(this article originally appeared on Technorati)
If you're in IT or following technology trends, you probably have heard about Google's Chromebooks.
If you haven't, Google made an operating system that is lean, small, and boots right into a browser only. Holy smokes, the future!
This OS will only ship on laptops, for now, and during the recent I/O conference Google holds for developers Google really hit home on the fact that these should really be great for the enterprise field.
Can you imagine? Never having to install an app with a CD, or worrying about the fact that the user is still running IE 6 or Office 2003? Smells like heaven if you ask me. What a fantastical dreamworld we'd all be living in. Not to mention the fact that you'd be using Google's services via the web anyhow, so all the updates to those apps would be taken care of by Google.
Though, the downside to that is of course, Google could update all of your apps without you even knowing it. Such is the life of living on the web, friends. What becomes of your friendly neighborhood engineers, you ask?
Well, an engineer with skills is knitting would be a good idea as a job backup plan. But, Google has an intensive Administrator panel planned for the Enterprise versions of the OS. Plus, who will reset your password when you forget every Monday morning?
Apple's time nearly alone in the tablet space is set to come to an end quickly. Motorola is preparing to launch an Android-based tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January. The Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab has already been on sale for a couple of months. RIM's PlayBook is coming to the market by the end of the first quarter, and HP/Palm are prepping a webOS-based tablet. Microsoft may throw its hat in the ring, too (though who knows in what form).
Just how many tablet platforms can the market support?
Thanks for the question, Eric from Information Week. It's a doozy. Trigon, as always, is on the cusp of information technology. I mean, there is no new gadget we aren't already preparing a blog post about.
So, as we are all keenly aware, Apple is the king of the tablet hill. Sure, there are some Windows Fanboys that will point to their super awesome laptop/tablet that has some kind of twisty/swivel screen. Come on, that thing is awful and you know it. Anywho, Apple is the king of the hill, Motorola is coming out with an Android tablet fully supported by Google. RIM, bless their hearts, says their tablet that isn't coming out until March is already ahead of the iPad. And we also have Palm, who has been rumored to have created a tablet based on WebOS. That's a full slate. (see what I did there?)
Aside from Motorola having Google behind them, it's going to be very difficult for RIM and Palm to come out and get consumers behind them. Are there really people holding out for a RIM tablet? Are there really people still using BlackBerry's? If you're using one right now, sorry! (I'm not really sorry)
The mindshare that Apple has and also "Droid" is pretty remarkable. You'll notice I said "Droid" and not Android. I'd bet that 8 out of 10 people think their phone is running Droid. Sure, it's obviously not true, but that's where the mindshare is right now.
I vote no, Eric!
By now you're probably familiar with this slate, seeing as how Google's Andy Rubin recently unveiled it on stage, but we're willing to bet you've never seen the top edge -- you know, the part now bearing a front-facing webcam and a conspicuous Verizon tattoo. Yes, this is Motorola's 10-inch Honeycomb tablet, and it's playing for Team Red just as foretold, though the tipster who obtained these images isn't sure whether it will bear the name Stingray, Everest or even potentially "Trygon." Spec-wise, we're told our previous tipster was right on the money, and it'll have a 1GHz Tegra 2 T20, a gyroscope and 32GB of storage underneath that 1280 x 800 multitouch screen, as well as 512MB of RAM and a slot for an up-to-32GB microSD card. It also sure looks like there's a micro-USB jack, a mini-HDMI port and a 3.5mm headphone socket, as well as some contacts for a likely dock, though as always Mr. Blurrycam's handiwork is such that we can't quite tell. No matter -- see for yourself in the gallery below.
Hmmmm. Some of the stills from Rubin's appearance at Dive Into Digital made it look very Windows-ish. Though, it may turn out the Honeycomb, Android 3.0, runs some kind of widgeting system on-screen. Since Google recently released their flashship phone, the Nexus S, I can only hope they will do the same with their Honeycomb tablet. Nexus T?
