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So let me get this straight, Young Sohn a high level exec for Samsung, gets paid to work for one company but uses that money to buy products from its rival company. If I worked for Samsung, I’d be highly irradiated. What this is telling consumers is that our products aren’t even good enough for our own employees to use. This is not the message that Samsung, or any company wants to send.

“At work I’m using Samsung devices; Apple at home, mainly because all of my systems and files are done that way. That’s sticky, you know?” -Young Sohn

Sohn’s job is focused on innovation, but I don’t see how innovation is going to occur when you’re stuck in a competitor’s ecosystem.

[] Jordan Crook, Tech Crunch :: Samsung Exec Calls iDevice Ecosystem “sticky”


How embrassing is this for Apple that people would rather go out and download a competitor’s mapping application rather than the default Maps app that comes preinstalled? Google doesn’t just hold the top spot on Apple’s Top Free Apps board, but it also holds the #4 spot with its YouTube app.

Google has released a native maps app for the iPhone and it’s fast, full-featured, and quite frankly the best-looking mobile maps experience on the market today. After months of problems and a formal apology in the wake of Apple’s own Maps app on iOS 6, many have been waiting for Google to offer a solution that could serve as a viable replacement. If the brief demo we saw earlier this week is any indication, Google has delivered.

-Dieter Bohn, The Verge

Google is developing its own ecosystem that lives within iOS. It is amazing to slowly see this happen. Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search all work with and within each other making it seamless to jump from app to app with touching the iOS homescreen or going to a default Apple app, and I’m sure that Google Maps will be in the same vein. #Bravo

• Phil Nickinson, Android Central, Google Has Top Free iOS App
• Dieter Bohn, The Verge, Google Maps for iPhone is here: how data and design beat Apple

Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) & iPod Touch

Patents that have been awarded to various tech companies are not bringing forth innovation, they are stiffing innovation. Manufactures are more concerned with getting ridiculous and vague patents that they use to sue another company instead of really creating something revolutionary. Software patents, like the ones that have been issued to Apple, Motorola, Samsung, and LG are entirely to vague. The patents are issued so late that by the time a patent is awarded to a company various devices are already using similar technology and that’s just the way a smartphone works at that point.

Samsung has a patent for playing an mp3 in the background while conducting other phone operations {1} . This patent was awarded in 2010. In 2010, about every phone that is sold plays mp3s while it can do other things. If this patent was awarded, which it shouldn’t have been because that is how cell phones operated at that time, then it should not be able to be a part in a court case. That patent should be thought of like a Nobel Prize, “good job for inventing this…here’s your award”.

Is the patent system broken or just severely flawed? Because it is one of those two options. Patents shouldn’t be awarded so many years later for a vague idea such as “front speaker slot, uncluttered front face, display borders and the edge-to-edge glass of a smartphone” {2} If by the time the patent is to be awarded the market of smartphones are already practicing said patent as a market standard, then it should be looked at as a market standard and the way business is run. Don’t award a patent at that point only to have the company go back and file lawsuits retroactively for products. It ties up the legal system and wastes people’s time, money, and is detrimental to moving an industry forward.

The Apple v. Samsung case has been a major case in showing the frailties of the patent system. Did Samsung develop products that look eerily similar to the iPhone? Yes. Should Samsung have to pay for riding off of the marketing success of the iPhone? Yes. Should Apple be allowed to have a patent on a black rectangle with rounded corners? No. If a company develops a truly innovative idea they should be allowed to patent that, but a company should not be allowed to patent a market standard.

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{1} US Patent 7698711, Mult-tasking Apparatus and method in a portable terminal, Samsung Electronics Co., LTD.

{2} US Patent D618677, Electronic Device, Apple Inc.

{*} I am not an expert on patents nor am I claiming to be. I am only a citizen of the United States who has a vested interest in technology using my common sense to generate an opinion on the precedent set by this court case

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Here are some responses to the video right after it aired:

  • Google is real slick pushing that privacy invasion on y’all
  • That coult be deadly Google+ lol
  • Google+ commercial was marketing at it’s best. Sell a product with a side product its competition doesn’t have…with baby pictures. Genius

How is what Google doing within in Google+, a feature called Instant Upload, so different than what is being done by Apple with iCloud? I didn’t hear any negative remarks when Apple released iCloud, people were perfectly fine with Apple uploading their pictures to all of their Apple devices. However when Google uploads your pictures to a private folder in the cloud, people call “foul”. Instant Upload is a great feature that has personally helped me out.
My SD card crashed in my phone, and yes I know I should have backed them up but I never thought about it. Thankfully every time I charge my phone, new pictures are uploaded to my Instant Uploads folder in my Google+ profile. I didn’t miss a beat. If you are worried about the data limits forced by carriers than have Instant Upload only upload pictures over Wi-Fi. If you’re even more concerned about Google uploading pictures, than you are well within your rights to turn off that feature…just don’t cry if what happens to the guy in the video happens to you.

Post Script: The newest Google+ ad is actually based on a true story from a Google employee. [link]

Its been 4 years in the making but Apple has finally done it. Apple has brought multitasking, among other things, to the iPhone. Apple also did something else to the jarring of Apple iPhone owners. In essence, Steve Jobs said that the original iPhone won’t be upgraded (won’t get OS 4.0) and devices older than the iPhone 3GS and the new iPod touch won’t be able to support some of the feature (such as multitasking). When I first heard that Apple was going to stop supporting the original iPhone I was taken back thinking, “Why would they ever do that?” But then I began thinking of the Google and it’s Android platform. Android in it’s current state is supporting all of the Android devices. That means everything from the T-Mobile G1 (the original Android device) to the Motorola Droid and Nexus One is currently supported. However that is becoming a problem since the specs for all of these are completely different. Since the specs for these devices are completely different, and since developers are creating custom user interfaces for their Android devices (ie. HTC Sense and MotoBlur) it is creating lots of fractioning within the Android brand. One way that Android could help strengthen their brand among consumers is to follow Apple’s lead and stop supporting older devices.

True, this may make some people upset that their device is no longer covered or upgradeable, but in this day and age where people are lucky to keep their device 22 months (which is what most carriers contract terms are before upgrades are available at full discounts) this makes perfect sense. Consumers not only want to have new features, but they want their devices to run seamlessly. Being able to have a device run seamlessly is something that Apple does quite well. One of the reasons this is possible, I believe is because they are no trying to keep all their devices. When you no longer have to worry about supporting outdated software and specs then you can focus on newer features and keeping everything within a certain time frame running smoothly.

To Android’s credit they do recognize that their is fractioning going on within their operating system which they plan to address in the build of their latest OS (froyo). Their plan is to make certain aspects of the OS available for download through the Android Market, which is a killer idea because it bypasses the need for carrier compatibility and testing. But the question is, will those older OS such as 1.5 (cupcake) and 1.6 (donut) be able to even make the upgrade to Froyo.