Me can't afford
22 posts • joined 13 Jul 2007
It doesn't matter that Chrome does nothing new. The fact that it does it faster could make a big difference for some apps.
Some revolutions are due to quantitative changes rather than qualitative changes.
Although that remains to be seen in the case of Chrome, of course :)
My Nokia E51 works fine, unless I install stuff on it! Even Nokias own Internet Radio app rebooted my phone regularly until I kicked it out. Another radio app screwed up my address book, so I had to reinstall the whole phone software.
Do people really want installable native apps screwing up their phones? I don't think so.
Which really calls into question the whole idea of "smartphones". Feature phones are getter smarter all the time. And they run benign Java apps which rarely, if ever, crash a phone.
Even PCs are are "dumbing down" to become more reliable and user-friendly. Many of the simple cheap computers inspired by the EEE pc are aimed at the new paradigm of running all software "in the cloud" and installing only sandboxed "managed code" such as Java and Flash to run internet apps such as Google Docs.
Java may still have a way to go, but its still the only real cross-platform game out there.
I have Java bus timetables from my local bus company on my phone. They work on just about anything.
And I know that Java's not going to crash my phone, unlike some native apps.
Even Nokia´s official radio player app reboots my brand new Nokia phone on a regular basis.
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