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Prakash

As per last quarter reports published by Gartner, Android is now number two Mobile operating system with 25.5 percent market share. While Symbian is loosing market share, it still retails the number 1 slot due to Nokia.

Android market-share jumped from 3.5 percent to 25.5 percent vs the same quarter last year. Android 2.3 is just round the corner, expect it to fuel more growth for Android phones.

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Prakash

A while back, my friend Ramnath forwarded me this interesting flow chart, It holds true for iPad and may apply to many of our wants [not needs].

A few people who owned iPads, [althought many would not admit], were finding their iPad had diminishing marignal utility. After a few days of use, they were not find much utility for it.

Are tablets good computing devices or just for browsing and viewing? Are tablets going to replace the netbook? Well lets wait to have more tablet options based on Android platform. In fact Android team says Android is not designed for Tablets and Android 3.0 expected by end of the year, is expected is suppose to be tablet ready.

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Prakash

Motorla Defy
Motorola has announced Motorola Defy which is Water Resistant, Dust Resistant and Scratch Resistant. Which is excellent if you had kids around who like to throw phones into the water!


Here are some interesting features:

  • 3.7″ touchscreen  display
  • 480X864 resolution screen
  • 5 Megapixel Camera with Video recording
  • LED Flash
  • 2 GB Internal Memory
  • MicroSD Card slot for additional Memory
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Dual Band 3G and Quad Band 2G
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5mm standard headphones jack
  • AGPS and Digital Compass
  • Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
  • Android 2.1 with Flash player

What would be nicer:

If It has Android 2.2 update available which Motorola hasn’t announced yet, but is likely to come.

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Prakash

Nokia has serious competition with Videocon, Mcromax, Acer and Motorola launching sub $200 (Rs. 10,000) phones in India.

India already has the 2nd largest number of people accessing the internet from their cellphones.

Android should fuel this market as:

  • Its fast.
  • Its excellent at multi tasking.
  • Its easy to use.
  • It has over 50,000 applications in the app-store.
  • Its an open platform.
  • You have choice of vendors.
  • It has good integrations with Google services: search, mail and apps.
  • And yes it runs Linux :)
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    Prakash

    From a Newsweek article:

    What began as a trickle now has turned into a tidal wave. In August Google announced it was activating 200,000 Android phones each day. On at least one day since then, that number surged to more than 250,000, Rubin says. Android now has leapt past Apple to become the biggest smart-phone platform in the United States, the third-biggest worldwide, and by far the fastest growing.

    Microsoft last week sued Motorola, alleging its Android phones violate Microsoft patents. Similarly, Apple has sued HTC over its Android phones, and Oracle has sued Google, alleging Android itself violates Oracle patents. If nothing else, the lawsuits demonstrate that rivals recognize Android has become a serious threat.


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    Matt Griffin

    It’s finally here. Ubuntu One users can now add music streaming to the long list of things that we offer. This is a big step for us and our goal of creating useful services around your content.

    We have to thank the Android beta testers who provided great feedback, identified important bugs and streamed enough songs to their phones to help us identify ways that we should improve our infrastructure.

    Testing in the wild and sharing the code with everyone has yielded another benefit – feature contributions. We didn’t expect it, but the Ubuntu One Music app for Android will also include last.fm Scrobbling support. Special thanks to Scott Ferguson for that contribution… even before the app was released!

    Find out more about Ubuntu One Mobile and music streaming at one.ubuntu.com/mobile.

    Ubuntu One Music for Android and iPhone

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    Matt Griffin

    After over a year’s worth of feedback from users like you and a clear view of where we want to take Ubuntu One in the future, we’ve just made some changes to the Ubuntu One service offering and pricing plans.

    For starters, we will no longer offer the 50 GB plan to new subscribers. Everyone will get the basic plan and then have the option to add various ‘add-ons’ of services and storage as needed. But here are the details:

    Ubuntu One Basic – available now
    This is the same as the current free 2 GB option but with a new name. Users can continue to sync files, contacts, bookmarks and notes for free as part of our basic service and access the integrated Ubuntu One Music Store. We are also extending our platform support to include a Windows client, which will be available in Beta very soon.

    Ubuntu One Mobile – available October 7th
    Ubuntu One Mobile is our first example of a service that helps you do more with the content stored in your personal cloud. With Ubuntu One Mobile’s main feature – mobile music streaming – users can listen to any MP3 songs in their personal cloud (any owned MP3s, not just those purchased from the Ubuntu One Music Store) using our custom developed apps for iPhone and Android (coming soon to their respective marketplaces). These will be open source and available from Launchpad. Ubuntu One Mobile will also include the mobile contacts sync feature that was launched in Beta for the 10.04 release.

    Ubuntu One Mobile is available for $3.99 (USD) per month or $39.99 (USD) per year. Users interested in this add-on can try the service free for 30 days. Ubuntu One Mobile will be the perfect companion to your morning exercise, daily commute, and weekend at the beach – we’re really excited to bring you this service!

    Ubuntu One 20-Packs – available now
    A 20-Pack is 20 GB of storage for files, contacts, notes, and bookmarks. Users will be able to add multiple 20-Packs at $2.99 (USD) per month or $29.99 (USD) per year each. If you start with Ubuntu One Basic (2 GB) and add 1 20-Pack (20 GB), you will have 22 GB of storage.

