Posts tagged “ecosystem

Specs; do they still matter in 2012?

Single core processors, dual-core, quad-core, six-core…retina display, HD display, polished aluminum — all of these specifications and more are the things that entice us gadget lovers to lose our minds and buy; yet again.  Yet in recent years most tablets, PCs, and other electronic devices work decently as they should and the question, “Do specs still matter?” still comes to mind.  For example, the Asus Transformer Prime is a quad-core lightning fast Ice-Cream Sandwich running monster of a tablet; yet does it have to be quad-core for it to run as it should?  Or are we just being sold on specs and the dream that it might run a litter faster?

Personally, I am a fan of Android; however, when it comes to seamless integration of an OS and the hardware Apple has it down to an art form.  Why?  Simple, the OS is tailored for the hardware, so that user experience is almost second to none.  On the other hand, and Android OEM must take stock Android and tailor it to fit their needs and this could potentially cause inconsistencies across the market.  So, what do hardware manufacturers do?  They beef up the spec sheet.  This could almost be sort of a fail-safe — think about it.  If the software isn’t exactly what it should be — the superior hardware of the tablet will make up for it.  Is this a good assumption?  I think so.

Bottom line:  The year is 2012; almost everything that reputable hardware manufacturers such as Samsung, Apple, Motorola, LG, and more release is an actual decent product.  In addition, if you use it the way it was intended to be used, the product should continue to run smoothly for some time.  There will continue to be some differences between iOS and Android as they continue to grow — important notes about Android devices are that they mirror the PC more because the OS is built for true multitasking — this is why they need to be more powerful than the Apple counterparts.

Choose whichever side meets your needs; although there must be power in these devices for a reason.

OnLive is NOT Right; Proves tablets are NOT laptop-killers

Microsoft has finally decided to put it’s corporate foot down with OnLive.  This app gives iPad and Android tablets the ability to access a virtual Windows 7 desktop that has access to the Microsoft Office suite and a fully functional browser.  The Redmond company has expressed that this service is NOT properly licensed and it would be unfair to let OnLive continue down this path when there are other companies who virtualize Windows but actually pay for the copies.

This is certainly the right approach that Microsoft is taking and many might wonder what took them so long.  Many Microsoft fans are definitely opposed to this because Apple would cringe if OSX was ever to run virtually on any device without an aluminum case.

Read more HERE

Bottom line:  OnLive, putting a virtual Windows operating system on tablets is a great idea; however, if you want to do so pay licensing fees like everyone else.  On the other hand, if these tablets are so powerful and potential “laptop-killers” shouldn’t they be able to provide the appropriate functionality out of the box?

Google Play; Major hit or Major fail?

Following the trend of it’s online offerings, Google has officially combined all of it’s mobile services into one; Google Play.  The new hub provides apps, music, movies, games, and eBooks to users in one centralized location.  However, this change does not come without the usual criticisms.  The latest blog postings are showing that users are confused by the name change to Google Play, stating that it is weird and doesn’t make much sense.

On the other hand, I can see why Google wants everything unified under one roof; Google Play just happens to be a name that it will take some time to get used to. Better name suggestions:

  1. Google Market
  2. The Market
  3. Google Store

Any of the above names could’ve worked just as well if not better.  Regardless, it is great to see a unified ecosystem for everything Google.

Bottom line:  We will get used to the change; at least everything is in one place.

Virtualization on a closed system?

As we all know the Mac ecosystem is similar to Fort-Knox, they want no one in and will only give you access to what they see fit.  So why is it that Microsoft allows this competitor of theirs to virtually run Windows systems inside of OSX?

It seems odd that a company that has already bailed out Apple one time continues to help their ecosystem thrive. 

To make matters worse, Office could possibly be landing on the iPad soon.  This situation as whole is a little unsettling; does this mean that Apple will one day take the shackles off of some of it’s iOnly software and components?

Bottom line:  The PC/Tablet markets are competitive; don’t give your competition leverage.