What is new with Android 3.0

December 19th, 2011 | Posted under Miscellaneous, Software | No Comments »

What is new with Android 3.0

Android 3.0 or Honeycomb is the new and improved version of the Android platform with specific up gradation over the older android versions .It is equipped with many new features to be used for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. It is mainly a version which gives special reference to the content for interaction. Larger screen size makes the user easier to navigate .New up gradations like tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with Google chrome bookmarks, and specific mode for private browsing are available in this version. Android 3.0 features newer Google Maps 5 which is new mobile innovation with the provision for 3D interactions. It also allows access to large number of eBooks, and Google Talk, which now allows you to video and voice chat with any other enabled device (PC, tablet). The new android 3.0 version provides a truly virtual and holographic user interface and there is no hardware navigation button.

WHAT IS NEW WITH ANDROID 3.0

Action Bar and System Bar

Action bar contents are displayed on the top of the screen which contains the items and overflow dropdown menu for the access of the users frequently. At the bottom of the screen users have a quick access to system status, notification  and soft navigation button in a system bar and the users can use the new “lights  out mode”  to watch the video in full screen viewing. To engage the users in advanced ways it has got applications which uses extended set of UI objects, powerful graphics and media capabilities.

Widgets

WHAT IS NEW WITH ANDROID 3.0

 

Customizable Home screen is another new feature, whereby the users can instantly access all parts of the system with the available five screens. Selection and manipulation of the home screen widgets, wall papers, and shortcut applications can be done by the user by using a particular visual lay out mode. Visual cues and drop shadows helps the users to adjust the lay outs of shortcuts and widgets by improving visibility.

Effective Multitasking

Multitasking is another key feature of Android 3.0. A user can launch various applications to undertake multiple tasks as well as they can use the Recent Apps list in the System Bar to visualize the tasks underway. It enables the user to quickly jump from one application context to another.

Soft Keyboard

The soft keyboard in Android 3.0 helps the user to enter the text fast and in an accurate manner. Some new keys, such as a Tab key are added to provide richer and more efficient text input. The touch-hold keys help the user to access menus with special characters.

Better connectivity option

New connectivity features are added for the convenience of the users. It has improved Wi-Fi connectivity, built in support for media / picture transfer protocol. This device lets the user to instantly synchronize media files with a USB connected camera.

WHAT IS NEW WITH ANDROID 3.0
Improved text selection like copy and paste options are more advanced here. Other new features include a new browser setting, camera and gallery applications etc. There is no significant difference between Smart phone and Android3.0 .

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The most popular Operating Systems on your handheld devices ever

December 4th, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, Software, The Internet, Uncategorized | No Comments »

The most popular Operating Systems on your handheld devices ever

Mobile phone industry is not only developing in its hardware sector but the mobile phone software sector is where the development is being concentrated these days and the most phenomenal progress is in the mobile phone operating systems development. The biggest software giants in the world are up and fighting against each other to get hold of one of the fastest growing areas in not only the marketing and sales field but in the software field as well. The companies are spending millions of dollars to get the best operating software for the mobile phones and it is a continuous process which also includes constant debugging and improvement in the operating system so that it never loses its worth.

Here are the top 5 popular mobile phone operating systems in the world:

 

iOS

The most popular mobile operating system though not by a very large margin but a very convincing one, iOS has always been the favorite of mobile phone lovers and the gadget geeks. iOS has been an operating system which has never went out of the market, even for a single day. Apple has been updating the world’s most popular OS ever since it launched it and has always been successful in grabbing eyeballs. It still continues to rule the market even after years since its inception.

The most popular Operating Systems on your handheld devices ever

Android

Android is the newest kid in the block which has taken the whole world by surprise. It has risen to a position in such a short span of time which is unprecedented in the mobile phone operating systems market. This OS by one of the biggest software companies in the world has truly stood by its brand name. Google proved once again why it is one of the best when it comes to software development and has brought the mobile phone operating system which has straightaway given way to one of the greatest tech wars ever-  iOS vs Android.

