XPERIA Software Update

Today I can confirm that we will start the roll-out of the Android 2.1 based updates for Xperia X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro now this coming Sunday. The roll out will start in the evening European time.

So far I have received confirmation that the generic kits for the Nordic countries will be the very first ones out on Sunday evening and then there will be more kits coming already during Monday and then the roll-out will continue throughout the month of November.

As said earlier these updates will give you some features introduced by Android 2.1 and the Xperia X10 will also get HD-video recording in 720p with continuous auto focus.
The changes in user experience after the update is a mix of things added or changed going from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1 and things changed or improved by us directly.

As a re-cap – The key changes for the different products are the following:

Xperia X10:
• HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
• New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
• 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
• Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
• Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
• New backup and restore application with extended content back up
• Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
• Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

In most markets, your phone will automatically let you know with a notification when the update is ready for your specific software version and then you will be guided to how to perform the update using the PC Companion software. In that process, because of this being a big update, you will also be guided through some steps to be able to backup personal data before the update and then restore it when the update is finished. Find out more at www.sonyericsson.com/update

IMPORTANT: As I’ve pointed out previously here on the blog the software upgrade will be done in a phased roll-out which means that different “kits” gets the update at different times. This to secure quality in all networks and countries. So don’t get paranoid if your phone isn’t updated in the very first days – it will come!

What we mean by a “kit” is a different configuration, i.e. color of the phone, bundled accessories but most importantly in this case different software configurations. The difference in software between different kits is mainly related to included settings, applications, network configuration etc – all this to comply to different legal and network requirements. All of these different kits need separate approvals based on market and network, hence the phased roll-out.
I will try to keep track of which versions that get released continuously and will post updates when new markets or “kits” become available. Feel free to share your findings in the comments section here when you get the update for your phone!

http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/2010/10/29/xperia-software-update-2/

XPERIA Software Update

Today I can confirm that we will start the roll-out of the Android 2.1 based updates for Xperia X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro now this coming Sunday. The roll out will start in the evening European time.

So far I have received confirmation that the generic kits for the Nordic countries will be the very first ones out on Sunday evening and then there will be more kits coming already during Monday and then the roll-out will continue throughout the month of November.

As said earlier these updates will give you some features introduced by Android 2.1 and the Xperia X10 will also get HD-video recording in 720p with continuous auto focus.
The changes in user experience after the update is a mix of things added or changed going from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1 and things changed or improved by us directly.

As a re-cap – The key changes for the different products are the following:

Xperia X10:
• HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
• New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
• 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
• Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:
• Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
• New backup and restore application with extended content back up
• Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
• Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
• Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1

In most markets, your phone will automatically let you know with a notification when the update is ready for your specific software version and then you will be guided to how to perform the update using the PC Companion software. In that process, because of this being a big update, you will also be guided through some steps to be able to backup personal data before the update and then restore it when the update is finished. Find out more at www.sonyericsson.com/update

IMPORTANT: As I’ve pointed out previously here on the blog the software upgrade will be done in a phased roll-out which means that different “kits” gets the update at different times. This to secure quality in all networks and countries. So don’t get paranoid if your phone isn’t updated in the very first days – it will come!

What we mean by a “kit” is a different configuration, i.e. color of the phone, bundled accessories but most importantly in this case different software configurations. The difference in software between different kits is mainly related to included settings, applications, network configuration etc – all this to comply to different legal and network requirements. All of these different kits need separate approvals based on market and network, hence the phased roll-out.
I will try to keep track of which versions that get released continuously and will post updates when new markets or “kits” become available. Feel free to share your findings in the comments section here when you get the update for your phone!

http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/products/2010/10/29/xperia-software-update-2/

Email Settings (Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc)

As I was looking for a mail setting to be set in my thunderbird, The yahoo mail usually failed me. But this time I am having a good point of setting the pop3 and smtp to be acquired in my thunderbird settings. I hope it helps you all.

Yahoo pop3 and SMTP support has been there for long unlike Hotmail POP3 support which Microsoft introduced recently.With Yahoo pop3 and SMTP settings, one can send and receive Yahoo! Mail messages easily through any other email program.
POP/SMTP are email protocols that allow you to manage one mail account from another mail program. Earlier we saw how to read in Gmail, Hotmail mails, by configuring Hotmail pop3 in Gmail.Similarly, you can set up Yahoo pop3 and Yahoo SMTP to funnel your Yahoo! Email into Gmail or Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird or any other mail program on your PC or mobile phones. When you check your mails in Gmail or any such email program, they will automatically check your Yahoo mail account and download any new messages. You can also send messages as if you’re writing from your Yahoo Email account.

In Yahoo Mail, You can also use POP/SMTP to funnel other email accounts into your Yahoo mail account!!!

Yahoo POP3 and SMTP Settings:

Find below the basic POP3 settings that you need to configure in the email program where you want to access Yahoo mails.

  • Incoming Mail (POP3) Server: pop3.mail.yahoo.com (Use SSL, port: 995)
  • Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com (Use SSL, port: 465, use authentication)
  • Account Name/Login Name: Your Yahoo! Mail ID (your email address without the “@yahoo.com”)
  • Email Address: Your Yahoo! Mail address (e.g., user@yahoo.com)
  • Password: Your Yahoo! Mail password

Note that you also need to enable “Web & POP Access” on your Yahoo Mail account to send and receive Yahoo! Mail messages through any other email program.

Yahoo pop3, yahoo SMTP, Yahoo pop3 smtp

  • Log on to your Yahoo mail account
  • If you’re using the new Yahoo Mail interface, Click “Options” in the upper-right corner of the page, then choose “More Options…” from the pull-down menu and On the left side of the page, select the “POP & Forwarding” option.If you’re using the original Mail interface, click “Mail Options” in the upper-right corner of the page, then click the “POP and Forwarding” link on the left.
  • On the “Pop and Forwarding” page, choose the “Allow your Yahoo! Mail to be POPed” option. You can instead choose to forward your emails to an external email account by choosing the option “Forward your Yahoo! Mail” and specifying the external email address. But you can’t simultaneously Forward and POP your mail. Also note that forwarded mail skips your Yahoo! Mail Inbox entirely and goes straight to the new address you designate.

