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For information on OpenStack provided earlier on this blog see:
– Disaggregation in the next-generation datacenter and HP’s Moonshot approach for the upcoming HP CloudSystem “private cloud in-a-box” with the promised HP Cloud OS based on the 4 years old OpenStack effort with others, ‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Dec 10, 2013
– Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4 delivery and Dell as the first company to OEM it co-engineered on Dell infrastructure with Red Hat, ‘Experiencing the Cloud’, Feb 19, 2014
To understand the OpenStack V4 level state-of-technology-development as of June 25, 2015:
– go to my homepage: https://lazure2.wordpress.com/
– or to the OpenStack related part of Microsoft Cloud state-of-the-art: Hyper-scale Azure with host SDN — IaaS 2.0 — Hybrid flexibility and freedom, ‘Experiencing the Cloud’, July 11, 2015
May 19, 2016:
With OpenStack in tow you’ll go far — be it your house, your bank, your city or your car.
Just look at all of the exciting places we’re going:
From the phone in your pocket
The telecom industry is undergoing a massive shift, away from hundreds of proprietary devices in thousands of central offices accumulated over decades, to a much more efficient and flexible software plus commodity hardware approach. While some carriers like AT&T have already begun routing traffic from the 4G networks over OpenStack powered clouds to millions of cellphone users, the major wave of adoption is coming with the move to 5G, including plans from AT&T, Telefonica, SK Telekom, and Verizon.
We are on the cusp of a revolution that will completely re-imagine what it means to provide services in the trillion dollar telecom industry, with billions of connected devices riding on OpenStack-powered infrastructure in just a few years.
To the living room socket
The titans of TV like Comcast, DirecTV, and Time Warner Cable all rely on OpenStack to bring the latest entertainment to our homes efficiently, and innovators like DigitalFilm Tree are producing that content faster than ever thanks to cloud-based production workflows.
Your car, too, will get smart
Speaking of going places, back here on earth many of the world’s top automakers, such as BMW and the Volkswagen group, which includes Audi, Lamborghini, and even Bentley, are designing the future of transportation using OpenStack and big data. The hottest trends to watch in the auto world are electric zero emissions cars and self-driving cars. Like the “smart city” mentioned above, a proliferation of sensors plus connectivity call for distributed systems to bring it all together, creating a huge opportunity for OpenStack.
And your bank will take part
Money moves faster than ever, with digital payments from startups and established players alike competing for consumer attention. Against this backdrop of enormous market change, banks must meet an increasingly rigid set of regulatory rules, not to mention growing security threats. To empower their developers to innovate while staying diligent on regs and security, financial leaders like PayPal, FICO, TD Bank, American Express, and Visa are adopting OpenStack.
Your city must keep the pace
Powering the world’s cities is a complex task and here OpenStack is again driving automation, this time in the energy sector. State Grid Corporation, the world’s largest electric utility, serves over 120 million customers in China while relying on OpenStack in production.
Looking to the future, cities will be transformed by the proliferation of fast networks combined with cheap sensors. Unlocking the power of this mix are distributed systems, including OpenStack, to process, store, and move data. Case in point: tcpcloud in Prague is helping introduce “smart city” technology by utilizing inexpensive Raspberry Pis embedded in street poles, backed by a distributed system based on Kubernetes and OpenStack. These systems give city planners insight into traffic flows of both pedestrians and cars, and even measure weather quality. By routing not just packets but people, cities are literally load balancing their way to lower congestion and pollution.
From inner to outer space
The greatest medical breakthroughs of the next decade will come from analyzing massive data sets, thanks to the proliferation of distributed systems that put supercomputer power into the hands of every scientist. And OpenStack has a huge role to play empowering researchers all over the globe: from Melbourne to Madrid, Chicago to Chennai, or Berkeley to Beijing, everywhere you look you’ll find OpenStack.
To explore this world, I recently visited the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin where I toured a facility that houses one of the top 10 supercomputers in the world, code named “Stampede
But what really got me excited about the future was the sight of two large OpenStack clusters: one called Chameleon, and the newest addition, Jetstream, which put the power of more than 1,000 nodes and more than 15,000 cores into the hands of scientists at 350 universities. In fact, the Chameleon cloud was recently used in a class at the University of Arizona by students looking to discover exoplanets. Perhaps the next Neil deGrasse Tyson is out there using OpenStack to find a planet to explore for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories.
Where should we go next?
Mark Collier is OpenStack co-founder, and currently the OpenStack Foundation COO. This article was first published in Superuser Magazine, distributed at the Austin Summit.
May 9, 2016:
From OpenStack Summit Austin, Part 1: Vendors digging in for long haul by Al Sadowski, 451 Research, LLC: This report provides highlights from the most recent OpenStack Summit
THE 451 TAKE OpenStack mindshare continues to grow for enterprises interested in deploying cloud-native applications in greenfield private cloud environments. However, its appeal is limited for legacy applications and enterprises sold on hyperscale multi-tenant cloud providers like AWS and Azure. There are several marquee enterprises with OpenStack as the central component of cloud transformations, but many are still leery of the perceived complexity of configuring, deploying and maintaining OpenStack-based architectures. Over the last few releases, processes for installation and upgrades, tooling, and API standardization across projects have improved as operators have become more vocal during the requirements phase. Community membership continues to grow on a global basis, and the supporting organization also depicts a similar geographic trend.
… Horizontal scaling of Nova is much improved, based on input from CERN and Rackspace. CERN, an early OpenStack adopter, demonstrated the ability for the open source platform to scale – it now has 165,000 cores running OpenStack. However, Walmart, PayPal and eBay are operating larger OpenStack environments.
May 18, 2015:
Walmart‘s Cloud Journey by Amandeep Singh Juneja
May 19, 2015:
OpenStack Update from eBay and PayPal by Subbu Allamaraju
May 18, 2015:
Architecting Organizational Change at TD Bank by Graeme Peacock, VP Engineering, TD Bank Group
TD Bank uses cloud as catalyst for cultural change in IT
May 9, 2016: From OpenStack Summit Austin, Part 1: Vendors digging in for long haul continued:
While OpenStack may have been conceived as an open source multi-tenant IaaS, its future success will mainly come from hosted and on-premises private cloud deployments. Yes, there are many pockets of success with regional or vertical-focused public clouds based on OpenStack, but none with the scale of AWS or the growth of Microsoft Azure. Hewlett Packard Enterprise shuttered its OpenStack Helion-based public cloud, and Rackspace shifted engineering resources away from its own public cloud. Rackspace, the service provider with the largest share of OpenStack-related revenue, says its private cloud is growing in the ‘high double digits.’ Currently, 56% of OpenStack’s service-provider revenue total is public cloud-based, but we expect private cloud will account for a larger portion over the next few years.
October 21, 2015:
A new model to deliver public cloud by Bill Hill, SVP and GM, HP Cloud
December 1, 2015:
May 9, 2016: From OpenStack Summit Austin, Part 1: Vendors digging in for long haul continued:
As of the Mitaka release, two new gold members were added: UnitedStack and EasyStack, both from China. Other service providers and vendors shared their customer momentum and product updates with 451 Research during the summit. Among the highlights are:
- AT&T has cobbled together a DevOps team from 67 different organizations, in order to transform into a software company.
- All of GoDaddy’s new servers are going into its OpenStack environment. It is also using the Ironic (bare metal) project and exploring containers on OpenStack.
- SwiftStack built a commercial product with an AWS-like consumption model using the Swift (object storage) project. It now has over 60 customers, including eBay, PayPal, Burton Snowboards and Ancestry.com.
- OVH is based in France and operates a predominately pan-Europe public cloud. It added Nova compute in 2014, and currently has 75PB on Swift storage.
- Unitas Global says OpenStack-related enterprise engagements are a large part of its 100% Y/Y growth. While it does not contribute code, it is helping to develop operational efficiencies and working with Canonical to deploy ‘vanilla’ OpenStack using Juju charms. Tableau Software is a client.
- DreamHost is operating an OpenStack public cloud, DreamCompute, and is a supporter of the Astara (network orchestration) project. It claims 2,000 customers for DreamCompute and 10,000 customers for its object storage product.
- Platform9 is a unique OpenStack in SaaS startup with 20 paying customers. Clients bring their own hardware, and the software provides the management functions and takes care of patching and upgrades.
- AppFormix is a software startup focused on cloud operators and application developers that has formed a licensing agreement with Rackspace. Its analytics and capacity-planning dashboard software will now be deployed on Rackspace’s OpenStack private cloud. The software also works with Azure and AWS.
- Tesora is leveraging the Trove project to offer DBaaS. The vendor built a plug-in for Mirantis’ Fuel installer. The collaboration claims to make commercial, open source relational and NoSQL databases easier for administrators to deploy.
April 25, 2016:
AT&T’s Cloud Journey with OpenStack by Sorabh Saxena SVP, Software Development & Engineering, AT&T
OpenStack + AT&T Innovation = AT&T Integrated Cloud.
AT&T’s network has experienced enormous growth in traffic in the last several years and the trend continues unabated. Our software defined network initiative addresses the escalating traffic demands and brings greater agility and velocity to delivering features to end customers. The underlying fabric of this software defined network is AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC).
Sorabh Saxena, AT&T’s SVP of Software Development & Engineering, will share several use cases that will highlight a multi-dimensional strategy for delivering an enterprise & service provider scale cloud. The use cases will illustrate OpenStack as the foundational element of AIC, AT&T solutions that complement it, and how it’s integrated with the larger AT&T ecosystem.
As the Senior Vice President of Software Development and Engineering at AT&T, Sorabh Saxena is leading AT&T’s transformation to a software-based company. Towards that goal, he is leading the development of platforms that include AT&T’s Integrated Cloud (AIC), API, Data, and Business Functions. Additionally, he manages delivery and production support of AT&T’s software defined network.
Sorabh and his organization are also responsible for technology solutions and architecture for all IT projects, AT&T Operation Support Systems and software driven business transformation programs that are positioning AT&T to be a digital first, integrated communications company with a best in class cost structure. Sorabh is also championing a cultural shift with a focus on workforce development and software & technology skills development.
Through Sorabh and his team’s efforts associated with AIC, AT&T is implementing an industry leading, highly complex and massively scaled OpenStack cloud. He is an advocate of OpenStack and his organization contributes content to the community that represents the needs of large enterprises and communication services providers.
April 25, 2016: And the Superuser Award goes to… AT&T takes the fourth annual Superuser Award.
AUSTIN, Texas — The OpenStack Austin Summit kicked off day one by awarding the Superuser Award to AT&T.
NTT, winners of the Tokyo edition, passed the baton onstage to the crew from AT&T.
AT&T is a legacy telco which is transforming itself by adopting virtual infrastructure and a software defined networking focus in order to compete in the market and create value for customers in the next five years and beyond. They have almost too many OpenStack accomplishments to list–read their full application here.The OpenStack Foundation launched the Superuser Awards to recognize, support and celebrate teams of end-users and operators that use OpenStack to meaningfully improve their businesses while contributing back to the community.
April 1, 2016: Austin Superuser Awards Finalist: AT&T
The legacy telecom is in the top 20 percent for upstream contributions with plans to increase this significantly in 2016.
It’s time for the community to determine the winner of the Superuser Award to be presented at the OpenStack Austin Summit. Based on the nominations received, the Superuser Editorial Advisory Board conducted the first round of judging and narrowed the pool to four finalists.
Now, it’s your turn.
The team from AT&T is one of the four finalists. Review the nomination criteria below, check out the other nominees and cast your vote before the deadline, Friday, April 8 at 11:59 p.m.Pacific Daylight Time. Voting is limited to one ballot per person.
How has OpenStack transformed your business?
AT&T is a legacy telco which is transforming itself by adopting virtual infrastructure and a software defined networking focus in order to compete in the market and create value for customers in the next five years and beyond.
- Virtualization and virtual network functions (VNFs) are of critical importance to the Telecom industry to address growth and agility. AT&T’s Domain 2.0 Industry Whitepaper released in 2013 outlines the need as well as direction.
- AT&T chose OpenStack as the core foundation of their cloud and virtualization strategy
- OpenStack has reinforced AT&T’s open source strategy and strengthened our dedication to the community as we actively promote and invest resources in OpenStack
- AT&T is committing staff and resources to drive the vision and innovation in the OpenStack and OPNFV communities to help drive OpenStack as the default cloud orchestrator for the Telecom industry
- AT&T as a founding member of the ETSI ISG network functions virtualization (NFV) helped drive OpenStack as the cloud orchestrator in the NFV platform framework. OpenStack was positioned as the VIM – Virtual Infrastructure Manager. This accelerated the convergence of the Telco industry onto OpenStack.
OpenStack serves as a critical foundation for AT&T’s software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV future and we take pride in the following:
- AT&T has deployed 70+ OpenStack (Juno & Kilo based) clouds globally, which are currently operational. Of the 70+ clouds 57 are production application and network clouds.
