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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in November 2009
Ever since Google's Android phone has been known about, there has been speculation that Google would make a "Google Phone" to sell. Google has steadfastly maintained they don't want anything to do with hardware though. They are satisfied with making the platform and working with hardware makers to bring Android to the consumers. That may change.
I've said before the iPhone is nice but what really makes the platform stand out is the App Store that now has over 100,000 apps available. There are grumblings however from an increasing number of developers not happy with the way Apple is treating those that keep the App Store's shelves stocked.
The iPhone and devices based on Android make up 75% of mobile web traffic according to a recent report by AdMob. These two devices together don't make up anywhere near 75% of the device sales, but they have a disproportionate share of web browsing.
With the Apple iPhone setting the market on fire, it seems difficult to imagine another platform replicating its success. That isn't going to stop people from trying though. If even only half as successful, there is a lot of money to be made. The latest platform to catch fire is Android. Will it succeed, or be an also ran?
Amid a year when the iPhone 3GS was released, Android exploded on the scene after simmering in the form of the T-Mobile G1 for nearly a year and Verizon launching some great ads talking smack about AT&T's performance, there have been a few wireless blunders that are best forgotten. 2009 isn't over yet, but there would need to be something pretty spectacular to top the turkeys on this list.
Apple spends a lot of time emphasizing what you can do with the phone, and most of that is related to the apps, not the platform or any of its built in functions. With over 100,000 apps available, whatever you want to do, "There's an app for that." Are the apps more important than the platform? Microsoft's Ray Ozzie doesn't think so.
Apple and Google have been planning to leverage the popularity of mobile devices to serve up ads to enhance their bottom lines. Now that devices are powerful enough to browse the normal web and bandwidth concerns are minimal, this looks like the perfect time to jump in in a big way.
As indicated previously, Microsoft has released a client for Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 users giving them access to app store that WinMo 6.5 users have had access to for just over a month. Deciding on whether or not to install this is a no brainer - do it. You won't regret it.
Oh the dangers on blogging on rumors and speculation. Every once in a while, you get it completely wrong. Contrary to what I talked about last week, it seems Samsung is not bailing on Windows Mobile. Quite the contrary - they anticipate increased volume of device powered by Microsoft's mobile platform.
Even when you have an upgrade available for your Windows Mobile phone, it may not be the most pleasant device upgrade you've ever done. In fact, it can be one of the worst. There is speculation that the WinMo 7 upgrade story will be vastly improved, but for now, we don't have that.
Rumors from China are firming up some key events for Windows Mobile 7. It seems that WinMo 7 is mostly complete and it should be released to manufacturers in Q1 2010. We can then expect handsets to show up in stores in the third quarter.
In the coming years, it looks like Samsung will be significantly reducing Windows Mobile in its lineup of smartphones. As one of the largest smartphone makers in the world, taking Windows Mobile from over 80% of your lineup to less than 20% in just a few years is a big shift.
Apple will be releasing an iPhone that will work with all cell phone networks in the third quarter of 2010 according to an industry insider. This means that instead of making a CDMA and GSM version, they will make one UMTS/CDMA hybrid phone, and it also means Verizon will be the likely beneficiary in the US.
Apple has two recently discovered vulnerabilities that can put user data at risk. One is implemented by a developer that has accessed a backdoor to transmit user data back to its servers without Apple's or the user's knowledge. The other is an exploit in the wild that logs in with root access. Just as Windows' popularity on the desktop has made it the target of hackers and unscrupulous software developers, it seems the iPhone's popularity has made it a target as well.
Sprint and T-Mobile are in the "big four" club of American carriers, but it seems Verizon and AT&T continue to grow while Sprint and T-Mobile are losing out. T-Mobile just reported that they lost 77,000 net subscribers in the third quarter and Amazon has killed the Kindle that works on the Sprint network.
In the phone world, a list of top phones two months ago is really outdated, but it is an interesting snapshot at what is grabbing our mobile communication attention and are satisfying us most. August is particularly interesting as this would be right after the iPhone 3.0 and Palm Pre launched.
T-Mobile has reported a "service disruption" that is affecting most of the country. It seems to be inconsistent. Some people are reporting a total outage while others report that either data or voice works, and a few are reporting no problems at all. As of this writing, the issue still hasn't been totally resolved.
If you have Windows 7 on your laptop, you can turn it into a WiFi hotspot allowing other devices to hook up to it as if it were a router and browse the internet. This can come in handy in areas where you have to pay per device to get online, such as a for-pay WiFi hotspot.
The iPhone was officially released in China on the China Unicom network October 30th. They had a big launch party but reception for the device itself was considered tepid compared with other iPhone launches in other countries around the world.