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Education

Duolingo – Learn New Languages With Fun On Mobile

duolingo-topDo you want to learn new languages but don’t have lots of time and money to do so?

Duolingo is here to teach you languages with lot of fun and for FREE on your mobile. Duolingo is the easiest way to learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian from English and vice versa. 

Duolingo was created by Professor Luis von Ahn of  Carnegie Mellon University along with few of his students. The same professor has created reCAPTCHA which was later acquired by Google. Originally Duolingo was launched as a website, as private beta  in November 2011 and for general public in June 2012, to learn languages on the web. It was an instant hit with the people. Later they released iOS app in November 2012 and very recently Andorid app in May 2013. At present there are around 3 million users of Duolingo according to Wikipedia.

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Main features of Duolingo mobile application are as below –

  • Completely FREE – no ads, no fees.
  • Fun. Duolingo is almost like a game. There are multiple levels of the learning, you earn points after covering each level, you lost hearts for incorrect answers. You can invite your friends to learn with you and compete with them.
  • Learning languages with Duolingo is very effective which has been proven in scientific studies as well. Lesson units are very short and words are repeated in many ways so that you can remember them. 
  • Lessons are divided into various stages of skill tree. You start with Basics followed by Common Phrases, Food, Animals, Adjectives, Verbs, Colors, Pronouns, Clothing, Places, Nature, Communication, Science, Medical and many more.
  • It keeps track of progress – days of learning, points earned, number of words learned so far etc.
  • It sends daily emails to remind you for taking learning lessons.
  • Duolingo mobile application and website are synced so you can start learning from where you left.

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I myself have started learning French since last week on my Android mobile. I only give 10-15 minutes a day and have covered 2 lessons and learned 12 French words. It’s a nice feeling to learn a new language without worrying much about time and money. I would highly recommend Duolingo.

Duolingo iOS application can be run on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Android app at present is compatible with phones while a tablet version is coming soon.

Download Links

Download from Duolingo Website

For Andorid – Download from Google Play

For iOS – Download from iTunes App Store

 

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Weather

Skymet – Made In India Weather Application

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There are many weather applications for mobile phones but Skymet Weather is different.

Skymet Weather is almost first mobile application which is developed in India. I am saying almost because few months back Indian Meteorological Department has also launched one mobile application for checking weather, but this was not a good application. It was a good try by a Government body but the end result was nil. In that sense, Skymet Weather is the first real ‘Made in India’ mobile weather app.

Skymet Weather app has been developed by Skymet Weather Services Private Limited. Skymet was set up in 2003 and it is the first private company in India to provide weather forecasts and weather graphics. I think apart from Indian Meteorological Department, Skymet is the only company in country which provides weather information. Skymet already had a weather web portal which has much detailed information about weather in India. They have recently launched their mobile application which is named Skymet Weather.

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Features of Skymet Weather application are –

  • Weather information of 7500+ Indian locations
  • Provides information in 8 languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Odiya, Tamil and Telugu
  • 7 days forecast
  • On-the-go weather alerts notifying Monsoon rain, high temperatures, storms etc. 
  • Widget Support
  • Weather forecast videos
  • Latest weather news and stories on business, lifestyle, agriculture, global warming and water crisis.
  • Share forecasts on social networks
  • Report weather in your area 

Skymet Weather is having very good user interface. When starting for the first time it tracks your location if GPS is switched on otherwise it asks to add your location manually, this location will act as your home location. This is indicated by a small home icon on the screen. There is an option for adding more than one location. To keep the other locations permanent in the app you have to mark these locations as favorite. You have to click a small heart icon on the screen which will mark locations as favorite. Locations can be changed by swiping the screen to left or right, there is also a drop down menu button for this as well.

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There are four sections in the application – Today, Forecast, News and Videos.

– As its clear by name, Today section presents current weather conditions for the location you selected. There is a background image on the screen which changes according to the weather conditions. This makes the interface very beautiful and soothing to eyes.

– Forecast section shows future weather forecast for next 7 days  in a list on single screen. You can check the detailed hourly forecast of the day by clicking on the particular list item.

– News section has several sub-sections according to the category of news. These sub-sections are – Weather Warning, Weather News & Analysis, Lifestyle & Weather, Weather & Economy, Global Warming, Water and Air Traffic.

– Video section lists Videos of weather information of mainly metro cities and other important events like Monsoon forecast.

