Chromecast Update Brings Guest Mode, Beta Mirroring, Fresh Material UI

The Chromecast app received an update yesterday that not only included the much anticipated Guest Mode, but the UI of the app also got a fresh Material Design makeover and screen mirroring is open in beta to most devices running Android 4.4.2+. The update is rolling out in stages (of course it is) on Google Play or can be sideloaded using the link we included below.  (more…)

Deal: Nexus 9 is $50 Off at Amazon

The Nexus 9 in all sizes and colors (sans Sand because it still doesn’t exist) is $50 off right now at Amazon. That translates to $349 and $429 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively, which is a solid price on a tablet that both Tim and I really enjoy. In fact, in our Nexus 9 review, Tim called it a “superb tablet,” something that can’t be said about most Android tablets.

As a recap, the Nexus 9 runs Android 5.0 “Lollipop” and sports a NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit processor, 2GB RAM, 8.9-inch 4:3 display (2048×1536), 8MP rear camera, and a 6,700mAh battery. It’s made of soft touch plastic that will remind you of the Nexus 5, but then classes it up with a metal banding around the outside of its body. Again, this (or the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet) is the Android tablet to have.

Tough to tell how long this deal will last, but you may want to jump on it before long. Oh, and the device qualifies for Prime shipping.

Amazon Link  (more…)

Google Posts Look Back at 2014’s Most Popular Games, Apps, Movies, and More on Google Play

There are 20 days left in December, so as you can imagine, many of us are starting to look back at the year that was and reflect by putting together our top lists of phones, apps, etc. Google is no different. They too like to look back and see the trends of 2014, only they have this neat little marketplace called Google Play that is filled with useful information ripe for the sharing. And so, they have used it for that purpose, to create a look back at the year in entertainment.  (more…)

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

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…)

Camera FV-5 Updated With Support for Android 5.0 Camera API

Even though Google announced that a new camera PI in Android 5.0 “Lollipop” would be able to handle things like RAW image capturing and more manual controls over things like shutter speed and focus, we have yet to really see any of the camera apps on Google Play take advantage of them. Camera FV-5 was updated today, and it appears to be one of the first.  (more…)

Deal: Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB for $185 on eBay

Now that Google has stopped selling (and listing) the Nexus 7 (2013) through Google Play, we are seeing the device show up far less frequently in deal sections across the web. For a time, you could find a deal on Google’s last 7-incher on the daily at sites like eBay, but those times are no longer upon us. So, when we saw the device show up today in a listing as “manufacturer refurbished” and with 32GB of storage, we wanted to share.

This may be one of the last sales for the Nexus 7. At this point, after the dozens of fire sales on them, I can’t imagine there are many left. If you need one final X-mas present or need a solid tablet for yourself, you may want to hop on this.

eBay Link

Developers: Here is What You Need to Know About the Android Wear Watch Face API

Now that Android Wear watch faces are official and ready to be made through the Watch Face API, Google has gone ahead and shared all of the details that developers will need in order to make the next great face. From design and development to when Wear devices will be updated and ready to what will happen to old watch faces that aren’t currently using the new API, Google has laid it all out.  (more…)