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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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Unveiled: New King of Android Smartphones or perhaps the New King of Smartphones?

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Earlier, Samsung held an event to announce it’s highly anticipated Galaxy S4 device (successor of the highly successful Samsung Galaxy S3) and it appears to meet all the expectations thrown at it. It is one of the most important event for Samsung this year (Check out how HTC and LG troll Samsung in the event). As a successor to the S3, it looks fairly similar to the GS3 physically (yeah the plastic build remains) but internally, it packs a much powerful package.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 includes either an Exynos 5 chip from Samsung or a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (depending on your region), with a full 2G of RAM and a huge 2,600mAh batter. You’ll be able to get this beast with 16, 32, or 64 G of storage, along with a microSD slot for expansion. We have an improvement in camera to 13MP from 8MP and many great software which come along with it. Though most of the software is not very useful or not something which will be useful in everyday usage, but the question is why not? Anything is better than nothing right?

It spots a 5-inches 1080p Super AMOLED screen which is longer. Yeah longer. And no one says anything this time. But undoubtedly, the screen looks amazing with over 400ppi available for your eyes to lust. 441ppi to be exact. It is also thinner and lighter than the Galaxy S3. In fact, it is only 0.1mm thicker than the iPhone 5. And it runs the most current version of Android which is the Android 4.2.2. And yes, yes the smart scroll is there which allows you to scroll up and down by tilting the device up and down and to pause videos when you are not paying attention. Sounds neat.

We dont have any pricing yet but it is expected to be priced similarly to the price of Samsung Galaxy S3 when it is first launched last year. We can start seeing it available as early as April and when it arrives in our shores, it will be May at the earliest.

So what is your verdict? Will the Samsung Galaxy S4 be the ONE? Will the iPhone remain at the top with iPhone 5S? Will HTC or NOKIA come out with an answer?

Photo credit to The Verge.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 will be announced tomorrow: What to expect?

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is set to be unveiled by Samsung in the event on Thurdays 7PM in New York (It will be 7AM 15th March 2013 local time). With all the recent hype and marketing by Samsung, a truly revolutionary device is expected. A device that most people say will finally take over iPhone in the top spot of the Smartphone battle. We will see it for ourselves when the Samsung Galaxy S4 is officially announced.

Here is what you should expect from the S4. Sadly Bloomberg confirms that there will be no eye-scrolling for the S4 yet but it will surely be in the future.

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One of the leaked photos of Samsung Galaxy S4

1. Dimensions

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This mantra sounds like it’ll apply to the dimensions of the Galaxy S4, which is said to be only slightly different from the Galaxy S3 — and that’s a good thing. In fact, it looks like Samsung is following its own formula when it transitioned from the S2 to the S3: Make the screen a little bigger, but the phone a little thinner. The Samsung Galaxy S3 measured 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to measure slightly longer at 140.1 mm and slightly wider at 71.8 mm, but much thinner than its predecessor at just 7.7 mm thick, which is just a tad (0.1 mm) thicker than the iPhone 5.

2. Display

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a beautiful smartphone with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display and a 1280 x 720 resolution of 306 pixels per inch, or ppi; its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S4, is said to feature a slightly larger 4.99-inch Full HD SoLux Display with a reported resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which comes out to be an extremely dense-looking display at 450+ ppi. If the display isn’t SoLux, it’s possible Samsung will implement its experimental phosphorescent organic light-emitting diode (PHOLED) displays, which can be up to four times more power efficient than the current OLED screens in the Galaxy S3. That said, we’re not sure if those PHOLED displays are fully ready for mass production just yet, so we’ll keep our money on the Full HD SoLux Display showing up in the Galaxy S4.

3. Chipsets

The Samsung Galaxy S3 was powered by Samsung’s own quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 processor and an ARM Mali-400 for its GPU. Both chips are said to get an upgrade in 2013, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to feature a new Exynos 5 Octa CPU, which was initially used in the company’s Chromebook model — the new processor is said to have eight cores for enhanced work flow and power efficiency. Last year’s ARM-based GPU is also said to be replaced by a new 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600 chip from Qualcomm, which will help power the display and the phone’s operating system (likely Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, since we’re not expecting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie until Google’s i/O Conference in May). The new Smapdragon chips don’t quite touch NVIDIA’s top-of-the-line Tegra 4 SuperChip Processors, but Qualcomm’s 600s clock in at about twice as fast as the Exynos 4 chip in the Galaxy S3.

