1. Tell us about yourself – where you live, your job, things you like to do.
My name is Miko Matsumura and I work as VP of Products for Kii Corporation. We make apps for Android like Kii Safe which involve data management, synchronization and privacy. I live in San Jose, California and love anything to do with health and fitness and technology. I love stuff like my Garmin GPS watch, heart rate monitors, blood glucose monitors, Zeo sleep coach, 23andme and fun ways to play with technology.
2. Which Android device or devices do you own? Why did you choose Android? How do you customize your device?
I own a Nexus One. I chose it because I was into Android development pretty early and it’s always been the Android developer’s phone of choice. But I find it doesn’t have enough inbuilt memory for apps! I tried to make a cool ASCII art wallpaper but it ended up looking all goofed up on my phone.
3. Do you root or not? If you root, why?
I root because we develop applications for handset makers, and we often have to play with the underlying OS a bit. I personally never hack down there because it’s too scary for me technically, but I often have to load other developer’s ROMs in order to play with our preloaded apps. That and I just love to see how things work, even the scary feeling when you’re rooting the phone that it might turn into a brick. There’s always that chance, which makes it feel sneaky, challenging and fun.
4. Is there a particular category of apps that interests you the most?
Personally I like health and fitness apps, and have customized a Google spreadsheet that can be launched from my phone desktop as an “app”. It helps me keep track of food and fitness goals. That said, I’ve not really found any killer apps in this category.
5. What are your top apps and why?
I like Netflix, that’s killer. I’m a bit annoyed by the Skype app because it’s so big and doesn’t give me all the functions of desktop Skype. Can’t they just make it smaller? ASTRO File Manager is a must. I’m pretty excited about our newest app, Kii Safe, but not as much as a user, I just want to see if it takes off. It’s a privacy app where you can hide the pictures and videos on your phone.
6. What apps are popular among your colleagues and friends?
Chat apps are always big, like GroupMe and Beluga. My colleagues play a lot with picture sharing apps but we haven’t landed on one that we really love.
7. Give an example of a time an app was truly useful to you.
Just yesterday I was at a doctor’s appointment with my wife and we had to drive home in rush hour traffic. Instead of doing that, I cracked open the Yelp app and we went out to dinner at this fantastic restaurant. I zipped between that app and calling the restaurant, making an OpenTable reservation and was even able to Street View the restaurant. It was 0.2 miles away, so we just walked down the block and ate there. And you know what? It was *fantastic*. I knew that traffic would be a nightmare because the navigation app said so. I know I mentioned a lot of apps, but I guess the star of the show in this one was Yelp!
8. What other AndroidApps.com member do you admire the most and why?
Shara Karasic (@sharakarasic) is my Android app guru. She knows the most about the mobile app market of anyone on here!