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Since this is a trend tracking website the posts contain valuable information for the new 2011 offerings in the cloud computing / cloud experience space. The posts have also been regularly updated during the year. Enjoy by reading and commenting as you like!

What are the biggest trends which emerged in 2010?
— LTE (3.9G) for mobile Internet
— Marvell ARMADA family of SoC
— Mainland China push for 3G…3.9G
— Two Chinas becoming one in ICT
— Business SaaS by SAP & Microsoft
— HTML 5 as the new multiplatform
— Android OS & devices
You can learn about all that below:
Trend tracking is carried out by using the “3.5G/3.9G, SoC & reflectivity” framework (see the links on the right sidebar) developed in an 8 months effort by the author. Documenting the technology developments within that framework allows to form a highly accurate view of the coming years.Need more help? Contact the author!

December 2010

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and 3.0 (Honeycomb)

All the speculations collected in my Beyond Android 2.1 [July 4] and Android 2.2 (Froyo) excitement is just the tip of the iceberg for the current Android momentum [July 9 – Sept 10] are now over as Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) … Continue reading →

Assuring HTML5 et al stability for developers à la Microsoft: splitting the evolving specifications into “site-ready” and “experimental” for the years coming

What is Microsoft’s approach to assure HTML5 et al stability when web developers are absolutely negative about that based on their previous experience? Microsoft’s answer came crystal clearly two days ago in a blog post quoted below. But before … Continue reading →

Pixel Qi and CPT alliance for sunlight readability

Could this alliance produce a screen which consumes only 0.5 watts in mono mode with backlight switched off and 1.25 watts in color, half of Pixel Qi’s current 2.5 watts, when the backlight switched on? Moreover a screen which is … Continue reading →

Hanvon – E-Ink strategic e-reader alliance for price/volume leadership supplementing Hanvon’s premium strategy mostly based on an alliance with Microsoft and Intel

Following the strategic alliance between Marvell, Pixel Qi and OLPC on extremely low-cost consumer devices specially built for the cloud there are other cloud related alliances aimed at mass produced clients with sun readability. One of them is the Hanvon … Continue reading →

Treesaver: an HTML[5], Javascript and CSS based universal platform for dynamic publications on the web

On line journalists in US are already well aware of this revolutionary and high-quality platform, and we have as well two publishers using it. Moreover the Treesaver software is going to be released as an open-source in the 2nd week … Continue reading →

Windows 7 slates with a personal cloud based layered interface for touch-first HTML5 applications on the CES 2011

Microsoft to Announce New Slates Aimed at the iPad [Dec 13]: Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, is expected to  announce a number of these devices when he takes the stage at C.E.S., showcasing devices built by Samsung and Dell, among … Continue reading →

Intel’s industry position and prospects for years ahead

Posted on December 9, 2010 by nacsa

It went around the major on-line ICT publishers that Intel loses 2010 chip market share while Samsung gains, says Gartner while the source is stressing an overall finding that Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Increased 31.5 Percent in 2010 to … Continue reading →

Nokia to enter design pattern competition for 2011 smartphones with MeeGo

Posted on December 9, 2010 by nacsa

Nokia is recognizing two already dominant design pattern candidates for mobile phones: Apple iOS and the similar to each other in this respect Nokia Symbian and Android. Then there is also a recent third pattern from Microsoft, with unknown yet … Continue reading →

Split strategy for HTML 5 and Windows only enhanced development from Microsoft

Posted on December 3, 2010 by nacsa

This is how after Silverlight Firestarter event yesterday Microsoft cloud client software strategy is looking like. More information from Tim Anderson’s ITWriting (providing a consistent and in depth reporting on this): – Silverlight 5 unveiled: more power, more Windows [Dec … Continue reading →