There is a facility in the application by using which you can report weather of your location, you can also add photographs to the report. Share button is also available for sharing the weather information on social media. Language and Units could be changed in Settings screen. You can also add Skymet Weather widget on your home screen to keep updated with weather information without opening the app.

In a nutshell, Skymet Weather is not much different with all other existing weather apps available in terms of major features and usage. But two factors make it distinct; First – it has been developed in India and second – you can see weather information in Indian languages. At present, Skymet Weather is available only for Android. So if you have an Android mobile, go straight away to Google Play and download the app. 

Download Links 

Download Skymet Weather from Google Play

Skymet Weather Web Portal

Skymet Website

 

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Tools

‘my airtel’ – Manage All Airtel Services From Your Mobile

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Airtel Mobile, Airtel Broadband, Airtel Digital TV, Airtel Money – Are you using one or more of these services from Bharti Airtel? 

It’s most likely that answer to the above question is YES as Airtel is one of the largest player in mobile services, telephone & broadband, direct to home television and mobile money in India. Apart from India, Airtel has presence in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in South Asia and also in 17 African countries.  Today I am going to write about very simple and easy way to manage all Airtel services from your mobile phone.

‘my airtel’ is the application from Bharti Airtel by using which you can manage Airtel Mobile, Broadband, Digital TV and Airtel Money services on your mobile. This application was launched last year by Airtel and recently it has won award under ‘Best Application using Network APIs’ category at GSMA Gloabl Mobile Awards 2013. 

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‘my airtel’ application has separate sections for each of the services. Features available under each section are as following –

1. Airtel Mobile Postpaid
  • Outstanding Bill
  • Pay Bill
  • Unbilled Usage
  • Bill Details
    – Bill summary
    – View current bill plan
    – Payment history
  • Manage Value Added Services
  • Service Request
  • Special Offers
  • 3G
    – 3G unbilled usage
    – Set an alert on usage
    – View 3G tariffs
    – Purchase Smartbytes packs
2. Airtel Mobile Prepaid
  • Account Balance and Validity
  • Recharge History
  • Manage Value Added Services
  • Service Request
  • Special Offers
  • – 3G usage
    – Set an alert on usage
    – View 3G tariffs
3. Airtel Landline and Broadband
  • Outstanding Bill
  • Unbilled Usage
  • Pay Bill
  • Bill Detail
  • Smartbytes
  • Service Request
  • Special Offers
4. Airtel Digital TV
  • Balance and Validity
  • Recharge
  • Recharge History
  • My Package
  • Order Movies
  • Games
  • Special Offers
  • Service Request
5. Airtel Money
  • Account Balance
  • Load Cash
  • Send Money
  • Past Transactions
    – Last five transactions
    – Today’s summary
    – Yesterday’s summary
  • Pay Mobile Bill
  • Recharge Mobile
  • Pay Broadband and Landline Bill
  • Recharge Digital TV

If you are using any of the above mentioned services from Airtel, this application is must for you. I am using all of these services and ‘my airtel’ app is helping me a lot  in managing these service at home or during travel. 

‘my airtel’ application is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian and other Java phones. It is not yet available for Windows Phone Windows Phone version has been released now.

Download Links

Download from Airtel Website

For Android – Download ‘my airtel’ from Google Play

For iOS – Download ‘my airtel’ from iTunes App Store

For Windows Phone – Download ‘my airtel’ from Windows Phone Store

For Symbian – Download ‘my airtel’ from Nokia Ovi Store

For Blackberry – Download ‘my airtel’ from Blackberry App World

For Nokia Asha & other Java Phones – SMS “myairtel” to 54321

 

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Travel

TaxiPixi – Multi Operator Taxi/Cab Booking Mobile Application

taxipixi-mainIf you are living in a metro city, you have to use Taxis or Cabs for your travel. At least for pickup and drop to/from railway station, airport, bus terminal etc. Taxi scene has changed a lot in India in recent years. First you have to rely on local taxi operators who were very much unreliable for coming on time for the pickup. If you have to leave your home say around 6 am, you would tell at least 5.30 to the taxi operator for keeping a margin. If this was a really bad day for you, there was no sign for taxi even at 6. You start repeatedly calling the taxi operator at every 5 minutes and there was same response from other side – Taxi is on the way, just reaching in 2 minutes. Quality of taxis was also questionable, depending upon your luck.

