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History of Touchscreen Smartphones

When it comes to smartphone and I am very critical and picky. Many of friends and relatives consult me before buying a smartphone. I am that fussy that I can even dislike a phone just because it is unable to provide an USP but a brand value to please others such price range. And I too believe others are so they choose as per their need. My money is always on Google Nexus phones as it’s an official android device with latest  stock vanilla latest android version that is always ready to get first updates. In recent years many Chinese companies have evolved and made phone of higher flagship range in half of its price tag. Indian market of youths and enthusiast appropriated that. Only a few are really amazing as most of them are quite disappointing and cheap phones.

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In the year 2007 since the first apple iPhone was introduced it has a capacitive touchscreen for the first time in any mainstream smartphone. Although LG Prada phone was the first phone with capacitive touch. After that many companies have started selling their phones with linux platform called android, a project made by google for making smartphones and tablets just more like geeky version of apple iOS. Other big platforms like Palm, Symbian, Windows, Blackberry could not survive as per Charles Darwin theory.

Initially android was not that great, bit sluggish in every device, there were errors and issues involved unlike iOS that was quite simple and smoother than any other phone for normal daily usage. People were saying what a copy of iphone. But that remained since the end of 2011 when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was introduced. And here when I talk about android means their official hardware phone that is nexus. It was new refined platform but the maturity and smoothness comes more from Jelly Bean that lasted for couple of years.

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It was the time apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away since then iOS has been struggling and trying to make something like Android with the roots of iOS. Now they made the phone bigger, made iOS 8 bit more complicated than ever before, which was against the views of Jobs. Majority of apps that are valuable are available in both the environments. And early adopters of apple iPhone started to move on. I am not saying apple iPhone is bad smartphone but overall good phone for someone who is more like don’t care about new technologies, best camera phone, technophobe, wants more simpler user interface or brand value specially here in India.

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But since then both universes are just making the device more refined and beautiful, not much involvement of new features. There is no significant or drastic changes. Maybe because their no bunny to take advantage of cat fights between two giants. Exactly this is why they even have developed new stuffs, most probably by google Android team are new showing casing their aces on the table. Today iOS 9 and android marshmallow 6.0 are both great devices and in the end of the day it is just a phone with fancy multi-features.

WHAT’S NEW IN THE UPCOMING ANDROID M 6.0

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Google has announced this year’s latest operating system Android M 6.0 in developer preview at their annual conference Google I/O on 28th of May.
This new OS has not final name yet so it is just M till the developers make it final in late October of this year with their upcoming Nexus device. It can be M for Muffin, M&M, Milkshake or Makhaniya Lassi??
It is not a big update but there are plenty of new features in this new Android M of which some gonna make you super excited about. Initially you will see from the home and theme. You will not recognize that is it current lollipop or upcoming M. Then when you open to app drawer. Things have been changed. Now instead of horizontal scrolling, app drawer works vertically in alphabetical order. That makes it quite weird.
According to google this the more a polished version of Android Lollipop with advancement and promise of better battery life with two times more in idle.
Things like better text selection with a floating toolbar. Now it selects word by word, this makes it fun and easier to use.  Latest integration of USB Type-C support which you might have seen in latest macbook now for android phones, crazy improved power management specially when you leave your device in standby.
Fingerprint scanner support is now in stock android just like in Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices, an improved verison of Google wallet called Android Pay. Also by this you can purchase apps, music, books etc on play store. In future we can expect many manufactures with this fingerprint scanner in the mobile device. Online shopping sites like flipkart, myntra, amazon, snapdeal etc using for authentication for paying.
Now you can give individual permission to android apps that you have already installed like if you don’t want your app to use your mic, camera or any information, you can simply deselect it. It will make better privacy as well as security for your android device.
Revamped volume controls that made it simpler to use. Now you can use use your volume rocker down to make it silent and if you hit down again, it turns to be Do Not Disturb Mode. Also it has separate settings for phone, ringing and alarm volume.
For those who miss dark theme of previous android versions in their lollipop now can set dark or light or auto theme of their choice in their settings. Customized Chrome tabs have been introduced, direct sharing with contacts are all now included.
Google now is getting better and better since Jelly bean 4.1. From now it is gonna work anywhere. Whether you are surfing web on chrome or chatting on whatsapp. Apps don’t need modifications to let Google Now use them as context, but developers will be able to make their Google Now cards more actionable.
Android has never properly supported external storage, with Google offering excuses like a confusing  UI and the slowness of microSD cards as the reasons behind its reluctance to support them. But now, with Android M, Google is introducing support for external storage in a way that card inserted into a device and treat it like internal storage. You can even install apps in that. This will gonna have killer feature for budget smartphones popular in developed countries like our India.