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Articles by Ed Hansberry
posted in September 2010
Apple is the undisputed king of apps in its online store for the iPhone with the App Store, at least when it comes to the number of apps for sale. RIM isn't interested in competing at that level. Will shooting for a higher quality selection make an online market more popular than one with a bewildering selection?
It doesn't take a genius to see that Microsoft designed Windows Phone 7 to initially appeal to consumers, from the finger friendly user interface to the hardware specs that resemble the form factor made popular by the iPhone over three years ago. It doesn't mean that business needs are off the radar though.
RIM announced their new tablet, the Blackberry Playbook, which ironically doesn't run the Blackberry operating system. Going up against the iPad is going to be tough enough. Can they do it with an entirely new operating system that will need developers to support it?
Nokia has been in the news a lot this week and little of it is good. The company has a new CEO and is obviously trying to turn things around, but will it be successful?
Right now the smartphone race has two key players for consumers, iOS and Android. Add the enterprise and business customer to the mix and Blackberry shows up as well. Windows Phone 7 hasn't even launched yet, but at lest one analyst thinks that within two years, it will be third in the field.
Wow. It is like 1999 all over again. In 1999 satellite phones were all the rage because they were going to work when every other cell phone died as a result of Y2K. The only thing that died were satellite phones for consumers. Flash forward over a decade later and AT&T is ready to give it another go.
We've been hearing rumors of an iPhone on the Verizon network for some time, but the expected dates seem to come and go with no news. The latest rumor is early 2011 and we keep getting additional information that makes that seem more credible than any previous rumor.
Android is showing no signs of slowing down. For the three months ended July 31, Android is the only smartphone platform to show growth. Palm remained flat, while Apple, Microsoft and RIM all saw declines.
Nokia's fortunes have been heading in the wrong direction in recent years. It seems that Nokia focuses on the hardware and the software gets the sort end of the stick. That may be at least one of the reasons they are struggling, and a big one at that.
If you are on a CDMA based network like Sprint or Verizon, you won't be able to pick up a Windows Phone 7 device this year. Microsoft's mobile platform will only work with GSM networks for the first few months after its release at least.
A recent study of nearly 2,000 adults with cell phones were asked a number of questions about their usage of applications on the phone. Only 35 percent of adults have applications on their phone.
Here is an interesting rumor that has a ring of truth to it. Some of the more hyped features of Windows Phone 7 may not make it to countries that don't speak English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, at least not initially. If true, how much will this hurt the platform's launch?
Garmin is best known for their GPS systems that people buy and mount in their vehicles for getting around unfamiliar places. Few people know though that Garmin also makes smartphones. In a few months, they may drop out of that business.
One of the advantages cited by Android users is that it is an open operating system, and technically that is correct. By the time a user gets his hands on a phone though, it has been morphed into a system that is as closed as any other.
You have to give Apple credit for providing major upgrades to owners of older devices for free. It is one of the many things Apple does that keeps loyalty high. Sometimes though the hardware won't handle it and that appears to be the case with the iPhone 3G that was first released in July 2008. You can get iOS 4.1, but Game Center won't be included.
AT&T sent out a letter to its wireless users explaining that they plan to spend between 18 and 19 billion dollars to upgrade their network. I'm not sure if they were expecting a pat on the back, but I am pretty sure they were not expecting to get blasted by their customers on their Facebook fan page.
RIM has confirmed that they have acquired DataViz, the company that makes the popular Documents To Go app for mobile platforms that allows you to open and edit Microsoft Office documents on your phone. They currently support a lot of platforms, but now that RIM owns them, will they shut down all development save for the Blackberry OS?
Sales numbers are a good sign of how well a device is doing, and Android has nothing to complain about there. Web browsing though is a better indication of how much usage the device is getting. Here too Android has nothing to complain about. In fact, it is the only smartphone platform showing growth.
Samsung announced on Thursday that they plan to focus their development efforts on Google's Android platform and their own Bada platform. Up until now, Samsung has been a solid partner of Microsoft's. They aren't leaving Windows Phone 7 behind, but they are only planning one device running Microsoft's new software. As for Symbian, don't count on it.
This has been a pretty big week for upcoming smartphone platforms. Microsoft announced today that Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing on schedule. Palm has released the SDK for WebOS 2 and revealed quite a bit of info on the new platform. Finally, Apple today gave details on the 4.1 and 4.2 updates for iOS.
Much has been made recently about the cost of Microsoft's licensing fees for Windows Phone 7 and how it is model out of sync with the realities of today. Android is open source and has no licensing fees, so why would anyone pay Microsoft up to $15 per Windows Phone license when you can pay $0 for Android?