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Droid Life Q&A Session: Volume 3

We took a few weeks off from our bi-weekly Q&A sessions, but are back to finish out the month of July. Since our last special I/O edition, we have seen the Nexus 7 arrive to many customers, Jelly Bean rollout to every Nexus device other than the Verizon LTE Galaxy Nexus, dealt with locked bootloaders on the Galaxy S3, and more. It’s been busy, to say the least, so let’s talk about it all.

If you aren’t familiar with our Q&A sessions, think of them as your opportunity to ask the Droid Life staff anything. Ask us about the importance of unlockable bootloaders, how we feel about the Nexus 7 a couple of weeks in, or why nothing will be better than multiple Nexus phones this winter. You can even go semi-personal if you want. We are human beings after all and like food, swanky cocktails, music and traveling. Anything in particular you were curious about?

  • when do these questions get answered? or do they only pick and choose which ones they want to answer?

  • Mightyfacundo

    I’m sorry if this has been asked before, but I was hoping you could address the trend away from being able to move apps to sd. This feature was removed on ICS and JB, and I’ve never heard a reason for why Google has taken this path. I know that apps respond quicker from internal memory than sd, but this move hurts any phone with less than 16 GB of internal memory. Personally, as a result of this, I’ll never buy another phone with less than 32 GB. In any case, I’m just wondering if Google ever gave a reason for this strategy. Thanks.

  • Billzilla2005

    Boxers or Briefs?

  • Knlegend1

    Hope I’m not too late. What would you do if iOS was the only platform available? In your current state of mind.

  • Tom D.

    Any new news on the Droid HD release?

  • Jason

    For a Tablet, should i wait until Tegra 3+ or Tegra 4, or change completely to Snapdragon S4 Quad core. Im leaning toward NVIDIA because of the Tegrazone enhanced games.

    • Jason

      or just get Tegra 3 Asus transformer infinity?

  • soulsaga1106

    How much wind could a windbreaker break if a windbreaker could break wind?

  • that guy

    Which phone has changed the phone landscape more the og Droid or the nexus. Whatever happened the custom rom/theme friday

  • Greg Smith

    Whats the best way to get Flash onto a rooted Nexus 7? I’ve seen several methods, but apparently many alternative browsers that supported sideloaded Flash apks no longer do (eg the Firefox beta) or do it poorly. I’ve also seen someone try to extract the Android default browser from a phone based JB ROM. Is there a way to get it working as well as it does on my Gnex with Vicious JB ROM and the stock browser? Just want to get it right the first time, without disabling the Chrome browser, which I like for many other features.

  • BigLa

    I’m sure it’s been covered but…if you need to grab a phone tomorrow on Verizon, do you go with the SIII, or opt for the much more developer friendly Nexus. I personally chose the SIII, but part of me is envious of all the Roms for the Nexus.

    • Greg Smith

      Depends on who you are. Are you going to flash ROMs, sideload apks from other sources, make your phone do things it was never really meant to do? Or will you panic if you have to spend a few hours getting your WiFi to work after loading that new JB nightly? I have the Gnex and love it, but I got my wife a Razr Maxx. We’re both happy. Must say though, that the Gnex is a great smartphone, but not the best “telephone”.

      • BigLa

        I was certainly a chronic flasher with my Incredible, and I’ve no hesitation to do some troubleshooting. Ultimately, I decided to go for the better hardware, and hope the dev community came through for the SIII. Early signs are encouraging.

  • kixofmyg0t

    When is the review for the Atrix HD gonna post? 😀

  • tdpietrini

    I am constantly getting group sms texts from my friends with iphones. Their responses come in separately, and with the galaxy nexus I don’t have the option to reply all. I have heard handscent is the way to go, but even after setting it as my default messaging app for SMS/MMS, it doesn’t seem to be working. Any other suggestions?

  • Do you need to have a cable/ satellite subscription in order to watch live tv on the vizio co-star?

  • LaRocKa1158

    Why doesn’t the stock android messenger app support group messaging? This is the most frustrating thing about android for me right now being that I hate third party messanger apps.

  • Can you put a persistent link to your chatroom (tlk.io/droid_life) up somewhere in your site header? It’ll get some more people aware of it. It’s been a good impromptu real-time support forum lately.

  • I’d like to hear a more in depth editorial / opinion of the whole Apple Patent lawsuit issue… your news and coverage on the topics is spot on and super helpful, but I’d like to hear more about your personal view on the subject.

    I know many of us are infuriated with Apple and their patent wars…. maybe we need calming down, or maybe we need backup! Either way, your take on this would be interesting a good read.

  • RBI411

    1. Is MHL something enabled solely through hardware, solely through software, or some combination of both? Is it possible to add MHL to something that ships without supporting it? 2. Do you see Google adding some support to the Google TV which is functionally equivalent to what the Nexus Q does? It seems pretty week now.