November 2010

Intel Oak Trail to beat ARM with MeeGo specific prices

As per Digitimes Intel starts mass producing Oak Trail platform [Nov 24] … specifically for tablet PCs, with the combination of Atom Z670 processor and SM35 chipset the initial product, according to industry sources. The Oak Trail platform will sell … Continue reading →

Marvell beaten by Chinese chipmakers in sub 1,000 yuan handset procurement tender of China Mobile

No international vendors win China Mobile procurement bid for 6 million TD-SCDMA CMMB handsets, says report [Nov 15, 2010]: China Mobile will procure 12 models of inexpensive TD-SCDMA CMMB handsets, with an equal procurement volume of 500,000 units for each … Continue reading →

Cloud Computing Strategy for Digital China: Taiwan is leading the way except IOT

Posted on November 8, 2010 by nacsa

In my post Be aware of mainland China and Taiwan stronger manufacturing links in ICT [Sept 2] it has already been proven that mainland China and Taiwan are fast becoming essentially one in the important ICT sector. Moreover, it was … Continue reading →

Marvell ARMADA with sun readable and unbreakable Pixel Qi screen, and target [mass] manufacturing cost of $75

Posted on November 4, 2010 by nacsa

This all comes together in a prototype form to be shown sometime in the middle of February 2011 as per OLPC XO-3 Tablet Delayed [Nov 3]. Product delivery would be ready by the end of 2011 in a form suitable … Continue reading →

Windows 7 tablets/slates with Oak Trail Atom SoC in December

Posted on November 1, 2010 by nacsa

Intel “is aiming to mass produce its Oak Trail platform for its Sleek Netbook segment targeting the tablet PC market in December 2010. The Oak Trail platform is a combination of Intel’s Lincroft (Atom Z6xx series) processor with Whitney Point … Continue reading →

October 2010

IMT-Advanced (4G) for the next-generations of interactive mobile services, China is triumphant

Posted on October 24, 2010 by nacsa

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) press release regarding its ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) came a few days ago: ITU paves way for next-generation 4G mobile technologies – ITU-R IMT-Advanced 4G standards to usher new era of mobile broadband communications [Oct … Continue reading →

Microsoft Office 365 SaaS (now in limited Beta)

Posted on October 20, 2010 by nacsa

Really big thing, an industry milestone similar to SAP’s (see: SAP’s Business ByDesign SaaS to be relaunched on July 31 with mobility as one of key attractions [July 28]). Now Microsoft Announces Office 365 [Oct 19]. The number after its … Continue reading →

HTC: the most promising ICT brand in Taiwan

Posted on October 18, 2010 by nacsa

The news 4 days ago were HTC Becomes Most Profitable Listed Company in Taiwan [Oct 14]: Thanks to increasing popularity of smartphones worldwide, the Taiwan-based High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC), a globally leading vendor of smartphones its under own brand, … Continue reading →

Microsoft (Ray Ozzie, Steve Ballmer) on the cloud clients

Posted on October 9, 2010 by nacsa

There have been great expectations about what Microsoft will be offering against the incredibly successful Apple iPads. Microsoft ‘s CEO Steve Ballmer was also raising the expectations this summer and only this week has this been calmed down by him … Continue reading →

WHAT? … Windows Live Spaces SaaS moving to WordPress.com SaaS? … It is part of a NEW strategy with Windows Live Essentials 2011 released now!

Posted on October 2, 2010 by nacsa

The news from Microsoft: WordPress.com and Windows Live partnering together and providing an upgrade for 30 million Windows Live Spaces customers [Sept 27] Then Paul Kim, the VP of user growth from WordPress.com: Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers [Sept 27] Then a 3d party … Continue reading →

September 2010

Marvell ARMADA beats Qualcomm Snapdragon, NVIDIA Tegra and Samsung/Apple Hummingbird in the SoC market [again]

While in the last 2 years Qualcomm Snapdragon, NVIDIA Tegra and Samsung/Apple Hummingbird (Samsung’s S5PC110 and Apple’s A4 via Intrinsity’s acquisition) got by far the biggest public attention in the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) space it has been Marvell’s ARMADA the real … Continue reading →

Microsoft to lead standards compliance and implementation? … or how Microsoft is aiming to create a radically new Windows client platform via a set of “whole computer capable rich web” standards.

