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It's difficult to read these articles as they are written as if DED is personally offended by the fact that companies like Google and Microsoft even exist. They look at every company through an Apple lens, which they aren't. It has completely ignored Microsoft's transition under Nadella. Sure, Zune failed, Nokia was a mess but it's found a way make that shift from the desktop to the cloud era and done it profitably. Google's strategy is nothing like Apple's. It doesn't need everything to be perfect. It acquired Motorolla and Boston Dynamics and when it decided that they weren't a good fit, they flogged them off. The success of gambles like YouTube and Android meant they could afford a few flops. There have been mid sized ones like SkyBox and Waze that are part of the reason Google's Maps considered the best in the world. Picasa was the early step towards Google Photos. It treats services the same way - try what it thinks could be interesting, cancel what's not working, pour money into what is or what it believes could. It's now investing in autonomous driving for the long term, home automation, and AI. All three are still in the very early phases so Google is happy to burn some advertising cash to be an experienced leader when the market takes off.
I don't have a HomePod so I'm possibly saying what already exists but they'd probably need to combine both the voiceprint and the location of the phone for this to useful in a multi-person home. Several phones could be within range, possibly someone else's phone could even be closer to the HP than the person speaking. Voice may not be 100% secure but it's an extra layer than just being present. My Google Home won't allow me to access my calendar if I speak in a funny voice, no matter where my phone is.
There are two different business models that seem to be getting blended into one in this article. "Good-enough gear" could arguably apply to midrange phones or if you think they are below the bar set by Apple, then flagships of Samsung and Huawei. They do 90% of the job of an iPhone and I assume most people on here would agree with that, it's the extra 10% that they are will to pay a 30% premium for.
Then there's the second business model of getting gear/services out to their users before they are ready. This is where the Fold fits in. This isn't some good enough product at a discount, it's new form factor at a premium. Apple wouldn't put such a device on the market until it's better but Samsung will and hopefully the early adopters realise that.
These editorials always seem to suggest that Apple's way is the right way but the world is better having both types of companies. It's not a zero sum game, technology keeps going up every time any tech company releases something new a bit flaky or something old but better.
Cesar Battistini Maziero said:The experience on iOS is far superior.The lack of problems and freezing is what makes iPhone great.My mon has a seven, and it's still blazing fast!