02 Feb

Google Music, Web Android market previewed at Google Event

It’s not a secret that Google will be holding an event on the 2nd of February to showcase Android 3.0 Honeycomb. There’s now news that we’ll also get to see an online version of the Android Market plus more on Google Music.

According to IntoMobile, we’re expected to see a lot more of the AndroidHoneycomb. We’re not talking about some videos here and there but more of what the operating system will actually look like on tablet, especially because it’s an OS optimized for tablets. It appears to be that Google has completely revamped their apps for the larger screen and speaking about tablets, there is quite a possibility that we get a glimpse of Motorola’s Xoom and maybe some details of a specific release date of the tablet.
Coming to the Online Android Market, the application will let you download apps from the market and push them directly onto your Android handset. The downloading and installing of apps will be done via PC and will not require any interaction with your smartphone or tablet at all.

There’s no confirmation about this but it’s quite a possibility that if Google’s cloud-based music service exists, it will allow users to stream music from a library on their desktop to their smartphone without downloading the songs. Also if you do want to download a song, it can be done directly through Google Music (something like Apple’s iTunes).

That list clearly indicates what to expect from Google’s event on the 2nd of February. We’ll update you with any latest information about the Google Event as and when we receive it.

06 Oct

Android roars past iPhone in US

The survey found that Android’s share of the smartphone market in the six months ending in August, jumped from 14 percent to 32 percent, while the iPhone dropped from 32 percent to 25 percent. Sales of RIM’s Blackberry dropped from 34 percent to 26 percent.

Android, which trailed the iPhone and Blackberry by several years in coming to the market, still has plenty of work to catch up. Its portion of overall market share jumped from eight percent to 19 percent in August. RIM retained first place, down from 36 percent to 31 percent, while the iPhone dropped one point to 28 percent.

The data reflected the increasing popularity of Android, which powers dozens of different smartphones made by Motorola, HTC, Samsung and LG, which are sold by all the major US carriers.

PC World analyst Tony Bradley said a continuation of the current trend would relegate the iPhone to niche status – similar to that of Apple’s Mac computers. He cited Apple’s tight control over hardware and software and the iPhone’s exclusivity agreement with AT&T as the main reasons for its falling market share.

05 Sep

Huawei intros cheaper lil Androids -Ideos

Google’s dream of making Android accessible is soon going to be true and it has worked hard for it. In the collaboration with Chinese manufacturer Huawei, Google has developed ‘Ideos’ Android phone.
Huawei Idoes will bring a cheap Android 2.2 experience to the masses. The phone, which are expected to cost between $100 and $200 will run Android 2.2 [Froyo], feature a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, 528MHz processor, 3.2MP camera, brightness, proximity and accelerometer sensors built in, and MicroSD storage.
Being a Google experience device, Ideos means a pure Android experience, with no added skin or UI. Huawei also promises prompt automatic updates to newer versions of Android, when they become available. The smartphone will be launching mid-October.

13 May

Tablet’s operational shift now called slates

The release of iPad, as everyone expected, changed the way we feel about tablets. Back in our times, Tablets were no different than simple laptops with windows that responded to stylus. Nothing exclusive, nothing special.

But things have changed, drastically. Tablets are now referred to as slates having a specialized operating systems. When I say specialised, i mean an operating system thats made for Touch ( the very purpose of a Tablet) and not the same old thing that you got on your desktop. Is that a good thing though? Maybe for most, maybe not  for all.

Today we have iPad continuing its record breaking sales. Why is iPad a big deal in the eyes of consumers? Its all because of its mega hit iPhone OS backed by enormous developer support. Think about it, would you buy it if it ran Ubuntu? or even (for the sake of argument) Windows? Obviously not, because it does not represents something different.

Most consumers in the world are just that, CONSUMERS and not content makers or publishers. All they would want is a way to play a few games, write a few documents, read a few books, browse the internet, facebook, twitter and a little more. Where as guys like us, who say that iPad isn’t enough and ready yet, do alot more, Publish articles, develop software sometimes burn the device by its intensive usage 24/7. But we are not a majority, we are a Minority.

