Monthly Archives: March 2011

Here Come a Phones With Amazon’s AppStore Installed

Amazon’s AppStore for Android apps will be pre-loaded on a initial phone in April, according to Cellular South, a informal U.S. mobile operator. The HTC Merge handset, a 3.8-inch device with slide-out QWERTY keyboard, is expected a initial of many phones that will come with Amazon’s app market, saving business from following a multi-step designation process. Amazon debuted a AppStore progressing in Mar and offers a giveaway focus any day for Android device owners.

It’s not startling that Amazon is perplexing to work deals with both carriers and handset makers to get a AppStore pre-installed on phones. But a discordant unfolding is intriguing: Amazon launched a mobile storefront though any news of pre-installation deals. Instead, a association announced a news on a website, along with adult to 8 stairs for installation. While a routine to implement Amazon’s AppStore isn’t difficult, a association will have distant some-more sales success if it can work deals to get a AppStore pre-installed and even featured, if possible.

Most Android phones already come with a Amazon MP3 store installed, creation it an easy routine to buy song directly on a handset. With a new further of Amazon’s Cloud Player functionality to a MP3 app, Android owners can tide song from a cloud to their phone as well. The pivotal is removing such program on a handsets in advance, and Amazon knows this. Watch for some-more phones to embody Amazon’s AppStore as a result.

Ironically, a best partial of a new storefront might be on a web, and not on handsets during all. Just as we do any morning to see what MP3 manuscript is on sale during Amazon, I’m now attack the AppStore website for a giveaway daily Android app. This week alone, I’ve commissioned several no-cost apps to my Android handset that would have set me behind me during slightest $10 in total. Amazon also includes a singular “test drive” feature that simulates a practical Android phone online so program can be attempted before purchase.

But perplexing and shopping program is usually half of a fun. Once a AppStore is set adult on a device, we can simply buy an app on Amazon’s website and a program will automatically implement itself a subsequent time we open a AppStore on a handset. This over-the-air smoothness process rivals Google’s possess Android Market web store and creates it easier to learn and implement applications on Android phones.

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Microsoft Shares Windows Phone 7 Numbers (All But Sales, That Is)

Microsoft is stoking a Windows Phone 7 glow a few weeks before to a annual developer discussion with information on a platform. In a blog post, a association common the series of active developers, sum apps in a Marketplace and a relapse of paid vs. giveaway mobile apps, usually to name a few information points. The one series missing, however, is no reduction critical to developers and intensity purchasers of handsets using Microsoft’s mobile platform: How many handsets that use Windows Phone 7 have indeed sold?

Before digging deeper into a blank series and because it matters, here’s a name demeanour during a information Microsoft is pity in sequence to keep developer seductiveness on a arise before a MIX 11 eventuality on Apr 12:

  • 36,000 developers have paid Microsoft the $99 annual App Hub fee to concede their Windows Phone 7 apps to be in a Marketplace.
  • Windows Phone 7 handsets can select from 11,500 program titles, of that scarcely 7,500 are paid apps. By comparison, Apple and Google any offer some-more than 300,000.
  • The normal Windows Phone 7 owners has commissioned 12 apps, far reduction than a series found on competing platforms, though deliberate “healthy demand” by Microsoft given that handsets launched usually this past November.
  • Nearly half (44 percent) of all Marketplace apps precedence a Trial API, permitting business to try before buying. This is a pivotal advantage of a platform, in my opinion, and we design this series to arise over time.
  • Only 40 percent of all developers purebred with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 apps have indeed published an app.

One can’t error Microsoft for touting these numbers. After all, a association has to remonstrate developers that building apps for Windows Phone 7 handsets is a winning proposition. But a information also illustrates some clarity of how distant behind a height is as compared to that of iOS and Android. The series of apps is flourishing during a good clip, for example, though because have 21,600 of a 36,000 purebred developers not nonetheless published any software? There could be any series of reasons for that, though it’s easy for observers to burst to a end that devs are watchful for explanation of height viability (in a form of handset sales figures) before fully committing to a dear and time-consuming development process.

Consumers offered for smartphones are looking over core functionality (some of that still isn’t accessible on all Windows Phone 7 handsets) by examining that apps are accessible for a platform. This is precisely why smartphone market share numbers matter: Developers with singular resources are some-more expected to concentration on building apps for a largest assembly possible. That means all things being equal, apps will typically launch initial for platforms that are offered in vast numbers. Right now, that means iOS and Android-based devices. It can turn a infamous cycle for other competing mobile handling systems, as consumers might not adopt phone platforms due to a miss of top-notch software, and developers won’t build apps for platforms that aren’t offered well.

