Apple announced their iPhone 5 and iOS 6 along with a couple of new iPods today. I hope they do well and sell a lot of these devices.
I just want to say something about the new stuff they have added to their products. A bunch of these are available through third party apps. Some of them are already on competing platforms.
Here are some things that comes to my mind…
1. VIP contacts in mail client is pretty much inspired from Priority Inbox in Gmail
2. iCloud Tabs is clearly inspired by similar feature offered by Chrome and Firefox
3. Panorama feature has been available through apps and is a native feature of Android
4. Apple Maps of course uses the same navigation system offered by Google Maps
It is clear that Apple borrows a lot of features from rivals products and apps from third party developers. None of these are Apple’s own innovations. I do not see Google going after them claiming that Apple stole these features from their own products and services. Companies copy features from competitors all the freaking time. Apple is no different. But when they claim that features on their own products are their own innovations and others are stealing them, it sickens me especially when they are not even that original.
A few of the features they claim to have innovated that comes to mind are: slide to unlock and universal search. They used patents related to both of these functionalities to block sales of Android devices. And both of these are not original from any angle. Google it and you would find enough proof that these features did not appear on Apple products first.
HTC and Samsung are two companies that have suffered the most from Apple’s lawsuits. Both of these companies have LTE related patents that could be used to sue Apple. And they are probably going to do exactly that in the coming days now that the iPhone 5 features LTE support.
I do not want them to do so because LTE the next generation mobile internet technology and it needs to be supported by all new smartphones and tablets in the market. But going after Apple is something I would fully support if it ends up giving them the much needed leverage to protect themselves from similar lawsuits from Apple.
The fact is that Apple might claim to be an innovator and inventor of new technologies and ideas and whatever… They steal things from other companies just like every other tech company out there. They need to stop behaving like that annoying kid that refuses to bowl after getting out just because he owns the bat!
They use a low quality button to turn off/on the device. And this button is pretty much necessary to wake up the phone. Especially in the case of a touchscreen device.
This button is unlikely to survive harsh usage and is probably going to die in a matter of months.
I remember a friend’s HTC phone (powered by Windows Mobile!) suffering a similar fate. The HTC guys took around 800 rupees to temporarily fix it. And they warned that the internals are damaged so much that care has to be taken while using the button. And if it goes bad again, a major hardware change would be required that would be pretty costly.
I guess I would probably end up having a similar problem with the Nexus One sometime next year. There are possible ways to fix it… The function to wake up the phone can be assigned to the
joystick trackball (which I do not use anyways). But there are no official ways. No software configuration is available.
There are some third party apps which are very erratic in nature. I am not alone searching for a solution incidentally. It would be good if Google can incorporate such a configurable setting in the Android platform itself. Or HTC might launch an official app that does it for their devices.
HTC is launching the Google G1 mobile phone in USA next month. Europe gets it in November. Asia? No clue.
I expect HTC to bring this phone to India sometime next year. But considering they have been sleeping with Airtel since some time now, they would bring it all locked up.
I wish they could bring this phone (and others to be powered by Google Android) to India unlocked and at decent prices.
Android would be proving to be cheaper for them compared to Windows Mobile. Of course, they need the numbers to justify cheaper pricing of Android powered phones compared to the phones powered by Windows Mobile.
But if the Google G1 was available in the Indian market for around Rs. 15,000 today… They would have had me as a customer.
It’s confirmed now and I cannot wait to get the shock when the two companies would reveal the price of the device.
Considering HTC is selling their Touch range of devices for around Rs. 25-30K in India, I would not be surprised to see Apple iPhone selling in India for like Rs. 35-40K.
That would suck for sure.
I remember seeing this phone with Arun at Samrat’s wedding. That was last year. HTC has finally launched this phone in the Indian market. At an uncool price point of Rs. 33,000!
Somanshu bought it today. I had fun checking it out. I like HTC Smartphones though I believe Tytn II was more fun.