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YOUR GUIDE TO TECHNOLOGY TRENDS C

TRACING THE SUCCESS OF ANDROID We take a look at what the platform offers and the way ahead

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DEUICES ON THE HORIZON A sneak peek at the devices that are expected to be out soon

GEARING UP FOR THE REUOLUTION Explore your Android device to understand the full potential of the platform

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FOREWORD O

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recently upgraded to a smartphone, and for anyone looking to do the same, there has never been a better time to make the switch. Not too

long ago, Symbian was the dominant platform, and while RIM and Apple both have great operating systems, they're restricted to the BlackBerry range and iPhone respectively. That's where Android came in and offered me something more in tune with my individual requirements. I wanted a robust device that would help me manage personal and professional matters when I was on the move. That was what prompted me to

I've always been one to stick to the PC for work, and I've never been too comfortable w i t h the idea of working on a one, but Android changed that.

consider the Android platform, and I eventually went with the Sony Ericsson Xperia xlO Mini Pro. There are many new technologies that Android brings, but most importantly for us users, it gives us choice. Android has been readily adopted by the world's leading phone manufacturers. What's more, there are Android phones for every budget. Even tablet PCs are now running on Android. Such is the power of Google's open-source mobile platform. My new phone has become my lifeline. I blog, read e-books, connect and network, watch movies, work, write my diary, maintain schedules, and even play games, all on one device. I've always been one to stick to the PC for work, and I've never been too comfortable with the idea of working on a phone, but Android changed that. With back-up solutions, easy syncing, and effortless Internet connectivity, working on-the-go is a breeze. Thanks to the thriving online community, even rooting my phone and tethering was fun to try out. And with strong developer support, you will always have great apps available to add more value to your Android device. Mine, being a mid-range device, does miss out on some features, like multi-touch and pinch-tozoom, but there's still so much on offer that nonAndroid phones at this price range simply cannot match. Then again, who knows what would be in store for me when I am ready for my next change!

KAMAKSHI S [email protected]

CONTENTS

GOING ANDROID 6 TRACING THE SUCCESS OF ANDROID A look at h o w t h e Android platform h a s g r o w n a n d w h a t it h a s to offer. 8

THE LONG ARM OF ANDROID T h e portability and flexibility of Android gives end u s e r s more choice

10 SAFE BROWSING ON YOUR ANDROID DEVICE Android offers m a n y online f e a t u r e s Here's how you can use t h e m securely.

13 GET THE COMPLETE ANDROID EXPERIENCE Service providers are introducing p l a n s to help f l e s h out t h e Android experience.

SHOPPERS' STOP

E E LEARNING FROM YOUR ANDROID

45 INDIA'S FIRST UBUNTU DEVELOPER DAY

Make your Android device your s t u d y

A look at t h e Inagural U b u n t u Developer

a n d revision partner.

Day in B a n g a l o r e ,

E3 ANDROID APP-INESS T h e Android Market is b r i m m i n g w i t h

46 MCA: BUILD A CAREER IN L-T

apps. Here are s o m e of t h e best.

E n g i n e e r i n g is no longer a m u s t for a

M GET GAMING WITH ANDROID

p r o m i s i n g career in IT.

Keep t h e g a m e r in you a w a k e w i t h

48 A BIONIC ARM FOR THE DISABLED

these gaming apps.

A n innovative bionic a r m t h a t is

E2 ANDROID DEVICES ON THE HORIZON

surprisingly affordable.

MANAGING EDITOR

Devices t h a t will hit t h e m a r k e t soon.

Hatim Kantawalla DEPUTY EDITOR

Jamshed Avari

DO IT Y O U R S E L F

SENIOR FEATURE WRITER

Kamakshi S, Priyanka Tilve

E3 LET ANDROID POWER YOUR NETBOOK

FEATURE WRITER

Kushal Mamoowala

Before you buy an Android device, get

COPY EDITOR

t h e feel of it on your netbook or laptop.

Sameer Desai Rajesh D'Souza, Gautami Chalke

Here's w h a t s e t s Android a p a r t f r o m

E3 GETTING TO THE ROOT OF YOUR ANDROID

other mobile p l a t f o r m s .

R o o t i n g your Android is really e a s y if

EQ 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ANDROID

ES IN FOCUS: SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB P1000 A n indepth a n a l y s i s of t h e m o s t popular Android tablet in t h e country.

EH AN ANDROID FOR EVERY POCKET There's a n Android device for every budget a c r o s s all popular brands.

PROJECT COORDINATORS SENIOR ART DIRECTOR

Nirmal Biswas

you k n o w your w a y a r o u n d it.

E3 EXPAND YOUR NET BY TETHERING

SENIOR DESIGNER

Hemali Limbachiya ILLUSTRATORS

Sachin Pandit, Chaitanya Surpur COLOR CORRECTION

Use your phone a s a W i - F i h o t s p o t for

Sanjay Shelar

Web a c c e s s on your computer.

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ED BUSINESS AS USUAL

40 GIVE YOUR CAREER AN ANDROID JOLT

A p p s to help you get t h e job done on

Android app d e v e l o p m e n t is a s e r i o u s

t h e move.

a n d lucrative career option.

SMS your feedback to us at 51818. For general comments, create the following message: ICCO Example: ICCO The cover story was very useful

E3 MAKE YOUR PHONE YOUR BEST TRAVEL BUDDY

42 ANDROID APP DEVELOPMENT 101

To rate a story, product review, etc look out for the story tag at the base of each article and type: ICCO Example: ICCO PWS 5

From navigation to v a c a t i o n planning,

With t h e right tools a n d k n o w l e d g e app

there's an app for e v e r y travel need.

d e v e l o p m e n t can be quite easy.

The "Story tag" is mentioned at the base of every story in the magazine and the "Rating" is on a scale of 1 to 5.

A SMS

us

Please keep comments to 160 characters per message! Include your email address to help us reply.

61 GOING ANDROID

FROM PROTOTYPE TO PHENOMENON

TRRCING THE SUCCESS Starting from a vague mobile application development firm to Google's next big thing, Android has subtly changed the face of computing on the go. We take a look at what made the tide turn in its favor in a strong and competitive market. BY

KAMAK5HI

5

ith smartphones becoming the fastest

W

growing mobile phone segment and tablet PC market touted to see massive

growth this year, the Android platform stands firmly in the center of the revolution. Just as the mobile platform space was settling into clear segmentations, Android has made the industry sit up and take note. What is it that makes Android a stronger contender in a space which boasts of big players like Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, Apple's iOS, Symbian and Linux? We look back and trace the route Google took to revolutionize the face of mobile computing.

> HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Way back in 2005, a start-up company named Android, which was developing mobile applications, was acquired by Google. A Linux-based mobile device OS was developed as a flexible, upgradeable system, and released as the Android platform in 2007. The project has been backed by the Open Handset Alliance, which features over 80 hardware, software, and telecommunications companies to help make the movement interoperable and platform-friendly.

N THE CURRENT SCENARIO Three years later, the technology is all set to give the industry leaders a run for their money. A com-

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OF RNDROID According to Roberta Cozza, Principal Research Analyst at Gartner shares, "Android sales in the fourth quarter of 2010 continued to be driven by broad availability of many high-end products from HTC (Desire range, Incredible and EVO), Samsung (Galaxy S) and Motorola (Droid X, Droid 2). Symbian's market share dropped further in the fourth quarter Roberta Cozza, Principal of 2010 to 32,6 percent or 32.6 million units. Research Analyst, Gartner This allowed Android to overtake Nokia's Symbian unit sales during the fourth quarter of 2010. However, the Symbian 0 5 is also used by Fujitsu and Sharp as well as in legacy products from Sony Ericsson and Samsung, This aggregated volume kept Symbian slightly ahead of Android." parative analysis from Gartner reveals that in the smartphone segment, Android has seen a sales growth of 888.8 percent from 2009 to 2010. However, the report states that the OS will have to wait until 2014 to take over the current market leader, Symbian, which is down, but not completely out of the scene.

#> APP'S THE WORD The greatest advantage of using an Android-powered smartphone is that it isn't "locked" by some service provider or telecomm network. This means that you can download what ever you want, pick a service provider of your choice and opt for an Internet surfing data plan that suits your pocket. Moreover, accessing its kernel root (as a superuser, through a process called rooting) and playing around with the firmware is completely legitimate (not recommended, unless you know what you are doing). The platform also allows you to legally tether your phone, making it a Wi-Fi hot spot for your laptop or PC to access Internet with ease. if you don't have the desire to do a firmware based upgrade, but want to use the features that are available, you can turn to the Android Market. The Market has an app for everything that you can do with your Android device and the availability of apps is not really limited to the Market. There

Rajarshi Sengupta, Executive Director from

Deloitte & louche Consulting India Pvt. Ltd.

says, "Android is considered to be one of the key products in the smartphone market, competing with iPhone and expected to compete with the product that comes from the Nokia-Microsoft agreement. It has fared well in the market." However, while she does Rajarshi Sengupta, Executive agree that the style adapted by the Android Director, Deloitte India Market offers a good selling prospect for apps, the control that Google exercises over it cannot be overlooked. "Yes, the open nature of the Android Market has helped boost sales, but recognize that an Android phone also comes with the governance rules that Google dictates. So while the open platform in contrast to the more proprietary iPhone from Apple has helped, the overall application governance needs to be understood better." When asked about the effects of piracy that governs the Android Market today, she quips, "It's not more or less than any other form of piracy."

are several resources you can turn to but be sure to

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FLEXIBILITY WITH ANDROID

THE LONG RRfYl •F RNDROID Android has made a huge impact on the smartphones space in the global market and is currently the operating system of choice for tablets competing with the iPad. The popularity of the Android platform arises from its flexibility, something no other OS has managed to achieve. BY

KUSHAL

MAMOOWALA

I

n late 2007, there were rumors of Google work-

Android platform, with the four latest versions

ing on the GPhone, a smartphone design with

being released within the span of just over a year.

their own OS, which was supposed to compete

Each update differed slightly from its predecessor,

with Apple's iPhone and Nokia's new smartphone

but the hardware requirements remained almost

series. What we got instead was the revelation of

the same, giving manufacturers the ability to pro-

the Google Android operating system as an open

vide OS upgrades to handsets with older versions.

source platform for developers and the Open Hand-

Initially created for touchscreen

set Alliance, which then consisted of 34 members,

Google has now moved on to tablets with Android

including

3.0 Honeycomb being their first tablet-specific

mobile

handset

makers,

application

developers, mobile carriers, and chip makers.

smartphones,

operating system with support for high performance hardware.

