Category: android

ICC World Cup Android App

Its a pleasure for me to write this article on my blog, my friend Kavya Bhat who is android developer, has come up with Android App exclusive for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, if you are cricket fan then you must try this.
You can download the app from android market place

here are the screen shots:


Why Android is better than Symbian

I’ve have been using an Android-powered HTC Wildfire from few weeks, and it’s been quite interesting experience.Now i became lover of Andriod OS.I have noticed several things that why Android completely dominates Symbian and wanted to share with you all.

1. Integration.
This is the first thing that Symbian really needs to address , specifically for Nokia handsets. As a part of procedue,whike setting up your Andriod phones for the first time,the strat up process will ask the user if he has google account,if the user selects yes,all the information such as,contacts,calender etc.. associated with your account is synchronized with the Android device.
But, On a Symbian powered device, the user will have to individually need to download,and set up the mail,contacts and other stuffs.and the user need to repeatedly need to login.
2. Applications.
This is the major advantage for the Andriod users.  At last count, the number of Apps on the Android Market exceeds the 100,000 mark.And still increasing,but Symbian Applications are less compare to Andriod.Its API is based on Java rather than C++ in conventional symbian OS.
3.Platform Updates
Any Patform updates can be done throught the-air, no need to connect to PC then update ur mobile as found on Symbian mobiles.As soon as the Platform updates come, we can update our mobile version from using GPRS/WiFi connection only, no need of PC.Still most of the Symbian featured mobile dont have this option.
The one big thing for me is that the Android browser is much, much better than the Symbian browser. I find I had difficulty opening some web sites on the Symbian browser. The Android browser seems to be able to open almost any web site I would visit on my PC. You can get around the Symbian browser problems by installing a different browser. However, Symbian does not seem to let you change default browsers for all applications. I can change the default browser in Symbian for email links, but I cannot do the same for Gravity (my Twitter app) or Facebook.
Android has surged past Symbian to become the world’s best-selling smartphone operating system, according to Canalys. Now Nokia is also not interested in Symbian ,so they joined with Microsoft to give competition to Android.

Rule number one : don’t screw around with the browser of your enduser. Say that you were able to filter out the print menu item. What about the keyboard combination ctrl + P? You could override that again with some javascript but that only leaves the enduser clueless as you’re overriding standard functionality and that’s a big nono.

Besides that, you’re using javascript. That can be turned off by an enduser and then your clipboard erasing script also doesn’t work anymore. Poof and there goes your protection level.

try it . .

Thank you

for firefox try as below:


    • 1

      Make sure the new media player is installed on your computer. Popular media players include Real Player, QuickTime, Windows Media Player and WinAmp.

    • 2

      Open Mozilla Firefox and click “Tools” and then “Options” on the main menu.

    • 3

      Click the “Applications” tab. Scroll down on the list of file types until you find all of your media file types, including playlists, audio and videos.

    • 4

      Select the “Action” column box next to each of your media file types. You will see a drop-down box.

    • 5

      Change your default media player for each file type by clicking “Use other.” Choose “Always Ask” from the list if you want the browser to ask you every time which media player you want to use, or choose “Save File” if you want to automatically save the file to your computer instead of opening it.

    • 6

      Press “OK” to close the dialog box. Close and restart your browser to activate the new settings. Click on a song or video file in your browser to make sure it recognizes your choice from Step 4 and opens the file in your new default media player.

Thank you . .

Google TV coming to a pocket near you

Last year it was revealed that ARM Holdings was in talks with Google to bring Google TV support to ARM’s chipsets. The first version of Google TV was designed to only work on Intel’s x86 chips, but a fully compatible ARM version should be available this year, according to a report by the ARM-obsessed Charbax of

Tudor Brown, president of Arm, said last year that their latest processors are cheaper and require less power than Intel’s Atom processor. “If Google TV is to be mainstream, it must be built on a lower power system, …on lower cost technology.”

