2013 : is this the year, finally?
Well, is this year finally?
Android has made a huge impact, car manufacturers have taken what lots of you all pioneered, and pioneer's appradio might finally be getting some footing, win8 might be a reasonable alternative, I can go on but you all know what I'm talking about anyway :)
Once again, I'm gonna bring up an old idea And topic.
I was just reading about sailfish again and I keep thinking that we are just barking up too many different trees. Sure each one of us has different priorities and needs and sure there is a huge "do it yourself" mentality here but I keep coming across post by people that make me think that something needs to be changed.
Tablets are so close to what many people who work on limited budgets and tech skills almost make the carpc possible, but tablets are limited just enough that a PC is still the option.
However in the same sense a PC is just too much work to get most people over the hump. Lets not forget that the underlying OS is something that we must live with for certain pieces of hardware that most of us want ... Ugh ....
Back to Sailfish (meego) and I'll even throw in webos and android (sorry iOS my love, you just don't cut it).
That is 3 pretty decent OS / app pieces of software when you think of it. So what?
Think about it, a major reason why windows has us tied down is because of some simple pieces of hardware that most of us want: obd, GPS, radar, hands free, tire pressure sensors or what not. Really not much, but game killers.
I was hoping Meego would be the we go solution but well not.
WebOS is finally going opensource and meego is born again as sailfish.
Ok, the point is that I really finally think its the time the community started raising their voices in a unified choice. We want a solution to our needs. So I really think its time that we either pick one of these OSes and do something or push for something that works for us.
I don't want to fall back into windows, I want to have even android running my stuff from the beginning. This means that the OS is relatively already the core of the carpc rather than a front end that sits on top of the OS.
Obviously, obd and Bluetooth are the major spoilers to our fun but why? Because its easier to for a company to just update their software that already works? Obviously yes but what would happen if we started unifying our voice? Get mp3car known to bloggers and what not? Would we still be such a minority? Could we all not stand behind mp3car when they talk to hardware manufacturers in China?
To be honest I really don't see webos or sailfish really gaining more share than win8 in most of the industrialized world but I could see how our special needs could help them.
As for the Chinese factories, I also seem them going more and more android over winCE which means that we would provide them with an excellent back ground of knowledge and usage experience that the sorely need.
Sailfish or webos I can imagine be willing to listen to what we have to say, while android I think could be ported or at least skinned like so many phone manufacturers have done already. Hmmm, maybe HTC might be interested.
The only real missing piece to the puzzle is coming up with attractive and sexy skins, yes, I've seen some really good ones here but I'm thinking some more industrial based that most people are used to on their phones or tablets.
Hurdles to overcome?
Number 1 is our community, which I'm sure is possible since most of us want a solid OS that works in the car and tht is extensible for what ever we can think up!
Number 2 is getting something that works, do we really care if we us a different OS than normally? I don't since I use windows in my car out of hardware necessity. I would be just as willing to go android in my car even though I have an iPhone!
Number 3 is getting the drivers working for the varies hardware that we want. It's really sad to see some of the great ideas here go barren because it was just too much work. I can really see lots of manufacturers open up code if there are going to be sales and if we petition them enough. I can even see Palmer jumping on board if there seems to be enough traction for them to make more sales.
Number 4, apathy, yep, we really need to be seen as a community rather than as a few individuals wanting 1 off items. If we had mp3car approaching some of these companies our voice will be even that much stronger.
Anyway, I'm just thinking that we can make a difference and at the same time finally getting our hands on a OS - front end that really works.