Android Wear 2.0 Reported to Launch February 9

Following news that Android Wear 2.0 was pushed to 2017, early February to be exact, Evan Blass sent out a tweet last night that claims we can all mark February 9 on our calendars as the date that the big wearable update officially launches. This is definitely the first date we have seen that isn’t a vague timeframe, so it’s certainly something to pencil in if you keep up with Android Wear news. (more…)

DEAL: Daydream View Drops to $49 ($30 Off) (Updated: Verizon Too!)

Own one of the few Daydream-ready phones, but have yet to pick-up Google’s Daydream View? Now is the time! From today through February 25, you can buy a Daydream View from the Google Store for just $49. That’s a $30 discount on the best mobile VR experience you can get.

We reviewed the Daydream View back in November and really did call it “pretty sweet!” The experience tops other mobile VR units because it includes a little motion controller that allows you to interact with games in a way that others don’t. It’s also really comfortable and is getting better each week with new apps and games.  (more…)

Report: Andy Rubin is Back With a New Company to Compete With Google and Apple in Smartphones

Just over a year ago, a report surfaced suggesting former Android king Andy Rubin was considering re-entering the phone business. The report talked about Rubin assembling a team to potentially build out a new company, yet there has been almost zero follow-up since. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that things are very serious on the Andy Rubin smartphone front and we may see a phone (as well as other products) as early as this year.  (more…)

Android Distribution Updated for January 2017 – RIP, FROYO!

Oh man, we’ve got yuuuuuge breaking news on the Android distribution front. You ready for it? Seriously, are you ready for this? Well, if you read the title, you know it, but yes, Froyo is finally dead!

Google updated the Android distribution numbers for January 2017 and Froyo has finally been retired from the list, having dropped below the 0.1% threshold needed to stick around. Man, Android 2.2 is gone for good. Struggling to deal with this…reflecting back. What times those were, overclocking single-core processors to melt our hands while blacking out everything via cheesy embossed themed ROM for an extra 3 minutes of battery. Good stuff.  (more…)