Almost Half Of Top iPad Apps Are Unavailable Or Unoptimized For Android Tablets

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Almost half of the top 50 apps on iPad are unavailable or have not been optimized for competing devices that run Google’s Android operating system. That’s according to a new report from Canalys, which believes Google should be doing more to encourage top developers to build high-quality tablet apps for its platform.

The data from Canalys shows that 30% of the top 50 iPad apps weren’t available at all on Android-powered tablets, while another 18% were there but they were not optimized for larger displays — they were simply smartphone apps that were automatically scaled up to fit a tablet screen.

That means just 52% of top iPad apps were also available on Android tablets.

“Quite simply, building high-quality app experiences for Android tablets has not been among many developers’ top priorities to date,” said Tim Shepherd, Canalys Senior Analyst.

“That there are over 375,000 apps in the Apple App Store that are designed with iPad users in mind, versus just a fraction of this – in the low tens of thousands – available through Google Play, underscores this point.”

Canalys does expect this to change as Android-powered tablets become more popular, but it still believes that “Google needs to do more to encourage greater numbers of developers to invest in delivering high-quality Android tablet apps quickly.”

If it doesn’t, the search giant runs the risk of “disappointing consumers with weak app experiences in the short term.”

Of course, one of the issues with Android, which can sometimes drive developers away from the platform, is piracy. Google’s “open” approach means it’s too easy for users to download and install apps from other sources without paying for them.

Back in July, we wrote about a game called Gentlemen! that had attracted over 6,000 players on Android during its first few weeks on Google Play. That’s an impressive number of players, until you consider that only 50 actually paid for the game, while the rest downloaded it illegally.

As a result of this, many developers choose to avoid Android altogether, while other must find different ways of finding revenue — such as ads. Of the 52% of top iPad apps also available on Google Play, six were titles that were paid on iOS, but were free and ad-supported on Android.

Canalys analyst Daniel Matte points out that while these titles may be free, they “typically deliver a poorer and often more limited user experience, sometimes taking a considerable toll on device battery life and often subjecting users to unskippable [sic] videos or other unpopular intrusions.”

With Google seeing lots of demand for the new Nexus 7, and Android tablets now commanding a larger market share than the iPad, it’s never been more important for it to put more focus on tablet apps.

Canalys believes it can do this by increasing the revenue potential of Google Play, and by changing the Play Store to “ensure more rigorously managed, high-quality, optimized experiences are highlighted, to the benefit of consumers, and to reward those developers who invest the time and resources in building them with improved discoverability.”

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Geekbench benchmark new iPod Touch not half as fast as iPhone 5

 

Geekbench benchmarks for the new iPod touch prove Apple has made lots of improvements to the fifth-generation device, with its dual-core A5 chip making significantly faster than as its predecessor. When compared with iPhone performance, however, the iPod touch is lagging far behind.

Despite the same 800MHz processor, the new iPod touch is still slightly slower then the iPhone 4S, and not even half as fast as the iPhone 5.

The iPod touch, which has 512MB of RAM, scored 617 in the latest Geekbench tests, a big improvement over the 378 points scored by its predecessor. It’s also faster than the original iPad, which scores 454 — but didn’t quite meet the iPhone 4S, which scores 653.

As for the iPhone 5, the new iPod touch doesn’t even come close. Its dual-core A6 processor, clocked at 1300MHz, means it scores a whopping 1572 in Geekbench tests, far more than any other iOS device. Only the third-generation iPad comes remotely close, with 823 points.

While the new iPod touch may look like a great alternative to the iPhone 5 for those who don’t need the phone, then, it’s hardly going to provide you with the same experience. While the device certainly isn’t sluggish, there will be a noticeable difference at times — especially when it comes to gaming.

Samsung Galaxy S3, which telco to choose?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is now in 3 major telco in Malaysia and many people waiting for this device still considering which telco to go with to get the best deal out there and worth every buck you are paying. The Galaxy S3 is an amazing phone to start off with and regardless of which plan you are with, it will still be awesome. The only complaint I get from most people is that the design of this phone is a little let down which looks really back dated. If the design were better, this could be a killer phone. For now, read on to find out the best plan for you from the 3 big telco from Malaysia.

