Saturday, January 29

Google's own periodic table

Google still has some guys who are both creative n geeky.

Their take on periodic table gives us a visual representation of its give range of api n developer stuff

It's sad that they still can't figure out the magical combination of those api s that can beat their latest n most challenging rival , d Facebook .

 check d link  

Monday, January 10

Honeycomb videos from engadget

 Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb for tablets: a guided tour of the UI (video) 

Android honeycomb looks gorgeous on Moto Xoom but BB Playbook was equally compelling. 

Thanks to these 2, Nokia wont dare build a Tablet on symbian. :) Well it may still sell in India though!

Thursday, January 6

The Tablet overload

As CES unfolds, dozens of Android based tablets are being announced by every manufacturer all of which together will add up to around 80 models.

With so many iterations, it becomes a challenge for both the average user and Google & company themselves and opens up a new set of issues.

How are these tablets going to diffenciate among selves? Its certain that manufactures will try to combat this issue with a custom UI layer but that means delayed updates, bugs and bloatware to the consumer.

How can Google and developers keep a check on bugs and code optimization when there are 100  devices each having distinct  hardware combinations and custom UI?

Most important, how will this overload of choices affect the buyer. How will I decide between 50 models within similar pricing and specs? This confusion means my buying decisions will heavily depend on product visibility and brand perception.

Or will I leave the dull grey devices behind and walk into that gorgeous iStore. It wouldn't be taxing for my brain to decide between 3g or wifi. No confusion. Moreover it feels good to be in a Apple store!

80 models of Tablets being launched to take on one iPad in a market that never existed an year back!. Its the biggest award or recognition that Apple has got,  this Salute by an industry that had once written it off.

What more can Apple ask for as a tribute!

Honeycomb: Google works on design and aesthetics

Android have always been unappealing or mundane in looks. Many tried to improve things with custom UI like sense & touchwiz and was successful in some cases. However this issue was never a focus area for Google.

Thankfully,  this is going to change with Android getting a major Makeover with 3.0 Honeycomb. Looking at the screenshots of Android 3.0 honeycomb, its evident that Google has realised the importance of aesthetics and that UI should be more than utilarian.

With a 3D environment  being central to the Honeycomb UI design, it brings in a  feeling of 'vast' '/ roomy' /  'spacious' on small screen sizes of 5" to 10.1"inches.

A noteable aspect of this UI is its focus on content / activity. By removing the Froyo-isque white notification bar (wherever possible) and subdued navigation icons, Google has minimized distractions while immensely improving the overall 'likability' which is critical to making a device engaging.

Google have also made efforts to keep the UI screens continuous and in harmony with each other. Unlike current versions,  you wont feel like entering a new world while jumping from gmail to email app or from gtalk to gallery. 

While many devices are far superior in specs compared to similar Apple devices, they mostly have mediocre sales because the UI doesn't entice the user. Some even have UI that is outright repelling.

The ways a UI layout affects the user remains subtle and at a subconscious level. while all of us have likes and dislikes, many of us don't realize why, and it remains critical to our cognition  and ultimately purchase decisions.

Apple knows it while others are learning it the hard way.

Google has enabled the Samsungs and Motorolas to match Apple's advances in OS capabilities, Apps, cloud services and meaningful and free OS updates.

Let's see how much damage  can Honeycomb do to Apple's lead on the  UI design and Media fronts.

Pics: via TechCrunch.  Check their post for honeycomb UI screenshots.


*And I wish honeycomb will have real copypaste the way iphone does. Its a pain to copy text or even links on android, forget images and formatting