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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #500 on: May 11, 2013, 09:03:12 PM »
I use Google Music for my music app on my phone, but it lets me download certain things locally that can be used without a data connection, so I've got my whole music library available via cloud streaming but my currently most-used playlists and favorite artists are available in the unlikely event that I have no way to connect to the internet. That uses a lot less local storage than I used to when I synced everything to my device, and gives even better functionality.
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #501 on: May 12, 2013, 05:59:42 AM »
I've never used a playlist but I probably should - and I always have put full albums on my phone (or iPod back in the day) even though I always just skip the songs I hate. One time I took off all the stuff I didn't like on my iPod and I went from like 5,000 songs to 1,000.

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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #502 on: May 12, 2013, 01:36:23 PM »
So Acer has a new 7.9" tablet coming out to compete with the iPad Mini. The Iconia A1 runs Android 4.2, has 1 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz, an IPS screen with the same resolution as the iPad Mini, and comes in 8 GB ($170) and 16 GB ($200) configurations. GPS and an SD card slot are included as well.
 
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #503 on: May 12, 2013, 01:40:34 PM »
oohh aahhhh shiny
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #504 on: May 12, 2013, 01:44:47 PM »
oohh aahhhh shiny

I'm impressed with the specs. Better than an iPad Mini for half the price. Is Acer's hardware quality decent? Their new laptops look very nice, but what about their tablets?
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« Reply #505 on: May 12, 2013, 06:00:19 PM »
Acer makes good enough tablets. Same resolution as iPad mini is not very noteworthy though, 1024x768 is pretty weak these days. Good price though, especially with microSD support.


Edit - 4:3 screen = do not buy.
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #506 on: May 13, 2013, 05:35:07 PM »
You do realize that the the iPad Mini, which is built with the guts of the iPad 2, is about to receive a second revision that will be much better than the tablet you're referencing, right?
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #507 on: May 13, 2013, 06:36:39 PM »
It will still be an iPad.

It might have essentially the same specs as an iPad 2, but it's not made with any iPad 2 parts. Under powered intentionally so that people will buy another one this year. The iPad mini should have been able to run circles around the iPad 3/4 with it's low res screen and all, but it was gimped.

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« Reply #508 on: May 13, 2013, 06:53:30 PM »
Under powered intentionally so that people will buy another one this year.

That's what Apple does with the initial model of its hardware. I'm the victim of it myself with my original iPad. Hell, the first iPhone didn't have 3G or the App Store. I can't say I care for it, but it clearly works for them.

The iPad mini should have been able to run circles around the iPad 3/4 with it's low res screen and all, but it was gimped.

And it shouldn't have had a low-res screen at all. Version 2 is going to have a Retina display, and probably at least the specs of the iPad 4.
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #509 on: May 13, 2013, 07:17:20 PM »
Exactly...I thought it was pretty lame to do it with the iPad min though...it is an iPad after all.

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« Reply #510 on: May 13, 2013, 07:40:15 PM »
don't we have an apple thread somewhere (the one I obnoxiously trolled out of boredom)
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« Reply #511 on: May 14, 2013, 01:14:50 PM »
22 hours to ill Google I/o brahs.

Also why does so many websites still use flash in 2013 despite android and ios making up most of what people browse from.
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #512 on: May 15, 2013, 07:38:14 AM »
Keynote is in less than two hours.


It can be watched here
https://developers.google.com/events/io/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XclVwJP5GdM


Live blogs at the usually places.
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #513 on: May 15, 2013, 12:18:50 PM »
The 6,000 people in the crowd all get free Chrome Pixels. Damn.

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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #514 on: May 15, 2013, 12:26:17 PM »
Those things are nowhere near worth the price, but for free hell yes.
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #515 on: May 15, 2013, 12:35:23 PM »
Yep looks hot as did everything they showed today.


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https://maps.google.com/help/maps/helloworld/desktop/preview/


Just started using the Google Music All Access and they really did a nice job of not making it look like hot ass.











The Larry Page stuff was awesome and got me to download the Android Studio and the Android app development tutorial.


Only thing thta bummed me out is the education stuff won't be out to fall so the Khan Acadmey app wont be ready till than.




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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #516 on: May 15, 2013, 12:36:31 PM »
Nice screen though.

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« Reply #517 on: May 15, 2013, 12:42:48 PM »
And We'll Call it Zune. 
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And We'll Call it ... ... ... Oh forget it.  Lets just call it Google Music All Access
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #518 on: May 15, 2013, 03:55:56 PM »
I'm not big on paid music subscriptions, but Google Music All Access sounds like it's way better than any other service out there.

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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #519 on: May 15, 2013, 08:31:21 PM »
Its pretty nice looking.















The recommendations are pretty good too.





New G+ is hot as well.


Google Books got updated so you can upload your own epub or PDF files.

[size=78%]http://maps.google.com/help/maps/helloworld/images/preview/better-map.jpg[/size]


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« Reply #520 on: May 16, 2013, 12:11:18 AM »
I'm not big on paid music subscriptions, but Google Music All Access sounds like it's way better than any other service out there.

Except i paid £12 for Sony Music Unlimited for the whole year thanks to a PS+ cross-promotion and this is $8/month.

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Still some way to go with it.
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #521 on: May 16, 2013, 10:59:10 AM »
No new Nexus 7 and no Android 4.3. Instead we got an overpriced Galaxy S4 "Google Edition". That thing is going to sell terribly with its $649 off-contract price. Hopefully T-Mobile and AT&T offer payment plans for it...
 
As for the subscription music services, do you get to choose what music artists you listen to? Or are they tied to an automated playlist like on Pandora?
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« Reply #522 on: May 16, 2013, 02:15:50 PM »
Try it yourself. It's a predetermined playlist I'm sure, but you get to look way ahead at what's coming and change the order, which is awesome. I often skip a track on Pandora that I only kind of don't like, only to get a song that I really don't like and you can't go back.

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« Reply #523 on: May 16, 2013, 03:12:08 PM »
How is it overpriced when its the same price as most other High end smartphones. Its not meant to sell well either, Its for those who want a developer phone that's uber high end. I would never get one seeing as you can get  a Nexus 4 and 7 for that price.





Still we got a ton of announcements and unlike other companies google usually has feature updates separate too OS ones. Plus this was way more dev focused than past i/o's


There were alot of announcements.


-Google Play services updates (location api, Google+ sign in,Cloud messaging)
-Google Play game Services
-Google Music All acess
-Google Play redesign
-Galaxy S 4 nexus
-Google Play for education
-Android Studio
-Google Hangouts
-Google+ Redesign and photos upgrade
-Google Now update
-Google Voice for Chrome
-chrome web stuff
-Google maps redesgin on web and android
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Re: Everything Android - The Official Android Thread
« Reply #524 on: May 16, 2013, 04:19:26 PM »
Try it yourself. It's a predetermined playlist I'm sure, but you get to look way ahead at what's coming and change the order, which is awesome. I often skip a track on Pandora that I only kind of don't like, only to get a song that I really don't like and you can't go back.

If that's what this is, it sucks. I was under the impression that it was along the lines of a Rhapsody or a Spotify Premium, where you pay X amount per month for unlimited access to the entire catalog of songs the provider has access to. Since I currently use Google Music as well as Slacker Premium, being able to consolidate into just Google would be pretty great, but if it's a glorified Pandora clone then to hell with it.
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