Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Mar 2013 17:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Yesterday, during the most insane launch event in the history of technology, Samsung unveiled its next big flagship, the Galaxy S4. I really couldn't care less about this new phone - another plastic phone that looks exactly like its predecessor - but the flurry of interviews with Samsung executives that followed is far more interesting. With them, Samsung has repositioned Tizen - and if you connect the dots, something interesting is starting to appear.
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RE[2]: About apps
by JAlexoid on Fri 15th Mar 2013 23:02 UTC in reply to "RE: About apps"
JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

Chinese users seem to prefer competition rather than being locked into one walled garden of an official app store, be it Google Play, iTunes etc

And are you saying that the fact that Google Play(and other Google services) barely works in China has no bearing on that? Google does not sell apps in China though Google play. Google search is heavily restricted. GMail connections are monitored.Barely usable is a compliment, but Google is hardly to blame...

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RE[3]: About apps
by KLU9 on Sat 16th Mar 2013 17:26 in reply to "RE[2]: About apps"
KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

And are you saying that the fact that Google Play(and other Google services) barely works in China has no bearing on that?

No, I'm not. But it seems the lack of people letting themselves be locked into a single "official" app store applies equally to iOS, not just Android.

But again, just going by what I've read. no personal experience. I need to ask some of my Chinese students about this.

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RE[4]: About apps
by JAlexoid on Tue 19th Mar 2013 11:38 in reply to "RE[3]: About apps"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

No, I'm not. But it seems the lack of people letting themselves be locked into a single "official" app store applies equally to iOS, not just Android.

But again, just going by what I've read. no personal experience. I need to ask some of my Chinese students about this.


As I said - barely usable is a compliment for Google.
Chinese can't use Google's services to their full extent practically, even if they want to. As a result the Chinese counterparts(while being inferior in reality) are much more functional than anything Google.
It has little to do with preference for no lock-in, it's more about preference for functional.

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RE[3]: About apps
by cdude on Sat 16th Mar 2013 17:37 in reply to "RE[2]: About apps"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

Google Search -> Baidu. Baidu is the number 1 search-engine in China, not Google.
GMail -> Yahoo/etc. GMail is not much used in China anyways.
Google Play -> eg Baidu app store and others: http://www.gizchina.com/2012/08/14/20-ways-to-get-free-android-apps...

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