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FIRST LOOK: Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch

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With Apple's big announcement approaching, there has been much speculation about whether the technology giant will be releasing its own smartwatch.

In the meantime, other innovators are speeding ahead with their version of the latest wearable trend, and Motorola is no exception.

The telecoms company, which was recently bought from Google by Chinese tech firm Lenovo, announced several new products last week, including its flagship Moto G and Moto X smartphone devices and of course, the Moto 360 smartwatch.

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I had a chance to try out the gadget, and apart from the fact it was a little big, I have no complaints. The watch face is touchscreen, and responds to similar swiping commands to smartphone - up for unlocking, left and right for opening and dismissing.

The watch has a choice of several available watch-faces to mirror your mood and is powered by Google. This means the device is Google Now enabled, so you can ask it anything you want, from when historical events took place, to reminding you to pick up some flowers for your parrot.  

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With a built in heart-rate monitor and pedometer for step counting, it also appeals to the health-conscious among us.

Although the device is quite chunky, the large face does make it more usable and easy to read. It comes in two models, with a starting price of £199 and is usable with Android operating systems 4.3 and up.

Specs at a glance:

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  • OS: Android Wear
  • Dimensions: 46mm diameter by 11mm high, 49g
  • Battery: Full day use
  • Processor: TI OMAP™ 3
  • Memory: 4GB, 512MB RAM

 

The Moto 360 will be available from October this year, from O2, Tesco, Amazon and John Lewis. Check back to the Inspect-a-gadget soon for a full review.

Moto X - could self-design become the new smartphone trendsetter?

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Motorola invented the very first mobile phone in 1973 - these guys have been around the block a few times, so Google's $12.5bn acquisition of the company last year may not have been the most craziest of decisions.

While us techies are crying out for innovation from the smartphone giants - begging for payments, near-field communication, SLR-quality cameras and the next "biggest thing", Google has analysed what a mobile device means to a person today. 

Especially the millennials, who are growing up with a smartphone attached to their hands 24/7, the Facebook, SMS and Twitter notifications bleeping out around the clock. These devices are personal.

Smartphones are a fundamental part of their lives.

And it's not just the teenagers, most adults would be completely lost without their phones - just remember how you struggled to find your way around a city the last time your battery went flat.

Technology is at the core of everything we do.

And while Apple and Samsung have been the trendsetters in this space placing their white and black rectangles into the palms of Westerners everywhere, perhaps it's time for the consumer to choose what their phone looks like today?

The Moto X is the design for everybody: "I'd love this device to be the equivalent of the person who walks into the party, and it's not the intimidating person in the corner or the performer, but the one is who is comfortable there," said Jim Wicks, head of design at Motorola.

While only available in the US this summer, the Moto X will offer 2,000 variations to the device in terms of colours, covers, and engravings. And this I think could just be the beginning for design and the smartphone.

The cost of 3D printing has dramatically fallen in the past year, with models predicted to be in the average person's home in the not-so-distant future. We will soon be designing our products and printing spare parts to our machines in our living rooms.

But this will change our attitude to design and manufacturing, creating two issues:

  • If we can design spare parts will we keep our technology for longer by being able to personalise it and fix it when it breaks?
  • Or will it become even more disposable because we can just cobble together a new one at home?


With people becoming more aware about what 3D printing could mean for the industry, it has given way for self-design businesses like Makie Dolls to spring up. Makie Dolls are transforming digital production. The dolls are produced by the customer digitally and the digital model is then manufactured by a 3D printer to the required specifications which can vary to include, hair colour, eye shape, and clothes.

So if the self-design trend is about to kick off, maybe Google has just got their timing right on the launch of this phone.

Or will we continue to become mindless sheep following the crowd forever more?

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Gadget Guide: Smartphones

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Computer Weekly's Gadget Guide on smartphones gives you a round up of all the latest smartphone news, previews, and reviews from Inspect-a-Gadget.

If you're researching the wide range of smartphones in the market head over to our guide for the low-down on the devices you just can't live your life without. 

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REVIEW: Motorola Razr i, RRP £344.99

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Motorola's latest offering in the form of the RAZR i, comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and what Intel claims to be the fastest chip ever placed in a smartphone.

