Thursday, March 18, 2010

Can everyone have the direction of Google Earth?

Google Earth Application at last arrived at Android market, although it seems weird that it did not happen earlier. But Google Earth would only work on the handsets which have Android 2.1 OS or later versions.
Android 2.1 is obviously a beefed up version Android. And it effectively limits Google Earth to the Nexus One. The enthusiast mobile users had seen the glimpse of Google since Nexus One was unveiled into the market. Right after that, Google released Google Earth (Mobile version) along with Road Layer, a feature of the desktop version of the Google earth.
The good news is those of users with Nexus One and some older HTC handsets can head to Google Earth along with layers including Places, Businesses, Panoramio, Wikipedia, Roads, Borders and Labels, and Terrain etc. Multi-touch, and double tap are also enabled in the app, and its rendering time is quite snappy.
The rest of the users will have to wait for update till v 2.1 come to all Android phones. So keep an eye out for an update!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Is it time to say Good Bye to PC?

If yes, we have to say Good Bye to PC. Mobile computing has already knocked the door. PC’s dominance is almost over. Now we crossed into the era of mobile computing. Microsoft’s announcement of its new mobile-phone platform indicates the signals of a clear end to the old PC era and an epic shift in computing.
A PC, at its heart, is about information creation. The keyboard, mouse or track pad, large screen, and large memory, whatever a PC has, are all there because they’re needed to manipulate words and images and numbers – spreadsheets, written documents, presentations, graphics, and databases.
Now the question is do people really need a PC? Even if they never actually create spreadsheets or presentations or documents, are they willing to give up the capability of doing so? Where does it leave smartphone? The smartphone are all about information and communication access while you’re on the go.
Smartphones are the latest must-haves for many people. Now it is not only for voice communication. Users can access e-mail, organizers, touch-screen with high resolution, camera, global positioning system, calendar, contact database, music player, image viewer, video player etc. The modern smartphones facilitate accessing web at great speeds owing to the 3G data networks development, besides the Wi-Fi support addition. The more it continues to grow in popularity, customer satisfaction increases despite of higher cost of device.
But the question is will Smartphones replace PC? Smartphones are high-end technical gadgets with improved features and greater capacity that continues to emerge. But it probably won’t replace laptops or home computers, though. We think, they are not practical for long-term usage. Smartphones are great supplemental tools for business, home office and entertainment purposes. But spending eight hours in front of a tiny screen, reading, texting, copying or any other tasks is quite impossible for the users who normally do work on their PC. It would not be a pleasant experience.
On the other hand, the Smartphone needs increased battery power, larger memory capacity, the ability to watch TV and movies on the phone and the ability to be connected anytime, anywhere. Aside from better functionality, smartphones will be available in a variety of versions to appeal to a wider audience.
So we can say, smartphones have a promising future where we as users would find all-in-one solutions. Let’s wait and see who can be smart choice for you?