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  • Subject: [News] Linux Phones (Android) Expected to Dominate the Market
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 09:24:48 +0000
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Android to dominate

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| Already Android is making inroads into the 
| smartphone market and analysts are predicting 
| that by 2012 it will be the number 2 operating 
| system behind Symbian. Along the way 
| Microsoft's Windows Mobile will lose huge 
| ground as will RIM's Blackberry and Palm's 
| Pre. The only OS likely to stay steady during 
| this time will be Apple's iPhone.


Android Gets Unofficial Pornographic App Store

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| Since the Android OS is completely open 
| source, that means there are not restrictions 
| of any kind for anything, including porn. 
| Thatâs why a company called MiKandi has taken 
| the liberty to create and launch an unofficial 
| app store for adult content only for mobile 
| Android devices.



Android Gaining on Microsoft?

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| In fact, Financial Times reporter Chris
| Nuttall claims, Android could soon emerge
| as the major smartphone that isn't the
| iPhone. Android systems now operate on 12
| different phones with 32 phone carriers
| supporting them around the world. And
| Motorola, HTC, and Samsung are all busy
| developing their own Android-based
| handsets.


O'Brien: Why I was wrong about Google's Android

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| It's time for me to do a mea culpa on
| Android.
| Google unveiled plans for its mobile
| operating system about two years ago, and
| rolled out the first phone based on
| Android about a year later. In both cases,
| I predicted doom.
| But I was wrong.
| I finally came to terms with this the
| other day while watching one of those
| suddenly ubiquitous "iDon't" ads on TV. If
| you haven't seen one, the ads slam the
| shortcomings of the iPhone ("iDon't have
| interchangeable batteries") while
| trumpeting the pending arrival of the
| Droid sometime in November.
| In this case, Droid is a smart-phone built
| by Motorola for Verizon that uses Android.
| Add those three corporate behemoths
| together, and you have some serious
| marketing dollars available to push this
| thing, whatever it actually turns out to
| be.


Should Microsoft fear invasion of the Androids?

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| The open-source Android operating system
| is gaining momentum, and Microsoft has
| been slow to respond, says a New York
| Times report.


Android 2.0: The iPhone killer at last?

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| In its three years, the iPhone has
| redefined the mobile device. But despite
| the iPhone's popularity, it is by no means
| certain to become the mobile equivalent of
| Windows, the dominant platform that
| defines our experience of a particular
| technology, as well as the business
| choices that surround it.
| Google's Android 2.0 OS is the latest in a
| series of mobile offerings seeking to
| derail the iPhone's momentum. Backed by
| heavyweights Google, Motorola, Verizon
| Wireless, Acer, and other big-name
| manufacturers, Android could potentially
| knock the iPhone down a peg. After all,
| while users love the iPhone, Apple's
| controlling tendencies have frustrated
| developers, and its disrespect for
| business concerns have frustrated IT.


Motorola DROID: A Sleek and Powerful Android Phone

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| The Motorola DROID is the first Android
| 2.0 device, and like other excellent
| competing smartphones it is being
| advertised as an iPhone-killer. With its
| sleek look and powerful features, I think
| it could become as successful as the RAZR
| and possibly surpass iPhoneâs popularity.
| But it will depend on whether or not its
| OS can really deliver the goods.


Verizon Droid Targets iPhone

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| After a series of teaser ads that attack
| Apple's iPhone, Verizon Wireless and
| Motorola officially unveiled Wednesday the
| Droid smartphone.


What's new in Android 2.0? Part 1: User features


Hands on with the Motorola Droid: Sexy

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| Here you are, friends and Romans, the
| Motorola Droid from Verizon, the phone
| youâve been salivating over for the past
| few months. Itâs now sitting quietly on
| the desk next to me, wondering where you
| are. The Droid wants you.


A Taste of Android's Freshly Baked Eclair

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| Android 2.0, nicknamed "Eclair," will make
| its big entrance on the Droid next month,
| and other handsets are sure to follow.
| Version 2.0 brings a set of new features
| to the table, including native support for
| Microsoft Exchange. However, the wide-open
| Android ecosystem may be prone to
| fragmentation as the underlying platform
| grows in strength and ability.


