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Old August 11th, 2013, 07:53 AM   #40 (permalink)
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And to all the people comparing the Closed Source to Google and saying they will become like apple.. Please. Considering it's all founded on Open Source..
Realistically, in this context open source's effect is that manufacturers can do stuff, we can review some code for security, and we can maybe put together some ROMs on some devices. It does not mean that we are empowered to fix all the ills if only we have the necessary abilities.

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Do you really need an SD card? Use Dropbox and what not.
I think you will find that I am the biggest fan of cloud storage. Just look at my sig. However, it is not the same. Sure, you can accomplish some of the same goals with it, but overall cloud storage and local storage are very different products for very different purposes. Folks like me, nickgrumpycatdalzell*, and JIMV aren't well-served by cloud storage in all of our needs, only some.

For me, a major shortcoming of cloud storage is connectivity, which is something that I lack. As well, all that radio use would (not exaggerating) make my battery last an hour or two at most. Working with local storage I can get much more reasonable battery life.

*: nick, I hope you take that humorously. I enjoy your grumpy rants about this stuff and agree with most of it.

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And for the batteries not being able to be removed. If you're lazy it'd be a problem. All you have to do is unscrew it. I changed my iPhone battery in 5 minutes.
Because of the aforementioned battery life I carry a spare that I can plop in, it's small and fits easily in my pocket. Without a removable battery spares are USB-connected, large and clunky. I'm not taking apart my phone in the middle of the forest when my GPS has sucked up all the juice.

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AND as for the apps. Last time I checked Google does not own Dolphin Browser. Just because apps are choosing that UI means absolutely nothing. That does not mean android 5 will be all "flat card based UI"
It is normal for an OS maker to strongly recommend certain choices by third party programmers and really make it easy to comply by providing SDKs and APIs and other TLAs.


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As for the Play Store get in and get out? It's not an app you play with. You find what you want and leave.
Indeed. That's how I use it. I don't like it but since it's not something I need to spend a lot of time on I just tolerate it.

Also there are alternative catalogs for Google Play apps. You can use Appbrain to choose an app and then it takes you to Play to actually install. Competition is good.

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You have to consider these movies tech are just that. Movie tech. Let's be realistic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communicator_(Star_Trek)#Relation_to_current_techn ology
Dr. Martin Cooper, inventor of the first handheld mobile phone, credits the TOS communicator as being his inspiration for the technology. Although the first "brick" mobile phones were much larger, modern flip phones strongly resemble the original series communicator.

Nobody's saying we need exactly the fictional item from a movie or TV show but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't strive for things that are similar. Giving up and then even taking away functionality is not a good thing. We're supposed to be adding functionality or reducing size, not increasing size while taking away functions.

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1980s mac versus now. MAJOR leap. Brick phone versus Galaxy S4. Huge leap.
Phone from a scant few years ago vs. phone of today. Leap backwards, features removed and size increased.

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Or you can just get a non apple mp3 player.
This thread is about Android stuff becoming more like Apple. How do you get a non-Apple device when everything is just like Apple?
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