Just Do iNow or How To Save Apple

Yes, I agree with many comments that Apple should invent some revolutionary toys again, but they also have to provide some rather simple improvements to their current setup in parallel or even before.

This will bring back trust and I believe around 100 Billions in market capitalization.

I see the given order also as a priority indication:

  1. Improve iOS, just copy the best Android features (as Apple has already done in the past, why didn’t Apple do this in iOS6?) like Widgets, replaceable homescreens, better sharing etc.
  2. Even if Apple and I think 5 Inch phones don’t really make sense, the customers want these phones, so build these like you did with the iPad Mini before (Apple, you also didn’t believe the customers need 7inch tablets…) apple_save
  3. Buy Twitter and improve Maps, bring both together and integrate iMessage 
  4. Yes, also create a line of cheaper phones, when you’ve finished with 1 to 3, but these have to be new as well and probably should be sold with a new/different brand name, maybe something like a ‘APhone’ (simply copy successful models like the one of Volkswagen) 
  5. And, Apple, if your are bored, create cheaper iMacs and MacBooks, but only if you are really bored

How did Nike always explained to us in the past ‘Just do it’ or should I better say ‘Just Do i(t)Now’

Nexus 4 – The First 300 Billion Dollar Phone?

I’m an Apple Fan Boy, for decades, and an iOS developer as well.

Grenouille avec un téléphone portable

Everything at home has been designed in California and even my first PC (they didn’t call these machines PCs in these days) was an Apple II Plus.

Yes, I also develop with Java, Android and some other environments, for years, but if somebody has asked me in the past, what is the best phone (especially within in the last 2-4 years), I said, without any hesitation: ‘Of course, the iPhone!’

I was so fundamentally convinced by the superiority of the Apple products (software & hardware) that I also invested my money in Apple shares, very successfully, even when the stock price passed the 500$…and many people already commented: ‘What the hell..!’

And then the Nexus 4 appeared, quietly.

More or less with its appearance the Apple stock price started to tumble, slowly, and nobody really understood why, not in the beginning, not directly, but more and more people started to grasp, why the Apple phone magic might be over: The happy people who received the first wave of Nexus 4 phones were the first ones.

I’ve received my Nexus 4 probably a week ago. I often bought Android devices just to stay with Apple in the end. But this time it seems to be different, I’ve switched my daily phone and the platform… and I guess I will stay here at least until we will see a new iOS 7 and/or new iPhone.


Why? This blog post explains it more or less very detailed or with one short statement:

It’s better in probably every area for half the price of an iPhone.

OK, but why is the Nexus 4 a 300 billion dollar phone? LG has to sell a billion phones to reach this number in terms of revenue.
No, it’s not meant in this direction.

The Nexus 4 phone could reduce the Apple’s current market capitalization by 300 billions back to 180 billions, the share price from 500 $ to something between 150 $ and 200 $.

Why? Because, if they want to compete with the market, or especially with the Nexus 4 and many coming cool and cheap Android phones Apple has to sell their iPhone(s) or coming iPhones for something in between 300$ and 400$, and this could maybe reduce their EPS from 45 to 25.

Many ‘coulds’ and ‘maybes’, I know, but the iPhone is Apple’s main revenue horse and the only Apple mainstream and mass market product today. If they loose their mass market product Apple will still be a cool company with cool products, but  for the niche again as Apple always was before the iPhone and Steve usually wanted to be.

But when and if this happens, Apple’s price tag has to be changed…maybe by 300 billions. Apple will then be the Porsche of the IT market again but with Porsche’s market cap and not with the Volkswagen market cap it has today.

And maybe everything started with the Nexus 4 – The first 300 Billion Dollar Phone…


Why Google should kill Java for Android

From my perspective there is one main reason why Android, at the moment, can’t compete with iOS.

It’s not the hardware – meanwhile the hardware of mobiles like the Samsung Galaxy SII is somehow even better than the iPhone 4.

And it’s not the operation system – Android is based on Linux, a Unix comparable to the Unix of iOS.

The problem of Android is Java, the programming language of Android apps. And not because Java is a bad programming language. but because it’s has disadvantages over compiled languages like Objective C, C or C++.
You can’t feel this disadvantage on servers or powered desktops, where Java has its strength developing complex systems, but on small devices with limited batterie resources the difference between compiled and not and automatic memory management matters.

Java is easy to develop and easy to learn, the developer has the choice to integrate  a huge amount of third party libs, but when it comes to the runtime costs of Java, compiled languages have their advantages and these are directly related to the user experience.

