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As 2009 comes to close, everyone is playing the predictions game, including me. So, here are my predictions for the new year.
1. 2010 is going to be the year that Android comes into its own. There is a lot of device movement behind it and we shall see a true iPhone challenger coming from the Android camp. Every major device manufacturer that is part of the Open Handset Alliance is going to come out with dozens of Android handsets. Also, we will see Android being deployed on devices other than Smartphones. Though it remains to be seen how Google positions Android versus its Chrome OS.
2. Android Marketplace is going to be next big goldrush for the app developers. The legions of Java developers are salivating at and furiously developing apps for the Android marketplace. Given Google’s free-for-all approach to the marketplace, I think that apps for Android are going to explode in 2010 and probably surpass the iPhone app store by 2011 unless Apple makes a drastic change to its App approval policy.
3. 2010 will see the introduction of data bandwidth caps and tiered pricing. As I mentioned in my post yesterday, AT&T is already making noise about how 3% of its data users are hogging 40% of the bandwidth. I believe that AT&T is getting ready to introduce data bandwidth caps and tiered pricing as early as Q1 of 2010.
4. Microsoft will make a major push to regain marketshare in 2010. Microsoft is at crossroads here, should it pursue a closed-wall approach like Apple or should it follow Google’s path. This is a long-shot prediction but I think Microsoft might end up acquiring a major player to disrupt the iPhone and Android hegemony. Though RIM, Palm and to a small degree, Motorola are likely targets, but I would not be surprised if Nokia and Microsoft partner up to develop or extend Windows Mobile.
So, there you go. These are my predictions. Stop by and let me know what you think or what your predictions are.
Samsung today announced that it will launch its first Android powered phone, the i7500 in Europe beginning in June 2009 for €300 ($398). This phone will have a 3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixel AMOLED touchscreen and will operate on tri-band GSM with HSDPA support. Additional specs include:
- HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps (900 / 1700/ 2100MHz) EDGE / GPRS (850/ 900/1800/1900)
- 3.2″ HVGA(320×480) AMOLED
- 5 MP Camera (Auto Focus), Power LED
- Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, RA
- Full Web Browser Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Android Market Connectivity
- Bluetooth® 2.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, MicroUSB, 3.5mm ear jack
- Internal memory: 8GB External memory: Micro SD (Up to 32GB)
- Size 115 x 56 x 11.9mm
While the US launch has not been announced, the 1700 GHz support could make it possible for a future T-Mobile USA launch.
Today is D-Day for the Google’s Android-based, HTC designed Dream G1. Finally, it is available for public to buy at the T-Mobile shops around the nation. Based on early reports, there is brisk demand for the phone with people spending upto three hours in the line to get the phone, but it is no where near the frenzy for iPhone, according to the Reuters blog. Simultaneously, the Android Marketplace from Google has also gone live with about 50 applications. Technically, the Marketplace was running last week when the first pre-orders began arriving at customers’ doorsteps. Google has said that it would not take a cut for the applications sold through the Marketplace. However, after deducting carriers’ cut and other expenses, the developers will get 70% of the revenue, akin to the Apple App Store. Another interesting twist that Google has put in is the delay of launching for-pay applications to Q1, 2009. According to MobileCrunch, this delay gives Google to test the Marketplace thoroughly and also build goodwill with customers who can download applications for free and sends download numbers higher.
It appears Microsoft was laboring hard over the Labor Day weekend in the US. It had two major annoucements, one of which is related to this blog the other is not. The first announcement which is not related to this blog, is that Microsoft is taking the fight to Google in the search engine space. MS acquired Greenfield Online, owner of Europe’s largest shopping price comparison website ciao.com. This deal is for a cool $486 million and is hoping to attach Google’s weakness: product search and price comparison.
The other announcement which is big is that Microsoft will have a Windows Mobile marketplace called Microsoft Skymarket similar to the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace. However, unlike the iPhone marketplace or the Android Marketplace where they had to wait for developers to develop the software, Microsoft already has 20,000+ applications for its Windows Mobile platform. So, the interesting thing to look out for is how many will be available through Skymarket and how easy will it be for developers to add more. The Skymarket will be available on Windows Mobile 7 platform as an on-device marketplace with OTA download and purchase.