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Apps you should have in your Android phone yesterday !

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Instead of saying “must have apps”, I exaggerated it a little as my loyalty continues to Android, even though iPhone finally copies Notification Center from Android.

This time I have compiled a list of apps which keeps you busy for this weekend and next. Best part is all of them are free!!!

If you have set up an account in https://market.android.com/ then by accessing links given bellow will directly take you to that app in Android market (web) and then you can install it to your phone directly. Thats because I am a nice guy.

1. News apps

2.  Communication Apps

3.  Personalization Apps

4.  Music and Audio

5.  Widgets (apart from what apps provide)

6.  Utilities

7. If you are rooted (only)

No I haven’t copied these from “Top free List”, I have actually used them
 

-Harsha S Aithal

Smartphone Poll!!

iOS or Android – Make your decision

I have been thriving to write this post from a very long time, but was made my self unreachable to the materials. So here you go.

Since the introduction of Android, its a common dilemma for people nowadays to decide between the two of the mightiest, an iPhone and an Android phone.  I am comparing things between an iPhone and Android in an unbiased state, and let you decide what you want, even though I am an ardent follower of the latter.

1. In General


There should be no doubt that its Apple and iPhone which started the craze for smart phones, when the world seemed to be was in the hand of Symbian. People still wait in the queue for 2 days to buy an iPhone on the day of release. And, why not ?  it will go out of stock within 2 or days from the launch day!!. So Apple definetely scores a big plus for starting this craze or I call it a new revolution in the poratble device industry. No wonder why people go crazy about it each time when there is new phone released.

Otherwise, like other Apple products, they were expensive and many people kept dreaming of buying one. in U.S it is a hit, courtesy carrier subsidized prices. But other parts of the world, like here in India it was seen only in the hands of celebrities or “foreign-returned” ! Now the trend in India, is that you wait for a new iPhone to release, so that those old models get a price reduce (about 100$)

Android, on the other hand entered the industry after that of iPhone and had very little success during the launch. But because of “multi-vendor” support, it has now threatening the likes of RIM or Apple for that matter. The big plus for Android has to be its flexibility of getting ported to low-end hardware, hence making it possible for a common man to have a smart phone experience.

No body scores a definitive “Yes” in this round but, I always have an utmost respect for people who start something Good. Who would have thought a few years ago that they will carry such a device ?

2. Usability

Its nothing new in both phones considering the set of feature they provide or types of apps they have. But the differentiating fact has always been the usability. iPhone is sturdy and liquid smooth on the other hand Android is muscled and flexible.

Because, Apple makes both software and hardware for its devices, they offer a very smooth user experience. You take an old iPhone and new non-iPhone phone then iPhone still beats the latter in UI.  Some call it closed aprroach, again who cares ??

Android on the other hand, is open to the core. Much of its success is shared by different vendors. Not all Android phones looks the same, and not all Android phones run at the same speed either. But Its flexibility what makes people like me go running behind it. The levels of customization you can do on an android phone are plenty.

Again, since it comes down to personal preferences, no clear winner in this round either

Few things to notice though…

  • iPhone has a huge App Store. No. of apps are still growing. People say AppStote has more quality apps than in Android’s Market. But it has more paid apps too.
  • iPhone’s Notification system is little irritating at times. It interrupts you when you receive message in the middle of your game or whatever you are doing. Android on the other hand, notifies you silently. It has something called Notification Bar, where you have all your message, mail, call notification. Its even better in the newest version of Android – Honeycomb (3.0)

  • As I said, UI has to go to iPhone for its smooth scrolling of web pages or menu pages. But it doesn’t support FLASH!. Android is not falling behind in other things than UI, but it supports FLASH very well.
  • Android on the other hand gets a huge bonus in terms of customizations. It provides users something called widgets – which are more than Icons, they are live, responsive and displays information without you having to open an app.( like this one below.) And for me this is a big turn-on

So in this round, If you like customization and widgets then Android is a winner and iPhone otherwise!!

3. For developers.

Android Market and Apple AppStore made big money for developers. Apple tend to have more control on what developers publish. on the other hand Android is very open when it comes to publishing. It has minimal set of requirements to meet.

When it comes to real development, Apple follows more closed approach where as Android is open source to the core.  Except for root access, developers can get hold of anything in Android.

Read more: Android Development, iPhone apps development

Conclusion:

If you are a geek and love to own your device then Android is the one for you. But if you enjoy what you are told to do then iPhone continues to amaze you


Categories: Android, Technology

Chrome with its Web Store

February 12, 2011 Leave a comment

It is this moment that, I realize the striking difference between an IE and a Google chrome. I don’t (and I won’t ) miss those Menu bars or matter of fact I seem to have forgotten them !! (including those weird looking buttons under it). Common, If you are a serious Chrome user, Then I am reminding you of a horrible past, nuff Said..! (Still… File menu for a browser..?? Gross).

