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Hitachi Wooo: The battle of LCD displays on Mobile

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on February 11, 2009

p_index_image_011The Gadget manufacturers dont stop. They have been constantly fusing technology forms from various devices to mobile phones! So now, Move over Samsung, as the (arguably) the best phone screens. Enter Hitachi! After producing the slimmest LCD screens at 3.5 cm, they extand that to phones with the Hitachi Wooo featured by Japaneese operator KDDI! 

The Wooo features a 3.1 inch 3D WVGA OLED screen (854*480 Pixels) powered bythe same engine that powers the Hitachi Wooo TVs! It also features a 5 MegaPix CMOS Camera and 600 MB internal data folder. The Wooo is a clampshell with the ability to swivel into clampshell and portrait modes! It has music and video modes and a Navigation system thats aids in Disaster evacuation (???).
Watch this space!

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Smartphone debut: Dell’s MePhone

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on February 11, 2009

Given the recessionary times, Dell faces pressure on its mainstay computer business. However, the smart kid, Dell had already foreseeen tough times and had adequately prepared for its foray into the smart phone segment. The Round Rock, Texas based company have produced prototypes of its smartphones based on Android and Windows 6.5 platforms.

What makes this piece of news interesting is the “Zing” application which is a system for music streaming synchronization across devices. Dell will make most of its appeal based on personalization of the device (its Computer business USP). Thus the name MePhone >> a phone that is me! Dell will unviel the Mephone in the world mobile congress in some time and the sales start is September 2009.
Interesting times ahead?

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Lenovo: A promising smart phone debut?

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on February 11, 2009

lenovocmLenovo and Dell are the latest kids in the smartphone block. Its getting a bit crowded out there these days! However featured in the pic is the first sneak peak of theOphone.  For its part it looks pretty much and sounds as much the obvious, iPhone. oPhone is based on China mobile’s OMS (Open Mobile system), which after all is Android, and TD SCDMA which is China’s 3G vehicle!

Word goes that China Mobile was initailly goingthe rounds with iPhone but the partnership broke on the issue of sharing margins!

A well placed source said, “Given these(iPhone, Android, Symbian) developments, it is becoming very clear that developing a proprietary handset operating system is essential for dominance of the mobile Internet market in China. At the moment, China Mobile is in a comparatively weak position without its own operating system. With its own operating system, China Mobile will be able to commission customized phones from handset makers and keep its hand strong in negotiations over profit sharing. There is even the possibility that China Mobile may move into manufacturing handsets itself.
Here are a few You Tube videos on the oPhone:

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Even “invincible” and “Infallible” Microsofts and Googles are HUMAN after all

Posted in The cloud and the open source by Manas Ganguly on February 11, 2009

On 31st December 2008, as the clocked turned in the new year, Microsoft 30 GB Zunes all over the world started hanging and disfunctioning. A month later, Google serach reported a peculiar bug that marked every search result to be potentially harmful and capable of harming the user’s machine! Users were baffled at these seizures and failure! Afterall, we are talking of the two biggest corporations in the world: The Redmond based Microsoft which introduced computing to the world and Mountain View’s Google, which is synonomous to “search” on the internet.

It brought in a lot of unwanted attention to these companies! Both these bugs were attributed to a human programing error.
Essentially, the programme code had defined a leap year to >366 days (instead of “=”). So the programme code was stuck on identifying 2008 since it had 366 days. (It could identify years with 365 days and it was looking for aleap year with 367 or more days!)

So far as Google is concerned, It appears that someone added the forward slash to the list of bad URLs. The forward slash of course is part of most URLs. So the search engine dutifully blacklisted most of the Internet.

Small programming errors that cascaded into a world wide crisis. Nothing that the two big corporations could not handle…but all the same, it does prove, even “invincible” and “Infallible” Microsofts and Googles are HUMAN after all…..

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An year end analysis of Revenue and Subscriber market share trends in Indian Telecom Bazaar

Posted in Industry updates by Manas Ganguly on February 11, 2009

The top 6 operators in the Indian Telecom space are thus stacked up in terms of Revenue market shares and subscriber market shares! It is not surprising to find Airtel at the tip of the heap both in subscriber and revenues. However, It is Vodafone that is almost par with Reliance in Subscribers and trounces it in the revenue market share by a whooping mile! In fact Reliance is so low in terms of revenue shares that the no 4 (BSNL/MTNL) and no 5 (Idea) are biting at its end! Tata Teleservices comes up last in the list!

1. Airtel seems to consolidate its national footprint quite handsomely with a 14% increase in revenue shares. It has the highest ratio of revenue to subscribers! Again indicating that Airtel seems to have built some stickiness with the high ARPU consumers. One would imagine so beacuse high ARPU consumers do a lot of travelling and Airtel gives them the seamless connectivity!

2. Idea has seen a 22% increase in its revenue share, with an increase in its circles coverage from 12 in 2007 to 15 in 2008. Drop in ARPU has not been compensated as much by subscriber addition, which is why the index stands low amongst all the GSM private entities!

3. Vodafone traditionally is one of the higher ARPU players! However, its launch in C Circles seems to have taken some of the sheen away from its revenue/ subscriber index i.e most of the acquisition that has happened in thesecircles has been low ARPU consumers.

4. BSNL + MTNL have seen erosions both in revenue share as well as in ARPU! Also it has lagged the growth rate of the telecom market in 2008! No wonder then that, they are rushing into 3G to boost their ARPUs/Revenues!

5. Reliance and Idea, the CDMA operators have had a bad year! more people are choosing GSM services over CDMA. There appears to be a churn from CDMA to GSM as well. There is a erosion in higher end consumers who probably are flocking to GSM players as more and more are opening up to all circles! Indian CDMA operators have consistently seen a decline in Revenue Market share from 21.6% in Q3 FY08 to 17.9% in Q3 FY09. While GSM operators managed to gain the loss of CDMA operators and now control a whopping 82.1% of the Indian wireless space. Will the trend change with Sistema’s entry into the space ? Or something needs to be changed in the CDMA ecosystem to make it fit in the context of the second largest wireless market in the world ?untitled1

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