It is Motorola's first phone to launch in the UK after the Google acquisition and after getting my hands on it, it seems to be leading the way in the mid-range smartphone market. 

Launched at the beginning of this month, the phone contains the Intel Atom providing up to 2Ghz of speed. The Android software runs without hitches, yet there are some compatability issues with the Intel chip. As pointed out in Pocket Lint, some applications do not run, such as Adobe Flash Player, which means you can't run apps such as BBC iPlayer or ITV Player. 

It may be that this hasn't been addressed as Flash is no longer in its prime, however it will be interesting to see if Motorola rectifies this, or waits to see if developers make changes instead.

OK, so not the best start. But first impressions in the looks department and, yes it is another "Black Mirror", but press the unlock button and a gorgeous bright screen comes to life. Another big claim for the device is that it has a 4.3 inch 540x960 screen which "goes right to the edges." And it does indeed go right to the edges of the screen, avoiding that black frame you get with other smartphones.


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It also sits really nicely in the hand at only 126g and even with the Intel chip powering away, the 2000 mAh battery will keep you going for the day. 

I particularly like the widget that comes with the Motorola overlay. It is made up of three circles of varying sizes which are customisable. You can select for text messages, missed calls or voicemails to rotate in the circle which provides the time. You can also turn over the middle circle to see  the weather in preselected countries. The smaller circle also provides you with how much battery you have remaining. 

It just makes the homescreen feel very personal. And after all that, if you're a more angular person and despise circles you can still remove it from the homescreen, nice to know you're not stuck with it, even if it is a Motorola addition.

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Screen which homes intuitive pages as well as widgets. The phone offers personalisation of pages as Android standard, but a suggested "Mobile Office" page is very useful to install right away to "get work done anywhere, anytime" with Quickoffice, email, calendar, bookmarks and SmartActions all set up and ready to go in the click of one button. 

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The phone has a dedicated camera button to be able to launch from screensaving mode in under a second. The 8MP camera could possibly compete with the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920. While it doesn't have as many fancy editing software, the instant-launch camera can capture 10 images in less than a second, which I found very impressive and made my iPhone 4S camera seem about twenty years old. 

The phone isn't enabled for 4G or NFC, and doesn't have any fancy wireless charging (or thank god come in luminous highlighter colours), but this phone isn't trying to set a fashion statement or be the first to conquer anything. This is a quality mid-range smartphone that does everything you expect it to do quickly and efficiently, while lasting longer than an iPhone.

Available sim-free from Amazon and Expansys for £344.99, or £342.99 from Clove, or free on various networks on contract.

T-Mobile's Business SIM-only plans include a 30-day or 12-month plan whilst getting up to 2000 minutes and a Flexible Booster, plans start from £10 per month. 

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Hands on: Apple's iPhone 5 and why I seem to be the only one who's not impressed

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There were three reactions to the launch of Apple's newest device, the iPhone 5:

  1. Hype, rumours and excitement prior to the launch
  2. Disappointment in regards to the lack of innovation when it was launched
  3. And way too much loving sentiment and claims of the "best phone ever" when reviewers got their hands on it
As an Apple user I was intrigued to see what they would release, then disappointed on launch, but I'm afraid I don't follow the crowd when it comes to all the gushing sentiment.

I was lucky enough to have the iPhone 5 land on my desk in work a week ago on launch day while other humans and celebrities were queuing down the road in Regent Street. When I opened the box, yes, I was initially impressed that it had slimmed down and was much lighter to hold. But that's where it all stopped for me.

The amount of reviews I have read with the word "beautiful" to describe the device, you would think I was reading a romance novel. One article used the adjective five times, twice in one sentence - ever heard of a thesaurus?

There is a divide in the Computer Weekly office, you seem to either love the iPhone or hate it. I personally land on the side of love, I have had my iPhone 4S for three months and my iPad 2 for a year and, my iPad in particular, I couldn't live without. That said, I still can't seem to justify the extended enthusiasm and amount of praise this new Apple product has received.  

I was angered by the lack of innovation, and unlike others, an upgrade to the A6 chip and superficial changes can't take that away.

Wireless charging from the Nokia Lumia 920?? NFC capabilities like the Samsung Galaxy SIII to jump-start the use of mobile money?? These are two examples where mobile devices are making changes to the industry, but without the King of smartphones Apple jumping aboard, there's little hope for innovation to take off on a mass scale. 