Next you need to configure your Yahoo POP3 and SMTP settings (if you had chosen “Allow your Yahoo! Mail to be POPed” option) into your other mail program, to access Yahoo mails via the other program.

How to configure in Gmail, Yahoo POP3 and SMTP settings to read and reply to Yahoo mails?

Find below the steps to configure Gmail for Yahoo POP3 and SMTP:

  • Logon to your Gmail Account
  • Click Settings in Gmail and open the Accounts tab
  • In the Get mail from other accounts section, click Add another mail account
  • Enter your full Yahoo email address and click Next Step
  • Enter your Yahoo email address, Username (without the “@yahoo.com”) and Password in their respective text boxes
  • Gmail automatically chooses the appropriate Yahoo POP server.
  • Specify 995 against port
  • If you’d like to keep a copy of each mail that Gmail retrieves, in your Yahoo account as well, select the Leave a copy of retrieved messages on the server checkbox. This way, you can access mail in your Yahoo account, and in Gmail.
  • Yahoo mail does not mandate you to use a secure connection (SSL) though it is preferable to send and receive Yahoo! Mail messages through SSL.Hence, select the Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail checkbox. In case you don’t choose this option, you should specify the pop3 server port as 110.
  • If you do like to distinguish your Yahoo mails from your Gmail mails, choose Label incoming messages option and use any preferred label. You can select an existing label or create a new one from the drop-down list.
  • If you don’t want your Yahoo mails to show up in your Gmail Inbox and you want to automatically archive them, choose Archive incoming messages option
  • Click Add Account
  • Once your Yahoo mail account has been added successfully, you’ll have the option of setting it as a custom From address. This allows you to compose messages in Gmail, but have them appear to be sent from your Yahoo mail account. Click Yes to set up a custom From address.

That is all!!! You can now read in Gmail, Yahoo mails and even reply to your Yahoo mails from Gmail!!! Enjoy Yahoo mail access from your Gmail Account.

Read more: http://techblissonline.com/yahoo-pop3-and-smtp-settings/#ixzz13f7RpyhX

To boldly go where no one has gone before.. (STORY OF ANDROID and IPHONE)

Guys, apa kabar.

Kiranya sekarang sudah banyak yang mendengar tentang android dan boomingnya.
Dalam tulisan iseng ini, saya mau berbagi cerita tentang awal mulanya
android kenapa bisa muncul, sudah sampai mana dan mau kemana.
Tulisan ini sebagian pernah saya ceritakan sebagai bagian presentasi dalam
gathering id-android yg entah ke berapa kali, dan sedikit dalam peluncuran
Dell Streak.
Kiranya bermanfaat buat android lover dan gadgeteer lainnya, untuk melihat
semangat yang dikandung android di dalamnya.

Suatu ketika Google, raksasa search engine, membeli Android inc, yang
dipimpin Andy Rubin.
Setelah dibeli, Google mengangkat Andy Rubin sebagai Vice President of
Engineering urusan android, google menyadari, Andy Rubin yang berkutat di
android adalah orang yang paling mengerti tentang android, orang ini tetap
harus memimpin.

(Bandingkan dengan kisah Steve Jobs di Apple inc, dia yang membuat apple,
dia memberi rohnya, saat membesarkan Apple, eh dia bisa disingkirkan dari
Apple sampai harus membuat Next computer, dan akhirnya kembali ke Apple
menghasilkan kejayaan)

Saat itu digelar meeting, untuk mendengarkan visi dan misi dari Android yang
dibawakan oleh Andy Rubin.
Hadir disana adalah VP Engineering google, Vic Gundotra.

Ketika meeting baru mulai dan Andy siap memaparkan apa itu android, Vic
langsung menyela dengan skeptis, dengan pertanyaan:
"Andy, apa dunia ini benar masih butuh mobile operating system lain?"
Usaha google adalah di mesin pencari dan iklan, dan mesin pencari google
sudah ada disetiap smartphone.

Saat itu di dunia sudah ada banyak operating system, ada Windows Mobile, ada
Blackberry, ada Symbian , dan ada rajanya smartphone, Apple dengan iPhone or
iOS nya, belum lagi operating system kecil lain .

Dan Andy menjelaskan demikian, ada 2 point utama kenapa android harus
dibuat.

Point pertama.
Saat ini kita sedang kritis, dan butuh sebuah operating system yang free dan
terbuka (open source) supaya setiap developer bisa bebas berinovasi di
setiap level di dalamnya.
Dengan cara ini para pembuat handset atau vendor  bisa membuat handset
sesuai keinginannya, boleh layar 2", 3" atau 4".
Boleh pakai keyboard, boleh tidak., boleh ada kamera depan atau tidak…

Dan nanti semua operator bisa ikut bergabung bersama sesuai kemampuan
mereka, boleh 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, Wimax, boleh CDMA boleh GSM dll.

Akhirnya nanti adalah konsumen yang diuntungkan, mereka bisa menentukan
sendiri handset smartphone android mana yang terbaik menurut mereka, sesuai
kebutuhan, kemampuan dan operator yang menjadi pilihan mereka.