Things got changed with arrival of Radio Taxis. Radio Taxi operators have good quality taxis which are GPS enabled. You can book taxi by calling to their dedicated call center. Some operators have provided online cab booking facility. Currently there are a lot of radio taxi operators in metro cities in India – Meru Cabs, Easy Cabs, Mega Cabs, Quick Cabs, Yo Cabs, Taxi For Sure, G Cabs, Olacabs, Tab Cab, EasyRide etc. Each operator has different type of pricing depending upon taxi quality. There is different calling number and different online portal for booking taxi for each operator. There is no guarantee of booking confirmation so sometimes you have to try booking one operator after another until there is confirmation, specially in the morning hours. Many times, I have also first booked Quick Cabs (Rs. 10 per km) to catch train in the morning but after no confirmation I have to book Meru Cabs (Rs. 20 per km). Due to this a lot of time got wasted in the morning when I have to be ready for the journey.

Now many radio taxi operators have started charging extra for cab booking via telephone so users who have access to internet prefer to book cabs online on the website of operators. Although most of operators have mobile versions of their websites but these websites are not very fast. Very few operators have native mobile applications which are really useful. TaxiPixi is a mobile application which could be a possible solution. TaxiPixi is one of the first multi-operator taxi booking mobile app.

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Some good features of TaxiPixi application are –

  • See all available taxis on a map nearby you current location
  • Send taxi booking directly to drivers of multiple radio taxi companies
  • Booking request can be send to 4 different types of taxis at once – Economy, Economy Plus, Regular and Premium. 
  • Real time tracking of cab movement within the application

Booking a taxi from TaxiPixi app is very easy and fast and could be done in just 15-30 seconds if you are 3G or Wi-Fi in following steps –

  • Provide your source and destination place using the map or by typing the address
  • Provide pickup date and time
  • Provide type of the cab – Economy, Economy Plus, Regular and Premium. You can select/deselect any option depending upon your choice.

TaxiPixi is currently available only for Android but I hope that versions for other platform, specially iOS, will come soon. At present taxis can be booked only in Delhi NCR area. 

Next time I am going to use TaxiPixi for booking a cab for my travel, what about you?

Download TaxiPixi from Google Play

TaxiPixi Website

 

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Business

Kingsoft(WPS) Office – Best MS Office Alternative for Linux

Kingsoft-office-iconsWeb Browser and Office Suite are two most used applications on every computer. For Linux users there is not much trouble finding a web browser as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are available on all major Linux distributions. But situation is not as good for Office Suite. MS Office has versions for both Windows and Mac but unfortunately not for Linux. OpenOffice and LibreOffice are the main office suite alternative available for Linux. Few years back, Open Office was having good compatibility  with MS Office version 2003. But things got changed with release of MS Office 2007 by Microsoft. It came with Ribbon interface and new .docx/.xlsx/.pptx extensions which were not compatible with OpenOffice. Later in year 2010, Sun (main sponsor of OpenOffice) got acquired by Oracle  and development of OpenOffice almost halted because most developers left OpenOffice to develop LibreOffice.

LibreOffice developers have introduced many new features since then but with every new release of MS Office compatibility got reduced. Now MS Office 2013 and 365 versions are available but files created using these are not compatible with LibreOffice 4, the newest version of LibreOffice. When you try to open MS Office created files with LibreOffice, formatting of the document is totally screwed up unless the document is pretty basic. Even I prefer to use Linux (Ubuntu) but just because of MS Office I have installed Windows 7 side by side as I need to work with complex documents and spreadsheets.

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Fortunately, few days back I discovered one new Office Suite for Linux called Kingsoft Office. Actually calling it new will not be appropriate as Kingsoft is one of the oldest software company based in China. Kingsoft has developed its first Word Processing System based upon DOS even before first release of Microsoft Office. Till now Kingsoft was actively developing Office Suites for Windows and Android but recently they have started developing new version for  Linux. In China, Kingsoft Office is known by name of WPS Office.

I downloaded Kingsoft Office on my Ubuntu powered laptop and found it pretty good. There are three applications in the suite as below –

  • Kingsoft Writer –  MS Word alternative
  • Kingsoft Spreadsheet – MS Excel alternative
  • Kingsoft Presentation – MS PowerPoint alternative

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Kingsoft Office is very much compatible with new versions of MS Office. I tried to open many .docx and .xlsx files in Kingsoft Office, and I can say that compatibility is around 95% even for the complex documents. Best part is that the user interface of Kingsoft Office is very similar to MS Office including the Ribbon interface. In fact, you can think of Kingsoft Office almost a clone of MS Office. This will reduce the learning curve for the new users who have recently migrated from Windows to Linux. One more useful feature is that multiple documents can be opened in Tabs so there is no need of switching between multiple windows.

