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Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 21 Answers

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On Monday, we opened up Volume 21 of the DL Q&A Sessions, allowing our beautiful community to ask us anything that they would like to know. A lot of questions focused heavily on Android Wear and Android L, so we tried our best to cover those topics.

Questions also concerned LeBron’s choice to leave Miami, which phone we would want to have during an apocalypse, and if we want to see Michael Bay’s take on TMNT.

We have placed our answers to your questions below for your reading pleasure. Thanks to everyone who asked a question!

Reminder: T is Tim, R is Ron, and E is Eric. Kellen’s answers will be added when they are made available.


Are you at all interested to see Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

T: After seeing Michael walk off stage at CES, I don’t think I want to support him anymore. Plus, the movie looks like crap. Have you looked at their faces? I mean, come on! Compared to the first live action movie that was released when I was a kid, this doesn’t look interesting whatsoever. Sorry, folks.

R:  Considering I’m a huge comic nerd and I didn’t see Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: Winter Soldier, or X-Men Days of Future Past in theaters, I’d say probably not. I might watch it if it comes to Netflix. I grew up with the original trilogy and I imagine I’ll still consider it superior despite its many flaws.

E:  Only for the use of putting it side-by-side with the Megan Fox Transformers movies to see how exactly similar they look to one another.

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Do you think watch companies like Seiko, Casio and others will implement Android Wear?

T:  I welcome any watch maker who thinks they have what it takes to stand up against Samsung and other phone manufacturers in this field. I’m guessing that it isn’t cheap to create these Android Wear products, but if they do it right, it could be very successful. People love their Casio and Seiko watches (Ron included), so that would be neat. But don’t worry, I only care about the Moto 360.

R:  I suppose it’s possible, but at this point making an Android Wear device is probably closer to designing and building a phone than it is a watch. I wouldn’t be surprised if HTC or someone else released a device that was “designed” by Seiko or someone, but I wouldn’t expect them to make the whole widget.

E:  I think it really depends on how well Android Wear takes off. We had lots of similar questions when Google TV first launched, wondering if more TV and cable manufacturers would get in on the game once it leveled out, but it never did. If people start snatching up Moto 360’s at premium prices and speaking highly of them, we could definitely see some forward-thinking watch makers get in the game.

What are your favorite phone accessories?

T:  This may surprise you, but I don’t ever use accessories. No cases, no covers, no nada. If anything, the only thing I would ever use as an accessory is a smartwatch, but I don’t really label that as a standalone accessory. I used to utilize bigger batteries back in the day when Android phones sucked, but now I don’t need that stuff.

R:  The only accessory I use on my phone occasionally is the headphones, and they aren’t amazing. I used to really like having different cases (I had this awesome Spidey case on my 4S for a while), but I’ve seen stopped using them. I’ve sometimes thought about applying stickers, but I’ve never had something I really wanted to stick onto my phone forever.

E:  Does Android Wear count as an accessory for your phone? I’d have to say that, or smartwatches, fitness bands in general. I love my FitBit and am really anxious to get my hands on Android Wear at some point.

Thoughts on LeBron James going back to Cleveland?

T: Clearly the man has zero loyalty. Ring chaser, plain and simple. Can’t blame him, though. He wants to go down as the greatest to ever play, and the only way to do that is to win rings. We shall see! Either way, I’m a KD man all day everyday.

E:  As soon as LeBron kept his mouth shut and didn’t say “let’s get a deal done for me to stay in Miami” I knew he was going home. I think it’s good for him and good for the game. He’s still the best player in the league, but I don’t know if they should be favorited to win the championship like Vegas says. We should all just sit back and appreciate what LeBron can do on the court and leave the drama to the side. This is coming from a Pacers fan who likely would have had his team in the Finals the past two years if LeBron wasn’t around.

Android Wear

Because Android Wear is still a young platform, would you advise consumers to wait a bit before purchase an Android Wear smartwatch? Maybe until a new version is released?

