When I got my first Android phone, I went all-out on protecting it: I used a Case-Mate Barely There case, and a decent screen protector. For a short while, I even used a little pouch to carry it around in!
Today, I don’t bother with any of that. I stopped keeping any keys or spare change in the same pocket as my phone and the screen hasn’t got scratched yet. I also (fortunately) have not dropped it – at least, not hard enough to break anything.
I’m considering getting a cover for my Nexus 7, though, as I can see myself wanting to just stuff it in my bag. It’s rumoured that the tablet will support an iPad-style smart cover – although I’m not sure the evidence in the video that started the rumour is particularly compelling.
What about you? Vote in the poll to let us know what you use (you can select more than one option), and leave any horror stories where you wish you had been using a cover in the comments.
OUYA is a new Kickstarter project, and a popular one: it just broke the record for the fastest project to raise over a million dollars, and at the time of writing it’s close to raising $4,000,000.
The product they’re pitching is a $99 Android-powered console which you can plug in to your TV and control with a gamepad. They argue that, as good as PC and mobile gaming can be, the TV is where most people’s best gaming memories are formed, and that console games need to be cheaper to make and cheaper to buy.
It’s an idea that’s clearly resonated with a lot of people – but not everyone. Some argue that this is unnecessary, as an Android tablet can already be plugged into a TV and controlled with a gamepad. Some suspect that this will bring us little in the way of innovation, but lots in the way of big-screen Angry Birds and Farmville clones.
Personally, I don’t think I’ll buy one – I already have a gaming PC – but it’s piqued my interest. What about you?
Thanks to Google letting developers download Jelly Bean onto their Galaxy Nexus phones at Google I/O last week, some ROMs are already available for you to flash right now, a couple of weeks before the official release. This Reddit thread contains some links if you want to try yourself; I’m going to give it a go later today.
Aside from Jelly Bean, the Nexus 7 will also be released later this month – well, in certain countries, at least. I’ve pre-ordered the 16GB model, and I’m really looking forward to it! How about you?
The Google I/O 2012 Android Keynote was yesterday; if you missed it, check out my overview post. A lot is coming up, and most of it will be available by mid-June.
Out of everything that was announced, what were you most happy about?
Personally, I’m most keen on Google Now, the Nexus 7, …and Project Butter, funnily enough. I don’t find Android unusually slow, but I spent a bit of time surrounded by iPhone users recently, and now I can’t help but see my phone’s UI as sluggish in comparison.
(I’m also super excited about Project Glass, but I’ve left it out of the poll because it doesn’t really have much to do with Android!)
Google I/O 2012, Google’s developer conference, is next week! The schedule’s pretty packed, with sessions on Android, Maps, Google TV, Chrome, Drive, Google+ and more.
As with any tech event, the rumour mill is working overtime. Here are a few that I’ve heard we might see:
- An offical 7-inch Nexus tablet.
- Android Jelly Bean (which will be Android 4.1, not 5.0).
- Google Assistant, Android’s answer to Siri.
- Project Glass being worn by presenters.
- Cross-platform games (Google+, Chrome, Android).
- A set of Nexus handsets (as many as five at once).
There’s a great, detailed rundown over at Android Police: The Ultimate Google I/O 2012 Preview.
Vote in the poll to share what you’re most excited about seeing – and if you’ve heard any other rumours, please let us know in the comments!
As you’ve no doubt heard, Apple iOS 6 was announced this week. Many of the upcoming features are actually already present in Android – turn-by-turn navigation, reply by text, Facebook integration – but a few are new (or at least only available in third party apps).
I’m particularly interested in Passbook, an app that will keep track of tickets, coupons, and loyalty cards. When you step into an airport, it’ll automatically present you with your boarding pass, for example, which you can use to check in. Yes, it’s a similar idea to Google Wallet, but a lot simpler and without relying on NFC (or on retailers to get their act together and support mobile payments).
How about you? Vote in the poll and leave a comment to share your thoughts!
This week, Los Angeles is hosting the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, the major trade fair for the video games industry. As you can imagine, plenty of Android-related announcements have been made:
- Nyko will be partnering with NVIDIA to create controllers for Android tablet games, like the PlayPad and the PlayPad Pro.
- Wikipad’s new Android gaming tablet will be powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3.
- NVIDIA, in turn, will be launching five new games for Tegra 3 tablets.
- Sony is partnering with HTC to create PlayStation Mobile-certified phones (including the HTC One X).
- Nintendo’s new Wii U console will feature a gaming-centred social network of sorts, Miiverse, that will eventually be accessible via phones and tablets.
- Xbox SmartGlass will allow your phone or tablet to act as a second screen or remote control for your Xbox.
- …and, of course, a ton of new Android games are coming soon.
I think this is all great news (and I’m sure there are even more announcements that I’ve missed) but then, I’m a gamer. What do you think?
(In other game-related news, we’ve recently started a new Steam group for Android.AppStorm readers and writers. If you play games on Steam, join in with us!)
Rumor has it that Google has a 7-inch Android 4.1 tablet lined up. Apparently, it’s named (or codenamed?) the Nexus 7, and will have a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and a 1280×768 resolution. I’m sure we’ll learn much more about it at this year’s Google I/O.
It’s great that Google is finally creating an official flagship Android tablet, but still… 7 inches? That’s smaller than, say, the Xoom (which Google originally used to demonstrate Honeycomb), it’s smaller than the high-budget Android tablets, and, of course, it’s smaller than the iPad. But it’s the same size as a lot of the lower-budget Android tablets – including Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the most popular Android tablet.
So is it sensible for Google to start out small (literally) by launching a Nexus tablet that doesn’t directly compete with the big hitters, or is it weird that they would bother launching this as a Nexus device? Let us know what you think.
So, it’s finally official: Google has acquired Motorola Mobility, after a lengthy process that began last August. Back then, Joe Casabona looked at why Google might have done this (aside from picking up some patents); today, I’d like to see what you’re hoping the news will mean.
Personally, I hope we see some quality handsets running vanilla (and up-to-date) Android. The Galaxy Nexus is great and all, but a whole range would be fantastic. Given the rumours from last week, I think this is quite likely.
I’m also keen to see Eric Schmidt’s goal being reached: for smartphones to get as cheap as feature phones.
What about you? I’ve put a few ideas into the poll already; feel free to add new ones, and clarify them in the comments below.
The Nexus One, Nexus S, and Galaxy Nexus are all flagship Google phones, each being the first to use the then-latest version of Android (2.2, 2.3, and 4.0, respectively), each being free of any third-party UIs like TouchWiz or Sense, and each being the only flagship phone at any one time.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google might change how it handles that last point. Apparently, rather than partnering with one handset manufacturer at a time to create a single, de facto flagship device, Google might work with up to five manufacturers at once, to create a whole stable of Nexus devices – including tablets.
For more details, read the original article. Do you think it’s a good idea?