Re: Vanilla Android?
Just had a play with a Google Pixel and the S8. The s8 experience is just nicer.
428 posts • joined 5 Jul 2007
Just had a play with a Google Pixel and the S8. The s8 experience is just nicer.
So I have a 3 mobile and a lottery account. Good job I don't use talk talk broadband ffs.
I'm in that minority. The Galaxy S6 has everything I need in a phone and combined with an unlimited data sim only contract and google drive, storage is not an issue. The battery is reasonably good, the screen is great. It has an IR blaster which I use often (and is missing from the S7) and the camera holds its own. I am clean out of compelling reasons to replace this phone with anything else on the market.
It has replaced an S4 which is still a very capable handset except it seems to have an issue with its sim card slot. But, thats no problem. It has instead become a very capable media remote for the home and lives in the lounge, replacing multiple remotes and working with chromecasts etc etc. It has its own google account which is part of my Google family set up and if i'm really really pushed to use it as a phone, Skype fills the void.
Basically I have stopped looking at the phone in the way the industry wants me to and just see it as another computer like my laptop or PC.
Tizen 3.0 is aimed at other devices like wearables and TVs and IoT things because it didn't compete against IOS/Android.
I think if Samsung make a success of the platform in these areas, they will revisit the mobile phone market and have a stronger position from which to compete.
I did, until i turned the ad-blocker off and realised just how hideous websites are with ads down the sides and across the top and popping up and so on and so forth.
Why is the pension thing not raised more? I mean that should be a headline on the 6 O'clock. BT need to get that shit sorted right out as a priority!
Then take Openreach off them.
Theres all the potential here for a reverse takeover...
Lester's articles where the sort you went looking for when you wanted some comic relief with your tech news.
I don't know a single power user who doesn't have access to an entire other device or can't walk into a shop and buy one if their main device fails (by which i mean gets chucked at the wall when a deal goes south or an employee screws up).
Most of those guys use IPhones...
Samsung S6 FTW
They should reflect their purpose more and go for something along the lines of "TechGallery" where people look at variations of a product before buying from Amazon.
Still using my S4 and have yet to find a compelling handset to replace it with. Battery is crap, but i've learnt to adjust and its made of plastic, but then so is the Speck case on it that hides the entire device bar the screen. Even if i were to get a swanky metal and glass upgrade, it would be hidden by the plastic cover.
Still waiting for the Samsung GS4 to get 5.0....
Except they are not because Apple.
"But it wouldn't impress a Clarkson"
The Skoda Yeti did though and it is just as practical...
Next up in 2015: end-of-life for Windows Server 2013.
Really? I'm properly behind the curve then!
That is actually the best reason to go Linux - it scares the end user into doing nothing more than what you tell them they can do.
Thats the point of a national broadcaster - show the stuff that wouldn't be commercially viable for private television broadcasters.
European TV is GRIM. About 5 layers of suits need to be taken out of television management in the UK so channels like 2 and 4 can start producing more properly off the wall shows.
America has the advantage because it can mass produce english language television and every now and then it gets it right.
Really? So a website that runs a few stories with a vague tech angle and a comments section gets a load of posts on a story about people who generally insult the concept of "intelligent design" causes you to lose your mind?
You are taking this Monday way too seriously.
Or maybe you are taking El Reg's lighter moments too seriously.
Or maybe you need a long cool drink of CALM THE FUCK DOWN.
Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song.
Monty Python were at this a long time ago....Matching Tie and Handkerchief.
"I have mulitiple devices within each ecosystem, because it's better that way. Being a one brand fanboi is daft; a failure deep within the reptilian brainstem. Fanbois should get that fixed."
I only need 1 device. Should I now buy an IPhone just in case my Samsung S4 goes feet up? Even at that, the first thing I would do is install Google apps so I can check the 1 email address I need...
Correct. I got one for my 7th birthday and it was bloody brilliant. It didn't need to use the telly or an old tape deck and it lived in my bedroom, where i could sit and play Joe Blade, Dizzy and Chuckie Egg 'till the cows came home.
It may not have been the best, but it provided enough entertainment at the time.
I'd love to know why you think microsoft are so far behind??? - because market data.
Get a reality check!! - really?
I had written a longer answer, but since you seem to be incoherent, I'll stop here.
Well, she's saying all the right things, but still hasn't addressed the core problem for MS in the mobile world - they are playing catchup and an 18 month delay to pulling their mobile OSes together is not good enough. Android and IOS will have progressed further in that time and any number of competitors could be in the market by then. MS are essentially saying its going to take them nearly another 2 years to join Apple and Google in their ongoing dual OS strategy, a poor show from a software house majoring on OSes....
I cannot for the life of me see what Twitter can offer to an investor outside of the potential to throw advertisements at people. Surely at 26$ a share, the price is going to collapse. Facebook didn't exactly cover itself in glory with its IPO last year, but unlike Twitter (which I like and use by the way) it is not a 1 trick pony. So a handful of people get mega rich and everyone else gets commercials in their feed and thats it.
The rise of Whatsapp et al and the continued existence of Facebook and Google + surely puts the value of Twitter at serious risk?
Maybe thats where Blackberry are going wrong? They should just sell everything and become Blackberry Messenger and directly rival Twitter?
I wish I owned Twitter. I'd be minted today.
Nice overview for non-networky types.
Yes but could a non-tech savvy relative to the same thing?
Its still for sale cos Apple know the dangers of holding stacks of old stock, so they do what they do best, re-market it.
