Here it is, the second installment of Android Police Files. We're still getting a steady stream of email, and while we can't post them all, we've hand-picked eight more to share with our darling readers. As you're about to see, many people can't seem to grasp what it is we do. We're not crime fighters, nor are we IT ninjas. We blog. Still, that doesn't mean we don't try our best to help out.
Maps 7.1 is slowly rolling out into the world. Google is making this teardown particularly difficult, because they haven't even gotten around to releasing a change log yet - it's up to me to come up with something. First though, we need to cover the good stuff that most definitely won't be in the change log, because this has me excited:
Samsung took its time getting a Qi charger out the door, but they were finally available for purchase a few weeks ago. At $49.99 it was a reasonably good deal as far as wireless chargers go, but it didn't come with a wall charger to power the device. Now the Samsung Wireless Charging Pad includes the recommended 2A charger for $10 more, but that's not the best deal as it turns out.
Getting around New York City can be a bit of a chore, but there are a growing number of options out there. Today VeriFone has launched Way2Ride, a mobile app that makes it easier for New Yorkers to hail a cab and pay the fare using just their phone. Yes, it's jumping into an area that Uber has honed over the years and others are seeking to dominate, but there's a chance there are lower rates to be found here.
Layar was one of the first apps to show the potential of augmented reality, and coincidentally, one of the first Android apps that made users stand up and say "Wow!" But four years later the shine has come off of AR, at least for the purposes that the original app served, like mapping and location discovery. So Layar has reinvented itself with a whole new app, look, and website.
Layar's new ad copy says that the company hopes to "help bridge the gap between print and digital." What does that mean, exactly?
Dots hits all the right notes. It's easy to pick up, hard to put down, and requires no explanation. It brings back memories of competing with classroom friends, drawing a grid of dots on a loose leaf sheet of paper and taking turns connecting them to see who could amass the largest number of connections. This mobile adaptation adds a single player mode without stripping out the multiplayer aspect, the fun, or the addiction.
C Spire has simultaneously announced and started selling the HTC One today for $199 on-contract. The Mississippi-based carrier is the eighth-place wireless company in the US, but has still managed to start offering the HTC One before Verizon.
There's nothing unexpected about the HTC One on C-Spire. It's the same phone from other carriers, but it looks like the 32GB silver version is the only option. C Spire has a smallish 4G LTE footprint mostly in Mississippi, Florida, the southern Midwest, and parts of Georgia.
The HTC One is an undeniably pretty phone. It looks good in the standard silver, and not half bad in black, either. But what about flaming, flamboyant red? Sprint seems to think that someone wants it, so they'll be offering the Ruby Red HTC One starting tomorrow, August 16th. The red version has already been released internationally.
Sprint will get at least some kind of exclusive on the red One in the United States, and they'll sell it in all the normal online and retail channels.
One of the most popular games on Android is Minecraft Pocket Edition, which is constantly adding new features to bring the experience closer to what you'd get on the desktop. You can already make plenty of materials and play with friends, but the newest update adds just a little more depth.