Google Android catch-all

Word is Google is consolidating Google Talk, Hangouts, and their mobile-only Messenger. I've also read unsourced rumours of Voice being included in that consolidation, which is why they've not done much to address its issues.

Given all that, sounds like an iMessage competitor in the works, and if it includes Voice, would be accessibly cross-platform. (I'm sure there are Talk iOS clients, but something like iMessage is needed for this to really be viable, I think.)

Google Talk has surprisingly good video chat. Just played around with it with some friends when I got my new phone in the summer. I still use Skype app most of the time because I'm usually using it for family who have Skype on their home PC or laptops.

Not a lot of iPhone or Android adopters among my parents, aunts, uncles, etc.

And also some of my cousins who are on iPhones, we end up both using Skype apps for cross-platform chat.

Just got the Note II yesterday. It's amazing.
It's a very big SIII, which is a very good compliment.
I don't love the stylus, but I guess it's only a matter of getting used to it.
I still have to see how the battery compares to the SIII.
The last Note seemed to suffer quite a lot from the big screen, I hope Project Butter and other tweaks will give me a full day and not an 8 hour appetizer.

Hobbes2099 wrote:
Just got the Note II yesterday. It's amazing.
It's a very big SIII, which is a very good compliment.
I don't love the stylus, but I guess it's only a matter of getting used to it.
I still have to see how the battery compares to the SIII.
The last Note seemed to suffer quite a lot from the big screen, I hope Project Butter and other tweaks will give me a full day and not an 8 hour appetizer.

My battery last about18 hours and thats even using GP and, Blue tooth on a regular basis.

What are Some good s-pen apps?

EverythingsTentative wrote:
Radical Ans wrote:
I got a Note II the other day and so far I'm digging it. The size takes some getting used to, but the fact that I have fairly large hands has been helpful. Still trying to get used to all the stylus features and gestures. I remember seeing in a review that there is some sort of multi-window feature where you could say, have a youtube video open while still surfing the web, but it's been disabled in the US version. Kind of sucks because that would be a neat thing to have.

Now that I am over in Korea I can see why they made another Note. Everybody and their brother here has either the old note or the note II. They love them some huge phone action.

That feature works on my Note. Try holding down the back button and see if the menu comes up. I also have a toggle to the far right in my notification bar, see if yours is off.

Nope, that doesn't work for me. You must be on sprint. According to this article it was omitted from us versions, but sprint did an OTA to add it to their version.

Looking to upgrade to a 4G Verizon Android device, and it looks like I've got some solid options going on this Friday. You can see the Black Friday 2012 ad is available (in scanned format) online, now I just need to decide between the following:

Motorola Droid Razr
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
LG Lucid

Leaning towards the Razr, but could be convinced otherwise. A removable battery is something that has never mattered to me, so there's that.

Note: there are better deals out there (Droid Razr Maxx @ BestBuy for free), but I need to buy directly from Verizon due to this being an early upgrade (not due until June 2013, rocking a Droid 2 currently).

I love my GNex. There's probably a few posts about it in this thread.

I don't know anything about the other 2 phones Nexus is likely the answer.

Stele wrote:
I love my GNex. There's probably a few posts about it in this thread.

How has your battery been treating you?

Radical Ans wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:
Radical Ans wrote:
I got a Note II the other day and so far I'm digging it. The size takes some getting used to, but the fact that I have fairly large hands has been helpful. Still trying to get used to all the stylus features and gestures. I remember seeing in a review that there is some sort of multi-window feature where you could say, have a youtube video open while still surfing the web, but it's been disabled in the US version. Kind of sucks because that would be a neat thing to have.

Now that I am over in Korea I can see why they made another Note. Everybody and their brother here has either the old note or the note II. They love them some huge phone action.

That feature works on my Note. Try holding down the back button and see if the menu comes up. I also have a toggle to the far right in my notification bar, see if yours is off.

Nope, that doesn't work for me. You must be on sprint. According to this article it was omitted from us versions, but sprint did an OTA to add it to their version.

That would be it then. I guess I can't be mad at Sprint anymore for delaying updates.

The problems with 4.2 are hacking me off. I've had more lockups, glitches, install errors and general cockery in the few days since I got that update than in the entire time that I have owned my N7.

spider_j wrote:
The problems with 4.2 are hacking me off. I've had more lockups, glitches, install errors and general cockery in the few days since I got that update than in the entire time that I have owned my N7.

Really? Doing what?

