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Out of respect for both of these quality operating systems and for the lack of fair comparisons out on the internet today, I’m offering a quick table for those who want the facts and unbiased information for BOTH platforms.

This is the COMPLETE list of features (that I could find documented) for both platforms, not wattered down to show the strengths of one over the other. If you have more to add, please let me know by adding it in the comments.

Keep in mind the hardware is NOT included. The only variable here is that some of Apple’s OS decisions were based on giving better performance to the hardware (speed/battery-life)

  Android 2.2 (Froyo) iOS 4
Devices
  • NexusOne
  • Droid
  • Droid X
  • Droid Incredible
  • EVO 4G
  • HTC Desire
  • MyTouch Slide
  • HTC Legend
  • Most 2010 HTC Phones
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G *
  • iPod Touch 3G *
  • iPod Touch 2G *
  • iPad (coming Fall 2010) *
  • *Not all features

    Network
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Sprint
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile
  • AT&T
  • Apps 65,000-80,000 200,000
    Flash Support Yes. Flash Player 10.1 available on Android 2.2. No
    Tethering Yes, additional fees vary. Yes, $20 for 2GB/month (AT&T, also must have the limited 2GB/month DataPro, no option to tether with Unlimited plan)
    Multi-tasking Yes Limited, only a limited set of features are allowed in API to run in background
    Widgets Yes No
    Hot-Spot Capability Yes. Wi-Fi can be shared with up to 8 devices. No
    Folders Yes Yes
    Copy & Paste Yes Yes
    Video Chat Available through free add-on apps. (Wifi/3G) Native suport via FaceTime, front facing camera (Wifi Only)
    Books Available through free add-on apps. Support for iBooks to download and read digital books.
    Email Unified mailbox, setup online, threading Unified mailbox, setup on phone, threading
    Digital Zoom 4x 5x
    Sharing Email,Twitter,Facebook,Messaging,Picasa,Bluetooth Email,MMS,MobileMe,YouTube
    Notifications Notification bar, multiple types of notifications shown in bar at top of screen, Pop-up notifications for messaging, viewable from lock screen. Pop-Up notifications, only native apps viewable from lock screen
    Social-Integration
  • Contacts sync with Facebook & Google
  • Gallery sync with Picasaweb
  • Pictures upload to Flickr, Picasaweb, Twitter, Facebook
  • Available through add-on apps.
    Full-text search of Mail messages Yes No, headers only
    Voice-recognition Yes Voice commands
    Push to Phone Messaging, Links & Maps (Apps coming soon) Notifications
    Music Purchasing Amazon MP3 iTunes
    Music Sync Available through free add-on apps. iTunes
    Music Streaming Available through free add-on apps. Available through add-on apps.
    Automatic Updating OTA updates to OS, Automatic updating of apps. OTA minor updates, physical connection required for apps & major OS updates
    Search Web, Apps, Contacts, Mail, Phone Web, Apps, Contacts, Mail (headers only), Phone
    Spell Check No Yes
    Search Suggestions Yes Yes
    Customize Wallpaper Yes, includes Live Wallpaper Yes, includes seperate wallpaper for lock screen
    Voice Recording Yes Yes
    Calendar Sharing Yes Yes
    Maps & Compass Yes, Compass available through add-on apps Yes
    Parental Controls Limited through policy manager Yes

    Enterprise Support

      Android 2.2 (Froyo) iOS 4
    Encryption Yes Yes, Hardware encryption, email & attachment encryption
    Device Policy Manager Yes Yes
    Remote Wipe Yes Yes
    Password Policy Yes Yes
    Exchange calendar sync Yes Yes
    Global Address Lists Yes Yes
    SSL VPN Available through add-on apps Yes

    Choosing the Right Network? Not really. In part maybe, but not the most important part. Let’s consider some other factors, keep in mind we’re talking about battery-life here:

    While it’s true CDMA uses slightly more power than a GSM network, it’s a well-known fact that if you don’t have coverage your cell phone battery will be drained even quicker searching for signal.

    Also consider this, while the iPhone is a great phone, it doesn’t have the ability for consumers to swap batteries. This leaves you with only a couple options: Turn off your iPhone when you know you won’t have coverage, find an app that will help you manage your transmitting settings based on location, time, or battery-life status, or lastly buy a hideous external battery option. Otherwise you’re left to manage all these settings as put forth by Apple.

    If you’re using an android phone, chances are you have the option of carrying an extra battery if needed, ~$25

    In an ideal world you’d likely want an android phone on a CDMA network like Verizon, then you have better coverage equating to less signal searching, coupled with user-swappable batteries, along with the JuiceDefender app.  JuiceDefender & UltimateJuice gives you the options for all the battery draining settings and will AUTOMATICALLY change each setting according to your location, time-of-day, or battery-life status.  Can’t get much better than that.

