Google Now Launcher Now Available to All Android 4.1+ Devices

A new update is rolling out to the Google Now Launcher, making it available to just about all devices running Android 4.1+. That’s right, if you have been frustrated at the lack of compatibility for Google’s own launcher with top devices, you can finally relax.

For those new to the Google Now Launcher, think of it as the name suggests, a simple launcher that allows you to easily access Google Now. With the GNL as your launcher, Google Now can be accessed with a swipe from left-to-right. It’s also buttery smooth, gives that stock Android look, and has extra large icons for those needing a pixel explosion. To see it in action, check out Google’s new promo video for the launcher below.

The update just went live for all today, so go grab it.  (more…)

Google Planning Workshop Through Play Store, Create Custom Cases for Your Nexus 5

It appears as though Google will soon be making the Nexus 5 a bit more customizable, at least, according to the newest leak from Android Police. In screenshots reportedly ripped from a dog food version of the Play Store, Google is working on a Workshop, which will allow consumers to create and customize their very own Nexus 5 covers, as well as custom live wallpapers to go along with their exterior theme.  (more…)

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Get Material Design-styled Web Home Screens

This isn’t directly Android-related, but Google announced this morning that Docs, Sheets, and Slides all have brand new individual home screens that are accessible through the web. As you would expect, they are certainly inspired by Material Design, with a new hamburger menu, card-like interface, and floating “+” button to create new sheets/slides/docs.

These new app home screens for Google’s office suite allow you to quickly get back to your most recently edited files without having to first enter Drive or do any sort of searching. By entering a specific app home screen, you are presented with big imagery of your recently opened files. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

To see for yourself, hit up the direct links below.  (more…)

Motorola Nexus “Shamu” Gets Even More Support in New Report

Over the weekend, rumors of a Motorola Nexus surfaced suggesting that Google and the company it plans to sell to Lenovo had teamed up to produce an oversized phone-tablet hybrid under the codename “shamu.” The device is said to carry a 5.9-inch display, fingerprint scanner, and arrive some time around November. That rumor has now turned into a second report out of The Information who claim to have secured a confirmation through “three people with knowledge of the matter” that the device is coming and is a whale. (more…)

Rumor: Motorola Finally Gets Its Nexus, a 5.9-inch Whale

The rumor you have been waiting years for has arrived – Motorola is said to have created the next Nexus phone, a massive 5.9-incher under the codename “shamu.” Call it a parting gift or whatever you want from Google as they ship Moto off to Lenovo, this could be your chance to finally get a Motorola Nexus, assuming you would want one that is that size.  (more…)