Chinese Developers Now Able to Publish Paid Apps Onto Google Play

Google announced support for Chinese Android developers this morning, as they can now publish paid applications right onto Google Play for users to purchase.

If you happen to be a developer, all you need to do is set up a Google Wallet merchant account, then get to publishing. Once folks are purchasing your app(s), Google will send out a wire transfer to your bank account.  (more…)

If Your Nexus 6 has Performance Issues, Blame the Encryption That You Can’t Turn Off

During our Nexus 6 review, we noted that at times the device seemed to suffer from weird performance issues or hiccups that were unexpected, especially knowing that the device runs one of the newest and most powerful mobile chipsets on the planet, has 3GB RAM, and was optimized specifically by Google for Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” Some of our readers, along with others at reddit and XDA, tossed around the idea that maybe the performance hit was due to the fact that devices shipping with Android 5.0 do so with encryption enabled. That encryption could potentially put a damper on read/write disks speeds, which would cause performance hiccups.

The folks over at AnandTech had similar thoughts, so they reached out to Motorola in hopes of testing a Nexus 6 that didn’t have encryption enabled. With an unencrypted Nexus 6 in hand they found results that seem to confirm our fears – the default encryption in the Nexus 6 does indeed slow down read/write disks speeds, which is unfortunate, because you can’t turn it off.  (more…)

Verizon Now Offers LG G Pad 7.0 and 10.1, Discounts Available With Two-Year Contracts

Low-priced Android tablets are a dime a dozen. Case in point? The LG G Pad 7.0 and G Pad 10.1. As is typical for devices of their class, the hardware is middling, but the price is right. This happens to be a category wireless carriers seem to pounce on. Verizon announced today that it will be carrying LTE variants of the G Pad 7.0 and G Pad 10.1 “in time for the holidays.” (more…)

SwiftKey Keyboard Update Brings Performance Enhancements and New Language Support

An update is rolling out to SwiftKey users this morning, bringing improved performance, as well as new language support. As for what’s so different in the performance department, users will see the keyboard appear quicker, disappear quicker, and a more responsive typing experience.

And languages? Well, there are 12 new ones, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali, and Sinhala.

Full changelog can be viewed below.  (more…)

Amazon Releases “Tales From Deep Space” Via Its Own Game Studio

This morning, gamers can go download a new game title straight from Amazon Game Studios, called Tales From Deep Space. Before you go thinking it’s an epic horror series, which was my first thought, you should know the game is a bit more on the cartoony side. However, even though there is no scary gameplay, the graphics and co-op multiplayer should make this game quite desirable for quite a few mobile gamers.  (more…)

YouTube Music Key Beta Now Live, Includes Offline and Background Playback

Google promised offline and background playback as a part of of its new YouTube Music Key subscription service, but didn’t provide a timeline of availability or specify whether all users would be able to take advantage at first. Apparently, today is the day and it’s going live indiscriminately; we’ve corroborated reports on reddit of options appearing in the YouTube app to play audio in the background and download videos. Most people who signed up for the Music Key beta (or who have All Access subscriptions) are seeing the new features. (more…)

Corning Announces Gorilla Glass 4, Formulated Specifically to Protect From Every Day Drops

This morning, Corning announced new Gorilla Glass 4 for smartphones, a new protective barrier that “provides at least two times improved damage resistance over competitive aluminosilicate glass, as measured by retained strength after damage events, resulting in improved mechanical durability of the glass to in-field damage events, such as drops.” Oh, you want the details in English? OK, we can do that.

You are likely familiar with Corning, since their Gorilla Glass products have been protecting smartphone displays for years now. The device in your pocket or in your hand right now, is probably protected by Gorilla Glass 2 or 3. Since their launch in 2007, Corning has seen its Gorilla Glass products featured in more than 3 billion devices.  (more…)