Google has launched a new version of Android Market, the digital store that provides the Android phone users more than 100,000 applications and games.
“You would be pleased to discover that we have revised Android Market, in order to make it faster, easier and more enjoyable for you to discover applications, movies and books. We have created a larger space for posting the most interesting content of the week in the home page. Several top-charts have been added, with newer and more relevant items and now it is easier to go through the charts while navigating the stores”, explained Google in an official blog post.
The improvement of the Android application store is due to some complains the users have made towards the previous versions. Despite being the leader in the online search segment, Google has initially created a heavyish interface for the application store.
In addition, Android Market has a worthy opponent in the Amazon application store dedicated to the Android platform, which has succeeded in convincing several publishers to launch applications exclusively for the Amazon portfolio.
Therefore, Google has some catch up to do in order to remain relevant on his own mobile platform. We shall see if the redesign of the store will succeed in attracting the users.
Amazon’s Android Appstore is a “disaster,” says Swedish game developer BitHack in a scathing blog post (via GigaOm).
BitHack’s app Apparatus was being sold in the Amazon Appstore, reaching as high as #3 in paid rankings, but the company hated just about everything it had to deal with so it’s pulling the app from Amazon and focusing on Android Market.
Here are the bullet points of why the Amazon Appstore was no good:
- It takes too long to have an app approved. Amazon spent 2 weeks reviewing the app. Then it rejected it for something relatively minor. The app was resubmitted, then it took another week before being approved. Updates to the app take a long time to be approved, also.
- Amazon doesn’t do a good job of filtering which devices apps go to: Apparatus shouldn’t be on certain Android phones because it looks and plays worse on small screens. So, the developer has a filter system in place that works well in the Android Market preventing the wrong devices from getting the app. That filter system doesn’t work with Amazon. As a result, the app got a lot of bad reviews from angry users.
- Appstore is U.S. only, which was a problem for a Swedish developer: Apparatus got a negative review, which was incorrect. The developer wanted to respond, but couldn’t because he is in Sweden. Amazon says you have to buy something before you can comment. But he can’t buy something because he’s not in the U.S. So, the complaint stuck and hurt sales.
- Amazon randomly changed the price to $0.99. Here’s what BitHack says, “We never discussed this change. I have no idea why they sell it at $0.99. The game is already selling at 50% off because it is in “public beta”. So Amazon now decided to sell it at 25%.”
Google+social networking (Google Plus) comes with five main features.
Here are those features.
This feature is like Friends on Facebook. He cried, users can classify the category of Best Mates friends until Bastard.
This feature uses video technology to a new social media. Designed to attract the attention of young children.
3. Instant Upload
Instant Upload useful to add funny comments on photos. This is the right features to make people wince when viewing your photos.
This is one advantage over Google + Facebook. Spark allows users to access Google without leaving Google +.
Huddle feature allows you to invite anyone in the group chat chit chat.
Android has seen a number of updates since its original release. These updates to the base operating system typically fix bugs and add new features. Generally, each new version of the Android operating system is developed under a code name based on a dessert item. Past updates included Cupcake and Donut. The code names are in alphabetical order (Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich).
The most recently released versions of Android are:
- 1.0/1.1 (Beta), which Released 23 September 2008. The first Android device, the HTC Dream (G1), had these Android 1.0 features. On 9 February 2009, Android 1.1 update for Android was released for T-Mobile G1 only. Included in the update were resolved issues, API changes and the System,Adds support for marquee in layouts.
- 1.5 (Cupcake), which Based on Linux kernel2.6.27. On 30 April 2009, the official 1.5 (Cupcake) update for Android was released. There were several new features and UI updates included in the 1.5 update:
- Virtual keyboard: Support for 3rd party keyboards with text prediction & user dictionary for custom words
- Widgets: Are miniature application views that can be embedded in other applications (such as the Home screen) and receive periodic updates.
- System: Animated screen transitions
- Upload videos to YouTube
- Upload photos on Picasa
- 1.6 (Donut),which based on Linux kernel 2.6.29 On 15 September 2009, the 1.6 (Donut) SDK was released.Included in the update were:
- Voice Search & text entry search enhanced to include bookmarks & history, contacts, the web, and more
- Android Market Allows easier searching, app screenshots, etc.
