Digital Wellness on Android: a second look

I got a chance to look at Google’s digital wellness feature on a developer’s version of Android P and it was interesting but also a bit disappointing. As I said in my previous post last week, just having access to this data is helpful and enlightening. I opened up the dashboard at around 5:00pm and … Continue reading Digital Wellness on Android: a second look

Digital Wellness: the future of mobile app development or a passing fad?

The data is out: we’re addicted. We’re spending almost six hours a day online and of those 3.3 hours are on mobile devices. We are officially addicted to our phones.  The conversation around addictions often focuses on the addicted “just stopping” whatever it is they’re addicted to. Yet an entire industry built on gum and … Continue reading Digital Wellness: the future of mobile app development or a passing fad?

Five product trends that were showcased at Google I/O

I was lucky to attend Google I/O last week and after the excitement around the announcements had died down, I was left with five intriguing product trends that not only show where Google is headed but also, in some ways, the rest of the industry. These do not by any means include all the announcements … Continue reading Five product trends that were showcased at Google I/O

Google’s new photo books: bold product trade-offs with a lot of potential

I’m passionate about photos. Not just taking the perfect photo in terms of composition and lighting, but as mementos of a significant moment, as a door into our parents and grandparents lives, and as keepsakes of the special moments in my and my family’s life. I have an emotional connection to photos and seeing a … Continue reading Google’s new photo books: bold product trade-offs with a lot of potential

Tech, climate change, big data, and making a difference

A while ago I wrote about the challenges of writing a tech blog about apps and gadgets when world-altering events are going on. This came into focus this week after the president’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord and the ensuing conversation. Then, surprisingly, commitment to support the Accord poured in from cities, states, universities and … Continue reading Tech, climate change, big data, and making a difference

Straight from I/O – new sharing features in Google Photos that you really need

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Google I/O for three days. It’s the conference where Google announces new products and features while providing new guidelines for developers to support those products. A week after the keynote, the themes I remember are that machine learning is for everything and Assistant is your friend, whether … Continue reading Straight from I/O – new sharing features in Google Photos that you really need

Maps: a little feature that makes a big difference

Google Maps has launched a new, smallish feature has been on my list of feature requests for a long time. It consists of giving users more options than a yellow star when saving a place. I love this feature because, as you will see on the right, I save a lot of places. The problem … Continue reading Maps: a little feature that makes a big difference

Google’s accelerated mobile pages (AMP) – good or bad?

I was ambivalent about Google AMP until yesterday. Up till then my opinion of it was based on my experience as a reader. I liked the super-fast loading pages, the consistent, clean formating, and the banning of third-party scripts (which occasionally could increase a page load time by seconds.) There was advertising, but there wasn’t … Continue reading Google’s accelerated mobile pages (AMP) – good or bad?

Google Maps and new metadata: when are customized results too much?

Every time I go on a roadtrip I am surprised by new Google Maps features and this recent winter trip was no exception. Maps surprised me with several new features, three that I thought were intriguing. Out of those, two were helpful and timely. The third, well, I’m not sold. A warning that the destination … Continue reading Google Maps and new metadata: when are customized results too much?

Google’s Trusted Contacts app is great in uncertain situations

Last week Google launched a new app for personal security, Trusted Contacts. Its goal is to share precise (and sensitive) location data between, well, trusted contacts such as close friends and family members. Mutual trusted contacts can see each other’s status, defined by Google as “whether you’ve moved around recently and are online” to quickly … Continue reading Google’s Trusted Contacts app is great in uncertain situations