T:  Android Wear might be young, but so far, it still kicks ass. The way I see it, if it’s already this good, then it’s only going to get better. While I may not care too much for either the Gear Live or G Watch, I am hoping the Moto 360 will make me want to never put Android Wear down. It shows me notifications when I need, allows me to interact effortlessly with my phone, and I’ve been impressed since day one. That’s not easy to do. I would say, if you like what you see so far from Android Wear, go for it!

R:  If by “still a young platform” you mean “only does a handful of things better than the Pebble,” then I’d say yes, you should wait. If you want to manage notifications and mark emails as read from your wrist, then I’d say wait for the Moto 360 and have fun. All I can say is that I stopped using my Pebble and I don’t miss it. For the first week I missed being able to control my music in the car from my wrist, but having a nicer car with bluetooth would also solve that problem. The truth is, no one really knows what the wrist space should be used for. I threw out some ideas a year ago that we still haven’t seen, but even with those I don’t think there’s a clear use case. I don’t think we’ve seen our iPhone moment with smartwatches (and that doesn’t mean I think Apple will get this right; I don’t know if anyone can). The modern smartphone was all about having the full Internet in your pocket (and eventually apps). What should the smartwatch be about, if anything?

E:  I would suggest waiting until the Moto 360 comes out and see how the public reacts to that. Everything we have seen points to the 360 being a very very good device, but it will be the pivotal point for Android Wear. If the Moto watch is done well, you can expect Android Wear to take off, but if it falters, the platform might be in trouble.

If you had to pick one device to survive an Apocalypse, which one would you choose?

T:  Well, by device do we have to pick a smartphone? I think a machine gun could be a device of sorts, but if we are talking phones, I guess I would go with the G3. Zombies would be mesmerized by the QHD display, and I could take awesome pictures of the undead with the 13MP rear-facing camera to put on Instagram. Yeah, definitely the G3.

R:  I can’t think of any “device” that would be helpful for surviving an apocalypse. If I had to grab one device of some kind it would probably be my mom’s old Yashica MG-1. Then I could maybe document something without cell service or electricity. Unless my dog Barnaby counts as a device; then I would take him.

E:  The OG DROID with me until the end.

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What phone/OEM do you feel will be the most talked about by the end of 2014?

T:  I will say either LG or Motorola. We still have yet to see what Moto is working on for a 2014 flagship, but so far, LG has blown me away with the G3 release. People seem to love that phone. It definitely impresses me more so than the Galaxy S5, so as long as we can all stop talking about Samsung a little bit, I’ll be happy.

R:  I think it’s going to be about Samsung still this year. Even though most people weren’t impressed with the GS5, I think it’s the best all-around device we’ve seen this year. It’s possible that Motorola will surprise us, but I’m having doubts that they’ll be able to innovate like they did last year.

E:  LG is making some serious moves right now with Samsung trying to find their footing. I think they might steal some of big brother’s thunder if they keep doing the right things.

Up to how much are you willing to pay for a Moto 360 when released?

T:  I think my limit would be about $299-$349. If it’s over that, I really think they will find out how cheap we as Android users are.

R:  $0.00. I like my watch more.

E:  It depends on the build quality. If Motorola puts the time and effort into making a premium watch, then I’d be willing to pay a premium price. I think they deserve that for their efforts. The reality of the situation though is that I’m still a freshly graduated writer, so that would only happen if I had an influx of money to spend.

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    What phone/OEM do you feel will be the most talked about by the end of 2014?”

    I hope those responses were limited to just Android OEM’s…. Ron just because you get criticized doesn’t mean you cant mention Apple..

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  • dannyWHITE

    You guys answered not one but TWO of my questions! Thanks!!

  • Justin Latham

    I hate to be that guy but Michael Bay is not directing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Don’t get me wrong it still looks like a bag of dicks, but just thought I should point out that fact.

