Windows 10 S, Google AMP, Android Go. Not all these platforms are the same but there is a common intention behind their existence. The notion of ‘Lite’ as a exclusive, desirable, marketable feature. These lightweight entities are set-apart within an existing platform.
They don’t do the same thing or have the same aim, but its interesting that the platforms felt the need to create these subsets to highlight ‘lite’ experiences.
An admission perhaps that things have gotten too heavy, even for people with a generous web connection. Or that the advocacy for performance has been ignored, and a have and have-nots scenario is what it takes for business to make some choices to value performance of miss out a chunk of potential audience. Missing out on users is more compelling an argument than persuading that further investment in performance might gain some instead.
It is encouraging that companies are championing ‘lite’ experiences. But it feels a little disheartening same time that they felt the need to create this separation. As a user I will appreciate the improved experience. As a developer I am a little disheartened this Lite Club distinction had to be made to get developers to pay attention to performance.
The rules of Lite Club are that you advocate performance as much as possible.
Ubuntu for Android is a full-featured operating system for desktop computing and all you would have to do is dock your phone to use it. In addition to a desktop operating system, all of the functionality from the phone would be available to you at the click of a mouse. If your phone gets a call or text message, it would pop up on the external monitor you’ve set up to use (via Ubuntu for Android Could Erase the Need for a Desktop Computer)
The complete portable desktop.
HTC Legend appears once more
It took a little while to the HTC Hero to grow on me but this looks simply stunning! A little bit more subtle chin [bright green chin guard withstanding] and finally an Android phone that i like but that doesn’t have an idiotic scroll-ball but instead an optical trackpad sensor. Can’t wait for this to launch.
The new HTC Hero wsa launched today with its sexy as hell ‘Rosie’ interface.
Engadget has got a ton of pics (we knew what it looked like anway but hey) and loads of vids. Its a nice looking phone but i wish that damn chin thing would just stop.
Interface walk-through on youtube, via Engadget
HTC Hero hands-on
Spotify on Android , another much longer, slick demo, via Techradar
Wow this is incredible, such a slender form factor, no fans and no discernable vents, as far as i can see. Plus 720p decoding and encoding, that Snapdrgon chipset is unbelievable!
Truely amazing – just needs Android porting properly and this is a winner!
ASUS Demos Snapdragon-Based Eee PC With Android