The HTC Incredible has been rumored for a debut on Verizon for several months now, and today we got the first sure sign. Verizon itself allowed an internal staging page for the "Droid Incredible" to go live for all to see. The page was only accessible temporarily, as Big Red locked the page back down soon after anyone noticed; it now requests a password to access. Accidental leak, or cunning marketing ploy?
The Droid Incredible (with new Verizon compatible naming scheme) is an Android phone running a Sense UI version of Android 2.1 (Éclair). If you believe the previous leaks, it will be sporting very similar hardware to the Nexus One with a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and AMOLED touchsceeen at 480x800. The Incredible does add a 8MP camera instead of the Nexus' 5MP cam. It also has the trackpad in place of a trackball, a theme on newer HTC Android handsets.
No pricing details were available on the leaked page. The Droid Eris was just listed as end of life, presumably to make way for the Incredible, but we expect the price to be higher than that of the Eris. Any Verizon customers planning to pick one up? Where do you think Verizon should price it?
Intel isn't exactly used to playing second fiddle to other chip makers, but in the smartphone market, ARM pretty much reigns supreme. That might be starting to change.
The Santa Clara chip maker today announced it has ported Google's Android mobile OS platform to run on its Atom processor series. Intel claims customers have been asking for this, and the company has plans to extend its Atom architecture beyond Android.
"Intel is enabling all OSes for Atom phones," said Renee James, general manger of Intel's software and services group.
The move will certainly have an interesting impact in the mobile world, as Intel would be going up against some capable ARM-based platforms, including Nvidia's Tegra chipset and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor.
You might have heard that Apple released this thing called the iPad. It isn't quite magical, as Stevel Jobs describes it, but the iPad is an important piece of tech, if for no other reason than for kickstarting the handheld tablet market. Competitors will soon step up to the plate with their own take on tablet computing, and one of those competitors could be Google.
According to a report in the New York Times, Google is weighing the pros and cons of building its own-branded slate, which sounds decidedly less shocking now that Google sells a branded smartphone (Nexus One). Details are pretty sparse as the company prefers to fly under the radar while decisions are still being made, but apparently Google CEO Eric Schmidt was overheard at a recent party in Los Angeles talking about how the device would exclusively run Android. No big surprise there.
Citing "people with direct knowledge of the project," the NYT also says Google has been talking with publishers trying to devise a delivery method for books, magazines, and other content on a tablet. In other words, performing double duty as an electronic reader will probably be a big part of Google's tablet.
When something like this might come to fruition is anyone's guess, but let's hope it's soon.
Early concept shot of what a Google Tablet running Chrome OS might look like.
Palm CEO Jon Rubenstein gave an exclusive interview to CNN Money today, and it was an ugly sight. Everyone knows that we loved the Palm Pre when it debuted at CES in 2009, but it was quickly lost in the smart phone shuffle among heavyweights such as iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. The hardware and software concepts gave it a serious chance to compete with the big guys, but in the end the lackluster launch didn't win over enough third party developers, causing the platform to stagnate next to its rivals.
Given the gruesome reality facing Rubinstein these days, I think most people are surprised to see he is still working the interview circuit at all. The vast majority of the CNN questions were a spin on "Guess you guys are out of luck" and "so has anyone offered to buy Palm yet"? Despite the hard line, Rubinstein maintains that Palm has "tremendous assets" and that people should take note of the state of the company prior to webOS.
Palm's primary advantage at this point lies in its ability to multitask, but if the platform lacks compelling applications, who cares how many of them you can run in the background. Everyone here is hoping Palm has what it takes to turn its fortunes around, but there isn't an analyst out there right now with as much optimism about the company's future as Rubenstein.
Feel free to check out the full interview, and let us know what you think lies in the future for Palm.
HTC can afford to live high on the hog this year after posting higher revenues than the company anticipated. For the first quarter of 2010, HTC reported $1.19 billion in revenue, a 19.33 percent increase from one year ago. In a best case scenario, HTC had hoped to report anywhere from $1 billion to $1.07 billion for the quarter.
New phone shipments played an integral role in driving up HTC's numbers, particularly Android-based smartphones to T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, market watchers noted. March was especially kind to HTC, in which revenues reached $515.57 million, a 60 percent sequential jump and 32.38 percent rise on year.
