When Windows Phone died, like many, I switched to Android. I've had 3 Android handsets in total and have been relatively satisfied but things change of course, and this Locationgate scandal is the straw that broke the camels back for me, it's the deal breaker. I really don't trust or respect Google and I don't see how anyone could after this. None of these corporations are our friend but Google is being particularly dishonourable and untrustworthy. Yes I'll miss some of the things in Android but those are nothing compared to the larger and more important issues. Things like trust and respect are important, having some control over your privacy and data is important.
As an aside, any tips for a first time iPhone owner? I'm getting the iPhone 8
People want touchpads and mice, and if Apple brought this to the iPad, they could seriously disrupt the industry. Yes it would cannibalize Mac sales, but who cares? The amount of Windows and Chromebook customers Apple would steal would surprise people. They literally wouldn't have to change the iOS GUI in any way, why aren't they doing this? If I'm being honest, I would be very tempted to switch to an iPad if it had mouse support (and desktop Safari instead of mobile Safari). Stuff like this makes me think Apple needs more aggressive people steering their ship. Microsoft is very lucky Apple hasn't brought mouse support to the iPad yet
I've read that Satya wanted to cancel the entire Surface line even before the 900 million dollar write down, but they somehow managed to convince him to give the Surface Pro 3 a shot. We know how that turned out, the fundamentals of the device were so good that everyone including Apple has copied it. A lot of ThinkPad loyalists (including myself) have switched to Surface, even a small number of MacBook customers have. I see someone with a Surface Pro or Surface Pro clone every day, and I don't live in a big city. Inside Microsoft, there must be some tension because Satya almost cancelled one of the most successful products Microsoft has ever produced. It doesn't seem like Satya has very good judgement...
Is there some kind of agreement that Satya will back off when it comes to Surface or does he still want Microsoft to stop making hardware?
I just saw this in The Verge’s coverage, just incredible. How long until Apple fixes this flawed keyboard design and ships it? Another year? 18 months? No wonder some are switching to the Surface Book
”...it’s just hard to trust a keyboard after so many reports that it can be rendered inoperable by a grain of sand and that is incredibly difficult and expensive to repair or replace. This new third-generation keyboard wasn’t designed to solve those issues, Apple says. In fact, company representatives strenuously insisted that the keyboard issues have only affected a tiny, tiny fraction of its user base.”
This is quite a big deal: because the Surface Go's display is smaller than 10.1", if you use the Windows 10 'mobile' Office apps, you can edit and create documents for free! This is arguably the deal maker for the device, maybe worth a post on Thurrott homepage?
Lots of talk and debate about the Andromeda device lately, particularly about the dual screen aspect of the device, but I don't think having 2 screens is all that important at all. Sure, it's cool and new and it opens some new possibilities, but that's not why I'm so eager for the device. Here's why I badly want to see Andromeda announced: the chips in the newest high-end smartphones are so fast/powerful that it's a shame and a waste that they are confined to a smartphone. The vast majority of iPhone users do not need an A11 for what they are doing. The right thing for customers would be to allow them to use their super powerful and expensive smartphones to power tablets and laptops/desktop monitors, which would save them a significant amount of money (and other advantages). Obviously Apple will never do this, and I can't see Google doing this with Android/Chrome OS (because how on earth would that work? A Chrome OS powered phone? Would it dual-boot? They just wouldn't do this). Having a phone that runs ACTUAL Windows, capable of running win32 programs when plugged into a display, that is not a niche device, that has mass appeal. That actually could be disruptive. Soon, Windows 10 will run well on ARM, and later next year ARM Windows devices could run even better than Intel powered devices because of TSMC's process lead. This is a huge opportunity and only Microsoft is capable of shipping a device like this right now, and I think Microsoft is the only company that wants to do this (Apple REALLY does not want to do this). Give us Andromeda with a Snapdragon 845 and leave Apple looking boring and old fashioned!
