Whenever Facebook adds a new feature, I am the first to roll my eyes at the tirade of angry posts shouting that Facebook has become the new MySpace, or has become too complicated, or is now designed for stalkers. People were saying all these things when the News Feed first appeared, and it’s hard to imagine Facebook – or any social network, really – without that now.
I feel the same way about the inevitable complaints I’ve seen regarding Twitter’s reorganisation and new features, in the form of Discover, Connect, and so on. They haven’t wowed me, I don’t see the need for them yet, and I’m a little disorientated, but I’ll give them a chance; I’m not going to proclaim the death of the service just yet.
The new apps are a different matter. I use Tweetdeck for Chrome on the desktop and the official Twitter app on Android, and the new versions have less functionality than the ones I was using a week ago.
Tweetdeck no longer lets me choose a default account to tweet from, has replaced “RT:” with “quote Tweet”, and won’t let me delete my own tweets from within the app. Twitter for Android makes wastes a lot of screen estate, doesn’t allow me to see the conversation I’m replying to, and (bizarrely) insists on displaying my old avatar from over a thousand tweets ago.
I freely admit that these are small hassles that I’ll probably get used to eventually – and hey, if I don’t, there are plenty of alternative Twitter apps. But for now, I’m stumped as to why they would remove good features.
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A few days ago, Twitter unwrapped a highly revamped version of its clients, including the website, the iOS app, and the Android app. A lot of users have been positively impressed by this change, including our very own Ashish Bogawat, but I, unfortunately, have been highly disappointed.
While I appreciate the Discover features, support for Twitter images for upload and preview, and the ego-boosting option of seeing who followed, retweeted or favorited me, there are many backward steps that are stopping me from fully enjoying the new experience.
In February this year, Twitter updated their official client to version 2.0 with a sleek looking UI and a bunch of much requested features. It was the first time Twitter had managed to put out a worthy alternative to the dozens of Twitter clients out there. It didn’t do everything, though, and the Twitter app war on Android only raged on.
Like most others, I’ve been through my fair share of twitter apps on my phone, searching for the one that fits all my requirements. One that does everything I want it to do, without overwhelming me or my fairly underpowered Optimus One. After much trial and error, I decided to stick with Plume, but was still not 100% sure it was the best tool for my morning feed reading ritual.
With apps like Siri and Google Voice Actions, people are getting more and more vocal with their handsets. You could argue that the digital age has made human conversations much less personal, as we are no longer required to communicate with our friends and family vocally. Luckily, there are some fantastic apps that let us use our voice to get a little closer. Here are the five most popular ones.
We’ve all heard about Last.fm‘s music scrobbling service. Whenever you listen to a track – whether on the site, on your computer’s MP3 player, or even on your phone – the details immediately get uploaded to your profile on Last.fm. We now see more and more audio/video companies that try and implement this; even Facebook is getting into it with its new “real-time serendipity”.
Is this a new trend, or will people complain about how social sites are getting more and more involved in our personal lives?
If you follow a handful of websites regularly and you have heard of RSS feeds, chances are that you use the Google Reader service to stay on top of all the new articles posted every day. Google Reader offers a great collection of applications for Android, from the official Google Reader app, which is quite limited in its functions, to a slew of third party software.
Two of these alternatives, namely NewsRob Pro and gReader Pro, are aimed at the Reader power users. Being a power user myself, I have tried the two extensively and decided to share with you my findings.
When we last looked at Google TV, I was smitten with a product that I really enjoyed, but that wasn’t catching on. It was okay according to most reviewers, but needed a lot of improvement.
After updating my TV to the latest and greatest, I can say that Google (once again) did a really nice job on the product.
As phone screens get bigger and more content becomes available online, people aren’t just watching short YouTube videos on their handsets, but moving towards full two hour long movies.
Android has a fair share of video apps, but after testing them all, only one withstood almost all of the formats I threw at it: MoboPlayer.
A month ago, I asked, Do You Actually Need Your Smartphone?, and turned off all “smart” features (everything other than texting and calling) as an experiment.
Turns out, yes, I actually do need my smart phone.
While I knew it was useful, I didn’t think I needed it so much. So far today I’ve used it numerous times over the last few hours!
A few weeks ago, Joe Casabona wrote an article here detailing the main reasons he loves Android and chooses it over other platforms, with his focus being on the openness of the ecosystem and its advantages towards developers. Although I agree with Joe’s point of view, I have to admit that the reason I moved to Android in the first place was a lot more selfish.
I was a veteran Symbian user but, as a pharmacist, I needed access to more medical applications which Symbian’s Store failed to provide. Medscape‘s availability on Android was the app that made the balance tip and I went for Android. That was a year ago, almost to the day.
However, over this year, I started carefully venturing into rooting, custom ROMs and the modding scene. Just then, Android (excuse the corny metaphor) opened itself to me like a beautiful rose. I love customizing my experiences, especially on mobiles, and Android literally blew me away with how much you can change in order to suit your personality.