Thursday, December 22, 2011

Adobe AIR

The Adobe AIR runtime enables developers to implement standalone applications built with HTML, JavaScript, ActionScript, Flex across platforms and devices with OS like Android BlackBerry, Apple devices, personal computers, and televisions. User experience is great.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Adobe leaning towards HTML5

Adobe has stopped further development of  the mobile version of its Flash Player in its intra quarter update. The company was developing Flash plugins for the Android and BlackBerry PlayBook platforms but now plans to redirect all development towards its Adobe Air platform for HTML 5 based applications.
Apart from this, Adobe claimed that it would make greater investments towards the development of HTML 5 based technologies.

Monday, October 3, 2011

MIPS - Its advantages....

Important factors to consider when choosing an embedded processor for a new project or  a follow-on/upgrade to an existing project include:
  • The highest performing processor for a given die size and power profile
  • Robust roadmap from the vendor and the choice of architectures in the processor family that facilitate optimal programming paradigms for a given application
  • Software tools, applications and SoC partner ecosystem for the processor family
  • Scalability of application performance for software investment protection
  • Ease of adoption on a new project or ease of migration for an upgrade to an existing project

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

MIPS based smartphone passes Android CTS

The Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) and accompanying Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) comprise a self-administered program to ensure that a device is compatible with a particular version of Android, such as Froyo, Gingerbread, or HoneyComb. The CTS is a collection of roughly 24,000 tests that can be performed on any Android device. These tests are grouped into categories such as telephony, graphics, camera, location, touchscreen, WiFi etc. Google publishes a CDD for each major release of Android that specifies the requirements for each category of tests in the corresponding CTS.
So why is the CTS so important for device manufacturers? For starters, passing the CTS is a necessary (albeit not the only) condition to enable access to the Android Market, allow use of the Android logo on the device, and to a degree, ensure superior compatibility with the several hundreds of thousands of apps on the Market.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Advantages of Offshoring over Captive Centers

It has been more than a decade when software companies started off-shoring their product development work in order to cut their costs largely. This trend is being followed by the companies around the globe to make things easier and cost effective.
Today more than 500 product companies have jumped from offshore bandwagon and established captive centers in India, China etc. The expectation of the company's that have established captives is to have close control over the offshore R&D operations and thought they could make things easy and happening.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich - Android 4.0

Google is quite popular in naming its OS’s quite playfully. After Cupcake (version 1.5),  Donut (version 1.6), Eclair (version 2.0), FroYo (version 2.2), Gingerbread (version 2.3) and Honeycomb (version 3.0/3.1), the latest addition is Android 4.0 which is been named “Ice Cream Sandwich”.
According to the information unveiled by Google at Google I/O Conference 2011, this OS will do something that none of the previously released OS has done. Being a cross-platform OS, Android 4.0 will unify phones and tablets under one platform. It will work with all devices like Smartphones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, Netbooks and even TVs without any compatibility issues.

Monday, May 16, 2011

low-priced Android smartphone

Shipments and sales of Android-based mobile phones exploded in 2010, with total shipments for the year exceeding 66 million units and Android leaping into the number two smartphone platform spot with a market share of more than 23%. Looking ahead into 2011, Android phone shipments are set to better the twofold growth achieved in 2010, leaving Android as the final victor in the battle for supremacy among smartphone platforms.
One of the main factors in the growth of Android phone shipments in 2011 is that numerous of chip manufacturers are competing to launch low-priced reference turnkey solutions, allowing for a large number of unlocked handsets with no carrier subsidies to reach the market at retail prices of less than US$150 or even US$100, creating a virtual stampede for market share in emerging markets. Shipments of budget Android phones priced at around the US$150 mark numbered just 2.5-3 million units in 2010, the vast majority of which were split between ZTE and Huawei.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wi-Fi Direct

Wi-Fi Direct is a game-changing new technology enabling Wi-Fi devices to connect directly, making it simple and convenient to do things like print, share, synch and display. Products bearing the Wi-Fi Direct certification mark can connect to one another without joining a traditional home, office or hotspot network.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

OTT Helping Drive STB Sales

Times they are a changing! According to a market share and forecast report put out by Infonetics Research, STB shipments are forecasted to increase by 25% by 2015, despite a 1% quarter-over-quarter dip in worldwide STB sales in 4Q10. As the cost of STB boxes continue to fall, projected revenues from STB sales are expected to decline 5% by 2015. In contrast, OTT media server revenue is forecast to grow to $1.16 billion in 2015, according to Infonetics.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Flash 10.2

Everyone seems to be curious about Flash 10.2. If you’ve seen demonstration of the stagevideo features from Adobe web site, then, yes, there’s a reason to be exited.

Flash 10.2 is trying to solve a basic problem that differentiates Flash from other media player. Flash 10.2 will essentially allow users to integrate graphics with hardware accelerated video. In the past, Flash video has been all software based. This has not been an issue because most of the previous generation technology did not allow full screen technology and the usage of Flash to view full screen was limited.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Android 3.0 (honeycomb) preview

The past few weeks have been exciting ones for the Android team: they have  recently released Nexus S and Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and they have even had some of their most popular team members take a trip to space. But they haven’t stopped buzzing with excitement: at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2011) in Las Vegas, they previewed Android 3.0, Honeycomb.

According to googlemobile, "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.