Around this time last year the Yorkville Media Centre hosted to the first ever AndroidTO. A year and 2 different deserts later they are back to do it again. The second AndroidTO commences tomorrow October 26th, 2011 at the perfect time with the recent unveiling of Ice Cream Sandwich a.k.a. Android 4.0 which will to unify the tablet and mobile versions of Android.
AndroidTO is for developers of all stripes whether you have been on the scene since the start or curious to make the jump into mobile and or Android. It is also for enthusiasts who live and breathe mobile technology who are always on the hunt for the new and shiny. As Android takes centre stage tomorrow the little robot will be joined by a multitude of speakers along 2 main tracks one for developers and the other for the passionate professionals. (more…)
So starting a new part-time gig I find myself in need of a smartphone. I have a Blackberry 8900 but that has been looking a look in the tooth the past few months and with Blackberry 6.0 fast approaching it is looking older than ever. I had the chance to try out an older Android phone and I really liked what I saw. I was also thinking about getting an iPhone 4 but the lock in and monthly cost really give me pause.
What I really like about the Android ecosystem is that it is evolving so fast. I think that Android is playing catch up to the maturity of Apple’s iOS. Combine this with Apple’s renoun for creating products that just work has made them the star they have become in the last decade.
Mobile will become the smartphone. It is happening but it will take a while before the dumb phone dies. I was amazed when I could check my twitter, e-mail and whatever else at the same time. The keyboard let a lot to be desired but I quickly got the hang of it. Now that I have tried a touch based smartphone I don’t think this old school Android would be enough. I have a feeling that I would quickly run into the limitations and that would limit my appreciation for the device as it seems every month a new Droid is released.
I do want the iPhone but not enough to get one under contract and I know that the with the plans available I would be better off paying for the phone outright rather than save on the device to pay more on the contract.
I am not sure what kind of user I would be but I have a feeling I would be a moderate user of any phone. At this point I have only e-mail on my phone which has limited me from experiencing all that a Blackberry has to offer and I can’t change it without paying a penalty.
So my mission is to get a new phone and escape contract purgatory and never go back, that is worth the effort and owning whatever smartphone I get from the outset.
Is mobile the maturation of the internet as a whole? People have been talking about the development of the net forever and its explosion over the last decade and a half. Now that mobile technology is flourishing and wireless data is exploding we are seeing the potential of what a data rich world can provide. Slowly but surely we no long have to be chained to a desk but can take our data with us wherever we go. It is not just through smartphones but iPad type devices that we incorporate into our daily life that is fundamentally changing what data means to us?
In the short term this means that we are paying for our devices as the data access points and could be paying the same companies per device. We are seeing this with the iPad, iPhone and other devices. When these devices reach a certain point consumer pressure and changing models will have to adapt to new usage patterns. The consumer will only pay for data separately up to a point and there will come a time when at least I hope where I can get a data plan pool and dip any device I choose into it. That flexibility will be cost a premium at first but it will decline over time. (I hope)
This depends on the marketplace and in Canada I can see this being a very slow and gradual process that may not even come to pass given the power and influence of the telecommunication firms have. Mobile is changing so fast it can make your head spin but rich media is a part of many of our lives and that will only expand and quickly as the iPhone and Android platforms are showing.
Mobile with GPS becomes a powerful tool and foursquare shows us how engagement and a real ability to change behaviour. While this may never represent the majority of people it will continue to grow. The ability for advertisers and companies to tap into these markets is what the evolution of the internet is becoming. Think of Japan as it is today with mobile but increase the scale and level the platforms more and that is where I think we are heading. Mobile is the maturation of the internet and its incorporation into our daily lives wherever we are.
Welcome to the next battleground. Run and duck and be prepared to fight it out as there will be some winners and many losers as we figure out what it means to live in a sea of data anytime, anywhere and as that comes to all of us not just the few.
Aww I love that picture of the Android plushie trying to eat that Mac, it should be an iPad though. Thanks Wired love your articles.