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Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 13


It has been a couple of months since we last hosted a Q&A session here at Droid Life, so with the summer upon us and a handful of incredibly important devices arriving in the near future, let’s get to answering some questions from readers. For those new to this ongoing feature, think of a Q&A session as your chance to ask the DL crew anything you’d like. Now, we’re not talking just smartphone or Android-related stuff either.

Sure, we would love to talk about the new “Nexus experience” devices that are arriving this week, new thoughts on Motorola and the Moto X, or if we are close to franchising our own Viva Movil, but you are also free to ask us about our summer vacations, what we plan to do without Game of Thrones for the next several months, or if Ron actually owns an Android device at this stage in life. We are open to it all.

On Friday, we’ll grab a handful of the best comments and let the team tackle them.

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

  • ytsud

    Why is there no ongoing update to fix the “LOW Recording Volume” bug that seems to haunt most all the Android 4.2.2 ROMS including the famous CyanogenMod 10.1.0 release?.

  • JoeBlow

    WHEN WILL THERE BE ANOTHER GREAT PHYSICAL KEYBOARD PHONE? (have to yell this, because those of us holding out for one have been holding out too long)

  • needa

    would any of you buy the new chinese phones hitting the market and if so which one/s?

  • sk3litor

    Eric what school do you attend? And what are you going for? Also does anyone there know you’re quasi-famous

  • Austin g

    Do you guys think this is Motorola’s year to make the nexus ?

  • Bait

    The heat maps demonstrate that the poor choose android over apple because because they can’t afford apple and must tear it down to justify their purchase to themselves. Counter this statement.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    What are the odds the next Nexus tablet is made form Moto? 🙂

  • Warwick

    If the DL team were to be an OEM for android. What parts of each current phone features would you put on yours? IE Sammys camera features, Motos Smartactions ETC.

  • justjmatt

    What tablet (7, 8, or 10 inch) would you recommend that is on sale right now? Would it be advisable to wait to see if Google releases new Nexus tablets? (new Nexuses?)

  • Abhi

    MIUI or CM?

  • James

    Why haven’t you guys hired MKBHD? For that matter, why hasn’t any tech blog stolen him yet?

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      It’d be nice to have him as a guest on the DL show

  • Two potential questions: 1. What is the coolest thing in your apartments/houses? and 2. For those of you that have significant others, what phones do they use?

  • S2556

    What make/model/year were your guys first car?

    • Justin

      And, what is the make/model/year of the car you guys currently drive?

      • Alex


  • Knlegend1

    What is the next evolution you would like to see mobile/android take?

  • S2556

    If you could go on vacation tomorrow, money not an issue, where would you go? Why?
    You’d catch me in NZ. Shred and surf same day.

  • Mallahet

    If you were to be travelling internationally, what phone would you use? Keep the Nexus 4, unlocked HTC One, etc, or opt for something else? Would you try out any Huawei, ASUS, or Sony phones? (I suppose the Xperia Z is coming to the US soon, but still..)

  • Zach B.

    Like most things, Android isn’t perfect. What do you NOT like about Android?

    • Brent Cooper

      Yes! Great question. Id love to hear this one be answered

  • Greyhame

    When will 4.3 drop and what do you anticipate being the major additions to the OS come 5.0?

  • geedee82

    Why aren’t more manufacturers using on-screen nav keys? I’m about due to upgrade my Gnex, but being on verizon, nothing out there right now is appealing to me. Should I keep waiting or just bite the bullet.

    • g2gsr

      I was going to ask basically the same questions. What is the deal with hardware buttons? I haven’t read or know of anyone that’s used the onscreen nav buttons and not loved them. Not only that, but they decrease complexity of design and production.

  • yummy

    Does being rooted get me
    extra attention at the NSA?

    • michael arazan

      What can we do to our phones to further protect it from outside entities trying to copy all our data from our phones? Is there any encryption apps to send encrypted text messages.

    • Nicholassss

      haha, this.

  • WAldenIV

    What are your thoughts on the Samsung NX Camera?

  • TMKvamme

    Is Google going to update Voice? My main concern is MMS support. I would love to use google voice as my main number but need MMS.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Do you believe in a nexus 4 sequel this year? with the nexus experience devices coming out from some companies, will google hold back and them a chance, in your opinion?

  • EvanTheGamer

    If you all lived on a deserted island for one full year, and you could only play ONE Android game, what game would that be, and why?

