Saturday, December 26

Nexus One would be exclusive in a new way




Google is going the gmail way for it's handset too.

While the device is not restricted to any particular network, Nexus 1 will be available by invite only! It looks like Google is doing a public beta first just like the web2.0 services.

So this January, we could see a lot of bidding on eBay for both invites and handset itself.

Nexus One hardware specs were published by Engadget recently

A 3.7" AMOLED screen matching the Droid
512MB of RAM n ROM too
4 GB flash drive with expansion slot
1ghz processor
5mp camera
All common wireless radios
Android 2.1




No wonder Apple has announced a Jan end meet, an interim iPhone update is inevitable to withstand the onslaught of Droid and Nexus One.

Competition rocks!




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Apple iTab iSlate whatever




Happy holidays season has been buzzing with Apple news, especially about the rumored iPhone big brother!



From rumors to Reality, the Apple tablet does seem to be hitting production sometime soon. Major tech websites are betting on Jan 2010 for an official announcement.

Expected to come with a 7inch multitouch screen and all type of chips squeezed in, it's most likely to be called iSlate. Macrumors, engadget n mashable covering this story making it more credible.

Given that Droid and Nexus One makes iPhone look ancient, Apple might be compelled to announce a screen upgrade as a stopgap till July 2010.

An iPhone upgrade is most likely given that Apple have asked its app developer friends to scale up the resolution which certainly means a screen upgrade is coming.

Its unlikely that the Tablet will be running iPhone apps. A Tablet is sure to have it's own UI optimized for landscape mode.

A cooler iPhone or a 7" iSlate / iTab / Apple Unicorn, Apple is going to set the pace for year 2010.

Thursday, December 17

Smart phones: Best of 2009

Year 2009 has been special with the launch of great high end smart phones and a few of which like the Motorola Droid and Nokia N900 has the potential to attain iconic status.

This year saw some great action in mobile OS with the launch of Web OS by Palm and Maemo by Nokia. Android got some refreshing handsets to call home while Symbian and WinMo had some significant improvements. This Renewed interest in OS has been primarily due to the continued sucess of Apple iPhone. Lesson well learned by others. Apple continued it's dream run and it's lead just seems to be increasing.

While there has been a whole lot of smart phones hitting the market this year (half of it seems to be HTC) the notable aspect among the best sellers was the combination of hardware+OS+services.


1. Apple iPhone 3GS OSX 3.0




Apple continued to lead the pack with it's superfast iPhone and kept it's major OS upgrade compatible with the older iPhones and thus earning some brownies. Though 3GS isn't path breaking, It still gets the top spot as it continues to entice user and dominated the market for 3 years


2. Motorola Droid - Android 2.0



Dec 09 saw the debut of the best ever Android handset, aptly named Droid. A much needed hit for Motorola. Droid garnered 3% of mobile web traffic in the launch weekend itself and has been acknowledged as the first serious threat to iPhone supremacy and Time magazine named it the device of the year. Droid has the potential to be on top spot by 2010.


3. Nokia N900 - Maemo



Nokia continued to bridge the gap between Cellphones and Tablets with the launch of N900. A beast with huge screen n keyboard, it runs on maemo OS (linux based) and represents the future of cellphones or rather the opening up an entirely new market segment which some call MID (mobile Internet devices). Maemo will soon face competition from Chrome OS. Nokia's flagship N97 running the latest symbian however didn't live up to expectation and was quickly overshadowed by N900 and others.


4. Palm Pre - Web OS



Palm made a sucessfull comback to the smartphone market ( something it cofounded) with the launch of Pre running on its brand new WebOS. Though Pre had many shortcomings it was well received thanks to it's ability to take multitasking to the next level and intutive UI making it ideal for the young on the run.


5. HTC HD2 - WinMo 6.5



HTC continued churning out really good looking handsets with their biggest launch being HD2. Driven by a near 1ghz processor this monster tops it all when it comes to hardware and is the best thing that ever happened to WinMo. HTC brilliantly hid the ugly side of WinMo 6.5 with it's SenseMe UI.


With Google phone launch imminent and Droid making excellent inroads, Apple will have the most challenging year ahead as other handset makers line up to take on iPhone with renewed hope.








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Wednesday, December 16

Nexus One : it is







Now that there are confirmed reports that google had filed for trademark of the term 'Nexus One' it's 99.99% sure that google phone will be commercially sold as Nexus One.

.01% doubt for what if it lands up to be a developer only phone?

Well while I am unhappy over the name, many industry leaders are worried about the future of Android platform itself. For it wasn't very long ago that Google said it will not enter the device market directly.

What will happen to Sony, Motorola and many more who have invested a lot in Androiding their offerings? Won't they feel cheated?

HTC for sure would be happy churning out millions of Googled nexus one not worrying whether their Hero and Tatoo is selling!





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Monday, December 14

Google phone aka HTC Nexus one is real ! : photos

Ok, now Engadget has some real footage of the real Nexus One. Unlike earlier said by many as running on Chrome and hardware identical to HD2, this device is more of an avg guy running on the latest Android version 2.1.





That certainly makes things more believable and with the help page being pointed towards a Google support page, it's 99.9% Google phone.



I am still not convinced about the name "nexus One"




Images: belongs to Engadget
View full album here
http://www.engadget.com/photos/google-phone-nexus-one-exclusive-photos/2531515/#2531525

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Sunday, December 13

Now Google phone gets a name too



Wow, the news is Google phone being named NEXUS ONE!. Something which I think is verymuch unlike Google. Moreover Nexus sounds like some kind of conspiracy and Google won't risk that name for it's flagship device.

The device is said to be running on HTC HD 2 hardware with an UI designed entirely by Google team.

Even an artist impression has surfaced with a HTC HD 2 sporting a white homescreen with icons and a start menu on top aka windows with the icon being that of chrome.









I don't think there is any truth in this news .

- This device isn't in line with the ones distributed to googlers for testing and why would Google risk running Chrome OS when Android has matured as a platform and can support any functionality that Google wants to incorporate onto their flagship device?

- Chrome OS will feature in a google sponsored device soon but it's highly unlikely to be a phone. It would be more of a netbook or tablet to take on Kindle and it's peers.

Google is more likely to introduce a device which wont set standards on high end hardware but would be a exceptional performer when it comes to software and Internet in particular. Verymuch like the way Apple introduced iPhone which continues to lead the market even though it scores poorly in spec sheets.

It is going to be a design centered on the goal to deliver Google services to it's users in a pathbreaking way.

While Nexus One seems to be wishfull thinking, one can be sure that a Google phone would soon be announced.

Competition is good!


Image: via www.fonearena.com
Good place for an Indian perspective of mobile devices market


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Almost ' Google phone '

Update :-

The news is that Google phone is being named as NEXUS ONE and will be built by HTC.

The name is somewhat spooky and I don't think Google will choose such a name

http://www.protlh.com/2009/12/now-google-phone-gets-name-too.html








Twitter has been buzzing with reports of a HTC made device being distributed by Google to all it's employees.

The device is said to be running Android 2.1 on a snapdragon powered CPU with a gorgeous OLED display and a iphonish formfactor and the microphone placed behind the device supposedly to reduce ambient noise.

Google confirmed that its a part of an imobile labs initiative to test the latest in android on an advanced piece of hardware. It didn't confirm whether this device is a prototype of 'Google phone'.

Google seems to be much more involved in the development of this device unlike the previous Android phones.

Google using only 1 model to do testing under their mobile labs programme means that they are not testing something that will run on all android phones. It's Apparent that a Google device is coming.

Couple this development with the below

- There has been growing distance between Apple and Google over apps for iPhone. Be it the google nav, Google voice and Picasa or PIM, it's clear that Google wants it's way.

- Android has been a slow beginner with hardware partners still trying to play catch up with iPhone. Google certainly would want a better show and will have to step in and take up the challenge.

We can conclude with all certainity that a Google branded 'Google phone' is imminent.

P.S: I m freezing my plans to get the Motorola Droid.



