Posts Tagged ‘ HTC ’

[Android Experience] HTC “The strength of Android: The user experience central”

The third keynote was from Mark Moons, Regional Director Benelux HTC.

In the Netherlands are currently seven mobile operating systems in circulation. The consumer makes the choice and looks especially to the subscription. Yet there are, 13 months after the launch of Android, huge differences in market penetration to see:

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Google to sell own Android phone

Google reportedly plans to begin selling a branded Android smartphone directly to consumers as soon as early 2010 as it continues to broaden its web services portfolio beyond the desktop. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports the device – dubbed the Nexus One – boasts software designed by Google itself, from applications to the user interface of each individual screen; HTC is said to be manufacturing the device hardware.

UPDATE: With the Nexus One, the software giant has now started producing hardware.  It hopes to compete against the iPhone, claiming the Nexus One is faster.  If it really is the long promised iphone killer, will have to be seen.  The smartphone is now avaiilable for British and American consumers through the Google web shop (either device-only at $ 529, either combined with a T-Mobile subscription at $ 179).  Collaborations with Vodafone and Verizon should bring the device respectively the European and US market in the spring of 2010. No details yet whether Nexus One will be available in Belgium anytime soon.

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– And an interesting comparison between Nexus One and iPhone on Mashable

In other Google news: Google Search was the most visited mobile site in the US in 2009.  Yahoo! Mail comes in second, followed by Gmail, The Weather Channel and Facebook.

Interesting numbers & figures from Nielsen

Proximus to offer new Google Phone

Proximus will be distributing the new HTC Magic, the second mobile phone equipped with the Android operating system.  The first Google Phone was the T-Mobile G1.

The HTC Magic Google Phone will have a touch screen and will support 3G and Wifi.

More info will follow at a press conference tomorrow.

No T-Mobile G1 in Belgium

The T-Mobile G1, the first smartphone based on the Google Android operating system, won’t become available in Belgium.  This time the problem is not due to the prohibition of combined sales, but to the fact that T-Mobile is not present in our country. 

But no worries, HTC is also working on an Android-phone, which should become available on the European market in this quarter.  Expect some more Android announcement on next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

As for the G1; he will soon get a brother, the G2 with a higher resolution, larger screen, a 5 megapixel camera and a lower energy consumption.   
Meanwhile, HTC is working on new smartphone models, that integrate elements from both Blackberry and iPhone.
Some pictures of a pink HTC model, labelled the ‘Hero’, also leaked online.

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Smartphone adoption stimulates mobile search

Smartphones are rapidly gaining popularity, now that mobile phone producers such as Blackberry, HTC and Google/T-Mobile are introducing interesting alternatives to the Apple iPhone on the market.
Research firm The Kelsey Group says that currently one fifth of the US population uses a smartphone and half of all consumers considering switching to a smartphone within the next two years.

This increasing smartphone adoption stimulates mobile search activities.  Some interesting figures:

  • 17.6 percent of consumers downloaded or viewed maps or directions in the last six months, up from 10.8 percent in 2007.
  • Mobile web searches for products or services within the consumer’s local area increased to 15.6 percent in 2008, up from 9.8 percent in 2007.
  • Mobile web searches for products or services outside the consumer’s local area increased to 14.3 percent in 2008, up from 6.4 percent in 2007.
  • Mobile queries on movies or other entertainment increased to 13.7 percent in 2008, up from 8.2 percent in 2007.
  • Mobile connections to social networks like MySpace and Facebook increased 9.6 percent in 2008, up from 3.4 percent in 2007.

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Google unveils own mobile g-phone: the T-Mobile G1

Yesterday, after months of anticipation, internet search giant Google unveiled their own mobile phone.  The mobile device, manufactured by HTC and developed in collaboration with mobile operator T-Mobile, has been baptized the T-Mobile G1.   It will start quite a competition with the popular iPhone of rival Apple.  The handset, which is based on Google’s Android platform, will be available in US stores on October 22nd for $179, which is 20 dollars cheaper than the iPhone.  It comes with a 2-year subscription with T-Mobile.

the T-Mobile G1

At first glance, the design seems to us a bit less sophisticated.  It’s thicker but narrower than the iPhone.  Many of its features are similar to the iPhone and Blackberry: touch screen, trackball navigation, 3G, Wi-Fi, e-mail, GPS,…  Advantage over the iPhone is the Qwerty keyboard and a higher resolution camera (3 megapixel). However, the G1 can’t shoot video, while the iPhone can. 

To compete with Apple’s iTunes store, the T-Mobile G1 offers access to 6 million MP3 songs in the Amazon store.  And of course, there are lots of Google applications integrated in this smartphone: Google maps, Gmail, Youtube.  The mobile device is also aimed to boost Google’s open source Android software platform.

Surely, we’ll hear lots more about this new toy in the coming days & weeks!
Full product presentation can be found on www.t-mobileg1.com/

RIM (Blackberry) shows strong growth in smartphone market

 

According to a recent study of Gartner, RIM (manufacturer of Blackberry) has doubled its market share in the second quarter of 2008, compared with the same period in 2007. In the second quarter of 2008 RIM has sold 5,6 million smartphones, reaching a market share of 37%. The move towards the residential users has clearly paid off for the Canadian manufacturer.

The market share of the market leader Nokia in Q2 2008 was 47,5%, a decline of 3% versus previous year. HTC has reached the third positon with sold 1,3 million units.

The market share of Apple’s iPhone decreased to 2,8%. Accordinig to analysts this decrease is explained because of the launch of the iPhone 3G, announced for worldwide introduction at the start of the third quarter.

Source: Gartner, Worldwide sales smartphone Q2 2008.