Google partners MyGov to build PMO mobile app
Google partners MyGov to build PMO
Online search giant Google will help MyGov, the citizen
engagement platform of the government of India, to launch a nationwide contest to build
a mobile app for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), a company statement said here on
―Google will partner MyGov in this contest to build the PMO
mobile app. The contest will launch tomorrow at 5 p.m. on MyGov.in,‖ the statement
said.This contest will be held across the country at different institutions and colleges and
will invite participation from people throughout India.
Speaking at a NASSCOM event on Sunday, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi said he was planning to invite ideas from the public for developing a
mobile app for his office.
―We are very excited to be a part of the Prime Minister’s vision and
would urge every Indian to come forward and participate in the app development contest
and become a cohesive part of governance and decision making in the country,‖ said
Rajan Anandan, vice president and managing director, Google India & South-East Asia.
―To realise the Government’s Digital India vision, we are
collaborating with MyGov to develop a mobile app for the Prime Minister’s Office
(PMO) through a contest. With this we wish to support the Government’s agenda and
provide every citizen access to the PM’s office through a mobile device,‖ Chetan
Krishnaswamy, country head – public policy at Google India said.
―Through the PMO app contest we wish to use technology
effectively to encourage innovation, aspiration and enhance connectivity. We want to
provide every citizen access to the PMO through a mobile device,‖ Gaurav Dwivedi,
chief executive officer, MyGov said.
―And since this is an app for the people, we are inviting people to
submit ideas on the features they would like to see in their PMO’s mobile app,‖ he added.
HTC partners up with Valve and makes
virtual reality headset HTC Re Vive
The HTC One M9 managed to keep one thing a secret: It partnered
up with Valve to create a virtual reality headset called the HTC Re Vive.
Including a gyroscope, the device will have many sensors,
accelerometer and a laser position sensor, and it will track the wearer’s entire surrounding
environment and not just head movements.
This means they will be able to interact with objects, explore their
virtual environment and inspect them from all sides.
Re Vive will show a 1,200 x 1,080 screen in front of each eye from
a technical perspective and with refresh rates of 90 frames per second. An audio jack is
supplied for connecting the headphones and it will come with ergonomic VR game
controllers for each hand.
HTC has set forth an ambitious timeline for the Re Vive : The
developer edition will become available in spring 2015, and HTC says the consumerready variant should be available in time for 2015’s holiday season.
Google confirms plans to launch mobile
Washington: On Tuesday, senior Vice President at Google Sundar
Pichai said Search engine Giant Google has confirmed plans that the company is
launching its own Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) with existing partners.
senior Vice President at Google S Pichai said in a statement at
Mobile World Congress that the company is working towards creating its own MVNO
but did not disclose the names of the partners.
If rumours are to be believed, the existing partners of Google on the
project are Sprint and T-Mobile networks.
Sundar said that Google does not intend to be a ―carrier at scale‖.
He added, Google is aiming at breaking down the barriers of how
Huawei announces first Android Wear
Chinese technology major Huawei has unveiled its maiden
smartwatch as it looks to compete with global giants like Samsung, Apple and Motorola
in the nascent, but growing wearables market.
’Huawei Watch’ has been launched in classic, business and sporty
versions powered by Google’s Android Wear operating system.Featuring the lead of
Motorola, Huawei has also chosen to go with the round-face look, which has received
favourable reviews from fashion-conscious youth over square-faced smartwatches.
―Wearable devices will remain one of the most significant trends in
the industry, and by leveraging Huawei’s technology and innovation, Huawei Consumer
BG aims to be a leader in the wearable space,‖ Huawei CEO Consumer B.G. Richard Yu
The Huawei Watch features a 1.4 inch AMOLED, scratch & waterproof display, that can be paired with a smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher.The
device comes packed with health tracking functions and has a built-in advanced heart rate
monitor sensor and built-in microphone.
According to research firm Gartner, the global wearable electronic
devices for fitness shipments are forecast to reach 91.3 million units in 2016 from 73.01
million units in 2013.Huawei has also launched other wearables, including TalkBand B2
and TalkBand N1.
The second generation of Huawei’s TalkBand products showcases a
more business-like professional design with smarter fitness tracking functionality, while
the Huawei TalkBand N1 is a stereo and Bluetooth headset featuring 4 GB of local MP3
storage.The TalkBand B2 will retail at 169 euros (about Rs. 11,700) onwards, while
TalkBand N1 will be available for 119 euros (about Rs. 8,200).
Huawei has also unveiled its MediaPad X2, which it claims is the
world’s first ultra-octa 64 bit 4G phablet. Featuring a 7-inch HD IPS screen, it has a
2GHz ultra-octa chipset, 5,000 mAh battery and 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing
camera.The Huawei MediaPad X2 will come in two versions — standard version of 2 GB
RAM and 16 GB ROM and a premium 3 GB RAM and 32 GB memory. The devices are
dual-SIM and offer 4G network support.