- What's the deal with the Amazon Fire Phone? Why does Amazon bother to enter the phone market? First decent theory I heard: in order to test the integration of online stores on mobile devices. So far, people don't shop online via mobile devices (they look at stuff, sure, but they don't buy). How do we change that? Amazon wants to find out, and needs a couple of thousand test subjects as well as a device under its control. Hence the Fire Phone.
- Useful overview of upcoming Androids and their possible default browsers. (I'm not nearly as sanguine as Firt is on the chances of Google Chrome being installed on these new devices, but I could be wrong.)
- How it becomes progressively harder to gather user data, especially by intermediaries such as operators, because data gets more and more obfuscated (i.e. its origin is hidden or hard to detect).
- Tomi wonders what Samsung’s Tizen strategy is, or whether it has such a strategy. He concludes that Tizen is more like a hobby project from some top Samsung managers. I suspect that they lost an internal political battle, and that that’s why Samsung announced Tizen phones (or watches), and then un-announced them again. In any case, Tizen is not going to amount to anything if its product placement is so broken.
- And it seems Microsoft is going to ditch Nokia X after all. I predicted the opposite, and I still think I have a point, but I was clearly wrong.