfriend that, he has got an awesome girlfriend! Trust me this works.

2. Fragrance:

You can gift him a nice fragrance such as ‘Eternity’, ‘Davidoff’, Gucci Guilty Pour Homme’, ‘Calvin Klein’ etc.

3. Men’s Grooming Set:

This valentine’s day, you can pamper him from his head to toe, by gifting him a nice grooming set, if he has a beard, this way you can be ensured that it is well groomed.   A gorgeous grooming kit contains body spray, deodorant, aftershave, soap and beard balm, which are the essentials.

4. Chocolate and Scotch Cordials:

If your man likes both scotch and chocolates, then you can go for the chocolates that are made with scotch. Usually these are rich and dark chocolates that contain a small dose of real scotch. This would give him the best of both!


5. Funny and Personalized T-Shirts:

This is actually a good gifting idea, as you can use your creativity and personalize it with some funny writings, pictures on it.

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6. A Basket full of his favourite food:

You can purchase his favourite food items that are arranged cutely in a small basket from any mall or order them online. Surprise him! Or you can subscribe to such baskets and get it delivered directly to him.

7. Thumb-sticks:

If you are dating a man who loves game, then this would be the best gift for him. Modern warfare-themed thumb-sticks will make his gaming more comfortable.

8. Scotch and Whiskey Hamper:

You can buy his favourite drinks (Whiskey, Rum, Scotch), arrange it neatly in a gift basket and gift. I am sure, he will love it! Rather than a bottle, go for a hamper of Vat69, Black Dog etc. that actually pampers the man of your life!

9. A Shirt + a Necktie:

This would be the perfect gift, if your boyfriend is just starting to explore his personal style.

10. Briefcase Barbecue:

If your boyfriend is a great cook, the briefcase barbecue is the best gift, because it is portable. He can use it while travelling.

11. A pair of sunglasses:

This is one of the coolest gifts. Go for the sunglass that has metal arms with classic cuts which are really nice. It’s a fashionable gift and also practical.

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12. A Shoot Mug:

If your man is a photographer who loves to live for his DSLR and can’t live without his camera, then this would be the best gift. This coffee mug is shaped like a camera lens and it’s also a quirky gift that captures his taste and interest.

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