Adventures with Amateur Radio

Filed under: Amateur Radio — jaydublu @ 12:29 pm

For the last year or so, I have been working through the various levels of Amateur Radio licences – as of a month or so ago I now hold a full UK Licence M0HPJ

Rather than pollute this blog with radio related stuff, I’ve started a new one http://m0hpj.wordpress.com/

My first post relates to a review of a selection of Amateur Radio apps for Android

Open Mobile Alliance

Filed under: mobile,opinion — jaydublu @ 6:54 pm

android_robot.gifThe Open Handset Alliance sets out ‘to accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience‘. Their first project is Android, a complete open source mobile platform that allows full access to core phone functionality to any applications – such as accesing geographic location data with great potential for peer-peer social networking.

Will it succeed? I really do hope so, but competing against incredibly strong commercial offerings with a massive market share, it might take too long to get the critical mass to allow it to thrive. It needs a ‘must have’ killer app – the next SMS – something that ‘commercial’ handsets can’t do.

There seems to have been a lot of thought put into the licencing, to allow commercial interests to contribute applications whilst protecting their interests – it makes sense to me. If heavyweight alliance members like Google, T-Mobile and LG get behind it rather than just paying lip-service, and if there’s a good take up from early adopters developing real social apps, it could well stand a chance.

I’d be much more likely to buy an Android powered phone (a GPhone?) than an iPhone, let’s put it that way!