All About Android 170

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Episode 170

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All About Android 170: Right Idea, Wrong Megapixel

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News

Ron Amadeo of Ars Technica scoured countless hours of Google IO video footage, and some of the latest leaks to compile a list of screens that showcase, in one way or another, the Material Design direction that Google is taking with its in-house apps.
If you heard that Samsung was ditching KNox entirely, think again.
At Google IO, Sundar Pichai raised eyebrows when he unceremoniously announced that Android L would integrate at least a part of Samsung's security features called KNOX into the OS.
Then Forbes published a piece claiming that not only would Google incorporate KNOX into the OS, but Samsung would basically abandon its security efforts with KNOX for Android, handing the keys over to Google. Much hoopla ensued. Apparently KNOX has around a 2% market uptake which isn't a great number, obviously. Well, Samsung published an official statement a few days ago to shush those rumors, reaffirming its commitment to the development of KNOX as a security platform for Android devices. KNOX, for those who are unaware, is a way to separate work and personal items on a phone securely.

Hardware

37:07

A new Samsung Galaxy flagship that ISN"T the S? Supposedly, the Galaxy Alpha is a new high end smartphone in Samsung's line that is made to compete directly with the iPhone 6 with the device launch in August. It's supposed to be an even-higher end device than the S5 and might bring with it an all-metal chassis, and other premium design features. Think of it as a mix between the S5 and the Note, with some HTC One M8 thrown in there for good measure.
Now, how about Sony's net flagship phone? The Sony Xperia Z3 has been getting all leaky, with a nice photo gallery and list of specs:
Quad-core 2.5GHz snapdragon 801
Micro-SIM slot
MicroSD slot
Dedicated camera shutter key
Dust/water resistant with port covers
20.7MP image sensor
How about a secondary screen as a case for your phone that runs an external e-ink display?
Good enough for 19 hours of continuous reading.
Both displays can be viewed at the same time.
The case runs its own OS and has its own apps like the Pebble (three apps currently: transfer photo app for displaying your own photos on it, e-reader app, and a bike computer, for starters)
Not touchscreen.

Android Wear

45:10

Android Wear promises to be a simplified stripped down version of Android on your wrist. But its also open, which means open to interpretation. A piece on Time.com really summarized some of my fears with the new platform by pointing out how developers either "get it" or forge their own path, and in doing so, risk muddying the waters for Android Wear before its even had a chance to catch on.
Google has its own criteria for the creative direction of Android WEar: Apps should launch automatically, sensing the user's context to know when to do so. And apps should respond to you inquiries by suggesting content that you request, easily. Apps should be glancable, and not overly complicated. And They should require little to no interaction.

Apps

54:37

A temporary fix for the paid apps problem with apps compatible with Android Wear, and its up to developers to make the change: Devs need to place the wearable apk in a different directory (res/raw instead of assets/directory for those keeping track). Google plans to address the issue in a permanent way in a future update.
Google and Udacity have teamed up to bring you a comprehensive course on developing Android Apps, meant for folks who already have a working knowledge of Java or other object oriented programming languages.
You can access the course videos and follow the course COMPLETELY FREE. There is an option to pay $150 per month for additional features like in-class projects, personalized coaching, and a certificate of completion.

Email

59:29

I was listening to AAA 169 where you guys were talking about the fact that the factory reset on Android only erases the table of contents on Android phones. Padre went on to explain that this has always been true, that writing 1s and 0s is too time consuming. But then Padre followed up by saying:

“There are no devices right now with a factory reset that will do a bit for bit overwrite.”

The earlier iPhones and iPod touches did have overwrite when the user selected “erase all content and settings”. Apple improved on this (time consuming) method. On the later models, all iPads and iPhones and iPod Touches today have hardware encryption, so when you ask for “erase all content and settings”, all they have to do is remove the encryption key, thereby rendering the data left as useful as random noise.

I think this is a clever solution because it achieves the same objective as writing 1s and 0s but is nearly instantaneous so the user is protected even if they’re impatient.

Here’s the knowledge base article where I learned all this: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2110

I’m curious whether maybe Android actually does the same thing if the device supports hardware encryption?

Allison NosillaCast Mac Podcast


  • Android has a MANUAL way of doing this but it takes a while and isn't by default:
Options>Security>Encrypt Phone
Then Factory Wipe.


Android Arena!

1:06:57

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