Re: a week and 2 engineers
The comments on the Express story are atrocious.
37 posts • joined 9 Aug 2012
The comments on the Express story are atrocious.
The difference here is that Microsoft sell a completed version of Windows which is installed on a device. Google create a version of Android which is then modified by the OEM before being installed. Google have no control over these modifications therefore cannot release a 'fix' that will work on all devices.
Google have made attempts to address this and supply a lot of updates via the Google Play Services. It is, however, an issue that will continue to plague Android unless a better solution is found.
I think it is a bit rich to accuse Google of these things. Whether they are 'guilty' or not, they are not even in the same league as Apple when it comes to blocking rivals.
Google may have the numbers but Apple has the dollars.
I shall assume that you are being deliberately obtuse. If not, then I struggle to comprehend how you even managed to post this given your obvious development difficulties.
For the sake of the argument I shall summarise the issue for you:
1. Person A has Apple phone with iMessage switched on
2. Person A switches Apple phone to an Android phone
3. Person A is no longer receiving all of their text messages because Apple is still processing them through iMessage which is not compatable with Android
4. Person A does not want to run iMessage on their Android, they just want their text messages delivered.
Now could you please explain your analogy and how it relates to the story.
I think the originals were around £120, although there were deals around that brought them under £100.
My Moto G 2nd Generation 4G (bit of a mouthful) was £140 earlier this year.
It's a shame that the price point has increased (although, perhaps inevitable). I have recommended the Moto G from the beginning, being responsible for probably a dozen sales across the versions, including the Moto G 4G that I am using at the moment.
Does this give another company room to enter the market with a good, cheap phone?
I am also a Guardian reader who had no visible signs of frothing whilst reading the article.
I can't say that I was a fan of all of the language used (e.g. “Suck it up, honey!” being more my attitude, you want the blessing of children then there's costs that go with them) but the content of the article is something that I have been saying for a long time.
0800 numbers are free with Three. They made a big thing about it a while back. If you are being charged, you may still be on an historic price plan.
"Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'"
How important are the looks of a mobile phone? People pay a lot of money for a phone made out of expensive materials (that are often easier to damage, don't wear as well) and then put it straight into a case.
If you're going to hide the phone anyway what does it matter what it looks like?
Well played, sir.
"I don't touch the damn thing unless I have to, it applied it's UI 'improvements' and rendered hardware obsolete on it's own."
"It" = "the other half"?
"Secondly, what sort of person locks themselves IN the house?"
I would guess most people. Do you leave your doors unlocked when you are in the house, even when you are asleep?
Talking of round numbers,
I had to put in a complaint to Virgin Media about their email campaign which was offering the Big Kahuna bundle for only £X more than I currently pay.
Unfortunately for them maths was not their strong point as I worked it out that it would have actually cost £X+Y more (can't remember the figures but Y>5).
Because not everybody is happy being told what they can and can't do with the device that they have purchased.
This applies to Apple mostly but I rooted my Android phone mainly to get rid of all the crap, e.g. Facebook.
I agree. All those people posting unimportant things on the internet. Good job we superior people have better things to do...
This is true but you know exactly what you are signing up for in the beginning. If you want to fund projects in this manner then KS is not the place to do it.
"I've had various other issues with T Mobile (aka EE) making apparently random deductions, usually to do with apps updating unasked and once with an accidental dial (thanks touchscreen)."
No offence, but how was any of that T-Mobile's fault?
At least the Kindle Fire phone is difficult to repair due to the complexity of the design and not due to the manufacturer just not wanting anybody to repair it.
I bought a pair of Uggs for my girlfriend in New York a few years ago. Pretty much the first time she wore them she scuffed her toe on the curb which made a hole in the boot.
We got in touch with Ugg in the UK and they arranged for a free replacement with no fuss. We did buy them from the actual Ugg store rather than a reseller though so not sure if this made a difference.
This is the beauty of Android though. There is choice.
If you want a front facing camera, don't buy this phone and get one that does - Moto G? You can't expect a low-budget phone to have all of the features of a high end phone. You do get to pick which features are important to you though.
The only issue I have is how much knowledge the customer has up-front. As a front-facing camera is pretty much the norm, I would expect it to be on all phones unless told otherwise.
I was caught out with this by the Nexus range's lack of FM radio (it is an obsolete technology apparently, albeit one that is infinitely preferable to internet radio outside of major cities and / or any place where more than 2 people congregate). It wasn't enough to stop me going back for another one but I would have felt better knowing in advance (I know I should have read the specs more carefully but it is easier to spot the things that are there than the things that are not).
The cost quote was in the context of the entire comment.
In the early days of HDTV (or 3D / smart TV), the customer paid extra for this feature. Now it is on all TVs, there is no extra charge. It is just part of the cost of the TV.
Try finding a 48in+ TV that isn't HD. Plenty of people have HD TVs but only use SD.
3D is just something that comes as standard on TVs now whether you want it or not. It isn't something that really adds to the cost.
Don't worry, they've got a guy from Accenture to project manage it.
I think you are getting confused. Us in the north are benefit scroungers. We don't have enough money to be genuine tax dodgers. Those are all in the south.
"For now, Android doesn’t have to be much better; and only a widespread consumer revolt (which is hard to envisage) will force either Samsung or Google (or both) to improve the rotten UX and performance with well-written native code, and better design."
Somebody is not a fan of Android.
Not au fait with the ridiculous Trinity doctrine then?
Beer 'cos it is the only sane response to an insane world
It plans to put 53 million smart meters into every home in England, Wales and Scotland by 2020 (Northern Ireland has its own policy).
The manufacturers are able to use Android without using any of the Google apps and plenty of devices do run Android without them.
All Google specify is that if you want to use their apps then you have to meet certain criteria.
Just where does this €100bn come from?
Would workers get higher wages to pay for it or would they just spend less on other things?
By providing a free service, they enable people to pay less to multinationals and more in their local shops.
The less I spend on emails the more I spend on apples (at the greengrocers!)
Going with their slogan "Have a break, have a Kit Kat" I think they're saying have a break from modern life (i.e. tethered to a smartphone) and have a Kit Kat.
I assumed they were jamming the GPS signals so that they could practice what it would be like if GPS was knocked out.
Not sure why you seem to be so upset about this. I have admitted that the solution isn't perfect by any means. It is, however, better than not having GPS at all. I have noticed it is a trait of certain fans of products, both Apple and otherwise, to not only to forgive a missing feature but to actively argue that it is better not to have the feature at all. This is not behaviour that I understand.
Maybe I wasn't clear previously but I only tether to download a route as it drains battery to leave it on too long.
I agree that the offline aspect of Google Maps is not perfect and is obviously limited to what has been downloaded beforehand. However, the combination of this feature plus the WiFi tethering feature of my android phone means that having GPS on my WiFi only tablet is extremely useful.
I appreciate it is not perfect but I would imagine there are few people who would rather not have GPS available.
There is also the point that Google Maps can be downloaded so can be used offline. Very useful on my N7.
Icon: Well we are talking about Apple.
Before I begin let me state that the Kindle is probably my most used and most loved gadget.
However, the major failing for me is the library side of things. My Kindle can store 1400 books according to Amaazon. Finding anything in that would be impossible. I currently have around 150 on there (most sideloaded using Calibre) and it is already bad enough.
Collections are a good start but are very fiddly. If they want to make it better a simple way would be to allow multiple-selections to be added to a Collection in one go e.g. select all Steven King and transfer to Steven King Collection. At the moment each book has to be moved individually.