Android Wars

With the the latest news out that Apple have won a patent battle (all be it a small one!) over HTC and the Android OS My Computer Warehouse take a closer look at the two rivals.

Ever since the launch of the iPhone and Apple’s accompanying iOS in 2007 every other smartphone manufacturer and software developer has been playing catch up! Apple have enjoyed superior design, technology and reliability than any of it’s rivals could achieve and this has ensured the dynamite success of the iPhone.

One of the biggest differences and debates that arises between iOS and Android smartphones is that of Adobe Flash support. Apple made a very bold decision early on not to support Flash web plug-ins on the iOS whereas the Android went the opposite way. Until recently this has been debated as possibly the iPhone’s, and anything else using Apple’s iOS, only downfall. Until in another recent Apple victory it was announced the Adobe was giving up on a Flash server platform for iOS and was going to instead concentrate on other platforms like Android – I know it seems like an empty victory but Steve Jobs never wanted Flash support for the iPhone! Now major media corporations (see BBC) are choosing the iOS platform for web streaming media rather than the Flash equivalent since Apple’s market share with numerous devises is so strong – If you want to reach the masses, you have to use the same platform as them!!

In March 2010 Apple filed a complain stating that HTC had violated 10 of its patents, in the prelim hearing in June a Judge found there only to be 2 violations and in the final hearing that has been now ruled as only one violation on HTC’s part.

This recent legal battle with HTC will only be the start of a war waged on the Android OS, developed by the Open Handset Alliance and led by Google, as Apple seek to defend the technological advantages it has over its rival.

In a bid to compete with the iPhone many Android Smartphone producers look to ensure that they have competitive price advantage over the iPhone which brings in a certain share of the market. Due to the exclusivity and technological advancement of the product the Apple iPhone does tend to command a higher retail price, but could that all change if the other Smartphone manufacturers and the Android system start to claw back some of the technological advantage that Apple has enjoyed over the past few years?!

Running Android Apps on PC Is Now A Reality

Anyone who swears by Android is bound to jump off the floor if he or she comes to know that one can now run android on pc . Yes, this is all made possible by BlueStack, a California based company who have designed software that makes it possible. However, for those who used to have the android the first gadget in the morning and used to say bye the last can have the privilege of using apps for windows .

The official number of download of this software has crossed 600 thousand marks in less than a year. The entire smart phone world was overjoyed with the news of the launch of this wonderful software. The best part of running ones application on pc and laptop is that they can now enjoy the fun and excitement in large display screens. There is no need of confiding to 2 x 3 inch screen of phone or a bit bigger size in tablet. It is real fun to play most of the games in big screens. However, those applications that utilize the features of GPS system or use some android specific data are not yet compatible with the beta version of BlueStack. The company has announced to come up with latest updates and patches soon rectifying the bugs.

One can easily download the application on their desktop and install without much hassle. The desktop icon stays on the top right corner of the screen and is always ready for easy access. One needs to register their android device and get it synced with the desktop version. All the games and applications that you have been using on your android phone are now available on the pc with the help of easy to use inbuilt software SyncMate. It gives the android experience a new dimension.

At present, BlueStack users can run android on pc only. The Mac version is being developed and the entire project is funded by two big IT houses. With such powerful funding backup a lot of exciting developments can be expected with more and more apps for windows appearing in the market.

Online Educational Games For Preschoolers – Buffet Vs Banquet

The Internet has accumulated a huge collection of online educational games for preschool and kindergarten kids, many of which are freely available to the interested parent. We looked at a whole lot of these games to figure out the quality of such readily available online fun learning games.

There are a lot of websites offering online educational games in various areas of learning such as early mathematics, analytics, language etc. However, there is one major shortcoming with such online games. This is with regards to organization of such games. We found that most of these online educational games are quite unorganized. This is what we call the “buffet” model. It is like going to a buffet to eat all you want. It can be nice in the sense that you can eat anything you want – you can even start with the dessert and end with appetizer. However, for every course you have to get up and walk up to the food to serve yourself. When you take your young kids to a buffet, you not only have to serve yourself, but also serve your young kids, which makes you work twice as much.

In the context of educating kids online, the “buffet model” requires a lot of planning and hard work from the parental side. The buffet model can make navigating from one game to another quite difficult for the parent and almost impossible for the kid on its own. Looking at such content, one easily comes to the conclusion that parents have to spend a lot of time trying to organize and present content and educational games to their kids, so that the kids would get something meaningful out of it. This means that parents have to baby sit them on a daily basis and put in a lot of a-priori homework on their part.

The other side of the equation is what we call the “banquet” model, where in it is like going to a banquet. You are served with a full 7 course meal, which you can simply sit and enjoy. It is more of a finer dining experience. Of course you will likely not be able to start with the dessert and end with the appetizer here.