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.

26
Sep
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The Information published a story today regarding the contracts phone and other Android device makers are required to sign in order to certify their devices as Google-approved. While many of the details are, to be frank, utterly mundane (like the previously-leaked boot screen logo requirement) or things we've tended to assume, there are few pieces of information worth picking out.

First, the name of the agreement these OEMs are required to sign is called a MADA - Mobile Application Distribution Agreement.

25
Sep
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Posted in Droid-life's comments section earlier, this photo seems to depict a very large Motorola device next to an AT&T-branded LG G3. The G3 has a 5.5" display. This unknown Motorola hardware thus has a display substantially larger than 5.5", say somewhere in the 5.9" neighborhood maybe? So yes, this very well could be Shamu, the upcoming Nexus phone that we're pretty sure is going to be a thing in the near-ish future.

25
Sep
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Google will update developer distribution agreement for the Play Store today, and two significant changes are in store. First, developers of paid apps will now be required to respond to users contacting them within 3 days of receipt of the email. How strictly Google plans on enforcing this is unclear, but it's likely the ominous Google Play ban-hammer will be a motivating (read: intimidating) factor for developers here.

For paid Products or in-app transactions, you must respond to customer support inquiries within three (3) business days, and within 24 hours to any support or Product concerns stated to be urgent by Google.

25
Sep
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When a company's pitch to you is that their smartphone accessory was developed in cooperation with Raytheon, you're likely to listen. When that company then tells you they've built the world's first truly affordable thermal (infrared) camera and that it also attaches directly to your smartphone, you listen closely.

No, this isn't a gimmick, a trick, or some kind of workaround using widely-available technology to emulate thermal imaging. Seek Thermal is a real thermal imaging device that you can attach to your smartphone's microUSB port (Galaxy S4, S5, and Moto X / Moto G currently supported officially) and feed live video from the IR camera to the display.

23
Sep
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As someone who owns a big set of cumbersome Klipsch bookshelf speakers, I can understand the pain having a not-smart audio setup can cause. My speakers are tethered to my amplifier, which is tethered to my DAC, which is tethered to my PC. Sure, I have a Moto Stream and I like it, but I have to switch audio inputs to use it and I don't exactly need wireless audio at my desk, given that I have said setup.

22
Sep
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Nocs debuted the NS400 back in late 2012 (a headphone I reviewed), and for 2014 they've finally got a successor: the NS500 Aluminum. The buds house a new driver that has allegedly been painstakingly tuned over the course of six months to get everything just right, and they really are pretty premium on features. Three-button remote (the middle button works for Android, good luck with any of the others), very elegant aluminum driver housings, a Kevlar-reinforced flat cable, and microphone.

21
Sep
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As Google Now's features and reach expand, it's become increasingly clear that Google has great ambitions for the project that was initially announced over two years ago (hard to believe, right?) at I/O 2012. When Google Now launched, it was little more than a context-aware monitor for your location to tell you how long it would take to get somewhere or show you the weather. But it was immediately clear that Google planned on expanding Now into something much more powerful, and it's made good on that promise.

19
Sep
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Update 9/19/14: The bill reminders feature of Google Now seems to have been in a pretty limited rollout since May when this article was originally published - nobody on the Android Police team has seen one personally. But starting earlier this month, many of us have started seeing them all of a sudden, which seems to indicate a much wider availability. Perhaps Google took the time to iron out all the kinks before expanding bill reminders to everyone.

19
Sep
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If you've never heard of a smartphone maker by the name of Meizu, that's understandable. (Even though we actually reviewed their first Android smartphone about 2 years ago.) That's because Meizu, despite selling some phones outside of its home market - China - does no advertising and has very little press outreach in the western world.

Meizu's latest phone, the MX4, sells in mainland China for under $300 (1,799 Chinese Yuan) in 16GB trim.

16
Sep
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We first reported on Android Silver back in April this year as an attempt by Google to premiumify Android phones with more Google branding and stock software in partnership with OEMs and US carriers. The program was supposed to launch early next year, and according to our source, would even entail custom retail booths in carrier stores, supplied and funded by Google. Google would also provide marketing assistance, customer support, and help carriers with sell-through, providing employees training on selling and teaching customers how to use Silver devices.

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