Nokia and Motorola holding 90% of Chinese smartphone market

December 17, 2008

The sum of the two companies marketshare stands at 89.15%. Of course, Nokia is the only one selling software (Symbian), with a consumer base and brand. Motorola is at the mercy of carriers and phone developers to use their chipsets.

About 7.4 million smartphones were sold in China in Q3 2008.

Original article here. Original CCID report with data here.

Verizon to unlock GPS on some of its mobile phones

December 17, 2008

Apparently some Verizon shipped handsets (Samsung Omnia and Saga, HTC Touch Pro) have GPS capability but it’s “locked”. The company plans to release an unlock patch in the first half of 2009. Original post here.

Next Zune to run Windows Mobile

December 17, 2008


Following suit with iPhone running darwin on its iPod varieties. Original article here.

Google now offering Street View for all major mobile platforms

December 17, 2008

It’s now available for iPhone (2.2 firmware), Blackberry, and Android. As of today also for Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile.

Android to get official JNI support

December 17, 2008

Or at least it’s rumored, and from the mouth of a real live Google developer.

Now if only Blackberry would move in the same direction… it may be much harder for them if they don’t get sandboxing outside the VM as Android does with Linux. This was apparently a primary reason for them to drop C/C++ in the first place. They are the only Java-only smartphone OS.. google already has unofficial support for it.

iPhone Dev-Team to release 3G unlock 12/31/08

December 17, 2008

From the folks who brought you jailbreaking and 2G unlock, and with a fashionable UI to boot. Announcement here.

Microsoft Plans App Store In 2009

December 17, 2008

Rumor has it that MS will be releasing an App Store of its own in line with the release of Windows Mobile 7, likely in early 2009.

There are 18,000 applications available for Windows Mobile already. Of course they are already available from other sources (e.g., Handango) but this will provide a central repository and presumably be built into the phone as Apple, Google, and now Palm have already done.

Former Palm VP says Nokia/Symbian in trouble

December 16, 2008

Former VP of Palm and now Consultant Michael Mace slams Nokia (owner of Symbian since last summer), after attending the Symbian Partner Event in SF on December 4, saying they are “running in molasses”  and will have trouble maintaining their current lead in the market.

I am not at all saying that Nokia is doomed. They are an outstanding company, with smart people, a great brand, and enormous strengths. But they need to understand that turning the battleship a little faster won’t win the war. Nokia’s smartphone competitors are not standing in molasses; they won’t stay still long enough for the 16-inch guns to be pointed at them. More importantly, the competitors on the services side breed like vampire rabbits. By the time you blow away a clutch of them, three dozen more have hatched and are sucking blood from the other side of the ship.

This provoked a response from Symbian Exec VP here.

Palm opens App Store

December 16, 2008

Article here. Already it has over 5,000 apps, compared to 500 on Android Market and 10,000 on iPhone App Store.

Handango becomes first distributor of paid Android apps

December 16, 2008

Press release here. It’s a bit old (early October). The Android Market (which comes pre-installed) won’t be distributing paid apps until Q1 2009.