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Wednesday, December 2

Satio pullback - SE in trouble




The bad spell for Sony Ericsson doesn't seem to end with Carphone and other major retailers stopping sales of SE Satio due to software issues.




Satio's little brother Aino too have been reported to be not so touch friendly and frequently freezing screens.

These issues seems to be beyond the typical launch bugs associated with SE devices which SE users are used to.

Once a leader in highend cellphones market, this pullback is a major setback for SE as it continues to struggle in regaining it's lost place.

It's apparent that poor Software is responsible for all recent failures for SE. All brilliant designs, useful innovations and good hardware but poor software spoiling all the goodness.

Wonder why SE still going for Symbain and WinMo when Android is available. SE should realise that they are weak at software, so embrace Android and let thirdparty developers do the coding while you guys concentrate on Design and hardware where none beats SE.

Gone are the days when software glitches weren't deal breakers.

As a former SE fanboy and still a fan of SE design, I and many like me are waiting....










http://www.protlh.com/2009/10/se-satio-anio-brilliant-looks-n-feature.html


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Monday, November 30

God of War Collection -India







Just incase you are still hunting for God of War Collection which is yet to be officiaaly released in India, then reach me on Twitter @rawkeron or post a comment below

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Let me reassure you that God of War Collection on PS3 is thrice as good as the orginal titles on PS2. pure awesomeness.

All latest releases and exotic ones on PS3 and XBox360 platforms are available, just incase you are hunting for Assasins Creed or Liberty city.

http://www.protlh.com/2009/11/god-of-war-collection.html




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Saturday, November 28

26/11 Lest we forget, but did we learn







An year went by, Media played it's role responsibly an kept the fire alive, Lest we forget.

We lit candles, held prayers and donated blood.






But did we as a nation learned anything from this tragic event.

That 10 men is enough to take a city by it's nerve. Wonder what would have happened if there were 100 men! Maybe they could declare Colaba as a part of Pakistan for a few days.





More than declaring compensation to those uniformed men who lost their life due to poor governance, what have we done?

As a friend of mine Said " the compensation announcements n visits to their homes by our politicians were more of a PR stunt than real compassion. We lose men almost every other day, real men who sacrificed their family life to protect our borders 24/7 or fighting Naxalites and ULFA. What do they get other than a national flag and some pittance called pension.?"

While the bravest of our men fell to bullets in Mumbai and our borders, why do we let the politicians escape with just compensation & road naming gimmicks ?

Why do we keep quiet as Bullet proof jackets and associated files went missing. Why is it that we keep quiet seeing all the new armoury that police got when it's clear that survelliance, communication and coordinated response were the weakness that needed correction.







What's the point in having MP5s, armoured jeeps and amphibious UVs when we don't have the right tools for proper command and control? What's the point in having all these when our command center still don't have the ability to accurately track the location of it's men. Even after an year, our police doesn't have GPS based tracking nor do they have proper surveillance equipments to remotely monitor a situation.


What we need is good war room which can efficiently mobilize our exsisting resources.

As an article pointed out, what use is an AK 47 when our men hvnt got even one refresher training in using fire arms ever since they passed out of the police academy.

The only thing that we have are a few brave men who willingly confronted terror with ancient guns that never fired and jackets that never stopped bullets.






Our policemen held fort till NSG came without proper leadership, equipment and information. Our firemen risked life to douse fire and save civilians in the midst of this gun battle.

Our police force has learned a lesson the hardway. How the corruption within itself lead to the lose of it's own men.

my only prayer is, atleast now you guys resist political pressure in procuring substandard and useless equipment. Tell them to quote double the rate and make money but atleast buy something that really works and is usefull

Lest those brave men died in vain







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Wednesday, November 25

HTC HD 2: HTC inching closer to iPhone supremacy




HTC 's recently announced sequel to it's much appreciated HD is brilliant by spec sheets and is certain to give iPhone 3GS a formidable challenge.


