Open mobile platform T-Mobile G1 gets to 1 million

Just read over at CNN that T-Mobile has sold it’s first million Android based mobile phones. Don’t get me wrong, I like what Android is doing to change the mobile space but 1 million in six months just doesn’t deserve any applause — Apple did it on the iPhone 3G in just weeks and Nokia is selling its 5800 XpressMusic at 1 million a month. If this goes on at this rate Nokia will have sold 15 million 5800xm’s compared to 2 million T-Mobile G1’s.

I’m still waiting for an Android mobile phone to be available locally — maybe I should stop waiting and get an Apple iPhone or Nokia 5800xm. The Nokia N97 might even be first to market globally than the Android mobile phone. This is not good news for me who wants to learn how to create mobile applications on the Android platform but no mobile phone available in the market. I just hope all those pre-announced Android phones will reach the market soon and I mean real soon.

Gameloft’s sales up by 22%, closes deal on Sherlock Holmes game

It looks like the mobile sector is poised for a continued growth in spite of the global economic downturn. Gameloft, a major developer and publisher of mobile games has posted an increase in its consolidated sales — up by 22% compared to last year. Gameloft’s 1st quarter sales amounted to 30.8 million € compared to only 25.3 million last year.

Mobile games accounted for 94% of the company’s annual sales and console games covered the remaining 6%. Europe accounted for 35% of sales for the first quarter, North America 37%, and 29% for the rest of the world. The strongest growth took place in North America, up 57% over the period — thanks to the Apple iPhone platform 😉

Gameloft has also announced a licensing agreement with Warner Bros to create a mobile game for the upcoming movie Sherlock Holmes.

Samsung officially announces I7500 – it’s first Android phone

Just got home from a late meeting and read Samsung’s official announcement of it’s first Android based mobile phone so I decided to post it here. It’s official, Samsung will be coming out with the I7500 mobile phone — it’s first Android powered mobile phone.

The Samsung I7500 will be available in major European countries from June 2009 (sorry no word yet on when the US market gets its hands on the device). The Samsung I7500 features a 3.2” AMOLED full touch screen (320×480 — when will we ever get to an 800×480 device? I hope its gonna be soon). Of course it will have HSDPA (7.2Mbps) and WiFi connectivity. The camera is 5-megapixel /auto-focus. Not too sure if power LED means it’s going to have an LED flash. Of course Bluetooth® 2.0 and USB 2.0. And get this — a 3.5mm ear jack at last no more adapters. Plus 8GB of internal memory with up to 32GB of microSD external storage.

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One billionth download for the AppStore

Apple has recently celebrated it’s one billionth download from the Apple AppStore. The lucky grand prize winner of the App countdown contest is Connor Mulcahey, age 13, from Weston, CT. Connor will receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule and a MacBook Pro. Lucky guy, he’s going to have a grand day downloading all the games he wants with the 10,000 dollar gift card.


The market is shifting to active matrix OLED

I read this interesting article about the current shift in the OLED market for mobile phones from DisplaySearch. According to the article, a shift to active matrix OLED displays on mobile phones are now being shipped more than the passive matrix OLEDs. The trend will continue and is expected to grow to $5.5 billion by 2015 compared to just $0.6 billion in 2008.

If this continues, we will soon be seeing connected phones as a norm rather than as a high end device soon. The thought of everyone having a permanently connected phone is exciting for the world market as we see more applications for mobile phones evolve — especially location based applications and games.


The new Viewty from LGE is looking good

I’ve read some information about the upcoming LG GC-900 aka Viewty. This is actually a second generation for the LG Viewty. The new Viewty looks good and it fits into my specs of what a connected phone should be. Sporting an 800×480 multi-touch display. The new Viewty comes with everything you’d expect in a connected phone — HSDPA, Wifi, bluetooth, GPS and a large display.

It’s also equipped with an 8 megapixel autofocus camera that’s capable of multi face recognition among other camera features. The mobile phone has a multi-touch screen user interface by LG. I’ve uploaded some photos in the photo gallery and added a link to the Viewty’s product page at the Connected Phone directory. You can checkout the LG Viewty video below.


India recognition program winners unveiled

Sony Ericsson is proud to announce the seven winners of the Sony Ericsson Developer World India recognition and certification program. The award ceremony will be held on April 25, 2009 at the Great Indian Developer Summit conference and the six winners qualify for the 100-day mentor program to become a Sony Ericsson Certified Developer, a true recognition of talent and paving the way to potential business opportunities with Sony Ericsson in India.

X1 winners of Sony Ericsson Developer World communication survey revealed

The Sony Ericsson Developer World communications team ran a survey during February/March 2009 to learn more about your information needs, with entrants eligible to win a Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 phone. Read more to find out who are the five randomly selected winners.

Make professional themes in minutes, major new release of Sony Ericsson’s Themes Creator tool

It is now easier than ever to create professional-looking themes for any Sony Ericsson phone. A major new release of Sony Ericsson’s popular Themes Creator tool is now available, with version 4.0 delivering a simplified three-step workflow, three editing modes and a clean new UI. The tool also supports importing color palette files from Adobe Kuler.

T-Mobile announces new 3G enabled Sidekick LX

For those of you waiting to get your hands on the rumored 3G-enabled Sidekick LX, wait no further. The date is May 13, 2009. Pre-order the Sidekick LX from T-Mobile and you’ll get yours before the launch date. The new Sidekick LX will be available in two colors — carbon and orchid.

And of course the new Sidekick LX will be available with 3G — for faster connection to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Photobucket. It also has GPS and geotagging. Equipped with 3.2″ 65K TFT color display and a high-resolution of 854×480. Camera is 3.2 megapixel, comes auto focus and flash.


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