Top 5 Android Apps For Entrepreneurs

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Using an Android device and searching for business apps can ease your tight schedule to make your work easy and reduce strain. The Android market is filled with many business apps. So, we are giving you some useful business apps that support you.

File manager: This application allows you to customize or arrange your folder, files and desktop. This app has three sets of images and solves multiple issues. Users who find this app should have prior knowledge and then should go for this app.

Quick Office Pro: This helps people who constantly use Excel, Word, and power point. By using this app, users can edit and open documents, spread sheets and presentations. We can use PDF file as well. We can resize, delete and move using this app. You can also store your files on cloud storage.

Divide: Bring your own gadgets to the organizations in a secure way by splitting work into personal and office sections. Dividing the work into encrypted form on gadget devices allows business people to access their contact, emails and so on.
IT professional maintains data control and security; Data can be erased in the absence of the employee. Other employees can’t access your personal data; it can be accessed by the mobile owner .This application is available for free.

Divide Android App

Google Drive: Using this app, we can store documents, photos and videos. We can access and share from one place. You can upload files directly on Google drive from your gadget and you can share it with your friends.

Business people can use this app especially for presentations, office documents and PDF files. This app allows users to store upto 5GB.When we are sharing our documents, other people can also edit the file on real time. This app is completely free to download.

Bump: To use this app we need two smart phone owners because it’s easy and quick to transfer data. Before transferring the data, users need to confirm that they want to share the data. This app can be used on networking events because it easy to share mails. They can become friends on Facebook and it is completely free to download.

Adobe Reader: To share PDF files on an android device, user’s use this app. Users can access and manage PDF files. We can fill application forms online and sign electronically. You can store all your PDF files on cloud. You can edit files using this app like strike through, underline, highlight, add text, and comment.

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Android & Windows Tablets vs. the iPad

Innovative and user-friendly features are the hallmark of Apple products. Apple’s iPad continues to attract a large number of customers all over the world in spite of powerful alternatives available in the market.

Apple seems to be undeterred by the so-called Android revolution and new tablets powered by Windows.

Windows 8 based tablets are on the anvil which are expected to hit the market at the end of 2012 or early 2013. However, these have been speculated to have some interoperability issues. Developers have an affinity with iOS based applications rather than Android applications. It is also to be noted that there are a larger number of paid iOS applications than the number of paid Android applications. Thus, the iOS ecosystem is growing strong and at a steady pace.

Apple’s contribution towards Mobile Computing (where only smartphones and tablets are taken into consideration) is significant. The mobile and computing giant has made remarkable progress in terms of global sales. Global revenue for the same has doubled from 2007 to 2011. It is amazing to find that Apple generates 47% of the total mobile revenue by selling just 11% of the total mobile computing devices. Android and windows based mobile computing devices share is to the extent of 53% of the total revenue.

There are a number of reasons for the success of iPad:

  • Apple is successful in exploring new markets
  • The design and features create a very innovative user-experience
  • Pricing, ability to share among iOS based devices and iOS applications are reasons worthy of mention
  • The large screen lets you watch full length movies comfortably.
  • The touch interface is easy to use.
  • There is a solid range of innovative applications to enhance the horizons of entertainment
  • It’s not only entertainment but also the learning zone extended through iPad makes it a favorite digital gadget

In recent times, iOS-based application development has been made far easier than Android-based development, as developers have to deal with a number of screen sizes to develop Android applications. The portability between iPhone and iPad is another plus factor. Almost all games that can be played on the iPhone can be enjoyed on iPad as well. This kind of flexibility is not available with Android based applications as it is required to deal with a number of screen sizes. The monetization channels are well established for developers to develop applications that run on iOS and the same is not yet established with Android applications.

Microsoft has announced Windows 8 – ARM powered tablets; with challenges (from existing players) to strengthen its mobile computing market. Windows 8 based tablets should feature easy to manage features. It’s price and the ability to provide best business tools and user-friendly features are deciding factors to dethrone iPad in near future. Microsoft can target businesses which have not yet implemented iOS based mobile computing infrastructure. On the other hand, it is difficult to convert clients even though they are using windows based personal computers but are accustomed to iOS based mobile computing infrastructure. The deficiencies present in the development of Android based applications and the difficulties present in windows based tablets will continue to lure customers to go for iPad. The uncertainty in the release date of Microsoft 8 based tablets will also boost iPad sales.

