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Showing posts from April 25, 2010

One In Five UK Smartphones Android Powered

No wonder Steve Jobs is getting his underwear in a twist over Android. Hot on the heels of the news that Google powered phones have overtaken the iPhone for mobile web traffic in the US comes further evidence that the smartphone market is changing remarkably quickly. Android powered phones tripled their market share in the UK between March and April and now account for twenty per cent of the smartphone market here.

I can think of two reasons for that remarkable sales boost: the arrival of the brilliant Desire and the broadening of the Android range to encompass an entry level at a far lower price than before.

Of course there's no breakdown of where the additional sales come from so no picture of whether this is a result of Android buyers picking high end phones (and there are now a few to choose from) over alternatives from Apple, Microsoft and RIM; or just a growth in the market driven by more low end phones being sold with Android... I suspect its mostly the former myself.

HP Acquires Palm

So HTC passed on Palm but HP clearly saw something they could work with and have spring $5.70 a share to take ownership of Palm in a deal expected to complete by the end if July.

What does this mean got the mobile marketplace? Well for starters I'm guessing that HP won't feel the need to continue its existing arrangement with Microsoft for Windows Mobile.

Will HP have the clout to make Web OS a success? I'm not so sure, after all the Ipaq has been rotting on the vine almost since the day HP took over from Compaq. The company has even lost its way in the corporate market.

Palm has a lot to offer HP, but only if the company commits to it whole heartedly. Part of me can't help but think that the wrong company bought Palm and a tie up with Nokia would have been infinitely more productive...

Sony Kills The Floppy Disk

That's right you can still buy floppy disks... who knew? In fact Sony managed to ship 8.5 million of the things last year, so there must be some people out there who have an investment in aging technology so great that they can't afford to pull the plug.
Not Sony though, having seen sales fall from 47 million at the turn of the millenium they've decided the writing is on the wall and halted manufacture of the mostly pointless storage devices...

Apple Invokes Spirit Of Stasi In Gizmodo Takedown

So Apple didn't take Gizmodo's unveiling of its new iPhone very well. As a result Gizmodo finds itself the subject of a heavy-handed police operation with journalist Jason Chen losing his computers and having his house and vehicles searched. There doesn't seem to be any question that Apple lost its prototype and more so that the finder did try and return it to them. Has a crime been committed? Unless Gray Powell is claiming it was stolen from him I can't see how it has. Furthermore Apple's role as advisor to the police task force undertaking the investigation gives this investigation the smell of vengeance...
I wonder if this will affect Gizmodo's overly pro-Apple reporting in the future?

The Woz Has A Laugh About Lost iPhone Prototype

Steve Wozniak still has ties to the company he helped found so the lost iPhone prototype story just had to prompt a response and here it is. If you don't already know, Gray Powell is the Apple engineer who left the phone on a barstool...