All About Android 106

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All About Android
Episode 106

All About Android 106: Breaking News Baby!



The ACLU filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T, naming two major problems with the phones they sell and control. First, that by delaying or denying software updates for Google’s Android mobile operating system, the ACLU says carriers have left consumers open to malware, bugs, and exploits. Secondly, the ACLU alleges that carriers have deceived customers by not informing them about the security risks present in their own custom-made versions of Android. The ACLU’s goal is to force the major carriers to warn consumers that their carrier-controlled Android devices pose security risks, and allow consumers to exchange or return their phones. In its complaint, the ACLU writes that carriers "have failed to warn consumers that the smartphones sold to them are defective, that they are running vulnerable software, and that other smartphones are available that receive regular, prompt updates to which consumers could switch.
AppAnnie Index report: Q4 2012: Apple’s Apple Store 4x sales of Google Play. Q1 2013 2.6x. - Google Play has reached close to 90% of the App Store’s downloads in Q1 2013, but iOS still leads in revenue - games are biggest rev driver in US, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea. In Q1 2013 was 80% of revenue in Google Play and 70% in the App Store. - iOS: Photo & Video apps are #3, Education apps #4 worldwide - Google Play: Social now in top 5 category - top 5 Google Play countries (by download): US, South Korea, India, Russia, and Japan. top 5 iOS: US, China, the UK, Japan, and France.
The Glass team accidentally shipped the full suite of Google Play Services with their new app, which is not normal. This included a never-before-seen backend for an extensive multiplayer gaming service, with just about every gaming feature you could possibly imagine.





AT&T's online purchase page for both the white and black 16GB Galaxy S 4 now states the device will ship on April 30th in no uncertain terms. The in-store date comes courtesy of AT&T's official Twitter account. This is only for the 16GB. A 32GB version is expected at a later date. UPDATE: Some early pre-order folks are saying their devices are supposed to arrive on the 25th. It might only be newer pre-orders that are going out on the 30th.



In FB Messenger app: tap the "i" icon on a friend's profile and then select "free call." In Home/Chat Heads, tap the "more info" dots next to a friend's name to jump into the Messenger app.

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