Category Archives: Google

Google, Android, Intel, AOSP: What?

With Android One, Google puts itself firmly back in the OS’ driving seat

Its Android One partnerships mean Google no longer has to put its eggs in one basket, and also make sure that local OEMs stick with Android as Google envisages it, not as handset makers and operators would have it. Google seems to have been increasingly trying to reduce others’ influence on the operating system — banning the customisation of Auto, TV, and Wear; wrestling Samsung over its Magazine UI; and gradually withdrawing its support for the AOSP version of Android.

Android One is just the next step in that progression. Google is using the lure of a turnkey mobile platform to get everyone else in the value chain to give up hope of tweaking Android for their own ends. While most handsets in developed markets use the GMS version of Android, which puts Google’s services front and centre, in the developing world AOSP — the original open source Android that can be forked and adapted at will — is far more prevalent. Google has been slowly allowing AOSP to wither and has now stepped in with Android One an alternative — an alternative that puts Android back under its control and its services back in users’ eyelines.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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Say What? Google Translate

I really don’t like to translate something twice.

But then there are times when it’s imperative:

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Desperate Google Apologizes For Being Google-y

Three years later — when absolutely no one at all caresGoogle drops its Real Names policy for Google+.

Previously here:

Even Near-Death, Google+ People Still Don’t Get It!
Google Me-Too Minus
“Google+ Is Dead”
Goodbye Google+
The Google+ Real Name Policy Is Wrong

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Even Near-Death, Google+ People Still Don’t Get It!

A Personal Reflection On Google+

The fight over real names, which was a constant area of discussion for the company during my time there, is a case in point. Google’s desire for privacy and choice was in direct contradiction to its need for real names to get the data it wanted. Google+ was not the only social network that required real names, but it was the hardest to avoid thanks to its integration across Google’s product portfolios. Frankly, the issue always got more publicity than it should have (really, there were so few people who actually cared about this issue based on user feedback), but it was a telling issue that Google just couldn’t think outside of its voracious appetite for data.

This guy is going to be in trouble no matter where he works.

He has the Big Data mindset.

Saying “so few” people cared is to mistake popularity for importance.

The human race is not pushed forward by the many. It’s pushed forward by the few.

Out of the tens of thousands of NSA employees and contractors, there’s been only one Edward Snowden.

Because only he came forward, does that mean “so few” people care about what the NSA has done (and is probably still doing)? Because only he came forward to blow the whistle, does that dismiss the importance of what he did?

What about Deep Throat and the Watergate scandal? Because only he cared, it didn’t matter?

If this guy can’t understand why the hell anonymity matters, why Google’s push for Real Names was so idiotic, he shouldn’t be in the business of handling any user information.

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My 2011 Is Your 2014

WARNING: From time to time, I get really pissed off and must do a Very Angry Post. This is one of those posts. Stop reading now if you don’t like such posts.

Here, 2011: Apple’s Next Greedy Move: Exclusivity

2014: Apple, Google offering game developers special incentives for exclusivity

Now just STFU when you find what I write hard to believe.

You are the idiot. Not me.

The shit I have to eat from people who can’t think…

Today I’m getting shit over Chinese tablets. Come back in three to five years when practically everyone is using a Chinese-brand tablet.

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Google Books Advanced Search

They removed this ability quite some time ago. I don’t know why because it’s often useful.

Anyway, it actually still exists despite the link no longer appearing.

Click here for Advanced Book Search.

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Google Chrome, Windows XP, Twitter SSL Certificate Problem

This is what many people running Google Chrome browser with Windows XP are getting when trying to connect to Twitter:

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Dual-Boot Windows/Android Is Dead

Paywalled: Asustek’s Dual-OS Devices Hit a Wall, Shelves Plans For Transformer Book Duet TD300

Plans for a new breed of mobile devices running operating systems from both Microsoft Corp. and Google, Inc. have apparently hit a wall, falling victim to opposition from the software suppliers.

Facing pressure from Google and Microsoft, Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc. has indefinitely postponed plans to sell a high-profile device designed to simultaneously run both Android and Windows software, people familiar with the matter said.

Microsoft and Google ruin Intel’s plan for dual-OS tablets

There’s no word out of China yet regarding the planned Ramos introduction of its dual-boot Windows/Android i10 Pro tablet on March 20 being delayed or cancelled. Given that it looks like they’re using vanilla Android Open Source Project, they could probably continue as-is.

Previously here:

Ramos i10Pro Tablet Is Dual-Boot Windows/Android
Ramos: Dual-Boot Windows/Android Tablet
Repeating: Google Against Dual-Boot Tablets
Google Forbids Windows/Android Dual-Boot Tablets

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Repeating: Google Against Dual-Boot Tablets

Via PadHz, here, February 23, 2014: Google Forbids Windows/Android Dual-Boot Tablets

CNet, February 25, 2014: No Nirvana? Is Asus rethinking Android-Windows 8.1 device?

CNet, March 7, 2014: Google cited as bothered by Android-Windows hybrid

I often get shit on Twitter for citing Chinese reports. I understand that sometimes they seem unbelievable — and add to that the ambiguity of Google Translate.

Yet many times I’ve found they have the real deal before anyone in America notices.

Anyway, I wouldn’t be surprised if dual-boot machines are killed by Google. All they really do is aid Microsoft. That’s not something Google wants.

I’m sure Asus will cite either “no market demand” or the catch-all “technical issues” when finally announcing the cancellation.

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Google Forbids Windows/Android Dual-Boot Tablets

That’s what PadHz is claiming, based on a report from the “Taiwan Economic Times” — the original source of which I cannot find [Google Translate].

Apparently this is Google’s reaction to Microsoft dropping its Windows 8.1 device licensing fee to US$15.

I don’t know that this will break many hearts. It’s interesting to see Google push around a partner like Asus, though.

What’s next? Google somehow forbidding the emulation of Android on Windows desktops and devices?

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