Carbon for Android out, at last

by @dinakaran

After a huge delay after the announcement, Carbon, a Twitter client for Android, has finally been launched.carbon

The description in the Google Play page for the app says:

Carbon experience for Android Smartphones. No Tablet support yet.

Simple, Dark, and a dash of elegance for your Twitter day-to-day pleasure.

Carbon is a Twitter client, but unlike other Twitter clients. All of your Twitter content on one screen. A screen that doesn’t get you drilling down to many other screens to reach to what you want. Timelines, Lists, Favourites, Searches, Trends, Profiles, all there.

– Tilt Timeline to Refresh
– Power Scroll: Scroll/Swipe up or down using Two fingers to jump to top or bottom of Timelines
– Tap+Hold on Tweets to make everything clickable right on the Timeline
– QuickTimeline, home screen quick Timeline for Lists, Searches, Trends, etc…
– Rich Timelines with full inline images and videos
– Rich and HD style for User Profiles
– Rich and fun Conversation View
– Threaded Direct Messages
– Background updates with quick actions for Jelly Bean, per account
– Username Autocomplete
– Filters for Hashtags, Users, and Keywords

Between the time Carbon was announced and it was finally launched, another Twitter client, Falcon, has taken Android users by storm. It remains to be seen whether Carbon will be able to outdo or at least match Falcon.

Google rolling out spiced up search ‘Knowledge Graph’

Google rolling out Knowledge Graph in India

Google will be rolling out a search that really understands what you are searching for. Users in India will get the richer search experience — called Knowledge Graph — in the next few days.

What exactly is Knowledge Graph? If you are searching for ‘Indians’ what do you expect? People in India may expect results about ‘people residing in India’ or NRIs or PIOs. But the query may have a different meaning in the US. It could mean the indigenous community there, or even the Cleveland Indians team.

Talking about Knowledge Graph, Amit Singhal, Google Fellow and SVP, Engineering, says the new search tries to understand what you really want to search.

Read more here

Tackling data transfer

(This article appeared in the Hindu Business Line)

The ease of transferring files between an Android phone and your computer could depend on what computer (or operating system) you are using. Though Microsoft’s Windows smartphones compete with Android, the Windows in your system will have no problem in recognising your Android. The same goes for Linux. The problem arises if you have a Mac. If you connect an iPhone, Mac will automatically open iTunes, but when it detects that a rival – Android – phone is being connected, it will refuse to connect and throw up errors.

This is where Android File Connect comes to your rescue. You have to download the Android File Connect utility from http://androidcom/filetransfer. After file is downloaded, double-click the file (androidfiletransfer.dmg). In the Installer window, drag Android File Transfer to Applications.When you connect your Android mobile for the first time, you have to open the application manually, but you never have to do it again.

You can now copy files between the Android mobile and the Mac using the utility.

If this sounds too complicated, there are apps such as AirDroid and Kies Air. These apps are cross platform and can be used with any operating system. AirDroid has a nice interface and connecting, transferring files or installing apps are so easy that you will wonder how you were managing without it.

.Open the AirDroid app in your phone, and key in the password at web.airdroid.com

.Or instead of keying in the password, you can scan the QR code in web.airdroid.com.

Once connected, you can transfer files between your mobile and the computer, manage contacts, view photos and videos that are in your phone. You can even install apps downloaded to the computer by using AirDroid.