I was going to post the opposite that with stock swipe it's starting to feel like the finished product I wanted.

Still need to tweak all the new other stuff though.

Will be borrowing my friend's nexus to help in the decision

jowner wrote:
spider_j wrote:
The problems with 4.2 are hacking me off. I've had more lockups, glitches, install errors and general cockery in the few days since I got that update than in the entire time that I have owned my N7.

Really? Doing what?

I was going to post the opposite that with stock swipe it's starting to feel like the finished product I wanted.

Still need to tweak all the new other stuff though.

The stuff that they added is great, as I said up thread, but general stability seems to be way down. Link.

The auto brightness and crashes are really annoying me, plus a generally reduced responsiveness. I strongly suspect that some of the apps I have running are causing issues, but it will take me ages to figure out what.

The other thing that have noticed is that google services are now using a hell of a lot of my battery; 24 to 27 percent. I never even noticed in the list before, but now it is constantly at number 2, behind the screen.

Is there any backup service for Android that is similar at all to iCloud? Had to restore my iPhone from iCloud last night, and while its not perfect, I'm pretty impressed.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Is there any backup service for Android that is similar at all to iCloud? Had to restore my iPhone from iCloud last night, and while its not perfect, I'm pretty impressed.

Some stuff already syncs.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
Is there any backup service for Android that is similar at all to iCloud? Had to restore my iPhone from iCloud last night, and while its not perfect, I'm pretty impressed.

Android has a backup/restore embedded into the system.
It never worked for me until 4.1; now my SIII, NoteII and N7 (with 4.2) download all 38 apps upon initial configuration.
Takes about 30 mins and pounds the battery into submission, but I haven't looked for anything since this worked as it should.
I'd still love a "export individual app settings to the cloud", since the N7 internal storage gets wiped with the 4.2 update.

The iCloud backup restored everything (do far) except for music, pictures, and Downcast's podcasts (but did remember which ones I had downloaded). To be fair, I wasn't backing up music or photos because of the cost, and they do offer those services.

I got all my bookmarks along with passwords and cookies. It even had my wallpapers. Pretty impressive.

Hobbes2099 wrote:
I'd still love a "export individual app settings to the cloud", since the N7 internal storage gets wiped with the 4.2 update.

Buh? Mine didn't.

I don't know if you root your devices but Titanium Backup is perfect if you just want to save one or two apps, or all but that can get tedious.

Tedious?

I schedule TB to back up *everything* every morning at 3 AM. It's not quite as useful as when I had a phone with a micro SD card, but it's still come in handy. Once a week or thereabouts I'll upload everything to Box.Net or whatever service I feel like using.

General Crespin wrote:
Tedious?

It can be tedious if you are picking and choosing which apps you want to back up.

General Crespin wrote:
Tedious?

I schedule TB to back up *everything* every morning at 3 AM. It's not quite as useful as when I had a phone with a micro SD card, but it's still come in handy. Once a week or thereabouts I'll upload everything to Box.Net or whatever service I feel like using.

You can have Titanium do that for you now automatically. To Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive.

EverythingsTentative wrote:
General Crespin wrote:
Tedious?

It can be tedious if you are picking and choosing which apps you want to back up.

Why not just create a filter, and when you create a schedule, use that filter to only automatically back up the apps you want?

MannishBoy wrote:
You can have Titanium do that for you now automatically. To Dropbox, Box, or Google Drive.

I should read changelogs more often.

Well look who just arrived
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Just about to turn it on.

I am really enjoying mine. I have only one complaint and that is a lack of a cover. I search almost everyday for one to be released and it hasn't happened yet.

I can actually lay my iPad cover on the Nexus and it shuts down so I know that that functionality is built it...now lets get a cover!

I just discovered it has 4x anti aliasing!
Enable the developer menu by tapping the about/version item 7 times.go into the new Dev menu and enable it.

A week in and I scratched the screen on my Note II. I had no issues on my Atrix and figured "Hey It's Gorilla Glass I'll be fine." Nope. Luckily I'm in Korea, so getting screen protectors and accessories for the Note II shouldn't be to hard, but I'm still bummed.

Radical Ans wrote:
A week in and I scratched the screen on my Note II. I had no issues on my Atrix and figured "Hey It's Gorilla Glass I'll be fine." Nope. Luckily I'm in Korea, so getting screen protectors and accessories for the Note II shouldn't be to hard, but I'm still bummed.

How did it happen, for the curious ones in the crowd.