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Flash Storage – The culprit slowing down your smartphone

Flash Storage – The culprit slowing down your smartphone

Companies making billions of smart phones in the world, normally focus on speed,processor cores, network technologies (Edge, 3G, 4G) or how many megapixel camera is installed. The performance of the phone is mostly based on its hardware, that is what the usual idea is.  Well guess again, according to a new study at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the flash drives that are installed in the phones account for the massive dips in the phones performance. The brand and type of microSD card used plays a great role. A student at the university, Hyojun Kim, who was in-charge of this research  stated that the flash drive technology is not at par with the ever growing mobile technology. This gap (poor handling of random I/O data from the software being used) is the reason why phones are slowing down. Everybody feels annoyed waiting for the apps to load, but what they do not know is that more the wait faster the smartphone battery gets depleted. “A good chunk of time for users is spent waiting for websites to load … [and for] applications to load,” said Hyojun Kim, a Ph.D. student in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. Benchmark Test: Benchmark testing of smartphone flash memory showed performance varied widely among vendor’s products depending on whether I/O was random or sequential. The smartphone tests involved the use of applications such as WebBench Browser, Facebook, Android Email. Google Maps, App Install, Pulse News Reader, and RLBench SQLite. The flash cards came from Transcend, RiData, SanDisk, Kingston, Wintec, A-Data, Patriot Memory and PNY. Solution: According to their research, they found a possible cure in the form of PRAM. The Phase-change Random Access Memory could be used to increase the efficiency of  random data management. In this the storage space required by the system itself is kept very organized, so the microSD card’s performance increases. Source: Computer World    ...

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New Buzz in Town – NFC

New Buzz in Town – NFC

What is NFC?  NFC stands for Near-Field Communication and is a set of standards (established in 2004) for small, portable devices to establish radio communications with each other. Devices need to be close, usually no more than a few centimeters apart (and often they need to touch), which is why it’s a Near-Field way to communicate. The standards cover data exchange formats defined by the NFC Forum (no, not that kind of forum) and are based on the original radio frequency identification (RFID) standards.  The forum also certifies devices like tags, cards, and smartphones. NFC embedded phones had been in the market since 2 years now but the software had not been developed to utilize them, but since the launching of Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich it s possible. Google’s Nexus is the first phone with this Android version in it, thus supporting the full functionality of the NFC chip. Android is calling this feature “Android Beam” The coolest part of all this is that only one of the devices needs to be “smart.”  Most of us has a credit card of some sort that we can tap against a payment machine, either at the gas pump or a cash register.  Both the payment machine and the credit card are NFC devices, but the card only has a string of information electronically written to a tiny chip embedded inside it.  And this is useful for other things, like starting and handling more robust communications like Wifi or Bluetooth, but most often it’s used with one of these “dumb” chips.  These dumb chips can be written with any information, and the smart device determines what happens when communication is established. Of course, what most of us here think of when we hear NFC is Google Wallet.  Google Wallet takes things a step further by using your Android phone as both a smart device and a dumb device.  When you tap your phone at McDonald’s to pay for those McNuggets, it’s simply sharing your credit card credentials like any card would.  But there’s functionality and hardware there to accept payments, track balances, provide security and more.  Right now it’s only officially available as a test on the Nexus S 4G, but it’s been hacked onto other phones with NFC hardware.  Soon, we’ll see it as a standard on Android phones.  Until then, we’ll just have to play with tags and Android Beam. Source: Android...

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Appgravity to Search for Android Application

Appgravity to Search for Android Application

Android users could use Google’s specifically designed search engine to search for Android apps.  But this search engine is considered an ordinary one with a few flaws.  Now the android users have a better option, you guys can use Appgravity, the new search engine for users to search for the android apps. This is much faster and easy to use for android users. Appgravity features Search apps with keywords or names Filter results by category List results in the order of age, relevance, rating and number of downloads Find the app and download or Purchase it with the press of a button which directly takes you to the download or purchase (for paid apps) link Cleaner interface Very useful updates under development A lot of updates for Appgravity are in the making like price comparison of different apps. Appgravity is becoming more popular and it is rumored that Appgravity would come pre installed in future Android devices....

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Android training by Google: A perfect application for advanced learners

Android training by Google: A perfect application for advanced learners

Launch of the Android training modules would provide a fillip to the users in the form of information and knowledge, which help them to operate the gadget in a perfect and awesome manner. Due to incessant launch of multiple applications, it has become virtually impossible for the potential customers to understand the nuts and bolts of the applications. Therefore by using the training modules, procedures such as troubleshooting could be learnt in simple and easy steps. A Blessing for Android Developers and Users Aforesaid Android application is a blessing in disguise for the Android developers, who can scout through the manual of the application to search for appropriate solution to a specific real time problem in an astonishing style. Novices can use it as a launching pad to design their own Android applications from scratch, thereby creating a huge fan following. Engineers of Google have deployed their expertise and cutting edge technology, to design the curriculum in a unique manner and would continue to work on its development. Persistent innovation and refinement will enhance the capabilities of Android training...

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Hundreds of Awesome Android Wallpapers

Hundreds of Awesome Android Wallpapers

Reddit user ak2728 shared an awesome collection of Android wallpapers. Here’s the picasa album. There are literally hundreds of all high quality images for your perusal, ranging from the Alien to dramatic landscapes and portraits. I think I’ll let the wallpapers speak for themselves. Sit back, and enjoy. What are your favorite wallpapers for your Android smartphone? Share them in the comments!...

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Looking for a Spiffy Present for an Android Fan? Look No Further!

Looking for a Spiffy Present for an Android Fan? Look No Further!

The Etsy seller Freshonmondays delivers a ridiculously huge variety of awesome, handknit Android sleeves. Most sell for around $18-$24, making them a perfect gift for the Android fanatic in your life. They were originally made to fit the Tmobile G1, though can fit a few other Android models. However, Droid X users should take caution- your phone is too fat and long. Shipping for the sleeves to anywhere in the USA comes to around $2. It’s everything: cute, cheap, and a thoughtful to give to an Android freak. Come on, a paragliding Android bot? Who doesn’t want...

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