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Weekly Round Up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

There’s a lot going on in the news about Android for this week, here’s a quick look at some of the stories I found most interesting:

  • If you’re into “hunting,” Google Chrome for Android has some “Easter Eggs” that will amuse you.
  • Google+ updated on the Android app, and though I don’t see much difference, you can see “what’s hot” by clicking the +1 link, or by swiping to the “What’s Hot” screen.
  • Over time, apparently the iPhone is a better investment because it ages better than Android devices. A study done by Priceonomics indicates that “You can buy an iPhone 4S today and sell it a few months later on the secondary market for almost what you paid for it. However, if you buy the latest big fancy Android phone, a few months later it has lost hundreds of dollars in value.”
  • This post isn’t really about Android, but it’s about creating e-books, which is the future of reading (unless you’re one who “still likes the feel of paper”). It’s a fairly simple process, and certainly a great benefit to attorneys. I can see a hundred-plus possible uses, only to name none.
  • Also another non-Android post (I missed mentioning this last week), but dealing with Adobe PDF, which is the bread-and-butter of a “paperless office,” is this post from PDF for Lawyers on creating digital signatures (and the Let me Google that for you link is pretty funny).
  • Here’s an interesting examination of an Android app called, PhatPad. This is a collaboration tool that looks like attorneys may benefit from using. Look for my review soon. If you’re already using it, please let me know what you think.
  • Google Maps updated to version 6.2.0. One of the biggest features is the world navigation. The navigation will also enter night mode when going through tunnels. Pretty cool.
  • Updates for 5 Motorola devices are available, including Droid Bionic and Razr. To check for the update, go to Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates. Your update on Droid Bionic should be 5.9.902.en.us.
  • Rumor has it that Google is working to develop a system called “Google Drive” that will function much like Dropbox. This is probably good news for Google Apps users, and bad news for Dropbox.

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