iPhone turned 5 yesterday: Happy birthday!

I think it’s pretty much all been said. iPhone revolutionized the phone industry, crushed many competitors on it’s journey, was underestimated by almost all pundits, kicked their asses, and is arguably the one device that made Apple what they are today.

The Verge has a great piece on the whole thing.

I wonder what everyone is going to write in 2015, the 5th birthday of iPad…

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About Google I/0…

Anyhow, saw the keynote, read the blogs. Here’s what I think, in no particular order of importance:

Nexus 7.
– Will there be a Nexus 10? Why else the naming?
Verge says “Scrolling isn’t bad, but it couldn’t quite keep up with our thumbs.”.
– Butter? Who came up with that name? And I thought Android was generally fluid – just like iOS? I guess it’s not.
– Headphone jack on the bottom? This will be really convenient consuming Content in portrait mode.
– So IPS LCD is cool now, right? Not OLED anymore.
– 16:9…really not sure about that…movies yeah, but the rest on a 7″ screen?
– Speaker on the back? Again, consuming content on a table or in your lap will be interesting.
– No rear-facing camera…sure you don’t take too many pics with your tablet, but the huge finder (aka screen) is nice.
– Curious…no Flash on the tablet… Steve was right.
– 199 USD 8GB, 299 USD 16GB plus taxes, or get a brand new iPad 2 for 399 USD at 16GB, with a useful screen-size – remember that 7″ across is about half of 9,7″ across.

Jelly Bean.
– I get why it’s not Android 5.0.
– Again: Butter? But, but…. They showed ICS and JB scrolling side by side…too bad most will never get JB.
– Google Now: Creepy…remember what Google is? Hint: Advertising company.
– Offline Voice sounds cool – only english is a bummer, but that should rectify itself in time…if it’s not another eternal beta.
– Voice Search (aka Siri knock-off) seems to be good, considering that Andy Rubin, not even a year ago said that you shouldn’t talk to your phone, but to other people. Just sayin’..
– Widgets and apps rearrange automatically when you move something around…now, where have I seen that before…can’t remember…
– You can +1 pretty much everything…again, remember what Google is…
– Oh, oh…app encryption with a device-specific key…no more pirates?
– Incremental app updates – cool one. Apple should do this asap…
– OTA starting mid-July for Nexus S, Moto Xoom, Galaxy Nexus…so about 0,1% of all Androids out there…maybe less.
– Chrome is out of beta and the default browser, starting on the Nexus 7.
– Curious, the demo device used the phone UI…

Nexus Q.
– Who’s gonna spend 299 USD plus taxes for this?
– Google clearly doesn’t understand hardware…a ball-shaped object that sits next to my square HDTV, with a glowing LED line around it that distracts me? Right…
Google says “shifts and changes color in time to your music”..ok. Now I get it…nope, no dice.
– Made in USA…ok, easy if you will only sell a few units…no matter what The Verge says because those will not be made in huge numbers, and what about the Nexus 7?
Yeah, right…Asustek…Korea, right?
– Also, 299 USD vs. 99 USD – we’ll see how many will pay 200 USD more for the Made in USA label…
– You need an Android smartphone or tablet to access Google Play thru the Nexus Q… Read that again!
– No remote, and again, it only works with Android devices.
I rarely agree with Ed Bott, but…

Glass.
– Primary use, and I’m willing to bet on that and the lawsuits in 3, 2, 1…: POV porn.
– Yay! You get a glass block with it…
– The whole thing is creepy as shit, but not to worry, ‘cos they look fucking ugly, and they will set you back a cool 1.500 bucks, and will ship next year (maybe)…so Google is covering their asses by making sure that only looneys will buy this. Pew…close call!
But, just to be sure: If I see you with one of those things, checking out my girlfriend…I’ll punch you in the face, while cracking them. You have been warned creep.
– I think Arrington got it right: “I can imagine in a couple of years we’ll all be wearing these at events. Then a couple of years after that maybe we’ll look back and think we all looked like idiots.”

Random:
– When have you seen Steve Jobs, or Tim Cook, demo a native Apple app for Android…yeah…me neither…
– Andy Rubin still thinks one-size-fits-all is a good policy for tablets.
– The Nexus 7 may head to retail…with a markup, since Google is selling them nearly at cost in the Play store…Play store still sounds weird…
– 1 million device activations per day, 400 million total…know who that message is for? Google’s clients. Ad companies. Not you.
App encryption is a biggie: I’m surprised no one, to my knowledge, is talking about that. Device-specific key. Think about it.
– Let’s see how much of it is real in a year…
– Flashback to 2011:
Android Update Alliance – ‘member that? Yeah…
Chromebooks…
Google TV…

Again, Google showed off consumer-oriented stuff for their customers.

WWDC vs. Google I/O. or why Google tries to be like Apple.

An interesting thought has occurred to me as I saw the schedule for Google’s I/O conference which starts tomorrow:

Google is trying to be Apple, but they’re completely misleading everyone. Huh, you say? Well, let me explain:

Let’s have a look at what Apple announced at WWDC:
– MacBook Pro with Retina display
– MacBook Pro
– MacBook Air
– iOS 6
– Apple Maps
– Passbook
– OS X Mountain Lion

Now let’s look at Google’s schedule for I/O:
– Google Cloud
– Android@Home
– Nexus Tablet
– Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
– Google Maps
– Wallet

Both lists are incomplete, but you get the point.

Just for giggles: What is Apple making it’s money with? The stuff they announced, and shipped right away, at WWDC? You don’t say…
What is Google making it’s money with…to the tune of 95%+ of their entire earnings? Ads.

Google isn’t showing off their core business, they’re showing money-losing projects to make it look like they’re like Apple. But they’re not. Google is an advertising company, and it’s customers are other companies. All the products they’re expected to detail at I/O are there to help them sell more ads, not to satisfy the end-user.

Think about that for a minute.