Android Authority On Air – Episode 36 – Hurricane Sandy Can’t Keep Android Down

November 3, 2012
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Before we get started this week, let’s take a moment and put our thoughts and prays with all of those that felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. From all of us here at Android Authority, our hearts go out to you, your families, and your loved ones.

This past Monday, Google had an Android event scheduled. They told us the playground was open. However, do to Hurricane Sandy, the event in New York City was canceled. Immediately the collective heart of the Android community sank. We had tons of questions as this was reminiscent of last years delayed launch, sadly do to the passing of Steve Jobs. We thought when was the event going to be rescheduled? How about devices, were they going to be delayed? What about the next version of Android? Then, without as much as a peep, around noon Google started publishing blog posts, updating the Play Store, and blanketing social networks announcing Android 4.2 and the new, updated Nexus family. The Internet blew up almost immediately.

This week on Android Authority On Air, we visit what should have been in an Android keynote speech. We cover what’s new about the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 that we didn’t cover previously. We also covered all things Android 4.2 including multi-user accounts, gesture typing, lockscreen widgets, daydreaming screensavers, wireless display support, quick settings, new security features and of course updated Google applications.

If you’re rooted, you’ll be happy to know that you can snag a few Android 4.2 features right now such as the new keyboard with gesture typing, an updated Gmail, the new gallery and camera with Photo Sphere, and a new clock widget. If you aren’t rooted, no worries, you too can join in on some of the fun. Head on over to the Play Store and download the latest version of Google Search. The updated cards for Google Now are simply amazing. Google Play keeps getting better. This week Google added Warner Brothers Music and a new Music Explorer tool to Google Play.

To end an an amazing week in Android, we give you patent wars where Android gained some ground and iOS lost some. Apple got blasted by the UK for failing to comply. Apple is going to lose the right to the iPhone trademark in Mexico. And, Apple lost the request for preliminary injunction against Amazon for using the word ‘Appstore’.

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