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HTC hires marketing exec who led Samsung to smartphone dominance

hopefully this proves to be helpful to HTC.

Wow…this looks amazing. I don’t know what Apple has up its sleeve…but it’s late to the watch game at this point.

Watch Android Wear on YouTube

Android Wear has automatically gone into my want category

Android Launchers are taking off in 2014

I mean…that’s the beauty of Android. Being able to change the way your phone looks and operates.

Android Launchers are taking off in 2014

I mean…that’s the beauty of Android. Being able to change the way your phone looks and operates.

Chrome beta for Android lets you send web videos to your Chromecast

A lot of people, myself included, have been waiting for this feature. Will I consistently use it. Probably not…but like the toothpick in a Swiss Army knife, I like to know its there in case I ever do.

Google Play Edition to Replace the Nexus Branding Come 2015? | Androidheadlines.com

I am a fan of the Nexus line. They are inexpensive high powered stock Android devices. The key word in that sentence was inexpensive. The Google Play Edition (GPE)of phones are nice (especially for those of us who enjoy stock Android) but the price is extremely high. Which makes sense because it’s usually a manufacturer’s flagship device. But I don’t see the sales numbers for GPE devices being anywhere near the sales numbers of Nexus devices.

The way I can see Google pushing GPE devices and ending the Nexus line is if they subsidize the devices to bring the price closer to that of current prices of Nexus devices.

You just tap to share. You don’t need to wander around, bumping your phone.

AirDrop for iOS. I guess with that means no NFC for iPhones.

Awesome of the Week: Vine

This week the application Vine was released for Android. This application which allows you to make looping 6 second videos/gifs with audio had been an iOS exclusive. I had been clamoring for this application for two reasons.

One, I strongly dislike when applications are iOS only. Call me a hater all you want. I dislike feeling like a second-class mobile citizen because a developer didn’t want to make an Android version. Now I can understand if an app doesn’t come over for some functionality reason, much the way Facebook Home & Chat Heads didn’t make it to iOS. A reason like, “Apple doesn’t allow homescreen replacements…" carries a lot more weight to me than, "Apps look more beautiful on iOS, so I didn’t want to develop an Android version.”

Two, I wanted to see what the hype was about. I’ve seen a quite a few screenshots of people sharing their Vine profiles, and Vine posts. (…I don’t know if to call them videos or posts…)

If you follow me on Vine, I’ve only made one Vine. I’m still trying to figure it out. I guess this is how people feel when trying to use Twitter for the first time. I’m sure once I figure it out, I’ll be Vine-ing with the Georges*.

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My reference to “the Georges” was a reference to George of the Jungle because he swung from Vine to Vine and was very profient at it…except when he hit a tree.

Awesome of the Week: Vine

This week the application Vine was released for Android. This application which allows you to make looping 6 second videos/gifs with audio had been an iOS exclusive. I had been clamoring for this application for two reasons.

One, I strongly dislike when applications are iOS only. Call me a hater all you want. I dislike feeling like a second-class mobile citizen because a developer didn’t want to make an Android version. Now I can understand if an app doesn’t come over for some functionality reason, much the way Facebook Home & Chat Heads didn’t make it to iOS. A reason like, “Apple doesn’t allow homescreen replacements…" carries a lot more weight to me than, "Apps look more beautiful on iOS, so I didn’t want to develop an Android version.”

Two, I wanted to see what the hype was about. I’ve seen a quite a few screenshots of people sharing their Vine profiles, and Vine posts. (…I don’t know if to call them videos or posts…)

If you follow me on Vine, I’ve only made one Vine. I’m still trying to figure it out. I guess this is how people feel when trying to use Twitter for the first time. I’m sure once I figure it out, I’ll be Vine-ing with the Georges*.

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  • My reference to “the Georges” was a reference to George of the Jungle because he swung from Vine to Vine and was very profient at it…except when he hit a tree.

Google to Release 5 Nexus Devices in the Play Store

Why 5 devices? Because it’s 5 years of Android. You know Google loves to celebrate birthdays and anniversarys (think of that $.10 they had last year). This rumor makes complete sense to me.

Android Users Won't Pay For Nice Things

…and developers know this. Why spend your time and effort into making a beautiful app if users won’t buy it?

I’ll pay for nice things. If I see an app fitting into my life that looks great and is functional, then I have no issue with buying it. Not everything in life is free, and I think a majority of Android users need to have a better understanding of that.