Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mobile Update for August 28, 2008

The biggest new today is the announcement of the Android Marketplace by Google.  To make this fast pace development easier to follow, we've put together some recent links ranging from discussion about Android's effectiveness in the marketplace to T-Mobile pre-orders to pro-Android propaganda from Google fans.

So, what's the big deal about the marketplace?  The iPhone already has its own app store.  Just copying, eh?  Well, not exactly.

  • It's called "marketplace" because developers have more freedom than what iPhone developers have experienced from Apple.  The NDA for the iPhone SDK is still in effect.
  • Open content distribution system.
  • Still in Beta.
  • Feedback and rating system like Youtube
  • 3 Steps to getting into the marketplace:  1. Register,  2. Upload and describe content,  3.  Publish
  • Dashboard and tools to help drive traffic.
  • Not all details are finalized.
So, there you have it.  Enjoy.

Mobile Device Update:
  • NYT reports no Kindle this year.  According to NYT, “Don’t believe everything you read,” Mr. Berman said. “There’s a lot of rumor and speculation about the Kindle. One thing I can tell you for sure is that there will be no new version of the Kindle this year. A new version is possible sometime next year at the earliest.”
  • Ubergizmo reports on what Microsoft is doing with ViFi and driving.
  • Electronista introduces X360 to challenge Macbook Air.  Doesn't play Xbox 360 games though.  I'm simply shocked no one has made this joke yet.

Mobile Issues:
  • Nortel updates 4G network to avoid drops (Crunch Gear)
  • Daily Wireless reports new 802.11r, roaming standard.  Can improve VOIP.
  • Onxo wonders why laptops do not have subscription fees to lower initial costs.
  • Yahoo via Rueters has good news for you mobile warriors in the EU.  May see laws to lower rates.

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