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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in February 2010
Windows Mobile can't catch a break. Since the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress, WinMo 6.5.3 has been cast aside like an old toy on Christmas morning. The latest kick in the stomach comes from Adobe. All plans to provide Flash 10 for WinMo have been halted as the software developer targets WinPho 7 this fall.
If you have had any kind of smartphone in the past decade, you are probably aware of and have even used PocketGear or Handango to purchase your apps. Now these two software retailers are combining their catalogs to go head to head against platform owned stores like Apple's App Store and Microsoft's Marketplace for Windows Mobile. Will it help them survive though?
One of the benefits for manufacturers for Windows Mobile phones until now has been the incredibly wide variety of hardware they could build for the mobile platform. Windows Phone 7 Series is going to change all of that. Microsoft is strictly controlling the hardware specs that are allowed for the device. We've got some rumors on what is and isn't allowed.
It has barely been a week since Microsoft formally announced Windows Phone 7 Series, the successor to current Windows Mobile devices. Even though the platform has garnered quite a bit of praise and buzz, an analyst is suggesting that it might not be enough to turn the tide and Microsoft may need to resort to buying another cell phone maker.
There has been a lot of discussion about Adobe's Flash on mobile devices. It is deemed so critical to the web that Apple was forced to stop advertising that the iPhone could access "all of the web" when it didn't support Flash. One blogger doesn't think that Flash belongs on any touch-only device.
Microsoft has had something it hasn't had for a few years - lots of buzz and enthusiasm for its latest incarnation of Windows Mobile, now dubbed Windows Phone 7 Series. They have taken some lessons learned from the Apple playbook and combined it with some of their own tricks.
Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which is Microsoft's application store for Windows Mobile, was launched in October 2009 when WinMo 6.5 came out. It has since been made available for all 6.x devices. Very soon, Microsoft should push out an update that will add a few new features. In addition to that there are some welcome changes for developers.
RIM is warning other phone makers to build more efficient applications to conserve bandwidth, otherwise it fears we may run out of wireless bandwidth, and then what will our children do when we've used it all up?
The Wholesale Application Community, or WAC for sort, announced at Mobile World Congress on Monday that 27 companies have joined forces to provide an alternative to Apple's App Store for developers. Frustration with the approval process has been growing among the developer community. Will this appeal to the disillusioned?
Microsoft has announced their Windows Phone 7 platform today in Barcelona, Spain at Mobile World Congress. This is the make or break platform for Microsoft. The press release is a bit light on technical details but it gives general information on the platform, not the least of which confirms it existence and gives rough release dates.
Palm's stock rose Thursday morning when Citi called for the AT&T to get the Pre in May. The Pre recently launched, along with its sister device the Pixi, on the Verizon network two weeks ago and results haven't been that great. Citi may be counting on AT&T to put more marketing effort into the WebOS platform than Verizon has.
Most if not all of the US carriers have recently reduced their voice plans which may give the impression that monthly phone bills should be going down. For many though, the reverse may be true. Oddly enough, for those with feature phones, the monthly data rate may be on the increase. Of course, for those with smartphones, the threat of higher bills for higher data usage always looms.
Those of you running a device with the Android operating system can look forward to potentially boosting device performance up to 300% while at the same time increasing battery life. Sound too good to be true? Maybe, maybe not.
Information about RIM's BIS 3.0 product has been leaked and it looks like users of the service will get better support for Gmail via its IMAP feature. That is good news for individuals and small companies using the device, but you are still married to BIS. The device cannot do much without it.
A flurry of new rumors have been posted about Windows Mobile 7 just over a week before Mobile World Congress, where Microsoft is expected to announce the latest version of their mobile platform. Some of the information is welcome but other bits are surprising. Will they change your opinion of WinMo 7 if all of these are true?
Networks have been dealing with ever increasing data usage by customers with smartphones, particularly AT&T as the sole iPhone provider in the US. Now government officials are concerned that the iPad may actually threaten the national infrastructure.
Apple's iPhone has been an insanely popular device in the two and a half years since its release, but it may be showing signs that it has peaked. Even though the iPhone sold 18% more devices in Q4 2009 over Q3, the overall smartphone market increased 26% in the same time period.
Palm shares surged over 7% yesterday after German Deutsche Bank raised their price target. Their analysts think Palm is at a good value to be absorbed by another company and there could be a bit of a premium for current shareholders. Would it make sense for someone else to get into the phone space this way?
Sony Ericsson is announcing a new phone based on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 that will initially be on sale in the UK. The phone is called the Aspen and seems to be geared more towards business users. While this is a .dot.dot release for Windows Mobile, it shows that Microsoft is serious about turning Windows Mobile's perception around. This update to 6.5 provides a lot more features than you'd think of for a .0.3 release.
Android is predicted to surpass the iPhone and Blackberry platforms by 2013 becoming the second largest smartphone platform. Only Nokia's Symbian will be on more phones sold that year.