You're only as good as the people you work with. Or some other such platitude. But that's certainly true among us here at Android Central — there's no way this site would be what it is without the help of the folks, new and old, whose work you read here every day. That's true for Mobile Nations on a larger level as well. And so it's been an honor and a pleasure to have worked with our friends from Dallas, the fine folks of GeekBeat.TV.

I first met John P and Cali Lewis a few years ago on a trip to Detroit for General Motors — seeing what sort of was the precursor for the likes of Android Auto and Apple's Car Home systems. They served as hosts last year for our Talk Mobile endeavor — we recorded something like 30 videos over three days in a New York penthouse, if I remember correctly. John P and Kien Tran led the way for us with all the live streaming and production at the inaugural Samsung Developers Conference last November. And we took things to a new level in January 2014 with CES Live.

On Friday I had the privilege of attending the grand opening of the Geek House — their new office/studio/secret robot lair/working space with the excellent URL of Such an incredible space. So much Star Wars. Many acts of nerdery. Check your favorite social network for #geekhouse. And be sure to hit up the GeekHouse site.

From all of use at Mobile Nations to our GeekBeat pals: Congrats! And thanks for letting us be a small part of it!

A few other thoughts on the week that was:

  • Jerry was the bad guy here so I didn't have to be, but he's 100 percent right. Smartwatches are just as dangerous in the car as phones.
  • We had a lot of fun looking back at the Nexus phones.
  • All I have to say about these "ZOMG the Moto 360 might be plastic and plastic sucks because metal is better never mind that the watch isn't exactly a secret" rumors is this.
  • You won't believe what this clickbaity website said about twitter feeds that spoil the clickbait. Clickity click click!
  • Allow myself to quote ... myself: Good headlines entice. OK headlines tease. Bad headlines trick.
  • Standing rule: If I'm in your town and you see me on the street, say hi! Especially if I'm with my wife and some of our best friends. They need to be reminded from time to time that I'm kind of a big deal. It's for their own good, really.
  • My wife just fell to the floor, laughing, after reading that over my shoulder.
  • Gawd, I forgot how much fun Austin is.
  • By the way, that LG G3 camera ... So. Good.
  • Tesla to triple production? This is a very good thing. I'm going to try for a Model 3 in a few years.

OK, that's it from Texas. Be back from the office this week. Stay tuned.


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From the Editor's Desk: Messin' with Texas


I would love to own a Tesla one day. Not just because I like their products thus far, but to support such a unique approach to an otherwise boring market. And not just the model s is unique, or their previous roadster, or their upcoming products, but their plans to have charging stations all across the US so you can go virtually anywhere a petrol vehicle can. And their battery swap. And technicians making house calls. Sure it can be expensive, but I think its awesome.
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Hope you had a chance for some real texmex while you were here, there's nothing like it.

It's really weird that I happen to be wearing a shirt that also says "Messin with Texas" right now.

LG G3 camera is really good? I'll definitely check it out then...

The only thing that worries me is the battery life since have a lot of screen on time with my smartphones.

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Reading this flying to your home state. Heading to Tampa for a week to relax. I love my home state of Texas but the August heat is not fun and Austin would be funner if they solved some traffic issues! DFW is a lot funner, unless you are college aged or work for the government neither of which I am or do. Lol!

Phil, my wife just gives me that, "Yeah, right. Keep dreaming." look when I say something like that. But, we're from Jersey, so I'm used to it.

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To the Editor,

Is Jerry wearing the smartwatch on the wrong hand in the pic for his story on driving distractions? It looks like he's wearing it on his right hand, but it's set up for left handed use? Thanks for your time and attention.

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Small correction:Jerry wasn't being the bad guy. Reminding people they need to be responsible and not risk peoples lives doesn't qualify as being a bad guy.

Waiting for the Model 3 as well.

As for Geek House, Cali's politics and statements in the past make anything from her tough to swallow. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but if you are a media personality and are going to put things like that out there, you have to know people will judge you and decide whether to consume your products accordingly.

Love AC, adore the podcast. Keep on bein' the best tech anything I've ever seen on the Web!
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Oh you Liberals are cute, can't handle a difference of opinion, what are you going to do in the real world where having to deal with things you don't like happens all the time daily

I'll bite the troll bait.

1) You've guessed my politics totally wrong...
2) I'm doing beautifully in the "real world" in all regards, thank you very much. In business, I make sure to keep my politics to myself so as not to turn off any clients who might not agree with me. As Michael Jordan once somewhat put it, even people with whom he personally disagreed with still bought shoes and he didn't want to turn those people away...
3) I'll fight for Cali's right to think and say whatever she wishes, but it doesn't mean I need to endorse those views by buying into her media. I have that right as well. In the "real world," I don't know many Conservatives who buy Ben & Jerry's or Progressive and don't know many Liberals eating at Chick fil A. Right or wrong, that's just how things are. If you're putting those views out there, be prepared for the support of those that agree and the avoidance of those that don't...

Speaking of Talk Mobile...

Anything like that happening again? It was pretty fun. And I like your statement on headlines. One of the reasons I stick to the Mobile Nations sites is that I can trust in quality stories without the click bait.