“8” Roll-out A Year Away

Let’s see:

  • Android 4 code was released 2011-10-19 and is found on retail shelves within weeks
  • “7” beta released 2008-12-27 and “7” was released to manufacturers 2009-7-22 and arrived in public on 2009-10-22, ten months after the beta

I think by the time “8” will be released, it will already be obsolete. Likely Android will release a couple more times between now and then. M$ is sunk up to its axles in bloat while the world scampers along on small cheap computers.

“8” Roll-out of Beta Scheduled for March 2012

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to “8” Roll-out A Year Away

  1. Apple lost dominant share of smart phones in a year. Apple was at 80%+ in tablets last year and they are down to 60%. Apple is standing still. Their lawsuits are fizzling. “iPad” was just ruled not an Apple trademark in China. iPad TM was bought by Apple but they did not buy the trademark for China, in their neglect. Ten years ago that may have seemed efficient but now it is coming back to bite them… Apple was not thinking globally and even in USA could not get a restriction on Android tablets. They are a pathetic disgrace as a global player. I expect they will max out in 2012 and decline.

  2. Clarence Moon says:

    You may be making a mistake in fussing over Microsoft in the realm of “small, cheap computers” as you describe phones and tablets, Mr Pogson. Meanwhile, Apple may be sneaking in under your radar and stealing the crown jewels every bit as completely as Microsoft once did in the PC business. They apparently have a cozy relationship with the service providers reminiscent of the Microsoft deals with OEMs:

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/mobile-news/android-tablets-death-by-data-plan/5895?tag=nl.e539

    When you factor in the cost of a data plan with repeating costs month by month forever, the “cheap” part of your equation starts to wither.

    Personally, I do not think that wi-fi limitations are particularly obnoxious and I can easily stiffle myself from needing to be connected to the internet while driving or walking about somewhere. I did pay the $8 charge for wi-fi connection on my last flight, though. The trip was over in next to no time as I was busy web surfing. It was easy to make a quick stop at a MacDonalds and use their wi-fi on a recent automobile trip, too.

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