To the situation in the industry:
IBM (Cisco and Oracle) - spades, Intel (HP and Dell) - clubs, Microsoft - diamonds, Apple - hearts.
Now, we have a new 'mobile hardware' leader - Nokia (an iPhone-like device - Engadget - N800 as a precursor). Paired strongly with Microsoft according to the corporate approaches. Apple (Palm and Google) as innovators look like very 'closed' companies here at the moment.
There is definitely a need of consolidation. In this relation, it's really interesting what Google is planning to launch on the mobile software and hardware market - Mobile Web 2.0 development is the goal for implementing a comfortable mobile access to information. That's a corporate social responsibility for them.
The next revolution in computing is developing before our eyes - Joe Schutz.
Actually, its not about cores - Intel proved it. Its about displays.
I like this situation - Microsoft and Nokia really trust in 'cell PC concept'. And the most important goal of its implementation is mobile advertising where both companies have definite planned strategies.
A discussion on The Official Palm Blog:
Ed Colligan: A Message to Palm Customers, Partners and Developers
My comment for the discussion here:
I think it's nothing wrong with Foleo. It is one of the most compact form factors for the notebook PC platform that is allowed by the ergonomics of full-size keyboard. I would call it the only possible quantum jump from the Treo's level as a Pocket PC category. Note that any standard PC platform UI has two necessary components: a display (a full-screen document window) and a keyboard with a mouse (trackball). That's the reason why the PDA category of devices has no any significant share of the mobile PC market. Only Palm Treo by having a keyboard meets these standards but the ergonomics of its keyboard is far from ideal - the keys have to be twice as bigger (7-8 mm wide) for a comfortable UI. And the Treo's functionalty is limited by Latin alphabet while two-thirds of people of the world are using non-Latin alphabets. So, a new form factor requires at least two displays - one for displaying a document and the second one of a touch-sensitive type for interaction with it by displaying a full-screen keyboard. Think of MotoRAZR2 clamshell form factor. That's the base of my project - Cell PC Platform.
P.S. I'm also remembering Michael Mace's post as a comfirmation of the 'quantum jump or leap' mentioned in my comment.
Michael Mace: "But I don't think the Foleo really is a "mobile companion." Back when I started to work at Palm (before the turn of the century) one of the old veterans of the company pulled me aside and passed along a little wisdom. "Michael," he told me, "Ya gotta think in terms of real estate. If you're in another device's real estate, you're competing with that device. Palm lives in your pocket; it competes with other things that go in your pocket. If you get bigger than the pocket, you're living in the briefcase, and you're competing with the notebook computer."
Foleo lives in the briefcase. It's displacing the notebook computer from your bag. I don't care what they call it, I don't care if Palm fully realizes it yet, but the fact is that Foleo's a notebook computer."
Agreed. That's why UMPCs are actually living better in cars as entertainment and navigation systems:
When geek meets style - Form factor and Usage Innovation using Intel Mobile Products
An interesting discussion on MediaPost website about mobile search:
Steve Smith: An Open Question...
Just give the web developers enough screen space and functionalty of a standard PC platform (that has created the Internet itself by using 15-20? displays for the development) and any website can be converted into a mobile one if there is a strict definition of its four main parts: 1. logo 2. menu 3. web content - sections. 4. advertising sections.
Then, create a standard platform having a clamshell form factor with two displays (the second display is instead of the keypad e.g. MotoRAZR). Thats all - Mobile Web 2.0 is here - it just needs two displays for navigation: main display - logo at the top, the web content is below; the second display - first, the full-sceen ads are displayed, then there is the menu of a website.
Remember, the first steps of the Internet - there were the versions with or without frames - the situation is the same for mobile websites: the current Mobile Web 1.0 - PDA versions without frames. Note that a new standard platform with two displays has the screen area that is one and half bigger than iPhones.
Thats the answer for developers and users - Cell PC Platform - http://geocities.com/gene_technics/
Also, a discussion on Research@Intel blog:
Justin Rattner: Improving Energy Efficiency across the Technology Ecosystem
A MID based on Intel's Moorestown platform (video). Looks like a remote control. In a general concept, a step in the right direction towards a cell computer.
IDF: Intel to dump Microsoft as OS supplier for Mobile Internet Devices?
Not an open question. Microsoft Office is a standard for business-oriented devices.
Also, a post on Technology@Intel blog:
Breaking Barriers & Unleashing Computing Experiences -- IDF Day 2 Mobility Keynotes
Two rules of thumb for mobile platforms marketing:
1. If a mobile hardware platform has no a full-sized keyboard for touch typing - its just a media player that cant compete with any notebook that has it.
2. If a smartphone hardware platform has a bigger form factor than a MotoRAZR which is a standard for cell phones, 100 millions of people will not use it every day.
As for the mobile Internet, the task is to create an infrastructure of Mobile Web 2.0 for moving the current cell phone users to a new standard hardware platform.
Recent years, the specialists working on the implementation of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative call to learn from the first steps of the Internet - this lesson is that it hasn't been created without a standard PC platform (thanks to Intel and Microsoft) with a 15-20" display (that means enough screen area for displaying).
The factor of maximum screen area of a mobile device that has a compact form factor is the most important - a Cell PC has one and half bigger screen area than iPhone and new Intel prototype presented at this IDF also has less screen area.
Let's ask cell phone users to choose: 42x145, 53x103, 61x115 mm. What is the practical value of these big sizes when users need a compact device with a familiar form factor? And what is the practical sense in ten thousands models of cell phones if they can't be used as computers running fully functional applications - now when Intel is launching such 'high performance processors with low power consumption'. The progress of technologies offers new possibilities for mobile users.
Remember the beginning of 80s - it's time for a standardization in the industry to create the base for development. No other way - that's the lesson Intel and Microsoft know very well to achieve success - for sake of everyone.
There would be no Mobile Web 2.0 without a standard PC platform with a cell phone form factor (not a PDA form factor - exactly, a cell phone factor to replace existing cell phones with a standard mobile communications platform with a full PC functionality). Until this, all the talks about working with information on the go will last next 5-10 years with no useful result for every ordinary person.
I'm emphasizing that it's for working 'on the go' - two thumbs typing on the PDA phones and smartphones or tapping like in the demo above is good when you are sitting on the couch - and, in this case, at home, at work, on the train etc. a compact and slim notebook is much more productive choice for that. The benefit of a compact cell phone form factor is one-hand operation and especially one-hand typing and surfing e.g. while commuting or walking in the s
Intel, give the world a standard platform for Mobile Web 2.0 that has a cell phone form factor as you did it for the Internet. Together with Microsoft. For the progress of information technologies.
Touch screen devices the trend in future tech
x86 gunning for ARM market share in mobile spaces
It says everything - a standard cell 'PC' platform - and I suppose that's the reason that the XScale processors were sold. It will allow to port desktop applications more smoothly.
"When this happens, x86 will bring with it a host of interoperable tools which allow for desktop software creation parallel to mobile. In some cases, a recompile will not even be required to run on the mobile device."
In this relation, I'm remembering the words of Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's CTO:
"Our dream is to deliver a seamless experience where all the technology in your life and business comes together in a way that just works for you" - Microsoft
It's up to their corporate social responsibility.
Is Google trademarking Google PC?
Well, we already know about IBM PC trademark. I understand that Google Phone might be mixed with iPhone for sure but you can't have a cake and eat it - the Intel hardware platform (Silverthorne) has been launched and when does the development begin? Also, a post of Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek about this key issue:
Why I Won't Buy an iPhone
And Microsoft Cell PC as a generic name sounds better.
New interesting posts at Blogs@Intel:
What's the next big thing? by Jacqueline Mu
Wireless Co-existence: Helping radios get along with each other by Xingang Guo
My comment for both posts:
I think its just a question of time - now USB protocol is a standard for wired connections between devices and IP protocol - for network connections, then something like WiMAX will be a standard for transfering IP packets via wireless networks connecting any types of devices and providing mobile communications and location-based services.
The same is for the Internet browsing - original version for desktop and notebook PC platforms and Mobile Web extension for a standard cell phone form factor device like MotoRAZR with the second display instead of the keypad which is providing overall screen area that is 1.5 times bigger than an iPhone is offering for customers now.
This is the Cell PC platform - with a x86 architecture as a standard for computers.
A new interesting discussion on CSR@Intel blog:
Digital Inclusion, Digital Divide...is there a difference? by Perry Gruber
Also, good news from Microsoft:
Ballmer: Microsoft will power the mobile revolution by Cade Metz
"Compared to anybody else participating in the industry, we are trying to provide a critical mass of solutions that will really be an enabler of third parties," Ballmer said. "Apple's done some nice work clearly, but it's far more end-to-end and self contained. And you've had the same kind of approach from RIM."
Right on. Though if they are planning to launch SCMDM similar to RIM's one they have to consider a unified 'hardware' platform not only software one.
"We have to think about the phone as a universal remote control for your life - your business life as well as your personal life," he said. "Consumers will want phones that span all of their life personas."
I like this. And I guess he means 'computers' based on the Intel's mobile 'PC' platform called Moorestown with a Silverthorne processor. Phones were left in the last 'digital' century. Before IDF Fall 2007. "Do what you want from one device" - isn't it a computer or "all-in-one multimedia computer" as Nokia defined the concept of N95. And Google is already starting to talk about Google PC according to the recent news. I hope Microsoft also supports this approach as Intel develops it.
And for the overall picture, NVIDIA is telling about their concepts:
Small plans: NVIDIA and the future of smartphones by Jon Stokes
Here is the introduction to the story:
"The past two decades of PC history have been about desktops, servers, and laptops, but the "personal computer" of the coming decade is a small, pocket- or purse-sized device with a brightly lit screen, wireless networking and I/O, a sizable chunk of storage, and plenty of CPU and GPU horsepower on board."
