Archive | March, 2010

Why The CIDs Will Suffer.

Posted on 31 March 2010

The iPad is a complete product at a breakthrough price and the competition that has been waiting to launch products has just had the rug pulled from under their feet. Exepect a very quiet summer as products are re-assesed. Software, app-store and content ecosystems need to be re-worked. With no obvious ‘ecosystem’ solutions out there, this process could be too expensive for many.

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‘In Other News…’ March 31st

Posted on 31 March 2010

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. Published MeeGo TSG Meeting. Roadmap Released.. I’ve been following the first MeeGo Technical Steering Group Meeting this evening (still ongoing as I write this) and durin… Published MeeGo Roadmap […]

Sharp IS01 5″ Android Clamshell. Tick, Tick and Tick!

Posted on 31 March 2010

While smartphone fans might not be over-interested in this relatively bulky bit of kit, if you look at it from the MID angle (which is where it’s positioned) the story is very different and the Sharp IS01 is ticking a lot of boxes as we go through the specifications. The Sharp IS01 is a cross between an Archos 5 tablet and a UMID BZ ultra mobile PC and that could […]

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Smartphones Break 10-second Browsing Barrier.

Posted on 29 March 2010

Maybe I should have posted this article at Carrypad rather than UMPCPortal as it pertains to the progress that ARM-based devices have made in terms of browsing speed. Just two years ago I wouldn’t have given an ARM-based system a second look if I was thinking of doing an web-based work but now they are challenging low-end PC’s and enabling the sort of devices we cover here on Carrypad. So […]

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Smartphones Break the 10-second Barrier.

Posted on 29 March 2010

I’ve had a theory about web-page loading speed for about three years now. When a web page takes more than 12 seconds to load, a user considers it a slow experience. Anything less than 10-12 seconds and everything is in the green zone. Smartphones are now entering the green zone.

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Nav 9 Pricing and Availability Update.

Posted on 29 March 2010

Netbook Navigator has been working hard on getting that Nav 9 to market and we’ve just heard that a review sample is going to be with us very soon. Apparently they’ve taken a few weeks to optimise a touchscreen that wasn’t up to par and in that time they’ve also updated the package and pricing.

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Archos 7 Android Tablet Could be Available Next Week.

Posted on 28 March 2010

After one of my regular browsing sessions at Geizhals.at this evening I found two retailers offering the Archos 7 Home Tablet that was announced at CeBIT earlier in the month and one of them is stating a delivery time of ‘1 Week.’

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Intel’s Application Store Now Ready For Linux, Expanding to Europe.

Posted on 25 March 2010

Today Intel announce that their AppUp Center and the framework behind it is now available for Moblin and that it will begin accepting Euro and Pound payments opening it up to another 300+ million people. Future updates will be rolled up into MeeGo

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MeeGo Roadmap Released.

Posted on 24 March 2010

I’ve been following the first MeeGo Technical Steering Group Meeting this evening and updating my little journal (mainly a personal notes area) over at MeeGoNews.com For those that don’t know about MeeGo, it’s the result of an agreement between Nokia and Intel to merge their two open-source mobile-focused Linux operating systems (Maemo and Moblin) into one. MeeGo is focused on the Handheld, Netbook, Car and TV experiences so fits in […]

Mobinnova Beam is now an Android Device.

Posted on 24 March 2010

I enjoyed spending time with the Mobinnova Beam at CES this year and after a demo and discussion with ARM’s Bob Morris, I walked away impressed although a little worried about the OS. My main worry was that no-one would be able to relate to the unknown user interface. How could anybody get a feel for what the device can do without some form of knowledge about the OS? Would you buy a computing device without any knowledge of the OS? It appears that others feel the same way; the Beam has just re-surfaced running open-source Android.

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‘In Other News…’ March 24th

Posted on 24 March 2010

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 Nokia N900 is a feast first enjoyed in small bites. Shared Official Google Mobile Blog: Google Maps for Android: Search ‘n Swipe, Latitude Widget, and More. Good to […]

Big Phone Fans Go Crazy over the Evo.

Posted on 24 March 2010

If you didn’t catch the news yesterday, Sprint has announced a new phone called the Evo which is getting everyone excited. At least those that have huge pockets are getting excited because the Evo is the same size as the HTC HD2 and that’s HUGE!

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