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Android Developer Challenge 2 is open for business!

24 Aug

Android Developers Blog has just let the news loose that the second installement of Android Developer Challenge is now open for business. Developers can submit their apps till August 31.

But what’s more interesting is some of the judges will be testing these apps on unreleased phones. An excerpt from the blog: It’s very important that your apps only use published APIs. Some users might be judging your submissions on new phones you haven’t seen or tested. If your apps depend on unpublished APIs, they might not work on some of these phones.

So which are these ‘new phones’, dude? Mind sharing some info?

via Android Developers Blog

Sony Ericsson confirms Android handsets

9 Dec

Sony Ericsson today officially joined the Open Handset Alliance, paving way for its handhelds running on the Android platform. “Sony Ericsson is excited to announce its membership of the Open Handset Alliance and confirm its intention to develop a handset based on the Android platform,” said Rikko Sakaguchi, CVP and head of Creation and Development at Sony Ericsson. “We believe Sony Ericsson can bring a wealth of experience in making consumer focused multimedia handsets with new user experience to the Alliance drawing on the successes of the Walkman and Cyber-shot sub-brands.  Sony Ericsson is a strong supporter of open operating systems and we believe the Open Handset Alliance offers an exciting opportunity for a new and unique user experience only Sony Ericsson can deliver.”

The Swedish handset vendor will contine its multi-OS portfolio that will include Windows Mobile and Symbian apart from Android. Sony Ericsson joins the rank of Samsung, Motorola and LG, with all of them betting on all the three prominent mobile OS available in the market today.

Motorola adds Android to its OS platter

3 Oct

We can’t call it another feather in Moto’s hat but the handset vendor is really keen on experimenting with various mobile operating systems. Motorola has joined the Google-driven Open Handset Alliance, which means it will offer devices based on the Android platform. Motorola currently peddles in phones running on as many as three major operating systems including Windows Mobile, Symbian UIQ, Linux Java and will now add a fourth in the form on Android. This indicates the company’s desperation to churn out a winner from somewhere. But Motorola is not alone as companies like LG and Samsung are also working on a multiple-OS portfolio with devices running on Windows Mobile, Symbian S60 and now, Android.

The addition of Motorola to the OHA, makes Android available on three of the ‘big five’ handset vendors in adition to HTC. With speculation about Sny Ericsson toying with the idea of an Android drviven XPERIA device, that would leave Nokia as the sole mahor vendor not to be a part of Google’s dream. The Finnish giant is heard to be developing its own Linux-based mobile OS that will be first tested in its next generation Internet Tablet that will also have HSDPA capability

Open OS movement becomes stronger as Symbian joins the fray

25 Jun

After the LiMo (Linux Mobile) Foundation and the Open Handset Aliance (Android), we have yet another consortium that hopes to make a difference in the mobile industry by going open source. Biggies like Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and NTT DoCoMo have joined hands to form the Symbian foundation to develop a new open source mobile operating system. Under the agreement, Nokia will acquire Symbian completely while Motorola and Sony Ericsson will contribute technology from UIQ, a company that the handset vendors jointly hold. NTT DoCoMo will contribute technology from its MOAP(S) or the (Mobile Oriented Application Platform) that it employs on its range of Symbian phones.

Eventually, the Symbian Foundation will come out with a unified platform that borrows the best technologies from all the foundation members. The success of the Symbian Foundation will be critical to global market leader, Nokia, which is facing a severe threat from Apple’s iPhone and expects further erosion of its market share once device based on Google’s Android operating system start shipping later this year or early next year.

Another founding member of the alliance, Sony Ericsson, is also finding it difficult to counter the iPhone with its current Symbian UIQ platform. Earlier this year, the handset vendor announced its plans to sell a high-end device based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system and is expected to hit the shelves in the fourth quarter of this year. Relying solely on Windows Mobile would hurt Sony Ericsson as it has to pay a royalty to Microsoft for every Windows Mobile device it ships.

Industry sources reveal that handset vendors have to pay Microsoft royalties in the range of US$30 to $40 for every device shipped. This cost is eventually passed on to the end consumer. However, if the Symbian Foundation is able to deliver a high-class mobile operating system platform, a vendor like Sony Ericsson will be able to do away with such royalty by using the new Symbian-based operating system than Microsoft’s Windows Mobile.

Having said that, we are yet to see any path breaking phones arising from such alliances. While the LIMO Foundation does have a few products, none have been best sellers. As far as Android goes, reports in the media indicate delays in the implementation of the operating system on handsets. Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to gain traction with handset vendors for implementing its Windows Mobile platform. This year, Microsoft hopes to ship as many as 300,000 Windows Mobile devices in India alone, with brands like Asus, HTC, LG, MWg and Samsung.

The real test for these operating system alliances will be next year, when, hopefully, consumers will be able to see commercial handsets running on these ‘open’ operating systems.

Android Developer Challenge opens for business!

4 Jan

With speculations about possible sightings of phones based on the Android OS at the GSM World Congress in Barcelona gaining momentum, the Open Handset Alliance has opened the gates to the Android Developer Challenge. For those of you who have just returned from some distant planet, the Challenge could win you USD 275,000 for your application. So get cracking and develop a dream application for Android. Check here for the rules and here for submitting your application. Mind you, the deadline for submitting applications is March 3.