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Hope this is true that google is changing it's backup and restore process, right now it's hit and miss, doesnt restore data as far as am concerned. Ios definitely does it better here even though the process is slow
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No surprise here, when your constantly releasing new products even before the current product is old what do you expect, flooding the market will only work for so long, eventually people will think twice because they will think maybe they should just wait a bit longer because a new version will be out soon. Example the tab pro was replaced only couple of months later by the tab s. Am sure these people are annoyed and people who may want a tab s may be thinking should they would to see if there's a newer version of the tab s round the corner. I certainly held off the s5 because I knew there was going to be a updated version. 
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Exactly, when your £100 devices look like your £500 devices then you got a problem. They have completely diluted the galaxy design and brand. 
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Looks like the OK google from everywhere has been activated on my account but it's not available for my language which is English UK. Thought it would be enabled for the UK atleast. 
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I use voice recognition almost all the time, as Google seems to have little problem with my particular voice and [north-east American] pronunciation. That said, it's always used deliberately, and I'm not really so sure that I like the idea of Google, et al. constantly monitoring my speech for "OK, Google" or who knows what else.
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Has anyone started seeing 480p,1080p streaming options yet,none of my Android devices has yet to get them options yet my brothers ipad had had those options almost immediately after google turned it on. Not the 1st time ios got features before Android. Sometimes you wonder where they putting more effort in. also wouldn't it be nice to set a default streaming resolution instead of having to change it every single time you launch the app... Edit forgot to mention it's for the YouTube app
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+Kurt Kaufman thanks, currently using a 3rd party app from the play store called viral, it's pretty good and does everything I been complaining about and much more like playing audio in background etc. Just wish google would do the obvious stuff. I'm just annoyed that a ios device gets some things before Googles own os. Here's the app if anyone's interested https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Mata.YTplayer
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So many great icons to choose from its difficult to not change every single second so to enjoy them all I use different icons for different page and a another set for just the docks. That way get to enjoy a few icon packs at a time and it still looks rather clean. Wonder if anyone else does this. Is a bit time consuming as you have to individually change them each time. 
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+Frank Nunnari same, got about 30 paid apps and quite a few free ones, some devs are becoming very generous and making free icon packs that could easily have been paid. 
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Has any games taken advantage of the new google play games cloud saves like they showed at i/o. Have not come across any yet thought 1 would have it by now. Other than material design, Android L and TV cloud saves is what also got me excited. Nothing worse than not able to continue off a game from a phone to a tablet it vice versa. 
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Warhammer Carnage has Google Play Games Cloud Sync. Works almost simultaneously between different devices.
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+Samsung Mobile needs to reign in on the amount of tablets they are releasing and the amount of overlapping products, most obvious being the tab pro line and tab s. Instead of having 3 different lines of high end tablets which are the note, tab pro and s lines they should really just merge all 3 together. They should just have 1 pro line in 12,10 and 8" which all have amoled screen and s pen. They could then just have a tab line in 7,8 and 10" which will be the budget to mid range price. That's it instead of the current just through whatever out. Would think it's better for the bottom line as there's likely to be less product wastage. Seriously is there need for a note, pro and s line which are all top end tablets. 
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+Sean Paull Samsungs plan is basically bombard the market with many devices as possible so when the average consumer picks a device the chances are that whatever device it is, it will be a Samsung device. Whenever I go into a store like curry's and go to the tablet section it's full of Samsung devices so the chance of walking out with one is high. As you you kind of said, Samsung don't care about having a streamlined product line, they just want to get a Samsung device in your hand anyway possible. It's just maddening that you have to pick between s pen or amoled screen. Would like to have both. 
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So on the left it's the official YouTube tablet app, on the right it's a 3rd party YouTube tablet app.. Imo the 3rd party one makes better use of a large screen real estate. Would be nice if google would scale it's apps properly for larger screen and take advantage of them. I mean 7" screen and I can see only 2 videos at a time where as on the 3rd party one I can see 6 videos at a time. 
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Viral is awesome, agreed. 
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So the s5 mini is official, seems like a good mid range device but as usual another mini device that isn't that small but on the good side it's smaller than the HTC mini 2 and also quite a bit smaller than a s4 . honestly if they put in the s600 and 2gb ram as I always say these minis should have at the least I would have considered it. Has all the main features of the s5 like finger print sensor, heart rate(if you care), ip67 dust and water resistant and without a micro USB flap (main s5 has a flap) which is a huge bonus imo. Think this will be very popular on contract. Off contract will be another story as you can guess this will be in £350 mark to begin with. Might get this for my sister on contract when her updates due. Guess for £20 a month you can't go wrong.
Here's a size comparison of the s5 mini with the s4 and s5
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-S5-mini_id8573/size/Samsung-Galaxy-S5,Samsung-Galaxy-S4/phones/8202,7597#/phones/Samsung-Galaxy-S5-mini_id8573/size/Samsung-Galaxy-S4,Samsung-Galaxy-S5/phones/7597,8202
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I've tried a s4 mini and speed wise it seemed fine, tw on these mini versions I think actually carry less features/bloat than the bigger versions so that should help. Hopefully will get hands on this month. Spec wise the z1 compact is the best mini device but I've just never liked the Sony skin. It seems very bland lol guess I've become accustomed to the colorful tw. 
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Another so called mini device. Have some of these oems actually forget what mini actually means. This should be just called the LG g3:little bit smaller. 5" phone considered a mini lol maybe if they kept the same bezel to screen ratio as the g3. Spec again as usual another oem doesn't want to give high end spec, 720p screen on a 5" will be less than 300 ppi screen, 1.2ghz cpu guessing the s400. 8mp cam without ois, Only decent spec tech used is 2gb ram and 2500mah battery. 
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Agree 4.5" with normal bezel is what I consider a mini at the largest, if they use very slim bezel than 4.7" is like the moto X which isn't much bigger than iPhone 5. Am sure if you go super slim bezel like the g3 you can probably get a little larger but thats pushing what a mini is. I personally would love a 4.8" screen with slim bezels, I don't even care about s801 cpu and 3gb ram etc. I'll be happy if these mini devices atleast got a s600 at the minimum with 2gb ram. It is funny as +JT Manuelsaid 3" was considered not long ago and anything with a screen like that is considered unusable 
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For anyone that wants a quick rerun of the big news from Google i/o here is a quick 9min video highlighting all the bug news.. Am sure from my previous post I don't need to say how I'm really excited about Android L and Android TV. 
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Just inspired me to watch the whole shebang. One hour down, now to get some stuff done before the next chunk.
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