Category: The Big G


 

Source: Soya Cincau

Android OS version 2.3.3, or lovingly referred to as Gingerbread is finally coming the HTC Desire.

HTC has been rather busy of late, being more friendly with the developer community, freeing up its bootloader, making it readily available to OS modders. It has been pretty good in pledging Gingerbread support to most of its phones. However, the HTC Desire, released a year ago was not on the list. HTC cited the lack of memory for its updated Sense UI applications. After some degree of effort, HTC officially announced earlier this week that it was not porting Gingerbread to the Desire.

This latter fact literally changed in under 24 hours when HTC officially announced Gingerbread availibility for the Desire. The only caveat here would be the removal of some HTC centric applications to accommodate the rather paltry internal memory space in the Desire.

I do have an issue with HTC Sense, which is now masking the underlying Android UI to a large extent. The latter, is a post for another day.

As for now, I look forward to Gingerbread update next week.

The Google Nexus S is now officially availaible in Malaysia!

I was somewhat shocked (albeit pleasantly) when I had read the news courtesy of Soya Cincau regarding the availibilty of  Google’s second Nexus device in Malaysia.

This move could be partially due to Google’s official move into Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and could also be due to Google more aggressive  product centrism.

The handset has been released under the Maxis banner and is rather expensive to buy outright(RM2499). There is also a 24 month contract that provides the phone at a relatively acceptable price of Rm1499. These prices will certainly fall with the release of newer handsets. Patience is virtue.

Soya Cincau has hd some playtime with the Nexus and they have posted their initial impressions of the device on their website. Details of the phone’s pricing and contract plans can be accessed via this link.

Source:Soya Cincau

A Honeycomb event

 

Google has sent out an invite for a closer look of Honeycomb (Android version 3.0).

The event will be streamed live via http://www.youtube.com/android

The preview starts 1 p.m. EST, 10 a.m. PST, and is about 90 mins.

Could there be more tantalizing introductions eg. other Honeycomb tablets, Honeycomb phones?

All will be revealed tomorrow.

 

 

Image Source:Engadget

Google has released the beta version of the Chrome OS and it has packaged it into a Google laptop ( yes, the Big G appears to be inching its way into hardware products), the Cr-48.

The device is a developer only laptop with design cues reminiscent of the matte black MacBook sans the Caps Lock and Command keys. It’s powered by a single core Intel Atom N450 processor which appears to demonstrate lag when dealing with applications such as Flash.

The device and the OS were previewed by the folks at Engadget. Click on this link for the post.

The advent of cloud based OSs such as Chrome and Jollicloud mark the beginnings of a paradigm shift from a desktop PC workstation to the cloud. Mobile computing has already changed with the advent of the internet tablet form factor devices such as the iPhone. Is this shift to the cloud via the Chrome OS too great a leap at this point in time? Will there be a huge uptake in consumer sales for a cloud based device?

These are two pertinent questions that will determine the initial success of the OS. Sure, it may not be a massive seller but if Chrome OS manages to capture a sizebale number of early adopters without being relegated to a niche category, it is a good start for comsumer cloud based computing.

Early days, but interesting ones nonetheless.

Update Friday, 17/12/2010:

Ars Technica has posted a review of the CR-48 and Chrome OS. It’s a well written review and definitely worth a read. Click on this link for the source article.

Nexus S review

 

Image Source:Engadget

The second direct device from Google, the Nexus S is close to being release this week and Engadget has posted a review on the device.

The verdict: Despite a few caveats(no device is perfect)it  is the best Google device out there.

And I would agree with the latter point.

Why?

It is because, despite the release of “best in class” Android devices every quarter, all of them(apart from the Nexus One) run custom modifications which hamper the OS upgrade process with every new release of the Android OS. Owning a Nexus device enables the user to get the latest from Google. That in itself, makes the Nexus S a worthy device.

Click on this link to get the full review.

The Google Nexus S

Image Source: Engadget

There were the speculations, the leaked shots and plenty of speculations about Google’s next in house device, the Nexus S.

The Nexus line, said to have been a once off by Google’s Eric Schmidt, is alive and well and has been previewed by the folk at Engadget.

The device runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and has the hardware grunt(courtesy of a Samsung 1GHz Hummingbird processor) to make the Android experience a smooth one. Apparently, there is no SD card expansion which is somewhat limiting but there is the option of partitioning the internal memory on the device.

This device will probably reach the developers first and may be limited in its availability in certain markets.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Click on this link for the full brief.

Update: 8th of December 2010

The device also allows SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) calling i.e voice calls over a broadband connection.

End of the Nexus Line?

The Nexus One

Google decided to go directly into the mobile hardware business with the Nexus One. The name Nexus was taken from the android series in the seminal science fiction film Blade Runner.

Google decided to directly sell the Nexus One SIM free and with an option of a contract. The former was a business model that was new to the United States but a sales model that has been present in other countries, especially in the Far East, for a long while.

The Nexus One was not a runaway success but it did moderately well. It was popular amongst the gadget enthusiast community as it was a powerful device that was highly customizable and infinitely hackable.

Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt in an interview with the Telegraph, mentioned that there would be no Nexus Two.

Schmidt said:

“The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn’t have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: ‘Ok, it worked. Congratulations – we’re stopping’. We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale.”

I recall that Motorola’s CEO, Sanjay Jha had a smile on his face after what appeared to be a behind the scenes discussion at the launch of the Google Nexus One . Did Motorola secure the deal for the Nexus Two? Motorola’s CEO apparently confirmed this back in January.

I am not sure as to whether this is a reality distortion field from Google to get the attention away from a possible behind the scenes Nexus Two project.

Technological obfuscation.

Conspiracy theories aside, Mr.Schmidt could very well be telling the truth.