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
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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!

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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

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....

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