Mary Jo says the Surface Pro will be heavily redesigned for 2019 and that makes sense, considering the Surface Pro 3, 4 and 2017 are pretty much identical (just the insides changed). I have an educated prediction for the device: I think Microsoft will switch from the current ‘flap’ style kickstand to a bar-style kickstand seen in Surface Pro clones such as the HP Spectre (do a google image search for HP Spectre kickstand to see the bar style kickstand if you aren’t familiar). I know the Surface team puts a lot of attention on component packaging and weight balance/weight distribution and a bar-style kickstand would be a significant improvement over the flap-kickstand. I also believe a bar kickstand could allow the device to be slightly thinner. We have an HP spectre 2-in-1 at home and the bar kickstand just makes for a nicer overall device than the flap on the surface pro.
From what I’ve read, Apple is just going to replace broken MacBook keyboards with the same flawed design, they haven’t fixed the design flaws yet. So surely Consumer Reports has to pull their recommendation for all effected MacBooks, just like they did to the Surface line? And we should see a bunch of headlines “Consumer Reports no longer recommends MacBooks” . If they don’t, what does that say about Consumer Reports? More gold from Consumer Reports: the Pixel 2 camera isn’t even in the top 10 best phone cameras, according to them…
Does anybody know what's going on with official mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox? I hope they don't cancel it...
I finally got around to watching WWDC and noticed how strongly Apple is pushing the privacy angle especially in Safari, even throwing Facebook under the bus. I was excited but then remembered: Google is the default search engine in Safari and I believe Siri too! If this privacy push was genuine, Apple would demand a special privacy centric version of Google search as the default for Safari, or they would just set DuckDuckGo as the default. I like Apple but this made me roll my eyes
It's nice to see that they rushed out this Snapdragon 850 but I'm very confident that still won't be enough to get these devices to the point where someone would actually want to buy one, especially if this Intel powered small Surface tablet comes out later this year (and iPads are much nicer and faster than a Snapdragon 850 Windows tablet). BUT, next year, ARM/Qualcomm chips like the Snapdragon 850 will be manufactured on the new 7nm process from TSMC or Samsung, and then Intel will have a real problem on their hands. Best case scenario, Intel starts shipping decent 10nm chips late 2019, more likely 2020 (SemiAccurate wrote an article about this recently). Qualcomm could become the new AMD! Very exciting times. We could see Qualcomm powered Windows tablets everywhere soon
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After hearing the news today, a few things came to me that I thought are worth posting.
- The Surface Pro is big and heavy for a tablet (and it's not cheap either), there is no 'normal' sized Surface tablet, so there is an untapped market here.
- with Android tablets effectively discontinued, there is now an opportunity here for Windows/Surface tablets (Chrome OS tablets suck and will continue to suck for some time, and at the moment there is only 1 in existence)
- The hardware is ready: Microsoft and Intel have figured out how to make a fanless tablet with good performance. The i5 Surface Pro and i5 Surface Book clipboard are fanless.
- Intel has improved a lot since the m3 processor in the Surface Pro 4, and I believe the upcoming version will have a PCH chipset made on the 14nm process for better battery life and less heat, which is especially important in a small fanless tablet and package such as the Core m3
- Microsoft has figured out how to make a cellular Surface, the Surface Pro got great reviews and people will want that option in a 10" tablet
- we now know that Windows + ARM is not a good experience and possibly won't ever be a good experience, Intel is the way to go for Windows tablets
Overall, a 10" Intel powered Surface tablet just makes sense at this time, it certainly makes more sense than the Surface Laptop. I think it could sell well and surprise some people
Quick question about Android P: when you enable the iPhone X-like gesture mode, do you gain some vertical real estate? So there is more content on the screen? I'm not able to check for myself :(
Intel revealed that their 10nm process is delayed yet again, maybe until even the 2nd half of 2019. Microsoft can't leave dual core Surface Laptops in the market until the 2nd half of 2019 so surely we will see a quad core 'refresh' of the Surface Laptop, I assume this year. They might even refresh the Surface Pro with a quad core option too.
I really hope not but it seems they've cancelled the UWP File Explorer. It wouldn't have only brought touchscreen improvements but long missing touches such as "smooth scrolling" too. Does anyone know anything about this?
the new version of Edge is so good but there are still many little issues, which makes me wonder, does Microsoft really care about Edge and take it seriously? Is it a high priority for them? I would hope so because having no real alternative to Chrome would be extremely bad for many reasons. Edge has such potential, I hope they are all in with it
The perfect Surface Pro for the majority of people would be an i5, 8GB of RAM and 128GB SSD, but Microsoft seemed to refuse to sell this until now. If Microsoft had offered this configuration all along, I'm sure they would have sold a lot more Surface Pros, because very few people need a 256GB SSD these days, and it was just driving up the cost. Also, it doesn't bundle the pen, which is also great! This is a big deal for Surface and it's great to see them finally get the configurations right
The next Xbox needs to be like the Nintendo Switch because: if you compare the Xbox One X to the theoretical next Xbox on the typical customers TV in 2021 (I'm assuming it will come out in 2021), the graphical improvements won't be large enough to justify purchasing a new console. So if the next Xbox is another traditional console, that is, more powerful, Microsoft is dooming themselves to low sales. The Xbox One X is just too good. If Microsoft wants the next Xbox to sell, it should be like the Nintendo Switch. When docked to play on the TV, it would still be better than the Xbox One X, and when in handheld mode, it would put the Switch to shame.
Brad, Paul, anyone, do you think Apple dropping Intel will have any effect on Intels and Microsofts relationship and products? Will things improve now? Is Apple dropping Intel good for Microsoft?
Since January especially, the amount of Surface Pro's and Surface Pro knock offs I've seen in public is really surprising. Even people that don't know the name of the product recognize 'those tablets/laptops with a kick stand', Microsoft has come up with something genuinely great and successful with the Surface Pro, and if they stop making them, this proves to me that higher ups in the company are simply dumb. I know Surface will never be super profitable but it shouldn't need to be! I could get over Windows Phone dying but if they stop making Surface Pro's, I guess everyone should just buy a mac? Lets hope the new leadership doesn't axe Surface
Even though Edge is actually quite good now, people still aren't switching to it and Microsoft is resorting to some dirty tactics to boost usage. But I have an idea that isn't dirty but in fact a win for everyone: get rid of the Netflix app! As far as I can tell, the Netflix app isn't better than going to netflix.com in Edge, and users can simply click "Pin this page to Start" or "Pin this page to the taskbar" if they like quick access to Netflix. I'm sure Netflix would like 1 less platform to develop for, and this would also be a 'win' for the web! Unless there's something I'm missing... please share if you know of a reason they shouldn't or can't do this
I prefer Android over the iPhone but as Paul has pointed out a few times, the price of the Pixel phones is too high. There are several reason but I wanted to mention 2 of them:
Reason #1: you only get 2 years of major updates! Today Google confirmed that the Nexus 6P and 5X will not get Android 9 (though I believe they still get security updates for another year?). I think that's crazy, the Nexus 6P and 5X are still good phones and they deserve Android 9, it's not like they came out in 2013.
Reason #2: performance degradation. Even Nexus/Pixel phones suffer from this! It was more forgivable with the lower pricing of the Nexus phones, but for the amount of money Google is asking for a Pixel phone, performance degradation is just not acceptable.
So even though Android has many advantages over the iPhone and I do prefer it, I'm switching to an iPhone 8 this summer when my contract is up. I don't think Android 9 is going to fix the performance degradation issue, and for the amount of money Google is asking for the Pixel 2, I expect more major Android updates guaranteed.
Grammarly seems like such a perfect and obvious acquisition for Microsoft and I don't think they would be expensive. Office/Word would benefit greatly from it and Grammarly even has an Android keyboard now, they could integrate that tech into SwiftKey and the Windows 10 on-screen keyboard.
