After a few rumours and a couple of leaks, Google Now has finally arrived on iPhone and iPad, in the form of an update to the Google Search application. The app does many things in the same way as on Android, including Cards and syncing with your Google account. However, it is far less integrated with iOS than it is with Android, so the experience is slightly less satisfying.
Google haven’t given one of their best features to iOS, they’ve only given a bite of it.
For the past seven days, I have been using Facebook Home, the social network’s home replacement for Android, which pushes people ahead of apps. So far, the only device which comes pre-installed with Facebook Home is the HTC First, which in reviews around the web has been praised for allowing the user to switch back to stock Android, which doesn’t sound too good for the launcher. After one whole week of using only Facebook Home, here are my views.
Bloggers rejoice! Today, the WordPress application for Android has finally been updated with a new interface which is finally bearable to look at. The new interface has finally joined on with the holo design guidelines set in place by Google for Android applications, and it is a massive improvement over that last version, which was practically unusable.
Facebook Home launched last week in the US, however it has been unavailable to people in the UK who don’t want to install the APK unofficially. Not to worry though, as Facebook has just enabled the service in the UK, so you can download it officially, provided that you own one of the selected devices.
Personally, I think that the Paypal application for Android is currently one of the best designs available on the platform, however that doesn’t mean it can’t be changed. The current design is clearly designed with iOS in mind, using old-fashioned textures and brown shades to look classy. Moe Slahhas created this concept, which uses simple colours to make an extremely simple and easy-to-use looking application.
Last week Facebook finally launched their new android Launcher, Facebook home. Available at the moment only on a handful of devices, Facebook have promised that it will grow its compatibility over the coming months. Facebook home was eagerly anticipated, although many questioned why anyone would want facebook to be more than just an app. Now launched and available to download, are these beliefs ratified?
If the launch of Facebook Home yesterday made on thing clear, it’s that people have a very mixed view about Facebook. You either love it or hate it, and the same goes for the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, who stars in this latest Facebook Home ad. During the short video, the ‘Zuck’ is seen congratulating his employees on the launch of the app. However, one of the people is using the app as he’s making the speech, and all sorts of crazy stuff starts to happen around the office, based on the activity on the screen.
Facebook Home has finally been released, although not without its problems. I’ve been monitoring several forums who have been keeping an eye on the release of the launcher, and at the moment there are still some issues.
As a proud owner of the Galaxy Note II, I’m used to the occasional person doing a double-take when they look at me using the device, due to it’s large size. I feel sorry for the people who will be lured into purchasing Samsung’s latest oversized device, the Galaxy Mega, which measures a whopping 6.3″ in screen size.