Manufactures tend to follow Apple since aah well, the last five years since the advent of iPhone and thats exactly why we’ll be seeing many new Slates with customised or entirely new operating system from a many manufacturers. Even Toshiba is set to release tablets. HP bought Palm and rumors of a brand new HP slate with WebOS have erupted and a simple guess is it’ll pose a big challenge to iPad.

Android Tablets have been out with many prototypes and many on the way. Microsoft, with the launch of Windows Phone 7, will have their latest mobile OS hitting the stores later this year. And a simple probability is the launch of Windows phone 7 sported mobile tablets, slates.

So you see the trend? Its now about new tablets with equally new mobile operating systems and thus better experiences. We might see a future where most consumers will have desktop and a slate keeping the laptop for guys like us.

27 Jan

Is this Apple’s creation? the tablet!

Yes, this is Android blog, but this is something we, nobody can ignore. In less than 12 hours, Apple will most likely change the world of tablets with their new “Creation”. Alot has been said, the most likely rumors, the linkups with Wall Street, New York Times but Engadget comes up with this bomber with what looks like a most likely prototype or the most convincing fake.

It looks like, as Engadget says, a very scaled up iPhone OS version. Typical apple style minimalist design with a button in the bottom. Whats particularly interesting is the “covering” in the last image. Looks like someone just risked their life to take those pics, all the more reason to believe it! But hey, only 10 hours to go right?
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Feed yourselves and hit the Engadget link.

03 Dec

Im using Chromium OS and Android

Okay, maybe that was a little early! Its been the news of the year, the announcement of a new lightweight operating system that would boot up within seconds! Very recently google declared the open source-ness of its browser based OS! and with the help of a few, I’ve got my hands all over it. You want try it too? Then say thanks to hexxeh and read on

  • First decide where you want to install your Chromium. As little as 1GB USB Drive is enough thanks to Hexxeh and his Chromium “Diet” build.
  • Download the build from the links on his website.
  • After downloading, you have to setup the USB drive, make sure you backup all data and its empty.
  • Mac Users: After inserting the USB, you have to “Unmount” it. Which, as i recently found out, is different from simply ejecting it. Head to DiskUtils and unmount your USB Drive.
  • Without taking away the glory, follow the instructions on chromeos.hexxeh.net for your respective operating systems.

Lets talk about Chromium itself shall we? Passing out any judgment at this stage would be very very stupid, indeed! Its atleast a year away from final build and as such, we can only comment on it conceptually and imagine where its headed.

Loading upto the login screen, even from a USB drive was within 6 seconds. Then you are taken to a very familiar Chrome browser interface. The first “tab” is what will be your place to execute or rather run web applications. The web apps, at this stage understandably are only links their pages.

A feature mac and linux users are very familiar with are expand, collapse, select tabs shortcuts.

What remains to be seen is how much of “native offline” apps can be accommodated for getting a normal user on board. Lets face it, netbooks are NOT the future. A simple user, college kid  or a guy with one laptop would want to do more than just be online (which itself is a lot). But then, we are not sure if they are the target audience.

Chromium OS is big news not because of its fantastic live changing totally mesmerizing OS, which its not by the way, its because its backed by a software giant Google.

Android and Chrome OS. The very thought of them brings some confusions of crossed paths. “Android and Chrome will likely converge over time” as said by Sergey Brin, till then Android will continue to be an Only mobile experience. Some bloggers report this as a confusing move on Google’s part. Not to me though, Chrome OS has a very defined preset goal. That is to be lightweight, quick loading time and to achieve google’s ultimate goal which is to totally eliminate installing software on HD and readily use stuff online. Had it been any other company, there would be questions and doubts, but its Google. Having used Chrome OS, It’ll be very exciting to see how it develops over the year. Would there be any room for casual users who like to play DVD maybe?

Android sure on its way, not there yet, but still on its way to become a force to reckon with. GigaOm reports that Motorola Droid has already sold 700,000 Units and already projecting a million Units before the end 2009.
The thing is… Chrome or Android, be good or bad, We Desperately Need it to challenge iPhone

I’ll tell you what we don’t need though.. more Ads from Adwords.

