Vector 47: Google I/O competitive analysis

Vector 47: Google I/O 2014 competitive analysis

Google I/O has come and gone but we'll be talking about it for a good long time still. And who better to talk about it with than Phil Nickinson and Jerry Hildenbrand, two of the smartest people in the industry. Now, I've watched the I/O keynote twice, but they were both there. So, we got into everything: Android One and what it means for Google and AOSP in emerging markets. L Preview and why Google's gone back to betas. Materials and Polymer and a consistent design language across not only Android and Chrome and web, but wearable and phone and tablet and PC and TV. ART and what it means for developers. Android Extension Packs and whether or not Google can tame the GPU. Volta and battery life, and Universal Data Controls and what that means of our privacy. Then we go into the fun stuff!

Android Wear, and which watch Phil and Jerry will be wearing. Android Auto and whether it's still safe enough for drivers. Android TV and how it looks like third time's the charm for Google in the living room. And, of course, whether or not Google should separate out the consumer stuff from the big data stuff — Map Reduce, really? — in the I/O keynotes.

I had questions, they had answers, so sit back, hit play, and then tell us what you think!

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Vector 47: Google I/O 2014 competitive analysis


Am considering the HTC One, Harmon Kardon Edition, from an iPhone 5. As a former HTC Evo 3d owner I became very frustrated with waiting for upgrades and the fragmentation of android. It took forever! I like the stability of the Apple ecosystem. Should I wait for the 6 or go with the HTC?

If you can wait, always wait. If you need something now, get whatever is best for you now.

September is a couple of months away.

You could always get the Google Play Edition HTC One. You would have to buy it outright rather than get a carrier subsidy, but this would satisfy both your needs.

The ever-present black bar at the bottom makes it kind of a nonstarter for me. I also notice that all the product shots are "face-on" an that when you find one that isn't, it's obvious how chunky and thick this thing is.

That being said, I think the round face is the only way to go. I take the fact that Google made theirs with a round face, as a strong indication that Apples iWatch will also be round. Google generally sucks at this kind of design and it's known that there are leaks back and forth between the companies. I think someone at Google found out that Apple's was going to be round and thus they had no choice but to attempt to copy it.

Just wait. Apple's will be round, and there will eventually be evidence that they were in development with it years/months ahead of Google.

So, because it has a good design, Motorola must have somehow looked into the future, saw what Apple was going to release, then copied it? It couldn't have been that they made it round because most watches are round...