Originally Posted by digitalclips
Any mention anywhere of Google registering the name 'Cylon' for anything ....?
No, but.... ...the internal code name of Rubin's is (seriously) "Replicant" a la the androids in Blade Runner.
Now there's a nice homage.... ...as Replicant is, I guess, arguably warmer and fuzzier than "Terminator" (or Cylon)....
....if by warm and fuzzy you mean Goog's goal is to create super strong synthetic beings with identity crises who'll be sent on deep space missions because they've been deemed too dangerous to live on earth.....
Originally Posted by Danox
Wall Street and the Android Geeks eating it up, meanwhile Motorola going down.
Originally Posted by d4NjvRzf
Motorola stayed the same for a while after the Google acquisition. It wasn't until fairly recently that they've started hitting the right notes such as ditching the Motoblur android skin, pushing out OS updates in a timely fashion, and appealing to the enthusiasts by honoring the warranty of the dev edition Moto X even after they unlock the bootloader.
Gonna go off the reservation (disclaimer - I've been fascinated with and closely followed Apple since the original Steve and Steve Apple product, and own a Mac and a PC, so a fan, if always working in multiple camps):
My "one year" plan is based on assuming Apple's going to finally give me 4.5" or larger phone next year (I've looked at the 5s three times in person and its screen simply looked tiny). And I needing to tether a notebook for about that long while clearing up matters away from home without cable net,
I found that T-Mobile says they have "excellent" 4G coverage where I'm headed on their $70/mon no commitment unlimited/unthrottled plan (we shall see - lots of no coverage areas on that map, and the initial signal where I am isn't quite as advertised and we'll see how they like my video podcast/YouTube habits).
So I picked up a 32GB 4.7" Moto X on Moto's Cyber special ($150 off - $399 and on the second go-round since the first was an utter fiasco) to get me through this period.
And so far it's a sweet, apparently well-made responsive device that's enjoyable to use, seems sturdy, the apps "just work" and it has good ergonomics and a constrasty AMOLED display that's easy to enjoy (I haven't found 720p a downside with the 300+ ppi), plus the MotoMaker gimmick's actually fun to use in designing your own external touches and having everything pre-set up and signed in when it arrived, and the few software adds like touchless control are actually pretty cool.
I've also spent a lot of research time on Android sites as a result and can clearly see there's growing love for the company out there in great unwashed land. And that many there bitch about Samsung (and HTC and LG, especially over their junk software and skins) as much people do on this site.
There are downsides: The camera's mediocre, but a) I knew that going in and b) I actually carry my good point and shoot with me. Their order/fulfillment system leaves quite a bit to be desired - the phone arrived while they were still saying it hadn't shipped, and the notification it had shipped came 3 days after I got it, sans two accessories which Moto support - whose Live Chat actually works fairly well - says are now in the process of getting ready to ship.
Edited by bigpics - 12/16/13 at 5:07pm
Ergo, I have to conclude that the company under Google actually has a pulse, a direction (I liked the assembled in the US aspect as well) and further that one doesn't have to buy an iPhone to get a generally decent smart phone experience.
The big downside, though, circles back around to the article. At every step of buying, turning on, registering services, accessing info etc. I've been constantly prompted to give all my info, permissions and first born child to Google. And clearly, they're going to know more about me than the NSA's wildest dreams. It really feels draconian when you add it all up...
So with that and the robots and maybe making their own server chips, it's clear that Skynet's real world name is The Googleplex.
Bottom line, I won't be loading up on spending for apps in the hopes that Apple's going to rescue me next fall with a new phone class and an iPad with Touch ID plus whatever. And will be very interested in comparing the experiences of the two ecosystems.
Ready for incoming.....