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Google™ adds e-books to Android™ Market

Recently Google has taken a step forward in providing the maximum amount of satisfaction to its customers by offering a dedicated e-bookstore over the Android Market. In previous days, in order to download e-books a person had to open a website over the Internet and download a book on the PC. This was for the reason that most of the cell phones, which were available then did not support any HTML viewer or any Flash Player as well. They did not support PDF format or any other web formats, which could be displayed over the phone screen. Though the phones then had an Internet connection, yet it was quite slow and with that kind pace, no e-book could have been downloaded on the cell phone.

There was yet another problem with downloading the e-books over the cell phone. In the recent past, the cell phones, which were available in the market, did not support several kinds of file formats, which could have been easily viewed over the PC. It was for this reason that most of the people who wanted to download an e-book from the Internet went for downloading them to their PC.

With the advent of Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, the world of Internet changed dramatically and this only amplified the potentials of Internet. Now with 3G-enabled phones, one can easily open some website, which offers the service of providing e-books, and download them easily the phones. Most of the phones today have the Android operating system, which enables faster downloading of the applications that can enhance the speed. The phones also support most of the file formats, which were previously not supported. Hence, now a person can access any online bookstore and get his desired e-book.

However, one problem with that was e-books were not available for free and those sites which offered free e-books could not be relied upon. Most websites charged exorbitant rates and it was for this reason that Google introduced its own e-bookstore over the Android Market, which can be easily accessed by any person. He can simply access the Android Market and go to the e-bookstore of Google for getting the publication, which he/she wants to download on his phone.

The process is simple and can be handled easily. This feature from Google provides faster access to e-books.

Google Chrome Web store: A store of web applications

The most popular search engine provider Google announced a new service to uphold their internet browser ‘Google Chrome’. In the last week in ‘Google I/O conference’ declared the offer Google Chrome web store. Google Chrome OS is going be released very soon. In this context Google takes a more generous step to provide a store where web applications can be attained. The theme of Google Chrome web store is based on the sharing of web applications which are prepared with standard tools and can be useable with all modern web browsers. The offer of web store will prevail with both free and paid services.

Google didn’t specify the actual date of release, but they announced that web store application will be in market by the end of this year. The Washington Post predicts that this release will be done before the grand release of ‘Google Chrome OS tablets’. Although other users than Google Chrome browser have access in the store, Chrome users will get some extra benefits; which will also help to increase the popularity of Google Chrome. Already Google ask for the application from the developers and they want to put them all just after the grand opening.

Google offers a wide range of products in the forthcoming service Google Chrome web store. The preliminary products will be basically Google products like Docs, Calendar, Mail, News, Maps, Picasa and Google Wave. These applications will be available as free content. In the Chrome browser, when one will open a new tab, he will find a link of web store. The store will also contain non-Google applications which will be open source and will be provided by several developers. Google is looking forward to create an online web application store, where anyone can get easy solution of any sort of requirement. The paid contents will be in the format of magazines, games, utilities and premium news. In fact they can provide e-books and attractive magazines which can attract more users because there they can get all collections together. Some experts expect that it could be largest marketplace ever in internet community. The assumption over the price states that the average price could be $3 to $4 for the web applications.

These web applications will be coded with modern techniques of open source coding. HTML5, WebM could be main coding language along with C, C++ could be used to make the applications. Google targets to reach their web browser to mass users. They take this store service as a weapon to do so. Along with this Google’s OS ‘Chrome OS chips’ will be released by this year. So this store will help to enrich that OS. Thirdly Android applications can be benefitted with the web store applications.

Google is extending its market everyday. To attain the goal of reaching mass users with their variety of products, this store could work greatly as a transaction point.

Adobe’s PDF reader too slow for Android

The Google I/O developer conference was followed by the release of the official PDF reader for the Android mobile operating system of Google. The application has a simple and very effective feature set which allows viewing and navigating PDF files on Android devices.

The program was tested on an Evo 4G Smartphone made by HTC and powered by Android 2.1. The latest issue of Full Circle Magazine was used as a sample PDF, in order to make it possible to evaluate its performance by using relatively complex layouts. Initial load time seemed a bit longer than expected, when opening the PDF file from the download manager of the browser. Almost six seconds were necessary for the application to launch and render the document’s first page.

The user interface appears as simple and functional, although it is not consistent with the interface offered by other Android applications. Semi-transparent toolbars situated on the top and bottom of the screen fade out when not needed and give the user maximum viewing space possible during reading. Buttons for scroll and zoom are placed at the bottom toolbar, while the top toolbar displays the document title and is provided with a button allowing the user to switch the viewing mode.

Features

Multitouch pinch-zooming as well as flick-scrolling are supported by the application, but they were a bit slow during the test due to the overhead of content redrawing. Flick-scrolling is also occasionally slow while loading and drawing more content. If flick-scrolling is too fast, only blank sheets will appear instead of content of the pages. This makes it difficult to detect where you are in the document if you try to navigate faster.

Although this lag is somehow inconvenient during navigation, the reading experience is not affected. When the content is zoomed, the application is able to provide new rendered material fast enough to make reading comfortable and does not affect the pace of scrolling.

There is an alternate display mode, in addition to the standard one, in which the text is wrapped automatically, in order to fit the width of the screen. This alternate mode breaks down any element of the layouts and provides a solid stream of text that makes panning useless.

This display mode works fine with PDFs consisting mainly of formatted text with simpler layouts, such as e-books, and does not handle PDFs with intensive graphics. When in re flow mode, the zooming buttons of the toolbar situated on the bottom of the screen are replaced with a set of buttons that can be used to increase or decrease the font size.

Feasibility

The application runs properly and can support the kind of touch screen interaction expected by the users of modern mobile software. However, it is not a surprise that PDF rendering speed for a Smartphone is weak. The feature set, although sufficient, is modest, the main feature that is missing that supports searching.
The Adobe Reader for Android can be found in the Android market and is working on most devices running the Android 2.1 version or later. Adobe has performed tests on popular handsets like Google’s Nexus One or Motorola’s Android.

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