All About Android 139
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Guest: JR Raphael
Topic: New Google Edition devices by Sony and LG, Android 4.2.2, the economics of Moto G, Chromecast gets an app infusion, and more.
Recorded: December 10 2013
All About Android 139: Sportsball Edition
- Android 4.4 upgrade list
- Fixing the Nexus 5: with a new version of Android, Google tackles the camera
- 4.4.1 is upon us! Oh wait… 4.4.2 is upon us now! Apparently, the former, which had a primary purpose of addressing the downsides of the Nexus 5 camera with speed improvements and auto-focus tweaks, contained a number of glitches. As such, 4.4.1 was halted, and now a 4.4.2 update is apparently hitting devices.
- Improvements to the camera on the Nexus 5 had to do with Google "relying too heavily on the OIS to keep things in focus" making shutter times too long and resulting photos soft and unclear. Also, a progress bar for HDR+ operation.
- Google Pushes Android 4.4.2 To Nexus Devices
- Ten Million More Android Users' Text Messages Will Soon Be Encrypted By Default
- CyanogenMod Inc announced that TextSecure will be integrated into its text messaging function, which means anyone running a supported version of CM will have encrypted text messages with the encryption key stored on the device. This means that it won't be accessible by external forces, and also by using the data connection, it also masks WHO a text message is being sent to.
- Marlinspike of Whisper Systems, the makers of the open source code service TextSecure, claims that with the CM user base, this could be one of the biggest deployments of end-to-end encrypted messages to date.
- CM counts around 10 million users who opted into tallied statistic. Many more went uncounted.
- Google Reader
- Google Shopper
- Google Currents
- Google Play Magazines
- Google Talk
- Google Catalogs
- Movie Studio
- Cloud Print (not gone yet but might be)
- What about Voice?
- A California Glass Explorer, Cecilia Abadie, was pulled over on suspicion of speeding, while wearing Glass, and the police officer issued her a citation for driving with a video/TV in the car, in view.
- Cecilia has plead not guilty, claiming that the screen wasn't in fact on while she was driving. The officer claims he saw the screen when he went to her window, and Ceclilia reminded of the fact that Glass has a setting for activating the scene when tilting up a certain angle.
- The case will be heard in court in January and could have wide implications to wearables.
- An anonymous Google employee tells the Information that a Nexus TV device capable of streaming video from the usual suspects and also play videos games is in the works.
- Back when we first heard of secret CES 2013 meetings showcasing a device like this, we also heard about possible Kinect-like motion detection. This report mentions nothing of the sort, but does include a touchpad remote that would likely be included with the box. No support for live broadcast is likely as well. Expect an aggressive price.
- Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3 gets a new color, pure version of Android 4.4
- It's a Google Play Edition twofer with a bonus round!
- LG G Pad 8.3 with STOCK 4.4. The original version released a few weeks ago.
- $349 with
- 16GB storage
- Snapdragon 600
- 2GB RAM
- 5mp RFC
- 1.2mp FFC
- The Sony Z Ultra with stock 4.4.
- 6.4" 1920x1080 display
- 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- 8MP RFC
- 2MP FFC
- Google released a white Nexus 7. 32GB only.
- Google pumps out another: Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition, now available
- Nexus 7 tablet now comes in white, Wi-Fi only
- Moto G a profit pariah as Google sacrifices margins
- Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside spoke with friend of the show MKBHD and revealed a few things about the future of Motorola:
- Moto Maker and Project Ara may converge at some point.
- Prototype for Project Ara exists, but gave no timeline
- The Moto G was designed to be as good as iPhone 5s but a third of the cost
- Chromcast support widens!
- Washington Post’s PostTV
Ron's SMS journey
- Last Week's Poll
- Jason - Call PopOut (FREE)
- Ron - Cal (FREE)
- JR - Action Launcher (FREE)
- Aaron - Pixel Dungeon (FREE)
- This Week's Poll
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