iPhone 4 vs HTC EVO 4G comparison

The boys at Engadget have posted of couple of pictures of the newly announced iPhone 4 vs the HTC EVO 4G. As you can see in the pictures above the iPhone 4 is definitely a lot thinner that the EVO 4G (which is already thicker that the HTC HD2 btw) but IMO the iPhone 4′s Retina…high resolution screen is a total waste given the 3.5 size of the display. Looking at the macro shots of both handset it’s clear that you can’t distinguish pixels on both screen. Apple does have better color calibration though. They’ve also upload a screen comparison video of the iPhone 4 vs the iPhone 3Gs (why not the HTC EVO 4G?):

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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace policies announced

TechEd is currently in full swing and the Windows Phone team is steadily releasing new info about the upcoming mobile OS today. They’ve just posted the official Windows Phone 7 Marketplace policies for developers who wish to submit their applications later this year:

Specifically, the new Windows Phone Marketplace policies offer:

  • Annual registration fee of $99
  • No limit to the number of paid apps submitted 5 free apps per registration, $19.99 each after that
  • Free registration to DreamSpark students (same unlimited paid and 5 free apps applies)
  • A new optional push notification service to help developers stay engaged with customers
  • A new optional Trial API – trials mean more customers try your app, and less likelihood that they return it. The length or type of trial is fully controlled by the developer
  • The ability to publish to all available Marketplace markets through a new “worldwide distribution” option, allowing developers to pay once and distribute broadly
  • Wider range of business models; free, paid, freemium and ad-funded
  • Equally important to many developers is what isn’t changing:
  • A revenue share of 70/30
  • Developers manage their business with Marketplace via the self service portal http://developer.windowsphone.com
  • Payout takes place monthly for developers that have earned more than USD$200 worldwide
  • Developers can make ad funded applications
  • All applications go through a process of technical and content certification
  • Marketplace offers support for credit card commerce, and where available mobile operator billing.
  • Microsoft continues its practice of publishing policies, guidelines, and submission process details to developers so they understand exactly how marketplace works.

The full list of Marketplace policies is available here(pdf)

Windows Phone 7 Business features

Microsoft has just posted a long post discussing Windows Phone 7′s business features. Sure there won’t be any VPN support (among other missing features..) like in previous of Windows Mobile but Microsoft wants to make it clear that even though they are principally aiming WP7 at the consumer market business users won’t be left out. Here’s a short snip:

The vast majority of individuals make their own personal decision regarding which Smartphone to purchase. Given this, we often hear from IT professionals that their most important considerations for Smartphones are that they are phones people want and that they meet the organization’s IT needs– enabling them to increase usage and productivity. Organizations are interested in investments they have already made (e.g. Exchange, SharePoint, Office). Windows Phone 7 enables the IT support most organizations need without the need for additional infrastructure.
Specifically, Windows Phone 7:

  • Is built from the ground up using industry best practices in secure software development (Secure Development Lifecycle).
  • Deeply Integrates email, calendar and contacts with Exchange Server enabling rich, seamless email and calendar management to enhance productivity.
  • Integrates with SharePoint through the SharePoint Workspace client, enabling enhanced collaboration through offline document access and syncing.
  • Helps protect corporate informationby securing the device through PINs and passwords. Information is further protected by not allowing access to data via PC tethering or support for removable SD cards. In addition, Windows Phone 7 supports IT managed EAS policies such as Require Password, Password Strength, Remote Wipe and Reset to Factory Settings with multiple failed unlock attempts.
  • Helps ensure data reliability and integrity through application sandboxing and managed code. Windows Phone 7 ensures communications channels between applications cannot be opened and critical system resources cannot be accessed. Most malware threats are introduced through the browser. IE Mobile helps ensure that malicious code cannot be launched from web sites, thus reducing this threat.
  • Provides certification and verification of applications and content through Windows Phone Marketplace, further enhancing security.
  • Enables secure data transmission through 128 or 256 Bit SSL Encryption.
  • Supports secure access to on-premise applications and network resources using Forefront Universal Access Gateway (UAG).
  • Is future ready with cloud / services integration. Through the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), Microsoft offers hosted Exchange and SharePoint services. Windows Phone 7 will support mobile access to BPOS from Outlook Mobile and the Office Hub.

Windows Phone 7 is a new platform that we will continue to improve and evolve. We needed to restart in order to build the right foundation for the future. We are delivering a great business phone that improves productivity by taking a fresh approach to the most common Smartphone business usage scenarios such as email, calendar, contacts and collaboration. At the same time, with support for Silverlight, XNA and the full suite of development and design tools from Visual Studio 2010 to Expressions, Windows Phone 7 provides a rich, efficient and familiar development platform that also meets the IT needs of many organizations with support for the most common EAS policies for management.

