DoubleTwist Product Wizard Lucas Dickey joins us in the studio this week to talk about syncing and streaming your media to and from an Android device. In the news, Google closes a WiFi security hole, AT&T opens its restrictions on 3rd party apps, and Motorola announces an amazing phone--save one missing feature. All of that plus the answers to your questions on this week's episode of Android Atlas Weekly with Justin Eckhouse and Antuan Goodwin.
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Interview: Lucas Dickey
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AT&T removes Android app restrictions
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I own a Motorola Xoom and want to buy a bluetooth keyboard to use with it. The Motorola site lists their compatible keyboard at $69.99 which I think is very overpriced and would like to pick your brains to know what else my options are. Could I just buy any other bluetooth keyboard and have it work with my Xoom? Is there a certain spec I must look for in the version of bluetooth to ensure compatability? or am I doomed to drop 70 bucks on a piece of hardware to compliment my already not so pretty (read: Samsung 10.1″”) tablet.
Please help me!
Love the show.
Antuan: In theory–I haven’t tested this, maybe Justin has–but any Bluetooth HID keyboard should work with Android 3.0+ Honeycomb.
Donald Bell: As far as I know, there's nothing proprietary or special about the Xoom's Bluetooth compatibility. Any Bluetooth keyboard should work fine. Just beware of keyboards that advertise themselves as "wireless" but not specifically Bluetooth. There's a lot of cheap "wireless" keyboards out there that communicate over a non-Bluetooth frequency to a USB dongle plugged into a PC. You don't want one of those.
Google Music: Can some one point out that google want to stop fragmentation but then they only make google music avalable in the USA, We have this with amazon and still do amazon cloud or market is still not avalable in the UK
Antuan: Has nothing to do with fragmentation and everything to do with copyright law varying from nation to nation
I have an HTC Evo, and am considering the Nexus S 4g. Would that be an “”upgrade”" in your eyes? I am fairly tech savvy, but am nervous about the thought of rooting my Evo, although I’d love to. If I were to decide to root my Evo, does this wipe all my data? I’ve have it for 7 months, and minus the bloatware from Sprint, have it just the way I want it. I’d hate to root, only to find all my apps and app data are gone.
Antuan: Use z4root to get temp root, but don’t reboot. (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=833953)
Download Titanium Backup for root users and use it to make a backup of all of your apps and settings.
Now, actually root your EVO, which should wipe your apps, but then use titanium again to restore all of your junk and junk.
Bask in your own awesomeness.
Hey guys, I remember google having a keynote about android push notifications back in IO 2010, just wanted to know if there was anything new regarding it, or any plans of implementing it into Android.
Sent from my Supersonic
Antuan: It’s already in there, isn’t it? Yep, it’s on Froyo or better. Try Chrome to Phone for a demo of push in action, but it should also work with GMail and Exchange email on supported devices.
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