Google first teased its interface for wearables by releasing a video back in March. On Wednesday, the Silicon Valley search giant showed off more of Android Wear at its annual I/O developers conference, along with the first smartwatches that will run the software.
This is the new HTC One.
So what’s new about it?
At first glance it looks awfully similar to the old one, no? There are quite a few hardware differences once you spend some time with it, though. The screen is a little bigger (5.0 inches versus 4.7 inches) and its all-metal body has a little more heft to it. During a pre-briefing, the phone felt very sturdy. Solid. “This year with the HTC One we really wanted to double down on what was working very well on that design, which was about 70% metal,” Scott Croyle, HTC senior vice president of design, told Fast Company. “We’re actually able to get 90% metal now… all the way around to the front housing. It creates fewer breaks and a purer design.”
Kit Kat (the candy) creates an entire website spoofing KitKat (the Android OS).
Quick question: Which of the following would you like to do over the weekend?
A) Learn a new language
B) Not get lost
C) Discover some awesome new music
D) All of the above (and maybe something more)
If you picked D (or any of the others), we’ve got you covered. Here are our favorite free apps of the week.
Hopefully today doesn’t have you feeling like this guy. Here are a few tips to get you pumped up and productive this week:
- Free your mind and your apps will follow: this week’s (best) free Android and iPhone apps
- The quiet power of silencing your phone
- Why treating life like an experiment will help you make faster decisions
[Image: Flickr user Aftab Uzzaman]
Google’s Android operating system is a lot like C-3PO at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. It’s a robot that has been blasted apart into a million pieces, and the only self-contained, functional bit is being carried around on the back of a big, hairy Wookiee that can tear the arms off of anyone in the room.
That’s the takeaway from a series of charts released by Open Signal, a company that has two popular apps available for measuring your smartphone reception: one on Android’s Google Play market, and one onthe iOS App Store. By polling devices that are running the app, Open Signal can see what the most common models, operating systems, and screen sizes are being used across Google and Apple’s product ecosystems. But if there’s one thing that these infographics make clear, it’s that Android has a huge problem: It’s fragmented.
“In a Darwinian process for weeding out the bad ideas, you will do best by encouraging all of them. The best will win and the others will fail. Thomas Edison said, ‘To have a great idea, have a lot of them.’”
"Organizations develop antibodies to change. That’s why big companies stop innovating. If you’re the innovator, you’re like a virus. The antibodies want to kill you."
[Image: Flickr user Darren Harvey]
smartphone distribution in NYC:
blackberries in midtown
iphones in manhattan
android elsewhere other than the airports
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“"At one level, [Home] is just the next mobile version of Facebook. At a deeper level, I think this can start to be a change in the relationship that we have with how we use computing devices." -Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook Home announcement address.”
Reading Between The Lines Of Mark Zuckerberg’s Vision Statement
Home, Facebook’s new Android app-slash-skin, is worth investigating. It runs along a new axis of user experience, un-cordons the app, and shows how Facebook is becoming less of a product and more of a service.
But beyond being immersive, low-friction, and whatever other buzzword descriptors you’d like to attach to it, Home is a recognition a subtle and profound paradigm shift.
See our Takeaways from his address here.
The Facebook Phone is finally here. And, as expected, it’s not really a phone at all.
Home, as the new product is called, is a free, downloadable skin that gives existing Android phone a total Facebook makeover, transforming both lock and home screens into immersive, edge-to-edge slideshows of photos and status updates.
Forget about checking Facebook on your iPhone or Android app. Or waiting until you get home. The social network introduced its own addition to the Android operating system in a highly-anticipated announcement today, called “Home.”
Home is a series of apps that you can install and that becomes the home of your phone.
"Our phones are designed around apps not people," Zuckerberg said. "We want to flip that around."
YouTube is coming to a living room near you—even if you don’t own a Google TV.
In its latest leap outside traditional web video, YouTube announced a new feature for its Android app on Thursday that zaps content discovered on mobile devices to connected televisions.
"Visual malware": PlaceRaider is a trojan designed to hijack phone cameras and secretly create 3-D models of victims’ homes and offices.