Category Archives: Google

I’d Take a ChromeOS Tablet Over an Android Tablet

I’ve used plenty of Android tablets, and… I’m ready for a full-on, lightweight, super-affordable ChromeOS tablet (not a convertible touchscreen ChromeOS laptop, either).

I believe the product is inevitable – and could very well outsell and outshine the promise of Android tablets. Why?

  1. ChromeOS is already touchscreen-aware and can be further optimized for touchscreens.
  2. ChromeOS is updated regularly by Google themselves and is pushed to ChromeOS devices near-immediately. We all know the story of Android OS fragmentation, Google Play Services abstraction notwithstanding.
  3. Android apps that look optimal on tablet screens are largely MIA. Whatever’s in the Chrome web browser on Android usually looks spectacular, however.
  4. Android apps have already been shown to be able to work on ChromeOS.
  5. Third-party optimizations and modifications have been minimal in the ChromeOS device experiences I’ve had. I’ll always prefer that approach.
  6. Chromebooks are taking off for all the right reasons, but tablets can be readily “converted” into laptop’esque machines with the connection of a Bluetooth keyboard.
  7. Webassembly. Yes, it was just announced – so, yes, it’s a few years off, but… suddenly, my wish doesn’t look to be so outlandish for the average user.

I’m a fan of choice.

LG G4 Review

What I Like about the LG G4:

  • Photo quality in certain shots was outstanding
  • Default camera app is insanely configurable, stellar
  • Surprisingly, this is running the latest version of Android
  • Screen is vibrant and crisp
  • Back plate is swappable for another style
  • Battery swapping & SD card slot are a unique feature in flagships now
  • UI ethos intermingling with stock Android isn’t terribly jarring

What I Don’t Like about the LG G4:

  • The LG branding / logo on the front
  • Positions of buttons not “normal” (a crimp in my muscle memory)
  • All of LG’s modifications cannot be removed
  • Virtually impossible to use single-handedly
  • Any degree of default app duplication (Gallery)
  • Software button operation UX confusion (again, Gallery)
  • LG app updates handled independent of Google Play

Who do I think this is for?

  • Someone looking for a best-in-class smartphone camera
  • Someone who wants a mid-sized pocket computer
  • Someone who is ready to move on from their existing Android phone

Who do I think this isn’t for?

  • Anybody who doesn’t like any degree of default OS modifications
  • Anybody who does not value the camera in their smartphone
  • Anybody who does not value removable battery, SD card slot

My patrons were given priority attention in the construction of this review and the videos produced around it.

Is Google Plus Dying?

Matthew Rappaport seems to be concerned about what’s going on within Google’s social sphere:

Is Google+ still alive and what do you hope to see announced for it at Google I/O?

It’s not dead – yet.

I have little patience for the typical jingoistic navelgazing that often seems to come with some of Google+’s most vocal supporters, though.

I don’t eat, sleep, or breathe any single social platform, though – nor does my life revolve around any single company apart from my own.

For Google I/O, I’d hope to hear more about how they’re going to continue to improve the Android experience – and, with just about every change they make, Google only reinforces my positions early on regarding their platform (despite me being perceived as persona non grata by many whose personal identity is tied into a piece of fucking software).

Is Google Plus Dying?

Does Google Glass Invade Your Privacy?

Urgebot asked:

Lately some people have been signing the petition for Google Glass to be banned in the US because you can’t tell specifically when someone is taking a video or picture of you. Is this different from vlogging with a GoPro or any other modern camera? And do you think it’s bad enough to be banned?

A lot of people feel that Google Glass invades their privacy. Many feel, though, that there is no real expectation of privacy in public or online these days. Social media has invaded our lives so much – along with mobile devices equipped with cameras – that we simply can’t sit here and believe that once we’re outside of our home (or even still INside, at times) we will never be captured in photos or videos.

It happens every day. Even without Google Glass, there are likely photos and/or videos of you on Facebook or Twitter that you really wish were not there. Did your friend think it was hilarious that you overslept and wore pajamas to class? Did she throw that photo on Facebook for everyone to see? What about the time you tripped on something and landed in a compromising-looking position? I bet people laughed over that photo, as well.

There are thousands of videos out there of what should have been very private moments, captured and uploaded via cellphone. How is Google Glass any different?

I may not be a GlassHole myself, but that doesn’t mean I support banning the technology. Heck, if we do that for the reasons you outline, we’d have to ban cameras in phone and tablets, as well.

What do all of YOU think?

Does Google Glass Invade Your Privacy?

Will Fragmentation Destroy Android?

Ricky Antonio Marin asks:

Will the thing that destroys Android be fragmentation?

I think the thing that destroys Android is ultimately what destroys any powerful ecosystem: outside forces, potentially ones that don’t even exist yet.

Yes, there’s a fair amount of fragmented experiences that Android users suffer… but Google has been working diligently on minimizing the impact of this reality.

When something “better” comes along, all but the faithful (and those whose income is centered on Android experiences) will move on to something else.

Honestly, I don’t know if a mass exodus would “destroy” Android – but it would severely cripple its ability to flourish, much like external forces “destroyed” Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform and/or BlackBerry’s entire endeavor.