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This June will mark another milestone for Apple with its new iPhone4 release. iPhone4 claims use A4 processor developed by Intrinsity, which was acquired by Apple during April this year. You may remember that the A4 processor was used for iPad.

The phone will have ultra sharp display better than its predecessors, with two cameras, 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, and highest resolution for any handset display in the market! (All previous iphones have only 162ppi) Cool features include Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio, 5-megapixel still camera and VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second with the front camera.

The touch sense

The phone will use Dual-Function Capacitive technology, Apple’s patent relates to displays having pixels that include capacitive elements, and more particularly to displays in which capacitive elements of the pixels that form part of the display system that generates an image on the display also form part of a touch sensing system that senses touch events on or near the display. So, higher the ppi, better will be the touch sense. With 960X640 and 800:1 contrast ratio touch would have to be highly precise.

A panel laminated on the glass senses your touch using electrical fields. It can register multiple touches at once to support advanced gestures such as pinch to zoom, two-finger tap, and more. The panel then transmits the information to the Retina display below it.
Capacitive sensors detect anything which is conductive or having dielectric properties.

The 3-axis gyro

This gives you angular velocity, allows pitch, roll and yaw. Also gives you rotation about gravity. Gyro and accelerometer enables you to sense 6-axis motions. Not to forget that, Apple patented gyro technology for the mouse back in February.

Wear Google goggles and search!

Has Google started selling goggles?! Nope this is new search method. Simply search with inputs from what you see visually. How is this possible?… Just use your mobile camera to take a picture and then search. This is a great leap in visual search and pattern recognition. Of course one can search the database of images and patterns linked up with countless information across the world wide web. Server will have to slough fulltime to run the pattern recognition process. This enables Google search engine to see and get back with relevant search results.

To decipher the text its the same old OCR. This will be for Android phones first perhaps to other phones later. In future we may expect text/image augments over the real world, ya you will be able to see the virtual text or image augments overlaid on top of the live video on your phone, with Google goggles around, augmented reality is not very far.

Google ChromeOS/AndroidOS Computer?

Among Google's many of the so called small experimental initiatives that would turn into a major leap later, Android computer seems to be a small step now. Big Daddy Microsoft's fingers crossed, perhaps wondering what to do next?
The first Android powered from Acer takes about 15 seconds to boot up. Chrome loads up pages over HSDPA. This is definitely Google's one small step and perhaps a giant leap for the OS, and best part is its all still open source and available free for any manufacturers of hardware devices.

Android Smartphone versions are picking up fast with BenQ, HTC and more to come.

What it is with Chrome OS and Android OS?

Chrome OS will be browser based, enabling online programs only. It will need an internet connection to operate. With the release date set to Christmas 2010, to be initially available only for net books that would enable users to access all the usual online apps. The user data will be in the cloud on the Google's servers, thereby preventing data loss due to hardware failure.

On the security of the apps that are run the apps would contain within itself a security sandbox making is difficult for the malware viruses to penetrate the computer. Chrome OS doesn't trust any apps including itself! The OS is designed to verify its code integrity and fixes itself with every reboot. Chrome OS is designed to be 'blazingly fast' with about a minute to start up. Check out the beta available since July ' 09 if you are pro.

Ok what about Android OS?

Initially aimed at mobile phones, later the netbooks, and perhaps PCs in the future? Google considers Android and Chrome OS as two different projects. Differences being that Android designed to work across various devices: mobile phones, netboooks, set-top-boxes. Chrome OS for pure web experience aimed at netbooks and PCs. Again, questions such as: why will you need Chrome OS on a netbook if you already have Android OS working for netbooks? are yet to be answered.
Though Android doesn't use the Chrome browser in its environment, both the OS use the same WebKit open source platform that the Chrome browser is based on. Some day in future we may have both of them clubbed together. We may be able to come to a conclusion after the release of Chrome OS or may be still later.

Truth behind Google Voice app and Android Skype app rejections

Why would Apple reject Google voice?

Google Voice app is yet to be approved by Apple because, the app seems to override iPhone’s user interface for telephone calls with its own. The voice mail and SMS specific to Google Voice App are handled by Google interface replacing iPone’s. Also iPhone’s user contact database is transferred to Google’s server. iPhone’s user experience seem to be changed by Google Voice app other Google interface such as search, integrated with safari browser, Gmail, YouTube continues to exist with iPhone user experience standards.

Why would Google block Skype App for Android?

Technology limitations caused initial versions of Android not to fully support features for VoIP app. Only recently the developers are able to create and upload VoIP apps. Also, complete VoIP app for Android is yet to be developed by the individual providers including Skype. So that leaves no reason for Google to block any of these services for anybody. We can sincerely hope to expect any app to work in any device, otherwise the Android cannot be considered open.

Android set-top box 1080p

Demonstrations on for Android based set-top box with Sigma’s Graphics acceleration and MIPS architecture for its 1080p HD resolutions, with yet unnamed system on chip. But you will have to wait until the MIPS32 architecture for Android gets out.

The “G” Phone

The buzz on the “G” phone is in the air and one just cannot stop writing about it! So here goes the “Did you know?” list about it.

