My issues with the OnePlus One

"I just can't get over how weird/bad some of the decisions are that +OnePlus made while designing this thing.

CyanogenMod as the stock phone software? That means you'll be getting the slowest updates in the industry. The usual Samsung+carrier update cycle is about 3-5 months, CyanogenMod typically takes about 6 months to port everything over to the newest version. (A stable 4.4.2 version of CM isn't out yet).
Update: CM Community Manager +Abhisek Devkota says the 6 month mark is "an overstatement" of the time it would take to update. We'll see. =)

The attention to detail is so high that OnePlus claims the the internals are "specially dyed and treated with a matte black finish, with each part meticulously aligned to be visually pleasing and functional," yet when it came time to do that outside (the part people will actually use and see), they recycled the Oppo Find 5 body, complete with a barely-functional menu button? Put your resources where they matter. 

The "Smash your phone" promotion. Really? After this: Samsung Galaxy S5 Hammer Smash Fail = Battery Explosion, you're going to encourage people to be violent towards something full of sharp glass, lead, and a highly-volatile lithium ion battery? Do you have any kind of common sense at all?

The terrible, terrible marketing which they could never (and didn't) live up to. #neversettle , except for the lack of SD slot, removable battery, wireless charging, Band 20 LTE, Recent Apps button, and terrible update situation.

The spec sheet and price is nice, but if I were a customer, this string of questionable decisions would make me wary. It doesn't really matter though, because it sounds like no one is actually going to be able to buy one of these things anyway. Oh well."

Mr. Amadeo isn't happy one bit. After reading his complaints, I'm starting to have my reservations about it too. But like my buddy Anuj said, let's wait and see.

Hangouts 2.1 merging conversations

"There's a new version of Google Hangouts on the way, and it's going to bring some substantial improvements. Version 2.1 of Hangouts for Android's biggest change is going to be in the way that it handles conversations with the same person over multiple channels. Currently if, say, I'm conversing with Phil over SMS through Hangouts, it'll be a separate conversation than our instant message-style Hangouts chat. With Hangouts 2.1, those two conversations will be merged into one continuous discussion."


Expanding Google’s security services for Android

Good to know although I know you Apple fanboys will be having a field day, exhibit A. I know it's a serious problem but encouraging readers to go to an Apple store as a remedy is bullcrap. Android versus iOS has become a pissing contest between two sports teams and it drives me nuts. I still love you guys though, and the Android peeps too. But, you can count me out, I don't like playing this game.

Jony Ive shakes up Apple’s software design group, iPhone interface creator Greg Christie departing

"Christie’s upcoming leave from Apple will mark one of the most significant design exits in several years and represents a complete changing of the guard for Apple’s software design style. Over the past two years, Scott Forstall and Christie will have both exited Apple, and Ive will have secured his position at Apple as the central product design decision maker for the foreseeable future in the post-Steve Jobs era.

While Apple’s executive shakeup in 2012 unlocked the silos separating hardware and software, this latest change will completely remove any internal boundaries between Apple’s hardware and software design and will likely result in even more well-integrated products."

It's a very big change and will be interesting to see which direction the next few major iOS releases go. I think I am in the minority when I say that I really liked iOS 7's design aesthetic when it launched so perhaps Sir Ive has everything in order and this is him tying up loose ends for the future.

Thoughts On Dropbox Carousel

"There are some terrific design touches in Carousel. I’m a big fan of the DayTicker-like scrolling model and flick-to-share is fun and rewarding; the app is smooth, fast, and I like the web sharing feature for photo sets. Overall, though, Carousel is too limited for my needs and only available on the iPhone; it has potential, but I’m sticking with Dropbox storage, CameraSync, Unbound, and Picturelife for now.

Photo management still hasn’t been fixed. I’m curious to see where Carousel will go next."