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Flickr 3 Point Oh!

You know your app is long overdue for a refresh when the latest release is big news across the web. Flickr 3.0 clogged the inter-tubes today and although the new version adds some great features it still doesn’t live up to the competition.

The new interface is much more slick and you have some ability to manage your photo stream now. The biggest enhancement is automatic uploading of photos and videos (so apps like Flync are now somewhat redundant, but not entirely). The other big change is the camera.

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Android Camera Apps

What’s the Best Android Camera App

One of the things I like to do most with my smart phone is take pictures. I’ve been through more than my share of camera apps, and probably purchased more than I needed to. Here’s a run-down of what I’ve discovered along the way.

Samsung Camera UI

Samsung Camera UI

Update 1: I’ve made some discoveries regarding Snap Camera and A Better Camera that improve the review. I’d also like to highlight some developers who’ve been very responsive.

Obviously there were issues with the camera app that came with my Samsung Galaxy S3 that made me start looking for an alternative. The most egregious problem was that the camera app kept losing its settings, especially my selection of short-cuts, if I was storing photos on the phone (as opposed to the SD card). The other issues were the interface and functionality was pretty basic, and when launching the camera from the Cover lock screen I couldn’t switch to the video camera.

Two elements I’ve included in the review are whether you can specify the storage location for your pictures (and videos). Some of the apps only let you choose between phone/device and SD card while other let you specify the full path to the storage location. This may be an issue if and when your device is on Android 4.4 Kit Kat since it changes how the external SD Card is accessed and used. Personally I can’t believe that Google would make such a breaking change without any mitigation path so I suspect that as people come to better understand the changes in 4.4 they will re-implement whatever needs to be done and everything will be just perfect!

I’ve also indicated whether you can take still pictures while shooting video. This is a great little feature allows you to capture the whole event as well as the little moments along the way. Not all the apps were capable of this, in fact some couldn’t even take videos! The Samsung Camera allows you specify the general storage location (phone or SD card) and grab stills while shooting video.

One thing none of the cameras featured was a document mode for scanning pages. I know apps like Evernote and Handy Scanner both have these features, but I would find it convenient to have them in a generic camera app rather than a component of another app.

Cover Camera Selection

Cover Camera Selection

The issue with camera apps is they’re notoriously finicky. Each phone, even from the same manufacturer, uses different hardware for their camera. Some camera’s are really unique – like those from HTC, and then there’s Samsung’s line of Android powered point-and-shoot cameras. An app that works perfectly for me might not work properly, or even launch, on your phone.

The list of camera apps I tried includes Camera KK (and it’s predecessor Camera JB+), Nexus Camera: KitKat Camera, Focal, Camera FV-5, Open Camera, Snap Camera, and A Better Camera. A few other things to note are that I prefer QuickPic as my gallery app and Aviary as my photo editor; and I also use the Cover lock screen replacement which features quick-access to the camera that by-passes the security.

Camera KK

CameraKK UI

CameraKK UI

This camera from Moblynx is built on Google’s camera source code, but fine tunes and adds a few features. I started with the predecessor, Camera JB+ (which included a gallery app), and used this camera exclusively until I ran into some lag issues when taking pictures – especially when using the flash. The interface is pretty clean and, apart from the lag, all the functions work very well. You can specify the general storage location with this app; and you can take stills while shooting a video. One of the things I really appreciated was that this camera did NOT come bundled with another gallery app since I prefer QuickPic. The developer is very responsive to e-mails.

Nexus Camera: KitKat Camera

Nexus Camera UI

Nexus Camera UI

Following the lag issues I was experiencing with Camera KK I decided to give this camera app a try. It is also built from the same code base as the Nexus camera like Camera KK. However this app sticks closer to the original and doesn’t add any features or do any fine-tuning. You can’t specify the storage location at all, but you can take stills while shooting video. And unfortunately it also suffered from a frustratingly long lag when taking pictures. I assume the lag is either because the source target’s Nexus cameras or because it’s so generic it doesn’t handle specific interactions with the Galaxy S3 camera.

