The Second Annual Mostly Random What It All Boils Down To Awards, 2018 Edition

Building on the unprecedented success of last year’s awards (well, they were the first) I wanted to come up with the 2018 version. It shouldn’t be difficult as, according to the new “digital wellbeing” app, I use my phone over 5 hours a day, so I must be doing something on it. So here goes, … Continue reading The Second Annual Mostly Random What It All Boils Down To Awards, 2018 Edition

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?

The Mostly Random What It All Boils Down To 2017 Awards

There are new apps coming out every day and though I try a few new ones each month, I keep coming back to a few, at most 20, that I use on a regular basis. While some are amazing, some seem to be coasting on their existing reputation and the knowledge that we’ve come to … Continue reading The Mostly Random What It All Boils Down To 2017 Awards

Context changes everything: maps, cupcakes and how to meet user expectations

I was offline for a few days so I didn’t hear about the Google Maps cupcake feature until yesterday, when Google pulled it. The feature essentially showed users how many calories they could burn by walking to their destination and they measured that walk by cupcakes. Users responded by saying it felt judgemental to provide calories … Continue reading Context changes everything: maps, cupcakes and how to meet user expectations

App feature I love: ‘Go Later’ in Waze

Every once in awhile I encounter a feature in an app or service that is so smart I have to, well, write a blog post about it. Today I’m loving Waze’s “Go later” button, an option at the bottom of the destination action sheet that opens a screen that I think is extremely well designed … Continue reading App feature I love: ‘Go Later’ in Waze

Citymapper integrated bike-sharing and it looks great

Going on vacation is my way to see what Citymapper has been up to. It’s pretty much the only app that continues to surprise me every time I update with some new, useful feature. Last time it was the journey companion (hitting Go on a chosen route provides cards throughout the trip and reminders when … Continue reading Citymapper integrated bike-sharing and it looks great

Notifications in Android O: what to expect

Notifications are tricky but are essential when building a mobile app. Nir Eyal, who wrote the book on building habit-forming products says “[notifications] are the Pavlovian bell of the 21st century and they get us to check our tech incessantly.” They are the triggers to bring a user back into an app, and they do … Continue reading Notifications in Android O: what to expect

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

What’s next for Citymapper? A bus?!

Loyal readers know by now that Citymapper is one of my all time favorite apps. It offers the best public transport route planning I’ve seen with delightful features such as a recommended car to be best situated at the end station and what exit to use from the station that’s closest to the final destination. … Continue reading What’s next for Citymapper? A bus?!