It’s the longer term view that is more worrying. Once a manufacturer is on board with an Android Wear device there is every chance they will be restricted to Android Wear for any ‘wearable’ that they release, or they lose Android support across the range – the same deal as the Open Handset Alliance with Google Play. That leaves Google in the driving seat for this new-found market.

This Is How Google Can Dominate The Smartwatch Industry For Years To Come” via Forbes

Just like an new hardware platform, wearables will benefit from a decent level of hardware standardization to encourage early adopters (both consumers and developers).  


Great data in this report from Business Insider. 

Some great stats in here:

  1. 80% of smartphones globally run Android.
  2. 60% of tablets globally run Android.
  3. 60% of all new computing devices run Android.
  4. Android is now as popular with global developers as iOS.
  5. Android device fragmentation is improving: 61% of users are on Jelly Bean.
  6. iOS is very strong in the U.S., but weaker globally.
  7. “Mobile-first” is now “Mobile-also”; phablets and tablets are growing fast.
  8. Wearables are “new and next” but still in the early stages of adoption.

The Future Of Mobile! [SLIDE DECK]


Long live Mongo!

These Are the New York Companies that Killed It at SXSW


Tango, a messaging app and mobile social network, has raised $280 million … Eric Setton, CTO and co-founder of Tango, says 70 million of its 200 million registered users are active every month.

Tango Raises $280 Million via Business Insider

I used Tango for a short while on my Windows Phone before Skype was released on the platform. Not a surprising valuation for Tango given the recent WhatsApp purchase and their MAU’s. Their monetization and virality model seems focused on not dissuading users in any way (i.e. no core functionality behind paywalls). 


I’m really, really not enjoying the Hangouts app on my Android device. Since it’s a Nexus 5 I have no choice but to use it for SMS; it’s slow, sometimes crashes, and makes me miss iMessage (one of the few iOS things I really miss, a lot). 

It is good, however, to see the convergence Google is doing (as a consumer). I can’t wait to see how big of a lid the big carriers are going to flip when Google allows you to drop your normal carrier and map your number to Hangouts.

Google plans to kill Google Voice in coming months, integrate features into Hangouts