UX Corner: Apple’s Simplicity Is Not Enough – Elegant Design Requires Ingenuity

If you know anything about User Experience (UX) Design, you’ve read Steve Krug’s popular book “Don’t Make Me Think”, now an industry manual on how best to approach Web usability. The basic premise of good UX, according to Krug, is to reduce the amount of thinking a user is required to do to successfully use a Web site. This is also known as the K.I.S.S. method (“Keep It Simple, Stupid”), and is today being applied not only to Web sites, but to all software, including mobile operating systems.

Hit the break to find out why this may not be the most elegant approach to mobile OS design.

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Does your Nexus 7 lag after the 4.2 update? There’s a fix for that

Users are reporting severe performance issues after updating their Nexus 7 to Android 4.2. General lag, choppiness, and stuttering performance seem to be plaguing nearly every aspect of the device, from swiping across the home screens, opening the app drawer, typing on the keyboard, scrolling in the browser or even simply unlocking the device. Even getting the screen to turn on takes several seconds after pressing the power button! Needless to say, this is causing quite a frustrating experience for many users, especially since we’ve grown accustomed to the buttery smoothness of Android 4.1.

I personally experienced all of these issues and more, so I decided to do some research on how to fix it. Turns out the fix is a very simple one. Read on after the break to get the scoop.

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Thinking of nabbing an Android phone this Black Friday? Here’s a list of the best deals you can take advantage of!

With Black Friday just around the corner, knowing about the best deals that are available to you is key. If you’re planning on grabbing an Android powered device this Black Friday season, there’s some awesome choices for you to look at. TalkAndroid has your back with a list of some of the best deals out there that you can take advantage of on or around Friday!

Keep in mind that these are just some of what you can find this Black Friday. If you guys have any other info on some great deals, feel free to use the comments section. As more info comes to us this page will be updated. There’s also other stores worth mentioning such as Target and Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart will be offering $100 gift cards if you purchase a device such as the Samsung Galaxy S III (on contract), so keep your eye out for those kind of deals! Or you can also grab the Black Friday app to help you find the best deals possible.

If you’re looking for a tablet this Black Friday, you can check out our round up of great Android tablet deals!

Hope you all get what you want this Black Friday and shop safely. And of course, have a Happy Thanksgiving from the TalkAndroid crew!

 

Why Missing Out On The Nexus 4 May Have Been A Good Thing

The Nexus 4 packs pure unadulterated Android into a quad-core powered black slab of sexy. It’s a great device at an unbelievable price. Problem? It’s gone mainstream. Not in the way hipsters refer to any semi-successful musician either. Google’s deliberate attempts to make the Nexus brand much more grandma-friendly has, in some respects, been a message to its most ardent “root first and ask questions later” fans. I can almost hear Andy Rubin say, we’re going mainstream now, you tech-heads can come along for the ride if you want but you’re not riding shotgun anymore. The “pure Android experience” is no longer being designed or marketed for the  power user.

I really wanted the Nexus 4 but after much deliberation I’ve had to conclude that I am not entirely drunk on Nexus Kool-Aid. The lure of a $299 (8GB version) price for a top tier unlocked phone was certainly tempting. So too was the appeal of receiving timely and undiluted updates. For many, the updates alone may be reason enough to buy this phone. When I examined the compromises Google made to court the mainstream customer I realized the Nexus 4 can not fulfill my needs. I suspect this may be the case for other tech-savvy Android users.

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Contest: Win $10 of in game currency for Arcane Legends (20 chances)

Earlier this week Spacetime Studios launched Arcane Legends in the Google Play Store. If you are a fan of MMORPG games, you have to download this one now because Spacetime Studios is one of the leaders of this genre with previous games like Pocket Legends, Star Legends, and Dark Legends. Spacetime Studios reached out to us and would like to award 20 TalkAndroid readers with $10 of in game currency.

To enter for a chance to win, head to our forum thread and reply with your character name from the game. It couldn’t be simpler than that. You have until 11:59pm EST tonight to enter. We will pick 20 random winners and announce them tomorrow. Since you will be giving us your character name, Spacetime Studios will simply add the $10 of currency to your account. Good luck!!!

