Dear Google: don’t screw up Android (@verge)

Even with the lingering high reputations of Nokia and BlackBerry in the country, the new Google phone is attracting buyers with a superior user experience and broader ecosystem. Whereas previously the manifestation of Android in developing markets might have been some Gingerbread monstrosity defaulting to Baidu as its main search engine, Google can now offer its finest software across the widest price range ever.

Wandoujia: Higher End Smartphone Users in China more likely to use Twitter or Facebook

From Wandoujia’s always-informative monthly Mobile Search Index for May:

Delving a bit deeper into the rankings, however, we find interesting differences among the two groups. High-tier phone users were more likely to use white-collar stalwart Sina Weibo than their low-tier counterparts. The same can be said for foreign social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, the latter of which did not even rank in the top 500 apps for the low-tier phone group.

Apple’s HomeKit turns the iPhone into a remote for your smart home (@verge)

HomeKit will allow iPhone users to control individual smart home devices right from their phone, and it sounds as though it’ll all happen through Siri, rather than a specific app. Homeowners will be able to put their smart home devices into groups too, so that they’ll also be able to control a series of items at once — perhaps an entire room’s worth of appliances or an entire floor’s lighting.

I don’t know how psyched I am about everything running through Siri. Actually, I’m not psyched at all about it, to tell you the truth. Siri continues to be way too finicky to be useful on an every day basis for me. Too often I get the “I’m really sorry about this” nonsense with even simple commands. Now I’m going to have to rely on it to get my doors locked and to close my garage door at night? I’d much rather just control everything through simple on-off switches in a central app. I think most people probably feel the same way. I know a few other connected home solutions are going with a gesture approach. Maybe that has more utility than voice commands. if we’re talking about ways to minimize pulling out a phone, a specific app etc.

The Coolest iOS 8 Features Apple Didn’t Talk About (Yesterday) (@Techcrunch)

Apple gave us a lot to digest at today’s WWDC event, including big announcements about iOS 8, Mac OS X Yosemite, and a new programming language called Swift. But even with two hours to present, Apple still couldn’t fit everything in. The company mentions dozens of new features to be released when iOS 8 hits this fall.

While some of the features will likely be enjoyed by a fairly limited audience (multi-device support for MFi hearing aids), there are a few features that stand out as things Apple lovers have been craving for some time — or hint at cool possibilities in the future.

Apple Opens Up Touch ID To All Apps (@techcrunch)

The Touch ID API will be available in beta today, so that developers who want to use the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor in order to authenticate users — or add an extra layer of security like in the Mint example — can start building on it. The science fiction thinking on this is that you’ll eventually use Touch ID to open your door (with Apple’s Homekit) or buy stuff on Amazon.