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Google™: Nexus One Gingerbread update is coming soon

Android, Google Nexus One Smartphone and Android developer phone are terms which are inter-related with each other. Originally, Android Inc. developed an interesting mobile operating system called the Android. Google bought this company in the year 2005. In 2007, the mobile industry leaders and a multinational alliance of technology leaders like Google Inc., T-Mobile, HTC, Motorola and others collaborated on the development of the Android through the open handset alliance, further growing into the Android open source project. With Google spearheading the venture, it was really interesting to see how the concept grew. Google then went ahead to introduce the Nexus One.

Naturally, this Google flagship smartphone got priority over everyone else in updates of all kinds. A logical question that now arises is, with the Gingerbread OS introduced already on other phones, why is the Nexus One still not privy to the same. In the case of Apple, or Windows-based smart phones, all updates keep coming periodically, automatically to the existing devices up to the limit of the hardware capability existing within the phone.

Android is different. In the case of Apple or Windows, the users are dependent on new introductions, changes and updates on the said companies and all they need to know is how much needs to be paid. The Android Open Source Project instead has everything wide open and transparent about everything in the pipeline or ready or implemented, with all information of development and open knowhow. Here, the phone user is dependent on the manufacturer, the carrier and other factors before he gets an upgrade or an update. Android users also have the facility of many manufacturers with a wide variety of firmware at very low prices in comparison to Apple or Windows.

Probably, in the case of the Nexus One, Google wants to benefit from its new product, the Nexus S. The Nexus S has been launched with the latest OS – Gingerbread – the Android 2.3. Early January, a Tweet, also referred to Google having officially announced that Gingerbread would be coming to the Nexus One in a few weeks. Something is holding them back. Even after all these questions have been raised, Google has confirmed that Gingerbread for the Nexus One is on its way.

It is difficult to imagine why the Google or the Android team is delaying the implementation of the Gingerbread OS. The Gingerbread OS has various features, over its earlier 2.1 and Froyo updates. Better speed, better battery life, better application management, a more interesting user interface and a color scheme to add. Least but not the last, the new keyboard supporting multi-touch input and smart auto correct function, better camera management, Near Field Communication (if your hardware supports it), larger screen sizes, Internet calling – SIP based, improved camera management and file management are some of the features to look for.

The new apps integrated help better download management and even a system clipboard for cut and paste improved features. Barely has the Gingerbread been introduced, all Android users are already waiting for their new and Honeycomb OS. The application arena with the Android Open Source Project is a big eye-opener for one and all.

Top 10 Smartphones of 2010 that stole the show

Smartphones were the most popular gadgets in 2010 and here we discuss the top 10 smartphones of 2010.

The number one slot is of course reserved for Apple iPhone. Despite the slight ups and downs, the market value and share never went down. The 4G version iPhone is the biggest seller to date. Here we are describing its specifications and features. It has some nice features like it is one of the thinnest smartphones, has retina display, stainless steel band, Apple A4 chip, Gyro plus accelerometer for advanced motion sensing, two microphones and perhaps the best of them all is its multi-touch display with pinch to zoom.

HTC EVO 4G

It was one of the most sought after phones in the US. Its popularity can be understood in the reviews it gets. Every square millimeter of the EVO serves (or seems to serve) a purpose, nothing is there simply for the sake of design. It has noticeable features like hot-spot that lets you to connect up to eight devices, a 4.3-inch touch-screen display, two cameras, 4G, Sprint TV and speakers.

Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung also tops the chart with the sales of its Galaxy tablets. It has some amazing features like it has the Android 2.2 operating system, Li-Ion 1500Mhz battery, with a Samsung Hummingbird processor of 1 GHz, 16GB memory and many more. Some of the noticeable features are Super AMOLED display, multimedia powerhouse and TouchWiz 3.0 interface.