All said & done, it’s Apple winning the war comfortably.

Braintree – Financial Transactions via Mobile Apps

As more  people adapt to the convenience offered by mobile phones, another traditional “web” feature has seen a big increase in the mobile segment: Financial Transactions. As such, there are quite a few options out there, but it isn’t exactly simple to integrate it into applications; If online payment providers offer sufficient tools to application developers, the entire process will be made simple.

In this context, Braintree has come up with the extension of tools for mobile application developers which will help developers integrate payment gateways into their applications. With these new set of tools, merchants will be able to confirm payments in the mobile application itself without the need of browser authentication.

 

Braintree is one of the fastest growing credit card processing companies in the world. It adds more than 100 new merchant accounts every month. It has more than $4 billion credit card transaction volume. As a matter of fact, Braintree offers services to authenticate payments made online. This service is useful for merchant establishments. The company offers multiple services related to payment processing including payment gateway services, merchant account and credit card data storage. The provided infrastructure helps merchants process national and international payments. The current delivered new set of tools help developers eliminate the complicated PCI compliance matters. Extensive safety measures can be taken by implementing encryption service when users enter sensitive information on mobile phone which has to be processed through mobile applications.

The encrypted data captured from the mobile application will be routed to a payment processor through servers employed by merchants. Decryption of code can happen only at Braintree’s end. Using a private key, Braintree will be able to process the encrypted data. In this process, merchants do not have direct access to sensitive credit card information; their servers act like mere carriers of data in this scenario. These mobile applications will be made available in a variety of mobile platforms including iOS,  Android and Windows Phone 7 based devices.

The key difference between the currently deployed mobile applications and new mobile applications will be this: instead of masking the browser in applications, new mobile applications will be able to process transactions directly from the application without depending on browser. With the availability of new mobile applications, businesses will be able to attract more customers who prefer to pay through mobile phones. Merchants will also benefit  as they will not be exposed to the sensitive information pertaining to credit cards. Transaction authentication will happen in few seconds time adding more convenience to both customers and merchants.

With the availability of applications through various devices including tablets and through various mobile phones loaded with diverse operating systems, overall mobile transactions will grow in future. Many more new mobile applications are expected to be introduced in the coming days. In addition to the technical tools, some mobile payment processors like Square are offering attractive loyalty features and printed receipts for merchants to keep them in their fold. With the increased competition in provision of services, payment processing companies are trying to woo merchants by offering some goodies.

Depreciating Resale Values of Smartphones

While the purchase of iPhones, Androids and other Tablets are on the rise, their resale is also shooting up. Many smartphone users want to upgrade to latest smartphone in the market. However, unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you would probably sell or exchange your old device to buy your newer device, which explains why the reselling of Smart Portable devices is on the rise. The factor of resale directly depends on the depreciation rate of these smartphones. One important point to remember is that, just as with anything else (like your car), all smartphones never depreciate uniformly.

 

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When you  want to sell your smartphone then depreciation value varies depending on the brand. A recent study found that iPhone has a really good resale value while other smartphones like Android, Blackberry, etc fail miserably in their resale value. Even after usage for 12 months or more the resale value of iPhones are as high as 63% while it is just 42% for Android phones. Another interesting fact is that even after 6 months of usage, the resale value of  the iPhone is as high as 89% while other smartphones will go for somewhere around 66%.

Graph of Smartphone Resale Value Depreciation

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In a study performed on all the iPhone models, 70 top-selling Androids and 30 top-selling Blackberries, the iPhone swept the competition into the dust pan. This is because of the fact that the hardware of the iPhone is very much in demand. Additionally, there are more people buying iPhones in comparison to other smartphones. These clearly states  that an Apple iPhone is definitely a good investment since you can buy it now and resell it in few months for almost the same price, while this is not the case with Android phones. If you are interested in buying Android phones then make sure you are going to preserve it or use it forever because unlike Apple iPhones, Androids doesn’t have a good resale value. This too varies with the model and brand of the Android device.

