Links ‘n Things

As usual Arstechnica puts up another great article diving deep into the specifications of the new Mac Pro with the usual top notch focus on details ( link ) along with the review by Anandtech ( link ).

Looking further down the list the rate of iOS 7.x adoption sits at 80% when compared to Android 4.4.2 (being released a month after iOS 7.0.4 was released)  which sits at 1.4% according to ( link ). There is a reason why fragmentation keeps being raised as an issue but alas I’m sure we’ll have the usual suspects trying to explain away how fragmentation isn’t an issue just as Comical Ali claimed that the American tanks were no where near Baghdad.

Paul Henry seems to have risen from the ashes like the fabled phenix it appears that he has his own television show in the 10:30pm slot and to be honest I never had a problem with him in the first place (I have thick skin so *shrugs* I don’t behave like a whiny bitch when my feel-feels get hurt). Anyway, had a look at his show and to be honest – it’s not too bad and when I say that it isn’t too bad that is in comparison to what else exists out there. When it is the choice between that horrible 7:00pm idea on TV 1 and Paul Henry I’d soon go for good old Paul any day of the week and twice on Fridays. With that being said, the show isn’t of much substance other than a very much scripted interview with little in the way of actual probing questions. I’d love our national broadcaster not to caster to the lowest common denominator but alas the only decent news service on the free to air channel is TV3.

It appears that it is election time this year so I might make a video and upload it regarding where I’m standing or at least the issues that I’m thinking about when I choose who I vote for. Unfortunately it is a choice between two parties that neither of them I’m happy with but finding the one that is the least objectionable to vote for.

Closing up, just had a look at the latest Windows Phone 8 adoption rates and it appears that the growth although modest, 5-6% on average, they are making their way gradually into the market. In the end I think one needs to take into account the fact that they’re dealing with two very entrenched players and the rate of adoption (due to inertia) is going to be slow just as in the case of Firefox it too a while before adoption gained momentum  Although there is some gains at the expense of Blackberry and iOS I do think that eventually when Windows Phone 8.1 is pushed out there you’ll stat seeing the eating away at the Android marketshare given that the two models (multiple hardware vendors, a single software vendor)  are very close and Windows Phone 8.1 has the benefit of not being a giant clusterfuck to support and maintain over the lifecyle of the product (check out what happens when the kernel is upgraded in Android and all hell breaks lose trying to get drivers to work with a driver API that seems to change more times than I change my undies). Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to see a 64bit Windows Phone 8.1 device some time this year – it would definitely be a coup if that did take place.

3 thoughts on “Links ‘n Things

  1. I love some of the comments regarding the update to 4.4.x – many people do not like the changes. I admit to not being keen on all of them myself, and at some point I may roll my devices back to 4.3.x via CyanogenMod.

    Too many of the “improvements” only benefit Google, and take away user rights.

    1. IIRC didn’t they remove a feature from 4.4 that was introduced in 4.3 in regards to privacy? end of the day, with Android it is a means of siphoning information from end users and use that information for their main revenue generating side of the business – selling advertisements. Nothing wrong with that and a perfectly legitimate business but equally I think people need to realise that Google isn’t building Android out of the ‘goodness of their own heart’ but because it is a means to an end hence their focus on also getting the tablet sales up there as well – that is the future of computers and they want to have a presence on all devices where possible. When you’re present on millions of devices you’ve got a captured audience that you can tell potential customers: “advertise with us and reach hundreds of millions of people”.

      What I do find interesting is how Samsung is working on a Tizen which raises some interesting questions whether the over reliance they have on Google isn’t probably the best long term plan especially if Google is happy to run Motorola at break-even or a loss if it means getting mid to high end phones into the hands of as many people as possible thus ensuring that their platform has a large marketshare but that they directly control a sizeable portion of that market with their own hardware.

      1. They sort of did, but one of the developers who built an app to control it found it again – it is called App Ops, it was easy to find in Android 4.3 but Google buried it a bit in 4.4 for whatever reason (apparently they said it was because “people could break apps if they didn’t know what they were doing” – fair enough, I suppose, but my experience is different as I’ll explain below).

        The CyanogenMod ROMs have a different front end to it called Privacy Guard, with more granularity, and the ability to enable it for newly installed apps by default, control system apps too, and so on.

        Privacy Guard seems to give apps only what they need on the handset itself, and not allow anything to go outside the phone.

        I have had no problems whatsoever with any of the apps I use, so I’m not sure that Google’s stated reasoning was sound… likely it conflicts with their business model, which as you say is fair enough.

        The issue I’d say most people have with it is that the profiles they build on users are not anonymous and could be used against a person, whether legally justified or not.

        They do have a hard battle ahead because the latest stats I’ve read suggest that 1/3 of the Android devices on the planet *do not* have Google certification (whatever the official name for it is) – meaning they don’t ship with Google apps and services installed. As well, even the devices that *are* certified are not guaranteed to be running Google’s stuff (I am only using Google+ and Gmail on my phone right now, and that may change – I don’t use Google Search, Google Now, Chrome, Maps and so on).

        I’d love to see Samsung do something with Tizen – I suppose we will see now with the 10-year patent deal they signed with Google, along with the talks between them of watering down TouchWiz – but Samsung can play on many fronts, I see no reason they could not make their Android devices more like “stock Android” and keep TouchWiz on a Tizen.

        And then there’s the sale of Motorola to Lenovo – interesting times ahead.

        I tell you though, I’m still looking closely at a Lumia phone – two things I want in a phone are a great camera and good offline navigation. The Lumia 920 and 1020 offer these, and the iPhone 5S as well (though HERE Maps has the edge over Apple Maps for offline navigation without cell service, from what I’ve seen).

        There are no Android devices that even come close in either respect.

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