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Microsoft® and Nokia® partnership

On February 11, 2011, Nokia and Microsoft announced a joint venture regarding their future developmental strategies. Nokia is considered one of the best mobile hardware makers in the world. The company’s devices are famous for their excellent screen, high resolution cameras and other high end hardware designs. The Nokia products with their attractive, well designed and durable hardware designs can easily be compared with the other companies like Samsung, LG etc.

The only visible problem with Nokia is that the software installed by the company does not share the same standards as its hardware. While the present day smart phones have already been converted into pocket computers, Nokia devices seem to have fallen behind. This sentiment was shared by the CEO of Nokia, who confirmed the failure of the company to develop software that would come close to smart phones of other companies.  While Nokia was trying o develop its software standards, Andriod became very popular in less than two years. This made Nokia lose its leadership position in smart phone sales and proved to be a matter of concern.

Nokia therefore needed a very bold and productive move in the region of software technicalities to regain its top spot as a mobile leader. Joining hands with Windows Phone 7 was the best chance for Nokia to regain lost ground in the mobile industry. There are, however, some challenges that both Nokia and Microsoft are sure to face with this joint venture.

Prior to making a deal with Microsoft, Nokia was also in talks with Google in search of a platform for itself. Since Nokia already is working with an open source in Symbian so Google Andriod which also is an open source, should have served as the perfect platform for Nokia. It remains to be seen whether the partnership between Microsoft and Nokia will actually help in building the reputation of both the companies. Nokia has the largest customer base in Europe. Microsoft may have seen this to be a good opportunity to increase its market share in the region.

HTC® ThunderBolt is available on Verizon Wireless®

Verizon Wireless has launched the HTC ThunderBolt and the new Samsung 4G LTE smart phone. HTC ThunderBolt will have a 4.3-inch display using a 1.2GHz processor. It will come with Gingerbread, Android 2.3, Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core processor, an eight megapixel camera as well a front-mounted camera. ThunderBolt from HTC will have LTE connectivity with a 4.3 inch touch screen. The Samsung 4G LTE phone has features like Android 2.2 and a 4.3-inch AMOLED display with 1GHz processor and a 8-mega pixel camera.

These phones, which will be available on Verizon Wireless, were introduced at CES 2011. The ThunderBolt was initially called Incredible HD or HTC Mecha. It also has a built-in Skype video calling facility. These phones would enable Verizon Wireless to give its customers high speed online gaming. HTC ThunderBolt comes with a voice over and data facility over LTE while the Verizon 4G iPhone will not have the facility of voice over and data facility. Both the ThunderBolt and the Samsung phones will have the Froyo update. Samsung showcased its phone at CES 2011 and was launched by Verizon Wireless. Let us wait and see the market trends for both the phones, They are bound to be phenomenal and become quite a hit with the customers.

Microsoft®: Update glitch hit 10% of Windows® Phone 7 (WP7) users

It is very important to update software so as to get the latest version with new features. When the Windows Phone 7 operation system was launched, it was thought to be the latest and flawless version. But it also requires an update so that it performs in a better way.

Software need to be updated at regular intervals. After the launch of the Windows Phone 7 operating system, there is news coming from the tech world that some of the users of mobiles and other devices are not able to get their software updated. It is believed that 90% of the users have been able to get their Windows Phone 7 operating system updated. But there is news that reveals that about 10 percent of the users have not been able to update it. On this CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, has said that the reason of failure is network connectivity. Because of the network weakness it is not possible sometimes to download all the files of software and this is the most probable reason of this glitch in update of Windows Phone 7 OS.

There is news coming from the sources that these updates will be available earlier in March. HTC is all set to launch its first CDMA with the updated Windows Phone 7. The model is supposed to be the HTC Arrive CDMA. It has started a new war among big players in the smart phone market. It is believed that the update problem is with Samsung phones.  As a result Microsoft has decided to suspend update services for Samsung mobiles.

As per the news from Microsoft, it is believed that updates for Windows Phone 7 are expected to come in March. The news about the glitches coming in the way of update is related to the Internet connection as it is easier to get updates on a 3G network as compared to the earlier ones like broadband.

PC Maker Acer® Announces New Iconia Smart Phone

Acer has made another attempt to enter the smartphone market with an the new Iconia released at the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona. It boasts of a 4.8 inch high resolution screen capable of supporting 1024X480 pixel screen resolution quite similar to that on many tablets, running on an Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. It is a slim phone with a 8 mega pixel camera with LED flash and also a front 2 mega pixel camera. It is powered by a powerful 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor powerful enough to make it standout among many tablets and smartphones. To complete with the multimedia experience it comes pre-packed with Dolby Surround Sound technology.

Also Acer’s famous UI interface the latest Acer UI 4.0 is part of the phone. It comes with the usual connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HSDPA with HDMI port connectivity for video out for the ultimate in media entertainment. It also supports Adobe 10.1 for an enriching web experience.

This model along with its previous releases is part of the low priced Touch line and the sleek Liquid series from Acer. According to the press release it’s a unique design with a stretched out slim and curved shape. It boasts of a revolutionary web experience without any resizing and adjustment, you only have to scroll up and down just like your PC. It comes with Android, offering multi touch, and optimized Java Script enabled features. It also offers ultra fast connectivity via its HDSPA option at speeds of 14.4 Mbps with Wi-Fi. It supports an aspect ratio of 21:9 which allows for a rich multimedia experience and an unmatched movie viewing experience. The powerful processor with its large screen makes it perfect for gaming. It has an inbuilt 6-axis motion sensing technology with gyroscope plus accelerometer inbuilt. According to the press release with its wide screen with a resolution of 1024×480, more media content can be displayed, also all apps and widgets get a bigger display frame like Contacts, Google Maps, Email, Instant Messaging conversations, etc.
Acer is marketing it with a tag saying 100% smartphone, 100% Tablet, for those who want it all. Acer’s new release comes amid a plethora of smartphones powered by Android that are going to enter the market. Acer has clearly a lot of competition to look forward to and also the existing players and handsets like the Apple iPhone to compete against. At such a large scale, quality and unmatched innovation is what sets apart a winner phone from just another smartphone. Acer clearly has what it takes and if its Smartphones receive the same response as its laptops and PCs, it could prove to be a serious competitor to today’s stalwarts.

Motorola® Atrix

Motorola Atrix 4G is powered by the NVIDIATegra 2 SoC dual core processor with 1 GB RAM. It has the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. Motorola and Lenovo have introduced products which defeat the concept of mobile phones, in light of their introduction of tablets, which, when connected to their docking stations perform like laptops. It is definitely an interesting concept of the smart phone in the 4G world today. Are we looking at carrying our laptops in our palms, or, something beyond that? Both these giants have proven that we can move around with a mobile phone, without the bulk of the laptop, and performing as a laptop when we want it to, back in the office or home premises where we need more competing power, beyond what we have on the move.

This Atrix attempt, of merging the two worlds of the smart phone and the PC, sounds great. With the dock you no more have to keep playing with a small little virtual keyboard and can use the full keyboard and mouse provided. The long battery life and the unique built in charger, will provide long haul operations like on flights, and with a larger display also. The resolution on the dock screen, a 15 inch display seems a bit low, and may call for improvement.

Motorola Atrix also has a sleek media player application with fairly decent audio and video. The docking station or the laptop shell as we call it, is using, a modification of the standard Android OS, and in future may be run using a Motorola version of Linux. The web browser on the laptop seems good. The shortcuts to folders, directories, file-browser, Mozilla Firefox etc. seem to be an interesting development. You can also make and receive phone calls using the speaker phone provided in the laptop, or the Bluetooth headset of the phone, allowing you to do everything that you do on your phone even when docked.

HTC and Verizon top in speedy Android upgrades

One of the major drawbacks of buying a mobile using Android as a platform is the delay in updates reaching the user. Several major phone companies and carriers lag behind in pushing the updates that Google releases. Among the cell phone companies HTC is the quickest in releasing the updates. HTC had released the Froyo update to 50% of the compatible phones in 2010, a recent survey said. On the other hand Motorola updated 15.4% of the devices, Samsung 11.4 % and LG, Sony and Dell did not push any updates. There have been rumors from T-Mobile, which claims that Samsung is holding out updates as a marketing gimmick for its forthcoming release of Vibrant 4G. Also Motorola and HTC were the fastest to update their phones within almost 56 days.

Among the carriers Verizon has updated a third of compatible device with Froyo and was also the fastest to update the handsets (within 58 days), Sprint updated 28.6 % of devices while T-Mobile only 1/8th of its consumers. AT&T lagged behind with it not pushing Froyo updates to its handsets in 2010. Sprint and T-Mobile crossed three months before managing to update their devices.

The problem with the Android update distribution system is the many layers and steps that it has to get through for an update launched by Google to reach the end user. Google forwards the source code which each phone company edits and customizes for its own UI and then the carrier makes its own changes before finally forwarding it to the user. Each phone company has to evaluate the update and make sure it is running properly and in tune with the smart phone also whether the apps are working with the new OS update, hence the delay.

An HTC PR stated that it takes time to port all of our applications over to Froyo and then make sure that it is running well on each of our devices. They should make sure that our applications are taking advantage of the Froyo features. To make sure that they are all running properly on the OS now that it is a new version. Google plans to address these problems with the next Android update Gingerbread and hopes to remove such issues and make the updating much easier hence a reduction in time frame for the user.

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