In case you haven’t noticed, we are in a streaming revolution when it comes to music. I can’t remember the last time I downloaded an album. With services like Songza, Spotify, Slacker, Pandora, and yes, Play Music All Access, you can listen to what you want when you want for the price of one CD per month.
Because of this, download numbers are dropping for most services, but not for Google. Google is not only showing growth in their streaming service (All Access), but also in the number of download sales. This is according to Google’s VP of Global Music Partnerships Zehavah Levine who spoke at the SF MusicTech conference. She said, “Not only are our subscribers growing but our download numbers are growing despite the industry trend.” Unfortunately, we don’t have numbers to work with so it’s hard to really tell what’s going on.
T-Mobile announced via Twitter that the Nexus 6 launch will be pushed to November 19, one week later. They didn’t give a reason other than they want to give customers the best experience possible. That could mean a lot of things, but we suspect it has to do more with supply than anything else.
AT&T pre-orders are already live and Sprint will have the device this Friday. Still no word on when Verizon will carry the device, but don’t expect it to be too soon since they are in DROID mode at the moment.
It’s very likely that Google will release Lollipop factory images later today, but if you are in a hurry, the version for the Nexus 7 (2012) leaked overnight. Since it’s so close to release, it’s very likely this will be the final version.
The build is LRX21P and it leaked on Google’s servers so we know it’s legitimate. The only problem you might have is that you could get a signature mismatch with the bootloader. If you have a problem in fastboot, just skip it and flash system.img and boot.img.
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Here are the new features coming to Android Wear
HTC Camera app now in Play Store
The Android Wear app should be getting a pretty hefty update very soon. The app will obviously be transformed into Material Design, but a lot of goodies are in store.
Google is bringing the same battery information page for phones and tablets to Android Wear. You will be able to see what apps are affecting the battery as well as an estimated amount of remaining life. You will also be able to see how much of your storage is used.
I know it’s starting to sound like a broken record, but it’s being reported yet again that the YouTube music service is very close. According to the Financial Times, YouTube had been trying to close a deal with Merlin, a group that represents 20,000 indie music labels. After making offers as far back as June, YouTube finally sealed the deal.
It’s still very unclear what YouTube is going to offer as far as a music service goes. How does it fit in with Play Music? Hopefully we will find out soon enough.
source: Financial Times
Last Tuesday kicked off 9 weeks of Hot Deals from HTC with the Nexus 9 at half off. So what does HTC have in store for us this week? They have the One (M8) for $299 contract free, which is a $350 savings. This includes the unlocked model or any carrier variant.
Things moved pretty quickly last week, so don’t expect today to be any different. They have only 200 available which won’t last long. After the 200 are gone, the next 300 people will be able to buy one (no pun intended) for $499, which is still a $150 discount.
Just like last week, the promotion starts today at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT and will end at 12:00 am midnight / 9:00 pm PT. Hit the source link to get your order in, and let us know if you were successful.
source: HTC Hot Deals
The Chromecast continues to be the best streaming device under $50. Today Google announced that Showtime Anytime, Encore Play, and the Starz Play apps are now compatible. On top of that, they announced a bunch of new games. Unlike Android TV or other streaming boxes, these games won’t utilize a gaming controller. Instead, you will use your phone, which means anyone can come to the party.
Probably the biggest hit of the bunch is Just Dance, but there are plenty of other games that will make your next family night or party a memorable event. Even one from Google, called Big Web Quiz, that is based on the company’s Knowledge Graph.
Hit the break for the full list of games.
So far, LG has only pushed the Lollipop update to the G3 in Poland, but that won’t stop others from enjoying it. If you have the European model (D855), Skin1980 from XDA has a surprise for you.
He put together a flashable Zip that’s even rootable. You will need the TWRP recovery installed and you will need to do a factory reset. If this is something that interests you, hit the source link below for full instructions, and be sure to consider giving Skin1980 a donation because I’m sure this took a lot of work.
We had a glimpse of something very unique from LG last month, and they are now official. If you’re looking to make a deeper connection with your smartphone, then LG’s AKA (pronounced “AW-kuh”) is the phone for you.
There are actually four AKA’s to choose from…..Eggy, Wooky, YoYo, and Soul. Eggy is yellow and falls in love easily. Wooky is white and always speaks in slang. Soul is blue and loves beer and music. YoYo is pink and the only female in the group. She loves hamburgers and coca cola.