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Android™ vs. iPhone® iOS

Taking a peek into the smart phone and tablet markets, the many platforms available include Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, iOS, and Android. It is rather difficult to decide which is the best. With Apple selling over 85 million iPhones and iPads, in the last few years and with the Android platform becoming so popular worldwide, it is definitely interesting to watch why. Although the iPhone has been a commercial success, the tide seems to be turning towards a probably more powerful open source alternative , that is, the Android. While Android is an open platform device, the iPhone has a closed platform. Android supports multitasking while in the iPhone it is restricted to some applications. Android supports widgets while the iPhone iOS does not. Developers can easily publish applications on the Android market instantly while, in the case of Apple iOS it can take time. Android supports Flash while the iPhone does not.

But Apple with its sleek, beautiful handset, with its ease of use, good battery life, a better out of the box software keyboard and many such features give Apple iPhone an edge over the Android-based devices. While the question of applications is difficult to analyze with the most popular mission critical applications available for both, it is questionable as to how many people have been able to open more than the 20 to 30 percent of the apps provided by both the technologies.

Android is from Google and it is but natural that quite a few Google features have an edge on the Android against the iPhone iOS. The iPhone excels in non-Google syncing like Microsoft Outlook, Address book or iTunes. As regards version releases and consistency of updates provision, the iPhone is way ahead with Apple releasing one major update every year and all their devices receiving the new feature.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Release

Its seems like Samsung has finally decided to take the plunge into the tablet market with its release of the it Galaxy Tab. Apart from the iPad the Galaxy tab has added further features towards the development of the tablet platform. Some of the features of the Galaxy tab include:

  • Flash –Unlike Apple which had a huge debacle with Adobe over the flash issue, the Galaxy tab includes a flash. Moreover it has an entire lineup of Apps that are primarily designed on the flash platform.
  • Camera – It has two cameras that are situated in the back and front to allow video conferencing. Moreover it records video in HD. The camera is 3MP with LED flash.
  • Android OS – As an open source operating system the Galaxy tab is certainly feasible than the iOS4 which has a lot of bugs.
  • Call and tethering – This all is possible through the SIM and the 3G network through the Tab when compared to the iPad.
  • Multitasking – With a 1.0 GHz processor the Galaxy tab has a efficient control over applications which enables multitasking between applications. Whether you are busy downloading on the Internet or reading a book, the Galaxy tab enables you to perform numerous tasks.

For starters it seems like the Galaxy Tab is just a larger version of the Samsung Galaxy Smartphone. However, Samsung has designed the device to meet its brand criteria, as the applications are seemingly similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Smartphone.

Mobile Flash Is Now a Reality!

There has been lot of speculation related to Adobe’s flash for mobile devices and after an unsuccessful attempt to strike a deal with Apple, the company seems to be in full gear to make amends and look above the horizon. Adobe’s is finally launching their flash payer 10.1 with the soon to be launched Android 2.2 and they hope to secure the market and spreading this to all the other operating systems.

This whole issue started after Apple vehemently refused the user of flash players in its iOS. As a result Adobe tried an indirect application that was able to work on iOS without any license hassles but this attempt was also thwarted by the developers of Apple, Hence it started a race where Adobe started looking for more companies who were in direct competition with Apple and then sell their product.

Now Adobe’s list of supporters and clients are still fairly distinguished and it was a wide range of companies. Other than Google’s Android 2.2 there is Palm’s revolutionary Web OS, Nokia’s Symbian operating system , Blackberry’s Motion , MeeGo from Intel and finally Windows Phone 7 are finally going to incorporate Flash Player 10.1 in their systems. Although it’s hard to say if the systems will provide the same during the launches of their new versions or flash will be put on download as a widget. There is one thing that is clear that Adobe has finally taken the Quantum step that it needed to take.

This present scenario seems to be a repeat of the situation that happened in the 1990’s when Microsoft had become so big that the other companies had started to feel threatened. As a result all of them decided to support Sun Microsystems’s Java and Linux OS in place of .NET and Windows, though this move didn’t change much in the fortune of Microsoft except the fact that it proved as a counterbalance for the ever expanding Microsoft.

Now Apple in reply has made its visions clear by expressing desire to build a web browser that that all the standard plug-ins in built of it. So that there will be no need to download separate plug-ins like Flash to run the necessary files.

For the future Adobe hopes to incorporate new phones to their ever increasing list, so that the presence of Adobe’s flash player stays relevant in this era of change. As for the Apple and Adobe’s animosity, I hope that it stays short lived because these are the two companies that can be easily said as the pioneers of the software industry and if they merge their might be a plethora of earth shattering products for us.

Intel SSDs

Over the last two years, Solid State Drives (SSDs) more commonly known as flash drives have followed a fashion of being sold directly to the laptop or portable device manufacturers or through special online consumer electronics retail sites that have only a handful of physical outlets.
A major changed happened last week when Intel Corp., a market leader in manufacturing of flash drives, made an announcement that its flash drives will now be available at more than 800 conventional retail outlets. After Intel other cos. have also announced to follow the same pattern.

Expected Turn Around

It can be easily smelt from this step that the consumer has moved a step closer in replacing or supplementing computers hard drives with these flash drives as they now become affordable and available.
An analyst at market research firm Forward Insights expects that this move will definitely broaden the end market consumer profile. While he also said that gaming and technically sound users will remain among the major consumers but retailing of these SSDs will surely enhance the appeal for these SSD’s and accelerate the adoption process of these SSDs as prices also come down.