Additionally, it is  advisable to buy phone with contract (where applicable), since while reselling breaking your contract and paying termination fees are cheaper than off-contract prices especially for the Androids i.e. it’s more economical to sever your contract than to buy phones devoid of a contract. For instance, even with a $300 premature termination fee, it’s generally $100 cheaper to get a funded phone and sever the contract than buying an unsubsidized phone with no contract. Carriers want you to sign a contract, so they entice users into doing so by subsidizing the price you pay up-front for your smartphone. The high depreciation rate of the Android phone make many models of Android phones more expensive to own per month. However if you calculate the expense of owning per month for an  iPhone, it is pretty low thus making the iPhone the preferred smartphone.

Finally, the resale also depends on the location of users. An interesting study from Priceconomics showed that the users from Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Anchorage, etc, resold iPhones more than those who live in places like New York, New Jersey, Orlando, etc. Do note that this study and all the results are based on the US Market.

As the saying goes, “There is many a slip twixt the cup and the lip“; there are many factors involved between buying a smartphone and reselling it effectively.

Source: Priceconomics

Panasonic’s Toughbook Inspired Robust Tablets: Toughpad A1 and B1

Panasonic’s ToughBook – Inspired Tablets are making their way by presenting robust and secured series of Android tablets. The 10.1″ ToughPad A1 and 7″ ToughPad B1 are expected to hit the market in spring 2012 and later part of 2012 respectively. Even though specs, pricing and launch dates are available for A1 it will take more time for B1 (to get a more realistic picture). The robust high security featured android tablets are creating much hype in tech circles. Even though Panasonic didn’t have enough share in tablets market, with the launch of new tablets it can fare well especially with the support likely to receive from business and government users.

ToughPad A1 offers Android 3.2 Honeycomb Operating System. The toughpad features 1.2 GHz dual-core Marvell processor, 1 GB RAM and RAM that can be extended up to 16 GB. With 5 MP rear end camera and 2 MP front shooter connecting to both LTE and WiMAX, A1 Toughpad is priced at $1299. Even though the pricing is not quite competitive, it appears that Panasonic might have clinched some robust business and military deals.

Compared to Apple, Panasonic might have targeted the tablets to a small segment of customers. Apple’s launch of tablets had brought a real change in the lives of millions of people around the world. It seems that Panasonic is following the path of Lenovo in selling androids to government and business users. Both A1 and B1 will deliver enterprise supported tools like app store, developer tools and additional technical support.

There is a requirement for security enhanced tablets in the business world. Panasonic promptly addresses this need by launching security rich tablet for commercial use. For example, Panasonic’s A1 gives security at hardware level also. It offers encrypted technologies both at hardware and software levels and dual factor authentication. Trusted boot, device management features and enhanced VPN makes A1 sought after tablet in the business segment. With enhanced security measures embedded in A1, the toughpad becomes FIPS 140-2 compliant for usage in Government circles and HIPAA ready for clearance in healthcare sector.

With the custom level of control that can be leveraged by administrators, greater control is achieved on the new tablets. Corporate can prefer these tablets for field level usage instead of going for consumer grade tablets which cannot offer business level of security. The day light viewable screen enables usage in the field, supply chain logistics and government departments. The stylus and active digitizer lets users help enter text in broad day light and capture signature from customers. The extended battery life and integrated cameras help you carry on the work which aptly fits for the entire day.

The device has also got good ratings for drops, water and dust protection. It can be used in a wide range of temperatures. Field staff productivity is optimized with enhanced reliable features. Besides robust features, the device also offers full set of accessories which makes it easy to connect with various devices it supports. If you want more of Panasonic’s new tablet news, you can follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

Do you think the Toughpads will be able to handle really rough treatment? Check out the Promo Video Below:

Can LG beat iPhones and Galaxies?

