Hangouts 4.0 has not been around all too long, but today, Google is slowly starting to roll out Hangouts 5.0 for all through Google Play. The overall feel of the 5.0 update should be very similar to 4.0, although, Google has likely gone through and squashed a ton of little bugs and made the experience on Hangouts smoother. (more…)
In his first set of executive moves as CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai has handed out more power to a couple of key Android heads that you can expect to see for the foreseeable future. Hiroshi Lockheimer and Dave Burke, those are two names you should probably get used to if you follow Android close enough to care about the people controlling it. (more…)
It’s back (for the 3rd time)! The Nexus 6 32GB for $299 is back at eBay today. Who knows for how long, but previous week’s similar deals sold out pretty quickly. If you want last year’s Nexus before it’s gone forever, now would be the time to jump on it.
As a reminder, this phone originally retailed for $650. Quite the discount in less than 12 months.
So, Google Voice just received its first update in over a year. The last time Google Voice got an update was when the Hangouts-Google Voice merger was supposed to have begun, which was on September 12 of last year.
In today’s update, which jumps the app up to v0.4.7.6 appears to be quite minor. In fact, we aren’t seeing anything new, so this must be background fixes or behind-the-scenes stuff that we don’t have access to. I should point out that this app also seems to be a dogfood version, which is what Google refers to internally tested apps. When installed, you’ll see the dog paw on the top right corner of that app’s icon.
If we find anything new, we’ll be sure to update this post. (more…)
Set to roll out to users over the next couple of months, WhatsApp is implementing native cloud storage of chat history, voice messages, and media for users to Google Drive. Once available, users can back up all of their personal WhatsApp data to the Drive cloud, and then restore it on newer devices with a couple taps. (more…)
Google updated its Android Distribution numbers for the month of October, showing a slight bump in the number of phones running Android 5.0+ Lollipop to 23.5%. Last month, Lolli sat at 21% on the dot.
As for the other numbers, every other version is down, which makes sense as phones adopt new versions of Android: Kit Kat 38.9% (39.2%), Jelly Bean 30.2% (31.8%), Ice Cream Sandwich 3.4% (3.7%), Gingerbread 3.8% (4.1%), and Froyo 0.2% (0.2%). (more…)
Holy sh*t, what a week. Not only did we get two new Nexus phones, but Google introduced two new Chromecast devices, a new tablet, told us when Marshmallow is coming, and announced a Google Music family plan. But even if you look outside that stuff, we reviewed the OnePlus 2 and Moto 360 (2nd gen), watched LG unveil a new flagship phone that isn’t a Nexus, and shook our fist at Experian for exposing our personal information.
Talk about action packed. Talk about awesome. Be sure to catch up because there was a lot you may have missed. (more…)