An interesting thing is happening to me. about 8 years ago, I swore Macs were terrible machines. I would never buy one. 7 years ago I bought one. Further, I haven’t purchased a PC since, and have only used one minimally.
8 years ago, the iPhone came out. I swore it was a terrible phone. Once Android phones came out, I told myself I would never switch to iPhone. A few months ago, I got an iPhone just to test. I used it for 2 weeks, steadfast in my opinion.
I was convinced to try using it for longer. I am less steadfast now.
I’m pretty vocal about my feelings for the iPhone and iOS devices in general. I don’t like them; I think they are too locked down and that they aren’t as feature-rich an Android devices. However, as I should have an iOS device to test on and there are a few seemingly good things about iOS, I decided to get an iPhone and use it as my primary phone for a couple of weeks.
This week Google announced that they are bringing Android to wearable technology. This is already been a big topic of discussion (one I’ve actually spoken on a few times) and Google feels it’s the next big step in technology; I share those sentiments and have been pretty open about them. I own a Jawbone UP and Google Glass, and a smart watch has been on my radar for a while. With the new Android Wear project, it will be even easier to create wearables, and even better, create wearables using Android. This could have some big implications, not only for app developers, but also web developers.
Responsive Web Design is all but an ubiquitous term in the web development world right now; coders and clients alike are focusing on making websites that look good on smartphones and tablets. There is just recently a focus on moving up to bigger screens, but what about screens so small that the interactions are limited to voice and swipe?
In my recent ebook, The Web Designer’s Guide to Google Glass, I discuss the importance of considering these types of devices early on the web development process. Yes, it’s true that less than 1% of people have Google Glass and that wearables are just beginning to permeate the market; even fewer have a viable screen to view websites on. I think with Android Wear, this will change. Google is integrating Google Now into everything it’s doing, and at it’s core Google Now is an extension of search; browser support is as inevitable as it is foreseeable and we need to start thinking about how people will use our websites on these smaller devices.
With Google Glass, you have a touch panel on the right side of your head which you can use in conjunction with moving your head to “look around” a website. At this point, you can’t interact with forms, submit information, etc. Perhaps that will change in the future. I think Google Glass and wearables in general are more about delivering content in a readable, easy to consume way.
I’m excited to see what Android Wear as to offer as far as features and functionality. I think this will be a big step in a new direction in technology and in the web.
- Yunel Escober starts a Double Play with a Behind-the-Back Glove Flip. I love baseball. (via @MLB)
- Huckberry, my favorite online store for Man things, made a Flask Tie. Fantastic.
- Google has released a new Nexus 7, and more excitingly, the Chromecast, a small dongle that let’s you stream from multiple devices to your TV. (via @verge)
- In the smartphone selling game, Samsung is destroying Apple.
- The most obvious news of the week: the first adult movie has been made using Google Glass.
- @lifehacker has a write-up on The Science Behind How We Learn New Things
In the shameless self-promotion file, we have:
- MOOCs being embraced by US Universities: It seems like Massive Open Online Courses are being embraced as a form of distance learning. I think this will be the next major change in higher ed, especially considering the constant rising cost of college.
- Noted critic on Twitter: “It’s toast. Over. Done. History.”: This seems a bit extreme but he might be right; as younger generations start to use social media they might be looking for something less mainstream, or newer.
- The Best Launcher for Android: It’s Nova Launcher. I use it instead the S4’s default because it looks like stock Android and has a lot of great features. I recommend it.
- Netflix Currently in Negotiation for Another Season of Arrested Development: Yes. Yes. Please.
- Clever Hacks give Google Glass many Unintended Powers: I just picked up Google Glass and love it (review forthcoming). These are some really interesting hacks, and Google seems to be responding quickly.
Podcasts I’ve Been Listening To
- Stuff You Should Know (@SYSKPodcast)
- Shop Talk (by @chriscoyer and @davatron5000)
- The Gently Mad (by @avclark)
- Happy Monday (by @sazzy and @joshlong)
Finally, with Google Glass I’ve created a new blog called People Reacting to Glass. It’s a lot of fun and you should check it out (and if you have Glass, submit your own photos)
Google Reader Vigil: This one is a little shameless self-promotiony, but I created a site for users to pay their last respected to the new defunct Google Reader. Google Reader was my first RSS reader and showed me the true power of RSS. I used it faithfully for 8 years and I will deeply miss it.
How Delaying Intimacy Can Benefit Your Relationship: This is a really interesting read that goes a bit against the grain of what you might here from most people. As a side note, if you’re not reading this blog, The Art of Manliness, I strongly recommend you do. It’s fantastic.
Are Coders Worth It?: James Somers explores the question, “Is what coders do worth the money people pay?”
10 Plugins That I Install After I Install WordPress: The ever-blogging WPDaily.co has a nice list of recommended post-install plugins. They all look good; my must-haves from t hat list are Joost’s SEO plugin and Jetpack. The others are on my todo list.
Here are the Specs for the Next Nexus 7: The next generation seems to have some killer/longed-for features, like 4G and a back-facing camera. If they can keep it around $200 it will do very, very well.
Since the Samsung Galaxy SIV was announced, I was pretty much waiting on baited breath for its release for Verizon customers; I was so excited I went out and picked it up the day after it was released, the soonest I could (I had actually pre-ordered it on May 18th through Amazon, but due to some issues I cancelled the order and picked it up at my local Best Buy). I really liked the form factor, features, and of-course, the amazing 13MP camera it touted. So does the phone live up to my expectations? Let’s see.