Java needs a lot of energy and often stops the processor because of it’s automatic memory management. And this automatic memory management also and often leeds to improper application design, because the developer doesn’t have to care for memory management. Huge server systems or strong machines forgive these applications and their developers their mistakes (a/the reason why Java was invented), a mobile not really.

And due to the given physical boundaries I don’t really believe that this behaviour will change soon, even if you power 2 or 4 cores in your mobile.

So my advise for Google would be: Change the programming language, choose a native language for Linux, be as pure as possible.  I’m sure the Android developers will follow you.

And besides you can solve your patent problems with Oracle. Pay nothing.

Why I will never ever buy Samsung Mobiles again

I’ve owned nearly 200 mobiles in the last 10 years. Since two years I’m a huge fan of Android and 3 months ago I started to love Samsung.

I’m really impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S and even more by the Galaxy Tab.

But yesterday I’ve tried to update both. At first I thought I can do it via over-the-air (OTA), as you can do it with many other Android devices (and as given Android standard procedure). Then I learnt I need to install a client software called ‘Kies’ to upgrade. I searched for a Kies Apple OSX and Linux version, but didn’t found any. I very soon recognized that there’s only a Windows Kies version available. So I installed this Kies version (2.0) on a VMware version of Windows XP (under OSX and Linux – I only own these operating systems at the moment).

At first I had to upgrade VMware, because there’s has been a bug in VMware concerning Samsung USB devices, but after I’ve installed the VMware patch, I could connect my Samsung device with Kies.

Now I started the update process and after a while it crashed. I repeated this process for five times, always with the same result and after all I stopped any further attempts.

Today I borrowed the Windows laptop of my father and tried to upgrade again, and this time it worked, for the Galaxy Tab and the S, without any problems.

So finally it means: You NEED a native Windows PC, if you want to manage your Samsung devices. No other OS is possible, no virtualization and even the OTA functionality has been removed from the Samsung Android OS.

And none of these requirements have been stated on the package or on the product web site, when I bought the devices.

Would I have known this before, I would never ever have bought Samsung Mobiles – for sure, I and will never ever do again in the future, as long as these circumstances still exist.

Flash for Freedom

I’m an Apple Fanboy, for many, many years now. I owned an Apple IIe in 1978 and now, 2010, several Macs and an iPhone.

And I know, when I surf a Flash web site, my Mac’s ventilator often starts to run or my Firefox browser or even Google Chrome crashes because of the heavy load nature of Flash sometimes.

But all these disadvantages are, in my eyes, less important than keeping me my freedom of choice.
And with my Macbook I have this freedom today, the same with my iMac, but with my iPhone and the iPad I’m loosing this freedom of choice.

Somebody else decides, what is good for me and what not.

And I’m happy having kept this freedom by switching from my iPhone to Android, because after some hours with Flash for Android I must admit: It works, yes it does!

It’s not perfect, it brings heavy load to the CPU, the battery and the connection, but it works. If I want to surf a Flash site, I can. I do not have to, and I guess, I will seldomly do, but I can.

Yes, I can – that’s my freedom, my Flash for freedom.

Why to buy NOW an Android Nexus One

Although there might be – meanwhile – better Android Devices than the Nexus One (e.g. the HTC Incredible or the HTC Evo) the last days have demonstrated why it might be, I believe it is an advantage to own a Nexus phone.

Only one day after the GoogleIO Nexus owners can now update their their phones to the new and really brilliant new version Froyo:

And, I believe also, this is and won’t be an exception in the future:

  • Google will be always the first, who has access to a new version and will test very soon all development stages against their own phones
  • Google doesn’t have to migrate special customizations  to new version (like e.g. HTC has to with their Sense UI) – this saves, as we have seen in the past, maybe  a lot of time, time to market

In the last weeks I thought I have to switch to a HTC Incredible, but since some days now I guess it’s better to stay with my Nexus – at the moment :-)

MobileMonday Germany setzt Erfolg des Developer Day mit dem Thema „Entwickeln für iPhone und iPad“ am 17. Mai in München fort

MobileMonday Germany
setzt Erfolg des Developer Day mit dem

Thema „Entwickeln für iPhone und iPad“
am 17. Mai in München fort

(München, 11. Mai 2010) – Unter dem
Namen m2d2 (MobileMonday Developer Days) setzt
MobileMonday in München am 17. Mai seine neue Veranstaltungsserie mit
ganztägigen Events für Entwickler fort. Der zweite Event konzentriert
sich auf die äußerst erfolgreiche Plattform für mobile Geräte, iPhone
OS, die mit dem iPad gerade erst einen neuen Ableger gewonnen hat.

