Posts Tagged ‘Samsung-Nexus-S’

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.

Future Forecast: What’s Next in Touch Screens

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

One of the most important pieces of hardware technology that has been developed for mobile phones is the touch screen display. With this, the compromise between display size and input options has been amended by placing the controls directly on the screen –as opposed to having to use have the front of a handset for the keypad.

Of course, physical buttons and keys still play an important role for mobile phones –but for the most part, a handset can go for the rudimentary large touch screen and a couple of context buttons below.

Since the touch screen has been introduced, the last big milestone was when the capacitive touch screen technology came out. This enable users to easily use the display with only the finger and not a stylus –it was both a liberating experience and a big step towards the development of new control functions –such as gestures and multi-touch.

Now, a new development from Hitachi is turning things full circle: the development of a capacitive touch screen that is stylus friendly. This may not sound like much, but the stylus provides users with a control function that the fingers cannot produce; pin point accuracy. This may seem pretty obvious since the stylus has a very narrow tip. But that accuracy also gives rise to another feature: handwriting. While one can scribble with a finger, the control and grip of a stylus allows for a tighter control when it comes to writing or drawing on a touch screen display.

Another major advancement we are seeing now is with the development of bendable touch screens. While the most we see of these are in tech demonstrations, it has been rumored that the Nexus S handset from Samsung will have a slightly curved display. Of course, this is all just speculation –for all we know only the handset casing is curved.

The Big News: Gingerbread is Almost Here

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Eric Schmidt, the current CEO for search engine giant Google has finally confirmed that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread is ready for commercial release and to show it off the man has also showcased the next Google branded handset, the Nexus S.

Whether this comes as a surprise for many or not is not the issue, the important thing here is that after a couple of weeks of speculations and rumors about a possible Nexus handset, the early release of the Gingerbread OS and a major launch event from either Google or Samsung, something has finally happened.

So what else is new? Near field communications technology that’s what. The new handset not exactly tagged under any manufacturer and the fine details of the device have been left out of the equation during the Gingerbread announcement, but the device certainly showed off some impressive features. With Google also backing the technology, expect NFC to be an industry standard pretty soon.

Ironically, as much as the event was an announcement for the new Gingerbread OS, one cannot help but have the attention fully focused on the new handset. Equipped with NFC, a high speed processor, an impressive AMOLED touch screen display and what can only be assumed as a high speed processor and a high capacity camera lens, this next generation smart phone is going to set the new standard for Android device –much like the Nexus One did for the current generation of Android phones.

Undoubtedly, this announcement also underlines the fact that Gingerbread will also be coming over to Froyo devices, though only those with unlocked phones will be able to enjoy an update early. Everyone else will have to wait for network specific updates to the OS. With many devices still behind on the Froyo update, those with Android devices still locked to their networks will need to be patient.

Nexus S Rumors Continue to Spread

Monday, November 15th, 2010

At this point in time, anything can be true –that is, in regards to the leaked images of what is allegedly the Samsung-made, Google-branded Nexus S. Getting down to the bottom of things is pretty hard when neither Google nor Samsung seems to have any intention of making an official statement regarding the issue.

One initial concern is whether this is really going to be a Google branded Nexus smart phone or simply a new Galaxy model. Considering that Samsung is already an Android manufacturer, it would be easy for anyone internally to leak images or details of what is actually a Samsung branded phone and have it labeled as a Google device (or quite literally, have the Google logo edited into the digital image). It is also important to remember that Google has specifically stated that there would be no sequels to the Nexus One.

Mincing words however, that alone will not disprove the Nexus S. In fact, Google did specifically say that there would be no Nexus “2”. But a Nexus S on the other hand, is a completely different thing.

Also, Google specified that the main purpose of the original Nexus One is that that device was not made for profit. Instead, Google wanted a smart phone that would be used as a new standard and benchmark for many other devices using the Android OS. Naturally, one device alone cannot serve that purpose forever. With technology moving forward constantly, Google will have to come up with new Nexus devices every now and then to keep up with the pace.

As one would expect, the specs from the Nexus S are closely similar to that of the Galaxy S (the same applied to the Nexus One and the HTC Desire). The device will come with a 5 mega pixel snapper, a 1GHz processor and most importantly, a 4 inch super AMOLED capacitive touch screen display.

Tech Highlights: the Latest Android Developments

Friday, November 12th, 2010

It is hard to not find the Google Android in mobile news each day. After all, the OS is growing at such a fast pace that it has managed to be everywhere almost instantly. It will not be long before the Android outmatch the Symbians and saturation of the open source platform is a definite inevitability.

According to some studies, Google’s hold on their users is not as strong as it sounds. The fanciness and popular charm of the iPhone is quite strong. With the hype, marketing and app library of the Apple gadget, it is not surprising that many Android users also consider owning an iPhone as well. For those who love games, there is no question; the vast amount of games on the iPhone library is staggering. Unless the rumors of the PSP Phone using an Android OS is true, then Google will not have the sufficient app support from third party developers to compete in that level.

But fantasies simply are, the actual financial figures however hum a different tune. Phone users may have options in their mind, but their wallets all give a single answer: the Android. Recent sales comparisons show that big ticket companies Nokia and Apple are slowly losing their grip on the market, with shares slowly decreasing. Google on the other hand has gone from a near insignificant fraction to over a fourth of the market.

And Google is far from done with their push towards dominating the industry. The latest Google branded handset, the Nexus S is being rumored to be an actual device and that it will be made by Samsung. Despite an initial statement from Samsung about the matter that is indirectly denying any such device exists or is in production. Still, the leaked images are hard to dispute –especially with most of the photographic evidence originally sourced from reputable sources from within Google.