Ryan Paul, Android’s ascent in China might not elevate Google (via David Chartier)
This sort of thing is what makes me so uneasy about trusting Google with anything. It’s the same story: Google is “open” with the products that don’t make them money and closed with those that do, using “open” as a marketing buzzword against Apple and hoping nobody notices how incredibly closed and secretive most of their products and operations really are.
iOS is far more “closed” than Android, but at least Apple doesn’t try to bullshit me about it. They put it right out there. “We control everything because we think it’s better that way. If you don’t like it, there’s the door.”
And since they’re honest with me, I trust them more.
The Droid is not the same as Android. Android is an operating system made in part by Google. Droid is a brand owned by Verizon with hardware provided by Motorola and HTC, branded as Droid, Droid Eris, Droid Incredible, Droid 2, etc. There are 47 different Android phones on the market today and many more on their way. There are 19 different manufacturers of Android phones. The phones are branded under names including G1, N1, EVO 4G, MB300, X10, Magic, Galaxy S, etc. Each phone has different versions of OS it can run, different tradeoffs of screen resolution, battery life, processor speed, camera resolution, network speed…
There is one iPhone. If you want to buy one the price will be the same anywhere you shop and you will be presented with two choices: color and storage size. You know you’re getting this years model, with the most up-to-date OS and a balance of features that have been very carefully crafted.
When people talk about Andoid’s fragmentation problem they’re usually thinking of issues developers face. The much bigger issue is Android’s and its many sub-brand’s marketing fragmentation.
Most people don’t read gadget blogs and don’t care about clock speeds. They want a simple choice of Coke vs Pepsi when they’re thinking about a new phone. Android vs iPhone is not Coke vs Pepsi. Its not even PC vs Mac. Its one clear choice vs a big pile of chrome, glass and plastic confusion.
Android may be catching up in terms of feature lists and bullet points. Some of its hardware will undoubtedly be more powerful than the iPhone during parts of the product cycle. In terms of mind-share for normal people in the outside world, however, Android isn’t even close. And its going in the wrong direction.
smokescreen.us is incredibly impressive technically, and I love the strongbad demo but its telling that all other demos (and the only ones that run on iPhones/iPads) are ads.
Looks like Web Albums doesn’t have to worry about competition from steve.
The iPad photo app looks incredible. Are there any plans to support Picasa’s faces and albums in iTunes, so I can take full advantage of the Photos application, since Photoshop Album is long discontinued. If not, please can you look into supporting the Picasa library format?
No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.
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A peek at one of the projects I’ve been working on for the iPad. No, thats not apple’s photos app.