Although Nexus One sales estimates haven’t exactly blown everybody’s minds so far, it seems that the cell-phone-you-can-only-buy-from-Google experiment is going to continue. Motorola’s co-CEO announced today that his company is working on device for it.
Since the widely publicized turbulence between Google and the Chinese government erupted, there has been a lot of speculation about whether or not Google would continue to do business in China in any capacity whatsoever. The company stopped censoring search results in its Chinese search engine, and threatened to pull out of China before it would again do so. Talks between Google and China are expected in the near future.
The folks at Apple just need to wake of in the morning to create news of all sorts that could shape the online world in many ways. First, there’s the talk about some profits in Q1 that would make any company happy (The company posted revenue of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share).
By 2013, IDC estimates the global shipments of smartphones will surpass 390 million units, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.9 percent for the 2009-2013 forecast period.
The smartphone market has a constantly shifting mobile operating system (OS) landscape. In a market once ruled by BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile, new players with open standards (Android) and intuitive design and navigation (Mac OS X and webOS) have received strong user and handset vendor interest.
Myxer, which is behind an eponymous mobile entertainment destination, issued the first of what’s supposed to become a monthly report this week, and its stats favor Android. Indeed, the Android operating system apparently showed up the iPhone in several respects.
Game developers – or at least the game developers who attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco – are likely to hold Google and Android in much higher regard after March 9th and 10th. Google’s announced that it will give away quite a lot of Android devices on those dates.
Motorola is allowing Internet users in China to use Baidu or other search engines on its handsets with Google’s Android operating system.
Baidu is Google’s chief rival in the search market in China. "Users will be able to select their search experience from a number of providers including Baidu and others, with whom Motorola has signed strategic agreements," the company said.
Nokia said today it’s releasing a new version of Ovi Maps for its smartphones that includes walking and driving navigation for free.
The move by Nokia to offer free navigation on its smartphones is widely seen as a way for the handset giant to boost sales and better compete with the likes of Google, which already offers free Google Maps Navigation in the 2.0 version of the Android operating system.
People who like to try new cell phones on a regular basis should brace themselves; this year, Motorola’s going to do its best to make it rain Android devices. In an interview today, one exec committed to releasing something like two dozen smartphones based on the mobile operating system.
This morning, Google gave another sign that it’s not kidding about cutting its ties with China. The launch of two Android phones in the country – which had been scheduled to take place tomorrow – has been postponed indefinitely.