Next Gen iPhones Could Be Cheaper

In a note to investors, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty writes that the way forward for Apple to reach out to more customers is by reducing the cost of ownership of the iPhone besides reducing the cost of the service plan. She writes

“We expect Apple to launch new iPhones in June that offer both a lower total cost of ownership and new functionality, potentially including gesture-based technology.”

It is likely that Apple resort to this strategy. You might recall that the iPad has been priced pretty aggressively (against an original estimate of $999) with carrier charges not more than $30 per month. I think if this trial works out to be  successful, Apple could also be looking to price iPhone 4G the same way in the light of stiff competition from the Android handset manufacturers like Google, Motorola and HTC.

Having said that, we need to note that this is merely an analyst’s take and does not reflect company policies. Katy Huberty is the same analyst who had called for the end of AT&T exclusivity in order to increase iPhone’s reach. As we know, that has never happened so far.

[via Apple Insider]

Paid Android Apps For Canada Next Week

Canadian Android smartphone users have had a long wait to get access to the paid app section on the Android marketplace; nine months to be precise. Now there are indications that the standoff could soon come to an end.

The Montreal Gazette writes that an announcement regarding this shall probably be made next week. The publication quotes a Google Canada spokesperson as saying

“There are many factors that come into play to make sure the selling and purchasing processes run smoothly. It takes time to bring support to more countries, which is something we are working hard to do.”

While it is possible that the announcement is simply to elaborate on the reasons behind the inordinate delay, we hope it is going to be much more positive than that.

[via Montreal Gazette]

Nexus One On Verizon Launching March 23

Nexus One, the superphone that Google unveiled earlier this year could be moving out of exclusivity with T-Mobile and launching a Verizon version of the device in March. According to reports on Neowin, the phone has already cleared the mandatory FCC inspection for use on Verizon’s network.

If the rumors are true, then it could be tough times for Google’s Android partner Motorola, whose Droid smartphone hit the Verizon shelves late last year. A better Android handset on the same network could mean there is a good chance for Droid sales to be hit.

However, Google itself has been struggling to keep its head above the water following the barrage of new HTC branded smartphones that are expected to be launched over the next few months. It appears that this cannibalization of sales among OHA partners is the only  way to take on the dominance from the likes of Apple’s iPhone. What do you think?

[via Neowin]

Android Based Nokia Phone In The Making?

There are rumors doing the rounds that Nokia might finally move away from Symbian and be launching an Android based handset soon. However, the speculation has gained fresh credibility after Greig Williams, Nokia’s General Manager for Alps and South East Europe hinted at the possibility.

In a recent conversation, Williams had indicated that Ovi Maps, Nokia’s free turn-by-turn GPS navigation system shall be available for free on Android and Windows Phone 7 handsets. This does not seem logical unless a Nokia branded Android or Windows handset too is in the making.

What do you think?

[via Gizmodo]

Google Could Bring iTunes-Like Application For Android

Is Google preparing to launch a cloud-based iTunes rival for Android users? According to reports, Mountain View is in talks with a Los Angeles based cloud-music service startup called Catch Media over possible acquisition of the service.

Catch Media is a six year old company that focuses on letting users organize their music and media in order to be able to access them from anywhere, including mobile phones. The company claims to be the ATM for media industry and has already signed up licensing agreements with four major record labels.

Both Google and Catch have apparently refused to comment. Nevertheless, it comes as a great strategic move for Google. Late last year, Google introduced a Music OneBox on their search results to let users play music from their search pages itself. An acquisition of Catch Media’s technology can take their competition against Apple one notch further.

What are your thoughts on this?

[via CNET]

Sprint To Offer Samsung Moment OS Update Soon

Folks at Android Central have reported that the first wave of upgrade to Samsung Moment’s Android OS could begin next week. According to their sources, Samsung Moment, which currently runs on Android OS 1.5 could directly be upgraded to the Android 2.1 version.

However, the first wave of upgrade beginning February 22 could require users to manually visit a Sprint store to get the update. The second round, which is expected to roll out on March 8 could be an over-the-air update.

These rumors are not confirmed, so treat it with skepticism for now.

[via Android Central]