Google shocked us a bit this morning with the announcement of a new Google Wallet app that works on almost any device, as long as they are running Android 2.3 and above. The app may not be able to make NFC payments through all devices, but it does bring a loyalty cards locker, money-sending between email addresses, and Google Offers to your fingertips.
The update was supposed to begin rolling out as early as today, and sure enough it has. A handful of readers were able to grab the update immediately following Google’s announcement, which means we have it for you to sideload should you be on the slow end of this staged rollout. (more…)
The folks over at Android Next were cruising the IFA show floor last week when they stumbled upon Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and noticed that it was running what appeared to be an official Twitter app for tablets. As Twitter fanatics are aware, the official Twitter app for Android tablets has been missing, well, since day 1. iOS has one for the iPad, but Android still doesn’t – at least until now…sort of. The app was pulled (we’re assuming) from the show floor Note 10.1 that AN was fondling, so it’s not like this app is officially available. In fact, we aren’t sure if this version was on the Note 10.1 because Samsung struck some deal with Twitter to exclusively house the app for some time, or if they were just lucky enough to get to test it on their tablets before anyone else. Either way, the .apk is now available for anyone willing to give it a run. (more…)
Update links for Nexus devices are beginning to pop up, so if waiting for Google to push the OTA to Android 4.3 JWR66Y out to you doesn’t sound exciting, then help yourself to these. Currently, zip files are only available for the Nexus 7 HSPA+ and Galaxy Nexus “yakju,” but we will update the post as more hit the web. (more…)
We got our hands on the DROID ULTRA (hands-on here) today, and came to find out that there is a set of sweet wallpapers onboard. You’ll see beautiful landscape shots, as well as a few surreal photos that show off space and windmills. It’s quite the pack of papers. Great job, Motorola. (more…)
A couple of days ago, Google started pushing out an update to Google Play as version 4.3.10. The file was originally posted to a pirated app site (which we were made aware of), grabbed, and then distributed across the Android world, so we chose to ignore it and wait until the mass rollout began to be ultimately safe. That rollout has now begun. Should you open your Google Play store this morning, you’ll likely see an extra long loading time as the update automatically takes place and bumps you to 4.3.10. (more…)
The new Nexus 7 includes two new wallpapers that we thought you might enjoy as Android enthusiasts. The best looking of the two – in my opinion – is the one you are seeing above, which is the same wallpaper used in most of the promo images for the new 7-inch tablet from Google. The other is some sort of a spiral-warp-speed-black-hole-ish design, that truthfully, doesn’t seem to match up to the polish and cleanly feel of previous Nexus wallpapers. But I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Both are included below with download links should you be interested. (more…)
The new Nexus 7 that was announced today by Google runs version 4.2.9 of Google Play, which is newer than the version that we saw last week in an Android 4.3 build (version 4.2.3) for the Nexus 4. We aren’t noticing any major differences at this time, but thought we’d share it anyway. If you discover something, be sure to let us know. (more…)
Android 4.3 is now available as a ROM for the Nexus 4, but outside of a handful of minor tweaks here and there, there isn’t much to talk about. There is something new from it that all of you can install, though, and that’s the latest version of Google Play. This is version 4.2.3, up from the 4.1.10 that was released back in May. We pulled it from the ROM and have links to it below.
There aren’t any obvious changes to, but we know how much you like having the newest of the new. This should work on almost any phone. (more…)