This is the same feature that was promoting stolen versions of my work on a scraper site over the actual site. https://plus.google.com/+RonAmadeo/posts/8No9tS9v6m8
I could understand a few bugs when it launched but it was promoting trash then and it's still promoting trash now. Can we please get some filtering on the sources for this? Until then I guess I'm going to tell it I'm not interested in "Smartphones and Tablets," which feels wrong.
The list separators are gone, you get white space and that's it.
Settings was moved out of the overflow button and into the nav drawer.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I feel like separators help communicate "hey, these are buttons," and without them you're getting dangerously close to the iOS 7 problem of no one knowing what text is just text and what text is a button. "Settings" here definitely communicates that it is a button, but why does it look different than all the other buttons?
The Nav drawer seems like it's out to kill the overflow button. Having menus on the left and right is pretty silly. It's becoming a common occurrence to see an overflow button that only holds a single item, like here, where it only houses "Help." Couldn't you move "Help" to the Nav drawer and do away with the overflow button on this screen altogether? What's the point of having two menus?
The version is 184.108.40.206417.arm, I see lots of clarification for voice actions ("what contact did you mean?" etc), "last bus to hotel" notifications, cricket is now a sport, and "Add to calendar" card...
Whelp, the wearables wars are over. Google wins. I'll walk you through it.
The win condition for wearables, just like desktop and mobile, is "The platform with the most apps wins," right? Right.
It looks like this is the only OEM-agnostic wearables platform out there. Everyone else is vertical and this is horizontal, which means this will have the largest install base. The largest install base means this will have the most apps. Having the most apps means this will win. That's not even counting all the killer Google apps that everyone will want, which this will have and nothing else will have.
Dear everyone else (Samsung, Pebble, Sony, Motorola, etc): Switch. Switch now. You will have to switch eventually due to market realities, so do it now to avoid the "I told you so"s later. Horizontal wins every time and will win again this time. Android vs iOS, Windows vs Mac, this vs Tizen/iWatch/Windows for Watches/whatever else. History is repeating itself and you don't want to be the Blackberry, Nokia, or Microsoft of the wearables world.
Andrea Z, I own a Pebble 30E3 ad I love that it's waterproof and I can change the band, Keep telling others about your cool watch.
Thank you everyone who plussed me on this. The Internet in Spain is really terrible so I don't have the bits to reply to everyone, but thanks. <3
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