—– dan begitulah dasar dari android yang ada sekarang, dalam usia masuk 2
tahun, android ada di berbagai merk, ada yg murah , ada yang mahal, ada yg
layar 2 inch, 3" , 4" bahkan 5" dan 7", ada yang kecepatan prosesornya
300Mhz, ada yang 1Ghz, dan ada yang lebih dari itu , ada yang berkeyboard,
ada yang berlayar sentuh kapasitif, resistif, berkamera depan, berkamera
3MP, 5MP, 8MP dll, juga dengan berbagai dukungan operator berbeda-beda,
android fit di dalamnya.——–

Point ke 2.
Andy menambahkan point ke 2.
Karena kini google adalah raksasa IT, google punya kemampuan.
Kalau google diam saja, maka dunia akan menghadapi Draconian Future
–(draconian future mengacu kepada jaman Yunani ketika seorang bernama Draco
menjadi pengatur hukum disana, dimana pelanggaran kecil saja mendapat
hukuman yang berat)— masa depan yang "sulit" dimana nanti di depan hanya
akan ada:

1 Orang
1 Perusahaan
1 Operating System
dan 1 Operator
saja yang bisa  jadi pilihan konsumen…

That’s the future we don’t want …

(dan sekarang yg baca bertanya-tanya siapa yang dimaksud oleh Andy Rubin
sebagai 1 penguasa? , kuncinya adalah tahun 1984 :-))

Pembicaraan ditutup dengan kata2 ini:

Jadi jika kita adalah orang yang

percaya akan:
Keterbukaan,

percaya akan
Pilihan

dan percaya akan
Inovasi
yang bisa dilakukan semua orang

Selamat datang di Android!

Semangat ini yang membawa Android terus berevolusi sampai sekarang, maka
dalam 1,5 tahun kehadiran android, sudah dipercaya oleh:
59 Operator
48 Negara
21 OEM
100 ribu aplikasi
200ribu android baru diaktivasi setiap hari.

Data sekarang sepertinya jauh lebih banyak, data ini kira2 ada di bulan
Juni-Juli 2010.

Sekarang, pada hari ini 21 Oktober 2010, android genap berumur 2 tahun.

Dalam umur yang sangat muda, kita merasakah euforia nya merangsek semua
aspek, silahkan buka semua grafik yang ada tentang android, semua menyatakan
gerakan yang menaik, setiap hari berita-berita gadgets diisi oleh android,
setiap beberapa hari android model baru di launching.
Semua aspek , semua level konsumen hampir bisa menggunakan android sebagai
pilihannya, mau yang murah dikepala 1 juta ada, mau yang tercanggih dan
cepat ada, mau yang level mid ada, mau cdma, mau gsm, mau yang bisa hsdpa,
mau yang 4G, semua ada.

Sebuah gerakan keterbukaan dan gratis (open source dan free) , membuat
pandangan tentang sesuatu yang gratis biasanya tidak bagus, dijungkir
balikkan. Lihat aplikasi2 dari google yang gratis tanpa harus bayar, we can
say itu adalah aplikasi2 terbaik dibanding yang harus berbayar sekalipun.
Lihat mereka yang cepat tanggap dan langsung berani menaiki perahu
keterbukaan ini, misalnya Motorola, ketika diambang keterpurukan ketika
tidak mampu bersaing dengan merk2 lain dalam hal inovasi, langsung menanjak
bahkan memperoleh anugerah best smartphone 2009, dan sekarang adalah merk
yang sangat berinovasi dengan android nya di banyak level.
Dengan berani boss Motorola berkata :"kedepan motorola hanya akan membuat
smartphone android 🙂 "

Lihat HTC, sama2 langsung berani percaya kepada google dan menjadi partner
terbaik, sekarang namanya bersinar di dunia sebagai pembuat smartphone kelas
atas dan membukukan keuntungan naik 60% dalam setahun.

Samsung melakukan gebrakan, mengusung android dan langsung berani fight
dengan sang raksasa iPhone, sekarang SGS terjual jutaan dalam waktu singkat,
ada di banyak negara, dengan variasi type dan diusung operator kelas atas.

Nokia , terlena dengan keberhasilannya yang panjang, lupa dan lambat
berinovasi, sekarang sulit mengejar 2 raksasa , android dan iPhone. Hanya
bisa mengejek ketika ditanya kenapa tidak ikut segera masuk ke kapal
android, " hanya seperti anak kecil yang kencing dalam celana waktu musim
dingin, untuk merasakan kehangatan sesaat" begitu kira2 komentar CEO Nokia,
dan kini proyek meego nya masih harus berjuang keras membuktikan diri untuk
bersaing dengan raksasa android dan iphone yang terus berlari berkejaran,
setelah langkahnya membuat segala macam OVI untuk menyaingi rival
penggerusnya BlackBerry kandas.

Blackberry menyadari, dia sangat hebat di sosialita dan server, tapi untuk
menggapai level emas smartphone terbaik masih harus digapai lebih keras,
ketika usahanya berevolusi di blackberry OS 6 , BB Torch masih dianggap
belum selevel duo raksasa.
Ini seperti dalam sekolah SMA, biasanya ada seorang murid yang menjadi
idola, ganteng, ramah tamah, banyak teman dan disukai banyak orang juga
terkenal disekolah. Tapi nanti yang namanya ada dihalaman khusus di buku
tahunan, dan terpajang namanya di dinding hall of fame sekolah adalah bukan
yang terganteng dan banyak teman, tapi selalu : lulusan terbaik.
Dan calon lulusan terbaik itu adalah android dan iPhone.

Itulah fakta yang berbicara dalam 2 tahun ini, tentang keterbukaan, pilihan
dan inovasi. Dan sekarang dipuncak pertarungan hanya ada 2 raksasa, android
dan iPhone.
(entahlah windows phone 7 akan jadi raksasa yg lain atau tetap akan ada 2
raksasa)

Mari saya bercerita sedikit tentang pengalaman saya dengan android, mengapa
saya tergila2 dengan nya.
Dulu tahun 2009 saya pernah bercerita tentang why i left blackberry and move
on to android, ketika saya memutuskan berganti "kendaraan" dari bb ke
android, padahal saat itu BB sedang ada di puncak, dan android baru nongol
sebagai handset model ke 2 yang ada di pasaran. Sekarang sudah ada 100
bahkan  lebih model handset android.
Saat itu android belum sehebat sekarang, sama seperti saya mengenang ketika
pertama mencoba iPhone 2G, saat itu iPhone juga belum sehebat sekarang.

