Once again, we’ve reached October and as expected, Nexus rumor and leak season is going full swing.
This year I’ve been following less of the rumors and leaks (not to mention posting less too) since I’m not really in the market for a new phone at this moment. Of course, I’m trying to convince my better half to get her phone changed but resistance is strong!
Back to Nexus season. All indications and leaks have more or less confirmed that the next Nexus phone, rumored to be Nexus 5, will again be manufactured by LG. This would be consistent with Google’s trend of giving each manufacturer a couple of the years manufacturing the same device (phone, 7-inch tablet, 10-inch tablet). Samsung had 2 phones released in the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus and LG has gotten the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5. This may not be a bad thing as the Nexus 4, while being a little disappointing to some who did not like the glass back, was a pretty solid phone experience for its price.
… that it came to Android.
Yes. For fans of PopCap’s great fun tower defense game, Plants Vs Zombies, with an Android device instead of an Apple device, the sequel of the very popular game is coming to your Android devices really soon, as tweeted in its official Twitter account. The game, Plants Vs Zombies 2 has already been launched in China and will spread the zombie virus to all corners of the world “later this fall”. Like its iOS counterpart, the Android version of the game will be available for free with in-App purchases.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m a big fan of the game and am very excited by this announcement. Would you want to see a review of the game when I get my hands on it?
Plants Vs Zombies – Twitter Announcement
Plants Vs Zombies’ Twitter account
Apple has long been focused on high end devices. All its iPhone products have been high priced, premium segment products. But this year might be the year that sees Apple embrace the low end segments. Rumors have it that Apple is set to release 2 iPhones this year, a typical premium iPhone, named iPhone 5S and a cheaper model in plastic, named iPhone 5C. The new plastic iPhone is set to come in a variety of vibrant colors, similar to their iPods.
I know I am typically an Android supporter, but I can’t help getting a little excited by the possibility of a cheap iPhone model. The big question is, how cheap is cheap. Rumors have it that the iPhone 5C has similar specs to the existing iPhone 5. I would imagine that Apple’s definition of cheap is not the same as Android’s definition. In my expectations, the base iPhone 5S model would probably cost around RM2.3k to RM2.6k. The current iPhone 5 costs USD649 or RM2199 for the base 16GB model. It is not hard to imagine that with a cheaper plastic casing, the iPhone 5C with similar specs as the existing iPhone 5 to cost around RM1.5k or USD449. While doing this does reduce Apple’s profit margins, it would open up the iPhone market to a wider consumer base which would allow them to capture more of the market share and with it, increasing likelihood of users purchasing apps or songs from their iTunes store.
Still, I probably won’t be tempted to get a cheaper iPhone though. If I do get an Apple product, it would likely be an iPad and even then, only for apps or gaming. Kinda hate waiting for Plants vs Zombies 2 to be released on Android. Anyways, an Apple invitation has already been sent out to major tech sites and the event is slated for September 10th which isn’t long away.
Do you hope to see a cheaper iPhone model?
In an article by PCWorld today showed data released by Crittercism which points to iOS crashing more frequently compared to Android OS. Now, I’ve been hearing that iOS is more stable and bla bla bla. I’m sure most of you who uses or sought to buy a smart phone has heard this argument before. This data provided by Crittercism seems to dispute that fact though.
One argument is that they were comparing more iOS devices compared to Android OS devices to the tune of 162 million versus 52 million. Given Apple’s popularity, I wouldn’t be surprised that the 162 million comprised of iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s and perhaps even a few of the original iPhones. With that being said, I would also expect that in the 52 million Android OS devices, a number of them are low cost devices which, given the lesser RAM and CPU power, would be more prone to crashing.
Now, I’m not saying my Galaxy SII hasn’t crashed before, but does it crash as often as once or twice a day as commented in the article? Nope. Its pretty stable and the crashes really started happening only when I was migrating to a custom ROM. But once you resolve the causes of the crashes, my Galaxy SII is gold.
I’m pro Android but I also do give credit to iOS being what it is, a great OS. Now, if only they would allow it to be used as a portable hard drive, I may be tempted to get one. But till then, Android it is.