I know that we are all excited for the launch of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” and for Google to begin pushing over-the-air updates of it to the Nexus family of phones, but we all need to try and relax a bit. Today, because of a new note posted to the Android Developer Console, the world now assumes that Google has told us to expect updates to begin on November 3. Except, well, they didn’t tell us that at all.
Below, you will see the screen that we pulled from the Developer Console, which is the note being passed around today as a purported confirmation of all things Android 5.0 arriving for all sorts of Nexus devices on November 3. In short, it says that developers should be sure to test and publish updates to apps to get ready for a consumer launch of Android 5.0 on November 3. (more…)
When you first boot a device running Android 5.0 “Lollipop” and open Chrome Beta, a pop-up will introduce you to the idea that your Chrome Beta tabs will now be a part of the app switcher UI. That might sound cool on the surface, but unfortunately, the implementation isn’t great yet. Thankfully, you can easily turn this feature on or off until Google (hopefully) adds back some of the functionality that goes missing with this option turned on. Let’s talk about how this all works. (more…)
The Microsoft Garage team, the company’s haven for “uber geeks,” released three application onto Google Play this week for Android devices. We now have a voice recognition app for Android Wear, a lock screen replacement app for your smartphone, and a note sharing app for those who like to travel. (more…)
According to Mo Versi, HTC’s VP of Product Management, the company has received technical approval from Verizon for an update that is set to hit One (M8) devices tomorrow. The update includes EYE software which was detailed at the launch of the Desire EYE. (more…)
It appears as though the same update which hit the G Watch from LG today is now rolling out to owners of the Moto 360. Inside the update, which is numbered 4.4W.2, users should expect to see support for offline music playback, GPS support (for compatible devices), and bug fixes. (more…)
Update: We wanted to point out that the contest now includes the newly announced Nexus 6.
Over at the DL Deals site, you will find a contest running that (in about 2 months) will reward one of you with a free Android phone of choice. It’s as simple as ever to enter – create an account there and click the “Enter” button. That gives you a single entry, but you can grab another six entries if you share the contest through social sites. (more…)
For fans of Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, Maggie, and Santa’s Little Helper, you can now access every episode of The Simpsons directly online or through your mobile device through the FXNOW app on Google Play. (more…)
Google has done something with the Nexus 6 that we weren’t sure we would ever see – compatibility and availability with every major wireless carrier in the US. In case you missed the wildness of last week’s Nexus 6 announcement, just know that you should be able to buy the new Nexus phone and use it on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon. Yes, that says “Verizon.” We don’t have pricing or launch dates from many of the carriers (T-Mobile says November 12), but all have confirmed in some way or another that they plan to carry the phone. Verizon confirmed directly to us, even though they didn’t issue a press release.
So now that you got your wish – carrier choice with a Nexus phone – it’s time to tell us which carrier you plan to use the Nexus 6 on.