Blackberry to Back peddle to Android

Th END is Near....Blackberry in desperate need for users

Th END is Near….Blackberry in desperate need for users

When you want to run Android apps, would you buy a Blackberry Z10? Of course not. Why on earth would you buy into a faltering device that has nothing new to offer?

First, I was a blackberry users at some point of my digital life and had Blackberry Messaging turned on like my life depended on it. As it turned out, the service was pretty fucked up. You needed a subscription to send messages to a friends within a closed network. What is this? SMS Sex? Why should I pay to get on this sort of messaging? Doesn’t MSN messenger do this as well? What about Whatsapp?

Then you had Blackberry Appworld. This is probably the best place to find an overpriced and neutered app of your choice that ran on Blackberry. To add to its disgrace, Facebook (free usage data with a blackberry subscription) wasn’t half as advanced as the ones found on iOS and Android. Trusted that I had an entry level Blackberry Bold at that point but it still doesn’t justify the damn subscription model.

And you can’t download apps on Blackberry Appworld if you didn’t first subscribe to the Blackberry service. So if your subscription had lapsed, you’d be driven out from the community like a Pariah and left to rot if you didn’t learn your lesson. Membership had its privileges.

Blackberry made money from its subscription service. And it continues to see this as one of the most important features of the platform. Getting a Blackberry and not using its service is like buying a car without wheels. You have a dumbphone with some Internet capability but little else. Would you use a car without wheels just coz it had air conditioning?

And have you seen the price of the Z10? Blackberry thinks it can pull off an Apple. Just because it has a fruit name, Blackberry hopes to ride on the success of its stellar cousin. WTF?

Lastly, why the hell would you give out development tools to convert Android apps to Blackberry 10? Shouldn’t you be doing this with iOS apps since they make the most money and developers will not mind having another revenue stream if it converts well. The problem is, Blackberry never had an affinity for OSX, and by not having those tools made for OSX, they are missing out on the goldmine they were digging for. Cascades Framework from Blackberry only port non-games. And if you did try to port a game over, you’d still have to struggle with code in Blackberry 10 SDK.

With all this, Blackberry has met its Waterloo (pardon the pun but RIM Blackberry is headquartered in a town with the same name in Canada) in the same way Napoleon did in Belgium on fine day in 1815. It was that day the Emperor of France was dethroned. Mighty Blackberry seems to want this same fate.

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iOS versus Android: Multi Tasking Conundrum

urlMany people have fallen in love with the Galaxy Note 2’s multi tasking feature and on the Galaxy Note 10.1 but what about iOS multi tasking? Why hasn’t it taken off?

The simple answer is really the cost of onboard RAM.

Mobile devices have a very complicated way of using RAM. On the iPhone you have about 1GB of RAM (it’s more like 977 GB after formatting the RAM segments into usable memory space). The Galaxy Note 2 has 2GB of RAM (also a tad less after format) and so does the Galaxy Note 10.1.

The iPhone and it’s iPad siblings all have 1GB of RAM (with the exception of the iPad Mini which only has 512GB).

What we often get confused with is the use of Internal Storage (which is often quoted in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB). Internal storage is used differently by the processor while the absolute RAM is what determines the multi tasking capability.

What Samsung did with the the GN 2 is no rocket science. They just doubled the amount of RAM and allowed apps to run and used at the same time on one screen.

Apple can do the same thing with its iOS devices, just double down the amount of RAM and make APIs  for true multitasking. Why it hasn’t done so boils down to cost. By making it multi-task, it also makes it more expensive. Since there is a price point in which people are willing to pay for a device, Apple stands to make more money by debasing the hardware to its bare minimum to run its slew of apps. Technically, Apple makes you pay more for less hardware.

Android devices were made in the same vein as iPhones, with limited RAM. I remember owning my Acer Liquid Android phone that only had 512MB of RAM. With apps that has onboard tracking and notification, it will stay resident in RAM and refuse to be booted out. Facebook for example occupies 21 MB of RAM. It does not seem like much but once you add on all the bloatware, it will take a hefty chuck of RAM from you.

Once available RAM space is limited, you will start to see some lag and performance problems. That is why you have these apps that zap or reset the RAM with a push of a button. Next question, how effective is this? Not very I’m afraid.

Each app on Android require permissions to run and once you download them, its like saying yes to everything they think you need. Apps that need notification access and tracking via GPS often stay resident even after you have boosted your RAM space with a reset. The app will re-load these instructions into your Android RAM once they are turned on and keep them there until the next time you do another RAM reset. Just take a peep into your Task Manager and check the RAM availability and you’d be surprised to see just how many apps are camped out in your RAM partition. It listed Facebook as the number one culprit, with 21MB! Google Plus doesn’t even need half that much.

Apple doesn’t offer true multi tasking and as such, do not have such RAM related problems. But you will noticed that even in iOS, the iPhone does slow to a crawl once you have left too many apps open in the background.

This could change once more RAM is installed. Personally I would pay to have more RAM but that’s not remotely possible. “Obsolesce” is what keeps these people in business so each time your hardware gets old, best to toss out the old and bring in the new.

Samsung’s Jellybean Update for Galaxy Note

I would also like to caution those who are eagerly awaiting the Galaxy Note’s Jellybean upgrade to bring this multi tasking capability. It will not run well if you don’t have enough RAM onboard. The original GN just doesn’t have it to run two apps at the same time even though it is technically possible (try tossing Facebook app from your device for a start) if you cleared up enough space for it. Aside from this, battery drain will also be an issue as it has a much smaller battery than compared to the new Galaxy Note 2.