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[Weekend Poll] Have You Ever Pledged Money To A Technology Crowdfunding Campaign?

This weekend's question isn't explicitly about Android or even smartphones, but it is something highly relevant to most of us who follow technology: crowdfunding! Now, whatever your feelings on crowdfunding may be (I'm not a fan!), perhaps you've ventured a little cash on one at some point or another. We have covered many, many Kickstarters and Indiegogo projects on Android Police, so it'll be interesting to see just how many of you have actually pledged to a campaign.

Today's poll is just about technology crowdfunding, though, primarily because there's also a huge art funding scene out there on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other sites, so I'd prefer to limit our results to people expecting actual tech products or services as opposed to content or other sorts of things that end up on these sites in droves.

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[Weekend Poll] How Much Internal Storage Do You Have Left On Your Smartphone?

This weekend's poll is inspired by a poll we did last year, and namely, the top comment on that poll: how much remaining storage is available on your smartphone right now? This is actually a pretty interesting question, because it speaks directly to the issue of just how much storage the average person will use on their phone regardless of its capacity.

So, how many gee-bees are you working with? Cast your vote below. (SD cards are not considered storage for the purpose of this poll.)

How much remaining internal storage does your smartphone have right now?

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Pay For A Music Streaming Service? Which One?

I asked you back in 2013 which streaming music service you paid for - if any - and now a little over a year later, I think it's time for an update. Last time we held this poll, a full 50% of respondents indicated they paid for Google Play Music All Access (at least, it was the paid service they used most), with a sharp drop-off for Spotify, in second place at 14%. The next most popular option was, unsurprisingly, local media, with locker services like Amazon, Play Music sans All Access, and Subsonic next in line.

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So, I'm going to try to keep the options basically the same again this time around, though obviously Play Music All Access now also includes YouTube Music Key, and Amazon includes Prime Music as part of Amazon Prime.

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[Weekend Poll] Smartwatches: Round Or Square/Rectangular Display?

This weekend's poll asks a simple question, but it's an interesting one nonetheless, I think: do you prefer your smartwatch round or square?

The Moto 360 and G Watch R remain the only announced Wear devices with round displays. And, despite their coolness, circles have their downsides - they're unabashedly less efficient when displaying text, especially in a computing world that has been designed around quadrilaterals since the earliest monitors; there are so many interfaces that simply aren't optimized for a circle. Counterpoint: circular displays look awesome.

So, which camp are you in?

Do you prefer a round or square/rectangular smartwatch display?

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[Weekend Poll] How Much Do You Expect To Pay For Your Next Smartphone?

The cost of smartphones on average, it's no secret, has generally been tumbling around the world in the last couple of years. With many OEMs scrambling to cram specification sheets at lower and lower prices, competition in the low end of the smartphone segment is hotter than ever.

This isn't always how it was, though - nor how it necessarily is in every country. Here in the good old US of A, for example, good cheap smartphones still remain a relative rarity aside from Motorola's Moto G and Moto E. This is a result of market conditions created by American cell phone carriers, who subsidize or finance (JUMP!, Next, Edge, etc.) the cost of devices in order to offset the sticker shock of, say, a nearly $1000 iPhone.

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[Weekend Poll] Will Your Next Car Purchase Be Influenced By Android Auto?

Last week, we saw Hyundai announce that it would be the first auto manufacturer to provide Android Wear support for its cars, in the form of remote actions that can be initiated on your smartwatch. Pretty cool stuff. But Android Auto is probably even cooler - navigation, music controls, voice dictation, and other functions will soon be made possible in vehicles by your smartphone, instead of some ancient infotainment system from hell.

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Lots of manufacturers are on board with it (including Hyundai), including the massive VW Group, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, Renault-Nissan, GM, and Honda. (Notice a lack of BMW and Mercedes? They're Apple CarPlay only for now, sadly).

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Own An Android Tablet (That You Actually Use)?

We asked well over two years ago if you owned an Android tablet, and I think it's time to bring the question back. At the time in April 2012, 73% of voters claimed to own one. I imagine that's grown a bit over the years, but it's probably still going to be in that same 70-85% ballpark, so it probably wouldn't shift enough to really mark a big trend. So today's poll will ask a bit more.

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For the sake of the poll, we're going to assume two things: you use this tablet and that by Android I mean the version containing Google Apps.

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[Weekend Poll] Do You Own A Smartwatch?

This weekend's poll is another throwback, but this one's just a couple months out of its one-year anniversary, having been asked back in October of 2013. This year's poll options will be a little different, as the number of new crowdfunded smartwatches seems to be slowing a bit (especially in terms of media coverage), and smartwatches themselves are much more widely available than they were a year ago.

Last year, we saw just over 20% of you answer that you owned a smartwatch. A little over 5% said they had backed a smartwatch crowdfunding campaign or had a smartwatch on pre-order, but the lion's share of votes went to "no," at 71% of the total.

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[Weekend Poll] Are Any Of Your Android Devices Running Lollipop Yet?

When a new version of Android lands, there's often a sizeable lag period before it's running on a significant number of devices out in the wild. We generally know why that is, too: manufacturers take varying lengths to update their products, and while they do receive early access to new versions of Android, nothing can be fully completed until Google releases the relevant source code for the platform. Add in things like carrier certification for phones, OEM software modifications, chipset-level support, and other factors, and you have a big stew of contingencies that can add months to the wait for the newest version of Android.

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[Weekend Poll] Have You Ever Purchased A Play Store Gift Card?

Gift cards for digital storefronts have been around some time, but Google first unveiled them for the Play Store back in 2012, just a little over two years ago. Since then, they've been rolled out to a fair number of countries across the world, and we're curious: have you ever actually bought one?

I, myself, have not. In the US, there's less need for them because credit and debit cards are very common, but in other locales, this may not be the case. Additionally, underage persons looking to buy content on the Play Store may have no option besides gift cards, and that demographic probably is a very important one in the overall gift card economy.

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