Does Android Dream of Electric Waves?

WaveDroidSince its announcement two years ago, Google’s Android platform has had a bit of an underwhelming start, at least until the last few months when the new HTC Hero handsets seem to have provided a proper backdrop to do it justice.

The platform itself has been bouncing along its Cupcake development branch and the 1.5 update offered a bevy of new improvements in much the same way that companies traditionally do. However, when it comes to features that place it noticeably head and shoulders above the competition, Android has been rather lacking.

Perhaps Flash is a killer feature for some but it’s not the revolution one might hope for.

Google Wave, on the other hand, could be.  


Follow Friday – 18 Sept 09

Some telecoms examples for today's Follow Friday blog post.  Enjoy…

@guyatcarphone – Among generally worthwhile tweets, there are also interesting updates on cellular reception as the network inevitably collapses around the country.  A good idea and worth having on the roster just in case. Example Tweet:

Carphone Warehouse customer service alert: Customers in the DG12 postal code area may currently be experiencing loss of GSM and GPRS service

@sevendotzero – Jonathan Jensen, The man knows about mobile things. Bit supporter of .tel and worth quizzing on the subject.  Tends to be at the forefront of breaking news and speaking to the people involved. Example Tweet:

Good chat this morning about developments in WiFi with @mattcooke & @Nick_Sutton. New @ipass stuff happening with iPhone & Blackberry.

@mobileIP – Another example of a Twitter account accompanied by a great blog, "A Look Inside the Cloud".  Really interesting and informed insight into the Telecoms market, goes way beyond the superficial and teaches amateurs like me a thing or two.  It's a hidden gem and based on the content, should be on more peoples' radar. Example Tweet:

OFCOM releases first ever UK 3G coverage map … great news if you're a sailor, less so if you're from Norfolk!


Follow Friday – 4 Sept 09

A sprinkling of favourites for my first official Follow Friday blog post.  Enjoy…

@danworth – Journalistic chap who tweets those interesting thoughts that pop up throughout the day.  Also has an interesting blog on things like books, journalism and crisps.

Example Tweet:

In movies most aliens never wear clothes or shoes. Why do we think they will evolve to inter-space travel and yet remain naked?4:14 PM Sep 2nd from web

@brokenbottleboy – Having spent a stolen weekend in Reading with this chap, I can attest that he “knows things”.  Expect a regular stream of solid tech content and pay a visit to his tumblr blog for the best use I’ve ever seen of the platform.

Example Tweet:

The Chinese translation of McDonalds’ I’m Lovin It slogan is “I just like it” That’s much nearer my real feelings.about 19 hours ago from twhirl

@AsimQureshi – Fellow AxiCommer downstairs on the consumer team.  Regular and jovial comments on tech news with a chirpy slant and the odd football tweet thrown in…

Example Tweet:

Could this be the BEST iPhone advert…ever? think so! (via @thenextweb)about 18 hours ago from web

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Where do you keep your Chromium?

cloudQmarkWho knows, Chrome OS could finally be the missing link that brings Linux into the big time but I’m interested is how the ecosystem will grow around it.

Surely Google will release some kind of Skydrive where you can store your content, freeing up space inside those tiny netbooks but will it be free or a pay service like Picasa Web Albums currently provides.

Answers on a postcard please.


Vodafone (femto)selling half of the future

femtoGood news about Vodafone’s femtocell product but I believe it’s only a hop and step into the triple jump of FMC. Still, I guess you have to start somewhere.

If you’re within your house though, why not just switch to WiFi and use VoIP? About time we showed these cellular companies who’s the boss and hurried technology further up their agenda.
After all, it’s not until the music industry faced the threat of piracy that we ended up with the wonderful Spotify.
If they won’t jump, maybe it’s time to start pushing…
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Are you Content not to Contend with Content?

robinHad a conversation with a colleague about Twitter today. She was claiming that you can’t say anything worthwhile in 140 characters, a suggestion made by many that I’ve tried to explain the popular microblog to. I’d argue it depends what you’re trying to say and why.

In casual conversation, ideas flow easily; often so little is said that many sentences remain incomplete, superceded by understanding as the speakers move swiftly on. Twitter is a bit like this.

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Thoughts falling far from the tree?

Imaginative Apple Tree photo...With thousands of millions of downloads zinging their way to the 17 million iPhones out there in the wild, it'd be hard to argue that Apple aren't on to something with the App Store.

But I think there's a clear and greater opportunity on the horizon.

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Sometimes business just ain’t pretty

Today saw a million angry iPhone worshippers all cry out at once as Apple revealed the ‘shocking’ news that they won’t be giving each customer hundreds of pounds worth of hardware for free. Or at least, not this time…

A number of thoughts strike me on this.

One, the free upgrade of last summer served its purpose; it sent the userbase through the roof and opened the door to a long term cash generator in the App Store. At the time, many laughed and claimed Apple were reacting to disappointing uptake at the £275 launch price.

However, in reality this early adopter tax filled the coffers while they waited for the real money-making dynamic to arrive. With these observations, how should we consider this year’s launch?