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Nexus S – The real news is in the software

Posted by Jeremy Paris on December 7, 2010

Nexus SIt wasn’t too long ago that the tech news was filled with stories about Google’s phone failure in the form of the Nexus One.  Most of the fault was put on Google’s marketing and distribution, and to tell you the truth I didn’t see many bad reports on the phone itself, just the phone’s sales.  But it was still clear that “Google will be stepping out of the hardware arena and will focus instead on the software side of the house”.

Well, apparently that is not the case with the new buzz about Google’s Nexus S.  It will be the first phone to have Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which on the surface is not much of a jump from 2.2.  However, looking at the official Android Developers Site you can pull out a very important paragraph from the rest of the mundane upgrades.

Android 2.3 adds API support for several new sensor types, including gyroscope, rotation vector, linear acceleration, gravity, and barometer sensors. Applications can use the new sensors in combination with any other sensors available on the device, to track three-dimensional device motion and orientation change with high precision and accuracy. For example, a game application could use readings from a gyroscope and accelerometer on the device to recognize complex user gestures and motions, such as tilt, spin, thrust, and slice.

Adding the capability of these new sensors could be another “game-changer” in the tech world.  It allows outside-the-box developers to come up with incredible new apps that haven’t even been imagined before now.  I am a card-carrying iPhone user, but I do have dreams of developing apps for all mobile platforms in the future (read: iOS, Android, and WinPhone7…sorry RIM, you’re dead to me).  And when the new android apps that use these sensors start to get some serious press I’m sure that Apple and Microsoft will start adding them into their next build as well.

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Facebook “integrated” with Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jeremy Paris on November 3, 2010

Facebook on WP7

Facebook on WP7

When Apple announced “Ping”, there was some talk around the water cooler (read: co-workers desk) that Ping was not too impressive, but that it’s possible that it’s just the beginning.  What if, for instance, Apple bought Facebook and integrated it into Ping.

Well, as I read this morning, it is Microsoft that is integrating with Facebook and owns part of the company.  They worked directly with Zuckerberg to rework the way FB will look and work on a mobile device.

Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my iPhone and am satisfied with how facebook works on the iPhone.  But having the ability to take a picture and have that picture post to facebook instantly without having to open the app is a nice feature that will be available on WP7.  And I’m sure that this is just the beginning.  I can see many many apps that can be developed for WP7 that could make use of the new “integrated” Facebook.  Time will only tell if this is a “big step” in social networking, or just “big hype”.

Side Note: Watching the PDC10 event and realized that Steve Ballmer looks like a slightly thinner Tommy Boy.

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