Hiroshi Lockheimer Confirms Android M is Coming This Year, Yearly Big Releases Going Forward

Thanks to a Google I/O session that has since been removed from the conference schedule, we are pretty sure that Google plans to announce Android M as the next release of Android for 2015 later this week. But since that session has been removed along with any reference to “Android M,” we haven’t been able to say that this bit of news is “confirmed.” As of this morning, we can now make it official – Android M is coming this year.  (more…)

Google Reportedly Adding Fingerprint Authentication in Android ‘M’

It is rumored, and sort of confirmed, that Google will announce Android M at next week’s Google I/O developer conference. What Google officially plans to announce with Android M is still unknown, but one report floating around claims the company will introduce native Fingerprint Authentication to the OS, bringing an end to third-party OEM solutions. (more…)

Waiting on Your Project Fi Invite? You May be Waiting Until Mid-Summer

If you were one of the first to send a request for an invitation to Project Fi, Google’s MVNO wireless service, and still have yet to be approved, your wait may be a tad bit longer than you had initially hoped.

In an update email sent out to everyone who wants to be a part of Project Fi, Google states that they have received a high number of requests, but need to assure folks will be met with a positive experience. Due to Google’s high standards, it may not be until “mid-summer” that everyone receives an invite.  (more…)

Google Just Introduced $40 Special Edition Skrillex Cases as Part of New “Editions” Case Program, Confirms World is Doomed by Naming One “Bae”

Google, randomly, just introduced a new program called “Editions” to the Google Store that is a series of creative collaborations with influencers. The collaborations are turning out special cases, like this first one which was made in partnership with Skrillex, king of the wub.  (more…)

Android 5.1.1 OTA Files Now Available for Nexus 4 and Nexus 9 LTE (Edit: Nexus 5 Too)

Update May 20:  Nexus 4 and Nexus 9 LTE Android 5.1.1 OTA .zips added. (Edit:  Nexus 5 too)


Now that Android 5.1.1 factory images have been posted for a number of Nexus devices, we are starting to see the rollout of over-the-air (OTA) updates to them, namely the Nexus 7 (2012) and (2013), Nexus 10, and Nexus Player. More will arrive soon (Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 4, and Nexus 9), so we are starting to compile a list of them all below. We know that many of you like to sideload updates rather than wait for them to hit your device – feel free to bookmark this one.  (more…)

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Report: Google to Launch Standalone Photo Sharing and Storage Service at Google I/O Next Week

According to sources of Bloomberg, Google’s rumored standalone photo service, which will be entirely separate from Google+, will launch next week during Google I/O. The service could feature many of the things we know and love about the current Photos service from Google, such as Auto Awesome, but the ties to Google+ will no longer be there.  (more…)