What are the advantages the Samsung Galaxy S2 have over the Galaxy Nexus? First of all, the S2 doesn’t have the volume bug, which Google plans to fix by next week. Furthermore, it has Flash support, which the new Android flagship still lacks. Thankfully, this will no longer be the case. Adobe has just announced that a Flash and Air update will be rolling out to the smartphone by December.
Adobe’s Senior Director of Product Management, Greg DeMichillie, said on the Adobe Team Blog, “Devices and software updates from our partners which introduce new technologies are being developed on varied schedules that are different from our own, which means that the Adobe runtimes may not always be optimized or supported on devices until a subsequent release. We will provide a minor update to the runtimes to support the Galaxy Nexus in December.”
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus didn’t fail to impress. It offered a number of new features and sported an eye-catching new interface. However, these positive first impressions were short lived whenever you tried to stream videos. The lack of Flash support rendered video streaming useless. This is all about to change this December. However, when exactly in December is anyone’s guess.
Can’t wait to get Flash support on your brand new Samsung Galaxy Nexus? We’ll keep you posted once we hear more.
Sure we’ve heard of all the differences between Google and Apple. So, when Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, has been reported to have said something about the former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, you may be expecting it isn’t anything good. However, it was exactly the opposite. According to the search giant head honcho, Jobs was the best performing CEO in 50 years.
Schmidt reckons Jobs’ capabilities have made Apple a formidable force in the industry, not once but twice. This, according to the Google chairman, was an extraordinary feat.
Talking to Mark Benioff, Salesforce CEO, Schmidt supposedly said, “Steve Jobs gave the best performance by a CEO in 50 years, maybe 100 years. He not only built Apple once, but twice.”
Schmidt relinquished his CEO position back in January. Now, he sits as the search giant’s chairman. Steve Jobs has done the same last week.
Both former CEOs were also former friends. However, when Google’s Android entered into the mobile phone OS market, the two began to be at loggerheads with each other. Rumor has it Jobs revealed his plans for the iPhone back in the day. When Google developed Android, this infuriated Jobs. According to reports, this ended their friendship.
Is this an attempt by Schmidt to end the tension between them? It’s quite possible. Will Jobs return the favor? This, we’re not too sure.
If you are an Android enthusiast, you must be worried about HTC’s latest legal run-in with the Cupertino-based Apple. After all, Apple is trying to ban the sales of the Taiwan-based phone giant’s products, due to patent infringement charges. However, HTC says that there’s nothing to worry about. It is confident that it can put a stop to Apple’s legal bullying.
There are a lot who believe that Apple is suing its competitors left and right, due to its fear of losing to the competition. Why? Let’s take a look at Apple’s two major rivals HTC and Samsung. Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S2, alone sold over 5 million units globally, without launching in the US and without spending as much as Apple did in marketing and advertising. HTC continues grow with 2011 second quarter net earnings of $17.5 billion. This was more than double compared to its earnings on the second quarter of 2010.
In an interview, Peter Chou, HTC CEO, said, “Many lawsuits nowadays are results of being successful; it’s part of the business. We will not bring the company to a dangerous position.”
Due to the lawsuit, HTC suffered a drop in share value. It is currently paying Microsoft a licensing fee. Paying royalties to Apple will have dramatic effects on the Taiwanese company’s overall performance.
Honestly, Apple should just focus on creating innovative devices rather pouring all of its efforts on legal battles. If Apple were to be the only choice around, the mobile world would definitely be a boring place.