Posts Tagged ‘android’

Google has Trouble Shifting Nexus One

February 8, 2010

Sales of Google’s Nexus One smartphone are still slower than the search giant might well like it to be, with reports indicating that Google has managed to sell somewhere in the region of 80,000 devices.

Initial reports had indicated that Google’s Nexus One had had a very slow opening week indeed, and it seems that things haven’t improved much. According to the mobile analysts over at Flurry, the first week of sales for Google’s self-described “superphone” saw the search giant shift the fairly unimpressive number of 20,000 Nexus One devices. Now that we’re at the first month of sales, things are looking no more impressive.

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Get Going on VOIP for Home Use

February 5, 2010

VOIP was, for a very long time, something that we couldn’t get away from in tech media. It’s convenient, it can save you money, it’s not a total pain in the face to set up (something that can be true of traditional phone options), and it’s something that, for most people, hasn’t quite caught on as much as expected.

While a vast number of people have a Skype account and indeed, at any given time there seems to be anywhere between 15 and 25 million people actually logged in to the service, the fact is that there just doesn’t seem to be too much drive towards VOIP for general home use. Still, it’s worth considering, given the potential savings to be had, and especially with the existence of services like SkypeIn, which mean you’re still contactable at the same phone by others.

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Symbian Goes Open Source

February 5, 2010

The Symbian Foundation – who always sound like a charity front for a James Bond villain to our ears – has announced that the code behind the world’s most popular smartphone operating system has finally become open source.

It was said way back in 2008 that such a move was afoot but the Foundation has now confirmed that all the necessary work is complete and it’s all, according to a BBC report, in aid of attracting new developers to work on the system – which has shipped in more than 330 million mobile phones – to help speed up the pace of improvements.

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Nexus One Update Brings Multi-Touch

February 3, 2010

Google has issued a software update for its Nexus One smartphone, patching a few notable issues. Perhaps most welcome of these updates is the introduction of more intuitive multi-touch controls in more applications.

When Google first launched the Nexus One, it was generally received well, and seen to be a very fine device indeed, though among fans the lack of some fairly simple multi-touch controls that many knew the device was capable of was somewhat baffling. Now though, Google has addressed those concerns with the announcement of its most recent update to the Nexus One on its Nexus One Board. Those gesture controls that were missing, namely the altogether very usable “pinch-to-zoom” have now been added to the device’s Browser, Gallery and Maps applications.

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Jobs has Harsh Words for Google, Adobe

February 2, 2010

It seems that Steve Jobs has had some fairly harsh criticisms for both Google and Adobe, both of whose products have seen some unfavourable comparisons made with Apple’s own.

Indeed, the issue between Apple and Adobe is a long running one, and it’s only deepened in recent months since Adobe announced that it was willing on putting some work into developing a version of Flash for Apple’s iPhone OS, which runs both the iPhone and iPod Touch, and now the tablet-styled iPad. Indeed, it seems that Apple wasn’t quite as receptive to the idea as Adobe would have likes, so it seems that the project is on hold. Jobs words for Adobe were harshest, with Wired reporting him as having said that,

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Motorola to Build Google’s Nexus Two?

January 29, 2010

Word is creeping out that Motorola could well be building the next phone to be sold directly through Google, without any intervention from network carriers.

HTC's effort looks well, we'll be interested to see Motorola's offering.

If the word from TechRadar is right, then signs are pointing towards Motorola as the second company to have build a smartphone for sale directly through Google. Just what we can expect from this device has yet to be seen or even really hinted at, though it would make a lot of sense for it to be running Google’s mobile operating system, Android.

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Michael Dell Shows off Tablet

January 29, 2010

It seems that Apple isn’t the only company detailing the release of its upcoming tablet this week, with Dell’s CEO giving a little more detail on the PC giant’s upcoming Mini 5.

We assume it'll also be available in not-pink 🙂

The folks over at TechCrunch had the chance to talk to the man himself while he was in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, where he seemed relatively happy to talk about the upcoming tablet device, including the fact that he expects it to see a launch in the US in the coming months, the first indication of its launch yet given. Sadly, so far there’s no word on Europe, though hopefully that’ll change soon enough.

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Android Gets Conditional Love from China

January 28, 2010

In amongst all the iPad hoopla many have forgotten the other big tech story of the year so far, namely the various maneuverings between China and Google. The lovers tiff turned ugly has a faint air of reconciliation about it today, as the Chinese Government announced that it won’t block the use of Google’s Android operating system on mobile phones in the country as long as the operating system abides by Chinese law. I did say it was only a ‘faint air’ of reconciliation.

Are things a little rosier between China and Google today? Well, kinda, they should play with Lego until they find a resolution, the same goes for the Northern Assembly talks.

Anyway, Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology spokesperson Zhu Hongren has been quoted as saying, “As long as it complies with Chinese laws and regulations, and as long as it has good cooperation with operators… their use of the system won’t be limited.” (more…)

Analysts Predict Android Surge

January 26, 2010

It seems that Google’s mobile operating system, the much vaunted Android, is set to see a tremendous amount of growth in the coming years, with analysts predicting that it will outpace its competitors.

The only thing the little guy is missing is a name... I like to think of him as Android Dave 😉

Indeed, according to a Cnet report, it seems that Google’s Android is currently bringing up the rear a little, when it comes to the mobile OS market, at least. Interestingly enough, it seems that there’s still plenty of love out there for RIM and its BlackBerry line, which currently holds the number two spot, while Apple’s iPhone OS rests at number three.

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Apple to Announce New iPhone OS?

January 19, 2010

Now that Apple has properly confirmed that there’ll be an event happening on January 27th, the speculative floodgates have opened. Perhaps most interesting though, is the question of a new version of its iPhone OS.

Apple has been tight lipped about exactly what it is the event on January 27th is all about, teasing it with a fairly simple, “Come and see what we’ve been working on” styled message. According to the folks at TechCrunch, we could see a new iPhone OS unveiled at the event, which would certainly make sense, given the fact that many are expecting the long-rumoured Apple tablet to launch running some new flavour of Apple’s mobile OS.

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