All About Android 148

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Episode 148

All About Android 148: Forkin' Android



Alleged memo from Google: "Starting February 2014, Google will no longer approve GMS distribution on new Android products that ship older platform releases. Each platform release will have a “GMS approval window” that typically closes nine months after the next Android platform release is publicly available. (In other words, we all have nine months to get new products on the latest platform after its public release.)"
Android dev at Google, one of the earliest: "At least Android creates a much more equal playing field for others to compete with Google’s services than is provided by the proprietary platforms it is competing with. I also think a good argument can be made that Android’s strategy for addressing today’s need to integrate cloud services into the base platform is an entirely appropriate model for a “real” open-source platform to take."
Nokia engineers had been developing the Android phone before Microsoft struck the €5.4 billion ($7.4 billion) deal last September to buy Nokia's handset business and license the Finnish company's patents. It hasn't been clear before now whether Nokia would move ahead with the Android phone, expected to be introduced at the Mobile World Congress industry trade show starting Feb. 24.

Glass News


  • Jason Appelbaum shows off the new Glass Titanium frames



Mozilla and EverythingMe previewed the new Firefox Launcher for Android last week. They said:
"Firefox Launcher for Android makes it easy to discover the content you want in any moment and is optimized for the way you use your phone. The app integrates the contextual adaptive app search from EverythingMe with the Firefox for Android Web browser to offer users a personalized and customizable Web experience that is fun and intuitive."
Open Google Now and tap the microphone button at the top (or use the "OK Google" hotword on the Nexus 5).
Simply say "Call my ..." appended by the person you wish to call (mom, brother, wife, grandfather, etc.).
If you have yet to assign a relationship to that name, you'll be prompted again to speak the person's name.
Tap to confirm the name, or pick from your contacts manually.
If there are multiple numbers associated with the contact, select your preferred number for voice dialing.
NameTag is a new Glassware app that can scan a person’s face, and look them up online.
If NameTag successfully finds that person, it spits back tons of information about them, including their full name, their relationship status, what school they went to, their current occupation, their interests, and more. It’ll even tell you if that person has a criminal record.
It does all of this by searching social networking profiles and public records database like online court records in your city and state.
Upon gathering these details, NameTag uploads them to‘s database without your permission. Don’t want your information made available? NameTag gives you the ability to opt-out, though we’d contend that something like this should be strictly opt-in.
After pulling the theme from the app, there was hope that the app would return within a few days to Google Play. --- and after an angsty open letter from Themer's CEO and complaints that Google was unreachable and not doing anything about the situation, Themer was restored to the Play Store on February 10th.

Android Arena!



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