My inspiration came when I bought my new Samsung Note 3 and realising that Android is getting things done right!
Generally wondering where I am going in this world is rather frustrating… Could be because I am waiting for something to happen or whether I missed my opportunity. This life experience that I’ve had for this past year has been completely eye opening for me and I do not regret how I spent my money or how I spent my time. It’s because I am a late bloomer towards living life and truth be told, people who question me about it may not understand it but I don’t need to explain it to them because at the end of the day, it’s my life. Judgement from others can take someone’s positive thoughts into something negative and once you start letting that happen, regrets are bound to question in your head.
I want to take a minute to talk about memories seeing that I’ve had several conversations about this matter. When we lose something back in the past, we tend to start thinking about every possible reason as to why or what we could have done to bring that memory back to the present. However, the truth is that we need to just realise it is nothing but a memory and it is better if we just leave it as it is and move from it. Sounds simple huh? But the problem stands that we are human and the package comes with caring about the past and reminiscing… All we really can do is just hope the suffering passes and try realise it is all for experience…
Moving onto something less depressing, so the battle between Xbox One and PS4 is what everyone seems to be talking about and with everything considered, here is my opinion upon it.
So Xbox One seems to have created so much drama with preowned games, the cost of the console (£429) and not allowing people with no internet connection to get the console and was told that if you don’t have an internet connection, then Xbox 360 is more capable to accomplish your gaming needs.
That’s a little harsh Xbox!
On the other hand , we have PS4 which seems as though it is the anti-Xbox: no fuss about preowned games, price is reasonable (£350) and the internet connection does now have to be paid annually but its a small price to pay… I must admit, before all this drama, I was absolutely wanting Xbox but if they are going to make it difficult, then I would just have to settle with the PS4 which is a shame… But lets see if Xbox changes from now until November…
So the other day, I swapped back from my LG Nexus 4 over to my iPhone 4S again (I’m so glad I didn’t sell it)… I tried using an Android for roughly 3-4 months but when I looked at the iPhone 5 and the upcoming iOS 7, it made me realise that I actually miss the iOS. The retina display and just the navigation is so simple and I think maybe it is the fact that I have used iOS for a long time that adapting to a new one just does not do it for me. But that is just me… Sometimes, I can be rather difficult but I believe that the interface design and navigation on the Nexus 4 is not as good as Samsung’s or Sony’s user interface.
Things have been rather slow for me in terms of productivity and it is because of just how tired I feel when I get home from work and my weekends slowly turn into nothing but lazing about the house making me just want to go out as that would probably have been more productive… And maybe I should have… In specific, development has gone to a complete stop! I think I just need to exercise every evening and try fit whatever time I have left to accomplish my goals… My evenings were once very easy to stay up but now I sleep at 10pm… I need to change that routine!!
I will be back on track soon enough… Need to get my thoughts straight first…
After a long wait for the Facebook Home to be released on the Nexus 4, there was finally another way to get this App Launcher and so with that and the few weeks that I have used it, I can finally review it.
It starts off with a download to the Facebook Messenger. I’ve never really installed the app but seeing that Facebook Home required it to get the “Full Experience”, then why not… Then I had to install the Facebook Home app itself; a quick and simple procedure. And finally, when returning to the home screen, it asks if you would like to keep Facebook Home as the main screen but don’t worry, you’re able to remove it if you change your mind.
Moving onto the experience. With the lovely interface, it does require a bit of patience as there is a lot of getting used to. With my familiar home screen gone, pressing home goes back to your Facebook news feed which kind of diverts your attention when you actually pressed home for another reason! However, I compromise with myself to avoid pressing the home button. The news feed is nice as I get to scroll through all my friends photos and feeds in a lovely format but sometimes, I’d like to get back to the beginning and the only way to go back is to scroll all the way back so I try to look at 10 feeds so I don’t go too far from the beginning.
The navigation to the apps is pretty simple. All you do is either move your profile picture located at the bottom centre of the screen and drag it to the apps section. From there, you have panels with the default apps and few most recently installed apps. The one all the way to the left shows all your apps… This is a nice way of navigating but one problem for me is that everything is too hidden. I know it is a Facebook App Launcher but I thought they would make things convenient however, for me, they failed to accomplish this fact.
One thing I enjoyed about this launcher is the way how text messages are displayed. Whenever a text message arrives to my phone, a circle appears randomly from the left or right of the screen and sits there until you press it. Notifications are very important to me and they really did the job well.
My thoughts… I think the installation was very easy so no headache there but the navigation needs a bit of work. Everything was so hidden (to make a phone call or get to a browser quickly. The notifications were great and would be even more fantastic if I can just customise the notifications to be able to receive Whatsapp messages the same way.
Overall, I think I’d give Facebook Home a 6/10.