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Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 11


As March is wrapping up, and we roll into Q2 of 2013, it’s time to submit your questions for Volume 11 of the DL Q&A Sessions. For some time now, we have been fielding a lot of your questions, whether they be personal, funny, or Android related. If there is something you need/want to know from the DL staff, now is the time to ask!

On Friday, we will go through them all and select a good amount to feature in a post on Friday. Drop down below in the comments section below and submit those questions.

To see all of our previous Q&A’s, check them out here.

  • Knlegend1

    Why hasn’t Verizon not killed the Droid line yet?

  • Fattie McDoogles

    Does the Google Play Music app really matter? Shouldn’t Google just release the API so that OEM’s can add Google Music support to their own standalone music players?

  • ineedthatpurse

    Looking at purchasing a new tablet in the near future. I have an Asus Transformer (not the Prime) and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Considering either a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or the up coming Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Comments? Recommendations? I’m fairly enamored with the S Pen.

  • RazrRamon

    1.) What are the odds that 4.2 will come to the OG Razr?

    2.) Before their win over Georgetown, have you even heard of Florida Gulf Coast University?

    3.) Will the X phone run Key Lime Pie from the start?

    4.) Who will make the next Nexus phone?

    5.) (For Kellex) What do you think of the Braves landing the Upton brothers?

  • Mallahet

    Any way to turn specific vibrate notifications off in 4.2.2? I set my phone on the vibrate setting, and Gtalk, Gmail, etc still cause my phone to vibrate. It used to be just texts and phone calls. I know you can go within an app and set vibrate settings, but Gtalk and Gmail seem to not want to shush for me when I place my phone in vibrate mode.. I’m probably just missing something. Thoughts?

    And as for real questions: How are the brackets doing? Decent? Or “AMG why did I choose X to advance I’m an idiot!!”?

    Favorite Spring beer?

    Phone that exists (or will exist) internationally that you wish existed in the US? Like the Asus padphone, for instance. I’m sure this may be a repeat, but are there new ones?

  • michael arazan

    Do you guys have any contacts inside of any Business’, like Google, Motorola, or Manufacturers or carriers, etc?

    How do you guys get your information for articles? Other than some sited articles from other news sites, I see you guys being sited a lot more on other websites tech info and for breaking news

  • Nicholassss

    I just want more talk about X phone.

    thats not a question.

  • austin

    Is there going to be a screen size cut off
    Point for smart phones?

  • Damian

    1. What device is your daily driver, and what are you planning to be your next device?

    2. What do you think of Android’s future? Do you foresee Hauwei being the number one manufacturer by 2016? Will Android lose traction in the following years or keep leading the pack?

    3. Boxers or briefs?

  • Michael Pinkowski

    Where can we get Kellex multi colored dot wallpaper? I have looked everywhere.

  • Nick Daulton

    What drastic change do you want out of android?
    Ex: I would like to see more innovative controls such as Ubuntu.

  • Ghee Buttersnaps

    1. If you absolutely could not do what you’re doing today (with Droid-Life), what would you be doing?

    2. When is the “E” True Hollywood Story of Droid-Life coming out?

    3. Best Food Trucks you have access to?

    4. Your Best GPA ever?

    5. Is Tizen really going to be a player?

    6. If you had to completely unplug for two-four weeks (you could only use a feature phone for emergencies), what would you do?

  • Tom345

    I just flashed my galaxy s2 and was 50% of the way through and it died – the battery ran out. WHAT DO I DO?!


    Did you guys think Bionic’s reaction to comments in the X Phone story today was hilarious?

  • mb2k

    One question I’ve always had regarding the Play Store. Why is it that you can select multiple apps to update without accepting and approving, yet individual updates require this step? Just something that bugs me.

    • Brent Cooper

      wow…that is a puzzling question. I’d love to know Google’s reasoning behind that

    • CapnShiner

      Good question. I think Google would have to answer that, though.

    • Justin Winker

      I’m pretty sure it will ask if the permissions are changed, regardless of how the app is updated (automatically/via the update-all button/via the update button on the page). I know if you have it set to automatic updates, it requires a manual confirmation when permissions are added/removed.

      • mb2k

        You’re right, I should have said “unless a manual update is needed, why can you select multiple apps to update …….”

  • Capt. Crunch

    What is your pre-paid carrier of choice? My contract is up in November and I might leave Verizon and get the next Nexus.

    • Brent Cooper

      I definitely have the same question!

      • Hailey Jack

        upto I saw the bank draft ov $5599, I accept that my mom inlaw was like they say realie taking home money in there spare time on their computer.. there moms best friend had bean doing this for under 21 months and just now took care of the mortgage on there condo and bought Chevrolet. I went here, Mel7.com

      • Rachel Eric

        Maya. I just agree… Florence`s report is astonishing, last week I got a top of the range Lotus Elise from having earned $5844 this-last/4 weeks an would you believe $10,000 lass-month. with-out any question its the best job Ive had. I actually started eight months/ago and straight away started bringin home over $83… p/h. I use this web-site, . http://www.GoogleProjectsGetPosition2013.qr.net/kgsp

  • Rodeojones000

    If forced to use just one mobile device currently available and had to stick with it for a full two years, what would your choice be, and why? (Remember, SGS4 isn’t available yet.)

  • wm snyder

    does the whole crew live in portland?

    • CapnShiner

      I think that question was answered in a previous Q&A. No, they do not all live in Portland.

      • wm snyder


  • t3chi3

    What ROM do you recommend for my Note 2?

    • JetBlue

      Depends on whether you don’t care for Multi Window and the S-Pen or not.

      • t3chi3

        I don’t mind it. But could live without it. I haven’t unlocked the bootloader or anything yet. But I came from a Nexus so I hate TouchWiz.

        • will bartlett

          i also came from a nexus and touchwiz is actually quite nice for what it is.

  • Dylan Patel

    How many hours do each of you spend working on the website a week, and what other things do you guys do for your jobs/work.

  • Futbolrunner

    What cars do you drive?

      • EricRees


      • CapnShiner

        LOL…..in your dreams.

        • Pfft! More like in YOUR dreams 😛

          • CapnShiner


      • Futbolrunner

        Pshh..who needs a bimmer!

      • tyguy829

        wait what happened to your beamer?

        • Had to trade her in! Beamer’s gas mileage was way too good 😛

        • Had to trade her in! Bimmer’s gas mileage was way too good 😛

      • Warwick


    • EricRees

      I have a feeling you’ll be happy with my answer if this one gets picked 😉

      • Futbolrunner

        Rex ftw! Instagram’s a creepers best friend. Haha I follow you.

  • Captain_Doug

    Which sub 5″ phone(besides the Nexus 4) that has recently been announced/released do you think is the best?

  • Alex Mosqueda

    Will you be picking up a blackberry Z10 this week now that they are available in the US?

    • CapnShiner

      Why would they? This is an Android-centric site. Did they pick up any Windows phones? Do they review the new iPhones? They might be curious about the new Blackberries but it would be off-topic.

      • cdick133

        Yes, they did pick up a Windows phone: http://www.droid-life.com/2012/12/21/review-windows-phone-8/

        They’ve also written entire articles on iPhones: http://www.droid-life.com/2012/09/12/initial-reactions-to-the-iphone-5/

        It makes sense to stay aware of how Android stacks up to the competition, otherwise you’re just a fanboy.

        • CapnShiner

          Then call me a fanboy because I don’t remember reading those articles. It does make sense to keep up with the competition but they don’t need to get as much attention as Android devices. I think it also depends partly on which companies send review units. I don’t know how the DL staff could afford to buy so many devices out of pocket.

          • Justin Winker

            They don’t buy phones straight-up… Most companies will send review units to blogging sites for a period of time so their products are reviewed.. Think of it as free advertising.

          • CapnShiner

            I know that. I already mentioned review units.

          • Justin Winker

            Companies (such as BB and Nokia) will send them review units even though they are more of an Android site – is that what you were talking about? Or, an alternative would be to purchase the phone full retail and return it within the timeslot (usually 14 days).

    • Brent Cooper

      I’d like to see their review of the new BBY. Its always goog to look at the competition

  • quadcopter

    With Android hardware slowing down, have you found time for other hobbies/work, if so what?

    Also, is anyone going to rock a Q10?

    • CapnShiner

      Do you mean Android hardware development? Android hardware, performance-wise, is getting faster, not slowing down.

      • Justin Winker

        I think he means the speedy increases in hardware gains – maybe jumping from single- to dual- to quad-core processors? I’m actually not sure.

