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

Although this week was a rather dull week for news, Android still had some exciting adventures and interesting feature stories. Here are a few:

  • Since its release in late 2011, Amazon’s Kindle Fire has acquired 14% of the Android tablet market. Author Dustin Earley, points out that Amazon taps into its ability to harness a trusted brand and lose money on technology, to get people hooked on Kindle Fire. You might also check out this article that discusses why the Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook might be Android’s “worst” enemy.
  • Al Quintana writes this post for the ABA’s Law Practice Today magazine about using QR Codes in your law practice. This is a great “how-to” article, and sounds exactly like mine. I do like Al’s 10 practical tips.
  • Several sites report that Android 5.0 or “Jelly Bean” will likely make its debut this year. I was initially going to write a rant post about this announcement, but decided to let it go, hoping that time could make me forget. Unfortunately, time hasn’t made me less annoyed. The problem, which is my biggest complaint with Google, is that less than 120 days ago, we saw Android 4.0 jump into the market. We already know that, despite their initial murmurings, most Motorola devices aren’t seeing a 4.0 update, yet now we have another OS upgrade that most devices probably won’t see either.
  • Patently Apple reports that Google submitted a patent application for new slide-to-unlock features on a smartphone. This is one of the never-ending stories in the patent wars, where Apple is suing everyone for violating patents. One comment I saw sums up my opinions too: “Instead of suing everyone Apple should spend the money on actually innovating instead of just improving on other companies ideas. All this patent war is doing is limiting innovation and wasting resources.”
  • Google Drive looks to become the next Dropbox, which is sad for Dropbox because it’s such a cool program, but I have doubts whether its paid model can compete against Google’s free model (yes, I know there’s a 2GB free version of Dropbox). This week, photos emerged showing that Google Drive is active for some users.
  • The International Business Times has this post on the top 5 Android tablets. It’s a decent run-down on the Android tablet market, with Amazon Kindle Fire leading the way. You’ll want to check out my posts on tablets, and especially this one, for a summary too.
  • If you’re into old-school gaming, I mean reminiscent of the Nintendo, you’ll probably want to check out this post on the CPS2 emulator that will allow you to game like you did as a kid. You can grab the emulator here. I specifically disclaim any liability you may incur because of your use of a gaming emulator.
  • I joined Pinterest this week. I was a hold-out for so long, then my wife showed me some DIY woodworking and remodeling projects she liked, and I was hooked. Neil Patel of Quick Sprout has this post about using Pinterest to market your business. It’s mainly a how-to of Pinterest, but there are some good tips. Note: if you’d like to “friend” me on Pinterest, please send me an email (jeff at thedroidlawyer.com) requesting my “private” email address to find me on Pinterest. I probably should have done a Droid Lawyer login, but I didn’t expect to find much use in the “girls-only” club.
  • The Daily Dilbert comic for February 16, 2012 had me giggling:

  • Do you use Bump to share contact information? If so, you probably noticed the Bump 3.0 update. I like the app, although it only works about 50% of the time for me. Hopefully, the new update will improve that.
  • This week Google announced a fix for its Google Wallet vulnerability. The security hole apparently allowed a user to clear the phone, open the device, and access all prepaid card information. I’m not much of a fan about carrying information on my smartphone (but really is it any different than carrying all that same information in your wallet or purse?), but I think if you’re going to do it, you better safe-guard that with all of your might.
  • Android Police reviewed the Motorola Droid 4, which they claim is a “good device if you can stand the screen.”
  • Land of Droid gave this review of Liquipel, a product designed to waterproof your smartphone or other device. The price is $59 for most devices (unfortunately the number of available devices is limited), plus shipping and handling.

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I’m just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I’m also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.