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Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 6 Answers

Welcome to the Answers section of the sixth installment of the DL Q&A Sessions. We got some great questions from the community on Monday, as always, and we’ve taken the time to go through and answer a few of them. It’s easy to see that many of you are concerned with what is coming to Verizon this quarter. Are we getting another Nexus? Should I jump on the new Moto devices? See what we had to say down below. 

1. Would you recommend a RAZR HD over waiting to see if a new Nexus ever comes out on Verizon?

K:  A new Nexus is not coming to Verizon. With that said, I still would not recommend that you go out a buy a RAZR HD at this moment in time. There are too many good phones with better specs on the way. Plus, the new RAZR cameras are horrendous. RAZR HDs are solid phones with exceptional battery life and decent HD screens, but they are not the cream of the crop.

R:  I would wait.

T:  Simple! Just wait to see what comes.

2. Why does it seem that there will not be another CDMA/LTE Nexus for Verizon customers?

E:  To me it seems that the struggle between Google and Verizon for power over the phone got a little heated. Allowing Verizon apps to be disabled, no branding on the front, some feelings got hurt. And with the nature of the CDMA drivers being hard to come by, I don’t know if Google wants to deal with that again.

K:  Blame both Verizon and Google. Since Verizon still wants ultimate control in the end when it comes to updates, Google has clearly decided that they are not interested in partnering any longer. With a Nexus, Google wants to be able to do as they please, but when you tie a phone to a carrier, you are adding in another layer or partner that you have to include in everything. It’s sad, but that’s the way it is. What we need is for Google to lay the law down, something they didn’t do in round one.

3. Why have device manufacturers largely given up on the keyboarded phone?

R:  Most people have learned to type on a screen. The keyboard adds weight and thickness, which doesn’t fit with the trends every other phone is following. The biggest reason is probably that they don’t sell as well as thinner phones, so it doesn’t seem worth the investment. Then again, every manufacturer still seems hell-bent on releasing too many phones every year so maybe there will be more phones that few will buy.

K:  Probably because sales numbers indicate that very few people buy them. Why create something with a keyboard if you can’t make any money off of it? Plus, “thin is in” and that means the thinner your phone, the more attractive it is to people these days.

4. What are you thoughts on the current Android Development community?

T:  It just seems unnecessary these days. Back when rooting and romming was huge, devices were slow and bogged down by crap skins. Now, Android is looking hot, performing even hotter, and the devices simply work how we expect. If further tweaking is needed or wanted, then at least you know the ability to do so is still there.

K:  It seems really stale to me. I wouldn’t necessarily put the blame for that on developers, but more on the evolution of the smartphone. In 2010, we needed developers to improve upon what OEMs could not do – create a fast and stable product with robust features. Today, Android in general is so polished and reliable, plus the hardware in phones matches up to computers in terms of speed and power. ROMs and tinkering isn’t as important as it once was.

5. You get 4 hours of non-sports DVR time a week. How are you filling it?

E:  American Horror Story, New Girl, Always Sunny in Philly and Adventure Time.

T:  Dexter, anything with Gordon Ramsey, Metalocalypse, South Park, and Family Guy.

R:  30 Rock, Scrubs reruns, House, Archer.

K:  Boardwalk Empire. Breaking Bad. No Reservations. Game of Thrones. Duck Dynasty. No Honey Boo Boo, though.

6. Do you think the Google Glass project will be replacing phones completely?

T:  In the year 2020, probably.

E:  Maybe a far, far time down the road. Technology isn’t at the place yet to make the parts small enough for you to wear it without looking ridiculous. Right now I think phones and Glass will work together perfectly.

K:  I highly doubt it. It’s a cute product, that super tech fiends will flock to, but I don’t see it becoming a mainstream phenomena any time soon. There are too many privacy concerns. I also don’t think tech in general is at a level that can make a virtual headset as feature-rich as a smartphone.

R:  I think the possibility is there. Smartphones and tablets are replacing traditional computers, so it’s possible that Glasses or some sort of contacts will be the next step in mobile innovation.

7. What is your favorite 90’s movie?

E:  Forrest Gump.

T:  Maybe Jurassic Park? That’s almost an impossible question to answer.

K:  Time Cop? I kid, I kid. I’d probably go with Fight Club

R:  Batman Returns. You have Batman, Penguin, Catwoman, Max Shreck, no Robin – what more do you need?

8. Best phone ever?

T:  You mean like, ever ever? I’m just gonna throw it up to the OG DROID. Followed by the One “seXy.”

