Well, well, well… isn’t this just the latest in “wow” news from the mobile world. Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, Founder, and overall grand master of Apple, Inc. has just resigned as CEO. In his place will be Tim Cook, Apple’s previous Chief Operating Officer. The Apple Board of Directors made this announcement mere minutes ago.
According to Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech,
“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company. Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”
So what does this mean for the mobile space? With such a huge player as Apple changing so dramatically, it’s hard to tell. Will Apple continue on its warpath to patent out the universe? Will mobile continue to be as big a part of Apple’s game plan? Time will give all these answers. All we know is that we’re reeling from the news. We knew the day was coming, we just weren’t sure when. Hopefully, this could be another major break for Google to part the waters and continue in the growth pattern they’ve been seeing for so long.
Here’s to you, Steve Jobs. We wish you well, but hope this proves to be a major stepping stone for Android. What do you think this means for the mobile space? Let us know in the comments below.
It’s no surprise that Apple has changed the game from the beginning and brought us true innovation since the launch of the original iPhone. For anyone to deny that the Apple iPhone is anything less than “good” is seriously in denial. The success and popularity of the device along with the iPad was simply unprecedented. That being said, founder of Digital Chocolate, Trip Hawkins, compares Apple to the Roman Empire in that as successful and dominant as it was, it was still bound to fall. As far as I can tell, however, I don’t see any industry proof or evidence as to why there would be a decline in the works for Apple. Hawkins seems to draw his conclusions simply on the analogy alone as he states the following:
When a business deal this big goes down, you know that someone with some pull is going to have a problem with it. Reminds me of Ghostbusters when they started getting really big and that goofy loser Walter Peck had a problem with them and made them shut down their containment unit at the main shop….bad things happened to the city of New York!
I’m not suggesting bad things are going to happen, actually, this merger will most likely be a great thing for AT&T and T-Mobile customers, as they’ll likely see a much larger coverage map, but as the way of things, some Senator, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, has her nose out of joint over it, much like Chuck Schumer who let Steve Jobs know about the antenna issues with the iPhone…which we know led to ‘Antennagate’. Senator Klobuchar is asking the DOJ and FCC to pay close attention to this type of deal, as it could have massive effects on the mobile markets economically, and I don’t disagree with that…she’s got a point. That said though, this whole process may take anywhere from 12 -18 months to investigate, which means many many dollars will be spent in the process. Who do you think will end up paying for all those expenses in the end…
That’s politics I guess, you make a big fuss over something and people listen…but do they agree is the question. It didn’t work out so well for Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich after going for the Napster jugular.
Silicon Valley blogger Louis Gray posted a great entry to his blog last night in regards to the new features that the iPhone has. Here are a few of his key points:
- Apple made some good moves with the high quality cameras
- And they made some bad ones by charging for iMovie
- Despite Apple showing stats of marketshare, the onslaught of capable Android devices won’t be slowed, and thats something that fancy iAds won’t fix
And here’s a direct quote of his last three paragraphs, as everything he says is right on the money:
“What I was looking for today was not a device that offered feature parity or similarity to what I have now somewhere else – on a platform that isn’t limiting me to the manufacturer or to the carrier. I wanted more flexibility and more functionality. An iPhone 4-only parlor trick of video calling much like that on AIM or Skype or Yahoo! Messenger from the last decade isn’t what is going to make my phone buying decisions made up, but instead, a promise to create a high quality experience for all aspects of my using the device.
AT&T has failed that litmus test of quality and has done so consistently for years. Today, Apple had the opportunity to look customers in the eye, and either apologize for the poor service we have come to accept from AT&T and Apple, and the missed promises, or better yet, offer an alternative. They didn’t. That tells me either they do not fully understand the magnitude of the problem, or they think they can get away with continuing to ignore it.
Apple, I didn’t want a thinner iPhone that’s slightly faster and better looking. I wanted a promise that the new one would make phone calls, act as a fantastic Web device, and provide 3G access to other devices. Today, you didn’t do that, and it’s disappointing. A smartphone can’t be smart if it’s married to a company as dumb as AT&T.”
Well in case you live under a rock, you undoubtedly heard that Apple came out with a new iPhone yesterday. Even before it came out, I told you why you shouldn’t get one. Well now that we know a little more information about it, lets look again.
I will hand it to Apple, the jump from iPhone OS3 to i OS 4 is a much bigger jump than Android 2.1 to Android 2.2. iOS 4 introduced a lot of features that iUsers desperately needed, such as multitasking, threaded-email, folder support and tethering. (Which Jobs left out of his keynote speech for some reason). So rejoice iUsers, you’re going to be getting some good stuff! (If any iUsers are even reading this, lol)
Don’t let Jobs’ puppy dog face fool you tho, what may be new to Apple-land, is yesterdays cookies for Android users.
- Multi-tasking – Goes back to the very first Android phone, the G1 (circa 2008)
- Threaded Email – Same as above, G1 had it 2 years ago.
- Folders, Video Sharing & tap to focus has existed on previous versions of Android for a while now
- Tethering – This has been around on Android for a while as well. But Sprint is more gung-ho about it with their EVO 4G
So there you have it, iOS 4′s “amazing” new features that the Android community has been basking in for quite some time. Not to mention that Apple’s video calling is only iPhone 4 to iPhone 4. Compare that to Android, which is phone to phone, platform to platrorm (with Fring & Skype)… and did I mention Apple only supports it via wifi? So now that Apple has finally caught up to Google’s OS, it’s time for them to fall behind again.
Last month at Google’s I/O, they announced a major upgrade to the Android Market that wirelessly installs apps from the web to your phone. A fantastic new feature that was nowhere to be found during Mr. Jobs’ keynote. Welcome to the cloud Apple, how’s the view from down there?
But it’s not all bad news for Apple fans, Farmville, the revolutionary farming simulator, will be the app to have for the iPhone.
Somewhere, at this very moment, Steve Jobs is crying. Of course then he checks his bank account and is cheered up again, but I digress.
What you see here is indeed an iPhone 3G running Android 2.2. However, “runs” and “runs perfect” are two different things. While the phone does make calls and send SMS with no issues, it does have problems running wifi and audio.
For instructions on how to upgrade your iPhone ( lol ) check out the link below.
Today we would like to announce the launch of our Android Jobs board – an effective way to find and post jobs specifically for the Google Android platform.
The new job section is an excellent place for Companies and employers to post their Android-related job vacancies, and for Android developers to find new challenges and employment.
For a limited time only all Android job vacancies can be submitted FREE.
Each week we will also feature the latest Android job listings right here on the blog.
Here’s some quicklinks to get you started: