Apple iTunes store is now available in 12 Asian countries which includes Hong Kong, Singapore, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei,Cambodia, Thailand and Macau. With the launch of native online Apple iTunes stores in these countries Apple diverse its presence in the World.
Previously if someone from these countries want to buy songs or albums via iTunes store than they can do so only by purchasing so called iTunes gift cards from USA and use them on the official store. But with the launch of native online store, people from these countries can now use their local credit or debit cards to purchase the content from iTunes store.
It is also expected that the prices of songs and album on iTunes stores of these countries will be lower than that of USA. The price of a full Album in these new iTunes stores will range from 7.5$ to 10$ and price per song will be 1$ which is lower as compared to 1.29$ in USA.
Not launched in India
Apple excluded India from its list of launching native iTunes store in Asia. Well exact reason for this exclusion is still not clear but according to analysts due to licensing and piracy issues Apple excluded India from this launch.
But wait a minute India already have an album and song downloading service. Well if you don’t know than you must see Flipkart’s Flyte online music store which offers vast variety of songs from different languages a very affordable rate. Normal rate for downloading a song from Flyte music store ranges from Rs. 9 to Rs. 15 which is far lower than the price per song in Apple’s iTunes store.
Google has ultimately launched their first Nexus branded tablet at the annual I/O conference held in California yesterday. The name of the tablet will be Nexus 7 and will have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its main OS. The most interesting point about Nexus 7 is its low price and more feature. At 199$ Nexus 7 has a full blown Quad Core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset with stunning graphics which is not at all available in this price range. It also have 1 GB of RAM as compared to 512 MB in most of the tablets out there in this price range.
But the main question here is about the availability of Google Nexus 7. As according to official source, Google Nexus 7 will initially be launched only in 3 countries namely USA, Canada and Australia. Pricing in Australia will be slightly different as compared to USA based pricing. It will be priced at 250 $ in Australia which is 50 $ more than its price tag in USA.
Most of the times pricing in Australia is similar to pricing in India. If that is to be believed than Nexus 7 will be priced at Rs. 14,500 in our country. But the exact date of launch is still not clear. It is also possible that Google altogether drop the plan of launching this tablet in Indian market.
Mozilla Firefox is definitely the worlds most popular web browser as far as Windows OS is concerned but it never gains popularity in the Mobile world. In the world of different mobile operating systems Firefox as a major web browser is no where to be seen. But it do have the version for most popular Mobile OS in the world that is Google Android.
In Android OS Firefox faces stiff competition from Opera. Opera is more popular than Mozilla’s Firefox due to the fact that is supported on older ARM v7 devices also. But Firefox on the other hand is not supported on ARM v7 devices. The other defect in Android Firefox is its stability. Firefox on Android is highly unstable and keep getting closed automatically.
But now everything is different. Mozilla has recently updated their web browser Firefox for Android OS. This includes new look and adds more features to the cores of the system. Some of the features are listed below:
- First and foremost improvement in this new web browser is the support for HTML 5.
- A completely revamped UI (User Interface)
- Fixing of different bugs and improved stability.
- smart page feature
- Support for Flash plugin
- Search can be made directly thorough the address bar of the browser
- Support for add on plugins
This new Firefox will not support Android tablets and is meant only for Android smartphones.
This is the 14th update to Firefox web browser for Android by Mozilla and fixed a lot of bugs which were present in the previous versions. One can sync their history and other data with the desktops version of Firefox. Also it will support only Android versions starting from 2.2. Flash support will not be available for Firefox running on Gingerbread OS.
As per the various leaks and rumours going around the web world that Google will soon launch their Nexus branded tablet into the already saturated tablet market. the rumoured name of the tablet is Nexus 7. It was previously rumoured that Asus will manufacture the tablet for Google but now it is confirmed from Asus side also.
Nexus 7 is the latest gadget from the Nexus series by Google but it will be the first tablet to be launched under the Nexus brand. Nexus 7 boasts 7 inch HD display and will be powered by industry proven Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset. Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset features the ARM based quad core CPU at 1.5 GHz and features Geforce graphics. This is the same chipset which powers the most Asus Transformer Prime also. Asus Transformer Prime is the tablet from Asus and is known for its raw power. It is also rumoured that Google Nexus 7 will feature 1 GB of RAM which is more as compared to Kindle Fire and Apple iPad.
Will it be successful ?
The news about the launch of the Nexus came just few days after Microsoft launched their Surface series of tablets powered by Windows 8 OS. As per the reviewers and analysts, the screen size of Nexus 7 is one of the major concern which will make it a weak competitor against Galaxy Tab from Samsung and Apple’s iPad. But as per the reports Google is targeting Amazon’s Kindle series of tablets which occupies 54% of market share of Android tablets in USA.
Size is small but this is not the main point here. The main point here is it 199 $ price tag which will rip apart any competition. If Google decided to price their Nexus 7 tablet at 199 $ with the above specs than it will definitely go mainstream beating out any tablet already available in the market.
As according to the latest reports the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was temporarily banned in USA. This decision was delivered by a California Judge indicating that Samsung is flooding the market with infringed products.
According to Samsung they were shocked by the decision of the court and said that they will do their best to deliver technologically advanced products to consumers in USA.
Also in future if this injunction is found to be incorrect than Apple will have to pay 2.6 million $ bond to Samsung for compensating their loss in sales.