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Episode 144

All About Android 144: Pure Android


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Nest Labs is now a Google property for a paltry $3.2bn in cash. Will continue to operate independently.
CEO and co-founder of Nest Labs Tony Fadell wrote on his blog "Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone. We've had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship."
Co-founder Matt Rogers wrote "Nest's product line obviously caught the attention of Google and I'm betting that there's a lot of cool stuff we could do together, but nothing to share today."
First, a research study from Asymco breaks out just how much Google makes per user every year. $6.30. This is excluding China, and considering that Google *is* the Internet to an amazing amount of people, and there are 2.5 billion Internet users, that's an incredible amount of money. Android plays a pivotal role that becomes more and more clear over time. With 65% of the world still not using the Internet, emerging markets stand to bring Google even more Internet users increasing Google's take. Android looks to be, in essence, many future internet user's first Internet device aka computer.
So we have a large pool of untapped Internet users ripe for the picking when it comes to Android. Good for Google, yes. Good for developers? Not so much. Farmers in Namibia probably need a more localized app selection which might not be as easy to find, outside of web apps.
Vision Mobile published a study that show, however, that a trend is emerging where more developers than ever before are targeting Android when forced to choose which platform to developer for first. Why, you might ask? With emerging markets come emerging opportunities for developers within those markets to develop apps that target the region. You know how we often hear about iOS users making more money than Android users? Something like this has a significant impact on that because emerging markets likely have less money to spend on apps.
Finally, a study by Gartner predicts that as the Play store gets more and more packed with apps (more than 1 million at the moment), even the good ones won't make the developers much money because its harder and harder to be found. As well, that kind of saturation means there is always a free alternative to paid apps. How do developers turn this complex scenario into something positive for themselves?





Moto X is finally coming to the UK, France and Germany in February, though without the Moto Maker customization option for now. Launches with 4.4 KitKat in Europe for 399 Euros.
The Moto G now has a Play Edition starting at $179 for sale in the PLay Store.
And Motorola's CEO Dennis Woodside told Pocket-lint that a Moto Maker tablet is likely to happen eventually, but in the near-term, they'd rather target "the five billion people without smartphones."
The unlocked handset is available in two capacities, 8GB and 16GB, and costs $179 and $199, respectively. As a branded GPE product, the Moto G will run pure Android 4.4 KitKat and receive the latest software updates as they roll in.
Motorola hasn't released a tablet since the Xoom more than 2 years ago. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside: "We are looking at tablets. A lot of people have asked us to build a tablet using Moto Maker, to customise their tablet. There might be a day we do that, but the bigger opportunity for us is the five billion people without smartphones," he said.
@evleaks is the one behind the latest Nokia Android leak, this time sporting a skin that looks a lot like Windows Phone thanks to a number of tile-based widgets on the homescreen. "Normandy" may launch sometime this year.
Samsung's VP of mobile Lee Young Hee told Bloomberg that the Galaxy S5 would launch in the March-April timeframe. As for the Galaxy Gear, Hee admitted the first gen wasn't what they had hoped, and that the next gen Galaxy Gear should be unveiled around that time as well. Samsung is expected to make an announcement sometime in March at an event in New York.



I have started using my Google Now all the time for timers that I need, but I have discovered that they are creating alarms every time which I really don't like. 

All me to explain.  I work at a job where when I go on break the minutes are tracked  because I log in and out of my computer.  I'm also really easily distracted, so I forget to look at the time when I go on break.  What I have started doing is saying OK Google set timer for 14 min (or whatever) to give me plenty of time to get back from break. 

This would work great but it's not using the Timer function of the Clock but the Alarm.  Now I do have a Galaxy Note 3 so maybe the clock isn't googles, but samsung's touch wiz or something. 

Either way now I have over 20 alarms I'll never use again meaning I have to delete them time and again. 

Do you guys have any insight into this? 

Thank you Nicky M.

  • Use "Ok Google, remind me to get back to work in 14 minutes"



Turn based Multiplayer support for 2-8 players per game.
New Google Drive API allowing for offline files and automatic syncing.
Google+: Better autocomplete for Gmail recipients including people on G+ circles.
Samsung of all companies released a new app to help you keep tabs on all of the events at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month.
Leaked screenshots elude to a future where Google+ has Chromecast capabilities to cast local content.



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