Google requiring “browser conformity tests” for Smart TVs pre-loaded with YouTube application, manufacturers react

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Smart TV manufacturers that have opted to feature a YouTube streaming application on their televisions have run into a bit of a wall lately with Google— the company will now be requiring all manufacturers to undergo and pass a Smart TV “browser conformity test,” which can take up to three months for Google to complete. That’s going to be a major issue for manufacturers that want their TV’s to hit the market as fast as possible. Not only that, but Google is requiring the YouTube application to be placed on the main apps page on each of these TV’s, which may seem a bit controlling and, what one industry insider said, were “coercive sales tactics.”

While it’s certainly admirable that Google is taking an active role with manufacturers that are using their products, it does seem like a bit too much at this point. We’ll see what the manufacturers decide to do in the coming months.


Via: Engadget
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Foxconn rumored to be making the Amazon Phone

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Amazon has had quite a lot of success selling their Android-based Kindle Fire tablets, and we’ve long heard rumors that the online mega-store will continue to build on that momentum by adding an Amazon Smartphone to the mix. Well, today those rumors are heating up.  According to industry sources, Amazon has struck an exclusive deal with Chinese manufacturer Foxconn (who is famous for manufacturing Apple’s iPhone and iPad, among other things) to build 5 million units of the yet unnamed Amazon smartphone. The phone is said to be released in quarter two or quarter three of 2013, and is rumored to be very affordably priced at $100 to $200. Amazon has become well known for selling good hardware at low prices, relying on content sales (books, magazines, music, etc) to make up the majority of their profits. If Amazon is able to deliver a high end phone at such a low off contract price-point, they are really going to give Google’s Nexus line a run for its money.

Source: CENS

HTC has doubled profits in Q3 2010

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Looks like things are on the up and up for Android and HTC. As you’ve seen us talk about recently, Android is definitely looking like its the 2nd most used mobile OS and gaining to 1st possibly sooner than most researchers expect.

HTC, a major manufacturer of Android devices, has shown considerable growth this year as well, exceeding all expected profit predictions, as well as doubling their recorded profits this time last year. Net profits of $360 million US have been reported for Q3 2010, and are still expected to do better in Q4.

Although HTC faces tough competition against manufacturers such as Apple, RIM, and Samsung, HTC’s share prices have also doubled, which gives a good indication they are on the rise.

It’s great to be part of it!

[via Reuters]

Android the OS of Choice for Tablets Say PC Vendors

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You’ve gotta give Intel credit.

They know that smaller, more mobile computing is the future, and they’ve been pushing and pushing their Atom processor, and they’ve done a pretty good job in basically overtaking the netbook category in that regard. When it comes to tablets, however, the Atom is apparently not the processor of choice.

Sources from various notebook manufacturers have mentioned that they will be leaning towards more cost- and energy-efficient ARM processors from Freescale, Nvidia, and Qualcomm, with Android as the chief OS. Great news for those manufacturers, but don’t count Intel out quite yet. They still have the ability to be a contender if they can convince manufacturers that their new Atom processors, which will consume 50% less power in some instances, have what it takes.

According to sources:

Intel is currently negotiating with several Taiwan-based PC vendors to showcase Intel-based tablet PCs at Intel Developer Forum 2010 (IDF 2010), which will be held in the US in September. Most vendors have agreed to demonstrate engineering samples; however, whether they will mass-produce the Intel-based tablet PCs will depend on market demand, the sources noted.

We’ll have to wait for the final outcome, but Intel does have some catching up to do if they plan to compete with the ARM processors in the growing tablet market. Time will tell.

via [digitimes]