Why Android Is A Great Match For Mobile Business Users

The smart phone industry is expanding greatly, and business users are left wondering which smart phones best match their needs. While BlackBerry has been the historic winner, many businesspeople are starting to look much more seriously at Android as a strong contender.

What makes Android so attractive to business users? This can be broken down into a few key areas: flexibility and choice, pricing, apps and software, and business integration.

Flexibility: On the whole, Android presents a lot of flexibility for users – they can choose from a variety of phones, a variety of providers, and an app store that is not heavily regulated (unlike Apple’s App Store). Business users have differing needs depending on their industries, position, and even lifestyle, and Android makes it easier to find a smart phone that’s a perfect match.
Applications: On other mobile operating systems, applications are heavily policed. While this has some advantages in terms of reliability, it also means that one company is choosing exactly what people do and do not want on their mobile phones. It excludes small niche programs designed for specific types of business people from existing – a problem that is rectified on Android. Android’s applications are open to all software developers, which means more innovation for the business user.
Strong web browsing capabilities: Android supports Adobe Flash – a popular way of encoding web pages that the Apple iPhone does not support. In other words, Android users are able to view a number of web pages that iPhone users would not otherwise be able to. This is important when you need one quick piece of information on the go!
Prices are much more competitive: Because Android is available on many different types of phone, there’s much more room for the budget-minded businessperson to find a price that works for them.
Strong Exchange integration: Many businesses use Microsoft Exchange, though mobile support for Exchange is sometimes hit and miss. BlackBerry requires of the installation of their BES server. However, Android integrates with Exchange without any need for add-ons – perfect for easy integration into the business world!

Samsung Galaxy S users still waiting for Android 2.2 Froyo update

Samsung users have been expecting the arrival on Android 2.2 Froyo for the past few weeks but it now seems that the users will have to wait a while longer to get the coveted upgrade for their OS. Rumors have been circulating Samsung’s Android upgrade since September 2010. With the Android 2.3 Gingerbread ready to be launched across brands, Samsung it seems is still a step behind in the race. When it comes to phone features, Samsung is definitely amongst the market leaders. The Samsung Captivate definitely adds appeal to the already interesting Samsung Galaxy S series. The Samsung Captivate is the first Android Smartphone to be available with the AT&T network.

The Captivate is one of the best additions to AT&T’s line of Smartphone offerings and offers a Super AMOLED display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor and some attractive multimedia features. When it comes to design, Samsung truly believes in the principle of simple yet classy and the Captivate is a great example of it. The Captivate is a big phone, however it is considerably light and hence does not feel bulky to hold or store in the pocket. The problem with light phones is that they are more prone to being dropped and hence Samsung Captivate accessories such as Samsung Captivate cases are imperative to protect the phone from damage. There are a number of Samsung cell phone covers that users can choose from if they wish to protect their phone and give it a longer life.fe.

Leather Samsung Captivate accessories are some of the most commonly used ones as they provide optimum protection for the phone albeit with a simplistic and sober look. There are several people who look out for simple Samsung cell phone covers and leather accessories are ideal for their use. On the other hand if users are looking for fancier and more decorative covers then Samsung Captivate cases like Faceplates and skins are ideal for them as they come in a variety of designs and is a great way to personalize your phone.

There are several online stores from where you can get ideal Samsung cell phone covers for your phone. It is important to invest in original Samsung Captivate accessories such as Samsung Captivate cases which are made specifically for your phone and will provide perfect protection from damage. Duplicate accessories can jeopardize the quality of your phone and end up causing more harm to it.

Top 5 Media Players For Android

Android has always been lacking in the multimedia department at the beginning, but with time, things have changed and everything has become much better. Nowadays, users have access to dozens of great multimedia player for all their music and videos, and almost every single file format out there can be played back with ease on an Android smartphone or tablet PC.

But good media players are pretty hard to find, and lately, weve seen the release of some great players that nobody seems to know about. For that reason, here is a list of the best Android media players that you can install on your phone and use for listening to music or watching any kind of video clips, including movies.

MixZing. MixZing is one of the best all-in-one media player for the Android OS. Its got everything you might need to easily play back any video and music files you want. The developers say its the most advanced player for Android, and they may be right, as you do get access to dozens of features, all of which are pretty useful. You can use an integrated equalizer, search for lyrics and missing album art, create playlists, and easily search for any song by keyword.

PowerAMP. PowerAMP is a great music player for Android, and it looks simply gorgeous. The professional knobs and buttons give it a nice feel, and the features will leave even the most demanding audiophile satisfied. It supports the most popular file formats, including mp3, mp4, ogg, flac, aac and others. It also uses its own codecs, so you dont need to worry about any incompatibilities with your phone.