MobileMonday Germany erweitert damit
seine bereits in Düsseldorf, München, Berlin, Frankfurt und Hamburg
erfolgreichen Abendveranstaltungen um ein neues Konferenz-Format: Interessierte
iPhone-Entwickler erleben dabei innerhalb eines ganzen Tages Vorträge,
Diskussionen und Coding Sessions. Gefördert wird
dabei insbesondere auchder direkte Vernetzung
mit anderen Entwicklern..

Beim m2d2 zu iPhone OS geht es um alle
Aspekte der iPhone-Plattform. Dabei werden
sowohl Themen zum iPhone bzw. iPod touch behandelt als auch auch zum
neuen iPad. Die Themen sind dabei vielfältig: Von der Spielentwicklung
mit unity, über ein Augmented Reality Framework bis hin zu der Optimierung
der Verkausfzahlen im App Store. Die breite Themenwahl spricht somit
sowohl eigenständige Entwickler als auch die an größeren Projekten
Beteiligten an. Wie bei allen MobileMonday Veranstaltungen steht also
der Austausch von Erfahrungen, Lösungen und Strategien auf der Tagesordnung.

Unter den Speakern sind bekannte Firmen
wie metaio und Chimera Entertainment, die mit Vorträgen zu den Themen
Augmented Reality und der Spieleentwicklung auf dem iPhone aufwarten.
Weitere Punkte im Programm sind unter anderem ein Workshop zum Thema
Lokalisierung von iPhone-Anwendungen, Web-Anwendungen im Mobile Safari
sowie die Optimierung der Verkaufszahlen für den App Store.

Alle Informationen zum aktuellen Stand
der Programm-Planung sind auf der Event-Site

www.m2-d2.de abrufbar.

Interessierte Medien-Vertreter fnden
Informationen und Bild-Material in einem speziellen Presse-Bereich,
wo man sich auch zum Besuch der Veranstaltung anmelden kann.

Über MobileMonday:

Der MobileMonday Germany e.V. wurde am
1. September 2006 mit Sitz in München gegründet und ist in den Städten
Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg und München vertreten und aktiv.

MobileMonday ist eine weltweite Community
von Visionären, Entwicklern und Meinungsbildnern des Ökosystems Mobile,
die sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, durch Netzwerk-Events Ideen, Anwendungsbeispiele
und Trends der globalen Mobilfunk-Märkte auszutauschen. In mittlerweile
über 70 Städten auf der Erde werden so länderübergreifend Kooperationen
und Partnerschaften forciert, Innovationen ein Plenum gegeben und somit
gefördert sowie letztendlich die breitere Öffentlichkeit mit relevanten
Informationen versorgt. MobileMonday wird von vielen engagierten Ehrenämtlern
organisiert. Mit Ursprung in Helsinki im Jahr 2000 ist MobileMonday
mittlerweile zur führenden Mobile Community weltweit herangewachsen.

Mehr zum MobileMonday Germany e.V. www.mobile-monday.de

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Open or Android is not always a guaranteed blessing

Android will succeed, no doubt.

By the end of the year 2012 it will dominate the mobile browsing and the mobile handset market – all over the world, I’m sure.

But as Android is an open operating system there’s no guarantee for success for those companies using Android, and especially no guarantee for a continuos success even if you’ve once lunched a successful Android device.

The best and first example for this new market situation is Motorola. The Android Droid was and is a huge success at Verizon. But now comes the next manufacturer with the next Android mobile to Verizon – HTC with the Droid Incredible.

This new handset might steal the Droid’s current show and might be even more successful than its predecessor.

Both handsets carry even comparable product names, so that the customers shall believe in this ‘Next Generation Android Story’.

So, as an Android manufacturer , there are (at least) five points very important:

  1. Refocus on the hardware, built cool handsets with cutting edge technology
  2. Hire the best and a lot of Android developers, who know how to customize the Android OS
  3. Built your own UI layer
  4. Be always the first with the newest Android versions, especially with updates for already sold devices
  5. Carry a very good relationship to the carriers

This way is different to the Apple, Nokia and Palm way, but if you focus on these points, you can be as successful, probably even more successful, than others, as the Palm history has taught us…

Google – An Algorithm but not a Business Company

If you read this rather old blog entry you will soon understand why Google is what Google is today.

This post demonstrates Google totally or at least mainly focuses on technical skills, when they recruit new staff.

Maybe that’s also the reason why Google performs very well concerning their search engine, search algorithms and in finding new technical solutions, but fails in bringing their technical and often brilliant ideas to the people and to the mass market.

Just reflect their latest innovations like Buzz or Wave and you’ll soon understand what I mean.