Anyway, this is a short post. I have had some wonderful browsing experience with chrome and its web store, where in, you can add extensions, add apps and even change the theme of the browser. So I scribble this post hoping that even you will have the same or even better experience to share.

I dont dare to give a better tutorial here, all you need is this.

Have a happy browsing, starting from this weekend….

Bye for now.

– Harsha S Aithal


Categories: Technology

Live a Tech life :-)

September 8, 2010 1 comment
I was recently watching Apple’s press conference when they released their bunch of new products. Among them, one product caught my attention and that was Apple Tv. Soon my tech greedy mind became full busy thinking of buying one. But the problem with these new technologies is that they don’t work in isolation. Then I started thinking about setting up a tech life keeping in mind, the cost, and ended up drafting a plan, which, I think is great (!) and affordable too at the same time. Its amazing.. (As Steve Job of Apple says) and I m happy to share with you all.

So not wasting any time of yours, lets see the plan. First I have made a list of gadgets with their price and intension of owning them, and then comes the plan as to how to get them together.

 

Gadgets
My Choice
What does it do?
Price
HD TV
I don’t have one in Mind
U know it
Around 35Ks
An Android mobile phone
HTC Wildfire
A Cell phone for connectivity
15000
IP TV
Apple Tv
Stream movies, videos, TV shows from Internet
5000
A Good music player
iPod Touch/iPod nano
A Music player
7000 – 10000
Wireless Enabled Broadband (4Mbps recommended)
Airtel offers variety of plans
An Internet connection
1500 per month
A decent Laptop/ desktop
One from HP..!!
A pc or a mac
35 K
A laser Printer
Again one from HP
Printer
7K

 

Grand total                                                                                                       – 1,36,000 – 1,40,000

Now the numbers alone might scare you, if you plan like I do then money is not a problem (I seriously consider doing this as an one time investment when I set up a new home, i mean cost of new home + cost of u r tech life, !!).

Now lets get in to the plan.

 

  • First thing we need to setup is an Internet connection, as its a base of our plan. It is really necessary to have it wireless just because we can use the same connection among other devices too.
  • Once the Internet is in place, we connect our PC, cell phones etc for our online life.
  • Best of this plan comes now. Connect Apple TV to your HD TV and stream new movies, TV shows, Online videos etc directly on your TV without having to store them 🙂 and hence a happy family!. Connect the same Apple TV to your PC and stream everything else on your HDTV..!! Wonderful isn’t it?
  • We have included an iPod touch in your plan as a music player. But It can do much more than a music player. U can download n read e-books and stream them on TV!! Hell yeah.. Thats fantastic. And do stuffs like video calls etc etc. And If we have a decent printer in place then we can print anything from any device if it lets you to print one..!!
Well I m kind of chilled already with this plan, there more things we can add. Like a game console (If u have kids!!). But the only problem with this tech life is that, everything gets old pretty soon. So to avoid regretting later, always go for easily upgradeable options.

One day soon the Gillette company will announce the development of a razor that, thanks to a computer microchip, can actually travel ahead in time and shave beard hairs that don’t even exist yet
Dave Barry quotes (American Writer and Humorist best known for his weekly newspaper column. b.1947)


Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.
Stewart Brand quotes

Categories: Technology

SMART CHOICES

July 15, 2010 1 comment

When 3G starts rolling in full swing in India then we all will see a boom in Smartphone market. I spent most of the time chasing these facts and moreover I own both a 3G connection and a Smartphone.


Leading news paper – Times Of India has said that “You need to be very smart to pick a smart phone”, which I double like.

Being a proud owner of a smartphone and its mighty features I will try to give u all a head start when u actually go out there and buy (or seriously think of buying one, I have done this lot of times!!) a new smart phone.

I would devide this space into following 5 categories. 

1.Time :





   Everybody’s dilemma is when to buy a new phone.? And they always think that future is the right time to buy one. Well, It is quite true, except for the fact that your future will never arriver for you. Because u always look for better specs, which keep coming and u r a in a hell lot of confusion.

