Google is Now Showing the Status of Your Project Fi Invite

Hey, look, my Project Fi invite status! Wait…what? Even though I was probably one of the first three people on the planet to sign-up for the service, already own a Nexus 6, am a nerd at heart who likes to test things, and live in a metro area that T-Mobile is excellent in, I’m still completely in limbo? Sure makes sense.

To the rest of you, maybe you will have better news on the newly launched status indicator for Fi. Tim’s says “3-4 weeks.” Others are seeing that as well. Me, not so much. Thanks, Google!  (more…)

Why is Android Still the Second Platform Developers Work On?

Every year we see the same promise: this is the year that Android-first development will become a reality. At the same time we see big companies like Instagram repeatedly introduce new apps that are iOS-only. Android has been able to tout more market share than iOS for quite some time, but that doesn’t seem to have translated into app developers releasing Android apps at the same time as their iOS counterparts, much less Android-first. Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking with developers and researching why this is still the case.
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“Undo Send” Comes to Gmail on the Web, Likely Coming to Mobile Apps Soon

Back in May, Google introduced an “undo send” button to Inbox, both on the web and in mobile apps. The feature wasn’t new to many of us, as it had been baked into Gmail for much longer, but only as a “Labs” option for those who knew it existed. Yesterday, that all changed when Google brought “undo send” out of Labs and into general settings on Gmail for the web. Yes, friends, you can now “Whoops!” and un-whoops on Gmail on much more stable terms. Or for some of you, for the first time now that the setting isn’t hidden away.  (more…)

Google Play Music Gets Free, Ad-Supported Radio Streaming in US

Google just announced that Google Play Music now has free, ad-supported radio streaming in the US. That means anyone can login to Play Music, pick a curated playlist, and enjoy free tunes.

The lists could be workout jams, those made to help you wake up happier, something to boost your energy, or hits that will help you wind down for the night. Google has a “team of music experts” who craft each station song by song, “so you don’t have to.”

The free streaming service is available today on the web at music.google.com and will rollout to Android and iOS later this week.  (more…)

Beautiful ‘Time Store’ App Updated With New Watch Faces, Features

The Time Store app in Google Play received an update over the weekend, bringing additional watch faces for users to play with, as well as new features when applying a face. If you haven’t heard of Time Store, know that the app lets you scroll through different watch faces, some of which are free to use, others being $0.99, but the idea is that it’s your one-stop shop for Android Wear watch faces.  (more…)

The Best Android Phone You Can Buy Today

Every week, at least three or four or twenty people ask us in some way or another, “What phone would you recommend I buy?” In reality, they just want to know what the best Android phone is that they can buy today. I get why we get asked. After all, we handle every new flagship under the sun.

Since there are so many good phones these days, the decision hasn’t become any easier in recent years. Before, though, we use to worry about whether or not a phone could last two years. Now, the criteria is much more specific. People want to know which phone has the best camera or the best battery life or the best display. What’s the storage situation like? Is it made of metal or cheap plastic? How often does it get updated?

Rather than try and answer all of those questions in individual emails, we thought we may as well just put our thoughts out there every so often, so that everyone can see what we think the best Android phone is that you can buy. Don’t worry, though, we’ll keep this simple and to the point. You have other things to do.

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Report: Google Wants a Future Where You Don’t Have to Install Apps

According to a report out of The Information, Google is secretly working towards a future where you don’t have to install apps on your phone anymore. Instead, users will be able to stream them, if you will, which Google hopes makes accessing services and accomplishing tasks easier. Assuming you have an internet connection of some sort at all times, there is actually some potential here, as long as you love all things Google.  (more…)