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The Google employee Manu Cornet confirmed the name of the next Android (5.0) version – Key Lime Pie. He did this in a pretty funny way – drawing a comic showing the evolution of Android.

As you can see the last Android mascot in the picture holds Key Lime Pie.

There is still no official information on the next major Android version, but as the rumor has it, the Key Lime Pie will be Android version 5.0 and will be announced at Google I/O 2013 next May.

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Google has updated their Google Drive and Chrome apps on both the platforms.

The new Google Drive app gets a slew of new features but the biggest one is the ability to edit spreadsheet within the apps, which makes it so much more useful now.

Other changes in the app include:

Edit contents of tables in Google Docs editor
Formatting is maintained when copy/pasting within Google Docs
Single tap to enter edit mode in Google Docs editor
Add a shortcut to Drive files/folders to your homescreen for quick access
Send Link now supports copying link to clipboard

As for the iOS version of the app, the following changes have been introduced

Create, edit and collaborate on spreadsheets
Upload to Drive from other apps using “Open in…”
Manage upload progress and see recent uploads in new Uploads section

Rich text copy-paste within a document
Improved speed and stability
Improved contact search for sharing

Bug fixes

The Chrome app didn’t get as many updates. According to Google’s change log, the Android version gets stability fixes and performance improvements. The iOS version gets ability to open PDF files in other apps, Passbook support, text encoding detection and other performance improvements.

In my opinion, Chrome still lags behind the stock browser on either platforms in terms of performance, and I don’t mean just page loading speed. It’s especially bad on Android, with all that stuttering and blanking out every time you scroll, even on powerful devices. Having said that, it has come a long way since it first released, so hopefully it can catch up to the stock browser in terms of performance some day. Especially now that Google is replacing the stock browser with it in Nexus devices.

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Google Drive: iOS | Android
Chrome: iOS | Android

Although not a lot of people have managed to get their hands on Google’s latest and greatest smartphone, we have already started seeing some complaints from the early adopters. One of the major issues so far has been a buzzing in the earpiece that a significant number of owners are reporting.

But by far the biggest pain point is the glass back on the Nexus 4, which has an affinity to crack when the device is dropped. However, it seems that dropping may not be the only way to break the glass. It can also break with something as simple as temperature change.

One of the editors at Droid Life happened to break the back of his Nexus 4 just like that. He had been using the phone, which resulted in the back getting warm from the heat of his hand. Then when he gently placed the phone on his room temperature countertop (I’m assuming the room temperature was quite low), the glass could not bear the sudden drop in temperature, resulting in the rather enormous crack you see in the picture above.

Apparently, the Nexus 4 is not the only device suffering from this issue. The Optimus G, also manufactured by LG, also has a similar problem. Then again, Corning manufactures the glass for LG, so LG can’t take all the blame. Either ways, if you have or planning to buy a Nexus 4, it would be best to get a case for it.

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Following the ruling in its case against Google’s infringement of the Java API in Android, Oracle has decided to drop its patent case, and focus solely on copyright infringement.

This is most likely due to the fact that the infringed patents in question would be less profitable should the ruling go in Oracle’s favor, and that the legal team would have less time to devote to the copyright infringement appeal, which is considered far more significant.

During this past summer, the presiding judge ruled that Oracle’s copyrights regarding Java were not infringed by Google, and that the Oracle’s APIs were not copyrightable in the way they themselves said they were.

Oracle continues to claim that Google has created an API that is functionally equivalent to Java, despite the fact that most of Google’s code is original (97%, to be exact).

The problem with that, however, is that copyright is meant to protect form rather than function, and as such can be difficult to apply to Oracle’s claim of functional equivalency. AndroidPolice summed it up rather well in saying “you can’t copyright an idea, fact, or a system – you can only copyright a particular expression of those things.”

Whichever way this case turns out, we may finally get a more wide-reaching ruling regarding the copyrightability of APIs, which is what made this case so high profile in the first place.

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Back in the day when Gmail was introduced, Google redefined the concept of email storage. Today, the wildly popular email service broke more new ground by integrating Google Drive into it. The trick will allow you to email files up to 10GB in size.

Gmail attachments from Google Drive will always be kept in sync, so recipients will have access to the most recent version of a document or project. Naturally, Google will allow you to set permissions for editing of the documents you are sharing – some recipients can have access to a read-only version of the documents.

Gmail’s latest feature should gradually become available over the next few days in the refreshed message composer window. There is no information on its availability across mobile platforms yet.

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It has been brought to our attention that the Nexus 4 does not support USB On-The-Go functionality, even though Google says that it does.

Although Google does not advertise this feature, it is mentioned in the user guide (jump to page 43). However, several users on xda-developers forum are confirming that this functionality is not actually available on the device.

Note that there is no partial support the way it was on the Nexus 7, where it would not support external storage devices over USB but did support keyboards and mice. On the Nexus 4, no USB OTG device works at all.

Just to confirm this, I contacted Brian Klug of AnandTech, who likes to thoroughly test his devices (you can read his review of the Nexus 4 here). He confirmed that the Nexus 4 did not work with any USB device he had, thus thoroughly disproving Google’s claim.

Of course, this is something that Google can easily add in future through a software update but it’s worth mentioning that it is currently not available.

Recently, Google updated the comment system on YouTube and allowed users to use their Google+ profile ID in place of a generic YouTube ID to appear next to their comments. Now they have done something similar for the Google Play.

Now when you try to leave a review on Google Play, it will tell you that your reviews will appear under your Google+ profile ID. Unlike with YouTube, however, you don’t really get any say in the matter.

Once you leave a review, you will see it at the top of other reviews with your Google+ ID next to it. You also get a link to the review that you can share with others. You can then edit it, delete it or tweet it (no Facebook sharing option). Interestingly, it does not get automatically posted on Google+, which I thought was the whole point of this.

Meanwhile, your previous reviews will appear as posted by ‘A Google User’. This, for the time being, also includes reviews posted by the Google Play app on Android as this new feature isn’t available on mobile yet.

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The Android 4.2 (still Jelly Bean) was released for the (ASUS-made) Nexus 7 slate back-to-back with the new LG Nexus 4 smartphone and Samsung Nexus 10 tablet two weeks ago. Soon after the users noticed December was missing from the Contacts app.

Well, the Google developers have finally squashed this bug (among others) with the Android 4.2.1 release. Available for all three devices, the update is already seeding globally.

The new 4.2.1 OTA update weighs just 1.1MB and makes December reappear in the Contacts app and fixes the Bluetooth issues lots of users were experiencing.

If you didn’t get the notification yet, you should just go and check for updates manually – it should be there waiting for you.

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Today Google sent notifications to those who registered their interest of buying the smartphone. The offer applies only for the United States and starts at 12:00 PST time.

Last time around, the available stock was depleted in less than an hour and it will probably be the same now. So if you really want to get yourself a shiny new Nexus 4, you might need to do some serious refreshing when the time comes.

There is one more thing – Google now has now imposed a limit for its online sales of two per customer – but that’s normal given the tremendous demand.

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