And as a conclusion:
"In contrast, the only usage scenario that Intel seems bent on enabling with Silverthorne is "it's just like using a PC laptop, but even more cramped."
Why cramped? It's so simple. You type on your PC keyboard with two hands, you operate your cell phone with one hand on the go. That's all the cell PC is about. The same applications, the same experience.
Nokia also has great news - Nokia, Motorola and Qisda plan to launch WiMAX devices and handsets in 2008
In addition to The Register's coverage of CTIA:
CTIA: Liveblogging the Steve Ballmer Keynote by Dieter Bohn
and the Wall Street Journal's article on this topic:
Why Microsoft, RIM Fight Is Entering the Consumer Market by Robert A. Guth and Jessica E.
The beginning of the next year promises to be really exciting. And really, where's Bill Gates as one of the founders of UMPC (and Tablet PC earlier) development (his webcasts page)? It would be interesting to know about his vision of the current situation in this relation. Is Microsoft planning something while Google is declaring about their future mobile platform? The Register says in their article about Steve Ballmer's keynote:
"As part of this effort, he explained, Microsoft is intent on building a mobile platform that bridges the gap between work and play."
I really like this strategy. Let's wait for its implementation. A unified hardware platform is the solution.
I found an article on CNET that is really worth it to start a discussion:
The mobile future is wide open by Tom Krazit
Meanwhile, among the news about Google's announcement, I've found some forecasts that explain many things about the goals of the Open Handset Alliance.
infoSync World reports:
"As such, the biggest surprise today was that Google actually has managed to get the three key holders of the future mobile development to join their initiative; namely Intel, Broadcom and Qualcomm. Regardless of manufacturers, carriers and service providers, these three companies are gold worth to Google. If Google manages to keep an open dialog with all three companies in the long run, there's a good chance that we'll see Google reaching its most obvious goal at least; the mobile Web and the Web goes hand in hand into the future, and eventually becomes one seamless Web.
Other surprises were to find Sprint and HTC on the list. As we all know, Sprint will start rolling out mobile WiMAX next year; while HTC will unveil Intel based Mobile Internet Devices taking advantage of that network. Just as interesting, although we haven't seen it in person, HTC has already created a prototype of a mobile device that is supposed to run Android.
However, perhaps next year already, we may see Intel based Mobile Internet Devices powered by the Android platform (which currently supports Ubuntu, Windows XP and Vista). This again means that Google in the years to come may attract computer giants such as Dell, HP and Toshiba. One thing is for sure though; Microsoft is in serious need of new mobile strategies if they want the masses to use Windows platforms when browsing the mobile Internet in the future.
Fortunately for Microsoft fans, the company is already working on its next-gen mobile platform, which will breed business and consumer needs while at the same time talking seamlessly with Windows computers."
And another interesting thing - among the new upcoming touch-screen phones from Samsung and LG, I've just found that LG Venus has a touch-sensitive display as the 'second' one and not as the main one. It's the second touch screen for navigation - and now, the concept of a dual-display navigation for cell phones will be implemented for all the handset markets not only in Japan (Mitsubishi D800iDS launched in the beginning of the year). Well, it's a progress. Next year is WiMAX-enabled on Menlow platform. Motorola and Nokia are going to launch the WiMAX devices and handsets according to the recent news. So, I believe that there are really good prospects for developers.
This time I would like to talk about the one-hand navigation in a mobile Internet browser working on the Cell PC Platform. As you know from its description, the central ring of the control panel has a trackball. So, when you are holding the device in the right (left) hand, the only one thumb is used for navigation while you are working with both displays.
The central ring is working as a two-button mouse with a scrolling wheel: pressing the trackball - left-button click for cursor placing in the forms of the document window (main display) or selecting items in the context menu (second display); 'up and down arrows' - a scrolling wheel for browsing the content in the document window (main display) and navigating through the items of the context menu (second display); 'right arrow' - right-button click for showing the context menu on the second display with transferring the control to it and 'left arrow' invokes the keyboard on the second display.
For working in the document window of the mobile browser, single clicking the trackball allows to set the position in the text from where it can be selected by cursor movement, the next pressing of the trackball defines the borders of the selection; for text editing operations, single clicking the trackball is used for selection with the arrow keys in combination with control keys; double clicking the trackball is used for drag-and-drop operations and advanced editing.
And, for the whole picture, note that according to the concept of the Mobile Internet development based on the Cell PC Platform - the logo and sections of a mobile website are in the document window (main display) and the menu of the mobile website is on the second display (the full-screen ad banners are shown before the menu when you are opening a website (or the section of the website) - the same is for the contextual ads while the mobile search with displaying the results in the document window is performed).
The root of the problem is the availability of the 'Mobile Internet' services for everyone not only to corporate users that have notebooks and wireless connections. Why am I emphasizing the Mobile Internet services? It's the only way to develop all this stuff for the devices that everyone has - cell phones. Do you remember how Apple told about 'not watered down Internet' on an iPhone in their ads? And what is now? Facebook has developed a special version of their site for iPhone. Because fast and comfortable working with information is a key thing. And ability to work with it on the go without a need for carrying the notebook with you everywhere.
