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How Google Taught Itself Good Design

How Google Taught Itself Good Design When Matias Duarte was brought in to lead Android design, there was a lot of positive and hopeful reaction. Now that he’s settled in, it’s safe to say that Android has grown into its own design sense. This article from FastCoDesign looks into not only Android, but also Google’s …

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Google Web Designer

Google Web Designer New tool from Google that eases design of HTML5 web pages. This is what Adobe should have released 4-5 years ago instead of trying to keep fighting the losing battle of Flash. Also, this continues to show the trend of Google that we (see our HuffPo piece, linked earlier today) and Ben …

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Platform updates and the rate of innovation

Platform updates and the rate of innovation Ben Evans takes a look at iOS 7 and the differences between Apple and Google’s abilities to drive innovation on their platforms. Google seems to definitely be moving away from any OS level updates and delivering nearly everything through Google Play Services. This will be interesting to see …

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Android’s route to 1bn

Android’s route to 1bn Ben Evans analyzes Android’s big milestone of 1 Billion. The most interesting part is the 4th graph, overlaying the version data on the activations. It shows almost no updating of devices. On one sense, this is obvious data we all know – nearly every android device (outside of Google’s own Nexus …

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In Chrome Versus Android, Chrome Wins – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

In Chrome Versus Android, Chrome Wins – stratēchery by Ben Thompson Ben Thompson answers John Gruber’s question on why Google would block the API that allowed android to Comcast streaming – a la Apple’s AirPlay. Ben’s main point is spot on that Google cares more about Chrome than android at this point – after all, …

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Nexus phones are ringers

Nexus phones are ringers Ben Evans suggests that Nexus phones are like the “ringers” that we’re given to GM execs to test drive. They would be driving cars that had been thoroughly fixed up under the impression that they had just rolled off the line. Similarly, Nexus phones are about the best experience Google has …

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Android tablet numbers — Benedict Evans

Android tablet numbers — Benedict Evans Ben Evans compares the numbers from Google’s announcement last week and Chitika’s usage report. Color us puzzled as well. By google’s numbers, they have activated half as many Android tablets as Apple has sold iPads, yet Chitika’s shows an overwhelming majority of iPad usage and individual Android tablets make …

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