Before we start, the recommended retail price for Samsung Galaxy S3 is RM2199 for the 16GB version but you can buy it outright at as low as RM2149 or lower depending on your bargaining skills.

Lets start off with Maxis. [Click image for larger view]

Digi

Celcom

If you want to know more about the plans, click on the link above to get more information. As what we can conclude from all these plans, in the money wise, Maxis is the most worth it because it has bundled calls and SMS with the plans where Digi does not. Celcom also have bundled calls and SMS but the plans are a tiny bit pricier. There are also many other things to consider apart from the money you are paying such as the strength of signals, customer services and other stuffs. So please choose wisely in this. But you can always get the phone outright if you do not like contracts. It will cost you only RM2199 and prepaid is good to go! =)

Please drop us any possible questions you have and we will get to you asap. Thanks.

Click here for another comparison from a fellow tech blogger

Click here to know everything about the Samsung Galaxy S3, if you still dont know anything about it yet.

The Cheaper iPad 2 Gets Better Battery Life [Report]

Since the launch of the New iPad (3rd Generation), Apple reduces the price of iPad 2 and making the 16GB version of iPad 2 the only version available now. The good news is not only the price reduction of the iPad 2 to a mere starting price of RM1199, but some variant of these models boast an improved battery life. These variant of iPad 2 are modified internally to get a more advanced 32-nanometer version of the dual-core A5 processor instead of a 45-nanometer chip in the previous iPad 2, according to Anandtech.

Anandtech performs some test on the new variant of iPad 2 and the results shows noticeable improvement on battery life.

(Credit: Anandtech)
(Credit: Anandtech)

“The iPad 2,4’s gains in battery life…are significant. We measured a 15% increase in our web browsing battery life, a nearly 30% increase in gaming battery life and an 18% increase in video playback battery life” compared to the iPad 2 with the older A5 chip, according to Anandtech.

Finding one of these iPad 2,4 variants is not easy, however. “If you’re in the market for an iPad 2, the 2,4 is clearly the one to get – if you can find one that is,” wrote Anand Shimpi.

So if you want to get an iPad 2 with improved battery life, you have to make sure the iPad 2 you got is the iPad 2,4. It is not easy for sure. The only way to know for sure is to open up the box. The iPad 2 variant may have iOS 5.1 preloaded. The older iPad 2 models — which Apple still has in inventory and continues to sell — may have 5.0.1 or older, Shimpi said.

But the most accurate way to find out is by using a utility like Geekbench that will indicate whether it’s the iPad 2,4, Shimpi said.

But we think most of the iPad 2 found is Malaysia is still the old variant. But you will never know. So check or ask first before buying one.

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iPad 3 or iPad HD?

In a few hours before the next iPad will be announced, there are still debates among all the tech geeks out there on whether the next iPad will be called the iPad 3 (as we all assume it would be) or will it be called the iPad HD to indicate or stress on the Retina Display which is going to be the main things this time around (hopefully not).

There are few reports saying that the next iPad will be called the iPad HD and the have their point.

Venturebeat:

Apple’s next-generation iPad will be called the iPad HD, not the iPad 3, a reliable source tells VentureBeat. Additionally, we’re hearing that Apple is now buying 7.1-inch screen components in preparation for a smaller iPad release later this year.

CNET:

A developer who’s previously provided reliable information with respect to things Apple and otherwise tells us the next iPad uses the HD moniker instead of going with “iPad 3.”

In fact, an informal survey was done and most people preferred the name iPad HD than iPad 3. Well I think maybe HD sounds cooler.

Anyway, we cannot be sure until Apple officially announce the next iPad and who knows it will even be called the iPad RD (for Retina Display) or iPad 2S (like how they do it for iPhones). What you guys think? Will the next iPad be iPad HD, iPad 3 or anything else you have in mind. Share it with us on the comment section below!

And did you guys noticed that the poster of the iPad event this year does have a retina display logo? That is kinda cool!

Stay tuned for more news on the iPad event later!

