The computer processor company AMD has announced an app store to bridge the prevalent gap in smooth running of the Android apps on the computer. This store will showcase how the apps will be optimized for its processors. With this, we will be able to download and run popular Android apps on AMD based PC running Windows. The joint efforts of Blue Stack and AMD have enabled the AMS AppZone Player which in turn has led to such possibilities.

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This is expected to be a big leap to bridge the gap and enabling the Android apps to be run on AMD-powered devices. With this collaboration, the software developers will now be able to easily tap AMD’s products and keep the great expectations of the users satisfied. Manju Hegde, corporate VP of heterogeneous applications and developer solutions at AMD confirmed the news.

Further, users will be able to download featured apps directly from the AppZone Player or search for the AppZone store. This collaboration is a success already and they are now planning and working with leading OEMs to preload the player on the upcoming AMD-powered devices.

We are waiting fingers crossed for more surprises. Thanks to AMD for the good news!

RIM has officially released OS 2.1 beta for the Blackberry PlayBook. With the official release, the changes that the new PlayBook has in store for us have been unveiled. Here is a list where we mention the few listed by RIM:

  • Each Android app will now run in its own window. This greatly improves the user experience and consistency among the other application runtimes.
  • Access to the Camera hardware is now supported for Android apps, allowing many more application types to work on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
  • In-App Payment is now supported through the BlackBerry Payment SDK, so Android applications can include virtual items for sale in their applications
  • Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts
  • Improved folder support including IMAP folder support
  • Improved HTML5 support, currently places PlayBook OS 2.1 in 1st place

This has raised further excitement in the masses to the rest of the OS 2.1 features. We will have to wait until it come full steam with the new OS released commercially!!

The 2.1 Android SDK will be released in beta coinciding with the OS release, and the 2.1 Native SDK will be posted next week, with an update to the Adobe® AIR® SDK to come shortly after. The OS 2.1 beta can be downloaded from various sites. The only necessary condition being: “to whitelist your Playbook’s PIN”, just like PlayBook OS 2.0 beta.

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Sounds a bit crazy, but a http://apk2bar.unker.net/ is a website that converts your Android .apk files pretty quick and slick to .bar files. These .bar files can then be run on the PlayBook.

All you have to do is to get an .apk file, upload it to http://apk2bar.unker.net/ , and voila, the website does the rest. Though it takes some time to convert the file, but it is not known if it is due to the server load or the conversion process?

image thumb apk2bar is all you need to run Android apps directly on PlayBook

Do check it out and let us know how did you feel about the sooper kewl conversion.

Tablets are the future of tomorrow, so predicts Research2guidance, the analytical firm. According to a report published by them,

The number of new tablet app consumers increased by 58 million. As a result, tablet owners now constitute 8.6% of the installed app consumer base.

While in 2011,

apps in the Apple App Store for iPad grew 180% to more than 140,000 apps by the end of Q4 2011. While this cannot be easily quantified for Android as tablet apps are not separated out, the growth of niche stores and niche store categories focusing on Android tablets reflects their growing presence. For example, Archos Appslib focuses completely on Android tablet apps, while other stores like Android Tapp has a dedicated category.

During 2011, apps in the Apple App Store for iPad grew 180% to more than 140,000 apps by the end of Q4 2011. While this cannot be easily quantified for Android as tablet apps are not separated out, the growth of niche stores and niche store categories focusing on Android tablets reflects their growing presence. For example, Archos Appslib focuses completely on Android tablet apps, while other stores like Android Tapp has a dedicated category.

growth of tablet user base research2guidance thumb Tablet users to shape the future mobile app market

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Several studies have shown that tablet users exhibit different behavior towards app downloading/usage and mobile browsing than smartphone users.  Based on the breadth of use cases for gaming, ecommerce, digital publishing and the enterprise – tablet user growth is likely to have a marked effect on consumption in these areas.

In the enterprise, for example, tablets have already been largely implemented at upper levels of management and are quickly working their way throughout organizations – according to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook in 2012, 92% of Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iPads. As more and more use cases are developed and penetration increases, so too will the number of apps being developed for enterprise tablet users. While Apple has already carved out a niche section for iPad and iPhone Business users called “@Work”, other players like Lenovo and Cisco are trying to do the same for Android Business users.

But what about the likes of Galaxy note? The Phablet device which is quickly gaining momentum as the choice of device for user who want a tablet with smartphone functionality and vice versa…!!

RIM has always offered secure platform to the enterprise customers and maintained their status through the years. The survey by Trend Micro compares different mobile platforms to suggest that the Blackberry scores highest among all to meet the demands of use in the enterprise.

The test parameters include a combination of factors from built-in security to application security, authentication, virtualization, device wipe and firewall.

Blackberry stood victorious at the highest average score of 2.89, followed by iOS at 1.7. Windows Phone stood close at 1.61 and Android managed a score of 1.37.

