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

Another busy week for me as I prepare for presentations at the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Solo & Small Firm Conference. I finished up my 50 Tips presentation with Jim Calloway, and I’m putting the last touches on my “all access with Android” presentation. Here’s a shot of what to expect. And now for the rest of the news:

  • Google intends to use high-altitude balloons to deliver internet to remote places on the globe. I’m not sure that I want a giant red receiver ball attached to my home, but I’m sure if you’re in the backcountry of Australia, or somewhere just as remote, you wouldn’t mind. Obviously, there are some significant problems (especially in terms of timing), but I’m sure as the program expands, more balloons will be launched.
  • 8 million homes in 9 years. That’s Google’s projection on the number of homes receiving Google Fiber. Considering that most home internet services move like snails in delivering quality internet, Google’s right on track.
  • Apple showcased its new iOS 7 operating system this week. It’s not that great. But there is one feature that is pretty sweet: “parallax effect.” Well, you can get the effect in a 3D, live wallpaper for your Android device. At $1.60, the live wallpaper isn’t cheap, but the effect is pretty sweet. Here’s a less-than-decent (doesn’t show the true “coolness” of the app) video:

  • Need some “bling” to show off your Android prowess? Here you go.
  • I think Microsoft has a good idea here. Apparently, they’re offering to pay some developers $100,000 to port apps to Windows 8 Phone.
  • Despite Microsoft’s attempts to slash BlackBerry’s throat, RIM won’t die. RIM’s also showing why it’s not paying developers to port apps to BlackBerry. According to this post, BlackBerry 10.2 will support Android apps.
  • Google has updated its Google+ app by improving the notifications. Now, your notifications will sync across all devices, instead of leaving a disconnect between your mobile and desktop systems.
  • Considering a new tablet? Wait. The new Nexus 7 will be released in July. No real official release date yet, but I’d say around July 15. On a side note, I didn’t think I’d love my Nexus 7 tablet, but after owning it for some time, it’s my go-to tablet for most day-to-day activities. Of course, the tablet lacks any sort of HDMI output or rear camera, so that dampens its usefulness. I use it for almost everything (except PDF reading/editing unless it’s a pinch), and love having the smaller tablet for reading books from Play Books or Kindle.
  • HP and Google Apps are teaming up. I’m not sure what the ultimate result will be, but obviously it’ll involve laptops and perhaps more Microsoft Office-like app improvements. I’m sure somewhere we’ll talk about wireless, remote printing.
  • Speaking of printing, Google Cloud Print app is awesome. I printed 3 briefs, several complaints this week, and a number of other documents from my tablet/Google Docs. Sweeeeeeeet.
  • Microsoft sees some definite competition for Google, so the out-of-date tech giant is siding with Apple to destroy Google’s mobile enterprise. If you’re not tired of the patent wars, read on.
  • Here’s another example of why I think Microsoft hates Google.
  • Limited edition Nexus 4 phones in white are back in stock at Google Play. At $299, the Nexus 4 is a sweet phone.
  • Some purported specs for the Motorola XFON are out, and frankly, I’m a little disappointed. While it’s running Android 4.2.2, the phone only has a 720p display and the same processor as the Nexus 4 (though there are some conflicting reports). Hopefully, that means that the price for the phone will also be lower. The good thing is that the XFON is capable of running on a number of different networks, which also means uniform availability with a “Nexus” experience.
  • Did you know many Google apps offer offline mode? Here’s an article on using Google Maps offline.
  • Tomorrow’s Father’s Day, and I want this. It’s okay that your present comes late.
  • Someone asked me how I come up with stories for the Round-up. I use Google News to collect and aggregate my stories. It’s totally customizable and presents a variety of stories on whatever subjects you request.
  • And finally, it’s Father’s Day and Google makes many fathers “Mr. Fix it All”. Thanks Verizon:

Have a great week!

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