September 29th, 2010

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Today I went to a tech talk given by Google about Chrome as a Google product and a large scale open source project. It was really interesting to get some insight into how Google works and to hear about all the different things that go into Chrome.

Plus, I got this awesome Google t-shirt and a pretty cool bag. Free stuff is always nice.

The launcher is not the problem

Today, Daring Fireball posted a link to Kevin Fox’s analysis of how to fix the android Marketplace.

I disagree with both of them. I don’t believe the launcher needs to be killed. Let’s face it, a phone is no longer just a phone. It does 80% of the tasks that I used to do on a computer.

While using my mac I do not have a desktop (analogous to the home screen) shortcut to every single application that is installed. I have a few shortcuts on my desktop and dock and then use a ‘launcher’ to execute anything else that I might need.

Having every icon on my ‘home screen’ makes the same amount of sense on my phone as it does on my computer.

Now that being said, I do like Fox’s analysis of what Apple does to get users to open the app store and Android handset designers could learn from that.