When Matias Duarte, vice president of design for Android, went on a Hawaiian vacation with his family, he made sure to bring along his gadgets, including a smartphone, tablet, even his Google Glass.
"It was terrible," he said in a conversation about the future of phones with Fast Company's Mark Wilson. "It was way worse than when all I had was the phone. Crossing the boundary between those screens was so painful."
The ability to seamlessly transition tasks across screens has been a big theme for Google and Apple this year as they refined their respective operating systems.
Gentry Underwood, head of design at Dropbox, however, saw another problem with Duarte's frustrations. "We run the risk of separating ourselves from Hawaii," he said. "We might as well be here and not on vacation."
Underwood, who sold his email client Mailbox to Dropbox, expressed wariness over constant connectivity, saying he hoped advances in phones won't "disconnect us too far from life."
"It's creepy to see someone wearing a piece of glass in front of their eye—unless it's good old fashioned glasses—not knowing if they're looking at me or lost in the web," he said. "I hope as we push these screens forward, we do it with intent of what makes life meaningful."