    • PoisonApple31

      He will still “produce” crap though.

  • Jones

    Stick to tech.
    Stay away from sports.

    If you read the article from SI.
    Lebron returning to Cleveland was all about loyalty to NorthEast Ohio.

    What does he owe Miami?
    Not a got dang thing.

    Good for Bron.

    • SP

      Who cares? Bron, as you call your good buddy, has proven he could never hold a candle to Jordan.

      • Deez

        Why does he have to be Jordan? He can’t simply be Lebron and be a great player and fun to watch? Is Jordan best? No doubt, but I loved watching other players too. Magic, Isiah, Kobe, T Mac, Carter, Webber, Shaq, Barkley, Kemp, etc. The great thing about sports is that great players make the game fun to watch and competitive and if you’re an avid sports fan you will like more than just one player in your lifetime. No one said Lebron has to be Jordan to be a great player of the game.

        • Lebron/ Jordan No Contest

          LeBron will never be jordan. And Vice Versa. 2 Different athletes with 2 differnt styles IMO

          Jordan could literally fly. The man was piratically a Jedi

      • malcmilli

        Yeah cant hold a candle to Jordan… numbers say otherwise. Also, the year Jordan went to baseball the Jordan-less bulls won 2 less games than they did with Jordan and were one game away from the Eastern conference finals. Jordan never took a team as bad as Lebron’s to the finals. That’s why Jordan went 6 for 6 in the finals instead of 6 for 8 or 6 for 15. because he only* made the finals 6 times. Which means all those other years he was failing and losing. Also Jordan’s highest ever PER (player efficiency rating) was only .04 higher than Lebron’s career high.

        Not saying Lebron is better, but lets cut the crap about “cant even hold a candle.” There’s nothing wrong with saying Lebron is close but no cigar, or a completely different player (more of a magic Johnson type). But cant hold a candle to? Lebron bakes the cake, lights the candles, and blows ALMOST all of them out.

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    • chris125

      If he was so loyal he wouldn’t have left in the first place. that SI letter was just a way to make it seem like he has some loyalty which he resllyg doesn’t

  • calculatorwatch

    Lol, did Ron just use the word “widget” to describe a smart watch?

    Sigh, I know you’ve probably never used a widget in your life, Ron, but that’s not what it means in an Android context… iPhone users, amiright?

    jk jk ;)

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  • ThunderJayHawk35

    awww…. no answer for “show off your homescreen” day :( …. guess i’ll have to wait til tim and kell start tinkering with their G3s then *fingers crossed*

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      How about next week? Let’s do it!

      • Eric R.

        Tim, you are the man!

  • Tony Byatt

    “After seeing Michael walk off stage at CES, I don’t think I want to support him anymore.”
    Stop it Tim, that’s one of the more ridiculous things I’ve read. “He walked off stage so I can’t support his films anymore”…huh?

    “Considering I’m a huge comic nerd and I didn’t see Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: Winter Soldier, or X-Men Days of Future Past”…
    Ron, you’re not a “huge comic nerd” then…

    “Clearly the man has zero loyalty. Ring chaser, plain and simple. Can’t blame him, though.”
    Tim, you just blamed him by saying he has “zero loyalty”, there’s no complement there. Stick to tech, the business and passion of sports doesn’t seem to be your forte…

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      If that’s how you interpret my answers, then you gotta learn more about my sense of humor :)

      I do appreciate you taking the time to read the answers, though. I love Michael Bay, but I am not really looking forward to the movie. The CES reference was just a joke. That was my favorite part of CES!

      As for LeBron, I stand by what I said. Ring chaser. lol

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          Obviously too personal for him to share to everyone on here…let it be…

    • BIg P

      Sounds like Tony Byatt has a thing for LeBro. Don’t say anything bad about his man. Tony like to watch sweaty grown men on TV from the comfort of his mom’s couch and pretend he’s a sports hero.

