While user-facing software is what usually makes or breaks a platform--and Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is no exception--underlying hardware can make the critical difference between a snappy and slow device. So what's going to power upcoming Android 4.0 phones and tablets?
Texas Instruments will be leading the way on Android 4.0. Its dual-core OMAP4460 chip is inside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which, in turn, is the launch vehicle for Android 4.0.
Nokia World commences next Wednesday, but at this rate we should call it "Windows Phone World."
It's there that Nokia will show off its first Windows Phone, about nine months after the then-struggling device and mobile platform maker shocked the mobile world by publicly placing all bets with Windows Phone.
The amount of enthusiasm the handset receives isn't just important for Nokia, which switched CEOs and all but junked its own Symbian OS in favor of Microsoft's in an effort to reinvigorate the iconic brand, it's also crucial to Microsoft's eventual success with … Read more
Yet, this comparison must be done. For one thing, Google and Apple have both recently unveiled huge changes that respectively make their mobile operating systems far more powerful, and in some ways more similar to each other. For another thing, weighing the pros and cons of each platform against the other is a scenario that's played out daily among many people who are deciding which phone to buy.
Just a few parameters before diving in. First, I'm overwhelmingly looking at software, not hardware, but I'll point out where hardware does factor in. iOS 5 runs on multiple devices, but is the most powerful right now on the iPhone 4S. Ditto Ice Cream Sandwich. The unreleased Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the one phone that can currently show off the OS update's full spectrum of features, since it was purpose-built to be compatible with them all. That will change for both operating systems as additional future devices are built with the hardware to support the new software.
Second, I'm not just talking about new additions, but trying to look at the OS in its entirety.
Third, I'm looking at what each OS can do natively. Yes, there are scores of third-party apps you can download to do just about anything to satisfy something that one OS lacks that another has, but what we're looking at here is what Apple and Google have decided to bestow, not clever external developers. And I'm not talking about anything you can achieve only by jailbreaking or rooting. Official, but optional apps created by Apple and Google are OK--like Find My Friends and Google Voice.
Third, I'm throwing in two "fun" features for each (these will be the last two). I wouldn't recommend buying an iOS 5 or Ice Cream Sandwich device solely because of them, but they're pleasantly show-offy conversation pieces unique to each platform.
Disgruntled Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless workers and members of the labor union Communications Workers of America will be joining the "Occupy Wall Street" protest Friday in protest of "Verizon's corporate greed."
In a press release issued Thursday afternoon, the CWA said that about 1,000 Verizon workers will meet at Verizon's headquarters in downtown Manhattan near Wall Street at 4 p.m. ET and march past Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park where "Occupy Wall Street" protesters are gathered. The march will end at a Verizon Wireless dealer on Broad Street. Many of … Read more
Research in Motion's new BBX operating system isn't even out yet, and it's already facing a bit of legal heat. A small Albuquerque, N.M.-based software provider, Basis International, claims "BBx" is the name of a software platform that it has already trademarked.
RIM unveiled the BBX platform--which combines elements of its older BlackBerry operating system with its next-generation QNX software--at the company's developer conference on Tuesday. The company is hoping that BBX and its advanced capabilities can vault it back into the smartphone game, putting it on a more equal footing … Read more
As Apple and Samsung battle for smartphone market share, numbers matter. The problem, though, can be figuring out which numbers to use and how to match them up.
Samsung shipped more than 20 million smartphones in the last quarter, a source told the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), allegedly outshining Apple, which sold 17.1 million phones. Shipments, however, aren't sales, and therein lies the nub.
Citing a "person familiar with the situation," the Journal specifically used the term "shipped" when referring to Samsung's 20 million smartphones. Samsung is due to post its latest … Read more
Chinese cell phone maker ZTE has introduced another device for the U.S. market. The new ZTE Memo is an advanced feature phone available on Leap Wireless' Cricket service.
The ZTE Memo is a low-cost, 3G bar-style feature phone. It offers full Web browsing, a QWERTY keyboard for quick messaging, MP3 player, and access to popular Cricket services, such as its Cricket Navigator service.
The phone costs $99.99 and is available for Cricket's prepaid service.
"The ZTE Memo brings Cricket customers a great QWERTY data phone with features they want at an affordable price," Matt Stoiber, … Read more
You and your smartphone may be inseparable, but that doesn't mean you ought to be best friends.
That's the essential message from Andy Rubin, Google's Android chief, who spoke at the AsiaD conference this week. Not so coincidentally, he said this just days after the launch of the iPhone 4S, a chief feature of which is Siri, a voice-activated feature that Apple is billing as a "personal assistant."
"I don't believe that your phone should be an assistant," Rubin said in an interview, as reported by AllThingsD.
AT&T is looking forward to an "unbelievably" happy holiday.
The company expects its best smartphone sales ever in the fourth quarter, according to Ralph de la Vega, head of the consumer and wireless businesses.
"We expect blockbuster smartphone sales in the fourth quarter," de la Vega said today during a conference call following its third-quarter report, further fueling the expectations by saying the results would be "unbelievable."
Smartphone adoption has long been the key to AT&T's ability to keep its revenue growth humming. A customer who signs a two-year … Read more
AT&T said it surpassed 1 million iPhone 4S activations on Tuesday, making it the most successful launch despite its availability on two other carriers.
The Dallas telecommunications giant hit the mark after five days of sales.
The figure underscores AT&T's continued strength even as Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel offered the iPhone as well.
The company earlier reported third-quarter results that were in line with expectations. The iPhone 4S sales, however, aren't a part of the results because the phone launched after the end of the period. It activated 2.7 million iPhones in … Read more