Motorola developing Android phones with stock software, ‘just right’ size

The Verge

PC Mag spoke with Jim Wicks, Motorola’s chief of design, who said that these new phones are the result of collaboration and influence from Google, as opposed to the other devices that Motorola has released in the time since Google acquired the company. “It will be the unadulterated version of Android, and I feel really good about our embracing Android and being the best Android experience,” said Wicks when speaking about the new devices, adding “there’s a sweet spot for consumers that we’re currently exceeding in the market. There are some people that like a big display, but there’s also a lot of people that want something that’s just about right. I think ‘just right’ is important, and we’re designing so we don’t disappoint those people.”

This is the right move, both for Motorola and Google. Motorola will have an edge by having a pure Android experience, and Google has a platform which they control and which will cary their services unaltered. With the moves being made by Samsung, which is the only one making money on the Android side, they have to do this.

Also, I find it curious that they talk about the size of the phone and not wanting to make a gigantophone. Isn’t Apple doomed because their phone is too small?

Blackberry smokes iPhone and Android…on the “I would never buy that” list.

All Things D

Of the consumers Raymond James surveyed, 20 percent said they would never buy an iPhone, 31 percent said they’d never buy an Android phone, and 71 percent said they’d never purchase a BlackBerry.

Hey, at least they’re number one. Right?

CNET’s Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

This is the Cons section of the review by CNET:

The $399 price is a lot for a small tablet, no matter its features. It’s not as thin or as light as the iPad Mini, and some people won’t appreciate the highly saturated look of the OS. Also, its face buttons sometimes get in the way and there are occasional performance hangs.

Remember when everyone thought that Apple was crazy with the iPad Mini pricing? Not only is it made out of cheap plastic, it’s thicker, more expensive, and despite having a supposedly faster chip and more RAM, it lags and hangs when using it. And people still ask me why I prefer to use Apple stuff.

The Android User Experience

The Verge has a review of the HTC One on AT&T, and the phone is packed with bloatware from the carrier.

The most annoying piece of bloatware, however, is AT&T’s Address Book, which attempts to take over the contacts application in an effort to sync it with the carrier’s own cloud service. Not only is it annoying, but its nags are persistent — even if you’ve dismissed it once to tell it that you don’t want to use it, it will come back at a later date to remind you again of its existence. Oh, and this particular carrier app can’t be disabled or uninstalled.

I’ll keep my iPhone, thank you.

Vulnerabilities Continue to Weigh Down Samsung Android Phones

Threat Post:

Via Daring Fireball

Independent Italian researcher Roberto Paleari discussed several bugs he recently found in Samsung Android phones in a post on his blog yesterday. Paleari claims that after taking some time to sit down with some of his devices, he found six exploitable bugs on older devices such as the Galaxy Tab and the newer Galaxy S3.

Don’t worry, I’m sure an update will be released soon.

Paleari writes that Samsung did contact him on Feb. 20 and requested he delay public disclosure, insisting that “any patches [Samsung] develops must first be approved by the network carriers.”

Never mind.

Google and Samsung: With partners like these, who needs enemies?

Venturebeat

That’s one reason, according to Google’s just-former Android head Andy Rubin, Google acquired Motorola: a hedge against any one Android partner getting too big, too powerful.

The big question now as we come off a year in which Samsung sold 400 million phones globally is this: Is that hedge big enough?

This is something that looks inevitable, my guess is that in a year or so Samsung will fork Android so they can tie their own services to their devices, or come out with their own OS (maybe they can make Tizen run Android apps). Google made a bet with Android in order to ensure that they wouldn’t be left out of mobile, but they can’t rely on others to do it for them. The best thing Google can do is to use Motorola to produce their Nexus line of devices and ensure a pure Google experience along with updates. Otherwise, they will be at the mercy of Samsung and the others because Android is open (at least to a point) and manufacturers can do what they want with it. Today they are partners, tomorrow fierce rivals. This is a dog eat dog world.

The Samsung Galaxy SIV: All Tell, But Nothing To Show

Cult of Android

But Samsung seems like it has run out of tricks. There’s so little to show here that all they could do is tell. Tonight’s launch event proved that Samsung’s entire mobile strategy is, at best, to bludgeon you with claims of their product’s merits untl you give in. And at worst, as they did this evening? They’ll bludgeon you while they bore you.

How fast the tech bloggers romance with Samesung is fading. Up until yesterday, they could do no wrong and where crushing Apple. Now, it’s a good iteration on a good phone, it’s not revolutionary, blah blah blah. This people expect their phones to do something magical, and the next version has to wake me up and make coffee, and walk the dog, etc. The delusion is mind boggling. These tech bloggers should see the Louis C.K. show where he explains how stupid and whinny we are that we don’t appreciate how all of this technology is magical. How it changes so fast in a very short time.

Think about how long it took for cars to be invented after the wheel had been around for centuries. Our smartphones and tablets where pieces of crap just six or seven years ago, and look where we are now. Just enjoy what you have, buy whatever suits your needs and budget and go on with your life. All this crap is getting old.

Nearly 35% Of Android Apps In China Secretly Steal User Data

TechCrunch

Earlier this week, the Data Center of China Internet (DCCI) released a report (h/t Tech In Asia) that showed nearly 35 percent of the Android apps it surveyed were secretly stealing user data unrelated to the app’s functionality. The DCCI, a research institute, looked at 1,400 apps downloaded from different app markets and found that 66.9 percent were tracking users’ private data, with 34.5 percent collecting information that had no connection to the app’s usage.

Really secure.

Galaxy S 4, more horsepower, still lags and stutters

The Verge has a nice comprehensive first look at Samesung’s new Jesus phone. Watch the video and tell me that it doesn’t lag when the reviewer is trying to scroll or flip pages on the screen. When is Android going to get that right? Wasn’t Project Butter going to fix that? Looks more like Project Molasses to me. These phones don’t have those ridiculous specs to impress people and brag, they need an engine that can run a server just to try and run that piece of inefficient crap OS.

Google not open to Ad Blockers

Ars Technica

According to a story at Android Police, a number of developers of Android apps which have the capability to block ads in web browsers have received notifications from Google that their apps have been kicked out of the Google Play store and are no longer available for download.

They are OPEN, to anything that doesn’t block ads.