- AT&T plans 90% growth, going to 100+ production application and network clouds by the end of 2016.
- AT&T connects more than 14 million wireless customers via virtualized networks, with significant subscriber cut-over planned again in 2016
- AT&T controls 5.7% of our network resources (29 Telco production grade VNFs) with OpenStack, with plans to reach 30% by the end of 2016 and 75% by 2020.
- AT&T trained more than 100 staff in OpenStack in 2015
AT&T plans to expand to expand its community team of 50+ employees in 2016 As the chosen cloud platform OpenStack enabled AT&T in the following SDN and NFV related initiatives:
- Our recently announced 5G field trials in Austin
- Re-launch of unlimited data to mobility customers
- Launch of AT&T Collaborate a next generation communication tool for enterprise
- Provisioning of a Network on Demand platform to more than 500 enterprise customers
- Connected Car and MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator)
- Mobile Call Recording
- Internally we are virtualizing our control services like DNS, NAT, NTP, DHCP, radius, firewalls, load balancers and probes for fault and performance management.
Since 2012, AT&T has developed all of our significant new applications in a cloud native fashion hosted on OpenStack. We also architected OpenStack to support legacy apps.
- AT&T’s SilverLining Cloud (predecessor to AIC) leveraged the OpenStack Diablo release, dating as far back as 2011
- OpenStack currently resides on over 15,000 VMs worldwide, with the expectation of further, significant growth coming in 2016-17
- AT&T’s OpenStack integrated Orchestration framework has resulted in a 75% reduction in turnaround time for requests for virtual resources
- AT&T Plans to move 80% of our Legacy IT into the OpenStack based virtualized cloud environment within coming years
- Uniform set of APIs exposed by OpenStack allows AT&T business units to leverage a “develop-once-run-everywhere” set of tools OpenStack helps AT&T’s strategy to begin to adopt best of the breed solutions at five 9’s of reliability for:
- Internet-scale storage service
- Putting all AT&T’s workloads on one common platform Deployment Automation: OpenStack modules have enabled AT&T to cost-effectively manage the OpenStack configuration in an automated, holistic fashion.
- Using OpenStack Heat, AT&T pushed rolling updates and incremental changes across 70+ OpenStack clouds. Doing it manually would be take many more people and a much longer schedule.
- Using OpenStack Fuel as a pivotal component in its cloud deployments AT&T accelerates the otherwise consuming, complex, and error-prone process of deploying, testing, and maintaining various configuration flavors of OpenStack at scale. AT&T was a major contributor towards Fuel 7.0 and Fuel 8.0 requirements. OpenStack has been a pivotal driver of AT&T’s overall culture shift. AT&T as an organization is in the midst of a massive culture shift from a Legacy Telco to a company where new skills, techniques and solutions are embraced.
OpenStack has been a key driver of this transformation in the following ways:
- AT&T is now building 50 percent of all software on open source technologies
- Allowing for the adoption of a dev ops model that creates a more unified team working towards a better end product
- Development transitioned from a waterfall to cloud-native CICD methodologies
- Developers continue to support OpenStack and make their applications cloud-native whenever possible.
How has the organization participated in or contributed to the OpenStack community?
AT&T was the first U.S. telecom service provider to sign up for and adopt the then early stage NASA-spawned OpenStack cloud initiative, back in 2011.
- AT&T has been an active OpenStack contributor since the Bexar release.
- AT&T has been a Platinum Member of the OpenStack Foundation since its origins in 2012 after helping to create its bylaws.
- Toby Ford, AVP AT&T Cloud Technology has provided vision, technology leadership, and innovation to OpenStack ecosystem as an OpenStack Foundation board member since late 2012.
- AT&T is founding member of ETSI, and OPNFV.
- AT&T has invested in building an OpenStack upstream contribution team with 25 current employees and a target for 50+ employees by the end of 2016.
- During the early years of OpenStack, AT&T brought many important use-cases to the community. AT&T worked towards solving those use-cases by leveraging various OpenStack modules, in turn encouraging other enterprises to have confidence in the young ecosystem.
- AT&T drove these following Telco-grade blueprint contributions to past releases of OpenStack:
- VLAN aware VMs (i.e. Trunked vNICs) – Support for BGP VPN, and shared volumes between guest VMs
- Complex query support for statistics in Ceilometer
- Spell checker gate job
- Metering support for PCI/PCIe per VM tenant
- PCI passthrough measurement in Ceilometer – Coverage measurement gate job
- Nova using ephemeral storage with cinder
- Climate subscription mechanism
- Access switch port discovery for bare metal nodes
- SLA enforcement per vNIC – MPLS VPNaaS
- NIC-state aware scheduling
- Toby Ford has regularly been invited to present keynotes, sessions, and panel talks at a number of OpenStack summits. For instance: Role of OpenStack in a Telco: User case study – at Atlanta Summit May 2014 – Leveraging OpenStack to Solve Telco needs: Intro to SDN/NFV – Atlanta Summit May 2014 – Telco OpenStack Roadmap Panel Talk – Tokyo Summit October 2015 – OpenStack Roadmap Software Trajectory – Atlanta Summit May 2014 – Cloud Control to Major Telco – Paris Summit November 2014.
- Greg Stiegler, assistant vice president – AT&T cloud tools & development organization represented the AT&T technology development organization at the Tokyo Summit.
- AT&T Cloud and D2 Architecture team members were invited to present various keynote sessions, summit sessions and panel talks including: – Participation at the Women of OpenStack Event – Tokyo Summit 2015 – Empower Your Cloud Through Neutron Service Function Chaining – Tokyo Summit Oct 2015 – OPNFV Panel – Vancouver Summit May 2015 – OpenStack as a Platform for Innovation – Keynote at OpenStack Silicon Valley – Aug 2015 – Taking OpenStack From Zero to Production in a Fortune-500 – Tokyo Summit October 2015 – Operating at Web-scale: Containers and OpenStack Panel Talk – Tokyo Summit October 2015 * AT&T strives to collaborate with other leading industry partners in the OpenStack ecosystem. This has led to the entire community benefiting from AT&T’s innovation.
- Margaret Chiosi gives talks worldwide on AT&T’s D2.0 vision at many Telco conferences ranging from Optics (OFC) to SDN/NFV conferences advocating OpenStack as the de-facto cloud orchestrator.
- AT&T Entertainment Group (DirecTV) architected multi-hypervisor hybrid OpenStack cloud by designing Neutron ML2 plugin. This innovation helped achieve integration between legacy virtualization and OpenStack.
- AT&T is proud to drive OpenStack adoption by sharing knowledge back to the OpenStack community in the form of these summit sessions at the upcoming Austin summit:
- Telco Cloud Requirements: What VNFs Are Asking For
- Using a Service VM as an IPv6 vRouter
- Service Function Chaining
- Technology Analysis Perspective
- Deploying Lots of Teeny Tiny Telco Clouds
- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about OpenStack At Scale
- Valet: Holistic Data Center Optimization for OpenStack
- Gluon: An Enabler for NFV
- Among the Cloud: Open Source NFV + SDN Deployment
- AT&T: Driving Enterprise Workloads on KVM and vCenter using OpenStack as the Unified Control Plane
- Striving for High-Performance NFV Grid on OpenStack. Why you, and every OpenStack community member should be excited about it
- OpenStack at Carrier Scale
- AT&T is the “first to market” with deployment of OpenStack supported carrier-grade Virtual Network Functions. We provide the community with integral data, information, and first-hand knowledge on the trials and tribulations experienced deploying NFV technology.
- AT&T ranks in the top 20 percent of all companies in terms of upstream contribution (code, documentation, blueprints), with plans to increase this significantly in 2016.
- Commits: 1200+
- Lines of Code: 116,566
- Change Requests: 618
- Patch Sets: 1490
- Draft Blueprints: 76
- Completed Blueprints: 30
- Filed Bugs: 350
- Resolved Bugs: 250
What is the scale of the OpenStack deployment?
- AT&T’s OpenStack based AIC is deployed at 70+ sites across the world. Of the 70+ 57 are production app and network clouds.
- AT&T plans 90% growth, going to 100+ production app and network clouds by end of 2016.
- AT&T connects more than 14 million of the 134.5 million wireless customers via virtualized networks with significant subscriber cutover planned again in 2016
- AT&T controls 5.7% of our network resources (29 Telco production grade VNF) with a goal of high 80s by end of 2016) on OpenStack.
- Production workloads also include AT&T’s Connected Car, Network on Demand, and AT&T Collaborate among many more.
How is this team innovating with OpenStack?
- AT&T and AT&T Labs are leveraging OpenStack to innovate with Containers and NFV technology.
- Containers are a key part of AT&Ts Cloud Native Architecture. AT&T chairs the Open Container Initiative (OCI) to drive the standardization around container formats.
- AT&T is leading the effort to improve Nova and Neutron’s interface to SDN controllers.
- Margaret Chiosi, an early design collaborator to Neutron, ETSI NFV, now serves as President of OPNFV. AT&T is utilizing its position with OPNFV to help shape the future of OpenStack / NFV. OpenStack has enabled AT&T to innovate extensively.
The following recent unique workloads would not be possible without the SDN and NFV capabilities which OpenStack enables: * Our recent announcements of 5G field trials in Austin * Re-launch of unlimited data to mobility customers * Launch of AT&T Collaborate * Network on Demand platform to more than 500 enterprise customers * Connected Car and MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) * Mobile Call Recording New services by AT&T Entertainment Group (DirecTV) that would use OpenStack based cloud infrastructure in coming years: * NFL Sunday Ticket with up to 8 simultaneous games * DirecTV Streaming Service Without Need For satellite dish
In summary – the innovation with OpenStack is not just our unique workloads, but also to support them together under the same framework, management systems, development/test, CI/CD pipelines, and deployment automation toolset(s).
Who are the team members?
- AT&T Cloud and D2 architecture team
- AT&T Integrated Cloud (AIC) Members: Margaret Chiosi, distinguished member of technical staff, president of OPNFV; Toby Ford, AVP – AT&T cloud technology & D2 architecture – strategy, architecture & pPlanning, and OpenStack Foundation Board Member; Sunil Jethwani – director, cloud & SDN architecture, AT&T Entertainment Group; Andrew Leasck – director – AT&T Integrated cloud development; Janet Morris – director – AT&T integrated cloud development; Sorabh Saxena, senior vice president – AT&T software development & engineering organization; Praful Shanghavi – director – AT&T integrated cloud development; Bryan Sullivan – director member of technical staff; Ryan Van Wyk – executive director – AT&T integrated cloud development.
- AT&T’s project teams top contributors: Paul Carver, Steve Wilkerson, John Tran, Joe D’andrea, Darren Shaw.
April 30, 2016: Swisscom in Production with OpenStack and Cloud Foundry
Swisscom has one of the largest in-production industry standard Platform as a Service built on OpenStack. Their offering is focused on providing an enterprise-grade PaaS environment to customers worldwide and with various delivery models based on Cloud Foundry and OpenStack. Swisscom embarked early on the OpenStack journey to deploy their app cloud partnering with Red Hat, Cloud Foundry, and PLUMgrid. With services such as MongoDB, MariaDB, RabbitMQ, ELK, and an object storage, the PaaS cloud offers what developers need to get started right away. Join this panel for take-away lessons on Swisscom’s journey, the technologies, partnerships, and developers who are building apps everyday on Swisscom’s OpenStack cloud.
May 23, 2016: How OpenStack public cloud + Cloud Foundry = a winning platform for telecoms interview on ‘OpenStack Superuser’ with Marcel Härry, chief architect, PaaS at Swisscom
Swisscom has one of the largest in-production industry standard platform-as-a-service built on OpenStack.
Their offering focuses on providing an enterprise-grade PaaS environment to customers worldwide and with various delivery models based on Cloud Foundry and OpenStack. Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecom provider, embarked early on the OpenStack journey to deploy their app cloud partnering with Red Hat, Cloud Foundry and PLUMgrid.
Superuser interviewed Marcel Härry, chief architect, PaaS at Swisscom and member of theTechnical Advisory Board of the Cloud Foundry Foundation to find out more.
How are you using OpenStack?
OpenStack has allowed us to rapidly develop and deploy our Cloud Foundry-based PaaS offering, as well as to rapidly develop new features within SDN and containers. OpenStack is the true enabler for rapid development and delivery.
An example: after half a year from the initial design and setup, we already delivered two production instances of our PaaS offering built on multiple OpenStack installations on different sites. Today we are already running multiple production deployments for high-profile customers, who further develop their SaaS offerings using our platform. Additionally, we are providing the infrastructure for numerous lab and development instances. These environments allow us to harden and stabilize new features while maintaining a rapid pace of innovation, while still ensuring a solid environment.
We are running numerous OpenStack stacks, all limited – by design – to a single region, and single availability zone. Their size ranges from a handful of compute nodes, to multiple dozens of compute nodes, scaled based on the needs of the specific workloads. Our intention is not to build overly large deployments, but rather to build multiple smaller stacks, hosting workloads that can be migrated between environments. These stacks are hosting thousands of VMs, which in turn are hosting tens of thousands of containers to run production applications or service instances for our customers.
What kinds of applications or workloads are you currently running on OpenStack?
We’ve been using OpenStack for almost three years now as our infrastructure orchestrator. Swisscom built its Elastic Cloud on top of OpenStack. On top of this we run Swisscom’s Application Cloud, or PaaS, built on Cloud Foundry with PLUMgrid as the SDN layer. Together, the company’s clouds deliver IaaS to IT architects, SaaS to end users and PaaS to app developers among other services and applications. We mainly run our PaaS/Cloud Foundry environment on OpenStack as well as the correlated managed services (i.e. a kind of DBaaS, Message Service aaS etc.) which are running themselves in Docker containers.
What challenges have you faced in your organization regarding OpenStack, and how did you overcome them?
The learning curve for OpenStack is pretty steep. When we started three years ago almost no reference architectures were available, especially none with enterprise-grade requirements such as dual-site, high availability (HA) capabilities on various levels and so forth. In addition, we went directly into the SDN, SDS levels of implementation which was a big, but very successful step at the end of the day.
What were your major milestones?
Swisscom’s go-live for its first beta environment was in spring of 2014, go live for an internal development (at Swisscom) was spring of 2015, and the go-live for its public Cloud Foundry environment fully hosted on OpenStack was in the fall of 2015. The go-live date for enterprise-grade and business-critical workloads on top of our stack from various multinational companies in verticals like finance or industry is spring, 2016, and Swisscom recently announced Swiss Re as one of its first large enterprise cloud customers.
What have been the biggest benefits to your organization as a result of using OpenStack?
Pluggability and multi-vendor interoperability (for instance with SDN like PLUMgrid or SDS like ScaleIO) to avoid vendor lock in and create a seamless system. OpenStack enabled Swisscom to experiment with deployments utilizing a DevOps model and environment to deploy and develop applications faster. It simplified the move from PoC to production environments and enabled us to easily scale out services utilizing a distributed cluster-based architecture.
What advice do you have for companies considering a move to OpenStack?
It’s hard in the beginning but it’s really worth it. Be wise when you select your partners and vendors, this will help you to be online in a very short amount of time. Think about driving your internal organization towards a dev-ops model to be ready for the first deployments, as well as enabling your firm to change deployment models (e.g. going cloud-native) for your workloads when needed.
How do you participate in the community?
This year’s Austin event was our second OpenStack Summit where we provided insights into our deployment and architecture, contributing back to the community in terms of best practices, as well as providing real-world production use-cases. Furthermore, we directly contribute patches and improvements to various OpenStack projects. Some of these patches have already been accepted, while a few are in the pipeline to be further polished for publishing. Additionally, we are working very closely together with our vendors – RedHat, EMC, ClusterHQ/Flocker, PLUMgrid as well as the Cloud Foundry Foundation – and work together to further improve their integration and stability within the OpenStack project. For example, we worked closely together with Flocker for their cinder-based driver to orchestrate persistency among containers. Furthermore, we have provided many bug reports through our vendors and have worked together with them on fixes which then have made their way back into the OpenStack community.
We have a perfect solution for non-persistent container workloads for our customers. We are constantly evolving this product and are working especially hard to meet the enterprise- and finance-verticals requirements when it comes to the infrastructure orchestration of OpenStack.
Härry spoke about OpenStack in production at the recent Austin Summit, along with Pere Monclus of PLUMgrid, Chip Childers of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Chris Wright of Red Hat and analyst Rosalyn Roseboro.
May 10, 2016: Lenovo‘s Highly-Available OpenStack Enterprise Cloud Platform Practice with EasyStack press release by EasyStack
Samsung had a number of enhanced GALAXY products (see them in the “Details for Samsung” section below). The really strong message from innovation point of view from them has, however, been (considered by them as “hidden gems”):
Samsung Mobile – Beyond Product [SAMSUNGmobile YouTube Channel]
Tour the Samsung Mobile booth at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. Find out more about our new innovations, from AllShare Play and Control through Smart Driving and Smart School to NFC mobile payments.
UPDATE: for Nokia the major competition is the overall Android ecosystem, and not only in the proper smartphone market as:
– repeatedly stressed by Stephen Elop, the CEO of Nokia:
The principal competition is Android, and then Apple. [see here]
– indicated in relevant excerpts from the Nokia 2011 fiscal year report [March 8, 2012] as:
… Today, however, the distinction between these two classes of products is blurring. Increasingly, basic feature phone models, supported by innovations in both hardware and software, are also providing people with the opportunity to access the Internet and applications and, on the whole, offering them a more smartphone-like experience.
Whether smartphones or feature phones, mobile devices geared for Internet access and their accompanying Internet data plans are also becoming increasingly affordable and, consequently, they are becoming attractive to a broader range of consumer groups and geographic markets. A notable recent development has been the increased affordability of devices based on the Android platform, which has enabled some vendors to offer smartphones for below EUR 100, excluding taxes and subsidies, and thus address a portion of the market which has been dominated by more basic feature phone offerings.
… some competitors’ offerings based on Android are available for purchase by consumers for below EUR 100, excluding taxes and subsidies, and thus address a portion of the market which has been traditionally dominated by feature phone offerings, including those offered by Nokia. Accordingly, lower-priced smartphones are increasingly reducing the addressable market and lowering the price points for feature phone. …
Principal Factors & Trends Affecting our Results of Operations
Devices & Service
Increased Pervasiveness of Smartphones and Smartphone-like Experiences Across the Price Spectrum
During the past year, we saw the increasing availability of more affordable smartphones, particularly Android-based smartphones, connected devices and related services which were able to reach lower price points contributing to a decline in the average selling prices of smartphones in our industry.
This trend affects us in two ways. First, it puts pressure on the price of our smartphones and potentially our profitability, as we need to price our smartphones competitively. We currently partially address this with our Symbian device offering in specific regions and distribution channels, and we plan to introduce and bring to markets new and more affordable Nokia products with Windows Phone in 2012, such as the Nokia Lumia 610 announced in February 2012. Second, lower-priced smartphones put pressure on our higher-end feature phone offering from our Mobile Phones unit. We are addressing this with our planned introductions in 2012 ofsmarter, competitively priced feature phones with more modern user experiences, including software, services and application experiences. In support of our Mobile Phones business, we also plan to drive third party innovation through working with our partners to engage in building strong, local ecosystems.
Full information is in the Nokia’s strategy for “the next billion” based on software and web optimization with super low-cost 2.5/2.75G SoCs [Feb 14 – March 8, 2012] post on this blog.
END OF UPDATE
For Nokia, accordingly, a number of innovations have already been introduced on the MWC 2012, from the hardware level up to the services which surround all that. So for Nokia I will provide a video-based overview here well before going into the “Details for Nokia” section in the very end:
Key points: Nokia Lumia 610 is announced. Award-winning Nokia Lumia 900 will become available in various markets outside the US. Nokia PureView elevates industry standard in smartphone imaging. New Asha feature phones and services grow increasingly ‘smarter’.
The funky Nokia Lumia 610 http://nokia.ly/AztJvZ is the most affordable Lumia phone yet, but it delivers everything you need in a smartphone. The People Hub pulls family and friends’ contact details in one place, along with Facebook and Twitter feeds. A choice of colours, with metallic trim, makes the phone an individual style statement. [$254 (€189). Has a 3.7” 800 x 480 WVGA LCD display.]
The Windows Phone Xbox tie-in and 5-megapixel camera add to the funky package. And Nokia Music, with Mix Radio (availability may vary by market), Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and Nokia Reading – make this phone unbeatable value.
Introducing the White Nokia Lumia 900 – Live Large [nokia YouTube channel]
Meet the new Nokia Lumia 900 with Windows Phone http://nokia.ly/zoyq6L Find out how fast amazing can be. And social. And beautiful. With its award winning design including front facing camera and Live Tiles, keeping in touch with friends, and the entire Internet, has never been so easy. [$645 (€480). Has a 4.3” 800 x 480 WVGA AMOLED ClearBlack display with Gorilla Glass.]
Experience The Amazing Everyday.
In this hands on video, Rhidian from Nokia talks about Nokia Reading, a premium e-book and audio experience service announced at Mobile World Congress 2012, and shows how it works on Nokia Lumia.
Nokia Reading will be available for Nokia Lumia handsets from April and will first launch in six markets (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia) with more to follow.
UPDATE: Nokia Reading: Get gripped by a great book [Nokia Coversations blog, Feb 28, 2012]
Nokia Reading follows the same simple and elegant panorama design we’ve become used to with other services, delivering the whole experience through a beautifully designed “reading hub.”
Nokia is working with some of the world’s biggest publishers, including Penguin and Hachette, and Pearson to launch a world class e-book and audiobook experience that’s been designed specifically for the Nokia Lumia.
Using a single, simple app you can choose your own favourite authors, or select bestselling novels and the top local books in your own language. If you’re not sure that you’ll like a book, Nokia Reading lets you browse some sample pages before you buy. Or you can download and read one of the thousands of classic works of literature that will be available for free.
Once you have chosen a book, large, clear, smartphone screens like those on the Nokia Lumia make reading an enjoyable experience – and you can switch to ‘night mode,’ change the font or adjust brightness, if your eyes get tired in the evening. It’s also great on an underground train or plane, because you can read everything offline after downloading beforehand over WiFi or mobile network
In coming months you’ll also be able to create a personalized magazine page (called “news stream”) that updates content across the most popular categories, and adds web content from your chosen sites.
Nokia 808 PureView – The next breakthrough in photography [nokia YouTube channel]
The game changer! Nokia 808 PureView http://nokia.ly/xz6mhS takes every bit of image goodness captured by a 41MP sensor and Carl Zeiss lens and turns it into beautifully detailed images and Full HD videos. Be ready to shoot and share with friends in an instant. [$605 (€450). Has a 4” 640 x 360 16:9 nHD AMOLED display.]
The Nokia 808 PureView also features exclusive Dolby Headphone technology, transforming stereo content into a personal surround sound experience over any headphones and Dolby Digital Plus for 5.1 channel surround sound playback.
UPDATE: Zooming in on Nokia PureView [article on the Nokia Conversations blog, Feb 29, 2012]: meet the brains behind Nokia PureView Eero Salmelin and Juha Alakarhu, and also learn the history of this 5 years long journey that lead to the delivery on MWC 2012
UPDATE: Nokia 808 PureView partner makes it unbeatable [Nokia Conversations blog, March 1, 2012]
Dolby reveals audio secret of new phone’s success
Taking pride of place at their stand, the world’s best camera phone owes much to Dolby technologies for helping to make it an HD mobile entertainment device.
For the PureView is also about pure audio thanks to its high-definition Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-channel surround sound which plays on HD TVs, and home theatre systems, and when combined with Dolby Headphone technology – also built into the PureView – provides a personal 5.1 surround experience over any headphones.
Mobile Sales Director Shawn Richards talked us through the tech on a Nokia 700 with a demo from Batman movie The Dark Knight.
He explained that the Dolby Headphone upgrade transforms stereo content into a personal surround sound.
“You get a more natural, engaging, and authentic sound,” he said. “Good audio is even more important when you are watching a movie on a small screen. And Dolby Headphone creates a totally immersive feel.”
UPDATE: Nokia 808 Pureview – Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2012 [nokia YouTube channel, March 1, 2012]
Nokia 808 PureView wins top MWC award!
Our awesome camera phone scoops the top award from Mobile World Congress 2012 judges.
Nokia’s imaging expert Damian Dinning explains the breakthrough camera technology behind Nokia 808 PureView.
You could also check out the gorgeous photos taken with Nokia 808 PureView from the flickr.
UPDATE: Nokia PureView Q&A with Damian Dinning [interview on the Nokia Conversations blog, March 1, 2012]
Nokia Stereo Bluetooth Headset BH-221 – See what you hear [nokia YouTube channel]
The new Nokia Stereo Bluetooth Headset BH-221 comes with an integrated FM radio and OLED display. It as excellent audio quality and NFC for easy pairing with your phone. Learn more at: www.accessories.nokia.com
Nokia Asha 302 http://nokia.ly/xXK4kV was designed with one simple goal in mind – to design the best looking QWERTY phone for today’s urban professionals. The metallic touch points, bold and sophisticated colors and smooth edges help users stand out and project success giving the phone a great premium feel. [$128 (€95). Has a 2.4” 320 x 240 QVGA TFT display.]
UPDATE: The Nokia C3-00 won Best Feature Phone or Entry Level Phone at the GSMA Awards 2012 in Barcelona. Blanca Juti, VP for Mobile Phones Product Marketing said to Nokia Conversations after collecting the prize: “It’s great for our products going forward, because the Nokia Asha 302 we launched yesterday is pretty much the successor to C3 which has had an amazing run in the market.” See here.