Market watchers expect HTC to perform even better in the second quarter, predicting revenues will reach as high as $1.37 billion.
A Swedish company called People of Lava came out ahead in the race to deliver the world's first fully interactive Internet TV in Europe. The "Scandinavia," as it's being called, boasts a Full-HD LED displays and runs on Google's Android platform.
"Think of it as a device that provides all the functionality that you would expect from an Android smartphone, combined with the quality and definition you demand of a high-end Full-HD LED TV set," says Christian Svantesson, co-founder and CEO of People of Lava.
The multifunctional TV set will include a variety of Android TV apps, including YouTube, Google Maps, Weather, Time, Calendar, and Internet Browser. Users will also be able to send and receive email, browse to social networking sites, and download additional apps from an upcoming app store
A 42-inch version of the Scandinavia will be available in September, with 47-inch and 55-inch models to follow.
Enterprise software maker Sybase on Tuesday said it plans to update its mobile device enterprise management software, Afaria, to support iPads and Google Android OS devices.
"The popularity of highly functional smart mobile devices, such as iPhone, Android and now the iPad, is significantly impacting enterprise mobility support requirements as these devices increasingly cross over from consumers into the corporate setting," said Jack Gold, president and principal analyst of J. Gold Associates, LLC. "The extensive communities currently established around mobile development will enable a near term and dramatic growth of data-rich deployments of enterprise-class applications where security and manageability are key requirements. Companies such as Sybase that exhibit leadership and a deep expertise in enterprise mobility, security and management, will be required to drive this emerging evolution in mobile business solutions."
The updated software, which will be available in in Q2 in the Afaria 6.5 feature pack, will include a new ability to manage Android devices from the Afaria console, expanded management capabilities such as the ability to perform a remote kill for iPhone and iPad, expanded security to block unknown or non-compliant devices from accessing corporate assets for mobile devices, and enhancements to scalability, Sybase said.
Recent statistics from app tracking site AndroLib indicate that the Android Market saw a whopping 9,331 new apps in the month of March. Until recently, the number of new apps was increasing slowly, but the jump from February to March was massive. There were only 5,532 new apps in February, and that was the highest yet.
The pace of growth has been fairly constant over the last year. Each month saw slightly more apps hitting the Market as the plat form grew. If last month's numbers are any indication, Android users have a lot to be happy about. The Android Market now has nearly 30,000 apps, putting it firmly in second place to the iPhone App Store's 160,000 apps.
Aside from the sheer numbers, it's important just what apps you can get. If the apps available on a plat form don't include the one's you really want, it doesn't matter how many there are. The Android Market has made dramatic progress since it consisted of only 167 apps in its first month. Maybe next month we will see over 10,000 new apps. Which by comparison, was the total size of the store back in September.
Just before the weekend, Digg ported its official app over to Android so that Droid, Nexus One, and every other Android-based smartphone owner can promote (or bury) articles using the same simple interface as the iPhone variant.
Digg's Android App lets users quickly view and sort through stories found on Digg.com. You'll find tabs for top, recent, and upcoming stories on Digg, and even the commenting interface is virtually identical to the one on the iPhone. Unfortunately, that's where the similarities end.
Unlike the iPhone app, you can't save articles in the Android version. You also can't push a button to share to Facebook or Twitter, or even have a Digg link open in Dolphin (or whatever browser you might be using, including Android's stock browser).
We gave the app a test run ourselves, and shortcomings aside, it's not a bad piece of software for keeping up with the day's top stories when on the go. You can find it in the Android Marketplace by searching for "Digg."
At long last, the wait is finally over for Motorola Droid owners. Starting today, Verizon said it has begun rolling out the Android 2.1 update. Earlier this month, Droid owners were left in the dark as to when the update would ship, with Verizon only saying "TBD."
Android 2.1 introduces a bevy of enhancements, some of which include:
Support for Yahoo Mail
Pinch to Zoom support in the Browser, Maps, and Gallery
Speech-to-Text in text entry boxes
Google Googles comes preloaded
New Gallery with 3D layout
Verizon has broken the rollout into different segments, sending it to 1,000 Droid owners at noon and then 9,000 at 11:59PM. After that, there will be a 24-hour period when no additional upgrades will be delivered. On April 1, 200,000 users will receive the update, Verizon said, and the schedule will continue each day thereafter until all Droid users have received it.