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Google I/O: Android Interface, Cloud Advances Star

Day one of Google I/O lacked skydivers but delivered new APIs, tools, and connectivity to push Google's mobile device and cloud capabilities forward.

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User Rank: Apprentice
7/3/2014 | 12:27:36 PM
Re: Google finally shows their real face . . . just fix KitKat first!
As a matter of fact these issues in the Kit Kat releases have existed across the Andrioid spectrum, even onto the Nexus platform (which I was hoping to switch to) from the very beginning (and all you have to do is read the forums to see how widespread the problem is).  In addition there is the meddling of the carriers themselves to contend with as well, no matter who they are.  

Personally I feel they (the devs of any corporate stripe) deliberately released junk in order to make us grateful for software that will work in six months to a year out, software that will leak more personal data than ever before, with the idea being you'll put up with it for a working phone.

Example:  Samsung has added some "security" feature that uploads whatever it wants to directly to them.  This is not something I can opt-out of, but fortunately requires that I say yes by "tapping" the notification on my phone.  I don't know what it is and I don't know how it will be used.  They don't bother to try and tell me either and that by iself is enough for me to say "No thank you."

Hopefully Ubuntu will release something that works the way it is supposed to, without the need to track and record everything I do just for the sake of having it work properly.  Privacy and Consumer needs aren't frivolities to be traded away like cattle at a slaughterhouse for a price.  They are human rights that need to be considered and protected as much as you would a child or a bank account. 
User Rank: Ninja
6/26/2014 | 11:49:34 PM
Re: Google finally shows their real face . . . just fix KitKat first!
Do a quick Google search for Note 2 bugs or crash problems. You may be experiencing an issue with your Samsung hardware.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
6/26/2014 | 3:13:50 PM
Android Studio is getting sophisticated
Android Studio, Lorna, is getting to be a pretty sophisticated integrated development environment. It can now import projects from Eclipse, identify problems in code, red underline inconsistent use of API versions, etc.  I think the Android tool universe is growing fast.

User Rank: Strategist
6/26/2014 | 10:50:09 AM
Re: Google finally shows their real face . . . just fix KitKat first!
I wonder if that is really Google's fault. You do realize that Google releases Android and then the manufacturer (Samsung) customizes it and then send it to the carrier and the carrier customizes it again. In short you have three people that have changed that software before it gets to your phone. Samsung is known for making some rather large changes to Android. They are also known to take a pretty good while to make those changes. Add to the fact that all those changes typically in my expereince cause lag and slow downs. I think you might do better to complain to Samsung. I have a phone running on the latest Android and I do not have any problems. The same with at least six other people I know running the latest version. 
User Rank: Apprentice
6/26/2014 | 10:38:09 AM
Google finally shows their real face . . . just fix KitKat first!
When will Google fix all the bugs in KitKat?!  My Note 2 never was right BEFORE the KitKat release, but at least Google Apps and WiFi worked.  Now I have 3/4G but GOOGLE APPS CRASHES EVERY TIME I try to use them, especially Voice and Mail.

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!  Waiting for a new release that will supposedly fix these issues by integrating all their features and adding new layers of security and reporting I have no control over IS NOT THE SOLUTION!  This is like Ford releasing a lemon and fixing it by releasing another lemon the next year!

Plus, the real integration is between the carriers and Google, it is not as if we can just switch phones or platforms to get the features we've come to rely on!  Paying $1500 to $2000 a year for mobile access is completly unacceptable and as a consumer I will not tolerate it.

Maybe Blackberry is the solution afterall, or Windows . . . or from anyone who will release an Ubuntu phone!
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
6/26/2014 | 10:16:18 AM
Sticks and carrots?
Charlie, what tools does Google have to incentivize that "diverse and sometimes fractious universe of Android developers" to uniformly adopt its new design guidelines? 
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