Android Overload: Former Apple evangelist converts to Android, loads of app updates and releases, and more


  • Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki converts completely to Android. Wow. [CNET]
  • Stock Windows Phone 8 keyboard vs SwiftKey. Which comes out on top? [WinSource]
  • Demand for entry-level devices said to account for the majority of sales by 2017. [CNET]
  • Google could settle with the FTC this week over FRAND patents. [Electronista]
  • Interview with Kouji Kodera, HTC’s Chief Product Officer. [TheVerge]
  • Dropbox buys Audiogalaxy. Music streaming service on the way? [GigaOM]
  • Samsung’s at it again with the naughty S Beam commercial, this time featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus. [YouTube]
  • Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour now supports MOGA universal Android controller. [MOGA]
  • Verizon extends return policy to January 15th for the holiday season. [VerizonWireless]
  • Viddy — “Instagram for videos” — is now available for Android. [Google Play]
  • Google Currents updated in the Play Store. Adds a handful of new features. [Google Play]
  • Gyft now available for Android. Lets you give gift cards as gifts or regift. Free $10 for signing up. [Google Play]
  • ShakyTower Christmas now available for Android. [Google Play]
  • Foursquare updated in the Play Store. [Google Play]
  • MightyText updated in the Play Store with better notification management. [Google Play]
  • Google Drive, Google Play Magazines, updated in the Play Store. [Google Play]
  • Zenonia 5 updated in the Play Store. Raises level cap to 109, adds additional boss monsters. [Google Play]


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Now we know one thing for sure:

    Mrs. CLAUS has been gettin’ freaky w/da elves all along……..

    1. Brought to you by Viagra. This is the age of taking action.

  2. Guy converting is HUGE. This dude put out books on how great and efficient Apple was. I remember watching interviews on the guy. Very calm and likable but the stench of Apple on his breath was pretty thick as he spoke at length about how great the company he used to work for really is.

    1. And a few months ago he was on Microsoft’s payroll promoting their products. Money talks!

    2. He was really ticked off at Apple when they tried to sue and ban everything

  3. That santa video is weak, they already did that same set up with a family.

    1. That’s the funny part of it, you hippie.

  4. I love reading heart warming stories where an Apple Fan-boy sees the light and switches.

    1. This was the best line: “To me the great irony is that Apple’s slogan was ‘Think Different,’ but today if you think different you’re looking at Android.”

  5. I didn’t believe it. Then I read it. I still don’t believe it.
    It’s just too… too… awesome?

  6. Oooo! Modern Combat 4 for the Moga! Must get.

  7. The Santa is hilarious. The very same wording as the original ad, but wa-haey funnier.

  8. Windows keyboard is better than SwiftKey out of the box? Did someone forget to mention that SwiftKey has a learning curve (the keyboard, not the user)? Was it even personalized? I confess that I didn’t watch the video, but there was no mention in the text. Of course, it’s not as if Microsoft would ever attempt to make Android look bad…

    1. Update: I watched the video, and he said that he did personalize SwiftKey. However, he used Windows Phone (which knew his name) “more”. Also, the latest version doesn’t yet include Flow, which would add a whole new dimension to the comparison.

  9. And about half the links are broken… again…….

  10. I’m worried now about Audiogalaxy being bought by Dropbox. It does everything I need it to do on the browser including scrobbling to last.fm from my home computer, as last.fm is blocked at my work. Now they’re going to shut it down and probably have an inferior product down the road. Hopefully I’m wrong.

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