TOP EIGHT ANDROID APP MARKETS
Amazon’s app store is probably the most well-known alternative to the Android Market. It’s included by default on the Kindle Fire. The big drawback to this app store is that it’s only available in the US
For developers it could be a good source of extra income, but there have been rumblings about Amazon’s right to choose when to do promotions. Some developers have reported huge download numbers off the back of the free app of the day promotion, but no resulting increase in sales. You are also likely to do better with tablet optimized apps than Smartphone apps in general.
GetJar is not as well known, but it is around everywhere. GetJar additionally provides away paid apps for free.Unlike Amazon’s app giveaways, GetJar’s premium app giveaways do not reach its expiration date. GetJar contributes new paid apps to its free “Gold Apps” section every week.
GetJar is especially well-liked by newer designers or for people with mobile web based apps mainly because of its free launching service.
At times, GetJar may seem cluttered with shortcuts to mobile sites and less true “apps”, but most would argue that as long as the web app is quality, this is ok because the future of the cellphone web and even laptop processing is “in the cloud”.
GetJar’s clever draw is to offer premium apps to users for free to produce traffic and then monetize that traffic with advertising dollars. Developers might be lured by the virtual currency tie-ins and the option to target new users with various kinds of promotions. It is possible to incorporate GetJar Gold into your apps, and it has 50 million users. Be informed though, the submission process might take a while.
You may not have heard of SlideME, but it claims to be the top alternative app stores around the world. It is preloaded on a range of devices, especially in areas where the Android Market is not available.
The user interface is fairly straightforward with basic categories and a featured app, scroll wheel at the top. The app explanations are quite nice, including screenshots, compatibility menus, and video demonstration links.
The selection button brings up the choices to examine additional categories for “Top Apps” and “Latest” Android apps published.
There is likely a greater enticement for developers because Slide ME offers the opportunity to focus on a wider international audience. Apps is more likely to stand out because the choice is more refined. Developers can set prices and select to provide their apps for free. There is also a Slide ME ad network. It is still possible to get a greater percentage of the revenue generated by your app with Slide ME, than the standard 70 percent you will get in most places.
If you are a fan of the Opera web browser, you may be amazed to know that you already have an Opera’s app store on your device. You will find a link to it on Opera Mobile’s default speed dial page.
1st, it has a excellent Opera “esque” black and red theme. The touch user interface kinda reminds me a lot of how the touch Facebook web app is designed.
2nd, the new Opera Mobile App Store attributes both paid and free apps with competitive prices. All app stores do not sell the similar app for the same price, which makes the alternative application store an interesting addition to the marketplace in order to nurture more competition. For example, QuickOffice Connect mobile office suite was four dollars less expensive compared to the Android Marketplace on March 21st, 2011 selling for only $5.99 instead of the usual $9.99
AppBrain takes a different, more social approach to an app store. It sells itself as an application recommendation system. With its social features, you can find people and view your friends’ favorite apps. You can also see the apps that are currently hot, website-wide.
Appoke has an inviting user interface and a social app experience emphasis.
You sign up for an account and with the account comes a “Newsfeed” and “friends”. The alppoke has their own client, which you can download by using the qrcode on the right.
You can also visit the desktop PC website to “try before you buy”, so to speak.
Many manufacturers attempt to attract people to use their own apps and services. Some businesses, like Sony, with fingers in a lot of pies, want you to commit to their ecosystem of content. As the greatest and most successful Android device maker around, Samsung has been providing a range of its own services and information on all of its devices, and that includes apps. The old app was Samsung Apps, but it has been replaced by S Suggest on all its Android devices. There is also a website which you can sign into and it allows you to browse apps and send them straight to your device.
S Suggest is supposed to draw on a special algorithm to assess a heap of data and throw up smart tailored recommendations for you. On the surface, it seems to recommend the same old suspects. There are a lot of types, and it is a somewhat different view of the mass of Android apps on offer, so it could help you find something new, but the search function is terrible.
For developers there is a submitting process that allows you to get your app certified. The earnings split is a standard 70/30, with 70 percent going to the developer and 30 percent for Samsung. As the number one Smartphone manufacturer, with app distribution across 125 countries, it is perhaps worth taking into consideration.
YAAM, or Yet Another Android Market, is not really that exciting or particularly unique and featureful.
