Thanks to Update, Hangouts Dialer Now Knows It’s a Dialer App

An update hit the Hangouts Dialer app this morning, bringing a much-needed and highly requested feature for the application – the ability to recognize itself as a standalone dialer app.

Previously, when you would hit a phone number link on your phone with the Hangouts Dialer app installed, you would be directed to your stock dialer application. Now, with the update, you are given a choice to use either the Hangouts Dialer or stock dialer.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Which version of Android is your phone running?

We know that not everyone here owns a Nexus device or new Moto X and has been basking in the beauty of Android 5.0 “Lollipop” for a couple of weeks. And since that is the case, that means that a lot of you are probably running Kit Kat or maybe even Jelly Bean (hopefully, nothing older). But, because this is Droid Life and we like to find out for sure through polls, we are going to do that now with a simple question of, “Which version of Android is your phone running?”

As the numbers roll in, it should be interesting to see how an Android community compares to Google’s official distribution numbers. On December 1, Google updated the numbers, showing KitKat at 33.9%, Jelly Bean at 48.7%, Ice Cream Sandwich at 7.8%, and Gingerbread at 9.1%. I would venture to guess that these will be much different. Still, let’s see!

Which version of Android is your phone running?

  • KitKat (61%, 8,276 Votes)
  • Lollipop (35%, 4,703 Votes)
  • Jelly Bean (3%, 338 Votes)
  • Gingerbread (1%, 69 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 55 Votes)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (0%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 13,490

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Nexus 6 Android 5.0.1 Factory Image Available as Build LRX22C (Update: Nexus 5)

Update 12/15:  Nexus 5 factory image of Android 5.0.1 has now been added.

Update:  The OTA .zip files for each phone can be found here.

The Android 5.0.1 factory images for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 4 were just posted as build LRX22C. This should mean that an over-the-air update is around the corner for both. Until that happens, feel free to flash away to be up-to-date on the latest in Lollipop.  (more…)

Video: First Look at the Nexus 9 Magic Cover

The Magic Cover for the Nexus 9 is finally in house! I don’t know why, but I have been struggling to remain patient while waiting for this cover to arrive. While not someone who typically buys cases for personal use, the idea behind this one had me hooked the minute I saw it. A single-sheet cover that attaches magnetically, looks beautiful, and can double as a stand? Who wouldn’t get excited about this?  (more…)

My Tracks Gains Google Fit Integration

Before last Friday, Google’s My Tracks inhabited a shrinking subset of fitness apps which merely record, not offer insight into,  your workout routine. It could use GPS to track runs and walks over a set period of time and upload the results to Google Drive, but that was just about it. With the addition of Google Fit integration, though, My Tracks has become a little more useful, albeit still barebones. (more…)

Now Live: You Can Now Control Your Nest With Google (Updated)

On Friday, we broke word that you were one step away from being able to control your Nest Thermostat using your voice in the Google Search app. As of this morning, the feature is live (pictured above). That’s right, the opt-in authorization pages that were 404-ing on Friday are now letting you move through to give “Works with Nest” the approval it needs in order to work with Google.  (more…)

Nexus 5 Gets Android 5.0.1 Update Today, According to Sprint (Updated)

Most of you noticed that as Android 5.0.1 updates began rolling out to Google’s line-up of Nexus devices that the Nexus 5, even though it is still considered one of the newer of the bunch, was left out of the fun. Why that is, well, we can only guess. What we do know is that the update should start rolling out today if Sprint knows what it’s talking about.  (more…)

Download: Android “Lollipop” OTA Updates for Google Play Edition Devices (Updated: Galaxy S4)

With Android 5.0.1 and 5.0 OTA updates rolling out to most Nexus devices at this point, we wanted to make sure our Google Play Edition friends were caught up as well. The Android 5.0 updates have been rolling out to the G Pad 8.3 and Z Ultra for a couple of days now, but we are just now getting updates for the One (M7) and One (M8) after a couple of delays.

As we have done with Nexus updates for years, we have put together a list of direct downloads for you below for your Google Play Edition device. We currently do not have Moto G or Galaxy S4 updates, but will hope to add them soon. (more…)