Today’s news includes a handy teardown, an introduction to Android Wear and an interestingly popular app that doesn’t do very much. Let’s jump into it!
Leave it to the guys at iFixit to tear down any device that comes into the market. Most of us wouldn’t dare take a screw off, but that is why iFixit brings such valuable feedback. They can tell us just how easy or complicated it is to repair certain phones.
Between 1 and 10 (10 being the easiest to repair), the OnePlus One was given a score of 5. The device lost points because the battery is especially hard to replace, and because the digitizer and LCD are infused together.
Phones are not made to be easily repairable lately. It’s the sacrifice we make for solid build quality and slim smartphones.
We all know Android Wear exists, but rarely do we see what the platform is all about. All we get to see is short teasers and the occasional image. This is why Google has decided to give us a little more with their “Introduction to Android Wear”.
He explains the fundamentals of the wearable OS, with a higher focus on developers as an audience. The most interesting bit is when the host, Timothy Jordan, showed the three styles of notifications – Stacks, Pages and Replies. Sit back and enjoy the video!
Opinion: I am liking what I have seen so far. Android Wear seems very well thought out and organized, to the point where multiple notification styles have been implemented. Yet there is no confusion between them, even though the platform is minimalistic by nature.
Once in a while, an app that has no purpose shows up, yet it ends up becoming amazingly popular. Developer Life Before US LLC is taking things to another level with the app Yo. What does it do? Just… Yo.
This is a messaging app, but you can’t type into it. In fact, if what you are looking for is simplicity, this app will take the crown. It displays big colorful blocks with names listed. Tap on it and the recipient will get a “Yo from ______”. Get the app straight from the Google Play Store.
Opinion: In a way, this is another version of Facebook’s Poke. It’s for those times when you simply want to call someone’s attention. The easy conversation starter.