ASUS announces the ZenWatch 2 Android Wear smartwatch, comes in two sizes and three color choices


ASUS has already announced the ZenWatch 2, only 9 months after the original was unveiled. It doesn’t look all that much different, but there are some subtle differences.

The first is that you will notice a button on the side. This is actually a good thing because you now won’t always have to tap on the screen to wake it. It also provides you a quick way to get to the settings (long press) or put the watch into Theater Mode (double press).

Nest thermostat will be the central point for Google’s Internet of Things


Google bought Nest in 2014 with the plan for big things. The Nest thermostat is one of the most powerful WiFi connected thermostats in the word, but programming the temperature in your home is only the tip of the iceberg.

Google started a program called “Works With Nest” last year that allows Nest to communicate with various other home automation devices. The goal is to make Nest a central part of the home automation system, but not the full controller. For example, if you have Philips Hues lights, there are various apps to control those lights on a regular basis. However, the Nest thermostat can kick things up a notch by adding additional controls since it knows when someone is in or out of the house. If Nest detects that you just arrived at home, it might turn on certain lights, or if you have left the house, it could turn off lights that you forget.

Shazam finally adds support for Android Wear, brings music discovery and lyrics to your wrist


I have to say that I was a little miffed when Shazam added support for the Apple Watch at launch, but never bothered to do the same with Android Wear, even after it was available for several months. Finally Shazam has given some love to the Android faithful with the latest update to the app.

Now the next time you hear a song that you aren’t sure about, you don’t have to whip out your phone. With just a couple of taps on your Android Wear watch, Shazam will tell you the name of the song after the app listens to it for a few seconds through the microphone on the watch. What’s even cooler is that you will also get the lyrics of the song on your watch, which is pretty cool.

Google Maps offers up new traffic alerts just in time for the Memorial Day weekend craze


Those of us here in the U.S. are excited for a three day weekend as we celebrate Memorial Day. However, the one downer is traffic. Since this weekend is kind of like the unofficial start of the summer, a lot of people travel to visit family and friends which results in a lot of congestion on the roads.

Finding your way is the easy part if you use Google Maps, but finding the best route with the shortest delay is no easy task. Google Maps already helps with traffic alerts, but a new update might makes things a little easier.

Download and Install the Android 5.1.1 OTA update for the Nexus 4


The Android 5.1.1 update is now rolling to Nexus 4 devices, but who the hell wants to wait 2 to 3 weeks for it? You can manually download the actual and official over-the-air (OTA) update from Google and flash if yourself.

I know what you’re thinking. You think you need to be a rocket scientist or you need a rooted device. Well you don’t. If I can do it, you can do it. Just hit up our very extensive guide that will walk you through each and every step. If you happen to be a seasoned pro and don’t need the guide, just grab the OTA update from the link below.

Nexus 4 (ossam) From LMY47O to LMY47V (5.1.1)

Samsung Galaxy A8 (SM-A800F) with fingerprint sensor to launch in Asia and Europe soon


Back in March we got a pretty good idea that Samsung was looking to expand the Galaxy A series when trademarks for the A6, A8, and A9 were divulged. Then in April, specs were leaked for the Galaxy A8. At that time, it was confirmed for China, but now we are hearing that it will be launched in certain markets in both Asia and Europe.

Also new to report is that the A8 will sport a fingerprint sensor, which isn’t surprising given the fact that the fingerprint sensor works so well on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.

Google suffers from another Google Maps hack


A few weeks ago, Google Maps was hacked through the Map Maker function which resulted in an image of an Android peeing on the Apple logo near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Google immediately apologized and removed the image. They supposedly suspended Map Maker as well.

Now they have suffered something similar. Don’t bother trying this because it has already been taken down, but yesterday if you searched for “N***** king” (yes that is the N word), you were directed to the White House. It even worked with the search term “n****a house.”

Sales of Samsung Galaxy S6 reach 10 million units


Samsung is expecting big things from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge this year. After last year’s Galaxy S5 missed sales targets, it’s imperative that the Galaxy S6 get off to a great start.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have been available for a little over month now, and it appears that Samsung is on track for a very solid year. They just announced that sales of the Galaxy S6 have reached 10 million units.

LG unveils affordable alternatives to the G4, the G4 Stylus and G4c


LG has confirmed the existence of both the previously leaked G4c and the G4 Stylus by officially announcing them today in Seoul.

The G4 Stylus appears to be more economical Galaxy Note competitor. As the name implies, a Rubberdium Stylus is included for easy note taking or drawing. The phone sports a 5.7-inch HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core (LTE version) or 1.4 GHz octa-core (3G version) procesor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13 MP (LTE) or 8MP (3G) rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 3,000 mAh removable battery, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. I should note that the camera includes laser autofocus, but it does not include optical image stabilization or that amazing f/1.9 aperture found on the G4. You will have your choice of Floral White or Metallic Silver and it starts shipping to carriers and retailers over the next several weeks. It will be called the G Stylo in North America and Korea.

[Deal] Grab an unlocked AT&T Galaxy S5 (SM-G900A) for $315 or unlocked GSM Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F) for $585 from eBay


The Galaxy S5 might be the older phone, but Consumer Reports believes it’s the better buy since it has a removable battery, a microSD slot, and it’s water resistant. If you agree, you can grab one at an amazing price off contract. How does $315 sound? Just head over to eBay (source link below) and enter coupon code CDTECH10 for this hot deal.

Samsung rumored to release the Galaxy Note 5 earlier than normal to beat the iPhone 6s


Samsung continues to enjoy tremendous success with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but things will change dramatically when Apple announces the iPhone 6s in the fall. Samsung usually announces their newest edition of the Note line in early September when IFA takes place, but they might change it up this year in order to get bigger head start.

According to the latest report, they will announce the new Galaxy Note 5 by the end of July, which is just a little over a month earlier than normal. If everything goes according to plan, they will have a completed prototype by the middle of June. Supposedly they have confirmed the final specifications to global carriers with the instruction to take pre-orders before the end of July.

Wait What? Consumer Reports thinks you should buy the Galaxy S5 instead of the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge


While just about every reviewer has been praising the Galaxy S6 (including myself) and Galaxy S6 Edge, Consumer Reports isn’t in love with either phone. They do admit that both phones rank as among the best that you can buy today, but their overall scores rank them lower than the Galaxy S5.

They feel the loss of the removable battery, microSD slot, water resistance, and overall battery life on the Galaxy S6 and Edge makes the Galaxy S5 the better buy if you’re looking for a smartphone right now. They do praise the rapid charging capabilities, the ability to wirelessly charge it via Qi and Powermat, and the gorgeous display, but they don’t feel they are enough to capture your hard earned dollars.

[Deal] Amazon has 38 paid apps and games for FREE ($110 value) through May 16


Amazon is at it again with another Android app and game sale. Amazon always has at least one free app of the day, but today they are bundling 38 apps and games. All of these titles are absolutely Free and will stay that way through May 16.

Some of the more notables are Photo Studio Pro (normally $3.99), Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 (normally $2.99), Game Of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series (normally $4.99), and Fleksy Keyboard (normally $1.99).