# THE OPEN HANDSET ALLIANCE The Open Handset Alliance, with Android as its

OPEN SOURCE

flagship software, is a business alliance that now

By providing the source code of the operating sys-

consists of 80 firms that aim to pioneer Android

tem to manufacturers and also designing a software

and open standards for mobile devices. What

development kit (SDK) for application developers,

this means is that Android as an open source

Google has sort of outsourced its tasks and still

platform could be modified and tweaked to

pleased developers by giving them the freedom of

suit hardware and handsets manufactured by

personalizing and customizing Android. They have

multiple mobile phone manufacturers,

gone a step further by letting users " r o o t " their

thereby exponentially increasing the

Android device, which gives them superuser privi-

presence of Android as an operating

leges like access to administrative rights, system

system in the mobile phone market.

changes and running scripts that would generally

The compatibility of the Android plat-

be blocked for the standard user. This allows devel-

form to run on different chipsets

opers and coders to run their apps even if they

with different hardware is

require elevated privileges.

the prime attributor to

H I THE GOOGLE CLOUD

its flexibility.

Along with the ability to customize almost every-

# FREQUENT UPDATES Google of

has set

frequently

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a

thing, Google has integrated its operating system into the Google cloud. With default apps for Gmail, trend

updating

its

Google Maps, Google Docs and other Google features, users are able to view and edit their tasks

GOING RNDROID

and work on their handset, which then automatically syncs with their Google account. What the end user gets is a simple, easy-to-use interface which accompanies them wherever they go and omits the

A release from Embedded Alley Solutions states, "The Development

need to manually transfer files and other data. In

S y s t e m enables development of Android-based intelligent devices

addition to these default apps, the Android market

targeting applications in domains beyond mobile handsets,

has been flooded with apps from developers that

Delivery of the Embedded Alley Development System enables

can do almost anything. Some of these apps are dependent on the Google cloud as well and others have syncing abilities of their own, making both

both s y s t e m s and applications developers to extend the reach of Android to encompass multimedia, Mobile Internet Devices, digital

Android phones and tablets the most sought after

video and home entertainment, automotive, medical, networking,

devices in today's market.

instrumentation and industrial control."

> A LITTLE TOO FLEXIBLE? While the flexibility of Android has been its biggest selling point, the openness does bring with it a few drawbacks. Manufacturers have taken advantage of Android's minimal hardware requirements and

table

developed smartphones and tablets with varied

and even TVs. Barnes

media

players

hardware performance to suit all budgets. While

&

Android might run smoothly on a cheaper phone, it

Spring

is hard to tell how some apps with a higher CPU load

PocketBook

or power requirement would perform. The Android

used Android to power

Noble,

Entourage,

Design

and

have

all

market limits the installation of certain apps based

certain

on the device being used, but third party apps can

their

still be installed without any regulation.

as Wi-Fi or 3G technol-

There is also the risk of security, which is per-

nook

aspects

e-readers

of such

ogy. Acer and Toshiba

fectly exemplified by the Soundminer app. Security

have

researchers developed Soundminer as a working

factured

already

manu-

spyware app that is disguised as a voice recorder.

that are powered by

Soundminer runs silently in the background and

Android and Samsung

netbooks

listens for PIN or Credit Card numbers during your

and Philips have used

phone calls. The application records this informa-

Android 2.1 on their

tion, converts the recording into a number and

music players. There is

relays it over the network to the developer. It can

also speculation about

even recognize numbers typed on the virtual key-

Android-powered

board and voice-activated IVR systems. Another

Internet

instance of the gaping hole in the Android Market

from Sony and NCPG.

televisions

is the Angry Birds Viral app. A mobile security

UMESOUBU

The Barnes & Noble Nook is one of many e-readers that is powered by Android.

guise a Trojan virus and had no trouble getting

# SOMETHING FOR THE FUTURE

it onto the Android Market. Although it was only

The acquisition of a small Californian start-up

developed to demonstrate to Google the gaps in

called Embedded Alley Solutions by Mentor Graph-

their security, the app brings to light how easy it

ics has raised a few eyebrows. Embedded Alley

expert used the popular Angry Birds game to dis-

would be for third party developers to access per-

Solutions specialize in Linux and Android tools and

sonal information.

have developed the Embedded Alley Development

§ OTHER DEVICES

System for Android-based devices. What this means is that the Android platform

Along with its widespread presence in smartphones

could possibly be tweaked to run on home appli-

and tablets from manufacturers like Motorola, LG,

ances, such as telephones, navigation systems and

HTC, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, Android has also

even Internet refrigerators. Only time will tell how

been adapted to run on e-readers, netbooks, por-

far Google's Android net will eventually spread. ®

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10

SECURING YOUR ANDROID DEVICE

SAFEGUARDING Android opens up a whole world of possibilities, from social networking and Web browsing to downloading apps and

exchanging email, all on-the-go. But before you go on an app downloading spree, make sure that your Android device a n d the

data in it are protected and taken care of. BY

KAMAKSHI

5

w: #

With most people living their personal

F | SECURITY AT THE ROOT

and professional lives on their smart-

The Android OS does feature solid security archi-

phones, it's not just the data that has

tecture at the kernel level. The kernel is pro-

been fed into these devices, but also financial

grammed to sandbox applications from each other,

transactions and communication links that can

which means that if an application wants access

be violated. While Android has not seen too many

to details like network access, reading or writing

security scares, the massive number of devices

data, and personal contacts, each request is made

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they be made available.

Android Market really make you

If you do grant access to a malware app, then

think about how safe your data

the security mechanism is of no use, so you need

is. Here are some things that you

to exercise more caution and keep a tab on what to

need to watch out for, and a list

download to your phone. You should also be care-

of apps that can help you secure

ful when updating an installed app because it is at

your data.

times as good as installing a new app.

# THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR

F | WHAT ARE YOU UP AGAINST? Android apps can be targeted by a virus that can

There are certain bits of informa-

corrupt the data on your phone, spyware that can

tion

that

read critical data like credit card details and pass-

on your

smartphone

can become a target for viruses,

words without your knowledge, or apps can act as

worms or other malware. First is

nuisance-ware or adware that interrupts the nor-

your personal data, email, text

mal working of your phone.

notes

and

contacts.

Next are your personal and profes-

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explicitly and only on granting permission, will

apps that make their way into the

messages,

Search

xt

and high number of un-scanned

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Cancel

Apps like Seal help you passwordprotect applications on an individual level.

1

{ § SAFE BROWSING

sional account details like email

Although you can avail help f r o m antivirus apps,

set-up, social networking details,

you should also exercise caution when you go on

and schedules. Your Wi-Fi network

to the Android Market and download an app for

settings and online banking and

your phone. Firstly, make sure that the app comes

trading website details are also at

from a legitimate source. Even though the Market

risk. Malware is capable of send-

is considered a legitimate source, the apps that go

ing text or multimedia messages,

up are not really screened, merely signed by the

making premium phone calls, or

makers. Read through the comments posted by

utilizing your funds to buy apps.

other users. If it sounds fishy, it's wise to give it a

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GOING ANDROID 11

YOUR INTERESTS ^lookout

traffic option off when not in use, you can opt for apps like WiTopia or the free Hotspot Shield and services like Free Shield VPN (http://go.chip.in/ qnwbi) that offers increased safety for your VPN.

(§1 APPS TO GUIDE YOU There are apps can help you protect existing data as well as help you safeguard your future downloads. You can secure your Android devices (FroYo and above) with unlocking options, like using a numeric PIN, a password or a graphical pattern. However, a University of Pennsylvania research reveals how smudges on your screen can actually make hacking your graphical password quite a cake walk. You can start off with a free app called Android Protector, which can assign passwords to protect details like your text messages, Gmail accounts, contacts details, schedulers, Internet and Wi-Fi settings, and photos. If you are looking for something a bit more secure, you can pick the Seal app

If you want to secure your device from hacks, an app like Lookout can be very useful.

(Rs 122.19), Carrot App Lock Pro (Rs 68.18), or app protector pro (Rs 90.46). These apps also offer lite versions so that you can try before you buy the app.

miss. If you wish to go ahead, the next thing to do

If you wish to have an app

is visit the developer's website. Most developers

that backs up and restores your

who take their apps seriously would have a dedi-

data, helps you track your miss-

cated space to promote it. Finally, check the type

ing or stolen phone, and scan an

of permissions the apps require for installation.

app for malware, the free ver-

For example, if a game app is trying to access your

sion of Lookout Mobile Security

contact information, which is ideally not required,

or MacAfee's recently acquired

it is recommended to avoid it.

WaveSecure

are

very

good

McAfee WaveSecure

9

port, but both applications can

One of the easiest techniques to infiltrate your

help you lock or wipe data off

Android device's security is through the Wi-Fi or

your device remotely.

does not provide antivirus sup-

VPN (virtual private network) settings. Although it

If you are looking for tools

is advisable to use SSL or HTTPS encryption when

that can help you scan the apps

using an unprotected Wi-Fi hotspot, many email

for

providers don't support encryption. Therefore, it

them to your device, you can

you

before

is better to use a VPN network that offers better

t r y the beta version of Norton

encryption supported by your mobile phone ser-

Mobile for Android, or the Free

vice provider. Even though you can keep your data

or Pro (Rs 454.10) AVG apps. ©

WaveSecure

gip5 Backup Backup contacts, SMS and call logs

Upload Media Upload photos and videos

«

Restore Restore contacts and SMS

options. However, WaveSecure

# PROTECTING YOUR COMMUNICATION ROUTES

j

A V

Lock Down Phone l o c k the phone now! (You can unlock it w i t h your PIN)

Wipe Now! Wipe all contacts, SMS, call logs, photos, videos and m e m o r y card

downloading

An antivirus can not only protect you from malware, but also come to your rescue if you lose your device.