Focal

Focal UI

Focal UI

I was really looking forward to this camera since it came from CyanogenMod. It has a unique interface that could be quite powerful, but there are some features that just don’t work yet (it is in beta). Most annoying is missing EXIF data like orientation (portrait/landscape) and geo-location. One of the coolest features is PicSphere mode for taking 360-degree photos. Another cool feature is being able to pin open the configurations you change most often so you can quickly access them; and quickly changing modes using the outside edge of the shutter button. You can’t specify the storage location at all, and in theory you can grab stills while shooting video but neither worked very well for me during my testing. Although I can launch this camera from Cover it doesn’t by-pass the security screen. The developer is active on the project’s XDA Developers thread.

Camera FV-5

Camera FV-5 UI

Camera FV-5 UI

This is the camera app to use if you want a DSLR in your phone. Everything possible is adjustable, there’s no fancy icons of snowman wearing party hats at night; just the controls you would expect to find on a real camera. Granted on a phone, with it’s tiny little capture element and feeble LED flash there’s only so much the settings can accomplish. But for some phones, and for Android cameras, this is a great app to have. I used it a lot to take a series of bracketed photos for Google+ to make an HDR photo from – automagically!!! For the storage location you can choose from suggested paths or specify your own, and this is only a still camera – no video! This app does NOT integrate with Cover though.

Open Camera

Open Camera UI

Open Camera UI

This app is a whole new design effort that re-imagines the camera interface on a touch screen. It definitely has the most unique interface, but I have to admit I wasn’t too crazy about it as it involved a lot of cycling through choices and waiting for the choice to take effect rather than being able to directly choose the option I wanted. This app is still under heavy development though so hopefully this is something that will change. The camera interface also displays some very useful information, like a horizon line, compass direction, and angle. You can’t specify the storage location at all, and not only does it not take stills while capturing video the video I did capture was mostly green static! This app does NOT integrate with Cover. The developer is very responsive on the project’s Source Forge site.

Snap Camera

Snap Camera UI

Snap Camera UI

The interface of this camera comes back to the one found in Google’s Nexus camera app, but the camera itself works differently and has a lot of other features. One of the most interesting features is the camera shutter and the video shutter are on-screen together, so there’s no switching modes – both are always available. My biggest issue is with navigating the menus actually. You can specify the full path to the storage location, and although the camera shutter button is always visible during video capture you can’t capture any stills unless the option is activated! This camera app also comes with a gallery app and video player (neither of which I would choose to use since I have QuickPic).

A Better Camera

A Better Camera UI

A Better Camera UI

The author of this app has a prolific collection of photography apps that are brought together into this one app. You could always install only the specific app you want, but the fun thing with ABC is there’s also a widget that let’s you open the camera directly into the mode you want. It also features DRO, Dynamic Range Optimization, to enhance your photos as you take them. The interface is quite powerful and really takes advantage of the touch screen interface, making all the functionality easily accessible. With ABC you can choose between phone or SD Card presets or specify your own path to the storage location; unfortunately though you can’t grab any stills while shooting a video. Although I can launch this camera from Cover it doesn’t by-pass the security screen. The developer is very responsive in the Google+ community.

Conclusion

Unfortunately there’s no perfect camera app in this list. Either they can’t be launched from Cover (which is essential for me), or I can’t grab stills while shooting video (with two kids multi-tasking is a requirement), or it suffers from some incompatibility with my phone (broken video, excessive lag, etc.). I’m going to keep Camera FV-5 around for those times when I really need to geek-out with my photos, but for my day-to-day camera I feel like I’m stuck with the average performing but generally functional Samsung camera app.

Another interesting observation is that half the cameras listed here use the same interface design (not the same options though) coming from the Google Nexus camera interface. It’s an interesting interface with a lot of sliding left/right and up/down to access options and make choices. But I found it a bit difficult to work with since the icons are small (i.e.: hard to press) and you end-up wandering all over your screen as you move through the menus.

Cross-posted on 2FatDads

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What The Flickr! Three Things that Drive me Crazy About Flickr

I’ve been using Flickr since before forever! Well, at long time at least. I never really made much of it, and I’ve reset my account on more than one occasion and started all over again. But now that I have a smart phone and I’ve got Flync installed on it I’ve got a lot more photos on Flickr than ever before. Just like Google+ my photos are auto-magically uploaded to Flickr via Flync. I also use it to host my TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr pictures in one shot!

So with all those photos on Flickr I need to do a bit of organizing. Flickr has a convenient Organizer that lets you manipulate batches of your photos all at once. But it does have a few short-comings.

Hopefully Marissa Mayer is reading this blog and takes this criticism constructively so we see some improvements to Flickr! Continue reading

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Alternative SMS Texting Apps for Android Round-Up

Captain, incoming message...

