“When technology gets out of the way, everything becomes more delightful, even magical”. Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC and all the others hardware producers that rely on Google’s Android, here is a heads-up: it’s not technology that drives anymore. Building robots (or “Androids”) is no longer a design trend. On the contrary, the less visible the “robot” inside, the stronger the customer attachment.  I’m not inventing things now, I just summarize; it’s a change of mindset that Apple was successfully able to manage. 

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Google’s greatest April fool prank

What do you know, maybe Google restricting access to Android is its greatest April fool?

Yeah!

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We’re closing to protect ourselves

Google has done this move to protect itself from fragmentation, says Bloomberg / Google.

Well, that’s a bit exaggerated:

1. Fragmentation means letting everybody hack and mod the Android OS until it looks and behaves cool enough to be sold (read “until it resambles iOS”).

2. Being able to hack and mod an OS means that OS is open.

Conclusion: “fragmentation” means “open”.

Now, Google says they are closing the OS to avoid fragmentation; this is “they are closing the OS in order to avoid letting it open”.

Yeah!

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Google takes a reasonable cut from in-app purchase

30%.

Compared to Apple’s outrageous 30% from the same service, Google approaches the issue in a much more humane and thoughtful way.

You should also remember it’s only around 50k of the total apps in Market that are paid apps (compared to AppStore’s 200k!), therefore Google puts a lot less pressure on the devs and service providers…

Amazon, Netflix (if it actually starts working on Android), all the online news services, like NYT, BBC, The Daily and everybody else providing in-app purchase for Android will find this small fee benign and suited for their common objectives.

I’m also confident this is the correct approach Apple should have taken some months ago when they decided to cut the wings of all the publishers, editors and developers that were misleadingly attracted by Apple’s initial proposition of free in-app purchase; instead, Apple went for the unattractive, show-stopping, devs-ruining 30%.

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Coyote Tracks: Google Open

Coyote Tracks: Google Open

chipotle:

I’m increasingly irritated by the way Google uses the word open. When I think of open I think of Linux and FreeBSD, but that’s just one sense of open—the open source, or if you prefer, “free software” sense.

There are also open standards, like TCP/IP, ASCII and USB: published, openly available…

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Google search ranking issues

I may not be the only one to notice it; Scott Cleland says it from a different perspective: 

Let me be clear, as I have long said, my problem with Google is not that it discriminates against content in its ranking process, my problem is that it has consistently and blatantly misrepresented to the public that their search results were objective and unbiased when they knew they were not objective or unbiased — all to build up trust of an unsuspecting public.”

and

The largest subjective bias in Google’s search engine is that it is based primarily on the prevalence of web-links, not on objective external assessments of authority like audited subscriber audience size numbers or objective surveys of brand recognition”

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J-P Teti: The iPad is 99% more open than any other computer

J-P Teti: The iPad is 99% more open than any other computer

roboteti:

As you may or may not know, this is my 8th grade year. My school goes to 8th grade, so this is my gaduation year. It would be worth mentioning that I don’t have any nerdy friends at school. I’m the only nerd in the whole 8th grade. I have an iPad. I’m the only person in my class who has one (at…

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