Archive for the ‘Smart Phones’ Category

Asus FonePad Phone Functionality not as Odd as it Seems

After having spent a few days in Barcelona at this year’s Mobile World Congress, I have had the chance to play around with a few mobile “toys”. A few of these devices caught my eye and the Asus FonePad …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 26th, 2013
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The Nvidia Tegra 4i: A Step Forward in Smartphones

Nvidia today announced the Tegra 4i, a smartpone chip with an integrated LTE modem on the same physical die.  This is a follow-on to the Tegra 4 that was announced at this year’s CES 2013.  Nvidia is making some very …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 19th, 2013

BlackBerry Delivers a Product: Now It Has To Sell It

Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg nicely summed up the first day of the rest of BlackBerry’s life: “Good launch,” he tweeted. “Now it’s all execution.”

After what seemed like an interminable pregnancy, BlackBerry (the new corporate name; Research In Motion …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   January 30th, 2013
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Leaving the iPhone- How Windows Phone 8 Stacks Up

Approximately six weeks ago, I made the decision to stop using my iPhone 4s and immerse myself in Android, which I did for about a month.  I wrote about that here.  After Android, I wanted to try out Windows Phone 8 …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 29th, 2013
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Leaving the iPhone- How Android Stacks Up

About a month ago, I made the decision to stop using my iPhone 4s with the possible outcome of leaving the iPhone for an Android or Windows phone for an extended period of time.  I don’t want to use the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 15th, 2013
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A Few of My Favorite and Significant Products of 2012

One great thing about a tech industry in transition is that manufacturers amp up the amount and breadth of the products they announce. 2012 was a transition year for PCs, smartphones, and tablets, and there were so very many …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 31st, 2012
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Patents: That Word Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

Yesterday, the internet was abuzz with reports that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had “rejected” another Apple iPhone patent. Many commentators jumped to the conclusion that, since this patent figured heavily in Apple’s recent legal …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 20th, 2012
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Leaving the iPhone

I have used the iPhone since the 3G as my primary phone and have enjoyed my experience very much.  It was, quite frankly, ahead of its time in almost every conceivable way.  It “felt” better, had more …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 18th, 2012
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Marty Cooper’s Billion Dollar Spectrum Contest Idea

It has been almost 40 years since Martin Cooper made the mobile phone call that earned him the title of father of the cell phone. Today he is still active in the industry, looking for ways to make mobile better. …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   December 4th, 2012
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Evernote and Sugarsync: Headed in Reverse Windows 8 Gear

Two of the apps that changed the way I work are Evernote and Sugarsync.  Evernote allowed me to go paperless and Sugarsync allowed me to have access to all my data accessible by any device.  Both of the apps have …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   December 4th, 2012
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The BlackBerry Death Spiral

 

 

“Notice of Intent to Sole Source iPhone Devices.” That dry headline, from a National Transportation Safety Board post on the Federal Business Opportunities web site, is news about as grim as it can get for Research in Motion. Though the …

by Steve Wildstrom   |   November 21st, 2012
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Windows, iOS, and Android All Have Something to Prove This Week

Prior to Apple developing iOS and over the last 25 years, there had never been much of a threat to the Windows ecosystem. With iOS, Apple proved many things, including the value of a holistic experience delivered through purpose-built …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 23rd, 2012
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Why Maps are “Really” Important to Apple

In my last Apple Maps column I discussed why Apple would have delivered a suboptimal maps experience. This analysis was really a short term view of why they would do this, and the answer was Wall Street. Net-net, Apple would …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 16th, 2012
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Apple Maps: Decision by Wall Street?

Just as we all start to get sick of reading and debating the Apple Maps debacle,  a new interesting thread, issue, or new piece of information comes up.  This time, it was, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook apologizing for the lousy …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   October 2nd, 2012
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Of Course HP Will Enter the Smartphone Market Again

Two weeks ago, the industry was abuzz with discussion about Meg Whitman’s Fox Business interview on September 13. There, she said HP must ultimately offer a smartphones. This set off a chain of new stories, some aghast that HP would …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 25th, 2012
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My Favorite Things About iOS 6

Having used every version of iOS and Android since inception, I am always very excited to jump on the latest and greatest smartphone operating system.  You see, operating systems say as much about a company and about the future as …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 20th, 2012
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The Significance of Motorola’s RAZR i Announcement with Intel Inside

Today, Motorola Mobility announced the Motorola RAZR i for Europe and Latin America.  The phone is very similar to North America’s RAZR m, but instead of a Qualcomm, ARM-based SOC, it includes an Intel Atom-based X86 processor.   This announcement is …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   September 18th, 2012
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Apple vs. Samsung: What Doesn’t Compute

I’m not a lawyer, but I am an analyst who unfortunately has participated in some of the largest corporate legal battles, has two immediate family members who are IP lawyers, and has had to decide on industrial design for consumer …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   August 27th, 2012
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Human-Computer Interface Transitions will Continue to Drive Market Changes

As a former executive and product manager for end consumer products and technologies, I have planned and conducted extensive primary research on Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI) or Human Machine Interface (HMI). A lot of this research was for …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   July 17th, 2012
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HSA Foundation: for Show or for Real?

I recently spent a few days at AMD’s Fusion Developer Summit in Seattle, Washington.  Among many of the announcements was one to introduce the HSA Foundation, an organization  currently including AMD, ARM,  Imagination, MediaTek, and Texas Instruments.  The HSA Foundation was …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   June 15th, 2012
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HTC One X International: Trading in My iPhone 4S?

HTC announced the HTC One family in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2012. The HTC One X was one of the bigger standouts as it indicated the best in breed of Android phones available on the market. Some even said …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   May 7th, 2012
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NVIDIA’S Tegra 3 Leading the Way for Smartphone Modularity

I have been an advocate of modularity before it became popular to do so. The theory seems straight-forward to me, in that if the capabilities of a smartphone were outpacing the usage model drivers of a rich client PC, then …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 27th, 2012
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The Case for Intel’s Future Smartphone Success

In my many weekly conversations with industry insiders we discuss Intel’s chances in mobility markets, specifically smartphones. Few people are betting against Qualcomm and for very good reason in that they are entrenched at handset vendors …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 21st, 2012
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What Intel Must Demonstrate in Smartphones (and soon)

Intel made a big splash at CES 2012 with the announcement that Motorola and Lenovo committed to Intel’s Medfield smartphone solution. This came on the heels of a disappointing break-up between Intel and Nokia as well as a lack …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   February 7th, 2012
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Why the PC Industry Cannot Ignore Smartphones

When HP abandoned their smartphone and tablet business and webOS last August, many in the industry were disappointed in the speed of the Palm acquisition and the quick dismantling of it. Some who consider themselves "business-savvy" said it was the …

by Patrick Moorhead   |   January 31st, 2012