LG Electronics belongs to one of the world’s largest electronic multinational firm, LG Group. The Seoul based LG Electronics operates its electronic business through five divisions. They are mobile communications, entertainment, appliance, air-conditioning and business solutions. LG electronics takes 2nd place in the world in production and distribution of television sets. The company established in the year 1958, has spread over many countries with its subsidiaries present in more than 75 countries. LG Electronics has won many awards and achievements over the years and is one of the forerunners in technology front.

Pic - LG Optimus vs Sasung Galaxy vs. Apple iPhone

LG’s new Optimus mobile competes with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy. The new phone sports sharper display than Apple and Samsung range of mobile phones. The Seoul based company is slow to take advantage of the booming smartphone market which is much dominated by Samusung, Apple and HTC. LG needs a push to start afresh from the loss making status to break even status. It needs to build its own identity in terms of appearance and features. Other big brands are able to march ahead by delivering attractive and timely features which lead to shape their own identity. LG launched their first smartphone in 2010 whereas Apple launched its first smartphone in the year 2008.

As per the latest reports of Q2 of 2011, Apple is leading the smartphone market capturing 18.5% of the global market. The next place goes to Samsung and Nokia was pushed to third position. Finland based Nokia has a great setback dropping to 15.2% from 38.1%. Nokia still leads the world market (in terms of all kinds of mobile phones including basic models) by capturing 24.5% of the global mobile handset market. Samsung takes second place with 20.5% and LG being consolidated at 3rd place with 6.9% share of the market. As per financial analysts, LG has to work hard to come out from the current ‘negative’ status to ‘stable’ status. The company needs fresh and regular stimulants by presenting innovative, user friendly and state of the art mobile phones.

LG has released more than 12 smartphone models under the brand, Optimus. Optimus LTE sports 329 pixel screen compared to 326 pixel by Apple’s iPhone 4S. Optimus LTE comes with 1.5 GHz processor which is similar to Samsung’s Galaxy model. LG claims that new model based on LTE technology is capable of working on high speed networks. LG is also eying on handsets based on 3D technology. LG had already launched a 3D phone this year which has an edge over Apple and Samsung. LG is trying its level best to come out with many number of models supposing that any one of them may become a super hit. While the strategy looks good, as per the financials analysts, the pace LG is diving in is too slow. Until LG will be able to convince the customers with a handset that performs and can be a best bet against Samsung or Apple, most of the customers may stay away from LG. The coming months are crucial for LG to come out from the debt trap and march ahead with flying colors.

Speculations grow as Google plans to buy Yahoo

There has been a speculation over megadeal worth billions as Google plans to buy Yahoo.

WSJ stated that Google Inc has approached two private firms and help them financially for a deal to buy Yahoo’s core services. The magazine also stated that Google is still in the early stages of the conversation and there is a possibility that at the end, Google won’t end up making a bid.

Yahoo advisers Goldman Sachs and Allen & co informed interested parties of a “no cross talk” provision, a part of non-disclosure agreement that should be signed to get access to Yahoo’s sensitive financial data. This has given yahoo a more control over strategic review keeping the competitive tension in bidding. This has annoyed several potential buyers and they refuse to sign the non-disclosure agreement.

The two most likely reasons for Google to buy Yahoo would be –

  • Google might shut the company down as it did to its previous competitors or it is trying to break the bond between Microsoft and Google and make deals difficult by getting into game of driving up acquisition costs.
  • Google is interested in selling advertisements across Yahoo’s websites owing to its high traffic and since it struggled to get good prices for it.

Yahoo’s display-ads that includes graphical, interactive video ads is a whooping two billion annual business. But Yahoo’s revenue has been falling since its rivals Google and Facebook are gaining market shares. Though Google is world’s number one player in web searcher it is still a small but growing competitor in the display-ad market. Also, any deal involving Google would bring other opportunities. For instance Google+ can be brought to Yahoo’s audience as the later has almost 700 unique million visitors every month.

Even the software giant Microsoft is considering a team bid. Though Microsoft made an unsuccessful attempt to buy it in the year 2008, now it is not planning for full ownership of Yahoo, it is trying to act as a financier as Yahoo has been unable to increase its revenue although the internet market ad grows more than 20% annually. Quoting some un-named sources the wall street journal said, “Under the proposal being discussed Microsoft would put up several billions of dollars for funding with additional financing being arranged by banks“.

