iTV: Stuff of Science Fiction

Nick Bilton, The New York Times:

Enter Siri.

It’s the stuff of science fiction. You sit on your couch and rather than fumble with several remotes or use hand gestures, you simply talk: “Put on the last episode of Gossip Girl.” “Play the local news headlines.” “Play some Coldplay music videos.” Siri does the rest.

iTV will probably come with a Siri-enabled iPod touch.

iTV: “Input Zero”

Dan Frommer, SplatF:

Right now, the Apple TV box is aiming for “input 2″ on your TV […]

But long-term, Apple probably wants its TV platform to be “input zero.” That is, the first thing you see when you turn your TV on. The only thing you need to watch video, make FaceTime calls, download apps, play games, and maybe even use Siri to order a pizza. The only remote control you need. The heart and soul and brain of your living room.

iTV: iChannel App

John Gruber:

Imagine watching a baseball game on a TV where ESPN is a smart app, not a dumb channel. When you’re watching a game, you could tell the TV to show you the career statistics for the current batter. You could ask the HBO app which other movies this actress has been in. Point is: it’d be better for both viewers and the networks1 if a TV “channel” were an interactive app rather than a mere single stream of video.

I would not want the game or TV episode I’m watching to be cluttered up with statistics and other ‘useful’ information. I don’t even like the shiny logo glued unto the bezel of the TV. Wouldn’t it be better if useful information like batter statistics showed up on my iPhone, or iPad instead?

Samsung > Apple, Really?

Jung-Ah Lee and Evan Ramstad, The Wall Street Journal:

Samsung in the July-to-September period surpassed Apple Inc. as the leading seller of smartphones by shipping around 28 million, about four times the number it achieved a year earlier, in a rapid transformation of its biggest business by sales. Apple said earlier this month it shipped around 17 million smartphones in the same period.

Shipped, as in shipped into the channel. Apple did not say shipped; Apple said sold. The difference is huge.

PenTile-less Motorola Atrix 2

Brad Molen, Engadget:

We also enjoyed using the screen on the Atrix 2. First, while both Atrix devices (Atrices?) take advantage of qHD displays with 960 x 540 resolution, the newer one looks better despite having a larger display to hold the same number of pixels in. This is mainly because HelloMoto opted not to use the Pentile matrix scheme, which is something that the company has elected to do on most of its qHD screens — including the first Atrix and the Droid Bionic.

The first Atrix had a 4.0-inch LCD with PenTile Matrix; the Atrix 2 has a 4.3-inch LCD with RGB.

Quantum Leap in Pixel Density

Brooke Crothers, CNET:

“They have production plans for 2,048×1,536 displays. Starting in November. But those are only plans at this point,” said the source, referring to LG and Samsung.

“It’s not a question of making just one. That, of course, can be done. The challenge is making lots of them,” the source said. “This is a quantum leap in pixel density. This hasn’t been done before.”

That’s LG Display. And the “quantum leap in pixel density” is from 132 ppi to 264. The 9.7-inch IPS LCD used in the current iPads has a pixel format of 1024×768. Based on what Apple did with the iPhone 4 a Retina Display-equipped iPad would sport a pixel format of 2048×1536.

Android Orphans

Michael Degusta, the understatement:

The announcement that Nexus One users won’t be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google’s support of their devices. I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky. I’ve been researching the history of OS updates on Android phones and Nexus One users have fared much, much better than most Android buyers.

The result of Degusta’s research is an incredible chart detailing orphaned Android smartphones.

Time Warner Cable Loses Subscribers

Peter Kafka, AllThingsD:

Pay attention to the parenthetical numbers, which denote subscriber losses. The two to focus on are the video subscribers — down 128,000 for the quarter — and the total subscribers — down 16,000.

Those are “Residential Video” net declines. Business Video, whatever that is, posted a two thousand net addition. I’ve cut the TV cord a long time ago and have been saving hundreds every year since. All my TV viewing has been on Hulu.