K:  Ummm, wow. I actually don’t know if I could pick a “best phone” of all time. The original DROID was awesome because it started this whole Android life, but that phone was far from perfect. Every phone that has come out over the last few years, always has 1 or 2 things that keep it from being irreplaceable. The Galaxy Nexus can’t hold a signal and has a horrible camera. The Galaxy S3 has weak WiFi and that damn home button. The One X is up there, though. So torn.

R:  Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. No, not buying that? As far as phone design goes, I really like the Lumia 800 look, but I’d like it with stock Jellybean. In other words I want a phone that doesn’t exist. And while I’m rambling, I would love to see a phone inspired by the Nexus Q design. Imagine a notification light around the edge of the phone.

9. Are you guys cool with the other Android bloggers?

K:  Interesting question. I’ve definitely had the opportunity to meet most over the last few years in a variety of situations. Almost all of them are actually pretty good guys in person. Sure, we compete in the Android space, but get us in a bar together and it’s a great time.

T:  I personally love seeing a lot of my fellow Android bloggers at conferences. We’re a rowdy bunch that likes to have fun and drink beer. There’s never really drama or anything like that.

R:  Yes. Wait, did someone say something mean about my webcam? If so, then no, we are not cool.

E:  Picture the Android blogging community as Anchorman. Kellen is obviously Ron Burgandy, Tim is Brian Fantana, Ron is Champ Kind and that leaves me…Veronica Corningstone. We all have our news teams and we’re all vying for that No. 1 spot. There’s a mutual respect for everyone in the business because we’re all passionate about the same thing and we all write about the same subject. Sometimes however, there’s a rumble in the streets and the only rule is “don’t touch the hair.”

10. Do you believe Google has gone too far in the direction of serving their own needs with Android, over the needs of the end user?

R:  They can’t. If they betray the user too much then they’ll lose business. More importantly, most people are seeing Android as filtered and changed by the carriers and manufacturers. Most people are not seeing and using Google’s version of Android.

K:  I don’t necessarily think that Google has made Android anti-user, by any means. I think we all know that they are giving it away for free and are hoping in the end to make a huge profit off of it, but as of today, I don’t feel like they have begun that phase yet. This is still a fairly new OS. When we see ads in the Gmail app, then we’ll talk about this again.

*The rest of our Q & A sessions are all available at this link.

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    you guys should incorporate the Q&A into the droid life show.

  • Ragingd

    So there is no possibilty that Verizon might get THe next Nexus?

    • SeanBello

      to quote Jay Z- “chances slimmer than that chick in Calvin Klein pants”

  • SeanBello

    “Kellen, Google announced Verizon WILL be getting the Nexus 4″
    *not really*

  • Edmund75

    Eric, you don’t “love lamp?!” =) Thanks guys for being the best Android blog!

  • Matt

    I’m in DC and have never had signal issues with the Galaxy Nexus CDMA. And I guess as I don’t take thousands of pictures I’ve been satisfied with the camera. I certainly like it more than the DX I came from.

  • http://twitter.com/SeanMRowe Sean Rowe

    My question wasn’t why Verizon wouldn’t work with Google to make another Nexus, but more of why won’t Google make a CDMA/LTE Nexus and sell it on the play store. Seems there is a market for it. Just like you can buy a GSM Nexus off the play store and hook it up to ATT, why not do the exact same thing with VZW/Sprint/Rogers radios?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      GSM is just more widely adopted and open.

    • Wes

      CDMA doesn’t work like that. The network a non-global CDMA phone operates on is hard-coded into the phone and usually cannot be changed. Furthermore, Verizon only allows certain phones to be coded into its network. The same is true for *almost* every CDMA network. You can’t sidestep the network when it come to CDMA.

      • CapnShiner

        If only the rules of openness Verizon has to follow for it’s LTE spectrum also applied to it’s CDMA network…

  • OhAaron

    I disagree about the development community. My Verizon GSIII would be running crappy TWZ and still have ICS, if it wasn’t for Cyanogen Mod. It’s crazy how fast I get Android updates with Cyanogenmod, and they are better than the stock rom (without the wait). Also, the dev. community continues to find ways to bring romming to the mainstream consumer. 1) Cyanogenmod can now update itself under about phone. 2) Cyandelta can even do delta updates for you!

  • Domer 81

    Are we expecting these upcoming phones to be released before January? I have an upgrade now and I really cant wait much longer, still using a Droid X. I am thinking about the Razr HD/MAXX or S3. But if a phone is coming down the pipe before January then i will hold off.

  • Me

    Question:

    How important is it to you that Android has nothing like AirPlay? How important do you think native device mirroring is?