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As of now Kingsoft Office for Linux is in Alpha version so there are few limitations and there could be some bugs as well. Some limitations which I have observed so far are –

  • No option for saving files in .docx for Writer and .pptx for Presentation, .xlsx is available for Spreadsheet. 
  • No support for opening or saving files in Open Document formats (.ods / .odt / .odp) which makes it incompatible to LibreOffice and OpenOffice
  • No option for inserting Pivot Table and Chart in Spreadsheet

We can hope that the current limitations will be addressed in next versions of Kingsoft Office for Linux. Even with these limitations, Kingsoft Office is very much usable and useful for every Linux user. At least, you can view the files created in MS Office in almost original format.

Download Links –

Download DEB package for Ubuntu and other Debian based distribution

Download RPM package for Fedora/openSUSE and other RPM based distribution

Download TAR package for any other Linux distribution

WPS Office for Linux Website (Chinese) 

Kingsoft Office Website (English)

 

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Communication

Google Hangouts = Chat + Talk + Messenger + Hangout + SMS (?)

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Many years back Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, AIM and MSN Messenger were the major applications to chat with our friends or relatives. Specially Yahoo Messenger was the must install on every computer whether at home, in office or in cyber cafes. Then Gmail came and Google Talk was the first choice for chatting. When Google introduced Chat within Gmail, it ended any need for standalone chat clients on desktops and laptops with few exceptions like Skype for video chat. On mobiles the situation was different. There were chat applications for every smartphone platform like Google Talk on Andorid, BBM on Blackberry, iMessage on iOS. Then there were cross-platform messaging applications like Whatsapp, Viber, Kakao Talk, Line etc.

Google unveiled Google Plus in year 2011 to target both computers and mobiles and along with came confusion. Already there was Google Talk but now we were having Google+ Messenger and Google+ Hangout as well. Google Voice was also available in some countries. So in all we were having too many applications for messaging – Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, Google+ Hangout, Google Voice and above all SMS. There was need for one unified messaging application from Google. Finally Google listened and unveiled Google Hangouts on 15th of May in recent Google I/O 2013.

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At present, Google Hangouts will replace Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, Google+ Hangout and Gmail Chat. It combines features of all of these individual applications and has added new features as well. Google has confirmed to add SMS functionality to Hangouts in near future so that we can have one ultimate messaging application.  

Google has taken clue from the competition and introduced good features in Hangouts as below :

– Seamless functionality across all devices whether computer or mobile
– Hangouts stay in sync across devices so you can start or continue them anywhere
– Hangout and message friends anytime, even if they’re not connected right now
– Get notifications just once. Once you see an alert, you won’t see repeats on your computer or other Android devices.
– See when your friends have read your messages and when they’re typing back
– If a friend isn’t available when you try to reach them, they’ll see an alert next time they connect
– Scroll back to any of your Hangouts
– Free video calls with up to 10 persons
– Work on Computer, Android mobiles/tablets, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
– Hangout on Air – Broadcast your conversation to the world for free

For Android – Download Hangouts from Google Play

For iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch – Download Hangouts from iTunes Store

For Computers – Download Chrome Application from Chrome Web Store

Will Google be able to take on the likes of  Whatsapp, Viber, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Line, iMessage ?

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Travel

Recharge Delhi Metro Smart Card Online

Delhi-Metro-Smart-CardDelhi Metro is lifeline of people living in Delhi and coming daily to Delhi from adjacent cities. Delhi Metro is able to maintain its world-class status even after witnessing so much crowd daily. Further to add to its features now Delhi Metro has provided online smart card recharge facility to its commuters. Smart Card has many benefits over tickets including 10% discount on the fare and no waiting in long lines for purchasing tickets. Until now commuters have to recharge their smart cards on ticket counters and customer care centers. Now using the online recharge facility, smart cards can be recharged from home on Smart Card Portal of Delhi Metro. Even you can recharge your smart card on mobile by visiting the Smart Card Portal on your mobile phone as now a days there is not much difference in web browsers on computer and smartphones in terms of functionality.