  So ‘Right now’ is the perfect time to buy one, forget about what’s coming next. Unfortunately this attitude takes a toll on you. Because countries like India, you won’t get phones in subsidiary prices (Like in US). U have to shell out like 30K INR for a smart phone. So it becomes necessary to wait a little than agony.
   One characteristic of a smart phone is that it is rich in Connectivity feature. Means, a good smart phone gives you a very good browsing experience, it has built in integrations with  social networking like Facebook and Twitter. Gives you on-air updates about anything, like, news etc etc. So to back all these features it is necessary to have a very good, affordable data plan – which unfortunately hardly exist in India.But good news is that major players have already shelled out in crores for 3G bidding, and hope that 3G rolls out sooner possible, because it so worth it, trust me. 
 Providers like BSNL/MTNL have already set up 3G networks in big cities in India, but coverage is either too weak or covers less ground. In my calculation, it might take another year or so for India to get a strong 3G cover. So, right now it is not a perfect time to do a little investment. (Yes, I contradict my own statement, but for your good). If u r of my type and u work/live in a City like I do, then go ahead and buy one.

2.Platforms
  U have so many types of phone these days, – PDAs, Multimedia phones, Business phones, etc etc. So what makes a Smartphone different from all those.? Well, Smart phone does what other categories phones to collectively. So basically its all of them.  It can give you very good sound, it might have a 12MP camera with 512MB onboard RAM, it gives your corporate e-mail on the go, it lets you update your Facebook stuffs etc etc and not to forget GPS when u r lost . Smartphone is like world in your hand.
  Technically speaking, Smartphone is backed by a very good platform or you might say, an OS. Computer literals are very well aware of this term. But smartphone OS/platforms are compact and are less customizable. 
So, what are the platforms available as of now in the market.
iPhone OS by Apple – ‘The craziest thing in the world – for some people , an iPhone is more than sex..!!’ – is built upon Linux. Main feature of iPhone OS is that it runs only on iPhones.!! And hence its performance is superb on the hardware. It has an app market (App Store – Link) with 200,000 apps right now (that means u can install 200000 softwares on your iPhone). One of the biggest market in the world..!! Thanks to all iCrazy people. Except for – more paid apps, doesn’t play Flash content, Multitasking is still a pain in the ass, shit expensive pricing – iPhone is a very good device indeed.


Android by GoogleApple is already eaten half by Android. Google is always known for its innovations so is the Android, like any other Google apps Android has already got an overwhelming acceptance from large customer base. 


   Android is also built upon Linux – but its not exactly a Linux variant. It also extensively uses Java (but installing a Java app is a little hitch!!). The main feature of Android, unlike iPhone OS, its open source. Because of this feature thousand have found self employed. U can change even a MAC address(Obviously, if u know what it is, Link). And it has the second biggest app store called Android Market which has currently about 90,000 apps. Android is developer’s dream, u can literally build any app. It plays flash, has relatively very good browser compared to other phone browser. And above all it is free. SDK is out in the open.  Lot of  companies have been shipping phones with Android in them and with their own propitiatory customizations. (Like HTC Sense). The only drawback of Android is that it is laggy at times in different devices. Thats because, unlike iPhone OS, Android is built to satisfy different hardware specs. 

An Android phone is my personal choice.


Blackberry OS by Research In Motion – Balckberry is no. 1 selling smartphone in US. Blackberries have known for their feature set which is well suited for corporates. Like email, messaging, and security. Its performance is significant but when it comes to personal customizations and multimedia it scores a ‘low’ compared to other phones. It provides an app store as well. 


MeeGo by Nokia and Intel. A new platform by Intel and Nokia. Its just out in the market and there are very few phones who carry this platform. Nokia were heavily operating on their Symbian OS but had to switch to MeeGo due to the competition thrown by Android and iPhone and Windows.


Windows by Microsoft.  Well I dont have to talk much about this, as everyone is well aware of what Windows mean. The new Windows mobile 7 looks promising with good looking phones like MS Kin1 and Kin2

. Feature set is not so alien to a Windows OS user. It also provides an Appstore called Marketplace. But u will find more paid apps.



Bada by Samsung A very new player in the smartphone OS game. They have thrown a huge campaign for developers to boost their app store. Currently its carried by devices like samsung Wave S8500



Other platforms




3.Hardware Specs

The next obvious question is what should be the suitable hardware to run these sturdy, good looking feature rich OSs.

A good smartphone, things like Speed, Capacity to handle multimedia content, and broswing keeping in mind,   should have the follwings specs (Atleast)

  • 600MHz -1GHz processor
  • 512MB- 1GB RAM
  • 3G/Wifi/Bluetooth
  • 3.5″ – 4″ Capacitive Touch screen
  • 5-8 MP camera
  • GPS, Accelerometer for Orientation sensing


4.My Hi5
Following are my 5 Favorite devices


1. Google Nexus one (Specs) (review)






































5. Palm Pre (Specs) (review)
















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      I hope u find this information is very usefull. Any comments/suggestions are very well appreciated.

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