Akhir tahun 2009 google mengumumkan merelease  the Nexus One, lompatan
android pertama dengan spek tinggi yang melampaui spek iPhone 3Gs sekalipun,
membuat oom Steve Jobs ngambek dengan mengatakan " kita tidak masuk ke
bisnis mesin pencari, kenapa sekarang google masuk bersaing ke bisnis kita
di smartphone!" ( I Love Steve Jobs, kisah hidupnya, visinya, speechnya
luar biasa dan saya mengamini dia memang pantas menjadi icon yang membawa
perubahaan besar bagi teknologi dunia).
Saya pernah bercerita juga tentang ini (di ketika google bermain cantik)
bahwa ternyata dugaan oom Steve salah, google bermaksud lain ketika membuat
Nexus One, dan hasilnya nyata, google hanya mendorong lebih jauh vendor2
lain untuk mengayuh lebih cepat, makanya dalam tahun 2010 ini perkembangan
smartphone menjadi luar biasa cepat, speed tinggi, layar makin cantik, user
interface makih hebat dll
Baru keluar yang terhebat, sebentar kemudian ada yang lebih hebat.
Beberapa orang mengatakan : cape, baru beli yg terbaik rasanya sudah ada
yang lebih baik lagi.

Apple fanboy mengatakan, lebih baik apple, inovasinya jelas, setahun sekali,
beli sekarang , tahun depan baru ganti lagi:-)

Android fanboy mengatakan, we want more! Let’s release the new one with more
power, more innovation now! Jangan tunda2 🙂

Sekitar bulan januari-februari lalu saya menjadi (kemungkinan) angkatan
pertama yang memiliki nexus one, sekarang usianya menuju 1 tahun, betapa
dalam perjalanan memilikinya saya menyaksikan perkembangan yang cepat.
Juni 2010, kita mencoba OS android baru yang namanya Froyo 2.2, dan speed
tiba2 naik menjadi 2,5 x lebih cepat.
Entah sudah berapa puluh macam custom rom saya coba, hasil pengembangan
otak2 encer dari luar dan dalam negeri yang menjukkan bakat talentanya.
Entah sudah berapa ribu aplikasi saya coba dalam waktu yang singkat.

Saya ingat ketika anak saya minta handphone nya diganti dari sebuah windows
mobile yg berantakan ketika jatuh dari motor. Dia memilih iPhone, dan
semenjak itu menjadi apple fanboy, cita2 nya 1, menabung untuk membeli
iPhone terbaru dan sebuah Mac.
Dalam waktu singkat dia sudah jago ngehack iPhone, terampil jailbreak,
sehingga memudahkan pekerjaan saya, pulang tinggal kasih iPhone customer ke
tangan dia, besok bangun sudah selesai di jailbreak dan diisi aplikasi
sampai penuh:-)
Waktu dia iseng nyoba2 nexus saya dia berkata: tidak sebagus dan selancar
iPhone, saya iyakan.
Saya senang isengi dia ketika ada satu aplikasi menarik, saya perlihatkan,
dan besoknya dia berkutat akan cari lawannya di iPhone. Ini proses belajar
buat dia dan saya untuk melihat lebih terbuka kemajuan dua raksasa.
Keluhannya tentang iPhone kadang hanya masalah menjadi berat ketika terlalu
banyak di hack, mendahului masanya bikin iPhone bisa multitasking, bisa
dikelompokkan dll, dan kadang dia harus mulai dari awal lagi ketika akhirnya
iPhone nya ngehang berkepanjangan. Dan lama2 dia mengeluh menantikan iPhone
4 yg tidak nongol2 , kata dia bosan mau diapain lagi iPhone yang sekarang
🙂

Saya jadi mengerti kenapa Oom Steve sebel dengan jailbreakers, it makes
iPhone tidak menunjukkan karisma flawlesly nya lagi.
Disatu sisi saya melihat apple fanboys yang jago jailbreak rindu yang
namanya inovasi segera, menambahkan apa yang dirasa kurang disana, yang
kalau ditunggu harap2 cemas apakah akan dimasukkan dalam edisi iPhone
berikutnya tahun depan.
Oom Steve Jobs adalah orang yang perfectionist, jangan berharap akan masuk
ranah wimax atau LTE, sebelum wimax dan LTE menjadi umum dan terlihat jalan
baik. (saat iphone 2g keluar, dunia lagi test koneksi 3G)
Android berbeda, dia menurut saya seperti Star Trek, " to boldly go where no
one has gone before…" makanya segera ada HTC Evo 4, samsung epic dan ada
desire Z.

One day saya pulang bawa iPhone 4, anak saya begitu senang, langsung dia
test, segala macam dia install termasuk film2 hasil convert nya.
Ketika duduk bersama saya bilang  ayo kita lihat siapa lebih snappy
sekarang, pertama kita coba scroll, betapa kaget dia melihat, dulu sama
iPhone 3G aja kalah snappy itu nexus, sekarang nexus yang sama bisa lebih
snappy dari iPhone 4:-)
Dia tidak percaya , dibilangnya saya ganti sama handset android baru,
setelah mencoba sendiri dia percaya itu nexus saya yang lama.
Besoknya dia mengembalikan iPhone 4 nya, saya tanya kenapa, dia bilang dia
tidak tertarik lagi, hanya mendapat gambar yang lebih bagus saja tidak ada
yg bisa dioprek lebih jauh… tidak jauh beda sama iPhone nya yang lama.
(saya rasa dia mengoprek terlalu jauh, sehingga apa yang ada sekarang di
iPhone4 dulu sudah dirasakannya walau tidak sehebat pengalaman aslinya)

Pada cerita diatas saya bukan meledek iPhone jelek, nope sama sekali tidak,
iPhone 4 sangat bagus. Beberapa kali saya tergoda untuk memakainya, tapi
user experience nya belum nempel buat saya, seperti baju yang keren, tapi
tidak membuat saya merasa nyaman.
Caranya mengolah email, notification, dan ketergantungan yang tidak henti
kepada iTunes not fit for me walau aplikasi2 nya luar biasa hebat.

