Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Apr 2014 3:20 pm
It's different, and many would say improved - but what do you say?
Right now, the hottest thing in the Android Universe is the Galaxy S5. Usually we're the hottest thing in the Android universe, but we're OK being behind the new phone from the biggest Android OEM for a few weeks. And because this is the Internet, you can't say the words Galaxy S5 without someone else saying the words TouchWiz.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Apr 2014 11:23 am
It's that time again. Right around the beginning of this year I decided we were going to start a little bit of quarterly fun and poll you, the readers of Android Central, about what version of Android you were using. It's by no means scientific, and there's not much we can't find out other ways — like checking the website stats — but it is a great way to get a discussion going. And that's what...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 13 Feb 2014 4:26 pm
Some of us hold on to them, some of us go through them like candy
No, I'm not still using a T-Mobile G1. Even I couldn't go back that far on the Android timeline — I need at least Gingerbread.
This week we're curious about the Android phone you're using. Not what brand and model, or which carrier you're using, but how long you have had it. We almost have to switch our phones every six months...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 30 Jan 2014 10:53 am
Which screen does your gaming thing?
I made myself a little New Year's resolution that I'm going to make sure to have some fun with my work at least once a week. Sometimes that could involve the band saw, other times playing some of the great games we find in Google Play. Phil put the kibosh on the band saw, so this week I wanna talk about games.
We all play at least a few of them. (You, in...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 12 Dec 2013 10:34 pm
We've seen the Google Play data, let's see how Android Central readers compare
Google does a really nice job reporting what users of Google Play have running on their devices. They even release a general "This is how many devices use each version" post each month for developers to know just what to target with their apps. this is helpful, because as the trend moves to higher versions, they can...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 30 Nov 2013 5:27 pm
Amidst all the shoving and waiting in lines, there were deal to be had
Hopefully, everyone who celebrates had a great Thanksgiving, and are having a wonderful long weekend. While for some of us, that means sitting inside where it's warm, spending time with family and maybe watching a movie or playing some games, for a lot of people shopping is a big part of it all.
While Black Friday means...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Nov 2013 11:17 am
Are you looking for a change, or are you a brand loyalist?
It's time for another poll, and this week should be a good 'un. Updates — both to KitKat and otherwise — were flying fast and furious all week, and one common theme in the comments of all the news posts was users claiming they were switching brands because they weren't getting their update fast enough. We understand a lot of that is...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Nov 2013 10:37 am
Good things come to those who wait, but it comes to those who sideload faster
It's the time of year that we all start thinking of Android version updates (or the lack of them) and that means we are getting impatient. New hardware, like the Nexus 5, on the scene running the new version doesn't help much, because it's naturally going to dominate the news for a while. Those of us that aren't...
Orders are shipping — is one of them yours? Let us all know in this week's poll
Finally, all the crazy rumors and speculation is over. The Nexus 5 — and Kit Kat — are "officially real." You can probably tell if you've been on the Internet in the past 30 or so hours.
Everyone is talking about it, including Alex who was lucky enough to get one in his hands early this morning. For most of us...
Some folks have more Gs than others, no matter what the carriers try to tell us
LTE is something that many of us will take for granted. Verizon and AT&T keep telling us about new locations, and around the world companies like Vodafone and Rogers have an impressive list of locations they service with LTE high-speed data.
But in many areas, like the English countryside or the great plains of...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 25 Sep 2013 6:30 pm
It's about that time. They are available right now if you're in Europe and can find one, and wider availability starts tomorrow. The US will be seeing them in just a few weeks, at the beginning of October. They're coming. We're talking about the Galaxy Note 3, of course.
They're big, and that means they aren't for everyone. But they do fill a spot that nobody cared about before, and Samsung owns...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 18 Sep 2013 6:19 pm
There's a wealth of photo and video editors available — do you use one?
If you haven't watched the latest Talk Mobile 13 hangout, you should. There was a lot of great discussion about being creative with your mobile devices, from people who live and breathe mobile. It also got me thinking about some of the ways a lot of us use our Android devices "creatively." I figure the best place to start...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 11 Sep 2013 5:11 pm
We saw plenty of great stuff in Berlin this year, but who delivered the best?
Everyone is safely home from Berlin, and we've all had some time to look at and think about all the Android stuff we saw at IFA 2013. If you're like me, you've scoured the web and read every little scrap you can find, and have an opinion or two about it all.
When it comes to popular demand, the Samsung Note 3 is...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 21 Aug 2013 3:52 pm
The rush of smart watches has just begun — are you going to buy into the wearable computing age?
The age of wearables is coming. Google Glass is making headlines in the mainstream media, and we're hearing all sorts of news and rumors about companies and their plans for wearable computing devices — most of which can connect to your Android. While smart glasses are still a ways off, one type of...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 14 Aug 2013 4:37 pm
It might feel like your cloud, but the people behind it make all the difference
This week is all about the cloud and how mobile users like you and me use it, abuse it, love it and hate it. Yes, it's possible to do all these things at the same time. The "Cloud" means different things to different people at different times. Maybe you use Google Drive or Office 360 for document collaboration —...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 8 Aug 2013 10:17 am
The competition is fierce — which manufacturer gets your money for 2013?
We've finally seen the top consumer device from all the major Android OEMs, and that leads us to the question on everyone's mind: Which one are you using or going to buy?
There are some great choices from everyone, even folks we haven't seen a lot from in the past like ASUS and the Padfone 2 or Sony with the Xperia Z....
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 10 Jul 2013 6:37 pm
To hack, or not to hack? That is the question.
People who order a Google Play edition Galaxy S4 or HTC One are starting to see their devices delivered today, and one of the things that goes along with that is the hacking that's going to happen to slap the operating system from the Google Play edition devices onto their carrier counterparts. It may turn out to be relatively easy (for the end...
We've been talking social networking all week here at Mobile Nations, and with close to a Billion Android devices out there, we know the social networks are filled with plenty of Android users. And we have plenty of choice about which social networks we want to use.
While using the same network as our friends is probably the biggest deciding factor, there are other reasons why we pick the...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Jun 2013 9:03 pm
Is a Google Play Edition device the right choice for you? Let us know in this week's poll
Today is the big day when Samsung, HTC and Google finally make the Google Play Edition HTC One and Galaxy S4 available for ordering. Plenty of folks have been excited and waiting for this day, and we're happy that they can finally get what they have been asking about for years -- Stock Android on the...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Jun 2013 7:37 pm
Does Google Play cover all your wants and needs in the app department, or are you left wanting? Tell us in this week's poll
Kevin, Phil and the gang have been talking apps and app stores all week in Talk Mobile. They're sharing some pretty deep insight into the way apps, and the buying and selling of them, and most important of all -- availability.
Talk Mobile is a great way to see and discuss...
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