The most popular Operating Systems on your handheld devices ever

Research in Motion (RIM)

This operating system by Blackberry has always been the first choice of executives and people for whom internet is what they live with and live by. Blackberry has made a position for itself which has made it a separate device people love to possess apart from other mobile phones. It’s the continuous work of their software developers that has made a mark.

The most popular Operating Systems on your handheld devices ever

Windows for mobile phones

Microsoft is not only ruling the PC world but also has invaded the mobile phone operating systems and has made a mark for itself and is one of the most popularly used mobile phone operating devices from among the many in the market today. It has striven hard and has developed a very good platform for mobile phone users.

The most popular Operating Systems on your handheld devices ever

Symbian 60

Nokia’s phones are one of the most selling phones in the world and it has one of the most used mobile operating systems. It is not only Nokia that uses symbian OS but almost every mobile phone manufacturer has models which have Symbian OS. Out of the many Symbian OS produced, Symbian 60 is the most sought after. It has ruled the market for a long time and still is one of the most sought after by people looking for simple OS.

The most popular Operating Systems on your handheld devices ever

Mobile phone operating systems provide a lot to choose from and it is the user and his or her needs that define which mobile phone operating system they want to use and it is not that a single OS is ever going to satisfy the needs of all the users and so the variety in the market of business and technology is a much needed one.

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How are Samsung’s Bada OS and Nokia’s Symbian OS competing with Android and iOS?

November 7th, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, Miscellaneous, The Internet | No Comments »

How are Samsung’s Bada OS and Nokia’s Symbian OS competing with Android and iOS?

The future of operating systems and internet lies with the small gadgets which are compact and yet efficient. There are numerous open-source Operating systems available in the market for the computers. But the mobile phones are becoming smarter day by day. So in order to pave the path of prosperity for such devices, companies such as Google, Nokia and Samsung have taken the lead. The competition for the operating systems market of smart phones is really heating up. Nokia’s Symbian OS is finding it tough to compete with the Google’s Android Operating System and Apple’s iOS designed for the iPhones. Samsung has recently launched its all new open source smart phone OS named Bada which is specifically designed to compete with Android.

How are Samsung's Bada OS and Nokia's Symbian OS competing with Android and iOS?

Strictly speaking Android has got a major hold on market share because of which the other operating systems are playing the catching up game. Due to the popularity of Android other operating Systems have to reinvent their technologies. Firstly Nokia is in dire need of new injection of applications to sustain with its Symbian operating system. It is gradually losing its foothold in the market. The Android is proving to be more than a handful for Nokia. Still Symbian with its new range of Smart phones such as E7 and N8 is trying really hard to give a tough fight to the comparatively new Operating systems such as Android and iOS that have arrived in the market.

How are Samsung's Bada OS and Nokia's Symbian OS competing with Android and iOS?

If we take a look at the Samsung Bada OS that has been launched recently by the South Korea based company we would find that it has a much improved performance in comparison to the age old Nokia Symbian OS. However the Samsung Wave is working absolutely fine with Bada and is perhaps outperforming some major smart phones designed across the globe.

Smart phones are a high end market and therefore the opportunities are also limited to a certain extent. In spite of such major disadvantages that the market faces Google Android has virtually gripped every such smart phone user’s imagination. Android does eat up the battery a bit too much in comparison to the other operating systems yet it provides the widest list of widgets and other functionalities that is unimaginable in other smart other smart phone OS.  Android and iOS of Apple has a vital lead over Symbian since it is an open source OS. Because of this many smart devices are trying to get a hold on the Android and incorporate them in their devices.

How are Samsung's Bada OS and Nokia's Symbian OS competing with Android and iOS?

The first look and the best possible experience of BADA can be generated on the Samsung Wave. Yet after you spend a good bit of time with Bada you would still miss the Android somewhere if you have explored Android fully.

How are Samsung's Bada OS and Nokia's Symbian OS competing with Android and iOS?

There is always room for improvement for both Bada and Symbian. Bada and Symbian OS can take heart from the fact that the developer support for such non-Android operating systems has increased vastly in comparison to the past few years. For instance Apple iOS has increased the application store for its devices. Bada being a new OS compared to Symbian it is finding it hard to merge seamlessly with other phones apart from Samsung. But it’s sure that if the OS can present itself in the best possible way then it can easily take on Symbian and Android one at a time. There are a handful of phones that are using Bada as their operating system so time would tell if Samsung is really able to compete in the highly competitive market of smart phone OS.

