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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

At present, the promoted tweets and trends are only seen when you access the search pages within the app. Twitter have said though that initially only a small number of users will begin to see these tweets appear on their timeline from brands they follow.{1}

Apparently not only will the Android Twitter app have ads, but the iOS version as well. We had to know that ads in the Twitter stream were coming. Hopefully this doesn’t effect third-party Twitter clients such as Tweetbot for iOS or Seesmic for Android.

I don’t like the idea of being advertised to. Ben Brooks{2} thinks the sponsored tweets in the timeline is a necessary idea.

By injecting ads (I mean promoted tweets) into the timelines of their mobile apps, the company is (presumably) making money. When other third-party apps do not show those ads in the timeline, those apps are effectively reducing the eyeballs that see the ads, which in turn is devaluing the ad. Therefore, in order for Twitter to maximize revenue from the ads (oh, promoted tweets) that it interjects, all Twitter clients must show them.{3}

I understand what Brooks is saying, however, Twitter should offer a paid version of their apps or service. Think of it this way. When you watch network TV, during the shows there are commercials which help pay the bills. But not HBO. When you’re watching a show on HBO there are no commercials because it is a premium service. If I don’t want to be advertised to, I should be able to pay for an app so I don’t see advertisements.

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{1} – Richard Devine, “Twitter to Start Pushing Promoted Tweets in Main Timeline on Official Android app (28 February 2012)
{2} – Ben Brooks is the writer of The Brooks Review
{3} – Ben Brooks, “Promoted Tweets in Twitter for iPhone” (29 February 2012)