Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Aug 2013 21:16 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I wrote this almost exactly three years ago, to much debate:

Sure, Apple will most likely still make far more money per sold iPhone device than competitors will per Android phone, but the trend is clear: as much as I love my iPhone, it will be relegated to a ~10% market share figure within a few quarters.

It took a little longer than "a few quarters", but here we are. Android has revolutionised the smartphone market. I'm not particularly happy about that (both Android and Samsung are far too dominant, which is bad for the market and thus for consumers), but there it is.

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RE[3]: The final conclusion???
by Fergy on Thu 8th Aug 2013 18:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The final conclusion???"
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

The biggest problem right now is: battery technology.

Having a 2x better battery technology would be nice but I think it can be solved by smarter engineering. Intel is working hard on this stuff with integrated power management processors and choosing the most power efficient components for the motherboard. On top of that software can be a lot smarter. My phone does a lot of stuff in the background when it is in my pocket. Why? It should just standby for calls/sms and do the bare minimum of keeping the clock running.
My HTC One has a few battery tricks I like and that really work well but even then it could be much better.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Making the software or apps more efficient is a slow process everyone needs to repeat.

If it can be solved at the source, it would mean all these other people don't have to think about (as much) anymore. This allows developers to focus on more useful things.

That alone already makes a huge difference.

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RE[5]: The final conclusion???
by Fergy on Thu 8th Aug 2013 18:52 in reply to "RE[4]: The final conclusion???"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

If it can be solved at the source, it would mean all these other people don't have to think about (as much) anymore. This allows developers to focus on more useful things.

Of course you are right. But from what I see they are making phones so powerful you could drain a 3000mAh within an hour. Which means batteries would have to be at least 10x more efficient at the same size and weight to counterbalance stupid software.
Example: carmageddon ran in software on a p166 which means my htc one should be able to run the android version with 3d support at at most 166Mhz(krait600 has a higher ipc I think) and the 3d card should barely activate. YET it becomes hot after playing for 30min!

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RE[4]: The final conclusion???
by leos on Fri 9th Aug 2013 02:06 in reply to "RE[3]: The final conclusion???"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

On top of that software can be a lot smarter. My phone does a lot of stuff in the background when it is in my pocket. Why? It should just standby for calls/sms and do the bare minimum of keeping the clock running.


So you don't want email, you don't want the system to check for updates, you don't want push notifications about anything, etc etc
Plenty of legitimate reasons for background activity.

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