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Shane Milton
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Known as Jaxidian. I'm a .NET/Azure Architect, Android Hobbyist, lucky husband to a Beautiful Wife, and father to a beautiful baby girl
Known as Jaxidian. I'm a .NET/Azure Architect, Android Hobbyist, lucky husband to a Beautiful Wife, and father to a beautiful baby girl

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Curious if I'll be able to get a +Moto Makers invite. Have 4 +Motorola Mobility phones in the family (all Gs or Xs) and I participate in their early soak tests, but so far no invite. :-(
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SMS/Whatsapp/Wechat/Line/Kakao, or use any other Android apps on Win/Mac with #AirDroid3:http://goo.gl/Vzk9EM
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Good job, +T-Mobile! Way to keep a pure device pure!
No Corporate Logo, No Bloatware, no crap you don't want on the #Nexus6 from +T-Mobile​:

That's Un-carrier - listening to our customers and giving them what they want, not sticking a stupid corporate logo and a bunch of crap software I know you guys don't want on your #Nexus device.

We know you guys buy a #Nexus6 to avoid that kind of thing!

Google did want to highlight the Virtual Preload (VPL) capabilities on Lollipop, so we made MyAccount available if you want it... But you can totally delete it. That's what we do.

Hope you like what we've chosen to do there (or more importantly, what we've chosen not to do).

Des Smith, Sr. Product Manager, T-Mobile US and business owner of Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
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My initial thoughts on the Honeywell Lyric:
http://lyric.honeywell.com/

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
This is a beta product. The Hardware is quite polished but the software needs a lot of work. Fortunately, it's fixable and I believe Honeywell is working hard to fix it.

DETAILED THOUGHTS:
So yesterday I had three billion dollars (no, not really but it sure felt like it when I wrote the check!) of HVAC and other work done to my house (new everything other than duct work including adding a whole house humidifier) and with all of that work, I also had a Honeywell Lyric thermostat installed. Now, before we continue, let me stress: This was done yesterday and I have very little hands-on time with the unit so there is probably a lot I still don't know or understand. That said, I think I have a pretty good idea.

Firstly, I want to say this: It's a gorgeous unit and I think they have a winner on their hands, here! It's not without its faults, but the thermostat itself is pretty awesome. Rather than explaining all of the features that the thermostat has and what it does, though, I'll let you read that elsewhere. In this post, I'm only going to tell you about the things I found out only after being able to use it. Probably like you, I previously read quite a few articles describing what this thermostat can do and how it does it. So this article is here mostly to adjust expectations.

So first of all, I learned that just because this thermostat supports 2-wire hookup doesn't mean that 2-wire hookup can work for you. It depends on a lot of other factors, mostly on what's at the other end of those wires. For me, even with a brand new state-of-the-art system being installed at the other end, my setup required 8 wires and no less. The installers initially only saw 6 wires (2 were cut short and back in the wall) and they were worried that they'd have to upgrade me to some other $800 thermostat for a few minutes until they discovered the other two wires. I think there would have been ZERO chance for me to have installed this myself a week after they completed the work despite my engineering background!

I was surprised at how small this thing was. I don't know why but for some reason I was expecting something much larger.

The hardware really is gorgeous with nice subtleties.

The ring around the unit to manually turn the temp up and down is very non-obvious but it's there and it works. It seems many others have posted online complaining that it needs to have something like what it has - I think they just didn't try turning the ring. It's essentially the outer-most bezel of the unit that spins with a fair bit of resistance yet smoothly - I like it.

The only two hardware problems I have seen so far (neither are really serious):
1) If I'm home but I want to open the windows up and set the unit in "Away" mode, how do I do this? I click the icon of a House of course! No, it's not Opposite Day. Proof: http://lyric.honeywell.com/support/features/house-icon
2) The unit snaps off of the wall fairly easily. In fact, I'd say it's too easily. If you have kids, then you better beware! This will be quite easy for them to yank on and break! I'm not fearful that the thing will just fall off but I would like to have seen it a bit more securely as I see no need for it to be this easy to take off.

I have not yet played with geofencing. I'll be testing that over the next couple weeks. I understand there is a bug on small geofences but I'll learn more about this in the coming weeks.

Okay, so all in all, pretty great so far. However, I saved the big one for last. Simply put, the current state of the software is a monumental failure! I expect the software to do the following things:
- turn things (fan, heat, A/C, humidifier, etc) on and off
- adjust preferences (temperatures, humidity levels, times, geofence ranges, etc)
- see what's going on (current temp, current humidity, if the A/C is on or off, if the humidifier is on or off, etc)

Unfortunately, most of these things simply are not possible right now! This is terrible! However, that's not the only problem with the software, either. The software has three different Settings screens, none of which are related to, similar to, or even in the same area as each other. One you get to by going Menu -> Settings. Another you get to by clicking Home -> [gear cog]. Another you get to by tapping on the current Temperature -> [gear cog]. It's a mess! But wait, there's more! They take simple concepts in HVAC (obvious stuff like "Fan Control", "Humidity Control", etc.) and hide them behind names that mean nothing. For example, there's a feature called "Fine Tune" and when you tap it, you realize it's just an On/Off toggle. WTF does "Fine Tune" being on versus off mean? I looked into it and, believe it or not, that is 100% of the visibility of controls for Humidity in the entire application! So this thermostat that controls my humidifier does so by me saying "Turn Fine Control On" and that's all I get.

There's also an annoying yet isolated bug in the software: I cannot control my fan. It has On/Off/Auto and any time I change it, it gives me an error telling me I'm not connected to my Lyric and to try again. I'm very obviously connected so this is just an isolated bug, I suspect. Apparently this was settings for a whole house ventilation system which I do not have. There is another setting called Fan Mode (On/Auto/Circulate) that controls the fan. So working as-designed (albeit with a poor error message).

Okay, so a bit of a rant there but the software is bad enough that it deserved a rant. But fortunately, this software can be fixed and it appears that Honeywell is working hard to fix these things. And to give them credit, this thermostat isn't even available by retail outlets yet nor is this something they're really pushing yet as nobody seems to have training on this yet (my HVAC people, a large company, gets their training next week). Personally, I believe they will be working hard to get the software 90% fixed in the near future and that last 10% will take some time to work out. I could be wrong but for that reason, I'm not having buyer's remorse. If this were the end game software, I'd be done with it.

To wrap things up, I do have one last thing to add. Despite these problems with the software, the single most important thing is working - I am able to cool my house to the temperature of my choosing! Now, I just need to figure out what the right temperature is because I've never had a thermostat that had any kind of accuracy to it! I've lost some of the excitement I originally had but I'm still excited to play more with this!!
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We're replacing our entire HVAC (and then some) in the next couple weeks. I already have my HVAC guy acquiring one of these for me. I hope to have one installed in 2-3 weeks as long as the HVAC install goes well. Wish us luck! I'll share my experiences with everybody else as soon as we get it!
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This is screwed up!
If you can’t find the +Android News by Phandroid on the Google Play Store it’s because it’s been banned by Google.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.phandroid.droidpress

We received a very general automated e-mail about being removed, attempted to learn how we were in violation so that we could fix it, and received a followup e-mail bluntly confirming our ban: “We have reviewed your appeal and will not be reinstating your app. This decision is final and we will not be responding to any additional emails regarding this removal.”

Wow… really? Any help +Chris Yerga +Sundar Pichai +Google Play?

Would appreciate a +1/Share to help attract the right eyes!
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Listening to my all-ATB station. PERFECT morning coding music!!
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Can a Motorola employee hook me up with a Moto X promo code? That's the only thing keeping me from buying one now.
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