Linked by David Adams on Tue 25th May 2010 04:07 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over at Daringfireball this past weekend, John Gruber put words to what many people are thinking about after Google's rush of Android announcements and not-subtle Apple-bashing at this week's I/O conference: "all-out war." I agree with Gruber that a good old-fashioned bitter rivalry could be a great thing for the computing world, and for smartphone/handheld fans in particular.
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The biggest barrier is the telcos
by robco74 on Tue 25th May 2010 09:57 UTC
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Right now the biggest barrier to the cloud computing future are the telcos. AT&T charges a lot, but can't handle the traffic. Smartphones are neat, but the data plans are expensive. Oh, and you have to pay for a separate plan for each device. It's good that Apple used its leverage to get more reasonable plans (and no contract) for the iPad, but if you want a data device for your laptop and a smartphone, you'll pay through the nose - ditto for tethering. The telcos learned their lessons from landline service and DSL. They don't want to be just a dumb pipe. So we have to endure exclusivity agreements and secondary services that are tied to a provider rather than truly open markets.

I'm glad that Android is moving along nicely (but Google still can't do decent UI to save their lives). It is giving Apple some needed competition. I'm hoping it's even better next year when I ditch my iPhone (mostly due to AT&T's awful service).

I'm a little skeptical about cloud computing however. I'm glad that I can sync my iPhone with my Mac and it gets backed up via Time Machine. I'm glad that my data lives on my machine. Given their recent behavior, I'm not sure I trust Google with my information. Facebook hasn't exactly been an upright citizen either. Mostly I'm concerned because I don't pay Google, or Facebook's bills. Advertisers and data miners do. I'd gladly pay for the services if it meant less intrusive advertising and the guarantee that my data and usage habits won't be sold to other companies. I'd be even happier if (when?) I can set up my own small server and keep my own cloud that I can access anywhere.

Edited 2010-05-25 09:58 UTC

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