For our first show, the Android Crew, Greg Lopez, Tomi Geczy, Brandon Cross and Cory Martin all meet to hash out the latest Android happenings, starting with new hardware announced at Mobile World Congress.
The crew starts out with the Samsung Galaxy S6 by discussing the pros and cons of the drastic new design.
Here are a few links to some of the items which they discussed:
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge reportedly facing touchscreen issues – SamMobile http://is.gd/Y7hOc1
Here is a link to the new accessibility features for the galaxy S6 https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/eyes-free/bpaJIotS1kE
Here is a PDF for the Samsung S6 manual that talks about the accessibility features http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/201503/20150303094626458/SM-G920F_UM_EU_Lollipop_Eng_Rev.1.0_150302.pdf
The new Loop Pay on the S6 looks possibly better than other NFC-based payment options, offering backward compatibility with existing point-of-sale hardware. Loop Pay on S6: http://www.nfcworld.com/2015/03/01/334371/samsung-unveils-galaxy-s6-with-nfc-and-looppay-mobile-payments/
S6/S6 Edge available via US and Canadian carriers on 4/10/2015, prices still unknown
Wireless charging and Fast Charge 2.0 technologies are contrasted, speed versus convenience?
It is suggested that wireless charging might be detrimental to battery-life. One of the sources of this information came from the Wikipedia article provided here. Wireless charging may generate additional heat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_charging
Finally, it was unanimously decided that the Samsung Galaxy S6 would make an excellent choice for those considering switching to Android from other platforms.
The S6 wasn’t the only cool phone announced, with HTC and their M9 now boasting a 20 Megapixel camera and 2800 MA battery which might be important for another soon to be announced app: http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/htc-one-m9-what-we-want-to-see-1266545
At finally long last, Blind Bargains brings us an interview from CSUN where it is suggested that the KNFB Reader app might soon be coming to Android: http://www.blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12451
Those monster megapixel cameras on these Android phones might soon be a very important tool for us who are blind or visually impaired.
For those of us who might need to conserve the cash, the new Motorola E now has LTE, 4.5 inch screen, 5 MP camera, yet has no flash according to All about Android
It is suggested that the phone may have a price-point of $150.00 US.
If you’re in to unusual, you might enjoy the Alcatel One-Touch Idol-3
Handset with earpiece on front at top and bottom. Check out this article, Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 can take phone calls even when upside down http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/01/alcatel-onetouch-idol-3/
Finally, if you’re a fan of the stock droid experience, All Huawei phones released are running stock android: http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/3/8140837/huawei-watch-design-interview-mwc-2015
What will be laid to rest is the Google Nexus 5 according to this article, Nexus 5 no longer for sale http://www.cnet.com/news/google-puts-the-kibosh-on-nexus-5-sales/
Of course, the Apple Watch may have some competition as the Samsung Gear series of watches appear to come with similar accessibility features including a built-in screen-reader, negative colors and a privacy screen option among many others, check out the links to some details on the Samsung Gear accessibility features:
Samsung Gear S Specs: http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/gears/gears_specs.html
Samsung Gear S Accessibility User Guide: http://eguides.sprint.com/support/eguides/samsunggears/index.html#samsung_gear_s_ug/accessibility_settings.html
Of course, if you’re in to the immersive experience, the HTC Vibe definitely has you covered with a whole series of sensors to track your movement.
In other news, a recent Talkback Update brings it to Version 18.104.22.168 providing a number of important improvements such as improved charging notifications that are now spoken, decreased audio latency and increased responsiveness, along with a series of fixes to web views.
A link to a change log provided by Blind Bargains is here: https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=12467
Additionally, Android 5.1 was released, check out what’s new: http://www.androidcentral.com/whats-new-android-51-some-big-and-small-changes-updated-lollipop-release
Finally, check out our Cool Pics:
Nova Launcher: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&hl=en
Xmp Mod Player: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.helllabs.android.xmp&hl=en
Podcast Addict: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en
Inpris Super Braille Keyboard: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.upsense.keyboard.twohands&hl=en
Be sure to give this show a listen to hear all about the latest Android action!
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