    Of course there’s always the quality, type and rating of the battery.  As put forth by the manufacturer specs:

    iPhone (GSM):
    Talk Time: Up to 5 hours on 3G
    Standby time: Up to 300 hours

    Droid (CDMA):
    Talk Time: Up to 6.4 hours on 3G
    Standby time: Up to 270 hours

    Palm Pre Plus (CDMA):
    Talk Time: Up to 5.5 hours on 3G
    Standby time: Up to 350 hours

    Well here it is one month from Revit 2011 release and still nothing official from Autodesk about any of the new features, updates, or tools.  So while we wait to hear what the “actual” new features will be, I thought I’d post some of my “requests” for new features…

    If you’d like to submit your own, AUGI has a Revit Architecture Wish List forum:
    http://forums.augi.com/forumdisplay.php?f=856

    Here they are in no particular order:

    1. Better flexibility for line patterns – have you ever tried to draw gas lines, fence lines, utility lines on your site plan only to find out that those line patterns you used in AutoCAD aren’t available in Revit?  Not only are they not available, but you can’t even import the line styles.
    2. Cut lines for Ramps – Granted I don’t use ramps that much, but it would be nice to have cut lines show up on your ramps like they do for stairs & floors.  Right now the only way I know to workaround this is to place a floor on a sloped workplane, or to use a break line detail component.  Seems like this should be simple.
    3. Justify-align Text – I’m a big advocate for legibility and while this isn’t a big deal, it would be nice to have this feature.
    4. TYP, SIM, OPP – Ability to change reference labels for callouts, sections and elevations to be INSTANCE based, not type based.
    5. Revit/DWF Viewer for Android/Apple devices – This would be great to be able to pull up a view or sheet on our cell-phones while in the field, particularly with tablet/slate devices becoming more popular that run on the same Android OS / iPhone OS as the smartphones do.
    6. Ability to customize system families – This has been on my list for a long time, we need a little more flexibility on how these symbols look, not necessarily how they work, just how they look.
    7. Fill pattern editor – Again something that’s been on my list since the AutoCAD days when it was called hatches.  They use the same .pat pattern files but there really isn’t a good graphical way to edit these files, only in Notepad, which tends to be a lot of work.
    8. Duplicate Sheets – Not sure why we can’t duplicate/copy sheets.
    9. Snap-to-Grid on Sheets – Again, view alignment would be nice here.
    10. Lock/Protect elements or categories – It would be great if pinned objects couldn’t be deleted.  Or if we had the ability to lock or protect certain elements or categories.
    11. Ability to use % or degrees for slopes – currently Revit only accepts rise/run, but we use percentage slopes a lot for site, floors, ramps, roofs, etc.
    12. Purge Tool Update – as of now Revit does not purge line styles, line patterns, materials, or fill patterns.
    13. Spell Check – Shouldn’t we be able to spell check the entire project and all the sheets at one time instead of view-by-view?
    14. Tool Placement on Ribbon – It would be great if they standardized certain tools on the ribbon so they were placed in the same spot every time in the menu instead of floating around being contextual.  I can’t tell you how many times I click on the wrong icon because I was anticipating a command being there and it was in a different spot.  The perfect example of this is cut/copy/paste — it’s in one spot on the modify bar (far left) and in the contextual bar it’s always (far right).  Go figure.   If anything though it helps you learn the keyboard shortcuts 🙂

    I have more, but this would be a great start.

    According to AndroLib.com the Android Market hit 30,000 apps on February 24th, 2010. TechCrunch reported the 20,000 app milestone on December 15th, 2009 and predicted the Android Market would hit 50,000 apps by Q2 2010, I’d say that’s about right… well IN Q2 of 2010. Probably more like mid-May.

    Anyhow, here are my calculations for when we can predict the next 40,000 app milestone:
    12/15/2009 – 20,000 apps
    2/24/2010 – 30,000 apps
    In the last 2 weeks – +3,000 apps

    At this rate, it should hit 40,000 on or around April 14th, this is of course assuming the rate stays the same and doesn’t increase. We’ll see. Have your own prediction? Post it in the comments.

    UPDATE:  Well it seems no one could have predicted the kind of March Android Marketplace had, with over 9,000 new apps, it reached 40,000 in a mere 3 weeks, at or around March 25th.  Impressive!

    UPDATE: Release date set for April 8th

    Well this time last year the details of Autodesk Revit 2010 were released along with webcasts showing off all the new features. Yet here we are still with no details (well publicly available) about Revit 2011 and the released date less than 2 months away.

    Never fear, once Autodesk releases their press-release you’ll see the final list of new and improved features for Revit 2011. So bookmark this site and I promise you I’ll publish the feature post as soon as the news becomes public. Let’s just hope they don’t pull an “Apple” and hold all the details until the release date. Now that would be traumatic.

    Maybe Autodesk is just waiting for the Olympics to end, so they can garner more press 🙂

    Anyhow, if you have any public information or mere speculations on what’s new in Revit 2011, please feel free to comment below.

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    Woke up today to a new homepage on Google. As you can see it’s a bit more colorful, buttons are larger, text is larger. No doubt a cleaner and slightly easier to use Google. Other enhancements included sidebar tabbed search results to better switch between results…

    There’s also this latest news from Google.
    http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/01/modern-browsers-for-modern-applications.html

    We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar. Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.

    You can kind of see where they got their visual enhancements from… (note: compare the orange “highlighted areas” in bing to the blue highlighted areas in the new google)

    Duke Energy Center (formerly Wachovia Corporate Center) is now completed in Charlotte, NC.  Personally I think it’s about as close to flattery as you can get to the Shanghai World Financial Center… what do you think?

    I prefer the slimmer sleeker profile that the SWFC has, clearly it has a height advantage, but the lines are seem much cleaner.  The Duke Energy Center on the other hand appears much more traditional.

    If anything this building has shown the sad state of the economy.  After Wachovia was bought out by Wells Fargo, they ended up only occupying five of their originally planned 14 floors of the building.  Wake Forest originally was going to have a campus in the cultural arts campus as well but pulled out of the project after the buyout.

    Nonetheless, I’m glad it was built and completed.