by Taylor Martin | February 20, 2013 7:55 PM
The Android interface has drastically changed over the last six years. Few of us care to recall the days of Gingerbread, where the operating system was accented with two contrasting colors – neon orange and green – and an uninspired interface. Dare we think back to FroYo and beyond, where the notification shade was an odd shade of light gray (slightly 0ff-white) and the app drawer was literally a drawer that had to be opened by a upward finger swipe. Matias Duarte, Google's Director of Android User Experience, has worked his magic with Android. Since he joined the ranks, the interface ...
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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