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Showing posts from October 23, 2011

Why Did Nokia Have To Announce WP7 So Early?

Nokia's Lumia phones launched this week to a tide of muted approval. There's not much to differentiate the high-end 800 from most of the other WP7 phones on the market.

What Nokia needed on Wednesday was a bit of shock value. Shame they announced the switch from Symbian so early.

Its difficult to see how Nokia could have done things differently without upsetting Symbian developers but I get the feeling that in a similar position Apple would have found a way.

HP Might Be Back In The Game

After a summer of frankly, lunatic behaviour, HP might be about to turn things around. New CEO Meg Whitman has reversed the previous decision to shut the doors on manufacturing and become a software and services company.

Whether this decision was forced upon them by the lack of interest in the PSG group (the business unit responsible for manufacturing) or as claimed, it is a result of a review of value to the business of retaining this function, isn't clear.

It also remains to be seen whether HP has managed to retain any credibility as a manufacturer. In any case, the decision doesn't seem to lead to the reprieve of the former Palm operation. Mention of WebOS was noticeably absent from the announcement.

Leo Apotheker had the reins at HP for just ten months, in that time he seems to have wrought untold amounts of damage.

Who would have thought that there'd ever be a time when anyone at HP would look back on Carly Fiorina's time at the company with nostalgia? Somehow Ap…

Nokia Bets On Lumia

After four years on the ropes since the launch of the iPhone, Nokia took its first step along the road back to credibility with the launch of two Windows Phone 7 devices yesterday.

The Lumia 800 is the flagship of the new range (for now, anyway) and has, decidedly average specs for that position. Highlights are the Clearblack display (Nokia's name for its AMOLED) and Carl Zeiss camera lens.

More interesting is the 710, a lower end device which promises to drop the entry level price for WP7 to something approaching the levels being achieved by Android OEMs.

First devices should be on the shelves early next month.

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Android Orphans v Apple Support

Michael Degusta at theunderstatement makes an interesting point about long term support for devices provided by Android phone manufacturers when compared to Apple's support for the iPhone.

The graph below plots the number of software revisions the phone falls behind the currently shipping OS. it's skewed slightly by the rapid rate at which Google is pushing out Android revisions but nonetheless makes a fair point.

Michael points out that Android OEMs have no real interest in pushing updates out and try to gain a sale though making you unhappy with your current phone, whereas Apple looks to gain a sale by making you delighted with your current purchase. Simplifying things somewhat if you ask me but there's definitely a germ of truth hiding in there somewhere.

The key message here is to consider the value of your phone for the life of your contract. Compare the past performance of your phone manufacturer with regards to OS updates before handing over your cash.

You can r…

Coldplay Spotify Boycott Hurts Those Who Pay For Music

Coldplay have taken steps to ensure that their latest album is not available on the Spotify music streaming service, despite publisher EMI having a deal with the Swedish distributor.

Coldplay are clearly trying to echo the sales success of Adele who launched her most recent release under the same restriction.

It's a short-term benefit that hurts customers who have chosen to pay to listen to music. Given the battles that the music industry has had in trying to combat the free availability of music on the Internet and the changing perception of the value of music this is a trend that needs to be reversed.

Spotify has two million paying customers, if they start to see the value of that subscription reducing because new releases are no longer being made available then the service will fail and inevitably the majority of users will revert to illegal downloads.

I'm not sure why Coldplay has continued to allow its album to be streamed on Microsoft's Zune service (better payme…

MotoGP Officials Warn That Simoncelli Accident Unpreventable

There was a certain sense of tragic irony about MotoGP safety representative Franco Uncini discussing the accident which led to the death of Marco Simoncelli on Sunday. The 1982 World Champion suffered a tragically similar accident himself in 1983, falling into the path of Wayne Gardner's bike which struck his head, leaving him in a coma.

The message that Uncini delivered to the riders today was stark: Simoncelli's death was unavoidable and could be repeated at any race they enter.

I don't think they needed to be told and I suspect that the message was aimed more at those pushing for a knee-jerk reaction to this weekend's events.

iPhone Camera Not So Fast, Wins On Quality

One of the big improvements claimed by Apple for its new iPhone 4S was the speed at which it's camera launched and was ready to take photos.

My testing would seem to indicate that it may be faster than previous Apple products, but it still doesn't hold a candle to Android or Windows Phone 7 devices from HTC.

Both the Desire HD and HD7 were able to start camera applications and be ready to take the first shot quicker than the new iPhone.

Overall it's fair to say the iPhone takes much better shots, but these are much older phones. Although I don't have one to hand to try a true head-to-head comparison, I suspect that the Samsung Galaxy S2 would provide a much sterner test of the iPhone's camera.

Sending photos to social networks isn't the easiest thing in the world either. And whilst Apple have integrated Twitter quite well there is no sign of any link to Facebook just yet, nor for that matter any other photo sharing service. With both Android and WP7 having tho…

Marco Simoncelli Killed In Freak MotoGP Accident

October is turning out to be a pretty awful month. The latest in the line of tragedies occurred at Sepang, Malaysia this afternoon. A freak accident on the second lap of the Moto GP race led to the death of Italian rider Marco Simoncelli.

The 24 year old former GP250 champion was killed after falling from his bike into the path of fellow racers Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards, receiving fatal head and neck and chest wounds as a result.

Unlike last week's tragic death of IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon this accident was neither foreseeable nor avoidable.

Motorbike racing inevitably means the risk of one rider falling into the path of another. It is happened many times in the past and will no doubt happen in the future. Short of completely banning the sport there is no way to prevent this happening. Much has been made of the loss of Marco's helmet in the accident. I feel this is unlikely to have had any impact on the injuries he received. Being hit by motorcycle travelling at clos…