If there’s one thing Samsung is good at, it’s flooding a potential market with tons and tons of devices. The smartwatch market has been no exception, and the company has deluged consumers with multiple options to pair with their Galaxy devices. Remember, the Galaxy Gear launched at the end of 2013 with the Galaxy Note 3, and since then we’ve had the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit, Gear S, and Gear Live. For those of you keeping count at home, that’s about 6 devices in 18 months, which means they’re releasing a new watch roughly every quarter.
Google has officially updated Play Services to version 7.0 bringing several new features and enhancements for developers to take advantage of. They had previously mentioned some additions to AdMob and Google Play Games, but now the entire service has been updated.
The new Places API seems like the biggest new addition to Play Services, as it will allow apps to get information from Google’s database of locations, venues, and restaurants, and users can quickly get info about the business in particular including addresses and phone numbers.
Google has released their latest Android commercial, titled Selfie Slam. If you’ve ever wanted to see an extremely tall Android dunk a basketball over a team of other Androids while everyone (including the guy with the ball) takes a selfie, this is the commercial you’ve been waiting for.
The video cashes in on the selfie craze and uses the tagline “Be together, not the same.” I guess the point behind the video is to show how varied and versatile Android devices are, and even though they’re made by many manufacturers with all kinds of different hardware and software, everyone can take selfies in the middle of basketball games together.
If you have been eyeing the Google Nexus 9 tablet, Office Depot may have a deal that makes it a little easier for you to grab one of the devices. The office supplies retailer has several variants of the Google tablet listed at discounted prices. The best deal is for the white 16GB version which is currently listed for only $320, which is $80 or 20% off the normal $400 price tag.
If you want the black version with 16GB of memory, you can grab one for $350. Meanwhile, the 32Gb versions in black or white are available for $430 which is a $50 savings off the normal $480 price tag.
All of the variants are currently listed as being in stock and with free shipping, should be delivered within three to five days. Hit the source link if you want to grab one of these tablets at a special price.
source: Office Depot
Last fall in the lead up to the release of Android Lollipop, Google let it out that they were planning to enable encryption of storage by default on new devices. This was going to be a change from previous versions of the Android operating system which had the capability of encrypting storage space, but left it up to the user to enable the encryption. As several new devices are starting to finally come to market loaded with Android Lollipop out of the box, Google has apparently decided not to make encryption the default, at least not for their partners manufacturing mobile devices.
When HTC released the HTC One M9 at MWC 2015, one of the benefits they touted was their new Sense 7 user interface layer. HTC’s version of a launcher now includes support for themes like many third-party launchers and HTC decided to include some “stock” themes to help people get start with the customization of their devices.
After the break you can check out some screen shots showing these themes. Once you take a look at them, be sure to stick around for more MWC 2015 coverage.
The latest distribution of Android was published earlier today and it shows that Lollipop has reached 3.3% of devices with Google’s operating system. This is an increase from January when Lollipop was not able to be registered, so it took the current version of Android about 3-4 months to become noteworthy. The most commonly found version is still Android 4.4 KitKat with 40.9% of the distribution. All of the other versions, with the exception of Android 2.2 Froyo, are continuing to fall.
Source: Android Developers
HTC hosted a little event yesterday. You might have heard that they announced the all new One M9, the Grip wearable, and the Vive VR. Maybe you got to watch or it maybe you were too distracted when trying to watch it. Whatever the reason is, it doesn’t matter, because you can watch it again and again and again if you wish. You can watch it tonight, tomorrow, or next year because it’s on YouTube today and forever. All you have to do is hit the break for the complete show.
Didn’t get a chance to catch “What’s Next” from Samsung? Or maybe you did watch it, but your baby was screaming the whole time and you missed most of it. Either way, you can watch it anytime you wish since it’s now available on YouTube. Hit the break for the complete Unpacked Event and see what Samsung has in store. Hint, it’s the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Last week Intel teased new chips for mobile devices and today they officially unveiled them.
The Atom x3 chips are 64-bit and will support dual-SIM 3G or LTE devices (Android or Windows). There will be three different chipsets all under the C3000 series. They include the C3130, which is a dual-core and the C3230RK and C3440, which are both quad-core.