I was really surprised to learn that the LTE Surface Pro uses a Qualcomm modem, you would think Microsoft would want to use an Intel modem in it, does anyone know why it doesn't? Do you think the next LTE Surface Pro will use an Intel modem?
I watched the Pixel 2 reveal and one of my favorite parts was when they said they don't put more features or better components in the XL version, the only difference between the two phones is the size and minor aesthetic differences. Fast forward to this week and apparently the XL has a crappy display made by LG made with a newer OLED technology, and the smaller phone has a display by Samsung with the more common and mature OLED technology. AND, the smaller phone is made by HTC while the larger phone is made by LG. What the hell???? Why would they make a point of saying this on stage when it's extremely untrue?
On Apple's website, they write about the iPhone X "The first OLED screen that rises to the standards of iPhone" , and I thought that was a strange and stupid thing to say because at my work, I get to play with almost every new phone that comes out and I haven't seen a bad OLED in years. But in the past week, 2 flagship android phones , the LG V30 and Pixel 2 XL (apparently they have the same display) have actually made Apple's statement true, instead of a silly and strange lie. Apple is very lucky! The iPhone X really can say it has a much higher quality OLED than some recent android flagships
onMSFT just ran a story (search "Will Microsoft’s Surface business be the next to bite the dust? Industry execs think so" ) about this, do you think this is true? I really hope not... I really wish Paul and Brad would talk to some people in the know about this and let us know where things stand, it would be an interesting article
With Android apps now running on Chrome OS, you should be able to dock the next Pixel phones into a laptop shell or desktop setup and have Chrome OS. Google could beat Microsoft to the punch here. Having a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM is overkill for a smartphone, it's just wasted potential. Think about how special and disruptive that experience would be? All of your Android apps running seamlessly on a Chromebook shell or desktop. This would also justify the high price of Pixel phones, it would suddenly become a very easy purchase to justify, and it could cause some trouble for Windows
Now that rs3 is basically locked and it's just bug fixes until release, what do you think of Edge now? Does it still need more work or is it finally ready for prime time?
There's an issue with these forum: when you reply to someones comment, it should show up directly underneath that comment so it's clear you're replying to that comment, like reddit. At the moment, a reply to a comment just appears at the bottom and it's not clear which comment it's a reply to, it's a confusing mess.
Apple's phone strategy is solid and sound, the iPhone will be a powerhouse for the foreseeable future. But when it comes to tablets and computers, their strategy, well, they don't even have a strategy at all!
For the iPad, initially they were adamant that the iPad was strictly a tablet and they won't attempt to turn it into a hybrid because toaster fridges are stupid, then the iPad Pro and now iOS 11 happened, so clearly they've changed their mind. I tried out the new 12" iPad Pro yesterday and as excellent as it is (I gave the software a pass because iOS 11 isn't out yet), it's a poor excuse for a laptop. No USB C port, no trackpad (this company is famous for having the best trackpads) and the keyboard is a joke compared to a Macbook keyboard. So I read about what people think of the keyboard for the iPad Pros and one point I saw brought up many times was "Apple won't put out a great macbook-like keyboard because they don't want you to use the iPad Pro as a laptop, they want you to buy a Macbook if you want a laptop".
But this just isn't true! Apple REALLY doesn't want you to buy a Macbook. They refuse to make touchscreen macs, and they know this is crippling. They are deliberately not putting out modern Macbook Airs, because they want you to buy an iPad Pro. The uselessly small mini Macbook (which is way over priced) still has a 480p FaceTime camera... I could go on and on.
It seems like Apple is having some kind of struggle, they don't want to make a firm decision. So we have this mess, both the iPad and Macbooks aren't 'complete'. This is a real shame because I think an iPad Pro with a USB-C port and detachable Macbook keyboard would sell like hot cakes, I'd certainly buy one. Instead, I'm getting one of the Surface Pro clones that has a USB C port, which are magical, amazing devices. If you're having a hard time choosing between a iPad Pro or Macbook, I suggest you do the same. The HP and Samsung look especially nice.