  • Sirx

    How do you all feel about all of the bans/backlash against Google Glass? Warranted, or over reaction?

    • CapnShiner

      I’ve only heard one story of any ban or backlash against Google Glass (the proposed law in Virginia). What other issues are there? I think it’s warranted because, even though the user does not have to look down at a screen, it’s still a distraction. I think it would be safer than texting while driving with just a phone but still not a good idea.

      • Shane Redman

        *West Virginia

      • He is also referring to a ban that a bar in Washington has imposed. Story from a couple weeks ago.

        • CapnShiner

          I didn’t hear about or don’t remember that story. That one I would call overreaction.

    • Tim242

      It can cause the left eye to have reduced vision, and become a lazy eye. Optometrists have warned Google.

      • Justin Winker

        .. Are you serious or is this sarcastic? Lol. I haven’t seen any info on this anywhere so I’m assuming sarcastic.

        • Tim242

          I am serious. They were talking about it on a recent TWIT podcast.

          • Justin Winker

            Interesting… I could see it though. Always staring up at the screen in the right corner of your eye. Come to think of it, that would hurt after a while.

  • drewbie_al

    FGCU: Best Cinderella story?

    • tyguy829

      them or wichita state. They could very well go to the final four the way ohio state has been playing…

      • CapnShiner

        Don’t worry about Ohio state. Arizona will take care of them.

  • CapnShiner

    With Jelly Bean now being available for almost a year (AOSP) and all major Android devices now being released with Jelly Bean on board, why do you think the manufacturers are still using hardware navigation buttons?

    • 4n1m4L

      Many apps still are set up for gingerbread or worse. And a manufacturer could disagree about how beneficial onscreen buttons are.

      • CapnShiner

        Apps that are not compatible with on-screen buttons are not compatible with Jelly Bean and should not even be available in the Play Store on that device. Apps can be made to accommodate both scenarios.

        Manufacturers can disagree all they want but I have not seen them talk about the issue at all. If they have, please share a link to that interview.

    • Tim242

      To give you access to the entire advertised screen size.

      • CapnShiner

        Software buttons are not permanently displayed on-screen. Your argument is a common one but it is based on a false assumption. Even if that were not the case, the screen could be made larger with a different aspect ratio to accommodate the on-screen buttons. The device would be the same size but all that bezel space that is currently occupied by hardware buttons would be part of the screen instead. The result would be the same usable screen real estate but with the customization that you get with software buttons.

        • Tim242

          The only time they are not displayed is while watching video, and only in video apps that support that.They are present in every other app. I had a GNex for a year. I know how they work. In case you haven’t noticed, the devices with on screen buttons have larger bezels than ones with capacitive buttons. Nothing false about the facts I have presented.

          • CapnShiner

            How is that not giving you access to the entire screen? That and games are the only time it really matters. It would be nice to have it all the time but I don’t think it prevents other apps from functioning. I understand wanting to be able to use all of the screen all of the time and I agree with that point. However, I see no reason why all the other apps can’t be made to hide the buttons like video apps can. That seems to me like a problem for the app developers, not the hardware manufacturers. As for devices with on-screen buttons having a larger bezel, I don’t think it’s a direct result of the on-screen buttons. That was just how they happened to design that device. How many such devices are there anyway? The only one I can think of is the G-Nex.

          • Tim242

            The Nexus 4 and all recent Motorola phones.

          • CapnShiner

            Oops, forgot about the Nexus 4. For some reason, I thought the Motorola devices still had capacitive buttons but you’re right. I stand corrected. That’s 6 Motorola devices and 2 Nexus devices (unless you count tablets).

      • joseph pastor

        Tim has not yet heard of PIE yet you guys, give him a break.

        • Tim242

          I used LMT over a year ago. I don’t really like that approach. Now what?

    • Rodeojones000

      I can answer this for you. Because manufacturers are idiots.

      • Tim242

        Or maybe because capacitive buttons provide better use and smaller bezels?

