All About Android 139

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All About Android
Episode 139

Contents

All About Android 139: Sportsball Edition

Guest

News

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.
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
Messaging
Google Catalogs
Movie Studio
Cloud Print (not gone yet but might be)
What about Voice?

Glass News

28:05

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.

Hardware

35:53

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.
  • FIRST:
LG G Pad 8.3 with STOCK 4.4. The original version released a few weeks ago.
$349 with
16GB storage
Snapdragon 600
1920x1200
2GB RAM
5mp RFC
1.2mp FFC
  • SECOND:
The Sony Z Ultra with stock 4.4.
$649
6.4" 1920x1080 display
2.2GHz Snapdragon 800
2GB RAM
16GB storage
microsd
8MP RFC
2MP FFC
3000mAh
  • THIRD:
Google released a white Nexus 7. 32GB only.
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

Apps

58:31

Chromcast support widens!
Plex
Vevo
RealPlayer
BeyondPod
Washington Post’s PostTV
Songza
RedbullTV
Revision3
VEVO
Viki

Ron's SMS journey

1:04:44

Android Arena!

1:13:10

Sponsors

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