Courtesy of his invite, I finally got the invite to Google+. Though it’s going to go public by the end of this month, it feels good to be one of the early birds. (I was one of the early birds for Facebook as well, back in 2004?)
Anyway, the point is, if any of you are interested. (well, preferably my ‘real’ life’ friends), drop me a message or something and I’ll send you the invite. A social circle is pretty pointless with no friends in it right?
Oh well, now I have something to play with (:
Alright, I swear I love Google’s way of advertising. It’s always so simple, so elegant, yet straight forward and easily understandable. Now, they’ve added a fun element.
They’ve created a little game in which the goal is to “make” a Google phone. It’s unexpectedly fun and MIGHT just take up half an hour or more of your time. Give it a try, it’s pretty darn interesting.
To get a piece of the fun, head on to this link. nexuscontraptions
Ah, I’m so sorry. I wanted to post this quite a long time ago but I forgot. And it’s probably already over.
But still I think that this is a really really good ad. Way to go Google!
Oh yeah, I keep forgetting to use this image. But yeah, this is what I think about the smartphone industry ^^
I mean come on, almost everything is powered by android. (because it’s essentially free).
So anyway, let me just give you a short short history (based on what I know) of android.
Android, is actually a Linux OS. It originated from a dude called Linus who did it as a side project, he totally didn’t expect it to bloom to such a state. I guess many people agree with the ideal that software should be free.
So in case you didn’t know, Google DID NOT invent android. In fact, they bought over a starting company like 4 to 5 years back as some sort of investment. It originally started off as a project or test to venture into mobile space.
So if you own an android phone, go to your settings, about phone, and look at the kernel version. I’m running 188.8.131.52 If you ever messed with Linux OS before, you’ll realize that oh hey, that’s one of the linux kernel versions. So yeah.
So well, it started with the G1. And over time, more manufacturers joined in and made more phones. The most significant one was the Nexus One. As it was the flagship device created by Google in conjunction with HTC. It was a state of the art, high resolution display, 1GHz processor, and always the latest Android updates from Google.
And hence, it sparked off the whole trend.
Everyone is using android because,
1. It’s free.
2. It’s easy to develop on.
3. It’s highly flexible (it’s linux after all)
So uh, android is like a customized version of Linux created and maintained by Google.
And honestly it’s everywhere. It’s in many many phones. It’s starting to appear in computers. It’s a dominant player in the tablet marketplace. It’s appearing in TVs. It’s literally everywhere.
Well, just wanted to say that I’m proud to finally be part of the Android family ^^
Okay side note. If you’re wondering how Google is earning from all these since they made Android free and they’re not really the ones making the phone. They earn from service. They don’t need to earn from hardware. Google is a search company. By creating an ecosystem that uses their services, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Docs, etc, they’re already generating a revenue stream. (of course there’s much debates about this but hey, money is money.)
Alright, a little geek update to all those who are using the chrome browsers.
It has just been updated to version 9
So well, if yours hasn’t been updated and you want it to be, just click on the wrench on the top right corner and click on “About Chrome” Then it will automatically update itself.
Unless of course, you’re using IE, Firefox, Safari or Opera. (or unless you’re being funny and use so weird ass browser)
Since I’m on this topic, I would like to introduce an extension that allows you to change the CSS style of your browser. Well, if you don’t know anything about CSS then I recommend you stop here. But if you’re interested then read on!