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November 12, 2011

Google TV a big hit? Logitech doesn’t think so.

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Google TV was announced last year with much hype, but seems like the hype is sizzling out. Logitech was one of the new entrants with a Google TV box called Revue priced at $299 at the release. Recently, Logitech announced a price slash to $99, taking a loss since returns exceeded sales. Google recently announced an update to the Google TV software promising a more streamlined interface and improved searching capabilities. 

The Verge reports that Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca indicated that the 2010 Christmas launch of Logitech Revue was a “mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature”. He mentioned that the company “had brought closure to the Logitech Google TV saga” and decided to let inventory run out this quarter and that Logitech has no plans to replace the Google TV box. This mistake plus operational miscues in EMEA has resulted the company with $100 M in operating profits.

Google has to admit that it doesn’t have a winner in the TV arena, at least not yet. I like that it allows me to surf the web on the TV, but I need a better incentive than that. Similar to Google TV, cable TV content is lacking on Apple TV. Other features such as NetFlix, Hulu, purchasing movies and TV shows are similar on both Apple TV and Google TV. But Apple TV’s trump card is Airplay which lets you seamlessly stream content from any of the iDevices to your TV. Without an Apple TV, you could use DLNA to stream, but good luck trying to get it to work like AirPlay.  

To Google’s credit, they have the right idea of simplifying and enriching the TV experience by merging TV and cable content. But Google falls short on the implementation and its disability to get premium TV content providers on board is not helping either. Still, there are new entrants, such as LG, expected to integrate Google TV into television sets, not to mention that Sony already has a Google smart TV out there that is not selling like hot buns.

 


February 17, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II & Sony Experia Play

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

It’s finally official, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S II at the MWC (mobile world congress) . Are you one of those who loved the Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy S devices? Well the Galaxy S II sports a Super AMOLED Plus 4.27 inch display. Super AMOLED Plus offers 50% more sub pixels which provides for a crisper display.

In addition, to the gorgeous display, the Galaxy S II sports a 1 GHz dual core processor, 8 mega pixel camera, 2 mega pixel front facing camera and it supports 1080p video recording . It also runs Touchwiz 4.0 which is built on top of Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Not to mention, the phone is super thin (8.4 mm)!

The Galaxy S II releases later this month in Europe and Asia. I am going to keep my eye out on this phone. This looks to be an awesome phone if the US carriers don’t screw it up like they did the Galaxy S. Please, please, please sell the phone as is and don’t put Bing on it!

Source: engadget, intomobile

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

One of the other phones released at the Mobile World Congress was the Sony Xperia Play. Sony Xperia was formerly known as the PlayStation Phone and was unveiled in the Super Bowl ad.

Xperia Play features Android 2.3 (aka Ginger Bread), a 4 inch display, front and rear cameras,  a 1GHZ Snapdragon processor along with Adreno GPU graphics processor to deliver 60fps playback and 3d mobile gaming. In place of a slide out keyboard, it has a slide out D pad with the familiar Play Station controls. You can download games at the PlayStation Store.  

Sony has been threatened by Apple, with the iPhone eating into its PSP market as the new gaming device (Sony even had an ad mocking the iPhone last year).
Coming out with a dual use phone is a good move but too late Sony!
Now for the bad news, if you own a game on PS3 or PSP that is also available on Xperia Play, you will probably need to download and pay for the game again. Let’s hope Sony decides to change that. After spending $50 on a game, I would hate to shell out more money to be able to play the same game on the phone.

The Xperia duals into a phone (obviously!) and is not appealing at all (What do you expect if Sony decides to stick a phone in a PSP?) Either way, I think Sony has a chance at the extraordinarily small amount of fAndroid PSP/PS3 niche market. Hey! I am an avid PS3 gamer, and I don’t feel the need to go out and buy the phone! (GoogleChic, would say that the iPhone has something to with that! :))

Check out the review by Engadget ..


