All About Android 96

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All About Android
Episode 96

Contents

All About Android (96): (Samsung Fascinate Black Prime V Pro)

Guests

Topics

Android 4.2.2 pushed to AOSP and most Nexus devices. New features: Quick Settings toggle, App download notification improvements, new sounds, fixes for bluetooth audio issues. Also USB Debug whitelist to prevent data theft using ADB (for unrooted devices)
Folks at XDA analyzed the IMEI numbers on Nexus 4 devices and came up with an unofficial way to estimate the total number of devices sold. At the end of December, that number was around 400,000 Nexus 4's, but now, it appears to have surpassed 1 million devices. Low when compared to devices like the Galaxy S III (40 million as of Jan 2013), but not bad when you consider how long its been on sale, and the limited number of markets (seven through Play Store alone), and all of the stock issues.
February 25th launch date - the satellite will start to run apps chosen via a Facebook competition. Scream in Space will use the phone's speakers to test the theory that 'in space no one can hear you scream', popularised in the film Alien. Members of the public will be able to upload videos of themselves screaming. The most popular will then be played on the phone and recorded using the microphone.

Voicemail

Hardware

Originally scheduled to release late 2012, the Wikipad is getting official with it's 7" version for $249 this Spring. 4.1 JB, Nvidia Tegra 3, 16GB RAM. Gaming first, but also a fully capable tablet. 10" screen version being revamped to release at a later date.
OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman told Engadget they plan to release a new, revamped Ouya every year, following the mobile device model as opposed to the traditional gaming device model. backwards compatibility is being assured as well. We'll take advantage of faster, better processors, take advantage of prices falling. So if we can get more than 8GB of Flash in our box, we will," she explained. But don't fret, nervous game buyer. Uhrman assured us that "all the games will be backward compatible" going forward. When pushed on how this will work, she said, "The games will be tied to you, the gamer," (like Steam is now) rather than tying your game licenses to the hardware you purchased (like, say, Nintendo's Wii U).
The LG Optimus G Pro appears to be a leaking ship online in advance of Mobile World Congress later this month. Specs: 5.5" 1080x1920 Full HD IPS-LCD screen, 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon with LTE, 2GB RAM, 13MP RFC, 2MP FFC, 3140 mAh battery, 32GB internal storage, microSD slot up to 64GB, thin bezel, slim physical home button. Photo: allegedly the device for Korean carrier LG U=.
On the inside, the Vertu Ti isn't all that remarkable -- there's an unnamed 1.7GHz dual-core processor running the show, an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, as well as a 1.3MP front-facer, a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 64GB of storage and pentaband DC-HSDPA connectivity. Even less remarkable is the year-old skinned Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich powering the software side of things. But Vertu's banking on its build quality and unique materials to set it apart -- the chassis is constructed out of titanium, and the screen is fashioned from sapphire crystal -- apparently designed to be more durable than the average plastic phone. What's more, customers get access to Vertu's "concierge" call service to help out with things like "local advice and restaurant booking." (Think of it as a little like Google Now, except with humans.)
Ahead of HTC's Feb 19th event in NYC, a render of what looks to possibly be their next flagship device, the M7, has surfaced. Also, rumors abound that HTC will stick with the same naming scheme as last years line, calling it the HTC One. Plain and simple.


Email

Hi AAA team, I need some help. I have a friend that is getting a new phone next week and has been fully invested in the iPhone and Apple for years. However, he wants to try Android but has 1 issue stopping his conversion. His office uses iMessage exclusively and can't be without it for the "collaborative" nature of it. Is there any way for him via an app on Android to integrate seamlessly? He is not too impressed with the iPhone5 so wants to switch but simply won't if we can't solve this issue. He does not want to ask everyone else to switch to GTalk, etc.

Thanks. Love the show, and always will! JonConcord NH

No integration on Android for iMessage.
Many services that do similar things, but Apple has iMessage servers locked down pretty hard.

Apps

In March of 2012, Nike mentioned through their Twitter account, that Android support for their popular Nike Fuelband, was to be available Summer 2012. Flash forward to now, and we've still not seen that support. Nike took to their Twitter account once again to say definitively that they are focusing on the iOS and web components, leaving Android in the dust.
When will it be released? This week. On Google Play. As a separate app, so you can run both side by side. Will it be PlexPass only? Yes. Until it’s out of beta, at which point it will be available as a free upgrade for existing Plex for Android users. (Note that it does not, and will not, support Android versions earlier than 3.2). Also note that the PlexSync feature will always require a PlexPass. Why 3.2? Because the Google TV runs 3.2, and we like the Google TV. we’ve been reading and re-reading the Android Design Guidelines, and we thought we could do better, especially if we dropped support for older versions of Android. We targeted Android 3.2 or newer, used some great platform features (Google Cloud Messaging, lock-screen music controls, global search integration), and you’re going to love it. It also supports PlexSync. To everyone who has been patiently waiting, I apologize for the delay, but it will have been worth it. The app is fast, smooth, and beautiful. It uses paging and infinite scrolling and network data compression, which means access to giant libraries is super fast. It supports the same rich filters you’ve gotten to know and love from Plex/Web. And most importantly, it’s a great platform to build on. We didn’t just set out to make a great Plex Android app. We set out to make the most beautiful Android app, period.

Email

Hey Crue,

Just wanted to pitch in my two cents about a recently RE-discovered Android Tutorial Website that I used a lot during my first app development. The website is called http://mobile.tutsplus.com which as you can probably tell is an extension of the huge "Tut+" website.

It has all kinds of tutorial, from iOS to Android from Corona to Sencha Touch etc. basically everything mobile development. Their tutorial have different ranging levels of difficulty from walking you by the hand on setting up you development environment on you home pc to creating custom views on android.

They teacher in your email mentioned that he was looking for more "hand-holding" of sorts and this is definitely this place. Although if he doesn't know anything about programming it might be a kind of a steep curve anyway.

Thanks,

Jossay Jacobo Android & Web Developer

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