Category: Android

Why Do I Write What I Think About Technology?

Tomorrow the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be released to the public. For some reason Apple has never offered me the hardware to review ahead of a public launch, so I’ll be very close to the front of the line. After the purchase I’ll start reviewing the handset online, with my first impressions at the end of the day and a more refined review a week or two later. Thinking about how to review the device has sent me down an interesting mental path, partly because of the reaction to the existing coverage of the iPhone 7 and

Project Ara and the dream of a modular pocket computer

Google’s Project Ara is no more. The failure of Ara shouldn’t be seen as the inability to make a modular smartphone where users can replace parts (after all, Fairphone seem to be doing rather well with Fairphone 2… I just wish the team would hurry up and get Sailfish running on the Dutch handset). Ara’s cancellation feels like the realisation of Android’s commercial nature. Modular smartphones are not going to be as efficient as custom-built sealed units. The software cannot be tightly optimised around specific hardware, the modular components require connectors to a central spine, they’ll need to be larger

Samsung plans to return to profitability by using Nokia’s old strategy

Samsung’s profits are down (60% year on year for Q3), because nobody is buying their high-end models and the average selling price per handset is dropping. Its solution is to…. sell more low-end handsets and promote the Note 4 heavily. That would be the Note 4 that they had to cut the launch price of because of the competition from the iPhone 6 Plus. Samsung is doing the same thing Nokia tried (which failed), that Palm tried (and failed), that [the standalone] Motorola tried (and failed), that Ericsson tried (and failed). What makes the South Korean company think they’re any different?

Dropbox looking to beat the smartphone incumbents in the cloud storage game

Buzzfeed (I know…) profiles Dropbox and its quest to stay relevant on mobile while Apple, Google, and Microsoft, look to tie everyone into their respective cloud storage systems: Dropbox will have to prove that the layer of software that sits on top of otherwise “dumb storage” are valuable enough to get customers to pay the company every month. Paying for a mobile utility app is a tough proposition even in the United States, let alone the emerging economies where low-cost Android handset sales are booming. Online storage costs have gone to zero and Dropbox has had to quickly find a future beyond

Jolla drops the price of their flagship handset

Nice to see that the Jolla handset has dropped 50 Euros and is down to 350 Euros. The Software has picked up regular updates since the first handsets (including my own) in December 2013. It’s still not as accessible and easy to use as your bog standard PAYG Android handset, but it’s certainly improved. If you’re the sort of person that likes to work with the leading edge, but are not quite ready to hand-roll OS’es or be happy to run a terminal app on your handset at regular intervals, rest assumed the Jolla has moved on from that point.