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Episode 175

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All About Android 175 : All Your App Are Belong to CyanogenMom

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News

YouTube's much rumored music service is getting some real leaks now. Here's what we know:
Rebranding of Google Play Music All Access to Google Play Music Key
YouTube service called YouTube Music Key
Subscription music service, $9.99 per month with a 30-day free trial.
Capable of background audio and offline caching, all ad free.
Tailored more closely to full album streams, live music, concerts, and remixes.
No idea of launch plans.
Niantic Lab's Field Trip app is going to be feeding data into Google Now. Cards will surface in Google Now that grab points of interest, restaurants and facts about your surroundings from data that's been aggregated within Field Trip. No need to have Field Trip installed on your device.
China's Xiaomi launched the next version of its MIUI, version 6, and it looks a heck of a lot like iOS 7. MIUI has always been said to draw influence from iOS in the past, and now we get the flashy bright colors of iOS 7, a familiar notification shade, and more. Its currently in beta mode with a small group with a larger roll out to begin soon. Older devices like the Mi 3 and Mi 4 will get the update too.
Xiaomi has global ambitions, part of the reason the company brought then-Google exec Hugo Barra on board, and we could see an entry into the US market in 2015.
Next week, Ron Amadeo of Ars Technica will be on and he will have with him the Mi 4, we will talk all about that device on next week's show.

Email

20:40

I agree with you that Android needs something better for app permissions and I think that what Apple does with IOS -- I haven't used it, so I only know what I've heard on AAA and elsewhere on TWiT -- is a much less confusing way to handle this.

Did you know that CyanogenMod's Privacy Guard feature already does this?  In Settings-->Privacy-->Privacy Guard, just check ""enabled by default"" and install a few apps.  If you long-press one of the newly installed apps, you'll notice that it sets some permissions like ""auto start"" to ""allowed"", but most of the permissions should be set to ""always ask"".

Since Gina has a OnePlus One, I'd be interested to hear her opinion on the user experience.  This is one of many features that I can't live without in the stock Google experience, but that's a rant for another time. :)  Suffice it to say that there's a lot more to CyanogenMod than some Google zealots give it credit for.


Love the show,

Ira


Hardware

34:02

Anyone waiting for Samsung to step up to the plate with a metal version of its phones, wait no longer. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha was announced last week that brings moderate specs to a premium metal chassis.
Specs:
4.7-inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED display
Exynos octacore processor (Quad 1.8GHz + Quad 1.3GHz)
2GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage (no microSD support)
1860mAh battery
Fingerprint sensor
12 megapixel rear camera
2.1 megapixel front shooter
Black, white, gold, silver, blue, releasing Sept 2014 in 150+ countries.
Sony announced a new mid-range phone that is the first smartphone to tout IP65/68 water resistance which is the highest grade of water resistance given to an electronic device.
SPECS:
4.8-inch qHD display (540 x 960 pixels)
1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor
1GB of RAM
8-megapixel rear-facing camera
8GB internal storage
4G LTE, NFC
Bluetooth 4.0
2330 mAh non-removable battery
Runs 4.4.2.
Releases this fall in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe.
And then we have Sharp, bringing its new 5" Aquos Crystal to Sprint in the US, priced at $239 off contract.
720p display with true edge-to-edge, meaning in this case, there actually is no bezel at all, period. Verge editor Dan Seifert was blown away by this, saying "It's remarkable to see in pictures, but in person, it looked like something taken straight out of a science fiction movie set. I couldn't stop looking at the screen — it's really that striking. It reminds me of an infinity pool that has no edge."
SPECS:
1.2GHz quad-core
1.5GB RAM
8GB internal storage
microSD slot.
No timing for release yet.
And finally, we've joked about tablets getting bigger and bigger. We've joked about big screen HD TV's becoming ginormous tablets. Well, welcome to the future my friends. The Fuhu 20" Nabi Big Tab, its for kids. For families, let's say. It's meant to make the tablet experience less about one kid, and more of a shared experience:
20 and 24" models. 20" model weighs 10.5 lbs! Metal frame with kickstand, 20" has 1600x900 display, 24" has 1920x1080 HD display, and (get this) a 1650mAh battery that lasts for 30 min. Battery is meant for when its toted from room to room, and then its meant to rely on plugged in power.
20" $449, 24" $529. Fuhu expects a Fall release.

Android Wear

51:36

  1. 1 Moto 360 is expected to be announced on September 4 at a scheduled Motorola event. But details about the watch have supposedly leaked from Best Buy:
$249, 1.5" LCD (320x290 at 205ppi), heart rate monitor, 512MB RAM…
LG might unveil it's LG G Watch followup at IFA in Berlin next month, and ASUS teased via Twitter that it would have an announcement at IFA. The Tweeted photo looks like a watch and says "Time has been transformed and we have changed."

Apps

56:36

HTC is opening up some of its core apps to the world of non-HTC Android devices. The first app to be opened up is Zoe. More apps will follow, with HTC's Creative Labs team hard at work on those releases.
A new app aims to help parents that can't talk to their kids. Literally. It's called Ignore No More, and it was developed by a frustrated mom who would call her kids only to have them not pick up or return her call. The app gives her the power to remotely lock and disable functionality of her kids phones until they register a call back to her. Supposedly, the app can't be disabled by the kid.
FAQ says the minute a child sets to airplane, the app can do nothing. The minute it detects Internet/cell tower, it will lock the phone.
FAQ also says child cannot uninstall without parent username/PW. How is this??
Flappy Bird sequel is imminent! Developer DOME NEW-YEN teased his upcoming game Swing Copters, releasing Thursday. It's like Flappy Birds, but vertical, and instead of tapping once to fly, you tap to change direction… And fly.

Email

1:08:34

Hi AAA crew, My nexus 5 had gotten a little slow recently and i was looking at doing a factory reset for sometime. With that in mind, i finally found the time and the energy to backup my stuff and go for the all clear this week. 

However, when i did start the process to my horror, the screen was just stuck at the erasing screen and refused to move on. Normally, in my previous phone (Samsung Galaxy S2), it usually took less than 30 seconds. When i went online, i found that many other people had also had this issue while resetting their nexus. Just wanted to write in and get the word out to the AAA audience, if they are also doing this, then patience is the key. Mine took almost 1 hour 30 mins to erase but it did complete. on the forums, i read that for some it even took more than 2 hours, so if you are also stuck please be patient and indulge your mind in some other activity otherwise you may feel the need to interfere and risk damaging the phone further.

Any ideas on why this issue occurs for the nexus?  Thanks and love your show.

Regards

Ankit Balyan

Android Arena!

1:10:48

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