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

Lately, it’s usually 4:00 a.m. when I usually write my blog posts — such is the case this morning. Partly, the process is because of time and insomnia. However, this week 1) I’ve slept in most mornings, and 2) I haven’t had a lot of time. So I apologize for missing a lot of days, once again.

As for the news, here’s what you’ve missed:

Lawyerist is running a series of polls in “The Lab.” First, the polled readers about case management software, and now they’re asking about mobile phones . . . well, technically mobile operating systems, though the terms are interchangeable for all but the most stringent of us. Obviously, neither of these polls are scientific by any means, but I suspect it’ll give as fair a representation as any of Lawyerist’s readers’ smartphone preferences. And of course, to nobody’s surprise, iPhone will win.


David Pogue talks Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio. It’s for iOS users, but still good information.


Google Play is “liquidating” several apps for $0.10. I grabbed Monopoly and Need for Speed: Most Wanted, for a dime each.

Google Play Oct 15 Promo


Crossover is a program in development that purports to allow you to run Windows apps on Android. You can sign up for notification about the availability.


Nexus Android 6.0 factory images are available. I chose not to discuss this, since most of the blog readers 1) aren’t interested in flashing factory images, and 2) most users’ phones can’t flash these images.


Although they’re talking iPad, this post from iPhone J.D. and Carolyn Elefant on using the iPad at trial is terrific.


There are no surprises in this post, but it’s always fun to see what ideas people have for Chromecast.


iFixit has a teardown of the Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio. The most revealing element is the gigantic gob of thermal goop to prevent overheating. No more worrying whether your puck is going to overheat and burn up your television.


Now on Tap is an awesome feature in Android 6, and here’s why.


Android Wear has a lot of problems — which I’ve discussed — and this post, about using Wear with iOS, only highlights the issues. The problem with the post though, is not the fact it’s an iOS and Android Wear pair, but rather smartwatches in general.


Stagefright is infecting Android devices again. Blah, blah, blah . . . Google fixed the issue, so no worries . . . oh, and by the way, I just infected exploited the vulnerability to infect your device. Have a great day!


YouTube Kids is Google Cast compatible — what took you so long, Google? — but remember, no system is perfect. Which means that I’m still sadly disappointed by YouTube’s content filtering abilities. (Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, and the filter doesn’t care about content.)


And because who would have believe the sport’s so popular in Sweden, I give you tractor drifting GoPro style:

Looks fun.

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