If you have not heard, Google Drive released. Now you can upload your files to Google Drive, sync them across all your devices, and share them securely with others. I’m a little biased, having worked on this launch, but biases aside, Google Drive is really awesome. You get 5GB for free just by signing up. Never send email attachments again and get confused with which copy is the latest.
Drive also comes with a web viewer interface that allows you to view over 16 file types in the browser (even on your smartphone or tablet). And yes, the viewer supports all Microsoft Office file types. Enough talking, you should try it out for yourself and see what I’m talking about 🙂 Check it here.
Two days ago I posted about Android catching up to the iPhone and wished for an Android powered PSP. I wrote about this before here and here. Well it does not seem far fetched now with the new Android-powered Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10. Engadget has more on the pre-production model here and GIZMODO here. Looks like Sony still has some few hurdles to overcome to deliver on this phone. However, poking around online, I found the following piece:
Sony Ericsson’s head of portfolio planning, Steve Walker, said that this is just the start, and that in future we’ll see closer integration with other Sony products, though he wouldn’t comment as to whether the PS3 was a possibility, via Remote Play like the Sony Ericsson Aino.
Given that Sony barely released the PSP GO recently, I don’t see them investing in a new handheld console-phone combo platform right now. Coupled with the upcoming PSP versions of LittleBigPlanet, Assassin’s Creed and Rock Band, the PSP is getting back some attention that has been focused on the PS3 for the past couple of years.
Lets look at some numbers. According to Joystiq here, Sony has lost close to $4.7 Billion dollars on the PS3 so far. Also according to VGChartz, Sony has sold 25.74Million PS3 units so far compared to 52.31Million PSP units. The Xbox360 launched a year earlier than the PS3 and their total sales so far is 32.78Million units. That’s not too bad. By end of April next year, I think we will have a good idea of the PS3’s overall performance in this generation. It seems to me that by April 2010, Sony will have shown most of their cards for the PS3. I say April 2010, because FF XIII, God Of War III, and Gran Turismo 5 will all be out by then (MAG, Heavy Rain, and The Last Guardian may all be out by then too). These titles should enable Sony to capture a lot of the PS2 users back to their side. Knowing that the PS2 sold over 138 million units as of August 18, 2009, the potential to sell more PS3s is huge.
If this generation cycle manages to stay for 10 years, there is a big chance for Sony to recoup its losses on the PS3. I got to all these numbers just to see if its feasible financially to create a PSP phone.
After reading Mobile Crunch’s review of the Motorolla Droid device vs the iPhone, it finally seems like someone was able to catch up with Apple(feature wise).
Each phone platform has such tremendous merits. Androids got better navigation; the iPhone has a better browser. Androids got unbeatable expandability and flexibility; the iPhone OS is mind-numbingly easy to use and the rate of growth and drive behind the App Store is simply explosive.
Samsung is also making Android powered phones and we will soon see more Hardware makers jumping on the Android bandwagon.
I wrote before here and here how it would be awesome to have a Sony phone with an open operating system platform like Android. It finally seems like that its viable for Sony to compete with a unique value offering. Now that Sony has adopted the “It only does everything” line for the PS3, they should do the same with the PSP. A powerful handheld console like the PSP coupled with a smart phone functionality would be something I would buy in a heart beat.
Google announced the O3D API for creating 3D Graphics in the browser. Another smart step to broaden the usage of the Internet which will hopefully end up with a full fledged broswer powered 3D games that are supported by ads someway or another.
Its interesting that all the big companies are using strategies that don’t affect their bottom line directly but strengthen the community around their offerings. Sun, Intel, Google, IBM, and Oracle are all encouraging people to dive in deeper to the technologies they offer for free so they can market thier non-free solutions. In the case of Sun, the strategy that Jonathan Schwarz has resulted eventually in their acquisition by Oracle. Google is making all the right steps, Google Android, Google Code, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Documents, Finance, …etc. All of these apps attract users who are very likely to click on related ads. Once you have proven market leadership, growth becomes the problem. Just hitting the same numbers year over year is not enough to do better in the market.
