8 posts • joined 19 May 2009
Did you miss the part about Wacom digitizer? This is what other devices you are referring to have missed.
Having the option of both touch and pen input makes this device a good upgrade for existing tablet PC users.
But you know, it won't technichally be the first until a fruit claims to invent it.
What is the obsession with Nexus sales?
Seems a lot of people are obsessed about nexus one sales. But what makes you think Nexus one is more than a showcase product for the enthusiast?
Vodafone already announced Desire and Legend so it would be surprising to see Nexus One making decent numbers there. However compared to last year (Magic with Google vs Hero) finally Vodafone is providing decent choice and not just going for with google logo.
Certainly, if Google was in the business of hardware, the direction of Android would be quite different. Also I doubt Google would allow Nexus one manufacturer HTC to launch Desire. ( Nexus one + Sense + a few modifications).
Re: No, you lost me
I thought it was obvious that there would be newer and more magical models of iPad before HTML5 takes over. Therefore I did not really consider HTML5 as a mature competitor to Flash or other RIA environments as you do. You might have a valid point, I am sure the original iPad will be obsolete before HTML5 takes over.
I've been using flash on 64 bit systems but mainly Vista and Windows 7. So if the complaints apply to older versions, I cannot really comment.
I believe you know more About Apple's strategy here, but is there any news about Java and other runtimes being allowed on iPad? This is what I remember from SDK agreement:
"No interpreted code may be downloaded and used in an Application except for code that is interpreted and run by Apple’s Published APIs and builtin interpreter(s)… An Application may not itself install or launch other executable code by any means, including without limitation through the use of a plug-in architecture, calling other frameworks, other APIs or otherwise.”
I know this restriction is for the greater good, but right now, we are only discussing Flash because Adobe has spoken publicly about the situation. But I don't really think the question is about if it will be possible to run flash on iPad.
"The iPhone, iPad & Mac don't need flash to be successful. They need a solid OS and when leaving flash out of the picture, they have one."
You are right indeed. However having a cross platform application environment will pretty much weaken the app market and hasn't this been the main reason why you cannot have dangerous stuff like Java and other runtimes on their mobile platform?
Let's face it. It is not really about streaming videos but having an interactive content delivery system that competes with their locked in environment. As ususall, Steve Job's is diverting attention on an irrelevant direction.
Think of education. If they can pitch iPad to educational instutitions and flash is used for delivery, there would be nothing to lock these institutes down. They could move to a better platform anytime witthout any loss. However, by eliminating such environments (threats), Apple is aiming to have custom applications for the platform which will lock the potential customers within. Of course, this strategy is one of the reasons, iPad announcement was not received well by even the Apple subjects.
So having flash would not make Aplle more successfull but pretty much threaten the future of their lock in strategy instead.
According to Tim Cook, you will buy one because of the magic. So the capabilities are quite irrelevant.
They are already advertising on E4:
Let's see how log we have to wait before we get our hands on this magi-cool thing.
And a warning to copy cats. Apple has intenvted the act of selling goods by means of magic and if you try to steal this invention as well, you'll have to pay for it.
HTC being a member of patent troll blicking club RPX, it will be interesing to see if it is money well spent.
Apple must have realised that competing on features is not an easy job and looking for easier shortcuts.
People talk about multi touch as one of the reasons, but Apple has been sued by Elan on the same matter and that case is not settled yet.
Apple's move could be a good for the industry since their claims will be tested and if they are invalidated, Apple will have to learn how to compete without bullying competitors. With so many obvious software patents issued in US, this is another chance to expose how ridiculous the system became.
"Google experience" = No Exchange
In order to comply with google certification requirements, certain software modifications are not possible. Therefore applications developed by HTC such as desktop outlook synchronisation, exchange synchronisation and htc dialler are not included in Vodafone version since it is marketed as a "Google Experience" phone.
Perhaps, the limitations would be acceptable for the target users and therefore Vodafone has picked brand vs functionality.
HTC branded versions that do not have the google logo has the addtional software that enables such functionality.