Currently, the Google Now API is open to a limited amount of third party service providers, but according to Aparna Chennapragada, Director of Product Management for Google Now, an open API is in the works for Android. (more…)
I still don’t get how Groupon has this many brand new Nexus 7 (2013) tablets lying around their warehouses, but they do, even after all these months. We are talking about a tablet of Google’s that is almost two years old and hasn’t been sold by Google in I don’t even know how long. We wrote up a similar deal from Groupon two months ago, yet here we are in mid-March, telling you about the same discounted tablet of Google’s. But hey, the tablet is still solid for an Android tablet! Why not buy one?
The deal is this – a brand new 16GB Nexus 7 (2013) for just $149. This tablet originally sold for $229, so that’s a decent $80 discount. It’s already running Lollipop, has a solid high-res display, and is compact enough that you may even be able to toss one in your JNCOs at Marilyn Manson shows.
Still need an Android tablet, but don’t want to dent the bank account? Here you go.
While digging through settings and apps after installing Android 5.1, the folks at Pocketables discovered an interesting app called Google Connectivity Services. When linked to from any shortcut maker app (we used Nova Launcher), it reveals a setup dialogue for Google VPN.
There she is, the Google whale on Verizon. Go get your Nexus 6 if for some reason you decided to skip on the unlocked version through Google Play, which we showed you months ago works fine on Verizon’s network.
For $249 on-contract, $27.08 per month on Verizon Edge, or $649 off contract, this phone can be yours, “Verizon” logo included. According to Verizon’s website, the Nexus 6 is essentially just up for pre-order, with an expected ship date of March 18.
On a random note, Verizon claims that the Nexus 6 comes in
black, yet we know that Google only made it in white or blue. Mistake or did Big Red get some sort of exclusive on the black color? (Edit: Verizon clarified to us that it does indeed come in blue and they are updating the page today.)
Be sure to read our Nexus 6 review if you haven’t already.
Now that Android 5.1 has begun rolling out, we are starting to capture over-the-air (OTA) .zip files for you to sideload should you not feel like waiting for the update to hit your device. The first to arrive is for the Nexus 5, but we wouldn’t be surprised if either Nexus 7 or the Nexus 10 or the Nexus 6 weren’t far behind.
As we continue to receive new file URLs that are direct downloads from Google, we will continue to update this post. (more…)
USB Type-C, featured on Apple’s new MacBook and Google’s new Chromebook Pixel, is coming to Android phones. In a video from Google which goes over the benefits of USB Type-C, product manager Adam Rodriguez states that the company is very committed to the new spec, and that upcoming Chromebooks and Android phones will see it in the near future. (more…)