iMessage. Really?

I keep reading things about the stickiness of iMessage and I frankly do not get it … While I in no way discount the stellar design, performance and appeal of the iPhone I simply do not get the need for iMessage as a core service — meaning something that would keep me attached to the platform.  There are literally countless ways to engage with people through messaging and depending on your age / need most likely a few in play at all times as well.  The digital ink spilled about being a green bubble in a blue bubble conversation is … Continue reading iMessage. Really?

Activity tracking for kids 

This morning as the kids were getting ready we took a quick look at the Garmin Vivofit Jr which was just announced.  My 7yr old son immediately wanted the digital camo one as it’s reminiscent of the infamous Minecraft pattern.  A quick poke around on this and it’s a very cool concept and one that very well might make its way into our home. Garmin has given this band some very solid consideration. First, it’s swim-proof and the battery will apparently last for about a year!  No charging is huge … Additionally this seems to really be about building and … Continue reading Activity tracking for kids 

Google’s Project Ara and Modularity

Horace Dediu has an interesting and thought provoking piece at the Christensen Institute which highlights come very interesting thoughts on whether a truly hardware specific modular approach computing is really ready for the consumer market. A modular hardware (in addition to a modular software) computer may be conformable to buyer behavior but it may not offer opportunities of collaboration to producers; or vice versa. The demise of Project Ara is not a testament to the demise of modularity. Modularity is abundantly evident throughout the smartphone business ecosystems. Millions of apps act as modules that enable completely different experiences for users of the … Continue reading Google’s Project Ara and Modularity

Pixel vs Nexus

Image via Android Central For those playing at home, the Pixels are the first and third devices above and as you can see they are slightly smaller than the Nexii which are currently out today.  About a week ago I swapped by primary sim back into the 6P from the Samsung S7 Edge and I’ve been super happy again with the device.  Having something slightly smaller for better one-handed use will be great as I’ve experienced with the S7.  Importantly the pure Google experience will be the core. Nexus has historically been solely an enthusiast niche device … some might say platform … Continue reading Pixel vs Nexus

Rumor: Google planning ‘Andromeda’ OS Device in 2017

  OK OK OK … This is one of those super long range, but exicting rumors.  Seems like Android Police has a good degree of confidence in their sources and frankly if the OS is real, than a halo device makes total sense.  The challenge of course is that it’s a year away … so while we are actively excited about what is expected in a week, we can’t get distracted by the plan for next year.  That said … I’m in! Bison is planned as an ultra-thin laptop with a 12.3″ display, but Google also wants it to support … Continue reading Rumor: Google planning ‘Andromeda’ OS Device in 2017

10.4 — Looking forward to the Google Event 

As a geek and huge Google brand fan I am really looking forward to the event on 10.4  While I won’t be there in person (non press / non employee) I will definitely be watching the livestream.  As I am sure many others have also read we are likely to see a few new products and perhaps a surprise or two.  On the new product side, it is very clear from the hint dropped that we’ll be seeing the new Nexus, Pixel phones, but we are also likely to see the Google Home smart assistant / speaker and as well as an … Continue reading 10.4 — Looking forward to the Google Event 

AirPods … future magic?  We’ve got a long way to go. 

It will begin with simply leaving the iPhone at home while taking Apple Watch and AirPods on a run. Then it will expand to being able to leave the iPhone at home when running a quick errand. Soon, the iPhone will become the dedicated device for tasks like watching video and writing emails. Eventually, the iPhone will begin to be treated like an iPad or Mac, serving as the device we turn to for those times we need a more powerful device. All the while, more and more tasks are given to Apple Watch and AirPods.  Throughout this process, Apple services such as Siri, … Continue reading AirPods … future magic?  We’ve got a long way to go.