Google Announces Cast for Audio, Coming with Speakers from Sony, LG, and HEOS

Chromecast is an invaluable little dongle that’s competent at a great many things, but Hi-Fi audio isn’t one of them – it lacks the proper outputs to connect directly with many speakers and stereos. That, Google says, is where Cast for audio comes in. Announced this morning, it’s like Chromecast for sound sources, letting you beam music and audio from apps on your smartphone or tablet to connected speakers, sound bars, and A/V receivers. (more…)

Deal: Brand New Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB for $135 From Groupon

Just before Christmas, we pointed out that Groupon was selling the Nexus 7 (2013) with 16GB in brand new condition for $149. If you bought it then, I apologize, because you can now grab one for $15 cheaper, thanks to a coupon code.

Somehow, Groupon hasn’t sold out of their stash of Nexus 7s after having them available for weeks at that insanely low $149 price. If this new discount does what we think it will do, they will likely sell through the rest in a matter of hours. By using coupon code “SALE10,” you can slash 10% off your order, which brings it down to $135. Oh, free shipping is also included.

If you need a tablet, this is a deal still worth jumping on.

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Download: Android 5.0.1 OTA Updates for Nexus Devices (Updated: 5.0.2)

Update 12/24:  Added Android 5.0.2 link for the Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi.

Update 12/15:  Added Nexus 5 link! (Cheers Dustin!)

Update 12/10:  Added Nexus 4 link. Also added Nexus 6 link.

Android 5.0.1 OTA updates are starting to pop-up for most of the Nexus devices, which isn’t all that surprising after seeing the new Android version hit AOSP yesterday with factory images shortly behind it. The first three devices to receive build LRX22C are the Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, and Nexus 10. But don’t be surprised if the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi, and Nexus 6 updates aren’t far behind them.

As is the case each time new OTA updates rollout for Nexus devices, we have started a running list of the updates that can be sideloaded, along with instructions for flashing them. We will continue to update this list as more device updates pop up. Also, as a reminder, we only provide the direct-from-Google download links, so these are as safe as can be.  (more…)

Google+ Gains Auto Enhance for Videos on Mobile and Web Platforms

The Auto Enhancement feature of Google+ can often smooth the roughest edges of a less-than-perfect picture, like red-eye and poor lighting. Now, Google’s applying that same cloud-powered intelligence to your videos.

Announced last week in a post by Software Engineer for Google+ Photos Tim St. Clair, Google’s social network is gaining auto enhancement and backup for video. That entails automatically improved quality for clips uploaded via the official application or web, which can be viewed side-by-side with the originals on a desktop computer.  (more…)

Google Unveils First “Real Build” of Self-Driving Vehicle, Hopes to be Driving on Public Roads in 2015

As a holiday treat to all, Google unveiled the first real build of its self-driving vehicle, stating that the previous unveiling was merely a prototype, not even sporting real headlights. While we already know this technology is still quite young, we are happy to learn that the self-driving car with a weird smile on its face was only a very early mockup, with this new model looking quite refined and ready for the road.  (more…)

Android 5.0.2 LRX22G Factory Image for Nexus 7 (WiFi) Randomly Shows Up

Don’t bother getting comfortable with Android 5.0.1. Google just posted a factory image of Android 5.0.2 (LRX22G) for the Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (“nakasi”).  Yep, they did.

This should mean that an OTA update is on the way for this device, but it could also mean that the rest of the Nexus family could see a jump to 5.0.2 as well. As always, we will be on the lookout for OTA .zips and will pass those along as they come in.  (more…)