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12 GOING RNDROID

WHAT THE INDUSTRY LEADERS HAVE TO SAY: he high volume

things. First is the enterprise or the end user

of

being

level, where the protection is in terms of filtering,

over

management or just good antivirus security. The

powered

next level is to work with device manufacturers,

enough

like Sony Ericsson or Nokia to embed security

T

data

exchanged

Android devices

for mischief makers

into their phones, so that security software comes

to t r y and

siphon

bundled and people don't have to w o r r y about

data

buying or installing anything. The third level

and use it to their

comes in the form of a partnership with telecomm

off

Vinoo Thomas, Technical Product Manager, McAfee Labs

is

critical

advantage.

As

the

providers or banks. We work with them to ensure

Android

Market

that people who subscribe to their services such

doesn't really guar-

as mobile banking, have to go through certain

antee security, it is

security measures to access these services.

advisable to protect to be cautious when heading Thomas, who is the Technical Product Manager at

® What kind of support do you provide for Android users?

the McAfee Labs, and the virus research lead with

©

McAfee Labs Bangalore. Here are his thoughts on

can use on your Android device. If the tablet is

online via your mobile device. We spoke to Vinoo

There is family protection software that you

the security issues pertaining to the Android plat-

being used by kids, parents would be able to moni-

form:

tor their online activities inside and outside the house, they could block browsing of inappropriate

® What kind of security threats has the Android platform seen? How serious can these get?

websites based on categories, and they would be able to block Internet access for particular time periods.

Last year saw a couple of notable viruses that

In terms of mobile security, we have an antivi-

targeted the Android platform. There were a cou-

rus optimized for mobile devices. You will be able

ple of viruses which would accept every incoming

to scan attachments and applications. If some-

call without users knowledge, causing battery

thing is found malicious, you can get it cleaned

©

drain. Then there was a virus known as the Fake

or quarantined. It also offers protection against

Player Codec, which would send SMSes to a pre-

phishing and offers safe mobile browsing.

mium rate number without the user's knowledge,

selves to everybody on the infected user's address

© Can you use any McAfee product on an Android or are there specific products?

book via an MMS. In India, an MMS costs Rs 5, so

©

if you have 100 contacts, it results in direct Rs 500

work not just on the Android, but the Symbian,

inflation in your monthly bills.

Apple iOS and the Windows CE platforms. Tradi-

which resulted in inflated monthly bills. There have also been viruses which send a copy of them-

Lately we also had a high profile Android virus

We have a couple of MacAfee products that

tionally, MacAfee had MacAfee Mobile Security for

by the name of Geinimi, which poses as a legiti-

smartphones and tablets, and then we expanded

mate app and is the first known Android malware

to MacAfee Family Protection for Mobiles, where

in the open that displays botnet capabilities. So

we are not just providing security, but also allow-

once the malware is installed on a user's phone, it

ing parents to do URL filtering, safe search and

has the potential to allow the attacker to remotely

Internet usage reporting.

control the device. The app can pull out all contact

Last year, MacAfee acquired WaveSecure, which

information, read, send or delete SMSes, make a

allows us to manage mobile devices better. So in

phone call, install an app, and launch browsers

addition to security, you will now be able to back up and restore data on your mobile, and you will

© What is the nature of protection that a user can adopt? ©

At MacAfee, we have our target set at three

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be able to locate and track a lost device. You can also perform a remote lock and wipe all the data in case your device is misplaced. ©

GOING RNDROID

VALUE ADDED SERVICES

GET THE COfYlPLETE RNDROID EXPERIENCE While Android devices are selling like hot cakes and 3G services now up and running, we look at the various value added services that are being offered by the popular telecomm service providers. BY

KAMAKSHI

5

W

What good is an Android phone if you

the App Central, which features more than 71,000

can't really surf the Internet and down-

apps segregated under 25 categories, which can be

load apps of your liking? Here's a look

downloaded to over 550 compatible devices.

at what the major telecomm service providers

have to help you enjoy your Android experience to

#AIRCEL

the fullest.

If you plan to buy a Galaxy Tab, then Aircel is all set to sell you a pretty package. For a price of Rs

#VODAFONE

29,500, you get the gadget, plus a 3 GB free plan

While Vodafone has the Vodafone Live and Voda-

for 3 months for prepaid users, or a 1 GB free plan

fone Mobile Connect services on o f f e r for internet

for 6 months for postpaid users. You also get a 2

surfing, Vodafone Live will not work with your

GB memory card and a leather case. However,

Android device. The Vodafone Mobile Connect

their customer care is not too clear about extend-

works with a prepaid and a post paid plan.

ing Internet support to other Android devices.

While it is a zero rental plan for prepaid users, postpaid users can pick between a Rs 299 plan

N TATA DOCOMO

that offers 2 GB of free surfing, a Rs 499 plan that

While Tata Docomo has been making claims of

offers 4 GB of free surfing, and a Rs 699 plan that

going 3G for a long time, there is still no trace of

offers unlimited surfing.

the company delivering on that promise. While

Vodafone supports tethering, so you can freely

you can use the Tata Photon Wi-Fi pocket router

use your Android phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot to

for Internet connectivity on your Android device,

connect your laptop or PC to the Internet. The

you will have to wait a little longer for any data

connection takes 4 hours to activate on a prepaid

plans for your device on the go. if not, mobile

account and 24 hours on a postpaid one.

number portability is always an option.

AIRTEL

K | REDIFF NG

Airtel offers Airtel Live services for WAP and

While you can configure 10 email accounts on

GPRS-enabled handsets and a mobile

Internet

your BlackBerry phone, Rediff NG enables you to

pack that offers up to 2 GB of free surfing at rent-

do the same on your Android as well. At just Rs

als of Rs 99, but the service is currently available

50 a month, you can do all that on your Symbian,

for Blackberry, Apple iPhone and Windows Mobile

Java, and Android powered smartphones.

6.5 powered smartphones only.

The service enables you to port data across

While their customer service is unclear about extending

these services to

Android-powered

devices, Airtel does have its own app store called

phones, so even if you do change your mobile phone, your settings and emails remain intact. The annual plan will cost you Rs 600. ©

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IT'S OPEN FOR EVERYONE Android was designed and developed as an open source, fully customizable mobile phone platform; the first of its kind. This means that manufacturers can customize their phones however they want and design any type of applications without many restrictions.

GOOD SOFTWARE NEEDS GOOD HARDWARE Due to its ease of availability, developers have taken to manufacturing handsets and tablets running on Android. However, all devices have different hardware configurations and if the hardware cannot match the software, it will not give you the best Android experience.

things to know about

ANDROID If you're considering a switch to an Android-powered smartphone

IT CAN TETHER

or tablet, here are a few tips and pointers on what you can expect from your device. BY

KUSHAL

MAMOOWALA

IT'S GONE 3D^ Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the latest version of the OS, was recently unveiled by Google. At the official launch of Honeycomb, Google displayed its 3D capabilities with the Google Maps and YouTube apps, assuring users that the company has done quite a bit to ensure 3D works well on the platform. This could usher in big changes in the mobile phone marketplace.

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Android has taken pairing devices to the next level. Tethering your Android device with your PC means you can use your service provider's Internet plan with your computer. With 3G services hitting the market, tethering your mobile and PC could see a great reduction in Internet service subscriptions.

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MAKE SURE IT'S THE LATEST VERSION In the space of one year, Google made four revisions to its OS Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0/2.1), FroYo (2.2) and Honeycomb (3.0). With such rapid updates to the OS, manufacturers are finding it hard to develop hardware and modify the OS to suit their latest handsets.

NOT ALL APPS ARE VERIFIED It's safe to install or buy apps from the Android Market, but a simple change in your phone or tablet's security settings can let you install apps from unverified sites. What this means is that not all the apps you use are verified by Android and could do more harm than good.

IT CAN RUN MULTIPLE TASKS

IT'S ALL IN THE GOOGLE CLOUD

Android is able to run multiple applications at the same time regardless of whether they are system apps or apps from the Android Market. Android users benefit greatly from this discrepancy, as they can receive notifications, listen to music, or even record GPS data without keeping the application open.

Android phones don't sync with your computer because they don't have to. Your contacts, calendar and mail are all backed up in the great Googleplex. What this means is that any changes or entries you make to your Google-based organizer will automatically appear on your Android phone.

APP INCOMPATIBILITIES

IT CAN REMOTE WIPE

As mentioned earlier, all phones have different hardware setups. A difference in resolution, processor speed and RAM means that an app that runs perfectly fine on one Android device might not work as well on another. Developers need to consider modifying their apps to suit different devices.

Google has added a remote wipe feature with Android 2.2 (FroYo). This remote wipe feature enables users to program the device to automatically wipe its memory clean in certain-conditions. If your phone is lost or stolen, a simple SMS, failed password entry or a change of SIM Card can trigger the wipe. It's up to you.

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In Focus: The Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 Will Samsung live upto the hype created around the Galaxy Tab P1000? We take a look at one of the most awaited tablets to hit the Indian markets. BY

5HAYNE

RANA

S

ing if there is a 1 GHz processor running the show.

confusion when it comes to choice. The Dell Streak

smooth, but there's just that hint of lag. The multi

didn't impress me and I had my doubts about the

touch zooming is as responsive as the iPad's. Sam-

amsung's highly anticipated Galaxy Tab actually managed to get itself here legally before

The three axis Gyro makes accelerometer-based

Apple's iPad, and brought with it quite a bit of

functionality from games to screen rotation quite

Olive Pad, the only two other tablets in India to

sung's also thrown in a Task Manager to kill all

make it out in an official capacity. Here's my take

background running apps or the specific ones you

on the whole 'Tabbing' experience.

want. Using the normal on-screen keypad was a

0 FORM FACTOR 1 believe that the 7-inch display, protected by the hardcore Gorilla Glass pane with a 600x1024 pixel

breeze, but Swype on a larger display, although requiring you to stretch quite a bit to trail words, is still a speedier way to get the job done.

resolution is about the right size for a tablet. It

MEDIA

allows for easy handling and storage. Samsung's

Aside from the 5.1 audio channel support, the Gal-

gone with a set of touch sensitive keys below the

axy Tab also comes with Samsung's DNSe audio

display. At 380 grams, it's a tad on the heavy side

enhancement with a set of EQ presets and an

with a screen lock/power button on the same side

eight-band customizable graphic EQ setting. Audio

as the volume/zoom keys, micro SD card port (1GB

Effects like Bass Enhancement, Wide and Concert

on board memory with support for 32GB cards)

Hall settings are also provided. The Tab's audio

and standard SIM card slot. The 3.5mm handsfree

player is sure fire winner. The cherry on top is of

socket is located on the top.

course video codec support for AVI files (DivX and

A set of built in speakers, which seemed loud

XviD), which enables you to simply drag and drop

enough for audio, but oddly low for calls, are

your favorite movies on the ample storage space for

located at the bottom on either side of the propri-

instant playback.

etary Samsung USB/Charger port at the bottom.

