Back in March of 2013, Google’s Larry Page announced that Andy Rubin was stepping away from the Android team at Google to work on making super smart robots. The move was a bit shocking, since the man co-founded the operating system that has now taken over the smartphone world. But hey, people need change some times, and that’s apparently what Andy was looking for. (more…)
Battery packs are awesome and an accessory that I always tell people to consider buying when they are on sale. You can keep them in the bottom of a bag, in the glove box of your car, or on your coffee table for those times on the couch where you need extra battery juice but don’t have an outlet near by. You just never know when you might be away from an outlet for an extended period of time with a quickly dying battery that needs to last another couple of hours.
The BookMark Battery is the latest to go on sale in our Deals store. It’s an incredibly thin (4.7mm) 2,500mAh battery pack that will give most phones an entire charge before it needs replenishing. It has a touch indicator to show how much power it has left, comes in either black or white, and was designed to fit perfectly into a pocket, even a pant pocket. It inputs at 5v-1000mA, outputs at 5v-500mA, and has a cycle life of 500 charges.
At $34.99 (regularly $60), this is a solid deal for those who need some backup power.
Temporarily exclusive to iOS, the latest in the Angry Birds franchise from game maker Rovio, Angry Birds Transformers, is now available on Android for free.
The game appears to be a side-scrolling, endless-runner-like blow-em-up affair, with Angry Birds characters being used as Transformers. There are vehicles, upgrades, an option to tag team with friends, and a roster of heroes with unique attacks and abilities that can be unlocked. If you read that a certain way, like I just did, that can only mean one thing – massive in-app purchases. And sure enough, the Google Play listing suggests that there are in-app purchases ranging from $4.99 to $99. (more…)
The updates don’t stop with Google Docs and Google Wallet today, as updates were just pushed to a large number of Google apps through Google Play. Inside a few, users will find Material Design makeovers, but in others, such as Google Camera and Android Wear, bug fixes and other minor tweaks rest inside. (more…)
At some point today, the Nexus 6, Google’s new flagship smartphone, will go up for pre-order through Google Play. That could happen in a couple of minutes or it could be another couple of hours. Google doesn’t ever tell us when these things will go live, we instead have to sit here for hours tapping the refresh button. The fun of a Nexus launch!
Because this is a major launch, we want to know if you are planning to pre-order one. You will have a couple of color (white or blue) and storage size (32GB or 64GB) options to choose from, along with starting prices of $649 and $699. There are no carrier deals to be had today. If you want to pre-order the Nexus 6, you have to fork out the full retail price.
So, who is pre-ordering?
While Android has become much more secure over the years, thanks to two-step authentication options and plenty of different lock screens for users to choose from, Google continues to push the boundaries of security for our mobile devices. Starting with Android 5.0, upon a device’s first boot, a unique key is created which never leaves your device, with full device data encryption taking place. (more…)
Pushbullet received another huge update this morning, this time with a fresh coat of Material Design paint. That’s right, the app has been completely made over to adhere to Google’s new design guidelines. As one would expect, it looks beautiful. But that’s not all, Pushbullet also introduces easier filters of previous pushes, searching, clearer language settings, streamlined push screens, and all sorts of little design highlights that you will notice as you scroll around the app. (more…)