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Monthly Archive: December 2013
In the latest of Google's soothsaying articles, the brains behind Android (and the Sidekick) looks at where ubiquitous computing is likely to take us in ten years time.
"The phone that you have in your pocket, pack, or handbag is probably ten times more powerful than the PC you had on your desk only 8 or 9 years ago (assuming you even had a PC; most mobile users never have). It has a range of sensors that would do a martian lander proud: a clock, power sensor (how low is that battery?), thermometer (because batteries charge poorly at low temperatures), and light meter (to determine screen backlighting) on the more basic phones; a location sensor, accelerometer (detects vector and velocity of motion), and maybe even a compass on more advanced ones. And most importantly, it is by its very nature always connected" Andy Rubin, GoogleThe device Rubin envisages is a tool for sharing data, not just viewing it while away from your desk. Users will be able to contribute text, video and images, as they do now, but also temperatures, GPS coordinates, weather and more. And you'll be able to pull up that information, as it's relevant to you, in intuitive ways. If anything, Rubin's predictions are relatively straightforward - tame, even. Perhaps he's limited himself on the understanding that, in ten years time, he'll still be around for people to shout "oi, Rubin, where's my personal butler cellphone?!" across the street. Of the seven aspects he suggests, my personal favorite is augmented reality. We wrote about the concept - and an app called Enkin - earlier on this year, and the idea of being presented with automatically researched and geographically specific information certainly fits my idea of what a mobile device should be doing for me. So I'll throw it over to you - you've heard my opinion, and Rubin's, but what do you think mobile devices will be doing in ten years time? Let us know in the comments. [Thanks GreenLeaf!]
promotions page for existing customers. While the pre-registration link does not yet work, it's apparent confirmation that the device will be offered to existing T-Mobile users prior to general availability. It also confirms the handset's name - the T-Mobile G1. Up until now the device had been referred to as "T-Mobile's first Android-based device". There is still no word on pricing; the current rumors suggest $199, but that may not necessarily refer to the pre-registration price for existing subscribers. T-Mobile have scheduled a launch event for the G1 on September 23rd, which Android Community will be Live Blogging at http://Live.AndroidCommunity.com/ [via Engadget]
Rizzn at Utterli, the live images apparently come via an internal source at Google, who had been talking with an Android tester. The tester in question had supposedly been using the G1 as his primary phone, confirming that the device is going through the final stages of testing in real-world scenarios. T-Mobile will be announcing the Android G1 on September 23rd, at an event that Android Community will be Live Blogging. No new details from the photos, nor any extra leaked specs, and it's unclear if there is any branding on the G1. What it does show is how much the device resembles the Sidekick, particularly when being used in horizontal mode with the QWERTY keyboard. [via Pestoala - Thanks Sebastian!]
talked about recently was also discussed, with Miner suggesting that the Android team had picked "best in class" providers to add their technology. He credits that for the strict timetables and the team's ability to keep to them. Check out the two parts of the video for full details of the half-hour keynote. You can track more of our coverage of Mobilize over at Phone Magazine. Alternatively, watch the video as it happens at Qik.com/Android.
according to Joel Espelien, vice president of strategy at PacketVideo, who has been filling in some of the boasts that, up until now, Google has left unspoken in the run up to the first Android handset hitting shelves. Espelien described the platform as a workhorse, with speed coming primarily from Android's fresh approach to the mobile market:
"Supporting legacy stuff slows you down ... Google could target fast hardware from day one" Joel Espelien, vice president of strategy, PacketVideoDespite suggestions that the Android OS has been rushed to market, Espelien describes Google as one of the toughest customers PacketVideo has ever worked with. "They were incredibly demanding and would not cut corners," he described, "Android is fully baked, with no tricks." It's that polish that the outspoken VP believes will draw in developers, keen to take advantage of the flexibility and integration on offer from Google versus the more at-arms-length approach Apple have taken with the iPhone.
"Android developers can really build apps that feel like part of the phone, not just something glossed on top ... The developer community will act as a powerful gravitational force" Joel EspelienEspelien also suggested that Motorola would be a significant Android supporter, in their quest to find a follow-up to the RAZR that captures market attention. He particularly tips Sanjay Jha, Motorola's new co-CEO, as being integral to that plan; Jha was previously COO at Qualcomm, who supply Motorola with chips and are also a member of the Android Open Handset Alliance.
previously leaked suggestion that the carrier would be announcing their Android handset on this date, with availability by the end of October. Both T-Mobile and Google executives will be presenting the G1, and we'll have all the details as they happen. The Live Blog address is http://Live.AndroidCommunity.com/ so join us on September 23rd!