Heh, funny how back in the 90s everyone said "future Bill Gates" and now we say "future Steve Jobs" - in the end game I think it'd be more fun to be BillG, work hard and be thoroughly vilified for more than two decades (worst-case Jobs will have to put up with being the bad guy for maybe 1/4 that long before he retires) but then get to spend the rest of your life using $80B to try to make the world a better place.ciaocibai said:Still, I'd love to see the day where you could ship your own branded device, quite cool to think about. Maybe we should start calling you future Steve Jobs - first an electronic dictionary, and then, the world.
But a branded device isn't exactly a fortune-maker, it's just a way to possibly get ourselves into schools and such that won't shell out for $500 iPads - could also get a surprisingly large amount of interest from people in the global intelligence community, many of whom work in workplaces that won't allow electronic devices with any wireless transmission capabilities whatsoever (which effectively keeps them from using any modern handheld or smartphone or tablet).
Right, sorry, for some reason I read TP2 as "Treo Pro" I hardly ever see Droid users with actual sliders, but then again given the popularity of the Evo / Incredible / etc I think the market is pretty clearly trending away from keyboard-equipped devices; better keyboards might win back a few more people, but in another generation or two we could have non-keyboard phones as thin as iPod Touches, at which point keyboard devices will start to feel as chunky as they did back in the TyTN days.sui.generis said:My main interest is in high end landscape sliders, but I have very stringent standards on keyboards. Looking at the Droid's keyboard, for example, I'd rather just use the screen, and I've heard the same from users with my standards who've tried it. HTC has two fairly high end qwertys coming, the HTC Vision (3.7ish inches) and one yet unnamed 4ish inch monster that's started showing up in photos. Both use 4 line keyboards which are a turn off for me. I like a dedicated number row. They do maintain the same nice key offsetting and spacing as the Touch Pro2 though, so maybe I'll learn to live with it.
Hopefully so, but now that they've "caught up" market-share-wise (at least in the US) they may not feel like they need openness to stay competitive any more - if Verizon came to them and offered to delay a Verizon iPhone by a year in exchange for a 40% cut of Market sales and Google's blessing for their locking out non-Market apps, I doubt Google would say no. It's been quite a while since I saw an ad for an Android phone that actually touted its support for non-approved apps, nowadays it all seems to be about veiled Antennagate references ("rule the air," hah) and ridiculously large screens - they seem to have concluded either that users don't care about that or that the users who do care already know that Android allows unapproved apps and iPhone doesn't.sui.generis said:mikelove wrote:
Oh absolutely - I'd like to believe / hope that interest in Android would evaporate rapidly in the event that Google took a less permissive stance towards non-Market apps, so hopefully we can get back to the good old days of keeping the whole price (minus 3-4% or so in credit card fees) for all of our Android sales.
I think it would at least hurt Android and definitely violate longstanding Google tradition if Google nixed it.
True, but that would pair with an iPhone toocharacter said:The other possibility is a BT keyboard such as the Logitech diNovo Mini which should pair with whichever Android you get.