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I notice this morning that following a pushed Samsung update to my Note 3 that the compass icon had gone from the pull-down control bar. It's been replaced by a Google maps "pin". It seems that Android has taken full control of the GPS power and full user emphasis is now on "Location Services". This is in line with what certain GPS based apps have been hinting for a short while now - announcing that Location Services are off when I'd simply thought I'd tuned off temporarily unneeded GPS hardware to conserve battery. We'll see how this one works out, but I'm uneasy about what looks like a move towards a operating system for ignorant tecnophobes like iOS. (idiots Operating System - just thought I'd sneak in this week's round of "Apple bashing" there Brett! ) I want to be able to turn off the GPS hardware when I don't see a need for it power-wise, and control Location services when I don't see the need for it on personal grounds. If Android is going the Big-Brother route I'm going to migrate to something else. Roll on *real* Linux phones; there's a big tech-savvy market out there, so what is stopping you smartphone manufacturers?
You may have noticed the current offerings of Nexus Tabs have had "(2012)" added to their names. That's because: http://www.google.com/nexus/7/ The 4G LTE version looks a really interesting proposition with dual band WiFi and 2GB RAM. Screen resolution is way higher than the Apple mini, but there's still no microSD slot. It looks like they've improved the sound though, as the original Nexus 7 wasn't up with my Acer A110 in that department.