Andy Rubin Joins Redpoint Ventures (Updated)

Andy Rubin, Android’s creator who recently left Google to create his own startup incubator, is now a part of Redpoint Ventures.

In case you aren’t familiar with Redpoint, they are a venture capital firm who invests in early stage technology companies. According to Redpoint’s announcement of the Rubin hire, it sounds like Andy is already “evaluating and backing companies.” His other jobs will include “identifying the next great startups” and helping others “realize their full potential.”  (more…)

Google Wallet for Android Gets Maps Integration, Search Tool to Find Transactions

A Google Wallet update is rolling out today on Android that introduces two new features – maps and locations of transactions on receipt pages, and a search tool to help you find transactions.

On receipt pages, if available, you will see full Google Maps imagery that when tapped, will load up that exact location. The idea here is to not only keep track of your purchases, but also to identify those that look suspicious. As for the search tool, from the transactions page, you can now search for things like merchant name, item purchased, or other related keywords.

The update is live for most, so be sure to grab it.  (more…)

Best Buy Deals: Nexus 9 16GB $75 Off, Chromecast $5 Off

Best Buy just kicked off a 2-day sale that includes a couple of note-worthy discounts. First, we have Google’s Nexus 9 with 16GB of storage for just $325 – that’s a $75 discount on a tablet that ranks in the top two for Android at the moment (our review). If tablets aren’t your thing, then maybe a $5 discount on the Chromecast will do. Or a DROID Turbo for $50?

You can see the full list of deals here, or we have individual links to each below.

Best Buy Links:  Nexus 9 ($324.99) | Chromecast ($30) | DROID Turbo ($49.99)  (more…)

Mailbox for Android Gets Its “Material” Update

Mailbox, the Dropbox-owned email application that consumed the better part of the last year of my life, got its “Material Design” update this morning as v2.0.1.

The update introduces a lot of white. Well, the app was already plenty white, but it seems whiter than ever. It also has a floating action button for creating new emails, a slideout navigation drawer that looks like a floating layer when pulled, and overall, seems lighter, softer, and cleaner than ever. Search has been relocated as a shortcut at the top right corner of your inbox (instead of being buried in the nav drawer), the Snoozed/Inbox/Archived button tabs at the top of the app are also now gone, and signatures can now be displayed as you type an email.  (more…)

Google: Fewer Than 1% of Android Devices had Malware Installed in 2014

This morning, Google posted an “Android Security State of the Union” report for 2014 that paints a picture of a situation that is far different from the one sensationalist media, security companies, and Apple would have you believe. According to Google, fewer than 1% of Android devices across the globe contained a Potentially Harmful App (PHA) during 2014. In other words, cases of malware showing up on Android devices are incredibly rare.  (more…)

HTC Sense Home Replaces Blinkfeed on Google Play, Brings Themes to One M8 (Updated)

This morning, HTC pushed an update to its Blinkfeed app on Google Play that introduces a new name to the product (it’s now called Sense Home), along with a couple of features that were supposed to be big selling points for the yet-to-be-released HTC One M9. We are talking themes, a theme store, and HTC’s Sense Home widget, all in the update.  (more…)