Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
What's better than a $400 I-Phone & a $65 per month cell bill, (minimum)?A Google Phone of course! Imagine having a phone that didn't cost you a dime and allowed you to not only talk, but search, email and browse the web... Sound too good to be true? Google has developed a prototype cell phone that will offer consumers free usage in exchange for viewing advertisements with its search engine, e-mail and Web browser software applications. All this for FREE !! This was the speculation earlier last month about the g-phone now, the Google Phone, or "gPhone", the much-speculated handset from the search giant that was rumored to bundle a fresh operating system and the company's most frequently used services, was today proven just that--a rumor. Today, however, Google introduced the new "Android" platform, which will find its way into a slew of phones from a variety of manufacturers, courtesy of the Open Handheld Alliance. Android is a new Linux-based, open-source platform from Google, as well as HTC, Motorola, Qualcomm, T-Mobile, and others (noticeably absent names from the Alliance are AT&T, Microsoft, Nokia, and RIM), that's designed to give mobile phone users a full-featured Internet experience. Although many details remain unknown, such as Android's features and the look and feel of the OS, it will include an HTML browser that enables it to replicate the desktop Web-surfing experience (advanced audio, video, and games), and it will be able to work across many phone types, ranging from basic to smart phone. The first Android-powered phones are to hit the market in the second half of 2008, but we hope we won't have to wait until then to get a glimpse of the platform: Next week, the Open Handheld Alliance will release an early SDK to developers to create applications.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
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- Google Phone is based on a mobile variant of Linux, and is able to run Java virtual machines.
- All applications that are supposed to run on the Google Phone are java apps. The OS has ability to run multimedia files, including video clips.
- The user interface is similar to a UI typical of mobile phones, and the image (with red background) floating around isn’t representative of the Google Phone UI. The entire UI is said to be done in Java and is very responsive. The UI, of course has a “search box.”
- There is a special browser which has pan-and-browse features that are common to modern browsers such as browsers for iPhone and Symbian phones. The entire browser is apparently written in Java. But then others have told us that the browser is based on the WebKit core, the same engine in Safari and in iPhone, and Google has been making optimizations to speed it up. This is one aspect of the Google Phone I am not sure about.
- Initially there was one prototype, but over past few months Google has the mobile OS running on 3-to-5 devices, most of them likely made by HTC, a mobile phone maker, and all have Qwerty apps. The model that folks have seen is very similar to the T-Mobile Dash. Around 3GSM, there were rumors that Google, Orange and HTC were working together on mobile devices.
These tiny-bits of information are pretty close to what Simeon Simenov, a VC with Polaris Venture Partners had very clearly outlined on his blog eons ago. I can’t seem to find that post, so here is is an alternate link. Simenov also wrote a pretty good post on what should be an ideal mobile stack. Google is pretty close to what Simenov had outlined.We will post more details as they come our way. I had initially thought that it could be a more viable option to the $100 PC. While that argument still remains true, I think this is a strategic move by Google to keep Windows Mobile’s growing influence in check. Microsoft has spent billions on its mobile efforts including buying companies such as Tell Me Networks.
Fake Steve's lengthy stream of bile laying waste to the Google Phone isn't simply pure invective, it's actually a mostly well-reasoned indictment of coalitions that trumpets the values of "one vision, one man, one genius." It's worth reading in its entirety, but this is our favorite quote:
The only companies that join consortia are the ones who are too stupid or shitty to make a great product on their own. It's like, Hey, we've got forty spazzo companies that can't fuck their way out of a paper bag; let's put them all together and maybe they'll magically become some kind of big bad powerhouse.