When Android Wear, Android Auto and Android TV launch this fall, they’ll solve a problem that has plagued Android since day one: an inconsistent user experience across devices. Ars Technica’s Andrew Cunningham points out that unlike Android phones from different manufacturers that sport ugly custom UIs, launchers and interacting with Android on different smartwatches was exactly the same. In fact, Google’s engineering director, David Burke, told Cunningham that with Wear, Auto and TV, the underlying software and interfaces will be controlled by Google, not the OEMs.
This is a move very similar to Microsoft did with Windows Phone 7: they told the OEM’s to get out of the way of design and made it an imperative to design from the bottom of the OS all the way up to the user. The result? A beautiful, consistent experience across disparate devices – a.k.a. the Apple Method.
Google, Not Device Makers, Will Control Android Wear, Auto and TV UI
Fleep is adding Android, Mac and Windows to the list of supported platforms for its team-messaging app.
We’re trying out Slack right now instead of Skype. Considering this one too.
Fleep, The Team Messaging App Built & Funded By ‘Skype Mafia’, Adds Mac, Windows And Android Apps | TechCrunch