The current situation suits cell phone carriers because they don't have to worry about anything regarding ubiquitous connectivity for accessing to 'information' for everyone (just for corporate users) - people talk on their cell phones, text their SMSs (really, that's something from pagers' era - a message with 256 characters - and that's for modern technologies of exchanging the information with megabit speeds) and not even tend to send their photos via MMS. Just because there is no compelling 'Mobile Internet' services with rich graphics except those that are being developed for an iPhone.
There is no mass demand for them in relation to other cell phone models. And why? Cell phones are not intended for access to information by definition - the only good job for them is voice communications. Now it's already an old-fashioned category as pagers. Mobile content providers want to offer more than ringtones and games for subscribers around the world - music, video, TV, Mobile Internet.
A personal device has to be a business information tool first of all - a 'personal computer'. The market of telecom and IT services is in need of a unified hardware platform with a x86 architecture as Intel Moorestown (with WiMAX connectivity) for the Mobile Internet development. The fact is that this platform is significantly closer to cell phone factor (42x145 mm) than an iPhone (61x115 mm). And for maximum efficiency (provided by maximum screen area of two displays) and comfort of working with a device, I'm offering a device with a standard cell phone form factor - the Cell PC (53x103 mm). That's the base for the 'Mobile Internet' services offered for everyone. For ubiquitous access to information.
Motorola's Zander out after Razr deemed one-hit wonder
My offer for the cell phone inventor - Motorola Cell PC.
By tradition, everyone is making predictions at the end of the year. I guess that 2008 will be the year of 45 nm process and WiMAX as a 3G standard. Especially for mobile computers where the power efficiency gained by this processor technology will allow to implement my project that offers 1,5 times increasing of display area in comparison with Apple iPhone as the device of the past year.
I'm also hoping that Motorola and Nokia will offer something new and innovative in the coming year.
To the point:
Google Gets Ready to Rumble With Microsoft by Steve Lohr and Miguel Helft
Funny, does anyone believe that Microsoft is not a real Internet giant? And that Google was not built on AltaVista and AllTheWeb with Yahoo's participation - the first Internet directory.
A new discussion on CSR@Intel blog:
A Few End-Of-The-Year CSR Predictions by Dave Stangis
Welcome to Intel@CES by Paul Otellini, Intel's CEO
"Intel believes that the Internet of tomorrow will better serve you delivering the information you want, when you want it, how you want, wherever you are."
The Cyber Evolution begins. Silverthorne processor is a transition to it as well as iPhone and the Moorestown platform will be the step one in this direction as the old-fashioned PDA and cell phone's designs are left behind.
The history repeats itself as the iPhone is a reincarnation of Newton - Sony Clie NX, NZ and NR series as the successor of this PDA design is a real hint for a dual touch-screen display solution this time.
This solution is the quantum leap for the industry as the technologies are ready for it. The New World is ahead.
Windows Mobile 7 To Focus On Touch and Motion Gestures by Nathan Weinberg
"Designed to be used by a finger, without a stylus. Microsoft Research is researching the size of the average fingertip/tap size. Currently, they are working with the assumption of a 7.67.6 millimeter fingertip size. The goal is a device that can be used almost entirely one-handed with the thumb of the hand holding the device."
Right on. The Compact QWERTY Keyboard is a ergonomical keyboard for one-hand typing all languages - it has a full compliance with the US-International Keyboard layout - and surfing the Mobile Internet by navigating through the websites menus and mobile ads.
Interesting to remember my comment to BusinessWeek's article in November 2006:
Building a Better Computer by Catherine Holahan
The next generation of computers will be made by transfering the keyboard functions to a touchpad.
Intel launches sixteen new 45nm processors by Jon Stokes
"New laptop processors are great, but Intel is really hoping to stoke mobile mania this year with their forthcoming Menlow platform. Otellini narrowed down the timeframe slightly for the launch of Menlow's componentsthe Silverthorne CPU and the Poulsbo chipsetto "later in Q1," with the first Menlow-based devices from ASUS, Lenovo, Toshiba, BenQ, Quanta, and others appearing in the second quarter of this year. At that point, we're going to find out whether the "ultramobile PC" (UMPC) is a viable form factor or an awkward, in-between product that's too big to be a phone and too cramped to replace a laptop."
The same question to Intel which I asked to Jason Zhu in this thread half a year ago - What for? As I know from the recent post on ISN blogs, Jason Zhu "is moving back to China" and Jeff Moriarty is a Mobile Community Manager now. What for, Jeff?
According to ergonomics practice, there are only two optimal form factors for mobile devices - notebook with a full-size keyboard (for two-hands typing as meant by Christopher Sholes who invented QWERTY keyboard and Frank McGurrin who invented touch typing) and MotoRAZR which is 53 mm wide (for comfortable one-hand operations and maximum device's surface area (screen area) together).
