Hey guys!! I know I’ve missed some weeks on our regular weekend rants. Apologies. This weekend we look at one aspect of technology we all love. It’s good quite alright, but it still hurts us either ways. I choose to call it the “Tech-rush Syndrome”. Grab cup of coffee, enjoy and don’t forget to air your views. This is a town hall meeting 😀 Now let’s begin.
The fast pace with which new inventions happen these days has grown from interesting to scary. Really. This trend covers almost every aspect of tech. Company product launches, app updates, software upgrades, new gadgets, chips etc. They don’t live up to all the hype, and sadly, we see many promises left unfulfilled.
I’m beginning to sense that manufacturers just rush to get the latest thing out there. Just for the sake of it. (and maybe the money). They no longer sit to really test out all the kinks. Gone are the days when updates or upgrades bring wholesome changes. Creators no longer look into details to ensure what they’re pushing out is truly worth it.
The big question is: The new Tech-Rush is it a blessing or a curse? I think it’s more of a curse and to drive this point home, I’ll give instances where foreign brands got it wrong, before streaming down to the local brands we know.
The case of OnePlus
We know OnePlus as a brand that just started few years ago. Last year, they launched their first phone, the OnePlus One which enjoyed moderate success. Due to lack of funds, they sell devices only through an invite system. They quickly followed this up with the OnePlus 2. Good device no doubt. But then, they left fans frustrated. A phone launched and claimed to be available; 3 months in, and people are still waiting to buy it. This led to their CEO issuing a public apology for delayed shipments. What’s all the rush? Why not sit down and work things out before pushing out your products. I hope they don’t repeat same with their newly released OnePlusX.
Qualcomm the heating pot.
This is a very popular story 😛 The Snapdragon 810 processor can fry plantain once it’s put under heavy use. I’m also hearing rumors that even the (overhyped) upcoming Snapdragon 820 still over heats, and Samusng is helping to fix it. I ask again, What’s the rush. Why not chill and work out your tech, and test it properly before releasing. This Qualcomm case has suffered phone makers this year. Many were forced to under-clock the processors to reduce the heating. Sony (on the Xperia Z5) had to use some form of paste and cooling mechanism, but yet, the phone still heats. Sad really.
Our local brands- Innjoo
I was present at the event when Innjoo launched the Innjoo Halo and the Innjoo Fire Plus. Beautiful devices. I could swear that these guys said the phones came with Android Lollipop. It was also displayed on the presented slides, both for the Halo and Fire Plus. Later when we finally laid hands on the phone. I opened the box, lo and behold , I was seeing stock Kit-Kat. Shocked, I asked the rep why, and he replied the phone actually comes with KitKat. Also saying that an update will be available in the future? When? 🙄
We have seen Samsung releasing flagship phones twice a year. I’m not saying Samsung phones are bad, but hey! Boys are still are still struggling to save for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and we’re already hearing rumors of the S7 coming this January. Ah! Ah!! 😥 What’s the rush?
I’ve sat down to count the number of phones Infinix have released this year alone, they’re five!! I’m also hearing of another phone launch next month making it six. Haba!!
Software updates (OS and Apps)
The updates to Android always seem a lot more incremental. At close observation, you see that there’s not much difference between Android KitKat and Android Jelly Bean. Nothing much separates Android Lollipop and Marshmallow. Before you start arguing with me, do this exercise: Imagine explaining to your grand Dad in the village ,the differences between KitKat and Jelly Bean. If you can do that successfully, then come back let’s argue.
Have I mentioned software? Every day apps have updates, so many apps are culprits here, and the most annoying is WhatsApp. Bug fixes and other improvements. WTF is that?!! Can’t they lump all those updates together and release it maybe monthly? Why stress yourself people updating apps and finding there’s no difference, no new thing or feature.
The Tech-rush isn’t entirely bad, for techies, your thrills are renewed like every day. For some, that’s what keeps the blood flowing
On the other hand, manufacturers, developers and the like should still dedicate more time to work out their products before launch. Look at us today, we are suffering from this Tech-rush syndrome. I still think this is a curse. Do you think otherwise? Your thoughts.