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2013 in mobile

Windows Fail

Well waddayaknow, it’s 2013 already. No idea what the year is going to bring, but just the news from the first few days promises that it’s going to be an interesting year for mobile phones and tablets.
Microsoft still doesn’t understand consumers. It’s amazing how they can keep getting things wrong for years on end even with so many examples of how it can be improved. Hell even Samsung is better at copying Apple.

Ubuntu is heading to phones, and while it looks lovely I think Mark’s doing a little too much wishful thinking, not to mention he’s been watching Steve’s keynotes a bit too much, from the choice of outfit, hand gestures and using words like ‘magical’:

‘Ubuntu is the first platform to offer full convergence across mobile, the cloud and desktop computers…’ really Mark? Really? Somehow makes it look less serious and more ‘awww, cute, look at him try’. Which explains the top comment at the moment.

Samsung and others are beginning to realize that Windows Phone won’t be going anywhere and Android isn’t quite what Google promised, and promised, and promised. And so Samsung is looking at Tizen, an Open Source mobile platform. No idea what this is going to bring but at least it’s open and made for the sake of being a great platform, instead of just made for the sake of offering a Google search bar. Hell even Google itself is making better Google apps for iOS than for Android. Sweet irony.

Meanwhile said Google seems to have developed a grudge against Microsoft and is currently blocking Maps from being accessed on a WP device. Which comes after them blocking YouTube access, which comes after cutting ActiveSync support. Ah well, this should get entertaining.

In other news no one really knows what Apple is up to, other than some rumours about the new iOS, a watch/computer and perhaps even an iPhone mini, which doesn’t make much sense to me but who knows.
Let the games commence.

Use Android apps on your Mac

Android Quality

I have to admit, I fail to see a use for this other than satisfying a mild curiosity, but it’s now possible to run Android apps on your Mac through BlueStacks’ App Player (they also have a version for Windows). I just gave the beta a spin and eh, it works. Kinda. It’s slow, sluggish, the controls are iffy to the point of making games not playable and the graphics are glitchy, but other than that it works. Seeing as I’m not the biggest fan of Android to begin with and haven’t touched it in years I don’t know if it’s the app’s fault or just normal Android behavior…

It’s still a beta so I hope the graphic glitches and accuracy will improve over time, but for me to try it more it needs the controls fixed a.s.a.p. as single clicks are often registered as multiple clicks, making me lose in the 2 games I tried. I don’t like losing.

BlueStacks App Selection Android Drag Racing Android Bunny Shooter

Ooooh yeah, here comes the Ouya

Well waddayaknow, someone managed to make something interesting with Android. A sub $100 open platform console to hook up to your hdtv that includes a yummy controller.
I loves me my iPad, but I’ve never gotten the hang of racers and first person shooters by waving the screen about or tapping frantically all over the iPad. Maybe it’s the old age, but I prefer a real controller for those kinds of games.
And by the looks of how their Kickstarter project is going it seems we will soon be able to get one of these.
Also if it’s really open it’ll be nice to see emulators coming to this. Mmmm, big screen SNES & TG-16.
After Nintendo recently announced they’re now embracing DLC (downloadable content) maybe this is what the market needs for a good wake up call. Either that or it’s the final nail in the coffin of old school high quality games and EA shall rule us all.
Let’s wait and see.

Why Amazon doesn’t scare Apple

“A recent survey of 18 Android phones released since 2007 showed discouraging results: Over half of the devices surveyed stopped receiving OS updates from manufacturers less than one year after initial release.” CNN/Wired

Android fail

Android apps are found to be sending your gps data to advertisers. And that from Google, the company that makes money by shoving ads in your face.
Wow, what a surprise.
I’ll stick to the phone from the company that makes money by making quality products. Much better business model.

Android goes Open Source

The operating system powering the G1, aka the Google Phone, is now available as Open Source. Which deserves a yay because 1) it means that a whole army of people around the world can now start tinkering with it and developing apps, or even modifying the OS, and 2) this should disprove all the tinfoil hats worried about selling their soul to Google. Oh yeah, and it’s linux based.
Now where’s the Yahoo phone?

G1 – First Google Android Phone


T-Mobile announced that the first Google Android powered phone is now available.
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Google Android


Move over iPhone, Google is coming.
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