It’s great to see a system where everyone wins, really. We all get a more approachable way to solve problems, which is what any program or app is really designed to do. The hardcore programmers get to work on deeper stuff, and the designers of the world can get working on a product themselves, at least on a entry-level basis.
For those who were curious, the Moto X comes with a locked bootloader. Not a surprise, as it’s a carrier device right now, but worth noting.
The hardware is definitely not top of the line, but the workaround for that is software. If you have a phone in which the software takes great advantage of the hardware, it forgives the shortcomings quite a bit.
Some users have experienced issues with Play Music Chromecasting, which has prompted Google to update the app. My own experiences until the update were negative, as Play Music would often refuse to play a song or “radio station”.
The idea behind the study was to see which mobile operating systems and which manufacturers people preferred, while appreciating their former device OEM and OS. As it turns out, iOS is a clear winner for loyalty across the board, but that figure can be a bit skewed.
Another big piece of the streaming content puzzle has fallen into place for Chromecast, as Hulu has announced they are “actively working” to support our favorite new media streamer.
Initial support was phenomenal, with about 10% of their goal being raised in the first 24 hours. Early success like that can always be attributed to the core support of your goal or platform. Continued success is only achieved by mass appeal, and it seems the Ubuntu phone just doesn’t have that.
Starbucks is often viewed as a great place to drop in, have a pick-me-up, and use free WiFi. If that’s your M.O., Google has made life a little bit better for you. Starting in August, Google will team up with Starbucks to bring faster WiFi speeds to all 7,000 company operated locations throughout the US.
Along with Views, Google shared a best practices video for taking good photospheres. It shared pointers like holding the phone close to your body (guy in the video looks really awkward, though), tilting the phone rather than panning down, and using it in portrait mode (which is a party foul in every other instance).
This, along with Google’s offer to loan out street view cameras, is a great way for them to map the world. Photospheres can be taken with the latest versions of Android (4.2 and newer), but panoramas with both mobile devices and DSLR cameras can be submitted as well.