AotA 45: Soul Searching


“They were afraid to turn their phones on, that’s how screwed up it is here.”

Hello and welcome to episode 45 of our live weekly Android talk show, Attack of the Androids. Mat Lee here joined this week by Joey Kelley and Seth Heringer from the main crew, and Ant Pruitt and Shane Brady from aNewDomain and Yet Another Tech Show. Thank you so much for tuning in. While you’re here, don’t forget to drop us a comment on the show notes or on Google+, write us a quick review in iTunes, and submit stories to our AotA subreddit. You should also follow AotA on Twitter and like the Facebook page so you receive updates about interesting Android related news and our live weekly hangouts on AotA TV. Of course, all of these links are on the side menu on the right hand side of the page.

We have a great show for you this week, focusing our discussions on a T-Mobile Phone of the Moment, the fastest and most expensive Android tablet yet, why mobile internet sucks at conferences, some more Samsung Galaxy S III updates from Seth, thoughts on Google Now and Jellybean in general, how to hijack NFC to attack Android and Nokia smartphones, Google running out of 16 gig Nexus 7’s, and so much more. Not to mention this week’s app picks! Keep on reading for links to this week’s articles and our app picks!

Seth starts out the podcast with a T-Mobile Phone of the Moment. It’s the HTC One X+. What does the + mean? Your guess is as good as mine. We’ve heard mixed reviews about the HTC One X, but for the most part people are enjoying it.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the fastest and most expensive Android tablet of them all? As of right now, it’s the quadcore Krait / Adreno powered Snapdragon S4 Pro Mobile Development Platform tablet. All this could be your’s for the low low price of $1,300. Honestly, it’s got some nice specs, but the price point is way off, unless you happen to be a rich developer who wants some impressive new tech to develop for.

Seth shares more thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S III. It’s interesting to listen to how his opinion has evolved the more he uses the device. What could possibly be draining my phone in two hours? Well Seth, what have you downloaded lately? Personally, I’m happy I stuck with my Galaxy Nexus, especially running Jellybean.

Shane and I share our thoughts after using Google Now for a while. Shane wrote a really cool article about it over on AND.

If you want to watch the Olympics live on your device, make sure it’s not running Jellybean. Personally, I would rather run Jellybean than be able to watch the games on my smartphone. Jellybean is just that awesome, and I really don’t care about the Olympics, or paying for ad riddled television. No thanks!

In some Android security news, security specialist Charlie Miller gave a demonstration at Black Hat showing a very interesting way to hijack an Android smartphone using Near Field Communication which just so happens to be turned on by default. Two words: Opt In.

People need to realize the phones they carry around with them are no longer cheap burner type feature phones. In most cases these devices can cost more than six hundred dollars and are more powerful than our home computers. You should treat them as such. How many times have you “lost” your computer? Have you ever lost your laptop? Drop us a comment below and tell us about it! I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never lost an expensive piece of technology that I have deemed important enough to store all my personal information on.

Google has completely underestimated demand for it’s 16 gig version of the Nexus 7 tablet. You can find them here and there, but a lot of people are having problems getting them. What is Amazon’s next move? Maybe come out with a whole bunch of new tablets? Sure, why not?

AotA App Picks for episode 45

Eric – Goo Manager Beta by Snipanet Apps

Joey – Air Control Lite by Four Pixels

Seth – Asphalt 6: Adrenaline by Gameloft

Ant – 4 Player Reactor by cool cherry trees

Shane – Homerun Battle 2 by Com2uS

Mat – Auralux by War Drum Studios

Let’s stop by the OUYA Kickstarter page and see where they are at currently. As of recording this with 14 days to go, they had over 4,000,000 dollars. As of writing this the day after, they are over 5,000,000. You should check them out on Google+.

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