Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Posts Tagged / smart phone

  • Aug 17 / 2014
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More, Happening Faster

NCIX just sent me an e-mail announcing a “back to school” special, new smartphones for $99.95…

Look at the features:

Model Features
Samsung Galaxy Note 3™
  • 5.7-inch Full HD Screen
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core processor
Samsung Galaxy S5™

  • 5.1-inch Full HD Screen
  • 16 megapixel camera
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • 5.5-inch Quad HD Display
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core processor

Bigger screens with more pixels mean more work for the OS but at ~2.5gHz, it’s taken care of. Oh, yes, Apple’s 5S was in there but it has a smaller screen, for the same price.

What this means in the bigger picture is that many consumers will have all they need in a personal computer in a tiny package for much less cost than a legacy PC even if M$ pays OEMs to install that other OS. We are there. Consumers have choice on retail shelves and M$ need not apply.

  • Aug 15 / 2014
  • 0

Small, But Not Too Small, Cheap Computers

As the market for Android/Linux smartphones matures, they get bigger and more powerful.“Huawei Honor 3C 4G LTE Smartphone use 5.0 inch screen, Hisilicon Kirin 910 Quad-Core 1.6GHz processor, has 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 5MP front camera and 8MP back camera, and installed Android 4.4.” A decade ago, these specs would have been spectacular on a desktop PC. Heck, I was using ~512MB RAM in those days and my digital camera, alone, cost as much…

With a 5 inch screen these things aren’t competing against desktops/notebooks as much as they are competing against tablets. IDC reports 300million smartphones shipped last quarter. Is the market mature yet? The legacy PC reached about 360million units shipped in a year but these days is down to less than 300million in a year.

See Huawei Honor 3C 4G LTE Smartphone.

  • Aug 08 / 2014
  • 2

Oh No! M$ Acts Like It Has A Monopoly On Smartphone OS…

The train wreck that is M$ as a supplier of client device operating system caused yet another jolt today.“We are permanently retiring all Skype apps for Windows Phone 7. As a result, within the next few weeks, you’ll no longer be able to sign in and use Skype on any Windows Phone 7 device” With users locked in to their OS, M$ was able to lead millions into slavery on the Wintel treadmill grinding $billions for M$ coffers. Today is a new day, though. M$ no longer has a monopoly on anything. Outraged users can flee to Android/Linux smartphones or just about any other brand of smartphone and escape the trap M$ has set. Expect to see M$’s share of the smartphone universe plunge. It’s already in last placePenfield, you were right.

See Win Phone 7 users aghast Microsoft axed Skype for their phones.

  • Aug 07 / 2014
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Android/Linux Smartphone Results

A recent debate here amongst commentators about whether or not Android/Linux was a “distro” or not relates to a new finding by ABI Research.“ABI Research reports that forked Android or AOSP smartphones grew 20% sequentially from 1Q 2014 to 2Q 2014 (total market growth was 3% sequentially) and also accounted for 20% of the smartphone market. Certified or OHA Android still leads the market with 65%, but it grew 13% sequentially. Android AOSP and OHA combined shipped 278 million smartphones, a staggering 86% share, in 2Q 2014.” Whether or not Google wants Android/Linux to be a certain product, because it is FLOSS and various entrepreneurs are willing to invest in things other than Google, there is diversity in smartphones. About 20% of smartphones that shipped last quarter used AOSP (Android Open Source Project) rather than “certified” Android as provided by Google. Some folks just don’t want the restrictions/hassles that Google would impose.

See 2Q 2014 Smartphone Results: Forked Android AOSP Grows 20% Quarter-on-quarter, Driven by Chinese Domination.

  • Jul 31 / 2014
  • 7

Android/Linux Is The New PacMan

“Android’s domination of global smartphone shipments reached a new peak in Q2 2014, with an impressive 85 percent of all smartphones now running Google’s OS. Android’s gain came at the expense of every major rival platform. BlackBerry saw its global smartphone share tumble from 2 percent to 1 percent in the past year due to a weak line-up of BB10 devices. Apple iOS lost one point of share to Android because of its limited presence at the lower end of the smartphone market. Microsoft Windows Phone continued to struggle in the United States and China, and its global smartphone marketshare fell from 4 percent in Q2 2013 to just 3 percent during Q2 2014.”

