Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Migrating to the Google Nexus 6

As part of the Sprint Product Ambassador team, I get called to test and review different phones about every two months. As such, I'm constantly swapping devices, updating software and re-downloading my standard apps from Google Play.  Usually takes a couple hours of work each time I swap phones.

Courtesy Marques Brownlee
I was pleasantly surprised with the Nexus 6 - after activating the radios, and signing into my Google account, I found that two-factor authentication is built into Android 5 lollipop.  Two factor authentication means Google will send an SMS with a unique code to devices that you haven't used before.  This helps keep your account safe.  With Android 5 on the Nexus, this is built right into the setup procedure, eliminating waiting on an SMS and copying the code from screen to screen.

The next pleasant surprise was with my apps. Switching phones frequently, I've always checked the 'back up my settings to Google', but never found any benefit to this in the past.  With Lollipop on the Nexus, the phone prompted me to restore my apps and settings from the Google Play store!  Selecting just what I needed on this phone, I clicked through and after about 30 minutes of data intensive downloading, all my apps were re-loaded on the phone.

Google has provided a knockout piece of hardware and with the improved setup in Android 5 Lollipop, I think this is going to be a great phone and a great test run!  Stay tuned for more impressions.

Disclaimer: I work for Sprint and volunteer as a Product Ambassador.  The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity. #sprintemployee.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Winfield Bluegrass (Walnut Valley) Festival, 2010

Found this old video from 2010 Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival on Google Plus, backed up from my phone.  2010 - 4AM.  Even stage 5 has shut down, but the music never stops.  Random group of strangers under the streetlight in the Walnut Grove, Winfield KS.

Will England's Year in Photos 2014

What a fantastic year - I'd forgotten about some of these events, all captured from auto-backed up photos from my mobile phone.  Too cool!