Samsung Innovates, Android Lags – What The Tech Ep. 390

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Podcasts, What The Tech with 1 Comment

Andrew and I discuss the Samsung Galaxy S9 announcement, Android’s continuing struggle with performance, and Paul answers a few questions from the mail bag.

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  1. nbplopes

    "The best — maybe the only? — real, direct measure of “innovation” is change in human behaviour. In fact, it is useful to take this way of thinking as definitional: innovation is the sum of change across the whole system, not a thing which causes a change in how people behave. No small innovation ever caused a noticble shift in how people spend their time and no large one has ever failed to do so". - unknown wise man


    I don't think that any improvements described about the S9 will cause a noticeable shift in people's behaviour. I doubt even it will cause a shift in any particular behaviour.


    The same can be said about the iPhone X, by the way. The truth is, IMHO, since Apple introduced the Siri on the iPhone 4, there has been little innovation in the mobile space as far as device capabilities go. Yes, smartphones are better, but that is basically it, better and better.


    This is not to say there is no advances in tech, but its quite predictable. I can tell you what comes next, There will be a new iPhone that ... and than a Samsung phone that ...


    But that is ok.


    Examples of stuff that shifted people behavior:


    Amazon Alexa

    Amazon Store

    Google Search

    Google Maps

    Gmail

    iPhone

    iPod

    iPad

    Siri

    Airplay

    Windows PC

    Office

    Visual Studio .NET

    Slack

    Roku

    Netflix

    HBO / Game of Thrones

    Spotify

    Playstatiion

    Nintendo Wii

    Whats App

    Facebook

    Skype (pre Microsoft)

    SAP

    Siebel

    Sales Force

    Intel PC

    ARM

    ....


    Notice that it does not matter if they were the first or not to engage a particular problem domain or if they were the first to apply a particular technique. But if you are curious overall how they did it, the underlying vision and leadership ....


    there is plenty of innovation going on ...

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