Friday, September 2

Sony unveils Android P and S





Sony’s Sir Howard Stringer announced his upcoming tablets:
“It’s not about who makes them first, but who makes them better.” 
To me it sounds like
"better late than never".
Having said that,  Sony's new android tablets S and P looks neat and simple just like their names. Running on Honeycomb both models have all the standard goodies, IPS display and Sony exclusives like Bravia engine and playstation connectivity.  As they haven't disclosed the hardware,  I guess it must be a standard dual core processor or wishfully a Sony quad cell processor.

While S is a standard tablet, P is a dual screen device with 2 1024x480 displays that can work independently or in tandem. while such devices have been seen earlier none have been successful yet.


Sony S could be a game changer if it can run two different apps on both it's screen. I would love to have my browser on one screen while my mail or chat running on the other screen. Or even have the video  playing on top screen while I browse through my albums on the bottom screen.


Possibilities are endless with such a dual screen device. Hope Sony gets the best out of it.
Check this techcrunch post on the same.   

Thursday, August 25

Wish he could stay on - like immortal


After leading the Computer and mobile device evolution for over 2 decades giving us a whole lot of fantastic,  surprising and seemingly impossible devices, it is hard to imagine a tech world without Steve.




Apple doomsayers see this as the end of Apple's leadership, maybe even Industry rivals see it that way. However, like all great companies, Apple will continue to outperform in the years to come.

With imagination so wild and pipeline so huge Apple will remain an unstoppable Game-changer!



Tuesday, August 16

Google does buy Motorola Holdings



So, as expected, Google is buying out Motorola Mobile Holdings (hefty price to pay). That removes almost all doubts  on whether Android will continue to dominate the war front of Mobile device evolution. 

With Patent battles tightening up, it was clear that Google is vulnerable to suits from Apple and Microsoft. But as Software industry giants like Oracle joined the party, Google pretty much had no other option than to buy out the next available option.


After Loosing out on the Nortel patent auction, Google had no much option left other than buy out Motorola Mobile Holdings, which could grant it much respite in the multiple patent infringement cases that Android OS now faces.

I am pretty much excited about this union for the possibilities it offers. Especially with regards to a new class and a new breed of devices that will get hooked up to the cloud all thanks to Android. 


Aron

Thursday, August 11

Android - A flash back & uncertainties in future


Here is a brilliant post from Unwiredview.com, a flashback into the evolution of the present day mobile communication devices from the so called smart phones of 2006/07. 

Its a must read to know what market leaders were attempting while Steve Jobs played pied piper to the entire world with his magical iPhone. 

More interesting is the way Google got lucky again with buying Android Inc. right over the same time as Apple iPhone was on the works. But Kudos to Google for bringing in the best of android at a time all every other manufacturer was dying for an alternative to iOS. 

Now as android surpassed market shares across regions over this year, concerns over patent rights have started to show up with multiple patent suits being filed across manufacturers and even old generation software companies have joined the party. 

Estimates now say royalty over IP rights may mean a additional cost of $60 over each android device which essentially means dead end. 

As the Author at Unwiredview.com says, maybe the best way out for Google is to buy out Motorola's Mobile holdings company.  

I wish Google did gobble SUN too prior to being brought out by Oracle.

Both the posts and links are worth a read!

Friday, June 10

Gfleet & more - Clean Energy by Google



While research on cutting edge computing technology or even self driven cars is a business necessity , Google's contributions as CSR, in education & non profit, health & environment are impressive and praise worthy. 

It is heartening to see Google investing in EVs and engaging its employees in its efforts to contain emmisions in the present day. A fleet of Chevy volts & Nissan Leafs and free charging at work. Wow! 

At the other end, most who claim to be green, don't even insist for CNG vehicles while contracting the hundreds of cars used for employee commute. 

Google is keen on clean energy, which is bound to become a future business advantage,  and is making big investments to seed this nascent industry. 

