Website Polls

New Poll: What’s New in 2014

The end of 2013 is quickly approaching, so I want to know what you think 2014’s biggest Android development will be. Here’s the newest poll: [gravityform id=”35″ name=”Biggest Prediction for 2014″ title=”false” description=”false”]

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android 101

Droid versus Android: What Do You Know?

Most people conflate “Droid” with “Android,” but the two are not synonymous. Technically speaking, even The Droid Lawyer is misusing the Android and Droid names. Android refers to the open-source mobile operating system owned by Google. Droid refers to the brand of smartphones exclusive to Verizon Wireless. (Check out this post for Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android 101

Get Google Tips On Demand

Google is my go-to search engine. Sure, I know all about Google’s lust for “filthy” advertising lucre, but the truth is that when you need information fast, it’s hard to beat Google’s results.  They’re fast and fairly accurate, and if you have to go to page 2, you know you’re searching in the wrong Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

1000 Posts

Wow. All I can say is that reaching this milestone is somewhat anti-climatic. Don’t think I’m not grateful to reach this point, I’m just shocked. Sure, many other blogs have “been there, done that,” but 1000 posts is a first, and last, for this blog. The Droid Lawyer started almost 3 Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android App Review

Android App Review: Pocket Casts

For the uninitiated, podcasts are mini-programs broadcast over the internet. Think of them as mini talk radio programs, without the “glamour” of radio. Of course, in some ways podcasts aren’t as popular as they once were, since many podcasts require intense amounts of commitment and YouTube fashioned a whole new way Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android 101

Android Tabloid Hangout

Wednesday, I had the opportunity to join Android fans, Marcus Newton, Joshua Annan and Mike Fuller. We spent a good one hour-plus talking Android news and views. You can check out our agenda to get an idea of what we’re talking about. Feel free to shift around.

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Android 4.3, Is It Worth the Hype?

After traveling for many hours and being technology-deficient for a few days, I’m finally getting around to updating my Nexus 7 tablet to Android 4.3. As you know, if you’re using a Google Nexus device (not a “Google Experience” device), then you’re able to download and install Google’s latest Android Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Top 10 Posts of 2013, So Far

These top posts posts are some of my favorite because they give you the opportunity to see what other readers find interesting. Your favorite posts run the gamut, from popular posts in the how-to series to Android app reviews. Hopefully, you’ve already seen and read some of these, but if Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Freebie for Android Photographers

Hurry, because who knows how long this freebie deal will last. If you’re into taking pictures with your Android phone, this is a great ebook. Of course, Android Photography: Take better photos with your Android Phone or Tablet, by Colby Brown is directed to newbies or beginners, but even pros will Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Is Google Now for iOS Bad for Android?

Google announced the availability of Google Now for iPad and iPhone, and the iTunes Store has the updated Google Search app. There are a number of Android lovers who mourn the loss of their beloved, only-available-on-Android, Google Now feature. Admittedly, I’m among the pack of mourners. My body and mind hurled the Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Android Gmail App Updated

Go grab the update for Gmail app. The newest release includes the ability to “reply, archive or delete from notifications” without the need to open the app, and some performance improvements. The action is pretty cool when you use it. That’s a pretty nifty feature.

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Apple’s Innovations

Emily Stewart over at onlinemba.com threw me a decent video to post. The post and video discuss the ways Apple “innovates” in developing its products. Admittedly, Apple’s tactics aren’t any worse than some other companies, but it’s nice to know just what’s being boasted. Watch out though, because I think Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android for Law Firms

Hanging With My Androids

It’s snowing this morning here in OKC, so that means I’m not getting a lot accomplished. That’s okay though, I have some Android friends to keep me company. I hope you’re staying warm, keeping happy, and enjoying the midway point of this week.

