Tag Archive: 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:


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.

Mobile Developer Conference on 22nd Jan 2011

Who will be attending Siliconindia Mobile Developer Conference ?
Mobile Developer Conference is for both current and future developers of mobile content. Beginners, intermediate, and advanced programmers of mobile content. While most of the topics will be technical in nature, we aim to also include coverage of usability and design considerations for this platform. We also will have some content covering how to monetize mobile content, what the mobile market looks like, and how to market your mobile product and services.

• Architects
• Application Developers
• Application Managers
• Technologists and Entrepreneurs
• Product Managers
• Mobile strategists

Drawing well-renowned thought-leaders, contributors, influencers, and organizations in the Mobile Development space, the conference offers is the must-attend developer forum. Attendees meet, mingle, and exchange ideas with like-minded participants on groundbreaking technologies and emerging industry trends, through informal networking, peer discussions

Be on the cutting edge • Increase Productivity • Upgrade your skills • Bring new creative and visionary energy to your work and your office • Learn from the leaders • Bring home best practices • Meet others who share your passion • Network: Get a job or find someone to fill that job

For more Information click here


The small-size multimedia player capable of playing almost any media file format (audio / video), a.k.a the VLC Player, will soon hit the Android Market. According to VLC’s Lead developer Jean Kempf, the VLC Player app for Android will be released in “a matter of weeks” (early 2011).

Thanks to an Android NDK update from Google earlier this month, the mobile OS’ multimedia output libraries now support native code for apps (earlier only Java), making it easier for developers to build apps for Android… especially, these VLC app developers.

Last words from Kempf – “issues with specific devices could delay the release.” Fragmentation plays its part again!


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