Butuh 1 tahun dari iPhone 2G ke 3G untuk menikmati forwarding sms, dan copy
paste,
butuh 1 tahun untuk ke 3Gs untuk bisa punya kompas dan autofokus camera,
dan butuh 1 tahun lagi untuk bisa multitasking di iPhone 4.

Setiap bulan semenjak memakai Nexus, saya mengalami seolah2 selalu memiliki
handset baru, dulu bisanya hanya ini, sekarang bisa itu, dulu speed saya
hanya segini, sekarang saya bisa melewati barriernya:-) Menurut saya ini
adalah hasil dari keterbukaan dan inovasi setiap level yang boleh dilakukan
semua orang. Saya sekarang sangat nyaman dengan Nexus one yang sangat cepat
dan snappy, dan sudah tidak sabar menantikan inovasi di Gingerbread, android
3.0!

Keterbukaan bukan disukai semua orang, seperti baru saja Oom Steve dalam
wawancara dengan macworld menyinggung masalah fragmentasi di android dan
masalah keterbukaan android dibanding dengan ketertutupan apple.
Oom SJ menyinggung masalah android market, akan ada market dari bestbuy,
dari amazon, dari verizon , vodafone dan dari google sendiri, (belum lagi
market2 lokal) , dikatakan ini akan membuat developer bingung. (setiap
cerita oom steve selalu bawa developers, bahwa apple adalah yang terbaik
yang mengayomi developers, disatu sisi ini menunjukkan pengakuan bahwa
iphone menjadi hebat karena inovasi dan dukungan developer? :-))

Sebelumnya masalah ini pernah dibawa menjadi pertanyaan ke google, why
google membiarkan ada "toko" aplikasi lain selain android market? Tidakkah
membuat google rugi?
Pertama google bercerita , bahwa komitmen mereka terhadap keterbukaan (open
source) jelas, bolehnya dibuat toko aplikasi lain sah sah saja, ini dianggap
memperkaya keterbukaan tersebut, developer boleh memilih mana yang fit buat
mereka, sama dengan cerita diatas konsumen android boleh pilih type android
mana dan operator mana yang dianggap paling fit buat mereka.

Google tidak berbisnis jualan aplikasi, Oom Steve iya di appsore nya.
Tidak ada kerugian buat google ada toko aplikasi yg hasil penjualannya tidak
masuk ke kas google, karena itu bukan core bisnis google, core bisnis google
di iklan 🙂 Dengan banyaknya android, sekarang pertumbuhan hit iklan di
android naik 5x lipat. Ini seperti memberi petani lahan gratis, ujung2 nya
menang pilkada 🙂

Kalau ada appstore lain di iphone tentu ini mengurangi pendapatan oom Steve
secara signifikan, karena jualan lagu dan aplikasi disana sumbangan buat
apple sangat-sangat besar. Kalau saya jadi Oom Steve, memang itu langkah
logis paling cengli, harus bisa monopoli:-)

Masalah opensource android bukan hanya diuji di toko aplikasi, beberapa
handset android keluar dengan mesin pencari bukan google, melainkan Bing
dari microsoft atau Yahoo search.
Google diminta komentarnya, menurut pandangan orang2 itu memang kurang ajar,
sudah jelas2 android punya google dan anda ganti mesin pencarinya dengan yg
lain.
Google dengan tenang hanya menjawab, "kalau kami melarang mesin pencari
lain, bukankah itu mencederai semangat open source?"
Makanya dengan free anda bisa mencari aplikasi pencari lain di market
android, diantaranya Bing dan Yahoo search… 🙂 but kita2 tahu siapa yang
bisa diandalkan.
(kalau waktu itu gosip iPhone baru akan memakai Bing sebagai mesin pencari
pengganti google menjadi kenyataan, bagaimana rasanya memiliki sebuah
iPhone?  I thing you’ll miss something big  🙂
Di android ada banyak aplikasi untuk sebuah browser, xscope, dolphine HD,
Opera, Fennec (firefox), skyfire dll… apa yang menurut kita lebih nyaman
atau lebih baik silahkan dipakai bersama chrome lite bawaan android bahkan
menggantikannya.
Butuh berapa generasi iPhone sampai opera dijinkan ada sebagai pendamping
safari browser?

Fragmentasi diangkat besar2 oleh Oom Steve kemarin itu, sebagai masalah
besar di android, salah satu contohnya bahwa butuh 100 lebih macam aplikasi
Tweet deck (oom SJ keseleo menyebutnya TwitterDeck) untuk fit di 244 macam
handset android (sekarang kita tahu ada 244 macam handset android, how fast,
juni lalu di Google IO baru around 60-80 macam).
Tapi ternyata besoknya dijawab oleh boss TweetDeck bahwa hanya ada 2 orang
yang ngurusin aplikasi tweetdeck untuk android, menunjukkan fragmentasi
hanya masalah kecil.

