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Droid Life Q&A Session: Google I/O Edition

As most of you know, we spent all of last week in San Francisco, attending Google I/O. We haven’t had a chance to fully reflect on it yet, so since this happens to be one of our Q&A session weeks, we thought you could all help us do that. Rather than the normal Android chatter that these sessions tend to focus on, this week it will be all about the I/O experience, our thoughts, and what we did while we were there. So as usual, you can ask us whatever you’d like, but try to make it somewhat relevant to last week’s fun. You can ask for our opinions on the Nexus 7, Jelly Bean, or the Q if you’d like. You can quiz us on what sights we saw or restaurants we frequented. Have at it in the comments below.

  • Business Research  

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  • the weddings plan

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  • IntlGrizzly

    Were you hoping for some announcement about the upcoming 5 or 6 Nexus devices? And were you surprised that there wasn’t one? Also when do you think we will start to here leaks/info about them?

  • bombhills

    Sooo… A strange question, When do you guys use your tablets? (and for what?) Because I can’t really figure out why I would need one (I really want to need one), I’m really excited for the N7, but can’t really justify it regardless of the price without knowing what to do with it… hah.

  • Android

    Stupid question but when you buy a nexus 7 off the play store can you go to any carrier and activate it as a line ?

  • CapnShiner

    What was your favorite part of I/O other than the devices? I mean like what event or experience was most enjoyable?

    Did Google give all the attendees swag bags and, if so, what all was in them?

    Did Google have a Q&A session of their own and, if so, can you post a transcript?

    Do you think the PDK will result in new Android devices other than phones and tablets?

    Do you think the Nexus 7 would be perfect to use with Microsoft’s SmartGlass?

    Was there any discussion at I/O about Android being embedded into automobiles?

    What do you think of having Nexus 7 tablets embedded into commercial airline seatbacks?

    What are your predictions for the future of Google Glass?

  • Tyler

    Galaxy Nexus JB roms who has them and which are worth looking at? Also now that JB is out what phone is your daily driver?

  • Virgil Messer

    Is there going to be a Nexus 2????? This guy wants one

  • wickets

    I want to know how many techno hotties you kissed

  • Megatron

    I heard that Google’s IO looked like a MacBook convention…..SMH….

    • I don’t see the big deal. Some of us like our OS X/Macbooks, but still love to develop for Android. It shouldn’t be that polarizing.

  • Answer2K1

    In regards to Google directly competing with the Kindle Fire and bolstering consumers media consumption through Google Play and devices like the N7, were there any hints or foreshadowing of a service similar to what Prime does with Amazon Instant Video? (I’m a Prime member and I really like the option of watching AIV content included in my Prime membership).

  • Tony Wilen

    Now that both are announced (and almost released to the public), what is your prefernce for the two new tablets – the ASUS Transformer Infinity or the Google Nexus 7?

  • pmagent2013

    did you buy the developers preview of googles glasses?

    • LionStone

      And if you didn’t, do you still have the option to buy it later?

  • I want to know more about the increased security with the play store. With Play issuing device specific licenses with each paid app purchase, apps are less likely to be pirated. Does this mean that I will no longer be able to download a paid app that I bought on a previous phone after I upgrade?

    • I fear that they may allow this as an option for developers. Quite ridiculous IMHO.

      As of right now, I dont think thats the case. The way I understand it, at install time, the app is signed with a device specific key so it wont run on any other android device. You can still install a purchase on multiple devices, but each time the app is signed with a different key so you cant just copy it over to someone else’s device.

      I believe thats how they have designed it, but it would be nice if someone could confirm this. I certainly hope my fear never comes to fruition.

      • CapnShiner

        I would not be surprised if this will allow developers to sell different licenses for different numbers of devices, sort of like Windows on a PC. It sucks for consumers, but it is great for developers and I think they deserve to have that option. The quality and usefulness of the app will determine whether or not the developer can justify using device-specific licenses.

  • Gerolux

    Worth getting (in almost any means possible) tickets to go to Google I/O in the future? Im not a developer, but I really enjoy getting info about android developement.

    And question 2: nexus 7, any confirmation of a firm release date other than mid-july?

  • auronblue

    Were any hints dropped for a Nexus tablet in the 10 inch range? I think the Nexus 7 looks awesome but I don’t want to pull the trigger if a slightly larger version is coming.

  • Devon.S

    I have a question regarding when will the Droad 4. Is there any information regarding when it will receive ics, since they are talking about every other device receiving it.

  • U Mad Bro? No But Your Mom Is

    Is fragmentation ever going to become less of an issue?

    • r0lct

      As long as apps work across the most current 3 or 4 Android versions it’ll only be a problem tech people argue about.

    • This has never been a real issue. Its a buzzword that competitors have been using to downplay Android’s success. Certainly there are some issues on the development side, but as far as the user is concerned this issue doesn’t exist.

    • Answer2K1

      I guess it depends on how you define fragmentation and if it’s really an issue. Apple is still selling devices (older iPads/iPhones) that can’t/won’t have the most recent software (Siri included) is this fragmentation for iOS? Developers and users probably see it differently.

  • r0lct

    So with Mitas saying 7″ is the best tablet size you still think 2 of the 5 Nexus devices will be tablets? Or do you think they’ll all be phones and other other devices?

    Maybe the 5 devices are more test devices as part of the PDK and only one actual Nexus phone will be released.