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

This week’s swarm of news is exhausting. So many stories flying in one way or the other, so much time and so little to do, as they say (wink); so let’s get started:

  • Google released its earnings news this week. Google’s earnings were strong, up 36% over the same period in 2011. You can watch the earning conference on YouTube. Overall, Google reported consolidated earning of $14.42 billion. Wow.
  • Samsung also released its earnings news. Samsung’s earnings show it could pay the Apple judgment, if it really wanted to. Samsung posted a net profit of 7 Trillion Won ($6,508,117,000.00 – that’s not a great exchange, is it?). Do you think Samsung could live $6 billion?
  • And if you’re interested, Apple made a little money too.
  • Here’s a rule regarding “jailbreaking” I haven’t really heard about. You’d think with a restriction on unlocking cellphones pending quickly, we’d see more news about it. Beginning tomorrow, consumers (mostly iPhone users) will not be able to unlock their phones and move to another carrier. According to the article, “Unlocking a phone frees it from restrictions that keep the device from working on more than one carrier’s network, allowing it run on other networks that use the same wireless standard. This can be useful to international travellers who need their phones to work on different networks. Other people just like the freedom of being able to switch carriers as they please.” I don’t know a lot of people switching carriers at random just because they’ve unlocked their phones (most carriers require a contract term), but I guess we’ll stop them now. Of course, you can just come over to the best network and not have to worry about your service. Also, be sure to distinguish unlocking from rooting. Rooting is not banned under this new law. Rooting may however void your phone’s warranty.
  • Futurelawyer, Rick Georges, introduced me to this post about the 6 best video conference apps. I like Google+ Hangouts, but also enjoy using Skype to show of the Droid Tots to The Droidental Units back in California.
  • Several stories appeared this week about Google’s secret wireless program. Apparently, Google is applying for a wireless license “to create an ‘experimental radio service‘ with a two-mile radius covering its headquarters.” My guess, as the WSJ article shows, is that this service is potentially tied to the Google Fiber service being implemented in Kansas City. Seems logical too with Google’s acquisition of Motorola.
  • If you enjoy internet content on your television and mobile device, you should get excited about this story featuring Netflix and YouTube. The two companies are teaming up in a joint venture to take on Apple’s AirPlay service which enables the ability to share content between your television and mobile device. A recent YouTube update allows this, sort of, but this Netflix/YouTube venture appears to be a true sign of forthcoming innovation. Perhaps a “NetTube Play” box?
  • If you think I’m a little overzealous with the Android stuff, check out this guy who built an Android train.

Android Train Sideview

  • Lest you forget that I’m a big of an Android fanatic, you might check out this birthday swag from Mrs. The Droid Lawyer. Yes, I think a giveaway is in order soon.

The Droid Lawyer Swag

  • A small portion of the Google earnings call reiterated that Motorola is “still in transition.” According to Google, expect another 12-18 months before Motorola is actually profitable. It’s hard to believe that Google acquired Motorola only 6 months ago. That reminder answered my question as to why LG manufactured the Nexus 4 and not Motorola. I suspect we’ll see a Motorola-made Nexus device in the coming 12-18 months.
  • Dennis Kennedy wrote this ABA Journal article about the BYOD (bring your own device) versus COPE (company provided, personally enabled) debate occurring at many law firms. Not surprisingly, my firm doesn’t have this debate. It’s BYOAON (bring your own Android or nothing).
  • Here are a couple links to my favorite posts this week: Doodle 4 Google; Is Android Only Better Because it’s Cheaper?; Google+ Tactics; and NFC Secure.
  • Here’s a post from Lifehacker about the Hushed app, which apparently generates a throw-away phone number for you to use. Numbers cost $1.99, but this seems like a great way to privatize some connections.
  • The Verge has a great post on how Larry Page has transformed and unified Google’s app designs. You’ll recall that once Google’s apps sucked, but now they’re cool.
  • And just so you remember that you’re going to have to work a lot harder to become a YouTube sensation:

Have a great week.

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Jeff Taylor

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+.