If Google's peers and top corporates commit with similar passion, we can certainly develop far more efficient and viable energy alternatives. 
 
Apart from climate change, this can end oil dependency and maybe even dry up funds of Islamist terrorist groups!

Thursday, June 9

NGP is now PlayStation Vita

NGP is now PlayStation Vita, Starting at $249



Sony during their 2011 E3 press conference proudly unveiled an incredible 2011 software lineup and amazing new PS3 peripherals, and also shed new light on highly anticipated handheld gaming device, officially named PlayStation Vita (PS Vita). “Vita,” which means “Life” in Latin, They chosen as the name for their next-generation portable entertainment system because it enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.



Successively launching in the global market for $249 starting the end of this year, PS Vita incorporates a beautiful 5-inch multi-touch organic light emitting diode (OLED) as the front display and a unique multi-touch pad on the rear. Two analog sticks enable a wider range of game genres. Together with the front touch screen and the rear touch pad, And one of my favorite is the front and rear cameras which will enable you to take your pictures to use as Avtar in the games and might be some video conferenscing in the future, PS Vita offers new gameplay, enabling entirely new experiences.

With mobile connectivity playing a huge role in PS Vita’s interactive experience, They also announced a partnership with AT&T, which powers the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, who will serve as the exclusive service provider for PS Vita in the United States. By having both Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi models available, PS Vita will enable infinite possibilities for you to “encounter,” “connect,” “discover,” “share” and “play” with your friends wherever they are.

The excitement doesn’t stop there. With the official North American unveiling of PlayStation Vita also comes the introduction of an extensive line-up of software for the platform. PS Vita’s launch lineup is a force to be reckoned with, featuring exciting and attractive new titles from SCE Worldwide Studios, including UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, and Ruin (working title), which utilize PS Vita’s groundbreaking technology to make unprecedented immersive, interactive and social game play available on-the-go. In addition, titles such as Little Deviants, Hot Shots Golf, Reality Fighter, Hustle Kings, ModNation Racers, Wipeout, Super Stardust Delta and a broad range of third-party game developers and publishers make use of PS Vita’s unique feature set. We can let all of you know that the biggest and best 1st and 3rd party gaming franchises will be coming to PS Vita.









Further enhancing your entertainment experience are new PS Vita features, such as “LiveArea,” an interactive space for each PS Vita software title that allows you to access the latest game information through PlayStation Network; “near,” a pre-installed application that lets you see what other PS Vita users in the vicinity are playing; “Party,” which lets you voice chat or text chat while playing games or using the Internet browser; and “Welcome Park,” a tutorial application designed specifically to guide you through PS Vita’s new user interface.

In a PlayStation Vita session for European and Australian press at E3 today, Michael Denny, Sony's Vice President of Sony Worldwide Studios Europe, confirmed that - to the best of his knowledge - Vita would be region free.

This means games from any region will play on systems from any region. This is in line with the PlayStation 3 - which is also region free, but not with the 3DS, which has region restrictions. Good news for PlayStation fans who want to check out niche Japanese titles or purchase games while travelling.

There will be two models of Vita:

Wi-Fi Model: 24,980 Yen (including tax), $249 and euro 249

3G/Wi-Fi Model: 29,980 Yen (including tax), $299 and euro 299

Sony said the Vita will launch "in global market starting the end of 2011."




Jammy@proTLH

Wednesday, June 8

Talent Wars

The social + cloud breed is leading in the battle for talent as Facebook , linkedin zygna & likes lure top quality brains from the super stars of last decade.

While the Giants , Google and Microsoft, continue to attract talent, they are loosing em at a much rate even after taking unprecidented actions to contain this erosion. Social jobsite topprospect released the stats based on their user data and its clear that now all roads ends at Facebook.

Just 2 years back, being at googleplex was THE dream for every developer.  Maybe Facebook is the new Google.

