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All stories subject to change before showtimeGUEST: Ron Amadeo, Reviews Editor for Ars Technica
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JHWelcome to All About Android, Episode 132, recorded on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. Your weekly source for the latest news, hardware and apps for the Android faithful.

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I'm Jason Howell --- I'm Ron Richards --- And I'm Gina Trapani!Times for segments

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This week, we'll be discussing Google's iron grip, launching apps on Android first, adding more butter to Android, and more.News0:05:00

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5 years ago today, the G1 launchedhttp://www.androidauthority.com/htc-g1-five-years-ago-285572/Ready NewsHardware0:05:00

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5:29News (3 top stories)LinksVIDEO0:15:00Apps0:05:00

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JHGoogle’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary [1]http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/ [2]AD0:05:00

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Related: Report: Amazon partnering with HTC to release multiple phones in 2014 [3]http://www.androidcentral.com/report-amazon-partnering-htc-release-multiple-phones-2014From last week's show and TOTALLY applicableAndroid Arena0:05:00

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GTWhy Android First is a Myth [4]http://stevecheney.com/why-android-first-is-a-myth/

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Referred to in the post: Facebook ad profit a staggering 1,790% more on iPhone than Androidhttp://venturebeat.com/2013/10/16/facebook-ad-profit-a-staggering-1790-more-on-iphone-than-android/

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RRVic Gundotra hints new Hangouts for Android coming soon, urges Android users to get along with iOS users [5]http://9to5google.com/2013/10/21/vic-gundotra-hints-new-hangouts-for-android-coming-soon-urges-android-users-to-get-along-with-ios-users/

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JHGoogle buys Flexycore, creator of a “10x speed boost” app for Android [6]http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/google-buys-flexycore-creator-of-a-10x-speed-boost-app-for-android/

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5:49Hardware (3 top stories)LinksVIDEO0:05:00

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GTLenovo introduces the A10, its first Android-powered convertible laptop [7]http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/18/lenovo-a10-android-convertible/

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RRNexus 5 briefly appears on Google Play Store for $349 [8]http://www.geek.com/android/nexus-5-briefly-appears-on-google-play-store-for-349-1574271/

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This Is The Nexus 5, In Full-Size Official Press Photo Gloryhttp://www.androidpolice.com/2013/10/17/this-is-the-nexus-5-in-full-size-official-press-photo-glory/

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JHSamsung admits its region-locking scheme hasn’t gone to plan (whatever that plan was) [9]http://gigaom.com/2013/10/17/samsung-admits-its-region-locking-scheme-hasnt-gone-to-plan-whatever-that-plan-was/

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5:54Apps (3 top stories)LinksVIDEO0:10:00

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RROfficial BBM how-to videos show the ropes to new users [10]http://www.androidcentral.com/official-bbm-how-videos-show-ropes-new-users

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How to use BBM for Androidhttp://crackberry.com/bbm-android-how-to

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BBM for iPhone and Android sees over 10 million downloads in 24 hourshttp://mobilesyrup.com/2013/10/22/bbm-for-iphone-and-android-sees-10-million-downloads-within-24-hours/

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JHNetflix Version 3.0 Ready for Rollout to Android, Brings New Life to Struggling App [11]http://www.droid-life.com/2013/10/16/netflix-version-3-0-ready-for-rollout-to-android-brings-new-life-to-struggling-app/

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GTLatest Google Play Store 4.4.21 With Slide-Out Navigation [12]http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/10/21/download-latest-google-play-store-4-4-21-with-slide-out-navigation/

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Play Store 4.4.21: Google Play Newsstand Adopts Purple Brand Color, Set To Replace Play Magazineshttp://www.androidpolice.com/2013/10/21/apk-teardown-play-store-4-4-21-google-play-newsstand-adopts-purple-brand-color-set-to-replace-play-magazines/

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Google Begins Sending Out Invites To October 24th Google Play Event [13]http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/10/18/google-begins-sending-out-invites-to-october-24-google-play-event/

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RRGoogle Play Music updated with 'I'm feeling lucky radio'http://www.androidcentral.com/google-play-music-updated-i-m-feeling-lucky-radio

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Google Maps Engine Android App Allows You To View Custom Maps Created With Maps Engine [14]http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/10/21/new-app-google-maps-engine-app-allows-you-to-view-custom-maps-created-with-map-engine/

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6:04Android Arena!Play Store LinkVIDEO0:20:00

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Last Week's Pollhttp://aaapoll.com/131

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Ron A - Touch Control (FREE/$1.60)https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.paranoid.touchcontrolfreehttp://qrcode.kaywa.com/img.php?s=10&d=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.paranoid.touchcontrolfree

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Gina - PushBullet (FREE)https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pushbullet.androidhttp://qrcode.kaywa.com/img.php?s=10&d=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pushbullet.android

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This Week's Pollhttp://aaapoll.com/132