THE REVIEW

Pros - larger screen, thinner, lighter, 4G capabilities
Cons - lightening connector, Apple Maps, aluminium backplate

Looks:

A major difference to the look and feel of the iPhone 5 it is bigger yet has shed a few pounds. Rather like the supermodels gracing the catwalk at London Fashion Week, the device has been stretched and is longer, thinner and lighter than ever. It weighs 112g and is 123.8mm x 58.6mm x 7.6 mm.

It now also has a silver aluminium backplate which aids to its significant weightloss. While it does offer more grip, I find it very cold to touch and there have been complaints from users where the aluminium shows up scratches much more.

Screen:

Yes the screen is ever so slightly sharper, meaning that the apps are brighter in contrast. But it still took me lining up my iPhone 4S against the 5 looking so close at the screen that my nose bumped the "beautiful" glass to notice this. After reading one review which described how they thought the removal of one layer of glass felt like you were touching the pixels on the screen, my eyebrows couldn't actually raise any higher into my hairline.

The increase in height from 3.5 inches to 4 has allowed an extra row of apps which is useful as it creates less screens to scroll through. More importantly it now introduces a 16.9 aspect ratio

There is also no difference in the response time of scrolling through the device and opening apps. Except for the camera which opens a fraction of a second quicker than the 4S, but not at the speeds of the Motorola Razr i which boasts being able to open up the camera in under a second.

Spec:

Available in 16/32/64GB storage as well as 1 GB RAM, no expandable memory, but 5GB of iCloud is offered for free as standard. It features an upgrade to an Apple A6 chipset, with a dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU.

4G:

First device in the UK able to connect to the super-fast mobile broadband, 4G. However at the moment you have to be an EE customer to be able to use this. Other operators should be allowed to offer 4G services within the next year. 

Camera:

The camera remains as an 8MP camera, but takes slightly better shots in the dark. However, take an image of the sun or a bright light and you will find a purple haze around the light, or a "purple halo" which many iPhone 5 users are complaining about. Again, this is an area where the upcoming Nokia Lumia 920 may trump over the iPhone 5.

Battery Life:

The iPhone 5 has 25 hours extra on the iPhone 4S, bringing it up to 225 hours standby and up to 8 hours talk time. 

Call Quality:

I found the call quality very clear and when compared to the iPhone 4S, it wasn't as tinny and there was less echo from the surrounding area of the person you are calling. 

Earphones:

The earphones have been redesigned and are much more comfortable to wear than the previous design. They sit securely thanks to the rounded tip that fits inside the opening to your ear. Those genius people in Apple have also moved the headphone socket to the bottom of the device, mirroring its iPod touch devices, which is much more convenient as the wires don't tangle up as much. 

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iOS6:

The iPhone 5 comes preloaded with Apple's new operating system, iOS6. However, the OS is still available to existing Apple users (with functionality varied depending on the age of your device.

I took a look at the new iOS6 last week and despite the major issues with Apple Maps which have stopped some users upgrading their device all together, I was pretty impressed with the features that I was able to use including extended use of Siri, a Do Not Disturb function and passbook.

While there has been serious problems with Apple's Maps app, I would think they will be working around the clock to update Maps to actually show stations, roads and err places very soon.

Summary:

The iPhone 5, like its predecessor, is a pleasure to use and hold. Yes it's a great piece of kit, yes the company produces amazing, game-changing pieces of technology. But why does one slight upgrade and a few "dramatic" changes cause such a furore in the technology space?

If you fancy yourself an iPhone, definitely get the 5, but I won't be cancelling my 4S contract and paying an extortionate amount just to get my hands on something that millions of others have also got. When the time comes, I will upgrade to the latest model, but will everyone please calm down?!

The iPhone 5 is available on Vodafone business tariffs including the 24 month Vodafone Red Business data plan. This is available for £45 per month (ex VAT) and provides a free device, unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 2GB data and a dedicated landline number on your iPhone.


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Four years in the making: The best of the best.

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karate-kid2.jpgHaving created this blog and nurtured it for the past four years, I've decided to put the best blog posts/videos from the best on one page.

