The mobile application development and the wireless arena in general have been rocked with the recent patent disputes and controversies between Apple and Google phone manufacturer HTC. The whole offshore mobile application development and iPhone application development community is in a quandary owing to the stalemate that has characterized this infringement war.
HTC has fired the latest salvo by asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to bar the import of iPads, iPhones and iPods into the US from Apple’s offshore manufacturing units. HTC has pioneered the Google and Microsoft operating system based phones and is a direct competitor to Apple. The details about what the case of infringement of patents was really about are still sketchy and indistinct but it is considered by many industry experts as a retaliatory strike against Apple’s similar complaints filed in the recent past.
Apple had made a formal request to ITC to block the import of HTC’s Google Android based smartphones; a list that included the much touted iPhone killer “Nexus One” and HTC’s windows mobile phones. Patent violations are said to be the allegations leveled by Apple against HTC. Apple’s complaints were of a major nature which requested a “permanent exclusion order” that would bar the entry of all mobile communication devices manufactured by HTC. As many as 11 phones have been quoted by Apple to be infringing on their patents and it seems HTC is finally replying in kind.
The offshore mobile application development, iPhone application development and the mobile application development communities have been abuzz with this latest news and are waiting with bated breath for the verdict of this war of epic proportions.
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The Android marketplace is heating with the launch of next generation mobile phones. Also the mobile application development arena has seen the influx of Android applications owing to the increasing affinity of the developer community towards Android application development.
Adding fuel to this war is Verizon Wireless that has launched HTC’s Droid Incredible, an Android based smartphone. Such intense were the preparations of delivering the handset that Verizon ensured that every customer who ordered the phone even as late as the day before got it delivered on the 29th of April 2010. The cost of the device was tagged at $200 including a 2 year service contract and an instant online discount of $100.
The Droid Incredible is being touted to be Verizon’s second flagship phone operating on the Android platform. The primary model available from Verizon prior to this release was the Motorola Droid. The Droid Incredible uses the Android 2.1 operating system and is powered by 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor made available by Qualcomm.
A 3.7 inch AMOLED touch screen with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution adorns the handset which also sports an 8 mega pixel camera. Browser supports Adobe’s Flash Lite 4.0 which is an advantage that the Droid Incredible enjoys over the iPhone along with a larger display. HTC’s Sense user interface is also available that is customized via Android to allow socal networking support and state-of-the-art screen switching tools.
HTC is reputed manufacturer in the smartphone category established in the field of Android and Windows Mobile phones. The EVO 4G is rumoured to be the latest release from HTC is a WiMax powered Android smartphone and also supports Spring’s 3G network. It runs on Android 2.1 version and the Sense UI.
This inception of a cutting edge smartphone into the lucrative Android marketplace has opened the floodgates of opportunities for Android application development to prosper and thrive. It wouldn’t be surprising if in the coming few months we see a spate of application being released from the Android application development community.
The social networking web site development and social networking portal development have formed important facets of the composite social networking scene and have witnessed the rapid evolution that has characterized this arena. Tools that redefine the social networking paradigm by providing a single point access combining feeds from various portals are the in thing today.
Microsoft, not wanting to be left out of the race has launched a beta version of an online service called Spindex that bundles all popular items from a user’s Twitter and Facebook feeds and integrates them with Bing, RSS feeds and Evernote. Microsoft’s FUSE Labs demonstrated this revolutionary new service at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. The design is focused on aggregating and amassing most popular or contributed items from Twitter and Facebook social networking feeds of users. Microsoft’s search engine Bing is then employed by Spindex to proactively scour out information that matches the user’s interests based on their social networking activities and comments.
Spindex would offer users a personalized page which would assist users in determining their topics of interest in the social networks. Evernote, embedded within Spindex, would provide the facility to keep track of things to remember. Bing leverages its state-of-the-art search capabilities to locate links related to the user’s topic of interest to allow them to expand and join their online conversations. As of today Spindex is a close beta version available only to Web 2.0 attendees, but a broader and more versatile beta version is in the pipeline whose details would be revealed via Twitter.
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The ability to create and share Microsoft Office documents can prove to be a boon to users of Facebook. “Docs for Facebook” is Microsoft’s latest offering announced by Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Microsoft is banking on its belief that their services are the first ones to support the entire document life cycle as opposed to other widely popular services. Still in the early public beta stages, “Docs for Facebook” was conceived on the Facebook platform utilizing Microsoft’s upcoming Office 2010 web technology. They hope to translate the simplicity afforded by Facebook associated with the sharing of news feeds and activity streams to Office documents such as Word Files, Excel Spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. Users can create, view and share office documents on Docs.com free of charge with the option of utilizing the Microsoft Office editing environment for advanced tools and options. This in a way is ingenious as it retains the value of Office which otherwise would have taken a major beating. The Docs for Facebook service is not being positioned as an adversary to Microsoft office but is an earnest attempt at exposing young netizens to the world of Office and the concept of software in a box. Docs For Facebook could well be presumed to be a precursor or a trial experience before the full blooded launch of Office 2010.
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