Just came across a link to a blog post with photos of the supposed casing to the iPhone 6. Whoopeedee. Don’t get me wrong here. This isn’t a rant about the presumably forthcoming iPhone 6. It’s an “I think we have overdosed on new phone introductions” rant.
It’s a bit like we have too many Ashes cricket series’. We must have because the Aussies won the last one, as I recall.
I’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S4. I had the S3 and the S2. I assume there must have been an S as well – can’t remember that far back (3 years?!). Or it wasn’t on my radar at the time. The Samsung Galaxy S5 interests me not one little bit. The marketing machines have run out of ideas as far as I am concerned. They are firing blanks. Sack em all.
We can’t be that far off the time when phone hardware becomes the same for us all anyway. Look at cars. The all look the same, give or take a grill and light fitting. It’s now all about the software. The frills. I’m assuming here that one bit of faux leather interior is much the same as another bit of faux leather interior.
So there must come a time when the phone hardware stays the same and we just buy a software load to turn the box into something useful. The box will just get cheaper, tending to zero.
We probably won’t even have to buy the software. Google will give it to us because their models is all about ad revenue. I don’t know how Microsoft and Apple will make their money. And there is no-one else.
Oh and unless you are miraculously reading this post in braille, recognising that I don’t produce a braille edition, you will have noticed some artists impressions of the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 logo. Like the hardware it is clearly an evolution from the SGS4 rather than a radical new design.
The image was accidentally left on a table in the Whitehouse pub in Peel in the Isle of Man. A location known to be frequented by the Samsung design team during frequent offsite meetings. No expense spared1.
This is a global scoop, world first, exclusive preview etc etc etc. Of course we don’t know if this is the final version that Samsung will use but it almost certainly gives us an insight into how the designers are thinking.
PS lots of other really good posts on Samsung Galaxy phones here.
1 It should be reiterated that whilst absolutely no expense is spared in the race to dominate the global mobile phone market it is possible to pick up some good accommodation deals in the Isle of Man in February. The fact that all the attractions are shut is of no consequence to the design gurus at Samsung who remain totally focussed on the task in hand. You may wish to note that a pint of the very excellent Bushys bitter is only £2.35 at the family run Whitehouse which serves and excellent range of real ales and what I think must be the best choice of malt whiskies on the island.