The application (which you can download from the qrcode to the right) offers three types: Apps, Games, and Updates. Apps and Games subdivide into a few of additional filter types, which further subdivides to “Free” and “premium” apps.
Premium apps are not as many as they are in the Android Marketplace. You might be able to find some deals, however. With all of these markets available, shopping around for the best price can be a useful exercise.
The extremely particular focus of the F-Droid is free and open source software (FOSS) Android applications. It is pretty basic, but there are some categorization and the list is searchable. You will find a big range of free apps here and they all promise, no tracking, no ads, and no dependencies. It is worth checking out for free applications, particularly if you support the open source movement.
Naturally developers will only want to venture here if they intend to release their creations with no expectation of profit.
Smartphones or Tablet…. What is the future?
While Smartphones have reached a critical mass audience, tablets are poised to do the same soon. As a form factor, tablets simultaneously take a step toward the living room and the workplace. For consumers, these devices are multimedia machines, offering a glimpse into how consumers might one day accept connected television. For workers, IT departments are already reacting to the “Bring Your Own Device” wave changing the modern workforce.
PROS OF SMARTPHONES
These day tablets and Ultrabooks are stealing the limelight, but this does not mean its downfall. Instead, Smartphones are getting bigger and better day by day.
Giving competition to the 7-inch tablets are the new Smartphones with around 5 inches of screen size. The bigger display offers more space for productivity as well as entertainment.
With the extra real estate, typing over the onscreen QWERTY keyboard becomes a lot easier.
With phones like the Samsung Galaxy SIII, the screen can split for watching videos while working. The full HD bright display can be used for watching full high definition videos and playing games.
As the Smartphones are now used for power hogging apps, chip makers like Qualcomm and Nvidia are adding more power with their quad-core processors that can run multiple, power hogging tasks at the same time. The downside is that not many apps are available in the app stores that are optimized for the multi-core processor. These advanced processors now support full high definition video capture as well.
Another reason of Smartphones outshine is the camera optics. With most of the high end Smartphones having 8 megapixel and above, the images captured are good. Further, the constant connectivity to social networking sites makes it easy to share as well. Then the constant connectivity Smartphones enjoy helping one stay connected and work while on the move. Push mail support, chat messages and millions of apps are just a touch away.
CONS OF SMARTPHONES
While Smartphones are the perfect multimedia device, it has some disadvantages also.
Starting with, the 5-inch display is smaller in comparison to the tablet and Ultrabook and doesn’t come handy while typing long documents, creating presentations or handling work like compressing HD videos, etc. But then it it tough for phones to have a larger display as that will only act as a hindrance for its utility as a phone.
Secondly, the devices are constantly playing catch up with their operating systems. For instance, most Android phones running Gingerbread are still awaiting Ice Cream Sandwich updates. However, with the iPhone, users across the world can instantly update the Smartphone.
Smartphones do offer a good multimedia experience, but can’t match up to ultrabooks.
PROS OF TABLETS
Now what about tablet?. Although heavier than the Smartphones, tablet weight less than half the size of the ultrabooks.
Tablets are the perfect travel companion as they can easily slide into any bag without consuming much space. They can be easily held in the hand for long durations and can be used while standing as well.
Widely available in 7 and 10 inch displays, tablets are personal and flexible to use. These can be used for browsing the web, accessing emails and even reading books and newspaper. One can easily watch HD videos over the big high resolution displays, something the Ultrabooks still lack.
The touch interface offers a great gaming experience too. Tablets are even good at taking notes, showing demos, adding annotations to the images, etc. Tablets get access to a wide variety of applications that enhances their entertainment and productivity experience. There are apps that can be used for calling and messaging, without much fuss. With the increasing megapixel count and better optics, tablets can be used as cameras as well.
With battery being one of the biggest driving forces for any gadget, tablets do offer a good battery backup. These can last for anytime between six to ten hours of continuous usage.
Lastly, the tablets aren’t priced exorbitantly. Considering, the best tablet available in the market, the new iPad has a starting price of around Rs 30,000. Today, we don’t even get the best Smartphone for less than Rs 35,000. As for Ultrabooks, we can’t even dream of owning them at this price.
CONS OF TABLET
Tablets too have their disadvantages. To start with, unlike the Ultrabooks with their large SSD and hard disk drives, tablets barely has any storage. They come in different variants with a maximum of 64GB storage, split into onboard or onboard and expandable.