Given my recent disappointment with the way Google integrated SMS texting into Hangouts I went searching for a replacement to the stock messaging app on my Galaxy S3. The recent update to Android 4.3 added some nice little tweaks to the app, but nothing extraordinary. This takes advantage of one of the great features of Android: you can customize just about every aspect of your phone.

TL; DR: I settled on 8sms.


I looked at several aspects of each app. In general they all provided a lot more functionality than the stock app. The most useful was the ability to pop-up a window over whatever else I was doing when a new message came in.

Default Messenger app on Galaxy S3

Every app, including the stock app on my Samsung Galaxy S3, had the following features:

  • Send and receive SMS & MMS to individuals or groups (although MMS seemed to pose problems for some apps, but I’m not a big user of MMS)
  • Integration with contacts to select recipients and show contact photos
  • Drafts, Locked/protected messages, and Scheduled messages
  • Blocked or SPAM message filters
  • Quick send templates
  • Emoticons
  • Basic Android notifications, including previews

The stock app was also able to show previews on the phone’s lock screen. Not every replacement was able to do this. Nor do you necessarily want to, since the point of locking your phone is keeping people out of it so showing message contents on the lock screen is counter-productive.

The apps I tried, in this order, were: GO SMS Pro, 8smsTextra SMS, chomp SMS, Handcent SMS, Easy SMS, and Ninja SMS. Also important to mention are two other apps I rely on: MightyText and SMS Backup+.

Finally, I’d like to throw Fongo into the mix since unlike other VoIP/messaging apps you will get a real working just-like-a-telco phone number with Fongo! Their messenger is pretty basic but it’s interesting for two things, you can interact with non-Fongo users via real SMS messages (but not MMS due to uncooperative telcos); and Fongo can pick-up incoming SMS messages from your underlying phone (but they always send via Fongo). I’m sure Fongo’s users would appreciate the features of some of the other Android Messengers, so either Fongo should add them or somehow allow other messengers to integrate with Fongo.

GO SMS Pro

GO SMS Pro floating window
Floating Window

This app is from the GO Dev Team that brought out a whole slew of Android enhancements. If you’re using any of their other GO apps then this will fit right in.

The app is nicely laid out and the lines are clean, but they follow their own style (which is fine if you’re already using GO apps). They have a lot of themes to choose from, and even a theme roller to create your own. Almost every visual aspect of the app is configurable, including the chat-heads pop-ups and the notification bar icon.

Yes, there are chat-heads when you receive a new message, with your contact’s picture in a circle and tag showing the number of un-read messages from the contact. You can click on the chat-head to open a floating window over what-ever you are doing to read the message and send a quick reply; or you can expand the floating window for a longer reply. You can also delete the message and send it back to the inbox.

The most interesting features of this app are that you can send messages to other GO SMS Pro users via the internet rather than as text messages. This feature was previously a separate app/add-on called GO Chat but was recently integrated into GO SMS. Of course this works best if a significant number of your contacts use GO SMS Pro too – which mine don’t so I didn’t test this feature.

You can also send text messages via their web site, using your phone as a proxy. But to be honest I was never able to get this to work, and I assume that’s related to the recent integration of GO Chat with GO SMS.

One of the in-app purchases you can make is to use your GO SMS account to send all kinds of attachments via the internet, as well as make backups and encrypt your messages. The other purchase you can make is an all-access pass to the themes library. Other than that the app is free to use, but does show ads on the main screen.

I ran into one security issue with GO SMS Pro: if my phone was securely locked and I received a message I could click on the Emergency Call button on my lock screen (which opens a dialler I can use without unlocking my phone) but the chat-head would then appear over the dialler and I could interact with it – even send messages – but I still had not unlocked my phone!

8sms

8sms gesture based templates
Gestures

This is a port of the stock messaging app meant specifically for people on Android 4.4 who don’t like the Hangouts SMS experience (and the lack of Hangouts MMS experience!). It was developed by ThinkLeft based on the Android and CyanogenMod sources.

Given this app’s parentage it’s not surprising that it resembles the stock message app almost exactly and adds very little to it. The most interest thing about this app is actually the detailed home page, and particularly the explanations provided for default versus Stand-alone installations.

