Previewed back at Google I/O, Mountain View has now released its first set of APIs to developers for Android Auto. The APIs consist of two main focuses, those being audible notifications through a car’s speaker system, and the access of music files through a directory. (more…)
Google Play pre-orders for the Nexus 6 are now shipping, according to a handful of our readers. These seem to be orders placed early on October 29 in either 32GB or 64GB variations. We aren’t sure what we are looking at for estimated arrival dates just yet, but we will update this post as we have more. (more…)
Google’s Android development team is now rolling out Google Play Services 6.5 to developers, bringing a ton of new APIs to incorporate into existing applications.
For starters, developers are getting more flexibility from Google Maps, with the API now offering a map toolbar to allow users to open Maps and immediately get directions, as well as turn-by-turn navigation to a selected marker. For business owners, who also run an application, this could help potential customers find their place much more quickly. (more…)
So you received your brand new Nexus 6 today, straight from a factory in China, and you walk into a Verizon or AT&T or Sprint store to have it activated for use. As you and a sales rep get the process going, you get to the point where they need to scan the nano SIM for the phone and then your phone’s IMEI. You can almost taste the Lollipop. You will soon know how many licks it takes. You are this close. The sweat needed to give you extra grip on the 6-inch whale in front of you is starting to build in the palm of your hand. Your fresh pair of JNCOs is crisp from the dryer. The fresh Free Willy tattoo under your tribal band still has a bandage protecting its scab. You are a Nexus 6 owner. No, even better – you are an unlocked Nexus 6 owner on the verge of becoming one with a marine mammal. “I tell you what to do, carrier,” you say under your breath as you reach for your newly activated phone.
And then the sales rep gives you that look. You have seen this look before, typically when the 7-11 clerk scans your lottery ticket. You sir, do not have a winner. “Sorry, the phone won’t activate because the IMEI is not in our system. There is nothing I can do,” the sales rep says. (more…)
VSCO Cam, the popular photo editing app, has released another update for Android users bringing three headline features to everyone and a few more goodies for select devices.
The first, and probably most important, new feature in 3.1 is sync. Now users can sync edited photos between devices. If I start editing a picture on my iPhone, but have to put it down before finishing up, I can finish the edits on my Moto X before sharing the picture to my Grid or Instagram. Syncing my first photo took a few seconds, but after that future syncs were almost instantaneous. Images that are syncing have a spinning animation over them from the Library view; once synced you’ll see two overlapped circles in the top right corner. (more…)
Remember on Friday how we told you that Nexus 6 orders placed through Motorola’s site back on November 6 were shipping with an estimated arrival date of as early as November 19? Well, we were wrong. Some of those orders are actually arriving…today!
At least one of our readers already received his shipment this morning, as can be seen in the pictures above. He went for the Midnight Blue 32GB model. Two other reader’s units are on trucks and should be delivered within the next couple of hours, basically whenever UPS makes its way to their locations. (more…)
After posting Android 5.0 “Lollipop” factory images for the Nexus 5, both Nexus 7 models, and the Nexus 10, the Nexus 4 owners in the building were (for good reasons) feeling a bit left out. Well, Nexus 4 owners, your time has come – your Lollipop factory image is ready as build LRX21T.
A couple of you noticed a subtle but awesome change we made to your Droid Life Chrome experience within the last week, but we wanted to make sure that you were all aware. Thanks to a change made in Chrome Stable and Beta v39 that allows websites to show custom theme colors in the toolbar on Lollipop, you should now be seeing that DL pink each time you head to our site. (more…)