Fragmentasi saya lihat terjadi kalau vendor lambat mengikuti arus, misal
sony ericsson yang dari awal bikin handset di bulan Juni x10, dilanjutkan
x10 mini,  mini pro, dan sampai sekarang yang terbaru x8 tetap pakai donut
1.6 didalamnya, maka akan mengalami aplikasi2 baru tidak bisa jalan di
handsetnya ketika developer membuatnya untuk OS yang lebih maju.
Kemungkinan dengan ini google mengajari ayo maju-maju, kalau nanti tidak
inovasi kamu dilibas yang lain.
Jadi ketika mau ikut keberhasilan didalam perahu android, selain
menghasilkan handset yang layak jual, vendor juga harus ikut mendayung,
kalau tidak tertinggal dan dilupakan.

Benar ada masalah fragmentasi di android, tapi no big deals seperti
diceritakan diatas. Apakah masalah ini tidak ada di iPhone? Dengan rajinnya
sekarang iPhone berperang dengan lock jailbreak, setiap beberapa saat ada
upgrade, 4.0, 4.01. 4.02, 4.1 dan mau 4.2 . Kalau kita rajin mendownloadnya
bayangkan berapa giga habis untuk OS ini, karena iphone OS nya sudah
menyentuh 500-600 Mega:-)
Dan tidak semua aplikasi yang tadinya jalan di OS yang satu akan jalan di OS
mendatang 🙂

Oom Steve , senang dengan angka2, penjualan iPhone sekian juta, mengalahkan
RIM dll (walau kemudian dibantah oleh RIM juga), jangan suka tergiur dengan
angka2.
Look at Nokia, terlalu asik dengan angka2 penjualannya sampai lupa
berinovasi, dan a little too late sekarang untuk mengejar perahu iPhone dan
android yg asik ngebut. Walau tahun 2012 symbian akan tetap nomer 1 dalam
hal jumlah, tapi tidak lagi ada gengsi memakainya.
Jangan nanti suatu saat speech oom Steve yang memberikan banyak inspirasi
hanya tinggal angka2…
Kalau oom Steve berhenti berinovasi, saya takut android juga berhenti, coz
no one to fight for 🙂

Selamat ulang tahun ke 2 android
Keep Open Source
Keep open for choices
Keep Innovation

Senang kamu hadir menjadi penyeimbang, so we don’t face a draconian
future…

Salam,

Sepenggal kisah android oleh Lucky Sebastian

Ejekan Steve Jobs Cuma Dijawab Satu Kalimat

http://goo.gl/JLbY

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com — Komentar Steve Jobs yang menyebut Android
sebagai platform yang tidak benar-benar terbuka cuma dijawab dengan
satu tweet oleh petinggi Google. Adalah Andy Rubin, Head Android
Engineer, yang menimpali ejekan CEO Apple di akun Twitter-nya.

"The definition of open is "mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u
git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git ; repo sync ;
make," tulis Rubin, Selasa (19/10/2010). Dengan tweet itu, Rubin
kelihatannya justru balik mengejek Steve Jobs bahkan mengajari bos
Apple itu yang tak paham definisi open source, sifat teknologi yang
dipakai Android.

Yang ditulis Rubin itu pada dasarnya satu baris perintah Unix shell
code. Kira-kira artinya buat direktori Android, masuk ke direktori
tersebut, lakukan koneksi dari repositori kernel Android, lalu lakukan
sinkronisasi direktori tersebut dengan apa yang ada di repository, dan
kemudian jalankan source code.

Sungguh menggelikan kalau Steve Jobs tidak tahu atau pura-pura tidak
tahu bahwa source code Android bisa bebas diunduh siapa saja karena
open source. Mereka bisa menggunakan source code tersebut untuk
membuat sistem operasi yang lengkap dan benar-benar berbeda, tidak
seperti sistem operasi iOS buatan Apple yang hanya ada satu karena
hanya Apple yang bisa mengutak-atiknya.

Sebelumnya, saat mengumumkan laporan keuangan Apple pada kuartal
terakhir yang mencatat rekor baru pendapatan 20 miliar dollar AS, Jobs
mengejek Android sebagai plaform yang terpecah-pecah (fragmented).
Misalnya, setiap vendor bisa membuat model bisnis sendiri sehingga
pengembang dan konsumen harus menyesuaikan dengan setiap sistem yang
dipakai, tidak seperti iOS yang terintegrasi. Misalnya membuat pasar
atau toko aplikasi yang hanya bisa jalan di handset buatan vendor
tersebut meski menggunakan platform Android. Inilah yang disebut Jobs
bahwa Android tidak benar-benar terbuka.

Nah, apakah Jobs lupa bahwa yang namanya open source itu bisa dipakai,
diotak-atik, dimodifikasi, dan diganti-ganti sesuai keinginan setiap
orang, kapan saja, dan di mana saja? Bahkan, semua bisa bebas
menggunakannya secara cuma-cuma.

5 Ways Windows Phone 7 Could Bite Into Android

imageAndroid is the darling of the mobile world right now and has grown to be the best-selling platform in the U.S. in recent sales.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 is still waiting to go on sale starting Nov. 8 after a showy launch yesterday in New York. The new platform has a long way to go in a hyper-competitive market, and there’s no guarantee Microsoft is going to be successful in taking down Android, Apple’s iOS or even Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS.

Having spent time with the devices and hearing from executives at the launch event yesterday, I think if Microsoft executes well — and that’s a big if considering this is a first release with plenty of potential bugs to deal with — Windows Phone 7 could bite into the growth of Android and regain significant ground in the smartphone space. It could also stifle RIM’s and Apple’s efforts but I think Microsoft has the best shot at hurting Android’s momentum.

Here’s why:

Android loyalty is strong, but it isn’t set in stone. Aside from iPhone owners (80 percent), Android users are the most likely to say they’ll buy another device (70 percent) with the same OS, according to Nielsen. However, there’s a fair number of Android users (14 percent) who say they would switch to the iPhone for their next purchase, and 16 percent who say they would be open to buying a different device with another OS.

