The other day one of our engineers, Larry, took a trip to test 3G wireless connection features in Splashtop. Except it was no ordinary lab visit - Larry drove out to a stretch of a desert outside of Las Vegas. That is where a wireless carrier we are working with tests how phones or computers connect to their network, go from cell site to cell site... and perform whatever network magic they are expected to perform.
Any start-up company has to focus its limited resources to create a product that really really speaks to its target users. One place, however, were you should not cut corners is internationalization. Since its inception, Splashtop has been serving users as far from our California headquarters as Poland, Brazil, or Malaysia. In fact, if we look at where our new users came from in February, we see that the US accounts for under a half of our growth:
2009 was a busy year for netbooks. According to Display Search worldwide shipments are expected to hit 33 million units, that is a 103% jump from 2008. Even the very definition of a netbook is jumping around with each manufacturer molding the netbook in its own way.
The singular goal of DeviceVM and the Splashtop technology is to get you to whatever you're looking for, quickly and efficiently. We're the inventors of this space and continually think of ways to innovate. Sometimes we innovate by solving large technical problems like getting your machine up and functional in a matter of seconds. Other times, we observe how people are using technology and attempt to make interface changes that improve the experience of using Splashtop.
People often ask us why it is that they can only get Splashtop as pre-installed software on new PCs, but cannot download it onto their old computer. While some of this has to do with business issues, I want to cover the technical side.
Much of our engineering is dedicated to making Splashtop start up in seconds. After all, this is what people love about Splashtop. It turns out that to do a good job at starting up, you need to do many optimizations for the particular hardware that you run on. Here is an example:
It has been too long since we've featured awesome Web 2.0 apps here on the Splashtop blog. We got all caught up on events and awards. This week I want to get back to our roots and our core message.
Splashtop gets you to your favorite web applications seconds after you hit the power button.
I like to try out new services as frequently as possible and see if they're a good compliment to Splashtop. After all, particular applications are better suited for Splashtop given their purpose. kwiry is a great example of a well suited Splashtop complimentary web application.