Monthly Archives: June 2009

G1-HTC’s Answer to the iPhone?

G1 is the latest in the offering from the Smartphone company giant HTC (High Tech Computer). G1 is one of the most anticipated Google phones and it seems that they plan to roll out the product in Indian markets by the end of the year. The G1 has features similar to the Apple iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry, so the G1 should be taking on the iPhone in the Indian markets.

HTC’s new cutie is based on the Android platform, a mobile-based operating system powered by Linux Kernel, initially developed by Google and later by the Open Handset Alliance, which includes HTC, Intel, Motorola, Google, and Samsung. HTC has not yet finalized how it’s going to launch its geek-puller in India. It’s expected that HTC will launch the product with a mutual tie-up with one of the leading service providers in the country and also through independent retail channels. The HTC G1 Android phone is likely to be available in three colors: black, brown, and white.

Android 1 Android 3

Android 3

 

Features

  • 3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with HVGA (320 X 480 pixel) resolution.
  • Full 5-row QWERTY keyboard.
  • One-Touch Google Search.
  • Customizable Home screen with instant Email, text message and IM notifications.
  • Instant access to mobile Internet services (Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Talk, Google Calendar).
  • High-speed 3.5G network connection.
  • Wi-Fi technology with seamless transition to open networks.
  • Android Market with access to variety of software and media downloads. (some fees may apply)
  • 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus.
  • microSD (SD 2.0 compatible) expansion slot for all your storage needs.

The G1 comes with a Qualcomm MSM7201A, 528 MHz processor running an Android OS. It comes with a built-in memory of 256mb and 192mb of RAM. The 3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat display is neat with touch-sensitive screen. It supports a resolution of 320 x 480 (HVGA). The network supports HSPA, WCDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE although band frequency, HSUPA availability, and data speeds are operator dependent. The device has a trackball with a enter key for navigation. Battery back up is quite normal. It has a Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1150 mAh and holds up a talk time of up to 350 minutes for WCDMA and up to 406 minutes for GSM, and standby time of up to 402 hours for WCDMA and up to 319 hours for GSM. It has a microSD memory card slot (SD 2.0 compatible). Apart from the features mentioned above, HTC has incorporated Digital Compass and Motion Sensor into the new G1.

The price of the HTC G1 Android in India is still uncertain and is likely to cost over Rs20, 000, which is much more than US debut price of $179.

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Jobless and Single …

Ever since I heard about the word recession in news, I was a little concerned and a bit sad about the people who were fired before they knew what was going on. I was just wondering if there was any possibility that I was going to be one among them. I didn’t even stop wondering and boom, it came and took all of us by storm and left us all with nothing but agony, agony that what we were doing for the past one year all went in vain. All the management said was, “as part of cost-cutting measure the client is winding our project down and shifting from India to Philippines”.
I just was thinking how can they ever do that? Didn’t they sign any kind of contract with our company? The answer was no and the whole crowd was told to leave. God! It was a moment to always remember by. I did have thoughts about the stability of our company, but the name of the client did put a relief to my heart. I must say the client was Spinvox, and the project we were working on was Spinvox V2T. Yes, Spinvox Voice to Text.
If you hit the ‘how it works’ section of the Spinvox website, you’ll see something like this:

Spinvox has a job to understand everyone.
But it’s the one job it’s very good at. How does it do it? It captures spoken words and feeds them into a Voice Message Conversion System, known as ‘D2’ (the Brain), and spits them out as text content.
So D2’s pretty smart. It’s bound to be, as D2’s a combination of artificial intelligence, voice recognition and natural linguistics. But it also knows what it doesn’t know and is able to call on human experts for assistance. It learns all the time about how we speak, and what we say, from the mundane to the ridiculous and so is able to convert what you mean to say.
Over the past four years D2 has been chomping through our words, learning thousands of new words every week and converting millions of messages from millions of different voices and accents, in English, French, Spanish and German. But now it’s onto the main course and wants to feast on your words to become bigger and stronger
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That’s a bunch of rubbish they’ve published. As far as I know there is nothing as such as ‘D2’ (The Brain). The Voice-to-Text conversion is done by people sitting in Spinvox-outsourced companies all around the world and they do it on a software called Tenzing. The people who convert the audio are referred to as agents and they sit 8 hours in front of the computer working with not a minute to spare. Well, that’s how it works!!! Though I got placed in another company, I got really sulked into the issue totally as one of my colleagues committed suicide recently. I didn’t know the actual cause, but I do think it was related to the job. As for me I’ve to join on 1st of July. Again an outsourced job, same risk, same process, but I got a decent hike in my pay. The markets are slowly picking up it seems and I hope the whole economic slowdown paces up soon. But as of now, I am what I am, jobless (and I’m single too, did I mention that? Never mind!).