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  • Apple confirms 70 percent of iOS devices now running iOS 12

    Meanwhile, Google has announced Android Pie has been installed on 2% of Android devices. 
    And 90% of those on Pie probably don't even notice the difference. OS updates are so slightly incremental these days that there's barely any difference. Android services and security updates are rolled out separately, e.g. on my S8 I'm on Oreo but have the latest security update, my Maps, Assistant etc are all updates regularly from the Play store. When I've looked at new features in Pie, there's barely a reason to upgrade. It's about as compelling as a new version of Windows.
  • Blind comparison of photography on the iPhone XR versus Google Pixel 3 XL

    I don’t get why blurring the background is a positive.  I’d want to turn that “feature” off.  

    It must be some “artistic” crap, like black & white images vs. color.  Color is better... period.  Picture clarity is better... period.  Realistic colors vs. extra vibrant is subjective.  The default should as accurate as possible...

    The guy on stage (zoom) is the only place where the iPhone falls short in an obvious way.
    If you're just joking, please ignore my post. If not, the reason blur is used, is that it simulates how we see the real world. If you are looking at a person directly, you are focused on them and not the background. When you say the default should be "accurate" it's not always as simple as it may initially appear to decide on what that means, e.g. does that mean a wide angle should never be used as that's not the perspective we saw the moment in? You can't focus on a whole mountain in one glance. What about white balance? Our brain compensates for different coloured light so if you took an accurate picture under florescent light or even at midday, it wouldn't look anything like the scene we thought we saw. Some techniques are for the sake of art, others are to manipulate what was actually there so it looks more like what we thought we saw.
  • Gartner, IDC were both wildly wrong in guessing Apple's Q4 Mac shipments

    I really don't understand all the IDC/Gartner bashing. Anyone that uses the figures professionally, knows the data has limitations. Is it perfect? No way, but it's one input when making a business plan or measuring sales people if caution is used. The alternative is making your own guess. Most people understand that any market is made up of segments and the high-level, global figures are nice in press releases but useless for anything else anyway. You take that finer data and cut it to best reflect your own use.
  • Apple narrows iOS loyalty rate gap with Android in Q3, retention rates at all-time high

    claire1 said:
    This contradicts the report from yesterday or was it the day before?

    I think Google’s “loyalty” could be reread as, “cheap people are still cheap, some are now aware they use Android.”

    When you ask all but the geekiest of Android users why they don’t have an iPhone nine times out of ten they say iPhones are too expensive. And the timed they don’t it’s normally something stupid like, “my friend says it’s better” or “I had an iPhone and the screen broke.” (Typically their android phone is already broken.)

    I've literally heard this stupidity and couldn't believe how stupid these people were. They didn't know android copied Apple's glass design I guess....
    It isn't really contradictory. The report the other day - assuming we're talking about the same thing - said there was low brand loyalty for Android handset makers but most people that switch from e.g. Samsung, switch to another Android handset. There can be low brand loyalty but high OS loyalty.
  • Google's Pixel 3 is a third strike for hapless HTC and LG

    This article is looking at Google through an Apple lens rather than a Google one. Pixel is just one element in Google's mobile strategy. They make more money by getting their services into the hands of more people - whether they are using a Pixel, a Galaxy, an iPhone, a desktop or a home device. The Pixel phones are ugly as anything on the market but they focus on bringing the standard of camera right up and providing a platform to showcase their services. If this drives all of their Android partners to work harder then Google wins. Apple makes money from hardware sales, Google makes it from eyeballs and ears. Also, I don't think you can say that Google has failed in hardware. Chromecasts, Nest, and Home devices are all incredibly successful. Google's business model doesn't require it to make a profit on the hardware, it's a channel for its services and advertising.