News from the Android World comprising Samsung, Xiaomi, ART and Smart Watches Applications

Various events occurred in the Android world during last week. Thus, Samsung displayed signs of slow down, Xiaomi came up with a new tablet, ART underwent a series of actions that raised lots of questions, while Amazon had difficult to guess plans for its Fire Phone. To all these, add the news about the applications for writs wearables.

 Samsung Drop

The results obtained by Samsung during the second quarter crested a bit of a fuss in the Android world, because it has been showing signs of sale drops. The figures pointed out a24% decrease in the operating income while the operating profit suffered a 10% drop as well. The smart phone world is not without precedents when it comes to drops in sales with none of the stories having a nice ending.

Xiaomi’s New Tablet

While Samsung has to face serious problems Xiaomi is riding the wave. Its new table the Mipad vanished immediately from the market. This was not due to some fault which caused rapid warehouse retreat but because the limited batch containing no more than 50,000 units sold in approximately four minutes. Small batches launched on the market, just to create an urge for something more is a typical marketing strategy that wears Xiaomi all over it. The China based company has all it takes to be the number one Android star on its home market. The day will come when Xiaomi will look beyond the border of the Chinese market and that will definitely be a memorable day for the Android world.

ART closely scrutinized by Anandtech

The Dalvik runtime characteristic of ART (Android Run Time) is for the time being one of the greatest changes that gadget developers working on Android have to face. The switch from Just in Tim to the new Ahead of Time offers more when it comes to performance; however, it relies on energy and storage which Android has managed to obtain due to Moore’s Law.

Andrei Fumusanu, working for Anandtech has closely analyzed the runtime so as to identify its strong and weak points. Thus, he has pointed out that ART displays lots of weaknesses that are typical when using non-native like applications and when having a system that manages memory in an automatic way. He has said that for developers this new change is beneficial and that the majority of the performance problems he needed to solve by using smart programming are less drastic now.

This also involves that Android can compete now with iOS when it comes to performance and fluidity.

The Mysteries of Android L

ART is just one of the new features of Android L.  It is for sure that all features will have some sort of an impact upon the user. However, customers might not be very sure why all of a sudden their audio is better, why they have large picture files or why their battery does not need constant recharging. Obviously the operations that lead to these results are well hidden from consumers, but the effects are more than public.

 

 Android wants more permission

Chris Nerny has analysed the issues surrounding Android applications that make use of permission groups. He has also looked into the way in which new permission organizations like “identity” diminish the handset security. Thus, if the user approves the request for a certain group, other updates of the application will gain access to every single permission in the respective group.

 

Amazon and its new Fire mobile smart phone

Experts say that Amazon’s Fire phone is a highly exploratory gadget which will allow producers to understand and to improve the future models. Many presume that with the second model Amazon will put aside the Amazon Prime membership and will make use of the enormous distribution network that Amazon has been built in the past years.

 

New applications for writs wearables.

 

Dan Seifer has put together applications such as Trello, Lyft, Runkeeper, Evernote and others. These are available to users having a Samsung Gear Live or an LG G. 

Android and Amazon Join Forces to Save Blackberry

The once must-have gadget, BlackBerry, has experienced some very tough times lately. This is partiality due to the company’s uninspired decisions taken over the past years. The BlackBerry Bold the 9900 version, it is a beautifully designed device but it has got so many problems that lots of users just gave up and started using other devices.

Fortunately, BlackBerry has learnt from its old mistakes and has managed to eliminate the necessity to pay a certain fee so as to gain access to the servers of BlackBerry OS version 10. This is a much-needed change that ought to have happened years ago. Even the most fanatic BlackBerry users is reluctantly giving his/her money away when it comes to gaining access to some emails that he/she would have for free if he/she were using another mobile phone.

They have also learnt too late, that if they let other platforms for mobile devices to have full access to the BBM (abbreviation for BlackBerry Messenger), this would have finally provided them with a huge market ready to be exploited. Facebook has proved to be paying 19 billion US dollars for WhatsApp. This shows what an amazing opportunity BlackBerry has managed to miss. We have to remember that BBM is the first instant messenger application that was put on the market and has served as a source of inspiration for lots of applications that have been created since its release.

Thus, it is extremely encouraging to be a witness the new decision made by this famous company. The plan implies adopting the Amazon Android Store for Applications as some sort of back-up source for the applications extant on the platform.  The BlackBerry gadgets are able to function on the Android system. This smart movement might help BlackBerry leave the market of third party applications. It will obviously create its software but at the same time will let the applications of Android take care of the third party increase.

Due to the Applications Store of Amazon the number of BlackBerry applications rises from 130,000 to almost 300,000. Nobody knows exactly the number of Android applications sold via Amazon that will actually work on BlackBerry phones version 10.3. There are high chances for some of them not go hand in hand with the Berry hardware.

For the time being the BlackBerry Application World is still available but many people doubt that this will last for long. BlackBerry is about to admit that the applications built for operating systems based on QNX are in fact a waste of time. Some developers might have different opinions but since nowadays nobody creates an exclusive platform, it is more than logic for developers to pay attention on the applications of Android and make them compatible with BlackBerry as much as possible. Both Android and BlackBerry are based on Linux and for this reason adjusting the Android applications to the berry should not be so much of a problem.

Some experts are worried at the idea of BlackBerry to make a team with Amazon when it comes to applications referring to music and films. Because of this partnership, BlackBerry is quite out of the entertainment sphere, which could have been avoided if it had gone to Google, which has by far a much better and larger library. However, this is probably a commercial decision and probably the working conditions with Amazon have been better than the ones with Google.

There people who consider that the Berry should have left the hardware market. But, one should not forget that BlackBerry is actually capable of making exceptionally good hardware. It is among the few electronics companies that really took into consideration its customers’ needs and also managed to meet them. For this reason the physical keyboard remained the same on the Berry mobile phones and people still purchase them despite the fact that the Berry version 10 is quite messy.

BlackBerry has managed to come to terms with its weak points and to rescue the hardware it created from complete oblivion. The company will survive in one form or another, but the move it has made, will help it face fierce competitors like Google and Apple.