05 Nov

Interface-Todos of Android & iPhone


Getting things Done apps, or commonly known as Todo apps are the most widely used productivity mobile apps around. Even those who dont use it, have it, just for the hell of it. Organizing life is an ongoing process or some like me would call it – “A loosing battle”. But since the advent of iPhone, theres been a renewied interest in these Todos. Users are making efforts to use them as effectively as possible and With purpose.

But then How long will we stick to it? Will the information be lost? Will the zest, the love for these Todos fade away? Would we eventually jump to a new Todo and start over??

iPhone and Apple’s Human Interface Guidlines have brought or rather forced one simple decleration. INTERFACE and DESIGN RULEZ! Its true though isnt it? We use apps that are more visually appealing than others? Now we realise how important these factors are in any kind of app Specially Productivity!

Enter the Productivity apps of Android and iPhone! Lets check out Android Market!

Google has promoted its taskList service gmail.com/tasks. Web apps, But we’re concerned about platform native apps that “force” us to use it. (cuz we cant resist it!). Android because of the way its made, keeps things very hand. Its got a great Notification system and really functional status bar whether its calender events or SMSes etc.

Here some great todo apps for Android Remember the Milk, Astrid, gTask

Astrid stands out in Android todo apps. Great interface and design, reliable and above all, FREE!
gTask
is an offline Task List. It keeps things simple and rich.
Doit, Paid app, worthy of mentioning

Okay, wait, We were supposed to see some apps that’ll blow us away! Android, will have one, hopefully and soon. But its not there yet. So in our quest to see some blow away apps, lets switch to iPhone and check out its App Store for a change.. (Hey, I said this before, we’re not Android fan boys, we just like quality stuff which is Android itself but at the moment iPhone has some Quality todo Apps)

The LIST of great Todo apps for iPhone is pretty long but lets choose two great apps that serve our purpose, 2Do and Things

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Both these apps offer a wide array of features coupled with great interface, design. In other words, they’re the best Todo Apps out there today.
Things has a very simplified interface, They made an effort to keep it as simple, sleek as possible which caters to a wide audience, while 2Do‘s interface design is simply on steriods! Its all custom made with some amazing animations. What makes it different? Its not just a simple app with amazing interface, it offers reliable functionality and features that no other app does. Guided Ways Technologies simply made a complete app!

Both these apps cater to Wide users, While I like amazing interface, animations, bling bling.. the Things guys prefer simple, sleek error free and reliable app. Both of them have a market! Although, 2Do has the ability to grab some of Things thing! 2Do supports Themes 😉

You see apps like these on your mobile device and you feel compelled to organize, cuz these apps are so damn good!! And this or rather these kinds of apps are. at the moment, missing in Android.

16 Aug

Google Product search now for Mobile

googleproductIn the yet another expanding mobile Web products, Google has deployed their product search service customized to mobile platforms namely, you guessed it – Android (Chrome to be specific) and iPhone. . Life will be a little easier for those looking out for the things all the time.
Check out the video

All product information, specficiations, reviews can be seen with a single tap!

21 Jul

HTC Hero in UK Orange Store

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One of the most anticipated android phones   – HTC Magic famed with custom interface touch to the android (and i’m not talking about the HTC Touch phones).  Reviews around the web look interesting. HTC may have got the device design and looks a little right this time, but I’m yet to be convinced.

Slashgear has a preview of the new android phone here. Does give some good insights.

Specifications:

  • 5-megapixel camera
  • 3.2 inch touch screen
  • MP3 player
  • Bluetooth®
  • microSD external memory
  • TFT touch screen
  • multi-touch input
  • handwriting recognition
  • trackball
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • HSDPA, 7.2Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g
  • vibrating alert
  • GPS
  • GPRS
  • speakerphone
  • polyphonic ring tones
  • video playback
  • email
  • Java™ capable
  • USB compatible
  • auto focus
  • camera
  • music player
  • touch screen

Orange UK Picture from Androidcommunity