GoPro is going down hard

by Volker Weber

ZZ7BFE0802 ZZ741CE74E

Mark my words: GoPro is toast. This company will not survive their own stupidity. Not only did they try to build a drone from scratch and launched it without a test. And then had to call back every single one of them when they fell out of the sky. Not only did they get pummeled by the incumbent DJI and their Mavic Pro.

No, not only that. Now somebody has decided that you cannot use their existing remote control software without a login to a "GoPro+" account. And you need to be connected to the Internet to do that. How do you connect to the camera? You enable a Wifi access point, then connect your phone to that access point, then you talk to your camera. That is complicated enough. But now that remote control software wants access to cellular data so it fcuking can log you in. Oh, great.

What is the problem, you say? GoPro are used everywhere. No connection required. Until now.

GoPro it was nice knowing you. Bye bye. Here is your rating:

ZZ406EA112

Comments

Couldn't agree more!

Thomas Lang, 2016-12-31 00:55

How could that happen, given the amount of people usually working on software. Did anyone test it at all?

Patrick Bohr, 2016-12-31 09:16

Software designed by Marketing

Volker Weber, 2016-12-31 09:43

Interestingly DJI is doing something in a way similar, certainly with the Osmo. I can't remember the exact details, but when I first set up my Osmo I had to toggle between the two networks (i.e. my WiFi to register & I think also to download updates and the Osmo WiFi to link phone and camera), I think possibly even several times.

I have a vague memory something similar might have happened again a few weeks later with a software update, but I'm not entirely sure about that one.

Still love the Osmo though. Even with the little practice I've had so far I'm getting results I'm quite happy with.

PS: There might have been something similar with my Phantom 3 as well, but it's been well over 4 months since I last used that unfortunately

Armin Grewe, 2016-12-31 10:41

Recent comments

Volker Weber on Plantronics 6200 UC :: Erste Eindrücke at 05:56
Stephan H. Wissel on Plantronics 6200 UC :: Erste Eindrücke at 23:00
Bill Mayer on Alexa, do. Not. Panic. at 20:16
Bill Mayer on Echo Show :: First Impressions at 19:52
Stefan Dorscht on Plantronics 6200 UC :: Erste Eindrücke at 17:10
Volker Weber on Plantronics 6200 UC :: Erste Eindrücke at 15:10
Enrico Lippmann on Alexa, do. Not. Panic. at 14:42
Bastian Neumann on Plantronics 6200 UC :: Erste Eindrücke at 14:13
Jörg Hermann on Oberfläche at 22:54
Christian Tillmanns on Oberfläche at 21:22
Ragnar Schierholz on Oberfläche at 20:10
Kai Schmalenbach on Oberfläche at 19:01
Markus Dierker on Echo Show :: First Impressions at 18:59
Philipp Ringler on Oberfläche at 17:31
Volker Weber on Echo Show :: First Impressions at 16:52
Markus Dierker on Echo Show :: First Impressions at 16:44
Volker Weber on Oberfläche at 16:40
Stephan Perthes on Oberfläche at 16:23
Manfred Wiktorin on Oberfläche at 16:19
Christian Tillmanns on Oberfläche at 16:15
Jörg Hermann on Oberfläche at 14:19
Detlef Borchers on Oberfläche at 13:28
Frank Quednau on Lenovo, the Chinese giant that plays by the rules … and loses at 13:23
Robert Dahl on Alexa Nummer Vier at 12:41
Volker Weber on Alexa Nummer Vier at 12:40

Ceci n'est pas un blog

I explain difficult concepts in simple ways. For free, and for money. Clue procurement and bullshit detection.

vowe

Contact
Publications
Stuff that works
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions

rss feed  twitter amazon

Local time is 06:25

visitors.gif

buy me coffee