This is the question and the final conclusion I came to after studying all the details related to the announcement of Microsoft and Top Sites Celebrate the Beauty of the Web With Internet Explorer 9 Beta Release [Sept 15]. Let’s … Continue reading →

Microsoft going multiplatform?

Microsoft Has No Plans To Make Another Smartphone, Exec Says [Sept 16] wrote The Wall Street Journal yesterday. Is it big news? Some say so. Wired’s reaction to the internals of that article is the most notable one: Microsoft’s New … Continue reading →

Be aware of mainland China and Taiwan stronger manufacturing links in ICT

A current article from Knowledge@Wharton is drawing our attention to the fact that mainland China and Taiwan are fast becoming essentially one in the important ICT sector, and this will further increase their global influence. See: Computer Compatriots: Taiwan and … Continue reading →

August 2010

SoC advances for client, server and mobile basestation level

Posted on August 25, 2010 by nacsa

Hot Chips 22 (for now, later at Archives) has shown for the first time that System-on-Chip (SoC) technologies are moving beyond their usual realm of relatively small performance and/or dedicated applications, right into the leading edge mainstream. Update #2: – … Continue reading →

Undermining E-Ink and single-purpose E-readers

Posted on August 23, 2010 by nacsa

Associated Press, a “not-for-profit corporation with a regular membership of 1,500 US daily newspapers and an associate membership of broadcasters and non-daily newspapers”, which is “in the United States alone … serves approximately 1,700 newspapers and 5,000 radio and television … Continue reading →

July 2010

The Mobile Broadband reality by Akamai

Posted on July 29, 2010 by nacsa

Akamai, the leading CDN, has just released Q1 2010 report on the state of the Internet [July 23] which contains quite interesting actual information on average and average maximum connection speeds from 109 mobile carriers around the world. Only networks … Continue reading →

SAP’s Business ByDesign SaaS to be relaunched on July 31 with mobility as one of key attractions

Posted on July 28, 2010 by nacsa

Yesterday’s Q2 financial report from SAP specifically mentions the expansion it made in the volume business as well as the progress in the small and midsized enterprise (SME) segment: … said Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-CEO of SAP. “Our success in … Continue reading →

“4G” WiMAX vs. 3.75G HSPA+

Posted on July 24, 2010 by nacsa

T-Mobile has just launched its 3.75G HSPA+ service in the US, which they wrongly call 4G (compare to the core information on Mobile Internet where standards are covered properly). See: T-Mobile USA: More HSPA+ [July 21]. Speedwise -however- they are … Continue reading →

Could China close the gap in mobile Internet? It should!

Posted on July 21, 2010 by nacsa

China has a significant gap in mobile Internet with the rest of the world: – the current [end of H1CY10] share of 3G technologies in China are: • 1.9% (10.46 million) for TD-SCDMA/China Mobile (w/ 554M subscribers), • 4.8% (7.56 … Continue reading →

3.9G TD-LTE rollout in 2012 with integrated 2G, 3G and 4G?

Posted on July 19, 2010 by nacsa

A small news item on DigiTimes last week has gone around the technical web quite fast: China Mobile to expand 4G network trial operations [16 July] China Mobile Communications will expand the trial operation of its 4G networks in the … Continue reading →

Windows slates in the coming months? Not much seen yet

Posted on July 13, 2010 by nacsa

On the first day of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference this week there was not much about the Windows slates. It is not surprising given that Intel has just begun real and honest marketing of its sufficiently low power SoCs … Continue reading →

