Monday, November 15, 2010

Review of MeeGo and AppUp Developer Program in Pune

Event Details: http://www.amitkarpe.com/2010/11/meego-and-appup-developer-program-in.html

Review of MeeGo and AppUp Developer Program in Pune:
1. Nokia & Intel are really serious about this Platform.
2. Still need some boost for community participation & contribution.
3. Hands on Session got good response.
4. MeeGo will compete directly with Android on various market.
5. MeeGo community or governance is "Truly Open" than Android.

4 comments:

Parth Bakshi said...

Hello Amit,
Saw your posts about MeeGo on Facebook, I feel that MeeGo lacks the backing of a solid company for example Google-->Android, Apple-->iOS , the reason why iOS devices have become successful is largely due to the quality of software developed for iPad, iPod touch or iPhone and me being an owner of ipod touch i can vouch for that. The software is superior but lacks the hardware punch as in the case of Google android devices where software kind of lags but hardware is awesome. The moment you create a new SDK people are going to ask you why should i use your device where hardly few in comparison with Android or Iphone are going to buy it. Reinventing a new wheel is ok for competition but it would eventually lead to fragmentation with low user base and market share same as that of Linux. I understand that Meego has Nokia and Intel backing it however Nokia has been at sea developing the kind of software needed for the new generation of multi touch devices and intel doesnt have the expertise as that of Apple or Google in developing "software". They are king in hardware related products . And the ease with which you can develop Apps for Android or iOS devices puts a real question mark over whether Meego can sustain the onslaught of their competitors.

My two cents,

Parth Bakshi

Amit Karpe said...

Yes, I am agree with you. As of every is observing this market. MeeGo is far far behind what Android or iOS have.
Lets see......
But as OSS guy I want competition but not fragmentation. How is Android doing in US Market ?

Parth Bakshi said...

Hello Amit,
The point to be taken in to consideration is why was Android first created by Google, one motive only to drive mobile users to Google homepage from where it could make revenues based on adwords/search. Apple dint do that it created a phone with great software and was not bothered by the search or anything. To sell their phones to hardware makers Google started the open handset alliance and said android is all open and anybody is free to do what they want from it and in the process did the development of OS on its own without anybody contributing to it i.e the handset makers.

The handset makers in turn went and added their own stuff to it which is kinda problematic this is what exactly happened with Linux where we have all the different flavors of linux but inconsistent app installation process "the deb and rpm" which leads to frustration and inconsistent UI which is not case with apple because it controls everything. And hence if Google doesn't solve the fragmentation issue then idea of android is in trouble.

But the bigger trouble for google is the handset makers making deals with rival search engines to remove every single instance of Google search from their phones which runs android, leaving Google's idea of generating revenue from search in shambles . For example Baidu in china and verizon with MSFT in USA.

My two cents,

Parth Bakshi

Amit Karpe said...

Yes, thats why many open source contributor said that Android is not so OPEN.Near future I can see any solution for this fragmentation. Even you can see Samsung is coming with Bada, many Hardware Maker will choose different roadmap than Android. Or at least they will keep their card open for other platform.