According to a report out of The Verge, Google is taking a 2nd swing (or is a 3rd?) at taking over your TV experience with a product called Android TV. Notes and screenshots from this report seem to paint the picture of Amazon’s newly announced Fire TV, but with Google powering it. In other words, it sounds like another box to hook up to your TV that has access to all of the major movie, TV and music streaming services, with a big poster-like UI, and a simple approach. Yes, another one. (more…)
Buzz surrounding future Motorola products has been quiet since they unveiled their smartwatch, the Moto 360, back in mid-March. We’re now just waiting for that watch to arrive for its summer launch, hopefully alongside the new version of the Moto X. According to industry leaker, @evleaks, something from Motorola is on the horizon that could potentially be talked about, titled Moto X +1, though we’re not exactly sure what to make of it. (more…)
I think it’s safe to say that for years, our biggest complaint about Nexus devices and stock Android has involved their cameras or camera apps. From a confusing menu system to a weird viewfinder experience, the camera app that Google has shipped over and over again is not great. Pair it with sensors that do not appear to have been optimized and you are left with frustrating results. We keep hoping that Google will fix one of its longest standing issues, but even a camera-specific update to the Nexus 5 in Android 4.4.1 didn’t quite do the trick.
According to a report out of Engadget, Google is on the verge of releasing a new camera app that should address a number of complaints, while also opening up new opportunities for both developers and non-Nexus devices. (more…)
It’s no secret that CyanogenMod has been quietly working on a modified version of the company’s Android fork to power the OnePlus One, but the aesthetics of the software have thus far remained a mystery. That changed today, with the leak of several alleged screenshots captured from an unreleased One. (more…)
While the rumor mill has already started for Google potentially preparing an L-release Android update for I/O 2014, it appears we may not be quite done with Kit Kat yet. According to a new report out of Myce, Google employees have been spotted running new builds of Kit Kat on both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. (more…)
If rumors are to be believed, the next version of Android may emphasize enterprise security and business-specific features. That’s according to a report by The Information, which says Google’s own Sundar Pichai is leading the initiative to make Android more attractive to businesses. (more…)
When Motorola released naught but a launch window and device renders for the Moto 360, the company left everyone scrambling to fill in the blanks through unofficial channels. G For Games claims to have heard rumblings first; according to the publication, the Moto 360 will feature an OLED display protected by sapphire glass and magnetic induction wireless charging.
Although we were unable to independently verify the rumors, they don’t sound outside the realm of possibility. An OLED screen would allow Motorola to implement battery-saving Active Display-style notifications. Sapphire glass would provide the durability the smartwatch form factor necessitates. And, considering the Moto 360 doesn’t have a USB port, wireless charging was probably a given. (more…)
The competition for the living room is heating up. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon’s long-rumored streaming device is set for an April unveiling, and will carry the Fire name the company uses for its Kindle line of tablets.
Although leaks regarding Amazon’s media device have been largely unspecific, early reports indicated it would run a modified version of Android, and have access to a variety of streaming apps. More recent information suggests the device will come in a dongle form factor, include a remote control, and may retail with a gaming controller accessory. (more…)