        • CapnShiner

          Capacitive buttons do not provide smaller bezels. I don’t know where you got that idea. Here is a phone size comparison tool you can use: http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Motorola-DROID-RAZR-M_id7346/size

          • Tim242

            Really? My Note II has smaller bezels than my GNex and the Nexus 4 has. My Thunderbolt even had smaller bezels than any Nexus or Moto phones with on screens buttons. I could go on, but you get the idea

          • CapnShiner

            That has nothing to do with the capacitive buttons. First of all, the GNex is older and bezels are getting smaller in general. Second, compare the RAZR M to the original Droid RAZR. The RAZR M has a smaller bezel and on-screen buttons. I don’t know why the bezels on the Nexus 4 and other Motorola devices are as big as they are but it is not a direct result of having on-screen buttons.

          • Tim242

            You keep saying that smaller bezels aren’t the direct result of capacitive buttons, but you have nothing to base that on. When devices with capacitive and even physical buttons have smaller bezels than those that have on screen buttons, there’s a problem. As of right now, on screen buttons don’t provide any benefit. Once bezels are reduced, I’m all for them

          • CapnShiner

            I gave you a specific example: The RAZR M. What more do I need to base it on?

          • Tim242

            The RAZR M bezel is only slightly less than the OG RAZR. The OG RAZR had the biggest bezel I had ever seen. The RAZR M bezel is still larger than the GS III, Note II, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC EVO, GS 4, HTC ONE, GS II, and many many more.

          • CapnShiner

            And none of those product lines include a device with on-screen buttons, which would likely make the bezel even smaller. You’re trying to compare apple to oranges. Each manufacturer has their own design language. The RAZR and RAZR M are in the same product line and it’s actually the only product line that has both types of buttons, so it’s the only valid comparison there is. This argument is pointless anyway, because we don’t have enough information to show why the manufacturers went one way or the other.

          • Tim242

            You talk about apples and oranges, while you are cherry-picking. The RAZR M was one device out of many. The Maxx line still maintains the same huge bezels. The RAZR M still has a lot of bezel. What they took off the top, they added to the bottom.

          • CapnShiner

            I only need one example to prove the point. It is possible to have a smaller bezel and have on-screen buttons. All I’m trying to prove is that on-screen buttons do not, in and of themselves, make the bezel larger and they can, in fact, allow for a smaller bezel. Just because manufacturers have not taken advantage of this benefit does not make it any less true.

          • Tim242

            Thr RAZR M is not that example.

          • Captain_Doug

            Very well said.

          • S2556

            Though I like the idea of on screen keys, there definitely isn’t a bezel difference at this time. Every phone I’ve seen with on screen nav keys has room for capacitive buttons so that kind of defeats the purpose. More people than you think prefer hardware keys also because of the unobtrusive set up

  • Kamesen

    Which hardware solution do you use to watch Internet TV, or PC content, in your living room TV (PC/screen extension, GoogleTV box, smart TV, media center PC, Android on a stick, etc.), and do you see Android playing a significant role in connecting the internet to the living room TV experience in the future?

  • Tex

    Would you rather have a lobster claw as a hand or a baby arm?

    • I have a feeling the chicks wouldn’t dig the claw. Or would that be gangsta? lol

      • CapnShiner

        You think chicks would dig a baby arm?

        • Well, you know. It’s a baby arm. Think of all the sweet places you can reach with a little arm 😛

          • CapnShiner

            I’m trying to keep my mind out of the gutter now. But it’s like a T-Rex. Those little arms are useless.

      • Shane Redman

        Claw arm Tim….easier to open their beers.

    • Nicholassss

      Nobody like John Zoidberg.

      • Ian Winchell

        That’s Dr. John Zoidberg, or John f*****g Zoidberg!!!!

  • Just wanted to drop a quick comment here saying that I think we need a refresher on flashing ROMs and how to correctly and safely backup and save app data and restore app data when flashing between ROMs.

    Also, for those of us who are upgrading our GNex at the end of this year (when that time comes), could you recommend the best phone to upgrade to and the best options for a carrier to be with?

    I love the site and everyone’s opinion on everything Android. Keep up the awesome work!

    • CapnShiner

      Regarding your upgrade question, it’s too early to answer that. If you were looking to upgrade now, the community could recommend some phones and carrier choices. However, by the end of the year there will likely be a few new devices launched and the carriers might offer some new plans, especially now that T-Mobile went live with theirs. Google I/O will be upon us soon and they will likely announce a new Nexus phone with Key Lime Pie. If you prefer the Nexus experience, that new Nexus phone will be your obvious choice. Otherwise, you would be better off waiting until about a month before your upgrade to choose a new device.