How many more artists must cash in credibility to hitch their wagon to a smartphone star? How many more manufacturers must package inessential music with their hero phones? The answer remains unclear but until the practice stops, complaints about unauthorized downloads and privacy invasion will continue to steal some thunder from perfectly good smartphones.
When you think about the number of times you've looked at the screen of your smartphone in the past few hours, whether iPhone or Android or Windows Phone, it's hard not to resort to hyperbole when talking about the original iPhone.
Considering the push for gigabytes and the certain doom for networks that can’t keep up, plans measured in megabytes seem like an anomaly. Options with less than 1GB are, at best, starting to look hopelessly outdated. At worst, they look like a slightly less than straightforward cash grab.
Carriers have long been trying to figure out how best to make use of the massive amounts of data out various cellular-connected devices create. Until now, they haven't really done a good job of what many analysts refer to as digital gold.
If Android and the many OEM partners can find a way to close the fragmentation gap, then Android Wear could become as pervasive as its parent software. Of course, if someone releases a commercially viable smartwatch with its own cellular connection, then fragmentation ceases to be a phone-watch pairing issue and becomes a standalone smartwatch problem.
This is T-Mobile's way into major metropolitan markets, where it will continue to take subscribers from the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Yes, Verizon has its XLTE product, and Sprint has its "Spark" offering, but neither of those are offering the kinds of speeds T-Mobile is putting up right now.
Users of high-end smartphones are not going to buy the Fire Phone for a number of reasons but the limited access to Google Play is one big reason power users will stay away. Gesture control and 3D are not enough to sway the power user from an LG G3, an HTC One M8, or a Galaxy S5, all of which cost the same but offer full access to the Google Play store.
With its deep integration of Microsoft's Office software, Windows Phone really does have a chance to make it in the smartphone game, but it absolutely must get developers, both big and hyper-local, behind it and not in the half-hearted manner they are now. It might be argued that Steve Ballmer realized this better than anyone.
If priorities were in the right place, though, it would be Amazon working around T-Mobile’s schedule. Amazon’s (probably) phone will show off some cool tricks but after the show, it’s still just another Android smartphone. Amazon is an interesting player with a strong ecosystem but it won’t become a major disruptor in the smartphone space on day one.
Amazon is built for a smartphone. Consider its assets: a HUGE customer base; extensive billing system; walled content ecosystem; a line of tablets and eReaders; set-top box that will likely place nice with the new phone. What does that all mean? It means instagrow for Amazon smartphone share.
If the leak about the Lightning Connector headphones is true, and you're an iPhone user, get ready to eventually buy more expensive adaptors along with the additional Lightning Connector cords you've bought since the spec was switched from the 30-pin we'd all come to know and...well, know.
My developer friend said if Apple keeps this up, he was hopeful that by iOS 9, he won’t even have to jailbreak. If that feeling even partially resonates through the developer and jailbreaker community, then Apple’s made a huge step toward opening its doors to the outside world. But the inverse effect must be considered. If the hurdles for developers are shrinking, the learning curve for the common end-user might be getting steeper.
WEA is one of those rare instances where a number of players - regulators, government, first responders, carriers - got a lot of moving parts to fit together and the results are truly impressive, to the extent that they could actually save lives.
While I'm not sure that name-calling tactics are necessarily helpful, I am at least encouraged that the public is aware of what's happening in big technology and is active in implementing what appears to be a rough set of checks and balances within that realm.
Given my medical scare, you can forgive me for being psyched about the talk of a possible UV exposure sensor in the rumored iWatch. For real, put that thing in any smartwatch, smartshirt, smartshoes, smartpants, I don’t care. I want it. This is the killer mHealth feature for me.