Samsung announced a new Google Android powered phone. All Android phones can not have multi-touch gesture controls like pinch-zooming web pages,maps, and photos. According to the press release, here are the detailed specs of the new Samsung I7500 phone:
- HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps (900 / 1700/ 2100MHz)
- EDGE / GPRS (850/ 900/1800/1900)
- OS Android
- 3.2″ HVGA(320×480) AMOLED
- Camera 5 MP Camera (Auto Focus), Power LED
- Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
- Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, e-AAC+, WMA, RA
- Full Web Browser with Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Android Market
- Bluetooth® 2.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, MicroUSB, 3.5mm ear jack
- Internal memory: 8GB
- External memory: Micro SD (Up to 32GB)
- Battery 1500 mAh
- Dimensions: 115 x 56 x 11.9mm
The new phone will be available in Europe in June 2009. It seems that T-Mobile will be the carrier in the US. Recently T-Mobile claimed that a million people bought the G1 Google phone. This is in line with Google’s vision to get as many people using the Mobile web using their apps and clicking on their ads. Unfortunately, even this new Samsung is still not good enough for me to get it. I’m using the BlackBerry Curve with T-Mobile and I’m happy with it but its no iPhone. I do have an iPod Touch and loving it. I think by the end of the year, Android should be able to catch up with the iPhone and then it would be a worthy upgrade for me. If by the end of the year, Android is not as good as the iPhone or even better, I will probably switch to AT&T or the Palm Pre. Palm announced a new touch screen phone called the Pre that will be carried by Sprint. The Pre has a sliding full keyboard and seamless integration features with all online apps. It has the ability to run apps in the background features just like the desktop which is not there in the iPhone.
I attached the CES2009 video of Palm Pre:
Here is the layout of Mobile Smart Phones with the carriers in the market:
Apple + AT&T
Palm + Sprint
Google + T-Mobile
BlackBerry + Verizon
Microsoft has not done anything to combat the iPhone. When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone a while back, Steve Ballmer laughed at it (video below). Who is laughing now?
They say when there is blood on the streets buy property!! The US economy state now is nothing less than blood on the streets. People are losing money left and right and financial institutions are closing doors. The big question is when is it a good time to invest?
Financial gurus always advise to buy low and sell high. Well the stocks are low now but are they going to get lower???
Companies like Google and Apple are now valued at $338.11 and $89.79. Yahoo is at $13.76. And there are talks about a merger between Yahoo and AOL here. If you buy Yahoo now and they merge, then you will make some money for sure. It might take a while though.
Ah …. I wish I knew more about stocks and investing. I should invest the time to learn. If you have any good suggestions, let me know.
Google announced a 3D Virtual world called Lively at the Austin GDC.
Most importantly, Hanna quietly announced that while you can currently embed any Google Gadget into Lively’s world – such as YouTube videos or weather reports running on virtual TVs – the company will soon be providing an API for developers to create new interactive gadgets to run in the space. ……
…… And, taking that idea to its logical conclusion, Hanna said that the Lively team also had on its roadmap opening the API further to create entire 3D games entirely through Lively, to use, he said, “the economy that we’ve set up… and build own games on top of that – it opens up a world of possibilities” from his 11 year old daughter creating content to a startup building their “dream game” – not one based on what a publisher dictates.
This is direct competition to Linden Lab makers of Second Life. Soon, the Playstation Home will launch on the PS3 and it offers pretty much the same experience. Second Life has the biggest install base as of now and I’m sure Google has a solid plan for Lively. Sony’s Home is not in the same space since its focused on PS3 users, but I could see Sony is already investing a lot of time and effort into it, they might as well make it accessible on PCs. We will see how this plays out.
Here is a video that shows Sony’s Home:
And here is an introductory video of Second Life:
Check here. This is not confirmed yet, however, this would be Google’s biggest explicit move in the Games Industry. Austin GDC is right around the corner so it won’t take long to find out if this is true.