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Comment: Re:Banking on a Fire Phone (Score 1) 234

by tepples (#49493289) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

To end the Google Play hegemony, you have to show demand for services outside Google Play. Try this:

  1. Find a competing bank whose app is on Amazon Appstore. You'll need its name in a later step.
  2. Pack a Fire Phone or one of the Kindle Fire models with a rear facing camera.
  3. Visit a branch, and ask how to deposit a check. If they say no can do, find a polite way to ask "What can Barclays offer me that $other_bank can't?"

Comment: Any revenue model on F-Droid? (Score 1) 175

by tepples (#49490393) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

F-Droid excludes all non-free software. And by default, it hides apps with antifeatures such as advertisements and reliance on non-free add-ons or services. So how are the developers of an app on F-Droid supposed to keep a roof over their heads? And would your suggestion also work for games?

Comment: Recurring fee to run your code on your own device (Score 1) 234

by tepples (#49489519) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

And if you really don't want to be linked to Google yet do want online services, buy an iPhone or a Windows phone.

So what if I want to use services that aren't Google's, but I also want to be able to write my own programs for the device without having to pay the $99/year certificate tax to the publisher of the device's operating system?

Comment: Where is Android pod touch? (Score 1) 234

by tepples (#49489489) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

You need to have a sufficiently large market share that your actions distort the market to be considered a problem.

I was under the impression that in the market for 4 to 5 inch tablets, the iPod touch had "a sufficiently large market share". Can you name any serious competitors in that size range that aren't either A. iOS based or B. intended for use with a cellular network?

Comment: Permission granularity is a big one (Score 1) 234

by tepples (#49485233) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

On not-Android operating systems, you can choose to deny a particular app access to a particular permission if you don't use features of that app that require access to that particular permission. For example, on iOS, you can deny an app access to your contacts without blocking the rest of the app from installing, and the App Store Review Guidelines state that the rest of an app must continue working without the permission. Android permissions commonly cited as useful to some but overly intrusive to others include "access network state" (be notified when Internet access comes back so that the app can sync data for offline use), "start after boot" (be notified when the device has been turned back on so that the app can sync data for offline use), and contacts (spell-check your friends' names). One could in theory ship a bare-bones app without these features and make separate helper service apps that just grant each of these permissions to the main app, but I'm told that would create a poor user experience.

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir

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