Android This Week: Quick Search Box, Liquid With Snapdragon Debut

gigaom_icon_google-androidAndroid (s goog) news is getting hotter every week, as the platform becomes poised to take off. This is due to new handsets being released now through the end of the year. And the ability to search across a phone’s content and the web for that desired nugget of information is a highly desirable feature for consumers. The latest version of Android addresses that craving by adding a universal Quick Search Box widget that facilitates searching across Apps, Contacts, Browser and Music. The widget can be put on the home screen, making universal search just a tap away. Read More about Android This Week: Quick Search Box, Liquid With Snapdragon Debut

Vodafone 360 Takes on Android, Apple and Nokia

vodafoneVodafone (s vod) is hoping to hold onto customers with an ambitious new mobile web service that includes a cloud-based address book, full-track music downloads, app store and integration with social communities such as Facebook and Twitter. Vodafone 360 — which sounds strikingly similar to Nokia’s (s nok) Ovi — will be available across a variety of handsets including two new phones from Samsung: the H1, a high-end device with a multitouch screen and 16GB of memory slated for a European release in time for the holiday season, and the less-powerful M1, which will follow the H1 to market.

Whether Vodafone can effectively expand into the world of mobile web services is unclear, however. It faces stiff competition in the increasingly crowded app-store space, where platform developers, carriers, manufacturers and even third parties fight for developers’ attention. And as Apple (s aapl), Nokia and others have learned, building out mobile web services and cloud-based offerings is no easy task. Vodafone’s vision of an all-inclusive, carrier-branded mobile web service is ambitious and impressive. And its goal of embracing a two-sided business model that leverages the “smart pipe” for third-party app developers is savvy. But fulfilling those visions will take the kind of flawless execution that’s extremely rare for mobile operators. Read More about Vodafone 360 Takes on Android, Apple and Nokia

Mobilize: What’s the Future of Mobile Apps?

How do cell phone users want to get their mobile applications, how do mobile developers want to deliver them, and what’s the future? Web or native, preloaded or installed, at a centralized app store or a distributed model, bundled or installed, offered by a company or a consortium, and open or closed?

OK, so the non-controversial answer is a combo of all these things, but the conclusion of the debates, including audience input, was that we want: web apps, centralized, installed, offered by a company, and open. Here are some interesting tidbits from the discussion: Read More about Mobilize: What’s the Future of Mobile Apps?

Verizon, SK Telecom Bet on LiMo Mobile Linux

Google continues to rev up its plans for Android, spending liberally on developers, but the other mobile Linux platform effort, LiMo, isn’t keeping quiet and is aggressively adding bulk to what is an unenviable line-up. Today, the foundation got eight new members, most notably carriers Verizon Wireless and SK Telecom, chip maker Infineon and Mozilla. No one should take LiMo lightly, despite the fact that it’s a crazy consortium of many vested parties. We have been following them closely for a while now. Here are some links from the recent past. #1, #2, and #3.

LiMo (Linux for Mobiles) is Ready to Go Prime Time

[qi:83] Now that the Google Phone platform has been unveiled, one thing is abundantly clear: Happy days are around the corner for Mobile Linux.
As we have already reported, a special version of the Linux operating system forms the underpinning of Google Mobile OS, which will run the Google (GOOG) devices expected to hit the market sometime next year. That isn’t the only Mobile Linux OS flavor, however; over the next few months a cornucopia of devices powered by Mobile Linux are going to come to market. Read More about LiMo (Linux for Mobiles) is Ready to Go Prime Time