G-Wizz! Plus Review

While I was at the Google Glass event a few weeks back, I met the developer of G-Wizz! Plus (Google Apps Browser Plus). He has written this app a while back, before all the really great Google apps were made available for iOS. We had a nice / brief discussion and I decided to see what his app was all about. There is both a free version called Google Apps Browser, and the paid version I picked up. I picked up the paid version and was amazed by all the apps that this app supports: Gmail, Facebook, Google Maps, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Google Voice, Google News, Google Music, Google Drive, Tasks, Blogger, Google Calendar, Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram, Yelp, Google Finance, Google Groups, MySpace, YouTube, Picasa, Images, Places, Books, Translate, Shopping, Offers, AccuWeather, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail!! Wow that’s a ton of Apps. If you only could install one app, this would be the one.

Having said that, the basic approach of this app is that it provides you with a single app that keeps you logged into the website for each of these services. This would be a fine app a few years back, but I have found a few problems that make it less than useful. For example, the Twitter tab prompts me with a screen to either install the twitter app, or sign-up for twitter. This is probably a problem with the Twitter mobile site, because if I say create account, I finally get to the sign in option.

Given the great apps that are available for each of these services, I may still play with this app, but it doesn’t hit a need for me. I love supporting local developers but this is an app that has outlived it’s value.

Google Developer’s Conference

*** It seems that this post didn’t go up when I thought it would..not sure what happened (I am sure it is a users/poster error).

I was lucky enough to have a very long drive during the Google IO keynote so I had time to listen to the livestream of all three hours while driving down the highway. There were a couple of key items that I found very cool and I’d like to share them now..

1) Google is finally getting social right. Their use of Google Now, Google Hangouts, and their new features of Maps are all great examples of how they are leveraging social and location data to create incredibly cool results.
2) Google is making a great play for the education market. One of the things that Apple has been historically good at, is addressing the K-12 markets, but their premium pricing have become a bit of a challenge in today’s highly sensitive budgetary environments. The Google Play store for education sounds amazing: teachers able to push apps to their students, centralized financial control, but teacher lead purchases, and many other features.
3) Larry’s speech was amazing. I am sure part of it was the tenor of his voice driven by his vocal chord paralysis. His vision of the value of technology and engineering and how we all as developers are going to change the world, was not only compelling, but also inspiring. Yes, I can easily point out the self serving nature of some of his platform comments. Yes, I can talk about how his “open” comments are again a bit disingenuous. But it still was a great speech.

The net was, I can’t believe I didn’t order my Google Glass last year, I will have to do it when they become more generally available.

What did you find interesting?

Next Week is Big

Over the last month I’ve seen a lot of talk about the upcoming rumored iPad mini, Windows Phone, and Samsung’s latest device. All of these seem to be coming to a head next week.

October 23rd is Apple’s something little event, Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note II on the 24th, Microsoft Announces Windows 8 on OCt. 25th, and on Friday Windows 8 goes on sale. And just to keep it up, the following Monday on the 29th Google is expected to announce a new Google Nexus device!

Can’t wait to see the reviews on all this new tech and to see how it may impact my development plans.