Episode 074

On this week’s episode, James and Stefan talk about Motorola’s new budget smartphone, the Moto G, IDC’s data that says big screen phones are becoming mainstream, CyanogenMod now being super easy to install, the pros and cons of 4G LTE, and finally, Stefan admits that he’s mistakingly trolled LG for the better part of half a decade.

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[Episode 074, 30 minutes, 12 seconds, 27.7 MB]

Episode 074

4 thoughts on “Episode 074

  1. rcadden says:

    Quite disappointed in this week’s episode gents. Primarily, your dismissal of CyanogenMod as merely a solution for people who have old phones that want support.

    It’s actually quite the opposite. For starters, CyanogenMod is currently on Android v4.3, and have only even released their first milestone release, which is just a hair above a nightly. Nightly releases are released…..nightly…..and are pretty unstable. Most users would not want to run this on a daily driver.

    So….CyanogenMod’s current stable release is still on Android v4.2.

    Also, CyanogenMod’s actual purpose is to start with AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and make improvements in features, functionality, and ‘tweakability’.

    For features, there are a number of specifically available features, including an adaptation of T-Mobile’s Android Theme engine, which functions similar to the HTC Skins feature. You can also easily tweak the status bar (battery indicator, clock, notifications, etc) and customize the quick settings tab in the notification window via simple menu settings (as opposed to flashing zips and whatnot).

    Other features include user-customizable lockscreen targets, carrier-unlocked WiFi Hotspot (I.e. you can use the Hotspot feature without having to pay extra to your carrier), and basically full access to anything else on your phone.

    The vast majority of people who install CyanogenMod, then (myself included) is to A) eliminate the skin that their phone came with out of the box and B) gain new features that make the Android OS more functional and tweakable.

    Also, while it *does* void your warranty, officially, depending on the damage needing warranty work, you can easily flash your stock ROM back to the device to get warranty coverage back.

    I would challenge both of you to find an old Android phone you’ve got laying around and flash CyanogenMod on it, and use it for 2 weeks. THEN you can talk about it.

    *Stefan – there’s really no way that you could blow up your phone by installing CyanogenMod.

    1. Stefan Constantinescu says:

      I deserve this for talking out of my ass, but my rebuttal is this: People buy Android phones for many different reasons, but the primary one, which I think we can both agree on, is because they can’t afford the “expensive” iPhone. So while I digg your hacker-y attitude towards this stuff, I still think a teeny, tiny, minuscule proportion of people who use Android phones even care.

      And yes, I know your phone won’t explode, I was just being sarcastic.

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