Posts Tagged ‘BlackBerry’

Android Developers can now sell their Apps on Verizon VCAST

Saturday, October 16th, 2010


VerizonWireless will soon launch the Android 2.2 powered 7″ Tablet from Samsung called Galaxy S Tablet. How do I know that? Well … Verizon just sent an email to all developers in their VCAST Apps Program. The VCAST Apps store currently only supports BlackBerry applications, you can browse it on your desktop here: http://mediastore.verizonwireless.com/

I quoted the email below, but Verizon basically asks developers to upload their Android apps to their storefront for the Galaxy S Tablet by Samsung. On Samsung’s website that device is called Galaxy Tab, though. Here are some pictures for those of you who don’t know how it looks like:

Looks nice, huh? Even the back is kind of pretty; but as usual with such Asian gadgets, they look very much like style-copies of Apple products similar to other known western brands.

Still, the technical specs are promising and the tablet provides more features than Apple’s iPad. However, from a professional point of view, I don’t believe Android OS in version 2.2 is ready for full tablet usage yet. Users just expect a bit different of an experience from a tablet compared to a smartphone. Though the Galaxy S Tablet does only have a 7″ display it comes with pretty much the same resolution as the iPad and therefore you get as many Apps icons on your screen as you can see on an iPad (if those icons are the same resolution). Anyway, Android 3.0 will hopefully be a big step forward to better tablet usage and richer API’s for us developers. Meanwhile, you guys can join Verizon’s developer program and sell your Android apps in their VCAST store. I reckon there is quite some potential in here!

Dear Developer,

We are happy to let you know that V CAST Apps is now accepting submissions for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tablet! As you may know this will be the first tablet form factor to release with internal access to America’s largest wireless network, and V CAST Apps will be the featured app delivery channel.

In most cases applications built for Android 2.2 will work without modification, but we want to make sure you have the opportunity to optimize your experience. Here are some notes to remember:

  • 7” LCD Screen
  • Android 2.2 (FroYo)
  • 2GB Internal Memory
  • 16GB SD Card included
  • Data Only
  • GPS and aGPS Supported

Click here for more detailed information: http://developer.verizon.com/downloads/OEM_PDF/SamsungTab.pdf

If you have already submitted a binary for your application concept, you can add a new edition for the Samsung Tablet. After uploading your new binary, you will select the supported device SCH-i800 on the Content Descriptions page.

New Edition Quick Reference Guide: http://developer.verizon.com/jsps/devCenters/Smart_Phone/Landing_Pages/sp_gtm_vcastapps_binr_edit.jsp

If you have not yet submitted a concept, you can get started now through the developer portal.

Concept Submission Quick Reference Guide: http://developer.verizon.com/jsps/devCenters/Smart_Phone/Landing_Pages/sp_gtm_vcastapps_conc.jsp

If you have any questions, please check out the forums and FAQ’s at http://developer.verizon.com.

Thank you for being part of the Verizon Developer Community. You applications help our subscribers Rule the Air!

Regards,

Verizon Developer Relations
http://developer.verizon.com

Final Note: I am wondering whether Verizon will also sell the BlackBerry PlayBook? What do you think?

71% of all Android Users want to keep their Robot!

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Folks, check out these new stats from Nielsen Wire!

It tells us, that 71% of all Android users want to have an Android phone as their next phone. Though the iPhone users are even more loyal, their 89% number is quite normal for Apple users in General. However, there is not just one phone with an Android OS – there are a lot by now! Therefore, it is hard for Google / Android to provide the very same user experience on every Android phone.

More about their iPhone / BlackBerry / Android report can be found here: Android Soars, but iPhone Still Most Desired as Smartphones Grab 25% of U.S. Mobile Market

Google’s Own Android Phone to go the BlackBerry Way

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I just read that Google plans to sell its own Android phone in two versions:

  1. Branded T-Mobile version with contract.
  2. Unbranded version.

This brought up some memories on how BlackBerry devices are distributed. For those of you who don’t know: BlackBerry devices from Canada’s biggest and S&P 500’s fastest growing company Research In Motion are only available through Wireless Network Carriers; mostly branded. It is impossible to get such devices without branding (unless you are a BlackBerry Alliance partner and get an internal device for testing).

For Google it is a good move to have their device at network carrier’s shelfs because that is where customers get their phones mostly. I guess the mainstream user (not you and me) doesn’t really care much about what phone it is and who made. The phone user’s decision is usually based on

  1. Good deal with the carrier.
  2. Phone’s capabilities.
  3. Phone’s look.
  4. Phone’s reputation.

Obviously user’s of Apple’s iPhone have their preferences sorted differently. Well, the above sorting is mine, and I have to say: even though the iPhone looks cool and is supposed to be “hip”; and the Android phones are kind of geeky (from a technological point of view); I am still using a BlackBerry as my main device. In fact, as I am on the road right now, I am using two!

People now might say: “Why the f*** is that? You are running an Android blog man!” Well, I have to say: Android is not there where I would like to see it at – yet. I really like the Android approach of Android OS and I truly believe it will have a bright future for all of us, but there is still some way to go. The gap to Google’s competitors gets closer and closer but it is still there. Fortunately, our business is such a fast growing one that our world order could be upside down next year.

I am really excited about the mobile future; this includes but is not limited to Android. What devices are you using?

More about this on Two Google Phones Coming in January? (Reuters via internetnews.com)

Motorola to get back on the mobile track with Android

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Motorola
Motorola is one of the largest mobile phone makes in the world. With the RAZR phone Motorola had a huge success some years back, but these times are over. The mobile phone giant is struggling and needs to compete with other phone vendors like Apple, RIM, and Nokia. The Motorola platform was never really good. They used Symbian sometimes as well their own Motorola OS and Windows Mobile. Still today the variety of phones and software platforms of Motorola is quite fragmented.

With the announcement some while that Motorola will develop Android powered devices, a step in the right direction was done. The OS is free, open and provides basically all features a modern smartphone needs. It seems they are really going forward with this as I just read on golem that Motorola is due to release a new Android phone at September 10th.

MOTODEV Studio for Android

Moreover, the MOTODEV – Motorola Development Center – lists the MOTODEV Studio for Android for download. The studio is based on Eclipse and seems to be some kind of an Eclipse plugin – so it will be easy to use for most developers as everyone has Eclipse anyway, right? 🙂

Everyone who is interested, check out the MOTODEV Studio for Android here: http://developer.motorola.com/