I don’t even think it’s an issue of the average consumer comparing the offerings and then making an educated decision that they want an iPad instead of a Xoom or a PlayBook or a Samsung Galaxy Tab. The average consumer likely doesn’t even know about all the other tablets that are out there. To them there is the iPad and there are some knockoffs they saw zip-tied to a cardboard end cap at Best Buy while they were buying a printer.
Completely true, I think as well the way Apple is promoting the iPad is perfect, they churn out a new advert every few weeks with a new focus to appeal to brand new people each time and constantly keep it fresh in peoples heads. It’s also very telling that when there is a new iPad, damn do people know about it, it’s on the news the very same day and it’s the first thing people talk to me about when they next see me. In contrast, the PlayBook has recently gone on sale in the UK and BackBerry have started running ad’s as well, I haven’t heard a peep from anyone about it. Apple have already captured the complete mind share on tablets, and no-ones going the get it back.
After the unpleasant but unsurprising news that The Daily wasn’t as successful in it’s first quarter as News Corp had hoped, losing a sweet $10 million, I thought i’d harp back to this amazing article from Fonts In Use.
Font’s In Use is actually a really great website for anyone remotely interested in design. It provides really intelligent analysis and coverage of what fonts are used by major companies, and in great designs. I find it to be a really inspiring resource for looking for fonts as well.
You Can Now Install Android On Your iPhone Entirely Through Cydia
Well that’s all well and good. But why? Why would you want to in the first place? I realize it’s a massive step forward from the previous cumbersome installation process being able to do it by downloading a couple of packages from Cydia, and I admit the people who work these things out amaze me. But I genuinely can’t foresee any benefit of having the option to dual boot into Android. Unless of course the next version of Android is amazing and puts it way ahead of iOS (doubt it) but even then they’d have to find a brand new process to install it on your iPhone, I assume it would be like finding a new way to jailbreak an iPhone again every time an update comes out. I agree the only real foreseeable benefit of being able to boot into Android would be trying out Android apps, but hopes of this are completely shot down as the Marketplace apparently requires a license. I’m going to end this with one last thought, installing this will also consume a lot of memory, right? Now do you really want that precious memory wasted on a crappy OS like Android? Huwbert out.
Leaving aside why you would want to run Android when you have access to iOS, we were absolutely amazed when hacker David Wong figured out how to install and dual boot Android alongside iOS on the original iPhone earlier this year. Even so, we were reluctant to try the hack ourselves: the process was convoluted, to say the very least.
It’s amazing, though, how far the instructions have come in a little over half a year, though: you can now install Android 2.1 Froyo on your first generation iPhone or iPhone 3G so simply that you don’t even need to have a computer handy to do it.
That’s right: as long as your iPhone or iPhone 3G is already jailbroken and running at least iOS 3.1.2, you can now install Android on your handset entirely through Cydia.
Redmond Pie has a step-by-step guide that is pretty much idiot proof, if you care to try it for yourself.
I’m impressed: I just wish I had an original iPhone handy to try it out for myself. Any commenters brave enough to try it and tell me if they get access to the Android Marketplace as well? Trying out Android apps is about the only reason I can see to do this, besides the coolness factor, but while Android is open source, the Marketplace requires a license.
Really liked this post, though I must confess i’m still a devoted Tweetie user, there’s nothing else out there with the same refined interface that has caught my eye. I’m not a power user of Twitter either so the missing features don’t really bother me though I do agree we shouldn’t have to put up with the lack of feature in the application. There are so many more promising Twitter clients in the App Store for iOS than for OS X, maybe the Mac App Store will remedy this though. Regardless, an update should have been put out for Tweetie a long time ago. Tweetmate though. Wow. It looks to have the kind of ‘refined interface’ i’ve been waiting for. Huwbert out
Twitterrific for Mac was the reigning Mac Twitter client. Other clients, such as Tweetdeck, had been built in Adobe Air and released multi-platform, but us Mac users prefer Cocoa based applications. I was a diehard Twitterrific user myself. It was a fine app, and it worked for most.
Well I never knew! This is actually new news to me that Apple were the ones who discovered Halo, and I don’t blame Steve for being pissed, having Halo would have been massive for Apple! Heres an extract about it from the always reliable Wikipedia but please check the source for the full story:
Originally developed as a real-time strategy game for the Apple Macintosh platform, Halo: Combat Evolved went through several iterations before arriving at the console first person shooter for which it is recognized.When the developer was bought by Microsoft in 2001, the game was rapidly finished and became an Xbox launch title and platform exclusive.
People are arguing it doesn’t matter and Halo on OS X wouldn’t have made any difference anyway, Halo wouldn’t have been popular as it is today if it weren’t for the Xbox platform. But I completely disagree! The whole point of Halo on the OS X exclusively was to boost Apples popularity and credibility within the gaming community, trash the old stereotype that Mac’s can’t play games, you know? And imagine, if Halo for the Mac had taken off, nowadays we could have been able to play it on our iPhones, our iPod Touches, our iPads! Oh woe is me, I guess i’ll have to settle for the copy of Halo: Combat Evolved I have installed on my Mac… it’s good enough I guess, but we could have had so much better! Huwbert out.
Yuck. That’s all i’m thinking right now about this ‘PlayStation Phone’. Allegedly ‘ the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch’ thats the oval in the centre i’m assuming? My question, how are you going to use that for multitouch, I doubt you could barely fit two fingers on there. Really think they should have just stuck with the d-pad style controls.
Personally, I think it’s going to crash and burn. It looks like a tacky piece of kit and it’s basically a PlayStation Go with added phone functionality - Android phone functionality at that! Rather than a phone with added gaming functionality. Because its a PlayStation Go with a mobile OS added on I think when its being used as a phone - 70% of the time maybe? - it’s going to be pretty fiddly, with the slide out game controls just there, being useless. iOS got it right: being able to to play games the same way you would actually use the phone - touch input - without compromising the device itself - apart from battery life of course! - this ‘PlayStation Phone’ on the other hand has not got it right, and god help it when it goes retail. I might be wrong, but I doubt it. Huwbert out.
A scatterbrain blog by Huw Martin. I typically write about technology, design and advertising. That and anything else I feel like writing about. I don't have all the answers, most of my posts are scatterbraned and incoherent, but I try.