Or think about Android. A – technically seen – brilliant mobile OS, but Google has forgotten to think beyond this new technology – no Android mobile eco system like Apple has brought to the customer more than one year before Android was launched.
They only had to copy Apple’s successful business model, but they didn’t.

Why? The People at Google have never be trained for these tasks…and to copy :-) .

Do you want your own Android Market?

Then here I have probably something for you:

And comparable to the huge numbers of specialized web communities I believe it also make sense to deploy more and topic driven markets. On the one hand side the standard markets like the Android market will become more and more overcrowded and on the other side people get used to the market eco system and will accept and can handle additional markets on their phones.

And if you’ve followed the last Android news: The US Military is just starting developing its own market infrastructure (via DARPA).

How to programmatically access the Android Market

Many people tried in the past to access the Android Market from own web or native clients in order to mash up market information with own content.

This hasn’t been an easy task since now thus there’s no official API for that. Nevertheless some did it either by decompiling the market app, understood and reproduced the market API.

But now there ‘somehow’ an open and standard API lib for doing the same.

It’s very easy to use, just try it:

MarketSession session = new MarketSession();
AppsRequest appsRequest = AppsRequest.newBuilder()

MarketSession.Callback callback = new MarketSession.Callback() {

public void onResult(ResponseContext context, Object response) {
session.append(appsRequest, callback);

Why I fell in Love with Android

Many people ask me, why I prefer Android over the iPhone although I own, with the iPhone 3GS, one of the best, many people would say The best, smartphones ever.

And to answer this difficult question I’ve to go back a while:

In the last seven years I owned many mobiles – really many. Being responsible for mobile software development I had to test our applications against many platforms. So it happened that I changed my personal phone every two weeks, because we always had the latest and the best ones.

And the most annoying thing switching the phone was to bring the new phone to the status of the old one – meanwhile you can compare the initialization of a smartphone with the installation of a desktop PC.

And then came Android. Before Android I haven’t been a Google mail or calendar user, but with Android I learnt, that I just have to put my new SIM card into the new Android mobile and everything is as it was before: Emails, calendar, contacts etc.

A huge step forward for somebody, who changes his mobiles as often as I do. I know it’s a very special usecase, but one very typical for me.

Meanwhile I can switch from one Android phone to the other in seconds, and I did it already many times: From G1 to the Magic to the Hero to the Tattoo to the Droid and now to the Nexus. And the latest and next Android smartphones are already waiting for me…

So far so good. Concerning applications there’s still space to improve the Android platform. I still have to re-install my applications on every handset again. But one great thing to say: Paid applications don’t need to be bought again. The Android market knows already about your shopped applications and let you install them for free again.

And there’s also an app in the market, that will help you to reconstruct you app system on a new device. It’s called ‘App Referrer‘. This apps scans your current app installation basis and then sends you an email with all market links. Save this email and open this one on your new device. Just click the given links and you can re-install within one easy email.

Just try it. This app is great and it bypasses the weaknesses of the current Android market until they will offer something comparable. Something like an app cloud with your installed apps, that can be re-installed on every new device with one click…

Why Android will win (the consumer) despite fragmentation

Despite all the entitled discussions around fragmentation the Android platform will, in the end, win (the mass consumer).

And with the mass consumer comes the money, especially when you drive your business like Google does.

Android will attract the mass consumer, because with the Android OS many newcomers and companies in emerging markets have now the chance to produce low end and cheap devices, that are, in most areas, compatible with the high end Android devices.

It’s just the Wintel way of wining the mass market, here you will find the same fragmentation issues today.

The mainstream apps run on every Wintel device, but there are many special apps, that run only on a specific Wintel device (think of games and graphic adapters). But the user doesn’t care, as long as he has his most importants apps and knows, how to run the more sophisticated ones (if he sometimes needs to).

Wintel is cheap, cheaper than anything else (today), as Android will be in the future.

The Apple iPhone is and will probably stay a great phone, but it will never, because of its price structure, extend its market share to the middle and low end of the mass market.

But in the long run Google needs the mass market, as many others do, too, despite Apple :-) .

Test Your Android Device – Multitouch with Nexus

If would like to test your Android device or compare its performance with other devices, there are some useful apps in the Android market to get hold of:

And if you want to know, if your Nexus includes a working multitouch functionality, just download this little app.

Point you Android browser to the link above and try to wipe around with two fingers. If the colored cycles will follow your fingers, everything is fine. If not, it isn’t, but don’t be scared too much.

Mine isn’t working either, but when do you really need this? :-)

Why Twitter doesn’t work for the Business

From time to time I try to influence some decision makers in banks to start with Social Media and to use Twitter. It has been a hard job in the past so far.

