Android Wars

With the the latest news out that Apple have won a patent battle (all be it a small one!) over HTC and the Android OS My Computer Warehouse take a closer look at the two rivals.

Ever since the launch of the iPhone and Apple’s accompanying iOS in 2007 every other smartphone manufacturer and software developer has been playing catch up! Apple have enjoyed superior design, technology and reliability than any of it’s rivals could achieve and this has ensured the dynamite success of the iPhone.

One of the biggest differences and debates that arises between iOS and Android smartphones is that of Adobe Flash support. Apple made a very bold decision early on not to support Flash web plug-ins on the iOS whereas the Android went the opposite way. Until recently this has been debated as possibly the iPhone’s, and anything else using Apple’s iOS, only downfall. Until in another recent Apple victory it was announced the Adobe was giving up on a Flash server platform for iOS and was going to instead concentrate on other platforms like Android – I know it seems like an empty victory but Steve Jobs never wanted Flash support for the iPhone! Now major media corporations (see BBC) are choosing the iOS platform for web streaming media rather than the Flash equivalent since Apple’s market share with numerous devises is so strong – If you want to reach the masses, you have to use the same platform as them!!

In March 2010 Apple filed a complain stating that HTC had violated 10 of its patents, in the prelim hearing in June a Judge found there only to be 2 violations and in the final hearing that has been now ruled as only one violation on HTC’s part.

This recent legal battle with HTC will only be the start of a war waged on the Android OS, developed by the Open Handset Alliance and led by Google, as Apple seek to defend the technological advantages it has over its rival.

In a bid to compete with the iPhone many Android Smartphone producers look to ensure that they have competitive price advantage over the iPhone which brings in a certain share of the market. Due to the exclusivity and technological advancement of the product the Apple iPhone does tend to command a higher retail price, but could that all change if the other Smartphone manufacturers and the Android system start to claw back some of the technological advantage that Apple has enjoyed over the past few years?!

Having Fun With Simulation Games

Simulation games are the games that focus on the real life. They are the games related to the real world like a flight games, fashion designing games, racing, architecture, shooting, etc. The games, in a way, teach the players how to deal with realism and also forces the players to understand and remember the complex principles and relations involved with the game subject matter. Yet they remain very exciting and entertaining.

Therefore, if someone has not been able to experience the actual activity, for example flying a fighter plane in real life, then with the help of the simulation games, you can do so. It helps you gain the experience in what you wanted to do but could not do in your life. These days many profession institutions are teaching the students with the help of the simulation games. For example, the dental institutes are virtual dental games to teach the students how to operate on a tooth and pilots are receiving training with the help of Flight Pro Sim. With simulation games as educators, mistakes that could be life-threatening are only a virtual happening. These games are getting more popular now and even more and more new games are coming up with some different real life experiences.

The simulation games are the video or computer games that are played developing skills required using realistic situations. Example: these games include taking care of a virtual person, developing the cities or societies, building amusement parks. In other words with the help of these games one can see the model or a sample before giving it the final shape. Therefore many educational organisations are using the simulation games for the training purposes as there is no risk to the lives of the young trainees during the training sessions and also every little detail can be taught with ease without causing any damage to the machinery, or any other material used in the training processes.

Run Android on PC

One of the most searched phrase on Google last month was “how to run android apps on pc”. The entire credit goes to a startup company from California. The company name is BlueStacks, and has developed and designed software with the same name. The software pack, once installed on your windows pc, makes the system run android on pc.

BlueStacks, popularly referenced as android on windows, creates a virtual environment in windows pc or windows laptop and runs android application on pc. The company is financially backed by Citrix and AMD. Both the companies have invested more than $10 million in the future of BlueStacks. Citrix is a famous MNC company providing virtualization service to companies, where as AMD is into hardware manufacturing with direct completion to chip maker Intel. There are many other small companies too funding the BlueStacks – Android on PC venture.

These companies have realized the potential of windows on pc and android on pc. Over 70% of the computer users use Windows globally. BlueStacks is currently available for Windows Vista and Windows XP. Android on pc version of the software for Mac and Windows 7 is in its designing stage and have not yet been published for download. Even thought the BlueStacks is still in its alpha stage, more than 550 thousand unique android users have downloaded the software and installed on their laptop and pc to run a host of android applications on their computers. One must understand that in spite of the software in its early childhood days, is becoming a rage and one is not sure of its future expectation when the software pack will be fully available as a pro version.

The most attracting feature of running android on pc is to see the games and other application on full screen size monitors. The survey stated that most of the tried to download the application to give the software try on large screens, and all were satisfied with the outcome. However, few pro version games were still not available. One need to keep the finger crossed till the final pro version of BlueStacks is officially launched.