* For those who want to see the smaller screen iPad, Venturebeat does mentioned that smaller iPad will be released later this year. =D

Google releases 2011 Zeitgeist list for Malaysia: Malaysian top searches in 2011

Recently, Google releases its annual Zeitgeist list for Malaysia. This list is a summary of what Malaysian searches throughout the year 2011.

We can see that tech is very important to Malaysians where iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy, iPad2 and Android are among the top 10 fastest rising searches. That is a big 4/10. We can also see that Malaysians are more interested in iPhone 5 than all Samsung Galaxy phones combined. That is just what we thought.

Many will find it unpleasing to see Justin Bieber is in the top 10 fastest rising people. Anyone of us can be a better suited candidate for that place. And it is devastating to see that Justin Bieberis the the top search for image searches. What is wrong with Malaysians?? (Sorry for all the Justin Bieber fans out there, he is great, but not this great!) Even Domo Kun lost to him? That is just impossible! 😉

The Japanese crisis and the king of pop’s funeral are also a huge interest of Malaysians. Malaysians also seem to be unclear of what is bersih, g6, lmao, jailbrake and even things like iPad and Androids. Seriously?

Check out the full list:

Fastest rising searches

  1. Facebook
  2. Angry Birds
  3. Maharaja Lawak
  4. iPhone 5
  5. Samsung Galaxy
  6. iPad2
  7. Jawatan kosong
  8. Android
  9. Tonton
  10. Aishiteru

Fastest rising people

  1. Bruno Mars
  2. Hana Tajima
  3. Cikgu Shida
  4. Avril Lavigne
  5. Anwar Ibrahim
  6. Fatin Liyana
  7. Justin Bieber
  8. Rihanna
  9. Ustaz Kazim
  10. Hanis Zalikha

Top news stories

  1. ipad 2
  2. Malaysian grand prix
  3. Kennedy space center
  4. Kentucky derby
  5. Japan nuclear crisis
  6. MTV movie awards
  7. Michael Jackson funeral
  8. Malaysian open
  9. Thailand flood
  10. Malaysia budget 2012

Top image searches 

  1. Justin Bieber
  2. Background designs
  3. Fixie bike
  4. Domo Kun
  5. Monster energy
  6. Supra shoes
  7. Jules Verne
  8. Smiley face
  9. Kartun muslimah
  10. Chelsea Olivia

Top ‘what is…’ searches 

  1. what is bersih
  2. what is g6
  3. what is ppvrip
  4. what is ipad
  5. what are words
  6. what is jailbreak
  7. what is android
  8. what is lmao
  9. what is hacking
  10. what is information

Top TV shows

  1. ANTM
  2. x factor usa
  3. american idol 2011
  4. amazing race 18
  5. tvb drama 2011
  6. nagamma serial
  7. supernatural
  8. bones season 7
  9. Al Jazeera
  10. My Princess

Top international travel destinations

  1. Kowloon/Hong Kong
  2. Su Mei Island, Thailand
  3. Phuket Island
  4. Bangkok
  5. Maldives
  6. Disneyland Hong Kong
  7. Taipei
  8. Paris Disneyland
  9. New York
  10. Caribbean

Top blogs

  1. Blog Serius
  2. Beautifunara
  3. Papagomo
  4. Jejariruncing
  5. Honeykoyuki
  6. Oh Bulan
  7. Kari ngeri
  8. Malaymoviesfull
  9. My Resipi
  10. IniBelogSaya
  11. Little Geeko *
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Survey shows Apple products are the top 3 things kids wants for this holiday season!

Kids nowadays are totally different from what kids used to be. We used to play with Legos, Playdoh etc, but the kids today play with all the high tech toys which we don’t even know existed when we are their age.

In a survey by Nielsenwire, the iPads, iPod Touches and iPhones are the top 3 things that kids aged 6-12 years wants these days. And I repeat myself, its 6-12 years old kids! This is the survey result:

The results for people older than 13 years of age looks like this:

The iPad also top the list with 24%!

So what would you wish for this Christmas? *There is a small chance that Santa will read your wish in the comments below!