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Hey, good news: qwerted is available on the android market as of now. It's price point is 0.99$.
Wow. just wow. The last few days, I received tons of emails from people who want to beta test qwerted, have been featured on some blogs ( androidguys.com , ignore the code , mobiflip , some other languaged-blogs ), thanks to the all writers, and got a lot of motivation from the positive reactions.
There are some things I'd like to adress in a short here. First of all, iPhone indeed has some kind of resizing of the touch areas for specific keys, but it's not as extensive as qwerted's resizing. Just try it ( I did )! Overall, qwerted and all other android keyboards do have a special problem, and that is that screen estate is fairly limited, and at least on my devices ( g1, google ion ) the screen is notably smaller than the iphone's.
The next issue is word suggestions. Many people approached me with that wish. I'm currently in the process of building "more necessary" things, like a dictionary installer, and qwerted will get suggested words after that. But I guess not in the plain way you know word suggestions. Maybe context aware, maybe something else. But they are definitely on the agenda.
A word on pricing. I set up a small survey for beta users ( If you're one of those, the survey is on google ), and the results at this point indicate a selling price of about $2.49. I think this is quite fair and reasonable.
I'm sorry if I forgot to answer some mails or didn't reply to questions, it's been a few busy days, and I'm still overwhelmed, amazed and thrilled by the way the whole qwerted-thing developed. And it's just the start.
Finally: I guess I'm going to make the end-of-january deadline!
I just launched www.qwerted.com, so there's a dedicated project home for this brilliant project now. visit it, tell your friends!
Hello friends of the night, I made it to put an early version of my Google Docs to Latex converter online. Please have a look at it and provide some valuable feedback.
Have you heard the latest ideas of deeply concerned government representatives in France and Germany? Mastermind Sarkozy wants to raise a Google-Tax, German Secretary of Justice sees a urgent need to check if projects like Streetview conform with german law. While these thoughts are not a week old, the fight aainst Google Books is still present. Well, Google is the new enemy, that is obvious.
The overall public perception of Google in Germany is quite negative, but it wasn't always. In the early years, Google was seen as a great company, very much like the "don't be evil"-claim suggests. Over the years yet, this attitude has shifted towards an, in my opinion, overly critic one. The main concerns are privacy and the fear of an uncontrollably huge enterprise with almost unlimited power in the internet. While all of these fears are at least partially reasonable and justified, they are nothing more but a result of an organic development and the business model of Google. This development has only been possible by a number of components working together brilliantly: the idea, the team, the environment, and the time in which all of Google happened.
Contrary to other big players in the industry, no one was ever forced to use Google. Although this is a weak point, it's still important in understanding why government programs to limit Google's influence are set to fail. Google dominates the market not by a policy in which all other competitors are either bought or killed, it dominates the market by being the best. This is valid for GMail, the Google Search, Maps and many other applications. The consequence is simple: Users tend to use the best, that is, Google. A very high market share at the end is just a symptom for the lack of knowledge of other players involved, but no consequence of some evil tendency on Google's side.
What about privacy? First of all, there is a discrepancy. While searching for people and last names is super-popular, this is only valid as long as the own name is not represented in any ( negative, compromising ) way. So basically, Google should fix the stuff people mess up on the internet, be it by uploading pictures or by writing private sex-blogs. Something Google will never do, because it's simply not possible, and a search engine can't be replacement for a responsible and conscious use of this medium.
The other privacy concern is the usage data Google gathers. This happens e.g. when you use GMail, the Google Search, Google Documents, and virtually all other products provided. This data is collected to improve the overall experience, e.g. by providing recommendations or remembering settings, by customizing results and so on. But this data is only collected once you start using Google. Google Analytics, using also cookies to track unique visitors, is by the way just a product provided by Google for Website owners. In case you feel offended by that, you should therefore contact the staff of any website in question, rather than Google.
What is clear to me after writing these few paragraphs: the Problem is not Google, the problem is the non-existence of any kind of competitor on this continent. Having been unable to create a sustainable Internet business in the last ten years ( help me if I'm wrong ) on the continent, instead of improving the conditions for IT-Startups, the education, this problem shall now be solved by reanimating the poor idea of protectionism.
The question should be, why we are simply unable to be a successful country when it comes to non-copied, innovative startups and great companies. And how to solve that.. I don't know.