To capture the beautiful scenery of the desert of Liwa in Abu Dhabi for Google streetview they decided to do it in the most authentic way possible, use camels. I guess they didn’t want to ruin the flow of the desert with tire tracks and I completely agree with their approach. To see the results of Liwa Google Streetview click [here].
It’s just too large for my liking, every person has a certain screen size limit they’re uncomfortable going over. For me it’s 5.2 inches, I found that out after using the LG G3, it’s just too big and when I go back to using my 5.2 inch LG G2 it just feels better, so I can’t start to imagine a 6 inch screen.
Having said that I think it’s the best looking Nexus ever to be released. To me, the QHD is irrelevant, it takes more battery life while slightly giving you a crisper screen. I’d rather stick to 1080p HD and get hours more of battery life.
Loving the big battery, although LG decided to stick to 3,000 mAh on their latest flagship, the Nexus 6 went all in with 3,220 mAh of battery juice. The turbo charging is really handy too, I guess it can charge faster than 2.0 amp per minute? Never seen a phone do that before.
I’m okay with the improvements on Android Lollipop, I don’t see it as a break-through, I haven’t spotted any clever new features. I’m still waiting on LG to announce when they’re going to release Android Lollipop on the LG G3, hoping to have a more smoother interface.
It only makes sense to have the highest twitter account per capita in the world align with the highest smartphone penetration in the Middle East, according to Mideast Times. Kuwait has a whopping 212% smartphone penetration coming first place with Saudi coming second place with 188%. This means the average person in Kuwait owns two phones.
Just last month I wrote about how Saudi Arabia was lucky to get in the list of accepting money from apps on Google Play. Google has now announced that Kuwait and UAE can now release paid apps. I know many developers that have been waiting for this. I might release a paid app for the fun of it, get 1 download (myself).
For those of you that really want one and haven’t bought a Google Glass yet they’re actually in stock on [blink's website] for KD 575, that’s a lot of money. You can read my thoughts about Google Glass after I got my hands on one [here]. Google has a Google Glass account on instagram that they post cool stuff on.
I know for a fact there’s a huge Android fan base in Saudi so with this recent announcement from Google it got even better. Now developers in Saudi Arabia can publish paid apps (or in-app purchase) and start accepting money. Kuwait and UAE still don’t have that unfortunately but hopefully soon.
Geenpeace, which is an environmental organisation just released statistics on what type of renewable energy each tech firm uses. Clean energy being the best type and nuclear energy being the worst. Google, Facebook and Apple turned to be the best environmentally friendly firms while Amazon, twitter and Vine were the worst.
Its more impressive seeing Google being so environmentally friendly considering they handle much more cloud traffic and operate in a larger number of locations. Keeping in mind some locations are much harder to have a green energy infrastructure in.
Greenpeace has an interactive chart with in-depth details, if you’re interested click [here].
If you’ve guys been reading my blog for well over a year you’ll know that I participated in Startup Weekend 2013. I’m not going to explain what Startup Weekend is in detail as I’ve already done that last year but I’ll summarise. Group of people gather up, some people pitch an idea, other people join their team and work endlessly throughout the weekend to get a prototype ready with a presentation.
By Saturday the presentation and prototype should be ready to pitch to a group of judges that will rate you based on different categories including how inclined they are to invest in your project if they were to. Last year my teams concept was to have a Diet App that allows you to pick a restaurant in Kuwait then pick which diet you’re going with and it will tell you what meal to order.
My team managed to get 2nd place last year, this year however I was aiming for 1st place with a new concept. After working day and night with a team of developers and a business developer I was ready to pitch our concept with a functional android app prototype, we got 1st place. Now that I got what I was aiming for I’ll probably be a mentor on the next Startup Weekend to help competing teams.
I won’t get into too much detail on our project because we are currently in the works of financing the whole thing and making an actual business out of it, something I’m excited about. It’s an app that allows you to browse, book and pay for specific locations in Kuwait. I’ll reveal the curtains once the app is launched and ready to be marketed.
I encourage everyone to join the next Startup Weekend, you get a super productive weekend, meet new people and learn a ton of information about financing a business, validating your customers, validating your features as well as pitching a great presentation in less than 5 minutes. These are the type of contests that everyone leaves a winner because everyone gains so much.
It’s also worth noting Startup Weekend is a worldwide event that takes place in over 50 countries including the GCC. It’s powered by Google and sponsored by Coca-Cola and Amazon. I noticed this year their were more ideas (31 pitched ideas in total) and more teams competing for the prizes, I’m expecting the next Startup Weekend to be bigger.