Bayan M. Qandil

From My Perspective…

Jobs Says Apple is a Mobile Company .. I Say Media Distribution

So during his keynote speech on Jan 27, Steve Jobs took a little time before introducing the iPad to talk about some recent highlights of their business.  You can see my thoughts on the iPad here. He talked about how Apple has now sold 250 million iPods since it’s release in 2001, how they have over 75 Million iPod Touchs and iPhones on the market and how they have surpassed 3 Billion downloads from AppStore. He Jobs went on to state that Apple is really a mobile devices company because they sell mobile music players (iPod), mobile phones (iPhone) and […]

RIM Plans To Speed Up Network Browsing With An On-Device Proxy

A new RIM patent application suggests that by placing a proxy server on the device it could compress and transcode all network requests on the device thereby increasing speeds.  This would obviously also have the added benefits by reducing the bandwidth usage per device which is useful to both RIM and Carriers.  This would put RIM at an advantage compared to other SmartPhone manufacturers (namely the iPhone) as carriers have been trying to figure out how to deal with their exorbitant data usage.

Next-Gen iPhone: Evolution not Revolution

So the rumours for the next generation of the iPhone are starting now.  According to PCWorld, the next generation iPhone will be dubbed iPhone 4G and will have: 5 Megapixel Camera (putting on par with the Nexus One) Updated Operating System with revamped App Store OLED Screen Video Chat Support Announced as early as May 2010. Again, nothing really new here.  I doubt the May timeframe since Apple likes the yearly refresh cycle they have going. I personally think they will add a forward facing camera in addition to the one in the back and FM tuner to the mix. […]

Nexus One Customers & Developers Need Support But Can’t Find It

According to PC World, it seems that Nexus One customers are trying to find support for their phones and are having a tough time finding it.  Customers are going to point-of-sale (Google’s Phone Store) for support and that apparently has a 48 hour turnaround time, although I wasn’t able to find that guarantee on the support site.  The networks, with the exception of T-Mobile) are probably also redirecting support questions to Google, and why wouldn’t they… support is expensive. In parallel to all of this, the Android developer community is not very happy since they still don’t have access to […]

Rogers Trying To Help Out Its HTC Dream Customers

If you’ve been keeping up with the story, Rogers’s HTC Magic customers earlier this week got notice that they will be getting an upgrade to Android 2.1 sometime this year.  However, HTC Dream customers would not get an upgrade past Android 1.5.  This obviously sparked some outrage, but honestly, we didn’t expect the outrage to result in anything. Well, it seems that Rogers listened to it’s customers.  According to MobileSyrup and AndroidGuys, Rogers is offering the Dream customers a limited time opportunity to upgrade from the Dream to the Magic.  Now the statement does not say that it’s free in […]

WIND Mobile Being Challenged By Another New Mobile Company

The CBC reported today that the decision to allow Globalive (owner of the WIND brand) to operate in canada is being challenged. If you recall, back in December, Canada’s Industry Minister, Tony Clement, overruled a previous CRTC decision which blocked Globalive from operating cellphone service in Canada, allowing them to continue with their WIND mobile plans. Public Mobile, another new mobile player has filed an application for judicial review of the minister’s decision claiming it was incorrect and disregards foreign-ownership restrictions in the telecom industry. Well, we knew this would come… I’m just surprised where it came from.

Apple Acquires Quattro Wireless

Well, it’s now official.  Apple has acquired Quattro Wireless.  The news confirmed by Quattro ex-CEO now an Apple VP of Mobile Advertising.  Let’s not forget that RIM also announced an Advertising Service back in November as well. Basically, the strategy for these companies is to provide advertising capabilities to developers for their platforms.  The real hope is to drive more developers to develop for their platforms resulting in more value-added applications for their respective devices in a hopes to drive further sales of those devices. The real question is, when will these services be available to developers. What I personally would like […]