Wish everyone a happy, happy day!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Though it's no surprise we would get an amazing gift (actually 2) from the company for this holiday, it's still an incredible joy to have received it. What a step up from the Nexus One. The Nexus S delivers what Android has promised to users and beyond.
Friday, September 10, 2010
One problem in the Android ecosystem today is fragmentation. If the phone is not the nexus one, chances are the OS is older than Froyo (2.2). Even for new phones at the time of writing, I still see Donut (1.6) being shipped. If the device is not released by Google, it seems that its version is always lagging behind. In the spectrum, only a small percentage made up by these Google branded privileged devices will have the most up to date OS. The rest, and majority, of handsets will be at best one version behind. Now that Google no longer sells its own devices, these privileged devices will become smaller and smaller as the market grows. This fragmentation will be more pronounced unless some sorta rule enforces the manufacturer must keep up.
A lot of friends asked when they will see the OS upgrade (eg Eclair to Froyo) for their non Google branded devices. It's a popular question I too see in various social forums. Of Nokia, this question used to be more popular than others. 1. Nokia has shipped more devices than anyone else. 2. Their Symbian OS was stone aged with historical problems and patches all over it. So people look for fixes in the upgrade. 3. Its sick distribution strategy creates a problem where some regions get an upgrade while others don't based on the product code. That's why software like Nemesis exists to help users with their product code.
Android excels in the mobile market with a phenomenal momentum. Unfortunately, though, its increasing number of users are also asking the very same upgrade question. No one should be mistaken that the device manufacturers like Sansung, HTC, Motorola, oh yeah Nokia, are product companies. At the end of the day it all comes down to how many products they have sold. It's the revenue and profit their stockholders look at every quarter. Obviously it's their best interest to sell more devices. Upgrading the sold devices, however, is costly and most of them don't even have the infrastructure such as OverTheAir, user friendly firmware tools, to do so. And most importantly, upgrade doesn't add to sales numbers. Following the money trail, it makes a lot of sense for these companies to make new devices with the new OS versions than to create an upgrade path for sold devices. With some clever marketing campaign, users will be buying the new shiny device with the OS version we have been waiting for to upgrade. Why bother to upgrade. Just buy a new phone. That's a win situation for product companies.
A personal example was the Galaxy phone I got. It was shipped with Cupcake. Samsung was to release the Donut upgrade later last year. Never happened. But of course it shipped with new phones with Donut and Eclair shortly after. And it's not just Samsung. That's how they all do it.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
最近有機會重溫這套經典的電影，八七年的故事，八七年的紐約。相比第一次看的時候，現在確有好多共鳴，房屋，環境，Brooklyn Bridge，JFK，甚至人物，十幾年變化像大，但又好像沒什麼變。小時候怎想到自己能親身經歴，回想過去的１０年，到處遊覓，若不是有機會離開香港，也沒有機會能接觸到這些體驗，能看到世界其他面。更深的想法是，工作，生活體驗，以及朋友，現在的一切不是因為我懂廣東話而來，是英語 （之後國語）讓我來到這裡。日後，我亦想我小朋友能更早有機會看下，認識到這世界有不同面，看事物可以有著不同的考慮，不被一個小地方，國際不流通的語言，這個框框所規限。