While Android’s loyalty numbers are strong, much of its strength comes from its availability in a number of form factors, prices that are often cheaper than an iPhone, and support on all four major U.S. carriers. Basically, it’s the best non-iPhone available on whatever carrier people have, and that’s where it’s really taken off. Yes, there are people who love the openness of Android or enjoy tinkering with the devices, or maybe they just prefer an alternative to Apple. But for many people, Android is the best runner-up to the iPhone.

Pretty soon however, Android will have competition for the title of the best non-Apple smartphone available on all carriers. Windows Phone 7 is launching on AT&T and T-Mobile, and is slated to go to Verizon and Sprint next year, avoiding the mistake of the Palm Pre which took too long to move to other carriers.

Android will still have a loyal base, but it’s a largely a collection of new converts. There’s no guarante they won’t jump ship when their contract expires, especially when they see devices that compare favorably. Prospective Android buyers may also reconsider when they take a look at WP7. That’s because…

Windows Phone 7 provides a better user experience. It starts with the quality control enforced by Microsoft. There’s more consistency from device to device, both in the interface and the layout of buttons. On Android devices, there are multiple skins and UIs available, and even the button layout changes between devices and manufacturers. Also, because Microsoft will be able to push out software updates over the air, each phone will get updated at the same time. On Android, it’s anyone’s guess when your particular model will get an update, because carriers control the update process for all Android phones aside from the Nexus One.

The interface also feels more intuitive and slick. While Android often seems like a copy of iOS with some added functionality through a menu button, WP7 really feels unique and engaging in a very good way. The panoramic navigation feels fresh and fun. Android, by contrast, often seems to involve one more button press than I’d like.

The Windows Phone 7 is by no means a revolutionary platform, but it provides the most wow and uniqueness since the iPhone appeared. Its overall experience makes Android feel a touch unpolished at times.

Games on Windows Phone 7 will look much better than Android games. I’ve played a few games on WP7 devices, and they look and play better than anything on Android. It helps that touch input is first-rate on WP7 phones, but it goes back to the XNA developer tools, which are familiar to many game developers.

Microsoft, with its Xbox 360 business, is well positioned to lure serious game developers over to Windows Phone 7. Android, on the hand, hasn’t had a great track record getting game developer support. EA and Gameloft are on board, but for its size, the platform hasn’t been a huge priority yet for game developers. Even Angry Birds developer Rovio released a full version for webOS before it launched a lite beta version on Android.

Games matter, and it’s partly the reason why the iPhone and the iPod touch have been so successful. Games have been the largest category in the iTunes App Store for a while now.

Windows Phone 7 will likely have a better app story overall. The apps on WP7 look great so far. Yes, it’s a limited view, but even in the fast-paced world of smartphones, the third-party apps on WP7 look very modern. There will be many more apps in Google’s Android Market for some time, but WP7 titles should be high-quality, partly because Microsoft is paying some developers for their work.

Microsoft is trying to catch up, but it shows they’re taking the apps business seriously, which means we should see more than the 18 apps that launched with the Palm Pre. Microsoft said developers have already downloaded the developer tools more than 500,000 times. I tried out apps like IMDb, Fandango, Netflix and eBay, all of which are available on Android, except for Netflix, which is likely coming soon. The Android apps are clean and utilize tabs or buttons similar to the iPhone. The WP7 apps looked more dynamic, with bigger icons and the ability to swipe left and right for more menus. If developers make use of the tools Microsoft is offering, they’ll create programs that invite more usage and also feel part of a family of WP7 apps. Microsoft says developers will be able to make apps in a shorter amount of time because their tools are so good.

It’s a big question whether app developers will support Windows Phone 7. Microsoft, for its part, overhauled the Windows Marketplace for Mobile to make it more friendly to customers and developers. It has a web store where you can buy apps from a desktop browser, something we’re still waiting for from Google. Microsoft seems committed to making sure there are actual paying transactions happening in its store, which doesn’t always seem like the case with Android. Developers who might be deterred by Windows Phone 7′s small market share may be convinced to sell in Marketplace because it’s more designed to move product.

Microsoft will spend money on Windows Phone 7 marketing. Expect to see a lot of marketing for Windows Phone 7. I talked to an exec who said Microsoft will be pushing the new platform, but he wouldn’t outline the marketing spend. At least one analyst has estimated Microsoft will spend $400 million on the WP7 launch.

Google participates in marketing with its carrier partners, but it doesn’t run its own ads. What you see are the oddly robotic-obsessed Droid Does campaign ads that hype a particular line-up from one carrier, such as Verizon Wireless. There’s no cohesive Android marketing campaign that spans all the devices.

Microsoft has the opportunity to tell a story, much like Apple does with the iPhone. It’s building a narrative around phones running its platform, as you can see in the first ads, which tout Windows Phone 7 as “a phone that can save us from our phones.” Say what you want about the ads, but they’re part of a cohesive message that extends to all the phones. At least they are better than the Palm Pre’s bizarre New Age ads.

You can be sure Microsoft will do a lot of promotion around its phones and the way they tie back into its popular assets like Xbox Live, Bing and Microsoft Office. The lack of a single marketing campaign for Android hasn’t hurt sales, but I think the Microsoft ads will get people comparing, and they’re going to find a lot to like.

Windows Phone 7 still has plenty of work to do. Don’t get me wrong; I think Windows still has its work cut out for it. Copy and paste isn’t scheduled to arrive until early 2011, and multi-tasking is still a no-show. There are still bugs, like the inability to run certain apps in landscape view. And then there’s the huge task of generating momentum in a market defined by the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices.