  • trixnkix637

    Curious.. what is the safest method of getting root for the VZW S3 without great risk of bricking?

  • Joshua Colon

    Now that Google has taken over camp Motorola, how do you think it will change Motorola and Verizon’s relationship?

  • Michael

    My grandma just got a new smartphone and was wondering if you could give me your number so she can ask you questions. HAHA JK I look forward to seeing the selected questions/answers

  • unexpected62

    When will Google fix its MESSAGING fragmentation???
    HUGE ISSUE. Google Talk links with Gmail Chat, but also Google+ chat (on the desktop) but Google+ chat on the phone (messenger) is different. Then you have google voice, and regular SMS. So there’s literally 4 different messaging services/protocols and on top of that, the ones that are the same platform (Google+) are different on the phone and desktop!!!!!

    Ah, first world problems.

    • Michael

      I have a feeling they won’t beable to answer this

  • Gfunk81

    What is your upgrade plan for the Droid-Life Android App. It currently force closes a LOT (I’m on Samsung GS3/Verizon). Also unable to see comments/post comments from the app and watching video is a chore. Are you guys planning on any upgrades to your app…something similar to Engadget?

    • JoshGroff

      They have an app? I just use the site and zoom usually.

      • Ya they do. I uninstalled it b/c it kept refreshing stories in the middle of the night waking my girlfriend & I. I thought it was b/c I’m on east coast time.

    • ArrowCool

      I use Google Currents to view DL on my G-Nex and my N7. Probably one of the most used apps that I have.

      • Greg Smith

        Agreed. I recently discovered Currents and find it a great way to keep up with several sites, though DL is the first one on my list.

        • Gfunk81

          I must say that for the past three years I’ve relied on the main app, but I just spent some time using currents and I’m going to make the switch until they improve their own. I see that in currents, the comments section loads (although kind of slow because it directs you to the website) and the videos load quickly. Thanks for the suggestion!

          • michael arazan

            for me as well, i tried the app out and uninstalled because it didn’t work well

    • Brien Gerber

      I use pulse and it works well.

  • unexpected62

    Can you open an actually good forum where people can talk Android stuff? The old one sucked, and was dead of activity, and right now I get an SQL error. A site with a community this good should have a good forum.

  • paul_cus

    I know Huawei is trying to break into the high end American phone market. Do you think anyone else is going to try to do this? Any OEM you’d like to see?

  • Alex Mosqueda

    Do you think Samsung will use Google now instead of Svoice when they upgrade the gsIII to jelly bean or will they stick to SVoice or some how combine the two?

  • br_hermon

    One last one: What tech do you recommend outside of Android? What type or brand of car stereo, TV, digital camera, Computer, PC OS, phone or computer accessories, bluray players, etc.

  • Brendan

    >neither kellex or tim-o-tato is answering questions

    • Bsody

      Lol, glad I wasnt the only one to notice.

      • will bartlett

        post questions, they post answers in a new article in a few days. they have done this 2 other times.

    • will bartlett

      apparently you dont know how these work…

  • br_hermon

    This might be blasphemous but I’ll throw it out there… Who or what other sites do you guys follow? Android Police? All About Android (Twit)? AndroidForums? Rootzwiki? following people on twitter or G+?

    Related: Posting to the DL website, twitter and Google+. Comments being spread out all over the place… Is that a pain more than anything or do you enjoy the different outlets?

    • Valid question, I’m kindof curious to hear more on this.

  • IntlGrizzly

    Would you consider expanding the site to cover more than Android news?

  • Android Connoisseur

    What Jelly Bean Rom do you recommend for the Galaxy Nexus? There are many Roms that are currently out there and I’m not sure what the best one is. Something that is stable with a moderate amount of customizations.

    • Brien Gerber

      I’m using Bugless Beast and its great!

    • Bigwavedave25

      2nd that. Bugless Beast is a great stable rom with minimal mods. Highly recommend. My current rom of choice. Follow @peteralfonso on twitter, it’s where he posts updates. AlphonsAlphonsAlphonsAlphonsAlphonsAlphonsAlphonsAlphonsAlphonsAlpho on twitter, it’s where he posts updates.

  • LionStone

    Will you still do a full review on the DROID Inc4? It really seems odd that everyone else has already, yet the one site dedicated to DROIDS , has not?

  • Southrncomfortjm

    IMO, stock or a rom that is very close to stock is the only way to go with Android. Skins be damned.
    My question is, why don’t manufacturers offer a non-skinned OS on their phones for a small fee, say $10?
    Doing so would preserve whatever profits they presumably get from adding bloatware and also allow a greater audience to experience stock Android greatness.

  • JustTrollin69

    After starting Droid-Life, what were your intentions? Did you ever think it would be where it is today?