All About Android 89
Guest: Michael Wolfson
Topic: Nexus 4 unboxing, Nabi2 tablet for kids, Snapseed, SwiftKey Flow, and more.
Recorded: December 11 2012
All About Android (89): (What's in the Box?)
There are some great products out of Motorola, but none of them are your signature Nexus line. Will you partner with Motorola for these sort of signature devices? How will you decide when to partner with them? And despite all your assurances to the other Android partners that you're going to be neutral, aren't they going to freak out [when you build a Motorola Nexus]? First of all, I don't think there's any physical way we could have released a Nexus Motorola device in that sense. I mean, we haven't owned the company long enough. How will you decide when to do a Motorola Nexus device, and what do you tell Samsung and LG? I think there's a lot of complexity in that question. Maybe I'll talk more generally about that area. The right way to think about it is how do we get amazing products into users' hands in the most cost-effective, highest quality way possible and to the most people. That's what we do as a business, and that's what we've done with Android. Part of the reason why we've done Nexus devices in the past is that we want to build an amazing device that kind of showcases what's possible on Android, gives a way for the programmers to get early builds, does a whole bunch of things that are important. Exactly what we do, which devices we do, what the timing is, how we release the software with them, all those things have been changing. Every day we kind of evaluate how do we help our partners out the right way, how do we produce amazing innovative devices, and how do we get those out, and how do we get that innovation into the ecosystem and into the hands of as many people as possible, and how do we keep our partners happy. I think we've done a pretty good job of that so far
- Google Play Services v2.0 - includes more robust maps (3d buildings, two finger tilt, etc); also includes PhotoShpere API
- Google Updates In-App Purchasing APIs, Makes Them Faster, Better, Harder, Stronger And Less Likely To Lose Transactions
- Shock And Awe: Apple Legend Guy Kawasaki Has Become A Hardcore Android Fan
Guy Kawasaki, a notable evangelist for Apple back in the 80s, told ReadWriteWeb that he no longer uses iOS products and in fact, fell in love with Android 1 year ago. He says To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was `Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android.”
A quick question (probably for Ron) I am very interested in a Google TV for my bedroom TV. I do not game at all. Streaming internet content is important, but not as important at local network content. Can the Google TV stream content from a Network share such as from a NAS or another PC on the local network? I love the show, keep up the great work!
Jonathan from Vermont
- Tony Wang unboxes his Nexus 4
- LG says Nexus 4 supplies beset by 'huge demand'
- Michael Wolfson reviews the Nabi2 - Kid focused Tablet
- Consumer Reports finds Nabi 2 is the best tablet for children
I don't know if you saw this, but the most recent Amazon App Store update now allows you to remove previously purchased apps from the "cloud" tab. I've downloaded a lot of Free apps of the day, and haven't kept most of them around, so the ability to unclutter the App Store interface is a welcome one.
I just went through my list and removed a bunch of apps I have no intention of ever installing again. The process isn't as easy as it is on the Google Play Store, but it does work. The biggest issue I had (on my Galaxy S3) was that many times it thought I was trying to scroll the list, or that I had tapped (opening the app description) instead of press-and-hold (to remove it).
When I first removed an app, it told me something about being able to re-add it later, which suggests that you don't lose access to the licenses you've "purchased" (whether free or paid) even if you remove them. I didn't investigate this, but it makes sense given the customer service quality Amazon usually provides.
Thanks for a great show! Chris Larsen
- Google launches Snapseed for Android, makes iOS version free
- "Netflix for Kids" on Google TV finally (updated this weekend on Google TV)
- Amazon Introduces 'Kindle FreeTime Unlimited', Offers Slews Of Restriction-Free Children's Content For A Low Monthly Fee
FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat plan books, games, educational software, movies, and TV shows - all just for kids. disabled all in-app payments, ads, and all social media links/references FreeTime Unlimited - available via a software update coming "later this month" - is $3 per month per child, or $7 a month for the whole family for Prime customers. Non-Prime customers $5 per month per child, or $10 for the entire family.
Hulu has added a new dedicated section for kids. Knowing that Hulu contains some stuff you might not want your children watching they have also introduced a new Kids Lock that feature allows parents to restrict access to Kids-only content on their devices.
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Am I missing something? Or are your live shows not available to most of the mobile world? I used to be able to get Flash on my phones but I seem to have upgraded myself out of viewing anything Flash on my mobile devices. My wife likes to watch surfing events (e.g. vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com where I get the message that I need to install Flash.
I can understand this from a surfing site, but I would have assumed that your network would give us alternatives. I have the built in browser, Chrome and Dolphin and I cannot figure out any way to watch your podcasts on my mobile devices.
Please help. Thanks, Stuart In San Diego
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