My thoughts on the Galaxy S4, Google Keep and Paul Miller

So the Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced which means that the Samsung Galaxy S3 should be sold out when it the S4 launches. Why? I don’t think the S4 is a that great of an improvement over the S3. I mean their improvements of their camera software are nice little improvements, and the I think gestures are something to be proud of but You might as well just stick with the S3 or get one at a discounted price.

More importantly though, I think Samsung will put Tizen on their phones and no one will notice that it isn’t Android. I think that will pose a threat to Android. People will be driven by the name Samsung alone. Given that the OEMs have put their own skins over Android, I would venture to say that an average consumer has forgotten about Android. By this I mean the person who knows of or little about Google I/O or doesn’t know what it means to have “stock” Android. Most people are drawn to the phone maker than the the software and for that reason Android is in trouble.

I’m not spelling doom for Android but Google could have a fraction of its users move over to Tizen. This is also bolstered by the fact that Samsung is really the only company that puts out Android phones that is selling them. Samsung has won Android and has been jockeying with Apple to reign the world and now they want to rule it without Google.

Speaking, Google released a new note taking app called Google Keep. I love it. I like that I can have my notes from my phone to my tablet and PC. To be honest, I haven’t seen the computer side yet, given my MacBook situation. (See previous post) I like the lock screen widget and the ability to take pictures and voice notes. The colors are nice, but would like to put in my own colors and save them for future use.

I would like to see the ability to add pictures from other places. A Chrome extension would be nice. Lastly, I think we will eventually see this but, an iOS app is needed.

Lastly, I want to talk about Paul Miller. He is a senior editor over at The Verge and left the internet May 1, 2012. He will be back May 1, 2013. His articles have inspired me to get back into writing and to at least think how I use social media and the interactions I have on it. There haven apps created to countdown his return to the internet. He offers great perspective and some interesting thoughts what life used to be like.