All About Android 132

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All About Android
Episode 132

All About Android 132: The Iron Fist of Capitalism



There's Closed Source Creep. (features and services moved into closed source apps as opposed to the open source versions previously in AOSP.)
There's the way Google is spinning this transition. regarding Calendar: "The way this process is pitched to the Android community is always rather amusing: The stock calendar is now available to everyone! We can now do updates from the Play Store! There are more features! (Oh, and by the way, it's closed source now.)"
There's the reality that as these apps and services are moved into closed source versions, AOSP, the OPEN part of Android becomes incredibly stale. Why would anyone WANT to use or build with it?
Google "weaving dependance on Google into" 3rd party developer's apps, with Play Services turning "the Android app ecosystem into the Google PLay Ecosystem."
Google's power grab when it moved location stack into the closed source app world, meaning open source location access is battery hungry, and the google way is low power and efficient.
"Samsung isn't going anywhere." really sheds some light on the recurring question of "Will Samsung break away from Android with it's own solution?" They've not covered their own solutions for basic GOogle services the way that Amazon has for Kindle.
Steve Cheney, head of business at GroupMe and technology blogger, wrote a piece about the myth of $1M startup venture rounds creating and releasing their mobile apps for Android before iOS:
Says Android development is too costly vs iOS, 2-3X more
Says APIs are a challenge, tools and "fragmentation" create issues not seen on iOS
Says iOS has better metric tracking
Finally, says that what you'll often see is a seed round company developing for iOS first, then for Android in Series A funding (12-18 months after seed), hence the lag of an Android release.
Cites a Facebook ad study from last week that reported that Facebook ad profit is 1790& MORE on iOS than on Android.
A new Hangouts for iOS launched a few days ago and brings with it features that are likely to hit the Android release, and likely very soon:
Call phone numbers from Hangouts free to the US and Canada
Make/Receive calls via Google Voice in Hangouts
Animated GIF support
Vic Gundotra, SVP of Engineering at Google, took to G+ to tell the Android faithful: "Guys, don’t worry. We have massive investment in Android. I promise you will be happy soon. Don’t get upset because we show some love to Google users who use iOS. There are a lot of them. And they are good people :)"
FlexyCore, the company an Android app called droidBooster that claimed to make Android devices run "up to ten times faster", was bought for $23.1 million. They haven't been publicly releasing any updates in the past two years. Why would Google buy them now?



Lenovo A10:
10.1" notebook with foldback touchscreen display
1366x768 display
1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor
32GB storage
MicroSD slot
VGA webcam
2 USB 2.0 ports
HDMI out
Android 4.2 JB
No official pricing, rumors peg it around $340
Nexus 5 appeared on Google Play for $349 in black with 16GB memory, with the caption "Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways. Starting at $349." Hi-res images were grabbed from the mishap, showing the device in all its glory.
$349 for 16GB Nexus 5 matches the price for 16GB Nexus 4 before price drop.
Samsung started slapping stickers on boxes of the S3 and Note 3 stating that SIMs from other regions would not work on the device inside. Then Samsung stated it only applied to initial activation. But many users reported that they couldn't use SIMs from other regions at all. Samsung addressed the complaints, simply by saying that the region locking wasn't going away, but they would evaluate to make a better, friendlier procedure for consumers.



New Play Store app includes slide-out navigation. APK teardown reveals a TON of icons directly related to the as-yet unannounced app, Newsstand, which is likely to soon replace Play Magazines. Then Google sent out invites to a Google Play event for this Thursday. Sources say it has nothing to do with hardware or even Android, just Play Store. Could this be the unveiling of Newsstand and more?
Google is prepping for an event next Thursday October 24th billed as "a night out with Google Play." The show starts at 7PM in New York City, but that's really all the solid info Google has provided. It may be Google Play Newsstand, but a Nexus event has been expected for weeks. Google usually streams all their live events, so whatever happens, you'll probably be able to watch it unfold.
A new Map Engine app allows people to share custom maps, save them to and access them from your Google account. Some samples include NASA's light map and World Bank GDP growth rate among others.

Android Arena!



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