Interesting Apps: A Better Camera

Sometimes when you’re taking photos or videos, the stock camera app just doesn’t cut it. Perhaps you require a histogram. Maybe you could use faster burst shot. Populating Google Play is a myriad of third-party apps to fill whatever the need, but some are well-executed enough to warrant special mention. The aptly named A Better Camera is one of those. (more…)

Nexus 6 Android 5.0.1 Factory Image Available as Build LRX22C (Update: Nexus 5)

Update 12/15:  Nexus 5 factory image of Android 5.0.1 has now been added.

Update:  The OTA .zip files for each phone can be found here.

The Android 5.0.1 factory images for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 4 were just posted as build LRX22C. This should mean that an over-the-air update is around the corner for both. Until that happens, feel free to flash away to be up-to-date on the latest in Lollipop.  (more…)

Download: Android 5.0.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices (Updated: Nexus 5)

Update 12/15:  Added Nexus 5 link! (Cheers Dustin!)

Update 12/10:  Added Nexus 4 link. Also added Nexus 6 link.

Android 5.0.1 OTA updates are starting to pop-up this afternoon for a handful of Nexus devices, which isn’t all that surprising after seeing the new Android version hit AOSP yesterday with factory images shortly behind it. The first three devices to receive build LRX22C are the Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, and Nexus 10. But don’t be surprised if the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi, and Nexus 6 updates aren’t far behind them.

As is the case each time new OTA updates rollout for Nexus devices, we have started a running list of the updates that can be sideloaded, along with instructions for flashing them. We will continue to update this list as more device updates pop up. Also, as a reminder, we only provide the direct-from-Google download links, so these are as safe as can be.  (more…)

HBO Go Arrives on the Fire TV

Amazon announced this afternoon that HBO Go is now available through Fire TV. Along with HBO’s entire catalog of shows, Amazon and HBO have also included voice search throughout the app, so a simple press of the Fire TV’s voice button will allow you to find Game of Thrones or The Wire without typing a thing. Of course, HBO Go requires an HBO subscription through “participating affiliates.”  (more…)

Video: First Look at the Nexus 9 Magic Cover

The Magic Cover for the Nexus 9 is finally in house! I don’t know why, but I have been struggling to remain patient while waiting for this cover to arrive. While not someone who typically buys cases for personal use, the idea behind this one had me hooked the minute I saw it. A single-sheet cover that attaches magnetically, looks beautiful, and can double as a stand? Who wouldn’t get excited about this?  (more…)

SwiftKey Kicks Off Branded Themes with Disney’s Frozen

Admit it: ever since the notes of Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” caressed your eardrums, you’ve been yearning for a virtual keyboard branded with designs inspired by Disney’s Frozen. Right? Well, you’re in luck, because that’s what SwiftKey unveiled this morning.

Six skins separately featuring popular characters from the film – Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf, if those names mean anything to you – are now available for purchase. They retail individually for $1.99, or in a pack for $4.99. (more…)

Verizon Messages Will Soon Let You Send Starbucks Gift Cards

Users of Verizon Messages…wait, what’s that? There isn’t such a thing? OK, then, theoretically speaking, if you were to become a Verizon Messages user (and I understand that you won’t), I wanted to point out that you will soon be able to easily send a Starbucks eGift Card to other users. According to an un-asked-for email tied to my Verizon account (that was likely opt-out), later this month, you will be able to click a “gift” icon within the Messages app in any one-on-one conversation to pass along Starbucks bucks. Apparently, this is a “cool and convenient” way to bring caffeine into a friend’s life.

Convenient indeed. Unless of course you realize that you have to use the Verizon Messages app in order to experience this convenience, which then makes it inconvenient.  (more…)

New Android X-Mas Ornament Collectible Now Available From Dead Zebra

This year’s holiday-themed Android mini collectible ornament in green is now available from the folks over at Dead Zebra for $10. To help round out last year’s releases (in blue and red), this year’s green version should bring even more Android class to that tree of yours.

This particular mini is a “bit more fragile” than other releases, likely because it’s just like all of the other fragile X-mas ornaments you already own. It comes with a topper and S hook, along with all sorts of glitter.

If you order from the US, Priority Mail shipping is your option in order to get it by X-mas.  (more…)