Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Google's Mobile-Handset Plans Are Slowed

Google Inc. is learning that changing the cellphone industry isn't easy.

The Internet giant and more than 30 partners announced in November a bold plan for a new breed of handsets based on a suite of mobile software called Android. At the time, Google said it planned to have the new phones on the market by the second half of this year.

Google now says that the handsets won't arrive until the fourth quarter. And some cellular carriers and makers of programs that work with Android are struggling to meet that schedule, people familiar with the situation say.

T-Mobile USA expects to deliver an Android-powered phone in the fourth period. But that launch is taking up so much of Google's attention and resources that Sprint Nextel Corp., which had hoped to launch an Android phone this year, won't be able to, a person familiar with the matter said.

China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the world with nearly 400 million subscriber accounts, had planned to launch an Android phone in the third quarter but it has run into issues that will likely delay the launch until late this year or early 2009, a person familiar with the matter says.

Meanwhile, the Android software has yet to win broad support from large mobile-software developers. Some say it is difficult to develop programs while Google is making changes as it finishes its own software.

This month Apple Inc. created a stir when it unveiled a cheaper, faster version of the iPhone that supports slick games and entertainment services. While Apple controls most aspects of hardware and software development for the iPhone, Google has to rally many different hardware, service and software providers to support its technology platform.

There is no evidence that Android won't be able to gain momentum over time. But wireless carriers throughout the industry are confronting challenges as they seek to customize the Android software -- which includes an operating system and programs that work with it -- to promote their own Internet services. Some handset makers are taking longer than they thought to integrate Android, test it and build custom user interfaces to meet carrier specifications.

Those challenges are affecting large cellphone makers like Samsung Electronics Co. and smaller ones that are aiming to provide devices that will be branded by carriers, people familiar with the situation say. Samsung didn't respond to requests for comment.

Andy Rubin, director of mobile platforms at Google, says managing the software-development effort while giving its partners the opportunity to lobby for new features takes time. "This is where the pain happens," he says. "We are very, very close."

One hold-up at Sprint is that the carrier would like to develop its own branded services based on Android, rather than just carry a phone with the built-in features Google plans to offer, the person familiar with the situation says. A management shake-up at Sprint, which brought in a new chief executive this year and, more recently, a new executive overseeing product development, may have also contributed to the delay. Sprint is now considering scrapping plans for an Android phone for its current third-generation broadband network and developing one that will work on the faster "4G" network it is helping to fund along with several partners, including Google, the person adds.

China Mobile and a cellphone maker it is working with have had trouble translating the Android software from Roman characters into Chinese and have had difficulty merging China Mobile's own branded data services into it, the person familiar with the matter says. A spokeswoman for China Mobile declined to comment.

AT&T Inc., the U.S. carrier for the iPhone, is still working with Google to determine if it is feasible to launch an Android phone.

Google's Mr. Rubin declines to discuss specific partners. But he says Google is working hard to help them develop new features and drive down costs, collaborating with chip makers and other technology providers so handset makers and carriers don't have to design Android-based phones from scratch.

Google has provided prototypes for carriers and handset manufacturers, though their final versions are likely to vary greatly. One prototype has a long touch-screen, similar to the Apple iPhone, a swivel-out full keyboard, and a trackball for navigation similar to the kind on some BlackBerrys.

For Google, the struggle likely will be worth it if the company can build a big foothold in the mobile market. The Mountain View, Calif., company dominates search on the personal computer, but it also wants to play a central role as Internet activity and eventually advertising dollars move to cellphones.

Until recently, wireless carriers have often called the shots on what consumers see on cellphones, taking a cut of revenues from providers of add-on services and software. Google is trying to make the process more open and less expensive. It is making Android available to handset makers for free -- hoping the investment will eventually pay off in advertising revenue -- and on an open-source basis that makes it easier to add custom programming.