It's become obvious that Google doesn't approve of the Galaxy Tab in anyway and barely acknowledge its existence. Who knows if that tablet will be able to run Android 3.0. My guess is no and it will die a slow death. Sorry, early adopters!
The real benefit of these new tablets are their mobile opportunities for your small to mid-sized business. Out in Radnor but have a meeting in Bala Cynwyd? You can be able to video conference into the meeting using your tablet. Trigon can help you out with these Star Trekkian meetings, friend.
As for Mac OS X, Apple's invitation with the Lion image clearly hints that the next major revision of Mac OS X (10.7) will finally be revealed. Apple has long named their major Mac OS X releases after various cat names. Early rumors suggested that Apple might have introduced 10.7 earlier this year, but it seems the company's resources were focused on iOS at the time. The only real hint we've had at 10.7 was a very intriguing job description from July in which Apple was looking for someone to focus on a "revolutionary new feature" for Mac OS X.
"Are you looking to help create something totally new? Something that has never been done before and will truly amaze everyone? Are you excited by the prospect that what you helped create would be used every day by millions of Apple customers? Then come and work on with the Mac OS X software engineering team to help build a new and revolutionary feature for Mac OS X."
Windows fanboys may want to skip over this blog and get back to telling people how great Vista was. I mean REALLY was, not just how bad the "Lamestream Media" was telling you about. Don't you trust them!*
So Apple is set to unveil their brand new Macbook Air model. You know, the model that came out a ways back and came without an optical drive that made everyones head explode from sheer insanity? That one. As you may or may not know, I love reading internet rumors. So I was listening to a podcast that starred noted Apple lover, John Gruber, recounting a story a source told him that involved Steve Jobs.
The story was about how Jobs took the iPad into a meeting with the Mac developers and woke up the iPad from sleep mode. As you may or may not know, this takes literally one second for the iPad to wake up. He asked, "why can't I do this on a Mac?"
John Gruber has some of the best sources inside of Apple. And I don't trust easy, folks. Unless you look like Don Draper.
So, does this mean that the new Macbook Air will run Mac OS 10.7 and have a revolutionary new wake from sleep mode? Will the OS run completely in the cloud? Do you hate hearing people use the word, 'cloud'?
I suppose we'll find out Wednesday.
*Don't you let the Lamestream Media hurt your feelings about Vista any longer. Let us help you support this fabulous OS if you're near the Philadelphia area!
"Everybody should be able to take a look at a Windows Phone and say, 'I can represent me in this device,'" Ballmer explained.
To that end, there are nine Windows Phone 7 devices that will be available in the U.S., from manufacturers Dell, HTC, Samsung, and LG. "You see phones with keyboards," Ballmer said, gesturing to a row of all nine devices in front of him. "You see phones like the LG phones that can play to TV, you'll see super beautiful screens like the beautiful screen on this Samsung...very large screen as you see on this HTC device right here and of course rugged, for-the-hardest-use-type phones like this Dell device."
Whoa, look at that badboy. A slide-out speaker? Truly, we are living in the future. And amazingly, this future involves a Windows mobile phone.
A few years ago, who would have thought such things? And to that end, who would have thought this Apple fanboy would seriusly desire said Windows Phone? As CNet stated in their headline, "Windows Phone 7 debuts: One phone won't rule them all", it really seems as though Windows wants to compete with Android and just get into peoples hands.
At this point, the battle for marketshare is still up for grabs. But, I still can't get over how slick the OS looks. The hardware so far doesn't really scream out at me. In fact, I'd love for a vendor to create their demo video WP7 into actual hardware. The hardware at launch seems swell enough, but for an iPhone 4 user to switch to WP7, there needs to be something eye catching. I'm not there quite yet. But great news, Cut and Paste IS coming early next year to WP7.
Rest assured, as a fabulous IT Support company that serves the Philadelphia area, we'll be ready to support your Windows Phone 7 needs!