by Michael Fisher | June 28, 2012 8:29 AM
Gestures in the smartphone world are nothing new, and neither is our commentary on them. Jaime Rivera wrote an iOS-focused editorial about the future of gestures in smartphone interfaces over a year ago, and last spring, Joe Levi took us on a brief video tour of third-party Android apps making use of gesture-based controls. Since I joined the team, Pocketnow has featured some more mentions of the late, great webOS, which featured generous use of non-button-based input. Indeed, Samsung seemed to take notice of webOS when crafting its new Galaxy S III. The world's top handset ...
by Michael Fisher | May 22, 2012 3:42 PM
Those of you who've followed my writing for a while know that I'm a refugee from the Great webOS Collapse of 2011, and there's still a lot I miss and love about the platform. While I try to write about it as often as I can, the sad truth is there's not a lot of news about the "little OS that couldn't" these days - things are pretty quiet as it marches toward open source. So I'm kind of waiting along with everyone else for that to wrap up this fall. Until then, though, I'm still using webOS somewhat often via my HP TouchPad. Sometimes I even pull the tiny HP Veer out of storage and relive ...
by Michael Fisher | May 16, 2012 11:01 AM
You know what we haven't had in a while? A good old-fashioned #firstworldproblems rant. So here's one. As Q might say, the world of smartphones has always been "wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross" (just making sure you're awake, Trek fans). That magical quality has grown over the years -in fact, Apple effectively co-opted the term "magical" for a while there- and today our portable devices are capable of incredible feats. Along the way, we've lost some things. Progress inevitably demands that certain features be obsoleted in favor of others. The jog dial, or ...
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