According to a report published in The New York Times, Apple has blocked Sony‘s Reader application that lets users read and buy ebooks from other online stores. Apple has told Sony that no purchases outside the App store were going to be entertained and any purchase was to only go through Apple, revealed Steve Haber, President of Sony’s Digital Reading Division. Mr.Haber has expressed his disappointment at Apple’s move to limit Sony’s ereading to only one store and said that this move was completely opposite to Sony’s intentions about their device. The one to lose out heavily because of this move by Apple would be Amazon which also sells ebooks on the App store.
Only within a day or two after Patrick Lo has severely criticised Apple and Steve Jobs for not opening their doors to other developers, this latest move has actually come as a shock for many analysts.
Yesterday, RIM has launched a demo video of a few business applications that are going to feature on the Blackberry Playbook Tablet. The tablet is going to come out in March. Well, there was not a lot new in yesterday’s demo. The demo once again reiterates the need of pairing the tablet with a Blackberry smartphone for keeping the enterprise email on Playbook. Switching between Apps can be done with easy swipes of the finger. One new feature was the SAP business tool that allows the use of complex graphs and charts.
The other technical specifications of the tablet are 1 GB RAM, dual core processor with a speed of 1GHz, a 7″ wide touchscreen with the resolution 1024×600, 3.0 and 5.0 megapixel cameras, Wi-Fi and HDMI output.
The features seem to be quite excellent. But, only time will tell if Blackberry can outsmart Android devices as far as business applications are concerned.
Well, if you observe the sales data of Blackberry smartphones in the year 2010, you would have to agree that Blackberry has really done well. Does this mean that Apple and Google are only among the competitors and not the leaders? One reason for the wonderful business that Blackberry has done and for the boost in RIM‘s figures especially during the Christmas season was the lack of newer products from Google’s front. There were only a few phones like the Galaxy S or the Desire HD that run on Android during Christmas. New Android products like Atrix and other ones from Samsung are still awaited.
But, if you look at the market scenario as such, Apple is still a leader when it comes to mobile phoning. Although, according to analysts, Android is ready to take over that mantle sooner or later. Blackberry is only one manufacturer, Android is the OS that is now being adopted by several manufacturers across the world.
Are the Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Dell Streaks catching up with Apple’s iPad? Yes, say the results of a recent study by Strategy Analytics, a global market researcher. As per the study, Apple shipped a total number of 7.3 million units in the last quarter of 2010 when compared to 4.2 million in the 3rd quarter. On the other hand, 2.1 million Android Tablets were shipped in the last quarter of 2010. Apple loyalists would argue that this number is in no way close to Apple’s figures. But, wait before you jump to conclusions. In the 3rd quarter of 2010, only 100,000 Android units were shipped. Now, you can compare the two quarters and see the rapid increase in shipments.
The reasons for the increased fondness for Android tablets like Samsung Galaxy are their advanced features, impressive specifications and above all, a completely affordable price when compared to the iPad.
Apple better release their iPad 2 as quickly as possible to maintain their firm hold on the market.