Which, again, begs a question: Just how many Windows Phone 7 handsets are on a market? If a series was promising, Microsoft would certainly be pity it with developers and a open in allege of a MIX 11 event. The information Microsoft is pity shows a height is streamer in a right direction. Omitting handset sales figures, however, means developers simply don’t know how quick or delayed a height is growing, and WP7 development will be a tough sell for many but that information.

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HP Shifts Printing Away From PCs Via Google Cloud Print

When Google introduced a Cloud Print resolution final year, consumers and device makers were left with some-more questions than answers. Fast brazen to currently and Google’s cloud copy resolution gets reduction foggy: HP’s ePrint-enabled printers now support Cloud Print. Printouts from a smartphone, mechanism or ChromeOS netbook can be sent to these web-connected printers by upheld Google apps now, and third-party program in a future.

The new copy support shows how a web continues to change a model of normal computing. Instead of printers that are effectively cumulative to a singular device or common on a internal connected or wireless network, a lowly, utilitarian printer is now web connected. Evidence of that lies within a process used by HP to couple a ePrint inclination to Google Docs and Gmail: consumers simply insert the printer’s singular email address to their Google comment to use Cloud Print services. Once a couple is made, papers or email can be printed out by a mobile broadband or connected web tie from most anywhere.

Last year, we attempted to make clarity of this model change and how it relates to a disappearing need of a PC we’ve relied on for years:

Essentially, Google is attempting to mislay a mechanism from a center of a imitation equation. In today’s world, we use an focus to send a imitation pursuit to a imitation server using on a computer. That program manages a charge by communicating by a motorist (more software) to a earthy hardware of a printer. In a Google Cloud Print solution, a mechanism and concomitant imitation server program go divided and are transposed by a cloud. Google handles a imitation pursuit and communicates directly with a cloud-aware printer — these don’t exist yet, that is since we pronounced a resolution isn’t implemented yet.

Now that a cloud-aware printers we mentioned are available, a resolution is here, nonetheless in a singular conform since it will take time for apps to capacitate cloud printing functionality. Up to now, there unequivocally wasn’t most indicate for that development effort, though with HP’s support, that’s certain to change. And maybe a best partial of all this from a consumer standpoint — during slightest in speculation — is not usually a abating need for a mechanism to print, though some-more importantly, a annihilation of installing or updating imitation drivers and other program setup challenges.

There’s another relevent eventuality that happened right about a time that Google introduced Cloud Print final April: HP’s $1.2 billion squeeze of Palm. We haven’t nonetheless seen many discernible product advantages as a outcome of HP’s large spend to get into a mobile space, though that should be changing shortly due to an updated webOS height and a new HP inscription formed on a handling system. When HP introduced a TouchPad slate, it remarkable that it would have wireless imitation capabilities that will precedence a ePrint devices.

With both cloud copy and mobile inclination that can use such functionality, it’s important to see a normal mechanism builder — the biggest in a world, in fact — relocating divided from a really computing hardware that has helped grow a company.  I can’t consider of a improved instance of this change to mobile, though if we can find one, I’ll fire it to a printer from my smartphone.

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ASUS Eee Pad Launches in UK Cheaper Than iPad 2

ASUS currently announced accessibility and pricing for a Eee Pad Transformer, an Android Honeycomb inscription that has an discretionary keyboard dock. SlashGear reports a inscription will arrive in a U.K. on Apr 6 with pre-orders now underway for a 16 GB Wi-Fi indication labelled during £379 ($608 USD), that compares agreeably to a identical iPad 2 indication during £399. Adding a keyboard dock, that boosts device life to adult to 16 hours interjection to an integrated battery, will cost £50 extra. Users can also opt for a 32 GB indication during £429, an even larger bonus from a £479 32 GB iPad 2.

Sales of a Eee Pad Transformer will be engaging to watch, given many cruise pricing of a initial Honeycomb tablet, Motorola’s Xoom, to be too high. Part of a reason buyers feel that approach is that Xoom creatively launched with usually a 3G indication available, with 32 GB of storage ability for $799. Some compared that to Apple’s 16 GB Wi-Fi indication during $499, given both models represented entrance points into any company’s inscription line. Motorola has given announced a 32 GB Wi-Fi indication for $599.

