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Smartphones Will Love IFTTT’s New ‘Do’ Apps #VZWBuzz

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.   

IFTTT is already one of our favorite apps for smartphones. Today, the same company launched three new apps for iOS and Android. The Do Camera, Do Note, and the Do Button. At the same time they are rebranding the original IFTTT app by changing its name to IF. For those not familiar with the company, it’s a great tool that allows you to automatically use content, services, or other third-party apps by connecting them all with each other. Once connected then you can create ‘recipes’ to carry out specific tasks. The tasks started by a trigger, or source point, and then using the connection it carries out an action with another connected service.

I have been using the IFTTT app for a long time now, and have been very happy with it. I’ve had two main smart phones over the past year. One was iPhone 5S the other was a Samsung Galaxy S5. I have to say the app has worked very well on both operating systems. I have no doubt these new apps will as well. Put that with the power of the network I am on, Verizon, I can do lots of things with my phone no matter where I’m at in the world.

IFTTT IF and Do Branding

IFTTT IF and Do Branding

This has been one of those services that started out mostly to help people organize and control their content online. Like most tech, the users have pushed the envelope to evolve what the software can do. Hat’s off to IFTTT for listening and going with the flow. By doing so, people are now using their product to turn lights on and off, send important texts without touching your phone, control the temperature of your house while you sleep, and even control your home security.

I just happened to login in this morning to modify a couple of recipes when I noticed the new apps, so I haven’t had a chance to fully experience them yet. Based on what I’ve read on their blog though, they will be pretty cool. Here is the data from their site:

 

Take action with the tap of a button. Do empowers you to create your own personalized button, camera, and notepad. Run Recipes right when you want to.

 

 

The do it yourself button

Do Button empowers you to create your own personalized button with just a tap. Save time and control the world around you with Recipes that connect your button to Philips Hue, Google Drive, Nest Thermostat, and hundreds of Channels you use every day.

 

The do it yourself camera

Do Camera empowers you to create your own personalized camera with just a tap. Save time and share your experiences with Recipes that connect your camera to Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, and hundreds of Channels you use every day.

 

 

The do it yourself notepad

Do Note empowers you to create your own personalized notepad with just a tap. Save and share notes with Recipes that connect your notepad to Evernote, Twitter, Google Calendar, and hundreds of Channels you use every day.

 

IFTTT Do Buttons

IFTTT Do Buttons

 

The new apps all work in a similar way. When you install them on your smart phone or tablets home screen then you can set it up. Use recipes to create your own button.

Use recipes to create your own button. Add up to 3 recipes to save time and control your world. Swipe between recipes to quickly change what your button does. In Do Button’s case, those actions can be anything from turning off your lights with the press of a button, keep track of your time and location, or set your thermostat from anywhere.

For the Do Camera use recipes to create your own camera. Add up to 3 recipes to save time and share your experiences. Swipe between recipes to quickly change what your camera does. It focuses on photography. Try recipes like creating a photo of receipts to notes in Evernote, uploading photos to a specific Facebook album or send your parents pics through Gmail.

Do Note is a notepad app. Nothing fancy, but very powerful. Try sharing a tweet with a tap. Save short notes on the move with Evernote, or quickly create calendar events from the button. that you can share a twee

Based on the power of the original tool, these apps are very promising. Imagine the power this will give you from your smartphone. The possibilities are endless. I would love for you to share you ideas and thoughts on how you can use these. Please feel free to leave the links below.

Android Commercial Finally Reaches the Bar Set by Apple

Google’s Be Together, Not the Same advertising campaign has reached a new high. The focus of the campaign is the Android operating system, which is used on smartphones and tablets. In the past the Apple iOS commercial’s have been works of art compared Android counterparts. In their defense, the bar had been set so high by Apple, it was no easy task to try and compete. This latest commercial has the ultimate in cuteness and a timeless classic playing in the background.

Robin Hood, was released by Disney in 1973. It is a kid-friendly story of a timeless story about an English outlaw legend that robs from the rich and gives to the poor. I don’t know who’s idea it was, but the movie was infused with American folk music, with country singer Roger Miller singing the songs and providing narration of the story. Miller even appeared as Robin Hood’s musical merry man Alan-a-Dale, who in Disney’s version was an animated rooster.   

Robin Hood and Little John android

Robin Hood and Little John android commercial

I love this commercial so much. I’ve always thought that Robin Hood was the most underrated Disney animated film of all time. Add the most adorable animals to watch getting along in harmony, while listening to the song and you have perfection. I love the orangutan!

