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Shelly Palmer Radio Report – May 9, 2014

If you’ve ever tried to teach someone how to use their first smartphone, you know how frustrating it can be – it’s hard to resist the urge to rip the smartphone away and show them how it’s done. This may be a thing of the past, thanks to Sony’s Evolution UI. Evolution is an “intentionally hobbled” Android launcher that makes you perform basic tasks before you can use the device. When you start up a phone with Evolution for the first time, you’ll only have access to your dialer, text messages, browser and camera. To unlock more apps and features, you’ll need to earn them. Want to check out your app launcher? Quickly open and close five apps in a row. Right now, Evolution is just a research project with no timetable for release. If it ever makes its way to market, it would only ever make sense for users who have never held a smartphone or tablet in their hands. For everyone else, it would be incredibly frustrating.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.