Yep, Your Google App Drawer Now Scrolls Vertically!

For those using the Google Now Launcher, it’s likely that you woke up this morning or saw late last night that a few major changes went down. What you are experiencing is part of the Google app update, which went live for a few users late last week. This morning, Google pushed the update out to all users.

The update, as you discovered, includes a vertical app drawer and quick search functionality inside the app drawer for the Google Now Launcher application.  (more…)

Google Voice Search for Android and iOS Becomes Better, Faster, Stronger

Google announced today that users of voice search on both Android and iOS, including voice dictation on Android, will be greeted by a better, more accurate engine.

Google states that they have built even better neural network acoustic models using Connectionist Temporal Classification (CTC) and sequence discriminative training techniques. To us regular folk who are not engineers, whenever you perform a voice search on Android, your results will be more reliable.  (more…)

Deal: Nexus 6 64GB Drops to $369 at Expansys

Did you miss out on yesterday’s Nexus 6 deal that featured the 32GB version of the phone for $299? If the device is still of interest, even though the new Nexus phones will be here next week, consider the deal on the 64GB model through Expansys that just arrived in our inbox. At $369, you can have the Nexus whale in either blue or white.

The version available is model XT1103, which is the version intended for use in North America.

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Telus Says Google is Releasing Android 6.0 Marshmallow on October 5

According to Canadian wireless carrier Telus, Google will begin pushing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update on October 5 to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6. If that’s the case, that’s probably also a good launch time frame for the new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Google likes to ship new versions of its Android OS on its new phones. Also, October 5 has been mentioned to us by sources who are expecting “things” to kick off.  (more…)

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Show Up in Benchmarks to Further the Specs Conversation

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P should arrive next week at a Google event. As of now, there are still some surprises, even though press renders have leaked and we told you the names. We still don’t know pricing, date of availability, or the full specs list of each, outside of the minimal list for the 5X that Amazon provided. Thanks to benchmarks that surfaced for each phone over at Geekbench, those last few surprises are starting to dwindle.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: Most Excited for – Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Android 6.0, New Chromecast?

Next Tuesday, Google is hosting an event in San Francisco that will more than likely be a showcase for the launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, two Nexus phones, and a new Chromecast. We’ll be there to get you the latest on whatever it is they do show off, but as we approach, because we like doing these types of things, we want to ask which (rumored) part of the event has you the most excited.

Do you care the most about the new Nexus phones, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P? If so, which one in particular? Are you ready to swap out your couple-of-year-old Chromecast for new, more powerful and flexible hardware? Or maybe you just want Android 6.0 to become official, so that you can start the countdown to when your current phone will get it?

Most excited for - Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Android 6.0, new Chromecast?

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Here is the LG Nexus 5X in 3 Colors, the Huawei Nexus 6P in 4 More

Remember that mention of the Nexus leak floodgates opening up from yesterday? Well, here we go. Grab a life raft. With the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P unveiling event less than a week away, we are starting to see and learn every little detail about each (like Nexus 5X specs). It’s spoiling the surprise a bit, but of course, this is the world in 2015.

So what’s new today? We have fresh pictures of the Huawei Nexus 6P in a colorful line-up that shows the phone in white, black, grey, and gold. And below that, we have the LG Nexus 5X in white, black, and a greenish blue. They look like all of the other leaks, only these appear to be press renders or at least renders you would see on the Google Store.  (more…)