Microsoft is trying to make your life easier. Specifically by bridging the gap between your phone and your PC. You’re likely familiar with the Handoff concept from Apple. Where you can do work on your Mac, and then pick up where you left off on your iPhone. Microsoft is now offering this same feature, but calling it “Continue on PC”. You can only do it on your Android phone. Which I think is a great idea.
Android phones allow users to customize their launcher, which pops up when you press the Home button. Microsoft Launcher is based on Fluent design and allows you to further customize what you want to see. In addition to “Continue on PC”, you can place icons of your favourite people on your home screen. It also offers The Feed, where you can find your most used apps, recent news, important events, and more – all tailored to your needs. You can access The Feed by swiping right. This sounds really kind of neat. Having icons of people that I call often would make it easier when placing phone calls. I realize it’s one more step to open my phone app and go to favourites, but I still think this is a good idea.
The entire feature is useful. But it’s been around for awhile. Since iOS 8. Which makes you wonder why Microsoft is just getting into this business now? Maybe one of the most useful tools with Apple Integration is the ability to send iMessages from your Mac. … Read the rest
Google is expected to announce its fall product lineup, on Wednesday during a press conference. Apple is usually the one that stirs things up around this time of year, but last year’s announcement of the Pixel has left Android fans eagerly awaiting this year’s announcement. That being said, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL aren’t exactly Google’s best-kept secret at this point. What else is Google planning on announcing tomorrow?
In addition to the new smartphones (which I will talk about in a minute), Google is expected to unveil two new smart speakers. The first is thought to be a larger and more high-end version of the Google Home speaker. This one will be called “Google Home Max”. But not a lot is known about it at this time. The second will be a smaller version of the Home and will be called “Google Home Mini”. The mini is expected to cost about $49.99, which will compete nicely with Amazon’s Echo Dot.
Google is expected to announce a new Chromebook – Pixelbook. The new high-end notebook will have updated specs and will come in three different storage sizes:
- Google Pixelbook 128GB: $1,199.99
- Google Pixelbook 256GB: $1,399.99
- Google Pixelbook 512GB: $1,749.99
Google has been involved in VR ever since it debuted Google Cardboard back in 2014. But Google’s next-generation headset is a bit more sophisticated than Cardboard. It’s rumoured that the new Daydream VR will come in three different colours and cost about $99.99.… Read the rest
Is this a big deal? Bill Gates announced this past weekend that he is now using an Android device. On one hand, this signals the demise of the Windows Phone, but is it really that big of a deal? Gates mostly uses Microsoft software on the Android phone, so again, I ask the question – is this really a big deal? I am not really sure how I feel about this. But it does make sense for Gates to pick an Android device over iOS. Microsoft is in the middle of a bad battle with Google over productivity software, but Gates has a long history of conflict with Apple. And, honestly, Android is closer to the Microsoft ethos than iOS.
I’ve said this a million times, if I’ve said it once – people are brand loyal. People who use iOS devices, almost solely use iOS devices. Getting back to the Microsoft “ethos” though. You can customize the operating system and run fringe apps easier on Android, and in general it’s platform is more widely supported than Apple. I can be a bit of a rule follower. If you know me, you know this to be true. (Also, if you know the line of work I’m in, this rings double true) Which is why I kind of like the iOS devices. Maybe because I can’t do anything with them outside of what Apple tells me I can? Like I said, I like parameters. … Read the rest