I have a theory – and it involves Google taking over the (digital) world.
The era of the paid-for OS has just been ended by the above image.
Eighteen years ago, the tech industry’s dominant company made nearly half its revenue selling OS licenses. Now, as Apple just confirmed, the prices of OS licenses are headed towards zilch.
I have come to the decision that Apple are in a unique position when compared with their mobile platform competitors. Having been seen as a cool brand certainly for the past decade, they have the hardest job maintaining their market position and at the same time continuing their cool brand image.
If Apple limit iPhone/iPad availability and price them at a premium, they are seen as exclusive. This is cool because it drives the need to own one but certainly for a few months after launch, making it extremely difficult to get one. However the downside of this is Android sell more devices due to easy availability and lower prices. This is uncool.
If Apple were to compete with Android and sell more handsets by increasing availability and reducing the device costs, they would lose exclusivity. Even then, there would be no guarantee that they would surpass Android device sales, simply due to the number of manufacturers using Android OS. This is also uncool.
The outcome for Apple if they decided to take on Android would be Lose:Lose. With this in mind, it is highly possible that Apple simply do not care about their position against competitors. They instead focus on brand reputation, customer care, the quality of their devices and most important of all their continued innovation and product development. This, and this alone, is the continuing success story of a brand which throughout the massive changes that the industry has seen over the decades, has succeeded and prospered no matter what.
I predict that although Android is huge at the moment, Apple will outlive it, just as it did with Microsoft… Who actually likes Windows 8 and RT?
Ubuntu, the most popular open-source Linux OS distribution, is coming to the phone this year with a fast, beautiful interface that runs well on entry-level smartphones up. At the high end of the market, it makes convergence ‘superphones’ possible, with Ubuntu’s phone interface in your hand, switching to the PC interface when docked with a monitor and a keyboard.
Room for your content
Your phone is more immersive, the screen is less cluttered, and you flow naturally from app to app with edge magic. The phone becomes a full PC and thin client when docked. Ubuntu delivers a magical phone that is faster to run, faster to use and fits perfectly into the Ubuntu family.
Mobile industry ready
With all-native core apps and no Java overhead, Ubuntu runs well on entry-level smartphones – yet it uses the same drivers as Android. So now it’s easy to bring a better experience to customers all over the world.
Everything developers need
Create gorgeous native apps or lightweight HTML5 apps easily with our SDK. Repurpose web apps fast, so they look and work like their native cousins. With one OS for all form factors, one app can have interfaces for phone and desktop – in just one upload to one store.
It’s a little over a month until BlackBerry 10’s official introduction, but that hasn’t stopped leaked screenshots of the OS from circulating on the web. Some folks on the Tinhte Vietnamese forums, which also revealed hands-on video and gallery of the BlackBerry 10 L-Series, have just released pictures of RIM’s revamped phone UI. Most notably, the images provide a sneak peek at a new "BlackBerry Hub" all-in-one message center along with an intriguing voice interface that reminds us a lot of Siri. We also get a preview of how apps like Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare will look; unsurprisingly, they seem pretty similar to their Android and iOS cousins. It certainly looks as if the redesign is a complete overhaul rather than just a quick paint job, but we won’t know the full details until we see it for ourselves early next year. Until then, head on over to the source to get an early look at what could be RIM’s savior.
Looks like “Cupcake”, “Donut”, “Eclaire”, “Froyo”, “Gingerbread”, “Honeycombe”, and “Ice Cream Sandwich” might be about to be usurped by a “Jelly Bean”. Expect a colourful update to the increasingly popular operating system in its next iteration.
We’ll no doubt be hearing a lot more on the subject from Google in the days to come.
The internets are ablaze with people (Nokia fans mostly) cursing Stephen Elop for his decision to inevitably drop the Symbian OS and pick up Microsoft’s WP7 as the new Nokia Smartphone OS.
Of course Nokia fans are upset. They don’t like change. Nokia have stayed as true to their original OS as they possibly can while trying in vain to move forward with advances in mobile technology to keep their dwindling crowd of supporters happy. It was never going to last.
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My first impression is it is too small. Advertised as the size of a deck of cards, I cant see people warming to that concept. Web use on handsets is getting bigger and bigger. People want rich, full web content. Making screen sizes so small is, I think, going in the wrong direction. The slide out keyboard is therefore a must because the screen is surely too small to support and easy to use an on-screen keyboard.
The new Blackberry Pearl has finally been seen in public and rumour has it that it’s 3G!
What isn’t different is the now normal OS 5.0 as seen on the Javelin 8900 and Bold 2. However what has been improved is a smooth action and near zero delay in opening Apps – courtesy of the responsive optical pad and 624MHz processor.
As usual with the Pearl range there are bound to be lovers and haters of the keyboard layout. For those haters there is another option – the affor-mentioned Bold 2. For those looking for a Nokia Classic-esque feel to a mid-range Smartphone, then this is your baby. Also (undoubtedly network dependent) is the choice of TWO keyboard layouts! (See below image).
- 802.11n WiFi support (in addition to 802.11b/g)
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- 256MB of internal storage with microSD expansion up to 32GB
- HSDPA with Quadband GSM / EDGE
- 360 x 400 Display
Rumoured coming to the UK May-June.