Dear tech blogs, Can we agree on the meaning of "launch"?
0. phoneArena 17 Sep 2013, 22:04 posted on
This time of year has brought up my bile, because it highlights one of the most most annoying examples of muddled language that you will find in the the tech world. I am speaking of the use of the word "launch". You’ve likely seen it used plenty of times in various contexts, and often the word has two distinct and incompatible meanings...
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1. Commentator (Posts: 3374; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
"If you've been a longtime reader, you may have noticed that a stickler for language specificity."
See what did there!
2. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)
One of the more genuinely funny things I have seen in a while.
Thanks for the laugh.
4. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
Announcing the Launch of the groundbreaking new device, The AppleWinDroid X-1!!! The launch of the X-1 will begin at the IWC in Buenos Aries possibly as soon as next week, At the event they will also launch the first software update that will launch the day after the launch of the X-1.
Remember the grey brick with the black flexi antenna that made your ear hot? Did it have a launch?
6. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
I agree; just yesterday, as I was reading the newspaper, my eyes went onto a headline saying "Samsung launches the galaxy note 3 and gear in India", while, exactly, they had just announced its availability in the country and the device would be coming in the market by 25th of this month. It can get seriously confusing for someone who doesn't know much about all this.
7. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
You know what I love about Michael's articles? I can tell they're his from the headline alone. This industry needs a good dose of self-criticism and snark.
8. lyndon420 (Posts: 3254; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
An iPhone isn't considered a smartphone up here in Canada, from the carrier perspectives anyway.
12. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Apple would like to believe that the iPhone isn't just a smartphone. It's better than a smartphone because it's an iPhone.
Meanwhile, in the real world, I worked with a guy who called his Droid Eris a "Verizon iPhone".
Both of the above examples bothered me because they just add confusion.
9. fistigons (Posts: 280; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
I go to phone arena for my instant news and I go to pocket now for the well written commentary.
10. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1864; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
The term, "phablet" is off-putting -_-
13. Finalflash (Posts: 2446; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
I think this behaviour actually started back around 2004, and primarily by one major instigator, Nvidia. I remember when they were "launching" their 5800 series cards where they announced it and said available from today but none were to be seen anywhere. They released a handful and just couldn't produce any more because of bad engineering. Back then launching actually meant availability as well, so they had to say both. Then they kept doing it and after a series of "paper launches" the word launch eventually became just an announcement. Now the actual launch is replaced by the word "availability" and you'll see that a whole bunch of articles mention "with availability on (date)".
14. HildyJ (Posts: 269; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Amen. Besides phones, CES is a major offender. At least most "launched" phones eventually make it to market, unlike some CES launches that vanish into the aether. The recent iPhone event was a Announcement. When the fanbois can actually purchase the iPhone it will be Launched. If Philippe Stark had told Steve Jobs that his new yacht Venus was "launched" once the plans were complete, Steve would have laughed in his face. Too bad Steve and his successors and their competitors can't be honest with their customers.