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Daily Dose of iQ: At Google I/O, Developers Seeing Design in Different Light

Google I/O photo - Source:

Yesterday (June 25), was the Google I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco and I had the pleasure of attending on behalf of iQmetrix.

Daily Dose of iQ: Google Turns Nest Thermostat into Hub for Connected Home

Nest home graphic - Source: TechCrunch

Google announced its new "Works with Nest" developer program yesterday (June 23), which, according to the company "makes it possible for your Nest devices to securely interact with the things you already use every day, both inside and outside of your home."

Daily Dose of iQ: Amazon's New Fire Phone Built to Consume Amazon Content

Jeff Bezos at Fire Phone launch - Source: Mashable

Yesterday (June 19), Amazon unveiled its new Fire Phone in a big event in Seattle. As Mashable reports, the phone will be available July 25 (preorders have already begun), it will be exclusively offered via AT&T, and will cost $200 (32GB version) and $300 (64GB) on a two-year contract.

What are the phone's unique features?

Daily Dose of iQ: The Commoditization of Smartphones. What Does It Mean?

Cheap smartphones - Source: WIRED

"We’re rushing headlong into the era of cheap cell phones," wrote Mat Honan of WIRED on Friday (May 16). Honan argues that phones like the $129 Moto E or the $80 Alcatel OneTouch Evolve (pictured above) offer a wealth of specs and features without the intimidating price tag.

Budget smartphones aren't really budget phones anymore. And on the high end, consumers' expectations of new phones are so high now, it's hard to impress us with new devices and new features.

Daily Dose of iQ: Google Announces 'Android Wear' Platform for Wearable Devices

Android Wear prototype

Today, Google unveiled an official marketing campaign for its new smartwatch SDK (which we blogged about last week), called Android Wear. The concept is demonstrated in the video below.

Soon after the Android Wear news came out, Motorola announced the moto 360 smartwatch, "powered by Android Wear" and expected for release this summer. The watch in the video appears to be a moto 360.

Daily Dose of iQ: iOS 8 Rumored to Let Apps Talk to Each Other

iOS 7 screenshot - Source: VentureBeat

VentureBeat reported today that on iOS 8, Apple may finally debut an API that lets apps communicate with each other better -- a feature that's been talked about for years.

This could be a major breakthrough in the iOS user experience, allowing app developers to make a suite of separate applications that could work together and pass off functions to one another.

Daily Dose of iQ: Google Smart Watch SDK Available in 2 Weeks

Google smart watch - Source: TechCrunch

TechCrunch reports that news out of SXSW yesterday (March 9) is that Google will be releasing a software development kit (SDK) for smart watches and wearable devices two weeks from now.

Daily Dose of iQ: Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Open to Developers

Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner - Source: CNET

The Samsung Galaxy S5 debuted at Mobile World Congress this week and one of its key new features is a home button fingerprint scanner similar to that of the iPhone 5s.

Daily Dose of iQ: BlackBerry Should Ditch Its OS, Make Android Phones Instead

BlackBerry Z10, Z30 and Q10

Today, we saw two articles about BlackBerry’s hopes at future revenue.

I sat down with two of my colleagues, Garett Rogers (iQmetrix Director of R&D) and Collin Prior (UX Architect/Business Analyst) to discuss these two opportunities.

Daily Dose of iQ: Qualcomm's Gimbal Platform Sells $5 iBeacons

Qualcomm Gimbal video screenshot

We've been keenly following the progress of Apple's iBeacon BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology -- and especially as it pertains to in-store use -- for some time now.


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