Motorola Dext Android smartphone

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| Indeed, the Dext has a gorgeous touchscreen,
| a fine Qwerty keyboard, good browser plus a
| reasonable camera and media players. User
| friendly, it offers plenty of potential for
| personalisation, along with growing range of
| apps plus Motoblur's ability to keep you up
| to the second with your social networks.
| After the last few years of underwhelming
| variations on a Razr theme, Motorola has
| made a serious attempt to knock back the
| doubters with the Dext and, in all honesty,
| we're a little surprised that it has come up
| with such a strong offering.


Android Apps Amping Up

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| The red-hot smartphone sector is posed to
| get even hotter as competition grows with
| two signature releases due out in coming
| days -- Verizon's Droid and BlackBerry
| Storm2 -- along with new indications that
| Android is making huge gains on the mobile
| software front.


Google releases features and updates of its forthcoming Android 2.0 platform

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| The open-source Google Android operating
| system, which was introduced by the Open
| Handset Alliance in November of 2007, will
| have its successor Android 2.0 appear for
| the first time on the Verizon's Motorola
| Droid smartphone, reportedly to be released
| on November 6, 2009.


Android completes jump to 2.0

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| It looks like Android 2.0 - also known as
| Eclair for some reason - will allow users to
| sync their devices to a number of different
| contact sources, as well as allowing
| something called âQuick Contact' to be
| embedded within an application. The new
| Bluetooth API is expected to facilitate
| peer-to-peer activities like gaming.


Verizon Droid's Secret Weapon: Android 2.0

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| Actually, Verizon did sort of put that on
| the iDon't list, just not in those words.
| The original iDon't list includes both
| âiDon't allow open development' and âiDon't
| customize', both of which imply that the
| Droid does those things which means the
| Droid provides a customizable, open
| development platform that business customers
| can work with.


Is Google Faking the Open-Source Funk?

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| Some folks are claiming that Google is
| faking the open-source funk by not being as
| open as it could be about Android.


Moto Android 2.0 smartphone revealed

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| Motorolaâs upcoming Android smartphone has
| finally been revealed in a set of front-and-back
| pictures published online.


Android based e-reader tips up

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| SPRING DESIGN has taken the wraps off the Duet
| Navigator, a dual-screen e-book reader that runs
| the Android OS and offers both a text reader and
| a web browser.


Two Unexpected, Potential Scenarios for Android

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| We've done a number of posts lately on the
| incredible momentum that the open source
| Android operating system has. It's being
| supported by nearly every major smartphone
| maker, with players such as Acer and Motorola
| putting huge bets behind it. Acer's new
| "Liquid" Android smartphone has the trendy
| Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm built in, a sign
| that the OS could boost the prospects of
| cutting-edge new processors.
| [...]
| Scenario 2: An Android Foundation? ZDNet asks
| the excellent question, "Should Google Spin
| Android Into a Foundation?" Foundations, such
| as the Apache Foundation, can have an
| enormously positive impact on open source
| platforms and applications. But ZDnet's Dana
| Blankenhorn points this out: "It doesnât
| always work. Witness LiMo, which Motorola
| recently abandoned for Android. Witness
| Moblin, which Intel gave to the Linux
| Foundation. Witness Symbian itself for that
| matter." He also points out that foundations
| lead to lots of forks, which raises the
| possibility of problems like the ones cited in
| scenario one above. Would an Android
| foundation necessarily be good? What do you
| think?


Acer reveals specs of Android smartphone

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| Acer has disclosed more details about its
| upcoming Android-based Liquid smartphone, a
| thin device with a 3.5-inch touchscreen.



Marvell Joins Open Handset Alliance

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| Marvell believes that this open platform will spark innovation and empower
| developers to create revolutionary applications and accelerate the delivery
| of those applications to mobile users," said Marty Schroeder, Vice President
| of Marvell's Cellular and Handheld Business Group.


ARM Announces Support for Open Handset Alliance

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| ARM has been working with the open Android platform for some time and is
| committed to delivering a rich mobile experience based on the platform. As
| part of this relationship, ARM will contribute its ARMv6 and ARMv7
| architecture-based OpenMax DL libraries and insight on the ARM(R) CPU and ARK
| Mali(TM) GPU architectures to the Android Open Source Project


T-Mobile and Google cozy up with Android

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| As for other carriers in the United States, Sprint joined the Open Handset
| Alliance from the outset and is a founding member. Verizon's CEO has been
| quoted as saying, "We're planning on using Android." Meanwhile, AT&T's CEO
| is "encouraged by the idea that an Android phone could host AT&T branded
| apps." That said, Verizon and AT&T have yet to make anything official,
| although nothing is stopping them from releasing Android-powered handsets in
| the future.

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