Motorola Droid

When Motorola launched it became an instant hit in the US. It is also powered with Android 2.2, 1GHz Tl OMAP3630-1000 processor, 512 MB RAM, 8 MP camera and long battery life with 480 talk time on 3G.

HTC Droid Incredible

HTC Droid has amazing features and it does not fall behind in the list of the top smartphones. This device is receiving positive comments for its distinct features. It has Android 2.2, 8GB flash memory, AMOLED display, 8MP camera and also it has the Verizon network.

Blackberry Torch

Blackberry was once the king of smartphones, but got affected by other products. Around 64 percent smartphone users express their satisfaction with Blackberry Torch.

Google Nexus One

It is powered with some stunning features but it lacks behind due to poor marketing. It is incredibly fast with an amazing display screen and long battery life.

Nokia N8

Nokia is one of the largest manufacturers in the world and they are very famous among cell phone users. Nokia sold 4 million of its Nokia 8 device. It has also nice features including the 12 MP camera, USB port, 5-band 3G support and 16GB storage.

In this list there are also HTC Desire and HTC HD7 phones with Windows Phone 7. HTC HD 7 has an excellent touch display screen with Windows Phone 7 and HTC desire is powered with the Android operating system.

Nexus One Goes Into Complete Hibernation

Subsequently facing a tenacious and dreadful receding, Google accepts to ultimately Subsequently facing a tenacious and dreadful receding, Google accepts to ultimately anesthetize its android cell phone, the Nexus. Google purely plans to do this to bring an awesome device out of its wretchedness. its android cell phone, the Nexus. Google purely plans to do this to bring an awesome device out of its wretchedness. After it transported the final lot of gadgets, the search engine company has nailed down to barricade the selling of its 1st, and as foreseen, the final, real Google cell phone.

History of Nexus One

The Nexus One wasn’t the 1st Android cell phone, rather it represented the 1st to be contrived, designed and traded by Google. Subsequently, entering with a counter in January, Nexus One entered descent. It was traded exclusively via the online storehouse of Google and the deficiency of info on hands on feel and test prior to your purchase choice held back this internet store as a niche medium. This was the statement of Google.

Google has thrown and dribbled the online shop in May, placing the Nexus One into the junk yards, but it appears that still this can assist. When Google clears its final consignment of phones “Nexus One”, the cell phone would only be available through a small count of retail mates. This includes Vodafone in regions of Europe and KT, Korea. The Developers can all of the time purchase the hardware, anyways. It will be available via a cooperator who has not been identified till now.

The Phone’s Website

The website even is half dead and seems in comma. If you open the page http://www.google.com/phone, this is what is says exactly: “Sorry, folks… The Nexus One is no longer available for purchase directly from Google. For more information on how to purchase the Nexus One, check out our help center.” But of you have recently purchased a Nexus One the website still has the activate button to activate your last of its type device.

Technical Specifications

Processor: Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz

Operating system: Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)

Capacity: 512 MB Flash, 512 MB RAM & 4 GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)

Location: Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver, Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning, Digital compass and Accelerometer

Cellular & Wireless: 3 UMTS bands (either 900/AWS/2100 MHz or 850/1900/2100 MHz), HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps, GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and A2DP stereo Bluetooth

Camera & Flash: 5 megapixels, Autofocus from 6 cm to infinity, 2X digital zoom, LED flash, User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver and Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions

Even though the hardware deceases, still the software package is cultivating heavy. Android to farm its open source nature implies that handset makers prepare all sorts of dandy things, like adding up bloatware that is irremovable or preclude wildcat users from executing functions on an unapproved OS release on their own mobile phones. An example of this is the eFuse by world’s first micro processor giant, Motorola.

Seriously, Android assures to rein the market for mobile OS in a fashion Windows has reined the desktop market. The enthusiasts are all the way energized to watch the 1st Android tablets once available.

Now with this departing soul, it seems as if the Droid X, Motorola Droid, or HTC Evo is the leader in the race of Andriod based handsets.

