Android 5.1 Announced and Official! (Updated)

Android 5.1 has now been announced!

According to a short post provided by Google moments ago, it sounds like they focused on stability and performance with this update, but also tossed in some new features. Support for multiple SIM cards, Device Protection, and HD Voice are now supported on compatible phones.

With Device Protection, Google says that someone could steal your phone and factory wipe it, yet it would still remain locked until you signed-in with your Google account. This feature will be available on “most” Android phones that ship with Android 5.1, including the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.  (more…)

Do You Give a Sh*t About VR?

I don’t. But who am I? Every tech company on Earth thinks that you and I should care about VR. It’s the next tablet frontier, and you know, that went so well for Android OEMs.

VR is everywhere. Samsung is in on it – they have two Gear VR headsets now, each of which only works with a single phone. HTC partnered with Valve on one. Occulus is still doing its thing, we think. Sony is too. Don’t be surprised if LG takes a whack at it. Google is ready to bring Android to VR, reportedly. Companies are putting together “mind blowing” demos of it to sell the press on. Somehow, it’s working in that sense. Regular tech press (the smartphone-reviewing kind, not those at actual gaming conferences), who know so much about gaming and VR (that would be sarcasm), love VR. They all take front-facing selfies of VR headsets on their heads to be like, “I am VR. Blown mind is me. Great demo, guys!”  (more…)

Google’s Wireless Service May Only Work With the Nexus 6 Initially

According to the Wall Street Journal, if Google’s now-confirmed wireless service launches in the near future, maybe by the end of this month, it will only work with the Nexus 6. That limitation may not be forever, but at the initial launch, you may not want to get your hopes up over the idea that any unlocked phone, even your Nexus 5, will work with the hybrid mobile-to-WiFi network.  (more…)

Google Introduces Car Insurance Comparison Tool

Live in California and are in the mood for new car insurance? Google’s new car insurance comparison tool might be a good place to start. Announced today, the tool is a part of Google’s suite of Compare sites (they also do credit cards) that allow customers to “make confident, more informed financial decisions.” At this time, the car insurance Compare is only available in California, but Google expects more states to follow.  (more…)