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

The Droid Lawyer’s Hawaiian vacation is closing out quickly. Google Maps was probably my most used app during the trip. I’m really loving the new update, including the ability to show which lane you’re supposed to use to turn. Maps isn’t perfect, but the app works well and I’ll think you’ll love the offline mode also — I also like this little-known “Quick Facts” feature. You can check out my pictures here.

Now, the rest of the news:

  • If you want to type fast, try Fleksy Keyboard. The keyboard won the Guinness World Record.

  • Minnesota has a smartphone kill switch law. I’m not sure how this will effect future devices, or even if the law will force manufacturers to include the turn off switch with all new devices.
  • The Moto 360 and LG G Watch face off in this post.
  • Interested in having your own geiger counter? There’s an Android app for that.
  • Here’s a post about the best GPS apps.
  • Microsoft Lync users will be happy with the new Android tablet app.
  • William Peacock has a great review — especially because it plugs my site — about Android adoption by lawyers.
  • Google’s new Cloud Messaging, Cloud to Device Messaging, will enable developers to send messages directly to their applications, and perhaps users.
  • UC Irvine adopted Google Glass for its medical program.
  • I haven’t played with this suggested tweak to speed up Chrome for Android, but it looks promising.
  • And finally, we might see Android 4.4.3 sometime on May 23rd. This corresponds with rumors about Android 5:

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