Friday, May 21, 2010

Will Chrome OS support apps?

One thing that turned me off Chrome OS, was Google's original statement that it won't support installed apps.

After Google's phenomenal presentation at Google I/O 2010, I am not so sure anymore. One thing that Vic talked about, was the ability to store your apps and related data on the web. So you can think of a machine with a set of local apps, as a cache of a specially configured web page (kind of like your My Yahoo page).

Allows you to have a Chrome OS with local apps, which are all technically, just a reflection of a machine that is on the web!

Of course, I still don't understand why I would call that OS Chrome OS and not Android.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Why don't Nokia and Blackberry ride on Android?

I know this is a sacrilegious thought, but why don't Nokia and RIM (Blackberry) just port Android to their phones and be done with it? If there are custom features on their device they wish to highlight, they can modify the OS for particular devices/develop apps.

It is going to be very, very hard for Blackberry to attract as many developers to their platform as Android has - particularly given that they haven't done a great job providing good developer tools, maintaining backward compatibility, etc.

While Nokia might be able to attract developers, they will have their work cut out for them.

It also will simplify life for app developers - let OSes to port to.

Come on, Nokia, RIM - you can do it!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Google's app strategy on Android

For apps sold on the Android Market, Google gives the carrier 30% and the developer 70%.

Wonder why they didn't do a 80-10-10 divide - 80% to the developer, 10% to the carrier and 10% to GOOG. Would allow them to make money of the app, make it more attractive for both the developers and the carrier (relative to the iPhone).

Given the number of apps people tend to download on iPhone and Android, I think carriers would make more per phone than they do with feature phones.

Any thoughts?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What is the purpose of an iPad?

So. I got an iPad for work. Nice device. Still can't figure out why people would pay $500+ for it.

It is a nice video player - if you don't have access to your laptop/tv.
Cute book reader - book reading app is cool. However, my eyes get tired trying to read on this kind of a screen - and it is quite heavy to hold for long.

So - would you plunk $500 for an iPad? Have you already? Any smart uses for it that I haven't thought of?