My Experience Using Project Fi for One Month

I just received my second statement for Project Fi since signing up on July 2. The total? Only $20.21. Thanks to Project Fi’s Unused Data Credit, the unused portion of the $50 I paid at the start of service for 3GB of data is refunded onto my next month’s bill, saving me quite a substantial amount. At signup, I opted for the lowest tier they offer to start, which is 3GB, but found through the Project Fi app that I wasn’t using all that much, so I dropped my monthly allotment to just 2GB. With Project Fi, you pay for what you use, and if you happen to go over, Google won’t pull your teeth out — simply up your allotment and pay for it at the end of the month.

I am fortunate to have a job where I sit next to a WiFi hotspot all day long, so I am not the best example of a person who goes through a ton of data each month. However, with how simple Project Fi is to understand in terms of billing, anyone can master it within 5 minutes. After a month of regular usage on the network, I have a pretty good understanding of what to expect from Google’s Project Fi, so allow me the time to share my story with you.  (more…)

Project Fi Nexus 6 Android 5.1.1 (LVY48C) Factory Image Posted

For anyone who purchased a Nexus 6 directly through the Project Fi program, or already own a Nexus 6 running on Google’s wireless network, factory images for Android 5.1.1 (build LVY48C) are now live on Google’s site, just for your potential backup needs.

Sometimes, in case you fancy yourself a tinkerer, it is good to have a factory image kept somewhere safe, you know, in case you do something bad to your phone’s software. Or, if you have yet to receive the OTA update, this image will bring you up to date.  (more…)

Android M Feature: Voicemail Tab in Dialer App, Listen to Your Voicemails on the Fly

You call your voicemail, type in your password, wait for the slow voice on the other end to read out the options, listen to voicemail, press “7” to delete it, then hang up and hope that little voicemail notification disappears and never returns again. This is the basic steps to working voicemail. Sure, there are other ways to go about it, but thanks to a new feature in the Preview 2 build for Android M, which began rolling out to Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 owners who had Preview 1 installed, managing your voicemail has never been easier.  (more…)

Android M Developer Preview 2 Now Available! (Updated)

Go! Go! Go!

The Android M Developer Preview 2 is now available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player.

The Nexus 5, 6, and 9 are getting build MPZ79M, while the Nexus Player gets MPZ79N. These, like previous previews, are in the form of a factory image that requires adb in order to flash if you want them immediately. However, Google does appear to be pushing over-the-air (OTA) updates to preview 2 for those on preview 1. Feel free to check in Settings>About to see if the update is live for you. If it’s not there yet, Google says that it should show up “within a few days of availability.” (more…)

I’m Using the Nexus 6 Right Now…and Dammit, I Kind of Like It

I reviewed the Nexus 6 some eight months ago now, saying that it was the best Nexus yet and that everyone should try to get their hands on it at some point to see if they could handle the whale-like size. That was one of the last times I spent serious time with “shamu,” because for me, this big of a phone is just too much to handle. And not only that, but the Galaxy S6 arrived shortly after, a phone that I still would consider to be the best phone you can currently buy.

Over the last couple of weeks, though, something happened to my T-Mobile Galaxy S6. It has become a total lagfest of a disaster that needs constant reboots and RAM wipes and task kills in order to function. I don’t know why this is happening, but I’m leaning towards blaming the Android 5.1.1 update that it received in mid-June. My unlocked Galaxy S6 that is still on 5.0.2 seems to be fine.

Because of the recent frustrations that the Galaxy S6 gods have pushed down upon me, I’ve found myself firing up a Nexus 6. I couldn’t tell you what brought me this way instead of to the G4 or Moto X or variety of other phones on my desk (that’s a lie, I’m about to tell you why), but this is where I’m at. And you know what, as big of a sea creature as this may be, I’m kind of liking it at the moment. Like, really liking it.  (more…)

DEAL: A Whole Bunch of Motorola Products are Discounted Significantly With This Coupon Code

Motorola, through its MotoMakers program (a small group of their biggest fans), is hosting a massive sitewide sale on almost all of their current products. Each of their MotoMakers has been given a special coupon code that can be used to grab pretty significant discounts on items like the Nexus 6, Chromecast, Moto Hint, TurboPower chargers, Moto 360 bands, and wireless headsets.

Some of these products, like their best Bluetooth headsets, are almost $50 off. The Chromecast is $10 off. Moto 360 leather bands and TurboPower chargers are almost $10 off. Seriously, these are a bunch of good deals.  (more…)