The 7-inch display is great for viewing videos,

This was the first thing I disliked about the device.

however games and quite a few other apps are still

Aesthetically, I found the Tab an easy device to

to be upscaled for this genre of Android devices.

work with purely from the design perspective.

Unlike the iPad's option to stretch games/apps to

0 FEATURES AND PERFORMANCE

fit the screen, the Tab allows you to play or access apps in the native resolution the app as designed

Here is an indepth analysis on the features and

for. This means they'll open only in the middle of

performance offered by the tablet.

the screen. There are many e-readers preloaded on

INTERFACE

the Tab. An e-book application similar to Aldiko's app allows you to import e-books off of your mem-

I'm not a fan of Samsung's TouchWiz UI, so I swapped

ory card, but I could not find an option to download

the UI with another from the Android market. The

any books from a website. The fonts and page colors

Galaxy Tab is powered by an ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz

can be adjusted and the overall layout is extremely

processor with PowerVR SGX540 graphics for added

conducive for easy reading. But changing pages is a

support. It's running on Android 2.2 aka Froyo out

slow and laggy process, the lack of a smooth transi-

of the box. Most of the UI navigation is quite seam-

tion is very evident. The Readers Hub application

less, but there are moments when you'll be wonder-

is also an e-book reader powered by Kobo, but one

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that allows you to download content off the Web. A Zinio magazine reader and a newspaper reader by PressDisplay are also available.

CONNECTIVITY

namely Route 66 Navigation. You'll have to stick

The Galaxy Tab, is capable of making and taking

to Google Maps or use the Layar browser for an

calls, messages and sending and receiving emails

augmented reality GPS-enabled search. Of course,

from your standard POP and IMAP accounts, and

there's Bluetooth 3.0 and all the goodies that it

also plays nice with Microsoft Exchange services. It

comes with, including A2DP is supported, and of

supports 3G with HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps or typical

USB 2.0.

EDGE speeds for now. Like any Android device run-

BAD

ning Froyo, you can use the Tab as a Wi-Fi hotspot

CAMERA

and Samsung's All Share application allows you to

The 3 megapixel autofocus camera comes with an

hook up to a DLNA supported device to transfer

LED flash, face and smile detection, a few scene

and/or stream media. Everything you'd expect

modes, geotagging and video recording (720x480 at

from a high-end Android handset can be found on

30fps) are all present. A forward-facing VGA cam-

the Tab, from social networking with Facebook,

era is also present for self portraits and video call-

Twitter and Google syncing for your phone book

ing. I found the pictures to be as good as any other

integration, to standalone apps and Google Talk. It

3 megapixel camera. Indoor images with light gave

also supports Google Voice Search and tethering.

focused pictures. Outdoor images weren't too bad

The native browser, irrespective of the boost with Flash 10.1 support, turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. When I compared it to the iPad's

GOOD

Weil designed, Comes with DivX and Xvid support, Samsung DNSe, 5,1 surround, Flash 10.1 support, Camera quality is quite decent

Web browsing is not fluid, Laggy eBook readers, Proprietary USB/Charging

either, although excess sunlight did make portions of the image a bit over exposed.

browsing experience, the Galaxy Tab fell drastically

BATTERY LIFE

short on speed even though functionality was a bit

The Galaxy Tab managed to give a relatively high

more. Pages tend to be laggy while scrolling and

battery life. With a single charge I used it for Web

there always seemed to be a jerky break when mov-

and calls for two full days, with an average talktime

ing through screens. Unfortunately, it was s similar

of over 4 hours 40 minutes. That's quite impressive.

experience with Opera's new beta mobile browser, even if rendering was a lot faster. The Galaxy tab also comes with GPS capabilities

0 THE BOTTOM LINE I've become quite the fan of tabbing in general even

supported by A-GPS. Samsung hasn't included any

though the Web browsing or gaming experience

software with this device like it would with others,

was not as fluid as the iPad's. ©

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POPULAR ANDROID DEVICES IN EVERY PRICE RANGE

An Android For Android devices are available in a range of shapes, sizes and prices. Manufacturers have developed Android smartphones and tablets to suit every budget and serve a range of needs. BY

KUSHAL

AMOOWALA

anufacturers have captured every level

quick browsing. With Wi-Fi, e-mail and a good cam-

of communication and computing by

era, both devices will service a user's basic needs.

M

developing Android-based smartphones

and tablets to fit a wide price range. This ensures

Rs 10,000 - Rs 15,000

the popularity of Android amongst users with

The Samsung 15801 Gal-

budgetary constraints as well as big spenders.

axy

The difference between a cheap smartphone and

an entry level Android

3 at Rs

an expensive one is primarily in the hardware,

smartphone

with the cheaper devices having a weaker proces-

Android

sor, less RAM and limited storage space. But these

2.1

13,300 is running Eclair.

A

3.2-inch touch screen, 3

differences are negligible when it comes to basic

megapixel camera and a

usage. It is only noticeable when the devices are

few unique features

used to run multiple, memory heavy apps or apps

DivX/XviD

like

compatibility

that require high performance. Here's a look at

and Kinetic scrolling

some popular Android smartphones and tablets

it an edge. The Sony Erics-

that fit into different budgets.

give

son Xperia X10 mini pro, on the other hand, is a pocket

Q SMARTPHONES

rocket. It runs Android 1.6

The Open Handset Alliance includes companies that

Donut and supports 2.1 Eclair.

manufacture smartphones for

With a tiny 2.55-inch screen, slide out QWERTY

a diverse group of consumers.

keyboard

and

600

MHz

processor, it packs quite

Rs 5 , 0 0 0 - R s 10,000

a punch at Rs 14,245.

For people looking to spend as

Other

little as possible on a smart-

that fit into this cat-

smartphones

phone without expecting some-

egory include Acer

thing really flashy, there are

beTouch E130, Vid

the Micromax Andro A60 and

eocon

the Spice MI300. Priced at Rs

Wildfire

8,599 and Rs 9,990 respectively,

Sony

both devices support Android

Xperia

2.1 Eclair and are 3G ready for

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Zeus,HTC and

Ericsson X10

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tvery Pocket smartphone, and the HTC Desire gives you a lot for its Rs 23,490 price tag. It has a speedy 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, large AMOLED screen and HTC's Sense UI with multitouch support. It boasts an excellent Web browser and integrated social networking services. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, priced Rs 24,995, is also armed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It combines stylish looks with killer specs, and with Android 2.1 and a huge 4-inch display, it is perfect for those who want a simple yet robust device that's also good looking. Other smartphones within this price range include the Motorola Milestone, HTC Legend and Acer A1 Liquid.

Rs 25,000 AND ABOVE In the highest price range, there is the popular HTC Desire HD, priced at Rs 26,990 and Samsung 19000 Galaxy S, at Rs 31,500. The Desire HD is a robust

Rs 15,000 - Rs 20,000

phone with a 4.3-inch LCD display, 1 GHz processor

The LG Optimus One P500, priced at Rs. 15,000, is

and 8 megapixel camera. It runs Android 2.2 and

the cheapest phone in this price range. It is a stan-

with 1 GB storage, plus microSD extendible mem-

dard no frills 3.2-inch Android 2.2 smartphone with

ory, it gives you enough room for videos, music,

a moderately clocked CPU and ample RAM to give

images and tons of apps.

you a bit of freedom with your apps. The Garmin Asus A10 has a smooth and elegant appearance

The Samsung Galaxy S carries a 4-inch super AMOLED

with a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen, a 5 megapixel

display

camera, and runs on Android 2.1 Eclair. It gives spe-

of

cial importance to maps and navigation powered

makes viewing movies and

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resolution

pixels,

which

by Garmin, for which it has a

Web browsing an absolute

powerful processor and long

pleasure. The 5 megapixel

battery life. It is reasonably

camera allows HD video

priced at Rs 18,990.

recording and it has an

Other smartphones that

integrated social hub and

fit into this category include

other apps to exploit its 1

Dell XCD35, Motorola

GHz processor and 16 GB

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internal memory.

and Motorola Backflip.

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with

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in

the higher end of the market

include

LG

Moving into the higher price

GW620, Samsung 17500

range

Galaxy, Acer Liquid E

means

you

would

expect much more from your

Ferrari, and HTC HD7.

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Q TABLETS

Rs 30,000 - Rs 35,000

The cheapest tablet in the market, the Wespro

The Dell Streak 7 features Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual core

ePad at Rs. 7,999, costs far less than most Android

processor, 512 MB RAM, and comes bundled with 16

smartphones and as the technology improves more

GB of storage space. With 4G compatibility, video

low cost tablets are expected. Here's a look at some of tablets available in the Indian market.

Rs 20,000 - Rs 25,000 At Rs 23,990, the OlivePad VT100 fits snuggly into this price range. Running Android

calling capability, a 7-inch WVGA multi-touch display and 5 megapixel camera it can service a high end user's every need. Priced at Rs 34,990, it competes with products like the Viewsonic Viewpad 7 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab P1000.

Rs 35,000 AND ABOVE Viewsonic's Viewpad 10 is the closest a tablet comes to being a netbook. Powered by an Intel Atom N455 processor and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM, it houses a 16GB Solid State Drive and a 1.3 MP camera. It is

2.2, it is a 7-inch tablet phone, which is sleek and attractive. It comes with features such as multi codec media players, dual cameras for video calling and 3G support. A 600 MHz Qualcomm processor with 512 MB RAM and support for up to 32 GB memory enable it to run smoothly and also allow Internet browsing, video

streaming,

social networking, and GPS.

