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Comment Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 764

Which makes it all the more important to be positioned to take the lead when the stumble occurs. Particularly in the tablet market where there's already a presumed #2 (Android) looming and other players in the space already making moves. Microsoft would be lucky to enter the top five at this point. Dropping Courier, which could have given them a unique niche in the tablet space and therefore at least some credibility within the tablet market as a whole, may have been the biggest mistake in their long history. After all, the iPad didn't become a huge hit because it was dropped into the public consciousness out of nowhere; Apple laid that groundwork for years with the iPhone and iPod Touch lines.

Comment Re:Flawed survey (Score 1) 443

The real problem that I have with it is that they actively block alternative means of installing applications, making their store an all-on-nothing affair. You either use the apps that Apple tells you that you should be using or you don't use them. If I have to utilize a technical solution to fix a policy problem then the product is inherently flawed. If I feel like using Flash to slow my device to a crawl and kill my battery (which I can speak to being bullshit arguments firsthand having used Flash on my Droid for a while now) then I'm going to kick my device's ass playing Flash games. THAT'S magical.

That said, Android has the opposite issue with the uncontrolled state of the Market actively dissuading developers and users, but given the choice I'll go with openness without question. I would prefer that Google put more restrictions on the official Market in order to provide more incentive to developers and users to adopt Android while still allowing alternative software repositories to exist. If someone wants to release an Android application that either violates Market terms, such as a hardcore pornography app, or that only runs in unsupported configurations, like rooted devices, then they are still perfectly capable of doing so and it really isn't a big deal for people to install those apps.

Comment Re:But what if I liked the application (Score 1) 509

Not sure what source you want for the functionality of an application that is provided with nearly all Android devices. I guess might work. Unless you were referring to apps to install the .apk files without using the Market, in which case Astro File Manager is awesome for all sorts of file types, including .apk files, although it may require root access to use. There are also standalone .apk installers that are available that work without needing root access.

Comment Re:Response to meego (Score 1) 163

Apple seems to be doing alright splitting their attention between Mac OS X and iPhone OS, although I did see gripes from some of their customers after their last developer conference regarding Mac OS X being treated as an afterthought. Yet the next Mac or i will likely still presell hundred of thousands of units sight-unseen.

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