Facebook Mobile might be in the making! If this rumor is by any means true, I guess it is decided that every big firm is following the donkey path out there. Apple made it big with its iOS devices in the form of the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad. Google extended further from being the Web giant to taking over the mobile scene with its Android Platform, Microsoft too getting their butt kicked to totally revamp their Windows Mobile to Windows Phone 7,. bringing in a much refined product. Oh and I almost forgot the Android Tablet to compete the iPad, RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook and what not.
It as only yesterday that we reported the rumors of the upcoming Google Nexus Two from Samsung and today Gizmodo, as always confirmed the Android 3.0, Gingerbread based smartphone from Samsung. Many might be thinking why Google didn’t go with HTC? Much like it did with the Nexus One, but honestly speaking, Samsung’s Galaxy S’ had done remarkably well with its powerful hardware, leaving little doubt as to why Google opted for Samsung.
I bet quite a lot of you must have used the Google Nexus One? Rumors are growing strong on the Google Nexus Two which is reported to be announced next month on November 8. And here’s shocker, the Android based smartphone will not be manufactured by the seasoned HTC, which leaves Samsung to be the one managing the hardware bit.
The rumor has the backing of many reliable sources to make it believable. In my opinion the move was pretty obvious primarily because of the much appreciated Samsung Galaxy S which alone sold over 5 million of its devices. The reason for such a massive success was the Galaxy S’ extremely powerful hardware [though I seriously hate Samsung phones]. Coming over to the device specifications, the Nexus Two will have:
Shiver me timbers! Does anyone recall the rumors about the Sony PlayStation Phone coming soon? Well it appears Engadget has got hold of a device that reportedly looks like the Sony Ericsson’s long awaited PlayStation Phone. And my first words, it appear super Ugly!
The Apple line of music devices has been great, I personally own an iPod and trust me there is nothing comparable to the quality of picture and sound on it. Though I am not a totally music person, that was one device in the recent times I bought specifically for music. But challengers are coming in, primarily for Apple, we have the Android challenging its iOS devices with high end smartphones, the iPad competitors in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook. While that was not all, Samsung has come out with the iPod Touch challenger, the Samsung Galaxy Player.
To many Steve Jobs is the godfather of the modern day smartphones and powerful technology that makes its way from the caves of Cupertino. Apple has transformed how consumers conceive mobile devices, laptops in fact has infused a brand new culture in the tech scene. I wont be wrong to say that Steve Jobs is the man who has taken the idea of smartphone devices from Nokia, HP and Dell [handheld tablets, etc] top bring us the iPod Touch for music [initially], iPhone 2G, 3G/3GS and the iPhone 4, and only recently the iPad. If you have ever used the iPad, you will see how Apple has amalgamated everything into this 9.7 inch powerful device.
Of course competitors have jumped in, of course there will be some challenge from other manufacturers both in the hardware and the software. But despite all this, all my disliking for the cult of Apple, I must admit it has superiority over others. Steve Jobs knows this, he might have been going overboard with the Antennagate issue but his recent ripping off of the Android platform from Google and the plethora of the upcoming Android and non-Android tablets is quite justified. We have the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the RIM BlackBerry with its PlayBook but I bet they will leave something desired. The 7 inch Galaxy Tab by Samsung is a lost cause between the Smartphone and the iPad. Why would someone want to own a device that is large enough to not fit into a pocket yet small enough to disable easy readability? That’s just my opinion for I would rather buy the iPad with an excellent hardware only because of the larger size.
We have reported a countless times of Google leading the race when it comes to smartphone shares. The Android has grown and is growing by leaps and bounds as more smartphone consumers opt for the Android OS. The iPhone has its own dominance but its shares have been dropping down. That by no means should indicate that the iPhone is a bad device or that Steve Jobs’ aging craziness has driven people away from it.
I keep an eye on trends and lookout for reasons why Android is going. Lets keep aside the Android being an excellent OS, lets keep aside the freedom it gives to developers with its Open Environment to regularly update apps in the Android Market Place. Put aside the fact that Apple with its strict policing of the App Store turns your hair gray before your app makes it to the store. Even put aside the hard work that the developer teams put up to bring you jailbreak tools like Limera1n, GreenPoisOn, etc to enable you to use the non-App Store apps. That’s creating a paradox, isn’t it? Let me come to the point.
When you say Android or Apple iPhone people by default think it’s about high priced only for rich smartphones. They aren’t wrong initially, especially in Pakistan where people would want a nice phone with maximum features but affordable enough for everyone. I mean iPhone 4 can cost you a good $1,000 and the cheapest Android Handset from HTC would be $350 plus. These phones, being really worth the price aren’t one meant for everyone’s pocket. However Zong Telecom, keeping the whole price factor and user demand in sight has introduced an all new handset running on the Android version 2.2 aka Froyo.
Lets face it, when it comes to screen display, Android phones are no way close to the screen quality that you get on the iPhone. And with iPhone 4 and it’s Retina display many of the top Android based phones from numerous manufacturers have been left behind. The screen resolutions on all the top models, including the HTC Desire HD, Evo 4G, Nexus One and the Samsung Galaxy S are all limited to 800 by 480 pixels, it isn’t bad, but it leaves a lot desired, especially when you have used the Apple iPhone for a couple of hours.
I might have to eat my words when I said that the BlackBerry tablet would just be another meager attempt to toss out Apple’s iPad. Put aside BlackBerry’s attempts with its smartphones with devices like the Torch [which I personally wasn’t pleased with], the BlackBerry PlayBook is a beauty, something I wasn’t really expecting from Research In Motion [RIM].