Tablets Keep Family Close Across Generations, Time Zones

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by Ken Kaplan
Executive Editor
, iQ by Intel

Pour yourself into a fruitful career and what do you get? House calls from friends and family asking you to tune their piano or get their printer working on the home wireless network.

While she isn’t a piano tuner by any stretch, software marketing manager Renuka Awasthi knows what it’s like to get the family tech call for help. Rather than wait for those calls for help, she springs into action and empowers family and friends by showing them how they can use technology to their advantage.

On a recent trip to India to visit her family, Awasthi brought a gift for her dad. It was a new Asus Fonepad Note 6, which runs the Android operating system powered by Intel Atom processor. It was a device she was able to test out months earlier in her role in Intel’s Software and Services Group, where she helps developers who want their Android applications to run devices powered by Intel processors.

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She knew she wanted to get her dad an Intel-powered tablet running Android, so before choosing the Asus Fonepad, she considered the Dell Venue7, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, which she owns, and the Asus Memo Pad.

“I cannot explain how proud he is of me,” she said of her father. “Now he can use ooVoo to live video chat with my daughter in the U.S. and my brother’s kids in India. He also now watches cartoons with them simultaneously on YouTube.”

Awasthi’s mom still hasn’t had her chance to take control of the Fonepad.

Eager to repair the imbalance she caused between her parents, Awasthi knew there was only one thing she could do.

“My dad doesn’t want to share it with anybody, so I promised my Mom that I will bring her a tablet of her own next time I visit,” she said.

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On that recent visit, Awasthi took the opportunity to install the remote support app Team Viewer on her dad’s Fonepad and his desktop PC. “This allows me to login and fix any problems they might have with their devices,” she said. It was another trick of the trade she learned working inside Intel. While her parents are getting tablet computing devices later in their lives, she’s aware of the sea change occurring across generations around the world as Android-powered mobile devices and applications become more prevalent.

Android Mobile Devices Across Generations, Around the World

In the last quarter of 2013, sales of smartphones running Android accounting for nearly 70% of all smartphone sales across 12 key markets, according to Kantar Worldpanel, a market research subsidiary of WPP.

It’s not just smartphones.

“In 2013, tablets became a mainstream phenomenon,” said Roberta Cozza, research director at Gartner. Her research firm’s report in March showed that worldwide sales of tablets reached 195.4 million units in 2013, and 62 percent of those were running the Android operating system. This increase in popularity has encouraged more software developers to make their mobile apps run on Android.

Awasthi has had a front seat on the action for years. She often shares her insights and expertise not only with mobile app developers but also with her family, across generations and continents. Before leaving for her trip to India, she used her Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to find some fun apps that she could recommend to her father and other family members.


Awasthi’s husband is always the one behind the camera taking pictures while the family is on vacation, so he often goes missing in family pictures. “Now with Groopic, he is in the pictures with us,” she said. “This app allows him to take pictures of family or friends. Next I can take a picture of him and then the two pictures are merged together by the app.”

She also uses Pixlr to edit photos, add effects and save them for memories or share with friends and family.

Home Design and Decoration

Her tablet lent a helping hand when it came time for Awasthi to decorate her bedroom.

“I wanted to have my own work space in my bed room,” she said. “The HomeStyler Interior Design app allowed me to visualize and buy furniture using this app.”


Photos by TeamView and Renuka Awasthi.

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