UV Podcast #1. Chat with Eldar Murtazin: Nokia reorg, Android Froyo, tablets and future of Google Nexus line

It’s been a while since we have offered audio content here on Unwired View. But we are working to change that soon, to have a more regular podcast content available.

To kick things off, last Sunday  I’ve got in touch for a 30 minutes chat with Mobile-Review’s Eldar Murtazin, to discuss the most interesting industry developments in May.

Of course, with the news of another big Nokia reorganization, we could not leave that topic uncovered. And while I’m trying to see some positive side to developments in Espoo, Eldar remains pretty skeptical, for the nearest future, at least.

With Google I/O conference upon us, it’s almost a forgone conclusion, that another iteration of Android – 2.2 Froyo – will be announced this week. Here Eldar also has some interesting views – he’s not too excited about this particular release. Android 2.2 is bringing Flash to the platform, and it also comes with a few interface tweaks. But it is just a minor upgrade, and very few handsets will get it. Most of the vendors are going to ignore Froyo, sticking with a tried and true Android Eclair 2.1 for their summer device releases. But much more exciting Android developments are slated for this fall, and, especially, for early 2011 or maybe even very late 2010 when Android 3.0 comes out.

With Google giving up on their whole direct phone sales model, I asked Eldar – “Is this the end of the whole Nexus/Google phone thing? ”. His answer – nobody knows for sure yet. But the sales of Nexus One was a huge disappointment for both Google and HTC. Add to that customer care problems at Google, U.S. operator refusal to take the phone up, and …  Nexus Two, built by Motorola, was supposed to come out in May. But it’s launch has definitely been postponed, if not cancelled outright, and nobody is talking about it anymore.

We also talked about the whole tablet thing. Has Apple, with it’s iPad, already won the game for this category? And, for the next year at least, the answer is – yes. After the iPad, no Windows 7 device has a chance as a tablet. The OS is just too heavy on CPU and power, to succeed. And Google is telling it’s partners to postpone any Android tablets, they have been planning to launch with current version of OS. When compared iPhone OS iPad, current Android is just not ready yet. But, there’s no need to despair,  just for a little patience. Google is busy working on Android 3.0, and from what Eldar has seen of it, Android 3.0 will be really on par with iPhone OS 4.0, both on phones and tablets.

You can download the podcast here:  UV Podcast #1

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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