We have known for a while that Apple and Google are both working on bringing their platforms to in-car solutions, but matters have gotten slightly clearer over the past couple of days. Apple unveiled its CarPlay system, and hints of the Open Automotive Alliance‘s first efforts have leaked under the potential name of “Google Projected Mode” . While this is all quite exciting and I am impatient to get my hands on smarter, better in-car systems, I just can’t help but feel some reservation about their potential.
Mobile World Congress came by and went away last week, and we finally have some time to sit down and look at it in hindsight without the rush of all the announcements and hands-on videos. Here are the six most notable things we have learned from the event.
In the world of computing, dual-booting has always been like a combo move in a game: you buy one PC and you run several operating systems on it. Linux, Windows and Mac, all have their strengths and weaknesses, and you could leverage each OS for a specific use case or family member. But in the world of personal smartphones, the story is a little bit different. Dual-booting just doesn’t make sense. Here’s why.
By now, you all know that Nokia did the unthinkable yesterday and announced an Android line-up of devices at Mobile World Congress, after criticizing the platform for years and pushing Windows Phone with their Lumia brand. That launch comes so close to the company’s smartphone division being completely enveloped under Microsoft — end of Q1 2014 should be the final date — that we’re left scratching our head. Despite the huge amount of hands-on videos that have showed us everything we need to know about the X series, we’re left with many unanswered questions. Here they are.