Phil Nickinson

It's a working weekend, so here are a few quick thoughts to keep things moving:

  • Picked up the Kindle Fire again this week. Google should be praising it publicly as being a shining example of what Android can do. And we should be, too. What Amazon has done with the Kindle Fire will do more for Android as a whole than 37 versions of a Samsung tablet will. You might not see it this year, but it's no doubt lighting some fires under folks.
  • Speaking of Samsung. How many devices do they have? How many do they have coming? Not every leak or every rumored event has to be the mythical Galaxy S III. (Nor can they be.)
  • Same goes for random Motorola phones coming out of China. I don't think those of us in the states have any sort of real appreciation for just how many models are manufacturered for Asian markets.
  • If you care at all about the AT&T version of the HTC One X, I'd keep an eye on this thread. Testers dropping deets.
  • Kinda sorta actually getting excited to try Instagram for Android. At least to see what the fuss is all about. Be sure to sign up for their mailing list so you'll know when it's released. Or, you know, read Android Central. (Or probably just stick your head out a window that day.)
  • Or I could just go try it on my wife's iPhone 4S, I guess.
  • Nahhhh.
  • If you're interested in design, the latest Iterate podcast is pretty killer.
  • And the more I think about it, the more we need to stop talking about "skins." They're really not a second UI on top of another UI.
  • Don't forget, general sales for Google IO tickets start Tuesday morning. Shouldn't last long.
  • I think I might have been a little hard on the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, at least when it comes to the hardware. (And an early typo in the specs didn't help matters any.) It definitely deserves a look if someone's in search of a mid-level Android smartphone. (I also think I might not have been hard enough on the ridiculous name.)