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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in October 2010
There has been both good news and bad news for WebOS fans this week. News has leaked that HP's Asian manufacturers are planning up to six new Palm devices which would all presumably run WebOS 2.0. Speaking of 2.0, if you like the PalmOS 5.x emulator, or MotionApps Classic, they aren't supporting WebOS beyond 1.x. Oh yeah. HP has unveiled a new logo for its mobile platform.
Apple has over 300,000 apps, Google over 100,000 and after just one week, Microsoft over 1,000 in its store, yet users often prefer browsers for getting some of the most common things done on their smartphone.
Microsoft has released a beta of their synchronization tool that will allow their new Windows Phone 7 platform to connect to a Mac and access its iTunes library. It isn't a full Zune desktop client but is far better than official support for Windows Mobile in the past, which was basically nothing.
Today Adobe announced the release of AIR 2.5 and buried in the announcement is an update on Flash for smartphones. Unless you have an iPhone, chances are good you can either get it today or will be able to in the near future.
It is a safe bet that unless you are working in a lab with unreleased technology, you don't have a 4G phone in your hands, regardless of what your carrier is telling you. Does it matter though if newer technologies available are sufficiently advanced over 3G even if they don't technically meet 4G requirements?
Even at the height of its popularity in the mid-2000's, Windows Mobile had one attribute that frustrated many users to no end. While Microsoft and hardware partners designed the operating system to be upgradable to at least the next major version, actual upgrades occurred less often than a snowstorm in Phoenix.
If the rumor mill is accurate, Verizon will flip the switch turning on their tiered data plans. It isn't going to be a simple set of fees and amounts to remember either, especially if you have more than one device, but some plans could wind up saving some people quite a bit of money annually.
Motorola has asked a federal judge in Delaware to invalidate eleven patents held by Apple. Motorola recently sued Apple over patent infringement. Either they are going for the jugular by also seeking to kill some of Apple's existing patents, or these are patents that Motorola's lawyers feel Apple could file a counter suit on and is heading that maneuver off at the pass.
Apple's iPhone may be close to the final build in preparation for its launch on Verizon's network in early 2011. The hardware appears to be done and the software is just receiving minor finishing touches. The iPhone 5 is also making progress.
One of the big components of Windows Phone 7 is the Zune music player on the device. Anyone that has ever seen a Zune knows the new user interface for the whole phone is based on the Zune interface. Zune MP3 players are for PCs only, but not so with Windows Phone 7. Mac users will be able to sync with their iTunes library if they want.
Microsoft announced the launch of Windows Phone 7 earlier this week and it has received a lot of press. If you are a developer you have to be asking yourself do you expend resources to write apps for this operating system which as of today, has exactly zero percent market share?
The Federal Communications Commission will be meeting later today and the results could force a shift in how wireless carriers in the US bill their customers. The goal is to reduce or eliminate bill shock for consumers.
Oracle has already filed a lawsuit against Google for what it considers licensing violations in Android's implementation of the Java patents Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems. That suit continues, but matters were just made worse by an Oracle pact with IBM that could leave the Java components that Android uses dying on the vine.
The portable gaming industry hasn't been faring well as of late, and much of it is because today's smartphones are capable of excellent gameplay, plus you get so much more than just gaming. Can Sony turn its PSP fortunes around by turning it into a phone?
In a statement filled with more hubris than Steve Jobs would ever consider using, Google's Andy Rubin has essentially declared that Android is the last platform for smartphones that the world needs. With Microsoft announcing Windows Phone 7 today, HP readying a new version of Palm's WebOS, as well as other platform launches and relaunches, these companies sure would have saved themselves a lot of time and money if Rubin had only spoken up earlier.
The CEOs of Microsoft and Adobe got together today to discuss a number of issues, including Apple's growing dominance in the mobile market. In discussing options, one thing that was not taken off the table is an acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft.
Unlimited data plans for your phone are soon to be a thing of the past. First AT&T was talking about going to a tiered data plan and that was shortly followed by Verizon. Now T-Mobile has laid out their pricing plans for limited data. Only Sprint has yet to disclose their plans in this area.
Lately it seems you cannot be a serious contender in the mobile phone space without either suing someone, being sued, or both. There are an amazing number of lawsuits going on back and forth between mobile companies. One wonders what kind of advances could be made in the technology if all of the resources being spent on legal fees were poured back into the devices.
In a past life, Microsoft relied heavily on business interest for its Windows Mobile platform with the consumer taking a back seat in priorities. Today that has all changed and one of the areas Microsoft is counting on is word of mouth to generate interest. For that to work, the OS will have to be good. Very good.
Late last week Microsoft filed a patent infringement suit in federal court in Washington state. The suit alleges that Motorola is violating nine Microsoft patents in its Android implementation. Apple is suing HTC over Android and Oracle is suing Google directly. Android is not only popular with consumers, but lawyers too.
It appears that Windows Phone 7 is about ready to launch. Its biggest launch partner in the US looks like it is ready to announce devices on October 11 and will start selling them in November.