Winamp. The best music player for desktop computers running Windows has finally been released as a beta for Android. This is great news for everyone who loves this desktop player, and Winamp for Android looks and works just as well as its bigger brother. The main special features of this mobile version of Winamp are the great control widget for the lock screen and the ability to sync songs and data with the desktop Winamp, which means your collection will always be synced if you add new songs on your desktop or on your phone.

3 (aka Cubed). The beta version of this player was called Cubed, but you can now find the app as 3 on the marketplace, for unknown reasons. Well, no matter what name it has, Cubed is still a great music player. Its defining feature is the 3D cube interface, which changes the features when you rotate it. Its pretty cool, but if you dont like it, you can always revert to a simpler control style.

Real Player. Real Player is the juggernaut of the streaming world, and they have a pretty good media player app for the iPhone. Now, Android got one, too! The medial player looks very polished and has support for most features you may need for watching movies and listening to music. If you need a great all-in-one player, this one is certainly a good choice.

As you can see, Android is certainly not lacking multimedia features and apps anymore. You can download any of the above players and youll be amazed at what your smartphone can do. Just go to the marketplace, search for the above titles and youll definitely find them.

Bring Your Television Alive With Android Internet Tv Box

The Android Internet TV box brings smart Internet TV browsing into your Home .

For people who constraint in space at home and always use the Notebook to browse the web in your living room while watching TV now will has another option get more entertainment into their living room, the Android Internet TV Box quickly turns any HDTV into a Smart Internet TV with near limitless content direct from the Internet.

The Smart internet TVhas been revolutionized by the Internet with enhanced New media technology while being enhanced with the new Google Android operating system

The Well designed black TV box allows users to watch available YouTube video , movies and TV programmes from the Internet, stream videos from nearly any website, exchange recommendations and chats with friends using social media sites like Facebook, myspace, while tweeting as easy on your mobile like using your smartphone , it allows user to organize music library and enjoy personal music, photos and videos, and browse the Internet, all from a simple to use remote. Andriods smartphone with dedicated apps can also be used as the alternate remote controller .

The Android Internet TV box transform the television as another new media Interactive device or communication platform and gives consumers a new, exciting and easy-to-use way to experience free or paid for content on the Internet, changing the way people interact and allows everybody easier access to the internet

The Unit is powered by the Main chip adopting the CORTEX A8 core SamSung S5PV210,and CPU frequency up to 1GHz, Memory 512MB, internal 2G memory space for TV and Internet integration .

The powerful Android 2.2 OS allows its open software platform to deliver up to full 1080p HD over a wired or Wirelessnetwork.

Internet freedom on your HDTV

The Android 2.2 Internet TV Box is one of the world’s first media devices capable of browsing the Internet directly from a TV without the need for a computer. With its highly intuitive user interface, you can personalize and create the home screen categorizing all your media on one screen.

Plays your digital stuff

The device can be used to play and view practically all common video, music, and photo formats from home media collections and the Internet in up to full 1080p High Definition.

See what your friends are watching

Main social features of the Android Internet TV Box make it easy for friends to discover new content from each other through social networks like Facebook, Twitter and more. Users can share anything they’re watching or listening to with their friends onInternet TV BOXand other social networks with just a few clicks on the remote.

Users will also receive dynamic firmware updates, meaning that software and service upgrades are ‘pushed’ directly to your device, so there is no need to perform awkward manual upgrades and you always have the latest service. Built-in security options like login access and parental controls ensure the Internet TV Box and its content remains secure.

Main feature:

Main chip adopting the CORTEX A8 core SamSung S5PV210;

CPU frequency up to 1GHz, Memory 512MB, internal2Gmemory space;

Android 2.2 OS;

Built in WIFI module, wireless connection;

RJ45 port can using the Lan network connect;

Support 1080P video playing;

HDMI video output, connecthigh definition television through port to play the high definition television;

USB port, can connect with the big memory mobile HDD;

Support Weather, calendar or desktop clock tool;

Support wireless Bluetooth keyboard operating;

Support Bluetooth data transmit;

Support2.4Gwireless remote operating;

Support flash player 10.1, and online playing video;

Support music playing, photo browsing, enjoy more family entertainment;

SupportSDcard expansion.

Amadeus Consulting Discusses Android App Development QA Testing and Fragmentation

One of the big challenges to developing Android apps is the number of Android devices on the market. In fact, with almost 100 unique Android devices available there is a severe challenge with quality assurance and ensuring compatibility on all devices. The different sizes and capabilities of each device create a fragmented platform that makes quality app development more challenging. Although fragmentation has been a longtime issue for Android, Google is taking steps to help alleviate the problem with future devices.

