Now, to be fair, there are various Google projects that had a narrow, but devoted fan base (App Inventor, Wave, Buzz.) However, while Google’s internal metrics may say it’s not worth keeping the lights on at Reader, the fact that Google Reader’s closure globally out trended news of a new pope suggests the service was very widely loved and used. Huge read counts like my own came up in blog and forum discussions about this news all over the web. For many people, Reader was how they took in the internet. Even forum posts were pushed through RSS for the most extreme Reader users, and even more social platforms like tumblr blogs were often fodder for Reader rather than the social service itself. Beyond that, the fact that Google had all that information means of all their ways of data-mining people for better ad information, Reader had to be painting some very detailed pictures, so the idea they couldn’t monetize the service seems just plain wrong. They have 175 thousand data points on just me from what I’ve read. Twitter only has a couple thousand tweets, and a lot of that isn’t links to full articles from sites that themselves have very clear profiles.
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The Nexus Q is (or should I was say was) going to definitely be a bit of an unexpected entry from Google. For all of the other leaks that were coming out ahead of Google IO, information about a Google-made media streamer was absent until the morning of it’s announcement. With it’s eye-catching design, robust build quality, made in the USA credentials and $300 US price tag, it’s probably the last thing any tech analyst would’ve expected out of Google.
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Allow me to start by saying I know I am painfully lucky to have my geeky hands on this device. Getting tickets to Google IO took staying up all night, and even they sold out in a mere 5 minutes, in spite of doubling the price for attendance. Yet, personally, I’ve never really had much love for the 7 inch form factor, especially when paired with an LED screen and no keyboard. I mean, as it stands, tablets aren’t the greatest productivity devices. Multitasking is messy, and until Windows 8 hits, most tablets will be running operating systems that basically need to login into a desktop machine to do any serious work. 7 inch tablets take the screen size down to difficult-to-use levels, especially since a significant portion of your screen is further lost to an on screen keyboard. This is probably why my daily driver is an Asus Transformer. I get all the tablety fun, but with a great battery and more importantly, a physical keyboard with great connectivity options.
Most mobile operating systems and even desktop operating systems are gradually moving away from the windowed model. Yet, constantly bobbing between applications doesn’t really fit every scenario, especially with the screen real estate of tablets. However, it’s possible to have floating apps that could sit on top whatever full screen work you’re doing, though not officially supported by Google. Thus, floating calculators, web browsers and even a video player have been cooked up, but there was no simple notepad application. Given the tablet’s rise in educational settings, and Android’s popularity with the more computer oriented, that felt like quite an omission. Not being able to take notes about an e-book without bouncing to another full screen app feels weird.