Don’t Miss These Android Stories: June 17, 2016

The past two weeks have been pretty awesome if you consider yourself a tech fan. At the end of last week, we got the Moto Z and now this week, the tech lords have given us the OnePlus 3 (which you can buy now!), WWDC, Android N Developer Preview 4, and Android apps on Chromebooks. I’m a fool and missed most of it by being on vacation, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t awesome.

In case you missed any of the fun, we have the biggest stories of the week linked for you below.  (more…)

Video: First Look at Android Apps on Chromebooks

As we noted this morning, Chrome OS 53 is rolling out to Chromebooks, bringing with it Google Play and Android apps. Three devices are scheduled to receive that access this month and the ASUS Chromebook Flip just so happens to be the first to go live. Since we have one in house, it’s only fitting that we take it for a spin to show you just how this whole Android-on-a-Chromebook thing is going to work.

Keep in mind that this is Chrome OS 53 in the developer channel and it is running on the Chromebook Flip, which isn’t exactly the most powerful of computers (2GB RAM, 16GB storage, Rockchip 3288-C). What I’m trying to say is that there will be bugs and slowness – lots of both. Not only that, but things aren’t going to be the smoothest or quickest just yet, since this is the first release and all. Still, this is pretty cool stuff.

In the video below, you’ll see how to get setup with Google Play on your supported Chromebook and take a tour of the store, install an app or two, and then enter a quick walk-through of apps and games up and running on the device.

Enjoy!  (more…)

Remember ADW Launcher? It Just Got Its First Major Update in Years to V2.0

The last time I wrote about ADW Launcher was in October of 2012, where I said it had returned from the dead. Since I already took that metaphor, I’m not exactly sure what to say now that it has returned some four years later. That’s right, ADW Launcher or ADWLauncher or ADW.Launcher, is back and with a huge update to version 2.0.

What is ADW Launcher? I don’t necessarily want to go into all of the history, but ADW was once a big part of CyanogenMod before standing on its own as one of the most customizable launchers in the game. It was a really, really good launcher for a long time and did a bunch of stuff before anyone else, but the gap in updates always made it a tough sell. You just never knew if it was going to be abandoned or supported.

Yet here we are, four years after its last update, talking about it. Weird how this works out some times.  (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 5X is Just $229 Today at B&H Photo ($120 Off)

At $229 ($120 off!), the Nexus 5X is without a doubt today’s deal of the day. As far as I can tell, this is the lowest price we have seen to date on Google’s affordable 2015 phone.

The deal is currently running through B&H Photo’s DealZone, but keep in mind that this is a 1-day-only event. In fact, as of the time of this post, there are only 13 hours left to secure your Nexus 5X before the price drop disappears.

This Nexus 5X comes in either mint (a really light green) or white and with 16GB of storage.  (more…)

Chrome OS 53 Starts Rolling Out, Brings Google Play and Android Apps With It

Back at Google I/O, as Google was announcing to press that Android apps and Google Play were soon coming to Chromebooks, they told us to expect the first dev builds of Chrome OS with support for the new feature during the month of June. Here we are in June and 53 has arrived with Android app support. Well, so far, only on one of the three devices scheduled to receive early support.

Last night, just as Team USA was dispatching Ecuador and LeBron was pummeling the Dubs, our Chromebook Pixel (2015) and ASUS Chromebook Flip both saw the update to Chrome OS 53. Unfortunately for me, the Pixel (2015) does not yet get Google Play. However, the Flip has it!  (more…)

Google is Rolling Out a “Beta” Section and Beta Controls in Google Play (Updated)

In later afternoon breaking news, it appears as if Google has started rolling out a “Beta” column or section in Google Play under the “My apps & games” area. This section, as you can imagine, lists out all of the apps you are currently signed-up to beta test through Google Play. That’s awesome news and should help us all manage the apps we are helping test, something Google mentioned was in the works at Google I/O(more…)

Album Slideshows Come to Google Photos

Slideshows are now available through Google Photos within individual albums. To get started, open up the Google Photos app, go inside of an album then select a photo you want to start the slideshow with. Once you hit the three-dot settings button, the top option will be Slideshow. Once tapped, a slideshow of the photos will begin.

If you wish to project your slideshow to your HDTV, you can simply cast the show via Chromecast or Android TV. And yes, the Slideshow feature is available on your desktop computer, too.  (more…)

DEAL: Grab a Nexus 6 for Just $180 at eBay

A current deal running over at eBay can land you a manufacturer refurbished Nexus 6 for a ridiculously low price of $180. Sure, this is the 2014 Nexus, which is a figurative whale, but it’s still one of the best performing devices you will ever use. And, it’s getting all the Android N love at the moment.

Whether you need a device to pass the time because you lost or broke your other, or you just love the Nexus 6 and all of its size, jump on this. The deal currently includes the blue version, as the white is sold out. Free shipping is available as well.

eBay Link