Check the full analysis on this techcrunch post.



VIA techcrunch & topprospect

Jammy@proTLH


Saturday, June 4

Samsung Galaxy S II - Neat!

S2 can be summed up as an incredible screen mounted on a wafer thin phone with a ridiculously flimsy plastic packing.

It's almost a engineering marvel. It's more of a large screen with built in phone rather than being a phone with large screen.  Its so light it feels like holding a floppy disk (poor guy, extinct). A desire HD battery would probably weigh more than this device.

With a dual core processor n super AMOLED Plus screen, the only downside I see is : no Nvidia Tegra2 awesomeness and this phone cannot substitute a paper weight!

The best ever paper weight fone would be iPhone 4 followed by Droids n dHD :-)

Jammy@proTLH






Friday, June 3

Bad times continue for Sony

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water... Sony Pictures Hacked

Just as PSN was brought back to life, Sony gets yet another blow, rather a deadly hacker punch.

Sony Pictures was targetted and the hacker group claims to have breached its security  and gaining access to user account and other data.

With 75000 user accounts being compromised along with tons of music coupons, Sony is still working on a decent press statement .

The question is

- didn't Sony have a decent security system in place , especially after the PSN breach?

Or is it that

- Sony has a system at par with similar businesses like xboxlive or  itunes and its just bad luck that the hackers chose Sony over others?

While Sony sees a new low, thanks to the hackers, IT Security vendors are certainly going to beat market expectations for q3 q4

Jammy@proTLH


Thursday, June 2

Google ChromeBook by Samsung on sale

The first netbook from Google using Chrome OS goes on sale from June 15th of 2011.

Built by Samsung, the ChromeBook series 5, comes with built-in 3g  and will be available on Verizon network for $499.

For all Chrome ethusiasts who showed interest in the earlier  prototype, Google has arranged a special invitation only sale that begins today VIA premier shopping site - GILT and it includes a special edition sleeve from Rickshaw

The device comes with rather humble specs and thankfully Google doesn't claim it to be a super netbook unlike their super phone Nexus One.

• 12.1" (1280x800) Display
• 3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
• Up to 8.5 hours of continuous usage*
• Intel Dual-Core Processor
• Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G**
• HD Webcam
• 2 USB 2.0 ports
• 4-in-1 memory card slot
• Mini-VGA port
• Fullsize Chrome keyboard
• Oversized, fully-clickable trackpad

Chromebook Series 5 3G models include up to 100MB per month of Mobile Broadband service included with device for 2 years, provided by Verizon.

Also available are an unlimited day pass for just $9.99 and pay-as-you-go rates that don't require any long-term contracts.

What needs to be seen is, whether there are any worthwhile advantages a Chrome OS netbook can have when compared to Android devices of similar form factor.

Will Chrome OS and Android OS co exist ?

Android had such a great year that it finding itself in devices much bigger than what must have been orginally intended. 

Combined with Android app ecosystem, an android based netbook is more appealing than a Chrome book , well that's if at all some one needs a netbook now!

It's like the pool drained away just as you dived!

As Google is still going ahead with Chrome OS, there should be reasons, maybe reasons not comprehensible to the avg man.

@jammy1313




Saturday, February 12

Micronokia or Nokiasoft

Be it Micronokia or Nokiasoft, this just announced partnership between Nokia and Microsoft will Rock.

Through this, Nokia has openly admitted that its millions put on symbian , meego and maemo have all gone down the drain.

The change of leadership would hv certainly helped setting aside the ego issues of admitting failure and going for a third party OS .

But this move makes perfect business sense for Nokia and Microsoft.

Nokia desperately wanted an OS while Microsoft wanted a major  manufacturer who would focus only on WinMo7 devices.

An excellent hardware getting a highly polished OS and App ecosystem. A N8 running on Windows phone 7 will be deadly even for iPhone. Wish Nokia does give N8 users some love!

