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    So I've been having a great time with my note 2 from my S3 and adjusting to the size. After being thoroughly impressed with the Spen, completely love being able to add a drawing or script right into the body of an email. Only thing is that I can do it from my pop mail accunt and yahoo, but unbelievably I can't seem to do it from gmail. How can one of the coolest features on this phone not be available to those that use gmail? Am I missing something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by daso View Post
    So I've been having a great time with my note 2 from my S3 and adjusting to the size. After being thoroughly impressed with the Spen, completely love being able to add a drawing or script right into the body of an email. Only thing is that I can do it from my pop mail accunt and yahoo, but unbelievably I can't seem to do it from gmail. How can one of the coolest features on this phone not be available to those that use gmail? Am I missing something?
    That's actually a Samsung thing not a Google thing. Samsung chose not to recompile the gmail app and therefore we get the latest and greatest gmail whenever Google updates it. You can always compose your script/drawing and export it to a picture and send it.
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    Yes, I just thought it was such a nice bonus feature of the pen to personalize an email.
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    Google didn't overlook anything. Like someone said already,spen is a Samsung thing. Their the ones who will change the compatibility of the spen. Hopefully developers will start using the spen. We'll see how famous it becomes.

    Sent from the Beast that is Galaxy Note 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith317 View Post
    That's actually a Samsung thing not a Google thing. Samsung chose not to recompile the gmail app and therefore we get the latest and greatest gmail whenever Google updates it. You can always compose your script/drawing and export it to a picture and send it.
    It's not really a Samsung thing. Google doesn't allow it's apps to be rewritten or altered. Hence the reason Google Apps aren't distributed with Android source code. And it's not likely they ever will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cj100570 View Post
    It's not really a Samsung thing. Google doesn't allow it's apps to be rewritten or altered. Hence the reason Google Apps aren't distributed with Android source code. And it's not likely they ever will.
    I could have sworn HTC re-wrote Google Apps with Sense. Maybe I'm wrong. I barely dealt with Sense
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith317 View Post
    I could have sworn HTC re-wrote Google Apps with Sense. Maybe I'm wrong. I barely dealt with Sense
    I'm 99.999% sure that they didn't. Google licenses its apps to OEM's but doesn't allow redistribution or alteration. I consulted with the great Jerry Hildenbrand and he confirmed that they are off limits. I'm also looking through the developer TOS but Jerry's word is good enough for me.
    Last edited by cj100570; 12-13-2012 at 07:53 PM.
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    I'm 99.999% sure that they didn't.
    So, you don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sux2bu View Post
    So, you don't know.
    Actually I do know. I've now consulted with several ROM developers who have all confirmed that Google Apps are proprietary and Google doesn't allow modification to them. It isn't specifically spelled out anywhere that anyone has been able to point to other than cease and desist letters from Google explaining such. You may read a Google statement on the issue here Google Discusses Cease & Desist Order to CyanogenMod | Android Central and herehttp://android-developers.blogspot.com/2009/09/note-on-google-apps-for-android.html after Cyanagenmod was called to task. Steve Kondik went on to explain the situation here; The Android vs. Cyanogen story - has Google shot itself in the foot by shooting down developer? I've also reached out to several members of the Android dev team and hope to hear from them soon. But as far as I'm concerned, the matter is closed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cj100570 View Post
    Actually I do know. I've now consulted with several ROM developers who have all confirmed that Google Apps are proprietary and Google doesn't allow modification to them. It isn't specifically spelled out anywhere that anyone has been able to point to other than cease and desist letters from Google explaining such. You may read a Google statement on the issue here Google Discusses Cease & Desist Order to CyanogenMod | Android Central and herehttp://android-developers.blogspot.com/2009/09/note-on-google-apps-for-android.html after Cyanagenmod was called to task. Steve Kondik went on to explain the situation here; The Android vs. Cyanogen story - has Google shot itself in the foot by shooting down developer? I've also reached out to several members of the Android dev team and hope to hear from them soon. But as far as I'm concerned, the matter is closed.
    Good info. I know that Sense and Blur messed with Facebook and the like and I probably assumed that they played with GMail as well. I actually prefer that they keep their own apps untainted by the UI's out there. So I guess they would have to work with Samsung to get some S-Pen love in the Google apps.. I hope that happens..and soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith317 View Post
    Good info. I know that Sense and Blur messed with Facebook and the like and I probably assumed that they played with GMail as well. I actually prefer that they keep their own apps untainted by the UI's out there. So I guess they would have to work with Samsung to get some S-Pen love in the Google apps.. I hope that happens..and soon.
    It would be nice if the S Pen email preview worked with GMail since I refuse to give up it's capabilities and use the Samsung email app. Hell, wouldn't it be great to be able to preview a YouTube video by hovering over it?
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