    • Kevin Bojarski

      Granny Smith

  • JMonkeYJ

    This year has been the slowest that I can ever recall for Android in terms of new software and hardware. It seems like the pace of mobile innovation is slowing. Do you think that’s true? Is it a sign of the technology maturing, or a lack of competition, or something else? Just your thoughts on this slow news year…

    • Ted

      Software I get your point but in terms of hardware this has definitely not been a slow year. Sony, LG, HTC, and Samsung have all launched new devices. Basically, Motorola is the only one lagging behind and into irrelevance…

      • JMonkeYJ

        Even tho there have been major releases, there hasn’t really been innovation or anything too special besides spec upgrades. Arguably the only innovation is front facing speakers (which is a great improvement). So I think my comment/question holds for hardware, too.

        • justjmatt

          I think some things have reached a point where any improvements are merely incremental.

  • Brent Cooper

    Do you think there will be an add supported(free) google music? More like pandoria or something

    • Fozzybare


    • Nicholassss

      Because of licensing and royalties, thanks to the RIAA, the free streaming model is terrible.

      Internet radio pays double what a normal radio station pays per play and the the amount actually increases annually.

      Pandora (in just a few short years) will owe more per year than they make. Thats why they rely so heavily on ads and paid subscriptions.

      Google of course has the financial and an political/legal backing to probably skirt some of the costs but with Apple going around making exclusive deals with record labels for their internet radio services, its going to be an uphill battle if they do try to release a free (even add supported) version.

      Sorry I didnt leave that one to you DL guys, just first hand music business experience, thought I’d chime in on that one.

  • Blake Bryant

    Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but when are we gonna see the HTC One on Verizon?

  • Brent Cooper

    What are your favorite summer activities?

  • Silver Veloz

    With Google All-Play Music working now with a monthly fee, do you think Google TV/Movies will follow suit (like Netflix)? Or maybe combine Music/TV/Movies into one monthly fee grouped together?

    • Sirx

      This would actually be pretty amazing, and it makes so much sense that I can’t see Google NOT doing it.

      • harryharry

        I can see the networks/studios not doing it :-/

      • michael arazan

        It would be an expensive amount, they would lose money on the licensing of selling them individually.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      you want them to take over the world, don’t you?

    • harryharry

      I’ve thought about that too. I would so much love for them to do this, but only if it’s better than what Netflix offers. I’d want to be able to watch the TV show I missed last night. Not just the first 3 seasons of a show that’s currently on Season 5 or something. I would really love to see something like HBO GO for all the content that is already made available after airing for $2/episode or whatever, but for a monthly fee instead. I don’t know how much something like this would cost – I couldn’t see it being nearly as cheap as Play Music All Access unless you signed in with your cable provider like on HBO GO – but it’d be awesome if they could somehow make it work. I know I generally spend less than $8/month on TV/movies in the play store on average, so maybe it’d somehow work.

  • Blake Bryant

    Not to beat a dead horse or anything but, when are we gonna see the HTC One on verizon?

    • Eric

      This was Blake Bryant’s comment but he deleted it and it now shows ‘Guest’. Please don’t spam the discussion.

      • Blake Bryant

        Apologies first time posting here learning the system still.

  • Jack Hoffman

    Do we still really think that there will be TWO Motorola devices (mid-range for summer, “hero” device for fall) and if so, will all carriers get the latter?

    • Bionic

      Yes. All carriers

      • tomn1ce

        Even on tmobile!

      • Jack Hoffman

        Do you have a real source on that or just speculation based on something you heard from another forum-er. I’m interested only in true journalistic-type leads…

        • Bionic

          Sarge. And the phone has passed thru the FCC for all carriers.

          • Jack Hoffman

            That was for the “mid-range” Moto X, I was talking about the “hero” device supposedly pegged for later in the fall.

          • Bionic

            Both phones are all carriers. Per sarge.

          • Jack Hoffman

            What is Sarge, Precious?!?!

          • michael arazan

            Not the bigger hero device, they aren’t going to manufacture till it passes through the FCC

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      ayye, just remember Moto has been silent all year. Good question.


    Who’s your favorite band?

  • Futbolrunner

    Not a question to be featured on the answer article Friday, but when do you suspect you’ll come out with DL t-shirts again?

  • EvanTheGamer

    Does any of the Droid-Life staff have any other jobs besides writing for D-L? Thanks!

    • Brent Cooper

      Last i remember…
      Tim and Kellex no. Ron works for a computer firm and Eric is a college student.

      Correct me if this is no longer correct 🙂

      • Nope, you nailed it.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Great, now my question won’t be featured in the Droid-Life Q&A Session. Thanks a lot for that, pal! Gosh!