The Problem: Android Fragmentation

In the PC market, every piece of software comes with “system requirements” printed clearly on the box. These state the basic requirements for properly running software, including operating system, disk space, and memory requirements. Compatibility isnt usually a big issue with most commercial PC software, but the system requirements help the user judge whether or not their computer can run it.

For smartphone app development, there is no “system requirements” listing, and consumers mostly assume that all Android phones and devices should be able to run all Android apps. The truth is that there is not universal compatibility among all Android devices.

Compatibility problems can be caused by:

Hardware differences, including different processors, various screen sizes and available memory (This is reportedly why the Netflix Android app is initially only launching on five devices).

Different OS versions, which may be due to different hardware abilities. Newer versions of the OS provide different capabilities and capacities which an app may need to run.

Different Carrier Software. Many carriers create or sell devices that use software built on top of the standard Android operating system. This may be different interfaces, or other software that changes how the OS acts. This can make it challenging to update the underlying OS which creates compatibility problems, or it may actually directly interfere with the app.

In the past Google has only loosely controlled hardware requirements for a handset to use the Android operating system, which has led to a very broad range of devices and device capabilities. Compatibility for apps was controlled through the licensing of the Android Market, which let manufacturers provide access to the 200,000+ Android apps.

Unfortunately with so many devices and so many unique differences (not to mention the sheer number of devices), it has become challenging as an Android app developer to properly test an app before launch.

The Current Solution

The common strategy for launching an app on Android is pretty straightforward: you test on a few devices and then work with the community to identify problems on other devices and resolve them as best you can.

Many major brands do this and state that their app is only compatible with specific devices. Of course it may work or may partially work with other devices as well, but that helps defer some of the bad press if the app has problems. For example, when the popular app Angry Birds was released in Android it came with a disclaimer which listed 21 specific devices that were “not officially supported by Angry Birds” at the time, as well as any devices running certain older versions of Android.

Choosing those initial devices to test with also takes a bit of background knowledge. You need to balance having a good representation of different types of devices with a representation of the most popular devices. In other words, your list of testing devices will change every few months and then you may need to update your testing process and purchase new units.

For example, when TweetDeck was creating an Android version of its immensely popular Twitter client, it ran into extreme fragmentation issues which the company summed up nicely in a chart and explanation on their blog. In this case TweetDeck used it as a point of pride to show how well the app worked across hundreds of different devices, customizations, roms, and what can best be described as hacks.

At Amadeus Consulting, we generally have a select list of representative devices that we use when developing Android apps for clients, but it is very hard to guarantee compatibility beyond that. For our clients, we find that it is most cost efficient to test on the “representative” devices, and then work out a support agreement to address issues that arise on less popular devices.

The other challenge is what to do when you have launched an app and it doesnt work on a particular handset. With the exception of a tiny handful of app developers (most of whom receive sponsored handsets anyways since manufacturers want to ensure that the apps work on their devices), most developers do not have $3+ million to spend buying every available Android device and then spend the time fully testing it on every one.

In some cases developers can find (or borrow) that particular device for testing, or in other cases it may be most practical to create and foster a community that can help each other address these kinds of problems.

Googles New Solution

At the Google I/O developer conference last week, Google announced important changes to how it will be managing new Android devices. First, Google will begin requiring that all new handsets be able to handle OS updates for at least the next 18 months following their launch.

This will increase the minimum capability of hardware devices as well as make it easier to provide upgrades to all devices at once. Currently some new devices are incompatible with newer versions, or must wait several months to receive the OS.

Along with this will be the launch of a new version of Android (version 3.1 presumably) called Ice Cream Sandwich. This will upgrade the current versions 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) as well as version 3.0 (Honeycomb). And in case you havent caught on, Googles naming scheme for Android versions is alphabetical with a dessert themed acronym.

The biggest benefit and feature of Ice Cream Sandwich is that it is specifically designed to be a cross platform OS and will combine tablets, smartphones, and other devices into a single cross-compatible OS.
This helps resolve incompatibility problems in two ways. First, it ensures that all new devices will be able to run the same OS, which helps reduce hardware compatibility problems. And since all devices are all running the same base OS, it will help reduce compatibility problems there too.

Starting in June, Google will also give developers more control on the Android Market and let them filter out incompatible devices. This is a positive move that gives developers the ability to offer quality, tested apps to the market, but it also has the potential to exclude devices that would otherwise work fine.

These changes will help solve some of the larger issues with Android fragmentation, but it will not reduce problems with custom ROMs or other carrier-specific customizations. Even so, these changes will make life much easier for developers during QA testing and will be extremely important as Android expands outside of just smartphones and powers tablets, TVs, and possibly everything in your house via [email protected]