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Time to take the Nexus 5 out of the drawer and breathe new life into it.
 
Android M Developer Preview will be available shortly downloading and Android app testing! Android Studio 1.3 includes support for the M Developer Preview. Check out all the latest developer features here. #io15
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"Most of the key muscles used to hold knee bones in place reside in the thigh. Ever notice that chicks that ride bikes have nice thighs? There’s a reason!"
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The Art of Bluster and Hyperbole: Cyanogen Edition

Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster, in a recent interview with Forbes, said, "We're putting a bullet through Google's head."

Cyanogen, for the uninformed, is an Android ROM which began its life as an alternative ROM for some Android phones (for users who wanted more control and options for how to use the OS, or simply for users trying to eke one more Android upgrade out of a phone no longer supported by carriers or OEM's), and which is now promoted as the preinstalled version of Android on a few devices like the OnePlus One.  Their primary target, outside of the Android ROMing Community they still serve, is emerging markets.

While all told the Cyanogen version of Android does command many millions of users, and while the OnePlus One enjoys a passionate community and a fair deal of hype, it is a drop in a bucket of some two billion Android devices, the majority of which come preinstalled with Google's Android apps (a requirement for carriers and OEM's wanting access to these apps and the Google branding for their phone, though they are allowed to sell competing flavors of Android as long as they don't break app compatibility).

So, even if somehow, through some highly unlikely miracle, this tinker-toy-ROM-come-quasi-OS were to overcome the market share advantage Google's Android flavor currently enjoys (an advantage that grows geometrically by the day, week, month, and year), it would take a very, very long time just based on replacement cycles alone (unless 100% of Google Android users suddenly switched to Cyanogen at their very next replacement cycle).

Last time I checked, outside of extraordinary circumstances, a bullet to the head is quick and painless.  Even if Cyanogen were to 'beat' Android, the process would be quite long and painful, happening virtually in slow motion as both companies watched.

That's putting aside the question of why Cyanogen's flavor should be considered preferable.  The advantages generally mentioned even by heir own leaders seem aimed purely at OEMs, Carriers, and Developers, who can compete (one assumes through bidding processes or partnerships of some kind) to gain a preinstalled and even integrated advantage.

The biggest problem here, of course, is the lack of unity.  Depending on time and geographic location, your Cyanogen device might come with any number of preinstalled or integrated features.  Here, perhaps, is one running Microsoft apps and services; there, one running services popular in the Indian market; elsewhere, perhaps in Russia, one comes with Yandex apps and services preinstalled.

There may even, indeed, be cases where such a flexible approach would be advantageous.  Where, for example, Google services are not available or for good reasons not popular, or where it truly allows new innovations to reach consumers before larger competitors can copy and destroy the new player.

Unfortunately, such fragmentation tends in the long run to be more a liability than a virtue.  With fundamentally new approaches to a platform would necessarily arise new developer tools, such as new API's to plug-in to for access to, say, an integrated Cortana in Android, a 'Google Now'-like integrated product from Yandex or Baidu, a payment system specific to some developing market, etc...

Confronted with too many options, developers are prone to do what they always do: wittle it down to a handful, and often no more than one or two, flavors of Android to target.  Google will likely be the first of those, realistically, with Amazon perhaps remaining second target for developed markets, and certain smaller, regional flavors in places like China and India.  Very likely, it will remain Google First in Developed Markets, Amazon as an easy afterthought, and regional players in large developing markets for developers targeting those markets (where Google, Microsoft, Amazon, et al also intend to build a presence).

The end result is the very thing Cyanogen seems to oppose: consolidation around one or a few players in the market, with Cyanogen perhaps being one of the Developing Market flavors, if not the largest.  It gets worse, though: if Cyanogen can do this, almost any group of developers large enough and talented enough could do it as well, either by building on the Android Open Source Project as Cyanogen does, or by even building right on top of Cyanogen, with Cyanogen getting paid not one dime.

This, in fact, is pretty much inevitable, and someone else will always believe they have an even better-er, more open-er solution, for which of course they too would like to be paid.

Virtually the only way Cyanogen could limit such fragmentation would be to, say, set restrictive licensing terms on access to some of the apps and services they provide.  Which, of course, sounds exactly like what Google requires for their own apps and services.  Cyanogen could only confidently apply such terms if they owned, or had unbreakable partnerships with the owners of, the apps and services covered under this licensing agreement.  In other words, more consolidation, more ecosystem lock-in, even if the taste might vary by region or over time.

It's also entirely unclear to me how their business model gives the sorts of returns many of their early investors expect (surely not all their funding comes from long-term thinkers patiently waiting and hoping for Google's grip on the market to loosen at some unspecified future time).  Unless, of course, they intend to pursue either subscription or ad based monetization... which, again, is different from the current situation how exactly?

I'm all for more competition.  Even as a Google user, I benefit when Google sweats over the competition, and benefit far less when they feel 'safe' in the market.  Let us not kid ourselves, however: Cyanogen is either overpromising where they will surely underperform, or they secretly have ambitions virtually identical to the company whose Operating System they've sworn to 'take back'.

