AotA 15: It Won’t Connect


“Who knows what goes through the minds of cellular executives.”

Attack of the Androids episode 15 begins and ends with a bang, and with it, the very last episode of 2011. Joining me tonight is Jeremy Lesniak and Joey Kelley. The rest of the crew will hopefully be back next year, assuming they don’t get blown up by explosions, or fireworks, or anything odd like that.  Also coming next year is our brand new website, so keep an eye out for that over at

We start the show with a discussion about some interesting findings about one of the most popular Android messaging apps, Handcent. Hopefully we can have the author on the show next week to answer some of the questions we tossed back and forth. If I delete something on my device, it should be deleted, not stored in a database somewhere just in case. But, some might disagree. That leads to a short discussion on an article by Paul Thurrott comparing Android to Windows back in the day. Oh, and hey Joey, what’s RedTube? This sounds like another classic episode of AotA.

Android activation’s over the holiday weekend reaches 3.7 million. Is that why my service sucks now? Honestly, it started sucking as soon as the iPhone was released on Verizon. They will supposedly have a fix for the Galaxy Nexus signal issues. Can you issue a fix to the weak glass the CDMA versions seem to have. I’m on my second one, and it’s not looking good.

Here’s something fun to do with your brand new iPad. Let an orangutan play with it until it’s completely trashed. This is how we do cold hard science.

Verizon just having the worst time ever right now. How many outages are you going to have this week? Then, on top of that, you want to reward your loyal customers with a two dollar surcharge if we pay online? Fix your 3G and give us some 4G, then we’ll talk.

Strip out the crap and make it happen. Samsung comes out with some excuses as to why the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab won’t see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich goodness. Sorry, it doesn’t fit. Can you please just make hardware? Why are you making software that is worse than the problem you are trying to solve? Sounds like SOPA all over again to me.

The Department of Defense gave the go ahead for devices running Android 2.2 only. This is according to the Security Technical Implementation Guide overview that just came out. Just wait until you get roms the DOD made. Which rom developers do you think they would hire?

AotA app picks of the week:

JeremyVocaNoteOne click to record a voice note, convert to text and send as an email or SMS. With only a single button-click, record a voice note, have it converted to text and sent as an email (with attached audio recording) or SMS. This is way more useful than trying to write and drive.

JoeyMonopoly – Take a ride on the Reading Railroad. Buy Boardwalk. Go directly to Jail. Buy, sell, and trade the famous MONOPOLY properties, and see the game jump to life with animated features and easy gameplay. This one comes highly recommended by Joey. He says it’s well worth the price, so if you don’t like it, email him.

MatFrontline Commando – As the sole surviving Commando of a renegade attack against a ruthless dictator, you are stranded on the frontline and hell-bent on payback. That’s right, another game from me this week. This one reminds me of Soldier of Fortune, and if you want to play it smoothly, you probably need a higher end device. This one is also a wifi download, which means it’s pretty large, so make sure you have the room on your device.