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The computer processor company AMD has announced an app store to bridge the prevalent gap in smooth running of the Android apps on the computer. This store will showcase how the apps will be optimized for its processors. With this, we will be able to download and run popular Android apps on AMD based PC running Windows. The joint efforts of Blue Stack and AMD have enabled the AMS AppZone Player which in turn has led to such possibilities.

amdlogo AMD bridges Android and PC gap

This is expected to be a big leap to bridge the gap and enabling the Android apps to be run on AMD-powered devices. With this collaboration, the software developers will now be able to easily tap AMD’s products and keep the great expectations of the users satisfied. Manju Hegde, corporate VP of heterogeneous applications and developer solutions at AMD confirmed the news.

Further, users will be able to download featured apps directly from the AppZone Player or search for the AppZone store. This collaboration is a success already and they are now planning and working with leading OEMs to preload the player on the upcoming AMD-powered devices.

We are waiting fingers crossed for more surprises. Thanks to AMD for the good news!

Both bada and webOS developers are likely to find Samsung’s next-generation OS (TiZen) interesting – after all, Samsung has promised that the Open Service Platform stack (aka bada C++) will survive on the new OS which has an architecture which looks a lot like the one of webOS.

It now looks like Samsung might release a version of its latest high-end device running TiZen instead of Android. If it ships at a reduced price (like the original Wave), this could be very helpful at promoting the platform:
galaxy siii tizen TiZen Galaxy SIII spotted

A PDF file of the certificate can be accessed here:

Microsoft’s decision to support ARM processors in Windows 8 has likely ruffled quite a few feathers at Intel – allowing ARM to access the desktop threatens the highly profitable x86 market.

Intel now strikes back by providing its high-speed Atom processors to more and more Android manufacturers. So far, the CPU’s did not make it into high end devices…a fact which has just changed with the Motorola Razr i.

From a technical standpoint, the device is not too interesting – its USP is a screen wíth a very, very slim border. The really important fact is that it runs on a 2GhZ Atom CPU…a speed which ARM based cores have not yet reached.

Find out more via the URL below – sadly, one cannot embed videos from the GSMA:

The Mobile Asia Expo is scheduled to be held in Shanghai this year from 20-22 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China.

Mobile Asia Expo comprises of several components:

  • A world-class Expo, showcasing cutting-edge technology, products, devices and apps to mobile professionals and mobile-passionate consumers
  • A thought-leadership Conference for senior mobile professionals, featuring visionary keynotes, panel discussions and world-class networking
  • App Planet, where app developers can learn and expand their knowledge of the popular mobile app marketplace
  • A unique Deal Hub platform to connect qualified buyers and world class solution providers face-to-face to do business
  • And mPowered Brands, a programme dedicated to accelerating marketers’ knowledge and utilization of mobile as a marketing medium

The expo will have several App developer conferences which will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, and encourage audience interaction on a wide range of topics.

Normally, 1-Day Visitor Pass is ¥ 100, but you can receive the pass for free during a limited-time “Early Bird” offer. All you have to do us to visit https://registration.itnintl.com/mae12/regonline/RegLogin.aspx and use the code EVP7F747

Notable App developer conferences include

  • Blackberry Jam sessions: Being held on Wednesday and Thursday, 20-21 June, these sessions will help developers fast-track BlackBerry application development and bring apps to the community of over 77 million BlackBerry users worldwide.
  • CMDC ADC: The CMDC ADC will introduce a host of customisable new products as well as keynote speeches on the latest developments in mobile applications and the mobile industry. Taking place on Wednesday, 20 June from 13:30-17:00, this ADC will include a lucky draw at the end of the session.
  • Nokia Developer Day: Nokia’s Developer Day will feature their latest achievements on Windows Phones and the Nokia developer support and incentive program. A special giveaway will be awarded to an attendee at the end of this conference which will take place on Wednesday, 20 June from 15:00-17:00.

Hurry up…Grab while the offer lasts…!!

Happy developing…!!!

