All About Android 31

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All About Android
Episode 31

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All About Android 31: Flip That Bird!

Guests

News

The day after Samsung and Google had their fancy Galaxy Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich announcement, Andy Rubin, Google's SVP of Mobile and Android guru sat down at the AsiaD conference and continued to drop juicy bits of info about the soon-to-release version of Android. *These are just a few snippits:
“Ice Cream Sandwich is the best we’ve ever done,” Rubin said.
Andy stated that "a couple of weeks after" the Galaxy Nexus arrives, ICS updates should begin to rollout to other devices. Stay tuned for our hardware section for our best guesses as to who might see that update first.
  • Related: Google confirms Ice Cream Sandwich will be open source, released publicly after Galaxy Nexus
  • As for the hardware business, Rubin reiterated that a Google-owned Motorola would operate “at arm’s length” from the Android unit. thank god!
  • RE: Android Market - “It’s going to get better exponentially very soon.”
  • Rubin acknowledged it hasn’t always been as good as it should have been.
  • “I recognize that we were a little behind.”
  • “How come Android tablets have completely flopped in the marketplace?”
  • “I wouldn’t say completely flopped,” Rubin said.
  • A few other quick tidbits:
  • When asked about the lack of Honeycomb apps, Rubin said he doesn’t think there should be apps specific for a tablet, claiming that with ICS, all apps will run well on tablets.
  • ICS - Things we missed or they didn't announce
Create Ad-Hoc Wireless Networks With Wi-Fi Direct
Ice Cream Sandwich supports USB game controllers and HDMI, turns your phone into full game console
Ice Cream Sandwich adds native stylus support to Android

Interview: Mario Tapia

Hardware

SGS2 is SAMOLED Plus. Plus means each pixel has RGB. Galaxy Nexus is simply SAMOLED, meaning no RGB stripe. It's Pentile, as was the Nexus S and Nexus One, a cheaper approach that allows different pixels to share RGB between them. Anandtech has some fancy graphs that detail the reality when it comes to pixel density in the screen compared to the other players. Overall, they claim that if the pixel density of the SGS2 doesn't bother you, then this shouldn't either despite the presence of Pentile. ps: Pentile is exactly what I hated so much about the Bionic screen.

Android Arena!

Email

Okay I have a question for the hive mind. My wife has an evo 4g. She was using the Calendar and contacts without syncing to a gmail account. She asked my to add a new gmail account that she is using with her students. After I added the new account her contacts and calendar data disappeared. I remove the new account from the phone and the data did not come back. Is there anyway to get the data back. My google searches have come up short. I don't care how technical the fix is, I just have to get her data back if its possible.

Thanks,

Steve Hoos

  • Home,>Settings>Applications>Manage applications - sort by ALL and find Contacts and Contacts Storage. CLEAR DATA from both, Force Stop. Basically, make sure all buttons are greyed out. Reboot and sync should begin.

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