What’s New in Google Play Services 5.0?

Not only did announce the new version of Android that is currently dubbed “Android L” (list of features) but they also gave us a massive Google Play Services update to 5.0.

The Play Services update allows apps to “more easily communicate” with wearables, which makes sense since Android Wear was a big part of today’s festivities. It lets developers build in game saving, Quests, and new game profiles to Play Games. There are new Wallet, Drive, Google Cast, Analytics, and Mobile Ads features as well.

The full list can be seen below.  (more…)

Google Runs Through Initial List of Android L Features Before Tomorrow’s Launch

Google may have announced the Android L Developer Preview today, but they aren’t letting any of us get our hands on it until tomorrow morning. Until then, they have put together a list of most of the features announced during this morning’s keynote, along with a couple that didn’t have a chance to shine on stage.

Things like the new advanced camera API that were confirmed to be in the works back in November are a part of Android L. There is also a mention of multi-networking, mixed into recaps on Material Design, Project Volta, BLE Peripheral Mode, and enhanced notifications.

To make sure you are ready for tomorrow morning, be sure to read up. We have included their whole list below.  (more…)

5 Questions for Google I/O 2014

Google I/O 2014 kicks off tomorrow morning with one massive keynote before moving on to dozens of developer sessions that will talk everything from what is new in Android to wearables to gaming to design. It will be a glorious couple of days for Google fans, as it has been every single year since Android began to take off.

Google almost always has a number of surprises in store, which really seems to be the case this year. Sure, there have been little details slipping out here and there, but it feels like Google has much more in-store for us than we can even imagine. Android TV could show up. Sneak peeks of the new version of Android are almost guaranteed, even if it won’t be announced. And the Moto 360? Well, we hope to have one on our wrist at some point. If anything, we should be able to fondle an LG G Watch.

But before all of that happens, it’s time to ask some questions. Since there is so much mystery surrounding this year’s I/O, we aren’t about to make predictions.   (more…)

Download: Android 4.4.4 KTU84P OTA Update for Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4

Google surprised us yesterday with an update to Android 4.4.4 for almost all current Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and both Nexus 7 (2012) models. The update is a security fix, so don’t expect it to change the game or the way you use your phone. We didn’t get a new dialer app, that’s for sure. But hey, updates are updates.

So as has become customary around these parts whenever a new update arrives for Nexus devices, we have created a 1-stop shop to get you updated. Since the over-the-air (OTA) process takes time to hit all devices, we go ahead and list all of the links as they come in, so that you can update as early as possible. All you have do is download the correct .zip for your specific Nexus device and then flash the file with a quick adb command to get officially updated.

Below, the list has already begun for Android 4.4.4 files. (more…)

OnePlus One (Retail) Unboxing and Hands-on

A few weeks back, Tim had a chance to go hands-on with the OnePlus One, the incredibly affordable yet high-end phone from a Chinese semi-startup. The phones he played with, along with those used in countless reviews over the last month, were pre-production models of the white 16GB variant that probably weren’t ready for prime time. The device we just received today (thanks to an invite), which is an official retail version of the 64GB Sandstone Black variant, is probably much more ready to be shown off to the world.

So, let’s unbox it!  (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Hands-on

We were in attendance tonight when Samsung announced the new Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (full specs) at the Galaxy Premiere event in New York City, and thankfully after the presentation, the company opened up a fancy experience section where members of the press and a few Samsung employees were able to go hands-on with the new devices.  (more…)

Five LG G3 Features That Are Awesome

We spend plenty of time talking about the LG G3′s display and camera, since those features are highlighted quite frequently by LG, but what about other cool features that come preloaded on the device? Well, we are about to show you a few.

For starters, let’s talk about five cool features you can use on the LG G3. While the features are not necessarily specific to just the G3, potential owners will most certainly want to check these features out when they pick up their new device.

Let’s check ‘em out.  (more…)