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[#] Thu May 06 2021 17:04:37 EDT from zooer

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...Well if the Chrome browser tells me my Chrome browser isn't tracking... it must be true.



[#] Tue May 11 2021 19:37:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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It would be silly to expect the entire Android ecosystem to behave as if it were a single vendor. If they had locked everything down and sold it themselves they wouldn't have beaten Apple.

[#] Tue May 11 2021 22:19:30 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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They would have *been* Apple - only, without Steve Job's Apple Sauce for the faithful to guzzle. 

 

 

Tue May 11 2021 19:37:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
It would be silly to expect the entire Android ecosystem to behave as if it were a single vendor. If they had locked everything down and sold it themselves they wouldn't have beaten Apple.

 



[#] Tue Jun 22 2021 10:39:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I doubt it. The original Android prototypes looked more like a Blackberry than an iPhone. Google won by using a design largely imagined by Apple but with an open ecosystem. They were fortunate in capturing that side of the market at a time when Microsoft still had their minds stuck in the idea that people would be willing to use a phone with an interface that looked like Windows.

We're fortunate that mobile evolved the way it did. It was one of the things that broke the monoculture computing was in at the beginning of the new century.


[#] Tue Jun 22 2021 15:16:57 EDT from ParanoidDelusions

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Windows would have won with the device with an interface that looked like Windows, if they had embraced leisure computing instead of avoiding it. 

That is the #1 reason Apple won. They imagined it as a consumer device, while Microsoft insisted that it be branded as a professional device and distanced from casual and leisure computing. I worked for Intel back then, and had discussions with Intel and Microsoft about this. Microsoft did not want Windows Mobile/CE to be perceived as a "gaming" platform or an "entertainment" platform. 

Apple started with a music player and then made it a portable video player and gaming platform and then all the consumers who had them insisted that they be able to use them for business. 

It was like the Indians not realizing until too late how many white people were going to be coming. I was ahead of the curve with this - having HP and Compaq iPaq PDAs and really pushing the limits on them, then writing for Tech Republic as a mobile device content contributor. I had a direct relationship with Verizon and got devices to test and review months before anyone else.

I was all on board. 

In the long run, it just changed the dominant evil bastards - and Google is far worse of an evil in your life than Microsoft ever achieved. They're far more invasive, they're abusing things far more important to you, their values are further away from yours. Microsoft was just a greedy capitalist Yuppie values company that embraced ruthlessness in success. 

Google is a Political Action Committee that wants to *control* you and what you can think or say. Android is a link in that goal.  

 

 

Tue Jun 22 2021 10:39:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
I doubt it. The original Android prototypes looked more like a Blackberry than an iPhone. Google won by using a design largely imagined by Apple but with an open ecosystem. They were fortunate in capturing that side of the market at a time when Microsoft still had their minds stuck in the idea that people would be willing to use a phone with an interface that looked like Windows.

We're fortunate that mobile evolved the way it did. It was one of the things that broke the monoculture computing was in at the beginning of the new century.

 



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