Nokia Asha 302 http://nokia.ly/x5m2zm is a QWERTY phone with great value for money. It is packed with a 1 Ghz processor and is great for social networking, Email, Instant messaging, supports Mail for Exchange and has a premium design with stunning looks.
The Nokia Asha 203 http://nokia.ly/x78ZBe is a touch phone with a traditional keypad, offering fast and affordable access to the internet, easy access to email and social networks as well as a 40 EA games gift offering. [$81 (€60). Has a 2.4” QVGA display.]
Nokia Asha 202 Dual SIM: Simply touch, connect and play [nokia YouTube channel]
The Nokia Asha 202 http://nokia.ly/yOGbDA is a touch phone with a traditional keypad, offering fast and affordable access to the internet, easy access to email and social networks as well as a 40 EA games gift offering. Plus it comes with Easy Swap Dual SIM. [$81 (€60). Has a 2.4” QVGA display.]
After exactly a year from the announcement of their new strategic set-up and direction it is quite obvious from all that above that Nokia is well on to realizing the corresponding transition. In fact they are redefining themselves which is well described by this video just published 2 days before the start of MWC 2012:
We believe that everybody can have a richer, fuller life every day, everywhere. That means upgrading an ordinary moment to an exciting one or finding an unexpected experience to share with others. Intuitively, fast and easy. This is Nokia’s new mantra, this is the new essence of Nokia.
I see this overall brand message fitting rather well with their new and enhanced portfolio as you could judge for yourself from the above video presentations. In this way they have proceeded quite well from the disastrous situation they were a year ago, and which had been described quite extensively in the following post on this blog: Be aware of ZTE et al. and white-box (Shanzhai) vendors: Wake up call now for Nokia, soon for Microsoft, Intel, RIM and even Apple! [Feb 21 – March 25, 2011].
Details for Samsung
- Samsung’s new GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) offers optimal multimedia experiences in life[Samsung global news, !! on Samsung Forum 2012 in Europe, Feb 13, 2012 !!]
- Samsung’s new GALAXY Tab 2 series offers optimal multimedia experiences in life[Samsung Mobile Press release on MWC 2012]: the content is different, with detailed product specifications
- Samsung GALAXY Beam [global Samsung microsite]: “Beam Projector Smartphone”
- Share the Fun with Samsung GALAXY Beam[Samsung Mobile Press release on MWC 2012 with product specification included]
- Game On With Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 4.2 [Samsung Mobile Press release on MWC 2012]: “Samsung introduces GALAXY S WiFi 4.2, the best of Android experiences with powerful gaming on the go. This experience is further enhanced with the device’s superior SoundAlive audio system, offering great sound either through a front stereo speaker or headphones. A gyroscope sensor enables the user to control the device by moving it, providing truly engaging and intuitive gaming.”
- Boost your Creativity and Productivity with GALAXY Note 10.1 [Samsung global news, on MWC 2012], also as a Samsung Mobile press release
- Samsung Enriches SAP’s Mobile Offerings with Android Devices [Samsung Mobile Press release on MWC 2012]: “Samsung today announced that SAP AG has selected Samsung’s GALAXY S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 for internal use. Today’s announcement marks the first time that Android-based smartphones and tablets have been deployed by SAP to help enhance employee productivity.”
- Related new product pages on Samsung Mobile Press:
– GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0)
– GALAXY Tab 2 (10.1)
– GALAXY Beam
– GALAXY S WiFi 4.2
– GALAXY Note 10.1
- MWC 2012: The Android arms race is heating up: Case in point, Samsung
- Samsung Galaxy S III full specs [leaked]: 1.5GHz quad-core, 1080p display, ceramic case
- UPDATE: Chinese closing gap in hardware [Korea JoongAng Daily, Feb 29, 2012]: “Samsung decided not to reveal its third-generation Galaxy S smartphone at this year’s MWC due to fears it could give Chinese handset makers an advantage, insiders say. Samsung showcased its Galaxy S II smartphone at last year’s event, and launched it commercially three months later. Chinese companies are believed to have taken cues from the device, and they subsequently made strides in developing their own gadgets. To avoid a repeat this time round, Samsung plans on revealing the latest Galaxy S smartphone at the same time that it drops it on the market.”
- MWC 2012: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Note 10.1
- MWC 2012: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 unveiled
- Video: [GALAXY Beam] First Hands-on Video [SAMSUNGmobile YouTube Channel]
- all 1080+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Samsung “Galaxy S III”»
- all 879+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Samsung “Galaxy Tab 2″»
- all 720+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Samsung “Galaxy Beam”»
- all 651+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Samsung “Galaxy Note 10.1″»
Details for Nokia
All the launches: Nokia at Mobile World Congress [Nokia Conversations blog]
BARCELONA, Spain – Nokia announces six new phones and an array of new and updated services, advancing its new strategy and setting the pace for 2012.
Here’s our star-studded line-up for Barcelona 2012.
Nokia Lumia 610
The Nokia Lumia 610 is our most affordable Windows Phone to date – and the fourth we’ve brought to market. It’s aimed at young people who want access to a smartphone experience at the right price. Offering access to social networking, games, Nokia Maps and navigation, web-browsing and Nokia Music, the Lumia 610 comes in four bright colours. It will cost just €189 [$254] before taxes and subsidies, and starts shipping in April.
Nokia Lumia 900
First announced in January for AT&T’s LTE network in the US, the Nokia Lumia 900 will now be available worldwide in an HSPA+ edition. The Dual Carrier HSPA phone will allow for downloads up 42.2 Mbps. With a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, mobile media never looked so good, while an upgraded battery means there’s no compromise on longevity.
[Lumia 900 [DC-HSPA variant] $645 (€480) according to the press release]
Nokia 808 PureView
The Nokia 808 PureView extends our leadership in camera phones, with an amazing 41-megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss optics and brand new pixel over-sampling technology. This means pin-sharp pictures, great low-light performance, yet with the ability to save your images in a suitable file size for social media, MMS and email. Also watch out for full 1080p video recording and exclusive Dolby Headphone technology to enrich the sound of any stereo content.
[The Nokia 808 PureView has a current price of €450 [$605]. It will be hitting stores in Q2 2012. – according to a press report]
Nokia Asha 302, 202 and 203
We’re also introducing three new Nokia Asha mobile phones with new capabilities to bring them to smarter heights than ever. Aimed at urban consumers across the world, the Nokia Asha 302, 202 and 203 offer more than ever in terms of work and play. The Asha 302 is a QWERTY phone with support for Microsoft Exchange synchronisation, a first for Series 40 phones. The Asha 202 and 203 bring touch screens to a lower price point than ever and come with a massive entertainment bundle.
[Asha 202/203 $81 (€60), Asha 302 $128 (€95) according to the press release]
Not satisfied with six new phones, there’s a whole raft of new and improved services. Nokia Drive for Windows Phone will now offer full, offline maps and turn-by-turn navigation. In addition, there’s Nokia Reading, the best e-book experience for Nokia Lumia. And Nokia Life bringing life skills, parenting, education, agriculture and entertainment services to Series 30 and 50 phones in India, China, Indonesia and Nigeria.
Click through for all the in-depth stories from today’s press conference. We’ll be bringing you even more detail, hands-on experiences and interviews with the brains behind these beauties over the course of the week.
Nokia 808 PureView
- Nokia 808 PureView – revolutionary camera technology; great smartphone[Nokia Conversations blog]
- Nokia 808 PureView ushers in a revolution in smartphone imaging[Nokia press release]
- Nokia PureView imaging technology [Nokia whitepaper, 10 pp.]
- Nokia 808 PureView creates a stir at MWC[Nokia Conversations blog]
- Nokia 808 PureView is star of the booth[Nokia Conversations blog]
- Nokia 808 PureView – The next breakthrough in photography [Nokia Europe microsite]: How it works – It’s a smart smartphone – link to the Product page
- MWC 2012: Nokia’s surprising 41MP Symbian phone
- MWC 2012: Nokia unveils “PureView”, stunning 41-megapixel smartphone
- Nokia 808 PureView tech specs and official photos: “The Nokia 808 PureView has a current price of €450 [$605]. It will be hitting stores in Q2 2012.”
- Video: Nokia 808 PureView [Hands-on][41-Megapixel Camera][MWC 2012][HD]
- MWC 2012: Nokia 808 PureView Ushers in a Revolution in Smartphone Imaging with 41MP Camera (VIDEO)
- all 128+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Nokia Symbian “41 Megapixel” Camera »
Nokia Lumia 610 and 900 [DC-HSPA variant]
- New Nokia Lumia 610 and Nokia Lumia 900 [DC-HSPA variant] for all[Nokia Conversations blog]
- Nokia expands Lumia experience to new price points and geographies [Nokia press release] Lumia 610 $254 (€189), Lumia 900 [DC-HSPA variant] $645(€480)
- Nokia and Microsoft: 12 months on[Nokia Conversations blog]
- Product pages [Nokia Europe]:
– Lumia 900
– Lumia 610
- Data sheet: Lumia 900
- MWC 2012: Nokia Shows Low-Cost Lumia 610 Smartphone
- MWC 2012: Nokia Lumia 610, Skype Beta for Windows Phone, Tango
- Video: Nokia Lumia 610 demo
- all 1640+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Nokia “Lumia 610” »
- all 2250+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Nokia “Lumia 900” »
Nokia Asha 302, 202 and 203
- Asha Monday at Mobile World Congress[Nokia Conversations blog]
- Nokia expands its Asha range with smarter feature phones that improve ways to work, learn and play [Nokia press release]: Asha 202/203 $81 (€60), Asha 302 $128(€95)
- Product pages [Nokia Europe]:
– Asha 202 with dual SIM and touch screen [2.75G connectivity]
– Asha 203 with easy web browsing on an intuitive touchscreen [2.75G connectivity]
– Asha 302with fast 3.5G connectivity in an elegant design
- Nokia Browser for Series 40 [Nokia data sheet]: “Even faster and better for more affordable access to the internet. Now available on Nokia Asha 202, Nokia Asha 203 and Nokia Asha 303”
- Nokia Asha for business [Nokia UK page]: “Mail for Exchange … compatible phones include the Nokia Asha 302 and Nokia Asha 303”
- Nokia launches three new Asha phones
- MWC 2012: Nokia Focuses on Developing World
- Hands-on: Nokia Asha 202, 203 and 302 at MWC 2012
- Video: Nokia Asha 302 Hands-on Review
- New Nokia Services at Mobile World Congress [Nokia Conversations blog]:
– [Nokia Maps updated for Windows Phone: make the experience simpler, with fewer intrusive objects and signs to get in the way of where you want to go – and a reduced colour palette to allow the brain to process information more easily]
– Nokia Drive for Windows Phone: full, offline maps and turn-by-turn navigation
– [Nokia Public Transport now available as an app on the Nokia Lumia: to plan fast inner-city routes from point to point, and work out your time of arrival]
– Nokia Reading: the best e-book experience for Nokia Lumia
– Nokia Life: life skills, parenting, education, agriculture and entertainment services to Series 30 and 50 phones in India, China, Indonesia and Nigeria
- UPDATE: New Maps, Drive and Transport in depth [Nokia Conversations blog, March 1, 2012]
- UPDATE: Mapping the new digital world [Nokia Conversations blog, Feb 28, 2012]
UPDATE: Bing Maps and Nokia Release Unified Map Design [Bing Maps Blog, Feb 28, 2012]
- UPDATE: Nokia Transport Beta [NokiaBetaLabs, Feb 29, 2012]
- Nokia Services debut at MWC 2012
- MWC 2012: Nokia Reading, Nokia Transport, Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive 2.0/3.0 demoed
- Nokia updates Drive app, intros Nokia Reading and Nokia Transport
- Nokia Drive upgrade, new Nokia Reading and Groupon deal announced
- Nokia announces Reading, Transport and Life services
- Nokia Reading: Get gripped by a great book[Nokia Conversations blog]:
- Nokia announces Reading app for Lumia phones
- Nokia Drive 2.0, Reading, and Transport apps coming to Lumia range
- Nokia Drive 3.0: first look at future features
- all 518+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Nokia Drive »
- all 315+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Nokia Reading »
- all 812+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Nokia Life »
- all 323+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Nokia Maps »
- all 258+ news items for Feb 27-28 on: Nokia Transport »
Blurring lines between smartphones and feature phones: the Muve Music Phone case from Cricket Communications
Related information: Continued Toshiba-SanDisk dominance for flash memories [Feb 26, 2012]
slotMusic and slotRadio has been, like you said, some of that we did in the content area, we don’t continue these products anymore. … However, we did take these security capabilities of using DRM for securing the content into some more interesting applications that we’ve had. One of them, we presented last year. It’s the Muve Music card that Cricket is offering to their subscribers. So it’s based on the very same technology. And actually, it takes the content, that they bring into [indiscernible] this package and they sell to their customers a package of data, voice and content combined. So the technology is coming from us, the content is bought by them.