So a new Eee is a closer challenger to Apple’s iPad, during slightest when looking only during specifications, even yet a inscription knowledge is arguably some-more critical than a checklist of hardware. For those interested, here’s a representation of a Eee Pad Transformer specs:

  • 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
  • 10.1-inch multitouch IPS arrangement with 1280 x 800 fortitude and Gorilla Glass
  • 9.5 hour battery life alone, 16 hours with dock
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, gyroscope, memory label reader, HDMI output
  • 5-megapixel back camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera
  • Dimensions of 271 x 177 x 12.98mm and weight of 680 grams

In a face of a singular series of apps privately designed for Honeycomb, ASUS is attempting to make a device mount out by singular hardware, program and services.

The apparent hardware disproportion is a full-sized keyboard with battery that functions as a dock. In terms of software, ASUS includes a wireless media streaming application, a library pretension to connect digital reading content, and a secure remote entrance app to control Windows, Macs or other Android devices. Additionally, ASUS is including total web storage by a pre-installed MyCloud software.

Honeycomb tablets might have a prolonged highway forward when competing opposite a second iteration of Apple’s iPad and ancillary ecosystem, though during slightest with a new ASUS tablet, we’ll get a improved thought of where Google-based tablets are headed.

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App Store Smarts, Not Apps, May Be a Better Investment

Appia, a white-label mobile concentration marketplace, announced $10 million in appropriation from Venrock on Wedneday. This third turn brings a sum appropriation for Appia, that recently re-branded with a new name, to $28.5 million. In further to a third turn of funding, Dev Khare, VP during Venrock, is fasten Appia’s house of directors. Prior investors include Trident Ventures, a BlackBerry Partners Fund, and Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures.

Those not informed with Appia might commend it underneath a before name. The association spun out of Motricity in 2008, rising as a PocketGear mobile app store for several smartphone height owners though also as an app store backend. In 2009, a association began powering Samsung’s Widget Store and a year later, purchased mobile app store Handango, that was founded in 1999. And only final month, a association re-branded itself as Appia with a concentration on providing program for to help mobile operators build out app stores. Today, Appia powers some-more than 40 partner storefronts (including Verizon Wireless, ATT, T-Mobile and Opera) reaching an assembly of 200 million mobile subscribers.

The appropriation takes on sold stress in light of new investments done in singular applications: $41 million to behind a new Color app, for example, is a large basket of dollars for an particular app. Investing millions in a services that energy mixed app stores for countless network operators and other mobile partners is a distant reduction unsure play, deliberation a app obsession is flourishing by leaps and bounds. While stat counters seem focused on a series of apps and investors demeanour for torpedo apps, a flourishing series of small app store solutions could be a improved bet.

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Given Choice, Will You Install Firefox for Android?

After several beta releases, Mozilla currently launched a mobile chronicle of a Firefox web browser for phones that run possibly a Android or Maemo handling systems. Firefox Mobile 4 brings tabbed browsing, bookmarks, add-ons and more to handsets while also, according to Mozilla’s Brad Lassey, boosting opening adult to 3 times over a batch Google browser. Unlike a Android browser, however, a new Firefox Mobile 4 doesn’t support Adobe Flash Player.

I spent some hands-on time with Firefox Mobile 4 on an Android phone and it works as advertised. Running a SunSpider benchmark exam reliable that a browser is faster when it comes to JavaScript: Mozilla yielded a outcome of 2874.9 milliseconds, that compares agreeably to a 6349.6 milliseconds benchmark outcome in a local Android browser (a reduce series is better). A nifty save-to-PDF underline captures web pages for offline use; handy, Mozilla says for saving directions or an aeroplane boarding pass. And of course, there are a facilities that arguably done Firefox for a desktop so popular: a ability to supplement extensions and customize a browser with themes.

While a further of Firefox Mobile to a Android Market is good in terms of choice, I’m not sole that many Android owners will indeed make a change. The renouned Dolphin Browser HD that I’ve endorsed before has been around for months and mimics many of a same facilities found in a new Firefox client. It also supports Adobe Flash for those that wish it. Even so, according to a Android Market, Dolphin has been downloaded between one and 5 million times. That’s a vast series for sure, though it pales in comparison to a sum series of Android inclination in a market. Last year alone, for example, an estimated 67.2 million Android smartphones were sold, according to a Gartner investigate group. In Mozilla’s welfare is that Dolphin has enjoyed millions of downloads with small code recognition; Mozilla touting a Firefox name ought to do better.