Meanwhile, rivals have a head start. Apple, for example, expects to sell 10 million of its iPhones this year. Research in Motion Ltd., which has roughly 14 million BlackBerry subscriber accounts, recently announced a new BlackBerry device that makes it easier for consumers to download music, watch videos and browse the Web. Microsoft Corp. also has a sizable position in high-end cellphones.

Google executives say the company eventually hopes to power many cellphones at various price-points. But the company is likely to start by zeroing in on higher-end phones that have hardware features to handle advanced services.

The effort hinges on convincing partners to exploit the operating system, which supports capabilities such as the ability to build applications that know a phone's location. Some software developers already have built flashy demos, ranging from security software that scans a person's iris to an address book integrated with instant-messaging and other tools. Google says it has received roughly 1,800 submissions to a contest for developing Android-based application programs.

But some developers say it is easier to work with Apple's programming tools than Google's because of the familiarity with the company's Macintosh operating system. As a result, a wide range of software companies have been scrambling to build new iPhone applications.

Apple and RIM "have superseded the excitement and hype" around Android, says Nihal Mehta, co-founder of Buzzd Inc., a location-based city guide and social network. Mr. Mehta says the company prioritized its iPhone application over an Android version because Apple's guidelines are easier to follow and there aren't any Android phones in the market to use in testing software.

Others developers cite hassles of creating programs while Android is still being completed. One is Louis Gump, vice president of mobile for Weather Channel Interactive, which has built an Android-based mobile weather application. Overall, he says, he has been impressed by the Google software, which has enabled his company to build features such as the ability to look up the weather in a particular neighborhood.

But he says Weather Channel has had to "rewrite a few things" so far, and Google's most recent revision of Android "is going to require some significant work," he says.

Others -- such as Greystripe Inc., whose technology inserts ads into mobile games -- are staying away until Google clarifies key points, such as how applications will be distributed and how developers will earn revenue from them.



[Source: Just Another Mobile Phone Blog]

Monday, June 23, 2008

Aprende a Flashear tu SonyEricsson

Aprende a Flashear tu SonyEricsson
5 Min. - 25.02.2008

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LG KF240

LG KF240 brief specifications:
- slider form factor
- 2 mega pixel camera
- 3GP video recording
- audio player with support for MP3 / AAC / WMA / WAV
- Bluetooth 2.0
- 20 MB of built in memory
- microSD support
- 176x220 260K color display


[Source: Just Another Mobile Phone Blog]

Saturday, June 21, 2008

LG KC550

LG-KC550: Inheriting many of the same features as the globally popular LG Viewty, the LG-KC550 brings professional quality photos into focus. Fantastically capturing moments with a mobile phone has never been easier with 5.0 megapixel imaging sensor with power LED flash and camera sensitivity adjustable up to ISO 800. Low-light conditions are no longer a problem with the Image Stabilizer. Ultra-fine enlargements on a 2.4 wide screen and Auto Image Rotation make viewing results much more enjoyable. Users can also view DVD quality movies and clips with the 30 fps video encoding/decoding.


[Source: Just Another Mobile Phone Blog]

Friday, June 20, 2008

Survey: 91% of Japanese Will Not Buy 'iPhone'

According to a survey by iSHARE, 91.0% of Japanese mobile phone users are not planning to purchase Apple Inc's "iPhone" mobile phone.

This research was conducted in the wake of the announcement by SoftBank Mobile Corp that it will release the iPhone in Japan (See related article). Targeting Internet users aged primarily 20 to 49, iSHARE asked questions about their intention to purchase an iPhone, as well as other questions and received 402 responses over the Internet.

The survey had been conducted from June 5 to 6, 2008, before pricing for an iPhone handset was announced. Of carriers that the respondents were subscribing to, NTT DoCoMo accounted for 39.8%, followed by au at 26.9%, SoftBank Mobile at 22.9% and the other carriers including Emobile and Willcom at 6.5%.

Asked if they have a plan to purchase an iPhone, 36 respondents (8.9%) said "I am planning to purchase one." Nearly half of these 36 respondents were SoftBank Mobile users, iSHARE said.

