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The world barometer

Posted in search with tags , , on December 13, 2010 by Joanna Lyall

One of things I love about the internet is the ability to aggregate actions, so I enojoyed watching the Google 2010 year in search video here http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/zeitgeist-2010-how-world-searched.html

We are increasingly the currators of our media world, we hear about something from one place or person then go to another to pull that content toward us.  Google is more often than not the go to place, so the Zeitgeist as they call it is a good reflection of what questions are are all asking at any given time.  So is a brand without a search strategy a brand without proper connection to the world?

Google voice recognition

Posted in Platform with tags , on October 4, 2010 by Joanna Lyall

“Nearest cinema” I said to my phone. Google responded with did you mean cinamark Texas USA? Er no. I saw a great demo for google voice and text search when it all worked brilliantly but in my experience it needs some tweaking….

HTC vs iPhone

Posted in Platform with tags , , on October 4, 2010 by Joanna Lyall

I might have mentioned that I am an Apple fan before…… but this weekend I opened my mind to the idea that there might be an alternative. This weekend it came in the shape of an HTC android phone….

Round 1: battery life. So you think your iPhone battery is bad? It is a duracell bunny compared to the HTC

Round 2: usability. Nearly on par to the iPhone. Not bad, not as natural to me as iPhone but good enough. Within 10 mins I was quizzing around the screens and apps.

Round 3: apps. Android has not quite got the big brand selection that iPhone offers. This is only a matter of time though. Unsurprisingly there are some good google android apps! The android store also needs some work.

Round 4: home screens, android has a nice social feed on the home screen for latest Facebook and Twitter update.

Round 5: connectivity. Not as fast as iPhone 4. Tethering option very handy when no wifi was available for my iPad! iPhone needs to catch up.

Round 6: media. Android just cannot compete with iPhone when it comes to syncing music and photos. This for me is a deal breaker.

Overall : 5:1 to iPhone.

Android is better than I thought but for me is still not as a good an experience as the all round look, style, usage, syncing and connective power of the iPhone. But, it is not that far behind, so Apple the gap is closing, what will be your next move? ….

The Wave

Posted in Applications, social with tags , , , on June 23, 2009 by Joanna Lyall

Google Wave, their latest innovation on communication.  Still in development and available later this year.  Communicate, collaborate and share through the ‘new browser’.  Watch this for more information: http://wave.google.com/  Tip: skip to 10 mins in to see a demo.