Chances are that many folks who implement a Firefox Mobile browser are those that are already regulating Firefox on a desktop since of a Firefox Sync feature. With it, all passwords, bookmarks, browsing story and even open tabs are synchronized between desktop and handset. By comparison, Google’s Android browser doesn’t nonetheless sync this form of data, nonetheless there is a Chrome-to-phone prolongation to fire a website from desktop to mobile. we wouldn’t be astounded to see Google supplement this functionality in a destiny to Android as a Chrome browser is already synching some identical information opposite desktops. Plus a Honeycomb powered Motorola Xoom already syncs bookmarks with Chrome on a desktop.

For now, however, those that cite Firefox on a desktop are a many expected possibilities to implement a mobile browser. And in turn, that could boost a marketplace share of Firefox users, that has been disappearing of late — even as those regulating Google Chrome is on a rise, per this information I pulled from a W3Counter site today.

Over a past dual year period, Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer share have both forsaken while use of Google’s Chrome browser is rising faster than a peers. One approach for Mozilla to opposite is by a mobile browser, which, when interconnected with Firefox syncing on a desktop, offers a rival advantage. But if Google adds identical functionality between Chrome and a batch Android browser, a corner is negated.

The choice of browser is as personal a welfare as choice of garments for a day, however, so Mozilla is certain to see a series of Android owners try Firefox Mobile; generally while it stays faster than a batch browser and retains other pivotal differences. Mozilla will have to work tough to get a word out however: few new Android handset owners will expected even demeanour for choice browsers. I’m excellent with batch browser and a Dolphin Browser HD on my devices, though if we use Android, check in on a check and tell us if you’re going to use Firefox Mobile 4 on your phone or tablet.

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Review: Meet The Facebook Phone, INQ Cloud Touch

There has been a lot of conjecture about a Facebook phone, yet we still don’t know what it utterly looks like. However, a new device from INQ, a London-based phone maker, dubbed INQ Cloud Touch, shows a possibilities of a Facebook phone, something we wrote about final year.

For a past week, we have been regulating a phone, that takes a impulse from a initial chronicle of a iPhone. It is tough to tell that this large featherweight smartphone is formed on Google’s Android handling system. Your first, and many of a important, interactions on a phone are with Facebook services, yet there is zero preventing we from regulating a Android applications.

Google, Android Facebook: Oh My!

The phone, that is GSM/WCDMA, is means to work opposite a world and we tested it on a T-Mobile USA network. There were frequency any forsaken calls and a call peculiarity was flattering plain – we am guessing that it is interjection to both a radio engineering and a network. Given how delayed a 3G networks are in a US, we motionless to use Wi-Fi as my primary Internet tie on this device, that was ideal when regulating some of my favorite Android OS apps such as Amazon Kindle, Nimbuzz, Evernote and Dropbox. You can entrance a Google Apps’ marketplace only as fast as we can sign-in to your Google account, and we can entrance several Google services including Google Voice like we would on any normal Android device. However, this phone is for Facebook lovers.

So, let’s speak about a Facebook experience. After booting adult a phone, we come to a acquire shade and all we need to do is enter your Facebook login. The phone populates your residence book (you do need to name what kind of syncing we wish to do) and logs we into Facebook’s messaging and other services.

Single Sign-On Rocks

The singular sign-on removes a need for we to divided sign-in for any Android app – and there is a ton of those — that uses Facebook Connect. As an finish customer, this singular sign-on is going to make a phone inherently useful. You can check-in to places from a home screen, we can send messages from a home screen, and we can use your calendar from a home screen. One click entrance to a camera allows we to upload photos directly to Facebook photos.

They are all shown as apart apps, leveraging a new consumer function of regulating dedicated apps for specific functions. we would disagree that if we are a Facebook addict, afterwards we flattering many don’t have to leave a home screen.

It seems INQ got entrance to an extended/new Facebook Mobile API, that allows it to do some extraordinary things with a Facebook data. INQ’s phone has borrowed a visible feed embellishment from apps like Flipboard and now allows we to directly see elements such as YouTube videos and photos right on a home screen. After regulating a Facebook visible feed for 6 days, we find a web-version of Facebook officious dowdy, delayed and well, not fun.

