Its an interesting perspective going into next week. First off, we have HTC and Samsung showing their new toys. I will never buy either. Then a tasty rumor surfaces that there will be two Nexus phones. One from Huawei and another from LG. I would like to see a choice like this. I think its very smart if they do it to offer a phone from a new face out there and then an established purveyor of Nexus toys.
I’d like to see a new tablet which would build on the Nexus 9 with some key differences. Give the building and construction to someone new as well. Perhaps Nokia. Imagine the new N1 tablet recast as a Nexus device with perhaps a few changes. Maybe new processor power, 3g of memory and storage choices from 32 to 128g of memory. No matter what; its fun to read and hear about the rumors. The Nexus thing is always fun and each time, google stretches some boundaries and people seem to misunderstand the purpose of the Nexus line. Maybe I should state the ones I believe are true:
The Nexus line is not meant to be financially successful. Its meant to provide a view of a device that’s a reference platform which twists our viewpoints
The Nexus line is supposed to showcase some facet of Android. Either support for new hardware or a new version of Android.
Not everyone is supposed to buy these things but yet it seems more and more people that don’t know fastboot and adb or factory images buy them. I buy them for just those reasons. Strange and esoteric tools and techniques, a quick route to root, ability to unlock things easily by running simple commands.
Finally, the Nexus line is not meant to be a showcase of a commercially viable device. Its meant to capture a certain view and use of Android that is not commercial. Call it a developer preview of a thing which is not complete. Yet know the Nexus line is measured exactly in the opposite way from which it is intended.
I’m also always amazed by the seriousness that we all put into these gadgets. As a tool user, I pick the things which will make it easier, more fun, more of a learning experience. Android seems to fit here better. I’ve tried Apple gear and there is no playing, hacking, changing on it. I cannot learn on something I cannot hack on or add to or change. I just get a thing that Apple intended me to have. It becomes boring and less than useful in short order. That’s what happened to me and the Air Pad 2. I got tired of its strict adherence to some design philosophy and UI approach which is… boring. Its simply not able to become “mikes device”.
Finally, we come full circle to life how it is now. Tomorrow I have an interview which could change things quite a bit for me. I would only be there for about 9 months or so and then I’d take off some months for travel after having saved some amount of money which I am well on the way to now. I would leave the US behind for perhaps 2 months and do this trip to Asia I have wanted to do. Perhaps ride the ferry boat from Osaka to Shanghai. Then the train to Hong Kong. I would linger in each place as I would want. No clear next thing to do and spend months in the endeavor. I would return around March or April and figure out my next thing. I may come back with no job, no house, no car. Just me. But I will have learned an immeasurable thing which comes with travel. Perhaps I would make it to India and see friends there. Maybe stay in Chennai for some weeks and get to Mumbai and New Delhi. I have friends in those places now.
I would do long walks in each place and learn and experience and become more and less. That’s what travel does for a person. You face the real you and then find out what you thought was real morphed and you learned even more.
Imagine learning that in one day, the entire life thing could change so significantly. Its rather unnerving and exciting.
I’ll close this out now and see what tomorrow may bring.