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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in February 2011
With the RIM Playbook release just around the corner, RIM is hoping to get some apps in the App World before its release. A developer of iOS and Android apps thought he'd give it a go, especially since he lives near the RIM Waterloo campus. To say the process is counterintuitive or not at all straightforward though is a bit of an understatement.
The Android Developer's Youtube channel has a cool video that lets you watch the growth of Google's mobile platform over the last two and a half years.
Despite record online sales for the Verizon iPhone, overall sales have been disappointing to those at Apple. Before you read too much into that though, there are a few things to consider.
Even as Windows Phone 7 was launching late in 2010, everyone knew there was an update on the horizon that at a minimum would bring copy and paste to the platform. On Monday Microsoft started rolling out the first update for its mobile platform, but this won't have copy and paste, or anything else you will really use either.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said on Tuesday at Mobile World Congress that Apple's App Store was harmful to consumes in that what you purchased there was locked to the iPhone. If you switch devices, say to Android, the Android version of those same apps would have to be repurchased.
Multi-core processors on desktops and laptops have been available for years. Even netbooks often have dual-core processors. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a single core computer today. Smartphones though are just now beginning to see the benefits of dual-core chips.
Nothing coming out of Mobile World Congress is getting near the attention that the Nokia/Microsoft partnership has received. Love it or hate it, the news is surprising and controversial. There have been quite a few events happen since the announcement was made.
Microsoft has yet to release the first big update for its smartphone platform but that didn't deter CEO Ballmer from letting us know about more features that are already in the pipeline for later this year.
With Nokia's announcement that Windows Phone 7 would be the primary platform for their phones, consolidation in the mobile space begins. It is now down from seven platforms to effectively five going forward. This isn't the end though.
Security has always been a concern with mobile devices, be they laptops or smartphones or something in between. They are easy to leave behind or get stolen depending on where you are. With more and more commerce happening on smartphones, securing the data on your phone is even more critical. Are simple passwords good enough?
HP had their big news event today surrounding webOS and fans of the Pre can breathe a sigh of relief. Yes, the tablet was the most anticipated news from HP, but they haven't turned their backs on smartphones. Will it appeal to iPhone or Android users?
Microsoft has pushed out an update to its Zune desktop player that is also the mechanism that will be used to update a Windows Phone 7 device. It doesn't mean the update is imminent, but does give assurance one is coming, and it will be sooner rather than later.
With the amazing success of the iPad, it is little wonder there are so many tablets hitting the streets. Android is the logical choice for most manufacturers, but the platform isn't ready for the tablet form factor just yet.
Being the big kids on the block, AT&T and Verizon often cross swords in their commercials. Verizon's usual position is to claim it has the best network overall when it comes to connectivity and reliability while AT&T clings to their superior speeds in most of their markets. Now that Verizon has the iPhone, it gives them one more thing to get digs in on each other.
Some Windows Phone users have been complaining about excess data usage. Microsoft has found the main issue and it turns out it is with Yahoo!'s IMAP email. Yahoo! fired back saying that no other devices have a problem with their email service, so it must be Windows Phone. Turns out that isn't true, so Yahoo! has a bit of egg on its face.
You don't expect top notch security from an app who's sole purpose is to mimic dozens of variations of human flatulence, but when it comes to banking, email, personal finance and ecommerce, your expectations are a bit higher. Some vendors are taking this seriously and making progress. Others, not so much.
Everyone with a phone has at least one charger for it. If you travel or work long hours, you may have an extra charger or two. Those can often be thrown in the trash if you get a new phone since it will likely require a different charger. A proposed universal charger could eliminate that problem.
In the 4th quarter of 2009, Google was in fourth place with its Android platform. 2010 was a banner year for the fledgling platform and by the time the year was up, it had catapulted to the top spot.