Saturday, February 16, 2013

Apps for iPhone experience "difficulties" with Android, Windows Phone (so does Facebook)


As I left a Valentine’s party at the Town DC and walked out into sloppy wet snowflakes, I picked up a Metro Weekly. I was surprised to find a detailed article on mobile technology on p. 41 of the February 14, 2013 issue.
    
The article of interest is “App-athy”, with illustrations by Christopher Cunetto.  The article does not appear online yet but should shortly in Marr’s archive, link here (as part of Metro's "Technocrat" column). 

The article concerns the way the app Jawbone (link), designed first for Apple OS-s, which means you need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod to use it right now. The application lives as firmware inside a wristwatch that monitors physical activity while exercising (jogging, cycling, etc.; don’t know if it is waterproof enough for Michael Phelps). 
  
The version for the Motorola Droid (which I have) is not available yet, ETA unknown (rather like a Netflix saved CD).  The problem with Android, Marr says, is that it is overloaded (like a method) with complexities and flexibilities and make it hard for app developers to accommodate.  Marr says that Windows Phone is good and simpler, but doesn’t have enough market share to warrant app developers’ time.  Microsoft would have to accommodate the situation and subsidize development.
  
I am locked in to Droid until toward the end of 2013 by Verizon.  But I would rather have iPhone because it might be possible, in the long run, to make sure that Google’s 2-step verification signon procedure is foolproof with a Google-preferred device. 
  
Marr notes that Facebook has been slow to fix Android-related interface problems, partly because they are hard to fix, and partly because most employees know the iPhone better.  The company had to force employees to use the Droid to get the problem fixed.
  
CNN today presented another set of smart phone apps from fashion designer Asher Levin, related to precise clothing fitting. 

And NBC Today has been reporting on cell phone security apps that photograph users who anytime they unlock their phones. 
   
It would be important to know if Droid and Windows lag behind in apps for home control (cameras, home security monitoring, thermostat setting).  A heating contractor told me that remote thermostats are sold at the "Apple Store" -- but could that mean that only iPhone has it?  I wonder.  Does someone know?
The esoteric nature of many of today’s firmware-related apps gives one an idea of where a big part of the job market has gone – whatever the parameters of “the recovery”.

  
The video above about Jawbone is sponsored by “Host Gator Web Hosting”.  

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