On the productivity front, typing over the touch keypad is difficult, especially while typing long documents and emails. An alternative can be attaching a Bluetooth keyboard to the tablet.
Even on the processor front, Ultrabooks have an edge. The recently launched tablets have got quad-core processors combined with 2GB RAM, but still can’t compete with processing power.
Ultrabooks are designed with protection for their large screens. The screens of tablets are delicate and exposed if you don’t have a protective case. So, all the time, one has to be careful with the tablets. And if damaged, the repair cost of the tablets is much more than the other two.
From this comparison, I hope this will help you while picking your gadget….
Comparison Between Features Of Android, Windows And iPhone
Should I choose windows or android or iPhone…. Many one of you must have this question in your mind!!
Let’s find the solution…..
During the recent launch of the new Smartphones in mobile world lots of readers asked me which of the alternatives is best. There’s BlackBerry of course, which offers great server side support and business functionality. But the principal question seems to be: Android or Windows Phone? It’s not a question we can answer for everyone.
Both Android and Windows Phone 8 offer broadly similar features and functionality.
They come in a wide range of handsets at a variety of price points – with the standard to match. If you are in the market for an iPhone substitute and you wish to avoid BlackBerry, for whatever reason, you are best advised to spend as much time as you can with a variety of handsets on each framework. There are likely a Windows- and an Android phone for everyone. It’s just a question of finding the right one for you.
Instead of than giving a specific decision to a question that really can’t be answered, here we give general advice on the pros and cons of Windows Phone vs Android vs iPhone.
Android or Windows Phone: what’s great about Android
As the most popular mobile OS on the planet, Android offers an unmatched range of handsets at a variety of price points. There’s an Android to suit every budget.
As a consequence support for Android from software developers and media owners is second only to one: IOS. You can find every app you could possibly desire in Google Play, and you can purchase music and movies from a variety of channels.
Android offers a level of customisation to both end user and hardware manufacturer. Not all Androids are the same, far from it. But the absolute popularity of Android devices means that there are lots of suitable third-party devices and accessories for Android.
More significantly, after all this time the Android experience is now good. Like all major mobile OSes Android is fine-looking and user-friendly, at least in the more recent flavors.
Windows Phone is Microsoft’s entrant into the Smartphone wars, and it has won widespread critical recognition (though not many users). Like Android, it is available on Smartphones from a number of different manufacturers, most particularly Nokia, with its $100 Lumia 900 on AT&T.
While IOS leads the way with apps. Not only are there more apps in the App Store than in the Android Market, but there is normally more quality and less junk on Apple’s platform (a extremely unscientific observation). This could be changing, as the flood of Android devices has led to the lion’s share of the Smartphone market. While analysts have been forecasting that Android will catch up for over a year now, it hasn’t occurred.
Why don’t we compare some features:-
Runs Apple’s is 5 operating systems.
Readily available on three carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint.
Available in three storage sizes: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB.
Easiest compatibility with iTunes, Apple ecosystem, and products.
Form factor: Won 3.5-inch screen (on the smaller size by today’s standards).
Interface: Approachable, but not very customizable. Some hidden features.
Key features: Excellent 8-megapixel camera, front-facing camera, colorful Siri voice assistant
Next big release: iPhone 5, release date unknown, but speculated for summer 2012..
Google’s mobile operating system
Form factor: Available on all carriers, all shapes, all sizes
All functionality: Range from budget to super premium
Not all Android phones are created equal in capability: some have exceptional cameras, screens, etc. Some don’t.
Easiest compatible with Google services, Google Music, other Android devices
Interface: Varies by manufacturers, has a small learning curve for some features
Key features: Free voice navigation with turn-by-turn directions, very customizable, voice actions
Next big phone release: Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, Verizon release date unknown, but probably in December
Next big operating system release: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Released with Galaxy Nexus, coming to existing handsets starting “early 2012”.
Microsoft’s mobile operating system
Form factor: Available on all carriers, all shapes, all sizes.
AT&T has the largest and best selection
All capabilities: Mostly midrange, solid performers. Minimum 5-megapixel camera
Easiest compatible with Zune, Xbox Live, Microsoft services like Microsoft Office, SkyDrive online storage
Interface: Very straightforward, but some hidden capabilities
Key features: Clean interface, built-in barcode-scanning and music identification, Xbox Live incorporation, voice actions.
I hope this point will help you in finding answers to your query….