Flash 10.1 for Android Final Version Released on the Wild

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 brings in support for a wide range of devices including smart phones running under Android 2.2—dubbed as Froyo. Also in the list of supported devices are netbooks and other Internet capable gadgets. Clearly, iPhone and iPad support in the future seems bleak as Steve Jobs has publicly refused to integrate Adobe player to its iOS for its known security holes.

After months of beta testing, Flash 10.1 final version was  released to the public.  Originally it was scheduled for release during the first half of the year; Adobe changed the release to the second half of the year.   Well, it seems Adobe is true to its words. Just a few weeks into the second half of the year, Android 2.2 users can now avail the product through the Android Marketplace.

The public release of Flash 10.1 beta version was deemed to be one of the topmost downloaded applications in the Android Marketplace.

Mobility Personified

Adobe’s new flash player is designed specifically to cater to the mobility needs of its users. Smartphones being limited to lower CPU computing powers, Adobe had to develop the player form the “ground up”.

Features

Users are treated to an application which fully optimizes the native capabilities of their devices. The key feature that seems to leap from the canvass is the player’s support for GPU acceleration. These make the Flash player experience completely compatible with mobile devices.

The GPU acceleration support redefines how the Flash player uses your resources especially those of your mobile devices. Streaming media using your mobile devices can gobble up most of your device’s limited resources. But with GPU support in the new Flash player 10.1, you can stream media while freeing up your CPU for a more enhanced multi-tasking experience. Battery life has also been a big issue when it comes to utilizing Flash player. The GPU acceleration support makes it possible to save on your precious battery stamina while on the go.

Video playback gets way better with the new release. Flash 10.1 gets support for peer-assisted video streaming or multicasting, HTTP support for live video streaming, and support for hardware-accelerated H.264 video playback. Another apparent improvement in video buffering has also been put in place allowing you to pause, rewind and fast-forward streaming video much like in any DVR player. That is, if your provider already supports this pretty neat feature.

Some Froyo users observed that Flash 10.1 does not let its player work with their sound profile settings. Although in silent mode, Flash player will still play sounds as is. Adobe Systems clears this up by saying that this is an Android problem and not the Flash Player’s fault.

Security-wise, the new version of Flash player now works with your browser settings. That is, to say, that your Flash player will not keep on caching when you enter in the private browsing mode.

Good news to multi-touch device users, Flash Player also comes with multi-touch support. The new accelerometer support also allows users to view their flash content in portrait and landscape mode. With the Smart Zooming feature users can scale their playback to full screen.

Flash Player 10.1 is available to those who will upgrade to Android 2.2, dubbed as Froyo. It also supports various platforms such as BlackBerry, Webs, future versions of Windows Phone, Limo, Me ego and Symbian OS. Alas, no support for Apple’s iOS; but not for the lack of trying, though. Steve Jobs is obstinate when it comes to Flash support in Apple products.

Devices that are supported include Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC Evo, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S and others.

For Adobe Sytems, this has been a major upgrade in terms of supporting multi platforms.

For those who can’t live without their flash content, this is definitely an enhancement to their mobile experience.

Apple IPad: The Shortcomings

The launch of  iPad, has created a lot of hype about the product, however there are some shortcomings.  Apple had brought many expectations to the mind of the consumers before the launch. Considering its disadvantages, iPad will not live up to the promise of replacing the current net-books.

  • Flash video temporarily not available. There will be a free app for this soon, or apple will provide anupdate for the software that enables flash video. Compared with the new HP Slate which runs on the Windows 7 platform and HP and runs Flash.

  • Media transfer. Transferring pictures from a digital camera to an iPad has been addressed by an extension that plugs into the outlet of the iPad, and from that extension you can plug in a micro SD card that holds your pictures and video. This means paying extra for a simple functionality. Alternatively, you can transfer photos or videos to iPhoto on your computer and then connect your iPad to your computer.
  • Apple Apps. Only 2/3 of the apps for the iPad are free, there are already over 100,000 apps out there for the iPad. However, many of those apps are still in the process of being released.
  • Typing position. The only slight downfall to typing on the iPad is the fact that you have to set it on a table to type or on your lap, alternatively you could just buy a wireless keyboard.

