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Why Should Android Be The First Platform To Start Mobile App Development?

Why Should Android Be The First Platform To Start Mobile App Development?

Interested in developing applications likely of your choice and don’t know how to progress further with your idea? So here are some niche tips that help you to choose the right platform to start your application. You might have come across awesome and enthusiastic app developers in many social networking sites, and also in real life. Have you ever dreamt of developing one? I did and I initially had difficulty with several questions triggering my mind like what to develop, how to develop, where to start and all. Thanks to Google! It provided feasible solutions to almost all my queries. (more…)

iOS 7: The Biggest Update for iOS Since the iPhone Itself

iOS 7: The Biggest Update for iOS Since the iPhone Itself

Apple has come up with the biggest change to the iOS to address the growing chorus of discontent against the operating system whose UI has remained static since iOS 5 was released. Apple’s new OS has a radical new look which is pretty similar to android. The visual overhaul is a clean sweep of absolutely everything from color schemes to the iconic apple button shaped icons. While there are a few notable new features in iOS7, it does nothing to threaten its competitors. However, there is a feeling that apple is saving some major reveals for its next iPhone announcement.

Design:

Gone are those bubbly icon effects and in come the flat and sharp graphics and pastel color scheme. Apple promises a 3D effect that makes your wallpaper appear distant from the icons when you move your phone. And the “slide to unlock” screen lock which was so synonymous with the iPhone goes out the window and in comes the “slide up to unlock” lock screen which is very Android-esque.

Control Center and Notifications:

Another feature which is pretty synonymous with android users is the control center from where you can access pretty much everything your phone boasts of. The only difference is to access the control center you have to slide down in android whereas you gotta slide up in the iOS7.

In notification center three tabs show you all the alerts, the calls and messages you’ve missed and a new “today” pane tracks all your goings-on.

Safari Browser:

The biggest change to the browser is a unified search and URL field. And now you can preview the tabs vertically again very much android-esque. And guess what you are no longer limited to 8 tabs in the browser. And not to forget the new safari icon is not one that would be liked by everyone.

AirDrop:

This feature would be liked by Mac users, a peer to peer file sharing that supports all of the Apple devices. It works by creating a local ad-hoc network among nearby users.

iTunes Radio:

Apple has launched this service which is pretty much an expansion of iTunes as a direct competition for slacker radio, Pandora , Nokia music and pretty much any other music service. It’s free for all and ad-free for iTunes match users.

Automatic Updates:

A feature which is bitter sweet for users,while we don’t like constantly looking at the update notifications, there are some apps which we would want to see the new features before we update. But Apple has assured that auto updates can be turned off in settings.

iCloud Key Chain:

This is a feature that most of us would be uncomfortable with, basically it’s made to store all your sensitive data like credit card numbers and passwords which u can access using a password that u need to require, though it’s uncertain how secured is your sensitive information.

A few more notable features:

  • Night mode for maps
  • iCloud photo sharing
  • Swipe from day to day calendar
  • Activation lock for theft protection
  • Wi-Fi hotspot 2.0
  • Support for 60fps video capture
  • Facetime audio
  • Male voice for SIRI

 Verdict :

Since Steve Jobs had passed away Apple has lost a little bit of direction under Tim Cook. Though there is a major effort being made to significantly improve iOS Apple have ended up mimicking Android. The biggest disappointment to the iOS users is that iOS doesn’t seem to be unique anymore. But on the other hand though iPhone users would be happy that they no longer need to jailbreak their devices.

BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry 7 OS: 5 Key Hardware Differences

BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry 7 OS: 5 Key Hardware Differences

By now, most of us know that BlackBerry 10 devices are different animals from their earlier counterparts. I still love my BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone, and it still works great. In the spirit of my dueling BlackBerry devices, I thought I’d share five quick things I’ve noticed as being big hardware differences between my BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the new BlackBerry Z10.

  1. Front-Facing Camera. I love having a front-facing camera for video conferencing, and I found myself wanting it on my BlackBerry Bold smartphone so I wouldn’t have to grab my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. It’s a small thing, but to me it’s an important feature.
  2. 4G LTE. Availability of 4G speeds depend a great deal on your carrier, but the download speeds I’ve noticed on the BlackBerry Z10 definitely make videos and sharing faster and smoother.
  3. Apps and Games. While I definitely had a great collection of apps and games on my BlackBerry Bold smartphone, the graphics and processing capabilities of the BlackBerry Z10 are just that much better. What I’ve found in BlackBerry World is an awesome collection of fun and high quality games and productive apps that help me get through my day.
  4. Screen Resolution. Can we talk about 356 pixels per inch for second? It’s gorgeous. I remember being blown away by the 286 pixels per inch my BlackBerry Bold smartphone sported, but 356 is so much sweeter. And don’t get me started on the 1080p HD recording versus the BlackBerry Bold 9900’s 720p.
  5. Storage. Now that I’m grabbing more music and movies while traveling (thanks, 4G and retooled BlackBerry World), I appreciate the 16GB of onboard space versus the 8GB my BlackBerry Bold smartphone had. (Side note: Remember when 2GB was a ton of space?)

Of course, since BlackBerry 10 is an entirely new OS, there are also a ton of user experience differences, but these five hardware goodies offer their own slice of mobile deliciousness as well.