Just found this little bonus feature: Alarms created from Google Now, such as “OK Google, set an alarm for 6 pm,” are now treated as temporary alarms, and will delete themselves once finished. No more endless lists of alarms in the Clock app from all those times you wanted to remember to take the pizza out of the oven!
I can’t say whether this is from a Google Search update or if it depends on Android 4.4, however I’m guessing the latter.
Fragmentation on Android is overblown, but existent. If only the last three releases are allowed on the market (especially with how minor the last three changed), then everyone wins, except those damn, lazy OEMs.
A little Very late to the party, but at least it exists. It’s been so long I assumed Google just wasn’t interested in offering the feature. What took so long? The feature will support all the way back to Android 2.2, so it’s not like it was 4.3 that finally was capable of doing this.
Will be using that “Ring” feature everytime my phone falls into the couch.
Kudos: Mozilla unveils ‘aggressive’ Firefox OS schedule: Quarterly feature releases, security updates every six weeks.
It baffles me as to how slow Android is for getting updated. I understand companies like Samsung and HTC taking their time with updates, but why isn’t Google pushing out more frequently on the Nexus devices? Compare Android to their Chrome OS, which is updated every 6 weeks (and that’s the stable channel). There are plenty of minor bugs, squash them!
So, kudos to Mozilla for speeding up the game! Ironically, it was Chrome that made them get on the six week schedule, but let’s see if now Google can learn from Mozilla learning from Google.
I wonder if the quarterly feature releases continue once Firefox OS gets settled in. That seems a bit difficult to pull off, unless they aren’t very big changes.
Awwww yusssss. I actually quite like Roboto on Android (especially when thin) and so I’m glad to see it getting some tweaks! Plus, with Android 4.3 not finished yet, there might still be more changes to the font to come.
I only hope that when it does become official, it makes it into Google Web Fonts fast.
Google Voice update! Not that it’s a big update, but ever since the Google Reader announcement to be shut down, I’ve been paranoid of losing everything tech I love. This at least means something is happening.
I think it all points to another app taking over Google Voice’s duties. Google is either baking in special support for its own app, or they’re going to start supporting a 3rd party Google Voice ecosystem about a million years too late. GV is going to at least partially readying to transfer data to something, we just aren’t sure what.
So is it just going to be better integrated into Android Key Lime Pie? Is this in preparation for Google Babel to take over? Only time will tell. Google I/O can you not get here any sooner?!
Love the cards look seen at the bottom of the first page, with nice, big icons. Also love that Games is finally a category equal to its peers, rather than being that weird button next to the categories.
(Ignore the oddly colored action bars at the top, those apparently are codes to identify who leaked the pics)
Yeah, yeah, that’s not rare, and pretty much the point of Chrome Beta… so what?
WHAT? THIS ONE’S GOT FLAGS!
Hit up chrome://flags (works in the browser version of Chrome too!) once updated and start playing with those options too out there for normal consumers or features that are still in the crazy experimental phase! FUN STUFF FOR NERDS!
There are not too many which work with the mobile version yet, but I’m sure more will come! How about a flag to swap the icon to the one without the word beta? Any flags you guys wanna see?
This is my biggest beef with Android, and it has nothing to do with the OS itself. I really wish Google was more restrictive in requiring updates.
Samsung, HTC, etc., are against the concept of Google owning Motorola, but at this point, forget the other companies, I hope Google just starts focusing on Motorola. Give the all rest the source code, make them keep up with Motorola.
Also: Verizon sucks. I’m sitting here, with my Galaxy Nexus, a Nexus phone which I bought the day it came out, at the time only available at Verizon, and am now stuck with a Nexus phone currently three, count’em three, updates behind.
Google released this year’s Nexus phone, the Nexus 4, and it definitely warrants some attention. Google’s latest and greatest is looking to be a big hit and seems to already be off to best start any of their Nexus phones (though that’s not saying too much). I got to try one out as a friend was lucky enough to snag one. Didn’t get much time to play with it, but simply put, I’m a big fan.
It is the first Nexus that actually resembles the last one! Glad Google has stopped trying to re-invent its phone design. It has its differences, but overall looks very similar to the Galaxy Nexus. I would say that it’s almost to a flaw when looking at both’s faces, they are near identical. But, I’m a fan of that whole flat, black, seamless look so I’m not complaining.
The build quality makes it just feel better than the Galaxy Nexus. The edges on the sides made me associate it to the iPhone’s design philosophy rather than Samsung’s boringly plain, plastic, rounded sides.
The thing is blazingly fast. Both in terms of processing power, but also in terms of data speed. No 4G? No complaints here. My Verizon Galaxy Nexus’s battery is TERRIBLE, and I’ve already upped to the larger one. Oh, and I did a speed test on both, in a suburb near Chicago, my Verizon 4G LTE pulled in about a quarter of the speeds the Nexus 4 (T-Mobile’s HSPA+) did. Sigh…
Uhhh…. how about the INSANE price? $300 for the unlocked one! THE UNLOCKED ONE!
What’s not so hot:
The back of the phone. Sparkles? Ok… I mean they are more subtle than the pictures online made them look, so it’s not that bad, I certainly would prefer something else but they are nowhere near bad enough to be a dealbreaker. What is bad though is the material. It is way too slippery! Set the thing down on a flat surface and it might as well be an air hockey table. When I was just casually trying it, I couldn’t grab the home button and flick up to Google Now without moving the whole phone on the table.
Keeping the Galaxy Nexus look is nice, but at the same time, it does end up being a little bit… boring. I mean it is hard to complain when there isn’t anything wrong with the design, but it does just come off overall as a little unremarkable. Again, I love the simplicity of the all black face, but everything else just seems like standard, safe design. Perhaps the sparkles in the back were added for this reason.
Android 4.2. What the heck happened? It feels unfinished. Forget all the bug complaints, even if those were fixed, it still just is not a very polished update. Hopefully 4.2.2 will fix a lot of problems. Why not just release the Nexus 4 with 4.1? No one is buying it FOR 4.2, they are buying it knowing that they will be be the first to get 4.2. They are willing to wait for it to be ready.
Overall, I can easily say this is a great phone. If I were in the market for a new phone today, this is what I would buy, no second thoughts. The Android 4.2 problem is my biggest complaint with the phone, and great news: It’s also the only one that is actually able to be fixed after you purchase it! And to say 4.2 is bad quite the overstatement, it is just not quite at the level we’ve come to expect.
If your cell plan is expiring soon, definitely check out this phone. Buy it unlocked, and hop onto one of T-Mobile’s super-cheap prepaid, contract-less plans!