Playtime is over in Android Land. Over the last couple of months Google (GOOG) has reached out to the major carriers and device makers backing its mobile operating system with a message: There will be no more willy-nilly tweaks to the software.
Via Do Not Anger the Alpha Android – BusinessWeek.
So @Google will not be like Microsoft. They are learning from the mistakes of Windows Mobile. How fare will they go? Will they be like Apple?
Apple is delighted because it’s a way of “proving” that the iPhone’s notorious problems with call-dropping and voice quality are AT&T’s fault, not theirs. Now, it’s theoretically possible that the AT&T iPhone’s problems are still Apple’s fault — it could be that the GSM iPhones have hardware or driver problems that the CDMA iPhone 4 does not. But, alas for AT&T, GSM iPhone users around the world do not share in the problems of GSM iPhone users in the United States. Regardless, what matters is mass market perception. Technical people understand that the Verizon iPhone 4 is not exactly the same hardware as the AT&T iPhone 4. But normal people see them as identical. That’s the whole point of Apple’s “two is better than one” commercial: the only difference is the network.
via Daring Fireball: The Verizon iPhone 4.
I like this post. The explanation is great. He outlines all the questions you could possibly have when you compare both the Verizon iPhone and the ATT iPhone. I for one am going to wait till the masses receive their Verizon iPhones. After everyone is off my ATT I want to see how the service will be.
Unlike most providers, we dont plan for our users to be down, even when were upgrading our services or maintaining our systems. For that reason, were removing the SLA clause that allows for scheduled downtime. Going forward, all downtime will be counted and applied towards the customers SLA. We are the first major cloud provider to eliminate maintenance windows from their service level agreement.
via Official Google Enterprise Blog: Destination: Dial Tone — Getting Google Apps to 99.99%.
Wow What will Microsofts response be? Well Microsoft Exchange depends on the setup the company that purchases the software implements. I use Apptix for hosted Exchange services. While we rarely have downtime…we do have some downtime and performance issues over the internet. My clients that use Google Apps also experience similar problems as the Exchange users. The problems are connectivity loss and slowness. I wonder what others use for a hosted email solution now a days besides these two.
To reach a deal, Apple and Verizon had to reconcile different approaches to branding. Verizon puts its stamp on other manufacturers’ devices, including phones from Research In Motion Ltd. and Motorola. By contrast, only Apple’s name appears on the iPhone.
via Apple, Verizon Took Years to Clear IPhone Differences – BusinessWeek.
Wish I was a fly on the wall at that meeting.