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How many more generations do I have to wait for?

So, reviews were published a few months ago about the 1st generation of the Google Glass. Not only being quite a shocking idea, it was expected to be one of the biggest inventions after iPhone; fashion brand Diane von Furstenberg even promotes them in her fashion show (below), which pushes the device towards a more fashionable boundary.

DVF Google Glass

I thought it was some sort of super shades that allows us physically connect Google with our brains… hmm… I wish. But it seemed like the critics (who are the only ones who had tried it) didn’t enjoy much:

Several months later, the multinational corporation decided to make something that is more ‘popularized’ to the public, and is responsible for this:

Google Glass 2nd

According to Hypebeast, “The tech giant has outfitted Glass (2nd generation) with a hardware update, as well as a new earbud system to replace the previous bone-conduction speaker. Further, the device will also be compatible with prescription eyeglasses, expanding on the strategy to make Glass a universal everyday accessory.”

Although there are more features coming up, it still damages our wallets a bit.

Photo: Hypebeast

Curve Benefits

Galaxy Round

Last week, Samsung gave birth to the rumored smartphone with a curved OLED display, named after Galaxy Round.

Its features are almost the same to its sibling, Galaxy Note 3’s, including the 5.7-inch 1080p screen, but their similarities ends at the new ‘Round Interaction’: a new feature that allows the user to look at information such as missed calls, battery usage, and the date and time by tilting it on a flat surface when the screen is locked. It also has a slightly lighter weight (154g) and a 2800mAh battery.

The new features are remarkable, but fail to catch my eye. It doesn’t scream wow to me at all because the difference between Galaxy Round and other Galaxy series models aren’t big, just like the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S.

There are often new phones released in the market; and perhaps we may have heard the comments our friends made about the slight difference between different models. On the pro side, these corporations do create competitions as well as drives for lifestyle innovations, our quality of life has undoubtedly enhanced from time to time; but from the customer’s point of view, it’s unworthy for renewing our phone models with that amount of value they list in the market, when changes aren’t too significant.

It would be bullshit for me to say that there are a lot more to come in the future.

Thoughts about Instagram

Instagram

If you wander along the metro line of a big city, look at the passengers around you: most of them have their smart phones glued to their palms, and perhaps most of them are using Instagram. Tap tap tap. It’s almost contagious. Why is it so admired? What will happen to Instagram in the future?

My friends went bananas when Instagram was first introduced, “This is exactly what I wanted.” I tried to think of  the reasons behind all of these, and here are several explanations that I came up with:

It’s uber user-friendly: take your snap, choose an effect, upload it, Geotagging, share to SNS or Flickr… with only 3 steps and you can complete everything above. Moreover, photos can be instantly shared to friends on the internet. There are a lot of similar photo-sharing apps on iPhone, but none of them bring you experiences as smooth as Instagram, because it doesn’t have any unnecessary functions.

However, I believe most of the users had made a visit to the PC web version of the app, and let’s admit how suck it is: other than glancing at the photos, changing the password is the only other function it has. Many had been complaining about this, but I believe this is an intentional act:  ‘Insta’ from the word Instagram contains the meaning of ‘instant’, but it’s almost impossible for a PC web to be as instant as a smartphone. I mean, even if the piece of  information can be uploaded straightaway to the web, other Instagram users (presumably) will not carry their PCs everywhere and visit the web. Only instant mobile devices have their significance. That’s because when the user needs it, it is possible for them to access instantly (and thanks to the notification bubbles) to the app.

It’s also comical to see the patterns of how other users are using Instagram, and I’m thrilled to see how the community of Instagram will be in the future.

At the moment, I can see  2 types of users: the first are the kind of people who snap whatever they experience, allowing everyone to access his/her personal life. “Nice shot bro”. “Ill n—a alert! Ill n—a alert!” “I come to award shows for twerking.” “Thanks bb”; the others are perfectionists who would rather publish a small amount of qualitative photos (possibly after a shedloads of Photoshop work) with a massive of likes and followers.

And of course there are users who manage to be in both types.

But which of the two will be the final focus of Instagram in the future? At this point, I cannot confirm you with anything. But according to unofficial statistics from my friends, the level of fulfillment and the number of likes/followers has a positive correlation.

Photo: http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/i/r/story/70/00/008949/instagram-app-2-620×433.jpg?hash=AwyyBGExBT&upscale=1

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