Did you register for a chance to purchase a ticket to this year’s Google I/O? If so, be sure to check your inbox (and spam folder), as Google has started sending out invitations to purchase tickets. The invites also appear to be time sensitive, with some redeem codes expiring as early as this Thursday.
As a reminder, general admission tickets are $900 and academic tickets $300, so have your credit cards ready.
Anyone get an invite?
Such pretty animations you have there, Google Play.
If you don’t have them, take it up with Google’s server side changes, as many of us were lucky enough to get these last week. If you do have them, go play! (more…)
In our last “3 Android Apps Worth Owning” piece which didn’t really have much of a focus, we talked about the best reddit app with a Material Design coat of paint, our favorite way to keep up on sports that completely avoids ESPN, and a really simple, yet useful package tracking service that works with 200+ carriers. This time around, we are focusing more on getting things done on your Android device through screen recording on Lollipop devices, doing something as simple as filling out a form or document (signing one too), and bringing the best feature introduced on Android in years to any handset, all for the price free.
Here are another 3 apps worth owning. (more…)
Cyanogen announced this morning that they have taken in an additional $80 million in funding through a recent financing round. Congrats! The companies involved in the round are some heavy hitters like Twitter, Qualcomm, Telefónica Ventures, and Rupert Murdoch. There were other “yet to be announced partners” as well. Thanks to this round, Cyanogen is now valued at roughly $1 billion. That’s pretty awesome news for a company that was originally an open-sourced ROM started by a single dude who was just looking to tinker a bit with Android’s code.
Ahhh, America. (more…)
Best Buy is hosting a really solid 4-hour sale today that slashes $100 off Google’s new Nexus 9 tablet. Both the 16GB and 32GB black models are included, so if you are interested, you can get into a Nexus 9 for $299 or $379, respectively. Most of us always thought the Nexus 9 should have been priced at $299 and $379 out of the gate. In other words, this deal is completely worth it.
Best Buy isn’t just stopping with the tablet itself, though. They are also offering up the Magic or Smart Cover for the Nexus 9 at $29.99 (normally $39) and the Keyboard Folio for $97.49 (normally $129).
Finally, the Chromecast has been dropped to just $29, which is a $5 discount.
The deals are live now and end at 3PM CT.
Best Buy Link (more…)
Smart Lock is arguably the best new feature in Android “Lollipop.” With a secure lock screen set, Google gives you a number of options in Smart Lock to keep your phone or tablet quickly unlockable when the device is near you, but can forcibly lock it when you step away from it or should you leave it behind. In the latest update to Android 5.1, Google added yet another option called On-body detection. (more…)
If you are into the icon world at all (we most definitely are), then you should know the name Alex Miller and his work as “arandompackage.” Over the years, he has made some of the best icon packs of all time, a list that includes Influx, Jive, and Éternel. His latest, Ainokea, will probably be added to the conversation before all is said and done, thanks to its “relaxing” theme, softness to the icons, understated colors, and added bonuses, like custom-made Zooper Pro skins.
Oh, it’s also free. Yep, Alex made Ainokea free last week, so you may as well go download it and take it for a spin. (more…)
Hold on tight, Moto X (2nd gen) owners, you are about to chop your way into quick flashlight action with Android 5.1. Through the most recent Lollipop update that started rolling out to the “Pure Edition” at the end of last week, Motorola tossed in a new “chop twice for flashlight” option in Moto Actions. We a ctually thought this feature was being added to the Android 5.0 update for the Moto X that came out back in November – at least Verizon said it was included – but it is now official in the 5.1 update that is rolling out as of Friday. (more…)