OpenMoko’s Freerunner runs Android: a couple months back we heard that OpenMoko had developed a handset called the GTA02 that runs on Android. Now screenshots have leaked proving that OpenMoko has ported Android to its open source hardware platform. The screenshots show Android running on OpenMoko’s Freerunner and though it’s unlikely the company would pre-install Android on its handsets, it’s a welcome OS option to an open source phone.
Is the large format iPod Touch rumor true?: you may have heard a rumor floating around the blogosphere alleging that Apple has a large format–7 to 9 inch–iPod Touch in the works. Rumors are rumors, but The Apple Blog has a great analysis putting forth an argument of why the rumor could be plausible. Taking into account an unnamed search engine browsing the web, the acquisition by Apple of chipmaker P.A. Semi, and another new rumor that Taiwan manufacturer Quanta is working on an Apple netbook, The Apple Blog puts together a big picture argument that’s pretty convincing.
Hewlett Packard wants Intel to go bigger than 10.2 inches: Intel’s Atom processor is the reigning netbook chip right now, but Intel only permits its low-cost chipset to be used in netbooks with screen sizes 10.2 inches or under. Likely this is to protect the market share–and wider profit margins–its faster dual-core processors afford. But Hewlett Packard is encouraging Intel to break its own rules and let the former company use the Atom chip in an 11.6 inch netbook slated for second quarter 2009 and a 13.3 inch model slated for June 2009. Negotiations are expected to be completed by the end of January and industry sources are saying due to HP’s size the company should get its way.
Apple spinning a new web with Mac OS X: according to Net Applications Apple’s Mac OS X operating system had its best month on the web ever in December. Still a fair bit behind Microsoft’s 88.68 percent market share, Mac OS X hit 9.63 percent in December. The iPhone’s web traffic grew 19 percent since November making up 0.44 percent of web hits and the iPod increased 37 percent to 0.08 percent overall. All Mac products inclusive, the companies web market share hit 10.15 percent. As Net Application’s points out however, the holiday season always results in an increase in residential web searches favoring Mac, Firefox, and Safari products over Microsoft.
Android paid apps coming: the Android Marketplace has been a freebie-mart since it rolled out earlier this year, but as earlier as the first quarter of 2009 paid apps will be supported. Much of the blogosphere discussion centers around how paid apps could position the Android Marketplace to take on Apple’s app store, but of course Android isn’t about the apps–it’s about the open and free nature of the operating system. That said it will be interesting to see if more developers begin flocking to Android once they can make some money–70 percent of overall sales revenue anyway. The Android Market will also expand to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands in the first quarter which will likely coincide with the availability of the G1 in those regions as well.
Google Mobile wants your votes: Google wants to know what features you’d like to see implemented into Google Mobile in 2009. The search giant has launched a product ideas page where you can sign up, submit what you’d like to see and vote yay or nay on other ideas.