Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Is Google Chrome Web App Store an opportunity for web developers?

        Recently Google ,the search giant, unveiled its Web App Store for Chrome browser at Google IO Developer Conference. You can practically check this out by opening a new tab in your Chrome browser. The picture below shows the applications installed in my Chrome browser. The Web Store (third from left) is a default app which links to the Chrome App Store.

Applications installed in Chrome browser

Applications Available in Chrome App Store

      Chrome App Store can contain paid as well as free applications that can run in the web browser as stand alone application or the hosted web application. You can find the Developer Documentation here. All that a programmer needs to develop an application for the chrome app store is to know HTML and some scripting language. Thats the reason when I look at the Chrome tab showing me something like in the above picture, I persistently see an opportunity for the future of the web and the web programmers.

  From my research and point of view, I personally feel that this might be a strategy of Google to provide a full-fledged app store for its to-be-launched Chrome Operating System. Chrome OS based PCs by name Cr-48 have already been released to some developers in Nov 2010. Chrome Web App Store will be officially launched to customers by the year end. By the time the network based Chrome OS is released officially to the customers, the Chrome App Store will be in its full strength with probably more than hundreds of thousands of web applications for users to install and play around with. Not only this but Google is also geared up to provide support for many ubiquitous file formats like xlsx, pptx, svg, ttf etc. in Google Docs to pave a way to flourish its upcoming network based Chrome operating system.

       Like as every coin has two sides, there are some who are saying 'what exactly is Google selling in the name of Software as a Service' and yet there are some who show a firm confidence, in what Google is trying to formulate the web, by saying '5 reasons why Chrome OS will succeed'.

  I just would like to say, 'just believe in yourself and do what you like'. You like web programming and wanna write some game or some application for Chrome App Store...! just GO FOR IT... Don't give a damn to what others are saying, just don't think if this will succeed or not, if this will persist or not. JUST GO AHEAD.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

HTC Thunderbolt 4G Vs Motorola Atrix 4G

So here goes the comparison between upcoming 4G mobile handsets HTC Thunderbolt 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Android growth statistics

Ahh...! No prolog for this blog post...I really dont have much time for one.
Today lets have some look at the growth of Android, its app market, the revenue it got for its developers and all. The following statistics are based on the report given by LookOut Mobile Security.

   As pictures speak more than words, I have compiled some statistics and graphs which indicate aggressive growth of Android in recent years.

HTC Flyer Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Vs LG Optimus Pad

As I already am screaming that the war for the mobile computing has begun, many technology giants like Apple, HTC, LG, Samsung, ViewSonic, Dell are adding fuel to the fire. All of these mammoths have at least one mobile PC in the market. You may see it in the face of tablet computer, multi-core processor mobile device or an ebook reader.

    Whatever you call it, the next face of computing is MOBILE. These incredibly beautiful gadgets have outstanding capabilities likeWiFi, 3G network access and to the amazement of all, in-built Graphics Processor, some of them are even having an Ethernet port. Today I have compiled a features'  comparison tablets PCs of some of the well know manufacturer. Lets take a look.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

HTML5 will be completed in 2014

Hello folks, once again back with the Tech talks. This time its web. As far as I know, it was HTML that got me interested into computer world and you can even say that it was HTML who made me an Engineer. It was the first language, Mark-up though, that I wrote code in solely with my own will. I still remember that evening, I came home from college, turned on the computer and sat with a HTML tutorial book I had borrowed from the library to develop my own website. It was the language which gave me an evident that computers are not fools. There is something you can do with computers and programming if you know quite a bit about them. And it all began from there. Today I code in so many different computer language Java & PHP being some of them.

    The wonderful language of the web that every browser understands is about to get a new specification, elimination of some of the existing elements and ready to change the world once again. The HTMLWG (Working Group) has been set and started a long lasting testing of the specification of HTML5.

    HTML5 has already being used on a large scale by the web developers all over the world. Some of them have started replacing Flash player and leveraging the ability of canvas tag and video tag to play the animations.

   With the advancement of HTML, emergence of different APIs for the web development will also help boost the growth of the web. The APIs like Geo-Location, Web Worker, JQuery and Offline-Storage are amongst the few to be named.

   Many hardware software giants like Sony, Netflix and LG have already joined World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to keep a watch on what course is the WEB set to, so that they can pave a better way for their IP TVs and Internet connected televisions.

And I believe that there is a lot more to come in the web world as anything is possible in the4thdimension.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Facebook to launch mobile phone

So once again back with some great news for the Facebook fans community. The long rumored Facebook mobile seems to have come into existence. With the joint efforts of HTC and Facebook, now the facebook mobile has also come up. These 2 devices will be branded as a HTC mobiles though, have been unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

    Both of devices will run Android 2.2 sporting a Facebook button labeled 'f' on it. Primary goal of these mobiles is to enable Facebook users to directly upload and share the photographs, status messages and links on their Facebook walls.

                  HTC mobile with the Facebook button is as shown. Possibl it will be called as HTC Snap 2.

  • Android 2.2
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • GPS-enabled

  The other one looks like a modified HTC Desire, which will possibly  be called as HTC Icon. You can see that Facebook button labeled 'f' at the bottom of the handset.

  •  Android 2.2
  • GPS-enabled

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Nokia to kill Symbian and move to Windows for its mobile phones

Nokia windows mobile
   Voila, one of the biggest booms of the market today, Nokia, is about to ditch its own mobile operating system, Symbain. In a conference headed by the CEO of Nokia and Microsoft revealed that Nokia is going to make Windows as its primary mobile operating system. Nokia will gradually phase out its well known and well accepted operating system Symbian and adopt windows as its primary mobile operating system. This will not only help Microsoft to prosper in a better way in the mobile market but also will help Nokia to compete its rivals Google and Apple.

      As per Gartner's prediction shown in the above statistics, Symbian was expected to be one of the strongest players in the mobile market.

Nokia Windows mobile concept

So what about Meego now...?
  Meego, a joint mobile operating system project by maemo from Nokia and moblin from Intel, will become an open source mobile operating system project. Nokia meant to make Meego as its primary operating system which was supposed to be competing with Android and iOS. Now this intention of Nokia seems to be a dream far off from realization.

What about QT...?
 Sorry for Qt Developers, but as like Symbian, Qt will also be phased out with time.

What will be consequences...?
 As a consequence of this deal between Nokia and Microsoft.
  • Microsoft's search engine Bing will be placed on the home screen of the Nokia windows mobile devices. This will give momentum to Microsoft's search services and products and advertisement revenue.
  • Nokia's content and application store will be integrated with Microsoft marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

How a simple C program works

Hey reader, long time no C...! So lets start this time with C. I mean lets start this discussion with a simple C program.

    I just had been too busy with the work to find time to get up on the blog to have few words for you people. You know I am an addictive internet stumbler. I always am exploring new directions and dimensions on the WEB. Thats kinda how I found the4thdimension.

     So anyway, I just wanted to share something good that I found few days back while I was stumbling the internet.

Its nothing big but a pictorial explanation of how does a simple C program work.

    And to the gain of knowledge of everyone, almost every language that is compiled (and not interpreted like HTML, XML etc) works in the similar way as shown in the above image.

    I guess this much is fine for now. Will meet again, keep visiting.


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