All about Android development

Droidcon India 2013 is back. It will be held over three days, beginning November 28 at the MLR Convention Centre, Whitefield, in Bangalore. Part of the worldwide series of conferences on mobile operating ecosystem Android, the 2013 edition has over 400 registered participants so far, event organisers HasGeek has said. The conference will cover four critical areas of Android development: user interface/experience, business, systems and hardware, and gaming. Three panels at the conference will discuss the challenges of monetising Android apps, how to launch them in the market and overall strategy. This session will examine trends in the app ecosystem and the need for a clear monetisation strategy, HasGeek said in a release. There are dedicated sessions for app demos where successful apps — in terms of monetization, strategy, user outreach, social enterprise and design — will be demonstrated.

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Google looks at getting more women online

Leading Internet firm Google Inc. announced a campaign to help 50 million women get online in the next year. The company said that it has found that even as India is on its way to become the second largest Internet market in the world, overtaking the U.S., only one third of India’s online users are women. Google’s mass media campaign will promote a specially designed website,, which will host content covering the basics of the Internet and special content that is relevant for women in India, in both Hindi and English. Women will also be able to call a toll free helpline 18004199977 to get answers for any queries they may have about the Internet. Google has partnered with Intel, HUL and Axis Bank for this. Intel has announced that it will launch a mobile app called ‘Easy Step’ for women that will be available on the Play Store.

Datawind offers preloaded e-learning material

Leading low cost tablet manufacturer Datawind has signed a strategic partnership with U.S.-based education content provider CK12 to provide Indian customers great high-quality free math and science material that can be used by teachers, students, schools and parents. A press release from Datawind said that CK-12 will be preinstalled on most DataWind devices so users will have access to the learning material for free. DataWind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli said: “Our aim is to enable and equip every student in India with implements of learning that spawn interest in higher academic achievement. In this case, the tablet PC, but the hardware itself is not enough to serve the purpose of empowerment.” In a release, Neeru Khosla, Executive Director of CK-12 Foundation, said that CK-12 hopes to leverage Datawind’s affordability to achieve its mission of reaching its content out to as many users as possible and enable them to learn at his or her own pace.

Get your Game On

Global mobile firm BlackBerry has announced the launch of the Game On contest for game developers, as part of expanding the existing portfolio of games in the BlackBerry World. In a release, Blackberry said that the contest aimed to foster development of gaming applications across the BlackBerry 10 OS and is open till November 30. Winners across categories stand a chance to win cash prizes up to Rs. 2,50,000 and BlackBerry smartphone devices, the release added. For details, visit

Microsoft launches Visual Studio

Software major Microsoft announced the launch of Visual Studio Online, a new set of development services and offerings, part of its cloud operating system and a connected development experience to help customers create next generation applications. The next version of Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2013, and .NET framework, .NET 4.5.1, have also been made available simultaneously, according to an announcement made in Bangalore last week. It also made available a preview of Visual Studio Online ‘Monaco’, a lightweight browser-based coding environment using standards-based HTML and JavaScript to build cloud services.

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