The commercial shows different types of animals not only getting along, but being playful and helpful to each other. Some of the animals are even natural enemies, like the cat and the baby chicken, or the dog and the cat. Take a look and see what your opinion is:

 

Below is a snippet from the movie, with the original song. The whole movie is on Netflix in the US, if you have little ones I highly recommend checking it out with them.

Some have said the ad doesn’t really have much at all to do with mobile phones or open source operating systems, but I disagree. The casual viewer may not get it the first time, I didn’t. I did however rewind it to see, because I thought it was so great. Now when I think of what Android’s goals are, and how their system works, it makes total sense to see the different animals all getting along.

Your Mobile Network Is More Important Than Your Device

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.  

 

At the rate new devices hit the market it can be hard for consumers to keep up. That recently sparked some thoughts of mine on the infrastructure in place to support them. Weather you have an iPhone 6 or a Samsung Galaxy S5, you want your service to be fast and reliable. Manufacturers argue over processors, networks argue over coverage. What makes coverage different between carriers? How is my speed affected by location? What is bandwidth? Any of these questions sound familiar? They are all relevant to how fast your mobile device operates when it’s connected to your cellular service. Let’s take a look at all of these questions.

Coverage Between Carriers

Over the course of my ‘tech life’ I’ve had four different carriers; U.S. Cellular, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Back in the day when I had my first phone, the internet didn’t even work very well on my computer so we didn’t have smart phones. It was all about dropping calls, we didn’t even have texting. Coverage was horrible, I dropped calls constantly and it was crazy expensive to even have a phone. With the evolution of networks and the digital device landscape, now no matter what cellular network I’m on, it’s faster than dial-up used to be. I’m not going to go into the difference between GSM or CDMA, because I don’t want this to turn into a boring wiki tech discussion.

Now with 3G and 4G speeds, networks can support a lot faster speeds than ever before, if you’re IN the network. My current carrier is Verizon. They have the most coverage and the largest network. I recently switched because I was dropping important business calls with my other carrier, who shall remain nameless. Since switching I haven’t dropped any calls. It might be important to add that I have used multiple smartphones on all of these networks. One thing I’ve learned is that an iPhone is an iPhone, and a Blackberry is a Blackberry. You could have a brand new iPhone that performs badly in the area in which you live. You could also have an old Samsung Galaxy S4 smart phone that performs well because of your location.

 

Location

Where do you use your phone the most? At home? At work? Outside? These are all important when trying to decide how well your network works. Most people don’t worry about their data speeds at home or work because almost all the devices being made today have Wi-Fi capability. It’s just like anything else, it isn’t a problem till it is. If you’re stranded on the side of the road, you need that call to go through, for real. I can’t comment on other networks, because I’ve been with Verizon for a while now. All I can say is, be sure you phone is going to be able to get reception on where ever your daily commute takes you. Of course it’s nice to always be able to use your data when you’re away from Wi-Fi as well.

Bandwidth

As I said earlier, I don’t want to get too technical, but I think the word bandwidth is something everyone should be able to define. I once had an acquaintance who worked in the mobile industry, and every time he was in a meeting and couldn’t answer a question or didn’t understand what was being talked about, he would say “I’m not sure what the bandwidth limitations are on that”. It got him by for many years, because even people in the industry didn’t understand it.

Merriam-Webster defines bandwidth as follows:

:  a range within a band of wavelengths, frequencies, or energies; especially :  a range of radio frequencies which is occupied by a modulated carrier wave, which is assigned to a service, or over which a device can operate
:  the capacity for data transfer of an electronic communications system <graphics consume more bandwidththan text does>; especially :  the maximum data transfer rate of such a system <a bandwidth of 56 kilobytes per second>

Examples of BANDWIDTH

  1. The modem has a bandwidth of 56 kilobytes per second.
  2. Graphics use more bandwidth than text does.

Now that we have cleared that up, what does it have to do with your network? Everything. Here is where the fight for data comes in to play. Anytime you use the data connection on your cellular device, it uses up bandwidth. Every streamed video, every music download, every tweet uses up your carriers bandwidth. Which means they have to spend more money maintaining and growing their network capabilities. It’s either that or stop taking subscribers, but that’s not very good business.

We are all usually aware of how much data we use, because if we go over, we have to pay a premium for it. Some carriers cap your data, and there have been many reports of companies throttling their customers data as well. Pay attention to slower speeds later in the month. If your carrier is giving you unlimited data, make sure the speed doesn’t change based on your usage. These are tough questions to get answers to, but they are necessary to ask if you are unhappy with the speed of your device.

 

bandwidth supply and demand

Bandwidth Supply and Demand via MobileDevDesign.com