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Chrome OS Tablet shelved after the setback to Google N1
Jul 6th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Google_LOGO Chrome

It is already known to us that Google has no plans to come up with a Nexus Two smartphone, a sequel to its Nexus One device. The same has been confirmed by Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt that Google will not sell any tablet PC.

There is a reference spec for Chrome OS and few hardware partners are already lined up. Schmidt made it clear that the open source is on schedule to be worked out in the later part of this year. So, it is to be seen how well those partners do first. It is not required for Google to step in for help as in the case of Google Nexus One.

Chromium OS code is already available to users for downloading and compiling. However, some expertise is needed to launch it. It is known earlier that various designs are already out there on Chromium’s website.

Schmidt also made it clear that the companies’ models of Google and Apple are completely different. Google’s Android platform is said to be open and users can build any business model on top of the free software whereas Apple’s platform is said to be the inverse.

The final call of Google launching a tablet or not similar to Nexus One depends on its partners ability to come up with a product that will comply to its ethos.

Android OS 2.2 available on Google Nexus One
Jun 29th, 2010 by Andy Miles

Android 2.2 Nexus One Handset

Finally, the much awaited Android OS 2.2 update has been unveiled to the general public. You need not surprise to know that Google Nexus One is the first handset to receive this update.

Also, no further custom configurations are required for the Nexus One unlike Sony Ericsson or HTC. However, other smartphones are also expected to receive the upgrade over the next few weeks.

This upgradation of Android 2.1 to 2.2 will include the major improvements like improved performance gains, built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot support, native support for Flash 10.1, improved Exchange support, better Javascript performance, closer integration between handset & desktop as well as application installation ability on microSD cards.

Android OS 2.2 was unveiled at Google’s I/O developer conference last month. Android OS 1.6 is likely to be replaced by the Android OS 2.2 as the default operating system in the forthcoming Android-based phones.

Gingerbread, Android’s next version which is already said to be in the pipeline is expected to be available by this year end. However, Android is yet to update their website with the introduction of Android OS v2.2.

Vodafone UK to launch Google Nexus One this month
Apr 23rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone logo Google Nexus

The much talked about debut Smartphone from Google, Nexus One has long been on the list of yet-to-be-launched phones for Vodafone. However, it can land up in your hands before the end of this month.

The Google Nexus One device will be made available directly by Google on a 24-month contract from Vodafone by the end of this month.

The timing though does not sound great. The N1 hit the US markets before the rather impressive HTC Desire and it is the reversal of releases, here in the UK.

Google declared Vodafone as its UK partner from the beginning when the Nexus One made it to the UK, but was only trying to narrow the timeframe down to sometime during the spring.

Google had tasted very limited success in the US with the Nexus One as it sold just 20,000 units in its first week after the launch despite reasons like less exposure to the press and minimal marketing expenditure.

The big question is why anybody would vie for the N1 when there is a very similar and better Smartphone around in the market in HTC Desire.

HTC Desire smart phone is just the business
Apr 13th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Logo HTC Desire

Smartphones across the board are becoming increasingly business-friendly and HTC Desire seems to beat them all even as Google’s own Nexus One is left reeling with missing features  like ability to support exchange calendars though it has a large screen which helps with web browsing and reading documents.

The Taiwanese handset giant has been in the forefront in delivering many of the best Smartphones and by providing native support for Exchange mail, calendar, and contacts in the HTC Desire, it has struck the right chord with all the business users.

The HTC Desire has a 3.7” WVGA AMOLED screen, 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (awesome for quick multi-tasking), a 5 megapixel LED camera and Android 2.1 operating system very similar to Nexus One. Albeit, there are subtle changes viz, the Optical joystick replacing the trackball, dual band HSPDA instead of triband (which makes it tough for WiFi connectivity outside Europe and Asia) and no noise cancellation.

HTC Desire however is missing one of the nicest features of N1 – voice recognition. Voice based search has been common with Android phones, but the N1 has taken a step further in letting the users dictate emails and text messages with good results. HTC Desire delivers mails fast trying to match Blackberry standards.