CTIA December Wireless at Work: Music on the Go [Nov 22, 2011]
Muve Music is the first music service designed specifically for the mobile phone. For your regular monthly phone bill which includes unlimited talk, text and web you get unlimited music dowloads with Muve Music. Music is available from all four of the major record labels [Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music] in the world and accounts for millions of songs.
Our customers download about four hundred songs a month. They listen to their device with Muve Music for about two-and-a-half to three hours a day. Included in this are unlimited ringtones and ring back tones which are very very popular with our customers. We’ve got about two hundred thousand customers rigth now of Muve Music and again it’s part of your regular monthly rate plan from Cricket.
With Nokia Lumia introductions we got free Nokia Music and MixRadio as the key feature. Now two ZTE phones are available as well at rock bottom prices of $50 and $70 with an unlimited Muve Music service plan at $45 and $55 per month from Cricket Communications (U.S.).
See: Introducing the newest Muve Music phone – The ZTE Chorus [Dec 1, 2011].
|Muve Music service:
(description of the service is below and also after the press releases, under the “Cricket’s Muve Music introduction” heading)
|Yes, $55 per month ($45 per month in Best Buy [?and Amazon?])
• Dedicated Muve Music key
• Only Muve Music device with a premium audio experience (SRS WOW-HD)
|Yes, $65 per month
($55 per month in Best Buy and Amazon)
• Access to Millions of songs to download to your phone
• My DJ creates a personalized playlist
• Unlimited ringtones and ringback tones
|Other software features:||• Mobile Web, MyBackup
• MyAccount, Cricket Storefront and 3 customizable idlescreens
|• Access to over 200,000 apps on the Android market
• Google Maps and Navigator
• Email, MyAccount, Cricket411, and much more
|Processor:||600MHz dual ARM processor [MSM7627]||Qualcomm MSM7627 chip [ARMv6: ARM1136EJ-S] 600MHz Dual ARM Processor [the second core is a 400MHz ARM926EJ-S processor dedicated to modem duties, there is an additional DSP and an Adreno 200 GPU as well]|
|Technology:||1xRTT / EVDOrA [3G]||1xRTT / EVDO rA [3G] Cell/PCS/AWS|
|Bluetooth:||2.1 + EDR||2.1 + EDR|
|Memory:||512 x 256 MByte (SD up to 32 GB)||512 x 512 MByte (Supports up to 32 GB microSD card)|
|Touch screen user interface:||3.2” WQVGA [420×240] TFT 262K colors Resistive Touch||3.5”
|OS Platform:||Linux based OS optimized for easy personalization [Android 2.3 deprived of Android accounts and applications assistance]||Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread OS|
|Camera:||2 MP Camera Fixed Focus||3.2 MP Camera Fixed Focus|
|Camcorder:||MPEG4 (15fps QVGA [320×240])||MPEG4 (15fps QVGA [320×240])|
|Speaker Type:||Stereo – audio codec – SRS Surround Sound certificate||Stereo – audio codec – SRS Surround Sound certificate|
|Music:||Standard 3.5mm headset||Standard 3.5mm headset|
|TTY / TTD :||Yes||Yes|
|HAC:||Compliance (M4/T3)||Compliance (M4/T3)|
|Connectivity:||Standard micro USB charging||Standard micro USB charging|
|Accelerometer:||Yes (full video view)||Yes|
|GPS:||GPS, aGPS, sGPS||GPS, aGPS, sGPS|
|Battery:||Li-ion 1000 mAh (Talk: 250 mins. Standby: 200 Hrs)||Li-ion 1200 mAh (Talk: 240 mins. Standby: 250 Hrs)|
|In-Box Contents:||•ZTE Chorus™ Phone
•4 GB SanDisk® Muve capable Memory Card (3GB for MUVE Music)
•Travel Charger/USB cable
•Quick Start Guide
•Quick Reference Manual
•Muve Music User Guide
|•ZTE Score™ Phone
•4 GB SanDisk® Muve capable Memory Card (3GB for MUVE Music)
•Travel Adapter/Data Cable
•Quick Start Guide
•Quick Reference Manual
•Muve Music User Guide
Muve Music from Cricket Commercial on Cricket Samsung Suede feature phone [Leap Wireless – Cricket Commercial, Sept 19, 2011]
The Muve Music service also includes a new technology solution from SanDisk that’s a key part of the service. Muve Music content is downloaded DRM-free over the air to the phone. It is stored and protected on a special flash memory card. This alleviates the need for any cumbersome digital rights management (DRM) scheme and results in a greatly improved user experience, better handset performance and longer battery life.
More introductory information is after the press releases, under the “Cricket’s Muve Music introduction” heading.
The complete value proposition site [from Dec 20, 2010 on, excerpted on Dec 2, 2011 corresponding to Muve Music v2.4]:
Mobile Music | Unlimited Music Downloads | Muve Music | Cricket Wireless
Muve Music Features
This is where all the music is. We’re talking millions of songs, ringtones and ringback tones ready for you to seatrch, explore and download. [For the first time anywhere in the U.S. – see the below service announcement.]
Once you’ve downloaded the music you love, My Music automatically organizes it for you. Listen to songs, create playlists, cut ringtones amd manage your music experience.
Get Social is all about connecting with friends and other Muve Music users. You can check out their music collections, download their songs and share what’s on your phone too.
This is where you’ll discover new music. My DJ creates playlists for you and sends them to your phone. It does all the work, while you just enjoy the new music.
Hear it. Like it. Identify it. Download it.
Ever hear a song somewhere that you didn’t know but liked?
Press Shazam™ to identify the title and artist instantly. Then download the song with the touch of a button.
Move Music + Android™ power
– The best selling smartphone OS in the world*
– Access over 250K apps in the Android Marketplace
– Navigate with built-in GPS & Google Maps
– Stay social with Facebook & Twitter
– Only Cricket puts Android and Muve Music together
* Canalys, Google’s Android becomes the world’s leading smart phone platform, (31 January 2011)
Muve Music Phones
Select from the menu above to browse through the artists available on Muve Music.
Top 5 Ways Muve Music Releases You
Wouldn’t It Be Amazing If…
…#1 I didn’t have to carry a phone and an .mp3 player
With Muve Music from Cricket, your phone and your music are one. So you can download millions of songs directly to your phone from anywhere. No computers. No cords. No syncing.
…#2 I didn’t have to pay for phone service and song purchases
With Muve Music, you get unlimited song downloads, plus nationwide talk, text & web. No paying extra fees for music and no contracts required.
…#3 I could create my own ringtones and ringback tones
You got it. Muve Music gives you the ability to create your very own ringtone and ringback tones. Just download, create and assign to your contacts. It’s that easy.
…#4 I had new music sent automatically to my phone each and every day
Awake every morning to new music from Muve Music. My DJ creates playlists for you and sends them right to your phone. It does all the work, while you just enjoy the new music.
…#5 I could share my love of music with all my friends
Muve Music can be freely shared with other Muve Music users. See what they’re listening to, download their favorite songs, view their ringtones and more. Talk about being social!
Below there is more information, mainly from press releases:
Leap Reports Third Quarter Results [Oct 31, 2011]
– ARPU Increases by More Than $4.00 Year-Over-Year, Primarily Due to Smartphone Customers
… said Doug Hutcheson, Leap’s president and chief executive officer. “… ARPU increased to $41.25, reflecting the adoption of smartphones and Muve Music™ devices and related service plans by a third of our voice customers. We continue to pursue initiatives to build on this customer growth, including efforts to increase our distribution presence, enhance our already-compelling device line-up, improve customer awareness through a new nationwide marketing campaign and expand awareness and distribution of our successful Muve Music offering. We are pleased with our progress and believe we have attractive service plans and devices as we move into our stronger selling seasons.”
- Nearly 50 percent of the Company’s new handset sales in the third quarter of 2011 were for smartphones and Muve Music devices and approximately 10 percent of the Company’s customer base upgraded their handsets during the quarter, typically to better devices coupled with higher-ARPU service plans.
- Capital expenditures during the third quarter of 2011 were $103.1 million.
- Total capital expenditures for 2011 are expected to be between $425 million and $475 million, primarily to support the ongoing maintenance, development and growth of the Company’s network in its operating markets and the initial deployment of LTE network technology.
- Annual capital expenditures for 2012 to support the ongoing maintenance and development of the Company’s network and other business assets are expected to be in the mid-teens as a percentage of annual service revenues.
- The Company currently plans to deploy LTE across approximately two-thirds of its current network footprint over the next two to three years, with a commercial trial market scheduled to be launched in late 2011. The Company plans to cover approximately 25 million POPs with LTE network technology in 2012. Aggregate capital expenditures for LTE deployment are expected to be less than $10 per covered POP, excluding capitalized interest. Approximately half of the estimated capital expenditures for LTE deployment are included in the amounts estimated to be necessary to support the ongoing maintenance and development of the Company’s network. The actual amount the Company spends to deploy LTE will depend upon multiple factors, including the scope and pace of the Company’s deployment activities.
Other Quarterly Highlights
- Announced a major retail expansion that will result in Cricket products and services being available to consumers nationwide. By mid-November, Cricket’s innovative products and services are expected to be launched in key major retailers including Best Buy, select Walmart locations, Dollar General and through one of America’s most popular interactive multi-channel retailers, the Home Shopping Network.
- Introduced Muve Music, new, nationwide all-inclusive service plans and new Android handsets, including the introduction of the Samsung Vitality and the ZTE Score into more than 1,300 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores nationwide. These new products enable Cricket to bring its industry-leading value proposition to an expanded nationwide audience.
- Surpassed the 200,000 customer threshold for Muve Music in early September, a doubling of its subscriber base in less than 60 days. In addition, the Company recently gained its 250,000th Muve Music customer.
- Announced Muve First™ and Muve Headliner™, two new monthly music programs exclusively for Muve Music customers. Muve First offers subscribers exclusive content before any other digital music service. Muve Headliner is a monthly program that features A-list artists and provides Muve Music users with exclusive and featured music.
- Launched the Huawei Ascend II, the successor to Cricket’s highly-successful deployment of its first low-cost Android device, the Ascend, which was launched in October 2010.
- Introduced two feature-phones, the Samsung Comment and the Kyocera Luno.
Leap provides innovative, high-value wireless services to a young and ethnically diverse customer base. With the value of unlimited wireless services as the foundation of its business, Leap pioneered its Cricket service. Cricket products and services are available nationwide through company-owned stores, dealers, national retailers and at MyCricket.com. Through its affordable, flat-rate service plans, Cricket offers customers a choice of unlimited voice, text, data and mobile Web services. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Leap is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “LEAP.” For more information, please visit www.leapwireless.com.
Cricket’s Muve Music Debuts Nationwide on Amazon.com [Nov 21, 2011]
Amazon.com customers now have the opportunity to order Muve Music on either the Samsung Vitality or the ZTE Score Android phones. In addition to the Vitality and the Score, the Huawei Pillar [intro at $69.99: Sept 22, 2011] feature phone is available now and will soon be joined by other Cricket feature phones including the ZTE Chorus, Kyocera Domino [intro at $99.99: Jul 20, 2010] and the Samsung Chrono [intro at $39.99: June 10, 2011].
[only the ZTE Chorus feature phone is a Cricket Muve Music Phone]
With the Muve Music Smartphone rate plan, Amazon.com customers will enjoy unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones, as well as nationwide calling; unlimited text, picture, video messaging and 3G mobile data; mobile video; data back-up, and 411 assistance all for just $55 per month. The feature phones will be available on the recently announced Cricket PAYGo service plans at $25 and $35 per month. Both plans include unlimited text, picture and video messaging and unlimited mobile web. The $25 plan includes 300 minutes of US calling per month while the $35 plan includes 1,000 minutes of US calling.
Operating on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform powered by an 800MHz processor, the fast and affordable Samsung Vitality is easy to use and features Muve Music as well as the Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ and Google Talk™.
The ZTE Score is a full-featured Android smartphone providing speed and ease of use, making it particularly appealing for those customers looking to upgrade to a device with today’s newest technologies.
Cricket Introduces ZTE Chorus™ with Muve Music [Nov 23, 2011]
The ZTE Chorus™ is ideal for value-conscious consumers looking for a single device to simultaneously manage their mobile and music needs. The bar-style feature phone delivers high functionality with 3G web browsing capabilities and 600 megahertz of processing power while serving as an ideal platform for Cricket’s innovative and unlimited Muve Musicservice. The ZTE Chorus incorporates SRS WOW HD technology for advanced audio playback quality and a dynamic 3D entertainment experience with a deep, rich bass and high-frequency clarity. Users can customize their sound preferences with SRS sound settings that complement popular music styles including acoustic, blues, hip hop, pop and rock.