  • Did you know that Google has signed a 2-year contract with T-Mobile for the handset production? T-Mobile G1 is a web enabled Smartphone designed by HTC, Taiwan. And guess what – they have tripled the number of phones available for delivery by Oct 22. The pre-order option is already open at their site.
  • Its been speculated that Android phone can be one of the reasons that would make the PC world obsolete soon. Do you want to preview it? Check the HTC G1 3D emulator at http://tmobile.modeaondemand.com/htc/g1/
  • News from China Mobile is that they are already working with Google as part of OHA. The Android phone is making its way to Chinese market. Earlier, we also had rumours that China Mobile would also offer Apple’s iPhone.
  • Revolution in the current OS of Smartphones, there is no doubt that if Android clicks it would replace the operating systems in other mobile phone handsets mainly targeting those below the standards of a Smartphone
  • Google did not take up the handset-making which is wise as Nokia being the world’s largest manufacturer would lag behind Android solely for the reason that they are involved only in hardware
  • What about mobile support for employees? Forrester research estimates that 73% of work force would go for mobile-working modes by 2012
  • Mass users today don’t desire for high end or feature-rich phones. So if Android is a hit, it would be mainly cos of handset makers, operators and standardization!
  • G1 has all apps that revolutionized the apps in desktop in its pocket like Gmail, You tube, mp3 player with download access from Amazon’s download service and Gtalk!! That’s a easy one for G1!!

    That’s quite a list and more to come yet!!!

    ‘A’ for Android

    One critical factor for a mobile phone to be successful is definitely the apps launched and supported by it.  That’s the reason open source like android stirs the imagination of app developers to give the best to consumers. The apps of Google are definitely great and easy to use. The OS also guarantees the shift from Internet ads to mobile ads! The Google Internet smart search and keyboard combination would click!

    Oct 22 is the big day as the android mobile is about to get released in US. The features that would aggravate the scores are:

    • Has iPhone’s touch screen plus Blackberry’s track ball
    • Built in with world class apps like G Compass, integration with Google maps, Amazon MP3 store
    • Wireless sync up with your home and office PCs Even if you loose your phone you don’t loose the data
    • Cloud computing at your finger tip, html browser for easy access to most used apps like Gmail, G docs and spreadsheets and the info there is synced with the cloud
    • Mail, SMS or call? – A status bar that shows the list of what happened
    • Location based games like “Parellel Kingdom”, whose concept is revolutionary. You get to play with all your fellow android phone owners near by!
    • HTC is planning to get android onto a HTC touch HD with 800X400px resolution, 3.8 inch screen width, 5MP camera, GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi competing with iPhone 3G 

    Well..well.. Somewhere the whole theme is getting deviated by the findings on android phone. Looks like one has to have a Gmail account to receive emails in the phone is this not defeating the whole purpose of an “open” phone? Enterprise email is a basic functionality of smart phones! Points that would pull the scores down are

    • Is there an indication that only “G” apps would be supported in this phone?
    • Phone’s hardware is from a Taiwan supplier HTC and that would mean H/W is not the latest
    • Size of the phone is quite questionable
    •  Price is not competitive yet
    • Google really need to convince handset makers and the operators on swapping real time OS and standardize it. Its worth to remember that the Smartphone market accounts only for 14-15% of handsets worldwide 

     

    Guess..a little more patience would help to make the right choice!!

    Android – Need to buck up

    Is Android sailing through iPhone’s hype? Not that good news from Android commuity – delayed shipment of phones, buggy softwares, partial treatment to top 50 finalists by giving the updated SDKs only to them, only one from the top 50 is a gaming app and developers are having a good time working on apps for iPhone and iPod touch!!

    All that said, still Android has the biggest support from mobile networks and mobile handsets(LG, Motorola etc) unlike iPhone whose supporter is AT&T. It will have all Google products just out of the box like Google maps, Google Earth and the latest phone’s compass on maps.On that note, Symbian recently announced a collaborative effort with Google at the operating system level. Symbian is moving towards the open access policy and it currently uses a lot of Google apps including their search engines. This would be a strategy from Symbian to meet the competition from Linux based and Windows Mobile OS. Nokia holding 47.9% of Symbian is a biggest supporter and is ready to make it software available to other phones for building an open source platform.

    iPhone prohibits internet capabilities, VoIP etc due to security reasons whereas Android has no limitation. Usually phones are locked by network provider, but not in the case of Android. Downloading one’s own unlocked OS would hit the convention of today’s network providers.

    Android and iPhone’s OS X are on head-on collision! One just has to wait for Android phone and with China as a market, one never knows!

    iPhone – Big hit?

    3G version of iPhone is definitely far exceeding the expectations than the earlier one with its GPS capability and strong batteries. Apple’s app store helps users to add all third party software and they get to choose from n+ options to download what they want! Customizing the phone to one’s needs is a game changer. Also it’s open to the developers outside to give their best apps.

    Currently on the social networking side, Facebook client for iPhone has got a good hit. Still, Myspace and Facebook did not leverage the “locating” functionality of iPhone due to security issues. Another challenge to them will be the sudden surge of users. The ESPN Mobile web app gives real scores and is another prominent app.

    Other news in this area is the app released in App store by Blueplulse, a privately held mobile social media company. This gives clean integration of Bluepulse friends with iPhone address book and easy photo uploading. More upcoming features would include Bluepulse status to appear automatically in Twitter (micro blogging service), location awareness and mobile broadcasting of text, photo/videos. Bluepulse is available for free in the Social Networking category of Apple’s iTunes store.

    WHERE, used for local search is one of the top 20 downloads. The other piece is the variety of games to play in iPhone. Within a week of App store release, seven of the top ten paid apps and three of the top ten free apps are games! The inventory line of games is really exciting with contributions from Vivendi and Saga. Apple is scrutinizing all apps and launching them based on users’ likings.

    With 7 millions phones sold already and having heaviest consumers of mobile data through iPhone in Europe, its well on its way to success!

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