From the Editor's Desk

So it's been a couple weeks since we last chatted. Thank the cold rains in London and the allergens in Florida for that, I suppose. But here we are, back again. And things are about to get crazy.

I'm on my way to San Francisco today for the inaugural Samsung Developers Conference. Android Central is the official community partner for the event. And seeing as how Samsung's doing something new (by throwing this little party in the first place), we figured we'd step up our game as well.

So you'll be getting live coverage from us Monday and Tuesday. That includes not only liveblogging the keynote — but we'll be streaming it online as well. Plus, we'll have three hours of live video coverage on top of that. We'll be doing a couple live podcasts, and interviews from the conference.

So join myself and Andrew Martonik. This is gonna be fun. It's all going down at www.androidcentral.com/sdc13.

A few other thoughts runnin' through my head ...

  • Nexus 5 (and Nexus 10) and KitKat Watch — Day 363. (Halloween is looking good, BTW.)
  • No inside info or anything, but I'm betting on seeing devices ship in a day or two after the announcement.
  • I'm really curious to see if the Nexus 5 will break me from the Moto X. It'll probably come down to the camera.
  • I suppose it shouldn't be surprising, given our audience, but most of the folks installing the Android Central App these days are running Android 4.3.
  • Speaking of the AC app, we're starting work on another update. No ETAs or anything, but, yes, we've got things in store.
  • Aviate is really nice, but I still think I can predict what I want on my home screens better than an app. That's why I set up my home screens the way I did, after all.
  • But I'm also curious to try Cover.
  • I think one of the more telling things about BBM launching on iOS and Android — and it most certainly was a messy launch — is how difficult it can be to properly keep millions of users worldwide in context. More than 5 million downloads in two days, folks. 10 million by the end of the week. Think about that before you say "nobody's using it."
  • That said, I'm not using it.
  • And BlackBerry has done a pretty crappy job of convincing me that I need to use it.
  • Still seeing so many stories that confuse what Android actually is. It's not a "stock" launcher or skin. It's not Google apps. It's not a user interface. It's an operating system (or as Jerry says, 5 million lines of code) that lets you have all of those things.

OK, folks. The seatbelt sign is on. Catch y'all from San Francisco this week!

 
There are 59 comments

mindflux says:

Can't wait to see what cool features you are going to add to the ac app.

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I figured Kevin would have given you all standing orders to be running BBM.... No more excuses lol

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imomperousse says:

So since this event will be happening on the 28th and the 29th, I guess the rumors of an announcement by google about kitkat and the nexus 5 on the 29th are pretty much not gonna happen.

I doubt google will want to upstage samsungs dev event....would be bad form in my opinion.

Or was it bad form for Samsung to date the event so close to the launch of a new version/nexus phone?

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imomperousse says:

You mean so close to the launch of a yet to be announced phone or OS release? Google has had no "Official release" date set, so I don't think Samsung would be in the wrong if both things happen on the 29th...Seems to me that the nexus5 or kitkat are not being announced on the 29th...maybe on Halloween.... who knows.

mwara244 says:

Google has not even sent out press invites for anything 4.4 or Nexus related. And they would do that at least a week ahead of time you would think.

Let's also hope Samsung doesn't persuade them to make AC a Samsung store exclusive app too. = P

moustafa rai says:

Cant wait to see the nexus 5, and how it differs from the nexus 4

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ne0ne says:

Have you seen any of the leaks ?

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MERCDROID says:

Nothing's final, until it's final. All of the leaks could have been Google trolling the hell out of us, lol.

I don't know. That would be rather elaborate hoax. Service manual, multiple video and image leaks, and branded carrier images all with cohesive design. Personally I think we know what the 5 will look like. The real mystery is what the extent of KitKat has to offer. Which IMO is more exciting.

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MERCDROID says:

Yeah, good point. I'm excited to see how kitkat looks and feels, as well. The 4.3 update has been "really user friendly and smooth." So, kitkat should be legit!!

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NoNexus says:

Hopefully the Nexus 5 will be a treat and not a trick like the n4, gnex...

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MERCDROID says:

Lol, good one.

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brendilon says:

I hate to harp on this, but AC is sponsoring part of this event? Ugh. Not the sort of interaction that lends itself to objective industry analysis. If this event was a poorly run flop that people shouldn't go to in the future, how could we be sure AC would say so?

Read up on it on another tech site that isn't partnered with the event...

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Because I'm there. That's why.

I don't know what to expect. Maybe be awesome. May be inside developer stuff that we might not usually cover.