    All add-ons are available for purchase in multiple currencies – USD, EUR and, recently added, GBP.

    Users currently paying for the old 50 GB plan (including mobile contacts sync) can either keep their existing service or switch to the new plans structure to get more value from Ubuntu One at a lower price.

    We know that you will enjoy these new add-ons as well as the performance enhancements we’ve made to Ubuntu One in recent months. If you have questions, our recently updated support area is a great place to start. There you’ll find a link to the current status of Ubuntu One services, a link to our frequently updated list of frequently asked questions, and a way to send us a direct message. As always, you can also ping the team on IRC (#ubuntuone in freenode). We welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.

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    Prakash

    “In terms of sales, smartphones powered by Android are expected to surpass these of Symbian as early as 2012,” he said, reports the Telegraph.

    Its time Nokia considers offering Android based phone.

    “If Nokia joins the Android party, the support of this eco-system by all key players could help the mobile smartphone industry to potentially commoditise its software business much like what Microsoft did in the PC world,” he said.

    If Nokia continues in its current strategy, it would be addressing “niche markets,” Kamal-Saadi added.

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    I am finding that Droidstack is a pretty great way to participate on the Ubuntu Stack Exchange and all the others if you’re on Android.

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    Prakash

    After  the HTC Desire, HTC has announced the HTC Desire HD. Here are the specs:

    • 4.3 inch LCD screen: Thats big!
    • 8 Megapixel Camera
    • 1 GHz Processor (same as HTC Desire)
    • 720p High Definition Video Capture
    • HD Video Playback
    • DivX playback
    • Surround sound.
    • 4 GB Internal Memory: Nice but more the better.
    • Android 2.2.: Will also be available on HTC Desire, Wildfire and Legend.

    If you are looking for a Qwerty phone, wait for the HTC Desire Z, which has a qwerty or look at Motorola Backflip.

    These phones are expected to hit the market by the end of the year/Early Next year.

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    Prakash

    What happens when a Taiwan ODM (Original Device Manufacturer) starts making their own phone? Result is you get good value for money, it start selling well and as a result they also get sued!

    For those who came in late, ODMs are the actual manufactures of the device sold by the likes of Apple. ODMs actually make the devices and these are branded and sold by the big MNC brands.

    HTC is  an ODM for many big brands. For example they manufactured the Google Nexus One for Google which is similar to HTC Desire. They have now been releasing their own phones.

    They are so successful, that Apple sued them for patent infringement cause they enabled multi-touch on their phone and actually did a better job than Apple did on its iPhone.

    HTC the number 1 brand as per GSMArena,  has launched some nice  phones to give customers a choice:

    • HTC Wildfire
    • HTCL Legend
    • HTC Desire

    Here is whats common between them:

    • 5 Megapixel Camera
    • LED Flash
    • 3G with HSDPA for upto 7.2Mbps download speeds (network dependent)
    • Wi-Fi
    • Stereo Bluetooth
    • GPS receiver
    • FM Radio
    • Touch screen with Multi-touch support
    • Proximity sensor
    • Accelerometer
    • Optical Trackpad
    • Flash Player
    • 3.5mm standard audio jack
    • Unlimited phonebook (limited by memory)
    • MicroUSB
    • Limitations: No front video camera for video conferencing. No Qwerty keyboard.
    • All of them Run the latest Linux based Android 2.1 and are expected to be upgradable to 2.2 this quarter.

    Android 2.2 will add:

    • HTML 5
    • Flash 10.1 support
    • Faster speeds due to JIT compiler

    Now here is the main difference between the three:

    Features
    HTC Wildfire HTC Legend HTC Desire
    Display Type
    TFT AMOLED AMOLED
    Display Resolution 240×320 320 x 480 480 x 800
    Display Size 3.2 Inches 3.2 Inches 3.7 Inches
    Internal Memory 384 MB RAM 384 MB RAM 576 MB RAM
    CPU 528 MHz Qualcomm 600 MHz Qualcomm 1GHz Qualcomm
    Weight 118g 126g 135g
    Price $379/Rs. 15,000 $495/Rs. 21,000 $659/Rs. 26,000

    The main difference between these phones are processor speeds, display quality and the price. The Legend and the Desire sports an AMOLED display which is the latest LED display, which is razor sharp.  The Desire also sports a slight larger display of 3.7 inches with the highest resolution. It also bundles a 4 GB MicroSD Memory Card. The processor speed is not so important if the OS works well and you don’t need to run too many apps simultaneously.

    Here is my suggestion:

    If you want an Android phone but not willing to shell out a bomb, the Wildfire is your best bet. Since the Wildfire is the latest amongst these, it also has some newer features.

    If you don’t have budget constrains and wants to show off to your iPhone friends, then go in for the Desire. Its will also do justice in video playback capabilities. The Legend is ofcourse for people who want the best of both worlds: Lower cost than desire but with better display than the Wildfire.

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    Prakash

    Best Buy is firing its employee who made this funny video comparing iPhone 4 with HTC Evo. Perhaps Apple didn’t find the video funny and is pressurising Best Buy to take action.

    Here is the scoop. The video has already had 2.3 Million views and growing rapidly. Its funny :)

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