15 4 / 2011
"According to Digitimes, the main sources of fear for Android tablet makers right now include “brand image, pricing, insufficient applications and the unstable performance of Android 3.0.” In other words, manufacturers fear that Honeycomb lacks literally everything that makes the iPad so special. Is Honeycomb dead in the water as a tablet OS? If so, given the Playbook’s abysmal reviews, that leaves only one strong contender for challenging the iPad’s domination of the tablet market: HP’s webOS 3.0 based TouchPad, due out later this year."
15 4 / 2011
I don’t think you can get upset with the app makers making something that looks shitty when the platform itself looks awful.
12 4 / 2011
"I’m an independent developer with over 20 years of experience, working for bigger and smaller companies. I have about 10 iPhone apps in the app store with over 10 million apps sold.
I just recently ported one of my apps to the android platform and was shocked when I learned the User Interface API. It is the worst UI library I have ever worked with (and I have worked with quite a few)! I would even go so far as calling it amateurish. It looks like it was designed by at least 3 to 4 different people without common design guidelines. The naming conventions are inconsistent and the static nature of declaring the UI in xml files might work for the web but for a dedicated device interface it’s a nightmare. This along with the fragmentation of devices (mainly different resolutions) it is close to impossible to create a nice UI on Android devices."
12 4 / 2011
Mike Isaac on WEIRD:
Android enthusiasts have long championed Google’s “open” philosophy towards the smartphone platform. The recent appearance of a new Trojan horse in unofficial Android app venues, however, may cause users to think twice about how open they want the platform to be.
This app in question is called Android.Walkinwa:
If you download the fake app (from unofficial markets for Android apps) and install it, it redirects you to the actual app on the Android marketplace — but in the background, it sends the following embarrassing SMS message to your entire phone book:
Hey,just downlaoded [sic] a pirated app off the internet, Walk and Text for Android. Im stupid and cheap, it costed only 1 buck. Dont steal like I did!
Is this the kind of “openness” users really want?
My comment: the fact that an app can do something like this, is a proof of bad OS design. I’ll stay with iOS ;)
31 3 / 2011
So here’s the Android bait-and-switch laid bare. Android was “open” only until it became popular and handset makers dependent upon it. Now that Google has the handset makers by the balls, Android is no longer open and Google starts asserting control.
Andy Rubin, Vic Gundotra, Eric Schmidt: shameless, lying hypocrites, all of them."
29 12 / 2010
My exact sentiment on why Android’s strategy could end up like Microsoft’s Windows Mobile over long run:-
If phone makers let Android dominate the smartphone market, they could end up in a very similar position to the PC makers in the early 2000s—a race to the bottom on price, with ever shrinking margins.