The USP of HTC Desire can be its multi-touch functions (thanks to HTC Sense) and a unique user experience where one can pinch inwards on any home screen and it opens displays accessible with a simple tap. The Sense UI has got widgets on the Home screen and some of them sound damn cool; for example a Calendar widget which shows agenda (and not just the month) and includes tabbed emails. Browsing the Sense UI and widgets is lightning fast except the weather widget (always sluggish on HTC phones) thanks to the 1 GHz Snapdragon.

And then the Desire has got stunning looks which are always welcome.

Google Nexus One sales seem bleak
Mar 16th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Google_LOGO Google Nexus

Since its release on 5th January in the US, the much hyped Google Nexus One has sold just 135,000 handsets as per the latest numbers from Flurry, the mobile analytics firm.

When we look at similar launches earlier, the Apple iPhone sold a million handsets in the first 74 days, the Motorola Droid topped it by 1.05 million and then the iPhone 3GS beat them all to record sale of 1.6 million in a seven day span. However, Google Nexus One has sold a distant 135,000 handsets during the same time-frame.

The N1 is being sold only through Google’s own web-store and it is available only in 3 countries officially as of now. But when compared to the unprecedented attention that it attracted from all over the world, the sales figures don’t impress anybody.

Given the fact that Google distributed the N1 handsets to its employees well before the phone’s launch and that it provided a lot many handsets for free at various forums, the figures stated by Flurry might be inflated by tens of thousands of phones. This is more so because Google employs around 20,000 employees.

Despite initial predictions by Goldman Sachs that the Google N1 would sell 3.5 million by the end of 2010; the consulting firm downgraded its estimates to a million phones, last week. Will Google N1 be able to turn the tables and hit back in the market? The chances are bleak but let’s wait and watch.

Google delays Nexus One launch in the UK
Mar 15th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Google_LOGO Google Nexus

The Google Nexus One was all set for a March 2nd half release until now, but it has postponed the launch of the much talked about gadget by at least a month. For those who don’t mind shelling out money in the form of import duties, the handset can be imported from the US for sure.

Google seems to have more thorns in its flesh than one as we talk about the N1. First it is Apple’s suit against HTC, the maker of N1 and then there were reports about the poor performance of 3G and issues with its Multi-touch functionality. Google has already released updates to fix these issues.

Vodafone, the service provider in the UK for N1 has been looking forward to its launch. Add to this, the fact that Vodafone will be offering HTC Legend starting April and the Legend offers a device which is more than comparable to the N1. All this might simply leave Google reeling under the pressure to sell more and N1 might be a blip despite being a technology masterpiece.

And the delay from N1 would surely make the other operators in the UK make a bee-line to sell HTC Desire trying to fill the void due to N1’s absence. Google might not mind losing on the N1 sales but it would be surely looking forward to get HTC out of the legal tangle that Apple has weaved.

There’s little doubt that Android’s adoption among handset manufacturers is picking up pace but should Apple’s allegations stand up in court, it would be a serious blow, not only for Android but the mobile market.

Is Multi touch going to be the Achilles heel for Google Nexus One?
Mar 4th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nexus One Handset

The latest complaint that is doing rounds is that developer Robert Green encountered problems with the Multi-touch sensor on his device. He started building an app to test the touch screen comprehensively and that led to the Multi-touch visible test.

The app is designed to detect two points of contact and it tries tracking their movement on the screen as multi-touch displays do for pinch zooming functionality which was added very recently on the Google Nexus One.

The app when used to test the Motorola Droid / Milestone however proves that the two points of contact are tracked accurately across the screen display. However, the two-point tracking falls apart on the Nexus One as soon as the two points get close. The points of contact would often swap which renders the screen useless for games that need Multi-touch support.

And if we go by a Google engineer’s confirmation that the N1 uses pretty much the same screen as the G1 Android smartphone, we cannot expect a fix. What it means is that Nexus One might not actually turn out to be the “Superphone” that it has been hyped to be.

