Posts Tagged 'android'

RIM still king

At least for the meantime. Judging by ComScore‘s latest numbers Research in Motion is still hanging on to the lead despite their issues with India. Apple is closely behind with Google Android users gaining quickly. Has this been the year of the Android? The last quarter’s gains seem to have been at the expense of the rest of the industry. Noticeably absent from that list: Nokia. I don’t know what they are doing over at HQ but they’d better get the ship turned around and quickly. Also things aren’t looking good for the Windows Mobile platform. At this rate they will be squeezed out of the mobile arena in no time.

RIM 39%
Apple 24%
Android 17%
Microsoft 12%

Galaxy S launches in China

… and expect the clones to roll out next week. Samsung (25%) decided to cut into Nokia’s market lead (40%) by launching their Android phone in China on Wednesday. One of the fastest growing markets the Galaxy S is targeting the high end customer looking for an alternative to Apple’s iPhone. The phone is expected to start selling on Friday. (link)

At this point I’d be willing to buy a China clone phone if it could reliably run Android 1.6 instead of that garbage interface that is so common for the fake devices. The biggest problem with the China clones is the lack of apps and quality. Nevertheless I’ll looking into getting one.

Samsung Galaxy S (Gizmodo)

Mobile Platform Sales and loyalty

Android phones are selling like hotcakes. Compared to the iPhone the Motorola Droid sold more units in the first 74 days. This is certainly good news for Google and Motorola, whose mobile division has been on life support for a while now. Still the dividing line between iPhone users and Android users is still clearly apparent. Each have their own loyal users who swear by their mobile platforms.

Ultimately the success and failure of any platform is its applications. The iTunes store had a bit of a head start but made the best of it racking up tons of applications for every possible use. However the inconsistent approval process has deterred some developers away, often claiming censorship, favoritism, and heavy restrictions. The Android store boasts 30,000 apps currently available for download (Apple has about 140,000). Still some ways to go but it’s still good news for Google.

The odd man out? Research In Motion. While still the “business man’s phone” Blackberry users still have their loyal users in tow. However with newer flashy features available on other platforms the numbers are beginning to weaken. In a recent survey 40% were willing to trade their Blackberry for an iPhone. While only 32% would trade it for a Nexus One. Probably just a case of “the grass is greener”. Still plenty to choose from and many features to offer. Making the phone decision even harder. Try to stick to a short term contract and try them out. You may like what you find.

Android platform surges ahead

Research in Motion (36%) is still king for the time being but there’s a new number 2 mobile platform. Android (28%) has overtaken Apple iPhone (21%) OS in popularity. The number of handsets available across multiple service providers probably has a lot to do with the Google platform’s success. The Apple iPhone is still only available exclusively through AT&T in the U.S. Sprint meanwhile has decided to stop selling the Nexus One. (link) The sales of the Google phone are lagging significantly behind the iPhone however the OS continues to show up on more and more phones.

Perhaps we are seeing a consumer backlash from recent corporate Apple behavior. Problems with AT&T’s 3G service, the arbitrary app store approval process, closed OS platform, public spat with Java, and the mishandling of the lost iPhone prototype. However if you love Apple, you will still love them regardless. On the other side, if you dislike Apple you will continue to do so. Each side remains polarized as ever.

Mobile News

Telus keeps building momentum with more phone offerings. The latest Android phone to hit the Telus stores is the Motorola Backflip. This joins the Motorola Droid and the HTC Hero both which are popular phones amongst web savvy Canadians. Expect to be locked in for a 3 year contract.

The Canadian Nokia Ovi store now offers billing straight to your carrier. Definitely handy when you spot something on the store that you just have to buy.

Bell is set to offer the Motorola Dext on a 3 year contract for $80. Not a bad price. I actually prefer this phone to the Backflip, which seems kinda gimmicky. What ever way you cut it Android is the up and coming mobile OS you should invest in. Open platform, opposed to Apple’s closed OS and multiple developers working on new apps every day.

Android news

It looks like some Canadians are getting Android love, at least the Motorola Droid owners on Telus that is. Reportedly OS 2.1 is available via download directly from the Motorola site. Updates include: multi touch Google maps, Facebook widget, and more Android goodness. Rogers Wireless customers will just have to glare enviously at Telus Mobility users.

I know Android 2.1 is soooo yesterday. OS 2.2 is in the wild and should be released to the masses sometime in May. So what exactly does the updated OS entail? FM radio support, more free ram, better flash support, JIT compiler, and more. Canadians will just have to wait a year or so.

Got a Nexus One? Too bad. Google has decide to give up on the phone and turn it resources to other areas. Does your reception suck? Is your phone buggy? Don’t expect fixes coming any time soon. Enjoy your $529 brick.

Signs Point to Yes

Everyone else is getting Google treatment when it comes to Android except China. Hmm. Seems odd that you have one of the biggest consumers markets awaiting your latest product while you’re negotiating … what exactly? Android handsets are quickly growing in popularity and you have a billion thirsty customers. But still no Google events for China. All signs point to yes. Prepare for a future China without Google. A step backwards for China.

In a game of chicken the search engine giant is pulling out all the stops against China. The ‘negotiations’ have not been going well. China has not shown any flexibility and continues the hardline in it’s dealings with Google. A report indicated that preparations for an orderly closing is already on it’s way. Meanwhile China continues to make idle threats about ‘obeying the law’ while it’s own hackers seek to circumvent the entire process. Um good luck with that. Can’t wait to get my hands on the CECT Nexxus One.


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