949 posts • joined 22 Aug 2011
What you fail to grasp, is that all the stuff being retired is being done because there are better alternatives.
In the case of Picasa, it's G+ photo storage, in the case of GTalk mobile, it's GTalk for Android and so forth.
Whilst the spin doctors may be pretending this is all useful stuff, it's not, it's all redundant...
Amazon Kindle Touch touches down 2 years late
Considering that Kobo B&N and Sony have had at least 2 generations of touch e-ink readers using EXACTLY the same Z-force technology from Neonode on the same perl e-ink screens, and they all use the superior EPUB format, that has substantially more content, isn't it more appropriate to say that the reader is rather late to the party???
Because if you really try hard enough on Android you can get a virus...
YOu can't simply "get" this, you have to REALLY go out your way.. It's a shame this article is so biased that it fails to mention that rather important fact.
Errm they do..
You can't get this malware, without first finding it, then downloading it, then getting this warning and accepting it...
If that's not security, I don't know what is.
What's NOT on, is how the media are portraying this, and how Sophos are destroying their credibility in the process.
FUD at it's most extreme is perhaps the only way to describe this.
But will users be left wondering
what the fuck happened to the start button?
Windows 8 so far is baking up to becoming an epic failure. with UI changes to alienate users, and application backward compatibility issues with Metro to alienate businesses.
Re: what devices are supported?
Is your PS3 a mobile device?
Re: Patents dear boy, patents
Apple's push email is already an infraction on a Google patent. Hasn't push email notifications been disabled on iPhones in Germany, with the rest of the globe soon to follow?
Are they serious???
Tell them, "yes we would love to stop making our best selling iphone beating Android handsets and adopt Backberry OS that's got no apps and no future"...
Re: You left out the best quote
Sorry, but that's bollocks. Whilst you may think that, it's not true.
Windows 7, is pretty damn good, their Office products are very good (despite their best efforts to ruin the UI), their developer tools are by far the best around.
You seem to be the fanboy, unable or unwilling to call out bad products like XBox360, Windows Phone and other "dogs" amongst the good Microsoft stuff.
Why is it hard to make money off Android?
Because I read it once on the internet is NOT an acceptable answer.
All OHA members are making money off Android handsets, even HTC. Their losses have not been attributed to any particular reason, but it coincidences perfectly with their lost Android focus when Microsoft forced them to tinker with Windows Phone.
Re: You left out the best quote
Isn't that what the non-Nokia stockholders here have been saying? An ICS version of the Lumia 900, with the bugs fixed would actually be reasonable mid-range Android handset.
However we need to wait for the next Burning Platform email before that happens. Nokia shareholders, rather than trying to convince the world that Windows Phone isn't shit (it is), you should be trying to get that ex-Microsoft parasite off the board....
Re: It's not about the price.
I had a HTC Titan for a couple of weeks, it was utter shit. I really couldn't believe HTC had put their name to it.
I now know they did put their name to it, as I saw they lost a crapload of money around about the same time they were making that rubbish.
Glad to see they refocused on making great Android handsets again and have found their form with the HTC One.
It's not about the price.
Nobody wants a phone that makes Android 1.1 look good. It's not even about Nokia. I'm sure these things would be selling like Hotcakes if they had Android 4.0 ICS on them, as there is nothing wrong with the hardware per-se (battery and reception bugs aside and despite the Lumia 900 only being comparable with an mid-range Android handset).
It's all about Windows Phone, it's lack of features, lack of apps, sluggish performance, horrible MetroUI and lack of customization. Consumers are also wary of anything carrying the Microsoft brand as being a malware nightmare "windows on a phone, windows on my PC is bad enough" syndrome.
Sure Microsoft can try and buy their way out of the problem by badmouthing Android, and encouraging media "partners" to give them favorable reviews (and they seem to be trying to do so, with suspicious high profile reviews that massively overrate the Windows Phone based handsets), but consumers are speaking with their wallets. - They don't want Windows Phone. They want iOS or Android.
If Nokia are to survive, they need to drop the Windows Phone "burning platform"..
Re: Shooting Blind
You can. I think you misunderstand the features purpose.
Pixlr-o-matic really needs rereviewing
As it's updated downloadable plugin filters and infinite sharing options thru Android intents makes it substantially better than Instagram.
Re: Other way around
Windows Phone really isn't very nice. It's bloated, inefficient, with no support for hd displays, no support for multi-cores, and most importantly, no apps.
It's a dead platform, despite what Microsoft seem to think.
Re: Don't Box.com offer 5G, uprated to 50G?