But since yesterday it even will be become much harder.

The problem of Social Media and Twitter in special: They are, technically seen, build for the end user and are heavily open either (what I like as private person).

These services don’t provide security mechanism old and traditional business units require, before they will rely on something like Twitter.

For Twitter this could mean (for example):

  • Special business accounts, where OAuth, the Twitter API and the public access is deactivated
  • Business accounts with a special business API, where only a dedicated client (client certificates) is allowed to connect
  • Something like a Twitter workflow, where two or more users in an organization work on the same tweet
  • Something like a twitter transaction number, where a tweet will only be posted, if you input the correct number
  • And some more…

And even if you build some of these requirements into your own Twitter or Social Media client, these services still remain open and insecure, because the general access stays unchanged.

Yes, I know, all these requirements usually don’t fit to the general idea of Social Media or Web 2.0, but, if we want huge and traditional companies to join the ‘Social Media Club’,  then these services have to adapt conventional security and business pattern.

World Premiere of a Mobile Application / service made in Berlin

With just one week to go until MoMo Berlin on March 8th, we’re proud to announce the world premiere of a mobile application/ service made in Berlin on that date: “Friendticker”. Friendticker CEO Florian says that their aim is to give foursquare et al. a run for their money by adding real-life value to a customer’s mobile actions, going way beyond the playful aspects of first generation virtual
check-in apps. So will friendticker be able to start a worldwide stir in the mobile marketplace like foursquare did?

Find out this and more at our next event and register NOW, if you haven’t already done so. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Visit MobileMonday Germany at: http://www.mobile-monday.de

Android eats its Children

In my eyes problems of the worldwide hype of the open and modern mobile operating system Android are, besides the missing native Android desktop client, the following:

  • The agility, the openness and the dynamic of Android produces very fast and often new versions with new and cool functionality. This leads to the fact that just released and basically cool handsets are outdated before they reach the market. Thus manufacturers of these mobiles have difficulties in selling their new products. At the moment everybody wants the Nexus (with 2.1) or at least the Droid (with 2.0.1). The really cool people don’t want to buy an Android  mobile with version 1.5 or 1.6. In countries like Germany (where we don’t have the Nexus yet) this can – maybe – result in a (never ending) wait-and-see attitude of the customer.
  • This same agility enforces the handset manufacturers to hire more and more Android specialists to adapt the newest Android versions, especially when they have to migrate proprietary Android extension (e.g. own home screens). This makes Android, although free of charge, maybe more expensive than other operating systems. And the manufacturers can’t use their Android stuff to develop important apps or other services to attract new customers.

The very successful iPhone OS doesn’t have these problems…

The Social Mobile App Radar and why Android knows it

Yesterday I’ve used AppAware for the first time, and I was really impressed.
Impressed about the idea behind this service and impressed about the Android technology used for this app.

AppAware, once installed on your Android device, informs your followers (including Twitter if you like to) about your app usage (“what do I install and deinstall?”).
But AppAware also informs me, and even localized, what other users are doing with their apps on their Android mobile.

For this purpose Android provides an API (via the BroadcastReceiver class) to let any application know whats going up on the user’s handset. With this API your/any app can listen to system intents (a kind of messaging on the Android platform) and react.

Something, I guess ,AppAware has used for it’s new and brilliant service.

And think about what else might be possible, when millions of handsets are collecting data about and broadcasting their behaviour to the cloud…

AppAware can be found and downloaded in the Android Market.

The Google Nexus could be the best Smartphone ever, if…

…there wouldn’t be the issue with its connectivity.

I’ve tested the Nexus now for 12 hours and I never had a smartphone that was so fast, had such a brilliant display, a perfect usability and such a very flexible and modern operating system.
And I had or have them all: iPhone 3G, Magic, Dream, Droid, some Blackberrys and many Nokias.

But yesterday I also tested the connectivity of the Nexus in two large German cities and compared it to the Motorola Droid .
I drove with my car through the streets both handsets connected with the same provider.

And the result was: The Droid often offered HSDPA or 3G while the Nexus was only connected via 3G or EDGE.

Most of the time the Droid operated on one connectivity level better than the Nexus, and I’ve installed the given 3G Nexus Android patch before.

Due to the fact we are talking about smartphones whose nature is being permanently connected to the internet these results are, in my eyes, very important.

But I don’t believe (as the link above documents as well) this issue is related to Android or Google. It’s a hardware issue and thus a problem of HTC (the reason why the Nexus 2 might become Motorola device, who knows?)