Chrome 42 Stable Arrives for Android, Brings Site Notifications

Back in March, Chrome Beta received an update to version 42 that introduced site notifications, as well as an easier way to add your favorite sites to your home screen. That update is now available for the stable version of Chrome.

I wish I could tell you exactly how site notifications work, but I have yet to encounter a website that offers them. Have any of you run into a situation where a website offered you notifications? If so, I’d love to hear about how they work.  (more…)

Tip: If Your Galaxy S6 is Unresponsive or Frozen, Do This

Because you can’t pull the battery if something goes wrong with your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge and it freezes, you should probably know how to fix it. Well, you should at least know how to reboot it and unfreeze the little guy. Thankfully, Samsung is here to save the day with a helpful tip that won’t go away in your notification area until you view it.  (more…)

Deal: Verizon Moto G is Just $25 at Best Buy for 4 Hours

Need a decent back-up phone? Best Buy is currently hosting a 4-hour sale on the Verizon Moto G that will get the phone in your hands for just $25. Sure, it’s the 1st gen model and doesn’t have LTE, but you never know when you might need a temporary replacement device. Or maybe your 12-year old needs his first phone? Or maybe you just like owning random prepaid phones? I don’t know, but whatever the reason, now is your chance to grab one for less than an IMAX Avengers ticket.

Note:  Again, this phone doesn’t have LTE even if Best Buy’s listing claims that it does. Trust me, it doesn’t.

The deal ends at 3PM Central.

Best Buy Link  (more…)

Huawei P8 is Now Official, Along With the 6.8-inch P8max

In case you missed this morning’s live streamed Huawei P8 event, here is the skinny.

Huawei did indeed announce the P8 as their new flagship phone. The phone sports a one-piece aluminum body with “diamond shape blasting” to highlight the texture of the metal, is just 6.4mm thick, has a triple-layer shark-gill design, and a “sleek” back cover that is constructed of steel. Yowsers.  (more…)

European Union Officially Charges Google of Violating Antitrust Laws, Begins Investigation on Android

Last night, the European Union formally accused Google of violating antitrust laws by allegedly giving its shopping services preferential treatment over competitors. Google can now respond within the next 10 weeks, which it will. The whole case is likely going to take more time to resolve than you and I care to invest, but it could end in substantial fines for Google. There is no telling if it will at all alter anything Google does in the US, but I would doubt it.

On a related note, the EU also announced that it is opening another antitrust investigation into Android, which makes this all relevant to what we do here every day.

Google, of course, responded with two blog posts this morning.  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Gets Lollipop Today

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 is the next in line to receive the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. That gives Big Red seven devices that have now been bumped up to the newest version of Android, just don’t mention that to DROID Turbo owners.

The update, which is rolling out as version VRUEOB6, is a big one. Users can expect to see Material Design changes throughout, especially in Samsung’s stock apps. That means bolder colors, fluid animations, and floating action buttons everywhere. Outside of the shiny new looks, notifications will be more powerful (more control and on the lock screen), the app switcher turns into a stack of cards, and there are hidden features like Smart Lock.  (more…)

Android 5.1 Factory Images Now Available for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013)

Update April 14:  Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi and LTE models, along with the Nexus 4 are now available.

Update April 8:  Google added Android 5.1 (LMY47D) images for the Nexus 7 2012 “Mobile.”

Updated March 25:  Google added Android 5.1 (LMY47I) images for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6.

Updated March 20:  Google added the Android 5.1 (LMY47D) image for the Nexus Player.

Updated March 17: Google just added a new Android 5.1 factory image for the Nexus 6 as build LMY47E.

Updated March 12:  Nexus 6 factory images added.


The first batch of Android 5.1 factory images are now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2012).

You will find links to all below. We will update this post as we have more.  (more…)