Today Adobe announced that it plans on releasing developer versions and, later, open beta versions of its Flash Player 10.1 for Windows Mobile and Palm webOS smartphones by the end of this year, but that Android won’t even get a beta until sometime next year – 2010.
That’s a far cry from what we heard from the company in June, which led folks to believe that we’d see the Open Screen Project’s Flash 10 player for smartphones, including Android, this month. Heck, now it is saying that it won’t be until next year when Android gets even a beta version of Flash 10.1 (I don’t know what happened to Flash 10.0 on smartphones, [...]
Every month mobile advertisement metrics company ‘AdMob’ release world-wide statistics on smartphone requests by OS. The short summary is that Android is still growing, and the Google operating system has now claimed 7% of the world smartphone market share. This puts it on a level par with RIM OS, together accounting for 14%. Overall, Android grew 40% and much of this growth can be attributed to the UK market where Android requests are growing rapidly.
The UK’s Guardian is reporting that Nokia is going to show its first Android powered smartphone at an event in September of this year. The site quotes anonymous “industry insiders” as being the source for the information.
Considering that Nokia developed S60, the most popular smartphone system on the planet, and also has its own open-source Maemo OS being developed (and don’t forget its recent agreement to co-develop Moblin with Intel), this seems like pure fantasy.
Nokia appears to agree, having put out a statement through Reuters.
In the company’s quarterly earnings call, Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed that he is reducing the number of cell phone platforms that his company supports. Symbian OS and the UIQ user interface, as seen on devices like the Motorola Z10, will no longer be used except for devices that the company has already committed to building. Motorola’s own Linux Java platform (originally called JUIX) suffers the same fate.
Jha said that his company will use Windows Mobile and Android for its mid-tier and high-end handsets for both consumers and enterprise. That’s great news for newcomer Android.
The less good news is that the first Motorola Android phone [...]
According to a Wall Street Journal story, Motorola’s new CEO, Sanjay Jha, will announce tomorrow that his company will focus on the Android platform for its top end handsets. While Moto will continue to use its own platform for lower end devices, and will also continue to use Windows Mobile for some of its smartphones, the other platforms, such as UIQ on Symbian, will be dropped.
Jha had told employees earlier in the year that the company was going to support only three platforms in the future, though he had not indicated which three would survive.
It is common knowledge that Motorola is already working on an Android powered device. The Wall Street Journal says [...]
This isn’t really directly Android related, but it is interesting to see that Microsoft has just posted a job description on a Seattle job-hunting site that describes a position as a lead for its “Skymarket” project for Windows Mobile 7.
If Apple, Google, and Microsoft are all going to have integrated app stores, it seems likely that Nokia and friends will have to follow suit in the not so distant future.
Information week is reporting that analyst firm J. Gold Associates is saying that it expects Nokia’s newly open sourced S60 UI and Symbian OS and Google’s Android are going merge starting in the next “three to six months.”
J. Gold states that the merger makes sense because they are both open source and the move would make things easier on developers as well as prove that Nokia’s open source intentions are more than just a PR stunt. J. Gold said that all of this would mean an increase in the number of applications available to end users.
The firm seems to be ignoring the fact that the two platforms have virtually nothing in common in any [...]
Bill Hughes of market research firm In-Stat is predicting that 17.1 million Google Android OS based devices will be sold in 2009, nearly double what he is predicting for world-wide Apple iPhone sales. He believes that the Chinese market will be the driving force behind Android adoption, with its 1 billion potential cell phone subscribers. Hughes says that the fact that the Android OS is free will be “very attractive in Asia.”
Hughes also thinks that the Chinese government’s plans to push 3G services based on its largely home-grown TD-SCDMA technology will give Linux powered devices the upper hand over those running proprietary and fee based operating [...]