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JR Raphael
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Writer. At large. Android Intelligence + Computerworld, Fast Company, and other pleasurable publications. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.
Writer. At large. Android Intelligence + Computerworld, Fast Company, and other pleasurable publications. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.

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So, it turns out Google Assistant is good for self-affirmation -- up to a certain point, anyway...
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Android upgrades are a mess -- but if you arm yourself with knowledge, you can at least make an educated decision about what sort of experience you want (or are willing to accept).

Here's my most dismal look yet at how the top device-makers are doing:
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Just found these in my collection of random press kit knickknacks.

Guess they're officially now collector's items?

(My sentimental Swype obit, in case you missed it: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3256219/mobile-wireless/swype-keyboard-eulogy.html)
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Is this a sign of Google testing the waters for something grander? If not, then it should be.
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Swype hasn't been spectacular in a long time, but its impact on Android and mobile typing in general is undeniable.

I decided to write a little eulogy. (Warning: Lots of "early days of Android" memories within.)
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A must-read resource for anyone who uses Slack.

I've been using it for well over two years myself, and I still learned so much new and useful stuff while working on this story.
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All productivity-oriented. And not just the obvious stuff.
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99% of what I do on Google+ these days...

At least it's easier than it used to be, I guess?
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Once you understand why all these tech companies so desperately want you to adore their assistants, the push for a "smart" everything suddenly makes a lot more sense.
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So...the HomePod isn't especially smart: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/02/14/siri-already-bumbling-just-got-less-intelligent-on-the-homepod

Or capable: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/review-apples-homepod-is-a-fun-apple-music-accessory-and-thats-it/

It'll ruin your furniture: https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/apple-homepod/#homepods-flaws-but-not-dealbreakers-homepod-vs-echo-vs-google-home-max-vs-sonos-one

And its sound quality may not be as exceptional as we were led to believe: http://pogueman.tumblr.com/post/170722337727/head-to-head-does-the-apple-homepod-really-sound

Let's just say it: It's mostly the fact that the HomePod has an Apple logo on its box that makes it worth $350 to some people.

Brand loyalty is one powerful drug, kids.
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