September 30, 2010

Control your Droid with Sony Ericsson’s Live View Remote

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Sony Ericsson ‘s Live View Remote is an accessory with a blue tooth connection to an Android phone. It allows you to read text messages, see incoming calls, social updates as well as control volume and music on the phone(and all this through buttons on the side of a tiny square device! How convenient!).

If you are lazy to take out your phone from your pocket or handbag (maybe you would be,  considering the size of the Droids these days!)  or if you are ashamed to flip out that ugly Android phone while on a date, this device is perfect for you! GoogleChic, it even has “Find my Phone” feature, but in all cases you would have misplaced the remote before you misplace your phone! 😉

I hope you don’t compare this useless device to the iPod nano. Androids really want a piece of Apple as much as they hate it!


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Honestly, I just don’t see the point of this device. For this device to work, your phone has to be nearby, so if you’re walking around it’ll probably be in your pocket. Has life gotten so hard that you can’t reach in your pocket to take out your phone to check and see if you have messages?

If you’re a runner, you may say that the Live View Remote is useful, but really? Yes, you can run a gps app on your phone to track distance, pace etc. However, you will still have to carry your phone with you. As a runner, I always want to carry the least amount possible when I run. I would much rather invest in a Garmin Forerunner watch as compared to the Live View device.

August 17, 2010

Sony, wanna play?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Sony, in its recent PSP ads, has been mocking the Apple iPhone. The ad says the iPhone is not meant for “big boy games”.

Why does a hand-held gaming device like Sony PSP want to be compared to a smartphone?  hmm .. and I thought we should be comparing apples to apples.

The most recent rumor is that Sony is preparing to release a PSP go like smartphone on Android. As much I love my PS3, Sony, you are really missing the point here. It’s somewhat like the Dell Streak dilemma, too expensive and awkward for a PSP or a phone.

Don’t get carried away by GoogleChic’s Gingerbread trail or Froyo slush. Use your niche market while you still have ’em 😉

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BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Come on over Sony, there’s plenty of room in the Android world to make room for one more. AppleGirl is just bitter that Sony didn’t choose to invest in a platform that has so many restrictions. I mean, just the other day Adobe said goodbye to Apple because Apple didn’t wanna play nice.

If you’re a gamer, wouldn’t you want an all in one device that you can carry on the go? I’m honestly excited to see what Sony will bring to the table for the Android gaming community.

AppleGirl, I think Sony realizes they need to step up their game to keep its niche in the market.  Let’s hope Sony moves faster on this device as compare to the Xperia X10.

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August 10, 2010

Sony Xperia X10 enters the mobile game too late?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, what do you think of Sony’s Android attempt? Now that they have decided to finally release it in US with AT&T, I think Sony has to play catch up with other superior phones like the iPhone 4!
The 1GHz processor is impressive but its sad that it ships with an old Android software. This is my hang up with Android and the devices that carry it.  While some of the droid counterparts  enjoy the newest updates, why are some deprived of it?

Take my advise and join the Apple wagon. You will get the latest iOS on time, everytime! GoogleChic, Agree? 😉


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

AppleGirl, I will agree with you on one point. Sony is behind the times. Xperia X10 was announced at the end of last year, that is even before the Nexus was available. Back then the 1 GHz snapdragon processor sound like a dream (now, its’ reality, we have it on the Nexus, EVO and Incredible). Since then, we have moved onto bigger and better things like dual core processors.

As for software updates, if you’re going to drag your feet like Sony, of course you’ll be outdated! Unlike Apple, which releases a major update to their OS once a year Google is ever evolving;  adapting to the latest and providing its users with the latest and greatest.

AppleGirl, you can wait once a year for your OS update and get outdated features like wallpaper and multitasking. Also, you can spend countless hours attempting to update your software since Apple’s servers can’t handle the load and keeps crashing your update. Or you can come over to Android, the update process to 2.2 (Froyo) took me a total of 3 painless mins.

P.S Just like the Xperia X10 the iPhone is old news, it’s no longer the superior phone. With 200,000 Android devices activated per day, that should speak for it self.

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