Like the ancient PacMan game, smartphones have a winner, Android/Linux, the OS of 85% of the 295million smartphones shipped in the second quarter of this year. The causes of this monopoly unlike that other OS are:

  • a strong Linux base,
  • plenty of developers skilled in Java, and
  • a great price of $0 for many years.

Google did not need exclusive dealing to create the monopoly. It’s based on quality the consumer can see and feel.

See Android Captures Record 85 Percent Share of Global Smartphone Shipments.

  • Jul 30 / 2014
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83% of Chinese Get Their Internet Fix From Smartphones

Yep. That’s straight from CNNIC, the China Internet Network Information Center.

Yes, they still use desktops for that but the preferred medium, even at home is the smartphone. Wintel is doomed. Too expensive. Too inflexible. Too immobile. Too impersonal. It’s not just the Chinese. A whole generation of humans is growing up knowing that M$ is unnecessary for human existence.

OK, so I don’t read Chinese… I identified stuff from an article on Digitimes. They get it. 527 million of the 632 million users of the Internet in China use smartphones. Why would they switch device when they get home?

  • Jul 16 / 2014
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Smartphones Shipping – 1.2 Billion 2014, 2 Billion 2018

“ABI Research expects 1.25 billion smartphones to ship in 2014 and forecasts smartphone shipments to pass the 2 billion mark in 2018. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the forecast period from 2014 to 2019 is 12%.”

ABI Research says the 60% penetration of smartphones in the developed markets could be possible in the developing markets thanks to lowering prices… Wow! Just Wow! This makes “the PC revolution” seem like a rummage sale. Soon, more smartphones will ship per annum than legacy PCs extant.

See Over 2 Billion Smartphones to Ship in 2018, 1.25 Billion in 2014.

Need a second opinion? See Smartphone Sales Volume to Touch 23.6% Growth in 2014 on the Back of Emerging Markets

  • Jul 15 / 2014
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Mozilla On Track To Sell 10M Firefox Smartphones

“Mozilla will launch a series of inexpensive Firefox OS smartphone models in the India market in July, with retail prices of up to US$50, according to company COO and Mozilla Taiwan CEO Gong Li.
Mozilla initially launched Firefox smartphones in the Latin America and Europe markets in July 2013 and has sold about one million units, Gong said. Mozilla has been able to cooperate with only 1-2 mobile telecom carriers in each country in the two regional markets, but will instead cooperate with more than 10 retail chains in India.”
Learning the ropes, Mozilla has signed up a few telecoms and retail chains to shift millions of smartphones with FireFox OS. This shows that while Google/Android/Linux seems to be a monopolistic juggernaut, there is still plenty of room for competition as long as price/performance is good enough for consumers. Who would have thought such a going concern would arise from the ashes of Netscape destroyed by M$ so many years ago. It shows that corporations can be killed but not ideas.

See Firefox smartphones to be launched in India in July, says Mozilla COO.

See also, Firefox OS ecosystem continues expansion and redefines the entry-level smartphone

  • Jul 07 / 2014
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Gartner On Personal IT – 2013 to 2015

According to Gartner, the legacy PC shows little or no growth compared to tablets and smartphones. That makes sense:

  • the legacy PC is too expensive, noisy and it’s hard to maintain,
  • those small cheap computers allow most folks to do most tasks simply, and
  • they are portable. Yeah!

To put it into perspective, more small cheap computers will ship this year than all the legacy PCs that exist, by a factor of 1.2, and that factor is increasing, year to year. As the digital divide is being bridged, the legacy PC is falling into the chasm. No one is interested in buying a mainframe when a small cheap computer will do. That was true when the legacy PC came to be and it’s true today when the legacy PC can do more than most people need: drying hair, making noise, supplying unused expansion ports, taking up lots of room, wasting natural resources, costing several times as much to buy and to own, etc. The industry and the employment of huge resources for maintenance of the legacy PC is threatened. With it will die the mindshare and necessity for Wintel. */Linux on ARM can do the job better for a lot less money.