At present the recharge process is not completely online because after every recharge commuters have to visit Add Value Machines (AVM) which have been stalled at Metro stations. Complete steps of Smart Card recharge are as following –

  • Visit Delhi Metro Smart Card Portal
  • Select E-Services from the Menu
  • Selection any one option from the two as below
    – Quick Top Up  (Recharge without Registration)
    – Recharge Your Card (Register on portal before Recharge)
  • First Option – Quick Top Up
    – Provide Engraved ID (Printed on back on the Smart Card), Recharge Value and Email ID
    – Choose Payment method from one of the four options – Credit Card, Debit Card, Net Banking (Not activated as of now), Prepaid Card (Not activated as of now)
    – Provide payment details
    – Visit AVM
  • Second Option – Recharge Your Card
    – First register on the portal by providing Name, Email ID, Password and Engraved ID
    – DMRC Smart Card Verification email will be sent to the provided Email ID
    – Click on the Activation Link mentioned in the email
    – Recharge Smart Card in same steps as for Quick Top Up

There are many benefits of registering on the Smart Card Portal as below –

  • No need for providing Smart Card Engraved ID every time which will reduce chances of providing wrong ID
  • Facility of adding multiple Smart Cards to your User ID
  • View past recharge history
  • Complaints/Grievances facility 

So use Delhi Metro Smart Card to avoid long queues, and use Online Smart Card Recharge facility to further save you time.

Visit Delhi Metro Smart Card Portal 

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Travel

Indian Rail App – Fast and Quick Train Seat Availability Enquiry

Indian-Rail-App-SmallTrains are a part of daily life of most of the people in India. For longer journeys trains are preferred way of travel as Air travel is not affordable for major population.  It is one of the world’s largest railway networks. According to data available on Wikipedia, Indian Railway Network comprised of 65000 km route and 7500 stations. Around 25 million people (more than Australia population)  are carried by more than 10000 trains on daily basis. Advance train seat/birth reservation is must for most journeys. Seats can be booked 60 days in advance (recently reduced from 120 days w.e.f. May 1, 2013) at reservations counters as well as online via Internet. There are many trains available from source to destination and passengers have to find which train has the available seats before booking. 

Indian Railway has two main websites for train reservation (IRCTC) and seat availability enquiry (IndianRail). Although both of these websites are very good for serving the purpose but these are not very user-friendly.  Most of the time these websites function very slow due to heavy load which makes whole process of seat availability enquiry very frustrating. Also, there is no option to view seat availability in all trains in one screen. Someone looking for seat availability has to check all trains one by one on the route which is very lengthy process. But very recently I discovered Indian Rail App when I saw one of my friend using it for train seat availability.  

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Indian Rail App is a web application which presents complete information only in one screen. You have to provide Source Station, Destination Station, Date of Journey and Class and rest of the work is taking care of by the application itself. Information has been divided into two parts. First part shows information related to all the trains available between source and destination stations. This information includes train name/number, departure time, arrival time, travel time, days of run and classes available.  Second part is the most interesting one and which is what we are actually looking for. It has two views Extended and Collapsed. Extended view is same like Indian Railway website so we are interested mainly in Collapsed view. It presents a calendar or table kind of view which shows Trains in rows and Journey Date in columns. Availability is being presented in all the cells of the table. Apart from the mentioned journey date, availability is shown for next five days as well.  Last column shows the fare for the journey. Green cell color denotes that seats are available for particular journey date. For checking seats availability in another class there is no need to start the whole process from starting. You just have to select the desired class from the options given and the table will be filled again with seats available for the particular class.

Best part of this application is that, unlike official websites, speed of fetching and showing information is very fast. Advanced web technologies have been used in developing the application so that there is no need for complete page refresh every time. Only the required portion is being refreshed based upon the input given by user. In fact, each row of the table is being loaded individually so that user does not need to wait for complete page loading. The application has been developed in a very intelligent way. Not much information is available on the website about the application. Just a Email and LinkedIn profile link of application developer has been provided in contact information. It has been developed by Rahul Goyal, ex-student of IIT Kanpur.

So next time, when you are checking train seats availability, use Indian Rail App. If you find this post useful, Please give your valuable feedback via comments.

Visit Indian Rail App

 

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Communication

What lies ahead for Geary email client?

