Saturday, October 3

Inbox by Gmail - It makes sense

At first, Inbox by Gmail remained a question mark. Why a new one? Months into intro, now open to all, Inbox by Gmail now looks like the next phase of e-mail. 

Gmail itself was a revolution. At a time when free cloud or social networks was still a pipe dream, Gmail enabled us to share and store memories and remain social. But, it took just 10 years for e-mail as such to become irrelevant. Role of our gmail mailbox has reduced into a rarely opened box of our bills, confirmations and password resets (and spam). 


Inbox by Gmail is about accepting this change

Inbox by Gmail is an attempt to extract useful data from the multitude of emails we receive each day and display it in a easy to understand visual representation.

Call it machine learning, deep learning, neural networks or whatever, 2 flight itenaries and a simple email from hotel manager was enough for Inbox to display it as below. 

Inbox by gmail
screenshot - 6 emails clubbed and displayed as a simple infographic

Soon, a click on the finance icon might reveal our spending pattern, debt and investments in a visual easy to understand way, rather than a list of emails from credit cards, banks and mutual funds. 

With tighter integration with Google services, Inbox by Gmail along with Google Now could throw up all sorts of data in a visual format and some of it may revolutionise the way we live. Just like Gmail 10years back.

Wednesday, August 26

OnePlus 2 : Lucky, I didn't get a launch week invite

OnePlus 2 : Lucky, I didn't get a launch week invite 

When regular invite queue for Oneplus 2 opened, I was late by a few hours ending up behind 21k request. 

But, as the invite queue crossed 3 million, I saw myself down the queue at 50k+. Considering the demand vs supply and factoring in some 300k special invites, I expected an invite possibly by the 3rd week of August. 

By the third week, I found myself still at 50k+. After doing some #hype work, my position move up to 28k. Over the same time, better device reviews came in concluding OnePlus 2 is just average. The much trumpeted camera features turned out to be dud, I thanked God, for not giving me an invite at the launch week. 

While I dropped my plan, I was looking at the numbers and its interesting. 

The request sign ups which moved exponentially in first week and at a stable avg. rate 100k/day over second week started to fall over the 3rd week to an avg. of 10k/day. While first week was frenzy by early adopters including me, the second and third week figures directly reflected the average review ratings.

At the same time, there is barely any movement on top of the queue. It took one week to move up 500.

With the average reviews, nothing much to offer, Oneplus attempting the shortage #hype with Oneplus 2 wont be a happy ending for sure. 

Did get an invite recently but then, there no longer exists any compelling reason to buy the #oneplus2. I happily let it expire. 

The Oneplus invite for 1+ came in too late.
the invite email
Good bye OnePlus, It was too late too little