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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in June 2010
This isn't the first time we've heard Verizon would be getting the iPhone "soon." This rumor though has enough details to help its credibility. Think this one will come true?
While Nokia continues to have large sales figures, it is mostly because of the low end freebies that carriers give away with a contract. They get to count a lot of those phones as smartphones simply because they have some version of Symbian on them, even though not many of those owners ever install a third party app. The truth is, Nokia is in trouble in the smartphone world. They are making changes, but will they be enough?
Windows Phone 7 is nearing "gold" status so they can release it to the carriers and manufacturers for final testing and device production. There are a number of features that simply won't be in the initial release. Will it matter or is the target market for the device less discerning than the smartphone enthusiast?
The latest iPhone has officially launched and reports are coming in on how the device is performing. Overall, it is a welcome improvement over the 3GS version it replaces, though there are a few issues. Some should be fixable via firmware updates. Others though may have to wait until the next production batch has been made.
Just about everyone knows what the App Store is for the Apple iPhone. The "There's an app for that" theme is widely recognized and even parodied in ads like Verizon's "There's a map for that" commercials. Apple isn't raking in the profits though from the store, and that's ok.
It is pretty easy to see what consumers think of each mobile platform based on the sales data; consumers vote with their wallets. Developers tend to go were the money is as well, but they also have well informed opinions on where things are going. Appcelerator has a survey that asked developers several questions on the future of mobile platforms. Some of the results are expected, others less so.
Unlimited data plans for mobile devices is quickly going away and AT&T is leading the pack. For those of you that have a femtocell because AT&T coverage in your house is sub-par, the bandwidth you use on that may also count against your monthly data allotment, even though you aren't using AT&T's wireless network.
We all know the value of symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) on our PC's. At any given time, a modern desktop can have 50-100 process running from the browser or RSS reader you are using to read this to dozens of background tasks indexing files, checking your email, looking for keywords on Twitter and more. Your phone can benefit from SMP as well, but for entirely different reasons.
Even though consumers are supposed to be able to buy a Windows Phone 7 device by the end of this year, Microsoft is still tweaking the user interface. Some of the changes are subtle and others are more noticeable.
It seems everyone is jumping on the tablet bandwagon and Apple's iPad success is just increasing the excitement surrounding the form factor. Unlike the iPad though, RIM's tablet is rumored to be a companion device to the Blackberry, not a stand-alone tablet.
If you are looking for that special Father's Day gift for that technical dad, T-Mobile may have just what you are looking for. This Saturday, June 19, all T-Mobile phones are free.
Not content to let 3G iPad users have all of the fun, AT&T decided to let iPhone users in on the data exposure game. Those jumping on the iPhone 4.0 bandwagon early today may have been shown your iPhone account information during the upgrade process rather than their own.
If you have a 3G iPad on AT&T's network and you are one of the lucky 114,000 who's email addresses were exposed, you might have a bit more to worry about. In fact, even if you aren't one of those originally identified has having their email address exposed, you might still have something to worry about.
Microsoft has been throwing around cash lately to help bolster the application offerings for Windows Phone 7. Compared to Android and iPhone application stores. Windows Mobile's library is at best anemic. To make matters worse, everything has to be rewritten for WP7. Microsoft seems to be taking the "if you want things done right, do it yourself" approach to filling the library.
One of the hot processors right now is the Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The HTC HD2 uses it, as well as the recently released HTC EVO 4G on the Sprint network. If that kind of power isn't enough for you though, there is hope. Qualcomm has just announced a line of dual core 1.2GHz Snapdragons.
Adding to AT&T's troubled reputation is the recent security breach with iPad 3G users accounts. It has been labeled the worst security breach in Apple's history and it is a breach that was beyond Apple's control as it all happened on AT&T's servers. The list of who was exposed is a veritable who's who list of politicians, corporate executives and celebrities, along with the average Joe here and there.
Now that AT&T has gotten rid of unlimited data plans for new iPhone customers, it is important to be able to track your usage so you don't have any surprise bills at the end of the month. With AT&T having taken the first step, look for its competitors to make similar moves in the future.
Microsoft has released new guidelines for developers to get programs into its application store, now dubbed Windows Phone Marketplace. A number of the new policies should attract a few more developers than the previous rules without having the store cluttered with junk designed to increase the app count.
Apple's World Wide Developer Conference begins today, June 7 at 10am PST and everyone is wondering what they will see there. The next iPhone is high on everyone's list of what they want to see. Of course, there will probably be a number of non-iPhone related technologies discussed to. After all, Apple does have a few other product lines. What you won't see there though is Gizmodo.
It was assumed that when Palm went on the market, it would be a good start in the smartphone business for the company that acquired it. There were a number of interested parties and we now know that HP won the bidding war. Is the smartphone business even on their radar though?
Once a niche market of geeks, apps for mobile devices has turned into a major business, thanks mostly to Apple's masterful creation of a solid device locked into a single application market. Before that, while some application stores existed, there was no one stop shopping and few offered pleasant on-device shopping experiences. Geeks and techies could side-load apps from their PC's, but most people didn't bother. Now that has all changed.
Any popular item is bound to have its detractors and the iPhone is no exception. Most of the complaints we hear about don't involve the device but either the carrier, AT&T, or Apple itself in some of its decisions about the platform, especially how it arbitrarily decides what apps will and will not be in the App Store. What issues are serious enough though for a consumer to lodge a complaint with the FCC or FTC?
Windows Phone needs a shot in the arm to spur consumer interest. Windows Mobile 6.5 isn't exactly a media darling and WP7 hasn't launched yet. To help Microsoft has commissioned a company to write at least twenty casual entertainment games, so things like puzzles and brain teasers seem to be the main focus. Will it make any difference?