Weekly News Round-up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

We’re just a “titch” closer to ABA Techshow 2013, and this week the planning board announced that David Pogue will be the conference’s keynote speaker. I enjoy reading David’s articles in The New York Times, so it will be fun to hear his insights this year. You can check out the conference schedule, which includes my two presentations, Tablet Wars and Top Apps on Friday morning. I guess I’d better get writing. As for the rest of the world, they’re focused on this stuff:

  • This story argues that since Deutsche Telekom announced that T-Mobile would now sell the iPhone, T-Mobile’s investment in Android is a loss. Essentially, the article argues that early-Android-adopter, T-Mobile is moving to iPhone because Android isn’t a financially viable platform. I think there’s a much simpler reasoning though than Android’s financial failure: iPhone’s importance. Even though operationally, Android is a better option (settings, features, equipment, modifications), people love iPhones and mobile carriers know that. The problem will be that T-Mobile just announced it’s eliminating subsidizations for phones, and requiring everyone to pay full price for their phones and smaller fees for mobile plans. I think after this announcement you’ll see Android start to soar. Why? Cheaper phones. Case in point: unlocked Galaxy Note II for $644.99 versus an unlocked iPhone 5 for $799.00 ($784 here). $150 less for a better phone. That’s a no-brainer when it comes to choices. T-Mobile’s problem is going to be convincing people to spend $600+ dollars on a phone.
  • Speaking of phones, with Samsung’s recent announcement that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in April 2013, I guess I’ll wait for an upgrade. Yes, definitely, I think I’d like an “unbreakable” screen. Let’s just hope it’s not Samuel L. Jackson unbreakable. Or wait, I guess Apple already patented that one (or here).
  • Google announced that it’s killing the free Google Apps program. Now, everyone will pay $50 per user, per year for great service.
  • Another reason you’ll want to become a Google Apps for Business subscriber is the ability to distribute Android apps through a private Google Play channel. Your employees can receive internal, company-only apps through the Private Channel in Google Play. Very cool, very useful.
  • And…if you’re on Google Plus (connect with me), you can now create Google+ Communities. Think this isn’t going to add game-changing elements to how businesses and people connect publicly and privately? Think again.

  • This post gives a great explanation as to why Android-lovers should also love iPhone. Essentially, iPhone created Android, so we should love it. I agree with that, can live with the argument, and you can stop reading before the picture.
  • Finally, comedienne/singer, Taryn Southern posted this video (caution: language) that you can send to someone who asks you for simple information. Of course, there’s always this site.
Note: if you missed the post this week, I’m creating, and encourage you to help, the authoritative list of Android apps for attorneys. These are attorney-specific apps, designed for attorneys to use. I do not intend to include cross-platform, multi-application apps like Dropbox or Evernote.

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