Mike Becky

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Matt Drance on the Galaxy Gear Commercial ➝

From his Apple Outsider weblog:

The Galaxy Gear ad, and the Galaxy Gear itself, convey none of this. The ad primes us with decades of fantastic expectations — expectations which just about any review of the product you can find will tell you have not been met. It also implicitly, and very ironically, shows just how lacking in vision the product itself is. The iPhone ad says, “We’re starting over.” The Gear ad says, “We tried to make that exact thing you’ve seen on TV all these years.”

It’s all been done before, and it hasn’t been done very well this time.

Matt Drance on RIM ➝

RIM has two CEOs and three COOs. Why is anyone expecting straight answers from a company that can’t even decide who’s in charge?

The Whole Subscription Hubbub ➝

I really enjoyed Matt Drance’s write-up regarding Apple’s new subscription model. Especially this bit here:

The problem is that Apple has changed the game on people. John Paczkowski clarified that “Apple’s made no change to its App Store guidelines–it’s simply enforcing a rule that’s been in them all along.” That doesn’t really close the book. Whatever the fine print says, Apple is no longer letting developers do things it had been letting them do — and build businesses on — for almost two years, and many developers are quite understandably upset about that.

I do believe that Apple is doing the right thing with this subscription pricing deal. I’m not sure if 30% is the right cut but I can understand the reason to keep it that way. What’s frustrating is that businesses have been built on the old rules — or Apple’s decision not to enforce them — and these new rules feel extremely limiting to developers.

Unfortunately for these developers, Apple doesn’t look like they’ll be changing the rules anytime soon. And their best course of action may be to either modify their strategy to make working in the iOS ecosystem work or simply move to Android.

Moving to Android, as Matt put it: “may be the best way to make a long-term statement that forces Apple’s hand. There’s a word for that: competition.” Unless Android starts stealing a significant amount of Apple’s market share on the back of subscription purchases, Apple’s isn’t going to change anything for anybody.