The ZTE Chorus provides a robust multimedia experience with its vibrant 3.2-inch WQVGA TFT display with resistive touch screen, 2.0MP camera/camcorder, music and video players, stereo Bluetooth™, and speech recognition capabilities. XT9 Trace technology and a virtual keypad provide a convenient messaging experience with fast and easy text entry. In addition to Muve Music, the ZTE Chorus comes preloaded with Mobile Web, MyBackup, MyAccount, Cricket Storefront and three customizable idlescreens.
The ZTE Chorus, with an MSRP of $119.99, is available for as low as
$39.99[$49.99] for a limited time at www.mycricket.com, Cricket branded retail stores and dealers.
With the $55 per month Muve Music planfor the ZTE Chorus, Cricket Wireless customers will enjoy unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones, as well as unlimited text, picture, and video messaging, 3G mobile data, mobile video, data back-up, and 411 assistance.
Muve Music is the first unlimited music service to be included as part of a wireless rate plan and now has more than 270,000 customers. By applying its philosophy of unlimited services and value innovation, Cricket and Muve Music have given their customers a new music experience that ranks high in customer satisfaction.
Cricket ZTE Chorus™ FAQ (ZTE USA)
Can ZTE Chorus Smart Phone be upgraded from Android 2.2 operating system to Android 2.3?
Currently ZTE Chorus Smart Phone directly uses Android 2.3 operating system. It does not need to upgrade.
Comparing to the previous version, what improvements and characteristics does Android 2.3 operating system have?
- Large-scale improvement on the overall performance.
- 3G network sharing;
- Support Flash;
- Brand new application store;
- Development of more Web application API interfaces.
How to add Android account in Chorus Smart Phone?
The Phone doesn’t support this function.
[vs. the Cricket ZTE Score true Android smartphone:
Method 1. When you use the handset for the first time, the handset will prompt the user to enter a g-mail account to bind with the handset.
Method 2. It doesn’t matter if you forget to bind a g-mail account with the handset at the first time, and you can also go to Menu—Settings—Accounts & sync to select “Add account”.
X500 Smart Phone doesn’t support g-mail account binding because it has no GMS application. ]
How to install the applications to my Android handset?
You can’t connect to the PC to install the applications through 91 handset assistant because there is no built-in driver in the phone. You can download APK application alone into the SD card in advance, insert the SD card into the phone, and install apk application in Myfiles on the desktop.
[vs. the Cricket ZTE Score true Android smartphone:
Please use 91 handset assistant for Android newly published on the 91 handset website. ]
Does Android belong to Linux operation [sic] system?
Strictly speaking, Android doesn’t belong to Linux operation system and it runs based on Linux2.6. kernel. The levels of Android system can be described like this, the bottom is Linux, the middle is java virtual machine called Dalvik, and the top is Android running time library. The applications in Android system are the Java applications running on Dalvik, but Dalvik is running in Linux. Therefore, it can be said that Android is the operating system that runs on the Linux operating system, and Android itself is not any version of Linux.
What is “Android Market”?
The new Android Marketis described as an “open content distribution system”, which can help Android handset end-users search, purchase, download and install all kinds of contents. Unlike the platform of Microsoft and Apple, Android Market can provide users with diversified contents, including the contents from every large media company and the programs from amateur developers.
The recently launched Samsung Vitality smartphone will be available for $199.99 (MSRP). In addition, Muve Music will be available on the newly-launched ZTE Score smartphone for $129.99 (MSRP). A new Muve Music feature phone will also be introduced in Best Buy, the ZTE Chorus, which will be available later this year at $99.99 (MSRP).
[It has been introduced 2 month later at $119.99 but for a limited time (as an introductory promotion) it is available for $39.99 only (so after that $99.99 could be well established).]
With the Muve Music Smartphone rate plan, Best Buy customers will enjoy unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones, as well as nationwide calling; unlimited text, picture, video messaging and 3G mobile data; mobile video; data back-up, and 411 assistance all for just $55 per month. The Muve Music feature phone rate plan in Best Buy will be available for $45 per month.
In addition, Cricket is introducing two additional standard feature phones at Best Buy, the Huawei Pillar ($69.99 MSRP) and the Samsung Chrono($39.99 MSRP). The Pillar features a QWERTY keyboard for fast and easy text and picture messaging. Customers can enjoy easy talk and test with one simple flip with the Samsung Chrono.
Both feature phones will be available on two new Cricket PAYGo service plans at $25 and $35 per month. Both plans include unlimited text, picture and video messaging and unlimited mobile web. The $25 plan includes 300 minutes of US calling per month while the $35 plan includes 1,000 minutes of US calling.
Optimized for a superior music experience, the Samsung Vitality is Cricket’s first Muve Music enabled Android smartphone. Operating on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform powered by an 800MHz processor, the fast and affordable Samsung Vitality is easy to use and features Muve Music as well as the Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ and Google Talk™. The Samsung Vitality comes preloaded with a special Muve Music 4GB SanDisk flash memory card, which holds up to 3,000 songs and has 1GB set aside for other multimedia content such as photos and videos. An 8GB Muve Music memory card will be available for purchase and holds up to 6,000 songs from the Muve Music service.
Other key features include:
- Real web browsing at 3G speeds
- 3.5″ HVGA Touchscreen display
- 3.2MP camera/camcorder
- Stereo Bluetooth wireless technology
- Access to more than 250,000 apps through the Android Market™
- Social networking capabilities
- Email applications for both consumer and business email
- Voice search
With the Muve Music Smartphone plan, Cricket Wireless customers will enjoy unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones, as well as unlimited nationwide calling, text, picture, and video messaging, 3G mobile data, mobile video, data back-up, and 411 assistance all for just $65 per month.
Muve Music will be available next week at Cricket company-owned stores and at www.mycricket.com, as well as through select partner retail outlets. The Cricket Muve Music wireless unlimited plan is $65 per month on the Samsung Vitality and $55 per month on the Samsung Suede. The Samsung Vitality has an M.S.R.P of $219.99, but will be available with a $20 instant rebate. The Samsung Suede has an M.S.R.P. of $199.99, but prices may vary by market and by promotional programs.
Cricket Introduces ZTE Score Android™ Smartphone [Sept 22, 2011]
~ First ZTE Smartphone Launched by Cricket ~
Cricket is the first carrier to launch the ZTE Score, which will be available beginning Sunday, September 25 in Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile locations across the United States and will soon be available through Cricket stores and dealers.
The ZTE Score is a full-featured Android smartphone providing speed and ease of use, making it particularly appealing for those customers looking to upgrade to a device with today’s newest technologies. The phone is based on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) comes with 600 MHz of processing speed and features a 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touch display, accelerometer and virtual qwerty keypad, 3.2MP camera/camcorder, WiFi capable, 3G real web browsing and XT9 Trace for easy text entry. The ZTE Score also includes the new and innovative Muve Music service, and it also offers access to more than 200,000 apps on the Android market, Google Maps and Navigator, Email, MyAccount, Cricket411, and much more. The smartphone will be available for $129.99 (MSRP).
With the Muve Music smartphone plan, Cricket Wireless customers will enjoy unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones, as well as unlimited text, picture, and video messaging, 3G mobile data, mobile video, data back-up, and 411 assistance.
Cricket’s Muve Music introduction
The Muve Music datasheet at the announcement [Dec 19, 2010]
Muve Music is like no other mobile music service. It was designed exclusively for the mobile phone. With Cricket’s Muve Music rate plan, there are no download fees, no monthly music subscriptions, no streaming music that impacts customers’ data and no contracts or credit cards are required.
Muve Music was created by Cricket in collaboration with the four major record labels: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI Music, and technology partners Samsung Mobile and SanDisk. Muve Music will launch with a robust catalog of music content from each of the four labels.
Muve Music, the first wireless rate plan with unlimited music. For just $55 per month Muve Music customers get:
• Unlimited nationwide calling
• Unlimited nationwide text, picture & video messaging
• Unlimited global text messaging
• Unlimited 3G mobile Web
• Unlimited email
• Unlimited data back up
• Unlimited video
• Unlimited full track downloads
• Unlimited ringtones
• Unlimited ringback tones
Muve Music will be available in January 2011 on the Samsung Suede™ (SCH-r710). It features a dedicated music button, prominently displayed on the front of the device that takes customers to the Muve Music experience with one touch. Other highlights include:
- high-end 3G multi-media device
- full 3-inch touchscreen display
- HTML web browser
- virtual QWERTY keyboard
- easy-to-navigate user interface
- 4GB SanDisk flash memory card included
- $199 M.S.R.P.
The cadence of nationwide introduction:
– Cricket Launches Muve Music in Las Vegas [Jan 20, 2011]
– Cricket Expands Availability of Muve Music to 13 New Markets Nationwide [Feb 14, 2011]
– Cricket Launches Muve Music Unlimited Wireless Rate Plan in New Markets [March 31, 2011]: “… With the addition of these new markets, Muve Music will be available in 26 Cricket markets across the country.”
– Cricket Passes Three-Quarter Mark in Launching its Muve Music Unlimited Wireless Rate Plan in New Markets across United States [April 12, 2011]: “… With the addition of these new markets, Muve Music is now available in 48 Cricket markets across the country.”
– Cricket Turns up the Volume: Muve Music Now Available in All Cricket Markets [May 2, 2011]
– Cricket’s Muve Music Hits a High Note; Surpasses 100,000 Customer Mark in Five Short Months [July 7, 2011]
~ Innovative, New Digital Music Service Muve Music™ will Debut
at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
SAN DIEGO – December 20, 2010 – Cricket Communications Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), today announcedit is the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer consumers unlimited music as part of a new wireless rate plan. This product offering features an innovative new digital music service called Muve Music. It is the first music experience designed specifically for the mobile phone.
“Cricket was the first to introduce an unlimited wireless rate plan and now we are the first to introduce a new unlimited wireless rate plan that includes unlimited music. With Muve Music, Cricket is bringing together the best of wireless and music in a way no one has ever done before,” said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer of Cricket Communications. “Our recent experience with smartphones has shown us that the right products offered at the right price will be successful with value-oriented customers. We are excited and confident that Muve Music will provide a superior mobile experience for customers who want to create a personal music experience without being tethered to a computer. The result of our collaboration with the music industry during the past two years allows unlimited music downloads, ringtones and ringback tones to be included in a wireless service for a flat monthly rate. We believe the high quality Muve Music experience is the right product at the right time for value oriented customers.”
“Muve Music from Cricket is a game changer for everyone,” said Ben Bajarin, director of Consumer Technology Practice at Creative Strategies. “By tightly integrating the music service into the handset and the billing plan everyone in the value chain benefits and consumers have a complete music service where the phone is the hub not the PC.”
The Muve Music Rate Plan
For just $55 per month, Muve Music customers will get the following features on Cricket’s nationwide 3G network:
- Unlimited nationwide calling
- Unlimited nationwide text, picture & video messaging
- Unlimited global text messaging
- Unlimited 3G mobile Web
- Unlimited email
- Unlimited data back up
- Unlimited video
And for the first time anywhere in the U.S.
- Unlimited full track downloads
- Unlimited ringtones
- Unlimited ringback tones
With Cricket’s Muve Music rate plan, there are no download fees and no monthly music subscriptions. Customers’ data plans will not be impacted by streaming music over the wireless network and customers won’t be required to use a credit card to purchase music. Unlimited Muve Music is included in the flat rate monthly wireless service plan.
Introducing the Muve Music Service Experience
Two years ago Cricket, in collaboration with key music industry and technology partners, began to create new IP and design a new music experience to meet the needs of customers for whom the phone, not their computer, is the center of their digital life. Muve Music brings the functionality that resides on many online digital music services to the palm of the customer’s hand. The service also delivers innovative new features and functionality that only a wireless network and true mobile offering can provide. With Cricket’s new service there are no cables, no drivers, no synching and no complexity. Everything happens over Cricket’s nationwide 3G network to deliver a robust music experience to music lovers on the go.
Muve Music will have a robust catalog of music content which includes the four major record labels: Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music. This groundbreaking new music service and business model was brought about through a unique collaboration, led by Cricket, between the music industry labels, as well as technology partners Samsung Mobile and SanDisk.
“When we first began working with Cricket to model this new service, we quickly realized what a great opportunity it was to develop the first-ever US unlimited music service that comes bundled with a mobile voice, text, and web plan and is fully integrated into the phone itself,” stated David Ring, executive vice president of business development and business affairs for Universal Music Group, eLabs. “There has been nothing like this product or business model ever attempted in this country.”
“Cricket has developed a very compelling experience for their customers which is extremely well integrated into the device and wireless service plan through a new business model that establishes a great approach to partnership in the mobile music space,” said Michael Nash, executive vice president, digital strategy and business development, Warner Music Group. “We’re thrilled to work with their talented team and hope their innovative Muve Music service proves to be influential as we continue to work with the wireless industry to transform the way consumers experience music on mobile phones.”
