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While Sony will be selling HDTVs and Bluray players with GTV capabalities, Logitech will offer devices that will be connected to existing hardware. No pricing was revealed, but all three devices will be available at BestBuy. In addition Google TV will be integrated with Dish Network.
Along with all the cool features viewers will be able to use a special remote control and browse for upcoming TV shows, view more information online, schedule for future DVR recording or watch previous episodes on Hulu or Amazon. In addition a translation service will be available to translate LIVE TV captions in any language.
Another applouded feature is the ability to use your Android phone as a remote or speak to your device the search queries displayed on the screen.
The devices from Sony and Logitech will use a specialized version of the popular Atom processor which will be optimized for TV viewing. The integrated browser is Chrome and initialy the operating system will be powered by Android 2.1 later on to be updated to the newly introduced Android 2.2.
Most Android apps should work with the service and the source code and APIs will be released in early 2011.
The HTC MAX 4G, the world’s first integrated GSM/WiMAX handset, has just been announced. This is a Windows Mobile device with a WVGA touchscreen, GPS, and 4G service.
This device is launching on the Yota Mobile WiMAX network in Russia, which provides subscribers with access to online games, maps, messaging, and file exchange applications while on the move. In addition, this high-capacity Mobile WiMAX network with traffic prioritisation algorithms allows online films, video ,and TV programs to be viewed on the smartphone’s screen.
“Yota was established to provide a unique set of mobile communication services to millions of people in Russia, and today we have launched the first device and services to realize its full potential,” said Denis Sverdlov, General Director of Yota’s parent company, Scartel LLC. “We really believe that these innovative services, high-speed Internet and stylish HTC MAX 4G will completely change the communications industry, just as the introduction of cellular communications did many years ago.”
Yota does not offer regular voice service. Instead, users of this HTC device will need to insert the SIM card from another Russian carrier. However, its WiMAX service can be used for VoIP.
Running Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, the MAX 4G includes HTC’s proprietary TouchFLO 3D user interface. This allows users to operate many of the features of this smartphone by touching the 3.8-inch, WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) display with their fingertips.
It’s a tri-band GSM phone, but with WiMAX service naturally there’s no need for 3G. The device does include Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, though.
Unlike many other HTC models, the MAX 4G includes a a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which makes it easier to use this device with standard headsets.
Other features include a GPS receiver, front- and rear-facing cameras, and an accelerometer.
Overall, this device is 114 mm by 63 mm by 14 mm. It weighs 151 grams with battery.
The HTC MAX 4G has a 1500 mAh battery. This should give it 420 minutes of talk-time over a GSM connection, or 230 minutes with a VoIP connection. Standby-time should be 350 hours with a GSM connection or 50 hours with a VoIP connection.
At this time, it is not known if other WiMAX providers around the world will pick up this device in the future.
In the U.S., the largest WiMAX network is being primarily backed by Sprint, who uses the CDMA standard for voice calls. If it was planning to offer this device, it would likely ask HTC for a WiMAX/CDMA version.
Where’s the next big evolution in wireless? The tier 1 operators think there’s tremendous growth opportunity in embedding wireless connectivity into all types of devices and appliances.
With penetration rates hitting 85 percent and above in the U.S., wireless carriers are quickly realizing that the next big growth opportunity lies in not just connecting people to their networks, but in connecting devices. And those devices aren’t just the typical wireless handsets but all types of consumer electronics goods and appliances. Basically, any type of device-digital camera, personal music player or navigation device-can be outfitted with wireless.
This is the reason Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility have formed targeted open development business units and it’s why Sprint Nextel’s Xohm Business Unit is encouraging big vendors such as Intel and Nokia to “self-certify” their WiMAX gear to speed device time to market.
PCMCIA cards that connect the carrier’s network to the laptop are a good first step but the only way carriers will reap the rewards of their 3G/4G network investment is to give the consumer an embedded device.
“Whatever device it gets embedded in is OK with me, as long as I have the ability to place it on my network,” said Tony Lewis, vide president of Open Development for Verizon Wireless.
That’s an almost radical position for Verizon Wireless which, most everyone would agree, has a reputation of being something of a control freak when it comes to its network.
“This was met with some skepticism early on but I think folks have come to find out how serious we are and how significant this is and, more importantly, how quick and easy it is to get onto the Verizon Wireless network now,” Lewis said.
Sprint Nextel’s Xohm Business Unit comes from the opposite extreme. Within a couple weeks of its WiMAX launch in Baltimore, Xohm could point to a dozen laptops with embedded WiMAX capability available in retail and 20 more in the pipeline being certified. In the next three to five years, Xohm expects to see “smaller devices really starting to take off in terms of volume. These devices will be digital cameras, video cameras … music devices, e-books. From sheer volume they’re going to be very big,” said Bin Shen, vice president of product management and partnership development at Sprint’s Xohm Business Unit.
Embedding rather than having external USB or card-based technology is important because embedded devices “go through the more conventional consumer electronics device channels,” Shen said. “We all agree in order to drive the wireless broadband and the data adoption you really have to go through an embedded device model.”
AT&T’s 3G product focus is on embedded connectivity with such devices as Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs) and Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) that look like small Internet-specific computers.
