Android Central App

It's a working weekend — clock's ticking on this Moto X review — so I'll keep things short this week. But I do want to mention that we've pushed out the first beta for v1.4 of the Android Central App. It's got a refreshed design, improved stability, and a few other features that you've been asking for.

You can join the beta group here. Please be sure to read the instructions if you're not familiar with the process.

We'll beta test things for a few days until we're sure we haven't broken anything too horribly. And we've still got more features and tweaks in the works (improved tablet design is high up on our list of things to do), so stay tuned for more.

A few other thoughts on the week that was:

  • Our pal JR Raphael from ComputerWorld beat us to writing this, and he's spot-on: Turning on Android Device Manager for your phone — so you can find it and erase it if it's lost or stolen — is the most important thing you can do with your phone tablet right now.
  • The easy URL to remember: Or just go to Google Play and hit the gear icon.
  • Kinda sad to see the death of the Zune Marketplace. OK, not really, but the Zune HD is still the best damn MP3 player I've used. Perfect size and a great build. It did its job, and did it well, getting me through many a long flight. My first AMOLED device, too.
  • Funny, looking back at those old Zune HD stories and seeing the uproar over video ads before (or was it while?) games would load.
  • One thing using a Pebble for a week has taught me: Google News alerts are all but worthless and quickly clog up an inbox. Quickly dismissing the e-mails on a phone or computer requires zero thought. But seeing them on a watch magnifies just how annoying they are. 
  • I'll write up some more thoughts on Pebble after Moto X is done.
  • Can't say enough about the "Trusted Bluetooth devices" feature on the Moto X and new Droid line. It's finally gotten me to use a password on my phones.
  • Hyperloop excites me. (Florida, much like California, long has had aspirations of overpriced and never-built high-speed rail systems.) I love the over-reaching. I love that it scares people. And as much as I hate how the word "disrupt" is used these days, it's the sort of infrastructure disruption we need.
  • Of course, once the government gets involved ...