Getting Handsy With Phablets

I last wrote about the (possible) success of phablets. But what does that mean for us as app designers and developers?

The Atlantic says the 4.7" iPhone 6 “feels like the perfect phone in my hand,” and I personally agree. But Mashable thinks “mobile app experiences are getting more sophisticated, and phone design has progressed to a point where the trade-off in usability isn’t such a bad deal after all.” There are “huge advantages to having a huge phone” like the iPhone 6 Plus (5.5"): reading, emailing, watching videos, and taking photos. Given the US Department of Commerce’s report that 54% of mobile phone users aged 25 and older use their phones for taking videos and...

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The Fuzz Weekly Wrap: October 27, 2014

Fire Sale: Why Amazon's Much-Hyped Phone Flopped Amazon's much-hyped Fire phone didn't even create a spark in the smartphone market. Four months after its debut, the device, which featured what Amazon called "breakthrough" technology, is now selling on Amazon for 99 cents with a contract—placing it at about the same price point as a fast food hamburger. View Article

Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google The new Gmail app from the Gmail team isn't technically just an email app, at least if you ask them. It's called "Inbox," and it's being released as an invite-only system that works on the Chrome browser, Android phones, and iPhones. The basic idea is this: it's still a Gmail app,...

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The Fuzz Weekly Wrap: October 20, 2014

Google introduces Android 5.0 Lollipop Sorry to all the other contenders, but Android 5.0 will be called Lollipop. The long-awaited update boasts over 5,000 APIs along with the new Material Design, focusing on consistency across all devices. The first devices to run Lollipop will be the upcoming Nexus line, along with 9 Motorola devices in the future. For full details on the release and all the fun details, check out the official android site. View Article

The 8 most important announcements from the Apple iPad and Mac event At the Apple event last Thursday we got a look at the latest iPads along with a new Retina iMac. New hardware wasn't the only thing...

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Breaking Through the Phablet Taboo?

Business Insider expects 35% of global smartphone shipments in 2014 will be devices with screens sized between 5 and 7 inches; by 2019, that number will grow to 59% of total smartphone sales.

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iPhone 6 Plus, with a 5.5” screen, arrived in stores on September 19. Three weeks later, Google announced the Nexus 6 (nickname: Shamu), with a 6” display. The Nexus 6 is designed for Android 5.0 Lollipop much as iPhone 6 Plus was built to take full advantage of iOS 8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (5.7”) hit stores three days ago, while the LG G3 (5.5”) went on sale in the US in July. The plethora of...

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The Fuzz Weekly Wrap: October 13, 2014

New Study Says We Pick Up Our Smartphones 1,500 Times a Week, Stare at Them 3 Hours a Day It's should come as no surprise, people love their smartphones. After conducting a survey of 2,000 users it was revealed that they picked up their devices 1,500 times in a week and spent more than 3 hours a day looking at our devices. While some users admitted they didn't even realize they were checking emails or facebook, with smart watches these usage stats can be expected to go up. View Article

5 Mobile Design Patterns for a Successful App Wrapping up a short series about mobile design patterns, they're some clear and somewhat obvious features that should be...

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