4. Connectivity

More and more customers use their phones to browse the Web, so Internet connectivity speed is a major issue for customers, particularly in connecting over Wi-Fi and cellular bands. While the Samsung Galaxy S3 featured 4G LTE, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to boast an even more powerful chip from Broadcom — the “5G Wi-Fi combo chip,” listed as the BCM4335 chip. According to Broadcom’s press release, the BCM 4335 is the “only combo chip to address unique interference challenges in systems with both 4G LTE cellular radios and wireless connectivity.” The 5G Wi-Fi combo chip is also said to improve the wireless range of devices, making it even easier and faster to stream and download large files or videos.

5. Camera

Compared to the 8-megapixel camera in the Galaxy S3, many reports have claimed the Samsung Galaxy S4 would boast a beefy 13-megapixel camera, with an added feature that would put the iPhone’s Panorama to shame: While Google introduced its 360-degree panorama called “Photosphere” in Android 4.2, the Galaxy S4 will reportedly include a similar feature called “Samsung Orb,” which is said to create similar 360-degree images to create 3D-like photography; the company has allegedly been working with Facebook to ensure easy sharing of Orb images to the popular social network.

6. Special Features

Among the quirky features we’ve heard may be coming to the Galaxy S4, we believe the main “special feature” of Samsung’s 2013 handset will be Atmel’s new MaXTouch S controllers, which allow users to interact with their devices without actually touching the screen. The feature is similar to the Galaxy Note 2 S Pen, which can draw on the 5.5-inch phablet by simply hovering over the screen in what’s called Air View, but in the Galaxy S4, users will reportedly not need a pen.

7. Price Tag

As far as price goes, we fully expect Samsung to retain identical price tags from the Galaxy S3 in the Galaxy S4. Now that the Galaxy S3 has seen a price drop — Samsung is selling last year’s model anywhere between $49 and $99 — Samsung is free to sell the Galaxy S4 at last year’s prices. If the company follows the same plan as last year, the Galaxy S4 could cost $199 for 16 GB or $249 for 32 GB. Without a two-year contract, it’s possible Samsung could sell the new handset at $599 and $649 for 16 and 32 GB storage models, respectively, like it did last year.

Considering the growing number of reports saying Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone, Samsung might be keen to lower the price range for the Galaxy S4 to make its flagship smartphone even more competitive throughout the year, especially when we reach the all-important holiday season.

8. Release Date

Last year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S3 on May 3 but didn’t release the device until May 28, and that was in Europe. The US didn’t even get the Samsung Galaxy S3 until June 21; it’s possible Samsung will roll out the Galaxy S4 in a similar manner, releasing the phone in the US roughly a month after its public unveiling.

With the unveiling set for tomorrow, it won’t be long until the official release date hits: Considering how Samsung is announcing the phone in the US, it would make little sense to tease the home crowd by telling them the release date isn’t for another two months. That said, it’s entirely possible Samsung will make customers wait until April to actually purchase the new Galaxy S4, just so it has enough time to build more hype until the release. As we learned with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, a little hype can go along way when it comes to selling smartphones.

* Expect many features in terms of software from Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Nexus 4 available for preorder from Digi for RM1499

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Digi is now offering the lusted newest Nexus device by LG for as low as RM1499. It is available for preorder now and it is only available in one plan which is the DG Smart Plan 88 for monthly commitment of RM63 for 24 months. With that, you will get 8GB of data and for calls and SMSs, it will be charged per use. Digi is only offering one plan for the device because there will be no competition from other telco as the Nexus 4 will be available exclusively to Digi only. For the meantime. We might see it coming to other telcos in the future. But currently, Digi will have all the power to do whatever they wanted but still people will buy from them. =)

But despite the monopoly of the device, we still think that it is a rather good offer with 8GB of data. If you register for auto billing, you will be getting additional RM5 rebate for the first 6 months.