“When you get to ease-of-use, a plug-and-play for the customer, embedded is going to be the future, especially as you go into some of these other (non-laptop) devices,” said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices at AT&T. “I believe embedded is the only way to go.”
All the carriers talk about being open, but vendors must go through a screening process to get on their networks. Devices must work within a proprietary scheme, at least with Verizon Wireless and AT&T, and must be certified by all the carriers. Sprint’s WiMAX is an IP-based technology that’s available around the world but devices still need an OK to be on Xohm.
The big difference is how the networks will handle the devices, said Shen, pointing out that data is an add-on for voice-centric 3G and “WiMAX is designed for a really high-speed broadband network.”
However, WiMAX has its limits when it comes to footprint. Sprint’s Xohm Business Unit is expected to merge with Clearwire to form the “new” Clearwire with a $3.2 billion investment from Google, Comcast, Intel and others. That merger is expected to close by year-end and while the “new” Clearwire is promising nationwide ubiquity, AT&T and Verizon Wireless are everywhere now.
“Pretty much everybody has a handset… so where’s the next big momentum in this industry? It’s in the connected devices. An embedded module is a radio chip that would be placed in that device,” Lewis said. “It could be as extreme as your refrigerator or toaster; it could be as useful as medical devices; as fun as gaming devices; attaching things not just to your car but to your parking space, your front door, your medicine cabinet.”
As long as there’s a Verizon connection, Verizon’s open to partnering with any number of device manufacturers and is willing to simplify its certification process. In the end, though, it becomes a Verizon Wireless product built by an outside vendor.
“I want to qualify it for my network. I want to have the ability to have as many devices as possible working on this network. If a manufacturer chooses to go to another network that’s certainly their option to do that,” Lewis said. “This is giving consumers their choice on which network they want to operate this device.”
Perhaps the best example to date of a wildly successful embedded device is the Apple iPhone which really is not open at all.
“We’re having very nice success with the iPhone (and) the only way we got there was because I knew that when Apple walked into my office they weren’t walking into Verizon’s tomorrow. We could really open up and give them all of our details and work on new things and build new capabilities,” Lurie said.
While admitting that the new era of open embedded devices will go both ways–exclusive and non-exclusive–Lurie believes that the relationship with the carrier, not the technology, will drive the market.
“Many of these consumer electronics players have never done mobility before… so they’re looking at their core partner to help them build mobility, build a distribution model, build the device. Those are the things they’re going to want to do with a partner to start and possibly down the road that will change,” he said.
What won’t change is the carriers’ focus on the embedded device as Velcro to bind consumers to their networks and grow revenues beyond voice.
“This is the natural evolution of utilizing one of the greatest assets we have, the network, (and) more importantly giving our consumers even more choices than they have today,” said Lewis. “There are lots of opportunities for folks out there to do some innovative things if they know they have an open network.”
According to WebTrends, the early adoption rate for the T-Mobile G1 Android-powered mobile phone is soaring. Within the first few days of availability, many of the largest newspapers in the UK reported a surge in readers using the G1’s browser. Telegraph.co.uk reports that it has seen 5000 downloads and 31,000 visits from G1’s browser. WebTrends updated its tracking app to look for the G1 browser on the day the device launched in the UK. Thanks to the huge influx of users browsing the sites with G1 devices, the handset could prove to be the biggest challenge yet to the iPhone. Paul Cheesbrough, Chief Technology Officer at TMG, said, “It’s important that the Telegraph is seen to embrace new technologies and lead the way in exploring new avenues for the provision of the latest news. As people increasingly look to online platforms and their mobiles for on the move updates on what’s going on in the world today, having an insight into browsing patterns from day one in order to ensure that our site is modified to achieve maximum efficiency within Android handsets is invaluable. As such, WebTrends is giving us visibility of the early adopters and the latest technology used in interaction with our brand.”
It seems that the ailing US mobile telecommunications vendor Motorola wants to further streamline its crisis-stricken mobile unit, counting on, among others, Google’s Android platform to do so. The unit’s new CEO Sanjay Jha wants to simplify the development and production of new mobile phones and cut further jobs, reported the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. According to the newspaper, Jha will present his plans this Thursday, when the company announces its current quarterly figures.
Jha, who came to Motorola from chip manufacturer Qualcomm, wants to limit the number of software platforms Motorola uses on its devices to three, says the report. These apparently include Google’s Android and two other operating systems. This would mean that at least four platforms would be discontinued. This in turn is likely to affect many jobs in the development and network provider customisation departments. At the same time, Motorola appears to have bolstered its Android development team which has reportedly been expanding. In other areas though, Motorola has already axed thousands of jobs in the last few months.
By limiting its production to three platforms – Motorola’s own P2K for beginner models, Android for its mid-range models and Microsoft Windows Mobile for the business class models –, Jha wants to speed up the development of urgently needed new models, says the report. At the same time, it is also likely that the change will cause the development of dozens of new concepts to be discontinued, which could affect the breadth of the vendor’s product portfolio in the coming quarters. Reports about an Android mobile phone by Motorola have already been circulating in the last week last week.
Motorola wants to split off the loss-making mobile phone unit and turn it into a separate listed company. Apart from being the new company’s CEO, Jha will also have a chair on the overall company’s executive board. Initially, the CEO’s job will be to stabilise the mobile phone unit so that it can become a separate company by 2010.