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What is Android?

Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones. Android is now a decade old and the most popular mobile operating system in the world. You'll find it on mobile phones, tablets and even on TVs and cars. Android is basically a software which allows your hardware to function. The Android operating system (OS) gives you access to apps that are available on the Google Play Store (formerly Android Market). Android phones are highly customizable, so they can be altered to suit your personal tastes and needs. For instance, you can set your own wallpaper, themes and launchers which can completely change the look of your device's interface. You can download new applications to do all sorts of things like check your Facebook and Twitter feeds, manage your bank account and play games.

How do I setup my Android phone?

The first thing you have to do to set up your Android smartphone is to create a Gmail account or use an existing one. This will allow you to download apps and use the other features that your android phone offers you. It also provides a great way to backup your contacts, save your files online and so on. So if you were to lose your phone, all of your numbers and important data will be saved in your Gmail account. The next time you get an Android phone or any other android device and sign in with your Google Account, all of your contacts and numbers will be displayed in your new device’s address book. There is no need to transfer them over or back them up anywhere else.

What can I download from the Play Store?

There are millions of apps and games available to download from the Google Play store. They are categorized for music, camera, games, utilities, sports, books, entertainment, etc. There are also various on-screen widgets to download which allow you to access certain apps from your main menu without opening up the actual app. You can create your own system of shortcuts suit your phone.

Most of the apps in the Play store are free but there are some premium apps that you would have to pay for. Some apps have ‘lite’ versions which are free but without all the features and if you enjoy them enough, you can upgrade to the full premium version.

The same account that lets you backup your contacts can also have financial details added to it, giving you the ability to purchase content from the Google Play store directly. You can pay either by debit or credit card or even your Etisalat or du mobile account.

Does Google make their own phones?

Nexus phones are basically Google's phones but in partnership with another smartphone brand. Google manages the design, development, marketing, and support of these devices but some development and all manufacturing are carried out by the partners of Google. The Nexus were typically the first to receive new updates and were considered to be the flagship Android phones, even though some other Android devices had larger screens, better cameras and more powerful hardware.

In 2016, Google ditched the Nexus brand name and replaced them by launching two new phones called the Pixel and Pixel XL. These phones were purely Google made. For all intents and purposes, these new phones enjoy all the same benefits as the Nexus devices did and are technically the successors to the Nexus line.

What is Android T.V?

As the name suggests, Android TV is based on the same Android software found on mobile phones, but tweaked to work on TV streaming devices. For example, the Nvidia Shield TV runs on Android TV. This smart box connects to your television and offers you full access to apps, games and the web. You can even perform searches for all kinds of content.

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Collect money through these Payment Gateways in UAE

A payment gateway is a technology which merchants use to accept customers' debit or credit card purchases. The concept encompasses not just the traditional card-reading machines used in brick-and-mortar retail stores but also the online stores' payment processing portals.

There are  different types of payment gateways in UAE:

  1. CashU: CashU is built to fit, represent, and help online shoppers so they can feel free to buy anything they want. Until now they are providing purchases in 13 currencies. With virtually zero setup fees, roughly 7 percent transaction fees and just USD 1.00 per annum maintenance fee.

  2. CC Avenue: Founded in 2001 and is recognized as the largest provider of Indian payment gateways. Three years later the company planned to extend its global presence with a new Dubai office. Currently, it has become a professional in electronic payments and is widely used by eCommerce companies in the UAE. Reference Cost: The setup cost for the Startup kit is free, and the transaction fee varies depending on the customer’s payment method.

  3. Checkout: Founded in 2012, and is a leading international provider of online payment solutions for ecommerce gateways. Checkout provides services to UAE in 2014, and offers a seamless mobile and online shopping solution. Reference Cost: Checkout.com payment gateway is a preferred choice for young entrepreneurs in the UAE with a reasonable transaction fee of AED 1.10 + 2.9 per cent of the subtotal.

  4. CyberSource: It is fast, secure and reliable.  As a follow-up to the setup costs ranging from $0.00 – $200, they charge a monthly fee of $20. Their exchange rate is $0.35 respectively at 2.39 per cent.