Cost Efficacy

SSDs remain 10 folds costlier than hard drives and their cost seems to be increasing in past years. The second quarter of last year saw an increased price of per unit price of flash memory chips up to $4.10.This clearly represents a 127% increase from the final quarter of 2008.It is believed that the SSD prices can come down from $1.9 to $1.7 approx. but only for PC, laptop manufactures. Online shoppers couldn’t find any remarkable difference in the prices and will continuing paying $3.
A normal SSD of capacity ranging from 80 GB to 120 GB of memory is offered on prices from $215 to $400.Intel offers an 80 GB X25-M for $225 in its stores, whereas a hard drive of capacity up to 1TB (1000 GB) can be bought for as little as $99.

SSDs can supposingly beat hard drives on the basis of performance especially for computer boot up applications. A test conducted by a famous site shows that an SSD took just 20secons in comparison to HDD’s 40 seconds of cold boot.

Advantages

• SSD restarts in 26 sec while HDD requires 37 sec.
• SSD seems to be more durable since they do not have any mechanical moving parts like actuator arms etc. thus they become a better option for mobile devices.
• Cost wise as SSDs are still costlier than HDD but there will be a point when you can actually buy a SSD of capacity around 16GB in cost of a HDD.
The increase in the performance of computer when its HDD is replaced by SSD is remarkable. It can be easily foreseen that in the upcoming years the SSD will become an integral part of our systems and notebooks. Availability of these SSDs in retail outlets has added a seasoning in the curry.

Apple hit today, Google following

The development of mobile based OS is a subject of great interest these days. Developers from all around the world are into application development that is the next phase after OS development. Developers from all around the world are more interested in developing for Apple’s OS these days but they expect to see Google’s android to be the leading environment for near future. Apple proves to be quite promising as of today but it would certainly come up with a downfall compared to the revolutionary development of Android.

Comparison:

The comparison was done through a survey as well as through word of mouth. In the nutshell, developers from the top line of mobile application development consider Android to be open to many different changes that could be implemented in the future. They also feel that Android give developers with more options in order to implement variations in the applications of the future. Apple’s iOS is not that susceptible to changes of this sort.

The survey was conducted with some 2733 developers from the Appcelerator Titanium Developers group and they were asked about the opportunities that both Google and Apple give you in their respective OS. Apple is defined as the more controlled environment that does not allow people to develop cross platform applications that limit the applications developed to be used in Apple devices only. Android developments on the other end accept all types of cross development tools to give maximum use ability to their applications.

As of now, developers are developing Titanium application for iPhones and iPads more than any other platforms. Not even android and find that to be an interesting job for present. They have a large count of Apple based applications while a very few Android based ones.

Apple’s environment:

Apple is pretty strict about the application development. They want the applications to be designed strictly in Objective-C, C++, or JavaScript as being dealt with by the web engine of Apple iOS and the same languages have to be used for other developments as they are the only ones listed in the Apple’s Documentation for APIs. No other tool can be used in order to create any application, not even the simple and the most recognized ones as Adobe Flash. Their main motto is to keep such third party tools of development stay away from getting authorized within Apple. They believe that such tools create substandard applications that hinder the iOS development on the whole.

Google’s environment:

Google on the other hand has developed Android in a way as to give maximum liberty to people from all around the world to take part in developing the best and the most effective applications for the platform. You can use all possible third party tools in order to make an application look unique and elegant as well as that serves the function that you are interested in. Silverlight and Adobe Flash are both compatible with the Android OS and developers are quite positive in having an excellent experience developing applications for Android for future as they see it open and susceptible to more changes.

Firefox improved- no more crashes of Flash Player

One of the most popular browsers in the world of internet browsers is Firefox from Mozilla. The browser has undergone serious changes and has provided users from all around the world with a secure and interactive browsing experience throughout history. They have provided users with a light yet attractive interface in order to make sure that you get the best browsing experience from the World Wide Web.

Firefox 3.6.4:

Though the version of Firefox was expected quite earlier but the version has recently been launched. Like every time, the developers have tried to minimize the number of bugs with this version even. The most notable change is the protection against third party plug-in that has Adobe Flash on the top of the list. The previous versions of browser were having bugs and didn’t allow the browser’s built-in feature to install the plug-in at the first place.  You were supposed to make the installation manually by going to the source website, downloading the installation file, closing Mozilla Firefox and other similar browsers that were supposed to be integrated with Flash, execute the file and then install it completely.

The major issue was not this alone, while you were amidst a session watching some of the flash based movies or games or anything, you would encounter an error that The Flash plug-in has crashed and you need to reload the page to try again. This problem was frequent enough to bug you again and again. You even had no report generated against the errors.

Development Changes:

The browser has improved in the crash protection section that has been a key feature of the competing Google Chrome. Crash protection tries to minimize the frequency of Flash and other third party plug-in crashes. In addition, in case the third party plug-in crashes, you are not required to restart your session as the whole browser used to crash.

The latest development has removed a number of bugs in the structure of Firefox and therefore you get added protection against many of the issues that used to be there. In addition, this latest version features some of the addition security updates as well. The crash protection enables browser to use the out-of-process plug-in technology that runs all third party processes as a separate process. These major plug-ins include Flash, Quicktime and Silverlight that used to be the most frequently crashing plug-ins. The plug-in used to crash the whole of your browser and you used to lose your current session, the latest development avoids this and crash in the plug-in is a crash at the plug-in level only. The browser would be running normally while the page section with the implemented plug-in won’t work. You would be required to refresh the page in order to make sure that you have what you want.

Limitations:

The crash protection feature is available to Windows based systems and Linux based systems only. There are serious structural issues in the browser development therefore crash protection is not available to MAC OS users. The structural issues need to be catered properly therefore the developers have promised to remove the bug by the time Firefox 4 would be in the market.

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