Raimund Genes, CTO of Trend Micro quoted:

Against the growing, unstoppable backdrop of consumerisation and BYOD, every mobile device is a risk to business. What is interesting in these results is that, whilst some mobile platforms have evolved very noticeably along enterprise lines, there is still a strong ‘consumer marketing’ legacy in some quarters and this is negating some of the progress made on the enterprise front. Indeed, some of the attributes we have examined in the report are still firmly ‘enterprise-unready’.

Trend Micro, Bloor Research and the researchers from Altimeter Group declared Blackberry as the best option for the most stringent mobile roles due to corporate-grade security and manageability.

Now that’s something no one can dare argue against…!!!

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This is the era of ported roms and rooted devices. And RIMs devices are no exception. The uber powerful PlayBook is Android compatible, as we..ahem ahemall know.

The QNX OS allows allows an entirely different operating system to run as another application on top of the PlayBook OS. We call this neat. The guys over at crackberry have posted a tutorial on how to install Android and Android applications on the PlayBook.

An excerpt from the article is as follows

We’ll need to start with a rooted / jailbroken BlackBerry PlayBook. Without root access, we won’t be able to install the necessary files using a free tool called WinSCP. Once the PlayBook is rooted, we’ll use an application called DDPB to sideload a single Android app to your PlayBook, Honeycomb Launcher. Using this launcher application, we’ll initialize the Android system on the PlayBook.

Next, we’ll use that WinSCP application along with a bundled app called PuTTYgen to gain access to the root directories on the BlackBerry tablet. We’ll download the latest version of Cyanogen Google apps to install to your PlayBook. After that, you’ll be able to start the Android OS and gain access to the Android Market. From there, you can install any Android app you would like. Please note, not all Android apps will work on the PlayBook.

You can read the entire procedure here. Beware that this can harm your PlayBook and we take no responsibility whatsoever if your device gets damaged. Proceed only if you know what you are doing.

Happy modding!!!!

Well, it is something big we just spotted. The BlackBerry Devon is coming to Amsterdam on February 7-8, 2012. Android developers can benefit big time as they will be shown how to port their existing apps over to the PlayBook.

Interested in getting your Android app more play? On February 7-8, 2012, the BlackBerry Developer  Conference will be coming to Amsterdam. This event will be the place where the developer community in Europe will come together to understand how to work with the latest innovations and breakthroughs for the BlackBerry platform. Learn how to quickly get your app up and running on the BlackBerry Playbook and how best to generate revenue from this new market. Attendees will also receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook! Register at http://www.blackberrydevcon.com/ with discount code:DSTPN3 before December 23rd for 50% off the early bird rate of 250. See you there!

Plus, there is an early bird discount for the early birds" Winking smile

You can check out the details and register at http://www.blackberrydevcon.com/

Happy developing!!

Well, it is something big we just spotted. The BlackBerry Devon is coming to Amsterdam on February 7-8, 2012. Android developers can benefit big time as they will be shown how to port their existing apps over to the PlayBook.

Interested in getting your Android app more play? On February 7-8, 2012, the BlackBerry Developer  Conference will be coming to Amsterdam. This event will be the place where the developer community in Europe will come together to understand how to work with the latest innovations and breakthroughs for the BlackBerry platform. Learn how to quickly get your app up and running on the BlackBerry Playbook and how best to generate revenue from this new market. Attendees will also receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook! Register at http://www.blackberrydevcon.com/ with discount code:DSTPN3 before December 23rd for 50% off the early bird rate of 250. See you there!

Plus, there is an early bird discount for the early birds" Winking smile

You can check out the details and register at http://www.blackberrydevcon.com/

Happy developing!!

When CNET got their hands on Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia 800 to be precise), they were simply awestruck by the balance the platform had to offer. The UI was, well, slick, but was a lot less clunky, as per CNET.

According to the article:

The king is dead

Until not so long ago, that meant Apple. But something insane has happened. Something that we simply wouldn’t have countenanced just three short years ago.

One company makes a beautiful, intuitive, elegant interface, and the other makes a dated, clunky interface. But now it’s Microsoft showing off the thing of beauty, and Apple that’s behind the times. Microsoft is the underdog and Apple is the monolithic, restrictive monopoly. Has the world gone mad?

Sure, the iPhone and iPad interface is still slick and simple. But the shine is gone — iOS 5 looks almost exactly the same as iOS 4. Android showed what you can do when you can truly customise the look and feel of your phone, with its flexible home screens, handy widgets placing information right at your fingertips, and the capacity to alter any feature you like.

I seem to recall an old story, when the only smartphone OS of the time, Symbian, was bashed by everyone. People wanted behemoths of phones. They worshipped a large screen and a powerful processor, only to realise that the duo would eat battery faster. They demanded an app store like no other, only to trial a few apps and then delete them and move on to the next.

Nokia was undeniably the game setter, Apple was the game changer, Android was the turmoil that uprooted everyone, and yet RIM et al were wondering what just happened. This proves the age old proverb The only thing which is constant is change.

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Apple surely has a brand loyalty that every CEO yearns for. According to a research published by GfK,

Some 84 percent of iPhone users said they would pick iPhone also when they replace their cellphone, while 60 percent of consumers who use smartphones running Google’s Android said they would stick with phones using the same software.

