Daily Archives: September 27, 2009

Why use Android Devices over Closed Silos

Here is a great reason to move toward android devices and away from others. Its the framework idea. Basically, as Cyanogen states, “respect the framework” and build enabling tools that exemplify that framework; but respect the hard work and property rights of others in the doing. I applaud this stance since will allow modders to continue, build great new works with android but still have a path to offer the applications we need. These basic “need apps” are like Google Market, Google Mail, etc. What I see as being the path to this nirvana is to do the following steps:

  • Build new wondrous ROMs which respect the framework and philosophical ideals but also provide a mutually accepted path to get the applications which are not part of the framework by using backups or other approved methods.
  • Package the new ROMs in a way that backups of your google experience apps can happen easily and then a restore can happen just as easily.
  • Offer the new ROMs as a “shake and bake” type thing with the chefs building basic apparatus for us to use the framework, the integrating applications, and production of a clearly superior OS, framework, applications world.
  • Step back and watch how the community evolves. Its already very vibrant with lots of developers, community interaction.

This will make the entire movement stronger because no one can then give a developer a “C&D”. It will make how we do mod’s more vibrant since we will be empowered to maintain our platforms, extend them, use them.  I, for one, am looking forward to the next great ROMs that the chefs over on XDA cook for us.

I won’t even mention how the legions of iPhone users cannot even play in this space. Poor pups :)

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iPod Touch is iGone almost

I played with this ipod touch 64gb for a few days. I managed to almost brick it by merely attempting to sync it with its heathen brethren iTunes. I think that I am not made for apple gear or its not made for me. My main complaints about it are the same for most of the Apple stuff:

  1. it does not interface well with non-apple gear. I don’t understand why really. Even Windows is a stretch and iTunes latest would simply run up to 100% utilization on my laptop running Windows 7 and nothing else would happen besides not allowing me to sync my music or backup my itouch applications.
  2. its expensive for the amount of disk space. My Archos costs the same price  but I get another 100g of data storage and I can use it by simply plugging it into “any system”. Perhaps that’s too easy though for apple’s stuff.
  3. everyone talks about apple being BSD under the hood but by the time they juice it up with all the stuff; they’ve added some thousands of dollars, added in what I consider to be a crummy goo-ey mess of a UI, and then hampered its interaction with non apple gear. Why?
  4. itunes itself. Lets be real here. iTunes simply sucks way big time. Its like the Outlook 2007 of media players. Wants to be all for all; but does not of it really good. At least with outlook there are choices. To get all the gooey goodness with apple media and phones you need the iTunes thing. Blech.

Main challenge from a disappointed ex-user… Make it simple. Perhaps if you don’t MISS you will not be able to KISS. Make it simple stupid. There is no keep it simple stupid; because nothing about the stuff is simple.

I’m sticking with Android gear even with some of the stupidness with Google of late. I just believe that the open standard of Android is guaranteed by the community. We need to make changes to how we do ROM cooking for the phones; but at least we can do ROM cooking. What you see is what you get on an apple and that’s why its logo already has a bite taken out.

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