We are Android users. When an updated version of the OS becomes available, we want it right then and now. When we don’t see it in a timely manner, we start becoming anxious. This anxiety leads to many users overusing the “Check for Updates” button under the system settings menu, which usually leads to nothing. If continuously mashing doesn’t work, the next step we usually suggest is to clear data from your Google Services Framework apk, which is found under your system settings menu as well. As it turns out, each of these steps aren’t helping you get the update any quicker, and could potentially be hurting your chances as a result. A Googler took to Reddit to explain this process, and offers advice for those who always have to be running the latest version of Android.
You know that trick in Google Chrome and Maps that allows you zoom seamlessly with one finger? That would be with a double tap, hold then drag? That same trick works in Gmail on devices running Kit Kat. My Nexus 5 is currently allowing me to perform the trick, as is my Moto X on Android 4.4. However, the same experience can’t be had on my Moto X running Android 4.2.2.
Did you pick up the official Nexus Wireless Charger that went on sale through Google Play yesterday? I can imagine that the $49.99 price tag made some of you hesitate on pulling on the trigger, so as always, we picked one (or two) up to give it a quick spin and share our thoughts. For those not familiar, the Nexus Wireless Charger (NWC) is officially supported by the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 4, since each has wireless charging built-in. With that said, I would be surprised if this charger didn’t work with other wireless charging-capable devices like the new DROID line. Unfortunately, we don’t have those in house any longer, so we won’t be able to test.
Yesterday, the official accessories for the Nexus 5 started popping up on Google Play. Both the Bumper case (in a variety of colors) and the Quick Cover became available at $34.99 and $49.99 prices, respectively. By no means is either cheap, but if there is one thing we know about Google-branded accessories – they are made to fit like a glove. And that’s exactly the case here. (more…)
A few months back, rumors of a physical Google Wallet card surfaced, suggesting that Google would give you a credit/debit card that could access your Google Wallet balance and be used for purchasing goods. We waited and waited, expecting it to show up at some point as a single card you could use in your wallet since Google Wallet the NFC mobile payment service had yet to take off. For whatever reason, it never did arrive – well, until this morning. One of our readers was prompted with an option to order one, which led us into digging a bit more to see if the service was really live. Turns out it is. We’ve already ordered ours.
Google unleashed their newest product this morning called Newstand, which is a combination of Currents and Play Magazines. It’s sort of like a newsreader/magazine hub/read-it-later all-in-one type of app. You can still purchase and subscribe to your favorite magazines, but you can also find news from your favorite sources (like Droid Life), bookmark items to be read later, and explore other items that you may find interesting. (more…)