The heated battle between Apple and Adobe Systems over Flash may get a bit more interesting, as reports of a Flash alternative being developed by Apple begin to surface.
The technology, called Gianduia, was introduced by Apple last summer at its World of WebObjects Developer Conference, according to an AppleInsider report. Gianduia is described as being “a client-side, standards-based framework for rich Internet apps.”
Apple has apparently been using Gianduia in several of its retail support applications, including services such as the One to One program, the iPhone reservation system, and the Concierge program for Genius Bar and Personal Shopping reservations.
“We know from painful experience that letting a third-party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in substandard apps, and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform,” said Jobs in his letter.
Adobe subsequently said it would abandon future development of the technology.
Google employees were given free Nexus One phones at a company party Friday night, and the Internet went into a tizzy. Reports surfaced later in the weekend that this device was the long-awaited Google phone, the company’s answer to Apple’s strategy of controlling the hardware, software, and distribution model with the iPhone, rather than the partner-oriented strategy of developing the guts of the operating system and letting partners each put their own stamp on the finished product.
Just two months ago, Google’s Andy Rubin rolled his eyeswhen asked about an analyst report picked up by TheStreet.com that said Google planned to pursue this exact strategy. He said Google had no plans to make its own hardware–which is one thing since smartphones are almost exclusively manufactured by contractors in China and Taiwan–but he took a further step in spending about 10 minutes arguing why it would be a bad idea for Google to design its own phone and sell it outside of carrier channels.
That line of thinking resonated with many who follow Google and the mobile industry. After all, Google’s stated goal for Android ever since the project was revealed in November 2007 was to create an “ecosystem” of multiple phones that would help improve access to the mobile Internet. And Google seemed to finally reach that goal this year, with over a dozen phones in the wild and more promised from some of the world’s leading phone makers and wireless carriers.
But if the reports are correct, Google is about to make a radical departure from that strategy. And Google’s new course would take it down a path that could sow distrust among the company’s Open Handset Alliance partners, who must now be wondering if they’re about to get into a marketing war with one of the tech industry’s richest companies.
Katie Watson, a Google representative, said on Sunday that the company has confirmed nothing about its plans for the Nexus One, described as a “dogfooding” experiment for internal testing by the company in a blog post Saturday.
In the rush to anoint the Nexus One as the Google Phone, it’s quite possible that the tech industry glossed over the fact that Google already sells Android phones, albeit on a limited basis. For quite some time, registered Android developers have been able to buy completely unlocked versions of the G1 and the T-Mobile MyTouch3G (also known as the Google Ion) for $399.
If Google plans to sell the Nexus One directly to consumers, will it insist upon using its brand as the lead brand, rather than the “With Google” branding found on the back of many Android phones? Will it blast the airwaves during the NFL playoffs in January to trumpet the arrival of the Nexus One, perhaps just in time for the Super Bowl? And how will that affect partners such as Motorola and Verizon that have sunk so much money into promoting the Droid, only to see rumors of a Google Phone leak out at the worst possible time: the height of the holiday shopping season?
It will sell the Google Phone online and unlocked, so you’ll need to buy your cellular service separately. The entire user experience is designed by Google, according to the WSJ. It may resemble the HTC Passion, pictured.
- Hardware: HTC
- Specs (according to Jason Howell): Capactive touch screen, on screen keyboard only, thin, scroll ball, and animated desktop wallpaper
- Launch date: Rumored January 2010
- Tweets describe it as “an iPhone on beautifying steroids.”
- Google designed the entire user experience
- Google will sell the phone online, unlocked
- Google is “dogfooding” the Google Phone and has given it to employees all over the world to test it.
Will you have interest in buying a Nexus One? Let me know in the comments.
After two long years (or more) of fits and starts and more than a little rejection, Dell is finally rolling into the smart phone business, for real this time.
The details are a little thin, but at least we have a picture or two (see right): The Dell Mini 3 will use the Android operating system and clearly features an iPhone-like touchscreen design. The catch: You won’t be able to get one here, at least not at first. The Mini 3 is a device intended exclusively for carriers in China and Brazil at launch.
Dell hasn’t released any detailed specs on the phone, although rumors based on leaked prototypes of the device claim that it’s largely in line with other iPhone competitors on the market. An early version of the Mini 3 was even said not to include 3G connectivity at all, but Dell has confirmed that that spec has been upgraded, at least in Brazil. It would have to be in order for the phone to be made palatable in the large markets where Dell is entering.
In lieu of knowing much else about it, I have to say the pictures of the phone actually look pretty sexy. (I’m deeply curious about how much it weighs, however.) I’d love to try one out, and there’s really no reason the handset shouldn’t be made available in the U.S. at some point down the road. One rumor even says AT&T will get the phone — or one like it — in 2010. If not, expect gray market importers who specialize in overseas electronics to bring a Mini or two into the country at some point… though probably at a hefty price.