Oct 052011

Not if you care about your time. Do you like to test software and hardware? Have extra time? Have systems set aside for testing? Then go ahead. Otherwise don’t put test versions on your primary devices (particularly in business environment).

In the last 24 hours I’ve been seeing some posts with seemingly exciting news of a downloadable release of Android for the HP Touchpad. Let me warn you – the app is still in the alpha stage and it conflicts with some tweaks. Do you know what that means?

It has become an unfortunate practice for software and hardware manufacturers to release software and devices that haven’t been sufficiently tested and continue fixing bugs in production. This is why I avoid version 1.0 whenever possible! I wait for others to iron out the wrinkles and resolve the bugs. In my book 1.0 = beta, beta = alpha, alpha = so horribly buggy you shouldn’t even think about it! (Maybe this explains why small is called tall, medium is called grande and large is called venti in my favorite coffee shop). On the other hand, if you have some extra time, some non-mission-critical systems and if you like to play with software and hardware bugs and help the developers improve their products, be my guest.

In this case I’ll wait for the polished CyanogenMod version of Android for HP Touchpad, development of which should be in its final stages.

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