Lauching the Browser by supplying search criteria in Android

Often, you want to supply some criteria to search on. You can do this by supplying this information as part of the Intent’s extras. The ACTION_WEB_SEARCH Intent specifically uses the SearchManager.QUERY extra field for the search criteria. For example, to perform the Google search on pygmy goats, you configure the SearchManager.QUERY extra and launch the Browser as follows:


Intent search = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_WEB_SEARCH);  

search.putExtra(SearchManager.QUERY, “iPhone 4S”);  



Adding tab bar button in Sencha

The following script adds tab bar buttons:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<title>Hello World</title>

<script src="lib/touch/sencha-touch.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<link href="lib/touch/resources/css/sencha-touch.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
<script type="text/javascript">

var bar = new Ext.TabBar({
dock : 'top',
ui   : 'dark',
items: [
text: 'Button1'
text: 'Button2'

new Ext.Application({
launch: function() {
new Ext.Panel({

dockedItems: [bar],
fullscreen : true,
html       : 'Test Panel'



The Four Important Steps in iPhone app marketing

The four important steps in i-Phone / i-Pad marketing are:

  1. Develop a Solid Marketing Message.  Every activity ie., from your icon to description, contributes to your overall marketing activities. Make Your App’s Icon Jump. Name should be short, simple and descriptive. Description must be short, to the point on the App store and your product website. Make sure your app conveys the unique message in a split second, so that, your app can stand against your competitor’s app.
  2. Deliver Your Message to the Right Audience:-  For maximum exposure and effectiveness, you should convey your unique message to the right audience. There are many ways to create demand for your app among the right audience, such as press releases, blogs, reviews, banner ads, and much more. Make your customer believe that they can’t live with out your app. This will help to convert app store peepers in to paying customers.
  3. Price Your i-Phone/i-Pad App Right:- You need to set your price carefully. Before setting your price, you should review your competitor’s apps and its price. If you are pricing higher than their apps, make sure that your app should contain more features than theirs. You can always price high for utility apps. Also you should calculate your break even download.
  4. Implement a marketing plan and launch your app:- Create effective marketing campaign for your apps. Always create a plan prior to the development of your apps. The marketing plan is your guide for how to position, price and sell your app against a host of competitors. Your plan should include a definition of your target audience, a list of key competitors, a plan for releasing your app, and a calendar of marketing campaigns.

Marketing is not a single event but a series of events that persuade the buyer to take a look at your app and then buy it.

Android leads market ahead of Apple

According to research data for Q1 2011, Android is leading the smart phone market for the second quarter running. Google’s OS has 35.7 million units shipped in Q1 2011 increasing its market share to 35%.

Nokia remains numero-uno in 28 countries. Despite the lukewarm success of their latest Symbian smartphones, the adoption of Windows Phone 7 and the death of MeeGo, Nokia has grown 79% in China with 8.9 million units shipped. However, they has lost the global number one spot to Android.

Android also saw a 200% growth in the largest smartphone market – USA, where it dominated with 49% market share. Apple’s share grew to 31%, a growth of over 150% year-on-year. This growth can be credited significantly to the launch of the iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network, which helped boost sales.

BlackBerry maker RIM, however, saw a dip in its market share in Q1 2011. Hopefully, the arrival of the PlayBook tablet and a refreshed smartphone lineup will help BlackBerry back on its feet.

The data comes from Canalys, a research organisation with a focus on technology vendors.

Quality products provided by vendors supported Androids success. “HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson drove Android shipments in the first quarter, with each vendor shipping well over 3 million devices,” said Peter Cunningham, principal analyst, Canalys. “Samsung also shipped nearly 3.5 million bada operating system-based smart phones, outperforming total shipments of Windows Phone devices by more than a million units.”

“Samsung’s own operating system development, combined with the branding and investment in its Wave smart phones at mid-tier prices, has led to good uptake in developed markets, such as France, the UK and Germany”, continued Cunningham. “This achievement shows that there is still room for multiple operating systems, and that vendors can benefit from maintaining control of device development to hit the right markets and price points.”

Canalys has also confirmed that Asia Pacific is the largest growing smartphone market with a year-on-year growth of 93%. 37.3 million units were shipped, making Asia Pacific a larger market than Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the first time since 2007. The biggest growth has come from India, China and South Korea.

source: here

Windows Azure

Multinational technology firm Microsoft India today announced the launch of a new set of developer tools and software development kits for PHP developers building applications for Windows Azure.
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