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Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Consumer Electronics, Networks, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Google is spreading its wings

Google is spreading its wings

Google never envisioned itself as ’just another’ search engine company when other search engines like Altavista, Yahoo, WebCrawler, AskJeeves and Infoseek already existed. It had different plans. Search engines earned revenue through advertisements which were clicked by its users more often. So, these search engine companies tried attracting more and more users to their platform. But Google’s innovative methods of getting user’s attention started with their PageRank, Adwords and MobAd technologies. With Google’s ability to sense user expectations, and define user needs, they continued to grab users through Android-based devices, starting with handsets and expanding to other domains such as consumer electronics, wearable and automotive. All these innovative methods helped Google to become one the most well-known companies from just another search engine. What makes Google revenue roadmap different? They are doing this for what? The answer is content – creating, hosting and carriage – (Creation through devices, hosting through projects such as YouTube and Google+ and carriage through fiber/wireless). Google decisions have always been driven towards encouraging users...

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Consumer Electronics, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Android Application Permission Control Feature – AppOps

Android Application Permission Control Feature – AppOps

Android has the application permission system available when new application is installed. User has to accept all the permissions that app requests and then installation proceeds.   There are chances that application might be using all the permissions OR may not be using OR user may not want that app to use some specific permissions. With the new versions of Android, Google is increasing the security aspects of Android. In Android version 4.3 and 4.4, Google introduced AppOps application permission manager functionality, service which enables lot of application permission options during run time. AppOps functionality allow user to configure the control over data access, locations, call log, Send/Receive SMS and MMS, read/Write contacts, camera etc. But Google removed AppOps from android 4.4.2 because Google claims that AppOps was not for end user but for development. There could be many more reasons behind from business point of view also. The AppOps manager is a hidden service which gets enabled with root access. This service has multiple options to configure for applications....

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Smart Devices, Wireless |

Google’s Strategy on AOSP Apps – Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

Google’s Strategy on AOSP Apps – Embrace, Extend, Extinguish?

Seven years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was announced with a key objective of creating an open platform ecosystem for global reach. Since then Android has steadily increased its dominance via its ever expanding ecosystem and attaining maturity through OS upgrades over the years. In line with OS revisions, Android apps too have grown in number and features. In fact they have attained maturity levels at which OEMs now prefer default apps over their customized ones. However one deterrent to experience newest version of apps is that app upgrades are bundled with OS upgrades which in turn are controlled by OEMs & carriers. More recently in 2013, key strategy changes were introduced and one among them was making AOSP apps available in Google Play Store (as stock apps). Off late, Google is moving several Android apps to Play Store with the objective of decoupling them from OS upgrades and release newer versions independently. End users too are a happy bunch and enjoying the latest...

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless |

Android One and Android Silver – Google’s steps towards Android ecosystem defragmentation?

Android One and Android Silver – Google’s steps towards Android ecosystem defragmentation?

  Fragmentation The Android devices ecosystem is complex, dynamic and rapidly evolving. There have been eleven flavors of android from alpha to KitKat. The refresh cycle was bi-annual, and has now been reduced to annual. Despite a decrease in the frequency, these refresh cycles necessitate continuous adaptation, adoption and upgrade by OEMs for current and new users. Android’s primary device segment has been smartphones and tablets. However, there are multiple OEMs and ODMs in the market building devices across a wide-range of semiconductor chipset platforms, screen sizes, form-factors, operators and components from third party vendors. This has led to Android fragmentation at a scale where providing uniform quality of user experience has become a major challenge. While fragmentation allows customization opportunities for OEMs, it is in google’s best interest to exercise greater control on this ecosystem Nexus, Android One and Android Silver Google has a line-up of flagship devices under the Nexus brand with ‘stock’ or ‘pure’ Android ported. There have been five versions of Nexus smartphones built with...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, Smart Devices, Wireless |

The Advent of Wearable Technology

The Advent of Wearable Technology

Seen someone wearing a watch that says a lot beyond just showing time? Seen someone with a pair of glass, but not for reading?  With technology advancements, these won’t be an unusual sight. Welcome to the world of Wearable Technology. Wearable technology is category of devices or accessories incorporating advanced electronic technologies that can be worn by a consumer. Its objective is to provide essential, customized information with much more ease as compared to a Smartphone. Many of these devices are purpose-built products and so the kind of information they give is customized. Nike Fuel Band is an activity tracker that gives fitness information like calories burnt, daily goal progress, etc. A smartwatch (Sony’s SmartWatch, Samsung Galaxy Gear) can give you text messages, social media updates, etc. There are devices with built-in GPS (Trailblazer, No Place Like Home – shoes) that aid in navigation. However there are devices like Google Glass that serve multiple purposes. The underlying software system again varies with each device ranging from Android (Google Glass,...

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