Pride goeth before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. - Proverbs 16:18

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Ys Book 1 & 2 via PCE.emu on Android TV :-)

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So my friends Nexus 5 went haywire after doing the Android 5.0 OTA (not manual flashing). It would reboot between 5 and 10 seconds after getting to the home screen. Doing a factory reset actually made it worse, after the first full boot it got stuck in a boot loop. Being the nice guy I am, I offered to let him borrow my Nexus 4 while waiting for a replacement from Google Play. Of course Google does free next-day delivery for replacements (I wish they did that for new devices) so he didn't have to wait long.

Well since I had already taken the Nexus 4 out of my drawer of retired Nexus devices, I decided to go ahead flash the Android 5.0 system image on it and take it for a spin. I have been running Lollipop since the moment the first L developer previews dropped, so when I flashed my Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 to Lollipop I was not seeing this total transformation of Android people were talking about. It was already old news.

That was until I put it Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nexus 4. This is a total transformation. The device is amazingly fast, has good battery life and looks tremendous. It is actually way better than it was new. And this is with full disk encryption enabled. You can label me impressed. I am actually using it now as my daily driver while I wait for my Nexus 6 to arrive on Monday.

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A lot of Google app updates. Lollipop must be close.
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A mobile software developer from San Francisco, CA. I specialize in Android and iOS mobile payments software.
When I am not at my desk, you can find me at the race track participating in a variety of motorsports, snowboarding or wine touring.
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    Web Developer, 1999 - 2000
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I have never been to a worse restaurant. This place was highly recommended, however it has taken me several months to finally go. It was a nice warm SF day, so we opted to sit outside. Walking through the almost empty but extremely loud restaurant, we were seated on a patio with no other patrons, however the extended patio was full of young kids running around, screaming, knocking things over and opening restroom doors while people were inside. The parents and staff couldn't care less. Immediately after being seated the two tables next to us were occupied by two young couples with newborns that wouldn't stop crying. A few minutes later a large party of ~15 drunken bowling league members were seated and were very obnoxiously loud. A few were borderline belligerent already and they brought a six pack of cheap screwtop wines from the nearby BevMo with them, so obviously the situation would not be improving. After having finished our mixed greens salad which was swimming in dressing and our waiter nowhere in site, I turned to the hostess to be moved inside. However the noise level inside had not subdued and now almost every table had multiple babies and kids under 5, so I said cancel the pizza we would take our business elsewhere. A nearby server who heard nothing else and had no context said "Good, don't come back". My starving wife however suggested taking the order to go instead. The manager apologized and brought us our check, the server brought our pizza in a box. I still tipped him graciously, but ran out of there as quickly as possible, never to return. Upon getting home, the pizza was barely passable as food and had to be reheated. The sauce and crust were disgusting and the other toppings were nothing worth going back for. I feel sick to my stomach after eating it. My wife was saying it is not the restaurants fault, but it is. They allow kids to run around knocking stuff over, getting in peoples way and opening restroom doors. They allow staff to be slow and rude. They allow belligerent bowlers to bring more cheap wine. If I wanted a Chuck E Cheese environment, I would have gone to Chuck E Cheese, and the food was no better. It wasn't rubber on a plate, but it taste just as bad.
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reviewed 8 months ago
Great food, good prices, wonderful margaritas. This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in the bay area. I keep coming back for more. Usually the service is terrific at all the locations I have been to, but I was treated pretty poorly one night. I guess everyone has their bad days though.
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Worst dining experience and breakfast food ever. There is very limited parking here and the wait is long for the worst food in California. The place is more like a grade school cafeteria with kids running all over the place screaming and completely open seating. The service was very slow and bad. The silverware on my table was used. My wife hated her pancakes (how can you screw up pancakes?) My fruit salad was not fresh and looked and tasted like it had been sitting in sugar water for a week. The coffee was horrible and took 15 minutes to come. After two bites of my omlet I asked for the check and left. We absolutely will never return here.
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I started coming here a year ago because the service at BJ's was horrible. I'm glad I did because I have made friends with many of the waiters and patrons. It is now my local neighborhood Cheers. Wings, beers, sports and girls combined with a great ambience, great service and friendly regulars, what could go wrong? Don't miss all day happy hour on Wednesdays. Half of all beer, wine and spirits.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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I stopped in here with my wife with no expectations, we were hungry as we were walking by and decided to stop having never heard if it before. It was a Sunday night and the restaurant was pretty empty. We got seated right away and immediately our server was at the table to take drink orders, however, we had not yet even been given menus. I asked for the wine list and a moment. Well that was a long moment, he didn't come back for 15 minutes. The r&b and dance music blasting in the overhead speakers, the poor service and the miniscule wine list was a turn off and I was grabbing my jacket to leave when he returned. We ordered the only bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, which was a good well-priced wine, sirloin steaks, salads and chips. Total bill was just over 90£, so it was reasonably priced. After ordering (now 20 minutes after being seated), we were given some assorted breads and water. All of the food came at once instead of salad first and the wine took a long time. The steaks were cooked properly as ordered, however, the cuts were bad and it was a very low quality sirloin. They don't have steak knives to cut through the fatty steak with thick tendons, the wine glasses were generic red wine glasses, not meant for Cab. We finished our food and drink and left quickly without dessert. The ambience and poor service killed it for me, but if the music wasn't playing at dance club volumes and the service was better, it would be a decent restaurant. The food was good for the price, they could use proper silverware and glassware. As it is, I would not return or recommend Gaucho.
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