David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

25
Jun
data controls

Sundar Pichai let something of a bomb drop in regard to data privacy in apps on Android today at I/O, potentially addressing a long-standing complaint that the OS doesn't allow users enough control over what apps can do with their information, or if they can access it at all. Now, there's a tool to manage your privacy in Android, and it's called Universal Data Controls.

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No interface was demoed, no real details were provided, and we don't even know if this is actually just putting all the existing Google privacy settings in a dedicated area and giving them a fresh coat of paint.

25
Jun
apis

Just a couple quick tidbits from the I/O keynote in case you missed them: Google will be publishing factory image previews of the "L" release of Android for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (presumably 2013 only) tomorrow morning, that being June 26th. We're guessing anyone can download them, so long as you're comfortable flashing an image to your device.

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You can see a few more features and APIs in the L here.

24
Jun
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In an interview with Sundar Pichai, head of Chrome and Android at Google, Businessweek managed to extract a truly exciting tidbit: the next major version of Android will be demoed at Google I/O ahead of its fall release.

“I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner”

This is a marked change from business as usual at I/O. Google hasn't demoed a version of Android far ahead of its release since Andy Rubin showed off an early incarnation of Honeycomb three-and-a-half years ago at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference.

24
Jun
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Everyone's favorite notification LED manager Light Flow received quite a large update today, to version 3.20. The new app features a totally overhauled UI with better support for tablets, quicker access to notification settings, and more. On the substantive side, Light Flow can now allegedly be controlled by apps such as Tasker, and the developer promises documentation for that is forthcoming.

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100 or so new apps have gained Light Flow support, including Blue Mail (which is apparently popular), and new pickers for ringtones and color top off the major UI changes.

23
Jun
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I love Google Shopping Express. I am practically a Google Shopping Express fanboy. Sure, that's mostly because it comes with a 6-month no-delivery fee trial thus literally making it cheaper than actually going to the grocery store, but hey, it's awesome regardless.

But now, Shopping Express is ready to do something it hasn't to date: deliver big-people juice to your doorstep. Yep, GSE is going to liquor you up. Or wine / beer you up, whatever.

23
Jun
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Sprint unleashed a slew of network announcements this morning at a press conference in Chicago, and for the most part, it's just the news you'd expect: more LTE, more Spark, and more HD voice.

The 28 markets aren't listed individually, but Seattle, Cleveland, and San Jose all saw expansions, and Sprint brought its LTE coverage count to 471 cities today. The company plans to cover 250 million people with its LTE network by mid-year, up from 225 million now.

23
Jun
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Update 2: And now it's showing up for purchase on the UK Play Store - 1000 of your pounds will buy an Explorer Edition Glass in one of five colors. The same free frame / shade deal going on in the US is also available for the UK version. (Thanks, Ben!) Here's the official UK landing page for Glass, too.

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Accessories seem to line up, as well - all the shades, frames, the stereo and mono earbuds, carrying case, pouch, and spare charger are all available for purchase.

22
Jun
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Yesterday, we dropped a leaked image and render of Volantis, an alleged upcoming Nexus tablet built by HTC. We also dropped specification info and pricing - and that's really what this weekend's poll is about.

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This new Nexus tablet isn't messing around - it will sport an NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit processor utilizing the company's proprietary Denver CPU core, a very powerful desktop-architecture GPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8.9" display with 2048x1440 resolution (that's 4:3 aspect ratio), aluminum construction, and will likely launch with one of the biggest Android releases (the "L" release) to date.

20
Jun
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There are a lot of Bluetooth transceivers out there, but Motorola's newest product, the Moto Stream, undoubtedly tops them all for looks. It's just kind of mesmerizing.

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But is it worth the $50 price tag? I ordered one to find out, though admittedly I did so only after finding it on sale for half off using a now-expired coupon code, bringing the price down to just over $30 shipped. At that price, I'd say the Stream is totally worth it - it's really neat to look at, easy to get up and running, and has a few noteworthy features that make it stand out.

19
Jun
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Both PCWorld and Bloomberg are reporting today that Google is on the record as saying the next version of Android will contain an anti-theft "kill switch," or as Google calls it, a "factory reset protection solution." Smartphones are among the most commonly stolen possessions in the world today, presumably because of their small size and high value. With increasing pressure from governments to incorporate built-in countermeasures to deter theft by rendering a user's smartphone inoperable in the event it is lost or stolen, expanding the existing Android Device Manager's features to include a reset-proof lockout only makes sense.

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