DEAL: Nexus 5X 32GB for $240, Nexus 6 for $280

To head into the weekend, we’ve got a couple of decent deals for you on Nexus devices, assuming you need a good phone on the cheap that actually receives software updates and security patches. You can pick-up last year’s Nexus 5X with 32GB storage for just $239.99 or the previously released Nexus 6 32GB for $279.99.

The Nexus 5X is available at the price ($160 discount) in either white or black as a brand new unit and is shipped to you for free. This is the US model, so it’ll work on all US carriers, including AT&T and Verizon.

As for the Nexus 6, the listing states that it is “new other,” which means it might come in packaging other than its original retail box. It doesn’t say refurbished, so it still should be an unused phone. You can choose from either white or blue models and it too ships for free.

eBay Links:  Nexus 5X ($239.99) | Nexus 6 ($279.99)

#TBT: Android 1.6 Intro Video Details CDMA Support, “Quick Search” Box and Much More

The current version of the Android OS is Android 6.0.1, with the next version, Nougat, slated to be Android 7.0. Since we are still on Android 6.0.1, it’s fitting that today, our #TBT post is about Android 1.6. You know, since 6.0.1 is sort of like 1.6 backwards. Close enough.

Posted onto the Android Developers YouTube channel in September of 2009, Google details the big changes taking place in Android 1.6, also known as Donut. Changes for Donut include the ability for apps to be displayed properly on various devices that feature differing screen resolutions. Apparently, that was an issue back in the day, with apps not knowing how to display themselves properly unless a specific value was provided. Woof, that must have sucked. Additionally, Android 1.6 included support for CDMA networks, not just GSM. This allowed Verizon, Sprint, and other CDMA-using carriers to get in the Android action.  (more…)

Bubble Zoom in Google Play Books is the Best Way to Read Digital Comics

Introduced at the best time, given this week is SDCC, Google Play Books is getting a new feature exclusively for those who enjoy reading comic books on digital devices such as tablets and smartphones. Called Bubble Zoom, this feature intelligently recognizes text bubbles inside of digital comics, allowing users to follow a storyline more interactively. It gives off the sense that the comic is alive, making the act of reading a bit more fun.

To get this feature working, all a reader must do is tap on the screen and the text bubbles will follow along with your taps. It’s not automated, so you don’t need to worry about the bubbles going too fast.  (more…)

Moto Z Force DROID Review

Introduced as the Moto Z Force DROID Edition, now launched sans Edition, the Moto Z Force DROID could be described as a follow-up to last year’s DROID Turbo 2, but it’s much more than that. On paper, the Moto Z Force DROID attempts to bring the best of specs and modular functionality into a single device, offering a big battery and stellar camera to get people excited for this year’s lineup of DROID phones. Combine all this tech nifty-ness into an incredibly thin body and you would think Moto and Lenovo are positioned to have themselves one very popular device.

The Moto Z (DROID) and Moto Z Force (DROID) were announced on June 9, meaning we have had quite a long time to get unexcited about these devices, but putting the delayed launch aside, let’s find out how they fare after a week in our pockets.

Here’s our Moto Z Force DROID review.  (more…)

Swiftkey Introduces Swiftmoji, a Keyboard to Help Predict Your Next Emoji

Swiftkey, the Microsoft-owned popular keyboard maker, released its first new product today since being acquired. The new keyboard (yes, they made another keyboard) is called Swiftmoji and it aims to help you become the emoji champion you always hoped to become. In fact, the sell here is that it “removes the frustration of playing hunt-the-emoji” from your life and predicts which emoji you might want.  (more…)

Android Engineer Team Took to reddit for AMA, Here’s a Recap

Members of the Android engineering team (11 members, in total) took to reddit this morning to offer up answers to many questions that flooded in from the community. While the majority of questions dove into areas of subject we typically don’t cover here, a few of the questions and the team’s answers gave good insight into Android Nougat, device updates, and plenty other interesting topics.

Below, we will highlight a few of the many questions, then provide you with the Android team’s response. Beware, a few of the responses are rather lengthy, but the length helps provide context to the answer. If a topic deserves a bit of personal feedback from our end, you can expect to see that, too.  (more…)

Android N Developer Preview 5 Now Available! The Final Preview! (Updated)

Android N Developer Preview 5 just got posted and is available for the flashing! As of right now, it looks like all supported devices are getting Android build NPD90G. Note that this is the final developer preview before the stable version rolls out “later this summer.”

Again, the supported devices include the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 (WiFi and LTE), Nexus Player, Pixel C, and the General Mobile 4G (Android One) device.

We’re still looking through the changes and will update this post.  (more…)