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Building Applications for M-Commerce

November 7th, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, The Internet | No Comments »

Building Applications for M-Commerce

Mobile Commerce or M-Commerce as it is known popularly is the new age business interface that lets users to do all their businesses via their mobile phones or other wireless devices. The idea is to fully utilise the power that the internet possesses and let all the users connect to any business network by virtue of their phones and handle all their transactions and services. It is also very efficient for business honchos who are always on the go and have to keep track of many sites at once, for them the mobile commerce service is vital as they can access different businesses at once through their cell phones. For an user to use the M-Commerce service he must possess either a mobile phone connectable to the internet or a smart phone or some other mobile device like the high tech dashtop mobiles present in the market today.

Building Applications: M-Commerce as understood is a pioneering device when it comes to fiscal transactions but recently it is being used by users to build their own applications as well to draw attention of potential clients into their business. Now how exactly does one do that? Well, firstly, he has to be able to be adept in handling all the latest technologies that smart phones provide these days. But the keyword here is to maintain fresh and innovative content so that the client or customer not only use their application once but keep reusing them over and over again.

 

The Professional Touch: Although it sounds easy, but making an application through ones mobile phone is not that easy at all. The phone is a very sensitive and personal device for anyone as it contains all his acquaintance’s numbers and confidential information, not to mention personal messages, so to handle the app from one’s mobile is a strict job that should be well balanced. Moreover, all the client’s tastes (like their favourite product and brand) should be kept on a check so that they don’t have to search for anything too hard.

 

Searching and Filtering: Many a times some user casually visits some app and fall in love with a product just like that! To ensure such incidents do happen with your business you have to maintain a decent enough filtering system that helps confused users find just the thing they are looking for. Obviously many customers already make their mind up about what to buy beforehand and for them it is a prime criterion that your search field is working perfectly or not.

 

Fresh Content: Always try to provide the user exactly what they are looking otherwise it can do harm to your business especially with a mobile app. It really exasperates users to have to wait for the whole page to download because the dress catalogue is too long. So, keeping the content fresh and fast is the way to go.

Information Security: Many M-Commerce apps lack the ability to let the users do transactions because of risks involved with internet fraud but as this service is essential to keep customers happy it is a prime duty for anyone to maintain a secure application for transaction.

 

If one makes sure that his M-Commerce app is well-built and maintained then without a doubt his business will flourish in the future as the concept of the whole thing is very new and still in its infant years. So for any sprouting business it is a good ploy to make use of this budding field of M-Commerce as it is both quite cheap and flexible and also very little effort is required to make it tick. Building one’s application for M-Commerce is therefore a good business strategy nowadays.

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The android operating system and various devices based on it

March 25th, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, The Internet | No Comments »

The android operating system and various devices based on it

The android operating system and various devices based on it

“Android” is an operating system designed for the mobile platform developed initially by Android Inc., which was later purchased by Google. It is based on modified Linux kernel. The easy interface along with fast responsiveness is beyond doubt, proven by the fact that it has already captured the greatest share of smartphone operating system market. There are some good reasons why Android has emerged so successful in the mobile market.

Hardware support

Android runs on almost all types of mobile platform including power architecture, x86, MIPS and ARM. For this reason it has been found to be very effective operating system for tablet pc’s, cell phones and net books. The android operating system can also make use of additional hardware present in today’s internet devices like GPS, touch-screens, gyroscopes, accelerometer, magnetometer, thermometer, proximity sensor, accelerated 2D and 3D graphics. Multi-touch touch screens are also natively supported by android, but initially they were disabled at kernel level due to patent infringement problems.

User Interface

The interface of the Android family is primarily graphical in nature. The platform adjusts to various screen sizes, even larger than VGA. It also features a 2D and 3D graphics library conforming to openGL 2.0 standards. The graphical user interface is very lucid and fast and looks very similar to a generic smartphone interface.

