“Cast Screen” Button Now Works for Screen Mirroring to Chromecast

This morning, Google announced that screen mirroring via Chromecast is now in public beta and would be available via the Chromecast app over the coming days. If you own a Nexus, you can start casting immediately without the Chromecast app. Thanks to built-in “Cast Screen” support that you have likely seen show up from time to time over the last couple of months in your Quick Settings Panel, a separate app isn’t needed.

Once Google announced that Chromecast mirroring was live, I watched as the “Cast Screen” button on both my Nexus 5 (running Android L) and Nexus 4 (running Android 4.4.4) went live. With a simple tap on that button, a menu appeared with nearby Chromecasts that were available to cast to. Once tapped, I was immediately connected and began mirroring my phone’s display through Chromecast.  (more…)

Android L Preview Hits AOSP for Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 (Updated)

When Google released the Android L Developer Preview last week to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), I can imagine that a number of you were disappointed – namely those with a Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) or Nexus 10. While Google still hasn’t released flashable images for any of those devices today, they have pushed Android L code for each to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which means that your favorite developer will likely having something for you shortly in the form of a ROM(more…)

Tip: SIM Tray Stuck on Nexus 5, You Should do This

This is somewhat of a random tip, but since the issue just happened to the DL crew last week at Google I/O, we wanted to share to hopefully save as many of you as possible from doing something crazy should this situation occur. If you missed the titled, yes, this is a tip on how to remove a stuck SIM tray in your Nexus 5.

In brief, a nameless member of the DL staff stuck a SIM adapter (sans SIM) inside of a Nexus 5 and shut the tray for safe keeping in case he needed it at a later date. Since there are pins involved in SIM insertion that depress, this is not a good idea. Without a SIM included in that SIM adapter, pins become depressed before popping back up again, which then causes the SIM tray to be stuck. There is a longer explanation in the video below, but those are the basics.  (more…)

Google Seems to Think the Nexus 5 Comes in Yellow

While cruising the official Android website, one of our readers happened upon what looks to be an early slip up, or complete mistake, from Google itself.

When describing the options available when purchasing the Nexus 5 on Google Play, Google states that the device comes in four colors; Black, White, Red, and Yellow. However, as you may all know, the Nexus 5 is not available in a Yellow variant.

Did Google simply slip up, or should we expect a Yellow Nexus 5 to hit Google Play at anytime?  (more…)

Deal: Nexus 5 16GB for $334 and Free Shipping From eBay

The Nexus 5 deal we have seen on numerous occasions is back today through eBay. For those who haven’t seen this one before, you are looking at a brand new 16GB model for $334.99, which includes free shipping.

The 16GB model of the Nexus 5 currently retails for $349 through Google Play, but Google’s cheapest shipping option stands at $9.99. So basically, you are looking at a discount of around $25 should you go with this eBay deal. While that isn’t a substantial discount, it is a discount.

It looks like only the white version is left.

eBay Link

Download: Android 4.4.4 KTU84P OTA Update for Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4

Google surprised us yesterday with an update to Android 4.4.4 for almost all current Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and both Nexus 7 (2012) models. The update is a security fix, so don’t expect it to change the game or the way you use your phone. We didn’t get a new dialer app, that’s for sure. But hey, updates are updates.

So as has become customary around these parts whenever a new update arrives for Nexus devices, we have created a 1-stop shop to get you updated. Since the over-the-air (OTA) process takes time to hit all devices, we go ahead and list all of the links as they come in, so that you can update as early as possible. All you have do is download the correct .zip for your specific Nexus device and then flash the file with a quick adb command to get officially updated.

Below, the list has already begun for Android 4.4.4 files. (more…)

LG Doesn’t Think It is Making the Next Nexus Phone

According to LG’s director of communications Ken Hong, his company is not making the next Nexus phone from Google, “at least not yet.” In what appears to be a brief interview with Hong on a Dutch outlet, he states that normally, his company would have heard something from Google by now if they were going to be a part of another phone. Hong joked that maybe he “got ignored” or they are indeed not making it.  (more…)