All About Android 149

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All About Android
Episode 149

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All About Android 149: Last Chance for Etiquette

Guest

News

JR wrote a piece on his Android Power blog that made a little too much sense. JR, what do you propose when you state that it's time to rethink the Android upgrade standard?
HTC announced, during an AMA on Reddit, that they will become aggressive about updating and supporting future devices: Two years up upgrade support for future versions of Android, and six months of broken screen protection. Also 50GB of Google Drive storage in lieu of their previous Dropbox perk.
Our pal Ron Amadeo at Ars detailed some new information, leaked documents from the Gingerbread era, that detailed what terms OEMs had to agree to in order to play Google's Android game. Some posit that this is further indication of how not-open Android is.
I took to G+ with something that's been bugging me lately about this argument. Here's how I see it.
Jason's G+ post
There's Open Android (AOSP), and there's Google's Android (vanilla Android with all of Google's services/etc in tow).

Glass News

20:36

DO’S
Explore, use Glass voice commands, ask for permission to take photos/video
DON’TS:
Glass-out (don’t read War and Peace on Glass)
Wear it and expect to be ignored.
Be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”).

Hardware

31:12

Samsung is reportedly bringing fingerprint recognition to the S5, something we've heard about before… but more details are supposedly leaking:
They plan on bringing that feature to the hardware home key. It detects via a swiping motion, and it can detect moisture as well which should hopefully mean its more secure. It can reportedly detect up to 8 different fingerprints, and each fingerprint can be assigned a different task upon unlocking. We should see the device at Mobile World Congress next week.
In other Samsung/Mobile World Congress news, we should see the next Galaxy Gear at the event next week, but don't expect to see it running Android. According to USA Today's sources, Tizen is rumored to be the OS of choice for the next iteration of Samsung's smart watch.
Samsung is reportedly bringing fingerprint recognition to the S5, something we've heard about before… but more details are supposedly leaking:
They plan on bringing that feature to the hardware home key. It detects via a swiping motion, and it can detect moisture as well which should hopefully mean its more secure. It can reportedly detect up to 8 different fingerprints, and each fingerprint can be assigned a different task upon unlocking. We should see the device at Mobile World Congress next week.
In other Samsung/Mobile World Congress news, we should see the next Galaxy Gear at the event next week, but don't expect to see it running Android. According to USA Today's sources, Tizen is rumored to be the OS of choice for the next iteration of Samsung's smart watch.
LG went ahead and unveiled their next device ahead of the Mobile World Congress. LG G Pro 23 with 5.9" 1080p display, bigger than the Galaxy Note 3 at 5.7".
Bezek is very small meaning a smaller body with the larger screen (still bigger than the note 3), also Quad-core Snapdragon 800, 3GB ram, removable 3200 mAh battery, 13MP RFC capable of both recording 4k video and 120 FPS HD video (not at the same time tho), running 4.4 KK. Rear power controls still there.
KnockOn tap-to-wake feature. Use a KnockCode to unlock the device.
No price/carrier/US info yet.

Voicemail

45:34

Apps

51:28

If your game, or Twitter app, or Flashlight app has the word "Flappy" in the title, your gonna have a bad day. Word on the street is that Google is rejecting new app submissions with the word "Flappy" in the title to curb the amount of knock off titles that Google sees as "Spam."
The floodgates are open! Chromecast support is starting to trickle out to an app near you.
There is a Reddit thread that tracks apps that support the Casting feature.
And if you want to cast your android screen up onto the TV, you might not need to wait very long. Koush posted a video showing how he has figured out how to cast his device screen to the Chromecast. Around a 30ms latency.

Android Arena!

1:01:47

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