Meet the Ubuntu Edge

Popular Linux OS Ubuntu is working on their own smart phone, the Ubuntu Edge. They’re currently trying to raise $32,000,000 to secure funding for the project. The phone will be able to boot up into Ubuntu OS or Android OS, and will have some majorly impressive stats.

Compared to the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4:

Ubuntu Edge Apple iPhone 5 Samsung Galaxy S4
Mobile OS Dual-boots Android and Ubuntu mobile iOS Android
Desktop OS Ubuntu Desktop No No
RAM 4GB 1GB 2GB
Internal storage 128GB 64GB 16GB
Screen 720 x 1,280, 4.5 inches 640 x 1,136, 4 inches 1,080 x 1,920, 5 inches
Protection Sapphire Glass Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Connectivity Dual-LTE, GSM LTE, GSM LTE, GSM
Speakers Stereo Mono Mono
Battery Silicon-anode Li-ion Li-ion Li-ion
Price $780-830 $849* $750**

CPU/GPU, screen technology to be finalised before production. * Apple Store ** Best Buy

 

Only thing I can see that isn’t better than either the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4 is the screen, but honestly on a 4.5 inch screen 720p is still pretty damn impressive.

Check out the full details and contribute at indiegogo.com.

Google Has Destroyed Apple’s Walled Garden From Within

So, minyanville.com has an article that hits on a few of my favorite things:

  1. Bashes Apple
  2. Talks about how awesome Android is
  3. Forgets Windows Phone even exists

When Apple released Siri (October 2011), the body-less ”assistant” everyone thought it was so revolutionary. However, the truth is, they took a page from Android’s ‘Voice Commands’ program. As much as I hate to admit it, Apple did one up Android, in that Siri allowed for a bit of “fuzzy language”. Instead of just knowing specific commands, it would try to figure out what you wanted as long as it was close-ish. While this didn’t always work as intended (http://whysiriwhy.com/) it did have an advantage over the current Google offering. But even Apple co-founder the great and powerful Woz (Steve Wozniak) and many other didn’t think it was up to Apple’s standards.

Then in June 2012 Apple tried to distance itself even further from it’s users reliance on Google and their tools, by launching Apple Maps. This was to offer better graphics, turn by turn directions, real time traffic updates and built in reviews from yelp! But too bad they spent so much time making it look pretty they forgot to make the map portion of the program any good at all. Entire Cities were missing, wrong directions were given and bridges rippled like water. And again the Woz was not ammused.

Apple Maps was so bad that Apple actually started referring people to Google Maps, except Apple banned the Google Maps app, so people had to use their web browser (Safari, THANKS APPLE!) to get to Google Maps that way. By December of that same year, Google Maps was back in the apple App Store.

“Big deal.” you may scoff, “Apple is allowed to make one mistake, Siri is still lightyears better than anything Google has!”

Not so fast. Google just launched Google Now. This is a Siri alternative that many people are saying, plays Siri better than Siri. Unfortunately there are a few things it can’t do, because Apple doesn’t allow third party applications access to them, such as setting alarms, e-mails, texts, etc. For the record it can do all these on Android. It also won’t provide a homepage widget, because again Apple says no.

What it can do, is search for things better than Siri. The author on minyanville.com took his wife’s iPhone 4 opened Google Now and asked when William Shatner was born. In about 1 second Google Now presented a card with the Shat’s photo and birth date, which G.N. read out loud to him. The same test on Siri, on the same phone, offered a 6 second delay after the question then Siri said that she was unable to find a “William Shatner” in the contact list and asked if he meant a different William in the list. It took the author a bit to realize Siri was waiting on a reply, when he said “No” she said “OK and that was it. No follow up, nothing just done.

Now this only 2 examples, but think about it. Most iPhone users would rather use Gmail, Google Chrome and Google Drive than the apps Apple supplies. And the really funny thing to me, is that this goes against Apple’s walled garden approach to everything. And despite what they may try Apple has no choice but to just smile and take it, because so many of their users are programmed to need Google apps.

Read the full article without my input here.

theweek.com 5 ways the Samsung Galaxy S4 stunned an iPhone user

TheWeek.com has an interesting article up. The author, an admitted iPhone lover who has used iPhone nearly exclusively since the first one launched, took a look at Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 and lists 5 things that jumped out at them after years of not truly giving Android a chance.

1. It does what I want it to do.

2. It can do several things at once.

3. The Galaxy’ S4′s internal camera app is brilliant.

4. More room for podcasts.

5. “Wait. You mean I can just replace the battery?”

 

I highly suggest visiting the page here and read the details of each point made. In the end, the author is still an avid iPhone user, however as they state they “ understand now why Apple needs to send out letters to its product owners reminding them why they bought their iPhone in the first place.”