Dec 082013

Sorry I took a long time to write this post. There has been so much in this update that I kept discovering new stuff everyday. I probably will realise something tomorrow too. I’ll update that here for sure.
Anyway, my idea behind this post is not to give a complete review of what changes you can expect or have found on your update, but to help you discover more on the update. Am judging that based on the numerous posts out there on the topic of the changes on a Nexus 4 after Kitkat.
Let me start with saying that I wasn’t too happy with the update. Honestly, I now use more memory than when on JB, running the same apps. My free memory has not risen above 900 MB. Let me put an example. Right now, all I have running on my N4 is the music player. I can now see that the free memory is only 728 MB. I remember days when I had at least a couple of apps running and the free memory would be more than 1.1 gig. Just to advocate on my point, I have restarted the phone and very soon I have less than 600MB left. I delete the services of Yahoo mail, FB, textplus, whatsapp and the like to get back to about 800MB of free memory. Long story short, no respite.
Now that I have cleared that of my chest, let me get to my original intention. What is new? At least in the front end.
Screenshot_2013-11-26-06-31-55A new screen showing the process stats. How long the apps have been running.



Screenshot_2013-11-26-06-31-35The screen which shows the option to change from DVM to ART and vice versa. There are two things I’d like to tell you here. One being that google hasn’t really migrated away from the classic Holo blue. They do use the new roboto font here and there and the occasional white but holo blue still exists on the decive. Two, when you switch from DVM to ART, expect a long time before a restart. I haven’t stressed enough on the long part here but I hope you get the point. Not every app out there supports ART, or should I say ART doesn’t support every app out there. (Cough! Whatsapp Cough!)


Screenshot_2013-11-26-06-45-22The clock app has changed quite a bit. We now have 4 tabs instead of three. The alarm clock option in the bottom in JB is now a new tab. I need those times for at work. So the world clock is pretty handy. The selection of the times is now clearly visible.

(I must thank my trusty old N7 2012 which still has JB 4.3 on it which helped me in giving me a comparative perspective. Disclosure: Am not planning to update it to 4.4 till I confide in it. Poor thing has only 1 Gig of RAM on it.)


Screenshot_2013-11-26-06-20-50 This picture is obviously pointing out to the camera switch on the right and the Google Now launcher in the middle. But my intention in showing this pic is not so obvious. See that white WiFi symbol on the top. Well, data was being transferred when i took the screenshot. And there was no indication of data being transferred. In JB, there was a little symbol that showed incoming and outgoing data activity no matter the connection option, WiFi or data. That little symbol is visible in the image in my previous post. Look for the WiFi symbol on the top. In Kitkat, this transfer of data is not displayed. All you can see is that your device is connected. If any of the apps running is transferring any data, that activity is invisible, at least on the icon on top.


Kindly note that this post was just to tell you what is not being told everywhere else, could be they haven’t noticed or they chose to ignore this(except the ART part, couldn’t resist mentioning that though). As I write this post the 4.4.1 is available via the OTA update. I will check that out and write if things have turned for the worse or the better.

Nov 022011

A well coordinated and content rich event. Not to mention great talks and networking. There were 3 key note speeches followed by individual content based talks. These included writing apps on multiple platforms, managing the applications/support, various infrastructure at our disposal.There was also a tribute to Steve Jobs by many speakers who gave their beautiful perspectives of the great man. There were contests as well, prizes to be given away on the last day of the event.

The key note talks were given from Nokia, SISO and Tata Communications.

Multiple stalls were setup at the Expo area by organisations, showcasing their products and services. The food was good and there was good response from the volunteers.

Awaiting the second day of the event to start. And yeah, awaiting the goodies as well. Venue: IIsc Bangalore.

Nice work saltmarch media.

Oct 132011

Got this doubt last week when I couldn’t get out of my house after 10 AM. Was too sunny and hot. Moreover, with frequent and long power outages it only got worse.
I was taught in school when I was a kid that august brings autumn and september ends in winter months(May not be accurate but I hope my point is made). This looks to be so not what is happening now, just as CO2 being less than 1% of the total air composition(as per a textbook). Oh wait!!! These two are actually related. CO2 much greater than what it should be and needless to say “Global Warming”.
We are supposed to re-write history…not meteorology or climatology. Have you ever heard anyone saying “that guy re-wrote meteorlogy”?? Burning fossil fuels and other carbon based “stuff” has caused this mishap, which imminently is going to do something BIG, Veeeery BIG. Great blockbusters have suggested future calamities. Enough to be deemed as “Mother nature’s revenge”.
My point here is not to ask anyone to look towards greener methods, cleaner fuels, stop the cutting of trees, etc..(which is the need of the hour)
All I want is that I don’t want to use an air conditioner in December or January to keep cool.