There are no chat-heads with this app, but when you receive a message you are immediately presented with a floating window in-which to read and reply to the message. If there are multiple unread messages you swipe sideways to read them all (the floating window can be deactivated, as can all the other notifications). If your phone is securely locked then the pop-up will be waiting for you when you unlock the phone.

The other cool thing I discovered with this app was the gestured-based templates. When you create a template text you associate a gesture with it that you draw on the screen. When composing a message you simply reproduce that gesture and voila! your template is inserted into the message.

Textra SMS

Textra SMS floating window
Floating Window

This is the little brother of chomp SMS from Delicious Inc. It’s a very minimalistic messenger that’s barebones out of the box. Out of the box it provides quick-access via a permanent notification icon bar; and per-contact configurations. And it is FAST! Without any time spent doing fancy visual stuff this was the fastest messaging client I tried.

The lack of Emoticons or Emoji (available as an add-on) was annoying but what really bothered me was the pop-up response window only works while the phone is unlocked. Interestingly, Emoji in messages sent to you display properly, but you have no way of inserting them yourself without the plugin.

If your needs a basic, and all you want is speed, then Textra is the way to go. But the moment you want more, Textra will be lacking. Add-ons are a fine solution, but not really for something that everyone considers basic behaviour.

chomp SMS

chomp SMS alternative gateway
SMS gateway

So this is the big brother of Textra (in a loving kind of way – not in a creepy NSA kind of way) by Delicious Inc. There are some obvious similarities but chomp does have a lot more features. It shares the same penchant for add-ons as Textra does and in this case I installed both the themes and the emoji.

The most interesting thing about chomp is it has it’s own SMS gateway. This means if you don’t have a texting plan or you’re travelling and SMS would be expensive you can, for a fee, use chomp’s gateway to send your messages at much lower cost! You can also support their efforts by buying a license for chomp, which as near as I can tell amounts to a donation – there are no additional features un-locked with the license.

I did have a security issue with chomp though: the new message notification pop-up window would be displayed even when my phone was securely locked!!! This is even more serious than the issue I had with GO SMS Pro since it appeared without any intervention on my part!

Handcent SMS

Handcent SMS additional services
Services

Handcent is the product of the Handcent Market, and it is an extremely full featured messenger! It’s only rival in this list is GO SMS Pro. In fact, my first impression when I opened it was that I had re-installed GO SMS Pro!!!

Handcent also features it’s own messaging system, which only works between other Handcent users but avoids the cost of carrier messages (if those messages are more expensive than data for you). There’s also a my.hancent.com web portal. And if you’re wondering how they monetize their efforts you’ll find different levels of subscription on the web site that open up enhanced functionality. Basic SMS/MMS is free though.

I didn’t find any chat-heads in this messenger – which is fine with me since I was quite happy to have the quick reply window open up directly. I found the UI cleaner, nicer and better organized than GO SMS Pro. I also found the web site worked better – though not perfectly – than GO SMS Pro’s.

If you’re not in the GO ecosystem but you want a lot of features than Handcent is probably your best bet. There’s an seemingly endless list of plug-ins to further enhance the functionality, from thousands of themes and fonts to location sharing.

Easy SMS

Easy SMS conversation with attachments
Conversation

Easy SMS comes from Pansi Studio and walks the middle ground in terms of features and presentation. They also rely on plug-ins for a number of things, in particular Emoji and languages. Their web site was inaccessible at the time of this review, so I’m not sure if there’s anything additional there.

The app is monetized either via on-screen ads near the bottom of the screen, a one-time upgrade to remove the ads, and a network to promote other games and apps (presumably with revenue sharing).

The app displays either a conversation view or an inbox view of your messages. In conversation mode all the messages from a single contact a grouped together and the most recently contacted contact is at the top of the conversation page. In inbox mode you see the individual message arrange from most recent to oldest top-down.

Ninja SMS

Ninja SMS floating window
Floating Window

This messenger from Ninja Apps really focuses on the chat-heads. They get their own configuration section and threre are a lot of preferences to configure. Mind you a lot of them only become available in the paid version.

Ninja SMS also features a pop-up floating response window that puts a lot of functionality close at hand and is one of most functional pop-up windows of this group.

There is a lot you can configure here, but one thing that’s missing is smooth lines. The colours are all very stark and the edges sharp – no rounded corners here (except some of the chat-heads).

