Win a ticket to Lookout’s Google I/O kickoff party

If you’re going to be in the Bay Area come May 14 (there’s a little thing called Google I/O going on) listen up!  Lookout is having a big party for a few close friends, and you could win a chance to be one of them.

There’s no transportation or Google I/O passes; you’ll have to provide those yourself.

When: Tuesday, May 14. 7:30 PM.
Where: Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA
What: Lookout’s annual Google I/O kickoff party. Drinks will start flowing at 7:30 pm at Terra Gallery in San Francisco and we’ll have tasty food and awesome entertainment.

Free giveaways for the first 200 who show up at the door (arrive early: we had a line around the block last year.).

To win a ticket just leave a comment on this  post and we will pick one winner.

HTC Desire U Price in India is Commendable

Before you make up your mind to purchase a phone you have endless list of choices today. Each dawning day witnesses some new products being launched. You can now with ease select the mobile phone of your choice. But again, the abundant availability of choices often pushes you into dilemma about which handset to purchase. You needn’t panic. It may take a little extra time but you will be happy getting your choices. Whether you wish to purchase a handset of the most basic category with low price or the middle or of highest category, you have choices available in all segments. HTC Desire U price in India ranging around Rs 15-16000 indicates that it is of the middle category in both price and features. If you are used to the higher range of mobile phones, you may find it quite mediocre. But it is what it is. It is meant for the middle range users. And if you find yourself comfortable at this price range, you will certainly enjoy the features it provides you.

HTC Desire U has single core 1 GHz processor and no integrated GPU system. It has 4 inch display with WVGA resolution to enjoy reading, internet surfing or videos quite conveniently and we know that the overall touch response of HTC mobile is always commendable. You can find everything that you desire in a medium range mobile. In the midst of numerous medium range mobile phones its highlights are its 4 inch display, sense 400 UI, 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 5 mega pixels camera, LED flash, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4GB on board storage, Bluetooth, beats audio and 1650 MAh battery. If you are well aware of the different features of mobile phones as per their price ranges, you would perhaps desire nothing more in HTC Desire U.

It is hardly wise to jump to conclusion to purchase a mobile. The features of mobile are of course important, but something that is more important is the feature that is of your use. You may have the 3G connectivity but you never use it. Your phone may have very good camera features and yet you hardly click a photo or record a video. You never make use of the multimedia features that your mobile has. You may wish to talk for hours but your battery does not support that long. So it is up to you which facilities you use in your mobile phone. But in the mobile phones of medium range like HTC Desire U, you find almost everything.

You may not use all the features at a time but certainly some or the other time you will be using the different features. HTC Desire U price in India is quite convenient for the middle range mobile users. It gives you everything that you wish. Be it the multimedia features like camera, music player, audio and video recording with different file format support. If you are a person well versed in social media, it is your best solution at this price range. Certainly you will find yourself more than satisfied for what you pay.


Guest post by Amritpal Singh

Universal ADB driver for all Windows versions include 8 [Download]

If you have ever rooted your Android device or loaded custom ROM on it, chances are that some or other time, you would have had issues with the drivers.  Windows 8 is another big problem, even after so many months of its launch, device drivers still continue to have problem with this OS version.

Now, thanks to known Android developer Koushik Dutta (and dev community help), we have a universal ADB (+ Fastboot) driver that should work for all Android devices (or most of them) and most Windows versions include the Windows 8.

“This driver should work on all Android phones for all versions of Windows. [1] It does not require that you turn on test signing or disable driver verification. This is done by installing ClockworkMod as a trusted certificate and publisher into the local machine’s certificate store,” Koush noted in a Google+ post.

This is a godsend for newbies, who especially have troubles with drivers.

You can download the driver from here, or take a look at its source code here.

Facebook Home pre-release APK leaked, works fine on Nexus 4

Turns out we don’t have to wait until April 12 to test-drive the Facebook Home. Paul at Modaco has posted the APK for Facebook Home (they are actually three APKs) to install on your Android phone. As this has been taken out from a pre-release HTC First ROM, it is quite buggy and Chat Heads don’t seem to be working.

Also, there is a specific set to requirements to runs this. It has been tested on Nexus 4, and if your Android phone satisfies the following requirements, you are good to go.

In order to use the leak, you need an Android device with a maximum resolution of 1280×768 and the ability to completely uninstall your existing Facebook app. This is important, as the leaked APKs are re-signed and can’t just be installed over the top of an existing installation. This will automatically exclude some devices which have Facebook installed in the base ROM.

You can grab the APK downloads from

If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, the Facebook Home app is scheduled to be released in Google Play on April 12, which is just four days away. The app will initially be only compatible with select phones like HTC One X, X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Note II.

New Google Play design spotted on Google+

Looks like the redesigned Google Play app is very near, in fact we can see the officially release in the next few days. A YouTube employee Eileen Rivera today shared the following screenshot on Google +, suggesting the redesigned app is currently being tested internally.

If you can notice in the Google Play icon on the top of the screenshot, it shows the dogfood icon, further cementing that Google is “dogfooding” this new version of the Google Play among its employees. If everything goes well, we will see the roll-out very soon.

The new version screenshot looks similar to what we saw in a leak last month. Google certainly seems to be opting Google Now like cards design, although not much is visible here. But, the bigger app shortcuts look a lot like Google Now cards.

Google is also expected to redesign its official web page but we are yet to see any leaks about that. We hope that the search giant has improved the app discovery in the new version, as it still remains a big problem for consumers as well as developers.

As per the last leak, the new Play Store version will be known as 4.0.

First Blink-enabled Chrome stable build arriving in ten weeks: Google

Google has revealed that we might see the first Blink rendering engine powered Chrome stable build in around ten weeks. This comes just a day after Google announced its plans to switch from WebKit to Blink in its Chrome web browser. Blink is the new rendering engine by Google and is a forked version of WebKit designed to suit the need of Google.


Apparently, Chromium (the project behind Chrome) uses a different multi-process architecture unlike other WebKit based browsers and over the year of Chrome development, this has led to increased complexity. Google wants to remove this complexity and speed up development of Chrome and Chromium projects, thus the switch to Blink.

Chrome developers told the dev community in a Q&A panel that Blink is already integrated in the Canary builds of Chrome, and Google hopes to see the stable versions of its Chrome 28 with Blink for Android and the desktop within 10 weeks.

We can always see it Blink-powered Chrome earlier in the beta releases.  You can watch the entire Q&A panel for more information on Blink below.

HTC One Developer Edition now on pre-order in US

HTC has started taking pre-orders of the developer edition of HTC One smartphone in the United States. The phone will begin shipping on April 18, so that it starts reaching consumers on April 19, when telecom operators like AT&T and Sprint are also starting to sell the contract version of the phone.

It has been priced at USD 649.99, and for this amount, you will get a SIM-unlocked and bootloader-unlocked HTC One smartphone.

Here is a look at the key specifications of HTC One Developer Edition

  • 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 1080p display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 64 GB of storage
  • SIM and bootloader unlocked
  • Open APIs for Bluetooth Low Energy, Infrared, and more
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • Two dual-membrane microphones for recording
  • Multiple frequency compatibility: HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)

The phone also comes with a 4MP Ultrapixel camera, 2.1MP front camera, and 2300 mAh battery.

Buy from here