Apple earned a bad name when it chose to ignore Indian market for iPad. Now it seems that Apple has learnt its lessons and is not ready to ignore 1.21 billion strong Indian Market for its newly released iPad2. Just 2 days back Apple India announced that iPad 2 will be available in India now. One interesting thing to note here is that in present times Apple is feeling the heat of immense competition in tablet market. The current generation of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) based tablets from almost all major manufacturers are giving Apple a run for money. Because of this Apple is now targeting markets where the presence of Android based tablets is almost nil and where better to land than India, where people have purchasing power and Honeycomb is not present here. This becomes even more evident if we observe that Apple has made no similar announcement for its iPhone 4 which is doing ok in sales in US and Europe markets.
Google makes some 450+ changes in its search algorithm every year. Most of these changes never get noticed and affect a very small amount of search volume. Biggest change in recent history was for “content forms”, affecting some 15% of the entire search volume. Google always makes changes for a better search experience. For this Google checks more than 200+ signals from various corners of internet to decide a result for any query. Google makes timely changes in these 200+ signals, sometimes dropping few signals and sometimes adding signals which reflect new trends in internet.
One such signal that Google incorporated recently is a websites speed. According to research conducted by Google with MIT, 49% of the users switch to other sites if a site is loading slower. Just have a look at the detailed research results.
Do you know that the first Google Logo (Doodle) was designed by company’s co-founder Sergey Brin , he used free graphic program GIMP to design this logo. He put an exclamatory mark after the logo imitating Yahoo! logo design. Here is the first logo of Google
Here is the sneak preview of much awaited Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Google unveiled its new operating system specially built for larger screens of tablets at CES 2011 . Google was under immense pressure to release Honeycomb in CES if it were to attract tablet manufactures. Currently most of the tablets, like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, run on earlier releases of Android which were not designed for larger screens of tablets. This led to a patchy and comic book like large icons and graphics in current Android based tablets.
Today Google tweeted about its expected release of Android 2.3 (aka Gingerbread) for Nexus One. This is really a happy news for Nexus One owners. The exact availability date of Android 2.3 for Nexus One is yet now out but Google has asked its customers to ‘hang tight’ for the release.As per Google’s tweet , this will happen in coming weeks, lets hope its sooner than later!!
So now the big question is , what happens to Froyo (Android 2.2), well lets not talk about it as its already dead. Google is all set to release Android 2.3 (already here in market with Nexus S) and tablet friendly Honeycomb (Android 2.4) .
Just to make sure Nexus S get its share of buyers, One should expect from Google a similar kind of upgrade for Nexus S , when Honeycomb is released in coming Feb.
Ever Since Google first announced that Android 2.3 is not meant for tablets and it will soon be releasing an Android specially designed for tablets, there has been market speculation about the new release of Android 3.0. Google’s next tablet operating system “Honeycomb” is not 3.0 as expected but a 2.4 in line with last release Gingerbread 2.3. This rumor about the version of Android was first reported in Android & Me. The source of this rumor, as claimed by Android & Me, is a Google developer who is working on various Android development projects.
In less than 48 hours, François Simond within android community got this going, he extracted the gingerbread ROM from the newly released Google’s Nexus S (hardware by Samsung) and got it working on old Galaxy S. Being the first attempt to burn Gingerbread, it is not 100% migration. Galaxy S with Gingerbread is not supporting WIFI and GPS currently. But soon this will be fixed soon given the proactive android community.
Google’s engineers keep on adding new functionality to its search engine. Many of the features are well known, like Google has got inbuilt capability to check spelling mistakes. It can also suggest you words if you just know how to pronounce the word
Many Google search features are not well known, few of them are really useful. Here are few most useful Google search features
Google Calculator: This is probably least known feature of Google. Normally people just type CALC in the run box and do their calculations, but Google calculator is not just about doing simple arithmetic calculations, if used properly it offers greater flexibility than other built-in calculators. Just try to do the below calculation in your regular calculator
Successor of Nexus One : After the release of first Nexus early this year; Nexus S is the second offering from search engine giant Google.Let us see how Nexus will be decked up when it is released on 16th Dec this year.
Contour Surface : Among many first ,Google’s Nexus S is first smart phone to introduce AMOLED Contour Display . So what is this contour display ? If you look carefully at the below image of Nexus S , you will notice something curvy about its screen surface. This can be a new design paradigm shift for screens. It is being said that this new contour screen offers better handling and its easier to talk when the phone is near your ear.
Android 2.3 (successor of android 2.2 froyo) aka Gingerbread : Google claimes it as an open mobile operating system and it is meant for developers , it is one of the best Androids available , with improved API for web app development and has better support for faster and better Games. Continue reading