Don’t Miss These Android Stories: August 26, 2016

The image you see above is of my Galaxy S7 Edge. She’s dead now, sadly. She took a mean fall from my lap onto pavement as I was exiting my vehicle earlier this week. If you could, please pour out a small portion of this weekend’s 40oz. for her. She will be missed.

Anyway, moving right along, let’s talk about this week’s top Android stories. While we await the unveiling of Google’s new Nexus devices, plenty of awesome stuff happened, most importantly, the official launch of Android 7.0 “Nougat.” Even with Google being somewhat reluctant to release the factory images for a couple devices, Nougat is available for owners of the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and others.  (more…)

Friday Poll: How Important is Your Smartphone’s Camera Quality?

No one can argue that in the past few years, smartphone cameras have improved tremendously. However, some are definitely better at it than others, so we want to know how important mobile photography is to you.

The last time we asked this question, the majority of people claimed that while picture taking was important, it wasn’t a deciding factor when selecting a phone. 25% of voters claimed they make their purchasing decisions based on the camera, which is saying quite a bit.

Let us know your opinion on the state of mobile photography currently. Has it essentially replaced that fancy DSLR of yours yet?

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Google Wallet App Updated With Automatic Transfers

According to the changelog posted for the latest update to Google Wallet, the service now supports automatic transfers for when money is received. Do note, while the app states the feature is inside, it is reported that it won’t go live until next week.

As an example for how this could be useful, if your friend sends you $20 to pay for half of the dinner you just split, that money will no longer sit inside of your Wallet account until you take action on it. With the update, that money will automatically be sent to either your bank account or debit card, depending on which option you prefer.  (more…)

Report: Things Aren’t Well at Google Fiber, Workforce to be Cut in Half

A new report from The Information came out this morning, detailing the struggles taking place inside of Google Fiber. According to the report, which cites various sources close to Alphabet and the Fiber team, Google Fiber had initially hoped to have 5 million subscribers at the five year mark. By the end of 2014, a little more than two years after initial launch, the service had just 200,000 broadband subscribers. 200K is nowhere near 5 million, so you can assume Alphabet executives, Larry Page for one, needed to rethink Fiber’s rollout.  (more…)

Auralux: Constellations, the Sequel, Now Available on Google Play

A week or so ago, I mentioned that Auralux: Constellations would soon launch on Google Play. As a big fan of the first Auralux, I was happy about this. The game is now available on Google Play, free to download, and it’s way better than I initially anticipated.

While the overall gameplay is still the same real-time strategy concept as the first title, there have been major improvements made to the graphics and feel of the game. Everything seems much smoother, especially when commanding larger forces. To go along with those updated graphics, you can even change the color of your forces, choosing primary and secondary colors. You can even change the colors of your enemies.  (more…)

Hangouts Chrome Extension Getting ‘New Experience’ on August 31

An update for the Hangouts extension on Chrome is inbound, one that Google states is pretty much required to use. On August 31, the update will go live via the Chrome Store, and for new users, the updated version will be the default Hangouts “experience” they must use. However, for existing users, they can choose to not update to the new experience, at least until Google forces them to on October 16.

So, what is in this new experience that makes it required to use? According to Google’s rather short post, “the new experience brings together multiple chat windows into one and makes it easier to see more chat content.” For anyone using the current Hangouts extension, this is essentially what we have already been using. Instead of multiple little chat windows, all of Hangouts will remain in one window, with users still able to pop-out a chat if they wish.  (more…)

Nexus 5X Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Image Now Available

The first Android 7.0 Nougat batch of factory images and OTA .zip files for Nexus devices arrived earlier in the week, but the newest phones of the group didn’t see the love out of the gate. We’re talking about the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 6, all of which also happen to be Qualcomm-powered devices. That’s not me laying blame, it’s just a pointed observation about current and previous factory image releases related to Qualcomm devices.

Either way, the Nexus 5X files are now available for those who need them. The build is the same as the builds we saw earlier in the week – NRD90M.

Go get em!  (more…)

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OnePlus Unveils the Bullets V2 Earbuds, Not USB Type-C

A couple of days ago, OnePlus fired up the hypetrain, teasing an announcement that would take place today. Well, the announcement has come in the form of a YouTube video and webpage. Today, OnePlus unveiled the Bullets V2 earbuds, a sequel to its previous Bullets earbuds.

As for specifications, potential buyers are looking at a Aryphan Polyarylate diaphragm, 9mm dynamic driver, inline remote, 24Ω impedance, weight of 14g, 107dB of sound pressure, and a 3.5mm standard headphone jack connection. Sadly, we had hoped to see USB Type-C, but that is a no go. (more…)