No automatic sync client on Box.com, I have the 50GB, but prefer to use my free 24GB provided by Dropbox. (yes 24GB free, not 2GB).
but only iTunes fans need apply.
Shouldn't that be
"but only locked in iTunes users need apply."
I mean surely in 2012, the only people still using iTunes, are those that bought alot of content and have no choice to use it.
Re: Nokia are doomed, but Elop could have done something
That too could have worked.
Basically, had they done nothing, or done anything else than Windows Phone, they might not be fighting for survival now.
Nokia shareholders decision to hire Elop will go down as the worlds biggest fail in the history of epic failures..
On the Symbian thing,
Personally, I don't think Symbian had it, and Android would have been better suited, as developers migrated from a Nokia-only ecosystem for their apps, to the Android ecosysem that supported all phones (aside from those shiny/fruity designer ones that are more fashion statement than phone), eventually nokia would have been forced to either go Android, or provide some kind of compatibility like RIM have tried to do.
Re: Nokia are doomed, but Elop could have done something
Perhaps I too can be an analyst, but I might have to change my name by deed pool.
I mean really, it's not hard to see where Nokia have gone wrong... It all started the day they employed several ex-Microsoft bods in high ranking sales positions, and an ex-Microsoft bod as their CEO.
The only mystery left is pinpointing the date they file for bankruptcy, and it RIM will beat them to it.
Nokia are doomed, but Elop could have done something
"Stephen Elop has done as much as any CEO could in transforming Nokia's culture in a short space of time"
That's nonsense, had Nokia taken the Android route, they could i'm sure be pushing out decent, affordable smartphones that are different from the rest.
Instead, they are lumbered with mediocre Windows Phone, with no developer support, another burning platform, and the problem that all Windows Phones are basically the same, as the OS is so uncustomisable (either by the end user, or the integrator), there is zero differentiation, aside from some coloured plastic bumpers.
Elop was never interested in what Nokia needed, nor what Nokia's customers wanted, he was only interested in what Microsoft wanted. That's is obvious to everyone.
And this is why everyone is dropping shares like the shitty stick.
Re: Phones 4 U
Buy one broken product, get another one free...
How low can you go....
Nokia shares plunge on profit warning
Surely Microsoft must be ready to buy them now, or can they do even more damage and lower the shareprice even further?
When you say selling, you of course mean "selling" (as is giving away as replacements, review units or press and developer freebies).
I doubt they have SOLD millions, infact I don't know anyone stupid enough to own one.
Re: 2 millions units in a quarter?
1.5m units are buried in a deep pit under a frozen lake outside Oulu. They couldn't bury any more phones without owners without everyone getting suspicious over their made up numbers.
You really want to risk that?
I mean chances are tomorrows figures will be even worse once they discover that big hole in the group full of unsold Windows Phone models.
share price, but I don't think it would be wise to invest. I think they are more likely to be a fatal casualty than a recovery.
After seeing them put all their eggs in the Windows Phone basket, - "I'm out"....
Re: Instagram now #1 free app on iPhone
Downloads != Users
I downloaded it, discovered it was a shit version of Pixl-o-Matic that was locked into a single social network full mostly of hipsters, so I deleted it.
Only in America
can you sell an app that makes your photos look shit, where you can post it to a forum where other people have made their photos look shit too, for $1bn
Re: Who to believe?
Just pointing out this is Gartner bullshit in response to last weeks IDC bullshit.
It's really not trustworhy news in any form whatsoever. Not that it won't be copy and pasted verbatim as fact in every forum on the planet... But then Apple knew that when they commissioned this report.
Who to believe?
Gartner seem to think Android currently only has 29% of the Tablet market.
"Gartner predicted an eight-fold increase in sales of devices that use Google's (GOOG) Android operating system over the same period, reaching 137.7 million units. Android's share of the market will rise from nearly 29% to 37% during that period, the firm said."
However IDC say Android tablets are at 44.6% (compared to Apples 54.7%)
"Overall, Android tablets accounted for 44.6 percent of all sales"
Personally, I would believe the IDC figures (or perhaps the Gartners ones don't include the Kindle Fire or something), as I know more Android tablet owners than Apple tablet owners, but that might be because I don't hang out in coffee shops all day, or work in marketing and PR.
Either way, this is all bullshit, i'm guessing Apple paid for the former report and Google paid for the later.
Re: they forgot what's important -Are you serious ?
Wasn't it a company called First4Internet?
And SonyBMG, amongst others bought it from them.
