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Android’s ‘clopen’ ecosystem is hurting consumers and increasing fragmentation

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

During every event and every keynote, Google touts its Android operating system’s openness and explains that with no limitations, consumer’s benefit. While Android is more open than its competitors, it is closed compared to other open-source software such as Linux. Google makes the Android operating system source code available for any company or individual to use and customize to their liking. However, Google’s mobile suite — Gmail, the Android Market, Google Maps and more — is closed sourced and not available to everyone, leading to consumer confusion when buying a no-Market Android device. Additionally, due to custom skins and fragmentation, both carriers and manufactures are damaging the Google and Android names, MarketingLand‘s Danny Sullivan writes. Almost every manufacturer includes a custom user-interface on their devices in order to stand apart from its competitors. However, these same skins that are meant to enhance a user’s experience are causing fragmentation and leaving customers with outdated devices. Read on for more.

Google recently released Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and while various manufactures have hinted towards an update, only one device has it, and you can probably guess which smartphone… Google’s flagship Galaxy Nexus. Newer devices such as the HTC Rezound, DROID RAZR and DROID Bionic will also see the update at some point this year. However, devices such as the LG Revolution, which has only been on the market for 7 months will most likely never see another system update. The device is completely capable of running Ice Cream Sandwich and the only thing keeping it on Android 2.3 is LG and Verizon. The Open Handset Alliance that includes LG, HTC, Motorola, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, among others, has pledged with Google to end fragmentation and offer the latest Android operating system for 18 months after a devices release date, however we have yet to any action from this promise. It’s time for Google to take action and rescue its users from device limbo or people will be forced to buy a new smartphone every few months to enjoy the latest Android features.



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Motorola DROID Pro detailed

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The official press release from Motorola has just landed for the DROID Pro. Here is what we are looking at: 1 GHz processor, 3.1-inch touchscreen display, 2 GB internal memory, 2 GB micro-SD card included, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash, 3G mobile hotspot capabilities, DLNA support, VPN support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Android 2.2. We’ve got the official press release and a few more images waiting for you after the break. Let us know what you think of the new DROID family member.

UPDATE: A few more specs: CDMA 800/1900 EVDO-Rev.A, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900/2100, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, 1420 mAh battery (1860 mAh extended life battery available), 134 gram weight, 320 x 480 HVGA resolution, aGPS, and “dual diversity” antennae.

DROID Does Business: DROID Pro by Motorola Designed for Work and Play on the Nations’s Largest and Most Reliable 3G Network

Global Android smartphone from Verizon Wireless combines rich business and personal mobile experiences

SAN FRANCISCO – CTIA – Oct. 5, 2010 – From CTIA Enterprise & Applications™ 2010, Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today unveiled DROID PRO, a new, powerful, stronger and faster solution designed to meet both business and personal needs. The first Android™-based smartphone optimized for business use, DROID PRO is also a global-ready Android smartphone from Verizon Wireless, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries.

DROID PRO meets employers’ and employees’ needs by addressing the productivity tools businesses require, including corporate connectivity and security; full push corporate e-mail with corporate level security; unified calendar with additional work features; pre-loaded Quickoffice Mobile Suite, a powerful 1 GHz processor; 4 GB of memory (2 GB internal; and 2 GB removable) and a QWERTY keyboard designed for speed and convenience.

“DROID PRO combines the feature-packed, high-level user experience that customers look for in an Android smartphone plus the security that enterprises require, all with the reliability of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network,” said Mike Lanman, president – Enterprise and Government Markets for Verizon Wireless. “DROID PRO builds on our commitment to deliver the best Android experience to the marketplace as well as to our enterprise customers.”

“The DROID PRO is an advanced business-ready solution that provides users with the full smartphone experience, redefined by delivering the power of a DROID,” said Sanjay Jha, chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility. “The DROID PRO consolidates users’ work and personal needs. This is just another reason the DROID PRO is setting a new standard for enterprise, allowing users to enjoy all the benefits of a smartphone with full push delivery of corporate e-mail and corporate level security.”

Key features and specifications:

  • Support for both Exchange e-mail and Gmail™ for business
  • Corporate directory look-up, unified calendar for Enterprise and sync with Google Calendar™
  • PC-like browsing with Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 on a full, multi-touch, 3.1-inch brilliant display built on Android 2.2
  • View, edit and share documents, including Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets, PowerPoint® presentations and Word® documents
  • Built-in security features, including AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, remote wipe of device and SD card, and complex password support. Device and SD card encryption will be available in early 2011
  • 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to connect up to five other Wi-Fi®-enabled devices and laptops
  • Live widgets that stream e-mail messages to the home screen; customers can filter the widgets to separate work and home e-mail
  • 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash as well as DVD-quality video
  • 3G diversity antennae provides customers with enhanced data speeds and range
  • Wi-Fi-enabled DNLA connectivity
  • Android Market™ – Provides customers with access to more than 80,000 applications
  • My Verizon and Backup AssistantSM support – Allows customers to manage their wireless accounts or their contacts from their phones

Pricing and availability:

DROID PRO will be available at and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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Windows Mobile 7 aiming for Spring 2010 RTM?

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Purported release dates for the first crop of WIndows Mobile 7 phones have varied in a surprisingly tight range over the past year, slipping from late ’09 to the latest we’ve heard, late 2010, and the latest info we’ve got here dovetails nicely with that. What you’re looking at up above is allegedly a slide out of an Office 2010 deck presented to Microsoft partners, where an updated Office Mobile suite is mentioned in passing alongside a WinMo 7 RTM date of Spring 2010. As Mary Jo Foley points out in a comment on the original post, that would put phones on shelves several months later at the earliest, which leads us back to the fact that this actually fits in very well with the Q4 2010 window we’ve been getting from other sources in recent memory. Though the screenshots on the slide are seemingly new, they match perfectly with the UI paradigm set by those purported WinMo 7 shots we saw nearly two flippin’ years ago, which leads us to the obvious question: is the UI basically finalized? And if so, is it going to feel stale by the time it’s released some three years after it first leaked?

[Via Windows Phone Mix]

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Windows Mobile 7 aiming for Spring 2010 RTM? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Oct 2009 17:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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