Once you have Android 5.0 “Lollipop” up and running on your Nexus 5, you need to jump through to the About screen and check out the newest Easter Egg. It’s a Flappy Bird clone. Not even kidding – you can play Flappy Bugdroid as much as you want.
With the Google Voice and Hangouts merger in full swing (again), most of you who use a combination of the service are now noticing an added benefit – SMS and MMS through both Gmail and the Chrome extension for Hangouts. If you have a Google Voice number that has now been associated with Hangouts, you can choose to send an SMS to contacts, assuming you have attached a number to their contact information. (more…)
This morning’s Hangouts update on Android finally began the process of merging Hangouts with Google Voice, something Voice users have been waiting well over a year for. We know that not everyone has seen the prompt to initiate the merge process, but for those who have (and those who will soon), we wanted to make sure you got everything setup correctly after the fact. Since you likely still have Google Voice installed (you may not be able to uninstall it all yet), there are a couple of boxes here and there that need to be checked or unchecked to get this whole situation in order.
Own a Qi wireless charging pad? Have a Moto 360 on the way? Awesome! You already own a spare charger for your brand new smartwatch.
We knew this would be the case, thanks to an FCC filing for the charger that popped up back in June, but we went ahead and confirmed as much now that we are home from Chicago. So if you have a couple of these charging pads spread between your house or office because you own a Qi-ready phone, then you should have no problem keeping your 360 charged if you happen to decide that Ambient Screen mode is for you.
If you were lucky enough to buy a Moto 360 from the initial batch on Friday before they sold out, then you are probably due to receive your watch within the next day or so. Shortly after you first power it on, set it up through the Android Wear companion app, and then choose which notifications you would like to buzz through to your wrist, there is one critically important system setting you need to decide on leaving off or turning on. That setting is Ambient Screen Mode. (more…)
If you end up buying a Moto 360 (unboxing and tour) today, and also plan on wearing it daily, you may want to consider setting it up as a Trusted Device with your phone. With a Trusted Device, your phone can have a PIN or password attached to its lock screen, but rarely ask you to provide it since it knows you have a “trusted device” near.
Basically, with a Trusted Device (could be your car or another smartwatch), you are telling your phone that if this specific device is connected to Bluetooth and near, I shouldn’t need to enter my PIN or password every time I access my phone. But, should I leave my phone behind at say a bar or the gym, it would be nice to have it protected should someone pick it up and try to access its contents. Make sense? (more…)
If you have travel plans in the near future, think of using Google Search to find things to do, eat or see nearby your hotel without the fuss of looking up where you are staying. At least that’s what Google is preaching over at Google+ today. (more…)