Goodbye 2017, hello 2018! Thoughts on the old and the new year

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In just a few hours, the yr 2017 can be formally over. Now, I sit in my chair, gentle a cigar and luxuriate in the flames of the hearth as I reminisce about what a ravishing yr 2017 was. We have completed lots this yr and reached lots of our objectives, however there’s nonetheless lots left to do – possibly together with a reputation change. Let’s begin from the start…

What had been our objectives for 2017 and their outcomes?

Final yr, we wrote our objectives for this yr. Trying again, I might say that we have made progress on our content material and high quality, invested in our video efforts and improved communication in our world staff between editors and builders.

We did not accomplish all that we had ambitiously got down to do, although. There’s plenty of work to be achieved, particularly on the group degree, for instance.

Our group is (and stays) a very powerful factor

There have been a number of causes that we did not accomplish all we had got down to do with the group this yr, although I will not go into the small print since what’s extra essential is what we intend to do with it subsequent. Many customers are asking for a brand new and improved AndroidPIT app, however our focus (for now) is on the web site and boards. Neither have had updates in an extended whereas, and are getting a bit dusty trying. So, we wish to refresh them step-by-step to enhance not simply the look, but additionally the usability.

New subjects will grow to be much more seen

This yr we launched some new subjects on AndroidPIT: AR/VR, sensible residence and wearables and health. We now have Knowledgeable Teams in our editorial division who cowl these subjects as a staff.

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However, these articles may be arduous for readers to search out. Since our web site’s navigation would not make it straightforward to flick thru these article classes simply, we plan to rework our website to right that within the coming yr.

It is not nearly smartphones… / © AndroidPIT

Talking of latest subjects…maybe a brand new identify?

In Could 2009, 9 years in the past, AndroidPIT turned a totally fledged venture. On the time, Android was nonetheless new (and never too pleasing to take a look at, by the way in which), however every new app and every new smartphone generated actually pure pleasure. We had vibrant discussions with customers, gave recommendation and had the chance to debate issues like rooting with lovers.

However, that period has come to an in depth. Right now, whether or not iOS or Android, smartphones are all just about the identical. There aren’t many options which are not shared by all of the competitors. There was a time after we had been amazed to see a health app that might observe our jogging routes or a GPS for navigation within the automobile. However, the novelty of utilizing a smartphone has largely worn off.

Occasions have modified. The wave of curiosity and enthusiasm which was as soon as so nice has now disappeared. 

That is why we’re all in favour of branching out into new subjects, as a result of that is the place tech is evolving. That mentioned, it isn’t nearly Android anymore. So, we’re contemplating altering the identify AndroidPIT and making room for one thing new. To be clear, this doesn’t imply that we cannot be writing about Android anymore, however that Android (PIT) will grow to be simply one of many a number of classes of our website sooner or later.

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Nothing is about in stone but, and clearly we are going to preserve you knowledgeable because the modifications roll in. We sit up for listening to your enter and opinions within the feedback!

2018, we’re coming!

Saying goodbye is rarely straightforward. From my viewpoint, 2017 was a superb yr, even when the world was fully the other way up in so some ways. However, I am certain that the yr 2018 could have many, principally good, surprises for us…like a brand new identify for our web site.

We, the entire AndroidPIT staff, want you and your households a pleasant previous couple of hours of 2017 and a cheerful new yr in 2018. We hope you stick with us within the new yr.

Sincerely,

Fabi and the entire AndroidPIT staff

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