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Comment: Apple's leverage (Score 1) 493

by tepples (#47975411) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Probably because Apple has so much leverage. Rejecting one brand of Android phone means the user can switch to another brand after the contract is up in order to stay on the same platform and carrier. Even if a carrier rejects all OHA Android phones due to a CDD change that shuts out certain customizations that the carrier considers essential, a carrier can still choose to carry phones built on other AOSP distributions, such as CyanogenMod or Replicant or (once AT&T's exclusivity expires) Fire OS. All these distributions can use the same Amazon Appstore. But rejecting one brand of iOS phone means the carrier's customers lack access to an entire platform and are likely to take their business to another carrier. Besides, Apple already routinely performs a carrier customization in the form of blocking the tethering feature on plans that lack it.

Comment: Play no longer appears to require Gmail (Score 1) 75

by tepples (#47975349) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

The one I'm waiting for is the decoupling of Gmail from Google Play.

That happened when Android Market became Google Play. In the Android Market days, logging in to Android Market with a non-Gmail Google account sent the user to the Gmail registration process: "tepples@example.com does not use Gmail. Add Gmail to your Google Account." But around the time it became Google Play Store, and certainly by the release of the first-generation Nexus 7 tablet in mid-2012, Google started letting non-Gmail Google Account holders sign in to Google Play.

Comment: Gaining new users' trust (Score 1) 75

by tepples (#47975155) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail
Perhaps the thinking is that if a service knows and presents the real names of existing users, new users are more likely to trust the service enough to provide their own real names and interests. One of the draws of Facebook, for example, is that users will see real names far more often.

Comment: Re:Simplification, n. (Score 1) 184

by tepples (#47968495) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

But there's all sorts of simple instructions like "no onions" you can tell a clerk that you can't tell a computer. If you go to Whopper Lab you can see all the options

Doesn't the existence of Whopper Lab mean you can tell a computer?

I generally prefer an expanding/alternate dialog

Until you use a 10" screen. They were common in the netbook era but have since returned on laptops like the Transformer Book by ASUS and Aspire Switch by Acer. Some dialogs don't fit and I have to use the window manager's keyboard shortcuts to move the top of the window above the top of the screen to see the OK button. Or by "alternate" do you mean more tabs?

Comment: Playlists and MTP (Score 1) 71

by tepples (#47968305) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Don't people just drag MP3's from their computer to their phone in Windows Explorer? I don't understand the need for music transferring software.

If you want to transfer only the subset of your MP3 collection contained in a specific set of playlists, then you may need software to construct the copy job, even if it's just a shell script that parses the m3u files. And until very recently, you needed to install software to connect an Android 4.x phone to a PC because some operating systems didn't come with MTP automounting.

Comment: CDMA2000 in the United States (Score 1) 71

by tepples (#47968241) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Then please, please stop buying branded phones from operators.

Good luck getting any service that way if the only cellular carriers with a usable signal in your area are CDMA2000 carriers like Verizon and Sprint. I'm under the impression that they won't just sell you a CSIM for an unbranded CDMA2000 phone.

Comment: Let the Android Market decide (Score 2) 71

by tepples (#47968221) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

I'm sure they would prefer to let the market decide that bloatware is bad.

Then why doesn't Google let the Android Market decide by including a line in the CDD stating that if you include X, Y, or Z your phones won't get Google Play Store? Google already does that for certain variants of multi-window mode because Google wants to enforce an all maximized all the time use model even if your 10" tablet is as big as two Nexus 7s or four Nexus 5s.

Comment: Re:Limits of included browser (Score 1) 493

by tepples (#47964399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

All web browsers in the App Store are either A. wrappers for the same WebKit engine used by Safari with the same limits as Safari, or B. "remote desktop" apps that connect to a browser running on someone else's server such as Opera Mini. Otherwise, according to the App Store Review Guidelines, they can't run JavaScript at all.

"Overrated"? I must have hit an iOS fan's nerve.

Comment: Limits of included browser (Score 0) 493

by tepples (#47960939) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Apple includes such an app with iOS and calls it Safari. But Safari has what appear to be deliberate limits in the subset of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript APIs that are supported. Apple refuses to support WebGL in web pages, and last time I checked, it was impossible to upload any data type other than photos or videos to a web form.

Comment: Re: Alright smart guy (Score 2) 493

by tepples (#47960519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Free software doesn't solve everything if the software isn't free in the first place. Mobile SoC drivers are rarely entirely free software, often for regulatory reasons (to comply with national RF emission requirements on the cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios) or because GPUs are still a patent and trade secret minefield.

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