I did have one issue, the MMS settings were not imported and I wasn’t able to receive any MMS messages until I auto-detected the settings. It’s the first time I’ve had to do this and I was quite surprised by it.

Important mentions

Two other apps I feel I have to mention since they are a basic part of my texting work flow are MightyText and SMS Backup+.

MightyText

This incredible tool lets me send messages from my computer (via their web site) or tablet by bouncing them off my phone. There is also a Gmail extension to even more easily integrate texting into my work flow! You can see entire conversations and view media on the big screen!

SMS Backup+
You all know you need backups, so I’m not going to get into that. What’s cool about this app is it uses your GMail account to store the messages and your Google Calendar to log the calls! It’ such genius you wonder why Android doesn’t already have this built-in!

Conclusion

In the end I’ve settled on 8sms. I like the lineage of this messenger; I really got to like the gesture templates; there are no 3rd party integration or plug-ins to deal with; and there’s no annoying advertising. It also works well with Cover, the lock screen replacement.

Cross-posted on 2FatDads

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Blackberry Messenger on Android Review

BBM on Android
BBM on Android

Let’s cut to the chase: it’s YAMA!

That’s right, I said YAMA!!! Yet Another Messenger App.

I know the Fan-berries are going to get their panties in a knot because I didn’t say that it’s revolutionary or something like that. But it’s not. In fact it looks indistinguishable from Google+ Hangouts, or Twitter DM’s, or any other messenger on my phone!

Don’t tell me “but BBM is secure!” Because so is Hangouts! Even Twitter is secure!!!

Forget the tired delivered and read indicators argument in favour of BBM. Back when the carriers were experimenting with data networks and connectivity was minimal this was a comforting feature. But now that I’m pumping data through my mobile phone faster than my DSL modem I think connectivity is taken for granted. And really, I don’t care if you read my message, I care if you acted on it! If I say “meet me at Starbucks in 10 minutes” then you can read that message all you want but if you’re late you’re triple-caramel-pumpkin-spice-skinny-latte-machiato is going to get cold and I’m not buying you another one!!!

Let’s look at the numbers for some messengers that work on Blackberry, Android and iOS:

  • WhatsApp has over 325 million active users 
  • Viber has over 200 million active users
  • Google+ Hangouts (not available on Blackberry) has over 100 million active users (an estimate based on the over 400 million active Google+ users)
  • Facebook Messenger probably has just under 100 million active users (they don’t reveal those numbers so it’s just an estimate)
  • Kik has over 80 million active users – which is ironic since the founders originally worked for Blackberry

BBM clocks in somewhere around the 55 million mark. So you’re more likely to find your friends using something other than BBM.

And don’t forget the grand-daddy of them all: SMS!!! Venerable old text messages, they reach not just smart phones, but feature phones too. And with software like MightyText and iMessage they reach tablets and computers as well! In fact there are BILLIONS of active monthly SMS users! And there’s nothing to install or configure, it just works out of the box!

In my humble opinion, BBM was something that made Blackberry unique, something they could distinguish themselves with. Something for people to say “I want BBM” and they’d have to get a Blackberry to get it.

The reason for having a Blackberry is now limited to inertia on the enterprise side; and nostalgia or pride on the consumer side. Releasing BBM for Android (and iPhone) really just serves to prolong the inertia since IT departments can now re-assure their remaining Blackberry users that they’ll be able to communicate with all their iPhone or Galaxy toting colleagues using BBM.

I sure hope those people interested in buying Blackberry have a better business plan than relying on the inertia of existing customers to carry them forward!

Cross-posted on 2FatDads

Swype vs. SwiftKey vs. Google Android Keyboards

One of the cool things about Android is all the things you can customize. And lately there have been a few keyboards coming out or receiving major updates. I took a look at three of them: SwiftKey, Swype by Nuance, and Android 4.2’s keyboard (available for 4.0 and up).

There are a lot of keyboards to choose from, but these are among the most popular and most often cited in the media.

All these keyboards feature gesture typing, multiple languages, and user dictionaries. The aspects I compared include: ease of use, accuracy and prediction, speed, and unique features.

Ease of Use

SwiftKey’s number one feature is that it supports multiple languages simultaneously – no need to switch manually before typing. This is pretty cool for someone who regularly writes in two languages. The keyboard also features arrow keys that are convenient when your fingers are too fat to position the cursor correctly with a stab.

