Google pressures Samsung on Jellybean update


There is a reason why some manufacturers prefer to keep some of their devices on a lower operating system but Google is working in the background to get them to up those specs.

The recent rumor about Samsung releasing the Galaxy Note Jellybean update is a clear sign that something is being done in the background to push for some form of standardization.

ICS took forever to reach carriers and devices as an update and having seen that problem, it makes no sense for Google to release an even newer OS if few devices are still running on an earlier OS.

Any dual core enabled device will take Jellybean. Single core devices will suffer of course so there is good reason to hold off on those. There are  no plans to push beyond quad core processors as can be seen in Samsung’s case. Devices are not power efficient enough to last the day when used even moderately. Google’s push for Jellybean can be understood by looking at the situation differently. This can be explained in terms of data mining.

You gotta understand that Google does not want you to use a previous version of their OS because it survives on data mining activities and doesn’t make a penny from developing Android powered markets. It makes literally no money from licensing since it is open source and counts revenues from its Play store and data mining activities as sources of revenue.

Google Now, when used widely can be a revenue generator for Google for ads in the same way that Siri is being prepped up for advertisers. Imaging buying ad space on Siri, where it can suggest a list of services and activities to you. That’s what Google is hoping to emulate with Google Now.

Hardware manufacturers on the other hand are loath to dish out the latest OS because they want you to upgrade to new devices. Samsung makes no money from data mining as yet, and it doesn’t make any money from selling you services either. It makes money from hardware.

Samsung is not compelled to give you the latest OS, after all you have already purchased the device from them and they have already made their money from you. Google has to play hardball to ensure its own revenue stream are not truncated by old firmware.

Jellybean Uptake

There is no mention of when Jellybean will be arriving for the old Galaxy Note. I suspect it will be at the end of Q’1, the very latest that Samsung can delay to avoid the Galaxy Note from cannibalizing sales from its ever shiny Galaxy Note 2.

Right now, Jellybean is only on 10 percent of the hardware. There is a long way more to go if Google wants Jellybean to be the de facto OS of choice for Android hardware.

Mayan Prediction comes true for Adobe Touch apps


So we have all heard that this auspicious date that something will come to an end. It seems it could not have been better said than the way Adobe has decided to withdraw its support for touch devices. This means a host of apps like Collage, Kuler, ideas, etc will face the chop on both iOS and Android tablets while Photoshop Express will be retained. So if the Mayans had this in mind, they were probably right. It is the end of the world of sorts for Adobe once this path is taken.

Adobe is above all, a leader of sorts in media tools. They have a finger in everything that works on a PC. Then came along the mobile apps, which Adobe wanted to faithfully follow but hit a few snags.

Judging from the downloads on Android alone. Most of their apps were failures due to bugs. Like a snake oil salesman, Adobe promised the sky and only delivered the bones. It’s no wonder they didn’t get the support from the creative public.

First, 10 bucks for an app is not a lot of money. And I won’t mind paying for if it worked. Problem is, it doesn’t. There are so many apps out there developed by third parties that was even better than what Adobe could promise. So this can’t be said in the same breath that it cannot be done.

Adobe does not have the skill anymore and is probably relying on more cheap coders than experts to develop the apps. Updates were rare and even with the revisions, no attempt was made to highlight the compatibility of the apps with different hardware. In short, its user focus was too loose. It would have been better to just test and develop the apps on a few select hardware platforms.

Then there is the expectation. We all know that the mobile apps can’t handle what the desktop and notebook PCs can do but Adobe oversold on this. In the end, the coders didn’t deliver the apps with the same promise as the Appstore copy. People left nasty comments and no attempt was made to reach out to users to understand their problem. In a viral and social world, mobile app reviews can determine the demise of your product very quickly.

Adobe likes to think it is a behemoth and moves like one. And once it doesn’t make money from app sales, it kills it off. Adobe could have just made the step to recognize it doesn’t have the talent necessary to create cutting edge mobile apps and just went out to buy up the smaller players who could. It would be the best option.

Adobe’s Touchapps

Over the past year, we’ve been exploring how the creative process can be augmented and enhanced on touch devices. While some of our efforts have been successful, others have been less so. Therefore, starting today, we will no longer be updating Adobe Debut, Adobe Collage, Adobe Proto, or the Android versions of Adobe Ideas and Adobe Kuler.
If you have these apps installed on your iPad or Android tablet you can continue using them, but we will not be providing bug fixes or updates. We will continue to provide support in our forums, so if you have questions you can reach us there or contact Adobe Customer Care.
We will keep supporting and developing our other Adobe Touch Apps and exploring other ways to enhance creative workflows on tablets.”– Adobe

Adobe Abandons Touch apps

Firmware update hiccups on Android and iOS

The word is that ANY firmware updates are going to cause you some grief. And I think that is true for both the iOS and Android platform. My friend just told me that he collected his shiny new iPhone 5 and it started to run on overdrive, so I asked him what the symptoms were. He said the iPhone 5 would keep running hot, and drains the battery within four hours. I could have sworn he was using a Galaxy Note running Android 4.0 as what he explained was what I encountered during the early part of up new firmware update.

He had just backed up his apps to iCloud and downloaded them onto this iPhone 5. The fact of the matter was this, some of the apps were not optimized for use on iOS6 and on new hardware. This will cause the apps to run in circles, draining the battery in the process.

A clean install might work, reset the phone and download the apps once again from the store, but it remains to be seen if it will cure the battery drain issue once and for all. Let’s not forget that the new hardware needs to be optimized  with the apps and unless the apps are reworked, chances are it won’t be running smooth. If you are using just a few third party apps, then you might be in luck, less problems means a smoother experience.

This puts the myth to rest that the iPhone is really a better platform. In fact, if you go round to the Apple forums, people are already talking about the battery drain issue on the iPhone 5 and not a peep has come from Apple regarding the issue.

I just got my Jellybean update for the second time for my Asus TF-300 and for once, there are no more coma problems. It runs smoother too. So for users of the iPhone 5, you just have to bear with it. If you have loads of third party apps that you used often, you have to wait for the new app updates.