Google I/O is only two weeks away so it’s time to start planning your schedule whether you will be there in person or not. The official mobile app is just the thing you need to get that done and it’s now live on Google Play.
Not only will you be able to see the full schedule, but it also includes a video library from past I/O events. Based on whether you will be attending in-person or not, the app will show you relevant content. For example, if you’re on site, you will be able to view the venue map and your WiFi will already be configured by the time you arrive at Mascone West.
The mobile carriers always seem to be in a little bit of hot water don’t they? Maybe it’s because they are always playing games with billing, throttling, and anything else shady they can think of.
This time around it’s a practice called “cramming” which is when customers are billed for third-party services they didn’t request. In most cases, it resulted in a $10 monthly charge in which Verizon and Sprint declined to offer refunds. According to the Federal Communications Commission, both carriers received roughly 30% of the charges.
Google has finally pushed the Android 5.1.1 update to Nexus 9 Wi-Fi devices. The factory image was already posted and now we have the link to the official over-the-air update as well.
Flashing the OTA is probably your easiest method since you don’t have to lose your data. However, you need to make sure you are on Android 5.0.2 (version LRX22L) before you can do it. Android 5.0.2 was already pushed about a week or so ago, so if you won’t have it, you will need to flash that OTA update first. You can also opt for flashing the factory image, but you will lose your data if your Nexus 9 doesn’t have an unlocked bootloader.
Now that summer is almost here, it’s time to start thinking about what Motorola has in store. They usually announce their products in the late summer to early fall. Of course, we know there will be a new Moto X and a new Moto 360, but let’s not forget about the Verizon exclusive DROIDs. Last year, Verizon chose to go with one DROID, the DROID Turbo. In previous years, they did offer multiple models, and it looks like they might adopt that strategy again this year.
You can always use a new wallpaper right? Maybe you have an LG G3, but want the G4 look or maybe you’re just looking for a new look for your non LG phone. We got you covered with the latest and greatest wallpapers from the LG G4 and it hasn’t even been released yet.
The LG G4 has a 2K (2560 x 1440) display so these wallpapers are quite large and have a resolution of 2880 x 2560. There are 10 in all so hit the break to start downloading.
If you’re looking for a classy Android Wear watch, then look no further than the LG Watch Urbane. It’s stainless steel, features a 1.3-inch (320 x 320) P-OLED display, and a 410 mAh battery. It has a proper Always On display as well so you can enjoy all those beautiful watch faces.
The watch normally goes for $349, which I know is pretty steep. However, you can grab the silver version right now on eBay for only $300 with free shipping included. Plus you can also escape the sales tax so you are looking at close to $75 in savings depending on where you live.
If you’re looking to get started in Android Wear or you want to upgrade, the Watch Urbane is the one to get. Let us know if you grab one.
OnePlus already confirmed that the OnePlus 2 won’t launch until the fall, but more details have been revealed thanks to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau.
According to Lau, the OnePlus 2 will sport the Snapdragon 810 chipset. That seems surprising since we are talking about a release in the later part of the year. Then there is the question of the overheating issues, which Qualcomm continues to deny, but even LG dropped the 810 in favor of a lesser chip (Snapdragon 808) for the G4. The Snapdragon 820 might have been the better choice, but it might not be ready in time.
Google announced a very sizable update last month, which is coming to all Android Wear watches. At the time of this post, it’s only available for the LG Watch Urbane because I am assuming Google is working out any bugs before they release it in full. The Watch Urbane comes with Android Wear 5.1.1 out of the box, but it received another update shortly after pairing.
I figured it would be a good idea to highlight (in the video below) the changes with 5.1.1 as they will operate the same on all watches. All new features, with the exception of Wi-Fi support, will be available on all Android Wear watches. So let’s get to it.
Google began pushing the Android 5.1.1 update to the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi, Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi, and Nexus 10 about a week or so ago. We know that it takes a while for the update to hit all devices, and you’re probably waiting patiently tapping on “Check for Updates.” I mean impatiently!!
There is no reason to wait any longer because you can download the actual over-the-air update straight from Google and manually install it yourself. If you already know what you’re doing, just grab your download(s) from one of the links below. If not, be sure to hit up our very extensive guide on how to do it. You will be surprised at how easy it is to do, and you there is no need to lose your data.
Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LMY47O to LMY47V (5.1.1)
Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi (nakasi) From LMY47D to LMY47V (5.1.1)
Nexus 10 (mantaray) from LMY47D to LRY47V (5.1.1)
At the end of February, I wrote a little piece on how HTC was pretty much screwed with the One M9 since they failed to capitalize when Samsung was more vulnerable. Now the numbers are in proving my prediction.
The One M9 debuted at the beginning of April so you would think that HTC might have gotten a little boost, but they didn’t even get that. Their revenue for the entire month plummeted by almost 40% to NT$13.54 billion ($439.95 million US) from NT$22.07 last year. If you compare it to the previous month, the drop is 32.36 percent since March posted NT$20.02 billion.
Reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have been pretty positive with the camera being a standout feature. However, last week LG announced their newest flagship, the G4, and they feel they might have one-upped Samsung. The Galaxy S6 and Edge sport an industry first f/1.9 aperture, giving them tremendous results in low light. It hasn’t even been a month and now LG has trumped Samsung by giving the G4’s camera an aperture of f/1.8. It might not sound like much of a difference to you, but LG believes it is. On top of that, they threw in auto laser focus, and OIS 2.0, which gives you a 3rd axis for even better image stabilization.
Android users have been craving for smartphones that sport cameras that can get the job done, so it’s nice to see both LG and Samsung pushing the envelope here. Is there a clear winner? Did LG trump Samsung?
Unless you have never traveled in your life, you have experienced what it feels like getting off a long flight only to find out that your luggage decided to travel to a different spot. We have smartphones, smartwatches, smart TVs, and now it’s time for smart luggage.
Samsung and Samsonite are partnering to do just that. They are fitting suitcases with microchips that can not only be located via the airlines, but also with your smartphone. Usually when you realize your bag is lost, you immediate report it, but the agent rarely knows where it is at the time. They end up putting a trace on it, and eventually it makes it way to your destination.
Meerkat announced a couple of week ago that their live streaming app would be coming to Android in beta form soon, and that day is here. The beta version of the app is in the Play Store now for your downloading pleasure.
We were thinking that this would be released as an invite only, but it appears anyone can download it. Now obviously this app won’t be free of bugs since it’s in beta form, so your feedback is important. You can do this by swiping the screen (within the app) with two fingers, which will connect you to the Meerkat team.
The dream mobile carrier plan has finally come. Google’s Project Fi gives everyone (or those with a Nexus 6) an affordable option for their monthly smartphone service. I often dreamed that Google would do this and they finally came through. However, you might not be too excited if you’re a Google Voice user.
Those of you that like to always have something new before anyone else will be excited to know that Google has released the Dev channel version of Chrome for Android.
The Dev channel has always been available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and ChromeOS, but now Android users can finally get in on the fun.