This is a public service alert to all Hutchison customers who are currently in Austria: Hutchison Austria has a major network outage! In most parts of Western Austria, networks are not operational!

As of this writing, it is not known when normal operations will resume. For Austrian customers, sometimes, fall-back to A1 will work by enforcing GSM usage rather than 3G if you are OUTSIDE of a city.

For all customers reading this via 3LikeHome: it is highly likely that this will be charged fuzlly, as 3LikeHome is not available on all non-Hutchison networks. So, better disconnect for a few hours.

Not much to add here for now…

Roaming in the EU is quite a topic – given that Hutchison has used the communality across its network for great advantage, I have frequently predicted that it would be but a question of time when other carriers react.

According to Mobile Business Briefing, Telefonica has just done so:

Telefonica has launched a pan-European data roaming tariff offering smartphone subscribers to its European networks 25MB of data usage for EUR2 a day.

The Pan-European tariff launched in Germany in May and will be available this summer to Telefonica’s O2 and Movistar customers in Spain, UK, Ireland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. It will be applicable for roaming across all 27 EU member states.

Let’s see how this one plays out…

450px La2 euro EU reduces roaming fees furtherThe EU intends to be a “super state” – in a super state, however, citizens can expect to pay no roaming fees when traveling from one substate to another (similar to the USA).

Sadly, the EU currently has not yet achieved this state. However, it remains work in progress. The Independent now repors the following:

Mobile phone roaming charges will fall again from July following a European Parliament vote today.

The cuts involve reducing the cost of making a mobile call from another EU country from about 30p a minute to 24p, while the cost of sending a text drops to just 7p. Overall, roaming costs have fallen by up to 75% since the campaign began in 2007, said the commission.

Stay tuned for further info as we get it!

Image: Wikimedia Commons / Lars Aronsson

Oracle, the leader in Java development tools plans to enter the mobile space. Oracle founder, Larry Ellison revealed considering the purchase of Blackberry maker Research in Motion or Palm. The confident Larry added “I had the idea we could enter the smartphone business and compete”.

Plenty of companies were considering the deal and Larry Ellison confirmed in court testimony that his company- Oracle- had considered snapping Palm back in the day. While Oracle thought, HP purchased the Palm for $ 1.2 billion.


Strand Consult has identified five paths that smaller operators on a market can choose between:

1. Cost control – Use tight cost control and a close focus on all costs to ensure that your company is being run more cost efficiently than your competitors. This is a tough business strategy and is being used to a lesser or greater extent by all mobile operators every day.

2. Infrastructure sharing – An increasing number of operators are not only outsourcing smaller or larger parts of their business, they are also now signing network sharing agreements with their competitors, allowing them to create companies that deliver mobile traffic to multiple competing mobile operators.

3. An aggressive MVNO strategy – Using an aggressive MVNO strategy makes it possible to significantly reduce your sales and marketing costs. In practice mobile operators using this strategy will move away from purchasing expensive customers with a high margin, that will not be profitable for 12 – 24 months, to purchasing customers with a lower margin, but that are generating a positive cash flow from the first month.

4. A focused strategy – An operator can also have a focused strategy, where they avoid customer segments and products that they either do not have the resources to handle, or the ability to service. One way of doing business using this strategy would be to solely focus on SIM-only products and not subsidise any type of hardware. By using this strategy, an operator can profile themselves on the market with simple and clear messages and at the same time significantly reduce their distribution costs.

5. The capitulation strategy – Operators thinking about this type of strategy have most probably already tried one or more of the above strategies without much success and have therefore concluded that their business may have a larger value if they try selling it to a competitor, that will gain the advantage of being able to benefit from the synergies of merging two mobile operators. There have been numerous examples where we have seen very high “scrap” values for mobile operator. For many mobile operators that are number three or four on a mobile market, this model is probably the most profitable for their shareholders.

Not much to add here…

Call it OMG, but a number of big devs out there have been slapped with a lawsuit on stealing user data through their apps without the user consent.

