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

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are in full force, and I’m enjoying being able to view some of the events on my Android tablet. If you haven’t viewed some of the non-broadcast events, take a chance to check them out.

And in other news:

  • Motorola CEO, Dennis Woodside, has a new job as the COO at Dropbox. This isn’t really too surprising given the recent acquisition of Motorola by Lenovo. Expect Lenovo to clean house.
  • There’s a new revelation that Google restricts access to its Google Play services (Google Play, Maps, Voice Search, etc.). Most people don’t understand that there are two elements to Android’s “open” architecture: AOSP and AOSP with Google apps. People conflate the two into one Android. AOSP is open, meaning anyone can access the operating system and change it as they see fit. AOSP plus Google Play apps is not fully open. If device designers wish to include Google Play services on their devices, then they pay licensing fees (currently less than $1 per device) to Google to include those apps on their devices. Most low-budget devices don’t include Google Play apps. This also means these devices can’t access Google Play (though you might be able to sideload) to download apps.
  • CandySwipe is an app that’s getting bullied by its knock-off app, CandyCrush. Trademarks disputes, especially these kind of disputes, are ridiculous. I’d suggest supporting the CandySwipe apps and ditching CandyCrush.
  • Even though Google Play Music costs more than Pandora (I subscribe to both), I’m liking Play Music more and more for getting music and listening to songs. Now, Play Music lets you take radio stations offline. This might just end my Pandora love affair.
  • The ABA Journal asks, “Is it OK to Google a client?” Uh, yes. The article suggest the “benefits to the client” is the perfect analysis. I think Googling a client is part of your diligence when you’re hired, regardless of the client. If you’re concerned, include a consent clause in your fee agreement.
  • Google Sheets does a little more:
  • And here’s my favorite GIF animation to come from these Olympics:
  • Sam Glover over at Lawyerist published a great look at the importance of file encryption:

  • Look for hearts on any “kissing” pictures you upload to Google+. These are novel, but I’m kind of tired of seeing them. Let’s just hope we don’t have clovers or leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Of course, if you’re the romantic type, you might want to check this out:

Will you play Kenny G, Boyz 2 Men, or Barry White?

  • This is a quick glimpse at the possible, but according to this Mashable post, Microsoft might open Windows to Android apps. What do you think about the possibility?
  • This news about new client API is a bit confusing, but there’s some exciting new developments for handling Chromecast SDK.
  • Samsung signed a contract with the US Army. The military might be carrying Samsung devices in the very near future.
  • I’m not sure that LTE on a tablet is all too necessary, but if you want a Nexus 7 with LTE access, Verizon has one.
  • Dropdot is a connect the dots type game for kids. Looks fun.

  • I don’t miss my Moto X too much (not totally loving T-Mobile), but here’s why Moto X is still an awesome phone.
  • By way of PSA, Flappy Bird is officially gone from Google Play and other stores. Don’t get scammed.
  • I trust this source, so I’m going with the report that Nexus 8 is coming in April. Not sure what to think of an 8 inch tablet.
  • Take this story with a grain of salt, but there’s apparently Nexus 10 2 is close to release and HTC will manufacturer the tablet.
  • Techrepublic reviews Dictadroid. You can see my review.
  • And finally, look for a new heat map feature coming to Google Maps for Android.

I’m not sure what this is going to mean, but it looks cool. And who doesn’t love an Australian accent?

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s!

 

2 Responses to Weekly News Round-up: What You Missed in the World of Android

  1. Ugh… I am still inundated with fake snow on a ridiculous amount of pics on g+. The “add snow” intern really took his job seriously. Now I have hearts to look forward to as well..fantastic.

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