“Muve Music is a first-of-its-kind solution for US consumers,” said Thomas Hesse, president, global digital business, U.S. sales and corporate strategy, Sony Music Entertainment. “The inclusion of a premium digital music service in the wireless plan is an exciting new opportunity to expand the market for commercial digital music.”
“Muve Music is a truly new kind of mobile music experience, and we’re excited about its potential to connect fans to the artists they love in a unique and innovative way,” said Mark Piibe, executive vice president of global business development, EMI Music.
The Samsung Suede Debuts as the First Muve Music Phone
At launch, Muve Music will be available on the Samsung Suede™ (SCH-r710), marking the unique integration of an innovative new music service and a phone from a leading global handset manufacturer. The Suede is a high-end 3G multi-media devicewith a full 3-inch touchscreen display, HTML web browser, virtual QWERTY keyboard and an easy-to-navigate user interface. Most notably, it features a dedicated music button, prominently displayed on the front of the device, that takes customers to the Muve Music experience with one touch.
The Muve Music service also includes a new technology solution from SanDisk that’s a key part of the service. Muve Music content is downloaded DRM-free over the air to the phone. It is stored and protected on a special flash memory card. This alleviates the need for any cumbersome digital rights management (DRM) scheme and results in a greatly improved user experience, better handset performance and longer battery life.
Muve Music: Meeting the Customers’ Needs
Muve Music is Cricket’s latest innovation. It had its genesis in 2007 when the Company observed interesting customer behavior surrounding its newly launched basic ringback tone service. Within a few quarters of launch, Cricket was generating more revenue for the music industry from ringback tones than most U.S. wireless carriers even though Cricket had a much smaller customer base. Continued analysis led the Company to conclude that Cricket’s customers loved music but they were not having a good music experiencethus prompting the development of Muve Music to provide customers with a way to get the music they love on their wireless phones through a flat-rate plan served by a network they can rely upon.
See Muve Music at CES
Muve Music and the Samsung Suede will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 6-10, 2011 and can been seen at South Hall 4, upper level, Room S210 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The service will be available in January 2011, at select Cricket company-owned stores and at http://www.mycricket.com, as well as through select partner retail outlets. The Cricket Muve Music wireless unlimited plan is $55 per month. The Samsung Suede has an M.S.R.P. of $199.
Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving more than 5 million customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket’s nationwide wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. Cricket Broadband provides unlimited Internet access anywhere within Cricket’s coverage areas at speeds comparable to DSL. For more information on Cricket, visit http://www.mycricket.com. Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit www.leapwireless.com.
After A too early assesment of the emerging ‘Windows 8’ dev & UX functionality [June 24, 2011] we came to an as full disclosure as possible by the keynote of the BUILD conference. Here are the very first (12 hours) reactions to that:
Windows 8 debuts at Microsoft Build (live blog) [cnet, with keynote liveblog replay embedded]
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Powering Windows 8 Prototype PCs [PCMag.com]
At the Build conference, in Anaheim, Microsoft demonstrated a number of prototype PCs running its Windows 8 development platform. And if you expected Intel or AMD guts in most of them, you’d be wrong.
Qualcomm Powers Next Generation of Windows 8-Based Prototype PCs Previewed at Microsoft BUILD [Qualcomm press release]
The next generation of Snapdragon processors is a family of all-in-one chipsets with the option for integrated multimode 3G/4G, differing numbers of CPU cores and the ability to support a range of device types.
Shown for the first time, Qualcomm’s Gobi solution provided the 3G/4G LTE connectivity of a Windows 8-based prototype PC. Qualcomm’s Gobi mobile Internet connectivity solution is a pre-certified multi-mode 3G/4G LTE module that makes it easy for OEMs to certify the connectivity of any Windows 8-based PC. By integrating a Gobi-based module into Windows 8-based PCs, Qualcomm will provide a fast, easy-to-use global connectivity solution for an untethered, productive user experience.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon family of mobile processors also delivers dual-band Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth and FM radio connectivity through Qualcomm Atheros’ WCN3660 combo chip. The WCN3660 is an integrated solution optimized to work with a broad range of mobile operating systems and will be the first in a series of 802.11n wireless LAN solutions to fully support Windows 8.
– Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs with a new way of easy identification [Aug 4, 2011]
– Next-gen Snapdragon S4 class SoCs — exploiting TSMC’s 28nm process first — coming in December [Aug 9, 2011]
– Mobile Internet (Aug’11) containing a lot of information about Qualcomm’s truly leading edge capabilities in that space]
Hands-on with Windows 8: A PC operating system for the tablet age [ars technica, pre-written with full knowledge already, but published just as the keynote began]
It’s not finished yet, and Microsoft still has plenty of work ahead of it, but one thing is clear: Windows 8 is a genuine, uncompromised tablet operating system.
Liveblog: Microsoft previews Windows Server 8 at BUILD [ars technica, with keynote liveblog replay embedded]
Hands-on with Windows 8: it’s good stuff on the PC, too [ars technica, published (?written?) after the keynote quite probably because the keynote was mostly Metro/tablet oriented]
[summarized opinion in the end of the article:]
Windows 8 is a usable touch-screen tablet operating system, and it certainly has some compelling features when used on that kind of machine. The look of the software is different from what traditional Windows users are used to, but the operating system remains true to its PC roots: you can use it on a tablet, but you won’t need to.
Game on. After going through the Day 1 keynote for the Build event, I should say I’m pretty much convinced that Microsoft has got the equation correct. They corrected the Tablet part of the equation, and got the entire Cloud <-> Tablet stack in place, with proper platforms and a nice set of developer tools. And with out doubt, Windows 8 devices are going to be a definite competitor for iPad/iOS, and Microsoft has officially entered the post PC era.
Windows 8 can run on an Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM [engadget]
We highly doubt it’s enjoyable, but at least you (probably) won’t be forced into an upgrade if you don’t want to be.
… everything from “10-inch tablets to laptops to all-in-ones with 27-inch HD screens” will be able to ingest Win8 with ease. That’s a markedly different take than the folks in Cupertino have expressed, with an (admittedly limiting) mobile OS being chosen to run the tablet side of things. Only time will tell which mantra proves more viable, but we’re guessing the both of ’em will find varying levels of success.
With the introduction of OS X Lion, Apple gave us a glimpse at what a post-PC operating system might look like, and now Microsoft’s gone and pushed that idea to the limit. If Cupertino’s latest was a tease, than Windows 8 is full frontal. And we have to admit, we like what we see. Sure this may not be the final build, or anywhere near it, but for whatever flaws it may have, the UI being offered in this developer preview is really something special. Time will tell if the “one ecosystem to rule them all” approach will catch on, but for now it’s time to give props where props are due — at least until we can get our hands on a final build.
Oh, sure — you’ve already started digging into the upcoming Windows Store (or, at least what it’ll deliver), but Microsoft just revealed a cute little nugget about its future functionality here at Build 2011. In keeping with its mantra of making Windows 8 a one-size-fits-all affair, the Store will be home to both Metro-style apps (useful for tablets and desktops alike) as well as traditional Win32 programs.
There’s not a ton of details on this just yet, but Microsoft confirmed during its Build keynote today that Windows 8 devices equipped with an NFC chip will be able to use a tap-to-share feature to either send content from one device to another, or simply receive content from something like an NFC-equipped card.
Update: NXP Semiconductors has now confirmed that it “worked closely” with Microsoft to develop an NFC driver for Windows 8, and that it’s also supplied the NFC solution used in the Windows 8 tablets given out at Build. According to the company, the NFC support in Windows 8 includes things like device pairing (simply tapping to pair a Bluetooth headset, for example), data sharing, and the ability to transfer control from one device to another (such as during a video call). And that’s all to say nothing of the usual fare like interacting with an NFC-enhanced advertisement, not to mention other applications that will surely follow once it’s actually put into practice. The company’s press release is after the break.
[NXP’s NFC Solution Supports Windows 8]
… that PC comes complete with a second-gen Intel Core i5 processor, an 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 Samsung Super PLS display, a 64GB SSD, 4GB of RAM, and a dock with a USB, HDMI and Ethernet ports.
[Super PLS (Plane Line Switching): see A Beautiful Display [Anandtech, June 13, 2011] from which the below photo is copied here to explain the improvement of Super PLS over previous S-IPS and I-IPS:
… it’ll embrace not just x86-based PCs, but Tegra-powered tablets as well. Specifically, that means support for its forthcoming quad-core Tegra platform, codenamed Kal-El, along with PCs packing GeForce, Quadro and Tesla cards.
[NVIDIA [press release] Helps Transform the PC With Windows 8 Developer Program]
Staying true to its roots, the new OS implements the familiar keyboard commands users have become accustomed to over the years — you know, like CMD and Ctrl+F. And as for its update to Internet Explorer, MS has imbued its tenth iteration with the ability to switch between the much-hyped Metro-style UI and plain old desktop view — all according to your whimsy. Of course, Redmond’s instituted other sweeping changes across the platform, and you can check some of the highlights after the break.
- All Windows 7 applications will run natively on Windows 8
- Security update notifications have been minimized to the lower right of the log-in screen
- Refreshed Windows Task Manager suspends apps when they’re not running on-screen
- New “Reset and Refresh PC” functions enable simplified system wipe and restore
- HyperV virtualization software comes pre-loaded on Windows 8
- Multi-monitor support now enables a single background across screens, as well as monitor-specific task bars
- Multi-touch support enabled for Internet Explorer 10
- Magnifier function enhanced for desktop manipulation
- Optional thumb-by-thumb input mode
- SkyDrive storage support integrated into all cloud-based apps
- Metro-style refresh for Mail, Photos, Calendar and People apps with Windows Live ID
- Settings roam allows for preferences to sync across a user’s Windows 8 devices
- Continued update support for Windows 8 Developer Preview Beta
- Even a Lenovo S10(first-gen Atom + 1GB of RAM) can “run” Windows 8
- There’s “no overlays” with Windows 8; Metro-style goodness is baked into the core
- Both Metro-style and conventional Win32 apps will be soldin the Windows Store
- Windows 8 devices equipped with an NFC chip will be able to use a tap-to-sharefeature to either send content from one device to another, or simply receive content from something like an NFC-equipped card.
- Logins will use a photo-based system
- Apps will be able to natively connect and understand one another (if written as such)
- Built-in antivirus software will ship in Windows 8
- There will notbe a different edition of Windows 8 for tablets, and presumably, not for Media Centers either
- It’s unclear how many “editions” (Home, Professional, Ultimate, etc.) of Windows 8 there will be
- ARM devices will be supported, but not in the developer preview
… you’ll be able to download a copy of the Windows Developer Preview to your 32- or 64-bit x86 machine (no activation required) from dev.windows.com. Sorry, ARM hopefuls!
Microsoft launches Windows 8 preview [Computerworld, ]
Microsoft will post the first developer preview beta of Windows 8 late on Tuesday, the company announced as it showed off the new OS running on a Samsung tablet.
5,000 Microsoft developers get Samsung preview tablets [Computerworld, ]
Microsoft on Tuesday gave the 5,000 developers attending its BUILD conference preview units of a Samsung tablet running a version of the upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
Windows 8 on ARM to open up for developer scrutiny [Computerworld, ]
Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 OS running on ARM prototype tablets and other devices will be open for developer scrutiny at the software giant’s Build conference this week.
Microsoft opens Windows 8 preview to all [Computerworld, ]
Taking a different tack than it did three years ago, Microsoft has made a preview of Windows 8 available to anyone who takes the time to download it.
Microsoft leaves Windows 8 questions unanswered [Computerworld, the headline on the homepage of the Computerworld after the day earlier demonstration for journalists and analysts, while the article headline is a more natural one: “Windows 8 steps beyond the desktop”]
On the Windows computer of the future, live tiles will replace icons, touch-based gestures will replace mouse clicks and semantic zooming will replace the arduous traversal through nested menus and folders.
Microsoft leaves Windows 8 questions unanswered, say experts [Computerworld, the same thing reiterated now with quoting analysts to support the Computerworld headline]
Today’s long-awaited look at Windows 8 left analysts almost as perplexed as they were before Microsoft’s top Windows executive walked onto a California stage.
But if Microsoft was hoping to generate excitement about the upgrade, it succeeded, if only because of the fast-paced presentation by Steven Sinofsky, the president of the Windows group.
“It all looks great,” said Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, a Kirkland-Wash. research firm that specializes in tracking Microsoft’s moves. “If the goal was to get everyone excited, they did that. I was impressed by what they showed, by what they’ve done, but it’s too much to digest. I think I’ll have to watch the keynote [webcast] two or three more times to get it all.”
During the keynote, Sinofsky and other Microsoft executives spent most of their time showing off what they called the “Metro experience,” a tile-style, full-screen interface borrowed from Windows Phone 7 that’s intended to address the company’s lack of a true touch-based operating system.
“This is interesting for consumers,” added Michael Silver, a Gartner analyst who attended the keynote. “Certainly, Microsoft has to catch up on tablets [with Apple and Google] and get consumers excited about Windows again. I think this was a good effort at trying to do that.”
