David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

21
Nov
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Update: Motorola has responded, claiming the blame lies with them for the situation - they mailed a number of Nexus 6s with incorrect firmware that would cause the phone to fail to start up properly. Pre-order customers are those most likely to be affected, and those persons will have an opportunity to replace their devices. Here's the full statement:

We delivered a small number of Nexus 6 smartphones with incorrect software to AT&T customers who pre-ordered.

20
Nov
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Roughly one year ago, the Rockstar Consortium filed a lawsuit against Google and a number of Android handset companies in the Eastern District of Texas for patent infringement. That consortium consisted of Apple, Ericsson, Microsoft, Sony, and Blackberry, companies that bought up a heap of Nortel patents related to telephony and internet technology.

According to re/code, a court filing made by Google earlier this week reveals that the dispute has been settled, and the two are seeking a dismissal of the case.

20
Nov
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Last Updated: November 22nd, 2014

While we weren't able to find anything else particularly interesting (note: Music Key is not linked to this update, previous versions had it, too), YouTube 5.18 does include some interesting strings referring to upload trimming. Specifically, these strings:

  <string name="android_youtube_upload_lib_name">AndroidYouTubeUploadLib</string>

<string name="video_trim_view_trim_time_regular">%1$02d:%2$02d</string>

<string name="video_trim_view_trim_time_zoomed">%1$02d:%2$02d.%3$03d</string>

<string name="upload_edit_video_tutorial_title">Trim your video</string>

<string name="upload_edit_video_tutorial_description">Drag the handles to trim.</string>

<string name="upload_edit_video_tutorial_zoom_description">Touch and hold to get a closer view.</string>

<string name="upload_edit_video_tutorial_got_it">Got it</string>

It looks like a new upload interface is on the way for YouTube's Android app, and it's probably about time - the current UI is pretty dated.

20
Nov
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Last Updated: November 22nd, 2014

As many of you doubtless know by now, Google's first Android 5.0 devices ship with full-disk encryption enabled out of the box - encryption that can't be disabled without flashing a new ROM to the device. We've heard from at least one source that this encryption shouldn't really affect on-device performance noticeably, but new benchmarks from Anandtech seem to suggest otherwise.

The heavily tech-focused review and news site didn't publish storage benchmarks for the Nexus 6 in their review, because the app used - Androbench - was deemed to be producing inaccurate results on Lollipop devices (and it definitely is).

20
Nov
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Update: It appears RDGateway support is currently in the release client, so we're not sure what this beta update actually added.

Microsoft's RDP client for Android is a surprisingly robust application, and today the beta version just got a pretty significant new feature for corporate and enterprise users: Remote Desktop Gateway support.

RD Gateways are servers that allow remote desktop clients to start a remote desktop session from outside the corporate intranet via an SSL-encrypted port, meaning you don't have to use a workaround like a VPN connection.

20
Nov
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Last Updated: November 22nd, 2014

One of the things we all kind of deal with when using a web browser is a total lack of elegant transitions. Most browsers and web pages lack anything in the way of transition animations, and those that do are one-off jobs coded in things like Ajax that can be complex. Otherwise, we're left with white flashes in-between page loads and seemingly random assemblage of elements as they render. Google wants to change that, and they want to do it with something called the Navigation Transitions API.

20
Nov
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If you get your prescriptions filled at Target, the big-box store has just released an app on the Play Store to help you manage them much more easily. The Healthful (shudder) app lets you submit refill requests, transfer scrips to another store, and can even help you find a cheap generic for your prescribed medication. Oh, and it tracks your prescription fill status, too, so no more annoying SMSs or phone calls.

20
Nov
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Last Updated: November 22nd, 2014

While Verizon rather weirdly got this OTA well before any of the other major carriers over 2 months ago, Sprint is finally officially announcing that its Galaxy S5 will be receiving the update to Android 4.4.4 starting today.

Seven weeks ago, Samsung jumped the gun and announced that the Sprint version would be getting 4.4.4, and its own update site further alleged that the OTA had gone live way back at the end of September.

20
Nov
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If you're the owner of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for AT&T, you should be getting your Android 4.4.4 OTA update starting today. This will bring you up from Android 4.4.2, and Samsung has packed in a few extras with this 459MB OTA, as well. Namely: Kid mode, SideSync 3.0, Knox 2.0, virtual tour mode in the camera app, and some updated AT&T bloatware.

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The Uber app has been added to the list of things-AT&T-won't-let-you-uninstall, and I imagine there are a boatload of bug-fixes and the standard exploit patches you would expect in an OTA of this magnitude.

19
Nov
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Embedding photo spheres has been a painful and annoying process since Google announced the ability way back when (and then stopped supporting it in Views). Today, the Google Maps team is making it a lot easier, using the Google Maps Embed API to get the job done. Take a look!

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