Check the engadget  post below with future Nokia devices that will certainly shake up market.

All the while I have been wondering what went wrong in HP Palm marriage. May be some rejig is needed there too.

Wow , how many heads went rolling thanks to iPhone and Android!

Images source: engadget

Exclusive: Nokia's Windows Phone 7 concept revealed! -- Engadget


Saturday, January 29

Google's own periodic table



Google still has some guys who are both creative n geeky.

Their take on periodic table gives us a visual representation of its give range of api n developer stuff

It's sad that they still can't figure out the magical combination of those api s that can beat their latest n most challenging rival , d Facebook .

 check d link  

Monday, January 10

Honeycomb videos from engadget



 Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb for tablets: a guided tour of the UI (video) 

Android honeycomb looks gorgeous on Moto Xoom but BB Playbook was equally compelling. 

Thanks to these 2, Nokia wont dare build a Tablet on symbian. :) Well it may still sell in India though!

Thursday, January 6

The Tablet overload


As CES unfolds, dozens of Android based tablets are being announced by every manufacturer all of which together will add up to around 80 models.

With so many iterations, it becomes a challenge for both the average user and Google & company themselves and opens up a new set of issues.

How are these tablets going to diffenciate among selves? Its certain that manufactures will try to combat this issue with a custom UI layer but that means delayed updates, bugs and bloatware to the consumer.

How can Google and developers keep a check on bugs and code optimization when there are 100  devices each having distinct  hardware combinations and custom UI?

Most important, how will this overload of choices affect the buyer. How will I decide between 50 models within similar pricing and specs? This confusion means my buying decisions will heavily depend on product visibility and brand perception.

Or will I leave the dull grey devices behind and walk into that gorgeous iStore. It wouldn't be taxing for my brain to decide between 3g or wifi. No confusion. Moreover it feels good to be in a Apple store!

80 models of Tablets being launched to take on one iPad in a market that never existed an year back!. Its the biggest award or recognition that Apple has got,  this Salute by an industry that had once written it off.

What more can Apple ask for as a tribute!

Honeycomb: Google works on design and aesthetics


Android have always been unappealing or mundane in looks. Many tried to improve things with custom UI like sense & touchwiz and was successful in some cases. However this issue was never a focus area for Google.

Thankfully,  this is going to change with Android getting a major Makeover with 3.0 Honeycomb. Looking at the screenshots of Android 3.0 honeycomb, its evident that Google has realised the importance of aesthetics and that UI should be more than utilarian.

With a 3D environment  being central to the Honeycomb UI design, it brings in a  feeling of 'vast' '/ roomy' /  'spacious' on small screen sizes of 5" to 10.1"inches.

A noteable aspect of this UI is its focus on content / activity. By removing the Froyo-isque white notification bar (wherever possible) and subdued navigation icons, Google has minimized distractions while immensely improving the overall 'likability' which is critical to making a device engaging.

Google have also made efforts to keep the UI screens continuous and in harmony with each other. Unlike current versions,  you wont feel like entering a new world while jumping from gmail to email app or from gtalk to gallery. 

While many devices are far superior in specs compared to similar Apple devices, they mostly have mediocre sales because the UI doesn't entice the user. Some even have UI that is outright repelling.

The ways a UI layout affects the user remains subtle and at a subconscious level. while all of us have likes and dislikes, many of us don't realize why, and it remains critical to our cognition  and ultimately purchase decisions.

Apple knows it while others are learning it the hard way.

Google has enabled the Samsungs and Motorolas to match Apple's advances in OS capabilities, Apps, cloud services and meaningful and free OS updates.

Let's see how much damage  can Honeycomb do to Apple's lead on the  UI design and Media fronts.

Pics: via TechCrunch.  Check their post for honeycomb UI screenshots.




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*And I wish honeycomb will have real copypaste the way iphone does. Its a pain to copy text or even links on android, forget images and formatting