I love to shop, especially when it does not cost a lot…
I used my SDK virtual Android/Linux device to browse the marketplace and found some gems:
- Roger Phillips’s Mushroom Lite – nice pix and cool search methods, including edibility, but too few entries to be much fun. There is a full version but it costs a few dollars more
- NewEgg’s App – Isn’t this great? You can shop, check specs, and order goods while walking around. They’re the folks who sold me Beast’s new motherboard. My usual supplier has no apps and did not have a suitable motherboard.
- Simple spreadsheet – It is simple but if you need to make lists or do a bit of maths while walking around, why not? You could make a simple ballistics calculator programme with this.
- 170000+ Recipes – In case you need to check an ingredient while shopping or planning a meal while commuting… Who cares if there is an annoying little ad to pay for it?
These few examples show the value consumers and techies find in the Android/Linux smart thingies. Applications abound and the value of just a few of these applications is worth the expense of the gadget over time. On top of that you have mobility and complete customization because it’s FLOSS and you can install your own apps as needed. I don’t even have a smart thingy yet and I can see the value. Young, mobile folks just walking around see the value their friends are getting. I am going to fix my Christmas Wish List to the door of the refrigerator ASAP. Probably a tablet with Android/Linux 4.0 would be good.
This is only the beginning. What Google and ARM and partners have brought to the market will be bigger than the desktop monopoly ever was and will swamp and overrun that leaky boat. At the current rate of adoption, by next year the whole world will be wondering why they put up with M$ and friends running lives, industries and PCs for so long. This is clearly a better way to do IT.