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

We had an excellent time at the Oklahoma Bar Association’s 2013 Solo & Small Firm Conference (check out some pictures), and it’s time to get back into the Android rhythm.

  • New Google Now cards got added and updated.
  • Even though I’m running a faster device, I’m going to flush my Motorola Droid Bionic with the newest release of Cyanogenmod 10.1. Looks like an awesome build with Android 4.2.2.
  • Google edition phones of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are up for order on Google Play. The One is $599 and the S4 is $649, and both devices ship July 9.
  • Unfortunately though, these phones aren’t going to get the Nexus treatment after all. Updates will come from the carrier, and not Google, though some details are sketchy. You might want to wait before dropping some significant amounts of cash.
  • Here’s a product that I’m really interested in trying, called Leef Bridge. The device is a flash drive with a microUSB and USB connected. This could be a great solution for storing files without having to use a cable or worry about cloud storage. The cost will be $17.99 for 16 GB, or $28.99 for 32 GB.
  • Motorola Mobility announced a new Google-esque logo.
  • BlackBerry, or more appropriately, Research in Motion, introduced the Secure Work Space app. The device only works if your organization’s back-end IT currently supports BES. That basically excludes a majority of the solo and small or mid-sized law firms, but should make many more people happy.
  • You’re going to see an updated Gmail app, with improvements to archive and delete emails and the ability to touch sender images to select multiple emails in the conversation list. You can see the announcement here. Gmail app is available for any device running Android 4.0.
  • Here’s a cool Chromebook hack that shows you can solve math equations using the search bar.
  • Speaking of Google search power, check out this new Google search feature that allows you to search pictures straight from the search bar.
  • Want to watch an electric vehicle go 204.158 mph? Here you go:

  • Perhaps  those guys could do this: 

Sign me up.

  • Go get the Google Play Edition camera and wallpapers. The camera is the best of the two, you can sideload the app. Remember, sideloading unknown apps has risks.
  • And finally, Keith Barrett works for Disney, but he’s also a Google Glass Explorer. He posted a video of his experience riding Big Thunder Mountain at Disney World. Don’t get too sick:

Are you ready for Glass?

Have a great week!

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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+.