  • Deez

    What’s killing me about Android Wear is this: you have to be on 4.3 or above to pair it with your device right? At least that’s what I’ve heard in regards to how the 360 will work…

    Only 27 percent of Android users currently run 4.3 or above if I’m not mistaken. Out of that 27 percent how many will get a watch? How many of those will buy the more expensive 360? I’d assume not all and maybe not many.

    This is going to be a huge roadblock with getting Android Wear kicked off and it’s also going to factor into Moto’s sales. I imagine it will be a rough go for Moto even with the praise they are getting for the design of their Wear device.

    I’m wondering if their move with their piece at this point in time was really very smart in terms of business with the requirements of the watch having to be paired with a device running 4.3 and what’s expected to be a high price on that watch…

    • Jack Balfour

      i think the # of devices running 4.3+ will rise soon and will be where it should by the time that the 360 hits its stride

    • Alec

      Your argument is invalid. All devices being released in the US at least from carriers are running at least 4.3, but mostly 4.4. Some flagships from last year are at 4.3 still, but most have been upgraded to 4.4. That’s the whole US market from a carrier standpoint, son! And if you don’t have a device that’s at 4.3, chances are you can’t afford a smart watch anyway. Yes, 27 percent of devices are at 4.3 but there are over a billion android devices, 27 percent is A LOT! I read an article on Forbes that had the same argument as you, it made all the readers mad, including me.

      • Deez

        This might come as a shock to you, but tons on people in the U.S. market don’t have a flagship from last year or this year. 2yr agreements and such. I’m fortunate enough to be able to get a phone pretty much when I want to, but not many can, so your argument of that’s the whole U.S. market is pretty b.s. Not to mention that TONS of people in the U.S. market are running cheap Cricket or prepaid low end versions of Android phones that more than likely will never ever see 4.3. Not as many people as you think in the U.S. have a 4.3 phone son.

        27 percent of a billion is a lot, but its hard to get anyone to buy your products. People think it’s an achievement to sell 10 million phones. That’s considered to be a successful number. And when they’re selling phones they have that whole billion as potential customers and not just a percentage of that billion. Yet they only sell 10 million devices. With Android Wear they have painted themselves from the get go into a very small percentage of their total potential client base. Being such, I predict not many of those things will get sold.

        People on Forbes might have got mad because the truth hurts? There’s really nothing invalid about the argument at all.

        • JoshGroff

          Hence the “If you don’t have a phone with 4.3, chances are you can’t afford a smart watch anyway.” (Heck, you can get a used phone with 4.3 for ~$200 or less)

          • Deez

            The overall point I’m trying to make is that by making it so that you have to pair the watch with a 4.3 device limits the customer base hugely.

            The reasoning of: “well people that don’t have a flagship/new device that was made in the last year won’t buy a watch anyways” is purely bad speculation, and IMO is kind of a poor reason to justify why the watch only works with a device running 4.3.

            I personally believe they are shooting themselves in the foot from the get go with this stipulation. We will soon see though…

          • Deez

            Let me ask you this, do you think that when Apple releases a watch that it will only work with newer devices? Would be kind of stupid if they did that right? What if they used the same reasoning: “well they are the only ones that would buy a watch anyways…”?

            I imagine everyone would corn them for that right?

          • JoshGroff

            It would probably be limited to the iPhone 5+ or 4S+. It wouldn’t be the first time Apple left out older models due to some made up software/hardware limitation. (Siri comes to mind)

  • TopXKiller

    How much of a douche is Lebron?

    • Pedro

      Meh. I thought the essay was an honest offering. More maturing since ’10 than anything.
      No decision could make everyone happy. Certainly, today’s upsets far fewer then in ’10. I don’t see it as ring chasing. No one on the CLE roster has won anything. CLE isn’t the favorite to win it all. He got CLE to the Finals while he was there. If he can do it again, that probably says something about his abilities.