Profile of Ed Hansberry
News & Commentary Posts: 709
Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in July 2010
When most of us think of our cellular network, we immediately think of cell phones. That is why we fork over big bucks to the carriers each month right? They keep us connected without tying us down to a physical location. Today though there is so much more using cellular networks that have nothing to do with voice communication at all.
Apple has acknowledged that the iPhone 4 has a serious problem when you hold the device in a certain way, which just so happens to be the most common way a right handed person holds a phone, with their left hand at the base of the unit. For now, the fix is free bumpers for everyone which mitigates the problem. Not content to stop there though, Apple is claiming other phones have the same issue, and going to great lengths to document it.
AT&T has been a long time supporter of Windows Mobile by carrying a variety of devices over the years in the US. Now they are claiming they will be the premier carrier for the forthcoming platform from Microsoft. Does that bode well for users buying new Windows Phone 7 devices this fall?
After HP acquired Palm, which was to gain access to WebOS, the platform that powers the Palm Pre and Pixi phones, there was concern that smartphones would fall by the wayside. Those concerns were laid to rest weeks ago and smartphones are very much in the picture, but they are only a part of the picture. Can HP make WebOS a multi-form factor powerhouse?
Microsoft has five official partners that will be building devices running Windows Phone 7. Some are old partners. What may be more telling is who isn't on the list.
Even though Windows Phone 7 is heavily anticipated this fall, mainly as Microsoft's last chance to turn its mobile device effort around, it isn't the only major release in the pipeline. Research in Motion's Blackberry platform is getting a pretty big update with version 6 and now there are a number of screenshots available as well as information about the Blackberry 6 Desktop software.
Everyone at Microsoft that is. It looks like all 90,000 employees of Microsoft will be getting a new phone with Windows Phone 7 on it. If nothing else, it makes it instantly more successful than the Kin, perhaps ten times as successful.
It obviously sounded like a good idea in 2007 when Apple and AT&T signed a multi-year exclusivity agreement but a few short years later, it became evident the agreement between Apple and AT&T wasn't turning out as planned.
The new Verizon Droid X by Motorola has sold out in many places the first day it was for sale, including on Verizon's site. It is the latest phone with Google's platform that is driving over one million activations each week.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is expected to hit the store shelves in time for the holiday season and they have just passed a major milestone in their development. Right now, everything appears to be on schedule. What I am not clear on at this stage though is how the average user is supposed to keep all of their important data on their phone and PC's in sync.
The US government has written a number of apps for some of the smartphone platforms. You can get information on recalls, locations of alternative fuel stations or find the closest US embassy no matter where you are.
This fall, three mobile operating systems will be released (if you don't count what Android does, since they tend to release every few months). Windows Phone 7, Blackberry 6 and MeeGo are all due this holiday season. Will any of them make a dent in either iOSes or Android's share?
Microsoft has had a number of cloud services for Windows Mobile and/or PC's and as Windows Phone 7 nears release, some of those services are getting a facelift to better match them with a mobile lifestyle.
Steve Ballmer apologized to its partners during Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference saying that the mobile platform missed out on a "whole generation of users." It is evident Microsoft recognizes its mistakes with the mobile market. The question is, will they learn from them?
For the three months ending May 31, 2010, the only major mobile platform to gain market share was Android. Samsung was one of the few manufacturers to gain share due in no small part to its phones that ship with Android.
Microsoft has announced that their new mobile platform will be in consumer's hands by the holiday season. There are some speculating that the holiday might be as soon as Labor Day, or even sooner.
The aftermath of the Kin debacle at Microsoft doesn't seem to be doing a whole lot for employee morale. Those with inside knowledge have started disclosing the circumstances within Microsoft during the development of the Kin and after it was dropped. Many are former Kin team members and just about all are doing so unofficially.
Apple said today that about 400 of the 150 million iTunes accounts was hacked today by an unscrupulous developer. If you've put your credit card info in your iTunes account, you might want to check for unusual charges and at the very least, change your iTunes password.
It is debatable as to what is more important, the smartphone platform or the apps available for it. While the platform maker can't do much to the OS itself in the short or even medium term, they can help move the applications. Palm is taking a two pronged approach to increasing the number of apps as well as how fast they move out of the WebOS App Catalog.
There are a ton of capable smartphones on the market today but figuring out which one to get can be a daunting task given the myriad of hardware configurations on various carriers. There is a chart though that may help you make your decision.
On Wednesday Microsoft killed the Kin a mere 48 days after launch. It makes you wonder how much Microsoft will be behind Windows Phone 7.