Facebook + Spotify + Android = Fun

As someone who has hearing entrance to Spotify, we have entirely enjoyed a formation of Spotify, Facebook and this phone. So if Shak (Spotify’s super evangelist) shares a strain with me on Facebook, we can now click on a couple and it plays in a Spotify app, that incidentally is entirely integrated into a INQ phone. What does that meant for you? Fewer clicks and your home shade becomes a launch pad for your Facebook life as many apps are now cross-linked with any other.

However, here’s a app that is going to blow your mind: a People App. Think of your friends as featured on always updating ball card. INQ says they got Facebook to extend their amicable graph API and afterwards are regulating behind-the-scenes necromancy to advise tip 5/10/20 friends we correlate many with.

This is a ideal approach for one to conduct a crony round and get absolved of some of a sound in your amicable graph. we am dependant and we wish this underline on a desktop app.

The association orator explained that all a Facebook services are formed off APIs and Facebook for Android App, since when FB updates their app, a association can take advantage of it right away.

What do we think?

There is a lot to like about INQ Cloud Touch – from a wrapping to all a accessories and even set-up text are tip notch, colorful, and are ripping with energy. The phone itself is light and a hold shade is really responsive.

However, a device during times felt underpowered and sluggish, mostly since it was doing too many things during a same time on a trifling processor (Qualcomm 7227 chipset, 600MHz) singular onboard memory (4 MB).

I found it ran out of energy after a few hours – between 3 and 4 – when we incited on Wi-Fi and was regulating a Spotify use in tandem with other mobile apps.  The Facebook app kept crashing on a exam device, that during times soured me on a experience.

The toughest plea for me privately was that we found a home shade a tad too busy. There are only too many calls to action, that are kind of discordant to a knowledge we get on an iPhone. we gamble folks who are half my age are going to have no such problems and substantially would conclude busyness.

That said, it stands out in a sea of Android phones that are tough to heed and if we adore Facebook and wish to live inside a amicable network, this is a intelligent phone for you.

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In-App Billing Can Boost Android Revenues More Than You Think

On Tuesday, Google launched a long-awaited in-app billing underline for developers who can now supplement additional purchases in Android applications. Digital products such as calm downloads, additional diversion levels, practical banking and other equipment can now be sole within a program title. Following a same indication as Apple, that implemented such purchases in iOS 3.0 behind in Jun 2009, Google will acquire a 30-percent cut of in-app purchases.

The new squeeze indication could be a bonus for Android developers, many of whom haven’t nonetheless seen a financial successes others have found in offered program for Apple’s iOS devices. Although Google hasn’t expelled a dollar volume for income paid out to developers, Apple has and it’s a large number: $2 billion as of progressing this month. This highlights a really opposite genius and proceed in a dual competing mobile platforms.

Google’s categorical bearing to this indicate has been to get some-more inclination in user’s hands so it can continue expanding an assembly for targeted advertising. Android developers can acquire income by such ads, as good as program purchases, yet it’s transparent Google’s concentration has prolonged been on a ad model. Even now that Android is scarcely 2.5 years old, software can usually be purchased in a Android Market in 32 countries, yet giveaway downloads are accessible in many some-more areas.

Android developers are already singular by a Android Market availability, yet there’s another challenge: an “Android is free” genius that comes with a Google brand. Look during Google’s many used services today, and you’ll see a issue. Search, email, video chat, online request modifying and management: All are free, during slightest in terms of a financial cost to users. It’s a current evidence that consumers are profitable Google in a form of personal information and preferences, effectively subsidizing these services with information collected by Google. But from a viewpoint of patron wallets, Google services cost zero to most, who afterwards proportion that with Android software.

The new in-app billing, accessible for apps that run on Android 1.6 or improved (which is effectively all inclination during this point) does move wish to developers and could change a notice that Android is free. A Jan news from app analytics organisation Distimo remarkable that in 2010, 49 percent of iPhone app income came from in-app purchases. Even better, a information suggests in-app sales for giveaway apps can be larger than those generated in paid apps. Distimo’s investigate showed giveaway apps generated 34 percent of in-app revenues vs 15 percent of identical purchases in paid apps.

That bodes good for Android developers, who adult to now could usually sell apps in singular markets to an assembly that considers Android to be a giveaway choice to other platforms. It will take time for programmers to supplement a new in-app billing support, yet once they do, a right digital add-ons could produce some-more dollars to existent apps and presumably even woo some iOS devs to pier successful titles to Google’s mobile platform.

Will Google app income payouts opposition Apple’s billions? Not likely, during slightest not in a brief term. But a new in-app billing functionality offers Android developers a possibility during earning some-more money, something many have been patiently watchful for.

