A new study shows that Android users have a higher “loyalty” to their OS than iOS users have, 91% to 86%. techcrunch.com has the story.
“Human beings don’t want to be controlled by machines. And we are increasingly being controlled by machines ... This is likely to be the narrative of the next thirty years.”
This quote from Fred Wilson’s What happened in 2017 article makes me think of Apple’s recent dumb software design decisions as much as it makes me think of algorithms that control my news feeds. As just one example, Apple’s decision to make the “turn off bluetooth” button mean “turn off bluetooth ... well, just until tomorrow” makes me want to switch to Samsung. So, yeah, if I don’t want to be controlled by Apple’s poor design decisions, I sure don’t want to be controlled by robots.
Forbes has a good article on the causes of the Samsung Note 7 battery explosions, including everything Samsung did to understand the problem, and a little bit about where they’re going from here.
I don’t know what their unit of measure is, but the folks at Remix OS (Android for the desktop) show that an Intel Core i7 CPU is much faster than mobile CPUs from Samsung, HTC, etc.
Update: In the latest round of “leapfrog,” the latest devices from Samsung and others are now using faster chips than what is shown in this image.
This article on phonearena.com shows good performance information when comparing the new Samsung Galaxy 6 to the almost-as-new Apple iPhone 6. The HTC One M9 is also covered. The results show that the iPhone 6 is fastest in single-core performance, the Galaxy 6 is fastest in multi-core performance, and the M9 is neck-and-neck with the iPhone 6 in graphics performance.
This was an interesting note about screen resolution: “When it comes to resolution, the differences between these three phones could not be larger: the iPhone 6 sports a 750 x 1334-pixel 4.7 inch display; the One M9 has a 1080 x 1920-pixel 5 inch screen; and the Galaxy S6 a 1440 x 2560-pixel 5.1 inch display.”
Samsung tvs that can respond to voice commands capture everything you say, and transmit that across the internet, and share that information with Samsung “third parties.” (Image from Twitter.)
I’m currently in the market for a new car, and as I was looking at small SUV designs, it occurred to me that if you think Samsung copies the heck out of Apple, you should check out these SUV designs from Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, and Honda.