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

OK Oakley, “Start a Ride”

I doubt I’ll be changing my Oakley’s for these, but still … an interesting concept.  Instead of forcing something into your line of sight these are designed as a hearable … you speak and get feedback without having to change your view.  In theory this is a safer way to roll .. though interesting the focus of the demo was running vs cycling.  I realize it was a single event and inside on a treadmill, but the sports are quite different and have different needs to consider. As you can see from the screenshots of the app it’s pretty basic stuff … Continue reading OK Oakley, “Start a Ride”

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 

The Future is Logistics 

  Uber has been investing heavily into new transportation sectors in the past year, including food and commercial delivery. Long haul trucking might seem like a huge step for the private firm—valued at more than $60 billion—but it is just another move to make Uber the de-facto brand for all types of transport. The acquisition announcement came a few hours after Uber and Volvo announced a $300 million investment into self-driving. Volvo will provide 100 SUVs to the Pittsburgh research center, which will be deployed on the roads by the end of the month.  via ReadWrite Continue reading The Future is Logistics 

Alexa leaves me wanting more … is Google Home going to be the answer?

We’ve had an Alexa in our kitchen since close to when the device launched and it’s certainly been a fun and interesting product.  It’s limits however are quite clear even with as many additional skills as have been announced and delivered since it was first shipped.  Amazon doesn’t really have any of my personal or our household information loaded so it’s not a very helpful agent in managing things and the shopping list is a bit of a chore to use once loaded if you aren’t actually buying on Amazon. The more I’ve thought about it the more excited I … Continue reading Alexa leaves me wanting more … is Google Home going to be the answer?