If you’re like me, you find having to plug in your phone to charge it quite annoying. After all, we now live in a wireless world. What could be more cumbersome than having your phone plugged into the wall half the day?
Wireless charging isn’t new, for example Palm (R.I.P) and HP made their Touchstone wireless charging system available for their webOS devices. It just hasn’t quite caught yet, but we’ll get into the reason for that later. The good news is that wireless charging looks like it may soon become more main stream, and one sign of this is that the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3 is expected to have a wireless charging option.Inductive Charging Explained
According to a report from Digitimes, Samsung is considering buying webOS from HP. Some people think that this is because of Google buying Motorola, and while this may be true to some extent, Samsung have been weighing their options for a while now.
They made the Bada OS as a back-up to Android, which is not doing too bad right now, out-selling WP7, but I’m sure they’d like it to be a lot more successful than it is. However, it’s very hard to beat Android’s momentum right now. Even Microsoft is having a hard time doing that with WP7.
And speaking of which, Samsung thought that WP7 would be their real alternative to Android, and even [...]
The mobile market experienced an earthquake when Apple launched in 2007. But it wasn’t felt right away. It was an earthquake that was felt gradually, and increasing in strength as time went by. It took a while for the other manufacturers to realize the implications of the touchscreen smartphone. The leaders in the industry, Nokia and RIM, and even Microsoft, did exactly what I would expect industry leaders to do when they get disrupted – they dismissed the iPhone.
They kept dismissing it for years, until they finally realized that the demand for iPhones is not slowing down at all, but keeps rising, and even their loyal customers might soon start to want a [...]
For those folks out there that can remember using Graffiti on the old Palm OS devices, you will be happy to know Access has now released a version of its classic text input system for Android OS devices. The download includes the original Graffiti strokes, which allows text input to be done with either a finger or stylus. Not something you would want to use everyday, at least in my opinion, but something that may offer some fun as well as some nostalgia.
Graffiti for Android available now as a free download in the Android Market. Android Market.
[via Palm InfoCenter]
In what can only be considered fantastic news for the Android platform, one of the main forces behind Palm’s lovely and easy to use webOS user interface, Matias Duarte, has joined fellow Danger Inc. alum Andy Rubin on Google’s Android development team. Duarte is now the User Experience Director for Android.
For those of you that don’t keep tabs on what happens in the non-Android world, it’s worth noting that HP recently announced that it was buying Palm.
Thanks to Slashdot, there is a rumor floating around that Palm may be dropping their beloved WebOS platform in favor of Android. The leak comes from a Slashdot reader who believes that an internal memo is (or will be) circulated stating the following,
“While Palm is incredibly proud of our engineers who spent timeless work and effort to bring us this advanced operating system, consumers simply have not caught on. To provide a better future for ourselves and our customers, the only logical choice is to transition our hardware and software to the Android platform.”
According to the supposed memo, many of the [...]