Comicshead, a Nextwave Multimedia venture, has launched Rambo Ramu, a mobile comic series, that will be available for free download from Android Market.
Rambo Ramu is a comic series about the misadventures of a village lad, who lives, breathes, eats and sleeps wanting to be the next ‘King of Bollywood’.
Every fews weeks new volumes of the comics are to be released.
Nextwave has already launched ‘The Story of Gandhi’, ‘Thomas Alva Edison’ and
‘Panchatantra Tales’ on various mobile app stores.
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While we don’t have any solid numbers on Nexus One sales just yet, if we take into account Flurry’s guess on Nexus One sales, the results are less than stellar.
According to Flurry, only about 20,000 Nexus Ones were sold in its first week on the market. It was outsold by Droid by more than 12 times, myTouch 3G by 3 times and iPhone 3GS by 80 times.
Flurry does note that the Nexus One’s singular distribution model makes “apple for apples” comparisons difficult, and says that “the handset has fallen short on sales expectations.”
Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) today announced its participation in the ARM Solution Center for Android, a collaborative resource for designers and developers of ARM technology-based products running on Android, the open-source platform from the Open Handset Alliance.
The OKL4 Microvisor helps device OEMs, mobile network operators (MNOs), and semiconductor suppliers meet next-generation requirements for mobile devices more quickly and less expensively. OK Labs Secure HyperCell Technology also offers strong subsystem isolation, enhancing security and reliability.
With OK:Android, the OKL4 Microvisor enables Android to be used as a guest OS running in a secure cell on the ARM family of processors. OK:Android gives device OEMs, MNOs, and semiconductor suppliers a faster path to developing and delivering new mobile designs and lower cost devices, along with new levels of security and robustness.
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Android is fast becoming a mobile platform to be reckoned with, according to longitudinal data from ChangeWave Research.
Between September and December 2009, the proportion of future smartphone buyers who planned to purchase an Android-based phone jumped from 6% to 21%, helped no doubt by the much-hyped launch of Motorola’s Droid handset. This made the Google operating system more popular among buyers than BlackBerrys.
Future smartphone owners who favored the iPhone dropped over the same period, though at 28% of respondents it remained the top choice for those looking to get a new advanced handset.
Though just 4% of respondents with a smartphone reported having an Android device, that was up 3 percentage points since September. comScore also found an increase in Android awareness and desire between August and November 2009, though the researcher found only 12% of people planning to buy a smartphone wanted an Android device.
Overall smartphone ownership continued a steady march upward, according to the ChangeWave study, with 42% of US consumers reporting they had a smartphone in December 2009. That was a 10-percentage-point increase over the previous year. In addition, nearly 13% of respondents planned to purchase a smartphone in the next 90 days.
ChangeWave reported that current owners were most satisfied with iPhones, followed by Android-based phones. The level of user happiness with other smartphones was significantly lower. That’s not all iPhone and Android users have in common, either—they share many of the same mobile content habits as well.
LG Electronics aims to increase its handset sales by 20 percent this year to 140 million units, the head of its handset business said on Wednesday.
LG, which trails Nokia of Finland and home rival Samsung Electronics in mobile phones, also plans to beef up its smartphone lineup, targetting a double-digit share of the global smartphone market in 2012.
LG will unveil about 20 smartphones this year, with more than half based on Android operating system.
Google Inc said it may pull out of China because it is no longer willing to accept censorship of its search results, in a surprise retreat from the world’s largest Internet market by users.
The announcement on Tuesday comes amid growing tensions between China and the United States over Internet freedoms, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set to announce a technology policy next week to help citizens in other countries gain access to an uncensored Web.
Google said it had uncovered a sophisticated attack on the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists using its Gmail service, and that more than 20 other companies were similarly attacked.
“These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered — combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the Web — have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China,” Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond said in a statement posted on the company’s blog.
“We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.”
The search market in China, while small in revenue terms, has 360 million Internet users and is viewed as a critical battleground for Google. It is one of the rare markets where the U.S. company is not in the lead, lagging homegrown rival Baidu Inc, which commands a 60 percent share of the Chinese Internet search market versus Google’s 30 percent.
Shares of Google fell 1.3 percent in after-hours trading following the news that it might withdraw from China, while shares of Baidu jumped 6.8 percent.
China’s tough stance on Web censorship has put it at odds with Western technology firms in recent years. The latest dispute had pit personal computer makers against a Chinese government that said it was intent on keeping pornography out of the hands of China’s youth, though many believe the move involved censorship and invasion of privacy.
In June, Beijing ordered Google to block overseas sites with “vulgar” content from being accessible through the Chinese language version of its search engine. Google said then that it met with Chinese government officials and was taking necessary steps to ensure search results on its Chinese site complied.
Google said the hackers had tried to access the Gmail email accounts of Chinese human rights activists but only managed to access two unidentified accounts, and then only subject headings and other data such as when the account was created.
It did not say what information the hackers tried to access from the other corporations, nor which they were. Google said it was now notifying the other affected corporations, adding that it was working with the U.S. authorities.
A Google spokesperson said the company was still investigating the attack and would not say whether Google believed Chinese authorities were involved.
The “implication here is that the government is somehow responsible for conducting this cyber-attack and I guess they feel they cannot operate in that kind of an environment,” said RBC Capital Markets analyst Stephen Ju.
“This is a complete 180 turnaround (for Google). Just about every earnings call recently has been that they are focused on the long-term growth opportunities for China and that they are committed.”
Google generated 53 percent of its $5.9 billion in revenue in the third quarter outside of the United States. It does not disclose the size of its business in China, where it maintains the Chinese-language Google.cn which the company says complies with local laws.
Google has faced a rocky road in China, where its video site YouTube has been inaccessible since March. Many of Google’s primary services, such as Gmail and Google.com, became briefly inaccessible to many Chinese users last year.
“We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all,” Drummond said.
Human rights have been a frequent source of tension between the United States and China, which is the largest holder of U.S. Treasuries, with total holdings of $798.9 billion.
Last week, Clinton dined with tech heavyweights such as Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Microsoft Corp research and strategy chief Craig Mundie, and Cisco Systems Inc Executive Vice President Sue Bostrom. It was not clear if the meeting was related to Google’s revelation, and the companies had no immediate comment.
According to a JPMorgan estimate this month, the search market in China hit $1 billion in 2009 and will grow to $1.5 billion in 2010. But search advertising is still less than 50 percent of the total online ad market in China, compared with 67 percent in the United States, according to JPMorgan.
“What makes Google the largest search engine and one of the leading Internet companies is that they care about users’ privacy, and if that privacy comes under challenge it may impact their global business,” said Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal. “They obviously did not appreciate the attack … We should not take the Google threat lightly.”
Just a note: The first version of BroadwayWorld.com’s Android App is now available in Android Market. To install on your Android smart phones, simply search for BroadwayWorld.com in the Android Market where the application is now available nice and FREE.
As noted on the Android Developers Blog, the team is releasing it before most devices have it so that developers can play around with and build for the new features introduced in 2.1.
Android 2.1 is a minor platform release deployable to Android-powered handsets starting in January 2010. This release includes new API changes and bug fixes.
Google also notes that there is a new USB manager available through the SDK Manager that supports the Nexus One.
You can find the new SDK here.
Spring Design and Borders Group today announced an agreement in principle to feature the upcoming Borders eBook store powered by Kobo on the new dual display Alex(TM) eReader later this year. The agreement in principle follows a recent announcement that Borders will launch a new eBook store on Borders.com as well as Borders-branded mobile eBook applications, powered by Kobo. The new Borders-branded eBook store will offer more than two million titles.