Kellen, from Droid Life, writes the following about the state of Google’s Wear OS smartwatch platform.
Wear OS is one of those initiatives from Google that has never failed to disappoint, yet it continues to stay alive through minor updates and name changes.
Sadly, Kellen’s summary of Wear OS’ state is accurate. The platform had so much promise when it was initially released, and some publications - such as Ars Technica - applauded the platform’s notification management system. Like many Google products, users are probably waiting for the company to pull the plug on this project anytime.
Jason Snell (and his co-hosts on the Accidental Tech Podcast) suggests prioritizing a hierarchy of needs when wishing for features in the next generation Mac laptops. How does modularity negatively affect the laptop industry and favor tablets/phones?
Watching tech companies mismanage their customers’ data and violating their privacy has been a horrifying experience. The debacle between Apple, Facebook, and Google is just the most recent example of data mismanagement. This year, I decided to secure (most) of my privacy online, and I thought I’d share what I did.
The debate among technology pundits about the tablet’s ability to serve as a productivity device is fierce. Apple’s iPad marketing “What is a computer?” has further fanned the flames, as the company is intentionally positioning the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement.
To me there is a more interesting question. Should the iPad forging a new road for what computing could be, or is it following a well-trodden road that will recreate what we already have?
We are rapidly moving toward a future where users will no longer have any control over the software they purchase. No physical copies and no digital backups. This article is about the shift from physical / Internet distribution to App Store-only distribution and the implications this has for users.
When I first started to travel internationally in the early 2000s, it was probably easy for locals to identify me as a tourist. With the introduction of the smartphone, I can now breath easy knowing that I blend in with the locals.
Today, the tablet is a niche device, caught between being your laptop replacement and a casual computing device. But, despite its fall from prominence, there is still plenty of innovation left in this category.