    Personally I get sick of using a cable to watch my phone or tablet on my TV. I think it should be part of stock Android and they should open source the hardware and put the receivers in every TV, DVD player, Google TV etc…

  • Buckeyebullet

    I’m thinking of switching to android from an iPhone 4. I wanted to go with the s3 but have read it has horrible reception. I was leaning towards a Maxx HD. What better phones are you all recommending to wait for?

    • Justin

      I love the MAXX HD. You will be disappointed in the camera if you enjoy that on the iPhone 4. The radios are amazing and the battery is amazing. O-H (go Bucks!)

  • Diablo81588

    Kellen, although I agree that processing power in smartphones have come a long way, the ultra low TDP processors and GPUs just don’t (and understandably can’t) compare to a desktop class version. Even, my relatively old Core i5 dual core laptop gets 15 times the browsermark score than my dual core phone does, not to mention my quad core i7 and dual GPU 6990 desktop PC.

  • Stinker

    “Blame both Verizon and Google”

    I’m going to just blame Google. They consistently let ridiculously major and preventable bugs get released in ALL of their products. If your software vendor isn’t going to deal with this on their own, you need to force their hand.

  • http://twitter.com/DanielReitzell Daniel Reitzell

    I just pray by some miracle that Verizon allows another Nexus. I do not want any other phone. Come on Verizon.

  • http://twitter.com/worseisyet2come Jason

    Great set of questions (and answers)! Still need to catch the DL show too. One X seems like the optimal phone, but I need something like that to come to Verizon. Anyone know of something like that coming down the pipe?

    • Diablo81588

      The One X is far from the perfect phone. The non removable small battery from HTC is still unacceptable. Thin is worthless if you can’t make it through the day without being strapped to a charger.

      • http://twitter.com/worseisyet2come Jason

        Agree about the battery, didn’t realize the One X was as limited as the rest. Thought it was a little more substantial?

  • JSIN

    So have the Galaxy Nexus 2 rumors been squashed or is it only gonna be GSM?

    • bananatroll

      GNEX 2 will likely be the only Nexus that we get… this year that is. I have a feeling moto will do something in january/february if the multi-nexus rumors are true

  • John

    Duck dynasty? F yeah, jack.

  • http://twitter.com/DaCatalyst Clayton Anderson

    Here’s a question, does anyone believe that the “HTC DLX’s” 2530mAh battery will be sufficient for a day’s use while powering LTE, a 1080p display, and a S4 Pro? HTC has struggled horribly in this area and as an Ex-Thunderbolt user, I can’t go back. Thoughts?

    • JoshGroff

      I always go with an extended battery on any HTC phone (I’ve owned the Thunderbolt, Rezound, Evo 3D, and Sensation 4G)

      With a non-removable battery, i’d stay away from it personally.

    • 2001400ex

      I have the exact same dilemma, rocking the tbolt. I wish it were 3,300 like the maxx. My 2750 pregnant tbolt somewhat lasts a full day.

      • Justin

        Came from a Thunderbolt and am perfectly happy with my MAXX HD. Camera is God awful, but at least it is operable (e.g. still has power to operate).

        • 2001400ex

          How is the pentile screen compared to tbolt? My wife’s OG maxx drives me nuts with the dots I can see.

          • Justin

            Better…much better. Not LCD, but still a noticeable improvement. My issue was and always will be battery life. I need a phone that lasts all day — this one does it without hesitation.

          • 2001400ex

            Thx for the info!!! Mine might be coming soon…

    • bananatroll

      HTC burned me for good with the tbolt. From release day delay horrors to the actualy phone itself(which was worthless!). Go for a moto.

  • Captain_Doug

    I’d love to see this phone running Jelly Bean. I’d change a few of the internals but chassis wise, mmm. Definitely on-screen keys though.

  • Alexander Garcia

    If the HTC One X was runnin’ stock Android, that would be my best phone EVAH.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      It would certainly be close. A bigger battery would be nice though.

      • Alexander Garcia

        Yes. Definitely. It still amazes me that Moto puts out devices with phenomenal battery life and still maintains the slim sexiness, but other OEMs can’t pull that off? It’s not like Moto has a patent on it. Haha.

  • triumphtriple

    A question I have is, when is the next share your home screens day??

    • JoshGroff

      Mine’s pro, 5 screens of nothing with a wallpaper (usually live matrix or nexus revamped.) I just get annoyed with stuff blocking my pics.

      • triumphtriple

        That bugs me too. That’s why I usually opt for just a couple of transparent widgets that only use text.

        • michael arazan

          I always leave the center main for the wp or lwp and add widgets to match, but my themes are always space themed with a moon widget and a death star clock or nature themed.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Might be about that time. :)