Diary of an outcast: Apple's Special iPad 2 Event
I will start with my favourite post, the infamous Apple event. I had been invited to Apple events before but somehow started getting missed off the list. I hate Apple so it was no surprise that they didn't want me there. Safe to say that after this post not only was I missed off the list but Computer Weekly never received an invite from Apple ever again.

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This was the first big video project that me and David (video editor) put together. At the time I was so happy that I'd got the N97 I decided to make a video pitting it against the iPhone while mocking Apple's advertising campaign. Little did I know that the N97 would prove to be the worst purchase I've ever made in my life.




HTC Desire HD Review
David (who stars in this video) and I wanted to do something different and create a cool video review. This is what we came up with.

Sadly once we started recording David (and the department he worked for) were made redundant. It didn't effect the video but it wasn't a happy time for us. Having cleared out his desk he set up at home the next day to finish it. This was our last hurrah and the last video I made. Very proud of it.




What is the best mobile OS around?
At this point, no one wanted to be in any of my videos. The company was starting to cut back on them and so I tried to play four roles with four outfits and a moustache before I got told that what I was doing wasn't a productive use of my time. Honestly, how could they say that?

This video used to have a voting element that has since been removed because we couldn't afford to pay for the server the flash sat on.

The most ambitious video we ever tried.





Video: The future of business cards, I'm not taking the Poken
There was a girl I was desperate to go out with at my work. I needed to do a video to have a reason to talk to her but the only thing I'd been sent was a Poken. No phones or cool gadgets. Somehow I persuaded her to help me make this video. We're still together :)




Video review of the wiimote like Gyration Air Mouse
This video is pretty much when I realised that I can be funny. What people don't realise is that filming didn't take long but discussions between David and I on what was funny took forever.

He would stand there saying "That's not funny" every time I cracked a joke or did something stupid. Or one of my favourite lines of his was "You might think that's funny, but it isn't".




Video: Palm Pre vs the iPhone - The big debate
I had 2 weeks before Christmas to do a video armed with my wit and a white wig that was left over from a very bad 'Back to the future' spoof I'd made where I played the Doc. That video was so bad that the company we producd it for sent us a letter saying that if the video ever saw the light of day, they'd sue my a** off. 

David went on holiday with a week left of editing/filming to do so I didn't have anyone to tell me that what I was saying wasn't funny and some of the editing is a bit off. It's still a good video but we felt it was rushed.




Video: I heart iPad - Dating website matches man to iPad
What do you do when you get your hands on an iPad before the UK release? Write a review. Then what? Make a video about having a special relationship with it. Yep, not sure why.



The HTC and Google story: A love affair and a tragedy
Lord knows what compelled me to write this. Had I taken more time to craft it, I think it could've been great but when I read it now I feel it's rushed. Still good, where the idea came from I'll never know.

Video: Flip Mino HD review
This video took 84 takes. For no reason at all I couldn't stop laughing during recording. We got in trouble because it was meant to take a couple of hours but took almost two weeks.

Video: Zeemote review - Is this the future of mobile gaming?
I did this video because Zeemote said that they'd give me a free phone if I reviewed it. So...

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Wow, how bad is this video? It doesn't even have anything to do with gadgets!!

Intel and Motorola confirm 'multi-year and multi-device agreement'

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27_motorola-mobility-logo.jpgAt Intel's keynote, Motorola Mobility chairman and CEO Sanjay Jha joined in the Intel processor love-in to announce that theu have a 'multi-year, multi-device agreement' with Intel to produce smartphones with Intel Processors.

This agreement is interesting because of Google's involvement with Motorola, meaning that Motorola will be the second manufacturer of Intel-Android smartphones after Lenovo.

Motorola devices sporting the Intel processor will ship in the second half of this year.



5 of the best smartphone collaborations

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News of the upcoming BlackBerry Porsche (or P'9981) has inspired me to create a list of other 'special' or limited edition phones. 

It's going to be in two parts. First, this part will outline five of the best (for various reasons) smartphone collaborations and the second part will look at five of the worst. 

So, kicking things off, here is the BlackBerry Porsche: 

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The most shocking thing about this handset is not what it looks like but how much it costs. £2000 pounds. 

£2000 is a lot to pay for any phone, for that amount of money you could get a run around car! Instead, what we have here is, in Faisal's words, a phone that looks like an 80's calculator. 

