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Ben Logan
24 January 2012

In a newly published Wired interview, Google’s Android UX Design Chief, Matias Duarte, discussed the future of their mobile OS design and technology. One of the first things he mentioned regarding design is “it always helps to know that you’re breaking the rules.” Duarte discussed how their Ice Cream Sandwich (the Android 4.0 OS), launched under his supervision late last year, is a first step in the goal of bridging the gap between tablets and smartphones. It is a robust, well-designed operating system that can measure up to the likes of Apple and Microsoft OS platforms. Regarding the much debated…

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Ben Logan
21 December 2011

Many industry experts and users feel that if Google was as careful about the apps it sells as Amazon, the tremendous surge of Android targeted malware would be taken in hand. Google has come under increasing fire for not vetting their apps aggressively. While the giant has been seen to pull apps from the Market when they are reported to contain malware; the problem is that by the time this happens, thousands of user’s mobiles might already have been infected. This is in stark contrast to Amazon – their Kindle Fire tablet uses a heavily modified version of Google’s Android…

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Ben Logan
23 November 2011

Google have had to issue an apology following their launch of a buggy Gmail app for Apple’s iOS platform. They also moved to restore customer confidence with the subsequent relaunch of a revised app two weeks later. Phil Hassey, who owns the research firm CapioIT, has praised Google for their swift apology, saying: “It would have drawn additional undue attention and potentially created a monster particularly if ‘anti-Google people decided to make it go viral. IT would lose much more trust and integrity if it Google tried to cover up or ignore the issue” A Google spokesman commented on this…

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Ben Logan
2 November 2011

It will be no surprise to many to hear that Gmail has just received a revamped appearance, following an accidental leak of the new design a few weeks ago. Users are now able to experience the fresh layout for themselves, which has been compared to Facebook’s look in many ways and comes with some interesting new features. Users will now able to customise the positions of sidebars and menus and use high resolution images as a background. Comfortable, Compact and Cozy default options are available to control the density with which mails are displayed, and a new search function allows…

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