By Jeff Taylor, ago
News

Oracle Appeals

In an interesting bit of news, Oracle submitted its brief in the Oracle v. Google appeal. Groklaw has the full coverage, but in essence, this brief is 89 mind-numbing pages of boredom that resembles something I would submit . . .  if I was being paid $1 gigamillizillion per hour Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android App Review

Android App Review: Office 2012: TextMaker Mobile and Presentations

Finally, there is a decent and viable option for creating, editing, and managing Microsoft Office documents on your Android device. I’ve been playing around with Office 2012: TextMaker Mobile ($4.99) and Office 2012: Presentations ($4.99), which are two new apps offering the ability to manipulate Microsoft Office Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Happy Anniversary

Today marks the 2 year anniversary of my first posts: Motorola Xoom, A Few of My Favorite Apps and Benefits of Google Apps. At that time, I hoped and prayed for the viability and success of this blog. The Droid Lawyer was an obscure blip in the abounding sea of legal blogs. Quite Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
News

Infographic: Apple v. The World

Here’s a cool infographic I grabbed from HelloAndroid that breaks down the Apple versus everyone litigation. I hadn’t realized that the patent wars were/are in 30 courts on 4 continents. We haven’t seen the end of these battles, but we’re hearing less and less. Even with its $1B victory, Apple Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

I Need Your Help

Do you have serious, and I mean serious, experience with Evernote? Do you use Android? Do you want to contribute to The Droid Lawyer blog? Do you want to collaborate with me? If you answered, yes, to at least having experience with Evernote, I want to hear from you. I’m working Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

App Review: Law School Dojo

This review stems from another post I’m writing that may or may not involve law school apps, and a certain search term, “law school,” in Google Play. Tucked deep down in there was this app, Law School Dojo (free), from Hand Drawn Apps. The Google Play description is what caught my Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android for Law Firms

The Rise of Android

How strong is the Android OS worldwide? Very. At least that’s according to this infographic from MBAOnline.com (click to go huge):   Some of the interesting factoids: 3 of 4 devices activated are Android OS-based; In 2011 Microsoft made more money from Android OS licensing revenue than from Windows Phone Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Dictation on Android

My second post in a series of three is up on Attorney at Work. Today’s post discusses dictation apps for Android and speech-to-text transcription. Beginning my career as a solo practitioner, I didn’t have much use for dictation. There’s no sense in dictating something to give to myself to transcribe. Then Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Gmail for Android Updated

This week, Google pushed out a slick update for the Gmail app for Android. The update features some UI improvements and tow other sweet additions: the ability to slide to delete or archive messages and message auto-fit. To change or enable the new features, in Gmail click Menu > General settings Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
How-To

How to: Take a Screenshot on an Android Device

Here’s another video I decided to create addressing a fairly common question: screenshots. Before the introduction of Android 4.0, taking screenshots sucked. The process required rooting your phone sometimes, and at the least using a third-party app. Simple screenshots on the iPhone were my constant desire. Then, Android developers gave Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android App Review

Android App Review: Quill

Quill ($1.00) might just be the best bang-for-your-buck handwriting app in Google Play. This won’t be in the upcoming list of 2012’s Best Apps for Android (to be released November 12), because I found the app too late (okay, I added number 51). This will replace my other, semi-preferred, but Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Amazon Prime for $7.99

Amazon is betting that you’re willing to upgrade to Prime, it’s now offering the Prime service for $7.99 per month. I’m a Prime member, which I love. You get access to movies, free or discounted shipping, and . . . well, that’s about it. If I had a Kindle device Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Happy Birthday Android!

Today marks the 5 year anniversary of Android, or more particularly, the Open Handset Alliance. Android came about with the formation of the Alliance: The Android platform will be made available under one of the most progressive, developer-friendly open-source licenses, which gives mobile operators and device manufacturers significant freedom and Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Check Your Updates

Asus Transformer tablet owners should be giddy about checking for OS and firmware updates, but they’re not the only ones. According to this story, Android phones are susceptible to USSD attacks, which basically leaves the phone open to a hacker’s attempts to wipe your phone’s data. The story points out Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Asus Update Begins Today

Begin pressing “check update” today Asus Transformer Prime users, because the Jelly Bean update is rolling out today. For all of us Infinity owners, we’re set for our update tomorrow. You can read this post for exact details.

