This release fixes a number of bugs and adds some new features, like the ability to reload a site that has redirected you to a mobile page. Despite Jakob Nielsen’s recent pronouncement that users want to be auto-redirected to simplified mobile sites, Google’s Chrome for Android developers think otherwise.
Chrome for Android’s new feature subverts websites that automatically redirect you to a mobile version by spoofing Chrome for Android’s user agent string, in this case sending the string for the desktop version of Chrome instead of the mobile (which developers should note has been updated as well).
The new feature means that if a site offers a sub-par mobile experience by default, you can always reload the desktop version with the press of a button.
Also new in this release is the ability to add bookmarks to your home screen for fast access to your favorite sites and web apps.
In addition to the new features, Chrome for Android is now available in 31 more languages and in all countries where Google Play is supported. Chrome for Android is still a beta release and there are plenty of known issues, but the browser is getting closer to a finished product.
Realistically, no one expects that the iPhone retention rate is 99.9%. Most customer satisfaction reports indicate that roughly 20% of the iPhone userbase is up for grabs at any time. In the US, this translates to maybe 5 million iPhone users that are considering switching. Lumia 900 sales are not high enough to make the case that Lumia is inducing switchers rather than competing with Android for the existing pool of iPhone diaspora.
Microsoft may have learned its lesson from Mango and will be taking a more open stance with its partners at the upcoming “Apollo” MO Summit in Reading, UK. We have gotten a hold of the high level agenda and Microsoft is planning on addressing Customization and Differentiation in their up coming platform. In case you’re interested we’ve included the other topics that are going to be addressed at the upcoming summit.
· Apollo Review · Windows Phone Schedules and release plans/processes · Customization & Differentiation opportunities · New Windows Phone 8 application development capabilities · What’s new feature review of Apollo · Connectivity and APN management · Better together with Windows 8
Asian OEMs have been grumbling for a while that WP7 does not allow for enough customization making it difficult to differentiate them selves in the ecosystem. With this in mind this news does not seem out of place WP7 is moving towards a more flexible operating system.
BTW, since you bizarrely accused me of making a strawman argument, it was you that said the claim was zero movers from IOS. ( "only" non iOS users were your exact words I recall). So, no strawman, just a factual response to your absurd claim made here (note teh actual working reference) where you used the word "only" - not mostly, or 0.1% or some other figure or adjective, you said "only".
So its you making the strawman. But given your solid record of being fundamentally wrong* I don't expect any recognition of that.
Finally, your keyboard seems to be broken. Lots of repeating characters. Obviously not a high quality Apple keyboard :-)
* (witness your embarrassing initial post kicking off the tankwatch thread, AAPL has gone up about 90% at a guess since you started it hasnt it? :-) and this prediction isn't looking too good either - stock now rated as "junk".