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[1] There's Closed Source Creep. (features and services moved into closed source apps as opposed to the open source versions previously in AOSP.) There's the way Google is spinning this transition. regarding Calendar: "The way this process is pitched to the Android community is always rather amusing: The stock calendar is now available to everyone! We can now do updates from the Play Store! There are more features! (Oh, and by the way, it's closed source now.)" There's the reality that as these apps and services are moved into closed source versions, AOSP, the OPEN part of Android becomes incredibly stale. Why would anyone WANT to use or build with it? Google "weaving dependance on Google into" 3rd party developer's apps, with Play Services turning "the Android app ecosystem into the Google PLay Ecosystem." Google's power grab when it moved location stack into the closed source app world, meaning open source location access is battery hungry, and the google way is low power and efficient. "Samsung isn't going anywhere." really sheds some light on the recurring question of "Will Samsung break away from Android with it's own solution?" They've not covered their own solutions for basic GOogle services the way that Amazon has for Kindle.
[2] If a company other than Google can come up with a way to make Android better than it is now, it would be able to build a serious competitor and possibly threaten Google's smartphone dominance. This is the biggest danger to Google's current position: a successful, alternative Android distribution. Just about any time Google rebrands an app or releases a new piece of Android onto the Play Store, it's a sign that the source has been closed and the AOSP version is dead. Google Calendar was one of the more recent apps to get the closed source treatment. The way this process is pitched to the Android community is always rather amusing: The stock calendar is now available to everyone! We can now do updates from the Play Store! There are more features! (Oh, and by the way, it's closed source now.) (The point being that AOSP is still available to all and inside are the outdated now-unsupported Google apps that nobody would want anyways. Ultimately, AOSP becomes a repository for the way it once was.) Google's real power in mobile comes from control of the Google apps—mainly Gmail, Maps, Google Now, Hangouts, YouTube, and the Play Store. These are Android's killer apps, and the big (and small) manufacturers want these apps on their phones. Since these apps are not open source, they need to be licensed from Google. Regarding HTC/Amazon: The second they ship one device that runs a competing fork, they are given the kiss of death and booted out of the Android family—it must be a clean break. This, by design, makes switching to forked Android a terrifying prospect to any established Android OEM. Google APIs that ship with Play Services are out to stop this by convincing developers to weave dependence on Google into their apps. Google's strategy with Google Play Services is to turn the "Android App Ecosystem" into the "Google Play Ecosystem" by making a developer's life as easy as possible on a Google-approved device—and as difficult as possible on a non-Google-approved device. It made complete sense to put the Maps API and Google Cloud Messaging into a proprietary app, as those services depend on Google servers to function. However, moving over the entire location stack feels like a massive power grab on Google's part. There are now two methods to get location: the good, low power, closed source Google way, and the crappy, battery expensive, open source way. Play Games is another proprietary API that solves a lot of difficult problems for mobile developers. It provides easy access to user accounts, leaderboards, achievements, cloud saves, anti-piracy, and (on Android) real-time multiplayer. The best part is that works on just about everything: Web apps, iOS, and Android. Well, everything except AOSP, which is not supported. "Samsung isn't going anywhere." really sheds some light on the recurring question of "Will Samsung break away from Android with it's own solution?" They've not covered their own solutions for basic GOogle services the way that Amazon has for Kindle.
[3] Also, last week we discussed the report that claimed HTC might work with Amazon to release phones next year…. which would put HTC in violation of the Open Handset Aliance.
[4] Steve Cheney, head of business at GroupMe and technology blogger, wrote a piece about the myth of $1M startup venture rounds creating and releasing their mobile apps for Android before iOS. - Says Android development is too costly vs iOS, 2-3X more - Says APIs are a challenge, tools and "fragmentation" create issues not seen on iOS - Says iOS has better metric tracking - Finally, says that what you'll often see is a seed round company developing for iOS first, then for Android in Series A funding (12-18 months after seed), hence the lag of an Android release. - Cites a Facebook ad study from last week that reported that Facebook ad profit is 1790& MORE on iOS than on Android.
[5] A new Hangouts for iOS launched a few days ago and brings with it features that are likely to hit the Android release, and likely very soon: - Call phone numbers from Hangouts free to the US and Canada - Make/Receive calls via Google Voice in Hangouts - Animated GIF support Vic Gundotra, SVP of Engineering at Google, took to G+ to tell the Android faithful: "Guys, don’t worry. We have massive investment in Android. I promise you will be happy soon. Don’t get upset because we show some love to Google users who use iOS. There are a lot of them. And they are good people :)"
[6] FlexyCore, the company an Android app called droidBooster that claimed to make Android devices run "up to ten times faster", was bought for $23.1 million. They haven't been publicly releasing any updates in the past two years. Why would Google buy them now, Ron?
[7] Lenovo A10: 10.1" notebook with foldback touchscreen display 1366x768 display 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor 2GB RAM 32GB storage microSD slot VGA webcam 2 USB 2.0 ports HDMI out Android 4.2 JB No official pricing, rumors peg it around $340
[8] Nexus 5 appeared on Google Play for $349 in black with 16GB memory, with the caption "Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways. Starting at $349." Hi-res images were grabbed from the mishap, showing the device in all its glory. $349 for 16GB Nexus 5 matches the price for 16GB Nexus 4 before price drop.
[9] Samsung started slapping stickers on boxes of the S3 and Note 3 stating that SIMs from other regions would not work on the device inside. Then Samsung stated it only applied to initial activation. But many users reported that they couldn't use SIMs from other regions AT ALL. Samsung addressed the complaints, simply by saying that the region locking wasn't going away, but they would evaluate to make a better, friendlier procedure for consumers. Why region lock?
[10] BBM for Android is FINALLY released! Now let's all install it and never use it!!!!
[11] New UI, super responsive, still no multiple account support
[12] New Play Store app includes slide-out navigation. APK teardown reveals a TON of icons directly related to the as-yet unannounced app, Newsstand, which is likely to soon replace Play Magazines. Then Google sent out invites to a Google Play event for this Thursday. Sources say it has nothing to do with hardware or even Android, just Play Store. Could this be the unveiling of Newsstand and more?
[13] Google is prepping for an event next Thursday October 24th billed as "a night out with Google Play." The show starts at 7PM in New York City, but that's really all the solid info Google has provided. It may be Google Play Newsstand, but a Nexus event has been expected for weeks. Google usually streams all their live events, so whatever happens, you'll probably be able to watch it unfold.
[14] A new Map Engine app allows people to share custom maps, save them to and access them from your Google account. Some samples include NASA's light map and World Bank GDP growth rate among others.