See Gartner Says Worldwide Traditional PC, Tablet, Ultramobile and Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow 4.2 Percent in 2014

  • Jun 25 / 2014
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It’s Official. SCOTUS Considers Small Cheap Computers As Computers

For years now, proponents of Wintel being the one true way to do IT, have held that smart thingies and other small“Cell phones differ in both a quantitative and a qualitative sense from other objects that might be carried on an arrestee’s person. Notably, modern cell phones have an immense storage capacity. Before cell phones, a search of a person was limited by physical realities and generally constituted only a narrow intrusion on privacy.
But cell phones can store millions of pages of text, thousands of pictures, or hundreds of videos. This has several interrelated privacy consequences. First, a cell phone collects in one place many distinct types of information that reveal much more in combination than any isolated record. Second, the phone’s capacity allows even just one type of information to convey far more than previously possible. Third, data on the phone can date back for years. In addition, an element of pervasiveness characterizes cell phones but not physical records. A decade ago officers might have occasionally stumbled across a highly personal item such as a diary, but today many of the more than 90% of American adults who own cell phones keep on their person a digital record of nearly every aspect of their lives”
cheap computers while having a CPU, networking, memory and storage are somehow less than PCs (Personal Computers). The Supreme Court has just ruled that smartphones and other electronic gadgets are worthy to require search warrants to search just like real computers. Their big issue is the depth, breadth and volume of data stored on smartphones but that is just one function of a smartphone. The Supremes also mention browsing histories, and “apps”, all providing information about people to police just like other evidence.

What’s important to me in this is not just that they ruled that smartphones should have a warrant to search but that these definitely non-techie types agree that smartphones work just like PCs. When this concept spans generations from teenagers to old fogies and people actually think of capabilities in terms of numbers of gigabytes and so on, it’s real.
See The Ruling in RILEY v. CALIFORNIA

  • Jun 25 / 2014
  • 27

PC In Your Pocket, But Only In China

Poor Beast… Except for his huge hard drives and gigabit/s networking, Beast has nothing on this new smartphone:
“The new Huawei Honor 6 is packs with 5 inch screen, 3GB of RAM and this is the first smartphone that powered by Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 920 octa-core processor made of four A15 cores and 4 A7 cores which Huawei thinks compares to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset.The Huawei Honor 6 has officially release in Beijing on June 24th, 2014.”

The significance of such pocket-PCs is not that they are more powerful than a good modern ATX box or even a notebook but that with many millions of users of smartphones being perfectly satisfied with performance, this kind of performance in a pocket or purse will surely end the idea that one needs a desktop/notebook PC to get “real work” done. If you hook a monitor/keyboard/mouse to one of these you will also be able to get a lot of work done, real work. Add to that the mobility people love and the lack of environmental impact and I can see a world with a lot fewer desktop/notebook PCs. Those are for slaves to Wintel, apparently.

See Huawei Honor 6 Review: new flagship smartphone with Kirin 920 octa-core processor.

  • Jun 17 / 2014
  • 2

Yes, Virginia, Smartphones Are Real PCs

One line the trolls use to try to restrain or to demean the idea of the smartphone and other small cheap computers being the “new PC” is that to do real work one needs a hair-drying big expensive piece of hardware to get “real” work done.“Using a piece of paper with a specially printed grid and a regular smartphone, Rendor may have just cracked the 3D scanning code. The system allows you to create a 3D scan of almost any object simply by taking video of it from every angle. The program interpolates the shape of the object based on how it is positioned on the grid and then generates a usable 3D file.” Here’s the counter-example that kills that attack. Replica Labs will soon release software for Android/Linux that runs on smartphones and does the kind of work that needed a mainframe in the “old days” or a powerful expensive hot noisey box a decade ago.

Now, though, small cheap computers are very powerful and 3D calculations and 3D interpolations are child’s play. OK, so it’s a cheat, but that’s just smart IT, isn’t it?
“How it Works
1. Download the application and print out a scanning grid HERE.
2. Place the object to be scanned on the grid (make sure some circles are showing).
3. Open the Rendor App, press “Scan”, and take a video of the object from as many angles as possible.
4. Once that’s done, click “Submit” to send the scan off to the Rendor servers for processing.
5. You’ll receive your rendering in a minute or less via email (depending on your internet connection).”

Using Wintel with all its costs is not smart. FLOSS on small cheap computers is the right way to do IT.

See Rendor Turns Your Single-Camera Smartphone Into A Real 3D Scanner.