If Google TV support is coming to ARM processors, then you should expect to see someone place it on a smartphone. Any device using a CPU based on ARM’s dual-core Cortex-A9s should have enough horse power to make it work. We have seen some Tegra 2-powered devices like the LG Optimus 2X that support full 1080p output, so the next generation of mobile computers should have no problems running Google TV.

Google was supposed to show off the latest version of Google TV at this year’s CES, but it was reported by the New York Times that Google asked their partners to delay the product launches so they could refine the software.

We can’t say for sure which refinements Google is working on, but it makes sense that they would want to bring the TV experience to the mobile devices that are powerful enough to deliver an enjoyable experience. Motorola recently showed us with the Atrix 4G that a single mobile device could power a laptop, desktop, and TV and I believe that is the direction Google will take Android.

How long do you think it will take before Google TV comes pre-loaded on a high-end smartphone?

Sameer Kulkarni


A Sneak Peek of Android 3.0, Honeycomb

The past few weeks have been exciting ones for the Android team: we recently released Nexus S and Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and we’ve even had some of our most popular team members take a trip to space. But we haven’t stopped buzzing with excitement: today at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we previewed Android 3.0, Honeycomb.

Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. We’ve spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we’ve developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface. Many of Android’s existing features will really shine on Honeycomb: refined multi-tasking, elegant notifications, access to over 100,000 apps on Android Market, home screen customization with a new 3D experience and redesigned widgets that are richer and more interactive. We’ve also made some powerful upgrades to the web browser, including tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing with your Google Chrome bookmarks, and incognito mode for private browsing.

Honeycomb also features the latest Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps 5 with 3D interactions and offline reliability, access to over 3 million Google eBooks, and Google Talk, which now allows you to video and voice chat with any other Google Talk enabled device (PC, tablet, etc).

Please stay tuned for more Honeycomb news from the Android team. For now, you can get a taste of Honeycomb by checking out this video.

iPhone Vs Android

Of all the things in the world, why am I concerned with getting screenshots on a phone. What can I say? That has become a pet peeve of mine. Getting a screenshot should be as simple as hitting Print Screen. Phones do not have that luxury and iPhone especially has very few hardware keys. To get a screenshot on an iPhone you have to use two hardware keys.

One has to press the power-on button and power-off button to get a screenshot. Remember that both the buttons have to be pressed in unison and they have to be in sync. If your synchronized effort is a hit then you will hear a nice little flashing sound. If not then you will go back to the home screen. It needs practice and patience. At least it is straight forward.

Getting a screenshot of the Android phone isn’t so easy. Let me show you couple of pictures :

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Those are the screenshots from Micromax A60. For me to get those two pictures I had to spent two days figuring things out. May be because I am new to Android. Let me lay out the process to get a screenshot on Android.

  1. Install JDK (1.6 or later)
  2. Install Android SDK
  3. Run DDMS.bat file in the sdk tools folder.
  4. If you are lucky then a good window comes up. If not then a bad window comes up and you will be severely abused.
  5. Enable USB Debugging on your phone.
  6. After you get past #4, connect your phone to the computer.
  7. If you are lucky then the phone will be recognized. If not then you will end up with a bunch of ?????. Screen Capture tool throws a big X mark.
  8. When that happens, you basically are clueless. All the information on the net will only get you till #7 and hope that it works. What would happen if it doesn’t work at #7? You basically have to get creative. Restore the phone to factory settings, Enable USB Debugging again and then you will get nice screenshots. Two more to celebrate my victory :

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9. And finally, you can take screenshots like crazy by the Screen Capture tool.

From the look of it, getting a screenshot on an iPhone looks easier. For the uninitiated it probably is. The real power of the Andriod OS kicks in only after you get past the 7-9 steps above. You can basically take a screen shot at every small change in the screen of an application. Something which is very difficult in iPhone.

H T Impex, which usually sells computer peripherals under the brand name “Zen the Master” has entered the tablet segment with Zenpad 7. The tablet costs Rs. 13999, runs Android 2.1 and comes with 8 GB memory card. Zenpad 7 joins ten odd Android tablets which are already launched in India.