Nexus 4 is a highly anticipated Android device with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, 4.7″ IPS display that does 1280×720 pixels resolution with Gorilla Glass 2, 8MP camera capable of 1080p videos, a front facing 1.3MP camera that does 720p and comes with the updated/latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. With Nexus devices, you can expect to be first to get all the OS updates as soon as it is available. Thats the cool part of getting a Nexus! So will you Nexus, S or One?

*If you are eligible for the Rm200 smartphone rebate, this will only cost you RM1299. Think about that!

Click here for more information on the device and the plan.

Sony Xperia Tipo now priced at just RM499

Sony has officially announced the availability of its single SIM Sony Xperia tipo in Malaysia at the price of RM499. This is one of the cheapest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smart phone you can get right now. The Xperia tipo comes after the Xperia tipo dual that comes with dual-sim support, priced at RM559.

To recap the specs, it is powered by a modest 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM and 2.9GB of storage which is expandable with microSD. The front has a 3.2″ TFT display that does 480×320 pixels resolution. It comes with a 3.2MP camera that shoots VGA resolution videos. Powering the device is 1,500mAh battery which is rather generous for a entry level device.

Overall it weighs 99 grams and has a thickness of 13mm. Three colours are available – Classic White, Deep Red and Navy Blue. For a limited time, Sony is also bundling a CTIA stereo handset worth RM75. Visit the Xperia tipo page for more info.

We think that Sony devices are great. They are well built and feels good in your hand unlike plasticky feel Samsung devices. This will prove to be a strong competition for Samsung’s Galaxy Y which dominates the entry level market now. Lets see what happens now.

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iPad mini vs Nexus 7 Drop Test [Video]

As always, we bring you the drop test for the latest device you cared about. Although drop test dont usually mean anything at all. You wont buy your device based on how well it will fair in drops. Or you like to buy a tablet and drop it everyday then we have no comment. Anyway, this is the drop test between iPad mini and Nexus 7 from Android Authority. Who will fair better?

Google announced Nexus 4, 7 and 10 together with a new flavor of Jelly Bean

Despite the cancellation of Google event due to hurricane attack in the US, they finally announced the Nexus 4 smartphone(LG), Nexus 7 32GB variant (ASUS) and Nexus 10 high resolution tablet (Samsung) along with the new version of Jelly Bean called Android 4.2 via online.

“Today, we’re excited to announce three great new Nexus devices … in small, medium and large,” wrote Google in a blog post. “And they all run Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean — which includes the latest version of Google Now and other great new features.”

Nexus 10

The Nexus 10 by Samsung, includes a 2560 x 1600 resolution Super AMOLED display with 299ppi making it the highest resolution tablet today. Surpassing the iPad’s 264ppi Retina Display. The Nexus 10 also features Samsung’s new 1.7 GHz Exynos 5 chips, 2GB of RAM, NFC, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 9,000mAh battery that Google says will deliver five hours of video playback, or 500 hours of up-time on standby. No SD card slot for additional storage and comes with Android 4.2 pre-loaded as expected from a Nexus device. The 16GB version will cost $400, while the 32GB model is priced at $500. Available November 13. Despite of the awesomely high resolution, we think that the Nexus 10 is perhaps on of the ugliest tablet to date. Samsung is not known for making beautiful tablets and this is one of their worst design for tablets.

Nexus 4

Nexus 4 is a smartphone by LG with Quad-core processor, 4.7-inch display (320dpi), wireless charging capabilities, Google Now, and a new feature called Photo Sphere for creating 360-degree, Street View-like panorama shots. The Nexus 4 will go for $300 starting November 13. Nothing breath taking about this device but it look way better than the Nexus 10. But sadly, no LTE support yet. But the pricing will draw alot of attentions to it.

Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 will now only be available in 16GB ($200) and 32GB ($250) models while the 8GB version will be discontinued (if you have one, keep it, remember its limited edition now, might worth alot in the future, or maybe not). Also, Google will now offer 32GB Nexus 7 model with HSPA+ connectivity for $300. Nexus 7 is still the best among the 3. And the pricing of this device is just crazy good. Not the best tablet in the world but certainly the best for its price.