Our friends at On The Media did a story in July on this neat tool called the SuperPacApp. It allows your to wave your phone in front of a TV and find out who and how much money are behind the ad. Now, a good reason to stick around during the commercials…
A really excellent use of QR codes:
Just as today’s prevalent smoking bans can lead to a lot of cigarette butts on the doorsteps of public places, so the increasingly smoke-free world can make it difficult for smokers to find a place to enjoy their habit. Enter Croatian cigarette brand Ronhill, which has begun to use QR codes on its packaging to help consumers find a nearby place to smoke….
Many Android customers recognize the lack of polish, usability, or elegance in certain features or certain aspects of the platform. The assumption, either implied or stated, is often that these issues will all get better Any Day Now, and we’re just waiting for Google to get all the way down to “attention to detail” on their Android development checklist.
I’m not holding my breath. Android will continue to exhibit what Google does best: great low-level engineering and tight integration with Google’s other services. But it’s never going to be Apple-like in user experience, polish, or design.
Attention to detail, like most facets of truly good design, can’t be (and never is) added later. It’s an entire development philosophy, methodology, and culture.
Great products, far more often than not, are great since day one.
-I just got a new phone and yes I want an iPhone but here in Iceland it is ridiculous expensive so I had to choose something else. Let me tell you what I didn’t get. Android. I’ve tested a few android phones and each one leaves me wanting more. I’ve had one, the HTC Tattoo, that has a terribly unresponsive touchscreen and its UI nearly got me killed several times when I tried answering the phone while driving. Yes I know I shouldn’t talk on the phone while driving. But a phone shouldn’t be so hard to use you can’t just answer it without solving a puzzle. I also tried teaching the 7 yr old how to place an emergency call if anything were to happen. It did not go well. I’ve also tried the LG Optimus, which has a touchscreen, two touch buttons, and two normal buttons. It’s a lot better than the Tattoo, both hardware and software are decent even if I don’t like how the Android UI is generally set up. But this phone keeps breaking down.
It’s a shit show, I think, and instead I went back to basics and got myself a Nokia X3-02. So far, I really like it. A nice, sturdy, but sleek phone, with the mostly classic Nokia UI with some adjustments for the small touchscreen. Now I just hope it’ll last.
Eugh. Good point. When have you ever disinfected your mobile phone?
By Jacqui Cheng
The iPhone continues to lead in user interest surveys, but Android is closing in fast. New data from research firm ChangeWave shows that users are definitely interested in Google’s mobile OS, with a massive jump in the number of potential buyers eyeing Android-capable phones in its latest survey.
ChangeWave queried 4,068 current and potential smartphone consumers last month and noted that a full 21 percent said that they would prefer Android on their next smartphones—a jump of 15 percentage points from the year before. Comparatively, 28 percent of respondents said they would prefer iPhone OS; this makes the iPhone the leader in this category, though this number dropped four percentage points year over year. BlackBerry/RIM OS went up by one point to 18 percent, and those interested in Windows Mobile dropped from nine to a mere six percent. The only mobile OS sadder than WinMo appears to be Palm/Web OS, which dropped from six to three percent.
When it comes to user satisfaction, Apple and Google are neck-and-neck. Seventy-seven percent of iPhone users reported being “very satisfied” with their devices, compared to 72 percent of Android users, 41 percent of BlackBerry users, 33 percent of Palm users, and 25 percent of Windows Mobile users. (ChangeWave points out that for the Palm Pre specifically, the number was 58 percent.)
This isn’t to say that the iPhone is going to fall prey to Android phones tomorrow—ChangeWave pointed out that customers who plan to buy in the next 90 days still overwhelmingly prefer the iPhone, and interest in the iPhone 3GS has not dropped off as quickly as it did for the iPhone 3G. However, it does show that Google has succeeded in turning the heat up on the smartphone competition, no doubt aided by the highly anticipated launch of the Nexus One.