Mutually Assured Destruction: Ending the Apple Samsung War

It’s what ended the Cold War, and it’s what will end the Apple, Samsung, and Google patent disputes: mutually assured destruction. In the old days of “duck and cover,” the U.S. and the Soviet Union were caught in a nuclear arms race of the worst kind. As the U.S. built a better rocket to deliver more destructive payloads, the Soviets would follow with a better rocket, and so on. Continue reading

DroidBook: Should Google Replace Chrome OS with Android?

One of the many problems with being ahead of your time is that you usually create markets that aren’t ready for you. This has been the main obstacle for the Chromebook and many other products that have come before it. Google may believe Chrome OS is ready, but perhaps the Internet just isn’t ready for Chrome OS? Continue reading

3 Reasons Why Google Should Overhaul Its Messenger Service

Recently I was in a Verizon Wireless Store asking about Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) expectations on the Galaxy Nexus (yes I’m that guy), where I encountered a man dead set on an iPhone. While he held his original Motorola Droid in his hand, his contract was up, and he was fed up with Android. He didn’t have a huge list of reasons why, except for one. All he demanded was the ability to send a group text message, and have any additional messages funnel back into the original group bundle he sent it out in. Continue reading

3 Solutions That Could Save Chrome OS

Chromebooks suffer from the same problem plaguing most products that arrive before the market or infrastructure is readily available to support them. Many may feel boxed in with a product that has to maintain a complete reliance on the cloud – and although the Internet has done its best to expand into almost every corner – it’s still not completely ready. Chromebooks may be the future, but until the Internet is as abundant as electricity – and perhaps more abundant – the platform will struggle. There is still hope however, so here’s three things that could help. Continue reading

Apple Gets What They Want: New Galaxy Nexus Patch to Disable Features

A patch update for the Galaxy Nexus may be rolling out as early as tonight. One issue? The search feature used to make web queries as well as search for items and applications on your Android phone infringes on Apple’s “universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system” patent. Google will now have to disable most of the functionality of the search feature allowing it to only make web queries, while Google continues to appeal the ruling.  Continue reading

Google I/O: 10 Android Jelly Bean Features that Ruined Apple’s Day

If I could only be a fly on the wall in whatever room Tim Cook inevitably watch Google I/O’s keynote from. It’s one of those moments where the breeze shifts direction and the momentum picks up – just not for Apple. There is a changing of the guard happening and it’s already here. Most Android users have known this for years, but now it’s official. Android is the leader. Continue reading

Google I/O: What I Want from Android

It’s hard to get excited about new Android OS. This is largely because of the well documented fragmentation in how each new OS is delivered. I’ve fallen victim to this trap with owning multiple devices outside of Google’s pure Android line of Nexus devices. If you’re like me, one of the 95 percent of devices running something other than pure Google, you have a love/hate relationship with new updates. They’re fun to learn about, but the sinking feeling of wondering when your device will get updated is absolutely painful. Continue reading

3 Features Google Music Needs to Fix to Compete with iTunes

Google is trying desperately to get you to use their music service – which has been available for over a year now and out of Beta for seven months. There are several things the music service does better than any other, but adoption rates have been less than what Google would have wanted. When Google Music launched (now titled Google Play Music, Music Play, whatever), the service’s store failed to have all of the major labels (Warner Music Group). In fact, the service still fails to feature Warner Music Group. It seems not everyone was convinced it would be a success. So far, it’s still hard to tell.

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WWDC: iOS 6 Replaces Several Google Services But Is It Anything New?

So now that iOS’s feature list is out of the dark I wanted to see some heavy hitting features that might allow me to reconsider my current Android ownership. Sure, Apple did its fair job of mending a lot of noticeable gaps in how it differentiates from Android, but it did not make that leap I was looking for. It seems Apple did more to catch up to Android than actually surpass it. Here’s why:

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