Thursday, December 16, 2010

Calsoft’s expertise in Digital Home Devices


Digital Home Devices that can sense of presence of other devices near them have been growing in popularity in recent years and are leading the consumer electronics device landscape.. Calsoft’s expertise in digital home software development spans across five distinct areas: application development, Adobe Flash-Lite based solution development, browser and plug-in architecture, multimedia codecs and platform development. Calsoft has worked with numerous customers worldwide to ensure on-time and successful delivery of many projects based in this domain. Some of the devices that Calsoft has worked on include:

    * Personal media players/mp3 players
    * Set-top boxes/IPTV
    * Consumer Electronics Devices(remote control/photo frame)
    * Home networking devices (networked drives/media players)


Calsoft can provide an end to end solution starting from the conceptual phase to the prototype. Calsoft’s expertise ranges from the platform level to application level software. Calsoft also has expertise in hardware design and can help create prototypes of your platform. Calsoft would be pleased to assist you from architecture and design to prototyping the device




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Flash Platform to Digital Home by Adobe



Adobe Systems Incorporated recently announced the extension of the Adobe Flash Platform to connected digital home devices with an optimized implementation of Flash technology that delivers high definition (HD) video and rich applications to Internet-connected televisions, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and other devices in the digital living room. Major System on Chips (SoC) vendors, OEMs, cable operators and content providers including Atlantic Records, Broadcom, Comcast, Disney Interactive Media Group, Intel, Netflix, STMicroelectronics, The New York Times Company, NXP Semiconductors, Sigma Designs, and others announced support for the optimized Flash technology today.

The Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home now enables the delivery of HD Web videos to digital home devices via the Flash Video (FLV) file format. Consumers will be able to enjoy rich, interactive viewing experiences and amazing new ways to engage with HD content on televisions. Flash technology-based applications will allow users to quickly switch between television programming and Web content outside the Web browser. With the optimized implementation of Flash technology, content providers are able to extend their reach to millions of connected digital home devices, and cable operators and device manufacturers are able to develop new services and powerful user interfaces that deliver immersive experiences.

Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home will dramatically change the way we view content on televisions, Consumers are looking to access their favorite Flash technology-based videos, applications, services and other rich Web content across screens.

ANDROID - its growing....its everywhere....

Android isn't just for cellphones anymore. Which means that there will come a day when Android is more important than the iPhone, more important than Windows, and more important than any one device.

Android is an open source operating system created by Google for primary use on smartphones, and is currently in use on many cellphones such as the Motorola Droid, the HTC Droid Eris, the HTC Hero, the HTC Desire, the MyTouch 3G Slide, and the Dell Streak.

Recently there's been a developer release of the Android operating system for use on the x86 archictecture, which will eventually allow Android to be ported to tablets, netbooks and even onto laptops and desktops, as well as onto many other devices, such as set-top boxes, video game systems, home control systems and other things not even thought of yet.

Android is written in Java on a modified version of the Linux kernel. Because of its open architecture, it's easy for developers to build applications to run on the Android operating system. Unlike the Apple closed architecture, with its draconian gatekeepers, anyone capable of coding can write an application to run on Android. And if Google's rules are followed, that application will be made available to all Android users.

What that means to you is that if you want your cellphone to do something it doesn't currently do, and there isn't an Android application that does it, you have the ability to contract with a developer to have an application built that will allow your cellphone to do exactly what you want, though there are also developer groups who, if the idea is a great one, may take your project on in exchange for the ability to put their name on it and offer servicing and customization of that application, which is the way open source works. The sky is the limit!

As of this writing there are approximately two Android phones activated per second. Because Android is offered on so many great phones, with many new ones to be launched soon, it won't be long before Android phones hold a greater market share than any other operating system on any other phone, including the iPhone, especially since the Android 2.2 Froyo release supports Adobe Flash, a sticking point with the iPhone and other cellphones. Android 2.2 Froyo is right now being rolled out to the Nexus One, and will soon be available for most other Android phones.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Effectiveness Of Mobile Applications For Businesses

Using mobile applications as a part of improving your business strategies is the newest thing in the business world. Everyone carries smartphones now, and they can be used as great tools in the working world. They can do just about anything, be it organizing meetings, important deadlines, great presentations and reports on the train during your morning commute, or updating an appointment as soon as you find out things need to be rescheduled.

There are many mobile platforms out there for which mobile application development is possible. If you’re looking into developing an app yourself or if you want to have one developed, you’ll want to consider which platforms and smartphones you want to work with. The smartphone refers to the hardware on which your application will run, be it the iPhone, a Blackberry, or one of other numerous phones that now support a complex mobile application.

The platforms are  on which you work refers to the operating system. If you’re interested in Blackberry application development, for instance, you’ll only be catering to those who carry Blackberries, rather than people who have phones that support Android, Google’s operating system.

