Will G.(51 posts)

I am a huge fan of Android. Almost being with Android Authority for close to a year, it is really nice to see new, talented writers embrace the "Android Dream" with the group of writers we have. My role at Android Authority is currently as a writer, to accompany my past skills in editing and reviewing top products for this site. I now sport a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

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UK judge rules that Galaxy Tab does not infringe on the iPad’s design, “not as cool”

by: Will G.July 10, 2012

One of Apple’s legal claims against Samsung, based on the alleged similarity between the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the iPad, was thrown away in an UK court last week. A British High Judge, Colin Biriss ruled that there is a big difference between both products, although he did noted that there are some design similarities.

What’s interesting is that the judge’s somehow expressed his appreciation for Apple’s designs. Biriss stated that the Galaxy Tab devices “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design”. The judge also said that even [...]

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Fujifilm GT-Document Lite for Dropbox app – photographed text more visible on smartphones

by: Will G.July 9, 2012

We now have those apps where you can take a picture of a landmark, and it tells you information about it. Then there are those articulate, in-depth applications in which you take a picture of a foreign street sign and it translates it for you.

While everyone might think that is cool, it should also matter how clear photographed text looks like on a smartphone. Being able to come back to a picture to access the photographed text in it is one of the perks current smartphones have to offer. That’s why we often take pictures of various things that contain text that we’d like to review later. But once we get back to those images, the [...]

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AT&T cares about stolen devices, starting new blocking system July 10

by: Will G.July 9, 2012

Phones are a part of our every day life and us. We treat them as a close relationship, and yet they are stolen more than any other device we own. Just about every cellular carrier has the ability to track a phone’s location using local towers, yet they are not always as handy to the average smartphone user.

However, AT&T has just released information on its new system for blocking usage of stolen devices. Even though this is not “tracking”, it does mean that any device reported stolen to customer service will be blocked, rendering phone features useless on the device, including text messaging, data use, and voice calls.

With [...]

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Firefox OS shall be better and cheaper than Android, says Telefónica

by: Will G.July 9, 2012

Mozilla, the company highly known for developing one of the most successful internet browsers of all time, is soon to rival the mobile OS market. As early as 2013, we will be able to play with some hot, new smart phones with a different operating system.

So different in fact, Telefónica says that the OS will be even “better and cheaper” than its great competitor, Android. Matthew Key, Head of Telefónica Digital pointed out some flaws with Google mobile OS, including the massive delay in software updates for each of the Android’s divisions, as well as the “fragmentation” of the Google Play Store.

Key also addressed the large demand for the Android OS, and the [...]

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Android app developer runs games on hacked Nexus Q

by: Will G.June 29, 2012

Recently at Google I/O: 2012, we were introduced to new, revolutionary devices and software such as the Nexus 7 Tablet and Android 4.1 Jellybean. To make a trio of devices, Google added a media streaming device, called the Nexus Q.

Its spherical figure demonstrates the possibility of a powerful, yet compact “cloud-friendly” streaming device. Simply connecting it to your TV through sleek HDMI and powerful audio ports, and controlling it from your mobile phone or tablet will allow the Nexus Q to play movies, catch up on TV episodes, and even stream music without you even actually touching the device.

Also with the Q’s similar specifications to the Galaxy Nexus, [...]

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Verizon employees get their exclusive red DROID RAZR MAXX

by: Will G.May 8, 2012

From time to time, Verizon employees are offered a special deal, whether it’s cool insider information on future phones or early releases ahead of the public market. Either way, they are usually informed what is going on in Verizon territory. Well the folks that work at Big Red now have the chance to obtain a phone which will not be available to the public at all. Specifically, Verizon employees are able to purchase a “Limited Edition” red DROID RAZR MAXX.

The DROID RAZR MAXX is definitely a phone to remember, one that stands out of the crowd of juice-thirsty 4G LTE phones. I mean, no other phone in its generation comes even close to the RAZR MAXX’ amazing [...]

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Google Play Store gift cards: not a bad idea

by: Will G.May 3, 2012

Everyone remembers iTunes and the success and impact it had on the music market. It marked one of the first times that people had access to an online library full of almost every song out there. The best part was that most songs cost just $.99.

Today, we are now faced choice from competitors like Zune, a subscription based network that offers unlimited streaming and downloading for a monthly rate. The choices are numerous: we have Napster, Rhapsody, Slacker, Pandora, and Spotify. Not bad if you are a music hound.

Android users have obviously become accustomed to the Google Play Store, an online mobile market where we can grab videos, music and apps at an [...]

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$50 tablet? Why yes, i’ll take three

by: Will G.April 8, 2012

Better than 1080p displays. Quad core processors. Ultra thin. Yes indeed, we’re living in a brave new world. Anyone with more than $500 can purchase a very mobile and extremely powerful quad core device, which really is an unprecedented thing. But things cost money, right? Some of the higher end tablets go for upwards of $600 these days. While buttery smooth 1080p graphics are nice, are they important enough for you to throw your wallet in the fire?

A company named ESER has just produced a tablet for $50. Well, it is really $51. Let me say that again – $51. Now, of course with a $51 tablet you cannot expect it to pack the latest and greatest innovations [...]

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The DRONE controller wants to be your Android’s partner in crime

by: Will G.April 8, 2012

With our devices featuring advanced graphics and lightning-quick processing power these days, it is no wonder why we see so many games being developed for today’s latest Android smartphones and Android tablets. Yeah, awesome graphics are pretty darn sweet, but the main issue at work is that devices lack the ability of a decent controller.

Since these “high-tech” toys come standard with Bluetooth, why not develop a controller compatible of playing nice? Touchscreen gaming is lackluser at best, and so, ladies and gentlemen, we we proudly present the DRONE. Yes, because its name is capitalized, it’s obviously absolutely incredible.

The simplicity of the [...]

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The LG Lucid 4G finally reveals its specs

by: Will G.March 23, 2012

Those of you that have had LG Android-powered phones know that, while the Korean manufacturer does entertain its audience with regularly-released new devices, LG’s efforts don’t really impress. Unfortunately, this general peception will not change with their latest 4G LTE device, the “Lucid”. At least not if the specs revealed by a supposed leaked image are accurate.

Yes, the LG Lucid does have 4G LTE capability, a dual-core processor and an 8 megapixel camera, but the phone is not what you would call a showstopper. Moreover, the Lucid’s latest leaked specifications clarify that it will not have Android 4.0 running out of the box, but the outdated 2.3 [...]

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