Lollipop update vs iOS update

Google pushed me an OTA update to my humble Moto G last night. It all went very smoothly and I didn’t have to remove half of my content and all my apps to do it (like I did on my iPad). All apps updated except for a little widget I use to toggle 3G data. But lollipop now has that toggle built right in on the home screen. A few niggles:

Can’t get certain things ‘black enough’ and I don’t like the new borderless keyboard as much.

Battery life seems improved, response is as good if not better than before (again, unlike my iPad which Apple virtually bricked with iOS 8) and I’m generally a happy camper

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 brings real possibility of a useable docking mobile device

Remember the last laptop dock? Well, the last serious one was the Atrix, back in 2011. Problem then was that you changed OS when you docked and got the rather uncompelling webtop interface. So uncompelling in fact that it’s now dead.

So Motorola’s announcement of the Snapdragon 810 quad core 64-bit chip is very interesting. If you fork out 500 – 600 pounds, Euros, or dollars for a phone with the same specs as an i5, why buy a separate desktop machine?

Until now, the lack of a uniform cross-platform OS has been the problem, as well as storage. Mobile OSs just don’t work on a desktop. So the big winners here are going to be Microsoft and Google with Windows Mobile morphing to Windows 8, and 10 when you dock, and a seamless transition between Android, or something else Googly and Chrome OS would certainly have me looking very hard at a high spec phone.

One device to rule them all, in my pocket or plugged into a screen, keyboard and mouse. The power is there.

Storage is another matter, I won’t be happy with cloud storage for a few years yet, at least not for stuff I use every day. bandwidth, especially on the upstream is simply not up to it yet although I might keep my legacy or rarely-used content in the cloud, I am going to want instant access to my large collection of every day stuff. But with solid state storage now at the same price as magnetic disks a few years ago, if I can have a small dock with built in 256GB or 512GB of solid state disk for my ‘big’ content, and carry what I need on the hoof in the 64 GB I have in my pocket, with the processing power in my mobile device I can live with that. Especially if that mobile device is running an MS OS, which is supported by my pro programs (Adobe Suite, etc.)

Methinks Intel ought to be very very scared.

Tablets? Really?

I love my iPad. It’s old and I want a new one. It’s a magazine, a notepad, an encyclopedia, a media center and many other things. It’s also frustrating, I can’t plug in external storage and to get lots of things onto it I have to side load via FTP. What is is not, I believe, is a good tool for the classroom. The reasons are simple:

  • Cost: iPads are expensive
  • Productivity: computers have a keyboard
  • Ease of use: you can use USB, cards and other storage peripherals with a computer

I think this explains why ‘Chromebooks leapfrog iPads in US education‘.

HTML reliant OSs

With Samsung strongly behind Tizen, delivering all its smart TVs running the OS as from 2015, HTML-reliant OSs get a boost. It will be interesting to see if Firefox OS comes up to the promise made at MWC 2014 – there has been less noise from Mozilla about Firefox OS than from Samsung about Tizen but the idea of HTML running natively with no browser is exciting