Google Nexus One to be launched in April in UK
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Google Nexus

If we are to believe the latest reports, Vodafone and Google both claim the HTC-made ’super phone’ will be available to UK customers in April. As per The Telegraph, Vodafone will be the official UK provider for N1 though Google will sell the device from its own web store. The Telegraph also claims “close sources from both the companies” to have hinted at April as the earliest realistic date for the new launch. The report goes as far as claiming that Vodafone wanted to launch it in March, which attributes the delay to Google.

While launching the Nexus One in the US this January, Google surprised everybody by planning to sell it directly through Google.com/phone web store rather than going with the Service Provider.

Google declared Vodafone as its UK partner from the beginning when the Nexus One made it to the UK, but was only trying to narrow the timeframe down to sometime during the spring. Though the Telegraph report is very close to that prediction, it has no clue about the tariff structure that will be offered by Vodafone and has just got to say that it will be priced very close to comparable smartphones like the iPhone.

Google had tasted very limited success in the US with the Nexus One as it sold just 20,000 units in its first week after the launch despite reasons like less exposure to the press and minimal marketing expenditure.

Vodafone and Google had no comment on the claims.

Nexus One to be sold from April by Vodafone in UK
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Nexus One Handset

Breaking news from reliable sources – Vodafone seems to be in a tie-up with Google for selling Google Nexus One.

Starting April-10, Vodafone seems to be planning to sell the Google Nexus One smart phone in the UK. This could be a serious blow for the HTC product “HTC Desire” which is being launched at the same time in the UK.

As per reliable sources, starting 1st of April 2010, the HTC Desire is being launched for sale on a 24 months contract on T-Mobile at Mobilephonedirect for as little as £30 per month.

Interesting news from the news paper “Telegraph” is that this phone, which is the first consumer device from Google, will be available from April as confirmed by the sources close to both companies. However Vodafone confirms the launch of this product the coming spring.a

Also this newspaper says that similar to the competitors like the iPhone currently being sold by O2 for a contract price of “£35 per month with 600 minutes and unlimited texts”, the contract price of Nexus One is going to be comparable as well.

Will the HTC Desire be the Nexus One killer?
Mar 2nd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

HTC Desire

At the Mobile World Congress 2010, HTC showcased the stunning new HTC Desire alongside two other models. Given the similarity in size and specifications to Google’s Nexus One, the HTC desire is surely going to be a huge dent to Google’s aspirations as it debuts into the handset market with Nexus One.

The HTC Desire has a 3.7” WVGA AMOLED screen, 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (awesome for quick multi-tasking), a 5 megapixel LED camera and Android 2.1 operating system very similar to Nexus One. Albeit, there are subtle changes viz, the Optical joystick replacing the trackball, dual band HSPDA instead of triband (which makes it tough for WiFi connectivity outside Europe and Asia) and no noise cancellation.

The USP of HTC Desire can be its multi-touch functions (thanks to HTC Sense) and a unique user experience where one can pinch inwards on any home screen and it opens displays accessible with a simple tap. The Sense UI has got widgets on the Home screen and some of them sound damn cool; for example a Calendar widget which shows agenda (and not just the month) and includes tabbed emails.

Browsing the Sense UI and widgets is lightning fast except the weather widget (always sluggish on HTC phones) thanks to the 1 GHz Snapdragon. Twitter and Facebook integrations make the contacts display all the more interesting. The music player has been drastically improved from earlier HTC phones in the Sense UI as you get to simply slide through artists, album and songs. As is the standard for smart phones, the camera is a cool 5 megapixel one with a single LED flash. Oh yeah, Incidentally, the HTC Desire has Flash 10.1 capability while browsing the web which means flash movies being played in a neat fashion.

Will the HTC Desire (with massive potential) be the Nexus One killer? Let’s watch out as HTC spreads its wings further and farther in the mobile phone market with astounding quality.

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