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It's great to get excited about shiny new things. It's horrible to get excited about shiny new things.

It's one of those weird times in which we're completely excited to be playing with things that aren't quite ready for prime time (OK, aren't at ALL ready for prime time), but have to remember that pre-production is still pre-production. So this week we catch up on where things stand with the Android N Developer Preview, we've got an early LG G5 in house, and we'll answer more of your questions live on air. 

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Android Central 279: Pre-production blues ...


Yeah I had the Droid eris, aka "hero" as my first Android phone, so I've a special place in my heart for them.

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Eris was different from the hero. It had an optical trackpad whereas both Hero models had trackball navigation - same CPU and RAM but different markets - Eris for VZ and HeroC for Sprint and OG Hero for Europe.
I miss my HeroCDMA and the awesome company it came from. Sadly that company is not what HTC is anymore.

Opinion expressed from a Moto X Pure

I would give up a kidney if HTC would make another groundbreaking phone like NEXUS 1. What in the world happening to companies like HTC, NOKIA, SONY, etc companies that use to make some awesome designed phones combined with some great hardware and software. And companies like Samsung, Huawei etc (BTW S7 Edge owner) that use to make nothing but crap makes pretty good phones today that many peoples choice? I guess listening to your customers and not get to much pride in your success is the key to success :)

Regarding app updates, Tapatalk is one I actively waited to update. 4.10 was a horrible, horrible update as they changed the while layout of the app and made it a buggy, usability nightmare!

Things have improved a lot since then, and while I prefer the old layout, it's now at the point I have no real issues with it.

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I was the same with YouTube when they got rid of the hamburger menu and changed to the current layout. I held off updating as long as I could, until they forced the issue. I still think the current layout is terrible.

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I have one of my devices still on a version of YouTube that allows preloading of watch later so when I'm in a marginal service area, I can still watch some videos without worrying about buffering.

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Pretty harsh words towards releasing Android N beta ... If some one tries on their phone without knowing the consequences that's on the user. Google wants feedback and users who are willing to do that are welcome to flash or take the OTA update. How is it any different than iOS beta program or Windows insider? Don't get the hate on Google doing the same with Android. I for one welcome it and if some user updates to it and cries that he/she bricked the phone then they will learn the hard way that next time they shouldn't do or know before hand what they are getting into.

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And where has Google posted the potential consequences on their beta page? How are people supposed to know these consequences (and possible fixes) when Google has never informed them?

I'll continue to hold Google to a higher standard than Microsoft or Apple because they know the nature of their user base, and that a portion of them are going to click anything that gets them something cool.

But you got to take personal responsibility at some point but I mostly agree with you

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When the notification for software download pops up... It clearly says not for daily use. Also below is from beta page, it also says currently targeted for developers and not for use on primary device etc. Can't be more clear enough if someone willingly takes the risk. Kudos to Google to open up the beta program to public like Apple and Microsoft.
Don't get your point, but everyone has their opinion I guess.

"How does the Android Beta Program work?

The Android Beta Program gives developers an opportunity to try out pre-release versions of Android. The program is currently targeted towards developers and is not suitable for use on your primary device (see known issues).

Devices that you opt into the program will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to the latest beta version of Android N. The updates that you’ll receive as a part of this program are unstable pre-release versions, and may contain errors and defects that affect your device.

You may remain in the Android Beta Program beyond the N release to preview future Android N maintenance releases (MRs). If you choose to do so, you will automatically get an OTA update to pre-release versions of the MRs as they become available. At the end of the program, you will begin to receive regular public updates.

You may opt-out of the program at any time to return to the stable, public version of Android. Note: If you opt-out when your device is running a beta version of Android, all user data on the device will be wiped."

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I usually enjoy your banter Jerry but you missed it with this one. I agree with bhatech about what is right in your face when you click to the N preview page, unless you feel most people don't and can't read? I don't know about the pop up since I don't have an eligible device. What other steps do you think Google should do?

I am an update fanatic. Every app on my S6 that's running 6.0.1. Is updated and I'm running the Android N preview on my Nexus. I'm basically 90% happy with the way everything is running. So yes update your apps people!

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