When talking about smartphones, it can be very easy to get caught up in the argument between the big two: Apple’s iOS (iPhone), and Google’s Android (EVO 4G, Droids, etc.). The iPhone has 25% of the smartphone market, with Android and Windows phones tied at 13%. Still, we often forget the forthcoming Windows Mobile 7, and the languishing WebOS. Despite the fact that BlackBerrys make up an impressive 42% market share of the smartphone market, they tend to just get tossed aside, forgotten, and in general ignored as phones used mainly by business-types who need them for work, or those who really love physical keyboards.
On June 30 we saw Microsoft kill it’s social network-focused phone, the Kin. The team that worked on the Kin was absorbed into Windows Phone 7. That team was what was once known as Danger, the creators of the OS for the Sidekick.
Now it looks like all phones from Danger are going the way fo the Kin, as T-Mobile has announced that as of July 2, the Sidekick 2008 and Sidekick LX will no longer be sold. The phones will be nowhere to be found at T-Mobile stores of the company’s website. The Sidekick service will remain active as long as people keep their phones, which would mean the serves would likely still be active for another 2 years, or until T-Mobile decides to convince users to switch.
Microsoft hasn’t had much luck with it’s social-centric semi-smartphone platform, Kin. Now it looks like that misfortune has finally caught up with the software juggernaut. Until now, Microsoft had planned to launch the Kin platform in Europe in the Fall of 2010, right around the time when Windows Phone 7 would likely be hitting.
Now Microsoft has announced that Kin will not be coming to Europe, and that it will be moving those who are still on the Kin team to the Windows Phone 7 team, which would hopefully brings some of Kin to the new smartphone platform. Microsoft will still continue selling the Kin One and Two with Verizon, but it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing it on any other carriers any time soon, as in not ever.
Just a week after the launch of iOS 4 for iPhones, Google is letting the final build of Android 2.2 Froyo loose to the masses. By the masses, that of course means the update is coming to those who have the Nexus One phone, and that’s about it for now. The roll-out will happen over the week via Over The Air updates.
Competition for e-reading consumers’ affection sizzled on Monday as Barnes and Noble dropped the price of its Nook e-book reader 23 percent to $199 and introduced the Nook WiFi at an even bigger bargain $149, though the latter device can only be used in a WiFi environment. Amazon, whose $259 price tag for its Kindle e-reader previously matched the Nook’s cost exactly, responded by dropping the price of the Kindle to $189.
Microsoft has a relatively large presence at the Internet Week NY HQ, with its Microsoft Lounge, and today they put the lounge to good use with a presentation about Windows Phone 7. The presentation was actually given by Archetype, an app developer that built the Associated Press app for the upcoming phone OS.
While the discussion did get into some specifics about building the app, and how simple it can be for some people, there was a lot of talk about the OS design and features. There was even a Windows Phone 7 phone present, but more on that a bit later. The developers talked a lot about the overall “Metro” design that is implemented in WP7. Those familiar with the Zune HD have already seen a portion of Metro. It features white text on a black background for lists, as well as a theme of panoramas for apps. Rather than just scrolling down, or being on page, apps are encouraged to be designed to have several screens, with each of them “bleeding” into the next. The effect makes the OS look sleek and modern compared to some other phones.
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If you’ve ever dreamt of experiencing the cutting-edge in smartphone technology – all while eating a continuous stream of pancakes, playing with Legos, and doing Etch-a-Sketch in 3D – then Sunday was your lucky day. Gizmodo’s ridiculously tricked-out “Giz Gallery ’09″ in downtown New York featured all of the above as well as leopard-print tasers (really!), laser etching [...]
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