According to Mobile Business Briefing

In a filing made to the US district court for Texas, companies listed include social app developers Facebook, Foursquare, Gowalla, Path, LinkedIn and Twitter, games companies EA, Rovio and ZeptoLab, plus several other high-profile titles.

The suit, on behalf of 13 consumers, calls for firms to stop harvesting data without user consent, and also seeks monetary compensation.

This puts a serious question on the moral integrity of the above developers whom the consumers trust blindly. They might claim whatever, butit is still to be established what has been done with the data that has been accumulated by such means.

We wait for the court to find out.until then, stay tuned…!!

Phil McKinney, the ex CTO at HP, is also known as an ace innovator in the industry. He left HP last year to pursue his “other interests”.

His book Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation promotion saw an interview of his with fellow author Rick Mathieson. According to McKinney

[The Palm acquisition] was going to be a long term effort. Palm was struggling and HP was stepping in, doing the acquisition, and we were basically going to take three years hands-off. Palm was basically going to get cash infusions, resources, and expertise. But Palm was going to be given three years to basically get itself positioned to be a market leader in its space. Now, fast forward to July of 2011 and, one, you had a swap out of the CEOs – Leo comes in as the new CEO – and HP, for whatever reason – I was not a part of this decision – made the decision to kill it, one year into the three year program. This is an example of not committing long term to the resources and not having patience for innovation.

McKinney was in the core team that was responsible for the acquisition of Palm, but he was not there when the plug was pulled.


John Rubinstein has reportedly left HP. The Palm chief boarded HP when HP purchased Palm in July 2010.

Rubinstein said that he had intended moving on since before the launch of the TouchPad, but that he was asked to stick around and help them with the webOS transition.

He had told the following to All Things D on webOS

well, if HP invests in it the way it says it’s going to and they can build a community around it — and that’s not just people developing for the platform, but other companies using it — it will do well.

We wish him luck in his future endeavors..!!!

The Cyanogen Mod, which liberated most of the smartphone world from it’s woes, had made a debut entry on the TouchPad. You read it correct ladies and gentlemen, CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.

If you thought CyanogenMod 7 was great, this alpha is *two* CyanogenMods better. That’s right, introducing CyanogenMod 9 for Touchpad, Alpha 0! That’s a “zero” as in “zero hardware-accelerated video”, “zero camera”, and “zero support!”

There’s one other zero we’d like to mention. Zero reasons to not give you the source code. So, for the first time, we’re making ALL the source for the HP Touchpad for CyanogenMod 9 available for you to build CyanogenMod 9 yourself from scratch.

So that should be read as a yayyyyyy. But there is something (somethings to be more precise) that still do not work:

Yeah, let’s focus on the negative. Some (but not all) things that DO NOT WORK:

  • Hardware Video (OMX). As a result, Netflix does not work, YouTube works only only in non-HD videos.
  • Audio is a mess. The microphone does not work. Work on the current libaudio solution has halted because we will eventually switch to a CAF libaudio.
  • Camera does not work. The only libcamera.so that we have is from froyo and its closed source. There is a wrapper for QCOM gingerbread libcamera libraries that could likely be used as a basis to get our camera working.
  • Market filters prevent some apps from being installed (this can partly solved by switching back to standard DPI settings(120, 160, 240). The current build is using 160 which fixes the market but makes everything look ugly and low resolution.
  • Titanium Backup crashes the kernel. There’s an investigation in progress…There are reports that older versions do work.
  • Most of the hardware problems from CM7 still exist in this CM9 alpha build.
  • Gapps intended for CM7/Gingerbread will not work in CM9/ICS. If you choose to install GAPPS then you’ll need to get an updated compilation
  • USB file transfers use MTP or PTP in Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb. Traditional storage mounting is not supported in the Touchpad build.

You can give it a try by visiting http://rootzwiki.com/topic/15509-releasealpha0-cyanogenmod-9-touchpad/

Happy modding…!!!

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