Swype’s number one feature is the Swype short-cuts that enable everything from editing (copy, cut, paste, selection) to changing modes (alphabetic versus numeric). In fact there are enough short-cuts that mastering them would make you a Swype-ninja!

Both SwiftKey and Swype feature alternate characters on each key that are accessed by long-pressing, so it’s much easier to insert symbol characters and numbers.

Android’s keyboard is straight forward and simple to use, and although some of the more advanced features exposed by SwiftKey and Swype are longer to reach the un-cluttered interface is very appealing. One thing that is sorely lacking is the alternates for each key, usually available via long-press, that are found only via symbol mode.

Accuracy and Prediction

Swype is the most accurate keyboard of the three, but SwiftKey is working in two languages (English and French) without missing too many words so that’s quite impressive. The Android keyboard does a pretty good job too.

Speed

The fastest of the keyboards for me is Swype. The slowest is the Android keyboard, but only when the hovering prediction is activated. The SwiftKey keyborad is just as responsive as Swype.

Unique Features

Each keyboard has some thing it does a little differently than the rest.

In the case of the SwiftKey it also featured more skins or styles than Swype and has pretty cool looking gesture-trail.

What made Swype stand-out to me was Swype’s crowd-sourced dictionary if you choose to participate in their Borg collective.

Of course the Android keyboard features pure Android goodness! But most interestingly it hovers the predicted word along the gesture trail so you can keep your eyes focussed, no need to keep looking above the keyboard to see which word is being inserted.

In the end I always come back to the Swype keyboard. I really appreciate the accuracy, the short-cuts, and clean interface.

Cross-posted on 2FatDads

The Google Chromebook Sells Out!

Google’s latest iteration of ChromeOS hardware has very impressively sold-out almost as soon as it went on sale.

The new hardware is attractive for a number of reasons: it’s thin, it’s light, it features a lot of the latest technology like Bluetooth 3.0, USB 3, and dual-antenna a/b/g/n wi-fi (and we know there’s a mobile-wireless version coming soon too).

The coolest feature though is that it does not run on an Intel processor, but rather the Samsung Exynos 5 – an ARM A-15 processor like the kind found in smartphones and tablets! The A-15 is the latest iteration of the ARM design; and the Exynos 5 is a powerful chip with minimal power consumption – so no fans and longer battery life on a thinner, lighter battery.

About 90% of what I do my computers is web-based, such as e-mail, news, blogging, and even working with documents and spreadsheets on Google Drive. So a Chromebook would fill just about all my requirements. The only thing I’d be scared to try is managing my photo & video library or touching up my photos. There’s certainly no reason why a Chromebook couldn’t handle that and software like Aviary proves it possible but I think it will be awhile before we see digiKam ported to a Chrome App and there’s a truly comparable option.

What I can’t wrap my head-around though is why?! I have nothing against ARM-based computers or living my life on-line. But what I don’t understand is why we need another platform? At this point Android is a viable option for a netbook operating system. Chrome (the browser at the heart of ChromeOS) even runs on Android. An Asus Transformer is basically a Netbook running Android. Any Android tablet matched up with a Bluetooth keyboard is basically a netbook.

Even Microsoft with the launch of their Surface tablet and it’s choice of keyboard covers has basically said the netbook market was killed by the tablet market!

I’ve said this before, and I’ll keep repeating it as long as I have to: WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER PLATFORM!

Apple offers developers the burden of iOS and OS X. Google offers the burden of Android and Chrome. Microsoft offers the burden of Windows (in it’s many iterations) and Windows 8 new paradigm and Windows RT (all of which multiplied by the burden of traditional libraries or newer .NET libraries). And then of course there’s the waffling RIM that burdens us with the old Blackberry and the promise of BB10; and a flurry of other platforms like Firefox OS, Sailfish, and Tizen.

It’s not surprising that RIM and Microsoft are having trouble attracting developers to their app stores – developers are all sick and tired having new platforms dropped on them like a ton of bricks and being told “if it doesn’t succeed it’s your fault because you didn’t write any killer apps for it!

So why didn’t Google put Android on this hardware and call it a Nexus NB (for netbook) or Nexus K (for keyboard) or Nexus RT (for Kiss-our-ass-Microsoft)?

As a Chromebook my only interest in purchasing one would be to wipe-out ChromeOS and install ARMedSlack. If it was running Android though I’d be perfectly happy to leave it as is!

Cross-posted on 2FatDads