Anyone up for a riddle? What do you get when you combine Nextbit, a new company founded by two former Google execs and other tech industry rockstars, and Cyanogen, the creators of arguably one of the most well-loved custom ROMs available today? It’s a trick question, because as of right now, nobody knows. Nextbit is making itself out to be the creator of, “…groundbreaking technology that will take [mobile] to the next level,” and if their team serves as any indicator of the kinds of ideas running the company, it may just be right. Tom Moss and Mike Chan are the heads of the young start-up; they are former members of the original Android team at Google, and they have been earnestly assembling a team of engineers and designers from Google, Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, and most recently HTC. HTC’s Former senior VP of Design Scott Croyle has recently joined the Nextbit team at the same position.
At Google I/O last week, Google announced that Chromebooks would soon be able to run Android apps — which ones? Well, according to Google, that’ll be up to you.
While we can’t expect Google and developers to make all of our favorite apps available on both platforms, we can certainly ask.
Glass is having a rough go of it in regards to privacy concerns. There’s been a back and forth involving the worries that Glass violates the privacy of those around people wearing the tech. While there have been countless of stories involving the fact that, no, Glass does not actually violate privacy and isn’t always recording folk, people are still apprehensive. It’s only going to get worse.
In a study done by market research firm, Toluna, 72 percent of the American populace won’t be purchasing Google Glass because of privacy worries. They’re worried that there will be hacking, unwarranted photography and video filming and so on. While the initial buzz about Glass showed that people were genuinely interested in the product, its public presence has been a bit jaded as of late. With misconceptions by mainstream media furthering people’s apprehension, Google’s gone on the offense with a post showcasing everything Glass isn’t.
With smartphones being as popular as ever, it begs the question as to how much we truly use them in our daily life tasks. LG took it upon themselves and took a relatively small survey to determine our smartphone usage in several different situations that most of us would find ourselves in on a weekly basis. The survey contained 1,100 participants ages 18 and over, which is a small pittance as compared to the 170 million smartphone users in America, but it still gives us a fairly good sample size. The survey determined how we use our smartphones during several weekly activities as well as several social situations that we commonly find ourselves in. Hit the break for the results that you may or may not find surprising:
A new survey is trying to determine what people are like based on their choice of phone OS. TalkTalk Mobile surveyed 2,000 phone Blackberry, Android, and iOS owners to try and see what their phone says about themselves. The study takes factors such as personality traits into account to see just how much daily habits can be traced back to their phone. Here’s what TalkTalk found out about Android users:
- Most creative.
- Best cooks.
- Most polite.
- Industries: Culture and sport
- Put in the longest hours at work
- Watch the most TV
- Drink the most
- Characteristics: Shy, quiet, relaxed, introvert, calm
You can view the rest of the survey’s findings through the source link below
A bit of irony for your Saturday night— in a recent customer satisfaction survey carried out by a Korean-language news site, Apple stood atop the standings with a 52% satisfaction rating. The Korea-based Samsung fell a bit short of their main competitor, with a 50% satisfaction rating. LG was able to manage a 46% rating. The poll surveyed over 44,000 smartphone owners, so its definitely a large sample size. The companies were also graded on a point scale, in which Apple managed 711 points, Samsung garnered 695 points, and LG was able to pick up 682 points.
you we I love to hate got its butt kicked in a user satisfaction survey. In the US, the iPhone 5 came in behind the Motorola Atrix HD, Droid RAZR M, HTC Rezound 4G and Samsung Galaxy Note II. The survey found a correlation between high satisfaction ratings and 4G service. A less than level 4G-playing field, such as the UK with only a single 4G carrier,was still not enough of an advantage for the iPhone. The HTC One X was the UK’s top phone followed by the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III Mini (not a typo) and the Galaxy S III.
The survey, clearly good news for Motorola, HTC and, to a lesser extent, Samsung was not all bad news for Apple. It was still rated the top smartphone manufacturer in terms of satisfaction, just slightly ahead of Google. This may be a result of Android manufacturers producing mid-tier and budget phones along with their flagship devices as opposed to Apple, which focuses on the release of a single handset. On Device Research surveyed 320,000 mobile and tablet users in six countries for this report.
Source: On Device Research
You know what they say: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is the case regarding AT&T and this year’s Consumer Reports survey based on mobile carriers. Like last year, AT&T finished dead last in Consumer Reports’ mobile carrier satisfaction survey which focuses on data service quality, staff knowledge, and issue resolution. Similarly, like last year, Verizon finished atop the list. Ironically, even though AT&T finished dead last in overall scoring, they finished first with its LTE network satisfaction. The poll itself polled 63,253 subscribers and the the results will be published in the January 2013 issue which should hit stores within the next week or so.
source: All Things
J.D. Powers and Associates just released Volume 1 of their 2012 smartphone satisfaction survey, conducted from July through December of 2011. This survey measures how satisfied consumers are with their smartphone experiences, and although Apple took the top spot overall, the next three on the list are Android manufacturers, with HTC in the lead.
The survey asked 7,080 consumers to evaluate performance, ease of operation, physical design, and features. Only two manufacturers surpass the industry average of 774 (out of 1000)… Apple, with 839, and HTC with 798. Next is Samsung with 769, then Motorola with 758.
The introduction of 4G smartphones has skewed numbers downward due to the toll they take on battery life, with respondents ranking battery life an average of 6.1 out of 10. The largest negative impact, however, was with software malfunctions.
I’m not too big on infographics, but this one from Life360 about Moms and smartphones seemed interesting.
They found that Mom’s were three times more likely to own an Android smartphone as opposed to an iPhone. What was interesting was the results on if they were willing to give up their smartphone for ONE day. According to the survey, 32.4% of Moms would give up their smartphone for a day at the spa, 15.5% for new clothes, a new bag, or new shoes, and 11.8% for dinner at their favorite restaurant. Of course there are those that would never give it up even if they got paid, and that was the case for 28.7% of the Moms.