Episode 101

On this week’s episode: Stefan struggles to convince James that WWDC was enjoyable. Over in Android-land, Google’s operating system gets a new logo. Intel shows off a tablet that’s thinner than the iPad Air, yet it runs full blown Windows. Temple Run hits the one billion downloads mark. Is the LG G3 better than the Sony Xperia Z2? And finally, who is Windows Phone actually for?

As always, feedback is appreciated, and if you use iTunes, then be sure to leave a rating since it helps the show move up in the rankings. The higher it is, the more listeners, and the more listeners, the more chocolate chip cookies start showing up in the mail.

[Episode 101, 32 minutes, 35 seconds, 29.5 MB]

Episode 101

6 thoughts on “Episode 101

  1. Rafe says:

    Thanks for your kind words about 361.

    I was more positive on WWDC. The idea of device agnosticism when carrying out tasks implied by Continuity (incidentally, similar to Microsoft’s approach) is very interesting for making the seamless omni-device experience. It’s not something Google can match in quite the same way (well maybe through Chrome). Of course this does need devices within a single ecosystem (not mix and match like James’ set up), but it feels like there’s a lot of potential here.

    I think extensions are far reaching, but I do take the point about it being similar to Android. More generally though, I’ve seen commentary around how Apple is putting the smarts in the device and using the cloud for dumb storage… where as Google seems to be the other way round, with more smarts in the cloud and the device as dumb glass. This plays to the strengths of the companies respective strengths, but does imply some interesting things about future directions

    1. I think it was a Ben Evans piece that said that, I read it too (and agree also). The device has already ‘disappeared’ for many consumers*, so it’s good to see the brands that produce build these invisible products make that process a whole lot easier.

      *remind me to show you some research we did next time I see you.

  2. Will says:

    WWDC was exciting because these things came to the iPhone.

    Sure android had these first, but these are added to what Apple has that android doesn’t:

    Good phone backup solutions
    Guaranteed software support (less of an issue as of late)
    No carrier bloat ware
    High quality automatic camera
    Good retail and warrantee support
    Better apps
    More fine grained app permissions

    The thing about WWDC 2014 is that iPhone fans have very few reasons to switch now while still keeping the things that they like about iPhones.

    1. I’m not sure when you last used an Android phone but:

      – re backup, how do you qualify ‘good’? Dropbox and Google back up are two services that work brilliantly on Android. The latter I’ve been using ever since I had my first Android phone, even with gaps inbetween for other devices, I can still access media, contacts, etc that I took way back when. I’d say that’s pretty good.

      – Guaranteed software support. Is this not available on Android?

      – No carrier bloatware. Surely this depends on a) what device you buy and b) where you buy it from. I’ve never seen carrier bloatware on a Nexus device.

      – High quality automatic camera. Define ‘high quality’ please. The Z2 (my current Android of choice) has a *great* camera.

      – Good retail and warrantee support – again, surely dependent on where you buy it?

      – Better apps. I believe this is subjective, so not passable as a fact.

      – More fine grained app permissions. Examples please.

      I agree with you that WWDC seemed to be more about retention (or ‘lock in’), and it’s interesting to see iPhone-like keyboards come to Swiftkey themes on Android. It’s obvious that Apple have been haemorrhaging users to Android for a while now and the matching of features, to your point, gives existing iPhone reasons less reason to leave.

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