Update: The new Window Phone 7 Marketplace policies

Source: Windows Phone Blog

Apple iPhone 4 announced

That’s right folks. You’ve already seen it before but it’s not official. Steve Jobs has just announced the iPhone 4. More to come….(image courtesy of Engadget). The device is only 9.3mm thick and features a super high resolution 3.5″ display composed of 326 pixels per inch… 960×640, 800:1 contrast and IPS panel. The iPhone 4 features the Apple A4 SoC found in the iPad and will feature up to 32gb of storage. The device also has a 5Mpix camera with backlit sensor and LED flash and is capableof shotting 720P videos at 30fps. THe other new features a the inclusion of a 3-axis Gyroscope.

iPhone OS 4 has now been renamed iOS 4. iOS is now a platform just like OSX. Many new iOS based deviecees will probably come out of Apple in the coming years (devices other than Tablets and Phones..). Bing is now a search engine option alongside Yahoo and Google (still default). The iPhone will also featur video chat but only through Wifi. It will be available in Black & White for $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB launching June 2′th (pre-orders start June 15th)

That’s for now. Will post my thoughts later tonight.

The HTC EVO 4G breaks Sprint’s sales record

Nothing really surprising here given the marketing and hype surrounding the launch of the HTC EVO 4G. The fact that the devices isn’t a bad product probably help here…I guess…anyway, Sprint is happy to announce that the HTC EVO 4G is now their best selling handset on launch day (the previous one was the Palm Pre). Check out the full press release after the break:

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Ready for the Next Generation iPhone 4 ?

I usually don’t post about Apple related news here and am mainly focused on Windows Phone 7 and Android lately but every-time Apple announces a new product there’s no denying that it has a massive impact on the industry. That’s why I’ll probably post some thoughts later on about the new iPhone HD or iPhone 4G (if that’s the name..) some of the other announcement that Steve Jobs is going to make in less than an hour at WWDC in San Fransisco. It’s also highly probable that I will get my hands-on the new device once its released (it’s always good to know what you are talking about especially when you are mainly focused on the competition).

HTC Acquires Abaxia Software house

HTC is announcing today the acquisition of french based software company Abaxia who is builds custom UI for mobile operators. You’ve probably never heard of them but chances are that you have witnessed their work especially on Orange’s handsets (yes they are the ones who developed the much hated Orange home screen on WinMo and Android and Symbian…). This acquisition will probably only affect HTC’s Android and BrewMP handsets (Windows Phone 7′s UI can’t be changed by the OEM or Carrier) Check out the full press release after the break:

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Motorola Milestone XT720 launching in Europe


The Motorola XT720 MOTOROI that launched in Korea back in January is now headed to Europe as the Motorola Milestone XT720. The device still features a 3.7″ 854×400 touchscreen similar to the Motorola Droid, an 8mpix camera with Xenon Flash capable of 720p video recording, an HDMI port and will be running Android 2.1. No carrier availability has been announced yet. Check out the full press release and promotional video after the break:

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Get Android 2.2 Froyo on the iPhone 3G


Don’t know what to do with your soon to be retired iPhone 3G? Just install Android 2.2 aka Froyo on it. Sure it’s currently totally useless and sluggish (and according to those who tried it; causes the device to run extremely hot after a few minutes, but here are the installation instructions (courtesy of iDroid.it via GadgetsDNA) if you are brave enough:

Prerequisites:

  • OpeniBoot installed on your iPhone.
  • Download this archive and place it on the desk.
  • Phoneview or Cyberduck installed on your computer.
  • Packages afc2add or OpenSSHinstalled through Cydia.

Transferring files on the iPhone

  1. Open Phoneview or Cyberduck and position in the path / Private / var and transferred all the files in the archive you downloaded it;
  2. Now create a new folder in path / Private / var and name Firmware.
  3. Download this new archive and place the files inside the firmware folder.

Installation Openiboot:

  1. Download this file, unzip it and place it on your desktop.
  2. Put your device in recovery mode: turn off the device and connect to the computer while holding down the Home button until iTunes recognizes the device (alternatively you can use RecBoot, Much faster and easier to use).
  3. Launch Terminal and type the following commands in sequence:

    cd Desktop
    CD Installer
    sudo. / loadibec openiboot.img3
  4. Three symbols appear on the screen of the device: move to the second with the power button, and press the Home button on the top. Wait until it displays ‘Welcome to OpeniBoot‘.
  5. Move back to your Terminal and type this command:. / Oibc.
  6. Put the device in recovery mode but this time hold down Home and Power until you see the classic iTunes logo with the cable screen. Close iTunes on your Mac and move to the Terminal.
  7. From terminal, press Ctrl and C together.
  8. Re-enter by writing OpeniBoot sudo. / loadibec openiboot.img3. Without this, the three symbols appear again. This time, do not hit the Home button.
  9. On the terminal, while remaining in the Installer folder, type. / Oibc and do not press Enter.
  10. Navigate to OpeniBoot and click on Home, then on the terminal type the command . / Oibc. Wait till you see ‘Welcome to OpeniBoot‘, Type install Terminal and wait till your iPhone 3G reboots.

Check out the video after the break:

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