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ASUS Eee Pad Launches in UK Cheaper than iPad 2

ASUS currently announced accessibility and pricing for a Eee Pad Transformer, an Android Honeycomb inscription that has an discretionary keyboard dock. SlashGear reports a inscription will arrive in a UK on Apr 6 with pre-orders now underway for a 16 GB Wi-Fi indication labelled during £379 ($608 US), that compares agreeably to a identical iPad 2 indication during £399 ($640 US). Adding a keyboard dock, that boosts device life to adult to 16 hours interjection to an integrated battery, will cost £50 ($80 US) extra. Users can also opt for a 32 GB indication during £429 ($689 US), an even larger bonus from a £479 ($769 US) 32 GB iPad 2.

Sales of a Eee Pad Transformer will be engaging to watch given many cruise pricing of a initial Honeycomb tablet, Motorola’s Xoom, to be too high. Part of a reason buyers feel that approach is that Xoom creatively launched with usually a 3G indication available, with 32 GB of storage ability during $799. Some compared that to Apple’s 16 GB Wi-Fi indication during $499 given both models represented entrance points into any company’s inscription line. Motorola has given announced a 32 GB Wi-Fi indication for $599.

So a new Eee is a closer challenger to Apple’s iPad, during slightest when looking only during specifications, even yet a inscription knowledge is arguably some-more critical than a checklist of hardware. For those interested, here’s a representation of a Eee Pad Transformer specs:

  • 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
  • 10.1-inch multitouch IPS arrangement with 1280 x 800 fortitude and Gorilla Glass
  • 9.5 hour battery life alone, 16 hours with dock
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, gyroscope, memory label reader, HDMI output
  • 5 megapixel back camera, 1.2 megapixel front camera
  • Dimensions of 271 x 177 x 12.98mm and weight of 680 grams

In a face of a singular series of apps privately designed for Honeycomb, ASUS is attempting to make a device standout by singular hardware, program and services.

The apparent hardware disproportion is a full-sized keyboard with battery that functions as a dock. In terms of software, ASUS includes a wireless media streaming application, a library pretension to connect digital reading content, and a secure remote entrance app to control Windows, Macs or other Android devices. Additionally, ASUS is including total web storage by a pre-installed MyCloud software.

Honeycomb tablets might have a prolonged highway forward when competing opposite a second iteration of Apple’s iPad and ancillary ecosystem, though during slightest with a new ASUS tablet, we’ll get a improved thought of where Google-based tablets are headed.

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QNX, Not a PlayBook, Is a Key to RIM’s Future

Despite revenues that will likely tumble short of expectations this quarter, copiousness of conjecture stays about either Research in Motion’s stirring PlayBook can assistance shore adult a company’s loss aptitude in a universe of mobile. The key, however, to stay in a competition opposite Apple and Google isn’t hardware, yet rather, RIM’s new QNX handling system.

Right now, RIM’s biggest disadvantage is an aging BlackBerry OS that simply is defective in many ways to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android systems. BlackBerry’s higher confidence record aside, a OS doesn’t offer a easy navigation and multimedia support that has fueled a recognition of Android and iOS. Those are shortcomings RIM betrothed to residence final year with a recover of a Torch, a initial handset to run BlackBerry 6. But as my co-worker Kevin C. Tofel remarkable in August, a handset was an evolution rather than a revolution. In other words, it’s apparent that there is usually so most upgrading RIM can do with BlackBerry. That helps explain since Android recently surpassed BlackBerry’s U.S. marketplace share, according to Nielsen.

There’s a lot to like about QNX, though, that powers a PlayBook and is approaching to come to RIM handsets after this year. It can capacitate full Flash and HTML5 capabilities, and it can broach a kind of rich, immersive practice that consumers have grown to design on Android and iOS. It offers genuine 3-D graphics and optimized power, and a scalability will capacitate RIM to build a lineup of inclination formed on a OS, only as Apple is doing with iOS. RIM will certainly need to iron out some wrinkles as QNX comes to mobile phones, yet a height shows extensive promise.

The association still faces a few critical challenges, of course, including luring developers to a height and coming adult with a sharp new handset or two. But if RIM is still a vital actor in mobile a few years from now, it will be since of QNX and a ancillary ecosystem, not a new square of hardware. For some-more thoughts on what QNX means for RIM, please see my weekly mainstay during GigaOM Pro (subscription required).

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