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ZTE – “no reason for it to develop a smartphone running WP7”

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Allegedly Ballmer said he was to "kill Google", if thats the case then secure the chairs at Redmond this week, ZTE does not seem to want WP7. I wonder how long before WP7 goes the way of the Kin?

Mobile phone company ZTE will probably have a few chairs flying at Redmond this week with its announcement that it doesn’t see any reason to go with a WP7 smartphone.  And who can blame them?  NetworkWorld is reporting that ZTE have said:

Smartphone maker ZTE has publicly dissed Microsoft, saying the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system is not popular enough, nor has Microsoft done enough to make it so, and that ZTE sees no reason for it to develop a smartphone running WP7……..ZTE is not the first handset maker to express disappointment with Microsoft over WP7……..

Source: NetworkWorld

Disappointment over WP7? Thats rather polite.  Just like the Kin, Zune, Vista et al, many tech writers believed that these products didn’t meet the grade at time of first announcement and it seems only the vast war chest of cash Microsoft threw at them prolonged their life long enough to be slightly more than a blip on tech history.

I have previously commented that fun could be poked at Redmond whilst it blunders around with these “projects” but unfortunately the victims of these “idea’s” are paying customers who sadly bought into the advertising campaigns, PR and MVP promotion.  These end-users are the ones who are left out-of-pocket with a product which very few people use and watch as the rest of the world buys products which are received far better.

It was reported that Steve Ballmer said in 2005:

I’m going to f—ing kill Google

Source: SMH

So come on Stevie, you’ve had 6 years and Google has gone from strength to strength.  When is this “onslaught” to start Stevie? I wonder, are your shareholders still asking when this “killing” is going to happen or have they given up?

It seems ironic that the mighty Microsoft that once was the only word on people’s lips, now seems to have most articles (certainly in the case of OpenBytes) dedicated to one product and its failings.

To end this article and for me to show the lack of love for WP7, we will quote some comments from readers of NetworkWorld and elsewhere on the net, which I think give a very good insight into people’s feelings:

MS can steal ideas but it cant buy success. This is whats leftover after you steal everything you can get away with. It was born from theft. It lies to the people all the time and in the end the people lose

Source: Commenter on Networkworld

I don’t like Microsoft’s products, like Office, Hotmail, IE, Zune, Bing, Bing Maps. So when Microsoft makes a mobile OS that requires me to use 4 of the aforementioned products I feel entitled to SLAM WP7 on principle alone.

Source: Commenter on Networkworld

…. I had to make a decision based on how I used my last smartphone whether to wait for WP7 or go with what I knew I could work with. And since I had followed it I knew WP7 wouldn’t cut it.

Source: Commenter on Networkworld

….It would seem that if it was so good, a company putting a lot of effort behind it might expect to gain a lot of ground as the leader if they could get it into the hands of their users. I suspect it’s not really so well regarded. And I further suspect no company is willing to sacrifice itself on the alter of a smartphone OS that would have been a hit in 2006, but not in 2011. Except Nokia. Be sure to practice early by saying at least once a day, “Nokia who?”

Source: Sinister Midget III – Comp.os.linux.advocacy

I do hope WP7 rattles on for some time to come (fingers crossed, we are passed Kin lifespan!), if it wasn’t for the not-so-smart phone, then I don’t think I’d write much about Microsoft at all.  Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Goblin

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Android apps get terminated

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What’s the difference between a cyborg and an Android? I believe one represents a more human form than the other, putting that aside though, it appears that certain apps on the Android marketplace are being terminated due to being of an alleged malicious nature.

This should be of good news to everyone but when looked at closer it may well have some worrying undertones for the future.

So what’s the problem?

I think we all agree that malicious software benefits nobody but the shady individuals that create it and one could argue that Apple’s app store is a safer place to be.   That safety has a price though and that being Apple can and will dictate what software you can have access to.   Thats great for lessening the risk of having your phone compromised, not so great if you want an app that performs a function which Apple deems you shouldn’t have.

This article though is not about open marketplace v closed, its more considering that whilst I am sure Goggles actions are entirely honourable, it does not bode well for the future.

It is reported that a list of apps which have been deemed malicious have been removed from the marketplace.   It’s quite likely that the vast majority of users will not have even noticed them anyway since regardless of which marketplace you frequent, we all exercise a certain amount of vigilance when choosing what to install.  “safe” apps have been known to release a marketing salvo on users installing them and one of the nice things which Android does is try to inform you exactly what the app has access to before you install.  Anyone who doesn’t install an app from a position of research and awareness is asking for trouble and unfortunately there are plenty of gullible users out there for malicious software to exploit.  It’s a growing market too and as the technically inept (who previously ridiculed those interested in tech) blunder about in cyberspace, they are ripe for the picking, “one born every minute” I think the saying goes.

What I worry about is the announcement that Google has a “kill switch” that delves into your phone and removes it.   This is probably great for “Johnny come lately”  who quite frankly is a bane on every other users life, these are the people who are online with a Windows machine so stuffed full of infection that it would make a Resident Evil zombie look like it was in good health.   IT elitist? Maybe, but these people are responsible for cyberspace being ruined.   I wish computing/IT would go back to the 90s, it was far better when the mainstream were not generally as interested.

So thanks to Google for “helping” its users.  What happens when the RIAA or similar makes a claim that an app infringes copyright or that an app COULD be used to do so? Are we to see a repeat of the recent actions with the word “torrent” and Google to jump on board with a “more than happy to oblige” attitude?

To me, a far better solution would be to provide a list, award or badge to safe, approved apps and leave the rest on the marketplace with a “user beware” ethos.  We are all capable of doing our own research to find out if an app is safe and if there is doubt, then exercise a modicum of common sense and leave well alone.

Goblin

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