FB aquires WhatsApp – Bye and Thanks for the Fish

WhatsApp known for its massive security issues, still used by millions of people as a free replacement of SMS and MMS, was acquired by FB, one (maybe the) biggest data harvester in the internet. I dont use FB, the acquisition is a reason to finally move on to another more secure communication tool: Threema  (Made in Switzerland app with end-to-end encryption). Hope they wont sell privacy for money. Please help to spread the word.

It is NOT free, but is time to understand FREE comes at a price !

First Android 3.0 powered tablets showing up ! Galaxy Tab 2 ?

As expected, at the Mobile World Congress 2011 hardware manufacturers launched their soon to be available Android 3.0 powered tablets. Samsung presents the Galaxy Tab Sucessor, not “2” but Galaxy Tab 10.1. Certainly it will hit Singapore before end of April as the usual lock-in package of the local telcos.

I am still puzzled by a couple of things:

  • Size goes up (even weight remains small)
    While 7″ is just nice to carry and use, it fits in a side pocket, but is still bigger than the usual small size mobile phone and allows more or less serious usage. But 10.1″ is competing with a netbook, or you just try to be a little BIGGER than the iPad ? It does not fit in a side pocket.
  • No HDMI connector ?
    Why was it removed ? The device is capable too run FullHD movies and you lat me look at it in 1280×800 ? Whats the point ?
  • No (mini) SD Card slot ?
    Are you going the same way as Apple ? I cant extent the available memory and there is no way to just slot in a memory card to read files from a camera  or a notebook ? I must use the USB port or wireless ? You want to play FullHD and how do I copy a DVD content to the device ?
  • Dual camera ?
    What do you need that for ? Hold the tablet in front of you to make pictures ? How wired is that ? Can you run both at the same time ?
  • No standard USB port ?
    Of course slim is nice, but at a time when more companies try t follow standards you also come up with your new private connector ? More wire junk per device in my pocket !
  • Competitive price ?
    Sorry, around 1000.- SGD and beyond is not competitive.

I think it the presence of an upcoming Android 3.0 made Samsung jumped on the bandwagon and quickly push out a new device, just 6 months after the previous Galaxy Tab.

You can read the about the new tablet at engadget.com and the competition.

I see another problem for Android 3.0 and any devices, besides the split-up between 2.3/2.4 and 3.0, more apps will be available will soon that are hungry for CPU horsepower and resources leaving the regular mobile phone behind or even create unhappy app users know being aware of the lack of their devices power. A minimum hardware requirements like for PC games will soon be there, the app market will split up too.