Zenpad 7 has a 1 GHz processor, 256 MB RAM and runs Android 2.1 (Eclair). There is USB port onboard. HDMI port is available and the package comes with the HDMI cable which is useful to connect to TV.

Zenpad 7 has a 7-inch resistive touch screen with 800×480 pixel resolution. There is a 0.3 megapixel VGA camera, speakers, video recording and Wi-Fi.



1 GHz processor on Zenpad is one of the fastest available on the current crop of tablets. HDMI out is another added attraction which is generally not found in tablets in this price range.


Zenpad 7 isn’t 3G enabled and it doesn’t have Bluetooth (at least from the specs available). It has a 0.3 megapixel VGA camera which is not of much value. Cheaper cell phones have digital cameras. Though higher megapixel camera doesn’t necessarily mean better pictures, a VGA camera is not in vogue.

Resistive touch screen is difficult to operate. I did not have much luck with resistive touch screen. It depends on how responsive the touch screen on Zenpad is. May be it should be sold with a stylus.


At the price point of Rs.13999, it is competing with Infibeam Phi. Every other tablet launched in India are either priced below 10K or above 20K and 30K. It is not fair to compare Zenpad 7 against an Olivepad or Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Comparing Zenpad 7 with Infibeam Phi, Zenpad has better specs. Infibeam has 600 MHz processor and no camera or video out. Zenpad has a faster processor, 0.3 megapixel camera ( though this is not of much value) and HDMI out.

For the similar money though, if someone can bring it to you from the US, Nook Color ($250) looks like a better buy. Though unjust comparison, Nook Color has a capacitive touch screen and is a perfect eReading device – if that’s your intention.

If you can’t get a Nook Color, Zenpad 7 is a decent buy.


Google is considering developing its own mobile payment system based on near field communication (NFC)

NFC is a short range wireless technology that allows you transmit data.

In this case, you’d be able to wave an Android phone at a cash register and pay for a sweater, or whatever you’re buying.

The mobile payment field is getting crowded with major credit card companies working on a system, eBay working on something, and Apple hiring NFC experts for its phones.

Benefits of Android phone

Android phones are becoming the buzz word in the mobile world. But lot of people are unsure about what makes the phone so special or what makes android phones different from the rest.

I will take you on a tour highlighting the key difference of android phones.

1. Smart Phone: First the phone is a smart phone. It lets you install tons of application and get the best out of your phone. I am sure you know this although Smile.

2. Google: The Android Platform is developed and maintained by Google and its an open platform. So possibilities are endless.

3. Android Market: The Android phones are also different because their is a dedicated market for Android Applications. There are more than 150,000 application listed in the android market at the time of writing this. Anyone can download and install the application easily and on the fly.

4. Hardware Flexibility: The Google android is an open platform, so the manufacturers has the option to fit in whatever hardware that comes on their way. This is makes it android different from the IPhone. IPhone comes with proprietary OS IOS. Apple controls the operating system and you are fixed with the hardware of the iPhone and unfair prices of IPhones. In India IPhone 4 cost approx. INR 40,000 +

5. Budget consideration: Since the core operating system is developed by Google. The manufactures only need to port the handsets with specific drivers. This saves their lot of R&D cost. This makes it possible to have budget smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy 3 i5500, i5800 are the best example of budget android phones.

6. High customisations: The android platform allows unlimited customisations on your screen layout. You can have multiple home screens and it also allows you to choose your own wallpapers which is still a dream on Apple IPhone. The Android phones also has live wallpaper feature which is very appealing in its own way.

7. Google Integration: This is one of the best features of Google android phones. As soon as you link you Google accounts , it syncs you Google contacts, Google Picasa albums and more. I was surprised to see my entire Picasa gallery minutes after i gave my Google Id when requested on the home screen. This is something not very easy on other smartphones.

8. Better notifications: The notifications about your Email , SMS, Status updates are very reliable and convenient on android. The are easily accessible on the home screen.

9. Facebook contacts: The contacts screen will display your Google contacts as well the Facebook contacts. It also fetches the images and birthdays of your contacts. A cool feature to make android different isn’t it?

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