  5. Innovate Payment: They cover up to 120 + currencies in transactions, enabling maximum coverage on the US, Europe , and the Middle East. They charge an additional monthly fee of AED 150 – 500 with a setup fee ranging from AED 1500 – 5000 and a processing fee ranging from 3.00 percent – 5.00 percent + AED 0.50; both depending on the account size, respectively.

  6. Payfort:Payfort withholds 3.0 per cent of the transaction cost + AED 2 each. Its setup cost to small and medium-sized companies, however, is AED 3500, while the cost to a corporate account is AED 6500. Payfort provides additional features including fraud security at a surcharge and accepts 18 currencies. Since this payment gateway is tailored to online Arab shopping habits and patterns, it would be a great payment for your Ecommerce business.

  7. Paytabs: The online payment gateway we highly recommend in UAE is PayTabs (established in 2014), well-known for its leading-edge payment processing and fraud prevention program. PayTabs currently offers you three options: start-up plan – fixed monthly fee (AED 183.62), development plan – charge of 2.7 per cent + AED 0.99 per transaction.

  8. Telr: One of UAE's most well-known payment gateways, which can include several common methods of payment. There are three rates of payment: Entry, Small and Medium, which are perfect in developing market for startups, SMEs, and e-commerce companies.AED 349 / month (Entry) AED 149 / month+ Transaction fee (Small) AED 99 / month + Transaction fee (Medium).

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Website Guide

Build a website in three easy steps!

A website acts as a digital business card for a company: people can reference it again and again for things like contact information, names of employees, services offered, and more.

Let’s understand the three basic steps that go into building a website from SCRATCH.

 

Step 1: Domain Name Registration:

In simple, terms, if the website was your house, a domain name is the address. A domain name is the address of your website that people type in the URL bar, to access your website.

For example, www.facebook.com would be the domain name for Facebook.

Step 2: Web hosting and business email hosting

After domain name registration, it is important you get a proper web hosting.

Consider the web hosting server as a storage for all your files. Like how all the other files are hosted by your computer and only you can open it up. When these files are hosted on a web server, anyone can access them from anywhere and at any time.

360 web hosting is a specially curated web hosting service to reduce costs and ensure a faster and secure hosting service for your website.

There are two ways to host your business emails, either independently on a different server or on the same website server in order to save additional costs. A well-hosted email server will help you build credibility, further your brand name, and give you full control.

 Step 3: Website design

Website design, a self-explanatory term involving the process of webpage layout, user-friendly functionality, and multiple device compatibility along with CMS (Content Management System).

CMS; a content management system gives you access to edit the website from your internet browser eliminating any additional software download requirements. We will provide you with login credentials which will give you the access to edit, customize, change the layout, and various other functions.

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Hosting Website

Different types of Web Hosting services in UAE.

Consider the web hosting server as a storage for all your files. Like how all the other files are hosted by your computer and only you can open it up. When these files are hosted on a web server, anyone can access them from anywhere and at any time.

There are 5 major types of web hosting:

  1. Shared Hosting: This means that the website would be sharing space on the same server as other websites. This type of hosting would be easy to set up and cost-efficient.

  2. VPS Hosting: Your website should also share a common server with other websites or a virtual private server. A virtual private server is like only having your own apartment. You will not be shared with any roommates a kitchen, toilet, dining room, or other shared spaces. This gives you a lot of independence and versatility for the space to do what you want.

  3. WordPress Hosting: This hosting is specifically designed for websites that are running on WordPress. By selecting a professional WordPress host, you will significantly boost your WordPress site's efficiency while offering yourself a lot of additional benefits.

  4. Dedicated Hosting: Dedicated servers come with varying management levels. You can look for a hosting service to run your server for you, or you can handle it on your own. The disadvantage is that you will be responsible for downloading updates and checking for bugs or errors on everything, however, if you don't have the IT personnel for that you can get managed hosting service.

  5. Cloud Hosting: A newer method of web hosting is cloud hosting. It can best be represented as a hybrid, but the more cost-effective version of a VPS. The website will have higher uptime levels for cloud storage and will not have as much unexpected downtime due to server errors. Your platform will remain flexible and will operate at a professional level. Scalability is the best thing about cloud web hosting.

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