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Really Clio, An iPad?

I think I’ve praised online practice management resources, such as Clio, as an effective way for attorneys to become mobile warriors. If I wasn’t so financially invested in my own program, PracticeMaster and Tabs3, I’d readily make the switch. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that my good words about Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Smartphones & Tablets

The Great Tethering Debate

Verizon recently took some heat from the FCC for its hard stance on restricting tethering between mobile devices and other accessories. A lot of readers (mostly non-lawyers) are interested in my view (preferably a legal opinion) on tethering. Dedicate fans of The Droid Lawyer blog will know I’ve discussed tethering, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

TomTom Too Late

If you’re a fan of navigation, then you’re a fan of Android. Android has, hands down, the best built-in navigation. My favorite navigation app is Waze. It’s responsive, accurate, and has a lot of cool features, especially the “Wazer alerts” that provide information about police, construction, and traffic, among others, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Apple v. Samsung – What Now?

With the “trial of the century” over, as far as it relates to the patent world, the big question is going to be, what now for Samsung? Obviously, Samsung is not going anywhere. As the world’s number two device maker, and 2012’s second quarter sales leader, Samsung, as one Tweeter Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
News

Motorola Mobility Opens its Cannons on Apple

With Samsung and Apple still fighting in California, Motorola Mobility (a.k.a. Google) has finally moved into the “theater” and decided that it will begin blasting its patent cannons at Apple. This time, Motorola Mobility is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to invalidate and block sales of iPhone, iPad, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Poll(ar) Recap

Just wanted to remind you to participate in the polls, if you haven’t already. Case your vote, now: [poll id=”2″] [poll id=”3″] [poll id=”4″] [poll id=”5″] [poll id=”6″]

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Lego Android

LEGO is always trying to find marketable Lego kits to stay relevant and up-to-date. The company created LEGO CUUSOO as a means of creating support for Lego products and determining cost variables for sales of the product. Well, one developer/enthusiast has created a 200 piece Android-themed LEGO kit he’d like Lego Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Don’t Forget to Vote

I’m running a poll about pirated Android apps. I’m curious about the number of lawyers who have installed pirated Android apps. Don’t forget to add your vote by clicking on the poll. [poll id=”4″]

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Pirated Android Apps

  There was a recent poll over at Android Central asking whether their readers had ever pirated an Android app. I this would be a great question, especially for lawyers, so I though I’d copy it over here. [poll id=”4″]

By Jeff Taylor, ago
News

Kiss the Galaxy Nexus Goodbye, For Awhile

Well, Apple took some of their cash reserves and posted a bond for $95 million yesterday. shortly after Judge Koh denied Samsung’s motion to stay. Samsung presented, in my opinion, some well-thought-out arguments against the injunction, but these failed to persuade the judge. This injunction is going to hinge on the ‘604 patent, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

Easter Eggs in Android

Google is famous for leaving secret hidden messages, images, or other fun discoveries in their products or services. Searching for these “Easter eggs” is a full-time passion for some people. If you weren’t already aware, Android has some pretty cool Easter eggs too. This image, Zombie Art, by Jack Larson, Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android for Law Firms

Attorney at Large

The fine folks over at Attorney at Work blog developed a fantastic e-zine they’ve titled, Attorney at Large: A Field Guide for Mobile Lawyers. The e-zine is a packed PDF with articles and featured posts about making the law practice of law mobile. It’s 104+ pages of gadgets, gizmos, and thing-a-ma-bobs for Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Miscellaneous

The End of Android by 2015?

