Tag Archives: Android

Hey Samsung, try harder.

Androidandme.com found an interesting story about Samsung hiring a marketing firm to stir up some buzz about the Galaxy S III. While it’s not clear if Samsung is specifically directing the marketing firm, someone thought it would be a good idea to crash an Apple store with signs reading “Wake up”.

I don’t get their marketing strategy at all. Samsung seems hell-bent on convincing iPhone users to switch phones by insulting them. Whether it be a jab at baristas, waiting in line for a launch, or the idea that iPhone users need to wake up to the amazing world of Samsung, they’re all sort of rude. I’ve had enough bad experiences with Samsung software to know better but if someone does fall for this, they’re in for a big surprise.

I wish Samsung would put as much effort into perfecting their products as they put into badgering Apple users. Imagine that world.

UPDATE: Samsung is stating that they are not behind this according to a story on Slashgear.

Android users flock to Instagram

Techcrunch:

Since the launch of its Android app, Instagram’s user base grew from 30 to 40 million. That’s over 1,000,000 new users a day.

Flock is such a silly word, I should be embarrassed for using it.

10 million new users in a week is a very nice bump. Now, let’s all cross our fingers that Facebook doesn’t mess with it.

Instagram for Android

Android users rejoice, Instagram has finally arrived!

By now, every site on the Internet has a comparison of the iOS and Android interface. So… I’ll just toss these right here.

The two apps are very much alike, but not exact copies. This isn’t a bad thing, you want the app to be similar but still follow some of the OS design standards. For the most part, I feel the Instagram team did well.

The biggest issue I see is the awkward grid/list selector in the middle of the profile page (see picture #3). On iOS, this is handled with a low key toggle in the header, something I assume could not be done on Android. I find this single UI choice makes the profile page rather hard to look at.

The ability to apply blur/tilt shift effects to pictures is absent in the Android app. That is, as far as I can tell, the only thing that is missing from the iOS version. I can only guess that rendering this effect must be too intensive on lower powered devices and was left off for that reason.

Overall, the reaction to Instagram for Android seems to be mixed. There are the angry iPhone users who feel their turf has been invaded, the anti-filter crowd who hate Instagram all together, and the Android users who have been dying for this app to be released. If anything, we should be asking how they’re going to afford the extra bandwidth and storage space for this free service with no visible revenue stream.

At the end of the day, we’re all posting heavily filtered pictures taken by a phone. Getting up in arms about the operating system or camera quality seems like a waste of time.

The HTC One X reviews begin

Phil Nickinson reviewing the HTC One X  for Android Central:

 

Indeed, the HTC One X has set the bar high for this new generation of Android phones. That bar’s always going to inch higher as the year goes on. But for now, HTC’s back in the saddle and is riding high.

 

This is the year of HTC returning to a focus on quality and this looks to be a decent phone with a few caveats. First off, I wish they’d figure out the LTE/Nvidia problem ASAP, not that I really think we need a quad core phone, but I’d like to see one in action at my AT&T store.

Is it just me or does that camera look really odd protruding from the back of the phone like it does? The sample shots look great but the placement of the lens will undoubtedly mean scratches over the lifetime of the device.

I’m really digging Sense 4.0, it’s exciting to see them ditch the look they’ve held on to for years and actually freshen it up a bit. ICS is too good to bury, HTC knows that and that puts them ahead of Samsung by a mile.

I’m intrigued by this phone, but not entirely sold on it. I’d like to see how the dual core Qualcomm version stacks up to this one first. Still, I stand by my statement that this is the year of HTC, I’m expecting great things from them this year.