It doesn't even come with RIM's new BBX operating system. What it does come with though is a forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, Wikitude World Browser augmented reality app experience (not a clue?), 1.2GHz processor, HD video recording capabilities, and 8GB of onboard memory.

As for the Porsche's input? Well apart from the nicely engraved name along the top of the screen that lets everyone know how rich and, in my opinion, how stupid you are, there is an exclusive Porsche Design UI running on the handset. 

I know I said that this is five of the best yet I've gone on to heavily criticise the BlackBerry, so let me explain. In terms of build quality, memory and processing speed the P'9981 is head and shoulders above devices on the upcoming worst list. 

Next up, the HTC Sensation range with Beats Audio. Specifically the XE model. 

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The XE is a solid Android 2.3.4 smartphone, equipped with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and HTC's popular Sense UI. The urban styled handset differentiates itself from the pack with the inclusion of Beats Audio technology.

Beats by Dr.Dre seems to be taking over the audio market so it is came as no surprise to hear it would be making the move to smartphones following HTC's decision to buy a sizeable stake in the company. 

The device comes packaged with a pair of iBeats earphones, which cost a pretty penny if you were to go out and buy a pair, and the fact that I've seen a few people complain that the music player comes with the bass boost enabled tells you all you need to know. 

Moving on, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the first PlayStation certified smartphone, is third on my list. 

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Another Android 2.3.4 (although an update to 4.0 is looming) handset, the Xperia Play is equipped with a 4" touchscreen, a 1GHz Scorpion processor and 512 MB of RAM. 

Thanks to Sony Ericsson's little Android tweaks, this smartphone would still have been a decent device before the PlayStation integration came along. 

Having already used an Xperia Play for gaming, I know the touch sensitive flat joystick replacements, PSP like gaming buttons and a super-sensitive accelerometer all make for an impressive experience, whether your playing Crash Bandicoot or Pro Evo. 

In conceptual terms, this fourth smartphone collaboration is genius. Take a Motorola Droid (the old model, not the new super thin RAZR), add a bit of Star Wars magic and the end result is the Droid R2 D2!

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This Droid packs a 3.7" touch Screen, slide-out qwerty keyboard, 1GHz processor and 5MP camera. However, there is no hologram projector. 

If you think the only difference between the R2 D2 and a normal Droid handset is a plastic back cover and a Star Wars wallpaper, you are sadly mistaken. Oh no, the R2 D2 also comes with official Star Wars sounds (lightsabers etc I'm guessing) as well as an exclusive "The Best of R2-D2" movie with original Cantina music. Wow. 

I imagine these sold well at comic book conventions. 

The final phone in my top five is the Acer Liquid E Ferrari edition. 

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Acer aren't really famed for their smartphones and, to be honest, the Liquid E only made the list because I couldn't find any other decent collaborations. 

Shipped with Android 2.1, but up-datable to 2.2, and powered by a 768 MHz Scorpion processor, the Liquid E is by no means a world beater. In fact, media playback is lousy, the camera is poor and the phone as a whole is quite slow. Quite ironic really considering it is a Ferrari edition. 

Considering it's hardware specs, the asking price of around £300 is ludicrous. The selection of  Ferrari sounds and wallpapers are so-so but it's the plastic case with an air intake-style vent and the carbon fibre-wrapped Ferrari logo where things start to improve. 

Acer have also taken the time to try and make some personal changes to the Android OS, with small spinning wheels at the end of each of the five home screens being the main example of this. 

The Ferrari Bluetooth headset is what sealed the Liquid E's place on this list.

Well thats a wrap for now. 

Next week I will be listing five of the worst smartphone collaborations so keep an eye out for that. 

Am I the only one amazed by gesture input? Watch out for Swype syndrome.

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I am ashamed to say that, because I've only ever had iPhone handsets since their release in 2007 (go ahead and call me an 'Apple Fanboy'), I hadn't seen Swype or any other gesture input up until a month or so ago. 

Of course I know my way around Android handsets and their OS but there aren't too many handsets that have this capability built in and, as yet, it isn't available in the Android Market. At present, the majority of people are gaining access to the typing alternative by directly downloading it from the Swype website. 

swypelogo.jpgAs for iPhone handsets, Swype functionality has not been officially announced, although jailbroken devices can install an add-on called Swype using Cydia's app directory. I've even seen it work. This at least means that we know Swype will be compatible with and can work on iOS. 