- Speed improvements in searching and camera applications
- Expanded Gesture framework and new GestureBuilder development tool
- 2.0/2.1 (Eclair), which revamped the user interface and introduced HTML5, W3C Geolocation API and Exchange ActiveSync 2.5 support.
- 2.3 (Gingerbread), which refined the user interface, improved the soft keyboard and copy/paste features, and added support for Near Field Communication.
- Android 2.3
- 3.0/3.1 (Honeycomb), a tablet-oriented release which supports larger screen devices and introduces many new user interface features, and supports multicore processors and hardware acceleration for graphics. The Honeycomb SDK has been released and the first device featuring this version, the Motorola Xoom tablet, went on sale in February 2011. Google has chosen to withhold the Honeycomb source code, which called into question the “open-ness” of this Android release. Google’s Andy Rubin stated that the latest Android source code would be released “when it is ready”. The reason for the delay, according to Rubin in an official Android blog post, was because Honeycomb was rushed for production of the Motorola Xoom. Google later confirmed that the Honeycomb source code would not be released until after it was merged with the Gingerbread release in Ice Cream Sandwich. The 3.1 update has been announced at the 2011 Google I/O on 10 May 2011.
The upcoming version of Android is:
- 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), a combination of Gingerbread and Honeycomb into a “cohesive whole.” It was announced on May 10, 2011 at Google I/O that it will be released in Q4 2011.
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Technology has been growing very rapidly. Everything has to be obtained quickly. With the ease of convenience offered by the technology we too are interested to have all the ease it.
Automated home, first maybe just a mere fantasy to have an automated home, but in today’s automated home can already we have. Certainly the technology is still evolving and will continue to be developed.
Feature of this automated home provides comfort and convenience for us who live in it.
examples of automated home system this is the light that we can turn on or turn off just with our voices, the control system knows who the people who visit our house, a security system that only allows certain people who can enter into the a certain room, the walls of the room which can be we set it as we want and possibly many more features of automated home systems.
For video of the automated home can be seen below.
The more sophisticated smart phones in the modern era is unfortunately less self-consciousness followed by each user in operating and protecting personal data.
Some people are still less concerned about mobile security, both applications and data stored on it. Finally, came the case of a photo spread of celebrities Nudity lately frequent.
In fact, any smart phone, the most important thing in data security still exist in the human factor (user). In addition, mobile phone senantias connect to the internet is also a potential threat of cyber attack (cyberthreat), such as viruses and malicious applications.
As a tool, it takes a security application to protect smart phones. For this purpose, the package presents ESET ESET Mobile Security Business Edition for two popular platforms, Windows Mobile and Symbian. There is also a version of Android, but is still in Beta stage.
“Currently, an existing operating system began making it more vulnerable to threats both to provide a security device for smart phones belong in preparation before it’s too late,” said Yudhi Stearns (Technical Consultant, PT Prosperita-ESET Indonesia).
Some of the features contained in the ESET Mobile Security for Android that is:
- Behavior-based file detection – to give warning of any suspicious activity within the mobile phone
- SMS / MMS Antispam ̶ lets users create a list of phones that can be trusted and not making your own custom list
- Call Intercept feature capable ̶ block unwanted phone calls. This feature is very useful especially for parents to monitor calls made by the children as well as to limit the phone bill.
- Security Audit with built-in Task Manager – to monitor the use of cell phone memory
Another advantage of ESET Mobile Security:
- GPS Localization ̶ localize communication device is lost or stolen by using the remote command
Remote Lock your phone remotely ̶ block to prevent the parties who are not concerned that attempts to access data stored in phone memory.
- Remote Wipe – delete data remotely as the final step of securing information in case of theft of personal data
- Uninstall Protection ̶ Securing phone from the uninstall ESET Mobile Security unintentional.
- Remote Management using ESET Remote Administrator – to manage all mobile devices from a single management tool that can also manage the ESET ESET other products.