Connectivity

The platform supports almost all possible connectivity technologies like CDMA, GSM/EDGE, EV-DOIDEN, UMTS, Bluetooth, wi-fi and WiMAX. In case of Bluetooth, the supports for standards like AVRCP and A2DP were also included later. Android operating system also supports tethering, i.e., the phone can be used as a wireless hotspot. This enables a laptop to share an internet connection with a 3G enabled android handset, though some software may be required to be installed on both the phone and the computer.

Software Support

Multitasking i.e., simultaneous running of more than one application is available. The applications for Android are written in java. Yet there is no actual java virtual machine for the android, and the java byte codes do not get executed. The java classes are recompiled into “Dalvik Executable” and then it is run on Dalvik virtual machine. Dalvik is actually a specially designed java virtual machine for low powered portables, with small processors and memory and optimisation is very much required. With the help of third party applications, J2ME can be made to be supported on Android. For storage purposes, SQlite is used for relational database management. It is the stripped down format of the full fledged Sql suitable for mobile applications. SMS and MMS are the available forms of messaging. But now-a-days android push messaging service is also an integral part of the platform. Video calling is available only on devices having a front camera. Some voice based features are also available from Google.

Web and media Support

The Android Platform uses the new JavaScript engine from Google Chrome browser. It is quite fast and uses optimisation for better performance. It also supports streaming media from the internet. Many types of video and audio formats is supported including MP4.

Android is fast becoming the best available platform for all mid level internet devices.

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Create simple applications with help of Android

January 10th, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

Create simple applications with help of Android

Android is actually a Linux dependent Open Sourced Operation System. It operating system is JAVA enabled which makes is more popular as various JAVA based mobile applications can be made here. Though Google has taken the major imitative in developing Android but it’s not the only owner of this software. There is an “Open Handset Alliance” consisting of a set of sixty five technologies, mobile companies and operators, handset manufacturers, semiconductor companies and many software companies. Google combining with this “Open Handset Alliance” forms the entire owner list of this software and they all contributed a lot in the development and commercialization of this operating system Android.

Android operating system has been released in three different versions; they are Android 1.6, Android 2.0/2.1 and Android 1.5. As already stated Android is an Open Sourced Software, so its source code is visible to all, thus any one can use this software and can even rebuilt the source code to make it more useful. Android operating system has an application known as “android application developers” which is very much useful for creating various applications for publishing and feedback purpose. Android is very flexible software, so those applications made from “android application developers” can easily execute on other platform like any version of Mac OS, Linux or Windows. Thus this application software is very common and is used for making various applications.

Things to be done by Android Application

Create simple applications with help of Android

Android’s Application Development

Android’s Application Development has given a new definition to the mobile technology. Android’s Application Development has given us various tools for developing dynamic and innovative applications for mobile phones.

Various important tools given by Android for developing dynamic and innovative mobile applications are

Android is compatible with various  advanced technologies like EDGE, GSM, CDMA, WI-FI, Bluetooth, EV-DO, UMTS  which is very much required for sending and receiving data via mobile network.

Android’s Application Development software also had various comprehensive libraries to incorporate 2D and 3D graphics in various applications.

Playing audio and video files and viewing high definition images are the necessary requirements for any modern mobile. So Android includes all types of audio and video file formats like MPEG4, H.264, WAV , MP3 , MP4, AMR-WB, 3GP and many others. It also supports all types of image format like JPG, BITMAP and GIF.

These days camera is another important crazy feature in mobile phones. Android gives this feature too in various modes of camera starting from VGA camera to high definition camera.

Touch screen, accelerometer, GPS and accelerometer are the other important features in modern mobile phones and Android are capable providing all these features.

Mobile application developed through Android

Create simple applications with help of Android

Four basic components of Android’s Application Development

Activities

This includes those applications running on the display screen, this the most active application running at that moment.

Broadcast Receiver

It is the ultimate reaction of some event like while calling, the phone starts ringing and vibrating.

Services

This includes those applications running in background.

Content Provider

This shares data with other services and activities.

Interaction of Android with the application programmed

Create simple applications with help of Android

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