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…)

My Tracks Gains Google Fit Integration

Before last Friday, Google’s My Tracks inhabited a shrinking subset of fitness apps which merely record, not offer insight into,  your workout routine. It could use GPS to track runs and walks over a set period of time and upload the results to Google Drive, but that was just about it. With the addition of Google Fit integration, though, My Tracks has become a little more useful, albeit still barebones. (more…)

Now Live: You Can Now Control Your Nest With Google (Updated)

On Friday, we broke word that you were one step away from being able to control your Nest Thermostat using your voice in the Google Search app. As of this morning, the feature is live (pictured above). That’s right, the opt-in authorization pages that were 404-ing on Friday are now letting you move through to give “Works with Nest” the approval it needs in order to work with Google.  (more…)

Nexus 5 Gets Android 5.0.1 Update Today, According to Sprint (Updated)

Most of you noticed that as Android 5.0.1 updates began rolling out to Google’s line-up of Nexus devices that the Nexus 5, even though it is still considered one of the newer of the bunch, was left out of the fun. Why that is, well, we can only guess. What we do know is that the update should start rolling out today if Sprint knows what it’s talking about.  (more…)

Download: Android “Lollipop” OTA Updates for Google Play Edition Devices (Updated: Galaxy S4)

With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.

As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)

Google App Now One Step From Being Able to Control Nest (Updated: It’s Live!)

Update:  It’s now live!

Shortly after Google acquired smartphone company, Nest, the thermostat and smoke alarm maker announced a “Works with Nest” program that would enable all sorts of smart products to interact with those made by Nest. Of course, the most obvious partner in this program is Google. In the announcement, Nest noted that this “Fall” we would be able to say to our phones, “OK, Google, set the temperature to 72 degrees,” or something along those lines and watch as our Nest changed temperatures. While we have yet to see this integration fully appear, it does look as though we are about one step away from it becoming a reality.  (more…)

Nexus 9 Magic Cover in Coral Available From HTC (Updated: Google Play Too)

The Nexus 9 “Magic Cover” or “Cover” or “2-in-1 Stand,” an accessory that I have been impatiently waiting for because I want that magnetically multi-fold magic-ness, is finally available, though only in one color and only directly from HTC. If you cruise over to HTC’s Nexus 9 page (link below), you can buy the Nexus 9’s Cover in Coral Amethyst (“Amtheyst”) for $39.99.  (more…)