Android 4.2 on Nexus 7: Initial Impressions

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Lockcreen Clock Widget : Bleh!  Why the bold hour numbers and those malnourished minute numbers?  It used to look so clean and playful.  I want my old clock back! Homescreen Widgets : I want more!  I don’t want my email, calendar, or Gmail on the homescreen.  I really want Google Now stuff there, actually.  But I… Continue reading Android 4.2 on Nexus 7: Initial Impressions

Is The $99 Nexus 7 Rumor True?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Anonymous sources in the Asus supply chain have, allegedly, reported that Google and Asus, following on the success of the Nexus 7, are preparing two new models: a $199 version supposed to be thinner and presumably different in some other ways, and more interestingly a $99 version. It’s easy to dismiss the latter rumor, especially… Continue reading Is The $99 Nexus 7 Rumor True?

Is Google Killing Pinch-to-Zoom?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  On September 19th, 2012 Google released an update for their maps app for Android.  The changelog reveals that they added two new features: the ability to access mobile and desktop search history (so you don’t have to search an address on the desktop, and then reenter it on your mobile device), and a new… Continue reading Is Google Killing Pinch-to-Zoom?

The Nexus 7 Proves Google+’s Value

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Google+ has faced a lot of skepticism, and an uphill battle, to compete in the social network space.  Record growth rates weren’t enough to avoid the “ghost town” meme, although there seem to be fewer voices all the time proclaiming its impending doom and more admitting it’s a success in its own right. Nonetheless,… Continue reading The Nexus 7 Proves Google+’s Value

My Thoughts & Review of the Nexus 7: Good Things Come in Small Packages

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ Yes, I know a Nexus 7 review isn’t exactly a review of the latest thing at this point.  But, with the release of the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7 reviews are in vogue again. My experience using Google Play was nearly flawless.  The device shipped quickly.  Unboxing it proved easier than… Continue reading My Thoughts & Review of the Nexus 7: Good Things Come in Small Packages

Google’s Killing the Bezel: What It Means for the Patent Wars

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ The bezel is dead… long live the disappearing bezel!  Or, at least, that’s the conclusion drawn from reports that on September 5th, Motorola will be announcing a smartphone with no bezel (http://goo.gl/iZB3r). More specifically, they are replacing the bezel with a “disappearing bezel”.  What does that mean?  I believe we already… Continue reading Google’s Killing the Bezel: What It Means for the Patent Wars

Are the Patent Wars Making Android Better?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Patents are a pain.  In some industries they lead to better products, by protecting the innovator long enough to recoup the costs of developing and marketing the product.  Pharmaceuticals, for example, often require around a decade just to go from early development through animal and human testing and eventually approval. In software, patents are just… Continue reading Are the Patent Wars Making Android Better?

Windows Phone’s Purely Symbolic Triumph

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ Windows Phone will rise and Android will be laid low!  At least, that’s the strange and unfounded conclusion some hyperbolic journalists and fans (including a few employed by Redmond) have arrived at after Apple’s strong victory against Samsung in court. A couple Microsofties get to enjoy their moment to gloat on… Continue reading Windows Phone’s Purely Symbolic Triumph

Motorola Xoom Jellybean Update: The Xoom is Reborn

Published on Author Eli Fennell

This is What Motorola’s GED Tab Was Meant To Be After a surprisingly quick splash test, Motorola’s first and only “pure Android” (a.k.a. GED, “Google Experience Device”) tablet, the Xoom, has started receiving OTA updates to Android 4.1(.1), or “Jellybean”, successor to Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, which itself succeeded Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” which the… Continue reading Motorola Xoom Jellybean Update: The Xoom is Reborn

Is A Cease-Fire Near in the Mobile Patent Wars?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Image Credit: Dan Matutina Discuss on Google+ Signs May Point to Android-Apple Settlement If you’re closely following developments in the ongoing “patent warfare” between Apple and Google’s Android OEM partners, it probably seems like a peaceful settlement in the patent wars is as far away as it has ever been, if not further.  But are there… Continue reading Is A Cease-Fire Near in the Mobile Patent Wars?