Friday, August 29, 2014

What I expect from the Google Nexus 6 (Nexus X), which possibly could be my next smartphone

First of all if you don't know yet, the Google Nexus 6 will most likely be called the Google Nexus X due to the famous story Blade Runner which features Nexus 6 super-advanced robots. To avoid any negative consequences, and to also possibly avoid the nomenclature issue for the next smartphone that will possibly be the Nexus 7, Google may have decided to have named the Nexus 6 as the Nexus X.

Now that we know that the Nexus X is surely coming, what do we expect out of it.

Well here is what I do,

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Snapdragon 805
  • 3GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage
  • Android L (or LMP)
Well that's pretty straightforward to say the least, but what about some other features or specifications which are not much talked about?

Build Quality
Well, I absolutely love the build quality of the Nexus 5, but when compared with devices like the HTC One M8, it surely is a big let down. And now that it's almost certain that the hardware will be built by Motorola, one can certainly expect a much better build quality than the Nexus 5.

The Nexus 5 has a brilliant build quality, but the Nexus X may exceed it largely as it's being developed by Motorola


Battery Life
Google has already worked on it, and the battery life on the Android L Developer Preview is fantastic! Yes, I say fantastic because I can easily say that there is at least 20% straight increase in the battery life of the Nexus 5 on the L Developer Preview. And this is not even the final version, not even a beta for that matter. It's just a developer preview. So if Google couples this new software with a relatively larger mAh battery, we can have some seriously good battery life on the Nexus X.

Google has done some amazing work on Android L for the battery life, that being coupled with a huge battery can be a beastly combination


Camera Improvements
Once again, the Nexus 5 has an amazing camera in terms of hardware. But some other phones with the same lens and sensor take far better pictures than the Nexus 5. It's because of the stock image processing Google offers. It's a known fact that Google never really took image processing too seriously, but considering how tight the mobile market and the hardware Google and Motorola will be using, a much better image processing algorithm will be really appreciated.

A 2K Display
Unlikely, but not impossible. We have already seen companies like Oppo and even Sony build their 2K display mobile devices, so one would certainly expect the same from Google's flagship device too. But considering the fact that Google loves to keep the price low and offer value-for-money to the customers, a 2K display looks unlikely. Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong in expecting it and if it does happen then I'm sure all the Google fans are gonna love sporting the Nexus X.


That's about it. Apart from the few hardware specifications I mentioned above, if the extra 4 features I wrote about are also added into the Nexus X, I'm sure it's going to be one of the greatest Nexus devices ever.

All the best, Google! Whatever you may come up with, I'm anyways gonna buy the Nexus X.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thank you, but I refuse to do the Ice Bucket Challenge

I was nominated and was excited about the ALS IceBucketChallenge, but I have decided not to do it now for several reasons, the biggest reason being that the real motive of the challenge has now faded away and it has become more of a gimmick right now. No offence to the people who have completed the challenge, it requires great strength to complete the task and so I am very proud of you!

Around 200 people taking up the Ice Bucket Challenge in Boston

But instead of doing the Ice Bucket Challenge, I have rather decided to do something that really does count for the welfare of the people suffering from ALS.

I am donating a small amount for the ALS patients, but I'm not forcing you to do the same. I just ask you to read about what ALS is, and spread awareness about it.

I request you to visit http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html and read about ALS, and spread knowledge and awareness about it.

A well compiled, diagrammatic representation of what ALS is


Please do read about what ALS, and if you wish to make a difference - DONATE!

At the same time I say it again that I'm not against the Ice Bucket Challenge, but if you do take up the challenge, don't just post a video of the same. Do something that makes a difference. Just taking up the challenge and doing nothing eventually leads to wastage of water with no positive results.
And thus, I challenge my three friends to take the Ice Bucket Challenge. They are Manoj Dulani, Ankita Pasad, and Krupalu Mehta. Whether to take up the challenge or not is up to you, but reading about ALS is what I least expect from you.

And I would like to thank Shreya Vaishnav for all that I have posted above. It's a status update by her which I read and decided to donate and spread awareness about ALS.

Thank you. Spread happiness!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Lost 30 Kilograms - My diet plan

NOTE: Please visit HERE to view the entire diet plan
http://abhishekmsharma.com/diet-plan/

When you hear the word 'dieting', the first thing that would possibly come to your mind is empty plates, or only salads, etc. But wait, that's not the case always. Believe me, I have lost around 30 Kilograms in about a year, following a smart diet plan. I did not get this diet plan from any website or a dietitian, I just tried it and luckily it worked. I hope it works for you too.

That's not the way you diet, empty plates are simply not the way - Diet, the smart way!


So without any further delay, let me begin with the diet plan.

Early morning (empty stomach) - A glass of hot/lukewarm water with honey and lemon

Breakfast (strictly after bath) - A glass of milk with Britannia 5 grain biscuits or Marie Digestive (3-4 biscuits) with a banana/boiled egg/egg omelet

2-3 hours after breakfast - Fruits (avoid Chikoos and Bananas here). Apples recommended.

