Google Releases 4 New Android Commercials – Scary Movie, Garage Band, Break Room, and a Longer Road Trip

Google posted four new Android commercials today that showcase their new slogan of “Be together. Not the same.” The commercials are similar to the set we saw on Android 5.0 launch day, featuring Androidified characters, all of which are using a variety of Android devices.

One commercial stars Android Wear and watches, another the Nexus 9 and tablets, and another focuses on cameras. We are even treated to a part 2 of the road trip commercial that was previously released.

I know we are an Android fan site and are supposed to love all things Android, but these commercials are brilliant.  (more…)

Google’s New Messenger App Lands on Google Play

Google has a fancy new Messenger app available through Google Play today, switching out your antiquated text messaging hub, replacing it with something a bit more favorable.

As for features, Google allows for “faster sharing” through the new Messenger app, bringing a quick attachment button right inside the text field. In addition, users can block spammers or crazy exes by blacklisting SMS senders, meaning no more interruptions.

Here is the full feature list.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Review

Reviewing Google’s new Nexus 6 has been an entertaining mixed bag of an experience. This is so close to being the phone that long-time Android fanboys have been waiting for. This is a Nexus phone, made by Motorola, that has the most premium set of specs currently available in the mobile space, and that works on Verizon, along with a number of other carriers. This is supposed to be as good as it gets. This is supposed to be the Nexus phone of Nexus phones. But is it?

That’s a tough question to answer, mostly because Google created the Nexus 6 knowing that this wouldn’t be the phone for everyone. In fact, their VP of engineering, David Burke, said that he thinks about 50% of people who hold a “phablet” like this won’t want to put it down. In other words, they know that at least half of you want something much smaller or different than the Nexus 6.

And that’s exactly why the Nexus 6 is that mixed bag. For the most part, you can’t help but love everything about the Nexus 6. It feels premium. It looks great. Internally, it tops the charts. It runs Lollipop, which is ridiculously fun to use. But then it’s also a giant whale, which Google is clearly aware of since they codenamed it “shamu.” You have awesome and then huge. You have premium, but in whale form. You have the phone of enthusiast dreams, that’s available everywhere, but that only 50% of may want due to its size.

As you can see, we have plenty to talk about.

This is our Nexus 6 review.  (more…)

Nexus 6 Now Available for Pre-Order at AT&T

Your first chance to purchase the Nexus 6 with a contract or a device payment plan through a carrier is now here. AT&T pre-orders are live for the Midnight Blue model with 32GB of storage.

For $249 and a 2-year contract or $682.99 without one, the new Nexus whale can be yours. AT&T also has Next device payment plans available, starting as low as $22.77 per month.  (more…)

Google Voice MMS Messaging Support for Verizon Now Official

Confirming what we reported last week, Google software engineer Dylan Salisbury writes on Google+ that Google Voice MMS messaging with Verizon Wireless subscribers is now officially supported. That means, as he points out, that MMS through Google Voice should work with all major carriers in the US and Canada.

In a related announcement, Salisbury said Hangouts is gaining native MMS support for photo messaging; pictures sent to Voice recipients via MMS will now appear natively, instead of as a link. As for the other major feature of MMS, group messaging, it will be apparently be enabled in a coming update. (more…)