Cloud Print App From Google Receives Material Design Update

The Material Design updating trend continues, this time with Google’s Cloud Print application. Cloud Print allows you to wireless sync prints to your device with just a couple of taps, but the highlighting feature, to me at least, is the ability to send any documents you need printed straight to a FedEx shop. When it comes to return shipping labels, there is no easier way to get it done.  (more…)

Google App Update Wednesday: Maps, Camera, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, and So Damn Many More

You probably already realized this, since we wrote up three Google apps with updates before noon, but yes, today is Wednesday and that means Google is unleashing new goodies upon us. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the updates that have already rolled out today (some yesterday too), along with download links and details to their changes (if they have any). A bunch of these updates are minor bug fixes, but a few do have substantial changes.

Should other apps receive updates, we will try our best to update the list.

Go get ‘em!  (more…)

Zagat Updated With Material Design, Sorting, and Search Improvements

There are a few Google apps you never expect to see updated again, such as Chrome to Phone, simply because there seems to be little reason for Google to spend resources on them. We even thought the same for Zagat, too, ever since Google re-released the app for free following the service’s acquisition. Since then, it has simply sat around… until now. Today, Google quite unexpectedly touched up Zagat with a fresh coat of Material Design, tweaks to search, and filtering options.  (more…)

Thanks to Update, Hangouts Dialer Now Knows It’s a Dialer App

An update hit the Hangouts Dialer app this morning, bringing a much-needed and highly requested feature for the application – the ability to recognize itself as a standalone dialer app.

Previously, when you would hit a phone number link on your phone with the Hangouts Dialer app installed, you would be directed to your stock dialer application. Now, with the update, you are given a choice to use either the Hangouts Dialer or stock dialer.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Which version of Android is your phone running?

We know that not everyone here owns a Nexus device or new Moto X and has been basking in the beauty of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” for a couple of weeks. And since that is the case, that means that a lot of you are probably running Kit Kat or maybe even Jelly Bean (hopefully, nothing older). But, because this is Droid Life and we like to find out for sure through polls, we are going to do that now with a simple question of, “Which version of Android is your phone running?”

As the numbers roll in, it should be interesting to see how an Android community compares to Google’s official distribution numbers. On December 1, Google updated the numbers, showing KitKat at 33.9%, Jelly Bean at 48.7%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 7.8%, and Gingerbread at 9.1%. I would venture to guess that these will be much different. Still, let’s see!

Which version of Android is your phone running?

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Nexus 6 Android 5.0.1 Factory Image Available as Build LRX22C (Update: Nexus 5)

Update 12/15:  Nexus 5 factory image of Android 5.0.1 has now been added.

Update:  The OTA .zip files for each phone can be found here.

The Android 5.0.1 factory images for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 4 were just posted as build LRX22C. This should mean that an over-the-air update is around the corner for both. Until that happens, feel free to flash away to be up-to-date on the latest in Lollipop.  (more…)

Video: First Look at the Nexus 9 Magic Cover

The Magic Cover for the Nexus 9 is finally in house! I don’t know why, but I have been struggling to remain patient while waiting for this cover to arrive. While not someone who typically buys cases for personal use, the idea behind this one had me hooked the minute I saw it. A single-sheet cover that attaches magnetically, looks beautiful, and can double as a stand? Who wouldn’t get excited about this?  (more…)