It has often been rumored that Google will eventually get into the wireless mobile game, and it looks like that dream will come true. As part of something codenamed Nova, Google won’t be starting their own service, but will instead opt to be an MVNO for Sprint and T-Mobile.
If you’re not familiar with what an MVNO is, it’s a mobile virtual network operator, or basically a re-seller of another carrier’s service. For example, Ting is a Sprint MVNO and Straight Talk is the same for both T-Mobile and AT&T. You can now add Google to the mix.
Google Cast for Android TV devices can now be updated a lot easier since Google has moved it to the Play Store. This is the case for both the ADT-1 and the Nexus Player, and we presume it will be the case for the upcoming Razer Forge TV as well as all the new TVs from Sony, Sharp, and Philips.
Google Cast is the software used for Chromecasting compatible apps to your Android TV device. To update it, just head into the Play Store from your Android TV device and scroll down to updates.
Samsung has already reported a profit drop for 2014, and many are hopeful things will pick up in 2015. Unfortunately, analysts believe that profits will continue to slide in 2015.
Although final numbers aren’t in for 2014, it’s expected that Samsung’s net profits will have dipped 27.3 percent this year to 22.1 trillion won ($2.03 billion). 2015 will also show a drop, but the good news is that it won’t be as much. Analysts are predicting only about a 6 percent drop to 20.8 trillion won ($1.91 billion) for 2015.
It has been confirmed that Google and Fidelity are investing a total of $1 billion into Elon Musk’s space transportation company, SpaceX. This investment gives both Google and Fidelity just under 10% ownership of SpaceX, which is valued at over $10 billion.
Google wants to use SpaceX satellites to send internet to those areas that have either no or poor access. This could cover as much as 3 billion people. These satellites will not only provide internet access, but also at much faster speeds.
Samsung has been making their own Exynos-branded chips for a while now, and it was only a matter of time until they utilized them on most of their devices. Whether it was production issues or the ability to play nice with LTE, Samsung has always to utilized both the Exynos and the Qualcomm Snapdragon for specific markets, but that might change with the Galaxy S 6.
We have heard a number of rumblings that Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chip, the Snapdragon 810, has overheating issues. Qualcomm wants you to believe there isn’t an issue because the LG G Flex 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Note were both announced using the said chip, but those manufacturers might have made modifications. It was already rumored that Samsung might tone down the use of the 810 in the Galaxy S 6, but Bloomberg is now reporting that Samsung plans on using the Exynos exclusively. According to them, Samsung will go with just the Exynos for all markets.
Last night we reported that WhatsApp is putting the kibosh on 3rd party apps. WhatsApp+, which is the most popular of those 3rd party apps was hoping to rectify the situation, but the bad news came a few hours ago.
WhatsApp has sent the developers of WhatsApp+ a cease and desist letter, which will basically put an end to the app. We can only assume other cease and desist letters were sent out to other such apps.
Last year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 5 on the very first day of Mobile World Congress (Feb 24), so it’s no surprise that the rumor has Samsung unveiling the Galaxy S 6 on the very same day, which would be March 2nd this year. This is according to a Korean publication called Chosun.
Whether we will see two versions of the Galaxy S 6 is still unclear, but don’t be surprised if a dual curved edge version makes an appearance. And don’t forget about Samsung’s upcoming circular smartwatch.
The most popular messaging app is banning the use of 3rd party apps today. WhatsApp already has an official app that most people use, but there are some notable 3rd party apps such as WhatsApp+. Users of these apps are finding a message that states they are temporarily banned from using the service because they might have violated the terms of service. This temporary ban is exactly 24 hours and there is no way around it.
The Android 5.0.2 OTA update became available last night for the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi so it was a matter of time until the Nexus 10 link became available. That time is now so if you’re rocking a Nexus 10, you can update it to Android 5.0.2 on your own or you can wait for it to be pushed to your device automatically. The auto method could take up to a couple of weeks, so if you’re anxious, then download the OTA from the link below.
If you’re not sure on how to install it or you simply need a refresher, be sure to hit up our extensive guide on installing OTA updates to Nexus devices. Have fun and let us know if you notice any peculiar bugs with this update.
Nexus 10 (mantaray) From LRX22C from LRX22G (5.0.2)
Our how to guide on installing the Lollipop OTA updates on Nexus devices
Google is shutting down both Chrome to Mobile and “Print to my Phone” early next month. Chrome to Mobile was that browser extension that allowed you to easily send whatever web page you were viewing on your desktop, right to your mobile device. I often found it useful, but Google started Tab Sync a couple of year’s ago that might not be as quick, but is a lot more useful.
Tab Sync shows you every Chrome page that is open on every single device that you have so it’s a lot more versatile. All you need to do is tap on any of those open web pages from your mobile device, and it will open. I stopped using Chrome to Mobile ever since Tab Sync was introduced.