The thousands of models from the first Pocket PCs/PDAs and then PDA phones/UMPCs with toyish keyboards that mimic the QWERTY keyboard were and are bound to fail because the QWERTY keyboard was created for ten fingers typing not just by two thumbs that requires at least Nokia e61 which is 70 mm wide. History repeats itself again. I'm realizing how many resources have been spent on that. Jon Stokes is right - laptops are great but why are the rest of mobile devices so ugly and having poor functionality now. Start thinking if you want to go ahead.
My goal was to create a keyboard for one-hand typing initially. "Luck comes to those who look after it." And Nature prompted the solution - a cellular geometry for maximally efficient use of surface area of the device. One half of it as it has a clamshell form factor. That's the Cell PC.
I'd like to tell the story of my project. As my profile shows I joined ISN in September 2005. My project started in March 2005 on SonyEricsson Developer World Forums. The purpose and driver was SE P910i. Here is the first threads of my project - P910i impressions and feedback and ABC Mobile Keypad. One of the first homepages of the project - ABC Keypad. Interesting to compare it with one project - Psion Organiser. In May 2005 I decided to fit the QWERTY layout into the matrix of keys - QWERTY Compact Keyboard. And in June 2006 I put it into the main configuration with a cellular geometry - A compact keyboard for an iPhone.
Bill Gates Bids CES Farewell by Jay Greene
Among so many events this week, historically this is the most important. Bill Gates said in his keynote:
"People are very interested in a simpler way of navigating"
I second that as well as a year ago his "connected experiences" concept helped me to define the Cell PC's idea - connected user interfaces.
And I'm glad that Bill Gates is staying a team leader in the direction I'm working:
Bill Gates: the exit interview by Ryan Block
"I love natural user interface and particularly the research groups to do that. I want to stay involved with that and make sure that when it's time to really put these things in the mainstream that Microsoft is jumping on it and taking that big risk."
And Intel-related news:
Bill was in the house by Bryan Rhoads
Samsung launches the Samsung SGH-F490 at CES Las Vegas
Pretty good - 115 x 53,5 x 11,8 mm, 3,2" display with 240 x 432 resolution - the main display of the Cell PC in reality.
And the second display of the Cell PC looks exactly as the display of Nokia N95 8GB - 99 x 53 x 21 mm.
Live from Macworld 2008: Steve Jobs keynote by Ryan Block
The most interesting part of the MacBook Air configuration - the type of the processor. iPhone's story repeats so I guess they have the same *new* Silverthorne processor. Are there other reasons of a new level of power efficiency which is demonstrated by iPhone and MacBook Air? You know, there are no miracles in the world. They use a new technology.
Here is some info and opinions:
Specially-Designed Intel Chips Used In MacBook Air Notebook
Why DIDNT the MacBook Air get the new 45nm CPU? by George Ou
Apple's MacBook Air: Uncovering Intel's Custom CPU for Apple by Anand Lal Shimpi
An interesting article in BusinessWeek:
Advertising: Now a Conversation by Ted Shelton
A personal ad screen as the second display instead of the keypad of a MotoRAZR-type mobile device is a key to future advertising. A personal interactive advertising platform. This ad screen is also a keyboard for entering data and a navigation tool which is showing websites menus. That's a standard platform of the future Mobile Internet - The Cell PC.
Also, some thoughtful analysis in the New York Times:
The Risk of Innovation: Will Anyone Embrace It? by G. Pascal Zachary
"Whether humans will embrace or resist an innovation is the billion-dollar question facing designers of novel products and services. Why do people adapt to some new technologies and not to others?"
Ergonomics - comfort and functionality. It's all about user experience.
The most important green: the green in my wallet by Gary Niekerk
This time I would like to invite you to join the discussion:
iPhone's First Year and Future
I started it to talk about the iPhone, Intel's prototype of Moorestown platform and the Cell PC.
And again about mobile advertising:
OMMA Mobile Conference Agenda
and a post of Steve Smith about it:
Thats A Really Bad Question
The main misconception is that cell phones can be used for mobile marketing - people buy them just to talk about their own business with their family, friends and colleagues.
Mobile marketing could be only a derivative from the Mobile Internet that doesnt exist now because there is no a standard fully-functional platform for working with the information. The ecosystem first and only then advertising as it was with the Internet for a desktop/notebook PC platform a decade ago.
Mobile advertising will be effective and not affecting peoples privacy only on a separate personal ad screen for showing full-screen banners/contextual ads - thats the second display of the Cell PC which is also used as a keyboard, system interface and navigation tool for showing the menus of the Mobile Internet sites.
Fujitsu Delivers The F705i: The Worlds Slimmest, Waterproof 3G Mobile Phone
I really like this rugged design. Some time ago I told about a waterproof cell phone with Mobile TV - Casio W52CA. I think it's very important for a mobile device to be reliable in any environment.
This also reminds me that the control panel of the Cell PC is compatible wth a numeric keypad to dial a number in case of rain, for example. The F1-F8 keys - 1-8; arrows up, down - 9,0; arrows left, right - *,#.
Earnings: Motorola Handset Sales Down A Third In 2007, No Short Term Fix by James Quintana Pearce
There is, Greg - Motorola Cell PC.
Without a Hit Razr Sequel, Profit Drops for Motorola by Laura M. Holson
What Can Brown Do for Motorola? by Roger O. Crockett
The most important for Motorola - WiMAX technology which is the base of the future Mobile Internet - a global wireless network.
The personal and global wireless network by Darren Waters
"We need a ubiquitous, wireless broadband infrastructure. Eventually we will blanket the globe in wireless broadband connectivity," said Paul Otellini, Intel CEO.
This implies a unified hardware platform with a cell phone form factor - the Cell PC.
Motorola Does Not Need Another Hit Phone by James Quintana Pearce
>the mobile handset business is not hit-driven
False. Nokia N95 - has RAZR form factor, the latest Samsung F490 is the same 53 mm wide. Its the optimal ergonomics for one-hand operations and maximum screen area together - the Golden Section for the industry.
These two phones are the reality of the Cell PC (53x103 mm) - the Samsungs display is the main display, the Nokias display is the second display. Its a ubiquitous form factor.
Many Are Already at Work on Fulfilling Gatess Vision by John Markoff
Viva. Is anyone on the Earth thinking about the Mobile Internet? Billions of dollars are on the road.
The Mobile Internet.
February is coming - the month of the planned iPhone's SDK launch.
What's the sense if the iPhone as an Internet platform has 1,5 times less screen area for developers than a Motorola Cell PC (or rather - Microsoft Cell PC - if Greg Brown, Motorola CEO will sell its mobile devices division - press release - which is strange when they have this great opportunity).
We all have the same geometry of space to get the maximum functionality of a user interface. And ergonomics which is in favor of more compact devices to operate them.
Microsoft Swoops In on Yahoo by Catherine Holahah
Motorola: The End of an Error by Roger O. Crockett
Why not for Microsoft to enter the mobile handsets business as Apple did? It is known that Microsoft is now preparing Windows Mobile 7 which directly competes with iPhone's OS (and Google's Android).
As a matter of technical fact, these latter are worthy competitors only for Nokia's S60 because they are being developed for PDA phones which are an outdated category now considering that the advanced technologies bring the ergonomics of a cell phone and the PC functionality with the 1,5 times more screen area of the two connected user interfaces - the Cell PC.
Windows Mobile 7 could become the system platform to create a global wireless network - the Mobile Internet - exactly by launching a new optimized hardware platform based on WiMAX technology that is developed by Intel, Motorola and many other companies as members of WiMAX Forum. The platform that could have the unique functionality of the Cell PC which is based on Motorola RAZR form factor.
It's the same strategy for creating the Internet as it was in the times of Yahoo's launch. The standard network hardware and software platform with a new GUI using HTML. Now, wireless and HTML 5 with the standard practices of development for the platform.
The success of this strategy is in the alliance of Microsoft and Motorola. It's a chance that happens for both companies to compete with Apple and Google.
It's a global strategy and it says everything. We have what we have - the shiny but clumsy toys or cell computers.
And news from Google.
Sergey Brins iPhone Adventure in Davos by Saul Hassel
and a quote from the interview of Eric Schmidt, Google CEO:
"The iPhone is the first of a whole generation of products that will be much more search intensive," he said. "With those search opportunities comes ad monetization."
Really amazing. Where's Microsoft? Their Zunes are competing with iPods. That's good. Is that enough for a enterprise-level business leading on the market?
Microsoft is defining peoples' views about computing.
At the same time, Google is dominating on the search market just because people don't have to decide which search engine is the most objective and productive.
The Internet means Google for them.
Now, using zooming on iPhone people have to realize what the original website is and how to navigate through it.
The Mobile Internet is game-changing.
The goal is to give them smooth navigating without having to decide how to do it - just by using a navigational (advertising) screen. So, it's Microsoft's opportunity.
Googles Microsoft Fixation by Saul Hansell
It's just a merging of two websites - MSN and Yahoo - into one. How does it change the situation? Two companies are offering the same place for ads.
Asian Companies Wary Of Motorola by Moon Ihlwan
Has anyone read this - "Motorola is expected to take the lead to introduce a CDMA/WiMAX dual-mode handset in the first half of 2008" - DigiTimes
WAPped Again by Steve Smith
There is no need in WAP sites - there is a need in a standard mobile platform for web designers to create the sites that work on both of them the same way - PC and mobile.
The Internet was built on the standard PC platform for users - Windows and Intel. So, give users a cell phone with full PC functionality. BTW, that starts from a keyboard - for example my native Russian language has 33 letters not 26 as in Latin alphabet - think of iPhones keyboard in this relation and about other languages as Chinese, Arabic, Japanese.
