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  • oiler 3:44 pm on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Android, Nexus S   

    Here’s a pretty good real-life example that shows why I think it’s a bad idea for Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich to move their navigation buttons to software (and not hardware).

    From Danny Sullivan’s review of the Nexus Galaxy / Prime:

    Where it all goes wrong is with the space bar. It sits right above the system’s home key:

    I find when I’m really on the move skating, I’m always hitting that home key by mistake rather than the space bar and so exit out of what I’m typing. This never happens with the iPhone or the Droid Charge, because they use “hard” menu buttons that you have to physically depress. You can’t accidentally push them.

  • oiler 5:20 pm on September 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Google Wallet, mobile, Nexus S,   

    Needed before I leave my wallet at home 

    While I wait, wait, wait for my over the air update from Sprint that will install Google Wallet on my Nexus S, I have time to list two things that really need to happen before I actually leave my wallet at home (as the promo videos insist I will do):

    1. 99.99% service – As we continue to evolve from 2G to 4G and beyond, what we really need is a near ubiquitous network that can penetrate buildings and those hardest to reach spots while also scaling across a large stretch of land. It needs to basically be an emergency data network that only needs to handle low-speed data connections. As backup, essentially. For when your mobile carrier can’t give you 6G service. As a long-time Google Voice user, I’ve been left without the ability to text message too many times because I had zero network connectivity. Simple data transactions like GVoice or GWallet will need a much more reliable low-level network.
    2. Solar recharging – I can’t even count how many times it’s happened to me, probably because I’ve been using Android for so long, but battery life is a huge issue if you really want to move a culture to dependency on a single device. Apple gets it. Google needs to address it with their hardware manufacturers. Refine what was done with the Samsung Replenish and make it reliable and standard.

    Reviews for Google Wallet: WiredTechCrunch

    A where it works search for my current zip code (33602) return 714 results. Most of them are gas stations and convenience stores. Whole Foods is on the list. Will have to try that out.

    MasterCard PayPass Locator for Android

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