Lunch - Salad comprising of Cucumber and/or Tomatoes. 2 chapatis without ghee and any traditional sabzi or dal. Have sprouts at least twice a week.

Evening snacks - A glass of milk or a vegetable soup with some salad. Some days khaakra or diet chivda will also do.

Dinner (try to have dinner before 9pm) - Again 2 chapatis without ghee with any traditional sabzi or dal.

Note:
  • Avoid fried food items completely.
  • Avoid cheese, butter, and sweets (basically sugar) as much as possible.
  • Drink lots of water. This may sound funny but make drinking water a hobby. When you are bored, go and drink water, even if you are not thirsty.
  • Don't drink water within 30 minutes of having breakfast/lunch/dinner.
  • Avoid eating at unusual times.
  • Avoid drinking cold water,
  • Avoid rice as much as possible, And prefer removing starch from rice before eating.

I followed this diet plan with absolutely ZERO EXERCISE and it worked flawlessly for me. I hope you follow it too and it helps you in reducing your extra kilos.

And before I conclude, if you want some inspiration to start dieting, you can always have a look at the picture below.

Me - Then & Now
Happy Dieting! Eat smart!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

An Android KitKat Easter Egg BootAnimation by me

I was bored and decided to make a KitKat Easter Egg Bootanimation for my phone so that I can flaunt KitKat while booting the device too. :D
I pretty much liked the outcome so thought of sharing it with all of you.

The size of the zip is big for a bootanimation (32mb) because all the images used are of full 1280x720 resolution.

Download it from my Dev Host account - Click Here

Can be used on the Nexus One, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and all other rooted Android phones having the resolution around 720p.

Installation:
To install, simply copy the zip file to system/media and give the permissions as rw-r-r (ie 644)

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I had posted this boot animation on XDA too, and the reviews I got over there where wonderful. I hope you like it too. Do try it out! :)

Here is a video of how the BootAnimation looks like:


The video doesn't look too good as it's just for 5 seconds. But believe me it looks fantastic as the bootanimation on the phone because I have looped it.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hangman - My first Android Game

So here is my first game for Android, Hangman.

You all would be familiar with Hangman, and so I don't need to explain it.

Compatibility: Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above

Size: Approx 1.4mb

Download: Download from the SlideMe App Store

The features of this Android game are:
  • Scores, wrong attempts left, attempted letters, and the hangman word all visible at a glance
  • Several categories of games to choose from (Cricket, Bollywood, World Countries, World Capitals, India Capitals, Football, etc)
  • Option to select from a variety of fonts
  • Three different difficulty levels, namely, Easy, Normal, and Hard
  • 'I Know It' feature to enter the word at one go
  • An option to research on the word if the player fails to identify it
  • Quick toggle to enable and disable sound effects
  • Simple, light and enjoyable






Download Hangman by Abhishek Sharma - Click Here


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Encrypter Decrypter - My second Android app

Encrypter Decrypter is my second Android app. Again, this is a simple app but does what it needs to do perfectly.

This app can convert your text in a reasonably secure text.

Compatibility: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and above

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Features:

- Encrypt and the encrypted text is directly copied to your clipboard

- You can directly share the encrypted text too using Email, Facebook, WhatsApp, SMS, etc.

- For large text files, the files can be opened using a file manager and the encrypted text can also be saved to text files (This is the reason why the read and write permissions are required by the app)

- The new Tabbed UI (swipe-able tabs)

Note: Saved files are saved in /sdcard/EncryptorDecryptor/Encrypted_Texts
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Please check it out. I hope you like it.

DOWNLOAD - DevHost


DOWNLOAD - DevHost

Monday, June 10, 2013

ArVoSurAr Calculator (Area Volume SurfaceArea) - My first Android App

So it's been a long time since I last wrote anything on this blog. I was starting to think that I have lost interest in blogs and articles. But well, I had to get back here to share some of my own stuff. So here I am. :)

Vacations are going on and I have nothing to do. So instead of getting bored, I thought of having a shot at Android programming. Android programming is pretty much Java, and as I know basics of Java very well I knew that starting off with Android won't be difficult either.

This post is basically for my first Android app. Not essentially the first, as the first app in any language is generally the 'Hello World' app! ;)

This app is called ArVoSurAr Calculator. I know the name sounds weird. ArVoSurAr stands for Area, Volume and Surface Area.

What this app basically does is calculate the three above mentioned values of various shapes as per the input of the user. A pretty simple app to make and simpler to try it out on your phone.

So please do download it and run it. Don't expect something fancy out of the app, it's a basic program but performs the given task very well.

I was planning to upload in on the Play Store but Google charges $25 one-time charge to publish apps. I'm in no mood to spend that.

So I have uploaded the app on the GetJar Store and even on Dev-Host. You can download it from either of the two places.

The application has few basic shapes to calculate values for. I may think of expanding it, but my first priority to learn new things rather than just expanding shapes which will be good for this app but not good for my knowledge.

Anyways, here are a few screenshots of the app. The GetJar and Dev-Host links to download the app are available below the screenshots.






GetJar (Under review by GetJar team. Will be up within 48 hours) - DOWNLOAD

DevHost download link - DOWNLOAD

 

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