Posts tagged iphone
Frequent readers of this site know that I’m quite passionate about webOS, the operating system that drives the Palm Pre and Pixi. For many businesses developing smartphone apps, webOS is commonly at the bottom of the list.
This week, Mashable reported on Best Buy’s latest social media marketing campaign: auto checking in customers who have an iPhone. According to the article, Best Buy will use shopkick to auto-login shoppers not via GPS, but rather, via a store sensor. Those running the shopkick app on iPhone and Android (to be released soon) devices will earn rewards.
Why are they ignoring users of “other” devices? You tell me…
Every day I see posts and comments from smartphone users threatening to switch to another device. A major reason cited is the lack of apps or services which are available to other brands. This won’t remain a valid reason, though, if we vow to make our voices heard.
I’ve learned a great deal from my parents, and one key lesson is that I don’t let companies tell me how I’m going to work with their devices; I tell them.
An attractive feature of the Android platform is total openness. So much openness, in fact, that Google doesn’t even validate apps submitted to the catalog. It’s the complete opposite of Apple’s strongarming developers and their content, but that doesn’t make it much better.
In my guest post at webOSroundup I explain how Palm’s webOS is a great middle ground when it comes to developing and user downloading of apps.
With the smartphone market exploding, there’s tremendous competition amongst manufacturers and carriers, not to mention loyalists of device types. When will we be able to use the devices we want and still communicate with each other effectively?
Deciding which smartphone is right for you and your business is not a simple task. Many people rely on advertising and what colleagues are using to make their choice, rarely taking the time to not only research all their options, but in many cases failing to actually hold devices in a showroom. Here’s 10 tips on finding the right mobile device.
With a strong, devoted user base, Apple’s iPhone isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Advocates of other OSs should focus more on converting non-smartphone users.
Read just about any article, or watch just about any interview, and you’ll hear the same thing: iPhone users are frustrated with the service they receive from their carrier. So much, in fact, if it weren’t for the exclusive iPhone agreement they have with Apple, AT&T would have fewer stores and less revenue to advertise.
This week a federal judge granted class action status to a lawsuit against Apple and AT&T. The suit claims AT&T “locked” iPhone users into a five-year contract with the carrier, despite having only signed a standard two-year carrier contract. It also claims Apple “locks” it’s devices, restricting which apps owners can actually install on iPhones. The term “monopoly” is used.
It can be argued (easily) that a company’s failure is always a direct response to its own products and marketing. When it comes to Palm, however, I think there’s many people to blame.