But for Cherry and Silver, who spend most of their time scrutinizing Windows for corporate clients, not consumers, there were tons of unanswered questions.
“We still don’t know when this will be shipped,” noted Cherry. “And we don’t know how stable Windows 8 is. Remember, these were all demos, and demos are carefully rehearsed.”
Silver echoed Cherry.
“They haven’t made the case yet that enterprises will want this,” said Silver. “I expect that they will have [enterprise-specific features] to show later, but at this point there are still lots of questions that haven’t been answered.”
Tops on his list: Can Microsoft successfully pitch Windows 8 as an upgrade for businessesthat have just recently migrated to its predecessor, Windows 7?
“Microsoft has implied that [Windows 8] would not drive an upgrade cycle,” said Silver, talking about corporations purchasing new computers to replace outdated machines and operating systems. “After all the work on Windows 7 deployment, organizations will think twice before deploying this everywhere,” said Silver. “They’re looking for a little respite, and planning to take a break because of migration fatigue.”
But Cherry was taken with the apparently smooth integration of the two interfaces: Metro and the traditional desktopfamiliar to users for decades.
“It appears that they will coexist well,” said Cherry. “I don’t envision a lot of problems for businesses there, although we’ll have to see how they handle group policies.”
Even so, he was hesitant to applaud Windows 8 until he knows more.
“The story they’re trying to tell — that they’ve re-imagined Windows — is a good story, but when I hear that they’re making major changes, I remember that changes lead to instability.”
Later today, Microsoft will distribute Samsung tabletswith a developer preview of Windows 8 to attendees at the BUILD Windows conference, which Sinofsky kicked off with the two-and-a-half hour presentation.
Microsoft has not said anything about when it will release a Windows 8 beta that will be available to the general public.
Microsoft is currently previewing Windows 8 at the BUILD conferenceand the web goes crazy. It appears the interest in Windows 8 is even bigger than it was for Window 7. Of course, this is due to the fact that Windows 8 is the biggest overhaul since Windows 95.
I compiled a collection of the best Windows 8 reviews that have been published today. I divided the link list into two sections. The first part covers general reviews, and the second part specific Windows 8 features.
The first blog post is from Steven Sinofsky (President of the Windows Division). Most interesting is that everyone will be able to download the developer’s prelease of Windows 8 later today.
General Windows 8 reviews
- Welcome to Windows 8 – The Developer Preview
- Microsoft reinvents flagship software — Windows 8 — for PCs and tablets
- Windows 8 developer preview UX in pictures
- Windows 8 really does change everything, it’s mind-blowing
- Windows 8: A Reimagined PC, But What About Businesses?
- Hands on: Windows 8 review
- Microsoft blows up Windows with Windows 8
- Download Windows 8 ISOs Right Now
Windows 8 feature reviews
- Windows 8: What’s new on the desktop experience
- Windows 8 app store approval policy outlined
- Windows 8: Introducing Windows 8′s tablet interface, Metro
- Windows 8: classic desktop features
- Windows 8 Metro apps and Windows Store
- Hands on: Windows 8 input options and pen computing
- Windows 8 tablets: How Microsoft can win this time
- Hands on: Windows 8 File History backup
- Windows 8: A look at Internet Explorer 10
- Windows 8 Developer Preview: Samsung 700T Photo Gallery
- Windows 8 requires less power than Windows 7
- Microsoft unveils Samsung Windows 8 tablet for developers
- Windows Live SkyDrive Integration in Windows 8
On the spot responses
Microsoft’s Build Windows 2011 [Windows 8 info]
The Build Windows Conference has initiated, I would quickly give you a foreword : The Windows 8 OS Showcase seems outstanding in terms of interface. It seems as if your big computer screen is going to have a interface as competitive as Android or iOS.
Windows 8 Build Windows 2011 [Update 2]
Windows 8 Build Windows 2011 [Update 3]
Tuesday Keynote @ Build Windows 8 [quite good notes]
Keynote started with a video of developers, designers etc. working on Windows 8 giving their favorite features in Win8.
- ~450 million copies of Win7 sold (1500 non-security product changes seamlessly delivered)
- Consumer usage higher than XP
- 542 million Windows Live sign-ins every month
Lots of change in Windows
- Form factors/UI models create new opportunities (touch)
- “People who say touch is only for small or lightweight devices are wrong. As soon as you use touch on a tablet, you’re going to want to touch on your desktop & laptop.”
- Mobility creates new usage models – e.g. use while reclining on a couch
- Apps can’t be silos – “customers want a web of applications”
- Apps to interact easily
- Services are intrinsic
What is Win8?
- Makes Windows 7 even better – everything that runs on Win7 will run on Win8
- Reimagines Windows from the chipset (ARM work) through the UI experience
- All demos shown today are equally at home on ARM and x86
Performance / Fundamentals
Kernel Memory Usage
Win 7 RTM
Win 7 SP 1
Win 8 Dev Preview
User Experience (Julie)
- Fast and fluid – everything’s animated
- Apps are immersive and full screen
- Touch first – keyboard/mouse are first-class citizens (“you’re going to want all three”)
- Web of apps that work together – “when you get additional apps, the system just gets richer and richer”
- Experience this across devices and architectures
- Notes from Julie’s demo
- Picture password – poke at different places on an image (3 strokes) to login
- Tiles on the home screen – each is an app – easily rearranged. Pinch to zoom in/out
- On screen keyboard pops up
- Swipe from right side to bring up Start screen – swipe up from bottom to get app menus (“app bar”) – relevant system settings (e.g. sound volume/mute) also appear
- Select text in a browser – drag from right side to see “charms” – these are exposed by apps. One is “Share” – shows all apps that support the “Share contract”.
- Think of sharing as a very semantically rich clipboard.
- Target app can implement its own panel for information (e.g. login, tags, etc.) for sharing when it’s the target.
- Can search applications, files – apps can also expose a search contract to make it easy for search to find app-specific data.
- Inserting a picture
- Shows pix on computer
- Social networking sites can add content right into picture file picker
- Showed settings syncing from one machine to another machine she is logged in on that is an ARM machine.
Metro-style Platform/Tools (Antoine)
- Metro apps can be built in any language
- Reimagined the Windows APIs – “Windows Runtime” (Windows RT).
- 1800 objects natively built into Windows – not a layer.
- Build your UI in XAML or HTML/CSS
- Launch Visual Studio 11 Express – new app to build Metro apps.
- Pick the language you want – pick the app template you want.
- Enable millions of web developers to build these apps for Windows.
- New format – App Package – that encapsulates
- Use mouse or touch seamlessly – no special code.
- Modify button to bring up file picker dialog…
- Also allows connecting to Facebook if the app that connects FB photos to the local pictures is there – every app now gets access to FB photos.
- Adding support for the “Share” contract is 4 lines of JS
- Use Expression Blend to edit not just XAML but HTML/CSS.
- Add an App Bar – just a <div> on the HTML page.
- Drag button into there to get Metro style where commands are in the app bar
- Uses new HTML 5 CSS layout as Grid. Allows for rotation, scaling, etc. Center canvass within the grid.
- Expression lets you look at snapped view, docked view, portrait, landscape.
- 58 lines of code total
- Post app to the Windows Store
- In VS Store / Upload Package…
- Licensing model built into app package format. Allows trials.
- Submit to Certification
- Part of the promise of the store to Windows users is the apps are safe and high quality.
- Processes can be a bit bureaucratic.
- Does compliance, security testing, content compliance.
- Will give Developers all the technical compliance tools to run themselves.
- Win32 Apps
- Not going to require people to rewrite those to be in the store.
- Don’t have to use Win8 licensing model.
- Give the Win32 apps a free listing service.
- XAML / Silverlight
- Using ScottGu sample SilverLight 2 app.
- Not a Metro app – input stack doesn’t give touch access.
- How to make it a Metro app?
- Runtime environments between SL and Win8 are different.
- Had to change some using statements, networkin layer.
- Reused all the XAML and data binding code – it just came across.
- Declare it supports “Search” and add a couple of lines of code.
- Also can use same code on the Windows Phone.
- “All of your knowledge around Silverlight, XAML just carries across.”
- If you write your app in HTML5/CSS/XAML, it will run on x86/x64/ARM. If you want to write native code, we’ll help make it cross-compile to these platforms.
- IE 10 is the same rendering engine as for the Metro apps.
- Can roam all settings across your Win8 machines – including you app settings if you want.
Hardware Platform (MikeAng)
- 8 second boot time – win7 pc.
- New power state called “Connected Standby”
- Windows coalesces all the timer and network requests, turns the radio on periodically to satisfy them, then goes back to very low power consumption.
- But because app requests are getting satisfied they are up to date as soon as you press “ON”
- USB 3 ~4x faster at copying a 1 GB file than USB 2
- Can boot Win8 from up to 256 TB drive.
- Direct Compute API – can offload compute loads to GPU
- Every Metro app has hardware acceleration UI baked in.
- Doing work with OEMs on testing sensitivity of touch hardware
- Windows reserves only one pixel on each side for the Windows UI, so sensitivity important.
- Down to 1024 x 768 for Metro apps. If 1366 x 768, get full Windows UI (side-by-side snap in). Any form factor – about resolution.
- Have a sensor fusion API – accelerameter, touch.
- NFC – near field communication – business card can have a little antenna built in to send data to Win8.
- Integrating device settings (web cam, HP printer, etc.) into Metro UI rather than as a third-party app.
- Ultra Books
- Full core powered processor in a super-thin and light package.
- Some are thinner than legacy connectors – RJ45 and VGA – they are bumps.
- These things are mostly battery.
- Samsung PC giveaway – to all BUILD attendees
- 64 GB SSD
- 4 GB RAM (Steven: “so you can run Visual Studio”)
- AT&T 3G included for one year (2GB/mo)
- Windows tablet + development platform.
- 2nd generation core i5
- 1366×768 display from Samsung – amazing
- Refresh your PC without affecting your files
- Files and personalization don’t change.
- PC settings are restored to default
- All Metro apps are kept – others are removed.
- Command-line tool to establish base image for this for pros.
- Hyper-V in the Windows 8 client
- ISOs get mounted as DVD drives.
- Multi Mon –
- Screen background extends
- Task bar customizes to multi-mon – can have identical across two mons or have per-monitor task bar (show only apps running on that monitor)
- Ctrl/PgDn to switch Metro start screen between the two monitors – develop on one, test on another.
- Keyboard works the same – type “cmd” from Metro Start screen and are in search for CMD.
Cloud Services (ChrisJo)
- Windows Live mail Metro client connects both Exchange and Hotmail.
- Full power delivered by ActiveSync.
- Windows Live Metro calendar app.
- Bring together all the Friends through Linked In, Facebook, Windows Live.
- Connected to Facebook, Flickr, local photos.
- Written as a Metro app.
- SkyDrive – 100 million people.
- Every Win8 user, every Win Phone has a SkyDrive.
- Also accessible to developers – access the same way as you would use local store.
- Used college interns to develop sample apps included in dev preview build.
- 17 teams (2-3 devs per team).
- 10 weeks.
Developer Preview (not Beta).
MSFT will let everyone download the Developer preview starting tonight.
- X86 (32- and 64-bit)
- With Tools + Apps or just Apps
- No activation, self-support.
Pre-written with full knowledge already:
Microsoft BUILD: Windows 8, A Pre-Beta Preview [AnandTech single multi-part article]
ZDNet’s whole series (mostly pre-written with full knowledge already):
Windows 8 unveiled
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September 13, 2011 | 9:05am PDT
Microsoft to developers: Metro is your future
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September 13, 2011 | 9:13am PDT
Windows 8 will ship with built-in antivirus protection
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September 13, 2011 | 2:36 PM PDT
Nvidia launches Windows 8 developer program
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September 13, 2011 | 12:00 PM PDT
Windows 8 will run on old Atom CPUs and 1GB RAM
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September 13, 2011 | 10:58 AM PDT
Get the Windows 8 Developer Preview – Today!
Want to check out Windows 8? You’ll be able to tonight!
September 13, 2011 | 10:32 AM PDT
Microsoft’s Windows 8: Here’s what we now know (and don’t)
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September 13, 2011 | 9:05 AM PDT
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September 13, 2011 | 2:35 AM PDT
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September 12, 2011 | 2:21 PM PDT
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September 12, 2011 | 10:00 AM PDT
winrumors whole series (some pre-written with some knowledge already):
[the indicated hours are relative to September 13, 2011 | 12:00pm PDT]
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WinBeta whole series
Download the Windows 8 Developer Preview
The moment we have all been waiting for has come to fruition. Microsoft has just uploaded the Developer Preview build of Windows 8. Check out the download links at the bottom of this post to grab the 32bit or 64bit versions.
Microsoft to be streaming the BUILD conference live
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Windows 8 Developer Preview Build 8102 Screenshots
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Windows 8 Developer Preview available tonight at 8PM PDT
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