Click here to enter

 

Congratulations Google: you’ve botched the Nexus 4 launch and should feel embarassed


There are many things in life for which to be embarrassed. Like Steve Ballmer’s first Windows OS commercial. Or Christina Aguilera forgetting the words to the National Anthem. Or Apple’s latest Maps release. Embarrassment comes to those who deserve it, and after yesterday’s debacle, I think Google deserves to feel awfully embarrassed. In my eyes, yesterday’s product launch of the company’s new Nexus line-up was a complete and utter failure, if not for the company itself, then at least for its reputation in the eyes of loyal customers. Would-be buyers were plagued with non-stop server errors, buggy shopping carts, flawed payment methods, and jammed phone support lines. What should have been an exciting and fulfilling moment ultimately left thousands of would-be buyers frustrated, angry and worst of all, empty handed.

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Should the Nexus 4 be considered a flagship phone with the lack of LTE?

The Nexus is a name we have come to know and love amongst the Android community. It’s the one place where we can count on the latest hardware and software meeting in a completely open environment. Powered by a completely open Android playground of the latest software, Android geeks and aficionados would often choose devices from the Nexus brand purely for development purposes because of the openness.

Every Nexus has had its flaws: the Nexus One had pretty subpar battery life, the Nexus S was just plain boring, the Galaxy Nexus had a meh camera, and now the Nexus 4 has arguably the biggest flaw yet…

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How to use the iPhone 5 to get a Free Nexus 4 on contract

If you’re planning to pick up the Nexus 4 and don’t mind getting locked into a 2-year contract, there is a way you can pick up the latest Nexus handset for FREE. You might even get a little bit of spending money for your troubles too. Carriers offer a subsidized phone in exchange for a two-year commitment. They do not do this out of the kindness of their hearts. They do this because it’s a smart business decision. Perhaps it’s time more consumers make equally smart business decisions regarding mobile devices and service contracts. For some that might mean opting for a pre-paid service and seeing a substantial savings over a subsidized phone and two-year contract, but if you want to play ball with the major carriers this strategy might be the ticket for the free Google lunch you’ve been waiting for.

Making the smart business decision when selecting your subsidized phone means getting the most money for your commitment. For most carriers that still means iPhone. The AT&T 16GB iPhone 5 has a subsidized price of $199. It sells on eBay for about $700 to $900. If we put the value of the iPhone at $800 then you can look at it as AT&T is paying you $600 for your two-year commitment. The 16GB Nexus 4 on T-Mobile will also sell for the subsidized price $199. You’ll soon be able to buy it from the Google Play Store for $349. Accepting this subsidized phone means you’re accepting a $150 payoff. Does that sound like a smart business decision?

Hit the break to see how to best take advantage of the phone subsidy model and grab a free Nexus 4 and possibly have some cash left over for some accessories.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Eggventure Jump [Arcade & Action]

Eggventure was pretty popular on BlackBerry AppWorld and now it has made its way to the Google Play Store. Created by WallWizz, it’s similar to Doodle Jump and Mega Jump. You will start by playing with Eggskimo Eddie. You must guide him upwards and collect as many coins as you can by using your phone or tablet’s tilt controls. You can eventually use the coins you collect to buy different characters like Sheriff Scramble and Boiled Berg The Brave. Each character brings their own special abilities, and there are six characters in all. Coins can also be used to purchase power ups such as wings and jetpacks.

Eggventure offers endless gameplay and you will get a different experience each time you play it. There’s even a global scoreboard so you can see how you rank against everyone else. Eggventure is fun for all ages, but it appears more geared towards the younger audience. It’s simple enough that anyone can play and it’s a great time killer. It’s absolutely free so give it a try. Check out the video trailer below and hit one of the download links to get started.

Features:

  • Collect coins and upgrade your superpowers! Unlock new characters, grab crazy powerups, and evade traps to boost yourself to the edge of the Universe and beyond!
  • Six cute egglings, each with unique power-ups and backgrounds.
  • Many upgradeable power-ups like jetpack, tiny wings, coin magnet.
  • Global scoreboard.
  • Boost your powers even more and unlock characters with in-app purchases.

 

 

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