Google Documents had its mobile version for the last three years but, it was not truly mobile. The mobile version used to be read-only.
In a latest announcement from Google, it is rolling out the updated version of Google Docs with edit support. The update will be rolled out in the next few days for English-language users around the world. The updated Docs is compatible with Android-based handsets running Froyo version 2.2 and iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running Apple iOS V3 or higher.
Although writing or massive editing in a phone might not be that convenient, minor correction or reviews are best done on the go. Microsoft in is latest release, has also included its Office package in Windows Phone 7. Apple is also selling its iPad versions of text editor, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
Current subscribers of the printed edition of People magazine, can access the digital edition for free in their iPad. The digital issue of the magazine includes the full print magazine contents and extra stuffs like celebrity videos, photo galleries, movie trailers, song samples, and breaking news updates.
Earlier, it was reported that the People magazine paparazzi were preventing the release of the iPad edition of the magazine. They were demanding a better pay for their work. It is however not known if their demand was met before the release.
With the release of iPad version of People, other magazines from the publisher like Time, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune are expected to be released in their digital versions soon.
With the announcement of latest Amazon Kindle, the largest online retailer, Amazon, conveys a message that it is pretty much in scene of electronic reading device. In spite of fears that iPad will take-over the e-reading platform, Kindle is selling like a hot cake, thanks to the recent price cuts.
Kindle – 3, the latest dedicated electronic reading device of Amazon, will be released on August 27th, 2010.
It is true that Amazon is afraid of iPad and such devices but it is still strong in terms of ebook inventory and market penetration.The Amazon online store has 10 times more books (630,000 vs 60,000) when compared to iTunes. The latest release is smaller, faster, last longer, and doesn’t cost much when compared to iPad.
Too bad, it doesn’t have the touch screen and color display. But it seems, bookworms think the feature is not in their priority list. At least, not yet!
Here are some of the new Kindle 3 features:
- 21% smaller but, with same 6-inch screen
- 15% lighter than previous model
- Electronic-ink screen has 50% better contrast
- 20% fast while turning pages, with improved fonts
- 2X Battery life – up to one month (wireless off)
- 2X storage 3,500 books
- Built in Wi-Fi
- Newly designed buttons and button layout
- Improved PDF reader
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Apple’s iPad tablet and Windows-powered personal computers are fundamentally same. The only difference according to Ballmer is that the iPad can’t do much of computing when compared to PCs.
In an interview with Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg, Ballmer said that iPad is only “a different form factor PC.” Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, however has labeled the device "magical."
In the D: All Things Digital conference this week, Ballmer said, "The real question is, what’s a PC? Nothing that people do on a PC today is going to get less relevant tomorrow. There are usage cases. Whether those are done today on PCs–or alternate devices. (And the latter) are going to grow in popularity. There’s no question about that. Particularly entertainment-oriented scenarios. (But) there will exist a general-purpose device that does everything you want because I don’t think the whole world is going to be able to afford five devices per person."
I thought iPad was a general-purpose book reader to compete with Kindle. Now, what would a general-purpose device from Microsoft look like? We might get the answer by next year.
People usually don’t expect Apple to respond to media reports. But, a report saying Android is outselling the iPhone should have worried the company. Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison told John Paczkowski of Digital Daily:
This is a very limited report on 150,000 US consumers responding to an online survey and does not account for the more than 85 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide. IDC figures show that iPhone has 16.1 percent of the smartphone market and growing, far outselling Android on a worldwide basis. We had a record quarter with iPhone sales growing by 131 percent and with our new iPhone OS 4.0 software coming this summer, we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.
As long as the iPhone continues to grow at 130% per year worldwide, Apple won’t be much worried. One thing to be noted – iPod touch is not a smartphone. They might have add the a million of iPads, sold in a month, in the list though.
Some even accuse the Android success: “… drastically reduced pricing, and aggressive buy-one-get-one-free offers from wireless providers create a false sense of success.”
It is nice to know that they at least are worried. We, as consumers need competition. It doesn’t matter whether it is Apple, Google, Microsoft, RIM, or Palm (HP I mean).
Steve Wozniak is a complete opposite to Steve Jobs with whom he established Apple company. Woz, brain behind the Apple computer, is a fun loving and person with down-to-the-earth attitude but, Jobs is serious and ruthless entrepreneur.
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