2012: The Year Google Figured Out Hardware

2012 GoogleRewind six-months ago and you would have found an entirely different Google. From a software perspective, the company still continued to flourish, but from an in-house product line, the company was still missing a blockbuster. Products like the Galaxy Nexus and various Chromebooks came and went – seemingly missing an “it factor” that would grant them lasting power. But as the beginning of the year teased future products like Project Glass, Google I/O was really the pivot point for the company’s hardware alongside its OEM partners. There it unveiled the power of Google Glass, the impressive Nexus 7, and the Nexus Q (currently being reevaluated). Continue reading

How Android’s Fragmentation Actually Helps Google

Most of the people who complain about Android’s fragmentation, probably bought the wrong Android device. Because to be honest, Android’s fragmentation really doesn’t hurt Google, it actually helps. When looking at the early years of Android, where stock versions of the OS were just down right ugly, modulated versions like HTC Sense, Motoblur, and TouchWiz actually saved Android. It allowed people to not only select from different hardware, but also choose unique versions of the OS under the same platform. All that mattered to Google was that they funneled into Google Play (formerly called Android Market). Because Android is basically free, getting more people into Google Play is how Google makes money. Continue reading

Has Apple’s Well of Innovation Finally Run Dry?

Innovation is almost impossible to sustain. Set the bar high enough and expectations are bound to go unfulfilled. Since Steve Jobs’ rampage of innovation spanning across a decade, Apple seems to have found the ceiling of its capability – at least in mobile. Yesterday’s iPhone 5 announcement offered no surprises, no special features, and for the most part, represented a phone putting for par on Android’s favorite course. Continue reading

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

5 Things to Expect from Google’s Galaxy Nexus Successor(s)

The Galaxy Nexus was the first device to usher in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), the first Android OS to unite smartphones and tablets under one roof, and the first to offer a major aesthetic overhaul. It framed a new type of Google, one that sold its unlocked products straight from its Google Play store as well. But soon there will be a new kid on the digital block, and with it reigning in new innovation in hardware and OS. Below are the top five things to expect from the next Nexus. 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