Posts tagged ‘Flash’

March 4, 2011

iPad 2 battles Motorola Xoom

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

If you are deciding between an iPad 2 vs a Xoom, here are some points you should consider before jumping the gun

1. Aesthetics

iPad 2 wins the aesthetics battle against the Motorola Xoom. The super sleek iPad is 33% thinner than the first generation iPad, thinner than the iPhone 4, thinner and lighter than Motorola Xoom.

2. iOS

iPad has been out for more than a year and has been tested, optimized and improved through its life. Android’s Honeycomb, on the other hand, was just recently released with the Xoom. I would expect a lot of pitfalls with the OS.

3. App Store

Steve Jobs pointed out that Apple has 65000+ Apps specifically designed to run on the iPad while Android has somewhere around a 100 Apps. Let’s not even start comparing here 🙂

4. Price

Another winning point for Apple. The iPad 2 prices start at $499 for the bare bones 16GB iPad 2 with Wifi only. Compare it with $599 Xoom.

5. Verizon and AT&T

iPad 2 supports both AT&T (GSM) and Verizon (CDMA) while Xoom only supports Verizon. So if you are one of those road warriors hooked onto your 3G data plan with AT&T, buying an iPad2 is a no brainer.


 

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

I think Steve Jobs announcing the iPad 2 was bigger news than the iPad 2 itself.

1. Aesthetics

I’ll give Apple this, in terms of hardware the iPad 2 will be the thinest tablet out there. However, there’s a bigger display on the Motorola Xoom, 10.1 inch with a 1280 x  800 resolution versus the same old 9.7 inch and 1024 X 768 resolution. Honestly, that Apple didn’t improve the resolution. Apple, wheres’ the retina (ISP) display?!

2. OS

iOS “has been tested, optimized and improved”, wow that sure sounds like fluff to me.  Here’s the fluff that iOS 4.3 will be offering

  • Safari performance – utilizes Nitro engine to increase its performance
  • iTunes home sharing – stream content over WiFi
  • Airplay improvements – allows 3rd party apps to stream content
  • Preference for iPad switch – choose from rotation lock switch or mute switch
  • Personal hotspot –  turn your 3G connection into a personal, hotspot iPhone 4 only.

Here’s what the totally redsigned Honeycomb – Android 3.0 will offer

  • UI – new UI with a holographic theme, improved home screen customization, widgets, and notifications that has been integrated into a 3D experience (yes, 3D support!)
  • Browser – Tabbing is now supported. A new feature “incognito mode” will let you browse without this history being record 😉 (I’m  just saying)
  • Gmail – will be displayed in two columns including an action bar
  • Visual multi-tasking – provides a image of the last view state when switching between programs
  • Multiselect mode – ability to select multiple items

Bottom line, iOS is still lacking desktop space and widgets. Guess all of us Android fans will be able to read our Gmail and Facebook updates with out having to click a button!

3. App Store

Yes, let’s not start comparing. The apps available on Android Market is continuously growing. We have everything that matters!

4. Price

Okay, iPad 2 will wins here, the Xoom does cost more.  Hopefully they’ll slash a $100 off of that and we’ll be about even.

Update – Hmm, the WiFi only Xoom maybe offered for $539 at Sams. If this is true that’s pretty competitive pricing.

5. Verizon and AT&T

Hey, it’s a matter of time before the Xoom is offered on either T-mobile or AT&T. There is a GSM model available, just not in the US.

Check out the comparison below and let us know which one you would choose!

source: engadget, androidcommunity

September 12, 2010

Apple has a change of heart?

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

My my, Apple suddenly had a change of heart? Apple is now allowing apps developed using third party software tools  in its App store (they banned these back in April). Why the sudden change of heart? Apple claims that they are responding to its developers complains and “have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart” What does this mean? Adobe is back in the game! Adobe released a statement via their blog that Packager apps (apps created using Adobe’s Packager for the iPhone) has now been approved for the App store. Although, Adobe did point out that Flash content running on iOS browsers  is still restricted (no bitterness here right?).In addition, Apple has also changed its rules on outside advertising. Of course, Google took the chance to address the fact that AdMob can now be used in iOS.

Bottom line, hopefully this is just the first of many changes that Apple will make. Maybe Steve Jobs is realizing that in order to be competitive you actually have to collaborate with other companies instead of alienate them!

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Adobe’s  Flash packager tool, earlier restricted, can now be used to develop iOS apps.  I’m sure native app developers (not using third party tools), are mourning this since now they have to compete with the sub-par applications developed using these third party tools. Either way, I think Apple will still hold tight reins on the Apps allowed in the App Store. The apps, irrespective of the tools used to develop them, will now be judged based on their own merit and on the actual quality of the app itself.

GoogleChic, I think it is more of Apple trying to keep the developers happy  rather than trying to bond with Adobe or Google. Hasn’t Apple already proven that it doesn’t need company collaboration to drag it down?

To bring transparency to the App Store review process, Apple has published the guidelines on which apps are reviewed. Here’s the funny part from the introduction of the document.

GoogleChic, this is your laughter medicine for the day 🙂

– We have lots of kids downloading lots of apps, and parental controls don’t work unless the parents set them up (many don’t). So know that we’re keeping an eye out for the kids.
– We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps. If your app doesn’t do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted.
– We will reject Apps for any content or behavior that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, “I’ll know it when I see it”. And we think that you will also know it when you cross it.
– If your app is rejected, we have a Review Board that you can appeal to. If you run to the press and trash us, it never helps.
– This is a living document, and new apps presenting new questions may result in new rules at any time. Perhaps your app will trigger this.

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