I have come to the realization that I am the nerd amongst my set of friends. I shot out a status update last night on Twitter and Facebook asking who else would be watching the big Google/Samsung event. The resounding response, to quote my good friend Jeniene, was “**crickets.** I had to laugh. Nevertheless, I soldiered on, joined on GoogleTalk by my tech partner-in-crime, Francis. In a nutshell, last night Google rolled out it’s latest version of the Android Operating System, known as Ice Cream Sandwich. In tandem with that announcement, Samsung revealed the not-so-secret Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus, though a bit larger, looks like a beautiful piece of hardware. The focus, however, really was on the improvements to the operating system. I titled this piece “Good Gets Better” because I feel that Android, at this point, is good, but needs improvement. What I saw in the presentation last night has thoroughly intrigued me, and may just keep me from a possible move to the iPhone. Though I am prone to, sometimes exhaustive, long-form posts, I’ll let the folks at Google explain the what’s new.
If you really want to get your hands dirty, and get an insider’s perspective on the direction Google is taking Android, check out this great interview of Matias Duarte by Joshua Topolsky for This Is My Next (soon to be The Verge).
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a nod to Apple’s presentation of the improved, though not entirely new, iPhone 4S
Kudos to Apple. They truly know how to do a slick presentation.
On an aside, I wonder if Apple’s people know that their keynotes would be just as successful without so many superlatives. Apple is quite fond of the word “amazing!”
I, along with many others, was disappointed that a completely new iPhone 5 was not introduced. All the rumors and speculation about a new body had me going. It should be noted that my friend Brian nailed nearly every feature of the iPhone 4S several weeks before the announcement. Irrespective of my let down over a new shiny body, the iPhone form factor is still very attractive. There are a number of interesting enhancements coming with iOS 5 that really don’t have anything to do with the new 4S itself, but if I were going to move to the iPhone, I would get the 4S over the 4. The improvements to the camera, which was already a solid performer, look really impressive. Several of my friends who are photographers have been raving about the camera. For what it’s worth, Siri, the personal assistant software, is cute but not something that blows me away. In all candor, all the post-announcement blather and giggles about how “neat” Siri is causes a slight amount of gastric juice to bubble up into my mouth. Look..I have a sense of humor, but come on!
The iPhone 4S has risen near the top of the list, right behind the Galaxy Nesus, as a replacement for my Droid X. I haven’t given up on Windows Phone 7…yet. If only Nokia would release that beautiful N9 here in the States with the Windows Phone 7 operating system.