One of the iOS “gurus” I follow on Twitter posted that he foresaw the end of Android by 2015. That’s a pretty bold prediction, which he didn’t back up with any substantial factual information or analysis (can you really in 140 characters?). While I don’t believe there’s any end to Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

My Secret Obsession

My wife is getting quite upset at the new Android game I discovered. Though I’m not a “gamer,” Mini Motor Racing ($1.99) by The Binary Mill has taken over most of my free time. I’ve even abandoned my ever-tense reading of Fever Dream starring the debonair, Agent Pendergast. I’m not exactly sure why Mini Motor Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android for Law Firms

Bringing Tablets to your Law Firm

Android tablets are becoming quite the rage for businesses. Their size, computing power, and abilities make excellent companions to traditional desktop and laptop computers. I say companions because I still don’t believe tablets are the catch-all replacement for traditional computers. Specifically, tablets lack the “bells and whistles” that make PCs the Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Oracle v. Google, Google Survives

The jury finally reached its verdict in the Oracle v. Google trial, but failed to reach an agreement on one of the most important elements of Oracle’s claim. The jury could not agree on the issue of whether Google’s use of the Java code constituted fair use in the infringement case. Interestingly Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Go Nowhere Fast With Google Drive

“Hooray,” I thought as I quickly typed in drive.google.com in my Chrome browser. Like a kid on Christmas I eagerly looked for my free 5 GB of space and anticipated upgrading to 1 TB ($49.99/month). Alas, like every “secret” product, it seems that Drive is only available to the privileged Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Android Apps for Business

  Life of Android has this post discussing their 5 favorite Android apps for business. It’s a great post, with a couple great suggestions. Although I disagree with a couple, I’m quite pleased with their suggestion of Yammer. I think as the developers improve the app (there’s some interface and Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Catch My Post

Hey, if you need some extra reading, you might consider my post at Attorney at Work. The posts discusses Android apps for note-taking and dictation. Look for something similar here in the future. That is, if I can find those notes and dictation…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

A Safer Way to Text and Drive?

I’m always looking for ways to safely respond to texts while I drive. I think a lot of people are in similar circumstances, especially with an abundance of laws restricting texting while driving. Right now, my favorite app for sending emails, opening programs, and responding to text messages is Speaktoit Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Google

Another Great Learn with Google Event

I told you about Learn With Google, and since then I’ve watched several of the videos to help understand how to effectively market my firm with Google’s tools, and more importantly to track the inquiries. Now, Google launched another Learn event designed to show you how to connect with customers Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Now That’s Some Strong Security

One of my must-do security tidbits for your Android device is to set the pattern unlock. It’s a simple process that will improve your security measures immensely (you might check out this post on CNet about smudges which kill your pattern security). Now, there’s this story about how Android’s pattern unlock Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Applications

Office for Android

Microsoft Office is a staple in my law firm, and like it or not, Office is here to stay. For me (argue if you must) Office accomplishes what I need, and is rather easy to work with. There’s also an abundant number of resources, like this one, that help sort Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Security

Android and Apple Apps Required to Have Privacy Policies

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced an agreement between California DOJ, Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Amazon, which will establish policies that require app-developers to have privacy policies in place for apps that collect personal information. The press release claims, “This agreement will allow consumers the opportunity Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Android OS

Bad News Motorola Users, No ICS For You

Well, the news isn’t as harsh as the headline, but it’s still pretty disappointing, especially given the fact that Motorola Mobility and Google are bosom buddies. The bad news, according to this post by Brad Reed of Network World, is that Android 4.0 isn’t coming to Motorola devices like my Droid Bionic until Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago
Smartphones & Tablets

How Big Are Tablets?

The tablet market is huge, and for the first time ever, smartphone (including tablets) purchases exceeded desktop PC sales. Office supplies retailer, Staples, created this graphic to highlight tablet use: A couple facts that caught my attention: 80% of users say tablets improved work-life balance (yeah, we knew that) A Read more…

By Jeff Taylor, ago