Android Central gives us a great overview of the WiFi tethering capabilities in Froyo.
Thank God. I’ve only interacted with Sense a little bit, but from what I’ve seen, the stock Android experience is much better.
UPDATE: Looks like this only turns Sense off “halfway” (i.e. you will still have the Sense keyboard, browser, etc).
Looks like on of the more useful new features in Froyo.
…I will be waiting, of course, for Verizon to give it the thumbs up before it hits my Droid.
Google I/O 2010: The Impetus
(Or, the “fuck you, Apple” Conference, and why I started blogging)
(Image from Gina Tripani’s I/O coverage)
Seems as if everyone is going after Apple these days. Microsoft, the aging rival, whose relevance seems relegated to collecting truckloads of money from corporate America, is of course taking the usual potshots. Independent developers— once the unquestioning foot solders of the Jobsian horde, and one of the biggest reasons Apple survived its years in the desert— are growing more uneasy as the App Store is locked down, one section at at time. These days, it is the way of Jobs, from your app’s cradle to its unceremonious deletion.
And, of course, there’s Google, who spent the better part of its (two!) keynotes at Google I/O giving Steve Jobs (or, more exactly, his creations) the finger. The gave the iPhone the finger with Android updates and working Flash support. They gave the iPad the finger by running circles around it during their HTML 5 demo. Google TV made it clear how vastly pathetic Apple TV really is. And so on, so forth.
It was a lot to digest, really. There were so many “fuck you’s” during Google I/O that it became difficult to keep track of them. Explaining their meaning, analyzing their content— that will take weeks. The usual tech pundits, of course, are already on it.
Google I/O 2010 is what really inspired this blog. Its what inspired me (whoever it is that I am) to start a site related to Android. I’m a Droid owner, like several million others, and I love Android. I have friends who use Nokia phones, Blackberries, iPhones, and a whole host of other devices, some of which they love, some of which they hate, and all of which I’ve found myself having opinions about. This makes me much less informed than a vast majority of the tech press corp, but no less passionate. I have allegiance, at the current moment, to one platform, but I am a fickle, fickle whore, especially when it comes to technology. The next shiny object I might own someday could be that iPhone 4G everyone was talking about a couple weeks back. Or it could be the HTC Evo, which is set to make my Droid look like a pair of soup cans strung together with Cat6 cable. Who knows?
The point is, I don’t. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to guess. That doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions.
And that certainly won’t keep me from putting them here.