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Rise of the Androids: Google’s Android@Home platform

It was 1996 when Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on a search engine program by the name “BackRub”. By 1998 this whole “backrub” concept was incorporated into a company by the name “GOOGLE”.

Little did Page and Brin know, what the future will look like? But I am sure they are happy. What started as a search engine is now of the biggest brand. The recent development with Android based smartphones might just be the beginning, as google get ready to mark their presence in every home with their new Android@Home platform.

What they plan to do? It Can be best described by the statement made by the company at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco recently,

We want every device in your home.

Google is now extending the capabilities of these device to wirelessly control and interact with virtually any electronic device in your home by using an Android smartphone or tablet. So in future you can switch of the lights, open the doors, manage room temperature, record your favorite programs and transfer your health scorecard from your exercise bike to your phone. To establish the platform’s credibility, they gave a small demonstration by wirelessly operating an electric bulb from an Android device.

To develop a single complete network for your home, Google has made the Android@Home platform freely available to developers so they can write applications that can control various devices. The platform can work on any Android device running on Honeycomb 3.1 or regular Android 2.3.4. OS.

Google also revealed that,

a future release of Android, code-named ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’, would unify the smart phone and tablet branches of Android into one single operating system that works across all devices

Ice Cream Sandwich will see a partnership between Google, the handset manufacturers and the carriers. This is to ensure that the users are able to get seamless service and timely updates.

Source: Metro / geeky-gadgets

To know more about Google Project for Android.

The ‘F’ of Facebook !!!

With more than 500 million active users, over 900 millions objects that user interact with on any given day. This will just be another statical figure from the past, every single time this blog is visited. With Facebook transforming its face from the very first day when it went live from the dorm of Harvard University, its global presence and fascia has evolved since then.

So now what is the ‘F’ of the Facebook refer to you…for me and to you all it must refer to as the

“Future of the Facebook”

With more than 250 million users accessing Facebook profile on a daily basis, what else does it plan now? The answer to this question was answered a few days ago, with Facebook acquiring Snaptu for $70 million.

Snaptu’s Factsheet
Founded in 2007, an Israel based company.
Service offering: J2EM Mobile Applications which can run on any phone.

Facebook aims at launching the Facebook apps, which is compatible with every phone. So if you are wondering how does the real math’s work up to, this is how…it will

Mobile sales soared by 31.8% during 2010.
5.3 billion mobile subscribers ie 77% of the world population.
Percentage of mobile Web users who never or infrequently use the desktop Web as per mobiThinking:
Egypt 70%, India 59%, South Africa 57%, Indonesia 44%, Thailand 32%, China 30%, US 25%, UK 22%, Russia 19%.

The data includes users who access web via smart phone, PDA’s or the regular phones. With Java, a common feature available on any phone now a days. You can actually guess, what it would mean Facebook’s Future.

Doesn’t it look GoooooooooooD !!!

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