+
1ghz processor
Display size and resolution
Formfactor and built quality
SenseMe
Multimedia playback and camera
No carrier restriction
Easy sync with WinOS n Office
Browser gives desktop like experience

-
Poor inbuilt memory (memory card reading is always slower)
The hidden and ugly WinMo UI shows up at times
Media load times doesn't do justice to the screen
AppStore / Marketplace almost non exsistent
3rd party apps doesn't blend with SenseMe UI and not touch friendly






Choosing WinMO seems to be a deliberate choice by HTC keeping in mind the fact that many major businesses still stick to WinMO and Blackberry as far as Mobile OS is concerned, thanks to many ancient IT Security codes. After all who wants to have an NC during the many Audits that businesses need to undergo each year.

HTC while sticking to WinMO has taken it's touchflo interface one step ahead with it's new SENSEME UI. This time HTC have re skinned almost all the screens that an average user will encounter. A neatly done UI hiding away the ugly WinMo screens while making it much more touch friendly.



SENSE ME is near perfect in what it intends to do thus allowing HTC to ditch the resistive screen and go for touch friendly capacitive screen as seen in iPhone.


Since 2007, iPhone has been the benchmark for smartphones and it's quite natural that HTC HD 2 is being compared against 3GS. HTC does beat 3GS with an awesome huge display, near double processing speed and a much better camera and a host of other hardware features.

The advantages however ends there. When it comes to UI, HD 2 has a lot more catching up to do. While one has to wait for thumbnails to load on HD2, iPhone has it ready with no delay. Same is the case with songs and movies. The good part is HTC HD 2 leaves iPhone far behind once the image / video is loaded thanks to it's sexy display.



The other make or break factor is availibility of 3rd party apps. While apps were available since the time WinMo started, Apple redefined the experience through it's in device AppStore. It made 3rd party apps accessable negating the need to google around for that free app which converts currency. Something no other company thought of.

AppStore is an important aspect, sucess of iPhone itself proves that. WinMo market falls flat on it's nose. HTC, if they wish to continue with more WinMo devices should seriously think of a dedicated app service built right into it's SenseMe UI. currently 3rd party apps on WinMo is a stark contrast to the look and feel of SenseMe and many of them not optimised for touch based input.

Considering all the above, HTC HD 2 would have rocked the iPhone supremacy had it been running on Android. Well maybe corporates won't chose it.

For people who are comfortable with a bit of complex UI and finding work arounds, this device can do far more than what iPhone does. But you will miss those custom applications from fedex tracker to flight stats. But the browser + screen compensates much of that shortcomings





Most manufatures have cracked the logic behind iPhone's sucess and are slowly adopting Apple's product+service model. A long list of models with impressive hardware are scheduled for launch in the coming months. Couple that to the recently launched nokia N900, SE satio, Samsung Omnia HD, Motorola Droid and many more, Apple iPhone has a tough year ahead.

Steve Job's boys will have to come up something really incredible next July to continue dominating the smart phone market.

Competition is good.

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Aron

Monday, November 23

God of War collection

Got hold of God of War collection. Among the very first copies to reach Indian shores








But a bit dissappointed not to find a demo download voucher for God of War III within this pack.

Why Sony why?

http://www.protlh.com/2009/11/god-of-war-collection-india.html


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Jammy

Kratos : The ultimate God of War

A selection of great Kratos clay model images and screenshots and from the upcoming God of War 3 (GOW III)












































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Sunday, November 22

Gmail web app for iPhone gets a minor update

Google has given a small facelift for it's gmail and gcal web apps for iPhone which may go unnoticed by many






It is more of a cosmetic job with a new better looking color combination and seems to have slightly bigger nav icons. Most noticable aspect is the absence of that navyblue bar with app title and links which was prominent in the previous version.

I loved the new blue gradient which makes those toolbars and drop downs look softer n richer.






The calendar app too has got a subtle facelift with the new color combo which makes those nav buttons more visible.






I didn't find any noticable performance improvement but the new look does improve the UI feedback.

Other google apps still looks the same. Picasa webalbums desperately needs an update. It looks dated, especially after using Flickr which was recently updated.