And owning a chunk of preferred stock in Yahoo would allow Microsoft to regain the investment before owners of common stock and other types of investors. Over the last few weeks private equity firms such as Silver Lake, Bain capital, providence equity partners and Hellman & friedman LLC have made efforts to partner among themselves or some potential strategic buyers like the Chinese e-Commerce giant Alibaba and Microsoft.

With all these rumors we have to wait and watch what is going to happen. Yahoo may have a large number of users and a lot of content with equity in brand. But its equity is not going to be helpful this time.

Samsung Divestment – Down fall or Rain fall

Samsung – One of the largest multinational conglomerates from Korea is going for divestment. Samsung Group with its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea has numerous businesses spread across the globe. The group companies are promoted under the brand name of Samsung. Samsung Electronics is one of the vibrant and is the world’s largest companies in terms of sales. The group has floated many noteworthy entities and its ship building concern, Samsung Heavy Industries takes second place in the world. The group has diversified its interests in electronics, insurance, entertainment, heavy industries and investment banking among others.

 

It is perceived that Samsung Group’s disinvestment comes in tune to the alert given by administrators and politicians of the country that small and middle enterprises may suffer due to unsupportive maintenance, repair and operation activities of large and multinational companies. Samsung Group has confirmed that is has picked up Interpark as a successful bidder for its procurement wing, iMarketKorea Inc. Interpark is one of the leading online shopping malls in Korea. The deal is worth about $342 million which comes out to be 58.7 % of the share held by Samsung group companies.

 

Surprisingly, the same pace of divestment measures are not followed by other big businesses such as LG or SK. The deal is likely to finalize in the month of November, 2011. As per the deal, Samsung guarantees Interpark revenue generation to the tune of 2 trillion Won per annum through iMarketKorea. iMarketKorea was setup in the year 2000 by Samsung to cater operation and maintenance services to small business clients. Interpark in association with Korea Venture Business Association and private equity firm HQ goes for this new ambitious deal. Interpark is successful in defeating other major bidder, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Co and MBK Partners.

As an immediate reaction to the deal, stocks of iMarketKorea and Interpark have slipped by 2 to 3% on exchange trade. Even though there is no immediate effect in business functioning of the Samsung, it will be interesting to find the impact on Samsung group as a whole and Samsung Electronics in particular. By selling the major chunk of the iMarketKorea to Interpark and its allies, Samsung Group can better protect its brand image. It may help Group in the long run by being able to focus on its core competency and at the same will be able to draw maximum out of goods and maintenance services.

Samsung group was partitioned for the first time during 1960’s with Cho Hong-jai taking Hyosung group’s ownership. Second major partition happened during 1990’s with Hansol coming under the leadership of founder’s eldest daughter. Shinsegae group came under founder’s fifth daughter and CJ ownership went to founder’s eldest son. The current Samsung Group is led by founder’s third son. After separation and formation of groups, the deviated groups will not hold any liability in terms of business and it will be attributed to Samsung Group only. The group draws its continued inheritance right from its launch in the year, 1938 by founder Lee Byung Chull.

Having established its remarkable presence in the world of electronics especially in the new generation of mobile phones, it will be interesting to watch the new twists and turns of the Samsung Group in the highly competitive global market.

Panasonic’s Android based Business Tablets to Boost Business

A new set of tablets meant for growing business users was announced by Panasonic. The 90 year old Japanese consumer electronics giant, Panasonic Corporation has achieved many milestones in its history. It is one of the oldest premium brands that have brought many audio visual entertaining devices. Having the core electronic component manufacturing capability and competence, the company has eyed the growing demand for tablets all over the world. These tablets will be handy for business people to carry from one location to another location throughout their hectic travelling schedules.

