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Thursday 13 June 2013 The Forest Road Reader, No 70

Android version fragmentation is 'terrible for developers' says Tim Cook. Well, he would say that, wouldn't he? There are some fascinating/hilarious quotes in that report
    iOS 6 is now installed on 93 per cent of the 600 million iDevices that Apple has shipped. Cook compared that with 37 per cent of Android devices running Gingerbread, 26 per cent running Ice Cream Sandwich, and 33 per cent running the most recent version of Android, Jelly Bean.
    These numbers include only "those versions of Android that talk to the Google Play store, so it doesn't include things like Kindles and Nooks," Cook said. "But even then, it's a pretty bleak story."

The CEO of Apple, speaking to audience of people who write software for Apple devices, at Apple's largest event of the year has to take the time to make them feel good about themselves because the Android picture is bleak. Remarkable.
    "iPhone users use the iPhone 50 per cent more that Android users use their phones,"
You can take that in all kinds of ways, and it doesn't actually tell you anything. On the odd occasion I use Daniel iPod, I find typing anything really painfully slow. Do you still have to jailbreak your iPhone to install an alternative keyboard?

Piggly Wiggly, America's first true self-service grocery store, was founded in Memphis, Tenn. in 1916 by Clarence Saunders. Clarence Saunders is exactly the kind of name you'd expect a Tennessee store owner to have in 1916.

Perhaps those Apple devs need a bit of ego massaging. One of the most touted new features of iOS 7 seems to be the Control Center, something that looks like it's been lifted directly from Android and which its had approximately forever. I confess I did snigger at this report:
    A decision to revamp the look of its Calendar software, ditching the current version's use of a leather and torn paper design, also drew applause from the audience of software developers at the San Francisco announcement.
They clapped an icon. Dear God. Perhaps that's why people spend 50% more time on their iPhone - they're wincing at the icons.

I had completely forgotten that Java ships with an embedded Javascript engine. It's only been there for seven odd years, so that's forgivable I suppose. Rediscovering it might save me a whole load while simultaneously making me look a boss. I'll get back to you.

Enough of this willy waggling. Use what you like. Write software for what you want to.

Why so little Chinese in English? Many purported experts are willing to explain China to curious (and anxious) westerners. And yet I can't think of even one Chinese word or phrase that has become "common parlance in English" recently.

(But Android is cheaper and the dev tools don't crash as often Xcode.)


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