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On the 16th of October, Byond Tech, the Pune based mobile manufacturer company, launched itself into the Indian tablet scene with its low cost Mi series. Its first product the 7 inch Mi1 offers everything a user today wants in terms of design and features. However, it is the 3D feature that is set to attract a lot of people. Lets take a look at what it has to offer.
The Mi1 comes pre-loaded with applications in regional language apps and MS office suite which is set to attract a lot of local buyers.
Also featured in the device is a Kinetic scrolling touch pad and a capacitive 5 point multi-touch screen.
The 3000 mAH battery will provide a backup of 4 hours surfing time and 6 hours of video streaming which is a good thing as the device is priced at Rs 4,300.
The Mi book Mi1 will be available in shades of both Black and White and will come with a portable keypad.
But all said and done, it is the 3D image and video feature which will be of interest and will add to the fun. 3D goggles will come with the package. Here’s a brief look at the specifications.
- 7-inch Capacitive Multi-touch display
- 800 x 480 pixel resolution
- Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
- 1.2 GHz Cortex A8 processor
- .3 Mega pixel front-facing camera
- 3.5 mm audio jack
- 3G facility
- USB 2.0
- 512MB DDR3 RAM
- 4GB internal memory expandable upto 32GB with microSD data card
- 3000 mAh battery
Mr. Manish Jain, Director of Sales at Byond Tech believes the company to sell around 1 million such tablets within a year and hopes to caputre around 15 percent of the emerging tablet market in India. Whether or not he will be right is an answer that only time can tell.
The iPad mini is out and Apple’s elite were there to launch it. At a media event held in California, USA, Apple gave the world the first view of the much anticipated 7.9 inch iPad mini. Also, at the same event CEO, Tim Cook revealed a new 13 inch MacBook Pro, that is said to revolutionize the world of Laptops.
Google Play, originally Android Market, is an online store housing music, movies, books, magazines, applications(specifically Android applications), operated by Google. The latest release version of Google Play is 3.8.17, released on 21 September 2012.
Started on 23 October 2008, it now has more than 675,000 applications and over 25 billion downloads as of September, 2012. Google Play sells applications in over 132 countries and provides free apps in 190 countries.
Google Play also sells Galaxy Nexus and Nexus Q smartphone in its store.
- Facebook for Android
- Google Maps
- Angry Birds
- Adobe Flash Player 11
- Street view on Google Maps
- Voice search
- Google search
- Google Play services
*All these have more than 10 crore downloads/installs
Google Play is not open-source. It was rebranded as Google Play from Android Market on 6 March 2012.
An application that needs to be installed needs an APK file to be downloaded from the store. The store is a repository of such files.
To prevent malicious applications from being uploaded to the store, Google has deployed an automated anti-virus system, Google Bouncer, which reportedly reduced malware by 40 percent from the quarter of 2011.
Recently, Google announced the release of Smart App Update, which would help mobile users to update their applications without having to download the complete updated application. This would not only make the update size smaller but also much faster than previous updates. It also announced measures to improve security in Jelly Bean and future Android versions, including encrypting application downloads, which means a device-specific key would be assigned to the download before they reach the user.
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Cloud computing has essentially revolutionized mobile computing. Storing documents and applications on a remote server and accessing them anytime and anywhere, provided an internet connection is available, has enabled professionals and students alike to go beyond the realm of personal computing. The immense power and portability provided by tablets has proved to be the icing on the cake for people who love to keep in touch with their work and applications. [Read more…] about Tablet and Cloud Computing