Android Atlas Weekly 12: Oracle vs. the open Android (podcast)

Oracle taking on the 'open' in Android, the G1's soon-to-be sibling, and Honeycomb. You read that right. Plus we discuss the somewhat confusing world of personal and corporate Gmail co-existing on your Android phone. Today's special guest, Senior Writer for HowStuffWorks.com, Jon Strickland!

Oracle taking on the 'open' in Android, the G1's soon-to-be sibling, and Honeycomb. You read that right. Plus we discuss the somewhat confusing world of personal and corporate Gmail co-existing on your Android phone. Today's special guest, Senior Writer for HowStuffWorks.com, Jon Strickland!

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EPISODE 12

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Although there is no way to uninstall City ID without rooting your phone there is a way to stop it from running. According to Cequint, the company that makes City ID, after the 10-15 day free trial is over there is an option to decline the City ID subscription and it should not prompt you again. I have read that if you force stop this application the 10-15 day time period may reset.

http://www.cequint.com/FAQs/CityID_FAQs.pdf

Sasha


Hey guys,

I hear you guys complain about not being able to upgrade because you are stuck in 2-year contracts. I started getting 1-year contracts a few years ago and its great. I'm pretty sure every carrier, except maybe AT&T, has 1-year contracts but they hide them pretty well. My Droid cost only $269 from Verizon's website on a 1-yr contract. It only cost $70 more than standard 2-year contract, which was totally worth it for me. I am now looking forward to upgrading to an LTE Android phone, hopefully this holiday season. I believe Verizon also allows 1-year contracts to be upgraded after just 10 months.

Hope this helps you deal with the accelerated aging of smartphones in the future.

Love the show, keep up the good work.

-Zack


Hey Guys,
Love the show. I'm a long time iPhone user, but I am android curious and enjoy getting the full scoop from y'all.

It's rare that you get to hear the full good, bad and ugly about android. Seems like most people have dug there boots in the sand of one platform or another and refuse to say anything negative about their os / hardware of choice.

I am really intrigued by the new voice control features that google recently added, and I'm wishing I had these on my iPhone.

That being said ever since I've had voice control on my old LG flip phone in 1999 all the way to my 3GS today, voice control never seemed to work well enough to actually use. I'd say ""Call Jim"" and it would inevitably start dialing some ex girlfriend I haven't talked to in 2 years, and definitely didn't intend to call...

How accurate is the voice control on android in real world use?

Thx,
-Jeff

 

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