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

Google I/O 2014 is right around the corner. Unfortunately, unless the defendant in my case decides they want to settle, I’ll be sitting in at the plaintiff’s table in trial. That means I’ll miss the keynote speech. If you’d like to live blog the speech for me, let me know.

And now the rest of the weekly news:

  • Android 5.0 is all the rage with Google I/O right around the corner, and we might have confirmation of its imminent release.
  • Google Maps has some awesome street views of Brazil’s World Cup venues.

  • Moto X owners should rejoice. If you break your screen during the warranty period, Motorola will replace it.
  • SwiftKey is one of the best keyboards, and now its free with a bunch of new additions.
  • Microsoft’s new Outlook Web Access app is available on Android, with promises for continued support.
  • I noticed an update to Google Voice that brings an international call warning. I guess a lot of people still use Google Voice? I never got into it as a replacement for my cell number. And I know there are a lot of attorneys who use GV as their main number.
  • This Kickstarter campaign hopes to bring a dual-boot, Android and Windows, OS called Console to your desktop.
  • Futurelawyer sings the praises of MightyText. Yup, it’s that good.
  • I think this post from Dave Besbris is entertaining (embedded content).
  • Futurelawyer also reports on how Verizon’s screwing its Note 3 customers. Fortunately, I have a Nexus 5 on T-Mobile so I’m running Android 4.4.3.
  • Here’s a nice infographic on in-app purchases (I hate them, click to go big):

In-App Purchases Infographic

  • Fans of the CCleaner program for Windows will rejoice to know that it’s also available for Android.
  • I haven’t mentioned this new plug-in that lets you schedule and join Hangouts from Microsoft Outlook.
  • The prospect of this merger between PushBullet and EvolveSMS really gets me excited. I really wish Hangouts handled SMS on the desktop, and could “push” files between devices.
  • Here’s a great look at 1Password for Android.
  • This Wall Street Journal post questions who’s more powerful, Google or God.
  • And finally, I’m going to go into more detail, but Google’s introducing My Business, which will help get your business on the internet.

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