Looking at the market, I see the iPhone continuing a steady march because it’s still the best overall experience. With a Verizon Wireless model likely to come early next year, sales should continue on an upward climb. RIM is already losing market share, and WP7 could contribute to that. But it’s Android that has really benefited as the platform for people who are interested in an iPhone but don’t want to switch to AT&T or object to Apple for some reason. Windows Phone 7 has the ability to swoop in and vie for that iPhone competitor spot. The makings are there. Let’s see if Microsoft makes good on this opportunity.

Reference :

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Microsoft Announces First Windows Phone 7 Handsets

NEW YORK — Microsoft on Monday unveiled details on the first phones running its brand new Windows Phone 7 operating system, the software giant’s answer to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS mobile platforms.

The phone will be available on AT&T (who co-hosted the event) and T-Mobile networks stateside beginning Nov. 8, with handsets from HTC, LG, Dell and Samsung.

“We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience — one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.”

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Windows Phone 7 is a complete overhaul of Windows Mobile, which with Nokia, Blackberry and Palm had dominated smartphones before Apple and Google entered the market beginning just three years ago. Windows Mobile currently has just 5 percent of the global smartphone market, down from 9 percent only a year ago, according to Gartner Research. Worldwide, Android has already shot up to 17 percent, Apple to 14 percent, with Nokia/Symbian and RIM/BlackBerry leading with 41 and 18 percent respectively.

From the user’s point of view, the most significant innovation of Windows Phone 7 will probably be the UI design, organized around what Microsoft calls “Hubs.” Instead of a flat screen offering a grid of applications, services will be grouped in tiles according to the tasks they perform. For example, “Music” might include an onboard Zune-like media player, but also streaming services like Slacker Radio. Each hub prioritizes recent or favorite files or apps and will be able to integrate with social, sharing and streaming services in the cloud.

The primary hubs for Phone 7 will be People (with integrated contacts, phone and text messaging, and social networking), Pictures (including photos on phone, but also on Windows Live, Office (OneNote, Word and Excel Documents, SharePoint), Music/Video (Microsoft’s Zune and subscription service ZunePass, iHeartRadio, and Slacker Radio), Games (multiplayer gaming with Xbox Live).

Many of these services will be built in to the OS or pre-packaged by the hardware manufacturers, but third-party applications will be also be available for distribution through Microsoft’s app store. These applications will be able to use WP7’s built-in location and communication services.

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“Thousands of applications are being developed right now,” said Microsoft developer Joe Belfiore. “Our goal is to work with our partners so their apps have elegant coexistence with what’s already on the device.” Belfiore demonstrated apps from eBay, IMDB, AT&T’s UVerse Mobile, but did not announce the number of apps available at launch or details about an app marketplace.

Microsoft is also trying a new approach to smartphone hardware. While Apple and Blackberry have designed devices tightly built around their own software, and Android has generally allowed hardware OEMs to put the OS on whatever device they wish, Microsoft has taken a hybrid approach, specifying standards for their hardware partners to meet in order to carry Windows Phone 7. These include three specific buttons – a menu/home button with a Windows logo, a back button, and search, plus other processor and screen resolution requirements.

The initial group of WP7 phones on AT&T are the HTC Surround, the LG Quantum, and the Samsung Focus. All three feature a 1-GHz processor, Wi-Fi, a 5-MP camera with 720-MP video, and each will cost $199.99 with a new contract. The HTC Surround is game- and media-focused, with a 3.5-inch screen, 16-GB storage, two Dolby Surround speakers and a kickstand to prop the device up on a flat surface. Samsung’s Focus offers the most screen real estate, with a 4-inch 800×480 Super AMOLED WVGA touchscreen, but only 8 GB of storage. The LG Quantum is optimized for text entry, with a 3.5-inch screen, 16 GB of storage and a slide-out landscape QWERTY keyboard.

Like Apple and Android (and Microsoft’s desktop software long before that), Microsoft has also designed Windows Phone 7 to complement other devices and services in the Windows ecosystem. It offers cloud syncing from the phone to the desktop through WindowsPhone.com, tight integration with Windows Live’s cloud-based office, storage, contacts/calendar, e-mail/instant messaging, file-sharing and media-management services, and gaming downloads and social networking through Xbox Live.

The most thorough integration, though, may be with Bing, Microsoft’s search engine. Every WP7 phone will have a search button that will connect with Bing to search web results, maps, directions, media or shopping. Bing’s search results will in turn be closely tied to the sharing and communication services on the devices. The mobile front-end client for Bing was smooth and versatile, but some may note that Microsoft did not show or announce the possibility of using another search backend as the default.

The other major worry about WP7 was the lack of copy and paste at launch, which Belfiore confirmed. However, he promised that a free update adding copy and paste would be pushed to all WP7 devices in early 2011.

The two major emphases I see in Windows Phone 7 are the integrated social networking and cloud services and the push towards casual gaming. EA’s The Sims 3 for Windows Mobile is a terrific example of the confluence of those two. Just as with the Xbox and Kinect, the development of Xbox Live for mobile has taken strong cues in look and feel from both Nintendo’s Wii and the success of iOS in casual gaming for all ages. There’s very little here that’s directed for the Xbox 360’s hard-core gamers, but there’s plenty here for people who love to play games and share media with their friends.

Microsoft’s hope is that these features will differentiate Windows Phone 7 devices from the rest of the market. Users already engaged with Microsoft devices and software, from the Windows 7 desktop OS and MS Office to the Xbox or Zune, will benefit the most from their integration on the smartphone. Others may find Phone 7’s interface and its reorganization of applications and services more intuitive or appealing.

It’s a beautiful interface, competitively priced and extremely well-integrated with Microsoft’s other core products. The irony is that two of these core products – Office and the Xbox – have been largely separate until now. Users may just have a difficult time deciding whether it’s a phone for business or pleasure – or whether Microsoft can succeed in trying to do both at the same time on one device.

Photo: Tim Carmody/ Wired.com

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