Thus, if you wanted to create a Blackberry app, it would serve for any model of Blackberry phone that the company produces but it wouldn’t work on any other type of phone. If you’re interested in Blackberry application development to be able to create the apps that you want for your business or for business use in general, it’s free to get the emulator and tools you need to work with the Blackberry platform.

And the possibilities are endless! Many businesses create apps specific to their companies to be able to do things like report wirelessly to supervisors, to efficiently keep inventory with custom software, or to write up reports quickly and accurately while collecting data from the field.

Mobile applications are essential for efficient businesses in today’s high tech fast paced world because they keep you more organized and efficient than ever. You can schedule or update a meeting on the spot while out to lunch with clients, or send a project into work if you get stuck in traffic, so that it arrives on time even if you don’t.

The flexibility and versatility of mobile software is amazing. If you can dream it up, it can probably be developed into an application that will serve your business. You can keep important information and memos on hand and keep your work teams more closely knit and in reach of one another if all are communicating with the same business tools. You can also incorporate other phone tools such a cameras and voice and video recording capabilities to be able to record relevant information for creating a presentation or getting your work done.

Blackberry application development is a great tool for businesses and are a great solution for improving efficiency and communication among a company’s employees. It’s a smart technique for finding ways to make the flow of transactions go easier, and developing such apps is easy with the free tools most operating systems offer today. All it takes is a great idea to get started!

All brands need a presence on mobile platforms. mobile application development for Blackberry can help you interact with your audience. Now is the time to include mobile application development in your campaign.

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Exciting Opportunities In Android Application Development

Android application development has burst onto the scene at an opportune time, as users are demanding newer, better, faster and more advanced applications for their mobile phones, for functional reasons, as well as simply for entertainment. If you don’t know already, it is the latest and fastest growing platform for creating dynamic mobile phone software applications. Mobile software developers must keep pace with the demand, and they are doing that by integrating Android software into the process. The Android’s open-source platform allows for the development of never before seen applications, and at a fraction of the cost of other closed-source options.

Because Android application software is open-source, developers can do OS level customization at a fraction of the cost. The Android platform also provides support for Java development of mobile applications. Mobile phone software application developers have the ability to create third-party applications using Java and the Android framework.

The Android platform offers a wide variety of features to create inventive and cutting edge mobile apps. Technologies that send and receive data across mobile networks such as UMTS, as well as EDGE, GSM, Bluetooth, EV-DO, CDMA and WI-Fi, which are all features of the Android platform. Android includes a software development kit (SDK) that provides a wide range of tools and libraries for Android application development.

Android SDK includes some user-friendly core applications, like an e-mail client that is compatible with Gmail, an SMS program, a personal information management (PIM) program that includes a calendar and contact list, the Google Maps application, a web browser, a music player, a picture viewer, the Android Marketplace client so that you can download third-party applications, and the Amazon MP3 store client, which gives you the ability to purchase DRM free music.

Among mobile software development companies, Android application development has become a growing and thriving business. With an ever-increasing level of skill and expertise creating Android applications, developers have discovered that this format is ideal for providing their customers with the tools they need, while allowing their businesses to expand and grow. When you provide content and feature-rich solutions at a cost that is a fraction of other closed source technologies, both the client and the business win.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

ANDROID - its growing....its everywhere....



Android isn't just for cellphones anymore. Which means that there will come a day when Android is more important than the iPhone, more important than Windows, and more important than any one device.
Android is an open source operating system created by Google for primary use on smartphones, and is currently in use on many cellphones such as the Motorola Droid, the HTC Droid Eris, the HTC Hero, the HTC Desire, the MyTouch 3G Slide, and the Dell Streak.
Recently there's been a developer release of the Android operating system for use on the x86 archictecture, which will eventually allow Android to be ported to tablets, netbooks and even onto laptops and desktops, as well as onto many other devices, such as set-top boxes, video game systems, home control systems and other things not even thought of yet.
Android is written in Java on a modified version of the Linux kernel. Because of its open architecture, it's easy for developers to build applications to run on the Android operating system. Unlike the Apple closed architecture, with its draconian gatekeepers, anyone capable of coding can write an application to run on Android. And if Google's rules are followed, that application will be made available to all Android users.
What that means to you is that if you want your cellphone to do something it doesn't currently do, and there isn't an Android application that does it, you have the ability to contract with a developer to have an application built that will allow your cellphone to do exactly what you want, though there are also developer groups who, if the idea is a great one, may take your project on in exchange for the ability to put their name on it and offer servicing and customization of that application, which is the way open source works. The sky is the limit!
As of this writing there are approximately two Android phones activated per second. Because Android is offered on so many great phones, with many new ones to be launched soon, it won't be long before Android phones hold a greater market share than any other operating system on any other phone, including the iPhone, especially since the Android 2.2 Froyo release supports Adobe Flash, a sticking point with the iPhone and other cellphones. Android 2.2 Froyo is right now being rolled out to the Nexus One, and will soon be available for most other Android phones.