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Top smartphone trends of 2011

Posted: 03 Jan 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smartphone technologies? mobile market? phone trends?

The software uses the processing power of the 4S' dual-core A5 chip, as well as 3G or Wi-Fi networks to ping back to Apple's data centers, understand the user query and then quickly return a response.

The buzz and excitement around Apple's Siri also served to largely sweeten the pill of bitter disappointment around the lack of an iPhone 5 this autumn.

Siri originally started out as an iOS application available in the App Store by third party developers. The startup itself was founded in 2007, and the SIRI team managed to raise fairly significant amounts of venture funding in 200 and 2009, before being acquired by Apple on April 28, 2010.

The firm had originally planned to release Siri as an app for all smartphones on the market, but the Apple acquisition soon nixed that, locking the virtual PA in to work only with the iPhone 4S.

Despite the service's seeming innovation, however, a recently unearthed YouTube video appears to show Apple mulling the idea of a computerized butler service all the way back in 1988.

HTML5, the death of Adobe Flash for mobile
No matter how visionary Steve Jobs may have been regarding a pre-Siri service back in 1988, his real foresight is unarguably his stance on the unsuitability of Adobe Flash for mobile and his predictions of the platform's demise, a prophecy which came true just a month after his death.

In a shocking 180-degree twist, Adobe announced in a November blog post that it would no longer be working to adapt Flash Player for mobile to new browsers, OS versions or different device configurations, and that it would instead focus on building applications for mobile and investment in HTML5long considered a rival standard.

"HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively," wrote Danny Winokur, vice president and GM of Adobe's interactive development team, adding that this now made HTML5 superior in terms of creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.

Apple vs. Adobe

While some saw Adobe's announcement as surrender and an acknowledgment of defeat, others saw the move as a simple repackaging and rebranding exercise, with the firm shifting its app development focus to Adobe Air (Adobe Integrated Runtime).

While some saw Adobe's announcement as surrender and an acknowledgment of defeat, others saw the move as a simple repackaging and rebranding exercise, with the firm shifting its app development focus to Adobe Air (Adobe Integrated Runtime).


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