Posts Tagged ‘PAlm-WebOS’

The Long Road to Standardization: Google’s Android OS

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

One of Google’s biggest problems with the Android mobile platform is the fact that the system is very fragmented. For those unfamiliar with the concept, this is simply the fact that so many different versions of the Android OS are currently available.

This is because the Android operating system is used by a wide range of mobile phones and that there has been a lot of versions that have been released in the past couple of years. The other important factor here is that many manufacturers have come out with Android devices as well –which means that being able to provide a uniformity of user experience is completely out of the question.

The BlackBerry OS, Palm WebOS and the Apple iOS are not prone to this same issue –this is because the other mobile platforms are stuck with only one phone manufacturer. But since the strength of Google’s open source platform is its distribution, delegating it to only one phone maker would not be a good idea.

According to recent studies, the Android 2.2 Froyo has grown to reach a significant portion of Android users. Currently, the latest OS holds about 38% of the Android population. About 41% of users are still using 2.1 Éclair and the rest are split between 1.5 Cupcake and 1.6 Donut.

Many are expecting that the shift from Donut and Cupcake to the Éclair and Froyo platforms will be happening during this last quarter of the year (Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA series will be getting Éclair in the UK by early 2011 –or so many rumors say) until the start of 2011. In the meanwhile, the Android is quickly catching up with the Symbian mobile platform in terms of distribution –with many expecting total market saturation by the end of the year.

Samsung’s New Devices and HP’s Teasers

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

HP is keeping everyone in the dark about what exact products the company is developing. But from a recently released image, it appears that the company is currently pursuing development on a wide range of products.

The image shows Phil McKinney (current CTO for HP) with several new devices on hand. As to specifically what devices he is holding, nobody knows. The image has all the new gadgets blocked out with black boxes leaving only a size references to determine what kind of gadgets these things could be. Anyway, one of the devices stands out: what appears to be standard sized smart phone.

HP’’s attempt at a smart phone has long been awaited for since the company took control of former smart phone manufacturer Palm. The Palm WebOS and keyboard layouts are quite famous and successful in the tech industry and many have been waiting to see what HP would actually do with the resources.

In other mobile handset news, Samsung has recently been teasing the world with a couple of new devices: one Android and the other a Bada smart phone.

Many are already quite familiar with the recently uploaded site for the Samsung Galaxy Tab teaser website and from the looks of it, the Korean phone maker will be pushing full steam ahead with their new touch screen tablet device.

It might have a smaller screen than that 9.7 inch display of the iPad, but even with 7 inches, the Tab is still quite a tempting choice –particularly because this device is reported to be able to take and make calls.

This potentially makes the Galaxy Tab the largest smart phone. The other device is the Wave 723 which is a new Bada based smart phone that looks a lot like the Wave 2 devices but only with a better camera (5 mega pixels).

Flash Coming to a Whole Range of Mobile Platforms

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

iphoneflashAccording to Steve Jobs, millions of people have bought his products even though they do not support Flash. He considers this as a testament for supporting his argument that Flash is no longer needed. He also seems to forget that he could removed phone call capabilities, text messaging and even taken out the camera and still would have sold millions of the iPad and the iPhone. This is not about Flash at all, but just how powerful the Apple branding is.

For a real measure of understanding where Flash stands in today’s standards: it is still being used. In fact, it is expected that in the span of a year (or even shorter), there will almost be no smart phones that will not support Flash aside from the Apple iPhone.

The Android is obviously getting Flash support; they clearly made their stand and alliance with the developer pretty early on when the argument between Apple and Adobe was just starting to brew. Microsoft also jumped into Flash bandwagon. While support for Flash will not be present in the very first version of the Windows Phone 7 mobile platform, it is expected to appear in one of the first updates for the OS.

It has also been confirmed that other operating systems will also be getting a compatible version of Adobe’s flash player. Among the systems that have been reported to be getting a flash Player update later on are the MeeGo, Linux Mobile, the Symbian OS, RIM’s BlackBerry OS and the Palm WebOS. The only OS missing from the list is Samsung’s Bada and the Brew though it is likely that the Samsung OS will also be getting a Flash update too.

Adobe has already released a downloadable version of the Flash Player version 10.1 for Google Android Froyo –well ahead of the first Android Froyo updates for other handsets aside from the Nexus One.