Only 48 percent of people using Research In Motion’s cellphones said they would stay loyal to their BlackBerrys, the study showed.

While Apple is the leader at present, the current development on Android, RIMs BBX and Windows Phones from Nokia are all set to give Apple a tough challenge, according to the report.

The scope for brands to lure customers from rivals has diminished and the richest rewards will go to those providers that can create the most harmonious user experience and develop this brand loyalty

What is noteworthy here that 70 percent of consumers said they would stick with their phones due to their seamless integration of features and access to content. The present and future undoubtedly belongs to the Apps and Internet.

Though the firm interviewed around 4500 people in various countries, it never mentions anything about Symbian or Windows Phones. This is quite surprising as a certain percentage of these 4500 people must be carrying Symbian and Windows phones, which the report fails to mention.

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Apple surely has a brand loyalty that every CEO yearns for. According to a research published by GfK,

Some 84 percent of iPhone users said they would pick iPhone also when they replace their cellphone, while 60 percent of consumers who use smartphones running Google’s Android said they would stick with phones using the same software.

Only 48 percent of people using Research In Motion’s cellphones said they would stay loyal to their BlackBerrys, the study showed.

While Apple is the leader at present, the current development on Android, RIMs BBX and Windows Phones from Nokia are all set to give Apple a tough challenge, according to the report.

The scope for brands to lure customers from rivals has diminished and the richest rewards will go to those providers that can create the most harmonious user experience and develop this brand loyalty

What is noteworthy here that 70 percent of consumers said they would stick with their phones due to their seamless integration of features and access to content. The present and future undoubtedly belongs to the Apps and Internet.

Though the firm interviewed around 4500 people in various countries, it never mentions anything about Symbian or Windows Phones. This is quite surprising as a certain percentage of these 4500 people must be carrying Symbian and Windows phones, which the report fails to mention.

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Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has conducted a research on smartphone platforms in the UK and have found out that around half of the UK smartphones have Android of one kind or the other on them.

MBB reports

Androids share has increased from 29 percent a year ago to 49.9 percent. HTC is leading the way for phone manufacturers using the OS, with 45 percent of Android-based phone sales in the 12 weeks prior to 2 October. Samsung took 38 percent of Android sales with Sony Ericsson contributing 8.5 percent, down from 20.5 percent a year ago.

RIMs BlackBerry OS is the next most popular smartphone OS, present on 22.5 percent of UK smartphones while Apples iOS has 18.5 percent market share, down from 33 percent a year ago. Kantars figures were taken before Apple announced the iPhone 4S, a period during which Apple CEO Tim Cook said there had been a significant slowdown of iPhone sales.

While Nokia plummeted from 20 percent last year to 6 percent this year, Its hopes to gain momentum through the Windows Phone is bleak as Windows Phone managed to bad only a measly 1.4 percent share.

The bad news for featurephones is that under half of the UK population (44 percent) owns smartphones, with the growth in sales quickly accelerating. Smartphones made up 69 percent of mobile phone sales during the period.

App store content leaders of today are not those of tomorrow, is what the research firm Distimo believes. According to DIstimo

within this year, Android Market will overtake Apples App Store for iPhone to become the largest content market while both will see growth, Android Market currently has the momentum. There is also a significant shift underway among the smaller stores, with Nokias Ovi Store set to slip from fourth place to sixth place, while Microsofts WP7 Marketplace will move from sixth to fourth.

Apples App Store for iPad is currently holding its third place, while RIMs BlackBerry App World is holding station in fifth.

Noticeably, 4 percent of products on the App Store for iPhone feature in-app purchases, these account for 76 percent of revenue. Free apps with in-app purchases account for 52 percent of the total revenue, with paid apps with in-app purchasing accounting for 24 percent. The remaining 24 percent is generated by traditional paid apps.

Android is not far behind in this model. Android in-app purchases were only introduced in March 2011. 76 percent of the top-25 grossing US apps are free titles monetised through in-app purchases.

The growth of tablets meant that the content has to be suited to the tablet form factor. Though the featurephones will never be extinct, the smartphone use is inarguably on the rise, and so is the number of apps downloaded. The research pointed that North America, Europe and Asia are now almost equal in size in download terms.

Research firm Berg Insight has claimed that the number of apps downloaded globally will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 56.6 percent between 2010 and 2015, taking the total to 98 billion at the end of the period.

.revenues from paid applications, in-app purchases and subscription services so called direct revenues reached 1.6 billion in 2010.

direct app store revenues to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40.7 percent to reach 8.8 billion in 2015.

Apples App Store is forecast to remain at the Numero Uno spot during this period, followed by Android and Windows Phone.

Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst quoted

Even though the download numbers will increase during the forecast period, most apps are free to download and app monetisation will be a challenge for developers.

Free to download monetisation strategies such as in-app advertising and in-app purchasing will be increasingly important. This is especially true in the APAC region, which will account for over 40 percent of all mobile app downloads in 2015.

He said that the future belongs to new web technologies such as HTML5, which would replace the native apps. Developers should not see the web and native technologies as mutual exclusives and should target the web and mobile platforms logically and strategically.

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