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Why iOS is beating Android

This is a speculative question, and some people may say that is not the case as there are more Android devices then there are iOS devices, but considering there are hundreds of different Android devices versus a few models with different storage size, and in my opinion with inferior specs – this could lead to some questions.

First, I consider the iPhone to be an inferior device not because of its build quality, but because of the specifications in the iPhone vs. the price. First, the iPhone 4S has a dual core 800Mhz CPU. It has 512MB of memory, and a 3.5” screen. While it may have a 8MP rear camera, it has a .3 (3/10) MP camera front camera. It does support Bluetooth 4 which is a saving grace. It has no expandable storage, so you buy a 16, 32, or 64GB model, and you have to buy a brand new phone at the full price if you want more storage. Also, the severely closed OS where apps can’t do what they need to do effectively, and even some categories of apps not even being able to be produced due to Apple’s TOS policy. For example, there will never be any call management software, therefore such capabilities has  to be at some service level.

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2012 Predictions

So, the end of 2011 is almost here, and 2012 will soon be here. So, what do I think will happen in 2012? This is my predictions for 2012, and some will be ridiculous, but others may make sense. I will also divide my predictions into groups.

Pittsburgh Local

Port Authority to try to stay in the black will do things to upset many people. Bus fare will go up, and service will go down. In addition, the fare system will be streamlined to make it easier. All standard bus routes will be in 1 fare price rather than possibly two. This will increase the base fare to $2.75 (mid point between the two zone prices), and will keep transfers at $1 for a 3 hour period. Services will also drop. Bus routes now not offering Sunday/Holiday service will also loose Saturday service. Express, Rapid Buses, and Subways will have a 75¢ surcharge. In addition, there will be the use of a magnetic card/cash combination. The card will replace bus passes, and will eliminate transfers requiring the rider to use the card if they will want to have transfers. A card will be keyed to a particular person, and therefore provide for half fare transit for disabled which will also require a photo on the card.

Apple

Apple will release the iPhone 5. It will have a new shape, but I don’t see the screen going above 4”. Even with the license spectrum that T-Mobile has with AT&T, I don’t see it coming to T-Mobile, unless Apple produces an iPhone supporting all of the HSPA+ bands. Unless Sprint abandons WiMax (therefore pissing off current 4G phone owners), or Light Square comes in as a White Label LTE provider, Apple will not go to 4G. They will still stay with a 64GB max capacity.

Apple will release a Macbook Air 15” model, and drop prices on the other two models. I could see the 11” going to $800. The 11” will still lack a SD card reader – however the 13, and 15 inch models will have one. The Mac Book Pro will be dropped, and the iMacs will get a refresh. I can also see another virus hitting Apple Mac OS lines.

The iPod Shuffle – dropped. The iPod Nano – price reduced, and runs a minimal version of iOS. Don’t expect a robust app store compatibility. iPod Touch will be the flag ship, and the Classic will be changed to support SSD rather than a mechanical hard drive. This will drop prices in SSDs and make it more attractive to the end users. I could see SSD prices hitting $1/GB because of this.

Apple will release a television. This television will have integrated access to the iTunes Store, will have a cable card adapter and support for 4 simultaneous channels. It will have a camera for FaceTime, PiP, and a power button. The power button will be out of sight, and will rely on an iOS device as a remote control. Remote control will take the form of wifi, and LAN access with UID authentication for controlling individual TVs. They will come in 36”, 40” and 50” models, and will cost 75% more than a lower high end TV. It will be pretty, but will not sell.

Google

Google will continue to offer free GTalk calling services, and I could see them considering to going into SIP, however this may not seem to be likely. I will like to hope that they would have done something with the 2 year Gizmo Acquisition and at least offer +883 support. I could also see Google offering better URLs for their Google Plus Service, and with the increasing adoption of Android devices, this service will increase by default. I don’t see many people using the service though. Android 4.0 will be a success, but only for the devices that have it. Manufacturers and carriers will continue to drag their feet on updates, and one my only expect an upgrade to 1 platform even if there can be support. So all phone originally with 2.2 will not get 4.0.

In the end, Google will continue to have dominance, but will start to stagnant. Google will also most likely sell the Motorola acquisition they possessed but of course keep the patents to use to protect Android. As for the Android OS, it will start to off branch into other areas. It will be reasonable to see the OS running cars, homes, and little tiny Androids. Non Approved devices will still not get the Market, or other Google Integrated Services instead – companies will continue to offer their own store with paranoids like me not opting to use them. Instead, people will get the Amazon App Store – therefore will be a serious competitor to Google.

Internet

A major company will acquire its own TLD (example IBM acquires .ibm). GoDaddy will suffer in 2012 as many small consumers who knew of their support for SOPA will alienate consumers, and they will change close to the expiration dates. TelNIC will continue to not have a widespread adoption and will only be used by people who want a contact page, or knows the full potential.

There will be another major security issue that happens on the Internet. In addition, a US infrastructure system will be targeted via the Internet. I also see something coming into public light that accuses the United States having committed a cyber attack on an unfriendly country.

