Love the cards look seen at the bottom of the first page, with nice, big icons. Also love that Games is finally a category equal to its peers, rather than being that weird button next to the categories.
(Ignore the oddly colored action bars at the top, those apparently are codes to identify who leaked the pics)
WebKit, the rendering engine used by many browsers, but most known for Chrome and Safari is being dropped from Chrome for a new engine based on WebKit called Blink.
While I’m a big fan of WebKit, the promise of Blink sounds great, with it helping to encourage web designers to use standards, but more importantly, I think Google is going to leverage Blink to really boost up the capabilities of what a “web app” is, and really help blur the line between how a web app and native app function.
Personally I’m trying to move “into the cloud” as much as possible, and while I certainly enjoy the benefits, I’ll admit that there still is a large gap between web and native apps in terms of loading and responsiveness. I look forward to Google removing this barrier.
Also: Opera has already announced that they will be using Blink over WebKit. Which brings up the point, why even bother announcing the swap to WebKit when they did? Why not just wait?
The news of this honestly hit me very hard, I’ve been using Google Reader since 2005. It’s been one of, if not the website I love the most. I can understand Google’s thought process in seeing that obviously it doesn’t have a huge number of users, but personally I believe they underestimate just how important it is to those who do use it. I sincerely hope Google reconsiders.
But, the good news is that Google Reader was essentially just a shell around the actual content. I’ll have to find a new RSS reader that I like. Currently, I’m attempting to try out Feedly, and it seems very nice, but my problem is that I keep checking Reader instead out of habit.
I can only hope that this is being done due to Currents being on the verge of launching a replacement via a web interface. Currents is certainly a very attractive app, and the fact it only exists in that form and not a web interface is literally the exact opposite of Google’s beliefs. But, if this were the case, why not wait until it was ready, instead leaving us to scramble to competitors? I don’t see it happening, and being an RSS reader is already a feature seeming tacked on to the Currents app.
I will sincerely miss you Google Reader, it’s been a great 7 years. The way I use the internet is about to completely change.
Personally, I’m a believer that the “leaked” video is legit. I get that there is a lot of doubt, and frankly, I’d agree that I should be with the popular vote that it’s fake.
I’m just blinded by how well done the video is, and just can’t believe that an agency (with such poor previous ads) would come out of nowhere with this pretty awesome video. And, while I mentioned it was so un-Google-like, I believe that it’s because the video wasn’t for a comercial, but for Google I/O or some event. Imagine that being Google’s “one more thing”.
Well, at least I got a little evidence to help me out on my side. In the Chrome OS source, François Beaufort found references to that colorful “Light Bar” on the top of it in the video. At the least, the video did it’s homework if it is a fake.
I certainly hope it’s real, or that Google is working on something similar. I’d love to see a Chromebook that isn’t trying to be a second computer. As much as Chromebooks have improved, they just don’t compare to running Chrome on my MacBook Pro. Obviously there is a huge spec difference, but why not make a Chromebook that’s just powerful enough to run super smooth? Why have to settle?
Whats up with the touchscreen though? Seems unnecessary. And the ad is very un-Google-like. Yet the video is pretty well made… AHH! I can’t decide to believe it or not!
And a Mini DisplayPort and/or Thunderbolt port? So far those have been pretty Apple specific, though I suppose if they want to support large resolutions, HDMI wouldn’t cut it?
Yeah, yeah, that’s not rare, and pretty much the point of Chrome Beta… so what?
WHAT? THIS ONE’S GOT FLAGS!
Hit up chrome://flags (works in the browser version of Chrome too!) once updated and start playing with those options too out there for normal consumers or features that are still in the crazy experimental phase! FUN STUFF FOR NERDS!
There are not too many which work with the mobile version yet, but I’m sure more will come! How about a flag to swap the icon to the one without the word beta? Any flags you guys wanna see?
This is my biggest beef with Android, and it has nothing to do with the OS itself. I really wish Google was more restrictive in requiring updates.
Samsung, HTC, etc., are against the concept of Google owning Motorola, but at this point, forget the other companies, I hope Google just starts focusing on Motorola. Give the all rest the source code, make them keep up with Motorola.
Also: Verizon sucks. I’m sitting here, with my Galaxy Nexus, a Nexus phone which I bought the day it came out, at the time only available at Verizon, and am now stuck with a Nexus phone currently three, count’em three, updates behind.
Google released this year’s Nexus phone, the Nexus 4, and it definitely warrants some attention. Google’s latest and greatest is looking to be a big hit and seems to already be off to best start any of their Nexus phones (though that’s not saying too much). I got to try one out as a friend was lucky enough to snag one. Didn’t get much time to play with it, but simply put, I’m a big fan.
It is the first Nexus that actually resembles the last one! Glad Google has stopped trying to re-invent its phone design. It has its differences, but overall looks very similar to the Galaxy Nexus. I would say that it’s almost to a flaw when looking at both’s faces, they are near identical. But, I’m a fan of that whole flat, black, seamless look so I’m not complaining.
The build quality makes it just feel better than the Galaxy Nexus. The edges on the sides made me associate it to the iPhone’s design philosophy rather than Samsung’s boringly plain, plastic, rounded sides.
The thing is blazingly fast. Both in terms of processing power, but also in terms of data speed. No 4G? No complaints here. My Verizon Galaxy Nexus’s battery is TERRIBLE, and I’ve already upped to the larger one. Oh, and I did a speed test on both, in a suburb near Chicago, my Verizon 4G LTE pulled in about a quarter of the speeds the Nexus 4 (T-Mobile’s HSPA+) did. Sigh…
Uhhh…. how about the INSANE price? $300 for the unlocked one! THE UNLOCKED ONE!
What’s not so hot:
The back of the phone. Sparkles? Ok… I mean they are more subtle than the pictures online made them look, so it’s not that bad, I certainly would prefer something else but they are nowhere near bad enough to be a dealbreaker. What is bad though is the material. It is way too slippery! Set the thing down on a flat surface and it might as well be an air hockey table. When I was just casually trying it, I couldn’t grab the home button and flick up to Google Now without moving the whole phone on the table.
Keeping the Galaxy Nexus look is nice, but at the same time, it does end up being a little bit… boring. I mean it is hard to complain when there isn’t anything wrong with the design, but it does just come off overall as a little unremarkable. Again, I love the simplicity of the all black face, but everything else just seems like standard, safe design. Perhaps the sparkles in the back were added for this reason.
Android 4.2. What the heck happened? It feels unfinished. Forget all the bug complaints, even if those were fixed, it still just is not a very polished update. Hopefully 4.2.2 will fix a lot of problems. Why not just release the Nexus 4 with 4.1? No one is buying it FOR 4.2, they are buying it knowing that they will be be the first to get 4.2. They are willing to wait for it to be ready.
Overall, I can easily say this is a great phone. If I were in the market for a new phone today, this is what I would buy, no second thoughts. The Android 4.2 problem is my biggest complaint with the phone, and great news: It’s also the only one that is actually able to be fixed after you purchase it! And to say 4.2 is bad quite the overstatement, it is just not quite at the level we’ve come to expect.
If your cell plan is expiring soon, definitely check out this phone. Buy it unlocked, and hop onto one of T-Mobile’s super-cheap prepaid, contract-less plans!