Why Google Play Edition Android Devices May Be a Waste of Time

Google Play EditionRewind a year or two ago and offering devices originally running TouchWiz, HTC Sense or Motoblur with “pure” Android instead made sense. Android was as fragmented as you could get and its Nexus line lacked awareness and market share. Even today, only four percent of users run the latest version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2), with the majority running Gingerbread (36.5 percent), a two-year old version of Android. But unlike two-years ago, something has dramatically changed regarding how Google provides updates. Continue reading

Apple’s WWDC a Hit or Miss Depending on What Side You’re Standing On2

iOS 7You know when you have a demo for Safari it’s going to be a bad day.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) has become Christmas morning for many Apple fans over the years, but the luster normally associated with the event has dwindled in recent years. Today was a chance for Apple to prove to the tech community that they still had it. So did they pull it off? Sort of. Continue reading

With iOS 7 Apple Needs to Change its Philosophy

WWDC 2013Apple needs to prove that it can still wow us – even the average Apple user will tell you this. But tomorrow’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote will be about much more than software or hardware – it’s about a philosophy. With the long-awaited iOS 7 redesign and iRadio looming, there will still likely be one important feature missing within these products: making them available for everyone. Apple’s closed philosophy has served it well over the years, but other competitors such as Google, have made their apps available on iOS. Google knows that it can’t win the mobile war by ignoring iOS – the same is especially true of Apple regarding Android’s more than 70 percent market share. Android is just too big to ignore and Apple needs to embrace it. Continue reading

The Failed Google+ Ghost Town Argument

TechCrunchThere’s a resurgence in the old “ghost town” argument surrounding Google+ recently. I’ve seen doubts about monthly interaction estimates, surprise at the lack of panic with Google+’s recent power out, and discredit around Google+’s new application sign-in service. Many of these articles have come from authors who haven’t filled out a Google+ profile and/or barely dabbled with the social network, but still consider themselves authorities on the subject. Now of course people are entitled to their own opinion, but here’s my take on what’s happening with Google+ usability and why so many get it wrong. Continue reading

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

5 Threats the Cloud Poses to Apple’s Future

Apple makes money through a variety of services and products. Unlike most competitors, all of these offerings are available through one entity: Apple Inc. It allows the company to make oodles of money through a variety of platforms, but what happens when most of the framework in these spaces change? What happens when the cloud and its pieces become the norm? iCloud causes its own problems while fixing others, so below are five things that are moving into the cloud that could threaten the tech giant. Continue reading

Can Amazon Sell Its Kindle Fire HD at a Loss and Still Win?

Before the Kindle Fire, the tablet world offered really only one device: the iPad. Its dominance was overwhelming and many wondered how others could gain a foothold in the space. The Kindle Fire became the first device to prove that real success in the tablet space was possible – outside of the iPad. But not everything about the Kindle Fire was as magical as it seemed. In order for Amazon to sell their tablet at its impossibly-low price of $199, it had to sell at a loss. 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

Apple vs. Samsung: Why Inspiration Is Now Stealing

On Friday, Apple won a major lawsuit against Samsung for infringing on a variety of patents. Total damages estimates to over $1 billion, but did Samsung really steal? Or were they merely inspired by Apple?

We live in an awesome time, one that has the fortune of seeing rapid expansion in technology across all spaces. With so much brainpower offering the seemingly impossible for – at times – free, we also see such innovative battles play out in the wrong ways. Continue reading