Well, you can, should you so desire, order the next great thing from Samsung, the Galaxy S4 phone. Or, if you’re inclined, you can wait until after Google I/O 2013 to see whether the Motorola X phone will be announced. Either way, you’re going to love these two phones. Coincidentally, you might also want to look for a Nexus 5 phone.
In other news . . .
- Of course, if you’re looking to get a Galaxy S4 because of its increased security protocols, such as Knox, you’re going to have to wait. Knox isn’t going to be available when the first phones go on sale at the end of this month.
- Swype app finally made it to the Android big kids’ playground. I like Swype, but I think they’re too late to catch up to SwiftKey in users, or even native Android 4.2’s keyboard.
- I don’t get it, nor do I want it, but if you want to be like your iPhone buddies, Vine is coming “soon” to Android.
- Google Fiber is officially coming to Provo, Utah. Provo is home to Brigham Young University, and for a short period of time, The Droid Lawyer, while I worked at Staples. Provo will front $1.7 million to cover start up costs. Users will pay $30 for installation, and the rest is covered. Pretty sweet. I’m eligible for reciprocity in Utah, so, maybe . . .
- Google also boosted two of its other services, Google Drive and Chrome Beta. In the Drive update, the program adds greater group collaboration capabilities. For Chrome, Google seems to improve page rendering on tablets and smartphones. Remember, if you’re using Chrome Beta, there might be problems with your experience.
- Google also celebrated the 50th country covered by Google Street. Fifty countries filled with high-res street view photographs, that’s quite an accomplishment, and certainly a benefit to society as a whole.
- I haven’t tried Mailbox, but it’s a popular iOS app, and now it’s soon available for Android.
- Futurelawyer is loving his new Chromebook, and I told you this week why other lawyers will also love Chromebooks.
- Speaking of Chrome, there’s also a new Chrome extension available for viewing Microsoft Office documents. Previously, this extension was only available for Chromebooks. Of course, Mac users are in the cold because this extension only works on Windows desktops.
- Google changed its Google Play terms of service for developers to prevent the chaos that occurred when Facebook updated its app outside of the Google Play store. I think the move is good.
- iPad is losing ground to Android and Windows-based tablets. Interesting, but not too shocking. Both Windows and Android offer more functions, features, and capabilities than iOS.
- And finally, here’s a pretty good video putting Siri against Google Now: