Phil's keyboard

It's only been about three weeks since Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 in Barcelona. We're a week away from HTC unveiling (ahem) something in New York and London. (Gee, whatever could it be?) And I'm getting antsy as hell to spend some quality time with some new, finished hardware and software. That last qualification is important, I think, as it was the initial software experience that really soured my on the GS4 a year ago. Great features, but serious problems with speed. In fact, picking up the GS4 again this week after T-Mobile's version got KitKat, I'd honestly forgotten what a slick phone that was.

We're about to be buried in a couple great phones, I think, in the new HTC One and the Galaxy S5. This is going to be a very busy spring.

We've been hard at work behind the scenes as well. For those of you who frequent the front page, you'll notice that we've been running a number of posts a day in a smaller format. That lets us do a couple things — first and foremost is that lets us give more weight to the more important posts, while downplaying but still publishing smaller bits of news. It makes me more excited to cover all the things.

We've also gotten started on our new topic pages. Nothing new, really — we've had this sort of reference material before — but we're more serious about it than ever now. Here's just one example, for the Nest family of products. We'll be growing these out, of course, and our traditional device pages (a la the aforementioned GS5 and HTC One) will take this form as well. More news. Better reference pages.

And that's just the beginning. Big things are afoot.

A few other nuggets from the week that was:

OK, keeping it short this week. Let's get back to work.

 
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planoman says:

Seems to be incremental advances right now which is OK since it may slow down me getting phones. :) My GS4 was fine speed wise and storage wise (had the 32GB) but I got so tired of the bloat from ATT and Samsung and realized there are so many features I would never use. Still enjoying my nexus 5 and moto x. I find myself looking more to what WP 8.1 will bring in terms of new devices.
Between the HTC and GS5 I like the HTC although I have never owned a HTC. I'll wait to see the reviews before I decide if they are upgrade worthy to me.
Sent from my bada$$ Nexus 5

A895 says:

I'm glad microsd may be picked up again. Maybe we will see it in the Moto X2? One can only hope. Especially if they keep Active Display and Touchless Controls, it will make it a must buy for me.
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planoman says:

I have given up on the SD card. After 4.3 gimped my S4 Google Edition with the SD card, I decided to go with max on board storage in future devices. I have heard that recent android updates have also caused issues with the SD card.
Sent from my bada$$ Nexus 5

just.garet says:

Please stop using the cliché "Inside baseball". You use this on the podcast all of the time and it sounds so lame.

First of all, not all of your readers/listeners are American and understand it. Alex Dobie probably finds it just as annoying as I do.

Secondly, many of us simply hate baseball and don't give a crap about it.

Thirdly, "inside baseball", belongs in the rubbish heap of modern day dumb clichés like "gone viral", and "like gangbusters".

Please be more original and stop saying this/writing it.

Best regards,

Garet

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Um Phil and most of the AC staff are Americans. Its only natural that american vernacular will seep in. Alex Dobie and Richard Devine often use "spot on". So what. You can generally figure stuff out from the context and if not Google is your friend.

Further, while the site has a worldwide audience, they know from the analytics that the majority of their readers are American.

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That's all you got out of this? Sad.

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I'm British and love Baseball. So there's that. :)

Far more than me, I might add. In fact, most of the Brits I know do.

You're all weird. :p

Warrenisit says:

Baseball is far more popular in countries other than America so your gripe means absolutely jack-sh*t. If you don't like something why don't you respectfully address the issue instead of acting like a pompous d*ickhead? Or, better yet, DON'T READ IT!!

ejraney says:

Get over yourself.

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mcelmeel17 says:

Wah wah wah

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MERCDROID says:

I so desperately want your post to die in a fire.

Best Regards,

MercDroid

Amyshubby says:

They should say "inside flappy birds". I'm sure no one will complain about that!

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TenshiNo says:

lol

NoNexus says:

Wait I thought only me and a few others said spot on? Guess I am not as original as I thought.

I never saw either inside baseball nor spot on used.

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ICords81 says:

I'm more irritated with the poor grammar or miss spelled words. Don't they have an editor?

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I disagree with the sentiment but agree with the recommendation. Don't use "inside baseball." I clicked this hoping to hear about a new baseball app :)

people bitching just for the sake of bitching. welcome to the internet.

eszklar says:

What I'm looking forwards to Phil is the release of the Sony Z2 phone and tablet. Sure the M8 has my attention but the S5 does not. Also looking forward to the Gear2/Neo and Fit as well.

Warrenisit says:

Love your "From the Editor's desk" bits! Getting the "inside scoop" (see what I did there?) from the expert n chief is always welcomed.

worknman says:

In regard to customization, would be cool to be able to set a filter to just show the high-end stuff. I don't know about everyone else, but I don't give a ding dong didly about mid-range and ESPECIALLY those craptastic low-end devices for 'emerging markets'. Do that and I might have a reason to download your app, instead of using RSS.

Yes please Google figure out this photos/gallery issue. I am not a fan at all.

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NoNexus says:

+1 and while you are at it, stop with the photo upload to g+. Send it all to drive

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You really should see the crap I don't post. Sorry if honesty offends you

Yup. If all online storage is shared then why not just access it from 1 app.

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You miss the point. There are people (I'm not one if them) who won't use the G+ app AT ALL. even to view local pictures. Android needs a gallery app other than G+ Photos.

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icebike says:

Quote Phil: you'll notice that we've been running a number of posts a day in a smaller format. That lets us do a couple things — first and foremost is that lets us give more weight to the more important posts, while downplaying but still publishing smaller bits of news.

Here's an idea Phil: Get rid of that full screen of HUGE story links at the top of each page, then you will have no problem getting more stories on the page.

These waste bandwidth, yours and ours.
They generate Zero Revenue for AC.
They make the first hit on the site nothing but pictures. Come on, Phil, we can read.
They are lame, and un-attractive, and SO 2012. That meme has played itself out.

Yet you go out of your way to push these into the face of every reader?
Can't you extend us the courtesy of assuming we are past the comic book stage of our life?

Warrenisit says:

Yes! I also dislike having to scroll a full page down to get to the articles. Would much prefer you revert back to how it was.

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jean15paul says:

FYI, topic pages don't show everything in the AC app. The body of text and embedded links are fine. Story cover images and everything that comes after that is missing in the app.

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