Rs 25,000 - Rs 30,000 At Rs 29,000, the Samsung Galaxy Tab runs Android 2.2 on an ARM 1 GHz Cortex processor with 512 MB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. The 7-inch TFT

a dual booting tablet with a choice to boot either

LCD display gives you a crisp viewing

Android or Windows 7 and a quick switch between

experience, be it for reading, view-

the two. The 10-inch display is the biggest a tablet

ing videos, or watching movies. It's

has featured, and it even has two USB 2.0 ports, a

fast, effective at multitasking and has

mini VGA port and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabil-

admirable mobile and wireless network

ity. At Rs 38,000, the one feature missing is 3G

connectivity.

compatibility. ©

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ANDROID APPS FOR BUSINESS USERS

Business As Usual: Apps to Stay Connected some apps that will help you keep up with work and constantly stay connected when you're travelling.

Here are BY

KAMAKSHI

S

ith the android OS making its presence

as Documents To Go Version 3.0, OpenOffice or

felt very strongly, smartphones have

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today become

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computing

documents on the go, you will need a good editor.

device when on the move. When work demands

a popular

While you can opt for the freely available GDocs

that you constantly stay connected, some apps can

if you want your Android phone to sync with

come make life a bit easier. Here are some Android

Google docs, you cannot open these files directly

apps to help you get the job done.

f r o m your inbox or SD card. Moreover, you can

6 DOCUMENT SUPPORT

only used simple Word or text files and view PDFs; nothing more. While GDocs is a popular app, there

You might have to check documents or spread-

are several such free apps on the Android market

sheets quite frequently even on the move. If you

that offer connectivity with Google Docs.

are not keen on editing on your Android device

If you don't mind investing in a robust app for

and just require a viewer, then there are several

your Android device, then you can pick between

f r e e document viewers to choose f r o m , such

Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, the OfficeSuite Pro and the Documents to Go package. These suites are paid and allow you to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations and view PDFs. The most recent versions also extend support to Office 2007 formats and syncing with Google Docs, but do not cater to Open Office formats. If you are looking for ZIP file support along

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can be cumbersome to track numbers down when you really need to get in touch. Instead, you can get a business card reader app that works with your Android phone.

If you tend to meet lots of pople, you can save their contact details in real time with a card reader app like CamCard.

These apps use your camera to scan the card and help you to store the contact details as well as a copy of the card on your phone. The most popular business card reader apps are MobiReader,

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is taken under improper lighting, and with business cards with heavy background colors, most of them work quite well in storing accurate data on to your phone. WorldCard Mobile is priced at Rs 271, while MobiReader would cost you Rs 471. CamCard comes in two versions; the BCR Western priced at Rs 316 that reads languages using the English typography, and a Business Card Reader version priced at Rs 543 for complex languages like Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

Q CLOUD SHARING For those who are constantly on the move, a cloud application to help synchronize data between your computer, your Android device and the Internet is essential. While most cloud apps are free of cost up to a particular data storage limit, what you need to consider before settling on an app is the usage and types of files that you wish to work with. There are several options that you can choose from, of which Dropbox, Zumodrive and SugarSync are the most popular. If you are used to LogMeln on your desktop, you can continue using the service with your Android device too. The LogMeIN Ignition for Android

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Apps like WordCard Mobile not only store data off visiting cards, but also use tools like Google Maps as locators.

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having a password protected code memo is the

While PDAnet is one of

perfect app to have on your Android device. There

the most widely used teth-

are several free options to pick from depending

ering apps, and it does pro-

on what you need.

vide you with a free trial,

You can opt for a notepad style Ultra Notes

you will have to buy it to

app, but if you need your data to be password-

use all of its functionalities.

protected, you can use the Ultra Mate private

It costs $23.95 (roughly Rs

diary app. You can opt for the 01 Safe app to save

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If you need something that is printer friendly

apps which do not require

as well, Wizard Memo is a good option. Make sure

root access to your phone to

you pick a strong master password and remember

tether include EasyTether,

it too, or all your precious memos will be locked

which is priced at Rs 452.

up for good.

There are some free apps your rooted phone into a

If you have a 3G network connection and an unlim-

Wi-Fi hot spot, like Barncle

ited Internet surfing plan on your phone, you

Wi-fi Tether

can extend that connectivity to your PC as well.

Tether for Root Users.

While you can tether your Android device using

However,

Bluetooth, USB cables or Wi-Fi, you may have to

check with your service pro-

fidget around with Android versions below 2.2. If

vider if tethering your device

you don't really have the patience or time to do it,

violates any of the terms and

getting an app would be a better option.

conditions of your usage plan,

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ANDROID APPS FOR TRAVELERS

Make Your Phone Your Best Travel Buddy All set to hit the road for a long overdue vacation and well deserved break? Here are some tools to help reduce the stress of planning your travels. BY

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If you want to savor local cuisines, the Zomato app is a nice place to start.

tickets,

make enquiries on your PNR

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enquiries, and book hotels too.

When you are all excited about a trip, there is a

If you are traveling to a new

chance that you may skip some details or forget to

place, being able to navigate

pack an essential item. There are many apps that

the area is essential. There are

help you organise your trip more efficiently. The

several applications that can

free Packing List app comes with pre-created lists

come to your rescue. One such

depending on the kind of trip you're about to take.

application is Zomato. You can

If that isn't good enough, you can generate your

browse for as many as 11,000

own to add up all the things to need to carry. If you

restaurants across six cities

need something more comprehensive, you can opt

in India, including Delhi-NCR,

for the Vacation Planner, which is priced at Rs 45.

Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata,

Another checklist of considerable

Pune and Chennai. Addition-

especially if you are taking kids or the elderly along

ally, your

devices

is a first aid list. You can purchase the very useful

come loaded with Google Maps

First Aid Checklist app priced at Rs 44.97. The list

and Google Latitude for point to

consists of over 140 first aid items that you could

point navigation.

need when you are traveling. You can also add and

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apps that help you prolong your phone's battery life. One such app is the Ultimatejuice!, which is priced at Rs 180. If directions can cause confusion, you need a good compass tool too. You can get the augmented reality 3D compass app 3D Compass Pro priced Rs 90. It also has a free version called 3D Compass that you can try before you buy. Another must-have app when you're travelling to a new place is the free TeslaLED Flashlight. It uses the flash of your camera as a handy makeshift torch.

Sharing photos with your loved ones can be very easy with Picasa on your device.

If travelling to a new place makes you feel linguistically inadequate, a good translation tool that helps you with pronunciations will come in handy.

edit entries as per your requirements. You will also

You can opt for Google Translate app, which works

find a trekking and baby planner from the same

with more than 50 languages. It not only supports

developer at the same price.

text-to-speech and voice inputs, but also doubles

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up as a dictionary.

Most people enjoy keeping a detailed travelogue to

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keep a track of all their holiday escapades and like

If you have your luggage all stacked to match the

sharing them with their loved ones. If you are look-

permissible weight limit, and you like reading when

ing for a detailed travel journal app, then the free

you travel, making place

backTrack Personal Travel Log is a good option to

for bulky books can get

use. It's convenient because it records your journey

tiresome. Instead, you

automatically allowing you to enjoy your holiday.

can look for apps like

You can browse though the entries in your free

Aldiko Book Reader or

time in a list or detailed map view. You can also

the Kindle for Android,

map the app to your calendar to make chronologi-

which provides you with

cal entries. If you love taking lots of pictures, then

an e-book reader

you can a pick a tool to sync your photographs to

enables you to download

be uploaded to your PicasaWeb account online.

free and paid e-books,

One such tool is the Picasa Tool Pro. It can help you

and

clear space on your memory card and back up your

(with the Kindle) to your

pictures online too.

Android device.

even

and

newspapers While

If you enjoy blogging, you can use the Wordpress

both apps are free of

for Android app. You can post blog entries with

cost, you can opt for

pictures offline, and publish them online when you

the premium version of

have Web access. You can also keep a track of post

the Aldiko Book Reader,

comments and site stats. You can manage multiple

priced at Rs 136. While

blogs that are linked to a single account.

you can read ePub and PDF formats, the Micro-

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Learning From Your Android There are Android apps that cater to a student's every need, from formula sheets and periodic tables to note-taking and organizers. Students can install these apps to increase their productivity, knowledge and have everything they need at their fingertips. BY

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does have another great feature, however, which

note-taking, studying, and exercising, and

is its social media integration. With Catch, you can

they all come with specialized tool sets,

share your notes with friends via Twitter or Face-

each with additional costs and practical difficul-

book, something that every student would find

ties. Most people don't realize how powerful their

extremely handy when exams are looming.

smartphones really are, and how diverse the appli-

Other note-taking apps include Documents to Go,

cations available for them are. It's often hard to

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find the right applications for the job, so to get you started, here are some incredible Android applica-

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several

notepad-style apps out

operates just like the real thing. It provides result

there,

Evernote

history, unit conversions, percentages, ten memo-

takes the cake with its

ries, hex/binary/octal, trig functions in degrees,

ability to sync with an

radians or grads, engineering

online account and your

display modes, digit grouping, and a built-in help

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module.

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app

and fixed-point

enables you to j o t down

Formulas Lite is a simple, easy-to-use app that

notes on your phone or

helps you refer to collections of the most important

tablet as text, photos or

formulae of maths, physics and chemistry. A simi-

even voice

recordings.

lar tool specific for chemistry is Perfect Chemistry

You can make different

Lite. It helps you balance chemical equations and

'notebooks' for different

gives you details about different elements, chemical

subjects

Evernote offers a clean, simple layout to take down and organize your notes.

formulae and equations. You can get Android apps

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and you

can

compounds, and much more. There is also Calculus

even add tags to each

Tools that helps you with calculus and finds deriva-

note. Best of all, it's com-

tives, computes definite integrals, arc lengths and

pletely free and runs on

plots graphs of functions. It also includes integral

Android 1.5 and above.

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readers. There are a handful of apps that take read-

at Rs 100 is ad-free and

ing and collecting your reading material to the

enables you to view saved

next level. MultiReader is a voice reader that can

articles offline.

speak several languages, give you access to online libraries, and run several popular file formats.