Just like google's. Their apps are free too. And its only big news if you own an intel based Mac.
Cook and David Moyes could console each other on how the last boss made their lives so much harder...
Today was a day of meh from Apple, Nokia took the spoils.
All of which makes Apple the expensive version of google.
I am aware of MS's cloud integration. But my argument is this:
Today I can go out and buy a laptop branded with Apple or Google's logo, running their "free" operating system and make use of their "free" productivity apps and store my work on their integrated cloud storage.
The price of this with Google starts at £199. With Apple its £849.
I know you can do additional stuff with OSX, but on the basis of what the majority do i.e. internetting, some multimedia, mail and a couple of documents, Google provide the better option.
With Apple giving away its OS, Google Chrome suddenly makes a hell of alot of sense. Outside of their own chromebook, any device with web access and a variant of Chrome browser does the exact same thing. So really with taking aim at Microsoft, surely Apple have just positioned themselves as an expensive Google?
Free apps for productivity
Cloud storage integration
Its also why Linux has not been taken on by the masses - fragmentation. Multiple versions multiple interfaces. Its main strength is also its main weakness - people need a consistent experience (hence the uproar going Win7 to Win 8).
Well for all the blood sweat and tears, I like it. It feels like the product Windows 8 should have been originally, but now its here, it feels like a decent OS. It boots straight to desktop, the start screen is very customisable and the Skydrive integration is much better.
The return of the start button is f**king pointless however.
"Microsoft for some reason wants to be the beginning and the end of computing each time someone invents or unlocks a market "
Apple make all the hardware and software and you cannot use OSX on NON-Apple hardware (but you can run Windows on Apple machines) Lets remember, MS make software (regardless of if you like how it looks) that runs on shedloads of devices, including the most frankenstein of homebuild PCs.
Linux provides this service too, however looking at the Linux posterboy Ubuntu, they are now trying to emulate Microsoft, putting Unity across every device type and trying to tie it all together. Eventually, they will have to try and monetize their efforts for the existing investment (time, money) to have longevity.
And Google and their Chrome OS. They provide a nice twist to the conversation in that you pretty much get the OS experience by using the Chrome browser and a gmail account.
And lets not forget 1 thing - this lot are in business to make money. They are going to try and grab as much of their industry as possible to make as healthy a profit as possible.
Windows 8.1 - Put a shortcut to the browser on the desktop and tick the "boot to desktop" option that bypasses the menu screen. And anyways - with the applications being represented by big icons and bright colours, surely this is a better option for grandma??
"it is easy to see why they have lost their old position as the de facto OS and software supplier of choice."
Thats only in the consumer world. In business they still have the game.
Betamax vs VHS eh?
iWatch? iTV anyone? No. These are not innovations, these are already in the market from other providers/manufacturers. Its the quality and performance that could be improved upon, but this still isn't innovation.
As for your Phone choice - LG or Google from now on really isn't it?
I assume this also includes all the generic Chinese tables kicking around as well?
So the Elop plan finally paid off for MS. Maybe now MS can get WinPho8 into a competitive position. Looking forward to a post Ballamer MS hardware division.
Even in remote parts of Northern Ireland I can get a 16mb line and in the office its those on the 3 network who are happy enough to set up tethering to stream sky sports to the plasma screen on the wall. No other network compares. As for bundled merde like Spotify - keep it. I source my own content.
"imrpoving" should be improving
"people with on a daily basis" should be "people deal with on a daily basis"
And i think that whole sentence reads badly, but you all seem to to get the drift....
Jobs was as big a crook.
You completely missed the point. Gates is aware of and indeed backs the use of tech for imrpoving quality of life. However, the diseases and awful conditions the people with on a daily basis, will not find salvation on a website, but in medicines and clean drinking water and a safe food supply. I'm all for the remote clinic idea for instance, but it is no use if the people cannot leave their homes due to being ravished by painful and crippling conditions.
0) You could learn about Malaria and how to avoid catching it from the internet. <- and still go out and drink from your only water supply, full of feces and god knows what else.
1) You could use the internet to ask for medical assistance. <-Or approach the medical staff who have medicines with them, backed by international health organisations
2) You could use the internet to help you find the nearest clinic. <- and not get to it because you are too weak, possibly blind and have a family to attend to.
3) You could use the internet to discover how to treat malaria and acquire appropriate treatments. <-what, using paypal accounts full of sand?
As google's bitch i'll be buying one. Netflix and all my google play purchases fired on to the telly with no fuss and minimal cost? whats not to like?
Its been painful being a Linux fan and a Liverpool supporter - every year etc...
I have played with Linux for years, but quite frankly I find myself back in the Windows world every time. My Linux machines have all become VMs. Why?
Windows is less hassle. Its full of flaws, but they are familiar and easy to live with flaws. With Linux I was always compelled to tinker for the perfect setup, which I never achieved because I was always looking to tinker....
Music is being cheapened and turned into a commodity. So what if the manufacturer of the product wants to protect their right to make money from it? Yes its nice to get something a bit cheaper but frankly if your going to be an arsehole over cost then you deserve the flack that comes with it.
To Peter R. 1 - you have a choice as a consumer to buy or not to buy multiple copies of DSOTM. Don't go bitching just because another format has popped up. you could always go on ebay for a portable CD player...
Pink Floyd produced a body of work that millions have enjoyed for decades and most likely for decades to come. They deserve to reap the benefits to their fullest extent.
Well said. I saw this and thought of you:
Now you can go and pull your wire to your hearts content.
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