To a question asking how they are planning to position the iPhone after purchasing, 6.2% said "as my primary handset," while 2.7% said "as my second (or lower) handset." By gender, the intent to purchase was much higher among male respondents. Meanwhile, respondents that are "not planning to buy one now" constituted 91.0% of all respondents.

iSHARE said it had also conducted an iPhone purchase intention survey in July 2007. At that time, 9.6% said "I'm willing to buy (replace) one," while 62.2% said "I will consider buying one after examining the price or circumstances" if the iPhone is released from the carrier they are using.

Compared with these results, the intention to purchase an iPhone has greatly weakened and grown negative from a year ago, iSHARE explained.

The company also asked about consumer preferences on the replacement of a mobile phone battery. It asked this question because battery replacement is said to be unavailable for the iPhone, iSHARE said.

Respondents who said "I prefer replaceable batteries" accounted for 77.1%, while those who said "I don't care if the battery is replaceable or not" made up 22.9%. Of respondents that have replaced a mobile phone battery before, 88.0% said "I prefer replaceable batteries."

iSHARE determined that the unavailability of replacement batteries could be significantly weakening purchasing intention, considering the fact that a two-year subscription has been added to iPhone service in the US, for example.



[Source: Just Another Mobile Phone Blog]

wiimote controls My magic w960i sony ericsson

wiimote controls My magic w960i sony ericsson
4 Min. - 06.04.2008

Now you can play all your favourite mobile games with an appropriate controller ! the wii remote can control , with bluetooth ,your symbian phone uiq3 sony ericsson !! p1i m600 w950i w960i with MobiPador your s60 !thanks to Alexander Erifiu & Mario Grammer" The mobiPad project "http://frenchanitya.blogspot.com/


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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Supernova and more from Nokia

Mobile-review have posted an article discussing Nokia's latest phones. Here is the final roundup.

In this write-up we have lifted the veil of secrecy only from a handful of Nokias upcoming phones outside the scope of this article are still a dozen other phones that are set to debut in 2008. Although there arent many milestone products among them. Nokias main concern for the foreseeable future is their portfolio, to be more specific, they want to beef it up with a variety of solutions building upon some basic model, yet coming with a couple of characteristic touches here and there. Whereas previously they tended to withdraw that original solution pretty quickly, these days they prefer to roll out 4-5 more iterations of it and capitalize on them, prolonging the life cycle of the phone (even if it means serving it in different wrappings every time). Curiosuly, other manufacturers arent into this strategy, with Samsung being the only exception (although they employ it sparingly).

In 2008-2009 Nokia will be aiming to spread N82-esque cameras across the market, effectively making it the new benchmark for the mass-market. And going into 2009 Nokia will hold the leadership in terms of image quality on the mass market. Dont get me wrong, it doesnt mean will offer unrivaled quality and experience for instance, Motorolas upcoming offerings seem more capable and powerful overall it only means that as far as the price/quality ratio is concerned, Nokia will be ahead the competition.

Another milestone they have reached in 2008 is ubiquitous GPS on S60-based devices, plus it will infiltrate their S40 portfolio in 2009 too. On top of that, one of the most prioritized tasks on Nokias list is unification of both platforms in terms of ergonomics and basic functionality, so that the underpinning concepts would be the same across all their platforms.

Touch-based handsets arent the ultimate goal for Nokia for now they are just giving this field a go, showing what they are capable of. As it stands today, the 5800 XpressMusic is a fairly good performer, but nothing out of this world. However, this line-up should start flourishing during the second half of 2009, but until that time, neither the XpressMedia, nor some other solutions wont look particularly strong on the market and will rather catch the attention of a narrow circle of enthusiasts. Nevertheless, within the company its one of their top priorities; ironical, isnt it you cant get it all in one day, even if you the markets leading company.

Speaking of Nokias portfolio for 2008-2009, even the showcased prototypes (that were accidentally leaked into the Web) can serve as a solid proof that the company has some interesting and potent solutions up its sleeve, that trump the competition hands-down.


[Source: Just Another Mobile Phone Blog]