ColorDict

Universal

Dictionary is a useful dic-

WordPlayer is a similar book reader, which lets

tionary app. It's more than

you download from amongst millions of books in

just

seconds, or load from your memory card. Its page

thesaurus, bible dictionary

navigation, bookmarking, speech and customizable

and foreign-language dic-

a dictionary;

it's a

settings make reading a breeze. For those that like

tionary all rolled into one.

to find their material online, InstaFetch lets you

You can search words and

save complete web pages to your Android device for

idioms in several diction-

offline reading. Turn your phone into a scanner to

aries at once and it works

copy that library book that you can't rent out with

offline. A similar vocabu-

DroidScan. You can save files as PDFs and it even

lary app is SAT Vocabulary,

corrects your alignment and contrast to give best

which gives you more than

results.

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knowledge, you can

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Android App-iness When you're tired, bored or just need to kill some time, you shouldn't have to look any further than your Android phone or tablet. Here are some great apps that will keep you busy and entertained. BY

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hether you're an avid movie buff, a

Player. It is free and offers advanced features like

music lover, or enjoy messing around

subtitles, file ratings, ID3 tags and gestures. Other

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with photos, you can grab plenty of fun

Android apps that will keep you entertained. But with over 30,000 apps now available in the Android

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The first site anyone would think of when it comes

entertainment is concerned, and best of all, most

to video streaming is YouTube, and of course,

of them are free!

there's an app for it, but if you want to stream T V shows longer than 10 minutes, then T V Shows

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Stream is the app for you. The application searches

RockPlayer is the best alternative to the default

over the Internet for hundreds of T V show links

Android media player. This app supports virtually

that you can play directly on your device with full

all the popular video formats. The only disadvantage

screen support using Megavideo and other host-

of the free lite version is that it supports advertise-

ing services. The search results are shown in an

ments so if you don't want any distractions while

intuitive and easy-to-use interface. The lite version

watching your favorite videos, you can buy the full

comes with 12 preselected shows and the full ver-

version for Rs 500. The app comes in three versions

sion at Rs 180 gives you unlimited access.

and produces best results with devices with power-

Stream Media Player and Full T V episodes are

ful processors. For a media player that plays videos

two other video streaming apps that are worth

and music, look no further than Meridian Media

their relatively cheap price tag.

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My wife and daughter are in the residencg/SM! •plaiting instructMte. Rock Player can play audio and video files and has features like phone status, file info display, and subtitles.

radio, you can choose from Winamp's Android app, which streams music from Last.fm, Shoutcast and FM Radio, which provides you with a wide range of genres and channels to choose from. Also worth a mention is Shazam. If you're listening to the radio or watching T V and you come across a song that

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it will identify the song and give you more details,

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including lyrics.

For the amateur photo edi-

you really like, just let Shazam give it a hear and

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selves and their friends, apps

spread across the Android market, but there are a

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will give you endless hours

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increasing number of social networking websites

of entertainment. They

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hitting the netscape, it is best to have an app that

packed with options to distort,

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can update all your different profiles with just one

color-correct, add word bal-

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simple push, and that's exactly what Tweetdeck

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does for Twitter, Faceb ook, Buzz and Foursquare.

to your pictures. For the pro-

There's also HootSuite, which does the same, but

fessionals, there's Photoshop

with only Twitter and Facebook. For free mobile-

Express, which enables you to

to-mobile messaging and free VoIP calling, there

make professional changes to

are apps like Nimbuzz and WhatsApp. The biggest

your images.

advantage of apps like these is that they are com-

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or

are

Another popular app for

patible with other operating systems as well.

avid photographers is Camera

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360, which turns your device

allows you to automatically share your pics and

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tures like touch focus, zoom,

f o r y o u a n d e v e n g i v e s y o u vide

media to Facebook, Photobucket, SmugMug, Picassa

fish eye, photo symmetry, back-

'V'cs and concert information,

and Twitter.

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Remote and Remote for iTunes are just a few of the

and festivals near you. Gamecenter is a very useful app for gamers, highlighting the latest video game

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many remote apps. The list of apps for your entertainment is endless and you could spend hours browsing the Android Market to find apps that suit you. Many apps have free 'lite' versions and a full paid version, so you can test them out before you buy them. Also keep in mind that most apps require an Internet connection, either a data plan on your SIM card or a Wi-fi connection, so make sure you have access to the Internet to get the most out of your apps. ®

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by game developers, there are lots of great games to choose from. You can fling vengeful birds at thieving pigs or strategize with friends online to take over the world. BY

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veryone has probably played a game on

A simple touch-based game that features challeng-

their phones at one time or another. Mobile

ing physics-based gameplay with hours of replay

phone

value, it truly tests your patience and determina-

gaming

has

been

revolutionized

by the advent of multi-touch screens and high

tion.

performance portable devices, making the gam-

There are other games that also exploit the

ing experience far more interactive and fun. The

motion sensitivity and touch interface of your

Android gaming platform gives developers an

device. Abduction and Doodle Jump are two games

easy scaffolding to build their games around, so

based on a simple motive of upward movement.

the online market is flooded with new games and

The objective is to progress upwards on platforms

updated versions everyday. Here are some of the

by tilting your device left and right to control

must-haves in different gaming genres.

your character. Basketball Shot and Paper Toss

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throw balls into a basket. These games are a sure

Angry Birds is one of the most popular games for

hit with people of all ages.

touchscreen devices. Initially developed for the

are games that require precision finger swiping to

iPhone, it was quickly modified to run on multiple

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operating systems, including Android 1.6 and up.

Tank Hero is a fairly simple game that involves controlling a tank to obliterate the enemy. It has an innovative virtual gamepad for navigation, a simple tap for firing ammunition and lots of challenging levels. Compatible with Android 2.1 and upwards, it is free and promises newer features and levels in the future. Crazy Snowboard is an action game that will keep you on the edge of your seat, with intuitive controls and tap-based tricks. It is compatible with Android 2.0 and up and runs fairly smoothly on most devices. Another sports action game that is quite popular is Reckless Racing. It has a single player campaign as well as a multiplayer mode. The off-road racing relies on power-sliding and opposite lock, making every race feel like a sequel to The Fast and the Furious.

Slingshot your birds around the level to kill all the pigs. Who would have thought physics could be so much fun.

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to earn, Live Holdem Poker is the perfect fix for gambling enthusiasts. There is also Real Blackjack, which gives you strategy tips and sharpens your counting skills for the real deal. You can also customize your game to add a variety of rules to make it a challenge.

Q ONLINE MULTIPLAYER GAMES The biggest advantage of Android gaming is that

Play notes, chords and choose your instrument on a virtual piano with xPiano.

you can collaborate and compete online with other real players and some games have harnessed this opportunity to the fullest. Armored Strike Online

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gives you an array of tanks, weapons and terrain

For those who prefer a bit of brain teasing, there

to battle with. The online mode pits you against

are games like WordSearch Unlimited and Chess

other users and adds features like zoom and in-

for Android that are hits amongst Android users.

game chat and statistics like player rankings and

They're both free and will run on any Android

a leaderboard. It can be installed on any Android

device. The Moron Test is a uniquely testing game

operating system and an initial purchase gives

that questions your IQ and attentiveness. The free

you endless free updates.

version allows you to play only the first level and the paid version gives you three more levels. Alchemy is a game that requires you to make

Uniwar is an online multiplayer strategy game in which players take turns building their army and fighting against each other using the strengths

more than 300 complex elements by combining the

of their units while taking advantage of the terrain.

four basic elements - fire, earth, water and air. It is

You can join several games

a challenging game that keeps you gripped. It runs

to increase your player rat-

on Android 1.5 and up.

ing. It also has a campaign

Also check out Unblock Me and Bubble Buster

mode

with

a

worldwide

for more mind bending fun.

leaderboard. Although it is

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the small price of Rs 250.

a paid app, it is truly worth For the casual gamer who prefers to kill time with-

The Great Land Grab is

out getting too drawn into a game, there are apps

a novel, real-world game

like xPiano, RD3 Groovebox and Guitar Solo that

which uses your

give you the opportunity to create some music of

detect your location. The

GPS to

your own. You can play notes, guitar chords and

idea of the game is to claim

drum beats and even record it as reference for

the

later. Apps like Air Control, Tetris and Untangle

you are located in. As you

Me are basic logic games that test your organiza-

travel, you can claim more

tional skills. Although there is a high score to con-

land or try to grab the land

land

(via

GPS)

that

tend for, the games have a calming effect and are

owned by someone

perfect for unwinding or keeping you busy when

You can purchase lawyers

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and building

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to

buy other parcels of land

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near you and build stores

Solitaire comes with a collection of different for-

on your land. It's a great

mats of the game made famous by Windows, includ-

way to travel and see new

ing regular, spider, free cell and forty thieves. It is

places around you.

compatible with all versions of Android. Live Holdem Poker Pro allows you to play Texas

Other

multiplayer

online games include Pool

and beginners. With features like live chat, tour-

Break Pro and a virtual Pictionary style What the

Uniwar offers online gaming, which means you can play against real

nament mode, personal avatars and virtual money

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The screen is the same size and resolution as the

release their new smartphones and tablets run-

and it runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. With a

ning these operating systems. With an updated

BRAVIA Engine powering the screen and a 1 GHz

user interface, support for extra large screen sizes

processor, it promises a smooth and clear gaming

in December 2010, and 3.0 Honeycomb on

Xperia X10. The QWERTY keypad on the X10 has

January 26, so manufacturers are yet to

been replaced by a slide-out game controller,

and improved power management, Gingerbread

experience. There are already some games avail-

will give manufacturers the choice to make smart-

able on demo devices and will soon be available on

phones with larger screens and better resolutions

the Android Market.

and offer higher performance hardware and utilities. Honeycomb, on the other hand, is optimized for tablets with support for multi-core processors and 3D graphics. It also offers tabbed browsing and syncing with Google Chrome. Here are a few supported devices that will be here soon.

Q SONY ERICSSON XPERIA PLAY With the success of the PSP and PS3, it was only a matter of time before Sony made a PlayStation phone. With the recent reveal of the latest Xperia series phone called Play, they've done just that. The phone was launched on the February 13 at the Mobile World Congress 2011 and is expected in India soon.

