A blog by Jacob
Today Apple announced some new portable devices, perhaps most notably, the iPhone 5. Here are some of my thoughts about today’s announcement:
Dear Google Android Folks,
I hear Google is hiring a bunch of Android app developers to increase the number and quality of apps for the Android platform. Building a developer community is tricky, and I’m sorry to see that you think you have to pay people yourselves to create more Android developers.
One thing you should consider is to come out with cheap Android devices that aren’t phones, similar to the iPod Touch. While phone devices receive a great deal of attention, non-phone devices may also have a good share of sales. One figure has the iPod Touch comprising over one third of iOS device sales. Certainly the Android developer community could benefit from a 30-50% boost of quantity of devices.
I also suspect that many of the mobile app developers run small operations. Probably many of them use their own personal iPhone or other smart phone for testing apps. Certainly these people have a greater barrier to create multi-platform apps if it means having multiple phones with multiple phone plans. By providing a non-phone Android device, you might entice many mobile app developers into developing for the Android platform in addition to the iOS platform.
Just a thought from someone who would like to own an Android device, but hasn’t found a great way to do so (yet) without having to buy an expensive phone plan.
A friend of mine who is an Apple employee, Quinn Taylor, tweeted, on the day of the iPad launch, about the use of Flash by Hulu and other online video providers. Presumably, he is responding to criticisms that the new iPad, as well as older iPhones, do not support flash and won’t play videos from Hulu. This is what he said:
When is Hulu going to get with the times and support H.264 and HTML 5 like YouTube & HD content? Flash is an enemy to openness & innovation.
So apparently, a system which requires a proprietary SDK to create videos, which then need a proprietary (free) player in order to view videos, is an “enemy to openness.”
Of course, the iPad isn’t exactly the perfect friend to openness. I mean, to develop anything for the iPad, you have to download the proprietary SDK, use it only on a newer Mac, pay to join Apple’s iPhone developer program, submit any developed application to Apple, hope that Apple approves your app, wait for people to find your app in Apple’s App Store, and then if it gets that far, users can download and use the app on the proprietary iPad device.
I just want to point out that on the conversation of enemies to openness, we could use the new iPad as a perfect example, as everything is locked down and closed from beginning to end.
I was listening to music today when all of a sudden my iPod Nano froze up in the middle of the song, with the display lit. Pushing any of the normal buttons wouldn’t un-freeze it. Even waiting for a few minutes, the display stayed lit and it still wouldn’t do anything.