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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Google IO 2011 Recap

Android

  • Honeycomb 3.1 was announced, it includes many bug fixes, optimizations, resizeable widgets, USB Host capability, a new quick control menu and an updated android market.
  • Google TV will receive a Honeycomb upgrade complete with apps.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich was also announced and will be available by the end of 2011. It will replace both Gingerbread on phones and Honeycomb on tablets as the single unifying OS, hence Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Google demoed Cordy on the Motorola Xoom running 3.1 being controlled by an Xbox 360 gamepad.
  • Google will implement time guidelines in Android update cycles with oems and carriers. Unfortunately it’s not a requirement and instead an opt in. Thankfully the support is good and they will be required to update devices for at least 18 months.
  • Google announced the Android open accessory API allowing all Android devices to work with third party accessories. Any accessory designed using the API will be compatible with any Android phone or tablet with no cost or approval from Google allowing third party manufacturers to implement it any way they wish.
  • Google announces Android@Home which will be used to bring home automation courtesy of Android.
  • A new Nexus phone is in the works and should launch with Ice Cream Sandwich at the end of the year according to Andy Rubin.
  • Currently Google offers 50MB for in market APK’s on the Android Market and will now provide an additional 4GB of storage for larger Apps. This is huge for smaller developers who want to go big. Currently they would have to provide their own additional storage which can be costly, especially when considering piracy.
  • Google is adding new categories to the Android Market. Top Grossing, Top Free & Paid, Top New Free & Paid, Just In, Trending, Editors Choice and Top Developers list to the Market.
  • Android Market will soon be available in 99 new countries, bringing the total to 131 countries. This will most likely result in much bigger revenues for developers and an increase in Android hardware sales worldwide.

Chrome

  • ChromeOS finally gets a file browser and media player and is starting to looking more and more like a full fledge OS
  • Google will charge 5% for in app payments from the Chrome Web Store
  • Google will launch two Chromebooks on June 15th, one from Samsung and one from Acer in the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain.
  • Google will also be releasing a Chromebox mini-desktop targeted at businesses.
  • Chromebooks by monthly subscription, cost per user; $28 for businesses and $20 for schools with free software and hardware upgrades. This could be very popular for Businesses and schools. No up front cost, no OS upgrade costs, no hardware upgrade costs and requires less employees to maintain the computers.

Music Beta

  • Currently only available in the US and by invitation only.
  • They do not have deals with any labels, so it is merely a cloud storage option.
  • Install the app on your computer and it will upload your music and playlist to the web for playback from any web browser, ChromeOS and Android device.
  • It can handle MP3, MPA, WMA and FLAC which still leaves a few holes but is superior than Amazon’s cloud storage.
  • The service currently offers free storage for up to 20,000 songs, no mention of actual storage space but it’s probably 80GB.
  • There is no mention of price but Google’s current pricing for storage is $5 for 20GB, $20 for 80GB, $50 for 200GB, $100 for 400GB, $256 for 1TB per year.

Movie Rentals

  • Google launched 3000 movie rentals from all the major studios.
  • Available from YouTube or the web based Android Market and Android devices with the movie app.
  • The rental is attached to your gmail and can be viewed from any of your devices.
  • Rentals are good for 30 days from purchase and 24 hours from first viewing.
  • The movies can be downloaded to your device for offline viewing.
  • Movie rentals are only available in the US and no mention of making the jump to other countries.
  • Pricing varies from $3.99 for new releases, $2.99 for movies older than several months and $1.99 for movies older than a year or two.

2011: The Colour of Canada Today

Image and story from the National Post

Android Tablet Comparison Spring 2011

Best Android Phones in Canada April 2011

Tech Predictions for 2011

Apple

  • iPhone 4 will be refreshed with a new qualcomm chip that not only supports AT&T but also Verizon’s CDMA network. This will be announced during CES, but not at CES.
  • iPad 2 will come out in second quarter of 2011 with the addition of a camera and a slightly smaller, slightly lighter body. It will only be available in 9.7″ and will not see a resolution increase or storage increase. The processor will move to dual core, the GPU will improve and the RAM will double from 256MB to 512MB.
  • iPhone 5 will launch in the summer and will move to the same dual core CPU and new GPU as used in the second gen iPad. Form-factor, display, Ram and storage will stay the same.
  • A new iPod Touch will launch in September of 2011 and will come with the same optics as found in the latest iPhone. The base model will have the single core CPU while the two high end models will get the dual core CPU.
  • The iPod Nano will stay much the same but will add Bluetooth audio and Apple will sell watchband accessories for it.
  • The iPod Classic will not be mentioned and will be fazed out by the end of 2011.

Google

  • Google will officially announce HoneyComb at CES with the release of the Motorola Xoom tablet. The tablet will become available in March\April and will not just be a big screen Android phone.
  • Shortly after the launch of HoneyComb, Google will launch a web based Android Market allowing users to easily browse their apps and install them from their desktop OS.
  • Google will launch a music service to compete with iTunes in late summer, just before Apple’s yearly iTunes announcement.
  • Google will launch another Nexus phone built by HTC in the second half of 2011. It will have a qHD display and a dual core processor.
  • Android is already the best selling OS in the US and by the end of the second quarter of 2011 Android will have the largest install base of any smartphone OS.

Microsoft

  • Windows Phone 7 will get two major updates in 2011. They will add cut ‘n’ paste and multi-tasking.
  • Windows Phone 7 will have 50,000 apps by the end of 2011 and will be far ahead of the competition. Except for Android and iOS of course.
  • Microsoft will delay Windows 8 to 2012.
  • Thanks to Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live integration and the popularity of Kinect, the Xbox 360 will have it’s best year yet.
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