Archive | October, 2009

Heard at MDC09 today (and a Quake III demo)

Posted on 31 October 2009

I was at MDC09 in Munich today and picked some new news. Always good for a blog I feel! I also saw Quake III being demonstrated on a Moblin-based netbook using the latest Linux drivers from the Moorestown build. Read on…

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Preparing for my session at MDC09. (Video)

Posted on 30 October 2009

I’ve just packed 13 mobile devices for Mobile Dev Camp and uploaded a video that introduces what I’ll be talking about at MDC. Hope you can make it.  If not, stay tuned here for updates from the event tomorrow. More details here. My MDC coverage is sponsored by the Intel Insider program. Many thanks to Intel. [As I post, the video is still being processed by YouTube. If the video […]

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Mobile Device Categorization at Mobile Dev Camp, Munich.

Posted on 29 October 2009

On Saturday at the Mobile Dev Camp in Munich I’ll be talking about the subject of device categorisation with a bunch of devs to try and stimulate some discussion on the subject. Do we really believe that everything should be converged into a 24/7 pocketable device or are their opportunities to improve the experience for the customer and to break out into small, but significant, niches. Does everything hinge on the mobile OS and it’s success in primary markets?

Droid Browsing Speed Video. (And my comparison notes.)

Posted on 29 October 2009

Seeing as I’ve just declared the Archos Android Tablet as (possibly) the fastest ARM-based browsing device ever, it makes sense to show you someone else’s test on a similar platform. Engadget did a single Engadget page load test on the Motorola Droid which is running Android 2.0 on the Ti OMAP 3430 platform. (@533Mhz I understand.) The single-shot test is obviously not conclusive but it’s actually quite an accurate result […]

MidMoves in Munich for #MDC09

Posted on 29 October 2009

Mobile Dev Camp hits Munich on Saturday and thanks to Intel’s ‘Insider’ program I’ve been invited down to join in with the fun. MDC will be a day where mobile developers get the chance to talk about their favorite subjects, to present ideas and to meet others in the ‘ecosystem.’ Intel will be there along with Elektrobit, Daisho Blacksmith and Greenrobot along with around 100 developer-minded individuals. If it’s anything […]

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Verizon Droid. Android 2.0 MIDPhone…with Google Maps Navigation Beta.

Posted on 28 October 2009

Encompassing much of what the MID market stands for and reaching out in terms of screen size and CPU power to become a very interesting contender is the Verizon / Motorola Droid.

$300 + a 24 month commitment brings you the ‘phone’ and you’ll get $100 back if you remember to mail-in the coupon.

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Verizon Droid. Android 2.0 MIDPhone…with Google Maps Navigation Beta.

Posted on 28 October 2009

Encompassing much of what the MID market stands for and reaching out in terms of screen size and CPU power to become a very interesting contender is the Verizon / Motorola Droid.

$300 + a 24 month commitment brings you the ‘phone’ and you’ll get $100 back if you remember to mail-in the coupon.

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eviGroup 10.6″ ‘Pad’ gets Video Hands-on. Is on sale. Is in our Database.

Posted on 28 October 2009

Apart from a brief mention in the weekly update a few days ago, we haven’t written about the EviGroup Pad yet.

It’s effectively a 10.6 inch, 1kg netbook without the keyboard. It uses the same N270 CPU as in a netbook and includes a 2.5″ 160GB drive. We should also highlight that it has 3G included and runs Windows 7 Premium (is that Home Premium?) with the Seline10 software suite.

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385 Million ‘UMDs’ in 2014 say ABI Research

Posted on 26 October 2009

A UMD, as defined by ABI Research, is a netbook, MID, ultra mobile PC or mobile consumer electronics device. I like that definition as it’s almost exactly the scope of the devices we cover on UMPCPortal, MIDMoves, and Meet:Mobility. 385 Million is a big number and ABI’s marketing flyer for their latest report doesn’t give any indication as to how that breaks down but based on netbook figures of about […]

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Archos Android Tablet is possibly the Fastest ARM-based Web Experience ever. (And as fast as an Intel-based MID)

Posted on 26 October 2009

It appears that ARM have reached a milestone with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet that all mobile web fans should take note of. It’s not the FIE but it’s very, very close. Read-on to see how close…

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Where is the CrunchPad? Could Pixel Qi be behind the holdup?

Posted on 26 October 2009

It is rather interesting that a number of new slate style tablet devices seem to be warring even before they are officially launched, or even proven exist. The two most frequently rumored are definitely the CrunchPad and the even more elusive Apple Tablet. While the Apple Tablet may or may not even exist, we’ve at least seen offical prototypes of the CrunchPad, and it seemed to be generally near completion […]

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‘In Other News…’ October 25th

Posted on 25 October 2009

Here’s the weekly rundown of items that we posted to the middle column on UMPCPortal, our ‘Other News’ section. It’s all good ultra mobile PC and MID-related stuff that, in most cases, we didn’t write about as a main news item. Shared Finally, a Worthy Contender for the iPhone Shared N900 vs N95 size comparison Posted N900 and N95 Size Comparison Shared Gigabyte updates netbook lineup for Windows 7 Liked […]