Archive for January 25th, 2008

Michael Jackson No2

This is Sly Stallone’s 86 year old mother. For a moment I thought that she was Michael Jackson.

Hardware acceleration in HTC phones

If you follow the news lately there’s a chance that HTC will be hit with a class action lawsuit from its customers because all their latest PocketPC phones don’t have hardware acceleration. HTC has the nerve to say that they won’t cater to their users, and that there might be a possibility to have a driver on future models. Their current phones are running on a default safe mode graphics driver, with no acceleration at all for the UI, video playback, games etc. This is particularly disturbing as some of their phones have been advertised as multimedia powerhouses.

Now, many people online are putting the blame to HTC for not being as serious regarding the software they are including with their devices. To me, HTC is like any other Asian company: products with short life cycles, not many official firmware updates (if any), poor software engineering. And Microsoft knows this. Which is why I personally put the blame to MS and not to HTC. HTC is being HTC, just like LG is being LG (which is even worse in comparison). Microsoft on the other hand, they hold the upper hand by owning the operating system. They should have never given HTC a license if HTC (or MS) didn’t have a fully working accelerated driver for the ATi graphics chip HTC used.

But of course, both companies went after the easy money. Both HTC and Microsoft should take responsibility for this and either offer refunds, or sit down their asses and complete the driver and offer it as a free download.

I don’t claim to know what’s in the contracts between Google and their Android Alliance, but I surely hope Google takes precautions in the future, because most Asian manufacturers are as care-free as HTC is (and usually, worse).

I wrote this blog post purely as an affected owner of a TyTN-II smartphone btw, and not for any other reason. I am just venting out because spending $800 for a phone that has a driver speed equivalent to 1990 with Windows 3.0 is unacceptable.