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I still use a Chromebook Pixel (i7 model) that I got at launch in 2013. It is still an amazing device from a hardware perspective and because its a Chromebook it has seen almost no slowdown or lack of support in the las 9 years!! In that period of time, I’ve gone through 5 Macbook Pros…..all of them slowly getting worse and worse to use.
Complain all you want about the prices, I have never had any computer last me that long and keep up performance ever. Im fact, I am not sure I currently use any technology that is older.
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Surprised they ever decided to say they were doing it again anyways. I agree with some folks above, they are stuck in this place where they are primarily a software company (and a great one…if we ignore their messaging strategies) but they try and compete with the likes of Apple who while making good software is primarily a hardware company (and a great one).
I understand the need to be in the mobile space with phones/tablets because none of the OEMs are bought into the pure Android experience and in order to keep up with Apple the Pixel line of products there almost seems essential to keeping Android lock step with iOS.
There are plenty of Chromebooks at all levels now that are actually amazing devices. Chromebooks suffer far less from OEMs destroying the experience that mobile devices do. There is no reason for Google to continue to invest in the hardware for that space.
I suppose thats true, just move the hub in the app to a different room But my OCD would hate me if I said the Max was in the living room even though its technically in the Kitchen (right next to it) hahaha
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This isn’t technically true. There is nothing on any phone that prevents using an application that utilizes RCS.
Especially in the US, which is the only country where this argument really matters, the vast majority of Android users are either on Pixels or Samsung phones…both of which support RCS natively by default in their messaging apps.
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Thats irrelevant. RCS supports E2E encryption and SMS does not. Anyone could implement E2E encryption if they used RCS.
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The beauty of the iMessage rollout was actually that most users never even realized it wasn’t SMS or limited to only iPhones. It just seemed like other phones SMS experience got worse even though iMessage was never texting to begin with.
Masterfully done on Apples part actually
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RCS doesn’t make them any less money than SMS…this reasoning is flawed and in fact most US carriers already support RCS. They maintain SMS because of Apple
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And who is most responsible for it not replacing SMS?
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Thats not what is being asked. They are being asked to update the current antiquated protocol that they use (SMS) which is slower, way less secure and very old to the new universally accepted standard protocol (RCS) which is faster, more powerful, more secure and better in every way. …… They are not being asked to use Googles implementation (Jibe) of said protocol.
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The truth is Apple users in the US don’t think of alternatives because they truthfully don’t believe they are better or that they would make messaging non-iPhone users better.
It’s not a lie to say that Apple users think that the quality of messaging between iMessage and Android phones is the fault of the Android phones when in fact Android has done everything they can to improve the experience with iMessage users but Apple has done nothing. In fact on Android now message reactions from iPhones works relatively well now but that experience is horrible on iPhones (as an example)
So its an Android problem but its not the fault of the platform that it exists….Apple obviously has no reason to care about this and they know most of their users blame Android anyways and would never find fault with what they do so they get away with it even if using RCS would in fact make messaging their non-iPhone friends a better experience
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You may want to actually do some research on the history of the RCS protocol which is in fact a universal standard. Nobody is asking Apple to use Googles implementation of said protocal.
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I think you underestimate the power Apple wields over US carriers
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I don’t think the success of iMessage has much to do with Google not making a decent alternative. There are plenty of 3rd party alternatives which in fact are better than iMessage and exist across both platforms.
If a better messaging experience was all that was needed to remove iPhone users it would have already happened…..and it hasnt
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RCS is just a standard like SMS. iMessage supports SMS (a far worse and more insecure standard)
There is no reason why moving from SMS to RCS would be any heavier a lift for Apple to use as the fallback for iMessage
It’s an illusion of choice. By purposefully designing your system to cripple and/or make 3rd party alternatives worse, you essentially remove the option to use those 3rd parties. For the folks who would say "if you cant afford it then thats your problem" well…you can think of what you want about those types of people…there are plenty of them.
So sure, Apple leaves the choices (because if they actually removed them it would be easy to litigate them) but you use your marketshare of affluent western people to keep your users around since the best experience is within your walls (which is the fact because you make it impossible to be any other way).
If you don’t think Apple operates this way then I’m afraid you’ve been bamboozled by the greatest marketing company in history. This isn’t to say that all these companies don’t try to do this…cause they do. But Apple absolutely dominates the affluent western markets (by far the most valuable and influential) and so uses that power and influence (and an army of loyalists) to keep everyone from leaving.
I moved from Eero to Orbi’s and have been very happy. They are exceedingly more expensive especially when compared to sales that Eeros have but generally speaking for me have been higher performance with just about as easy a setup and as good if not a better app. You may even get away with less of them.
I still use Eero’s in another spot though and set them and forgot them so the app upsells dont bug me and for better or worse I am less concerned with what Amazon "could" do with the information they collect as others are.
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Would be nice if you could program which set of lights you want to be default but its nice to see it works if you say the room they are in. Love this feature even if accidents happen more often.
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I mean, are we surprised? The truth is he doesn’t care if customers are asking for it or if its a better experience. The goal is to sell more iPhones and making it better to chat with non-iPhone users means less iPhones.
Its no mystery that once they find a key wall keepign users in that they build it as high as possible. Horrible from a universal standards POV which generally speaking is worse for consumers since you remove choice but great from a business perspective, especially for a company like Apple who banks on loyalty above all else.
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I think this is largely based on usage. My fiber (1gb) gives me about 650mb on my wifi6 and streaming through that vs my old setup which got me 350-400mb is very obvious for me.
That said, I have several devices that stream and all I have is streaming..no cable/dish etc. I also have quite a few smart home devices and phones etc. If I was on 100mb wired which means maybe 50-60mb over wifi I would absolutely be able to tell the difference….in fact I would bet it is not usable for me and many other people who now depend on streaming.