Posts Tagged ‘Android-Gingerbread’

Microsoft to Update WP7, Google’s Nexus S is Coming

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

With all the exciting talk about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system going on, it is almost easy to forget the fact that the platform will not be launching alone. Google is placing it aboard the Nexus S touch screen smart phone as well.

The dual launch will showcase not only the best software technology that Google has for commercial users, but also the latest in hardware innovation as well. There is plenty of focus for the Nexus S to be able to deliver great graphics, media and of course, the best Android experience for the end user. The device itself is unique, sporting a slight curve to the front of the device allowing it to ‘cup’ the side of the face more effectively especially when making a call or a voice command.

Other features of the Nexus S include the 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, an 8 mega pixel camera, the super AMOLED touch screen display and sadly, the lack of micro SD card support. While mostly impressive, not supporting external storage is certain to get some solid criticisms for this device. According to Samsung, the Nexus S will be launching within the next couple of weeks.

Microsoft is also launching an update to the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform. While there are plenty of new features that are coming, it has been stated that copy and paste are going to be primary additions to the mobile platform. For those not familiar with the WP7 OS, it was originally announced that copy and pasting would be limited in application to only contact information –meaning that only phone numbers and email addresses can be copied and pasted.

This update provides a better version of copy and pasting: one that actually allows users to select which content to copy and where they will be allowed to paste it. The controls are simple and anyone who has seen a similar copy and paste system in other platforms will not take one learning to make use of the feature.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread: All Set and Ready to Go

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Google is on top of the mobile platform industry. There are no doubts about it; the Android OS is currently the fastest growing mobile platform in terms of both evolution and more importantly, distribution.

At the moment, Nokia’s Symbian OS is still the most widely spread around platform in existence, but this is mostly due to the fact that Symbian has been around for ages. Google Android, on the other hand, has only been around for just a little around three years –and many experts agree that it will even surpass Symbian in about a year or so (with its’ current growth).

Version 2.3 Gingerbread of this very successful operating system is just the latest update that the OS needs to further show the world how far along the OS is in terms of innovation and evolution, and looking at the first demonstration videos of the platform proves exactly that.

Battery management is the first big new feature in the update and it is an excellent one. While the Android has never really been criticized for having bad energy usage, streamlining is still much appreciated. The new OS is expected to provide fully charged devices with a few extra hours of usage time.

Near field communications technology is also supported by the system. Considering that both Apple and Nokia are already implementing the technology, real world applications will certainly not be far behind. Sadly, most of the older smart phones do not have the hardware to support this new feature.

Other features such as internet based voice calls, better gaming and even better CPU usage are all pointing towards a definitely bright future for the next Android OS. The only question now is when the system updates will be rolling out for individual devices –especially for those in contract as the Android 2.2 Froyo updates have only been recently launched.

Upcoming Devices: the Nexus S

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Google has a second Nexus branded handset, and that is by now, a well established fact. While it was not easy to believe that the Android phone make would be working on a new self branded handset phone so soon, the fact is that they have already teamed up with Samsung in order to bring the Nexus S to the smart phone industry.

For those who may remember, the Nexus One (Google’s first self branded Android device) was manufactured by Taiwanese phone maker HTC. Many believe that this choice was heavily influenced by HTC’s long standing history in the development of the Android OS as they have been among the founding members of the Open Handset Alliance.

Now, Samsung has been chosen. Many believe that this was because of the unbelievable success of the Galaxy S. While the iPhone 4 did have problems with the whole antennagate issue (which led to some Apple fans opting to pass up on the device), the Galaxy S’ market success is still a product of the device’s own impressive hardware.

Unlike the Nexus One that was basically the same handset as the HTC Desire; the Nexus S takes cues from the Samsung Galaxy S, but takes the features a little bit further. The CPU has been enhanced to an Arm V7 dual core processor with OpenGL ES. The touch screen will employ a new super AMOLED 2 display and the OS will be the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform.

So far, we are downright impressed with the initial specs of the device –though we also suspect that the price tag will also be pretty high. Aside from that, the only other real concern is availability. While Google makes it easy for developers to acquire Nexus handsets, the same is not to be said for regular consumers.