Android

Why Apple doesn’t talk – from outsider

“News Flash: shipping is hard. Reuters reports that LG’s planned Android tablet will be later than expected because LG hasn’t figured out how to build an Android tablet yet. Daring Fireball points out that this buys LG’s VP of mobile marketing, Chang Ma, some more time to look silly.

Here’s a shocker: the product you send out the door will probably come later, and with fewer features, than you intended. Time runs out. Unexpected complications arise. Bugs overwhelm the team. Your partner invalidates your plans. Something’s got to give. You need to either take something out, or wait longer. But if you’ve spent months blowing smoke, now everyone is waiting longer.

The problem with talking smack is you immediately put yourself on the clock. You almost guarantee public disappointment when the product does not ship as (or when) promised. If you just shut your mouth and let the product speak for itself—once you actually have a product—then there’s a much better chance for people to be pleasantly surprised. Some companies understand this. Others clearly do not.”

[from Apple Outsider]

Well stated. I have a feeling that there will be many wannbe tablets that face the same music as LG.

Fighting The Wrong Fight (via Elia Insider)

Excellent insight into the smartphone “wars” I really could not agree more.

We have been distracted by ridiculous arguments and fabricated "wars" for too long. We have been distracted by thinking that Google is Microsoft and Apple is Apple in a doomed fight already fought 20 years ago. But that is not the fight we should be caring about at all. The fight we should be talking about, but aren't, is the fight between mobile device makers and the carriers. This is the only real fight that matters. Why should we care? Because … Read More

via Elia Insider

Openness is dead, long live openness

Don’t miss this excellent article from TechCrunch’s MG Siegler on Android & Openness.

“It’s too bad, but there is now a very real risk that the carriers are going to exploit the open system Google set up in order to create a new version of the bulls**t proprietary ecosystems that they had before the iPhone came along and turned the market on its side.

And it’s not just Verizon, it’s all the carriers. One of the great features of Android is that you can install apps without going through an app store, right? Well, not if you have an a Motorola Backflip or a HTC Aria running on AT&T — they’ve locked this feature down. How? Thanks to the open Android OS.

Oh, and how about tethering? It’s one of the truly great features of Android 2.2, right? Well, not if you have a carrier that doesn’t want to support it. Google has to defer to them to enable their own native OS feature. It’s such an awesome feature — in the hands of Google. Once the carriers get their hands on it — not so much.”

Point is a truly open mobile device is a fallacy at this point. Apple’s may be “closed” but at least you know what you’re getting. Yes, which at times seems to include screwed by AT&T (yep, still bitter about the data plan changes and the extra fee to tether my iPhone) I digress… My biggest issue with Android OS is that, thanks to the manufacturers and the carriers, there are way too many flavors of Android out there. It’s confusing to consumers who aren’t tech savvy. I agree that Android as a pure OS is fine. Unfortunately you’ll never see a pure version unless you have the knowledge to root it yourself. Apple is always being knocked as the “hype machine” well this is just a reminder that if you’re interested in an Android device because of its “openness” the hype goes both ways.

It’s just a big Android phone

Look familiar?

Apparently the cry from many doubters of “it’s just big iPhone/Touch” after the debut of the iPad has fallen on deaf ears. iPad is a runaway success and everyone wants a piece of the Apple pie. There are many tablet/slate devices in the works and it looks like Sammy’s Galaxy Tab will be one of the first out of the gate. My only real knock is that the physical design looks almost exactly like the iPad. I guess imitation is the way Sammy is poising themselves to make this “new platform” fly. Personally I think they should have gone another route and designed a product that sets itself apart from the iPad.

“Samsung’s Galaxy Tab has once again surfaced online via unofficial channels…” [via Engadget]

Flash on Android bites hard

“If Adobe can’t make its mobile plug-in work effectively with all Flash content, it needs to at least warn users and give them the option to cancel before it downloads and attempts to play a game or video that isn’t compatible with Flash Player 10.1 for phones. Popping up a cryptic message that says “this video isn’t optimized for mobile” after it starts buffering is not acceptable.

More importantly, Adobe needs to have a better answer to whether or not Flash is still relevant in a world where other technologies have rapidly started displacing it. Based on my early experience with Flash Player 10.1 for mobile, it could soon join the floppy drive in the tech graveyard, something else Steve Jobs helped kill.”

[from: "Mobile Flash Fail: Weak Android Player Proves Jobs Right" by Avram Piltch @ Laptop]