After months of anticipation, OnePlus finally opened preorders for its CyanogenMod smartphone for a single hour on October 27th. At least, that was the plan. Shortly after OnePlus One preorders opened, the site’s servers began to cave under the increased traffic. Many users couldn’t log in or complete their orders, so the preorder event was extended to three hours. Still, as the company notes, this “left far too many users frustrated, disappointed and order-less.”
Google last week unveiled a new email product that’s similar to Mailbox and packed it with task-oriented features and even Google Now-like smarts. However, Google’s Inbox by Gmail is invite-only at this time, much like Gmail was when it first came out. In case you’re tired of waiting for an invite and desperately need to start using Inbox, there’s a way to force Inbox access on your mobile device, as discovered by WonderHowTo.
Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolly lolly lolly …
We’re back with another poll, where we get to pick your brains a bit and find out how you think, what you’re doing, and what you love (and hate)! It’s my favorite post to write each week, and this go ’round is going to be a fun one, I think.
Google has released “beta” previews of Lollipop for all of us to install and try. They have bugs, sport a new user interface design, and give us a peek at what having a Nexus 6 or Nexus 9 will be like. I know plenty of my hardcore Nexus buddies out there have flashed it. I also know that plenty haven’t, and a lot have switched back. Beta software means bugs. And of course, being available for only one phone makes a helluva difference.
Here’s you chance to tell me what you’ve done, and to fill the comments with friendly banter all about the Lollipop preview, the Nexus, and anything else that’s on your mind. The poll follows.
The apps you’re looking for
Nice mix of apps to look at this week! Whether you want to be productive, stay organized, jam out or even have a little fun in your downtime, there’s something on this weeks list you’ll want to have a look at.
This is also a good week to think about how far mobile apps have come in such a short time. Looking back at some of the first apps from 2008, then comparing the user interface and feature set to today’s great apps is a stunner. Google is getting better at delivering the right tools, and the developers are getting better and making beautiful things with them.
And we get to enjoy the results.