Guys@Google please give us the option to save pictures on iPhone from picasa webalbums. We do need that even though we have broadband n netbooks.




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Aron

Thursday, November 12

Droid puts up a real challenge?


 Motorola Driod debuted over the week end  clocking a neat 100, 000+ in sales. Motorola's decision to stick to Android for their re-entry into smartphone space seems to have worked well. 

The Droid running Android 2 on verizon network was much anticipated ever since it was announced and was touted to put up the first serious challenge to Apple iPhone's dominance. 


Going by the initial sales figures, the Motorola Verizon combine seems to have hit the bullseye. Its got a much better opening than Palm Pre and Nokia N97 but iPhone figures still tower over them all. 









Source: Appleblog



The most impressive set of data came in from Getclicky, web analytics firm which publishes daily market share of web traffic orginating from mobile devices. Droid has already made its presence felt with capturing 1.5% (30% of the market share held by Andriod platform) on the very first days of its launch.



Web browser
Marketshare (US)
Web browser
Marketshare (non-US)
iPhone   53.83% 64.95%
Android   6.81% 3.41%
Droid   1.59% 0.00%
Everything else   39.36% 31.64%
 Source: Getclicky



With very favorable reviews and much appreciated verizon network, the Droid is poised to make an impact on the Smartphone market which has been long dominated by Apple iPhone ever since its launch in 2007. While Droid may fall short of  dominating iPhone, its more likely to eat into WinMobile and Symbian market share as Droid becomes a viable atlernative to iPhone while remaining in Verizon network. 




Reviews worth a look

  



Saturday, October 31

God of War III ultimate n demo








Sony announced the collector's edition of the most awaited game for 2010 which will debut along with regular release on march 31, 2009. 


While the regular is available for pre order at $59, the Ultimate edition is priced at $99. 


Better news is, those who pre order Ultimate edition from select retailers like amazon gets exclusive access to GOW III demo on PSN. 


This season is going to rock with Kratos all over with SCEA releasing the classic God of War and its sequel God of War II in blue ray, remastered for PS3 titled God of War Collection later this November


      
The Ultimate Edition will feature the following:
Exclusive Collectibles
• High-End Sculpted Replica of Pandora's Box
• Limited-Edition God of War Art Book featuring exclusive art, content and interviews

Exclusive Digital Content (Available via PlayStation Network voucher codes on day of launch)
• God of War Combat Arena containing an exclusive environment and seven challenges
• Premium Kratos Skin – Dominus
• God of War: Unearthing the Legend Franchise Documentary – a full-length movie documentary depicting the history of the God of War franchise

• God of War Trilogy Soundtrack – God of War, II, and III scores from the game (mp3 digital download).
• God of War: Blood and Metal EP – a heavy metal homage featuring original music inspired by God of War (mp3 digital download).

But it keeps getting better for the fans. Those that pre-order God of War III at select retailers will receive a voucher code for first access to download the God of War III E3 2009 Demo starting today, plus you will receive an exclusive downloadable skin from the following retailers: Amazon, GameCrazy and GameStop.

Monday, October 12

SE Satio & Anio : brilliant looks n feature set



Two super good looking devices from Sony Erricsson . Good Job SE!. I am tempted to catch hold of  Anio and  Satio (sounds like twin bros) after being with Apple iPhone  for a long time. 



With it's 12 mp camera and awesome spec this one from Sony Erricsson should rock. Symbian 5.0 and a resistive touch screen are slightly disappointing though but the excellent display and impressive set of accessories like the tripod should make up for the lag in response. 
















Anio looks too good. An excellent design which comes with an 8.1 mp cam and PS3 remote play. That might interest all the PS3 users. Best part I like about Anio is that it comes with capacitative screen like iPhone so it will be much more finger friendly.

While Satio is full touch only, Anio's touch functions are activated only while in Multimedia functions. Thats interesting mix of regular dial pad and touch. As a feature phone, it doesn't come with Querty keyboards







Hope these 2 models put back SE on track and gain back the leadership in feature phones market which it lost to competition in the recent years.