 

 

Extensive care will be taken in equipping these new tablets to withstand water, dust and shock.
You can access these two new tablets for extended hours as they are provided with interchangeable battery back-ups. The new tablets labeled JT-580VT series and JT-581VT series will be made available in December, 2011 and January, 2012 respectively. While JT-580VT comes with 7 inch screen, JT-581VT comes with 10.1 inch screen. The tablet comes with wireless LAN, Bluetooth, IrDA and various other interfaces. It will be fitted with a touch panel that can be operated with gloves. You can deploy function keys for a set of specific tasks by using the programmable features of the device. These two models will be rolled out with Android Honeycomb 3.2 OS. Salient features of these new tablets include IC card reader cum writer as per NFC standards, 3G as an option and improvised security features. The data present in the device can be secured by making use of the IC card reader facility as it will cross check the employee to identify before giving access to the system.

The company claims that new tablets can be used at various planning and design stages of enterprise business applications. The company seems to leverage the potential of both tablets usage and growing popularity of Android OS. The new move goes in this direction so that users get maximum benefit out of Android based OS as more and more android based innovative applications are being launched every day. It is an attempt to attract new clients who are eagerly waiting for an alternative to windows based tablets. Even though the company claims that these new tablets are robust and can withstand drops from 80 cm to 120 heights, the company has not addressed the compensation extended to customers in case of failure to withstand the drops. As per the protection from water and dust mentioned by the company, it is believed that these tablets were tested by applying sprayings of water and dust in all possible directions. These tablets can be deployed to achieve extensive operational success by having the flexibility to use for bar code recognition and connecting a printer through Bluetooth. Business groups can certainly take advantage of these new developments to achieve operational success by actively participating and engaging with Panasonic towards customization of their business needs with a matching tablet. In the coming days, tablets may help integrate operational services by using tablets as productive end terminals.

Let us wait how Panasonic will fare with these android tablets!

iPhone5 – The sneak peek of what’s in store!

Apple Inc has shot to fame with the release of its various sleek models of mobile phones (iPhone), tablets (iPad) and not to forget, our very own iPod. Somehow, it has managed to be in the limelight always. And now again, it is on everyone’s mind. Any guesses on what we are talking about? No, we are not talking about the company’s CEO Steve Jobs resignation but about the latest product coming from Apple Inc – iPhone5; which is believed to have a major upgrade from its predecessors.

Yes, it’s been a long eager wait and we still don’t hear about its launch. The supposed launch has been postponed by a few months which make room for too many speculations about its release date and looks like the rumours are only getting intense by the day. Apple has always rooted for a ‘mid-June or July’ product launch for most of its earlier releases. This time around, it has deviated a bit from its regular schedule and has delayed the launch date due to several reasons. But if the present rumours are anything to go by, we can expect iPhone5 to make its debut by October, 2011 in the market.

The markets are already gearing up as we hear the news of iPhone4’s price falling down giving us enough evidence of its arrival. The pricing of the latest iPhone handset is still not clear, though sources predict that a high-end model may range anywhere around $825-$950. If you are eyeing to buy an iPhone4, it’s the best time to get one as its price would have fallen to give way to its successor.

Features & Specifications – As iPhone5 comes loaded with iOS 5, Apple hopes to streamline the Smartphone market in many ways. Moving on to its features, it is believed to be more thinner and wider than its predecessors which only reveals that Apple wants iPhone5 to have more screen resolution. Some earlier rumours reported that is likely to have an entirely different design; but in contrast to those reports, Bloomberg’s sources say that iPhone5 will pretty much look like iPhone4 with minor upgrades to it. It will have a dual-core A5 processor chip paving way for more speed. Gaming will be all the more fun and attractive in iPhone5 as developers will be creating more powerful games. It comes with face recognition security leaving you to worry little about your coveted Smartphone getting lost. Video chatting would be even faster as it runs on 4G network. The expected display screen size is 4 inches, maybe a little wide to your pocket. It has a scratch resistant surface on it and an in-built GPS which will help you if get lost by any chance. An 8 mega-pixel camera and an updated battery back-up only tell you that there is an upgrade in its specifications.

Some sites have suggested that Apple has plans to launch two versions of iPhone5, an advanced version for the professional user and a basic version for the average user, making iPhone5 affordable to the common man. I still cannot figure it out how they would do this but if it does, it will be a change of a trend.

Let’s wait for ‘Time’ to solve the enigma around iPhone 5.