Thursday, August 5, 2010

Google’s Android to Outstrip Apple’s iOS by 2012

Google Inc. is expected to prevail in a key battleground for its wireless war with Apple Inc., as the smart phone market share of the Android Operating System (OS) rises to surpass that of the iPhone’s iOS in 2012, iSuppli Corp. predicts. Android will be used in 75 million smart phones by 2012, up from 5 million in 2009. Meanwhile, iOS usage will amount to 62 million in 2012, up from 25 million in 2009. This will give Android a 19.4 percent of the global market for smart phone OSes in 2012, up from 2.7 percent in 2009. Apple’s iOS for the iPhone will see its share rise to 15.9 percent in 2012, up from 13.8 percent in 2009. In 2014, Android’s share of global smart phone OS usage will rise to 22.8 percent, while iOS will decline to 15.3 percent.

“Android is taking the smart phone market by storm,” said Tina Teng, senior analyst, wireless communications, for iSuppli. “The OS started with entry level models in 2008, but the flexibility Android offers for hardware designs and its appealing business model in terms of revenue sharing have attracted vigorous support from all nodes in the value chain, including makers of high-end smart phone models. Cell phone OEMs representing all tiers of the industry have committed to support Android, including Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Huawei, AsusTek and ZTE. This broad industry support will allow the Android OS’s usage and market share to exceed that of its chief rival—iOS—in 2012, just five years after its introduction.” While Apple’s family of iPhone products continues to be the standard by which all other smart phones are measured, the proprietary nature of the iOS and Apple’s closed system business model will limit the number of smart phones with the operating system. Visit the iSuppli research portal for complete details

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Liquidware Brings Modular, Rapid Prototyping to the BeagleBoard Embedded Open Source Platform

Liquidware announced 3 new modules for the popular Beagle Board embedded Linux and Android OS platform, designed to assist rapid prototyping Open Source hardware gadgets. With high-performance, modular open source hardware, proof-of-concept and even product, can be accomplished for a few hundred dollars in a matter of days.  The BeagleTouch is a 4.3” touchscreen module with a specialty high-contrast, wide viewing angle organic LED display. When paired with the high-performance Lithium Ion BeagleJuice module, the Beagle Board becomes a handheld tablet computer, pre-loaded with Linux, and capable of running the Android operating system. A full line of sensors, including accelerometer, GPS, light sensor, and heart beat sensor, are readily connected using the BeagleMod prototyping board.

The Beagle Board community of designers and engineers has grown dramatically in the past year, as Open Source programmers port Android, Linux, and Windows to the high speed TI OMAP ARM-based processor. Engineers favor the Beagle Board platform over other prototyping systems because of the wide availability of open source software designed to run out of the box on the board, in addition to the combined high speed, low power consumption. It is no surprise that the TI OMAP chip found in the Beagle Board is expected to be used in forthcoming Android and Linux based smart phones, as well as high-end medical devices. Liquidware’s modules represent a dramatic change in how consumer, medical technology devices are rapidly prototyped and designed. Former development processes lasted 6-12 months, and required product companies to retain long, costly engineering contracts before achieving non-functional proof-of-concept. Now, in a fraction of the time and cost, engineers can deliver fully functional gadget prototypes. This is achieved through the concept of "architectural innovation", which builds on the concept of "modular innovation."

Modular innovation means designing discrete “building blocks” that interconnect with each other and form higher levels of complexity. In theory, this allows engineers to assemble building blocks in infinite combination quickly to create higher level complexity designs and gadgets. In practice, modularity alone is limiting, because the interface between each module often represents many weeks of work, as engineers struggle to get each module to communicate effectively with each other.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Google Announces "Froyo" Android 2.2

Google announced Android 2.2. Codenamed Froyo (short for Frozen Yogurt), it is the latest update to the first open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. Android 2.2 offers valuable new features for consumers, including portable hotspot functionality, support for Adobe Flash within the Android Browser, and improvements to Android Market.  Android 2.2 also delivers powerful new tools and options for developers. These include performance & speed enhancements; new enterprise capabilities; the addition of the V8 Javascript engine to the Android browser; and a rich new set of APIs and services. Google also offered a preview of an upcoming web-based version of Android Market and an update to the native Music app, which will allow users to access their music from Android-based handsets.
“The growth of the Android ecosystem continues to exceed our expectations,” said Andy Rubin, VP, Engineering. “Every day, 100,000 new people start using Android-based handsets. There are now more than 180,000 active Android developers who have contributed over 50,000 apps to the Android Market. Froyo is another step toward making Android an even better platform for developers, enterprises and consumers.” Developers can download the Android 2.2 SDK and Android NDK, Revision 4 now from the Android developer site. Froyo will be made available to OEMs and the open source community in the coming weeks. A video of the keynote will be available shortly at

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Apple Unveils iPhone OS 4 ... with long-awaited multitasking

Given today's announcement do you believe that the iPhone's new multitasking capabilities will enable it to be the smartphone market leader, or this this functionality too little, too late? Send your thoughts to the Operating System Dispatch. In the meantime, here is an excerpt form Apple press release." Apple® today previewed its iPhone® OS 4 software and released a beta version of the software to iPhone Developer Program members. The iPhone OS 4 beta release includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,500 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and over 100 new features that will be available to iPhone and iPod touch® users this summer. New features include Multitasking for third party apps; Folders to better organize and access apps; improved Mail with a unified inbox, fast inbox switching and threaded messages; enhanced Enterprise support with even better data protection, mobile device management, wireless app distribution and more; Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform; and iBooks, the delightful new ebook reader and online bookstore recently debuted on the iPad™.
“iPhone OS 4 is the fourth major release of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re delivering over 100 new features, including multitasking, folders, a unified inbox, deeper Enterprise support, and an iPhone version of our iBooks reader and online iBookstore.”
iPhone OS 4’s new multitasking offers users a new way to quickly move between apps, and provides developers seven new multitasking services to easily add multitasking features to their apps. These services include background audio, so apps like Pandora can play music in the background, and VoIP, so VoIP apps can receive a VoIP call even when the iPhone is asleep or the user is running other apps. iPhone OS 4 provides multitasking to third party apps while preserving battery life and foreground app performance, which has until now proved elusive on mobile devices. Folders help users better organize and quickly access their apps. Simply drag one app icon onto another, and a new folder is automatically created. The folder is automatically given a name based on the App Store category of that app, such as “Games,” which the user can easily rename. Using folders, users can now organize and access over 2,000 apps on their iPhone. Users can also create and manage iPhone folders on their Mac® or PC using iTunes® 9.2.

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