All About Android 174
Guest: Daniel Bader
Topic: OnePlus One marketing mistakes, Blackphone hacked, Nvidia launches 64-bit processor for Android, Samsung's VR headset, Facebook Messenger and Android permissions, and more!
Recorded: August 12 2014
All About Android 174: Android: It Gets Better
- Daniel Bader, Editor-in-chief, Mobile Syrup
- Yay numbers.
- KK: 20% (from 17.9% last month)
- JB: 54.2%
- ICS: 10.6%
- GB: 13.6%
- Froyo: .7%
- Speaking of all kinds of users… A developer at Google replied to an item on the Android issue tracker seemingly confirming that the next public build of Android would indeed include Multiple User support for phones and not just tablets as is the case now. It's very likely that this might have something to do with L's expanded support for enterprise use cases.
- The contest’s original description:
- As we close in on the 200K mark for the number of registered forum users, OnePlus wants to give a shout out to the few but beautiful female fans in our community with our Ladies First contest.
- In true gentlemen fashion and because chivalry is not dead, we are giving the lovely ladies of OnePlus a chance to skip the invite line and introduce themselves to us.
- Ladies (and only ladies, sorry guys, ladies first), the rules are simple:
- Draw the OnePlus logo on a piece of paper or on your hand/face/wherever (so we know it’s really you)
- Take a photo of yourself with the OnePlus logo clearly visible
- Post the photo in this thread
- The 50 most well-liked ladies will receive an invite and a Never Settle t-shirt. Additionally, we will be giving out another 100 invites at random to any lady who participates in the contest. The contest begins today and ends on Friday. We will announce the winners on Monday.
- Ladies, no nudity please.
Hey gang, I love Google now, but as a Yahoo mail user I'm locked out of a lot of the best functionality. Basically all the notifications that come from various emails such as shipments, confirmations, appointments, etc. I am otherwise content with my Yahoo mail and much prefer its UX to my Gmail. Just recently I figured i'd do something about it, and while my solution to this is probably obvious to many and not particularly ingenious, it works so I figured it might be useful to more people. Yahoo offers email forwarding, so I simply forward all my mail to gmail, where it will sit unread, but get analyzed by Google now. I keep my existing workflow but get enhanced Google now with no effort.
Just an idea that might help others. Faiz[fez] in Montreal
- It's DefCon time, a conference filled with hackers making headlines with exploits and discoveries. This time around it's the Blackphone, that's the hyper-secure phone created by Silent Circle that encrypts all the important stuff you do with the promise of "an Android based operating system without the usual security compromises." Give a hacker the will, and they will find a way. Hacker Justin Case discovered three separate vulnerabilities, one of them contested by Blackphone as it was simply activating the ADB bridge and is simply a part of the underlying Android OS.
- Should a phone that promises security from prying eyes also be expected to be hack-proof? Isn't everything hackable and if that's the case, everything is susceptible to insecurities...
- More details are getting out there about the next wave of Nexus devices expected later this year. First, the Motorola Shamu aka the Nexus 6 (perhaps) appeared on the GFXBenchmark database, confirming its existence once more, and showing off its Snapdragon 801 performance that's in line for the processor running on similar devices that have a full 1080p screen. The Shamu is a codename that's been seen in Google code and of course, Nexus devices have historically had a fish-related naming scheme.
- And speaking of next generation Nexus devices, the rumored HTC Volantis 8.9" tablet that we keep hearing nuggetts about, might be one of the first devices to run Nvidia's newly launched 64-bit Tegra K1, also known as Denver. With a 192-core Keplar GPU, Nvidia has teased performance that stacks up to PCs. Talking last-generation gaming console quality. Nvidia says it will run Android L with ease when it launches.
- Hands-on with Asus’ Atom-powered Memo Pad 7 & 8, new Transformer Pad (video)
- This is Samsung's VR headset
- And take a look at Samsung's upcoming VR headset codenamed "Project Moonlight". No word yet if it will be powered by Android, but it looks to allow users to plug their phone (pictured with a Samsung Galaxy S5) into the headset ala Google Cardboard, and potentially deliver Oculus-style 3D VR to the eyes. The product is looking like it might be announced alongside the Galaxy Note 4 at its Unpacked event at IFA Berlin on September 3.
- New 1x1 I'm feeling lucky widget (with neat animation)
- Redesigned 4x1 widget with white color scheme, can be resized up to 4x4 showing full album art
- "View Download Queue" is now "Manage Downloads." It lets you see everything that you've downloaded, view the total space taken up by each item, and remove the downloads from device
- You can now undo tracks removed from playlists and the queue via swipe
- Play Music policy change on device deauthorization already a problem
- Google+ now lets you display your stream on the TV via Chromecast
- The latest update to Google+ enabled a small Chromecast button in the interface, which lets you toss your Google+ stream up to your TV. The functionality is pretty simple, though — you can connect to a Chromecast it will automatically loop through recent Google+ posts from your circles, only giving you the option to pause the auto looping or seek through posts one at a time.
- Facebook pulled the plug on its in-app chat and is now requiring users interested in using its Messenger service to download and install that app separately. This of course got people super riled up, not only because of the "once one app and now two apps" thing, but also cause people believe that the messenger app is asking for permissions it doesn't need. I'm not saying that is or isn't the case, but the fact is the messenger app requires the same permissions the Facebook app did, so if you have one installed, or had the Facebook app installed when chat was integrated, well, this is kind of the same thing.
- Having said that, this shows how a large number of people can interpret Android permissions the way it is now. I think it points strongly at the fact that permissions should be handle in a per-request way, so people truly know what features are tied to them as they use the app.
Has anyone ever tried the pinball Arcade app by Farsight Studios? Great retro pinball of classic pinball electro -mechanical, solid state and more current DMD machines. A must try for any silver ball fan.
Kevin Fort Madison IA
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