David Pierce: “Google TV: Silent But No Forgotten at I/O 2013”
Foot-dragging on Google TV seems like such a wasted opportunity, but I’m afraid it will take Apple’s long-rumored big TV move for Google to make any real effort.
Ian G. Clifton, a developer for A.R.O., argues that building for the App Store first means many of Android’s best features are not utilized to their fullest.
Evgeny Morozov: “Form and Fortune”
There are some cool ideas here and it’s always great to see another UI approach. I look forward to trying it on my Galaxy Nexus once they release the images. But it’s hard to see how this is more than just dabbling.
What’s Canonical’s business model? Sure, given the Android Open Source Project and the shared Linux base of Ubuntu and Android you could probably load this on all the Nexus phones secondhand, but how will they get full hardware support for other phones? Work with OEMs? What’s their incentive to use Ubuntu over Android? Or Windows Phone for that matter?
And building demand from consumers is another enormous task. Most people don’t even understand the difference between Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, and Ubuntu isn’t anywhere near the household name of those giants. They could try appealing to carriers directly to get in their stores, but they’d have to violate a lot of open principles along the way (ask Google).
Not to mention the challenge of building up an acceptable baseline of apps. Most people are used to great native mobile apps on phones and to get those, as Apple has shown (and Google has discovered the hard way), you need a clear cut way for developers to make money. That means a big user base, relatively stable hardware and software targets, and a marketplace to distribute.
It’s the chicken or the egg problem that Microsoft has run into with their mobile efforts. Good luck with all that Canonical! Seriously, as a once and future Nexus owner, it’d be great to have a second OS to experiment with. But unfortunately I don’t see how it can ever be more than that.
Dan Lyons unloads on Apple v. Android, after the “Steve Jobs” multitouch patent get’s invalidated
John Lagerling, director of business development for Android, confirms the Motorola acquisition was all about patents. From a really interesting interview in The New York Times’ Bits blog.
Head of Android user experience Matias Duarte (not pictured above, that’s Hugo Barra) recently responded to a G+ comment saying that he thought he’d “gotten only about a third of the way to where I want to be with regards to consistency, responsiveness, and polish.”
Jelly Bean is already great and it’s only a third of the way there? I’m excited to see what’s next this fall.
This is not to jump into the age-old flame war, but can you imagine anyone from Apple saying iOS is incomplete in any way? Apple’s vertical integration is normally considered its huge advantage, but with only incremental changes coming with iOS 6, you could make an argument that it’s also becoming a roadblock to innovation (as Dieter Bohn does here).
“When you think about your iPhone…it’s the product that you have with you all the time…we take changing it really seriously,” said Jony Ive in a promotional video for the launch of the iPhone 5. Millions also use Android, but the vast majority use skinned versions, not the vanilla product Google updates twice yearly. Google clearly doesn’t feel restrained on adding new features and continuing to refine the core OS and maybe that’s because they know at the end of the day there’ll always be multiple flavors of Android to suit users’ various needs and styles. iOS doesn’t have that “luxury” of multiple forks, forcing Apple to make choices on accessibility vs. customization and consistency vs. new features for all users.
Lukas Mathis (Ignore the Code) on Apple vs. Samsung verdict
Early iPhone prototypes (one made by a former Sony designer, thus the branding) as revealed by Apple v. Samsung court documents – fascinating stuff. Via The Verge.
I’m not always a fan of OS X or iOS, but there are a number of features from Mountain Lion I’d love to see stolen for one of the OSes I actually use (Windows or Chrome, but really most of these would suit Chrome OS more):
Yes, please. Great idea. Still, they had to speed it up to approach anything close to typing on a keyboard… (via The Verge)
(Source: Ars Technica)