San Francisco

And things are about to get real exciting around there.

First up: The Material Design refresh of the Android Central App is nearly ready for full public consumption. Beta testing is going well, and folks are finding a few more things that escaped our internal testing. And that's not surprising given the insane number of devices the app supports.

It's important to note, however, that this is going to be a multi-step process. Some things will get fixed for this first release; some won't. And new features will follow once we've got this part nailed down more.

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Then there's the upcoming Sept. 29 Google event. (Not to be confused with the HTC thing that's actually not really a thing.) A couple of new Nexus phones, possibly a new Chromecast — and could there be another surprise up Google's sleeve? (I like it when companies can actually keep things secret.)

Plus, we'll soon start to see Android 6.0 Marshmallow for current devices. Rest up, folks. This is gonna be good.

A few other thoughts on things:

  • Kinda feels like we will see some sort of movement on Android Auto along with the Marshmallow update.
  • Facebook doesn't need a "dislike" button. We just need to not click on shit we don't like.
  • Or better yet, we need to not place so much damned importance on Facebook and Twitter and the like in the first place.
  • It's 2015 — should we really have to worry about having "Verizon versions" of things?
  • I'm liking the hell out of the Huawei Watch. We'll have to see how it compares to the new Moto 360. (Which, because of a glitch in space-time, we're still waiting to get. It happens.)
  • Agree that Fiorina did the best at the recent GOP debate. Expect that much of what she said was ... wait for it ... bullshit.
  • And a lot of what folks were saying up there makes me think twice about traveling abroad.
  • Why is everyone so intent on running against a president who's on the way out anyway? I've never understood that.
  • Gonna be interesting to see what the Democrats are really up to. They're playing the long game, for sure.
  • (Seriously, though: If you have friends from outside the U.S., ask what they think of this spectacle.)
  • Never mind Facebook. Cable news really is the worst. Or at least it's just louder.

That's it for this week. See y'all Monday. It's gonna get busy.