But I'm not going to apologize for trying something new. If you want the same old thing, there are plenty of places to find it.

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I think the bigger deal than the actuall nexus 5 release is gonna be the event where Phil eats his nexus 4 because of nexus 5 launch. Let me know where I can tune in... If u need to disassemble it to eat everything I think that would probably be okay...

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Why would I... Um, whatever.

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MERCDROID says:

Lol

eahinrichsen says:

What, you don't remember promising to eat your Nexus 4 as soon as the Nexus 5 comes out? You need to stop hitting the sauce before you post, buddy.

MERCDROID says:

Lmao, busted.

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In my defense, I do write more than a few stories around here. :p

MERCDROID says:

Haha I know. You get an automatic pass, Phil.

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mabr82 says:

Brilliant

Keep it secret keep it safe..... ø

My head just exploded. What did I read?

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Nexus 5 launch = Nexus 4 lunch ?

MERCDROID says:

This. +9000

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drokssilva says:

This. Is. The. Single. Funniest. Thing. Ever. You have officially won the internet.

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Halloween makes sense. A day dedicated to handing out candy to children, why not release Kit Kat on the same day?

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Well because......yeah I got nothing. It better be on Halloween!

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Phonication says:

Hey while you're out there, check out the floating data center Google is (allegedly) building out in the bay.

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Ooooo. YES!

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Ya wtf is that all about? All kinds of stupid rumors surfacing because of that thing.

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vansmack says:

I drive past it every day and wondered for a while what it was. Now that I'm even more intrigued, there's even less of a chance to get close to it. We'll know when we know.

MERCDROID says:

Have fun in San Fran!!!

Oops

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Moo Cow says:

I am curious where that picture is from, Phil.

Downtown Pensacola and Pensacola Bay!

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Moo Cow says:

It had the feel of leaving Tampa International Airport and going out over the bay, including two different bridges over the water. I knew your pic wasn't taken there, but it is kinda cool I can get the same vibe from that picture.

mabr82 says:

Great post as always Phil.

You really have a great job!

(Not jealous at all)

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JR A says:

Welcome to the Bay!

The 415, 650, 510, 925, 707, and most of all, 408 welcome you!

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Duncan1982 says:

This should be interesring and is something fresh, im interested to see what the AC update will bring-any clues anyone perhaps a lick of the old paint and a redesign on the layout may be the obvious ones. Come on phil how about a leak lol

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psp1232171 says:

I look forward to this week. I was a blackberry guy, installed bbm and uninstalled the next day and back to whatsapp waiting for sms in Hangouts as well. Is the 31st going to be the day because of the cross promotion on national candy day? Safe travels.

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Let's hope so!

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tr-1 says:

Are you gonna check out the secret Google project on the water?

dwd3885 says:

Announcement tomorrow. Order Tuesday, delivers by Friday.

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Grahaman27 says:

more like...

invites go out tomorrow for thursdays debut, can order friday, delivers next week.

NoNexus says:

More like announced on 31st, order on the second, site breaks, backordered out of stock, ships in 6 months site back up, supply chain still stinks

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MERCDROID says:

Sad to say, if the Nexus 5 launch is anything like the Nexus 4's launch, then you are completely right.

NoNexus says:

They really cannot do it again can they?

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dwd3885 says:

Paul OBrien said "in hand" on Nov 1.

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NoNexus says:

I remember words to that effect last year and they woefully underdelivered

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Duncan1982 says:

And i couldnt care less lol yes the nexus 5 like the nexus 4 will offer great specs at a more than decent price point, But i have my Note 3 and im More than happy with it for a couple of years.

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saltyzip says:

Please don't sell yourself out to Samsung, they haven't been behaving too well of late.

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Not a problem.

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AndroidUK says:

Let's hope that Samsung get the message from devs that locked down bootloaders are not welcome and neither iare regional locks or Knox flags that invalidate warranties.

Unless Samsung reverse these recent 'innovations', I, and many others over at XDA, won't be buying and supporting future Samsung products.

Duncan1982 says:

Agree with android uk, Samsung shouldnt turn Apple and prevent developers from doing what they do best, this was a big plus for them having unlocked bootloaders, So i for one hope its reversed.

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teejay69 says:

May good things come to all things Android

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ne0ne says:

Yeah I'm also debating whether or not I will change to the new nexus as my daily driver. I'm moving the Moto X, and still spend some time with my HTC one. Frankly I think the moto x is one of the best phones ever made.

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