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

Android NewspaperBy now, you either have the Google Now Launcher, or you don’t. If you don’t, then you might want to go grab the launcher and sideload the install. I love it. If you have a Nexus or Google Play Edition device, then you’ll be able to grab the launcher from Google Play.

And if you didn’t notice, you can take a look at my two-part “expose” on cloud terms of service.

Now, here’s the rest of the news:

  • Futurelawyer introduced me to this story on using your phone’s hotspot as an emergency beacon. Assuming you can still use your device, this app could be potentially lifesaving.
  • Attorney at Work gives you some ideas on keeping client information safe in a BYOD environment.
  • Researchers at Wichita State report that Google Glass doesn’t distract user’s driving.
  • Android Community reports that a new Google Play Services update will help minimize Android malware with an “always on” scanning feature.
  • Two of the Motorola apps I miss from Moto X is Active Assist and Display, and Motorola just updated these apps to add new features.
  • iPhone/Apple fans are happy about an apparent comment from Google’s Sundar Pichai regarding Android flaws.
  • The problem is, Pichai never made the comment.
  • The “OK Google” command is available for Chrome Browser.
  • And Chrome for Android also saw a new update.
  • Google+ users will see a new update that adds awesome photo editing features. The update’s rolling out gradually to all Android devices.
  • Project Ara is Google’s new “build your own device” program, and apparently, Google wants the devices to start at $50.
  • Here’s an interesting concept, a self-destructing Android phone.
  • If you’re using a company provided Android phone, chances are it’s a Samsung model, because Samsung’s big in enterprise.
  • Most ASUS users won’t see an update to KitKat, but you could if you’re lucky.
  • If you’re willing to spend $50 or $90, you can have a new dock for your Nexus 7 tablet.

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Jeff Taylor

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