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HTC became one of the first manufacturers to include Swype as a different text input option, with Motorola and Samsung soon following suit. The finger sliding tool also works on tablets. 

Following a surge in popularity, Swype was recently bought by speech recognition and digital imaging software maker Nuance. The deal, which was reportedly in the region of $102.5 million, further increases Nuance's smartphone and tablet offerings, with their technology already powering the iPhone 4S assistant Siri. 

I have friends who use Swype and they now stare blankly, like a dog out of a window, when you hand them a touchscreen smartphone, occasionally sliding their finger across the screen and then looking up, puzzled as to why the normal touch input is only displaying one character at a time.  

Don't even try and hand them a phone with an actually keyboard, they just end up huddled in a corner, crying whilst rocking backward and forward. I call it Swype syndrome and it's highly infectious. 

I've only ever tried Swype once and I was nearly hooked, if not for my strong will power I could have quite easily walked down Oxford Street, into the nearest phone shop and swapped my iPhone for a Swype-ready Android handset. It really is that damn good. 

swpyeslide.jpgThe friends I mentioned a couple of paragraphs earlier swear they will never go back to typing and touch input. Swype has changed them and they now fully believe that 'Swyping' will replace normal texting. 

Judging by Sony's (formerly Sony Ericsson) actions, it seems that it may well also hold the same opinion. It has just announced it's own gesture input is being brought to it's humongous Xperia range. Check out the video below: 


Me? I can see it happening, Swype is fast, intuitive and most importantly, a whole lot more fun than than wearing out your thumb joints typing each letter individually. 

The HTC and Google story: A love affair and a tragedy

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This is the story of a man named Google and three women named HTC, Samsung and Motorola.

Originally, Google and HTC were just good friends as HTC moved into a big new city and wanted someone to show her around. Things were going well as she was finding her feet in the world of smartphones.

Google broken heart.jpgGoogle often talked about ruling the world but needed a strong woman to stand by him. Inevitably HTC could no longer resist Google's charms and they fell madly in love.

It was a great relationship. HTC hadn't made big waves in the mobile phone market and probably would have continued to quietly carry on their development until Google needed a mobile phone manufacturer to build their first Android flagship phone.

Along came the HTC Dream aka the T-mobile G1. Google had made his big break and wasn't going to slow down.

Over the following years, HTC continued to be known as the manufacturer of Android phones, or to some as 'Google's girl'.

Samsung and Motorola also joined the company but, in the main, the high-end handsets were created by HTC leading to the creation of the Google Nexus One, Google's first phone although it was made by HTC.

It was kept quite quiet that the Nexus One was made by HTC but everyone knew and HTC didn't seem to mind too much as she was now being known on merit for her achievements.

For a company to build Google's flagship phone has many advantages.

  1. The most obvious is that the company gets to be the first to release the newest version of Android,
  2. It is the only phone that is purely Android,
  3. By being given such a task it's a statement by Google that they see you as the best phone manufacturer around and finally;
  4. But probably most significantly, it shows that you're Google's lover.

The other mobile phone manufacturers one Christmas looked through the frosted glass window of Google's office and saw HTC sat on Google's lap sharing a glass of champagne and started to dream that one day they could share a place alongside him... and they will.

After the Nexus One was released, HTC really started to grow releasing the HTC Desire winning many awards in the process and now firmly establishing herself as the world's biggest smartphone manufacturer. This was a big move for her, she was well respected and her work was now seen as her own and her rewards were not due to her closeness to Google.

She was happy and proud. She'd made it.

Nexus OneHTC continued by producing what is still the best Android skin in Sense. Google was over the moon as HTC began to show off their new open-source clothes. Sales soared and the phones were being held as iPhone killers. Samsung, got very jealous and started to plot HTC's demise.

Samsung decided stopped being the cheap low-end manufacturer and started coming out with some high-end devices that made some waves. The Samsung Galaxy S was unveiled as the sexiest handset on the market with a beautiful Super AMOLED screen (something only Samsung could offer). the Samsung Galaxy S was now arguably the best handset alongside the HTC Desire.

Samsung-Android.jpgGoogle's eyes were drawn away from HTC. They started to flirt with Samsung as she got plaudits for a great phone with the most advanced screen on the market. She laughed at all of Google's jokes, she wore more revealing clothing and new exactly what to say to him.

Google hailed the Galaxy S to get more attention and even to annoy HTC who was busy with Sense.

Google didn't like the amount of time HTC spent on Sense, especially as marketing campaigns were starting to be built around Sense and not Android in order to differentiate her from the slew of Android handsets on the market.

HTC-logo-21.jpgHTC wanted to excel. She wanted to be the best. Not at Google's expense but alongside Google.

Cracks started to appear and when HTC started to delay the roll-outs of upgraded versions of Android in order to add her Sense skin, Google became furious!

"A skin can't be more important than the OS" he was heard shouting.

HTC replied "Please, think of the users!"

Google slapped HTC and said "How dare you?!? I did this, all of this for them. And don't you forget it."

Samsung however, was only too happy to roll-out new versions of Android the day after the upgrade was made available, even advertising the fact.

HTC could see things were starting to fall apart. She didn't like what Google had become and there were troubling times ahead. She got a little desperate, releasing every type of smartphone she could to try getting Google back on side and also to put a front to pretend everything was OK, but it was too late.

Google was getting really close to Samsung, and when Samsung released the Galaxy SII that was it.

samsung_galaxy_s_ii.jpgGoogle had stayed late one night and found himself in the office with Samsung. She offered him a drink and one thing led to another.

That one thing or the other was now the Samsung Galaxy SII. Google and Samsung proudly flaunted the amazing handset as it broke records and quickly became the best on the market.

Soon after Google made an announcement that it would now be Samsung that would release Google's flagship handsets. Everyone knew but now it had been confirmed.

HTC was embarrassed and scared but still persisted with Android and Sense. She then started seeing Microsoft and released a few Windows Phone 7 handsets but Microsoft wasn't the young, confident guy that she had wanted and so Microsoft ended up with Nokia which, to be fair suits both of them and they look like they have a great future ahead of them.

HTC-Windows-Phone-7During this period, Google and Sammy (as she was so affectionately called) released the Nexus S, google's latest handset.

Before Google didn't want any indication that their phones were being made by HTC, he had changed his stance with Sammy as the 'S' was a clear message to all that Sammy was Google's favourite now.

HTC sat in the background with Sony Ericsson and Motorola, claiming to just be happy making Android handsets and not be too bothered about Google and Sammy.

The Galaxy SII and Nexus S became stars and showed just how great an Android handset could be.

But disaster struck. On an alcohol fuelled weekend in Vegas, Apple goaded Google into a quickie wedding with... Motorola.

"Motorola, Google? I thought you were better than that!" Sammy exclaimed.

google-motorola.jpgApparently Apple and Google were drunk, Apple made some claims about patents and somehow Google decided to put his money where his mouth is and marry Motorola. Did I mention he was really drunk?

Apple then started to pick on Sammy, who Google still loved and seemingly had no aspirations to ditch for Motorola.

Google came back to Sammy stronger than ever, apologised and promised to make things up with her. And he did, they created Google's best handset to date in the Galaxy Nexus which showed off a new OS and UI in Ice Cream Sandwich and in order to prove Google's love for Sammy had both their surnames on it.

Galaxy NexusSammy is also about to release the Samsung Note which will help reassure Google that he is with the best in town.

Meanwhile HTC is lost. Ice cream Sandwich looks like it may prove too difficult for HTC to adapt Sense to and Google doesn't seem to care. Why should he? He has not only Sammy but Motorola and, lurking in the shadows, Sony giving him all the attention he wants.

He feels slighted by HTC's fling with Microsoft and her obsession with Sense. He won't show any loyalty to HTC even though it was because of her Google Android is the OS it is today.

So what now for HTC? Well there are rumours that she will take Sense to a better home. Maybe not Microsoft as they look all set to release the Nokia Sea Ray but possibly Palm's WebOS.

Palm, a firm that was also treated badly but looked upon fondly by many. Such a relationship could give them both the boost they need and not only put them back in the limelight but also put a dent in Google's world domination plans.

htc-logo-blur.jpgLet's hope this story has a happy ending. I'll try updating this article as things progress.

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