Starting Today, Google Prioritizes Mobile Friendly Websites in Mobile Search Results

Because an increasing number of Google searches happen these days from mobile devices (read: smartphones), Google has decided to reward those who have mobile-friendly websites with higher search rankings. Starting today, Google is expanding its use of “mobile-friendliness” as a ranking signal in its algorithm of searches made from phones and potentially placing a mobile-friendly site much higher in results than one that isn’t so friendly.

What does this mean for you?  (more…)

Sony’s Google Cast Ready Speakers Arrive in June/July, Receivers in May

Back in January, Google announced that it was opening up its Cast technology to speakers, with partners like LG and Sony integrating it into models later in 2015. Now that we are later into 2015, those speakers are almost ready for prime time. Last week, we saw LG announce Google Cast compatibility with their Music Flow speakers, and this morning, Sony announced their Cast-ready equipment as well.

Sony is adding Google Cast to two of its sound bars and two of its receivers as well. The speakers won’t arrive until June and July of this year, but the receivers should hit stores in May.  (more…)

Deal: 3 Mystery Android Collectibles and a 6-Inch Plush Bugdroid for $20

Ready to add to your collection of Android memorabilia? The DL Deals store currently has a bundle of Bugdroids that includes 3 mystery boxes of Dead Zebra collectibles, along with a 6-inch Plush toy for $19.99.

The mystery boxes are indeed a mystery, and we aren’t even sure which set they are from. The whole bundle is being filled by DKE Toys, so it’s my guess that they have a whole bunch of left-over individual boxes that have piled up over the years and are going to slap them together in a bundle with the soft plush toys.

At $20, that’s not a bad price, since individual mystery collectibles typically retail for $9. But keep in mind that you get the plush toy with the three mysteries.

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So, Sony Announced the Xperia Z4 Last Night

Did Sony just throw in the towel? I ask because they announced their new flagship, the Xperia Z4, this morning at a press event in Japan. While there is nothing wrong with announcing a product in Japan, they didn’t bother to tell anyone outside of Japan and also don’t have anything to announce yet in terms of availability outside of Japan. That’s odd, right? This is supposed to be their next hit. Or is it? Or is this a, “Hey, we have a new phone, but are about to pull the plug on our smartphone business and don’t want to spend much promoting it,” type of thing? Whatever the reason for the quiet unveiling, let’s talk about the new Xperia.  (more…)

Android Wear Update Rolling Out – Always-On Screen for Apps, WiFi Support, and Emoji Drawing Included

A big Android Wear update was announced this morning by Google. The update will slowly rollout to devices over the coming weeks, but it includes all sorts of new features and tweaks, like WiFi support and the ability to draw emoji in response to messages.

According to Google, the update first introduces an always-on mode for apps, because some times you just need the watch face to stay on until you tell it to turn off. Think of needing directions or if you are checking a list, but don’t feel like flicking your wrist or tapping the screen each time you need your Android Wear device to turn back on. If you are worried about battery drains, Google has tried to alleviate that problem by allowing apps to go black-white when you aren’t looking at your watch, but back to full color as you do point it back at your face.  (more…)

OnePlus 2 Confirmed for Invite System, OnePlus One Drops It Forever Today

The April 20 event that OnePlus teased on Friday with a virtual invite isn’t an event at all. That teaser was simply a symbol in reference to the company ditching the invite-only system that has accompanied their OnePlus One for the last year. That’s right, it has been a year since the OnePlus One went on sale in that really weird invite system that frustrated many of you for months. Frustrations be gone – the invite-system really has come to a close. Well, sort of.  (more…)