But then why let facts get in the way of a great Internet myth. The Internet would be a boring place, if you don't have the Sony Rootkit DRM idiots to laugh at...
What did you expect?
For every 1 person that must buy an iPhone to wave it around in public as a status symbol, there will be 99 that want a smartphone to USE, and the fact is, whilst there are iPhone beating Android at the high end, there are entry level Android smartphones that do much the same at the affordable entry level too.
Whilst I have a very decent Android handset that wipes the floor with iPhones, I am a niche Android owner, as most owners will opt for entry to mid level handsets.
There is only 1 iPhone for 1 budget, there is an Android handset for EVERY budget.
Re: DivX, Part Deux
Consumers are idiots, they can't see beyond initial purchase price, they don't give two hoots about what they might be paying next year, or how they are locked into a single manufacturer for content and hardware forever.
iTunes and Kindle are prime examples of how stupid consumers are.
This is what happens when you deal with the devil. I hope the Microsoft patent deal and Windows Phone arrangement was worth it, as whilst you were mucking about with the Windows Phone trainwreck, you had your eye off the ball and let Samsung in...
Lets hope the failed Windows Phone "arrangement" is over for HTC and they go back to concentrating on making awesome Android handsets again. The HTC One is certainly looking like they are back to their old ways.
Apple software is already more fragmented than Android (which was designed from the outset to be used on different devices, different sizes and different resolutions).
Are where SD cards suck. read speeds are already good enough for most applications these days.
WHy aren't Samsung quoting those?
Re: I've said it before and I'll say it again ...
It's called OpenDNS and it allows you to block what you want at a DNS level.
But if your kids are smart enough, they will enter the address of the P0rn DNS manually....
As well all knew.
Instagram wasn't popular with iPhone owners because it was any good (both iPhone and Android have the vastly superior Pixel-o-matic), it was because it was exclusive to them.
All the iphone dickheads will now move onto something else to proclaim as the best thing since sliced bread, the only criteria is that it needs to be iOS exclusive....
You have to cater for the intelligence of people reading El-Reg these days. They can't make statements like "as low as $199 (£125).", as clearly the US price is EX-tax. UK prices need VAT @20% added ontop, and the EU import duties for goods manufactured outside the EU (14% I believe).
So even before the support costs of 21+ European languages, $199 is actually £166.50...
Re: I give it 2 out of 5 Nokias on the Fail Scale
Excellent, I will be rating everything in Nokias on the Fail Scale as from today...
Genius... It's also a universal language, as everyone will quickly know what you mean...
Business has moved on to Android.
IOS is too closed, and Windows Phone nowhere near cuts the mustard.
is it bullshit Friday or something?
"The internet advertising giant's Android operating system has struggled to take a serious bite out of Apple's fondleslab market share"
As IDC figues show Android tablets on 45% and iOS tablets on 55%. That's a pretty tasty bite in my book, especially considering the Kindle Fire has yet to launch anywhere but the US, and Google have yet to launch their own bran tablet.
Expect that to be 70% Android and 30% iOS before you know what hit you...
Flash isn't dead then, despite what the scaremongers here claimed a couple of months back.
Re: The secret to Ninty Wii success...
Considering you can get a PS3 for less than £150, why would ANYONE want a Wii-U? You could even get a VITA too, and it would still rock in for less money....
Nintendo will be as advanced as last generations consoles.
Another epic Nintendo failure in the works, perhaps not from a sales perspective (although I suspect it will), but definitely from a technical perspective.
The original Wii was always an inferior version of the PS2, which could be bought for less, had more games, and didn't suffer from the Nintendo shovelware problem, if you wanted novelty gaming, then buy an EyeToy for the PS2 for £15, job fun.
More fun for less money.
The PS3 will be in the same place when the Wii-U hits. Why waste your cash on a new console that's only as good as the 6 year old PS3, doesn't have any games, and is rather rubbish in it's media capabilities compared to the PS3.
Sony have the casual market sewn up, with titles like Little Big Planet etc.
Re: consol fanboys
Mobile games are mostly shite.
What I still find staggering is the sheer number of people that think a £1 mobile game can be compared to a £40 console game...
About the only thing worth playing on Mobile is PvZ....
Re: downloads are coming
What's weird, is wen Sony did this, Microsoft told the Internet that it was a bad thing, now Microsoft are doing it......
Re: Cost? Don't make me laugh
That's just FUD spread around by resellers of Microsoft software.
Really how hard is it for 90% of people to use a different office suite, it's not....
Of course they won't mention that. This whole article was financed by Apple...
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