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posted in August 2010
On August 30, Microsoft flipped a switch allowing Hotmail users to use Exchange ActiveSync to synchronize their smartphones with Hotmail's email, contacts, calendar and tasks. Hotmail now matches, and exceeds what Google Sync offers.
For the early part of its life, Windows Mobile was one of the more powerful mobile platforms, yet it was never known as being the most spry. Microsoft set out to fix that with Windows Phone 7 and early indications are it has succeeded.
After Windows Vista, Microsoft had a bit of a rebirth with Windows 7. That momentum is carrying forward into Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has committed over half a billion dollars to help launch the platform this fall. The funds are spread across marketing, developers, handset makers and likely carriers to ensure the platform gets the largest smartphone platform launch in history. Will that translate into sales for the platform?
Apple didn't make the first tablet, not by a long shot, but they did make the first tablet that took the consumer market by storm with the iPad. Not even a year out of the gate though and companies are already looking beyond that first model. AT&T, the only seller of the 3G iPad in the US, has laid out plans to add more tablets to its wireless offerings.
Android has been the fastest growing smartphone platform over the past year, going from the original T-Mobile G-1 in the fall of 2008 to a plethora of devices on all of the major networks. One reporter though thinks the meteoric rise of Android is nearing an end and it faces five major opponents in the future.
We are just a few months away from Windows Phone 7 launching. It is key the operating system and hardware perform well, but today, having only that doesn't mean much. Third party apps are at least as important, if not more so, than the core phone itself. If only 10 percent of those that have downloaded the developer kit write an app, Microsoft's mobile OS will have a decent application library in no time.
Sprint has begun offering femtocells for its customers that have reception problems in their homes. They aren't the first to offer such a device, but appear to be the first to offer it for free to qualified users, which is how it should be.
In a sign that RIM recognizes that it cannot live off of the enterprise market alone, it is making moves to get into the mobile advertising market. In doing so, RIM is pitting itself squarely against the same companies making its life rough in the smartphone world - Apple and Google.
Additional details for the top carrier in the United States were revealed today and no one will be shocked to see it is full of Android devices. WebOS and Blackberry also have some slots on the list, but no mention of the much rumored Verizon iPhone and Windows Phone is nowhere to be seen.
After being on the market for less than a week, the RIM's new flagship device, the Blackberry Torch with the new 6.0 OS is being discounted, heavily. It came out of the gates at $199 plus contract and is now available for half of that. The combination of less than stellar sales and mixed review are surely to blame.
Windows Phone 7 will be coming from way behind the iPhone and Android platforms when it launches and Microsoft is doing all it can to boost its acceptance. Right now it seems Windows Phone 7 will be second to none when it comes to the gaming experience, which is tied heavily to XBox Live. Today Microsoft shed some light on their mobile gaming plans.
Oracle is suing Google over the latter's Java implementation in Android. The question is, did Google develop its version of Java, called Dalvik, from the ground up without borrowing any code from Sun's Java, or did they infringe on Sun's intellectual property, now owned by Oracle?
Blackberry has long been the king of the Enterprise, aided in no small part to Windows Mobile's decline in recent years. Yes, the iPhone and Android are all the rage in smartphones right now, but do either have what it takes to topple RIM in the enterprise space?
Since the announcement in April that HP would be buying Palm, there has been significant brain drain of the mobile tech company. When you buy a company primarily for the intellectual property, it sometimes helps to retain the intellect that created it in the first place.
Dell is launching its Android powered Streak this week on the AT&T network. The screen size is five inches, which makes it larger than a smartphone but smaller than a full tablet. Is there room in the market for this device?
Apple has an impressive number of apps it the App Store and the iPhone is one of the most capable devices out there, but it has one glaring hole in its offerings: no Flash support. Well, now there is an unofficial Flash app called Frash.
Apple's senior VP of iPhone engineering has left the company after less than two years on the job. While reasons weren't given, it is hard to believe it is anything but the issues Apple has been dealing with on the iPhone 4's antenna since its release.
There are several new tidbits on information available on Windows Phone 7, including a head-to-head comparison of how its browser stacks up to the Blackberry Torch. Suffice it to say, the Torch didn't hold a candle to Microsoft's newest offering.
NPD is reporting that Android has taken the top spot in the second quarter of 2010, topping even RIM. Whether it is in first or second place, Android has a very bright future.
Carriers in the US are trying to turn their smartphones into mobile payment systems that will replace credit cards for many transactions. Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T are so serious about it, they are willing to partner with each other to accomplish this.
Google's Android platform sales for the second quarter of 2010 surpassed that of the iPhone for the first time in the US. This is not quite and apples to apples comparison though, if you'll pardon the pun. Android is available on many networks and has many different manufacturers. The iPhone just has one manufacturer and one network. Does that matter?
Given that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is really a version 1, it is late to a party where the iPhone and Android phones are getting all of the attention. RIM's Blackberry is also well established. In many respects, Microsoft is starting from ground zero. Steve Ballmer though is saying that they are ready to go.