3 posts • joined 30 Mar 2010
Swathes of Android tablets coming our way......
@AntonIvanov, there will be MeeGo tablets that will prob be more open to flashing like the N900 is today.
@Tom38, I think the number of Android tablets overtaking iPads is inevitable for the following two reasons:
(1)Wider distribution - most established mobile device manufacturers are making them (LG, Samsung, Motorola, Dell), so are new entrants to the market like operator-branded ones, computer manufacturers, media companies etc
(2) Price - Apple will sell their product at a very profitable premium to a limited number of people. Android tablets will come in at prices to suit segments that Apple wouldn't bother touching.
That doesn't take anything away from iPad - I love my 32GB 3G
For sure the user experience on Android slates will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and none will likely probably not as polished as Apple's.
They will, however, offer sufficient bang-for-buck and to be a cost-effective alternative and in some cases likley even better ecosystem support depending on which user segment they target.
No surprises here, Android will dominate
The HTC Desire was made available around the end of March and demand has been so high that most UK networks have struggled to service it. You can be fairly sure that the Desire is driving the main thrust of Android uptake in these Q2 figures.
Android 2.1 offers an experience pretty close to iPhone in terms of UI smoothness and better in terms of customisation. Skins like HTC Sense make the user experience even better.
Of course the expanding multiplicity of manufacturers/retailers offering Android that the OS has far more channel access overall is increasing. The launch of Froyo (2.2 - main functionality addition here being Flash 10) and Gingerbread (3.0) will mean thatAndroid is pulling ahead of iOS technically in some significant ways.
For those looking for iPHone 4 alternatives, the Motorola Milestone XT720 (8MP with Xenon flash), the Samsung Galaxy S and aforementioned HTC Desire are already available.
The run up to Xmas should see the addition of , amongst others, HTC Ace (8MP, HD video capture), some rather more pocktable alternatives to the Streak from Dell and some fancy stuff from LG & Samsung.
But what will really drive mass uptake of Android are not the Android superphones but rather the lower-tier Android phones. You can already buy a pretty decent Android experience on a lower budget (~£100 PAYG) with the likes of the Vodafone845, T-Mobile Pulse Mini and ZTE Racer on 3. Yeah these phones are a bit plasticky, have rubbish cameras, resistive screens etc but they offer the full fat Google experience in terms of mail, earch, maps etc as well Android Market for Facebook, Twitter, etc. There are mid-tier offerings (~ £200) from the likes of HTC, SEMC and Samsung available too.
This is just the beginning. The next few quarters will see the price/functionality index change significantly as the likes of Huawei and ZTE increase the polish of their offerings and the established manufacturers offer more bang for buck too.
The main problem with Android (from a consumer perspective) will ironically be too much choice and fragmentation presenting itself in the apps to some extent.
The iPhone hype-hoopla has peaked with iPhone 4
Apple will remain where it has been - niche products for the more a affluent budget.
Next year, Android will become mainstream alongside, to a lesser extent, RIM.
I should add that I really like my iPhone 4 but it's not leaps and bounds ahead of the competition like previous iPhones. However there's no alternative available yet that will cause me to ditch it.
I have no death grip, proximity sensor, etc problems. I find the phone very pleasant to use.
However, I will most likely ditch it for an HTC Ace in the next quarter or possibly something like the Samsung Galaxy S (but only if has an LED flash - inexplicably not included on the Galaxy S).
old media is shitting its pants
Rusbridger actually. In today's FT <<The Guardian, one of the few newspapers to charge for its iPhone app, played a leading role in the representations to the Trust.>>
The BBC is paid to spurt out content to us, the licence fee payers.
Radio and TV news.
There was CEEFAX before the advent of this Interweb thing and I always referred to that first thing in the morning.
The came the whole BBC Online thing.
None of this stopped me appreciating The Grauniad, The Torygraph, The Mail, The FT or The Sunday Times for the added value, opinion and comment they bring.
Yes, I stopped paying for a lot of it when they kindly made it free on the internet but I would prob pay for some of it again if it disappears behind a paywall.
Additionally/Alternatively I don't mind adverts being served up to me in a clever and innovative way in this new eReader medium if the content is free.
One for sure is that these newspaper guys need to deliver content and experience that's differentiated enough for people to value. It's no good attacking Aunty for doing what she's gonna do.