Google App Inventor Beta for Android

Posted on July 12, 2010 by nacsa

Google’s Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software [The New York Times, July 11] … has been under development for a year. User testing has been done mainly in schools with groups that included sixth graders, high school girls, nursing students and university … Continue reading →

Android 2.2 (Froyo) excitement is just the tip of the iceberg for the current Android momentum

Posted on July 9, 2010 by nacsa

Update: “Gartner Says Android to Become No. 2 Worldwide Mobile Operating System in 2010 and Challenge Symbian for No. 1 Position by 2014” [Sept 10]: “Communication service providers’ (CSPs’) marketing and vendor support for Android-based smartphones will drive the platform … Continue reading →

OPhone OS (OMS) 2.0 based on Android 2.1

Posted on July 5, 2010 by nacsa

Update: Despite of recent reports on weakening OPhone support within China Mobile (see the below update) there are newer reports pointing just to the opposite direction: – China Mobile to procure 6 million TD-SCMA handsets, says Chinese media [Oct 8]: … Continue reading →

Beyond Android 2.1

Posted on July 4, 2010 by nacsa

UnwiredView: Android 3.0 Gingerbread details: 1280×760 resolution, 1Ghz minimum specs, mid-Oct. release [Jun 30] then: Revisiting Android 3/Gingerbread details post. Some corrections, clarifications [July 2] Between these two original English posts has been an avalanche like reporting and discussion (almost … Continue reading →

Intel dismisses WiMAX Program Office

Posted on July 1, 2010 by nacsa

As has been reported in my infonugget WiMAX/WiBro <=> TD-LTE and LTE in general Intel’s WiMAX initiative started in 2006 is not bringing the yields once hoped by chip giant. As a result of that the Taiwanese DigiTimes has just … Continue reading →

June 2010

E-reading SaaS wars next to e-reader wars

Posted on June 30, 2010 by nacsa

Monday’s announcement from Amazon, Free Kindle for Android App Now Available [June 28], has generated quite a stir on the web. My time duration (of the first 24 hours) and subject specific search brought back ~277 000 hits. From these I … Continue reading →

WiMAX/WiBro TD-LTE and LTE in general

Posted on June 28, 2010 by nacsa

Intel’s Bad Bet on WiMAX Pays Off for TD-LTE was the original post on last Friday. The title – for some, not-communicated reason – has been changed later to Intel’s Losing Big Money on WiMAX. Whatever the title is this … Continue reading →

Mobile search SaaS battle

Posted on June 28, 2010 by nacsa

Excellent essay on the subject by Krishna Subramarian on TechCrunch: Clash of the Titans: The Battle To Become The Mobile Search Leader. The essence is well summarized in the introduction: Mobile search is still one of the big unclaimed prizes … Continue reading →

Microsoft strengths for the PC -> cloud transition

Posted on June 27, 2010 by nacsa

Great interpretations of the recently published Microsoft by the numbers post in TechCrunch: Decoding Microsoft’s Fantastic Passive-Agressive Numbers Post. To understand the real short-term perspective on Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 based clients for the cloud read my another … Continue reading →

Intel SoC for Cloud Clients

Posted on June 27, 2010 by nacsa

While ARM system-on-a-chips (SoCs) are dominating the fast growing cloud client segment (smart phones, tablets, e-readers etc.) Intel has finally begun marketing his 1st generation Moorestown to generate design wins needed for next year’s Medfield 2nd generation SoC “product delivery en-mass” … Continue reading →

Server CPUs designed for the cloud

Posted on June 25, 2010 by nacsa

AMD Opteron 4100 processors (announced availability this week) represent a new class designed for the cloud. Imagine a 12-core server node at 100% utilization drawing just 130W. That is less than 11W/core at the platform level! (Supporting information for that). … Continue reading →


Posted on June 24, 2010 by nacsa

Rising glocalisation. Glaring new examples of the Craigslist and Meetup category from Most Exciting Part of Web Isn’t ‘World Wide’.


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