When it comes to audio on-the-go, the consumer market has come full circle over the last several decades: back in the 80s it wasn't uncommon to see kids running around with massive headphones attached to their skulls, rocking out to whatever crap their parents hated the most. Fast-forward twenty years, and it was all about earbuds – stuffing tiny speakers into your ear canals was the only [socially acceptable] way to listen to music.
If you've been reading AP for any amount of time longer than, say, six months, then you've probably heard of AnDevCon, the biannual Android Developer Conference. We've been teaming up with the AnDevCon crew since the beginning, and have offered two developers a way into the conference – including all tutorials, workshops, and the like – with every passing event. This time's no different.
This contest is now over.
Less than one week ago, Google announced the Android Device Manager, a native way to locate or ring your Android device directly from within a browser. A day later, a few ADM options started showing up in the Google Play Services app. Today, ADM is completely live and ready to use.
While locating and ringing your devices should be enabled by default, remotely wiping them requires the feature to be activated within Play Services.
Like with most other devices, there has been no shortage of leaks and rumors surrounding LG's latest flagship, the G2. But now, all the questions have been answered, rumors put to rest, and leaks are no longer necessary – LG just unveiled its newest powerhouse to the world.
Just as previous rumors suggested, the G2 is filled to the brim with high-end specs that almost immediately make this the cream of the Android crop:
- 5.2-inch 1080x1920 IPS display
- 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800
- 2GB RAM
- 16/32GB storage options
- 13MP rear shooter, 2.1MP front camera
- Rear-facing power button and volume control (directly below camera) – long-pressing launches QuickMemo and the camera
- Bottom-facing speakers
- 3,000mAh battery
- 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
- Android 4.2.2
The G2 has the largest display that still fits in the "one hand use" category – thanks to the thin 2.65mm side bezel, it manages to keep the width to a mere 2.7 inches.
With SHIELD, NVIDIA made the decision to support the open source/root/Android modding community and embrace the hack-centric nature of the platform by making the device unlockable and easily modifiable. Now, it has made the necessary files available to really open it up for devs: the open source binary drivers and stock recovery image. Together, these files will not only allow developers to start tinkering with the device, but also flash everything back to its stock state should something go awry.
We're at a crucial time for Android tablets. The little green robot is finally starting to gain some traction in the tablet space, manufacturers are beginning to realize what users want from their devices on many different levels (price, hardware, etc.), and the newest versions of Android work as flawlessly on large devices as they do on small.
The front runner of this Android tablet "revolution" was last year's Nexus 7, the flagship tablet from Google that literally changed the entire landscape.
Little by little, Spotify is bringing all sorts of new and useful features to its mobile app. First it was Radio, and now the company is introducing a new feature called Browse that will allow users to find the perfect playlist for a specific event or mood.
Spotify's new discovery option brings specially curated playlists to mobile devices – both iOS and Android – that offer varying types of music according to mood or moment, as well as options for what's hot and new.
There's no denying the usefulness of a keyboard when doing a lot of text input on Android, and there's no shortage of Bluetooth options that fit the bill perfectly. Anyone who spends a lot of time in email or a text editor likely has one of these handy little accessories laying around, but if that user also owns a Nexus device with 4.3, then they're in for a bit of a surprise the next time it's paired up: many Bluetooth keyboards no longer work post-update.
When it comes to mobile security, we readily recommend Avast's option. Not only does it offer fantastic malware protection, but the built-in Anti-Theft is one of the best tools you can have installed should your device ever get lost or stolen. Today, the company is taking advantage of Google+ Community beta testing with Mobile Security, Anti-Theft, and a new product called Backup.
The beta testing period will only last for a week, during which time the company is inviting advanced users to give this new trio a shot and provide feedback before they become available to everyone.
In our Chromecast review, one of Ryan's complaints was that the device can't be used on public Wi-Fi networks, like hotels, for example. Unfortunately, that doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon, according to John Affaki, Engineering Manager for the dev experience on Chromecast. That's a real bummer for anyone who travels frequently and was looking to supplement the crappy hotel TV for something new and interesting via Chromecasts.