HP promises new buyers free OS upgrade
A few days ago, HP officially announced its free Windows Mobile 5 upgrade policy for users of the iPaq hx2000 series. Anyone who bought an iPaq hx2110, hx2410, hx2415, hx2750 or hx2755 PocketPC between August 28th and December 31st of this year is eligible for a free WM5 upgrade CD. The request must be postmarked within 45 days of purchase.
What’s shocking about HP’s new move is that they haven’t done it sooner. Dell’s OS upgrade for their Axim X50 series is supposed to be released in October, and they have been offering free upgrades to all new buyers since June. Given how badly HP has been struggling lately, the last thing they need is a disasterously bungled OS upgrade.
100 megabit mobile broadband–in Japan
What they say is true: the Japanese get all the cool toys. In this case, wireless service provider NTT DoCoMo is demonstrating new fourth generation (4G) wireless data networks which could provide 100 megabits of bandwith to a mobile device–and possibly up to 1000 megabits while a device is stationary. Experiments on the test network included transferring 32 high-definition video streams to a mobile phone inside a vehicle travelling 12 miles per hour.
Don’t look for this too soon, though. DoCoMo has previously stated that they plan to launch a 4G network around 2010. While successful trials may speed that up, such technology isn’t likely to be available for some time.
Motorola to produce mobile WiMax hardware
Motorola is wasting no time jumping into the WiMax hardware market, even though the standard isn’t finished. The company is developing hardware based on the forthcoming 802.16e standard for mobile WiMax, bypassing the main 802.16 specification.
Motorola believes that there’s little point in building for the fixed-access version of WiMax, since fixed networks won’t be able to service mobile devices, but mobile networks will be able to service both fixed and mobile clients.
The first set of products will be part of Motorola’s Canopy line of wireless internet base stations, designed to be small and cheap for use by wireless internet service providers. These devices are expected next year, and will require a firmware upgrade to be fully WiMax compatible. Later products will be geared to large providers such as Sprint-Nextel, which plans to begin trials with Motorola’s hardware in 2007.