Android developer earning $13k a month from his Car Locator app. Not too shabby.
Sad reading this letter from Palm’s CEO about the worse than expected sales of Palm products. I like my Palm Pre, webOS is excellent but it’s hard to explain why I’ve gone back to an iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G is frustrating mainly due to its lack of multi-tasking (copying and pasting a URL from an email into a tweet is dead easy on the Palm Pre, a Pain In The Arse on an iPhone.) The Palm Pre is a better phone too. But the iPhone has better apps (better games mainly) and much of my professional work has been around the iPhone in the past year. It’s scale is hard to argue with, a river you are mad to swim against. webOS represents a better mobile model than iPhone OS in my opinion but Apple executes everything else better. Colleagues just like the iPhone better and those willing to think more tend to pick Android phones as they are geeks and Android is still a geek’s wet dream. Palm the company has to do better if they expect to beat the iPhone. They can’t just make a lovely OS.
Odd, I tend to reboot my iPhone every now and then. Games especially cause memory issues.
Initial impressions of the Windows Phone 7 Series user interface. Abstract. Slick. Unique. Confusing. Where are the 3rd party apps going to go? It shouldn’t need labels saying “Tap to search.” That is bad-UI smell. It is a bold UI move from Microsoft. I hope it works, the iPhone needs competitors to improve.
Get Google Voice working in Ireland using a bit of proxying and Skype.
Ignore Apple shacking up with Microsoft Bing in rivalry with Google. The story for my ears is the skunk-works Apple search project coupled with Apple’s recent advertising company acquisition and the many mobile Apple devices (iPhone, iTouch and possibly iTablet) ready to switch their default search provider. It comes right at the end of this Gruber post.
“The Palm team should do the software and Motorola’s engineers, the hardware” sounds like a decent idea to me.
Verizon is allowing the Palm Pre to be a WiFi hotspot (ala MiFi) for up to 5 connections. Very nice, hope O2 Ireland follow suit.
Gruber is going to love that 46% of the Japanese smart-phone market is now owned by the iPhone. And so many analysts said the East thought American designed mobile-phones were backwards and dysfunctional.