This is personalization well done. It is the little things… Thank you, Google.
Android App Ops is no more… Two weeks after I wrote Android App Ops is a Step Forward, Google has disabled/removed the permission manager. After the Android 4.4.2 update, invoking the App Ops app results in a RuntimeException. The R.I.P.
Over time, I have seen the behavior of Google Ads on my weblog change behavior. Today, when I visit websites, including my own blog, I no longer see content-relevant Ads. Digging around I found information on how ads are targeted
[Google invited me to give this talk, but expanded, in Kansas City on Aug 23rd. Stay tuned for more info] Next Fri and Sat July 12 – 13 in Austin is the Texas’ GDG TX DevFest. There will be multiple
Below is a snapshot of the Android platform distribution, as of September 2012. As you can see, the majority of the devices out there, close to 60%, are still 2.3 (Gingerbread). This is followed by ICS with close to 21%.
Vizio Co-Star is NO-GO. Part of creating a product is providing proper customer support throughout its life-cycle. A product life-cycle begins with product envisioning, followed by definition, followed by create/build, followed by going to market (which on itself consists of
While the major Google I/O fun is happening in San Francisco on June 27-29, some of us will stay behind and run/participate at the Extended version of Google I/O — in my case, Google I/O Extended Austin. You can sign
The Oracle vs. Google case on Java is such a precedence case that any ruling on APIs vs. copyright might open a can of worms. The outcome of this ruling literally will affect any software company and developers designing APIs
Some background: I spent many years as an individual contributor to a number of J2ME expert groups including MIDP 2.0, MIDP 3.0 and a number of J2ME APIs ~ around 10 different JSRs over 8+ years. I was a huge
The latest big news on Android is Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s Mobility group. And I have to say, I wasn’t expecting that one. The main arguments floating around on the acquisition are: Patent play, driven by the patent war including
As discussions and opinions continue at Forxum Oxford on the topic of mobile leadership and Nokia and so forth, the following statement was made by Tomi Ahonen, for which I responded as follows. Why I am writing about this? Because
Back in April 2008, around a year after the introduction of the iPhone and Android, I wrote a piece on my blog on the Reasons Why The Mobile/Wireless Usage Boom was Underway, where I introduced the diagram below that highlights
Will RIM adopt Android? A very interesting thought indeed. But why or not would RIM do such a thing? Some thoughts below: Why this would be unlikely? “Not built here” mentality — this is probably the biggest hurdle for them.
Yes, navigation and maps is the killer app for LBS. Now it seems that Google Map with support for navigation has the potential to disrupt the whole Nav systems market. And if Google decides to make this
Today I received this from the Motorola marketing folks, here for your reading pleasure: Motorola today announced DROID, the first device powered by Android 2.0 and features the brainpower and breakneck speed of a modern smartphone. DROID is designed to
While looking for information on how CTIA 2009 in San Diego went, I found an article by Richard Wong (who is a venture capitalist with Accel Partners) titled on “The rise of open mobile (and congratulations Android team)“. A good
Is mobile handset differentiation based on hardware coming to an end? Back in 2007 I wrote a piece on my blog titled: The future of handset design: from hardware to software. And today this is getting more real (and validated)
This week guest post is by Dr. Kiran Mudiam, a long time mobile technologist and a researcher. Here is my take after reading all the letters sent to the FCC. We all know that there are positives and negatives to
I’ve written a quick analysis on the Google App Market situation… Looking forward to your feedback/opinions! You can download this article in PDF format. Download The Google App Market – An Analysis (PDF). The Google App Market – An Analysis
The Problem: Too many handsets, environments, and differences across platforms The Solution: A single environment/platform for mobile apps There you go, problem solved, no more fragmentation! Google at MobileBeat 2009 Now that the “noise” level has dropped, it is my
With Gmail, Google introduced a couple of peculiar ways to deal with email. One of these is the “search vs. sort” approach to finding emails of interest or finding related emails. Instead of going with the common approach of sorting
On December 2008 I wrote on my blog Browser Swallows OS, where I pondered on the idea of a Web OS. The machine boots up to a totally web-based experience. The application-bar at the bottom of the screen consists of
From Recession Delays Motorola Cellphone Spinoff, More Cuts Coming (MOT) (Sillicon Alley Insider): 8:24 Have had too much complexity. Today over 20 combinations of software, silicon, and UI platforms. This has resulted in high costs and portfolio gaps in 3G,