Android Wear hardware review: Sometimes promising, often frustrating
Maybe Android Wear will be useful enough to become indispensable in six months. Maybe the Moto 360 will strike a balance between semi-useful-thing and fashion accessory that hits a mass-market nerve. Right now, though, these watches are like their predecessors in that their promise is greater than their real-world utility. I might miss a couple things about the Gear Live when I take it off my wrist and ship it back to Google, but it’s not going to be difficult to part with.
Shocker! Nobody uses Samsung bloatware
While Samsung recently trumpeted 100 million users for ChatOn, for instance, the report said US users spent a mere six seconds per month on the app, compared to, say, 151 minutes on Instagram. The rest of the suite fared little better, with users spending no more than seven minutes per month on all its apps combined.
Touchscreen Misdirection: Your Metaphor Is a Dog
It amazes me how many times I’ve seen people liberally throw interface metaphors around on mobile touch devices (for individual interactions or aesthetic purposes) without considering all of the other interactions that those metaphors imply.
Android Interaction Patterns
Design patterns for Android interfaces.
RIM’s split personality strategy – The Globe and Mail
How RIM is going to compete with the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7 is going to be an interesting story over the next few years. Android and the iPhone are locking down the diverse, socialweb, entertainment mobile experience, so I can’t see how RIM is going to break into that space from where they are now. According to this acrticle, that isn’t exactly their goal.
I’d never buy a BlackBerry at this point, but I’m a hardcore tech geek. Maybe I’m too removed from the general non-tech public to understand whatever appeal BlackBerry has, but I wouldn’t bet on RIM.
Phones, tablets, netbooks: taking stock of the HP/Palm deal (or ‘Dreaming of Dual-booting’)
Just a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was dreaming of a tablet that could dual-boot Android and Windows 7, but I’d be just as happy with one that could dual-boot web-OS and Windows 7 (I already have an Android phone and variety is the spice of life… especially when it comes to touch OSs). I should have my iPad by this evening, but I’m already thinking ahead to next year and my next tablet, and it looks like the front-runner right now is HP.