Is the Photo Sphere Google+ and the Nexus 4’s Secret Weapon?

In a sea of social networks struggling for relevance, finding ways to differentiate from the competition has become a recurring challenge for Google+. It has remained a social network offering every option available on alternatives, but nothing truly differentiated for everyday use. Google+ Hangouts remain very powerful, but video chatting will always linger as a third-tier communication method (texting first, voice calling second). Because of this, the missing final piece to the Google+ puzzle has always been real-life users – meaning people you know in reality using it consistently. 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

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

Are We Brainwashed by Apple?

The other day, one of my friends, who works in the film industry, told me that in order to truly be accepted at work, you have to have an iPhone. Of course, owning an Android myself, I freaked. So I continued to ask her repeatedly the choice, decision, and argument centered around this. Her overall point was that even though she would entertain the idea of getting an Android, it was much easier to be included in “The Club” if you had an iPhone at work. So with this said, are we brainwashed? Continue reading

RUMOR: Jelly Beans in June? Android 5.0 with a Surprise Release Date

If you’ve had an Android device for longer than a year, chances are you’ve grown accustomed to waiting. What I mean is you’ve probably waited, waited, and waited some more for the latest mobile OS. Chances are that by the time you’ve received something close to the latest rendition of Android, the next update is probably right around the corner. Well, a new rumor is circulating that Jelly Bean (Android 5.0) could be closer to release than initially thought. How close? Try Google’s I/O Developer Conference in June. Continue reading

The Broken World of Android

Having had an Android device for some time now, I’ve been bothered by just how long it’s been taking to update to its latest iteration Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0. The software packaged on the Galaxy Nexus was released back in December and has seen its adoption across only 1.6 percent of its devices (numbers provided by Google on March 5, 2012).

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