I'm a futurist with a foot in the past. Talking about technology and gadgets are my passions...and I'm a huge nerd when it comes to comics. If you can imagine a kid from the 1940's who sat by the radio listening to tales of heroes in the future while reading comic books and wishing they had Dick Tracey's watch...that's me.
This week the application Vine was released for Android. This application which allows you to make looping 6 second videos/gifs with audio had been an iOS exclusive. I had been clamoring for this application for two reasons.
One, I strongly dislike when applications are iOS only. Call me a hater all you want. I dislike feeling like a second-class mobile citizen because a developer didn’t want to make an Android version. Now I can understand if an app doesn’t come over for some functionality reason, much the way Facebook Home & Chat Heads didn’t make it to iOS. A reason like, “Apple doesn’t allow homescreen replacements…" carries a lot more weight to me than, "Apps look more beautiful on iOS, so I didn’t want to develop an Android version.”
Two, I wanted to see what the hype was about. I’ve seen a quite a few screenshots of people sharing their Vine profiles, and Vine posts. (…I don’t know if to call them videos or posts…)
If you follow me on Vine, I’ve only made one Vine. I’m still trying to figure it out. I guess this is how people feel when trying to use Twitter for the first time. I’m sure once I figure it out, I’ll be Vine-ing with the Georges*.
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My reference to “the Georges” was a reference to George of the Jungle because he swung from Vine to Vine and was very profient at it…except when he hit a tree.
…and developers know this. Why spend your time and effort into making a beautiful app if users won’t buy it?
I’ll pay for nice things. If I see an app fitting into my life that looks great and is functional, then I have no issue with buying it. Not everything in life is free, and I think a majority of Android users need to have a better understanding of that.
So I got my invite to Google’s new social network called Google+…so far so good. I’m still playing around with it and learning the lay of the land (common procedure on any new product…especially coming from Google because everything is beta). What caught my eye (besides the minimalist design of which I love) is the fact that Google rolled out its own bbm/iMessage/kik + groupme/group messaging competitor and it seems as if no one is talking about it.
Google+ Huddle is one on one or group messaging to anyone in your circle…but what I noticed (I’m not going to lie, I read the “Help” section) is that Huddle lets you know when a message is being delivered, when its received, and when its read…just like bbm. For a bbm/BlackBerry addict like me this is huge news. I can see the application being very useful and I’m shocked that its so far under the radar that it seems as though no one is talking about it.
Man…RIM is in trouble if people start taking full advantage of Google+ (as if RIM isn’t in enough trouble already)
Google launched its flagship Android devices with one carrier and one OEM, but we’re hearing things might be switched up this time around. Our source indicated that Google could be working with multiple carriers and multiple OEMs on their own “exclusive” Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) halo devices, and that they may all launch around the same time.
…Let me start saving my pennies now…because THAT is awesome!!!