Verizon will make a deal with Comcast. They will take Comcast’s wireless spectrum, and offer the network to allow Comcast to offer a “Quad” Play package – adding mobile into their deals. However, Verizon will stagnant on expanding their FiOS markets, and eventually stop taking customers. Instead, they will recommend Comcast. Comcast’s prices will rise. Ala’ Cart Television will still be a consumer’s dream.

Netflix will face a serious competitor either in Amazon, or Apple. They will not offer DVD rentals, but offer streaming services for less than Netflix.

Microsoft

Windows 8 will integrate better with the gaming and mobile platform. The design will cater to those using those systems, and newbies, but will isolate the long time Windows 95+ users who have been familiar with the Start Menu and task bar. Microsoft will unify their OSes, and line ups. One might see Windows Game, Windows Mobile, Windows Home, and Windows Professional with the version starting at 8 for everything. Game will be the XBox platform on a new XBox system.

Technology

The rise of prices in mechanical hard drives will stagnant in the second quarter. About this time, I could see prices of SSDs dropping. They will be higher than the price of mechanical hard drives, but at $1 per GB which is what I will assume the price to be eventually will drop the prices to where it will be reasonable for most people. Thin notebooks will start having SSDs as an option. End of the year, I will suspect a low end PC to have a 120GB SSD (PC less than $500).

Tablets will take a center stage, and will try to replace PCs. In some people who are just using it to consume media, this will become an option. For people that create content, the tablet will serve secondary. Smart phones will rise with the major players being Android, and iOS. Windows Phone will stagnant at 15-20%, and RIM will fall to 10%. If they don’t have a game changing lineup of phones, they will declare bankruptcy or seek a buyer.

SIP will start to gain more attraction for people needing or wanting a home phone. One might even see a consumer grade cordless telephone that will connect into both an RJ11 and RJ45 jack. This will hit brick and mortar stores, and will carry an attraction niche such as cheap phone service. One company once keeping their SIP services behind walls (such as Vonage, or NetTalk) will open it up allowing people to not have to buy their router.

Wireless

Republic Wireless will go out of BETA and will have better integration with Google Voice. This might actually help convince Google Voice to accept +883 adoption. T-Mobile will declare bankruptcy, and Deutsche Telekom will simply just abandon them. Without the sufficient subscriber base, and the bankruptcy news, they will start to bleed customers. This will drive higher prices of current cellular plans. VMNOs such as Cricket, or Virgin Mobile will reap the benefits of T-Mobile’s wounds.

World – America

Canada will loose RIM to a bankruptcy, or company buyout as their market share in the mobile space drops below 10%. The United States will re-elect Barack Obama unless the majority of the population will blame him for another hit in the financial market. If this Ron Paul or Mitt Romney will be elected. Housing and Urban Development which provides financial assistance to low income families will offer a program for long term recipients to provide a similar home/condo to where they will provide for a 10 year assistance payment on a mortgage. This will only apply to recipients of 10+ years with no landlord complaints of non-payments.

No changes in other parts of America with the exception of Mexico. I could see a very public assassination of a government figure by the cartels. I also see a mass murder spilling over on the US side of the border. This will involve the US to go into Mexico on the blessing of the Mexican Government to either use Special Ops forces, or drones to strike cartel gangs.

World – Asia

Having seen that Capitalism has “failed”, the youth will seek to try to bring Communism back to Russia for hopes of jobs, and meeting the basic needs. Russian/US relations will falter, but there will not be a cold war attitude. The nuclear armistice will still allow the US to help Russia get find and dismantle their nuclear arsenal as agreed with.

Having lost their long time great leader, North Korea’s successor will flex its muscles by “test” launching flag ship nuclear ready ICBMs. There will also be rumors that South Korea will be invaded by North Korea. China will have to step in to try to make things better at least in regards to North Korea.

World – Middle East

Iraq since our departure in late 2011 will fall into a Civil War, and there will be concerns of Iraq splitting into two or even 3 separate countries. However, Iraq will remain 1 country. Talks between Palestine and Israel will be in the final stages, but Hamas must not be allowed in power. In addition, a successful cease fire will have to take place with both sides. Country lines will be mostly Israeli based, but some adjustments from there.

Confirmation that Iran has a nuclear weapons program will become apparent. The United States will still have a strong presence in Afghanistan, however there will be considerations of pulling out. Pakistan will tighten permissions to use their border in efforts to get more financial aide.

Verizon iPhone – So?

A couple of days ago, the Verizon iPhone has been announced, and everyone is so happy. However, I am guessing these people that are thrilled probably don’t understand what just happened.

First, while the antenna position has been moved (due to frequency bands), it is estimated that it will not have the calling issues that AT&T faces – that is if the problem is the antenna. Next, the phone will be on CDMA. CDMA is obsolete technology in my opinion. Some of us remembers the days where you would be surfing the internet on your 56k modem, and a call came in, your ISP is dropped. Well CDMA is just a little better. You answer the call, and your data is dropped. Continue reading Verizon iPhone – So?

