Thursday, March 29, 2012

Why be scared of hardware?

Recently I had a software requirement which needed an app to read some values received through Bluebooth. I sent out the requirement to a few people I knew and also some freelance website, but all of them backed out on reading the words related to hardware.

Many of them either backed out completely or grossly over estimated by order of magnitudes the time required to get this done.

As someone who had not touched software development in the last four years I didn't want to do it, but I went through Android documentation to roughly estimate it to be less than three days of effort. Whatever was needed was already encapsulated and abstracted to comfortable levels that one just needed to assemble a few pieces together.

Finally someone known to me got it done in under two days time. I fail to understand why we are so scared of hardware that we don't do basic analysis of simple problems.

Friday, March 9, 2012

IPad's price war - how will Indian market respond?

The Tablet market across the world is set to become very interesting with iPad prices being slashed tremendously. Most Tablet buyers will now actively consider the Apple stable too before making a purchase.

It will be interesting to see whether Apple will now take more interest in the hitherto neglected Indian market, with iPad now becoming affordable to many Indians.

Unless Android device manufacturers now begin to take care of software upgrades post sales, they will be very badly hit. There is too much fragmentation in the operating system versions, and this will be the most important concern to address.

If prices of low end tablets will further come down to keep up with competition, the lower end consumer will also benefit.

Certainly a very interesting stage, will this be the tipping point? If so it will greatly benefit my latest attempt at entrepreneurship