  • Processor speed. The processor that the iPad uses is a 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed. This processor cannot support the extreme gaming and video related applications though, Apple repeatedly advertised this device as an entertainment gadget. The Google Nexus using the 1 GHz SnapDragon processor for its’ HTC made mobile phone but promises less that than the iPad.
  • Lack of E ink technology. Apple’s iPad does not have an electronic-paper display technology inbuilt. With E Ink technology a device does not use any power to maintain a page display while only using power when an image is changed. This means that battery consumption is directly proportional to the number of pages you read and not how long the device is on. Apple promises to deliver up to 10 hours of battery life with a single charge which is nowhere in the range of E Ink technology where devices using the technology support up to 8000 pages of reading.
  • Lack of a camera. Since the device does not come with a camera or a web cam, it is not possible to snap a picture or even use the video chat when video conferencing.
  • SIM. The iPad uses mini SIM which is only supported on the AT&T network which means that you cannot go for another service provider or use it as a cell phone outside of the US.

  • Readability. Lack of high definition output does not make reading of e-books comfortable.

Apart from the above shortcomings, there are also several inconveniences that the new Apple iPad has with respect to typing comfort and battery backup. This seems to be a magnified version of the iPod touch and does not have all the features required to replace a notebook or a mini PC.

Was Google Nexus One an EXPERIMENT???

Barely a few months after the launch of the Nexus One Smartphone Google seems to be pulling the plug on the device by directing potential buyers to the newer HTC Incredible. The Incredible is almost similar in all aspects to the Nexus One but also packs in a more powerful camera. Compared to the sales of any other phone in the same league like the iPhone or Droid, Nexus One seems to have fared the worst. This has led to many market analysts to believe that Google was in fact testing the waters for its Android platform rather than entering mainstream competition in the smartphone segment.

Considering the scenario mentioned, the whole Nexus One venture by Google seems to be an elaborate experiment to test and understand the market before it launched Android. This is indeed a very good idea as it would get to interact with the customers directly and also obtain feedback for its developers for the future iterations. Here is what we think what knowledge Google has gleaned or has to learn from this pilot project.

Since a lot of electronics goods are bought online Google has estimated that all sales of future tech gadgets would take place only online. This has prompted them to offer the Nexus One only through their site instead of a more traditional shop. Though an innovative idea customers definitely were not happy with. Many people were not happy about shelling out approximately $500 for a phone before even having a trial for a couple of minutes. Every user would like to touch and get the feel of a phone before he actually buys it. There were also connectivity problems and other hardware related problems which could be addressed immediately due to the lack of telephone support. The only option disgruntled users had was to email Google and wait for the reply. This raised a lot protests against Google and the giant finally arranged for telephone support.

The initial buzz around a Google phone before the release of the phone was a potential Google failed to capitalise on. The marketing strategy of Google was all wrong. Google never advertised why the Nexus One was great nor did it target any particular audience. The marketing was vague with Google never showing the reasons for people to shift over the Nexus One. Another mistake Google committed in this regard is offering the phone only on T Mobile. Google may be the all powerful in the realm of the internet but in the telecom sector mobile carriers are powerful allies. Google never built any relations with the mobile carriers. Even a super phone with a lot functionalities is limited with the carriers ability to provide service.

Microsoft had done it with computers way back and now Google is doing to smartphones. It is trying to separate the software and hardware and letting the users decide what software to be on their cell phones. In order to achieve this Google needs to have an intricate understanding of how phones are designed, sold and how they are used by an average user. This is where the Nexus One experiment comes in. Google had a hands on experience with the general public about smartphones and we hope soon Google enters the market with a bang this time.

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