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screen. It has a parallax barrier to create the 3D

The Motorola Xoom tablet was unveiled at CES

effect, which means you no longer need those

2011 this January and when Google revealed its

annoying 3D glasses. The Optimus 3D is powered

new Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, it was showcased

by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is tipped to begin

on the Xoom as well. It runs on Nvidia's Tegra 2

shipping in the second quarter of 2011.

platform, with a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of on-board user memory, plus an

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SD card slot. The display measures 10.1 inches, and

Motorola's new Atrix is being touted as the world's

it packs a 1280x800 resolution display. Honeycomb

most powerful smartphone. It runs on Android

has integrated 3D carousels for music, YouTube,

2.2, with HTML5 support, on a dual-core processor

and Google Books, and the Xoom has integrated

with 1 GB of RAM. It also boasts a browser that's

the navigation buttons into the touch interface.

twice as fast as any competing Web browser. The

The Xoom and Android 3.0 looks to be a winning combination. Motorola is said to release the

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platform, but are wary about investing in an

Android-powered device, here is one way you

can power up your netbook or laptop with a nontouch version of Android. This version, the Android x86, is equivalent to Android OS version 1.6 (there is a stable release for version 2.1 and an unstable one for version 2.2 as well), which was originally called "patch hosting for Android x86 support". This project was originally created as a patch for non-compliant systems to be a part of the Android technology movement. It offers support for Intel chipsets to run the platform on devices



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Just like in a regular Android device, you can customize the intro screen with widgets.

Being light, it takes little time to load up.

0 SURFING ON ANDROID The Android x 86 extends support to cameras, Wi-Fi, and more. Although it has been tested on several platforms with positive results, it may not work fine with every setup. For instance, we tried using the setup with a Dell laptop. The camera and recorder worked fine, but the Wi-Fi options did not work. Moreover, it requires a SD card to save data; it doesn't really save or pick up anything f r o m your hard-drive. Any apps you install will be available for the current session only, and you will not find them on reboot. Although Android does offer a decent surfing experience, it is not recommended that you install the OS on your hard disk. ©

The OS comes with a set of pre-existing apps and widgets. Since it doesn't support Wi-Fi, you might not be able to do much.

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GAIN SUPERUSER ACCESS

GETTING TO THE ROOT OF YOUR ANDROID The biggest advantage of using a smartphone with an open source OS is

the level o f customization you can have with it, that too without too much

professional help. Rooting your phone will help you get started. Here's a

quick guide to help root your Android device. BY

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nlike jailbreaking, rooting is a perfectly legal and well promoted process, which comes with several benefits. For starters

you can upgrade the firmware on your phone to house the latest operating system. However, if you are a new user, flashing your memory even with adequate back up may not be such a smart thing to do.

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can control every run-

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ning aspect that the OS

tory settings for damage control. So when you do

offers. For most phones,

remove an app, make sure that you know it will

this root access is not

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really encrypted so root

if upgrading the OS versions gives you the jitters,

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son Xperia X10 mini pro that has been upgraded

uninstall

to Android 2.1 Eclair. The procedure to root the

ROM applications that

same phone for Android version 1.6 is the same.

you

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HOW TO TETHER YOUR ANDROID DEVICE

EXPAND YOUR NET WITH TETHERING With the advent of 3 G and unbelievably fast Internet speeds from mobile

service providers, tethering is going to be a big hit with Android users.

Share your service provider's 3 G speeds wirelessly, b y USB or b y Bluetooth;

the choice is yours. BY

K U 5 H A L

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ethering basically means using an Internet-

It gets a little more complicated when you tether

enabled device as a modem for another

with Windows XP. First, you must download a con-

T

device, generally a notebook or a PC. What

figuration file tetherxp.inf and save it on your PC.

this means is that you can ditch your broadband

When you connect you device to your PC with the

service and tether your Android device with your

USB cable, Windows XP's New Hardware Wizard

PC and use it a modem, sharing your mobile Inter-

will open and ask to install drivers for your new

net service between your phone and your PC.

device. Here, you must manually select and install the configuration file you have downloaded, which

0 TETHERING WITH FROYO

then configures XP to support USB tethering with

Most Android devices in the market today run on

your Android device. It is also worth noting that at

Android 2.1 Eclair or 1.6 Donut and only recently

this point, Mac does not support USB tethering.

have newer products running on 2.2 FroYo been

Turning your FroYo device into a Wi-Fi hotspot

introduced. If you are using an Android FroYo

is much quicker and easier. As long as your mobile

device, tethering will be pretty easy as it is a

phone service has a data plan, all you have to do

built-in option in your

is go into the wireless and network settings and

wireless

and

network

can leave it as an open access point or even assign a

do is choose f r o m teth-

WPA2 PSK password to restrict access. The advan-

ering it via USB cable or

tage of portable Wi-Fi hotspot tethering is that

turning it into a Wi-Fi

more than one device can use your Internet at the

hotspot.

same time. It is also easier to tether for Windows

Tethering with your USB cable is simple if

XP and Macintosh users and other cellular devices.

dows 7, Windows Vista

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you're

Google h a s a d d e d t e t h e r i n g as a f e a t u r e t o A n d r o i d 2.2 (FroYo).

configure your device to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot. You

settings. All you have to

running

Win-

or Linux. The Android

Android operating systems before FroYo did not

user's guide gives you

have a built in option for tethering, but that doesn't

simple, easy to

follow

mean you cannot do it. There are many ways in

instructions and config-

which you can still tether your device for Internet

urations to setup your

access, either by using tethering apps, rooting your

device for USB tethering.

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device, or using a proxy server.

DO IT YOURSELF

TETHERING APP THAT NEEDS ROOT ACCESS

Proxoid". This method is completely free and

Android Wi-Fi Tether is an app that turns your

relatively

easier

than

device into a Wi-Fi hotspot with one simple tap.

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your

device,

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but

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installing the Android

get root access to your device, a fairly complicated,

SDK software on your

Start/Stop Proxoid

multi-step process that uses an unofficial Android

computer and changing

Proxy currently off. Select to switch on.

add-on, which can turn your device into a brick if

your

applied incorrectly. You can read the 'Getting to

settings each time you

Port

the root of your Android' article in this issue to get

want to tether.

Listening port. Current v a l u e : 8080

better information and directions on rooting your Android device. Once you have rooted your phone, you must

browser's

proxy

TETHERING APP WITHOUT ROOT far

the

By

which is available at 'http://go.chip.in/wifitether'.

method

Note that the app is made specific to your device's

is by using the PDANet

for

easiest tethering

Proxoid helps share your Android device's Internet connection with other devices.

app. The free version of

loaded for different devices. This app can now turn

the app gives you access

your device into a Wi-Fi hotspot and clients can

to all basic websites and

connect via ad-hoc Wi-Fi mode or by Bluetooth to

gives you limited 14-day access to secure (https)

get access to the Internet.

websites. The full version is currently priced at $24 (approx Rs 1,125).

any extra software or messing with your com-

You can find both versions of the app on the

puter's settings, you can do serious harm to your

Android Market and you will also need to install

Android device if something goes wrong.

TETHERING BY PROXY

the PC software f r o m the PDANet website. Once you have installed the app and the software, all you need to do is make one small adjustment

If you are not confident enough to root your device,

to your phone's settings by checking the "USB

you can try using the Proxoid app to tether your

debugging" option in your device's development

phone via USB. Proxoid turns your Android device

settings. Now connect your device to your com-

into a proxy server that your computer uses to

puter, run the PDANet app, and select "Enable USB

make Internet requests.

tether".

The app is currently free on the Android Market,



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hardware and so a different version must be down-

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There is also an option

but to get access to your device's Internet connec-

for Bluetooth tethering if

tion, you need to install the Android SDK or device

you wish to tether

drivers onto your computer, tweak some of the

device wirelessly. Now run PDANet

your

settings, and then configure your browser to use

the

a proxy server whenever you want to tether. You

your computer, right-click

software

on

can download and install the Android SDK from

on the icon in the system

the Android for Developers page or get a modi-

tray, select "Connect" from

fied version for Proxoid f r o m http://go.chip.in/

the

proxoid-sdk. Once installed, connect your device

you're ready to

pop-up

menu,

and

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via USB and set it so that the USB debugging option

is the quickest and easiest

is turned on.

method for tethering, but

Now you must configure your browser to use a

if you want access to secure

proxy server to connect to the Internet. Proxoid

sites such as online bank-

uses the server name "localhost" and port "8080".

ing and credit card pay-

You also need to run a batch file named "start-

ment pages, you will need

tunnel.bat" in the "proxy-adb" folder. Once the

to spend approximately Rs

proxy settings have been done, all you have to do

1,200 to buy the full version

is run Proxoid on your device and check "Start

f r o m the PDA Net website.

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While

Begin with the standard Android SDK package.

there

are

many

packages

that

you

You can install it f r o m http://developer.android.

can use f r o m the site, the one recommend on

com/sdk/index.html depending on the OS of the

the Android Developer forum consists of the

system that you need to develop your app. if you

following utilities:

are confused about which Integrated Develop-



Eclipse IDE for Java Developers

ment Environment (IDE) to use, you can settle for



Eclipse Classic (versions 3.5.1 and higher)

Eclipse.



Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers

To run the Eclipse IDE, you would need to

Other IDEs that you can opt for include Apache

equip your machine with Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede)

Ant 1.8 or later, IntelliJ or Emacs. However, the

or greater and the Eclipse JDT plugin, JDK 5 or

Android SDK is not compatible with Gnu Compiler

JDK 6 (just the JRE alone would not work) and

for Java (gcj).

the Android Development Tools plugin. You will

Once you have all the tools in place, you

find the Eclipse tools at http://www.eclipse.org/

need

downloads/.

profile before you start the coding process.

to

check

your

computer's

hardware

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SETTING UP YOUR SYSTEM

execution

The Android SDK, its specified plug-ins and IDEs

requirement is that it needs to be compiled in an

can work fine with Windows, Mac OS and Linux

.APK file format.

(32- or 64-bit), or Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit), Mac

details. These manifest files will help make the

OS X 10.5.8 or x86, Ubuntu Linux version 8.04 or

app available only for those devices which fulfill

later, or Lucid Lynx, which comes equipped with

the required hardware, OS version, and form fac-

the GNU C Library (glibc) 2.7 or later.

tor values. you as an app developer, the official forum has

tools mentioned in the previous section. All the

also put up certain practices that can help you

specified tools can be found at http://developer.

make your app more efficient and hence more

android.com/sdk/index.html.

popular when you put it on the Market.

