eReaders and eReading [Updated]

Yesterday PlasticLogic demo’ed their forthcoming PlasticLogic reader at DEMOfall08. It is a very impressive device:

  • 8,5×11 inch, very thin, under a pound.
  • Displays all kinds of documents.
  • Switching screens still takes a lot of time
  • A color version of the screen is expected in 3- 5 years time.
  • Nothing about the price point nor the connectivity.

But have a look for yourself:

More coverage over here and here.

But stillI think that LCD based ereaders will take the majority of the market. Because:

  • They have colour tday
  • They can display video
  • The screens are much cheaper to manufacture.

Hence i’m hoping that either a forthcoming Apple’s netbook with multitouch and/or a bigger iTouch based device (with a 7 -9” screen) will debut this year (maybe even today). Apple has everything it needs to build an axtraordinary ereading device from hardware to software to distribution channel. Given the success of netbooks and the Kindle, it would be stupid for Apple not to do one of these devices. But one never knows.

If they don’t, i’m pretty sure that somebody eles will jump in using existing netbook designs and /or Google Android.

Update: Unfortunately no iReader yesterday, maybe in an upcoming MacBook Event. But the official DEMO08 is available now.  Since there is speculation about the flexibility of the device.

My guess : While the display itself is flexible, the device isn’t, because of the processor and other electronics.

iPhone 3G arrived – App Store a game changer for mobile apps

Finally the my iPhone 3G, arrived. I skipped the first gen, because didn’t have a feature i was interested in that wasn’t also contained inthe iTouch. With 3G/HSDPA and GPS it now also is featurewise mostly on par with my N95, only missing the 5Megapixel auto-focus camera with a Zeiss Lens.

I immediately updated it to 2.0.1. The plan is to NOT jailbreak it (it’s a company phone), but to upgrade the iTouch to 2.0.1 and jailbreak this one (any positive reports on jailbreaking the iTouch?).

After the jailbreak i had to pay a visit to the app store. Nothing too different  to Installer.app and Cydia, but a quantum leap compared to installing Apps on a N95.

THIS is a game changer for mobile application distribution to the average consumer. One and a half years ago we introduced RefreshMobiles mobizines – mobile newspaper versions (implemented in FlashLite for Series60 and as J2ME for other phones) in the german market. All in all the FlashVersion was featurewise comparable to the news apps you can get on the iPhone. But these apps never took off (and we canceled them half a year ago) due to two reasons.

First there was insuffient marketing from the newspapers and second andmore important: The provisioning process was cumbersome and error-prone. Even I, with nearly 10 years experience in the field had problems installing the apps.

Compared to this mess the installation of apps on the iPhone was as smooth as can be (I used the wifi at home for installation). I ended up with the following apps (and a zero cent bill):

Expect some reviews of the mobile news apps in the near future.