Posts Tagged ‘google’

One of the people I follow on Twitter, Hillel Fuld, and who’s opinion I generally respect posted a piece on his blog saying that he thinks the Nexus 7 ad showing a father and son camping is misleading.

He says that this ad is misleading because it shows some use of internet connectivity in nature while using a WiFi only tablet.  Needless to say this provoked a discussion of the issue and a close examination of the video.

The only place that I saw any actions that required connectivity was towards the end when they were using Google Earth.  At that point in the video you can also clearly see on the screen that the tablet is connected to WiFi.  The use of WiFi takes place within the tent which, if you watched to the end of the video you noted, is pitched in the backyard.  I don’t know about you but my WiFi signal is strong enough to reach me 15 meters (~50 feet) away from my house.  I know this because I have a reasonable signal in the parking lot of my building even farther away from my house than that.  What’s more, I can have a WiFi signal available to my tablet any time – I just need to turn on the hot spot that’s in my phone and I’m set.

I think Google went to a lot of work to make a very nice, positive ad showing one way that you and your family could enjoy this tablet.  I don’t think that the ad is in any way misleading because on the one hand, the only use of connectivity takes place a distance from the house where it is reasonable to assume that WiFi would be available and, on the other, someone with a Nexus 7 will also likely have a phone that has hot spotting available as an option.

What do you think, misleading or not?

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Nobody talks of “fragmentation” in the windows world. No one talks about “fragmentation” in the Mac world. Yet for some reason no one talking about mobile neglects to talk about “fragmentation” in Android.

Yes there are multiple versions of the OS out there and running on handsets, so what? There are still people – albeit a very small fraction of total users – running Windows 98 or ME. There are still people that run Tiger or Panther or even older versions of MacOS, so what? They run this because that’s what works on the hardware that they have or they need an app that won’t work on a more modern version or because they just don’t want to upgrade.

Developers programming for a desktop (and by desktop I mean, non-mobile) environment are used to dealing with multiple screen resolutions, different OS versions and all the other issues that can arise because of the choices that users make. People who develop for Linux have even more issues – there are so many variations of Linux out there that there are bound to be issues because you wrote and tested your application on Ubuntu but not on Red Hat. This is a part of the development world.

Just because Apple in its infinite wisdom has decided to create a closed system in the mobile space where only certain screen resolutions are supported and everything is very neat and tidy doesn’t mean that this is the best thing for users – or for developers. The truth of the matter is that people like being able to choose what’s best for them. The Apple system is fine – it gives a good uniform user experience and makes life a little bit easier for developers because they know exactly what they are going to be seeing on the handset. With that, it’s not right for everyone.

Android – with all of its issues – gives the user the choice of how s/he wants the phone to look and behave. The control of exactly what OS version is running. The choice of a bigger screen or a higher resolution. Yes developers have to work a little bit harder to take these things into account and yes this can lead to having an app that doesn’t work on one phone or another. Most developers, when they run into a phone specific issue go out and fix them – and usually pretty quickly.

Android is not a fragmented system. Nor is MacOS, Windows or Linux. each offers different options and capabilities to users and developers. Enough already with the F-word. Start calling it what it is – choice for developers. Choice for handset manufacturers. Most importantly, it’s choice for users.

Wake Up Google

Posted: March 5, 2011 in computers
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While I know and appreciate that there are certain apps for Android that should only be released in certain countries, I find it hard to believe that Google feels that it’s own basic apps should be among them. As someone who lives in Israel, an app that helps me find the best pizza in New York does not appeal to me. A current version of Google Maps, GMail and the other Google apps for Android most certainly does.

On a recent trip to the US I was pleasantly surprised to see almost all of the Google apps on my phone that I couldn’t update at home – I think there were four – update almost as soon as I got off the plane.   While I’m not complaining about the update, I will say that it doesn’t make sense.  I’m using the same Google account (the same one in fact that on the Web based market shows “no device found”) and the same phone but because I landed in the US and was there for 15 minutes, now I had full access to these apps.

Dear Google – I am and Android early adopter.  I live on the bleeding edge.  I try everything I can for my Nexus One.  Don’t make me wait until I go abroad to be able to get the updates I want!  Please – be kind to the Android lovers around the world.  Don’t limit app availability for the basic Google Mobile apps and exclude us.

 

Where’s my Gingerbread???

Posted: February 23, 2011 in computers
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Well…after seeing Engadget’s post saying that Google had started the Over The Air update (OTA) of Android 2.3.3 (A.K.A. Gingerbread) for the Nexus 1 and the Nexus S I had hoped that today’s post will be a first glimpse of the changes. Guess not because I haven’t gotten my OTA yet nor have I been able to find a link for it…With luck – this time tomorrow I’ll be letting y’all know what I think of it…
Update: I still haven’t gotten the OTA and the last time I checked there was no download link on XDA…maybe I’ll get it later today…

Update 2:Writing this on my phone with Gingerbread installed 🙂

SMS Location Update

Posted: January 24, 2011 in computers
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I updated SMS Location to fix a problem where the link sent in an SMS would be used as the start location for a directions search and not show up as a search result.

Just amusing…

Posted: January 20, 2011 in General
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I googled myself and was surprised to discover that before the homepage for my blog there appear not one…not two..but three of the individual entries (the actual blog itself only appears on the second page of results….) Don’t believe me?  google Dan Shernicoff and see what you find…

Even more amusing is that I went to Bing.com (just for you Suzanne) and the first 2 results are posts from my blog…After that you have references to people I’ve never heard of, a listing that has my name in it, my brother Steve’s facebook profile, and 10+ more pages of results most of which have nothing to do with me.  In 11 pages of results nowhere was there a link to this blog – although, again, there were links to 2 entries from it.

Now I’d like to think I’m not that vain, but I do want if someone searches for me that they should find this…and that Microsoft should take a good look at the Bing engine.

QR Codes

Posted: January 13, 2011 in computers
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Google’s URL shortener http://goo.gl/ will let you get a QR code that you can embed in anything from e-mails to webpages to applications (they just came out with an API so that you could, for example, write a Twitter app that uses the service to shorten URLs within the app itself).  So this is the QR code for my blog (just as an example.)