Today was Apple’s big Spring Forward event where they announced the availability (April 24th) of the Apple Watch they teased us with back in September of last year. Included with the release dates, they also finally announced the pricing which was a major question back at the initial announcement. Over the past few weeks there has been talk of battery life concerns which Apple did briefly discuss during today’s event. So, now that the details have been released, what do people think? I for one feel that people should definitely wait on getting the Apple Watch. Continue reading
Smartwatches are one of the big items right now for many companies. The problem is that they have not really caught on with consumers. Much of this has to do with the cost and short battery life. Pebble was one of the first companies to produce a smartwatch and is seen as an outsider compared to may of the big name brands but they are actually one of the more successful companies because their watch works with both Android and iOS smartphones. The one drawback has been the display of the watch is just black and white. That is set to change with the new Pebble Time which has turned into one of the . So what is so exciting about this over all the other recently announced smartwatches? Continue reading
Today kicks off the Google I/O conference where they announce to developers upcoming software and products. This year’s conference was a major event because they announced a huge number of items. Based upon what they announced, Google wants to basically get into every aspect of your digital life. In essence, they are trying to tie just about anything into their Android operating system which is used by the majority of smartphones on the market.
New Version Of Android Coming
The main purpose of the Google I/O conference is to highlight the next version of Android, dubbed Android L at this point. This looks to be a major redesign of the interface that also introduces a whole ton of new features that tie into other announcements at the conference. In terms of appearance, it is going to have a more flat design to try and bring together smartphones and tablets into a more unified experience. Graphics support and performance are both being improved which is pretty much expected in just about any update. In addition to these, Google is introducing better ways for developers to try and improve battery life and also introducing a new battery saver mode to help extend running times.
There are no official products announced at this time that will be using the new Android L operating system but the first products should reach market sometime this fall. It should also be noted that this OS is going to be used for a wider variety of applications than just smartphones and tablets. Continue reading