“They want to make cars that make drivers better. We want to make cars that are better than drivers.”—Google’s Anthony Levandowski talking about the self-driving car project in a long New Yorker profile. (via parislemon)
Microsoft last month asked HTC to install Windows Phone as a “separate option” on Android handsets, and offered to “cut or eliminate” the license fee as an incentive.
This strategy is unlikely to work, Dual boot devices were never popular in the PC era, leave alone the era of mobile computing where simplicity counts. Smartphones are not so much popular because they ask for know how of geek-y stuff to Dual boot.
Instead, i would say Microsoft should leave the OS platform level to Google and compete on the services level. Microsoft has competing products to the services offered by Google, for Instance, Bing competes with Google Search, Hotmail/Outlook With Gmail, Skype with Hangouts, Bing Maps with Google Maps, Office 365 with Google Docs, Skydrive with Google Drive, Internet Explorer with Chrome. Microsoft could emulate the success of Google Play Services on android with its own competing service with its core services bundled replacing the core Google services. It will help eliminate the problem of app unavailability on Windows Phone and Microsoft will be better able to compete with Google for ad dollars.
Now it remains to be seen, If Microsoft will be able to make an OEM produce an android device with Microsoft Services replacing Google Services. That would be a really nice mobile transition for Microsoft going forward.
Bump is a mobile app that allows 2 nearby devices to share data using a set of proprietary technologies and there is no requirement for Near Field Communication (NFC) Chips to be present on the devices as is the case most of the times.
By integrating the technology acquired from Bump into the Play Services Framework, Google could bring the Apple’s Airdrop experience to the 95% of the android user base. I suspect that the bump acquisition will play a big role going forward for the Google Wallet app now that it is available for iOS and doesn’t require NFC.
Versions don’t matter, because Google now controls the platform behind the platform.
The Two ways to look at Android Fragmentation.
OS version Distribution:
Play Services Distribution:
If there was no Play Services Framework on top of Google’s Mobile Operating System, It would have been impossible for Google to roll out Android Device Manager all the way down to devices released 3 years ago running android 2.2 Froyo.
The Chrome App Launcher and the announcement of new Breed of apps (Hybrid Native-Web app) that can run without opening Chrome Browser says a lot about the direction in which Google is moving. They are trying to hijack the Mac and PC ecosystem by installing a Chrome ecosystem on top of it. Very Nice Move. Indeed.
Why one of the companies that pioneered the smartphone market may soon end up selling itself as scrap.
Blackberry once synonymous with the word smartphone is looking for prospective buyer or willing partner. Blackberry is a prime example of Innovator’s Dilemma. They dismissed the iPhone in 2007, just like Ballmer laughing off the iPhone. It was no threat to their business then, it was a market leader in Smartphone category. Although they responded to the threat of a full Touchscreen Apple innovation with an ill-conceived device range called Storm, this Blackberry touch screen device never caught the fire and then it was too late. iPhone and Androids started taking over the world of smart devices, the Blackberry meanwhile lost market share steadily. But a strange thing happened in between, Low cost Blackberries sold like hotcakes in South-Asian and African market. Blackberry acquired QNX in 2010 to develop an OS of its own capable of challenging iOS and Android, but it took them 3 long years to launch the 1st phone on QNX based BB10 platform, a time comparable to decades in fast moving Tech world. BB10 flopped. Blackberry Z10 flopped. BB10 Android Emulator environment worked like shit. It was too late for a turnaround.
Blackberry is even struggling to get bought, Apple won’t buy them. Google? Nope. Samsung? Maybe. Microsoft? Unlikely.
I am the live witness of Blackberry fad that once took the Indian youth market by storm. Blackberry the cool new thing everybody wanted. The iconic QWERTY keyboard, endless Hangman games played on BB in classrooms, the BBM exclusivity and that super smooth navigation tech called the Trackball/Trackpad are all gone. It is sad to see BB fade into the darkness but it was inevitable and i said it an year ago.
Let’s see what happens first, BB10 being announced, RIM being acquired or RIM runs out of money going bankrupt. I wish, RIM survives this cut-throat competition, good luck RIM (the makers of Blackberry).
$236-a-share to $10-a-share in six years. Plain Crazy.
Android Device Manager (ADM) is the latest update brought by the google engineers to devices running android 2.2 and higher. It lets you locate, lock or wipe your device remotely from the web. The functionality is very similar to iOS ‘Find my Phone’ feature and it would be interesting to watch whether this service will let users recover their lost phones. While many are crying afoul that Google is too late to introduce such a feature but better late than never.
One interesting tidbit is the power of Play services built on top of Android OS, ADM is not a part of OS upgrade and it will work flawlessly on 3 year old devices as well.
It would become more clearer in coming months that whether it will align more with Google’s Six week long Chrome OS stable build release cycle or OS X yearly release cycle, but in any case it would be better than the previous 3 year long OS release cycle. Another interesting thing to watch would be cost of OS updates if the release cycles are shorter. Those $200 licensing fee would be a thing of past. whether the new business model of Software subscription would be able to bring those massive revenues earned by the old licensing model.
A perfectionist and a devotee of classical music, Dr. Bose was disappointed by the inferior sound of a high-priced stereo system he purchased when he was an M.I.T. engineering student in the 1950s. His interest in acoustic engineering piqued, he realized that 80 percent of the sound experienced in a concert hall was indirect, meaning that it bounced off walls and ceilings before reaching the audience.
Pretty amazing inventor/entrepreneur that was never talked about enough — perhaps because he remained in tight control of his company and never went public. Which allowed him to do this for M.I.T.:
He taught there for more than 45 years, and in 2011, donated a majority of his company’s shares to the school. The gift provides M.I.T. with annual cash dividends. M.I.T. cannot sell the shares and does not participate in the company’s management.
Quite literally the gift that will keep on giving.