Yahoo to Reject Microsoft Buyout Offer, May Find Few Options by Ari Levy and Zachary R. Mider
The most expensive image for a search button on MSN. More than 50 billion dollars.
An established brand is everything what it needs for success in a big business.
To be No.1 on the Mobile Internet, it's a really good move for Microsoft as a strategy for mobile search and advertising.
Good luck, Microsoft!
Wedding Night Advice For Microsoft And Yahoo by Gord Hotchkiss
"First of all, theres a lot of talk about how a Microsoft-Yahoo deal would give you the biggest chunk of the online ad network space, and this is true. But I hasten to add: Dont forget search."
Mobile is a keyword here. Mobile search by Microsoft and Yahoo. Thats a real benefit for this alliance. With one condition - a new mobile handset platform launched by Microsoft.
Google and Apple with their iPhones and future gPhones still have not the device with the concept of the Cell PC - a MotoRAZR with two touch-screen displays, the second one of them placed instead of the keypad is an advertising/navigational (website menus)/keyboard/system interface screen.
Until this moment Ive suggested it to Motorola (WiMAX as a key technology) and Microsoft (future Windows Mobile 7).
If Microsoft will be the first company to launch this concept - they will create with Intel and Motorola a global WiMAX network on this standard platform - and the development of websites for this network will create the Mobile Internet.
These new websites will replace the current ones on the Internet - they will work the same way on the desktop/notebook/cell PC platforms. The same for software applications - the x86 architecture of new Intels processors for mobile handsets.
And users will soon forget about all the garbage of the current Internet - new websites that support the Cell PC platform will give the best service for working with information on the *up-to-date* sites. Anywhere, anytime.
Also, the concept of Internet 2 implies such a new Internet - now, it will be wireless and compact - the same ergonomics of a MotoRAZR cell phone. And standard PC functionality - US-International keyboard-compliant typing in all the languages and 1,5 times more screen area of the two displays for developers than one iPhones display can offer now. Thats just because PDAs became old-fashioned already 15 years ago since Apple Newtons launch.
So, Microsoft and Yahoo are doing exactly the right thing - to become the No.1 in the mobile realm.
Next stop: The always available connection by Tomas Mcinernery
The idea of the future Mobile Internet is that it's the same for desktop/notebook PCs and mobile handsets if there is a standard platform for its development - the cell computer not a phone at all - cell phones are intended just for one function - mobile voice - the idea of smartphones is just a wishfull thinking without an effective user interface - and this needs at least 1,5 times more screen area than of iPhone's display and other principles of working with information than one display of a PDA can offer.
It's the key idea of my project - The Cell PC - I started in the middle of 2006 after I have created the Compact QWERTY Keyboard that is a complete implementation of the US-International keyboard layout (53 keys for the matrix of keys plus F1-F8 keys and central ring with a trackball) for a MotoRAZR cell phone. This keyboard works on the second touch-screen display that is placed instead of the keypad.
The idea of the Mobile Internet site is that two displays of the cell PC work together to present the website as we see it on a desktop/notebook PC. The main top display shows - logo and content, the second display - menu and ads. And this mobile site works the same way on a desktop/notebook PC platform.
Also, new discussions on CSR@Intel blog:
Innovation, National Competitiveness and Values-based Business by Dave Stangis
Siberian Winters and CSR by Perry Gruber
News from Mobile World Congress 2008:
3GSM / MWC: HP connects Telco Operators and Web 2.0 by Martin Sauter
I think that Web 2.0 has become an old-fashioned concept since according to the Intel's plans the Internet's future is the WiMAX-based global network - a wireless subset with all-IP ecosystem using new mobile handset platforms with x86 processors. These are the clues for both network operators and software developers. And for the future Mobile Internet developers if there will be a standard mobile handset platform with full PC functionality - the Cell PC - which I'm developing.
MWC Aftermath: The Industry ? the iPhone by Dianne See Morrison
The firststage has completed. All systems go.
Mobile ads: Free stuff worth a tiny intrusion? -- Reuters
No problem with intrusion. Think of MotoRAZR and replace the keypad to an advertising screen.
Google Debuts a New Version of Android by Olga Kharif
No chances for Google until they adopt the Cell PC concept - a MotoRAZR where the keypad is replaced by a touch screen - like in a Nintendo DS Lite.
Can a Phone Ad Make You Cry? by Steve Smith
That's what the mobile marketing experts say. I believe that tech experts are listening to them.
Microsoft Preaches All-in-One Handsets by Natasha Lomas
I hope they'll have their own mobile handset platform soon. It's a chance for Microsoft to one-up Google in mobile search and advertising.
My offer - Microsoft Cell PC.
At last next month good times are coming for a real implementation of a cell PC:
IDF -- The Crystal Ball of Innovation by Ken Kaplan
I mean the future announcement of Intel's Moorestown platform as I'm guessing according to the info from IDF Spring 2008. Really why to make it smaller if it's not for a computer with a RAZR2 form factor with a dual display configuration - benefits are real - a lot more screen area for a user interface than iPhone is offering now and new functionality due to the separate displaying of a document window and (context) menus with toolbars.
Motorola's Big Quarterly Profit Surprise by Roger Crockett
"Brown says he wants Motorola to incorporate consumer interests and marketing information into the development process. "Historically there was a focus on form factorsslim phones and [candy bar] phones," he says. "That works in some categories, but we need to do more than that. Some consumers want larger screens, or greater Web access, or rich appsnot just voice-only."
That's exactly right.
That iPhone Nano Rumor .. by Olga Kharif
Motorola Atila - Moto's touchscreen answer to Apple's iPhone 3G
Motorola Cell PC is the way.
Moto PC vs. iPhone
"We think, going forward, the phone of the future will be differentiated by software," says Jobs.
The future is not related to PDAs as a commercial failure of the present just becausea successful phone (of the future) can't be bigger than MotoRAZR2according toergonomics and realusability.
Hypenotized by Apple by Michael Mace
The Great God Linux Won't Save Wireless Internet by Alan Reiter
I believe that only a new different UI's concept with a dual display configuration as a cell PC could become a mainstream standard for *Windows Mobile 7 for Cell PC*-based software development by using the potential of PC functionality that Intel's Moorestown platform will bring to cell phone form factor devices.
That quantum leap from the PDA-based development like for an iPhone now by providing *one and half more screen area for UI, notebook-like functionality and more compact hardware platform together* could make it a general strategy for Microsoft and main cell phone makers - Motorola, Nokia and Samsung - to compete with Apple's iPhone.
Google's Upcoming Phone: More Details by Olga Kharif
iPhone's Still the Best, Hands Down video with Gary Krakow & Alix Steel
Moto PC is the wayof a standard device for *software and Web developers*. Apple's PDA concept now is nothing but just a good audio and video player.
Moto PC - A netbook in your pocket ™
This post is about slogans. New Intel's slogan for MIDs from Anand Chandrasekher's keynote sounds: Power to your pocket. Very similar to my previous one - A netbook in a pocket. So I have changed it - "It just needs two things". You know, my main project is a real AI - Translation Matrix (you remember that definition from the movie - Neural **Interactive** Simulation). It's very simple - our mind has two different languages - logics and imagination - it just needs twothingsto be an intellect. It's two hemispheres of human mind - and it's as the two languages mirrowed at each other for all the meanings and expressions - native and foreign ones. Native language is our imagination (for me it's Russian) and foreign language is kind of logics to understand. When there is a mechanism for assembling a translation (the main algorithm of genetics) from the pieces of the knowledge base where meanings are coded by one general meaning (Subject - 1 - logically and statistically the most broad meaning) and many options (Subject - 2 - options for imagination and creativity to make new expressions and save them in the Translation Matrix and select the general meaning for this list of meanings) - it's an Artificial Intelligence. No other way to make it.
The same is for my Cell PC Project - one display is for control and the second for presentation of visual data. And a trackball of the control panel for positioning of a cursor in a document window of the main display notwith a stylus like in those designs with slide-out keyboards at the presentation of MIDs by Anand Chandrasekher - they are just weak and uncomfortable for one-hand operations and really unreliable on the go (you have to stop and focus on it) as it's been for fifteen years since the announcement of Apple's Newton and succeeding Microsoft's Pocket PC concept.
Don't believe to Marvin Minsky (link and this recent interview) - the AI is real as any thing in the world.
It just needs two things. Two worlds of logical meanings describing the one reality.
Microsoft Still Plugging Away Online by Ivy Lessner
What the doctor ordered.
BlackBerry Kickstart 8220 surfaces on eBay, trigger fingers get itchy by Darren Murph
I understand they're trying to. But it's late. The times when a phone could be considered a smartphone just by having a keyboard have passed. iPhone is the only and first smartphone (or a real *PDA phone* - PDA as a concept is an Apple's invention - or now it's also called a MID - but I prefer to consider them PMPs even when they have phone capabilities - the dimensions and functionality are not friendly for the ergonomics of on-the-go operations - more like in-car media centers and GPS navigators). It's the first smartphone just because the facts that it runs desktop Mac OS X applications after UI's adjustment(using a new processor with an Intel's Architecture)and is ready for porting applications from other desktopplatforms e.g. this link as a new business strategy. Or am I misunderstanding the real Apple's competitive advantages?
The idea of a Cell PC as a device with connected user interfaces - to offer 50% more screen area than iPhone for an UI and MotoRAZR compact form factor for running desktop applications using two displays with two concrete functions - presentation for the main display and control for the second display (like this - the latest Toshiba's SD Multi Tool in addition to the one of the Cell PC's inspirations - Nintendo DS and DS Lite).
Windows Mobile 7 for Cell PC
Imagine if Mobile Computers were Context Aware by Lester Memmott
The idea is to divide personal and external context-aware information.
The Cell PC - Divide and control ™