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I talked about Geary – A Very Simple Email Client for Linux last month. In April 2013, Yorba – the makers of Geary email client, have launched a crowd funding campaign to raise 100,000 US Dollars. Being an open-source and free application there is no revenue source for Yorba to sustain the development. Unfortunately, the campaign failed as they were able to collect only USD 50,860. According to the rules of the campaign they would get the money only if they were able to collect the whole amount. Now the amount has been returned back to the people who have donated. 

According to Yorba, there are three engineers who are working full time on development of Geary. As mentioned in the fundraising campaign USD 100,000 was the bare minimum amount for paying the salary of engineers and other related expenses. Now the future of Geary is not clear.  In a recent post on their official blog, Yorba has mentioned that they are not stopping the development. In fact, during the campaign itself they have released a maintenance version of Geary.  They are looking to find alternative options to source the funds. They have urged the people who have donated during the campaign to donate directly to Yorba for continuing the development. 

OMG Ubuntu has written about the possible reasons of Why Did Geary’s Fundraiser Fail? The fundraising attempt might have failed but its nice to see that Yorba has not thought of abandoning the project yet. Geary is a very good email client which could have a bright future ahead. We hope that Yorba will be able to get the funds and development will continue.

If you are using Geary and like to see continuing development of Geary, you can also think of donating them.
Donation  link is  http://www.yorba.org/about/donate/.

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Productivity

Hindi Keyboards for Android – Part 1

Android is becoming popular day by day specially in countries like India where purchasing iPhone is very costly affair till date. In US and other western countries, telecom operators bundle phones with contracts so situation is different there. In India, Android mobiles and tablets are available in large range which starts from as low as Rs. 3000. Though English is very common language for speaking and writing in India, sometimes there is need for typing in Hindi like for sending SMS or for updating status on Facebook etc. Android phones becoming cheaper day by day are also being used by people not much comfortable in English and for these people its easier to type in Hindi instead of English. Android native keyboard does not have any option to type in Hindi but being an open platform Android allows changing keyboards without much effort. There are third-party keyboard applications available which have functionality for typing in Hindi and other Indian languages.

1. Swiftkey Keyboard (Price – Rs. 99, One month free trial)

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Swiftkey Keyboard is the best selling keyboard for Android. In fact, it is one of the top paid android application in 38 countries including India. Major USP of Swiftky Keyboard is accurate predictions for the words as you type using Artificial Intelligence technology. Recently Flow feature has also been added to Swiftkey which allows swiping the finger for typing the word. Originally there was no option for typing in Hindi in Swiftkey. Support for Hindi has been added only in December 2012.  I am using this keyboard since very long time and it has never failed me in giving correct predictions of words. It has saved a lot of time of mine specially while writing long emails and messages. Now with added support of Hindi its now very easy to type in Hindi on Android. Its Hindi words prediction is very good. The  best part is that all Hindi alphabets have been placed intelligently on one page only.  Apart from Hindi, support has also been added for Hinglish (Typing Hindi words in Roman/Latin script) as well with words prediction. Swiftkey Keyboard one month trial application is also available on Google Play.

Purchase Swiftkey Keyboard from Google Play 

Download Swiftkey Keyboard Trial from Google Play

2. Google Hindi Input (Price – Free)

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Google has recently launched Google Hindi Input application for typing in Hindi. It has two modes available for typing in Hindi. First is Transliteration mode in which you can use English alphabets for typing Hindi words, the same which is being used in Gmail. Second mode is actually using Hindi alphabets for typing Hindi words. Transliteration mode is very easy and faster way to type Hindi. On Hindi keyboard, alphabets have been divided into two pages and to switch between pages you have to use a toggle button which is slightly cumbersome process. 

Download Google Hindi Input from Google Play 

3. Swype (Price – Rs. 53.83, 30 days free trial)

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Swype keyboard has been made available on Google Play recently after remaining in beta for long time . Its main feature is ability to input words by swiping the finger. At present both Prediction and Swiping features are available in Swype as well as in Swiftkey. So it should be matter of personal choice and usability whether to go for Swiftkey or Swype. If fact Hindi support is almost identical in both Swype and Swiftkey. Swype also supports both Hindi and Hinglish languages. I have used Swype only for a while but the placement of Hindi alphabets is not as good as in Swiftkey, I noticed few overlaps also which might be corrected in next versions. Swpye one month trial application is also available on Google Play.

Purchase Swype from Google Play

Download Swype Trial from Google Play

In next part of the series, I will cover more Hindi Keyboards available for Android.