September 20

Today could have been a better day, but sufficient. First, I had to go to the grocery store. While there – I got three 18 pack eggs which was really cheap, and two loaves of bread. I already have mayonnaise, and mustard – so much of my meals will be egg salad sandwiches.

I also watched some Hulu shows, and got myself up to speed there. There is also a Google Voice compliant application on the iPhone. Does that mean the iPhone is a better product to me? No, and the reasons are there is still no official app, and it still runs on AT&T. When there is an official app, it could be recommended better, but otherwise, I will not suggest it.

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Android Phone is for Porn

Steve Jobs already noted that Android is a good phone for “porn”, but there would never be porn apps available on the locked down Apple Store. And while someone forgot to tell Steve Jobs that Safari – the web browser can access porn, that would be beside the point. However, I come across a really funny video that I would like to think people would get a laugh at.

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Apple hates you, and it’s the best thing ever.

Apple recently released the OS 4 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. And of course, with the normal rhetoric you would hear from Steve Jobs, it is the best thing ever. It would change the world, and you would love it (blah blah blah). However, what Stevie didn’t note in his presentation is the fact that Apple changed its policy for the developers for new applications. Basically, it says that you would only use Apple’s Approved SDK to develop Apple apps.

Now, I am sure some of you are thinking – don’t they do that already? Not always, nor in my opinion, should they have to. Let’s take an example of someone who wrote an app in C#. This is what is used to write MS Mobile apps. However, the developer may want to convert his MS app to an Apple app, and submit it (without assured approval, or continuation) the app would be in the store. He would use whatever language converting tool that he would use that would accept the Apple iPhone SDK, now he has an Windows platform that he is familiar with, and an apple platform that he may not be so familiar with.

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Apple’s Solution to Competition – SUE THEM!

Original Article ( http://fsp.tw/35 )

Apple is bring legal action against HTC to prevent importing of further Nexus Ones to the US. While Nexus One is the “Google Phone”, it is manufactured by HTC which is very well known for having the largest selection of Android devices. Such would include T-Mobile’s G1, and MyTouch as well as a few others.

So what is all of the hype about? Apple claims that 20 patent ideas were stolen from Apple in the development of the G1. Ironically, multi-touch does not seem to be one of these ideas. However, one that was mentioned was Swipe to Unlock feature. So, what does this mean to everyone, and why is all of this going on? Well, I don’t have any inside knowledge, but let’s look at some common sense ideas, shall we?

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The PDA isn’t Dead, Just Hiding!

I was looking around for a little research, and came across a comment on a web site (Amazon) that the PDA is dead. At first, I agreed with him, but I was thinking – is it really? Yes, there is HP who sells as many models of PDAs as they do smart phones (2), and they seem to be the most successful ones. And of course, there is the old Palm devices, in which Palm left the PDA world to jump in their what I believe failing smart phone world. But there are PDAs out there, we just don’t see them as PDAs. Simply put, they are hiding in plain sight.

Let me explain exactly what I mean. In order to do that effectively, I need to give a little history lesson on mobile electronics. First came the organizer. This was a little itsy bitsy device with a QWERTY keyboard, and allowed you to set up all of your contacts, some basic details about them, and a calendar. You may also have some other features, but there was one thing all of these pieces of junk had in common. They were no availability to install, or update applications in the device. This meant that if it was buggy, or if you needed more features, you were SOL. In addition, some may have offered PC synchronization, but this was only with their application, and usually it was clunky, and no value to it. It essentially became a little more than a personal phone book.

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Predictions for 2010

I have certain predictions that I think that would come to pass in 2010. Many of these are technology, or similarly related, but that is because it would seem that these have the most trending things, and I have no interest in finances, or other things that predictions would make sense in. So, here are what I think would happen sometime in 2010.

  1. Android phones will outsell iPhone
  2. Cell Data services would decrease in prices
  3. In the US, number of new smart phones would outsell cell phones.
  4. Palm WebOS will be in the last year.
  5. Sidekick will die
  6. Microsoft Courier dual screen tablet will come out
  7. Apple will offer subscription services for iPhone, and iPod Touch
  8. Google Wave, Nexus 1, and Chrome OS will flop
  9. T-Mobile will take 3rd place in the US.
  10.   A sub $300 Android phone will come out (non contract).

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My Analysis on Project Dark (T-Mobile)

It would seem as if everyone is an analyst. Everyone has an opinion on Project Dark from T-Mobile is. The only thing anyone knows for sure is it is supposed to be a game changer in the US cellular industry. I heard some serious things, and some rather silly and ridiculous things about what this would be. I also heard some serious doubts on one of the more serious ideas that T-Mobile would be able to pull this off.

So what are these rumors, and how likely do I think they are? Well, here is what I heard, and my thoughts on them.

  1. T-Mobile building a HSDPA network (Extremely Unlikely)
  2. Apple iPhone coming to T-Mobile (Very Unlikely)
  3. New Uniforms for person – person representatives (Possible, but not important)
  4. Cool New Phones that people want (Very Likely, and somewhat important)
  5. New Pricing Plan and Infrastructure (Likely, and Game Changing).

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