Wow I don’t even remember this, imagine how old this possibly is (it’s more retro-looking than it actually is. But remember when Google Chrome came out to knock IE and Firefox on their heads and say move faster!
The evening golden hour is always beautiful. A pleasant relaxed stroll in one of my favorite spots in Singapore. There is a sort of beauty in this that is so much harder to capture in video, and doesn’t really need many words.
Arguably, the mobile world is only composed of iOS and Android – two operating systems / and platforms that originate in the small tiny area of California / Silicon Valley, in the single country – USA. What are the chances, and what could potentially be the problem with this?
My gosh, ever since Nexus 5, proper Google phones have been rising in price year on year, to insanely high Pixel 3 levels. This year, finally finally finally the 3a launches with a good(better) price USD400++, SGD 659.
Not as groundbreak as io18, but there were still some pleasant announcements in the main keynote. Here are some of my favorites:
Next-Gen Google Assistant
Obv Google Assistant (GA) is already pretty good. But there are an insane amount of deficiencies, limitations, and imperfections. What’s new is that GA can run on-device, locally, without needing to communicate back to online services and all that round-trip audio upload, download latency etc. Super great for most mobile situations in low connection areas, spotty connections, no connection. I’m big on reducing latency. Lots of speed-issues and user impressions is about latency, in everything. And bandwidth in most places are more than sufficient, it’s the latency that’s lacking. Even more so for mobile.
By seriously reducing lag time, running on-device, GA will be increasingly more responsive, fun to use, and actually useful instead of getting in the way.
Stories have been told of this famous highway running down the Californian coast. We started from LA -> Santa Barbara lunch -> Cambria -> Monterey -> SF. Not much time for stopovers – it was a long road.
Los Angeles, was, unexpected. It was a hard decision thinking/choosing between going to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or some other small random location in California. Ultimately, the path from LA -> SF seemed more optimal, and Vegas seemed really clishchy (what’s that word).
So, LA. Not really the type of town/city of my style either. LA is characterized by beach, hollywood (film industry), sprawl, cars, hollywood boulevard, entertainment industry, none of which were my thing frankly. So half reluctantly we went to LA – after all, we couldn’t be going to NYC two years in a row (or could we).