CRACKING THE CODE

don't drain the battery, have a good response

Once you have your system set, you need to start

time, and don't crash. For more details, you

developing your app. You can either develop a

can

standalone utility app or a service that runs in

index.html.

These practices include designing apps that

visit

http://developer.android.com/guide/

The process for putting your apps up for sale

source code to the Android OS better instead, you

or f r e e distribution is explained in detail in the article titled " " in this issue.

add to the tools and utilities in the form of plug-

TESTING YOUR FINAL PRODUCT

ins, services and apps. For details on how you can

Like every other software that you code, it is a

contribute to the open source project of Android,

good practice to test your product on the coding

visit http://source.android.com/index.html

level (white box testing) and also with sample

The apps that are compatible with Android

values once the app is ready (black box testing).

devices need to work efficiently in the Android

The SDK and Eclipse IDE provide you with a strong set of tools to not only test your apps, but to also

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have got the basic skills like numerical analysis

entrance exams. Even though there are different

and aptitude can opt for MCA instead of engineer-

entrance exams, the content is more or less the

ing, which focuses on learning a lot more than

same. It tests the candidates for mathematical,

what is required for coding in the IT industry. Also,

logical, analytical, basic computers and general

the private institutes that offer courses similar to

knowledge.

MCA have tie-ups with companies for placement,

Gaurav has a word of advice for those wanting

which is good. So before opting for an institute,

to pursue an MCA degree. "Work hard in the first

you should check their records, credentials, place-

and second semester, because the study method

ments, etc."

and preparation mechanism for exams is very different in MCA. These two semesters are the foun-

GROWTH PROSPECTS

dations of your degree. Students should normally

"An MCA fresher starts as a programmer and

start preparing for the entrance exam of MCA in

acquires additional skills as they interact with

the years of graduation itself. Elite institutes offer

their teams. They would move on to

becom-

a very good environment to study and handsome

ing analysts, architects or senior programmers

employment opportunities through campus place-

and, in the long term, even project managers.

ments. If non-IT students study the basics of C, C++

However, they could hit the ceiling in terms of

(or any other computer language), it will work to

growth because of their non-engineering back-

their advantage, since many universities include

ground, but if they are smart enough, they can

these languages in their entrance exam." ©

easily surpass it. It all depends on their skills," Thiruvengadam P says. Gaurav agrees. "The very first advantage is that MCA is a masters degree that helps in building your career. For instance, if you have completed B.Tech or BE, after a particular stage, your growth can stagnate, so if you want to be a project manager or head of a particular department, you won't be given preference. At that stage, you would need to take admission in some distance learning course to be the eligible for that post. But with a MCA degree, you have the advantage of having the required educational experience. So according to me, MCA is a complete package."



There are many institutes that offer MCA courses across India, and these courses are accredited by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi. It's a post graduate course and a candidate has to appear for a written entrance exam. Candidates have to secure 50 percent or above in their Bachelors or equivalent degree. Some universities may also require the candidate to have studied mathematics during graduation. There are two kinds of entrance exams - one is the common entrance exam like NIMCET coninstitutes like the

Symbiosis (Pune), Birla Institute of Technology (Ranchi), etc. conduct their own entrance exams. Additionally states like Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Maharashtra also conduct their own common

Delhi I n s t i t u t e of A d v a n c e d Studies, N e w Delhi



U n i v e r s i t y of M a d r a s , Chennai, Tamil Nadu.



ICFAI University, Tripura



Fergusson College, Pune



A n n a m a l a i University, C h i t a m b a r a m , Tamil Nadu.



Apeejay I n s t i t u t e of Technology, Noida, U t t a r Pradesh.



QUALIFICATIONS AND ENTRANCE EXAM

ducted by the NITs, while

SOME INSTITUTES OFFERING MCA

B a n g a l o r e I n s t i t u t e of Technology, Bangalore.



Pune U n i v e r s i t y , Pune, M a h a r a s h t r a .



5IES College of M a n a g e m e n t Studies, Nerul, Navi M u m b a i



Sinhgad I n s t i t u t e of M a n a g e m e n t and c o m p u t e r application, Pune



V e e r m a t a Jijabai Technological I n s t i t u t e , Mumbai



I n s t i t u t e of I n f o r m a t i o n Technology and M a n a g e m e n t , N e w Delhi



N i r m a I n s t i t u t e of Technology, A h m e d a b a d , Gujarat.



B a n a r a s H i n d u U n i v e r s i t y , Varanasi, U t t a r Pradesh.



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A BIONIC ARM FOR THE DISABLED Robotic prosthetics can be life changers for those with physical disabilities, but such technology demands a hefty price, which not many can afford. Nitesh Kumar Jangir shows us an economical alternative and explains the working of his robotic bionic arm. BY

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hysical disabilities are hard to cope with, especially if you've been used to life with normal motor skills. While prosthetics is

the way forward, the huge costs mean that it isn't the most viable option. However, Nitesh Kumar Jangir f r o m RGPV Bhopal has designed a robotic bionic arm with advanced sensors, which is not only useful but also economical for people with disabilities. His project has been entered into various competitions, including Prayas at IITB, IIT KGP and an international conference at Nirma University. It has also cleared round one of the Intel Embedded Challenge.

> THE IDEA Although it is not rare to find disabled people with artificial limbs, the numbers are still relatively small because of the high price and cost of NITESH K U M A R JANGIR

maintenance. Nitesh explains, "Prosthetics give new life to a person with physical disability, if a

Nitesh

holds

a B.E.

in

Electronics

Communication Engineering from

&

RGPV

person loses his arm in an accident, an artificial body part is a boon to them. "

University of Technology of Madhya Pradesh,

He goes on to add, "Development in the field of

Bhopal. His other projects include i n f r a r e d

prosthetics has been going on for a long time and

music transistor, PLCC with microcontrollers,

many people are using these arms, but these are

DTMF controlled UMV, automatic CCTV, and

still out of the reach of many people due to their

automatic currency checker. An avid robotics

high cost and unavailability of proper resources,

enthusiast, he has attended training programs

so people who can't afford them remain handi-

in Texas Instruments 32-bit microcontroller

capped. This led me to develop my bionic arm,

and several others as well.

which is of low cost and can work like costly prosthetics."

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> THE GENERAL IMPACT OF THE PROJECT While an arm equipped with complex neural networks or artificial intelligence technologies can be most convenient, they are also expensive to develop. Talking about his creation, Nitesh explains, "This robotic arm works on the galvanic response of the human body. Due to the response of the skin and muscle tissue to these external and internal stimuli, the resistance can vary. When correctly calibrated, the galvanic skin response can measure these subtle differences. The galvanic skin response, known as GSR, is highly sensitive to emotions for some people. I have used this concept for this project, where I have calibrated this arm to the human body. It is not just a simple robot arm with embedded sensors, but it can also intimate the wearer about the temperature of objects. The idea was to design an arm similar to those made using neural technology, but only cheaper".

> THE DESIGN

The entire setup of the bionic arm, including all the required components and cicruitry.

> THE WORKING

Nitesh describes what is required to work such

The system consists of two components, the bri-

a complex system. " T h e system requires eight

quetting machine and a crushing machine. Nitesh

electrodes, foot Opamp, one ATMEGA16 micro-

elaborates, "The main functionality of this arm

controller, five servo motors, one LM35, one LCD

depends on galvanic response of skin. Galvanic

screen (which I used f r o m my Nokia 3310 handset),

skin response, also known as electro

one Bluetooth or infrared-based wireless control

response (EDR), psycho galvanic reflex (PGR), or

and one GSM module."

dermal

skin conductance response (SCR), is a method of measuring the electrical resistance of the skin. There has been a long history of research on electrodermal activity, most of it dealing with spontaneous fluctuations. This product takes galvanic skin response as input for the product and facilitates movements." "To measure this response, I have designed a circuit with electrodes and a p o w e r f u l amplifier using an operation amplifier. This amplifier increases the sensitivity of the signal to something that can be easily evaluated for decision making. The data is fed to a microcontroller unit according to the predefined conditions and data comes f r o m a galvanic response meter device, which will move the servo motors connected to this microcontroller unit." He adds, "The muscle re-innervations procedure allows the re-routed nerves to grow into the chest muscle and direct the signals to the robotic arm through the surface electrodes. A power-

A working module of the artifical arm, which is powered by a mobile phone.

ful sensor like LM35 helps to detect temperature variations. Depending on the use of microcon-

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trollers, the count of servo motors can be altered, but five motors is required for the basic hand movement mechanism. The most important part of the system is to program the microcontroller in accordance with the GSR inputs. This is achievable using winavr (for avr series). A single servo motor can normally move up to 1.5 kg, so a combination of five can easily carry out the work with usually associated with the working of an arm.

> PRACTICAL APPLICATION The usefulness of this project is very evident, and needs no further reiteration. However, you cannot qualify its success unless it has been tested in real life situations. Nitesh agrees and says, "For checking it's practicality, I went through a long process of testing. This involved visiting hospitals and testing it on real patients. My prototype uses three

While this is a prototype of the arm, it provides near accurate data recordings.

movements (upper, lower and hand grip) that can work efficiently with a power supply of 9 volts. For more movements, more servo motors and switch mode power supply needs to be added."

> FINANCIAL FEASIBILITY Nitesh reminds us that one of the important fac-

"Each arm needed to be specifically crafted for

tors considered for the project is its financial

the person it was tested on. A f t e r initial difficul-

viability. "The cost of this product depends upon

ties and with a little bit of practice, they found the

the configuration that is required. Minimum cost

system very helpful. As per out test records, our

with essential functionalities is between Rs 8,000

system scored 70 percent in handling abilities,

and Rs 10,000, which is quite economical. This is

and 74 percent reliability, with a response time of

because we used simple technology and cost effec-

4 milliseconds. He added."

tive components." ©

The complex circuitry helps to generate movements and reflexes that are senstive to temprature changes.

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A visual interpretation of a bionic arm attached to a severed human hand.

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