Hi Brad, on todays Sams Report, did you mean that you believe the Microsoft approach is the better way (downscaling an actual real computer into a tablet, and eventually a phone like a Surface Phone) or you believe Apples approach is the better way (taking a phone operating system and slowly turning it into a full and powerful operating system)
I was just talking with one of my TA's (who worked for a display company) about the new iPad and he said that 120Hz is only worth the trouble if the display is OLED or Plasma, LCD's do not have the response time to make the most of 120Hz refresh rate, the response time of LCD is its 'bottleneck' , not it's refresh rate. But for display technologies that have a very fast response time, such as Plasma or OLED, you will actually notice an improvement if it's at 120Hz. So if you can, wait until the OLED iPad and you will notice a real improvement in speed and smoothness (smooth scrolling)
As we know, the sole purpose of the internet is complaining, so I've come to Pauls own forum to complain about something he did: in Thinking About Microsoft's Mobile Fantasy, he discourages Microsoft from trying with phones again, and that's just terrible of him. Apple isn't going to meaningfully innovate the iPhone, and Android is very similar to iOS. There's no real competition anymore in phones and no new ideas or different approaches, and that's really bad for everybody. If Microsoft is going to try something new and different again, everyone should be encouraging them, not discouraging them. Obviously if this new mobile OS makes it to market it's not going to get 30% market share, but if it's better than the iPhone and Android, it could find some success and influence the industry. Windows Phone proved that Microsoft knows what they are doing (Windows Phone didn't deserve to fail) and it would be a real shame for everyone if Microsoft didn't give it one more try
Does anyone know if the new Surface Laptop has an "in-cell" display panel? Paul or Brad, if you can see this, do you know or could you ask one of your sources please :)
I'm not criticizing them (I pre ordered a Surface laptop today) , I'm just saying, you gotta love 'em, only Microsoft could have Surface events 3 weeks apart LOL! I would love to know how stuff like this happens. Maybe Brad or Paul could ask around.
Can anyone "in the know" answer this? I hear people say to not even bother reporting problems/issues in the Feedback Hub because Microsoft only looks at the super common complaints that have lots of votes, but others say that Microsoft does in fact look at everything and fix bugs/issues even if they have no votes. WHAT IS THE TRUTH!?!? hahaha
I noticed Paul always speaks highly of Edge's text rendering and it made me give Edge a try on several occasions but I would not see this great text rendering he would always speak of, but I finally realized why: on a HiDPI ("Retina" in Apple speak) display, Edge does indeed have the best text rendering of all the browsers, but on a low/normal DPI display, text in Edge looks pretty bad, really ugly and rough, especially for smaller text, and as we know, the VAST majority of people have low/normal DPI displays. Edge really does require a very hi res display in order to make text look good: I was comparing Edge to Firefox on a 15" 1080p laptop and they were even but smaller text looked better in Firefox. On a Surface Book though, text looked better in Edge compared to Firefox but the difference wasn't dramatic
There is an issue with the way Chrome for Android renders text (Chrome for Android is the most popular browser on earth according to netmarketshare) and because the majority of Chrome for Android users do not have retina class displays, the font on thurrott.com should be changed so it doesn't look so blurry for so many people. Here's the chrome bug https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=686059
I was hoping someone in-the-know or maybe someone from Microsoft can shine some light on this issue: take a Windows tablet like a Surface Pro, rotate it so it's tall/long (like you would if you had a really long PDF or something like that), for some reason, you aren't allowed to have 1 app take up the top half of the screen and another app take up the bottom half of the screen! Even Android tablets allow this, and tablets are almost an afterthought in the Android world. Is this feature coming to Windows 10 tablets eventually? What's the issue? I honestly for the life of me cannot think of a reason this functionality is not present in Windows tablets. (I read that is was present in very early builds of Windows 10 but removed? I don't know if that's true or not though)