“Can you hand me my camera?” my wife says.
If the Smartphone is a phone first, it’s definitely a camera second.
I use my Camera+ app more than anything else on my iPhone. If I’m not taking pictures, I’m reviewing the images already captures in the Lightbox.
A Smartphone’s camera is a huge selling point for me. So much so that I’m willing to abandon the iPhone for a Smartphone with a sharper camera. I just haven’t heard of one yet.
If Apple is going to retain mobile marketshare, it really needs to keep improving the quality of its phone’s camera resolution.
The world communicates in pictures. Pictures are the new status posts, although video is also rapidly emerging. Cameras need to keep pace with us, not the other way around.
Growing up the pencil was always used for math and the pen for just about everything else. The reasoning was simple: you were more likely to make a mistake. Sometimes we took tests without calculators, completely smearing the scrap paper.
Pencils also required sharpening. Students would go up to the front of the class and shave their pencil as if they were giving it a haircut. Some kids made the end tips knife sharp, others left the pencil head a bit rounder.
The pen relieved much of the pain that came from scrawling with pencil. The pen’s tip was smoother and made writing rhythmic. When we ran out of ink, we simply found a replacement pen.
Then came the computer. Why go through the trouble of writing something down that will need to be reproduced on the computer? Nevertheless, students still vacillated between handwriting and typing. Some people thought better with pen and paper.
But then came the touch screen mobile and tablet, obviating the need for penmanship. Instant mobile communications replaced handwriting and grammar. “You’re” is now “ur” and it’s always lowercase, even at the beginning of a sentence.
Handwriting will go extinct in about a decade unless the pen goes digital. Word on the street is that Apple is creating a stylus, recreating the handwriting experience on a digital screen.
Taking notes with existing stylus models is currently a challenge. Our digital writing bleeds because can’t keep our wrist and pen on the page at the same time.
From pencil, pen, Internet-less keyboard, to the hyper connected keyboard of mobile, to the potential reemergence of utensil writing with the digital stylus, writing has been fragmented. And don’t think that’s the end of it. With Siri, you may not have to write anything at all. #dictation
The Facebook app store is a logical next step to organize the hundreds of apps that plug in to Facebook.
In order to access the apps like a Spotify or a Pinterest though you have to have to first download those iOS apps through the iTunes app store.
The strategy here must be stickiness and more sharing and awareness for Facebook apps, kind of like what the Washington Post social reader has done.
Facebook wants to become your operating system. Unfortunately Facebook rises on top of mobile phone operating systems iOS, Android, and Windows. It doesn't own the hardware nor the software, the starting user platform.
This is why Facebook will build its own phone and mobile software.
I don't see the day I'll login to Facebook just to use Instagram, Spotify, or any other entertainment apps. Those apps live by themselves and share my experiences to Facebook. I may use Facebook to view that content however.
Until Facebook creates its own phone and operating system, apps within it are simply an app within an app on an iOS or Android platform. It needs a native environment with app exclusivity.
Instagram for Android took a lot of heat yesterday from iPhone users.
One person said she felt like a senior amongst overexcited freshmen. Blogs made side by side comparisons of the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. The consensus was always the iPhone is way sharper and the Galaxy sub-par.
People forget how bad the iPhone camera was when it first came out. One of the main reasons I first used Instagram was to augment crappy photo quality.
Since then Instagram has exploded to a huge community of 30 million users and the iPhone camera pixelation is 10x sharper.
The iPhone camera and Instagram app is just going to get better and better, as will the Galaxy camera. Soon enough Instagram will double its user base and the iPhone users will be happy to get new followers.
Instagram is really the first app that felt exclusive and special. I really thought Apple may make it part of its native app ecosystem like Twitter.
It was only a month ago at SXSW that Kevin Systrom denied talking about Instagram on the Android. My gut tells me it'll hit 60 million users in 3 months, and that's playing it safe.
It wants to be an entertainment platform, where people can come and consume. And getting there means getting on every platform, in every country.
The Instagram rollout is both ambitious and risky. It could double its user base in a couple weeks with an Android release. Yet it holds back letting the anticipation do the marketing.
Instagram doesn't want users to see it as a photo sharing service, just like Twitter doesn't want people to think its a social network. Instagram wants to be the visual communications version of Twitter while scaling like Facebook.
How Instagram gets there in its deliberate slow pace leaves many doubting. Some people think that all Facebook has to do is develop its own filter based photo system and Instagram is dust.
But Instagram is about quality and workability. The UI is beautiful, the filters turn amateur into professional, and the platform doesn't break.
One thing is certain. I'm never using Flickr again.