Its not often discussed in a sensible manor, but Nokia's minor(if I am being kind) success in the smartphone market was with new customers at the very bottom end of the market...one where Apple promoting journalists may describe as being filled landfill android, but never was. If they has a competitive OS(they don't, haven't and probably won't) instead of competing only price and quality(ish, but in reputation definitely) hardware . Ironically the Moto G was launched this month (I've used it its stock androidish) is unbeatable this market segment(I wish I had never bought my Nexus 5, and I love it). I still think the market would have responded better to a Nokia android phone(or once upon a time with a Meego one), but launching now with an android phone without the Play store is just stupid...they would be be better going with sailfish or stock anything else is stupid(Unless someone is going to have some amazing revelation involving Nokias only money payment system). Notice how I am assuming that Nokia do this like apple with a designed in Finland.
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intent only on making a fortune, says the greedy businessman as he tries to make his fortune.
Moral: Never place too much trust or respect in a CEO of a private company.
Except most here are pretty happy with Ubuntu wanting to make money. The (recent) direction Ubuntu is taken is a unified ecosystem across platforms, and some of us think that result is not pretty...but the stable;cutting edge; pretty desktop we loved. Personally I always thought they should have got their store and by extension games sorted before Humble/Bundle and Steam got themselves together, and their approach to Music has been uninspired.
Pursuit of Money should not only be considered healthy buy encouraged.
The 'linux communities' have all devolved into petty little fiefdoms of some degree.
Except its a lie, As both a Gentoo and a Ubuntu user. I have enjoyed massive support both though chat and forums, and bug reports. In fact on a whole most OS communities are pretty helpful including those of Windows/Mac. People on the whole like to help.
Lets be honest this is more about Mir and Unity(and maybe Amazon integration for a few of us), being promoted over *Alternatives* and both have been discussed on and off topic to death. Whatever you personally think of these choices, users currently have a choice of Desktop(and I am still not going to choose Unity), and Mir is still a twinkle Shuttleworth's eye. I am personally using the very polished Xubuntu(promoted by the Cinnamon split from Gmone), which smooths over the clash between GTK2/3, and other than a stupid oversight with the volume indicator. Has been the best desktop I have ever used...and yes I do miss a few Gnome features, but it has its own to love, and I am in love with Gmusicbrowser.
The bottom line it is still is the no brainer Linux install...unless you are wedded to (the still wonderful) Cinnamon (personally I am keeping my eye on Cut http://cut.debian.net/ ), I wish Canonical all the luck with their phone, If they can wed themselves to decent Chinese manufacturer that can produce low cost phones. It may be my next phone.
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POS $89 Chinese tablets or something
Ironically for you the iPad is a POS $89 Chinese tablet with a massive mark-up. Although seriously Apples sales are not only destroyed by Android, they are flat(actually dropping) despite explsive market growth. Perhaps they should compete on price.
That's funny because Apple seems to be the only smartphone maker paying attention to such laws, not building needlessly dense displays that suck power like a kid with a juice box.
I bought the Nexus 5 which comes with premium 5" 1080P screen and is half the price of the bottom end iPhone. There are phones that come with similar screens to the iPhone like the Moto G for instance which is a sixth of the price of the iPhone.
For low and some mid-range stuff, sure. But Intel is never going to be able to get above that so long as nVidia and AMD keep cranking out new components year after year
Personally I love the thought (and so does the market, and manufactures) of getting a more powerful Fanless; Cheap; supported by reliable first party open source developers discreet GPU. That gives me a massive boost over what I am getting over my current APU performance. In reality its only a few specialists (albeit more newsworthy) that really buy into the high end anyway.
In many markets Google has a near monopoly position. Their global smart phone market share is around 80% and in some markets it's even higher. Bundling an office suite in order to leverage their dominant operating system is unlikely to sit well with regulators.
I sure you were against the inclusion of Microsoft Office crapware with every version of its OS. I personally welcome the EU including a start screen on Desktops. Ignoring that Apple has started to bundle iwork...and Microsoft has started including crippled office with its tablets.. neither of these is available for Android. The reality is though Microsoft Office is the monopoly on Microsofts formats something they secured through buying votes in ISO. This will help stop the current compatibility tax myth.
How has Apples iwork annouced on Slashdot "Apple Announces iCloud and iWork For iOS" http://apple.slashdot.org/story/11/05/31/192223/apple-announces-icloud-and-iwork-for-ios
Is the need for such emotive language when talking about Google. Personally I welcome the new competition in the Office field if only Microsoft hadn't abusively corrupted ISO it would be as exciting as browsers are today.
It's NOT super effective.
Let's get real. An office-ish app on a smart phone is NOT a challenge to a full blown desktop office suite. To suggest that it is indicates an absolute lack of understanding of the user base and use cases for office suites.
Its not just a challenge its a threat to 60% of Microsofts Profits. Right now Android passed 1 Billion activations in September(windows is about 1.2Billion), while Microsoft thinks delaying its suite to get people to buy their OS. If you don't think its a treaty then you do not understand how people use Office.
I for one, welcome our new extending embracing and extinguishing Overlords.
Google would have to adopt Open Document Format and extend the specification from a monopoly position!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend_and_extinguish . I don't thing you understand. The worst part of this is we don't have a standard we have the mess of OOXML after Microsoft polluted the integrity of of ISO to its incredible shame. To protect 60% of its profits from its Office compatibility scam. This in someway goes to expose this scam.