Technology

The New Android 2.2 OS Could Be A Game Changer

cute green robot!

As I’m on the last legs on my current iPhone 3G, running OS 3.0, the time has come to look for a viable replacement. Will it be the iPhone 4G that has been leaked so many times you’d actually think a worm had eaten its way through the apple (groan), or perhaps the only conceivable competition in the form of phones that will run Android 2.2 (Froyo) that was announced at the Google I/O conference recently?

Here’s a list of what works in Android 2.2

  • Tethering and Hot Spot capability
  • Adobe Flash and Air support (Not just HTML5 like Apple)
  • Automatic application update
  • Apps can be installed on an SD Card
  • Voice triggers
  • Improved Search
  • Contextually adsense for mobile advertisement (Can’t say I’m a fan of my mobile device being a mobile ad platform)
  • Camera and video usability improvements
  • A Just In Time (JIT) compiler that yeilds 2x – 5x speed up on the same hardware
  • 2x-3x javascript performance improvements in the browser that ran laps around iPad in a demonstration. – using the V8 Javascript engine
  • Cloud-to-Device messaging API for optimized delivery of push notifications that can drive Android Intents
  • App data backup API
  • Application crash reporting details for developers with lots of details
  • That’s a nice list that gets the geek in me excited. The things I’m apprehensive about, are the form factor of any new devices, and how it all fits into my current tech ecosystem. It would be easy to import everything from my old iPhone to a new one, with all my most used apps that are ingrained into my life, starting from scratch would be pretty sucky.

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    Culture

    Save A Music Blog, Save The Pop Cop!

    The Pop Cop

    Some of you may know that I contribute to a music blog, Waking Up To, and on top of that, we make monthly contributions to the Music Alliance Pact, a collective of 35 different blogs from 35 different countries that features their own local talent to an international readership. Now, this great initiative would not have been possible if not by the blog that started and curates this ongoing series, The Pop Cop.

    At this moment, Jason from the Pop Cop has had his blog shut down by Google without prior warning that they were pulling the plug. It’s always a risk we music blogs face whenever we put up music. To our defence, our intentions are never about piracy, just sharing what we enjoy. Joy is best when shared isn’t it? Usually, only one track from an album goes up, and if some tight-arsed label executive insists that we take a track down, we usually comply. We provide links on how readers can purchase the artist’s music.. an c’mon, you’re talking about die hard fans of music, we spend way too much time listening to it.. great move not recognising a good thing when you see it.

    Anyway, it happens that Jason’s blog got pulled the plug because the blog violated Google’s Terms of Service, because some of his posts were constantly being flagged by the system even after he complied. This is ridiculous because it’s a stupid issue of “Computer says no.” I like Google products, but this is silly because the system messed up, and took down a perfectly legit blog that complied to the terms of service. You can read about it at the Music Alliance Pact blog.

    For me, this is a fight worth fighting. Independent music blogs have always been a great source of recommendations to alternative music to the mainstream music machine. It betters lives by revealing layers within layers into the many subcultures of music. It supports local talent when no one else would. We are doing a good thing, and by George, we’ll fight if have to. Because you can’t tell us what we can or cannot listen to!

    Write to Google – support@blogger.com – and demand that The Pop Cop blog gets reinstated so Jason can at least get three years of his life back and move the content elsewhere. We don’t want to take away The Pop Cop’s contribution to the wonderful community of music lovers, and the good things he’s done for fans and artists alike!

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    Opinion, Technology

    Google Buzz Idea: Crowdsourced Searches

    Google

    So most people I know should now see Google Buzz in their gmail sidebars. For some, it might not mean much, for others.. it might mean a little bit too much. It doesn’t really matter, because I hope I have an idea that perhaps could make Google Buzz matter.

    The press tips Google’s latest product as sort of a social network involving your Google profiles. Valleywag sounds out that automatically adding various Google profiles could be a breach of privacy and Hutch Carpenter talks about ideas bringing people closer together. Do any of these things matter? Perhaps. If you’re still thinking that Buzz is exactly like Wave.

    Buzz is a sorta of hybrid social network x lifestream. No in fact, it’s so much closer to Facebook, the only difference is that it automatically pulls your interactions on the web into the buzz-feed. Not that it’s important right now, we already have enough online maintenance of our other profiles.

    This is important when you want to combine Google’s greatest strength, Search with your social network.

    Am I saying that Google should make our searches public? Heavens! I hope not! But I think they could make SOME of our searches public, and share it with our Google Buzz friends, or those that we allow.

    The Idea
    Think about it, Google has gone as far as automatically making us follow people, and have people following us, pull our web activity into a stream. It shouldn’t be un-doable to have a “Crowdsource” button on the main search page, that makes that particular search public.

    And what if you only want to share with colleagues? Well, Twitter has lists, it shouldn’t be a problem for Buzz to implement the same feature.

    Getting things done faster
    Admit it, we’re voyeurs, that’s why we’re on Facebook, Twitter or reading blogs. But that’s exactly why being able to check out someone else’s search history is mindblowing. I’m leveraging on that innate nosiness that will allow us to help our Google contacts in their searches, if they allow it (By hitting the would-be Crowdsource button).

    With this, and the building of the Google social network, it will be so much easier and more effective to collaborate, especially when we’ll be “wasting time” on Google Buzz

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